Morocco itinerary 2019
Many clients often ask how to spend 16 days tour in Morocco, and we come up with idea to share this 2 weeks Morocco itinerary which depart from Casablanca and highlight the biodiversity of Moroccan nature and the warmth and hosipitality of Moroccan people. here we go
16 days tour from Casablanca
As this is your first day in Morocco, you may like to take it easy just check into your hotel mainly if you have a long flight from home to Morocco.
Casablanca is the gate and your first contact in Morocco, and regarded as the economical capital of Morocco.
Breakfast at the hotel, you’ll start your exploration of two capital cities in one country. the first city is Casablanca which is described as the economical capital of Morocco. The City tour of Casablanca may include a Visit to Hassan 2 Mosque, Corniche Ain Diab, Habous Qaurter, and squares.
After Casablanca Tour, you’ll switch to the nearby political capital of Morocco, which is Rabat.
The latter is the administrative capital of Morocco: it’s modern, spacious with nice gardens. The visit of Rabat includes the Hassan Tower, The façades of the royal palace, the Oudaya Kasbah and the Chellah Necropolis.
You may wish to take a walk in the administrative quarter of Hassan with its modern buildings where most of administration are located and where the Moroccan parlamant is founded.
You may choose to spend the night in a modern hotel in the new quarter or move to the old section where you’ll find many Riads in the medina of Rabat.
Day3: Rabat to Chefchaouen
After your breakfast at the hotel, you’ll enjoy the landscapes between Rabat and the blue city, like the picturesque views of the Rif Mountains untill Chefchaouen or Chaouen as it is locally called.
Later on, take a free evening to see the beautiful blue walled houses and take a wander in the medina. Enjoy seeing locals in the Souk selling things brought from the countryside.
Chefchaoue offer good amount of Riad and hostels or Dar ( house) inside the medina.
Day4: Chefchaouen to Fes
Breakfast at the hotel, you’ll depart to Meknes. On the way, you visit of the archeological site of Volubilis. Transfer to Meknes. The latter is another Moroccan imperial city like Rabat. It consists of two towns; the old section called the medina and the new section or the French town. The city was the capital of the Sultan Moulay Ismail during the 17 century. The high walls are obviously seen and are taken as defensive walls against the invader’s attack.
Guided visit of Meknes includes Moulay Ismail mausoleum, the basin Swani, the Jewish cemetery and the old stores for cultivated cereals in the nearby lands. From Meknes, you’ll take an hour drive to the nearby imperial city of Fes, also written Fez
Fes, enjoy a series of 5 star hotels and Charming stays in Riads in Fes medina.
Day5: Fes city tour
Fez or Fes is the first Moroccan imperial city. It holds a wealth of attractions and described as the spiritual centre of Morocco. The Karaouiyin University of Fez is considered among the oldest in the world. Hiring a local guide in Fez is essential to have a complete visit. You start the journey with a visit of royal palace and the ceramics and poetry looking at hand made artefacts. You move with your guide to explore the Tanneries and the vibrant alleys of the old quarter. You will admire the bustling streets of the Medina where merchants open their shops.
Get back to the old days and see the bustling alleys full of Bazars, restaurants, shops…
Day6: Fes-Ifrane-Midelt-Ziz valley-Merzouga
Today, you should expect the longest stage in your 16 days Morocco Itinerary. In fact, you’ll not feel this long distance, since you’ll discover many different landscapes every 2 hours ranging from beautiful snow Atlas Mountains, to sunny sandy via the evergreen Ziz valley palm groves.
You’ll see big Cedar forest from Ifrane National park with the Barbary apes species still surving
few time later, the drive will take on the dried plateaux, and then the dried and rocky high Atlas Mountains.
The valley of Ziz vill inspire you with its infinite palm trees along the valley where villagers go to their fields every single day.
A shift change in the climate will be felt considerably mainly while passing via the town of Erfoud. From here, you’ll feel the real face of Sahara, and it won’t be longer till your eyes catches the red color sandy dunes. Yeah, this is Erg Chebbi…Yeah, this is Sahara
After this long journey which takes aroud 8 hours, i would recommend to stay in a hotel in the town and preparing yourself for the Sahara day. If you are inspired by the sand dunes, i would recommend spending the night in a hotel close to the dunes.
Day 7: Sahara day, Erg Chebbi Experience
Today’s itinerary reconciles with Fez Merzouga long distance. Time will be devoted to explore around ERG Chebbi.
Among the desert activities is to take a desert Safari by hiring a 4WD jeep to take you around Erg Chebbi. The sandy dunes stretch in the Sahara desert across 30 km long and 10 km width. It is a gift from nature, and it inspires locals and guests alike. Sunrise and sunset are among the highlights. In the same desert jeep experience, you’ll meet nomad families who take care of their animals. They live in nomad tents and they depend on grazing to win a living.
If you coincide with the day of Souk ( day market) in the town of Rissani, i would highly recommend pay a visit for this local, traditional market. By the way, the market takes place every Tuesday, Thursday and sunday.
After the market experience, you’ll like to drive back to the desert. There you can choose to spend your night under stars at the camp and take a camel trek there.
Day 8: Merzouga to Ramlia or Sidi Ali
After coming back from the camp, you may like to extend your stay in the desert for an extra night mainly when temperatures are moderate, otherwise you can have fun in a hotel which in a throw stone distance from the sand dunes.
Or may venture it ( if you have an adventurous spirit) and discover the real desert by taking some trackless road to forgotton villages.
Along the borders, you’ll follow the road till the town of Taouz. depart to the little town of Ramlia or Fogani. follow the unpaved road from Taouss crossing dried rivers and rocky plates where fossils and found. You enjoy the scenic desert views and stop to have our picnic lunch under an acacia tree. You reach the little African village of Ramlia where you make a visit to a Berber family and have tea with them.
you’ll see the real Oasis with abundant water for palm groves, see the subground system of irrigation…
Day9: Ramlia-Alnif-Todgha goges-Dades valley
You set off for Boumalne Dades driving on the offroad crossing the dried river of Oued Ghris and reaching the village of Sidi Ali. The journey takes via Alnif to Tinghir. This town is famous for the amazing Todgha Gorges. They are cliffs that rise up to 300 meters among which the clean river flows. The palm groves stretch along the river giving a unique view. To the way to the gorges stand the old Ksar which is partially inhabited. You’ll have time for yourself to enjoy the majestic Todgha gorges and take some vivid pictures..
The road will take you to Boumalne, another valley with nice rock formation, and river called Dades coming down from the high Atlas Mountains. your night can be spend in a hotel giving out to the valley of dades
Day10: Boumalne to Ouarzazate
We depart to Ouarzazate taking the road of Thousand Kasbah and passing Kelaa Mgouna & Skoura village with its palm groves. Ouarzazate is a peaceful town with spacious streets. Famous for the Cinema industry, Ouarzazate separates the Mountains with the Sahara Desert. In Ouarzazate visit of Atlas Studio, Kasbah Taourirt. Check into the hotel.
Stay at Riad Amlal
Day11: Ouarzazate-Ait Benhaddou- Marrakech
After breakfast, we visit the Taourirt Kasbah, and we drive to Ait Ben Haddou village that holds the most impressive Kasbah in Morocco. In the UNESCO protected site, many movies have been shot. After lunch, we drive the rest of the Itinerary to Marrakech through the highest Atlas Mountains.
Check into the hotel. Accommodation at Riad Argan or similar
Day 12: Marrakech city Tour
Today time devoted to explore the red city of Marrakech. We begin the local visit with a wander in the Majorelle gardens. Moreover, we visit the Koutoubia Mosque, the Saadyin tombs, the Bahia Palace, and the busiest street of the Medina. Afternoon is at leisure. You might go for a walk and enjoy the open spectacle of the Djemaa el Fna main square where you attend a nonstop performance. Musicians, acrobats, story tellers, water sellers, scent of Barbecue, orange jus…Free dinner.
Day13: Marrakech to Essaouira
This itinerary combines the mysterious allure of Marrakech and the relaxed coastal vible of Essaouira. Afternoon depart to Essaouira which is less than 3 hours from Marrakech. Essaouira is a windy town that gives out to the Atlantic ocean with a harbour. it has a rich history and was a portugaise establishment during the 16 century. Today, you will change the busiest atmosphere of Marrakech with the vibles of Essaouira. You enjoy your time walking in the Medina and taste a savourous fish dish in the port.
Accommodation at Raoud Rayhane.
Take a free and easy day at Essaouira. Stay at riad raoud Rayhane.
Day15: Essaouira to El Jadida
Breakfast at the hotel, and departure toward El Jadida which in 4 hours drive from Essaouira. You take the coastal road passing via Safi. And then you join the high way to El Jadida. You’ll check at the hotel and take a visit of the Portugueese citadel. Also take a walk in the medina and enjoy your stay at the riad.
Accommodation at riad la maison des epices.
Day16 : El Jadida to Casablanca airport.