14 Days around Morocco

Overview:

Embarking on a 14-day journey around Morocco is like stepping into a vibrant tapestry of colors, cultures, and history. From the bustling streets of Casablanca to the serene blue alleys of Chefchaouen, the ancient medinas of Fes, and the vast sands of Merzouga, this trip offers an unforgettable adventure. Discover the heart of Morocco as you traverse from city to desert, mountains to sea, immersing yourself in the rich traditions and warm hospitality of this North African gem.

Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival in Casablanca

Your Moroccan adventure begins in Casablanca, the country’s largest city and economic hub. After landing at Mohammed V International Airport, take some time to settle into your accommodation. Casablanca might surprise you with its blend of modernity and tradition. Start your exploration at the Hassan II Mosque, one of the largest mosques in the world, boasting stunning ocean views. A stroll along the Corniche, lined with cafes and restaurants, is the perfect way to soak in the city’s coastal charm.

Day 2: Casablanca to Chefchaouen

On the second day, set off early for the picturesque town of Chefchaouen, nestled in the Rif Mountains. The journey takes around 5 hours by car or bus, but the scenic route is well worth it. Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted by the enchanting blue-washed buildings that have made Chefchaouen famous. Take a leisurely walk through the medina, where every turn reveals a new shade of blue.

Day 3: Exploring Chefchaouen

Chefchaouen, often called the Blue Pearl, is a photographer’s dream. Spend the day wandering through its narrow, winding streets, exploring local shops selling handicrafts, textiles, and spices. Don’t miss the Plaza Uta el-Hammam, the central square where you can enjoy a traditional Moroccan meal. For panoramic views of the town, hike up to the Spanish Mosque on a nearby hill.

Day 4: Chefchaouen to Fes

Leave the tranquil beauty of Chefchaouen behind as you head to Fes, one of Morocco’s most historic cities. The journey takes about 4 hours. Upon arrival, dive into the rich history of Fes by visiting the Royal Palace and the Mellah, the old Jewish quarter. The medina of Fes, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a labyrinthine wonder that dates back over a thousand years.

Day 5: Discovering Fes

Dedicate your fifth day to fully exploring Fes. Start at the Bou Inania Madrasa, an architectural masterpiece of Islamic education. Wander through the bustling souks, where artisans craft goods as they have for centuries. Visit the University of Al Quaraouiyine, the oldest continuously operating university in the world. The tanneries of Fes are also a must-see, offering a glimpse into traditional leather-making processes.

Day 6: Fes to Merzouga

Prepare for a dramatic change of scenery as you journey from Fes to Merzouga, a gateway to the Sahara Desert. This 7-hour drive takes you through the Middle Atlas Mountains, with stops at charming towns like Ifrane, known as the “Switzerland of Morocco,” and the cedar forests of Azrou, home to Barbary macaques. Arrive in Merzouga just in time for a breathtaking sunset over the dunes.

Day 7: Merzouga Adventures

Day seven is all about embracing the desert’s magic. Start with an exhilarating camel trek through the golden dunes of Erg Chebbi. The rhythmic sway of the camels and the vast expanse of sand create a surreal experience. You’ll spend the night in a traditional Berber camp under a canopy of stars, enjoying a delicious dinner and perhaps some drumming and dancing around the campfire.

Day 8: Merzouga to Ouarzazate

Bid farewell to the Sahara as you embark on a journey to Ouarzazate, known as the “Gateway to the Desert.” The drive takes you through the dramatic landscapes of the Dades Valley and the Todra Gorge, where towering cliffs create a stunning natural spectacle. Arrive in Ouarzazate and settle into your accommodation before exploring the town’s attractions, including the Taourirt Kasbah.

Day 9: Exploring Ouarzazate

Ouarzazate is a treasure trove for film buffs and history enthusiasts alike. Start your day with a visit to the Atlas Film Studios, where numerous Hollywood blockbusters were filmed. Next, explore the Ait Benhaddou, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and an iconic ksar (fortified village) that has stood for centuries. The intricate mud-brick architecture and historical significance of these sites make for a fascinating day of exploration.

Day 10: Ouarzazate to Marrakech

On day ten, embark on a scenic drive to Marrakech, traversing the High Atlas Mountains via the Tizi n’Tichka pass. The winding roads offer breathtaking views of the rugged terrain. Upon arrival in Marrakech, you’ll immediately feel the vibrant energy of this bustling city. Spend the evening wandering through Jemaa el-Fnaa, the main square, where snake charmers, street performers, and food vendors create a lively atmosphere.

Day 11: The Magic of Marrakech

Marrakech, the “Red City,” is a sensory overload in the best possible way. Begin your exploration at the Koutoubia Mosque, with its iconic minaret. Dive into the souks, where you can haggle for spices, textiles, and jewelry. Visit the Bahia Palace and the Saadian Tombs for a glimpse into Morocco’s royal past. Don’t miss the Jardin Majorelle, a stunning garden once owned by Yves Saint Laurent. In the evening, return to Jemaa el-Fnaa to sample an array of street foods.

Day 12: Day Trip to Essaouira

Escape the hustle and bustle of Marrakech with a day trip to the coastal city of Essaouira. The 3-hour drive takes you to this charming port town with its laid-back vibe and fresh sea breeze. Explore the historic medina, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and stroll along the ramparts with views of the Atlantic Ocean. Enjoy fresh seafood at a local restaurant before returning to Marrakech in the evening.

Day 13: Return to Casablanca

As your Moroccan adventure winds down, make your way back to Casablanca. The drive takes around 3 hours, giving you plenty of time to reflect on the incredible experiences of the past two weeks. Spend your final night in Casablanca revisiting favorite spots or discovering new ones, perhaps indulging in a last delicious Moroccan meal.

Day 14: Departure from Casablanca

Your journey concludes as you prepare for departure from Mohammed V International Airport. Take some time to reflect on the diverse landscapes, rich history, and warm hospitality that made your trip unforgettable. With memories to last a lifetime, bid farewell to Morocco, knowing you’ve experienced a truly unique adventure.

Departure & Return Location:
Casablanca(Google Map)
Included:
  • Private transport in air condition car
  • Pick up and drop off from Marrakesh hotel
  • Dinners and breakfast
  • Hotels / riands during tours
  • Camel ride in desert /  Desert camp 1 night
  • English/French/Spanish speaking driver during the tour
Excluded:
  • Personal expenses
  • Lunches

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