This comprehensive 7-day tour is the perfect introduction to Morocco. You’ll travel south through the Imperial cities of Fez and Meknes, Atlas Mountains and Sahara Desert before arriving in Marrakech.
Day 1: Casablanca – Rabat – Meknes
We’ll pick you up from your accommodation or preferred meeting point in the morning, and start your tour with a visit to the spectacular Hassan II Mosque, one of the only mosques open to foreigners in Morocco, built by King Hassan II between 1987 and 1993. At full capacity, the mosque can hold over twenty-five thousand worshippers inside, and eighty thousand worshippers outside in the square.
We’ll then leave Casablanca and travel to the nation’s capital of Rabat, where you’ll visit the Roman ruins and scenic gardens of Chellah, the ancient Mosque Tower of Hassan, which dates back to the 12th century but remains unfinished, and the Mausoleum of Mohammed V.
After the tour of Rabat, we’ll travel to the imperial city of Meknes, where we’ll arrive in the mid-late afternoon. This lesser-known city was founded in the11th century, and was the capital of Morocco under Sultan Moulay Ismael in the 17th century, boasting beautiful examples of traditional architecture, which we will glimpse, but explore in full the next day.
You’ll enjoy dinner and stay overnight in Meknes. This night in Meknes can be substituted with a night in Chefchaouen, if you prefer.
(Approximate travel time from Casablanca to Meknes, excluding stops: 4 hours)
Day 2: Meknes – Volubilis – Fez
After breakfast in the riad, we’ll begin our tour of Meknes, starting with the granary of Sahrij Swani, which was used to store supplies for Sultan Moulay Ismael’s army. We’ll then visit the mausoleum of Moulay Ismail, admiring the stunning Arab-Andalusian style architecture, followed by a visit to the imposing gateway of Bab Mansour Laleuj, with its lavish ornamentation.
From here we’ll drive north to the ancient Roman city of Volubilis, arguably Morocco’s most important archaeological site, which dates back to the 3rd century BC. Enjoy a tour of the ancient ruins, admiring the astonishingly well-preserved mosaics and artefacts.
Our day will finish in Fez, where you’ll enjoy dinner and accommodation at your riad.
(Approximate travel time from Meknes to Fez, excluding stops: 2 hours)
Day 3: Full day Fez
You’ll start the day with breakfast in the riad, before setting off on a walking tour of the famous ancient medina, exploring the many hidden treasures it has to offer. Fez served as the capital of Morocco for more than 350 years and is home to the University of Al Karaouine, the oldest operating university in the world.
Your guided tour will take you to Moulay Idriss mausoleum, the Nejjarine Fountains and the famous tanneries, to name a few spots. After lunch you’ll admire the exterior of the Royal Palace, before wandering through the famous Jewish quarter or ‘mellah’, with the opportunity to visit one of the few synagogues still running in Morocco.
The tour will conclude with a visit to an artisanal ceramic factory located outside the medina, followed by a stop at a lookout, boasting panoramic views over the Fez medina, before returning to your riad for dinner.
Day 4: Fez – Ifrane – Azrou – Midelt – Merzouga Desert
After breakfast, we’ll bid farewell to Fez and head south through the Atlas Mountains, stopping first for a short break in the mountain town of Ifrane, situated on the north-western slope of the Middle Atlas, at 1630 meters above sea level. With its broad, clean avenues, lush green forest and European-style architecture, it’s no wonder that this quaint town and ski resort has been dubbed the ‘Switzerland of Morocco’.
Our next stop will be for lunch in Midelt, known for producing Morocco’s apples, and boasting stunning views of the eastern High Atlas, before enjoying the scenic journey through the Ziz valley to the oasis town of Erfoud.
We’ll then continue on to our final destination for the day, Merzouga, known as the gateway to the Sahara dunes of Erg Chebbi. An experienced guide will take you by camel to a nomad-style camp at the foot of the dunes for dinner under the stars and a night in a tent made of camel hair – just like the ones used by nomad families.
(Approximate travel time from Fez to Merzouga, excluding stops: 7 hours)
Day 5: Merzouga – Todra Gorges – Dadès Gorges – Roses Valley – Ouarzazate
Enjoy an early start to witness a spectacular Sahara sunrise, from the top of a high dune close to the camp. Afterwards, you’ll return by camel to Merzouga to shower and breakfast before leaving the desert to head northwest, with a short break in the Oasis town of Tinejdad, known as one of the gates of the ‘road of 1000 kasbahs’, before reaching the breathtaking Todra Gorges. Here, the Todra and Dadès rivers have carved out steep canyons with sides up to 400 metres high. Before or after lunch here, you’ll be able walk through the gorges and enjoy their incredible beauty.
In the afternoon, you’ll continue towards the Dadès Valley or Valley of One Thousand Kasbahs, where small kasbahs are scattered across the river plain. In the upper reaches on the way to nearby Boumalne Dadès (alt. 1,500m), you’ll see curious vertical rock formations called the Monkey Fingers or Toes.
Our next short stop will be Kalaat M’Gouna in the heart of the fragrant Roses Valley, the only place in Morocco to grow the Damascus rose, and the perfect spot to pick up some rose beauty products, such as rose water, perfumes, creams and body products. We’ll then make continue west towards our final destination for the day, Ouarzazate, where you’ll spend the night and dine in your riad.
(Approximate travel time from Merzouga to Ouarzazate, excluding stops: 5 hours)
Day 6: Ouarzazate – Aït Ben Haddou – Telouet – Marrakech
You’ll wake up in Ouarzazate, and after breakfast we will pass the impressive film studio gates, on our way to the ksar or fortified village of Aït Ben Haddou, where the Kasbah is UNESCO World Heritage-listed and famous for many films such as The Mummy (1999), Gladiator (2000), Kingdom of Heaven (2005), Babel (2006) and Prince of Persia (2010).
Next, we’ll head to the Kasbah of Taourirt – one of the most spectacular in Morocco and the old residence of the powerful and fabulously wealthy Thami El Glaoui (1879-1956), Pasha of Marrakech.
We’ll then set off towards our final destination of Marrakech, crossing the Tiki n’Tichka Pass, at 2,260 metres one of the highest in North Africa. During this leg of the journey, you’ll be able to stop and take in the panoramic views and photograph the Berber villages that merge harmoniously with the warm ochres of the landscape.
We’ll reach Marrakech in the early evening, where you’ll check into your riad and enjoy dinner.
(Approximate travel time from Ouarzazate to Marrakech, excluding stops: 4 hours)
Day 7: Full Day Marrakech
Your local guide will meet you after breakfast in your riad. The tour will start at the iconic Koutoubia Mosque, descending down into the Saadian Tombs, followed by a visit to the Bahia Palace. You’ll visit the fabulous Majorelle Gardens and recently-opened Yves Saint Laurent Museum (for the fashion buffs amongst you).
The evening will be yours to explore all that Marrakech has to offer. Practise your bargaining skills or enjoy the views from a rooftop café overlooking the bustling place Jemaa el-Fnaa, before enjoying dinner and a final night’s stay at the riad.
We hope you will have made the most of the opportunities on this tour to meet local people and learn about their traditions and customs.
Tour 2 Prices
Price Per Person (AUD)
1 person / 2 people
$3195 / $2095
3 people / 4 people
$1895 / $1595
5 people +
Customise Your Tour
We can easily customise this tour for you. You may wish to:
- Add an extra day in the Sahara, to explore the dunes of Erg Chebbi, take a camel ride into an oasis, and spend the night in a traditional Berber tent.
- An extra day in Fez, so you can take time to soak in the history, wander the souks, or shop up a storm!
- Add an additional one or more night’s accommodation at a hotel or riad of our recommendation at the start or finish of your tour.
- Arrange airport transfers.
- Do the tour in the opposite direction.
Interested in this tour?
Simply send a booking enquiry, call or email us to find out more.
- Pick up at start of tour from hotel/riad (or place of preference) in Casablanca
- Transfer at end of tour to hotel/riad (or place of preference) in Marrakech
- All accommodation on the tour, including desert camp
- All breakfasts and dinners on the tour, unless otherwise specified
- Air-conditioned 4x4 all-terrain vehicles, fuel and other running costs
- English-speaking driver
- Camel rides to and from camp with an experienced camel person
- Accommodation in Morocco before or after the tour
- Airport transfers
- Flights to or from Morocco
- Lunches and drinks (including bottled water)
- Entrance fees to tourist attractions
- Tips and personal expenses
ADVICE: After a long-haul flight from Australia, we suggest you recuperate for a couple of days in Casablanca before starting the tour.