Cultural Basecamp

Morocco Eclectic Itinerary

Casablanca, Morocco

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Prices From: $3,338 per person

From the arid Sahara Desert to the beach resorts along the western coast, Morocco is a slide show of constantly shifting panoramas, landscapes and cityscapes. This country has played host to foreign conquerors and rulers from ancient Roman to modern French origins, and has emerged as a traditional Muslim center of culture and commerce unlike anywhere else.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - Casablanca Arrival

Welcome to Morocco! You will be picked up from the airport and taken directly to the hotel. If you arrive early enough, you could see some of the sights in the city. The most significant monument is the Hassan II Mosque, which does have opening hours for visitors.

Approximate Driving Time = 2 hr

Overnight: Barcelo Casablanca

Day 2 - Casablanca - Meknes - Volubilis - Fez

Today, you will be taken to Fez, one of Morocco's impressive Imperial Cities. Along the way you can stop in Meknes, one of Morocco's lesser-visited Imperial Cities. Located here is one of Morocco's most impressive gateways, Bab Mansour. Thirty minutes away from Meknes are the Roman Ruins of Volubilis and the sacred town of Moulay Idriss, which sits perched overlooking the ruins. You'll arrive to Fez in the later afternoon.

Approximate Driving Time = 4 hrs

Overnight: Riad Salama (Breakfast, Dinner included)

Day 3 - Fez Private Tour

In Fez, you will be able to explore the UNESCO protected Fez Medina with a private guide. Since this can be confusing due to well over 9,000 streets and alleyways, your guide will take you to the most special parts, including the Fondouk Nejjarine, the tanneries and the various craft souks. The tour lasts from 9:30 until 5:30. Lunch is included today on the tour.

Overnight: Riad Salama (Breakfast, Lunch included)

Day 4 - Fez - Ifrane - Azrou - Midelt - Efroud

You will depart around 9am and head for Ifrane, the "Switzerland of Morocco." You will continue onward through Azrou, Midelt and onto Erfoud for the night. There will be an optional walk if you wish to break up the drive. After a relaxing night in the hotel, you'll be fully rested for the next day's full adventure.

Approximate Driving Time = 7 hrs

Overnight: Xaluca Erfoud (Breakfast, Dinner included)

Day 5 - Efroud - Ziz Valley - Sahara Desert

In the morning, our coordinator for the region named Tata will take you to visit his small village in the Ziz (Tafilalet) Valley, Morocco's largest date-producing region. Before or after lunch at his family's home, he can take you on a short walk through the date palms and farms. Following, it's off to Merzouga, the Erg Chebbi region of the Sahara Desert. Before venturing on a short camel ride into the desert, you can pack an overnight back and leave any luggage in storage at the hotel that oversees our camping site. Following, you'll choose your camel and head into the dunes for a memorable night under the stars. You'll be sleeping in a Bedouin-style tent. Our private tent area has actual beds/blankets/sheets, carpets aligning the ground, and a western-style bathroom facilities. If you would rather not go into the desert, we can always arrange a room for you at the Kasbah-style hotel. A camel ride at sunset or sunrise can always be arranged separately.

Approximate Driving Time = 3 hrs

Overnight: Kasbah Tombouctou (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

Day 6 - Sahara Desert - Tinjedad - Dades Valley - Skoura

This morning, you'll be able to rise with the sunset to grab some photos before hopping back onto the camels for the short ride back to the hotel. Once there, you can enjoy a shower and breakfast before heading on the road again. You'll have plenty of opportunities to stop along the way for photos. You'll head to Tinjedad, which is home to an ancient ksar and Berber museum. You can enjoy lunch here before continuing onward to the Dades Valley. Here, you can enjoy a one to two hour walk to enjoy the areas amazing rock formations before going to Skoura, known as the Valley of Kasbahs, for the evening where dinner will be served.

Approximate Driving Time = 5 hrs

Overnight: Les Jardins de Skoura (Breakfast, Dinner included)

Day 7 - Ouarzazate - Ait Ben Haddou - Marrakesh

After leaving Dades Valley this morning, you can visit Ouarzazate. This relatively new city is home to the Taorirt Kasbah once owned by the Glaouis family, who ruled Morocco. You will also be stopping at the UNESCO world heritage site at Ait Ben Haddou. Later in your journey, you will visit the Telouet Kasbah, located along the former caravan route from the Sahara over the Atlas Mountains sitting at an elevation of 5,900 ft. Then, you'll head over the Tiz n Tichka pass, which goes over the High Atlas Mountains and to Marrakesh.

Approximate Driving Time = 6 hrs

Overnight: Riad Snan 13 (Breakfast, Dinner included)

Day 8 - Marrakesh Private Tour

In Marrakesh, today will be devoted to a private guided visit of the Marrakesh Medina. You can explore the Saadian tombs, Bahia Palace, Ali Ben Youssef Koranic School, and walk through the various souks. Lunch is included on the tour today.

Overnight: Riad Snan 13 (Breakfast, Lunch included)

Day 9 - Marrakesh - Casablanca

Today, you can do any last minute shopping or sightseeing before heading to Casablanca at your convenience.

Approximate Driving Time = 3 hrs

Overnight: Barcelo Casablanca (Breakfast included)

Day 10 - Casablanca Departure

You will be departing Morocco from Casablanca (CMN) today. We hope you have had a wonderful journey!

Approximate Driving Time = 1 hr

Accommodation Information

Barcelo Casablanca

The Barceló Casablanca is a hotel located right in the middle of Morocco ’s economic and financial capital. It is an ideal option both for your working meetings and for your pleasure trips. With its extensive culinary selection, its 5 meeting rooms and its professional staff, every last detail will be attended to in order to make any event a real success.

The hotel boasts modern rooms with a fully equipped bathroom with a shower, a hair dryer, a magnifying and anti fog mirror, air conditioning, a free Internet connection, Ethernet and wireless Internet access, satellite TV, a telephone in the bedroom and in the bathroom, a minibar, a safe and 24-hour room service.

Riad Salama

This Riad was built at the beginning of the last century by Mohammed Chergui, aristocrat of that period. Due to its location, in between the two mains street of the Médina, the Riad Salama is really a small enchanting oasis.

It has a beautiful open mosaic courtyard - different from traditional riads, with a small pool and a lovely seated area with lots of natural shade. With two regular rooms, two luxury rooms and two suites it's never going to be crowded and can be a real sun trap in the afternoon. Tasteful stained glass windows provide character, and each of its rooms features a balcony or patio with a view over the garden, traditional Moroccan décor, lots of light, and a private bathroom with a hairdryer and amenities.

Xaluca Erfoud

Kasbah Hotel Xaluca is located in Erfoud, a city known as “the Door to the Desert”. The Kasbah is listed as unique in Morocco due to its distinctive characteristics. It was built with adobes, the traditional Moroccan building bricks, and it is a great place to relax and enjoy the moment.

Xaluca Erfoud offers 134 spacious rooms decorated with regional materials, as well as 8 bungalows. It combines tradition with modern amenities, where installations are adapted to the stringiest standards. It is a fantastic place, situated among the dunes and palms, where you will be able to enjoy unique emotions.

Kasbah Tombouctou

Kasbah Hotel Tombouctou has become the most prestigious establishment in the Erg Chebi Desert. Its majestic structure and its privileged location make Kasbah Hotel Tomboctou a compulsory stop for any traveler in the south of Morocco.

Kasbah Hotel Tomboctou offers 72 rooms that, in keeping with the essence of traditional construction, have been designed with natural materials, warm colors, and walls covered with “tadalaket” a typical Moroccan lime plaster coating.

Les Jardins de Skoura

Les Jardins de Skoura is located in the heart of the Skoura palm grove, renowned for its many kasbahs. Surrounded by a magnificent garden featuring a number of different trees and fragrances stand five spacious, air-conditioned bedrooms and three suites.

In the summer, you can enjoy relaxing comfortably on one of the terraces, lay by the poolside under the olive trees, or stroll along the vegetable gardens. On winter nights, the convivial dining room is warmed up by the atmosphere of a lovely chimney fire. The restaurant features refined Moroccan and Mediterranean specialties. Les Jardins de Skoura combines the experience of the true Moroccan countryside with the comfort that visitors are seeking when looking for a peaceful and quiet place.

Riad Snan 13

Riad Snan 13 is a relaxing space where charm and essence run into the city's bubbly downtown area. Our riad offers you one Grand Suite and five double bedrooms, all of them with their own unique and special character, decorated with the uttermost care and attention to detail. A patio with a swimming pool. A dining area. Two chill-out areas to help you relax and panoramic terrace with incredible views.

Location

Region: Africa - North, West and Central

Address:
Casablanca
Morocco

Amenities/Activities

Breakfast Breakfast

Day Tours Day Tours

Archeology Indigenous Archeology Indigenous

GBC Staffpick GBC Staffpick

Ecologically Responsible Ecologically Responsible

General Information

Price Includes

  • All accommodation as mentioned
  • Daily breakfast
  • All other meals as mentioned
  • Tours/activities as mentioned
  • Professional Englishspeaking guide during tours
  • All transport as mentioned
  • Full support before, during & after your trip

Price Excludes

  • International flights
  • Taxes and fees
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
  • Entrance visas when applicable
  • Other services not mentioned
  • Tips and gratuities to guides, drivers
  • Expenses of a purely personal nature