Morocco in Style tour starts in Casablanca, a city for tourists who like to feel like a local. Continue your private tour along the Atlantic Coastline to Essaouira. Onwards to the Imperial City of Marrakech. Venture into the Sahara Desert region before making your way to the fabulous cultural capital of Fes. End off your tour with a stay in Tangier, the gateway between Africa and Europe.
Get an insight into the most important Moroccan cities and discover its hidden treasures with your private guide.
At a glance
|Day 1||Arrive Casablanca. Meet and transfer to Hotel|
|Day 2||Morning tour of Casablanca. Continue to Oualdiya via Safi|
|Day 3||Travel to Essaouira and city tour|
|Day 4||Continue to Marrakech|
|Day 5||Full day tour of Marrakech|
|Day 6||Travel through the Atlas Mountains to Ouarzazate|
|Day 7||Continue through the Dades Valley to Erfoud|
|Day 8||Afternoon 4 x4 tour to the sand dunes of Merzouga|
|Day 9||Via Ifrane and the Ziz Valley to Fez|
|Day 10||Day at leisure in Fez|
|Day 11||Leave for Chaouen and Tetouan to Tangier|
|Day 12||Panoramic tour of Tangier|
|Day 13||Return to Casablanca with a stop in Rabat|
|Day 14||Service ends with transfer to Casablanca Airport|
> Daily departures
> Private English speaking driver throughout the tour
> Sightseeing tours with professional English speaking guides
> Freedom to experience each city at your own pace
> Savour the picturesque Atlantic cities of Oualidya, El Jadida and Essaouira
> Visit the markets and popular art districts in Marrakech
> Travel on a spectacular journey through the Atlas Mountains and Valleys to Merzouga, gateway to the desert
> After Fes, travel to the famous Blue and White Village of Chefchaouen to Tangier
> Stop in Cape Spartel where the Mediterranean Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean
> Visit Rabat and end your journey in Casablanca
Best time to go
Spring (April and May) and Fall (September and October) are perhaps the best times to take a Morocco Tour. With a summer climate in the south and in the mountains, as well as on the Mediterranean and Atlantic coasts. Winter can be perfect by day in the south, though desert nights can get very cold. Traveling the Sahara Desert is idyllic during the months of November to February. The south is isolated from the rest of Morocco and is arguably the most hospitable, breath-taking and culturally interesting of any region in the country
Morocco food & drink
Moroccan cuisine is famous throughout the world and is quite unique. Full of subtle spices and tantalising combinations of flavours, Morocco's cuisine is sure to please every palate. During your stay in Morocco you must try the warming tagines, flaky pastillas, spicy hariras and fishy chermoula.
When you’re looking for something to drink, mint tea (known as Berber whiskey) is the national drink and you’ll find it enjoyed everywhere.
Culture and Language
Fridays are a holy day so expect shops and market stalls to close around midday. And during the month of Ramadan (the dates of which change every year) you should refrain from eating, drinking or smoking in public as a mark of respect. The consumption of alcohol is forbidden in Islam, but it can still be purchased in larger stores, especially in touristy areas, and in hotels and restaurants. Arabic and Berber are the official languages. French is often used for business, diplomatic and government issues
Morocco is a visual feast and it can be hard to know where to point your camera first! Landscapes are no problem as they rarely have an issue with their picture being taken. When photographing people though, it’s important to be respectful – imagine how you’d feel if strangers started to take your picture without a by-your-leave! Always ask permission first, and it helps if you get to know your subject a bit better. Moroccans are very friendly, and you should have no trouble getting to know them.
Metered “Petit Taxi” are available in all major Moroccan cities. The cheapest and most popular way of getting around to country is to make use of the extensive Coach network. Private operators compete for travellers on the more popular routes. Casablanca has a super modern rapid transit tram system. Moroccan Rail (ONCF) has a network connecting North Morocco only. Centres such as Agadir and Essaouira do not have rail networks
There are no hard and fast rules, but it’s generally accepted that a 10% tip is suitable when eating out and for tour guides. Round up your taxi fare to the nearest five dirhams, but don’t feel obliged to tip if you aren’t happy with the service.
B’stilla: a flaky pastry pie is stuffed with steaming tender pigeon meat, almonds and eggs and spiced with aromatic saffron, cinnamon and fresh coriander
Harira: a hearty bowl of soup, prepared with lamb broth, tomatoes, red lentils, chickpeas, topped with a squeeze of zesty lemon juice and a handful of chopped coriander
Tagine: slow-cooked stews always served with bread to mop up those smoky, hearty juices. Chicken slow-cooked with green olives and preserved lemons is perhaps the classic base, but lamb with plums and allspice is certainly a local favourite.
Ktefa: a traditional Moroccan dessert made with warqa pastry. It’s layered with delicious, sweetened fried almonds and covered with a custard sauce
Start your Morocco tour in Casablanca, a city for tourists who like to feel like a local, rather than a tourist. Also, those who want to experience the present as well as learn about the past. The size of Casablanca, Morocco’s most populous city, means visitors have to make an effort to discover its hidden details. Some of which are its fascinating architecture and diverse building styles, from Art Deco to ultra modern. It is a great restaurant city, dine at Rick’s Café, not only for the food but for the sultry atmosphere inspired by the bar made famous in the iconic film.
A sleepy little village which is the perfect description of happy and tranquil living. Oualidia has one of the most beautiful landscapes you are likely to see. Overlooking a truly outstanding coastal lagoon, arguably the most picturesque and perfect in all of North Africa. It serves as a truly outstanding spectacle if you are here in Morocco.
A small seaside town with impressive 18th-century fortifications, Essaouira sits on Morocco’s Atlantic coast. A three-hour drive west of Marrakesh. Strong trade winds make it one of the world’s great surf spots, and it has enjoyed a healthy tourist trade since the 1960s. Due to the hippie icons like Jimi Hendrix and Cat Stevens making high-profile visits. Despite this, Essaouira remains peaceful, quaint, and slow-paced.
A mixture of traditional and contemporary. Marrakech holds the promise of incomparable sensations. Stroll through the Jemaa El Fna and the bazaars with their bright colors and oriental scents. The red city will whisk you into another world in the blink of an eye. Rides in horse-drawn carriages, sun-soaked terraces, street artists and other activities both day and night will all add to your stay in Morocco.
Once an isolated military outpost during French Occupation, the city of Ouarzazate is nestled amongst a barren, rocky plateau south of the High Atlas Mountains, 1160m in altitude. It is known as the “doorway to the desert,” since its vast, arid surroundings mark the beginning of Sahara desert, a change in landscape, which in itself, is a spectacle to encounter. Mountains and valleys with beautiful windswept formations roll for as far as the eye can see and the expanse of something so absolute never fails to impress. The Berbers and nomads who inhabit these regions of Morocco call them the Hamada, which literally means ‘desert scrubland’ and the word ‘Ouarzazate’ means “noiseless” in Tamazigh, capturing its remote and serene setting.
Morocco trips are filled with excitement and magnificent landscapes. Tinerhir is one of these places. It is a village between two oases. In the northern part of Tinerhir, you will find a passage leading to the Todra Gorge. The gorge is a splendid representation of what nature as an artist can do with water and red clay. It will make an impression even from the village of Tinerhir. East of Tinerhir is the Tinerhir Oasis. The oasis is a lot like Todra with its design and aesthetic appeal. The Todra Gorge is the main activity in Tinerhir for tourists, but it should not be your only stop.
Built by the French besides the perennial Ziz River, the little town of Erfoud is not characterized by the charm of a centuries-old settlement. It’s red sand buildings, however, stand out in impressive contrast against the surrounding desert, and with its good hotels, restaurants and a lively souk, it is an excellent place from which to explore the surrounding landscape of desert and oases.
Merzouga is a small Moroccan town in the Sahara Desert, near the Algerian border. It’s known as a gateway to Erg Chebbi, a huge expanse of sand dunes north of town. West of Merzouga, Dayet Srji is a seasonal salt lake that’s often dry in summer. When full, it attracts a wide range of migratory and desert birds, including desert warblers, Egyptian nightjars and, occasionally, flamingos. Merzouga is a dream desert destination filled with camel rides and ethereal desert beauty.
Fez vies with Marrakesh for the title of Morocco’s most exotic city. This is the country’s spiritual capital, and despite the encroachment of modernity, it has maintained its authentic appeal down through the ages, holding onto its stately bearing as an Imperial City. Its minaret and dome-punctured skyline and timeless, crumbling Islamic architecture are top things to see for tourists. With historic buildings on every corner, this is a Moroccan metropolis that shouldn’t be missed.
The special appeal of Chefchaouen goes beyond its prime mountainside location. Travelers are fascinated by the surreal impression it leaves. The facades of its houses are painted blue and white so that the whole city appears to be drenched in Azure. Walking here feels like moving through a dream.
A favorite with traditional architecture fans and culture lovers, Tetouan is an atmospheric city with a pretty medina that is its prime sightseeing attraction. Snugly located amid the beginning of Morocco’s beautiful Rif Mountain region, Tetouan is also an excellent base for avid nature lovers wanting to set out and explore the unspoiled surrounding hill country.
Tangier is a true port town with all of the international, cross-cultural influence and great seafood that implies. Sip on a fresh-squeezed orange juice on a balcony in the old kasbah, take in the breathtaking view over the Strait of Gibraltar and Southern Spain, feast on a tajine Pescado (fish stew with roasted tomatoes, a specialty of the region), and take a seat at one of the many cafés and bars to channel the vibes of the Beat Writers who made this city something of a pilgrimage in the 50s and 60s.
Rabat is a cultural city with a rich history. Its streets and public squares are full of masterpieces. Pay a visit to the Kasbah of the Udayas, whose grand, majestic silhouette is softened by the surrounding gardens. Not far beyond its walls lies the Chellah, a necropolis that dates to the Marinids. Entering the complex is like journeying to another world: marvel at the ancient remains as you walk through the gardens and glimpse a few storks.
Arrival in Casablanca (D)
- On arrival at the airport in Casablanca will be greeted by our local representative and then you will be transferred to hotel.
- You will visit Morocco’s economic capital, Casablanca, the Mosque Hassan II, Mohammed V Square, the Royal Palace, and Habous district Anfa & Ain Diab residential neighborhood.
- Continue to El Jadida and Safi
- Overnight in Oualidya
- Breakfast and city tour of Essaouira.
- Protected from winds and surrounded by flowers, Essaouira is the center of furniture manufacturing in Morocco.
- Sculpts in wood craftsmen lemon, cedar and sandalwood, keeping their character and flavor. These days, the magic city of Essaouira comes artistic influences.
- The silence of the city, the beauty of the site and splendid lights have always attracted and inspired artists.
- Meet and assist on arrival and departure by our local representative
- Sightseeing tours and intercity transfers as per itinerary in AC private vehicle
- English speaking driver throughout the tour
- Accommodation in selected hotels in double room sharing
- Meals: as mentioned
- Local English Speaking Guide during tours
- International/Domestic flights – Departure & Fuel taxes (Contact us for best airfares)
- Personal expenses, meals and drinks unless otherwise specified
- Travel insurance
- Morocco visa fee
- Entrance fees
- Services not stated in the itinerary
- Rate valid for travel between 16 SEP and 31 OCT 2018
- Seasonal supplements may be applicable