12 days in Morocco tour itinerary: Visit Rabat, Chefchaouen, Fes, Merzouga desert and Marrakech, as well as Essaouira, end of the tour in Casablanca.
Tour Description :
This gorgeous 12 Days / 11 Nights imperial & Desert tour start from Casablanca back Casablanca. Our expert team will take you on an adventure to explore the most attractive places of Morocco. Include the Major cities: The economic Casablanca city, the capital town Rabat with its great sightseeing. As well as the blue city Chefchaouen, the cultural center Fes via Volubilis The most important archaeological site in Morocco, Cedar Forest and Ifrane the Switzerland. Share a cup of tea with a Berber nomad in their tent, enjoy a Camel trekking across the golden sand dunes towards the desert camp, ancient kasbahs, Grand Canyons, high Atlas Mountains. Also, Marrakech with its famous square and Medina and then Essaouira with its charming seaside and lovely wind.
Detailed Itinerary :
Day 1: Arrival in Casablanca airport
The driver/guide will pick you up from Casablanca Mohammed V airport or any other airport. Then drive you to Casablanca city center. (It depends on your arrival time), we start visiting Casablanca town attractions. First, we visit Hassan II Mosque, The Corniche. After those visits, we will transfer you to your hotel for the first night of a 12 days moocco tour itinerary.
After breakfast, we’ll leave Casablanca and head to Rabat, which is the Moroccans capital. As soon as we get to Rabat, we visit its sites such as: Udaya Kasbah, Hassan Tower, Mausoleum of Mohammed V… etc. Thereafter, we drive to Chefchaouen via the attractive mountains. On our way we make short stops to take some unique pictures of diverse landscapes, and different small villages till we get to Chefchaouen, or it’s called the Blue City. Moreover, it’s one of the most stunning regions in the feet of Rif mountains. Chefchaouen Medina has also a Spanish-style square surrounded by many funky arts and crafts stores, as well roof-top restaurants and cafés where you’ll spend your night in a peaceful and nice place to enjoy the breeze and the beauty of nature. Overnight stay in a hotel/riad
On the third day of our journey, after breakfast, we go on a tour of chefchaouen (the blue city), a pretty small town situated in the Rif mountains. The city dates back to 1471. The city derives from a Berber name chef & chaouen which means look at the horns. Chefchaouen is a quaint place to hike, relax and take pictures.
You’ll walk the Medina (old city) of chefchaouen and visit Rass El Ma (the head of the water) Rass El Ma is the source of water that is used by the city for irrigation and laundry. This is the public area where the local women wash clothes and blankets. At noon, you have the option to walk up the stairs to the white Spanish mosque, located in the surrounding of chefchaouen. It’s about a 30-45-minute hike from the old city, it’s the best place to be to benefit from the view and take photos of the sunset on the Medina. Later, you return on the same route to the old Medina for the night.
After breakfast in your hotel, we’ll head to cross the Rif mountains and into the middle Atlas Mountains to visit the Roman ruins of Volubilis, within a few hours of driving you will get to Volubilis, the well-preserved Roman Empire dating to 225 BC, where you will see the most important archaeological site and attractive mosaic in Morocco dating back to 3rd century. Later-on, we drive towards fes via Meknes which was the capital of Morocco under the reign of moulay Ismail. After lunch break, we continue our trip to fes. Overnight stay in a hotel/riad
After breakfast, you will start the city tour with your local guide who will lead you into the Medina (city), the oldest Fes city by walking on its crowded souks (markets), epic alleyways and historical monuments. First the great Royal Palace gate between the new and the old fes. Then experience the wonderful panoramic view of the old city. Afterwards we’ll start visiting all the sites with cultural and historical interest including the famous such as “Al Qaraouine university, The Tanneries, and the Attarine museum “.
After lunch in a typical Moroccan restaurant in the Medina, you’ll see the best area to stay in FES (Fes el Bali), a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is the most exotic and old section in the city, with its alleyways, and epic Moroccan monuments such as Bab boujloud (the medina’s main gate). FES el Bali is a paradise of local handy-made craft work with colorful Moroccan styles, leather-work, metalwork, …etc. So here the FES city tour ends and the local guide accompanies you back to your accommodation.
In the morning after breakfast, we start our desert tour driving through the middle atlas and the cedar woods of azrou, passing by Moroccan Switzerland «Ifrane», a charming ski resort and azrou an important handicraft center specialized in the work of cedar wood. Stopping at the cedar forest taking some pictures then continuing to Zaida, you’ll notice how the scenery changes to reveal hints of the desert as you approach Errachidia city. Once we finish lunch in Midelt, we drive along the spectacular Ziz valley, seeing the panoramic views along the way. Continuation to the Erg Chebbi dunes, passing via the road of Paris Dakar, tent of Berber nomad who lives in the solitude of the Sahara.
As soon as you arrive at the popular dunes of Erg Chebbi, we are pleased to prepare camels. There is an hour time for you to experience camel trekking and spectate the beautiful sunset while riding camel heading to camp oasis where is the luxurious tent that you will stay there overnight, as you watch the sunset in style heading to the oasis where a camp is located. Spending a night living by traditional nomadic tents inside or sleeping under spectacular starry sky outside the tent at Merzouga desert dune that will give you remarkable memory in the desert trip exploring. You can also spend your night playing drums with the experienced camel guide.
After enjoying an amazing sunrise, you’ll have to go back to your camp for breakfast and shower before the largest tour starts. Today we drive around the desert to discover unexplored places in the Erg chebbi desert. On our way to the desert villages (Ex: khamlia, Merdani, Mifis), we might meet some locals with different desert animals (Ex: Goats, Camels, Foxes, … etc.). As well as some desert reptiles and mammals. The first stop is at the khamlia village in a traditional home built of thick earthen bricks made from a mixture of clay to enjoy the live Gnaoua music which is played by the locals.
Set off to another sight in some mountains near the dunes for a panoramic view of the sand dunes and also from where you can see the beginning of the border between Morocco and Algeria. Afterwards we push along towards the old Berber villages, and some nomad families where we will be hospitably welcomed with a cup of mint tea, while enjoying the silence of the desert. Last but not least, we drive back to Khamlia village, where we will have lunch in a local restaurant (Berber nomad pizza). After lunch, we continue to visit Yasmina Lake, which will be the last spot. Then drive to our hotel next to the erg chebbi dunes.
In the morning, after breakfast, we will depart to Dades gorge on different roads and views. Our first stop will be in Erfoud city which is famous for its fossilized quartzes where you will tour the workshop production of marble fossils. Afterwards we continue the way to the next spot which is Todra Gorge near the town of tinghir. It’s one of the premier climbing destinations in Morocco with high walls offering hundreds of routes of sport which attracts the visitors and the climbers. Lunch break might be in Tinejdad or till here. After that we continue driving towards the Dades gorge then check into your accommodation.
On the nine day of our 12 days Morocco tour from Casablanca, we’ll drive a bit further to the Dades gorge. Passing through a spectacular sight made of mountains formed like monkey-fingers. Then set off to see the panoramic view of Dades gorge road. After that, we head back through the same way to join the road to Ouarzazate via the rose valley «Kalaat M’gouna». Go on through the road of thousands of kasbahs. Passing by Skoura palm grove until we arrive at Ouarzazate named “Africa Hollywood”.
After a visit to atlas studio (Optional), we’ll drive straight to Ait Ben Haddou where we will visit its famous and oldest kasbah «castle». Besides, it’s a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1986, Many films have been shot here such as the kingdom of heaven, Babel, Gladiator… etc. Lunch break might be near the kasbah. Following, we do a visit around the kasbah. Then we continue our journey, crossing the high Atlas Mountains via Tizi N’tichka and many Berber villages nearby. We will arrive at Marrakesh in the evening, then drop you off at your accommodation.
Today, after breakfast, you’ll start the city tour with your local guide exploring Marrakesh (the red city of Morocco). The guide ensures that you’ll see the most important spots with historical and cultural interests including the Bahia palace, Sadian tombs, Ben youssef Koranic school, as well as the largest traditional souk in Morocco. Lunch will be in a typical Moroccan restaurant near the main square, you’ll visit the koutoubia mosque, the largest mosque in Marrakesh. Then head to Majorelle Garden for a visit. Thereafter, you’ll have free time to walk, and explore many more things about Marrakesh and its citizens’ lifestyle on your own. Check into your accommodation.
After breakfast in your riad, we’ll depart for Essaouira. On the road since this is the land of Argan culture, there’s an opportunity to visit the women’s cooperative for argan oil where they extract the oil that is famous for its culinary, cosmetic and medical properties. After a few stops to take photographs, we’ll continue our trip to Essaouira. Stopping by the route to take photos of the souss region and Goats climbing in the argan trees, before checking into your accommodation. After dinner, you’ll enjoy walking in this beautiful seaside town and feeling its lovely wind and waves.
Day 12: Transfer to airport in Casablanca
Today, depending on your departure time, we’ll drive you to the airport for your flight time. End of our 12 days Morocco itinerary.
If our Morocco itinerary of 12 days tour from Casablanca does not match what you’re looking for, then simply contact us. We provide customized desert and imperial trips in Morocco according to your duration of stay and your preferences. You can come with your family, relatives, friends or all of them. Just let us know your duration, what you wish to do in the state, and we’ll plan the itinerary according to your interests. Our Team at Morocco Tabiarte Tours is at your service to answer any questions, give you detailed quotes about tours, and advice about the best time and places to visit. Whether you’re thinking about leading a tour or simply having questions, we’re here to help.
Morocco Travel’s FAQ
First and foresmost, most of the travelers needs only passport to enter Morocco, however your visit shouldn’t be over 3 months. Here are some countries that don’t need a visa for Morocco :
For all other passport nationals, please check with the Moroccan Embassy.
Firstly Morocco is one of the largest countries in North Africa with a lot of different and spectacular places, the atlas mountains, north, south (especially the sahara desert), the imperial cities…etc. here is a list of the best destinations to visit in morocco.
For Morocco adapter, there are two associated plug types C and E. moreover, plug type C is the one which has two round pins and plug type E is the one which has two round pins and a hole for the socket’s male earthing pin. morocco operates on a 220V supply voltage and 50Hz.
Absolutely Yes, you can this process in every city in Morocco. on the other hand, visa and Mastercard are most vastly accepted. However take enough cash for your travel, just in case you can’t be able to find an ATM to withdraw cash easily.
From 7 to 14 days is a fixed amount of time to discover unexplored of Morocco such as desert and the imperial cities, as well as hiking in the Atlas Mountains and relaxation on the Atlantic coast.
Good To Know
How to book a Tour with Us:
To ensure your 12 days Morocco itinerary, a small deposit is required and can be done easily and securely over PayPal. Regardless of the balance, it is in cash to your driver once you meet each other at the airport or accommodation. Besides, the currency EURO, USD and MAD are both acceptable.
Is it possible to pay the total amount with credit card or PayPal?
Please be notified that we don’t accept payments with credit cards due to many fees and hold security risks. Although we ask for the balance in cash because PayPal also has too many transaction fees and operational delays as it’s an international institution. In addition to that, we can accept it in some cases via PayPal, but a 5% fee will be added to cover up the extra transaction charges. If you’re thinking of this method, it is better to arrange the payment before the tour.
More than a month before the start date of the tour, deposit is non-refundable, but no worries since we’re gonna hold any deposit towards a trip with Morocco Tabiarte Tours at any later date you select.
209 Reviews Authentic & Genuine Reviews from our Travellers
Moha was very responsive to our journey planning with budgeted cost. Based on the review from tripadvisor & Here on the website, I chose to have 12 days morocco tour with Morocco Tabiarte tours.
After this morocco private tour, I think we make a right choice. The driver Ahmed and tour guide are very care about our safety, shared a lot of information and history to us about the country and bring us to the attractions where we want to go, even we sometimes have sudden change or spend too long to take good pictures, they still able to handle those little things and arrive accommodation before sunset, so that we can take a good rest for tomorrow journey.
It is wonderful to stay in luxury camp in the Sahara for the camel ride in sunset and sunrise. At night, you will see a beautiful sky with full of stars, dance and also sing with camp fire. Overall, we were happy to stay in this county for this 12 days tour from Casablanca, we’ve seen and experienced the typical places and things in Morocco.
I will recommend this travel agency for your coming journey in Morocco.
Yuyun Lee / 5 out of 5 / Group Traveller / 24 August 2019
This is probably one of the most memorable Christmas vacation we had as a family. we found out about Morocco Tabiarte Tours from a friend of ours who highly recommended Moha and his travel company – And also we were impressed by his reviews here and on TripAdvisor.
Moha responded quickly to my inquiries, even with the time difference in Morocco, and he was polite and also resourceful. we signed up part of our trip with Moha and part of the trip we decided to tour Marrakech on our own.
Our plan was to spend 3 nights in Marrakech and tour the city on our own first. Then we would have Moha pick us up and drive us to Casablanca, to Chefchaouen, fes to the Sahara Desert, spending 2 nights at the luxury camp in the Sahara Desert, and drive back to Marrakech following day, spend the night at Marrakech, and depart from the US.
This was probably one of the best adventure we had ever had as a family. It was exotic, and the experience was unparalleled. I would again recommend having the tour guide like Moha with you if you are traveling, especially from city to city. if I were to do another trip in Morocco, I would definitely go with a tour, Moha’s guided tour was well-planned, thoughtful and organized, and most importantly, Moha was very personable and helpful. Furthermore, It was absolutely a really fun trip, and thank you Moha for this unforgettable memory! Read More Morocco tour’s reviews
Silvia / 5 out of 5 / Family Traveller / 5 january 2020