Authentic Morocco Riad TourAuthentic Morocco Riad Tour (14 Days / 13 Nights)
Some might put this in the category of Morocco adventure tours. Definitely for those who want to see more of Morocco than just the main cites. You will travel Morocco to experience its breadth and depth. This experience stretches from the beautiful Atlas Mountains of the north with its distinct Berber culture to the Morocco Desert of the south where you can embark on one or two desert tours. Kasbahs, riads, mountains, beaches, gorges, palmeries, different colors, exotic smells and tastes - this tour of Morocco is will leave you as a cultural expert. View PRICING for this PRIVATE tour.
Day 1 Casablanca
Your Morocco Tour will begin when you arrive in Casablanca, the starting place for your exotic journey. You will be met by your private driver and transferred by van to your Casablanca hotel, where you will check in and relax for the afternoon. Depending on time, you could choose to have an optional tour of the Hassan II mosque. It is one of the largest Mosques in the world and its hand crafted beauty is breathtaking. Dinner will be served at the hotel.
Day 2 Casablanca - Rabat - Chefchaouen
After breakfast, you will leave towards Chefchaouen, the famous blue city of Morocco in the Rif Mountains. On route, you will stop in Rabat for lunch, the capital and residence of the King, to get a taste of this beautiful coastal city. After lunch you will continue on to Chefchaouen for the night. Dinner will be served in a Chefchaouen riad.
Day 3 Chefchaouen
After breakfast, you will have a tour of this "cool" blue town, tucked away in the mountains. You will enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the Rif Mountains. Dinner will be served in your riad in Chefchaouen.
Day 4 Chefchaouen - Volubilis - Meknes - Fes
After breakfast, you will head to the Roman ruins of Volubilis. You will spend the morning exploring the 2000-year-old ruins and getting a picture of life during the Roman Empire. Lunch will be taken in Meknes - one of Morocco's Imperial cities. After lunch, your guide will take you on a tour of Meknes, and then you will travel to Fes, the cultural and spiritual capital of Morocco. Dinner will be served in your riad in Fes.
Day 5 Fes
After breakfast you will begin one of your best Morocco guided tours. Your destination? The Fes Medina, one of the world's largest walled in cities. You will explore the narrow streets lined with fresh fruit, mounds of spices, intricately woven Berber carpets and many other art objects of Morocco. A visit to the Kings Palace, the tanneries, and pottery are just a few places you will experience. For lunch you will eat in traditional restaurant in the heart of the medina. After lunch you will complete the tour and return to your riad for the evening. Dinner will be served in a local restaurant.
Day 6 Fes
A free day in Fes to explore! Dinner will be served in your riad.
Day 7 Erfoud
After an early breakfast you will begin your ascent across the Middle Atlas Mountains. Most of the day will be spent winding your way through the beautiful forests, jagged rock faces, and Berber villages as you cross the Atlas Mountains and begin to descent towards the Sahara Desert. Half way, you will stop for lunch in the town of Midelt, famous for its fossils and rocks. On arrival at the Kasbah in Erfoud, a hot shower or dip in the swimming pool (depending on the weather) will be a treat after the drive. Dinner will be served at the Kasbah.
Day 8 Sahara Desert
Most of the day will be spent relaxing at the hotel or exploring the small but interesting desert town. In the afternoon, you will head off in some 4-wheel drive vehicles across the barren land to the majestic Sahara sand dunes. You will set off by camel for a 2-hour trek out to the oasis where you will spend the night in Berber tents (Dinner is included). ***this could be optional if you would prefer to return to the hotel to sleep***
Day 9 Todra Gorges & Dades
After breakfast, you will return by camel to the 4×4s and head back to Erfoud. From Erfoud you set out behind the High Atlas Mountains on route to the Todra Gorges. In the afternoon, you will take a walk up in the towering Todra Gorges (600 feet high). The picturesque river valleys make for a beautiful journey towards the southeast of Morocco. You will stay the night in Dades before you cross the High Atlas Mountains. Dinner will be served at the Kasbah.
Day 10 Todra Gorges & Ouarzazate
After an early breakfast you set off towards Ouarzazate along the route of 1000 Kasbahs. If you would like, you can visit the ancient Kasbahs in the palmaries. A trip up into the Todra Gorges is worth your time as you experience this amazing natural wonder. Upon arrival in Ouarzazate, you can visit this southern town, probably most famous now for the numerous Hollywood films that have been produced in the area. Dinner will be served in one of the riads in Quarzazate.
Day 11 Marrakech
After breakfast, you will head off towards Marrakech. On the way you will visit one of the jewels of Morocco...Kasbah Ait Benhaddou. In typical Moroccan fashion, the true treasures must be searched out and discovered...usually off the beaten path. In actuality, this setting has been used for more films than any other location in Morocco; films including, Lawrence of Arabia, Jesus of Nazareth, and recently The Gladiator.
After your visit to this famous Kasbah, you will complete the drive over the High Atlas Mountains. Once in Marrakech, you will check into your riad in Marrakech and then head off to the Jemaa el-Fna, the center square of the medina. The famous Jemaa el-Fna, is one of the center attractions of Marrakech. Coming alive at night with the local storytellers, entertainers, and mouth-watering barbeque pits, the square is well worth a visit. A quiet cup of tea on the terrace of an adjacent café provides a spectacular aerial view of the bustling square. Dinner will be served in a Marrakech riad.
Day 12 Marrakech
After breakfast, the group will have a guided tour of Marrakech, the southern pearl of Morocco. You will discover the Palace of the Bahia, the Saadian Tombs, and many other hidden treasures. After lunch, you will continue with your Morocco Tour as you head on to the magnificent Koutoubia Mosque and stop by for another look at the famous Djemaa el-Fna square at a different time of day. Your Marrakech tour will conclude with an exploration of the souk (market) lined with fresh fruit, mounds of spices, intricately woven Berber carpets and many other art objects of Morocco. Dinner will be served in your riad.
Day 13 Marrakech Free Day OR Excursion to Essaouira
This could be a free day in Marrakech to explore and relax; OR you could choose to do a day tour of Essaouira.
Essaouira Tour: After breakfast, you will set off to the coastal city of Essaouira, a picturesque fishing town, lying on the southwest coast of Morocco. With an exquisite beach to the south, Essaouira has become one of Morocco's most popular coastal towns. Many of the countries wood carvers and artists make Essaouira their home. You will return to Marrakech in the evening. Dinner will be served in your riad for maximum privacy and relaxation.
Day 14 Marrakech and Departure
After breakfast, your adventure in Morocco will conclude as your hearts are full of lifetime memories for this land of wonder. You will be transferred to the airport for departure.