This private 10-day Morocco tour covers the imperial cities, Sahara desert and Atlantic coast.

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Land Of The Setting Sun ( 10- 12 days)

'Al Maghrib al-Aqsa’ - the land of the setting sun, Morocco was once known as a legendary land perched on the corner of Africa, where the known world would end.

This journey through Morocco visits its 4 imperial cities: Marrakech, Fez, Meknes and Rabat along with stunning landscapes and wild nature, the Atlantic and the Sahara's ocean of sand Witness the splendor of Roman epoch at Volubilis.

Visit the world’s largest intact medieval city in Fez to then cross the lush country side to reach the Sahara and spend a night under the most beautiful starred sky.

The trip then takes us past valleys, gorges, lakes, palm groves and rivers and explores mysterious ksours and kasbahs. Crossing the Atlas mountains, we reach the exotic and sensual Marrakech.

After a day in the maze of its souks and palaces, what better choice then to shed off the dust in Essaouira, on the Atlantic coast ? The tour can start/ end in Marrakech/ Casablanca/ Rabat and be done in reverse.

A day or two can be added/ subtracted to fit your travel schedule, if needed. If you have a night to spare, we recommend adding the visit of Chefchaouen to the itinerary.

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Day 1 : Casablanca - Rabat ( 1 hour drive)

Notwithstanding the Art Deco heritage, Casablanca is nowadays, in spite of its myth, mainly a large metropolis devoid of any monuments. King Hassan 2 wanted to change that and decided to erect a landmark to match the city - the second largest mosque in the world . The last few years of its completion, 1400 craftsmen worked by day and 1000 by night. The marble, cedar wood and granite all come from Morocco while the glass chandeliers and white granite columns were brought from Murano, Italy.

Next, our custom Morocco tour takes us to the capital Rabat, recently declared UNESCO world site. With a rich history, Rabat lies suspended somewhere between Europe and the Arab world. The 12th century Kasbah des Oudayas and its Andalusian Gardens are a delight. We can dwell further into the past and visit the Merenid necropolis of Chellah, where Phoenician, Roman and Merinid traces blend. Mohamed 6 museum, opened in 2014 is also worth your attention. On display, the most representative modern Moroccan art along with regular guest exhibitions from Europe.

But perhaps better stories are to be told about Sale, the sister city to Rabat and, centuries ago, a fearsome pirate nest. Canals used to run through its gates and its pirates were famous for rapidly attacking European ships and taking illustrous nobility as prisoners. Once inside the city, the massive doors would close and the European powers had no other choice than to give in to the exorbitant sums asked for their ransom. The shortly lived 'Republic of Sale', a state within a state, refused to pay any tax to the sultan, who decided to build a new port where he could control piracy and its generous revenues: Essaouira was born.

Remember that this is merely a suggested itinerary and we'll be delighted to create a tailor made itinerary around you. Please note that all our tours of Morocco are private and that stops are accommodated along the way as often as you desire, for you to visit a site, take a stunning photo or stretch your legs.

We believe our guests deserve to be spoiled and stay only at the best properties while on a customized tour of Morocco. We spend a great deal of time and effort to anonymously test and hand- pick the most best boutique and luxury hotels, Riads , eco lodges and Kasbahs across Morocco. These original properties are constantly monitored and updated by our staff. Each one of them is inspired by and reflecting the culture, architecture and cuisine of its location. They do not fit into a rigorous star rating system, so we have named them Dreamers, Privilege and Divine, to best resume their nature. Once we receive an enquiry, we provide a day- to- day customized Moroccan itinerary with the names of the accommodations suggested at each overnight.

Please find below the resumed itinerary ( driving times exclude stops ):

  • Day 1: Casablanca – Rabat ( 1 hour and a half drive).
  • Day 2: Rabat – Meknes / Volubilis – Fez ( 2- 3 hour drive).
  • Day 3: Fez – visit of the city with a local guide ( no driving).
  • Day 4: Fez – leisure time, visit of the city or the surrounding countryside.
  • Day 5: Fes – Ifrane – Midelt – Erfoud – Merzouga – Erg Chebbi ( 7 hour drive).
  • Day 6: Erg Chebbi – Rissani – Todra Gorges – Tinerir – Dades/ Skoura (4- 5 hour drive).
  • Day 7: Dades/ Skoura – Ouarzazate – Ait Benhaddou – Telouet – Marrakech ( 4- 5 hour drive).
  • Day 8 : Marrakech – visit of the city with local guide ( no driving).
  • Day 9 : Marrakech – Essaouira ( 2 and a half hour drive).
  • Day 10: Essaouira – Casablanca ( 4 hour drive). Drop off at the airport.

Feel free to let us know if you would like to include a site/ activity of your own in the itinerary. If you don't know where to start, some ideas are:

  • learn about life in the palm grove, the khetarra irrigations, the pottery craft, the olive oil press. Visit a village market;
  • hot air balloon flight over Marrakech and its surroundings;
  • wine tasting and lunch at a wine domain in Essaouira;
  • cooking your own tagine with a local family with visit of the markets and district bakeries;
  • traditional Moroccan hammam ( steam bath) with eucalyptus soap body scrub;
  • lunch inside a Berber home or Richard Branson’s Atlas Mountains retreat;
  • discover prehistoric rock engravings, have tea with the nomads. Pry out fossils;
  • bake bread on almond corks in the village oven;
  • buggy riding or sand boarding in the dunes;
  • guided trek/ hike in Dades Gorge/ High Atlas.

Below you will find our rates based on two persons travelling together, with the relevant accommodation option:

Dreamers: 1590 €/ 1705 US $ / 1370 £ per person (double room and basic tent);
Privilege: 2225 €/ 2390 US $ / 1915 £ per person ( junior suite & luxury tent with en suite shower and toilet);
Divine: rates available on request.

Pricing is tentative and can vary slightly at different times of the year. If you book your tour to take place in December, January ( outside end of the year holidays), February, July and August, you will be charged our low season rates. We can only quote an exact rate once we have agreed on the precise itinerary, accommodation option preferred, the extras you would like to include and the duration of the journey. Discounts apply when 3 or more persons share the vehicle(s). You can also choose to mix different accommodation ranges within the same circuit.

Our rates include:

  • private use of English fluent driver- guide and modern air- conditioned Toyota 4x4;
  • boutique/ luxury hotel accommodation for 8 nights;
  • Sahara camel trek and private basic/ luxury tent for 1 night;
  • 6 three- course- meal dinners and 9 breakfasts for 2 persons;
  • airport or hotel pick- up and drop- off;
  • private guided visit of Fez with local official guide;
  • private guided visit of Marrakech;
  • refreshing drinks inside the vehicle all along the itinerary;
  • local English speaking guides;
  • admission fees to all local sites and attractions;
  • 24 hour travel assistance ( available with Privilege and Divine options);
  • gasoline and highway tolls;
  • transport insurance, VAT and visitors tax.

This tour can be stretched or 'compressed' by 1 or 2 days, depending on the time you have available to spend in Morocco.