Day 1: Casablanca
We highly recommend arriving early so you can explore Casablanca.
Additional Notes: A general note about this tour: This trip has a very fast-paced itinerary, which covers a lot of ground. It allows us to see a numerous things in the time available, but it also means some early starts, some long drives in the minivan, and less free time than a tour with more days.
Included Activities: Arrival Day
Day 2: Casablanca/Chefchaouen
Depart in the morning for Tangier. Take a guided tour of city sites, including the medina, kasbah, Grand Socco (a bustling square at the entrance to the medina) and Petit Socco (a little square in the medina perfect for people-watching and mint tea-drinking). In the afternoon, continue on to Chefchaouen.
Included Activities: Tangier Guided Tour
Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hours)
Private Vehicle (2.00 hours)
Day 3: Chefchaouen
Enjoy a free day in Chefchaouen to explore. The city, whitewashed in different shades of blue, is spectacular on its own but with the surrounding mountains, it is a sight to behold. At sunset, opt to visit the Spanish Mosque for a stunning panoramic view of the city.
Day 4: Chefchaouen/Fès
Drive to Meknes for a guided walk through this imperial city. Visit monuments, ornamental gates, and winding souks while you soak in the flavour of this charming city. Later, continue through the rolling hills to the Roman ruins of Volubilis. Take a guided tour of the best-preserved Roman ruins in this part of Northern Africa, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After, continue to the imperial city of Fès, one of Morocco's most interesting cities.
Included Activities: Traditional Moroccan Lunch, Meknes City Tour, Volubilis Guided Tour
Transport: Private Vehicle (4.50 hours)
Private Vehicle (0.75 hour)
Private Vehicle (2.00 hours)
Day 5: Fès
Enjoy a half-day medina walking tour, with free time in the afternoon to see more of the city. The Fès medina is the world’s largest living medieval medina and a UNESCO site. Explore the artisan quarters, sample treats from the carts, and view Fès' famous leather tannery from above. In the evening, opt for dinner in a converted riad complete with local specialties, music, and belly dancing or visit a local hammam to chat with the locals.
Additional Notes: Only certified local guides are allowed to act as guides in the medina, so your CEO would not go with you to the medina during free time.
Included Activities: Fès Medina Guided Tour
Day 6: Fès/Merzouga
Travel through the diverse landscapes that make Morocco so unique. Pass through cedar and pine forests, keeping an eye out for Barbary apes. Pass over the Middle Atlas Mountains through the pre-desert countryside with its deep gorges filled with a splendid oasis of green palm groves. Arrive at the sand dunes of the Sahara Desert and spend the night in a desert auberge (simple hotel), located right on the edge of the dunes. A local-style dinner would be served.
Additional Notes: Some rooms may have shared bathroom facilities.
Transport: Private Vehicle (10.00-11.00 hours)
Day 7: Merzouga/Sahara Bedouin Camp
Enjoy a free day before you head out on a camel safari in the late afternoon. Spend the cool morning exploring the undulating golden sand of the dunes, simply relaxing by the pool or opt to explore the surrounding communities on a 4x4 excursion. In the afternoon, take an overnight bag and set off on a 1-hr camel ride to a desert camp deep in the dunes. Local guides will teach you how to mount and dismount and how to tie a turban to keep the desert sun off your face and add a little flare to your photos. Enjoy a warm welcome at the desert camp followed by a traditional dinner under the stars. There will be time to hear stories about life in this region and perhaps, if lucky, be treated to some traditional music on the drums.
Transport: Camel (1.00 hour)
Day 8: Sahara Bedouin Camp/Todra Gorge
Wake up with the sun and get back on our trusty camels. Watch the sunrise before returning to Merzouga. Pass through a stone desert to the stunning Todra Gorge. Wedged between massive cliff walls, the gorge is filled with a green oasis of palm trees. This serene spot is great for hiking, relaxing on the edge of the river or sampling some local Berber delicacies. Additional Notes: Due to location, the hotel power is run by a generator and the electricity is turned off every night at approx. 23:00. We recommend bringing a headlamp for getting around at night if necessary.
Transport: Camel (1.00 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (4.00-6.00 hours)
Day 9: Todra Gorge/Aït Ben Haddou
Travel along the “Route of 1000 Kasbahs” to the thriving town of Ouarzazate for a lunch stop. This town is home to Atlas Film Studios, where many films have been shot over the years, including Lawrence of Arabia and Gladiator. Continue on to the fascinating and beautiful Aït Ben Haddou, a wonderful example of a kasbah. In the evening there may be the chance for an optional cooking class. Learn the secrets of how to make the perfect tagine and then sample your skills for dinner.
Included Activities: Aït Ben Haddou Kasbah Guided Tour
Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours)
Day 10: Aït Ben Haddou/Aroumd
Leave the pre-desert country for the magnificent High Atlas Mountain landscape, crossing the Tizi n’Tichka pass at 2260m. Head into the splendid Toubkal National Park, passing through small villages on winding mountain roads, to stop at the village of Imlil. With our main luggage transported by mule, embark on the walk from Imlil to the little village of Aroumd (1 hr), for a night at our simple mountain gîte. Enjoy a homemade dinner of local produces in the cozy salon, settle in and enjoy the tranquility, the fantastic views, and the clean mountain air of this magical region.
Additional Notes: Accommodation is multi-share, up to six beds in each room. Bedding is provided, but you will need to bring a sleeping bag for additional warmth if travelling between November and April. You will also need to bring your own towel. Bathroom facilities are shared.
Included Activities: Mountain Gîte Stay with Traditional Moroccan Meal
Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hours) While the walk to the gîte is uphill, it is achievable by anyone of average fitness. Take it at a slow pace!
Walking (1.00 hour)
Day 11 Aroumd/Essaouira
After breakfast, take a scenic hike back down the mountain to meet the van in Imlil and head to the coastal town of Essaouira (arrival mid-afternoon). The rest of the day is free to explore as you wish. Browse the many shops for leather, jewellery, lamps or trinkets. Watch the brightly painted ships bring their catch into the busy harbour or take a stroll along the long, sandy beach. This is the perfect place to enjoy some local seafood and unwind.
Transport: Walking (1.00 hour)
Day 12: Essaouira
Enjoy a free day exploring this coastal port town any way you like.
Day 13: Essaouira/Marrakech
Journey to Marrakech. After arriving in the "Red City," join a certified city guide for a tour of the Marrakech medina. Visit the historical Koutoubia Minaret and gardens, Bahia Palace, the Mellah, and the Saadian Tombs. Later, opt to discover the secrets of this amazing, ancient city. Relax at one of the tea houses around the square, watching the hustle and bustle from a shady spot. End the day like a local with an optional group dinner in the famous food stalls of Djemaa el Fna.
Included Activities: Marrakech Medina Guided, Walk
Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours)
Day 14 Marrakech
A great place to start your adventure is Djemaa el Fna square, in the heart of the medina. The square changes its offerings throughout the day. Finish up your souvenir shopping or wander the new part of the city for a taste of the modern.
Day 15 Marrakech
Depart at any time.