Marrakech to Casablanca, Souks, Camels, Beach and beyond 12 days
12 day Moroccan true Adventure Led by an expert tour guide, this exciting 12 day group tour is the best way to uncover Morocco through the eyes of someone who calls it home. From Marrakech, travel by private vehicles to the Atlantic ocean and relax at Essaouira, visit Agadir & Traoudant before camel trekking across the Sahara desert of Erg Chegaga. Take in the Imperial Cities of Fes, Rabat and Meknes and uncover many of Morocco’s key sites through the expertise of specialist guides, drink tea and dance with the eastern high atlas uncovered tribes. By night bed down in comfortable locally-owned 4-star hotels and enjoy Moroccan food, this is truly a life time adventure! won’t you join us?
DAY 1: WELCOME TO MARRAKECH
Welcome to Morocco! On arrival at Marrakech Airport, you will be met by a Premium Morocco Tours representative and transferred to your hotel. While this is an arrival day and you may arrive at any time, please note that hotel rooms are generally only available after midday, and that there will a Welcome Meeting with your leader tonight. If you arrive with time to spare, then a great option for your limited time in Marrakech is to visit the Jamaa Lafna for a different type of cultural experience, then you can discover a unique and fascinating square & Souks.
Note: Please be aware that some of our travelers in Marrakech are being approached by locals offering excursions before their Premium Tours trip commences. This has been particularly prevalent in and around the hotels used by Premium Tours. These guides are in no way connected to Premium Morocco Tours and we cannot guarantee the safety or quality standards of their tours. We strongly advise customers not to join any tour offered by unauthorised guides. Premium Tours assesses the safety of all optional excursions offered by our tour leaders. If you would like more information on the excursions available, please contact us before you travel or see the Premium Tours
Activites : Welcome from Airport & Transfer to the Riad. / free Time
Accommodation : Riad
Meals Included : Welcome Dinner
DAY 02: MARRAKECH EXPLORATION
After breakfast today, meet your local guide and set off on a morning tour of the old medina, through the bustling souks that are the lifeblood flowing through the city. Explore tranquil courtyards filled with the scent of orange blossom, and the many salons and chambers that make up Bahia Palace. This splendid mansion was built in 1866 for a former slave who rose to power within the government. Continue to the Marrakech Museum, itself a former palace, which houses a fine collection of Moroccan art and sculpture. Stop by the Koutoubia Mosque; its famous minaret is the prototype for others of its kind around the world, including La Giralda in Seville. Then walk back through the streets of the old medina to the Jemaa el Fna. The rest of the day is free to explore further or shop in the bazaar. Perhaps visit the tropical gardens of the French painter Jacques Majorelle or check out the ruins of the Palais Badi, once one of the most beautiful palaces in the world. Otherwise, perhaps head back into the medina, where every step brings a new smell, a new sight or a new gift to buy. Watch skilled artisans perfect their craft, practice your haggling skills or take a break from the hustle to sip on tea or share a tajine, filled with the pure scent of Morocco. For your final evening, why not feast with new friends in one of the many great restaurants lining the square.
Tour Highlights :
Guided walking tour Marrakech
Jamaa lfna & Koutoubia
Coranic medrassa ben youssef
Monuments and Heritage Tour
Meals Included: Breakfast
DAY 3: MARRAKECH – ESSAOUIRA
After breakfast leave for Essaouira (approximately 2.5 hours), a city where the medina brushes up against the Atlantic Ocean and where you will spend the next two nights. The narrow streets of Essaouira are ideal for casual exploration. Their size discourages cars, and on walk through the town it feels as though little has changed since the days of sea pirates. Sandstone walkways contrast with whitewashed houses, bright blue sky and the sand of the surrounding beaches and dunes. It is one of North Africa’s most attractive places, and you will soon find yourself slipping into its easy-going rhythm of this Moroccan town with a European seaside twist. The fishing port is a serious commercial operation and there’s much fun to be had observing the daily catch and its subsequent auction. Elsewhere there are numerous shops and several fine art galleries to distract a visitor, along with a wide variety of restaurants. Your tour leader will help guide you through the maze of options.
The name Essaouira means image, which is appropriate since it’s such a picturesque town. This artists’ town was once home to sizeable British and Jewish populations, and its charm has seduced people like Orson Welles and Jimi Hendrix, who (according to local legend) spent much of his time here in the 1960s. On this free morning perhaps grab a traditional Moroccan breakfast and wander the streets, giving way to the cart-haulers calling ‘ballak, ballak’, pass the harbour filled with colourful boats which go out early every morning for the day’s catch, see camels and surfers sharing the beach, and perhaps explore the fish souk. Here you will choose a catch of the day and take it to a local-filled restaurant – follow their lead and hand over your market purchase for it to be grilled for the freshest of meals. Your leader will also take you to the fresh vegetables markets where you will choose your salads and veggies to accompany your seafood lunch. Enjoy delicious meal together with the rest of your group. After lunch, take a chance to search the less hectic medina, discover the Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdallah Museum and its collection of artifacts, woodwork, carpets and stringed instruments, enjoy cafe life on the main square, or sit back and watch the kite surfers ride the crashing waves. You can also discover the taste of Morocco in a cooking class, or head outside of the city to the beautiful surroundings.
Accommodation : Riad
Included Activities : Seafood Market Lunch – Essaouira Free Time – Argan Co-operative
Meals Included : Breakfast
DAY 04: ESSAOUIRA – AGADIR – TAROUDANT
See an entirely different side of Morocco on this trip. Follow the Atlantic coastline to Taroudant for a tour of the town’s medina and to spend some time at the large yet tranquil beach, Your day-long adventure begins as you head south from Essaouira passing by Agadir, passing isolated beaches, the Saudi prince’s palace, and the village of Taghazout along the way Visit the many Souks and Medinas of Taroudant to see the locals selling everything from fresh vegetables and spices to leather and jewelry. Be entertained by the acrobats, snake charmers and musicians of Assarague square and visit Peace Palace, the oldest hotel in the region. Tour of souks and the Medina in Taroudant Browse for local goods in the souks (markets) Watch snake charmers and other entertainment in Assarague Square, Visit an herbalist to learn about plants used in Moroccan medicine, See Peace Palace, Oldest hotel in the region.
Taroudant is a city full of many souks and markets, hiding away in the narrow alleys and squares of the Medina’s. On this morning tour you will visit Morocco’s most famous souks for an opportunity to be part of the daily hustle and bustle. Shop for local handicrafts and souvenirs of your visit to Morocco as you explore the souk and practise your bargaining skills. In Assarague Square, acrobats, snake charmers and musicians entertain the crowd while creating a lively atmosphere. Before returning to your Taroudant hotel, you will also stop by a herbalist for a presentation of spices and plants used in traditional Moroccan medicine.
Included Activities : Stop for Photos, Beach, Taghazout ( may be some surfing ) Visit Agadir Oufella. Free time to explore Taroudant by night.
Accommodation : Riad Tafilag
Meals Included : Breakfast
DAY 05: TAROUDANT – TAZNAKHT – ERG CHEGAGA
From Taroudant After crossing the Great Plains of planted argan in Taliouine arrive at the capital of saffron, the most expensive spice in the world that is harvested completely by hand, before discovering the famous passes of the Anti Atlas. we will continue to Taznaght village, famous for Making the most beautiful carpets directly from Local women, we then cross many oasis like valleys, we arrive to the last sahaan town foum zguid famous as a formal caravan route, the best town to get supplies, water. before you head out of the town into the Erg Chegaga dunes – on a spectacular rough drive on a rocky tracks, crossing the biggest lake of the sahara « mostly dry » – considered the “real” Sahara Desert with its authentic colored sand dunes. Escape from the city lights and enjoy unforgettable desert experiences, from camel rides to desert dinners, the Moroccan Desert is like a trip to the middle of nowhere. Escape the hurly-burly of the city streets and the pressure of modern life as you head into what is often called the “real” Sahara desert with its iconic sand dunes, teased by the desert light.
Included Activities : Camel Trekking, Sun rise, Walking
Accommodation : Desert Camp
Guided walking tour & Camel back desert dunes discovery
Meals included : Breakfast, Dinner.
DAY 06: EXPLORE THE SAHARA BY CAMELS
Today we discover the majesty of the Sahara desert with its endless sand dunes and breathtaking scenery. After Breakfast, we embark on our Camels for a half day Camel Ride crossing the sahara desert dunes, a 2-hour drive through the dunes and Dried lakes, we enjoy the most spectacular vast desert of Morocco. You will be taken on a 3-hour trek off the beaten tracks through less undiscovered places where you can experience a sense of wilderness, breathe clean air of the Sahara desert and explore the diversity of wonderfully changing landscapes with splendid undulating sand dunes that change color as the day progresses along with the guarantee of a cheerful welcome from the nomadic Berber people. This vast area of sand dunes makes for a breathtaking landscape, particularly at sunrise or sunset. we may have picnic or Head back to the camp in the middle of the day for lunch and free afternoon at your own pace to reward yourselves with this unforgetable momnets. In the evening we make fire and admire a purely sky full with brightly stars and night out in the open air with moments of real pleasure to discover constellations, you may get involved in some drumming and fire in the camp.
Guided walking & Camel Trekking in The sahara
Meals included : Breakfast, Dinner.
DAY 07: DRAA VALLEY – OUARZAZATE – SKOURA
We wake up early morning final chance to enjoy the sunrise over the dunes of Erg Chegaga, one of the best moment of the desert, after you will be followed by a delicious breakfast, opportunity to take shower and start your journey back from Erg chegaga dunes to ZAGORA the Draa valley, Agdez the longest valley in Morocco famous for Being Moroccan Dates Basket, Locals grow more than 11 type of dates, enjoy this mystical landscapes along the Caravan formal route, before zagora we will visit Tamegroute (Tamgrout) is a village in the south of Morocco, in the valley of the Draa River. It has a history as an important center of learning and religion through its famous Sufi zawiya, historical center of the Nasiriyya Sufi order, one of the most influential – and at one time one of the largest – Sufi orders in the Islamic world. Tamegroute’s green pottery is also very well known.The founders of the religious brotherhood Nasiriyya wanted to raise the status of the village of Tamegroute to that of a ‘Medina’, that is to say to make it a city. They assembled the merchants and craftsmen that they had brought from Fes, a city that enjoyed good relations with Tamegroute at the time. However, today Tamegroute is a little village again, but the pottery has become its main characteristic. Except for a few ochre shades, a green glaze is the dominant colour in pottery from Tamegroute. As with Fes Zelliges, and even more so, the ancient techniques give the glaze infinite variations. We will overnight continue along the Draa valley, walk to see the land of Henna and enjoy the plam gardens, we then go to Ouarzazate, Largest saharan center, famous for Cinema, the hollywood of Africa, where gladiator, lawrence of arabia, game of thrones were made, you may visit cinema museum and continue to overnight in Skoura oasis in a local Kasbah house.
Included Activities : walking, Visit Pottery, Cornaic School, Draa gardens and Plams
Accommodation : Kasbah
Included meals : Breakfast / Dinner
DAY 08: SKOURA – DADES GORGE – TODRA GORGE
After breakfast we will depart from Skoura and head towards Kelaat Mgouna, known for its roses & Beautiful Kasbahs. We will continue our journey to the spectacular Rose Valley where we will see figs, almond and walnut trees. Passing through the valley of 1000 Kasbahs we will see many Berber villages and Kasbahs, local berbers organize a festival celebrating the harvest of roses, you may see many families destilating roses to extract rose water and essences used for medicines and cosmetics, after that we will head to Dades Gorges with its diffrent colours, you will also discover the “Monkeys Feet Prints rock formation” before arriving at Todra Gorge where we will walk for 1 hour to explore the canion.
Accommodation : Riad Bab Todgha
Included Activities :
Visit Berber family
Walking & climbing
Meals Included : Breakfast / Dinner
DAY 09: TODRA – GUELMIMA – FES
We drive afterwards across across ziz valley, second largest date palm valley, enjoy beautiful canions of ziz, lunch in a restaurant before arriving to the Middle Atlas forests, break to see macaque monkeys and continue to fez, was the capital of Morocco for 4 centuries and Fez el Bali the old fes, is possibly the oldest and largest medieval cities in the world and one of the best preserved.
Fez is the cultural and religious centre of Morocco tegether with being home to Morocco’s oldest university.
The medieval city of Fez is a real art city, where craftsmen use techniques which may not have changed for many centuries.
There is an important tannery area in Fez where animal skins are cured and dyed together with a wool dying quarter. These areas and the methods used will certainly not have been changed by modern technology.
Accommodation : Riad (2 nights)
Visit Ziz valley
Macauqe Monkeys Break foto
Meals Included : Breakfast
DAY 10: EXPLORE FES
The old city of Fes el Bali is home to perhaps the greatest of all medinas. Descending into its labyrinthine alleyways is like stepping back to the Middle Ages. Donkeys wander the streets and the smell of spices fills the air. With a local guide, navigate narrow streets alive with craftsmen, markets, tanneries, mosques and colourful local characters. Explore the different speciality sections of the Medina that are known for specific types of food – from natural butters and fats, to pastries, to crepes and soups to dried and fresh produce.
Fes is the spiritual and cultural heart of Morocco; vibrant, noisy, fascinating and overwhelming – a visual and pungent feast for the senses. It is made up of three distinct ‘cities’, or quarters, and you will stay in elegant, riad-style accommodation on the edge of the huge, well-preserved medieval old city – the mother of all medinas. Today head into the old city, known locally as Fes el Bali, arguably the world’s most fascinating and confounding old city. Medieval Fes was one of the world’s great centres of education and culture, both Islamic and Jewish. Its religious institutions and libraries are legendary, its mosques of great renown. Walk through the twisting streets and alleyways, passing donkeys piled high with goods, and explore the specialty sections that divide the souk. Filled with historic khans, medresses and dye-pits, stalls loaded with fruits, herbs and soups, and where the squawk of chickens, smell of spice and sound of hammering of copper fills the air, it’s not hard to imagine yourself back in the Middle Ages. Spend the day exploring the old city, visiting, Mederassa Bou Inania, the tanneries and the splendid Funduk Nejjarine, a beautifully restored 18th century inn. Return to your hotel in the late afternoon and enjoy a memorable dinner of one of the city’s signature dishes, the salty and sweet pastille.
Included Activities :
Guided walking tour Fes
Mederassa Bou Inania
Meals Included : Breakfast
DAY 11: FES – VOLUBILIS – RABAT- CASABLANCA
Descend from the hills and travel south through the centre of the peninsula towards the sacred pilgrimage town of Moulay Idriss (approximately 3 hours). From here it’s a short journey out to the World Heritage site of Volubilis. The remains of this Roman city make an undeniably impressive sight as they come into view on the edge of a long, high plateau. Take a tour around the arches, basilicas, and superb mosaics along the Decumanus Maximus, many of which remain intact. The reward for walking in the sun lies in an incredibly memorable lunch of traditional Roman recipes in the shadow of the ancient ruins. Recline on Moroccan Kilims and dine on local ingredients, much like the Romans did a thousand years ago. Once forbidden to non-Muslims, (IF TIME PERMITS) your next stop at ancient Moulay Idriss offers a great insight into traditional Moroccan life. Here the faithful gather to pay homage at the tomb of Moulay Idriss I – the great-grandson of Mohammed and the man who brought Islam to Morocco. Explore the delightful streets, perhaps sampling the famous nougat candy sold at street-side stalls. Continue on to Fes, arriving by evening (approximately 1.5 hours), the spiritual heart of Morocco.
After the visit, we will make our way to Rabat, the capital of Morocco. We will visit and enjoy the charming garden of Challa, surrounded by walls and beautiful defensive gates, built from prehistory and Marks of Berbers first setlements. Later we will stop at Mohamed V Mosuleum built in 1972, and we will visit the tombs of Moroccan kings Mohammed V, who died in 1962, Hassan II who died in 1999, the tomb of Moulay Abdullah the uncle of Mohammed VI and Hassan Tower which was built in 12th century. we then visit the Oudaya Kasbah and the beach before we go TO casablanca, to visit the famous and the biggest Mosque in Africa, Hassan II, which was built between 1987 and 1993. This will be a golden opportunity to see the skilful work of Moroccan artisans, revealing the richness and beauty of their handicraft. overnight in Hotel
Accommodation : Hotel.
Casablanca Hassan 2 Mosque, Chella, Oudaya Kasbah and Hassan Tower.
Guided walking tour Volubilis
Meals Included : Breakfast / Dinner.
DAY 12: CASABLANCA / AIRPORT TRANSFER
Your Marrakech to Casablanca, Souks, Camels, Beach and beyond 12 days ends today after breakfast. Check-out time is usually around midday and you are free to leave at any time. If you have arranged a private airport transfer you will be advised of the pick-up time. Additional accommodation can be pre-booked if you wish to spend more time exploring here. Speak to your leader about the wealth of extra activities to do around Casablanca.