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Morocco-Essaouira

Definitive Morocco - 12 days

Comprehensive tour of most of Morocco’s main sights, it includes the economic and political capitals of Casablanca and Rabat, the vast religious, spiritual and intellectual richness of Fes, Roman ruins in Volubilis, former imperial capital Meknes and then journeys south to experience the golden Sahara Desert, Boumalne Dades, Morocco’s Hollywood in Ouarzazate and the Red City of Marrakech. Finish your tour by heading west to the Atlantic coast to visit the white-washed walls of Essaouira, former Portuguese colony El Jadida and return to Casablanca.

Day 1: Casablanca

Arrival in Casablanca, where you will be met by your driver. It is the largest city and economic capital of Morocco and home to the impressive Hassan II mosque.

Day 2: Casablanca – Rabat – Fes

Make your way to Rabat, the political capital of Morocco situated on the Atlantic Coast. Continue to Fes: Morocco’s religious, spiritual, intellectual and cultural center.

Day 3: Fes

Guided tour of Fes, including Fes el Jedid and the mellah, southern ramparts and Fes el Bali with its centuries-old medina.

Day 4: Fes – Volubilis – Meknes – Fes

Visit Roman ruins in Volubilis and discover Moulay Ismail’s legacy in Meknes.

Day 5: Fes – Erfoud

Today’s drive takes you through the Middle Atlas Mountains, cedar forests and the Ziz Valley.

Day 6: Erfoud – Sahara Desert (Merzouga)

Erfoud is the area’s starting point for many Sahara treks. Camels, golden sand dunes, a spectacular sunset and a night under the stars await!

Day 7: Sahara Desert (Merzouga) – Todra Gorge – Tinghir – Boumalne Dades

From the dramatic cliffs of Todra Gorge, journey to Boumalne Dades via the Dades Valley, filled with ksour, palm trees, gorges and Berber villages.

Day 8: Boumalne Dades – Ouarzazate – Marrakech

Discover Ouarzazate, Morocco’s Hollywood. Follow the Road of 1,000 Kasbahs to the “Red City” of Marrakech.

Day 9: Marrakech

Guided tour of Marrakech. Former imperial capital of Morocco, Marrakech is at the crossroads of the High Atlas Mountains and the Sahara Desert.

Day 10: Marrakech – Essaouira

Get an early start for Essaouira, home of Gnawa music and a former hotspot for hippies.

Day 11: Essaouira – El Jadida – Casablanca

Drive along the beautiful coastline en route to El Jadida, former Portuguese colony.
Arrive in Casablanca in the early evening.

Day 12: Casablanca

Transfer to airport.

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