The best of morocco 12days/11nights

1- DAY:  Arrival in Casablanca and ahead to Rabat, Arrive in Casablanca where you will be met at the airport by your expert driver/ guide who will take you for a short sightseeing tour in Casablanca, including a visit to the majestic Hassan the second  Mosque (non muslims are permitted to get in) before continuing on for  1 hour  drive to the Moroccan capital of Rabat, There you check into your accommodation  where you can also enjoy your dinner , Overnight at your accommodation  in Rabat.

2- DAY:  Rabat, Volubilis and on to Fez In the morning take a little time to explore Rabat where you pass through the enormous Almouahad Gate to the Kasbah des Oudaya, situated on a bluff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and with magnificent views in the all city, Inside the gate you’ll discover artisan galleries, an ornate 17th century palace now part of the Musée des Oudaya ( Moroccan Arts), and the beautiful Andalusian Garden, all near the famous Tour Hassan, a 12th century minaret intended to be the highest and the largest in the Muslim world. Then depart from Rabat for the drive to Fez, with a stop on the way to explore the charming city of Meknes, photo-stop in front of the most impressive elements of this imperial city is the grand gate  BAB EL-MANSOUR standing at sixteen meters high with an eight meter long arch it has a beautiful view on place EL-HDIM (square of ruins) which links the medina and the Kasbah,then drive on to  the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis. These ruins are sprawled over a wildflower-dotted hillside, where a magnificent triumphal arch presides over the awesome remains of palaces and mansions, Roman baths and basilicas, and stunning mosaics. You will then reach Fez in the afternoon cheek in and  relax before enjoying a sumptuous dinner in this historic city this evening , Overnight at your accommodation  Fez .

3-DAY : Fez is the holiest city in the Islamic world after Mecca and Medina in Arabia Saoudi. Founded at the end of the 9th century by Moulay Idriss II, and barely unchanged since then, this enchanting city has been a seat of government,  medicine and most notably religion ever since. Fez, the best surviving example of an ancient Arab city, is comprised of the new city, established in the 12th century, and the 2000 year old medina, where donkeys and mules laden with goods still trawl alongside buyers through the ancient market, itself a fascinating maze of lanes, blind alleys and bustling souks assaulting the senses with spices and exotic delicacies. Fez is the perfect place to hone your bargaining skills in buying souvenirs, brightly colored handmade carpets ,jewelry ,or fine crafted artisan goods. You will  also visit the famous leather tanneries, a honeycomb of vast  erupting in an explosion of brilliant color, and then climb to the venerated Merenid Tombs for a spectacular panoramic view of Fez. Overnight at your  accommodation in Fez.

4-DAY : To Merzouga (Sahara)Today you depart from Fez, heading west through  the Moroccan countryside on your way to Sahara where you will spend the night. Today  driving time is about 6 hours, but the trip will take longer given some interesting stops along the way, reach the town of Erfoud, the last Moroccan town before civilization! ends and you enter the Sahara, here you will switch to 4 x 4 vehicles for the drive to the massive sand dunes of the Sahara at Merzouga. Here you will be able to enter the Sahara itself, travelling by 4 x 4 to explore this mystical landscape and the stunning sugar-fine sands of the desert as the red sun sinks. You can then enjoy the sunset and a special Berber dinner in the desert where you will be entertained by traditional folk dances while listening to the intoxicating beat of Berber drums. You will also be able to enjoy the traditional drink of mint tea, and delight in a Moroccan feast of harira soup, a savory tagine ( meat and vegetables), couscous, fresh fruit and exquisite Moroccan pastries, This evening you will  have a choice to  sleep in a Berber tent or stay  in a hotel /Auberge in the edge of the Sahara .

5-DAY : To Todra Gorge and Ouarzazate This morning you depart from Merzouga to the famous Todra Gorges, a 2h30 drive from the desert, traveling along the rugged Road of a Thousand Kasbahs that rise up like turreted sand castles along this ancient caravan trading route. This area has long been a popular location for Hollywood films such as  Gladiators ,The Last Temptation of Christ,kingdom of haven, Jewel of the Nile, the remake of the Ten Commandments, etc. The central region is one of the most exciting and romantic areas of Morocco nestled along rich river valleys, palmeries and burnished mud-brick homes ablaze in vibrant color under the shelter of the blue desert sky. Departing from the main road at Tinghir, and only 13 kms away at the end of a valley with stunning palmeries and Berber villages is the magnificent Todra Gorge ( climbers  paradise) . Here a massive fault in the plateau divides the High Atlas from the Jebel Sarhro, with a crystal clear river emerging from it, with the gorge rising to 300 meters at its narrowest point. Following a relaxed lunch at a restaurant with a panoramic view over the gorge, you then continue on to Ouarzazate, a further 3 hours along the Road of a Thousand Kasbahs, Overnight at  your accommodation  in Ouarzazate.

6-DAY:  To marrakech  this morning you depart from Ouarzazate ,A full day to explore the beauty of this beautiful area of the country, including the fabulous UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, just a few miles outside the city. This is one of the most exotic and well preserved Kasbahs in the entire Atlas region – not surprising as it has received a lot of financial support as result of being used in over 20 feature films, including Lawrence of Arabia, Jesus of Nazareth, and Gladiator , then the drive up will take you across the High Atlas mountains by way of the Tizi n’Tichka pass at an altitude of 2260 meters, providing breathtaking views from numerous lookout points along the way. On the other side of the mountains you will pass through the Zat Valley, set in a dramatic cleft in the High Atlas above the mass of emerald green fields on the valley floor. From here it is just a one hour drive to reach the red city of Marrakech  one of Moroccan  the  Imperial Cities. This evening you can visit the famous  square of Djemaa el-Fna, where delectable fare is grilled over coals in bustling torch-lit open-air markets. , fortune tellers, snake charmers ,  Berber acrobats, hustlers and mischievous monkeys , musicians and engaging storytellers seduce rapt crowds , Overnight at your accommodation  in Marrakech.

7-DAY: after breakfast  you will start enjoying  the sights of Marrakech with a troll through the massive souk  where virtually everything one can imagine is sold through thousands of shops . You will  explore the shaded souk- bazaar at the heart of this majestic Imperial City with your guide, winding your way through the serpentine labyrinth of the spice-filled air of the bustling souk, unchanged for over hundred years. Here you can discover the best of traditional Moroccan craftsmanship , etc... Overnight at your accommodation  in Marrakech.

8-DAY: Marrakech Your second day in Marrakech will provide you with time to see all of the famous sights, including the ancient Bahia Palace , Medrassa ben-youssef , Menara garden , and Bab Agnaou  , as well as the ancient royal Saadian Tombs. You can stroll through the vibrant and historic Jewish mellah, where some of the best jewelry in Morocco can be found, and nearby, see the majestic Koutoubia Mosque that stands just outside the walls surrounding the 11th century medina. You can also visit the famous Eve St  Laurent Majorelle Gardens in the city, Overnight at  your accommodation  in Marrakech

9-DAY: after breakfast  depart from Marrakech to Essaouira about 2h30  drive west to Morocco’s Atlantic coast ,on the way you visit one of the Argan oil cooperatives and learn about the well-known  women’s Argan oil cooperatives ,then continue to Essaouira ,  In years past, music legends such as Rolling Stones and the Jimmy Hendrix were drawn to Essaouira  idyllic charm, which continues to lure artists and musicians alike today to the sparkling whitewashed village trimmed with the brilliant azure of its skies. A former Portuguese settlement in the 17th century, and a current fishing village, its picture-postcard stone ramparts overlook an emerald sea fringed with miles of silvery beach where camels ferry passengers across fine sand. Overnight  at your accommodation in Essaouira

10-DAY: Essaouira A second day in Essaouira that you can spend inside the town walls, where it’s all light and charm, with a labyrinth of narrow lanes winding their way between whitewashed houses. Here you can enjoy strolling within the town  serene squares, browsing artisan shops and local art galleries or just taking in the breathtaking views from the ramparts that look out over the Atlantic. At mid-day, take some time out from exploring to enjoy a spectacular lunch by the sea, where freshly caught fish of the day is grilled in front of you. Top it off  with famous Moroccan mint tea and delicious  French pastries at many cafes in Essaouira , Overnight at your accommodation  in Essaouira.

11-DAY: after an early breakfast ,  depart from Essaouira  by driving  northward along the coastal route to reach Casablanca. This  drive is approximately 5 hours, a little  longer including photos and rest breaks maybe in Asfi city , and a lunch stop along the way in summer at ( EL-walidya) town ,  Overnight at your accommodation in Casablanca.

12-DAY: Departure Today you will be transferred to the airport .