12 days in Morocco tour itinerary from Casablanca through the capital of Morocco and its highlights. Discover the beautiful Morocco’s enchanting “Blue City” – Chefchaouen. Delve into the oldest medieval city in the world – Fes. A Journey into Sahara through a variety of spectacular scenery: Fertile valleys, Grand Canyons, Cedar and pine forests and also barren, rocky landscapes to Merzouga Desert. Moreover, enjoy Camel trekking and spend a night in a traditional nomadic tent under an endless canopy of stars.
Furthermore, marvel at the towering gorge of Todra and stroll through the winding alleys of the UNESCO-listed fortified kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou, an ancient desert village on an old caravan route. Explore Morocco’s most famous city and enjoy a guided tour of the many highlights – Marrakech. Last but not least, stroll the inviting medina in seaside Essaouira, with its various souks, whitewashed houses with bright blue shutters, art galleries, wood workshops and beautiful beachside cafes.
Detailed Itinerary :
01: Arrival in Casablanca airport
Welcome to Morocco! On arrival at Casablanca Airport, you will be met by your personal Driver/Guide and transferred to your accommodation in Casablanca for the 1st night of your 12 days in Morocco tour itinerary. Check in and then spend the balance of the day at leisure to relax.
Following breakfast, take a morning tour of the Hassan II Mosque, the second largest functioning mosque in Africa and is the 7th largest in the world. After that, depart Casablanca and head towards the capital of Morocco – Rabat on the Atlantic coast. Start your visit with some of the capital’s highlights, including the impressive walled quarter known as Udayas Kasbah, Hassan Tower, as well as the Mausoleum of Mohammed V.
Have free time for lunch in a restaurant overlooking the ocean. Later on, continue the journey to the blue city – Chefchaouen. Nestled high in the Rif Mountains, famous for its buildings washed in bright shades of blue, this is undeniably one of the world’s prettiest cities. The town derives from a Berber name chef chaouen which means look at the horns.
Upon arrival, check into your Riad and then enjoy the rest of the day at leisure for individual exploration. Perhaps take a stroll through the ancient medina and its winding alleyways, cobbled plazas and unique doorways or simply sit at a cafe and enjoy the pleasure of time passing by. Alternatively, you might prefer to get out of town and enjoy a hike in the surrounding hills to a former mosque for a great view over the Medina that’s nestled between two mountain peaks and witness sunset.
Say goodbye to Chefchaouen and make the journey to the fascinating Fes City. Along the way, stop to explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Volubilis. This was once a provincial Roman capital, a distant outpost of the empire, and the remains make an undeniably impressive sight. Later-on we move on to the former capital of Morocco – Meknes, also known as the Versailles of Morocco due to its impressive buildings and elaborate monuments. After a leisurely lunch, we travel on to Fes in the afternoon. Fes is the oldest and largest medieval city in the world, and its medina is a heady mix of aromas, sounds and sights. Pass by Bab Mansour gate, beautifully patterned with zellij mosaics.
In the mid-morning, go on a half-day guided tour of the old town, known locally as Fes el Bali, a paradise of local handy-made craft work with colorful Moroccan styles, leather-work, metalwork. Besides, Fes is one of the world’s great centers of education and culture, both Islamic and Jewish. Your local guide will share stories of the city’s history as you walk through the twisting streets and epic alleyways, passing donkeys piled high with goods, and explore the specialty sections that divide the souk.
The tour includes stops at the King’s Palace, the tanneries, Al Qaraouine university and the Attarine Madrasa. As well as a stop at a Mosaic factory to learn more about this unique activity which is famous in the region. Lastly, the panoramic view of the Medina where you can see clearly how big this Medina is. By the end of the walk, you’ll be at Bab Boujloud, “Blue Gate” and then you have the afternoon at leisure for individual exploration.
Today, embark on a scenic drive over the Middle Atlas Mountains. This will be a long and rewarding touring day however there will be plenty of stops to appreciate the ever-changing Moroccan landscape along the way. Giant pine trees, wind past olive groves, shepherds tending to their flocks and also Cedar Forest – all with views of the High Atlas Mountains in the distance. En route stop in Ifrane, known as the Little Switzerland of Morocco, a charming ski resort. Afterward, continue to Midelt via the Cedar Forest where you enjoy a short walk to see the Barbary macaques and take some photos. After a leisurely lunch, then we head out towards Merzouga Desert via Errachidia. As you approach Erfoud, admire views of the remarkable Ziz Oasis and vast valleys.
Exploring numerous small Berber villages before reaching the most popular dunes of Erg Chebbi, one of the world’s iconic landscapes, with towering dunes up to 150m in height. While here, ride your camel into the Sahara Desert to your campsite. A spectacular camp hidden away in the sand dunes of the Sahara. Here in this magical escape from the modern world you’ll experience the true essence of desert life. Make sure to catch the sunset in the heart of the desert. In addition to that, enjoy a nice dinner, followed by live Berber music around an open fire and spend an amazing night under the starry sky, digest the desert in all its beauty that will give you remarkable memories of the desert trip exploring.
After a truly stunning sunrise, freshen up and breakfast in your camp. This morning, explore the small village of Merzouga on the edge of the Sahara Desert. Along the way you might see some wild animals such as Fennec fox, Camels, …etc. Likewise, some desert reptiles and mammals. Furthermore, en route stop in khamlia village, a traditional house built of thick earthen bricks made from a mixture of clay and straw. Enjoy the live Gnawa Music which is played by the locals.
Set off for a breath-taking panoramic view of Erg Chebbi Dunes from the Galb Nass Mountains. From Here, you’ll also start to see your first glimpse of Morocco’s nomadic Berbers – travelling across the desert and often staying in make shift tents as they head to their next destination. Stopping en route to share tea with some welcoming local families in a Berber tent while enjoying the silence of the Sahara Desert.
After that, drive back to Khamlia village, where you’ll enjoy your lunch in a local restaurant, you may like to try Medfouna (also called “Berber pizza”). It’s a traditional stuffed bread prepared with meat, herbs and spices by the nomadic people. The Sahara excursion ends in the Oasis of Merzouga, a small patch of vegetation surrounded by desert, then return to your beautifully decorated riad. This afternoon why not walk to Erg chebbi dunes to witness sunset again or try out Quad Bike Tour or even Dune Buggy Ride, it is a wonderful experience that you should not miss.
♦ Activities in Merzouga Desert:
In the morning, the desert adventure from Fes to Marrakech continues to Boumalne Dades through Erfoud, which is famous for its fossilized quartzes and fresh dates. While here, there’s a possibility to stop at a fossil factory to learn more about this unique activity and perhaps try some dates fresh from the local market. Later-on continues toward the gorge of Todra on the Road of a Thousand Kasbahs. Surrounded by towering vertical limestone cliffs reaching heights of 300m to form one of the most dramatic and spectacular natural sights in Morocco that attracts the visitors and the climbers. Moreover, its charm lies in its changing colors as the sun slowly moves from east to west.
There’ll be time to marvel at this sight before you continue your journey to the beautiful Dades Valley. This area offers up scenery like no other – sprawling green valleys give way to otherworldly rock formations carved out by the wind. Your hotel offers a delightful pool and terrace overlooking the valley, so take some time to sit back and soak in the ethereal views.
This morning we head off along the road of The Rose Valley and a Thousand Kasbahs en route to Ouarzazate – the Hollywood of North Africa. Begin with a stop in the Rose valley in Kalaat M’gouna, where roses bloom in profusion in springtime. There will be the opportunity to stop to see the variety of rose products which are produced by the locals. Continue on to Hollywood of North Africa – Ouarzazate, known as the gate of the desert and also famous for being the filming location for many other Hollywood blockbusters and famous TV shows. On arrival, visit the Atlas Studio (Optional), it’s one of the largest studios in the world.
Thereafter, we hit the road again to Ait Benhaddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a stunningly well-preserved medieval village which has famously featured in many blockbuster movies, including Gladiator, The living daylights and many more. After a visit to the Kasbah of Ait ben haddou, then drive across the great High Atlas Mountains. Climbing over the pass of Tizi N’tichka, continue onwards with marvelous views over the Mountains and also vast valleys to Marrakech where you overnight.
After breakfast you will begin your guided tour of the medina through the bustling souks that are the lifeblood of the city. Furthermore, discover Ben Youssef Madrasa, The Palace of the Bahia, The Saadian Tombs, and many other hidden treasures with your Local guide who will bring the magic of the southern pearl of Morocco to life. Afterwards, you will continue with the tour on to the magnificent Koutoubia Mosque, non-Muslims are not allowed in however the famous minaret is a sight to behold.
Thereafter, head over to the beautiful Majorelle Gardens just a short drive from the koutoubia Mosque. The newly opened Yves Saint Laurent Museum nearby is also well worth a visit. The balance of the day is free for you to explore the lively hustle of Jemaa El Fna square, consider a visit to Le Jardin Secret «a traditional medina garden with a magnificent courtyard» or just simply relax at the Riad/Hotel.
Leaving the incredible Marrakech, we continue our journey to the coastal town of Essaouira, its charm is undeniable: within the stone ramparts, you’ll find whitewashed houses with bright blue shutters, art galleries and wood workshops. Along the way 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. As you approach Essaouira, admire views of the remarkable Souss district and Goats climbing argan trees. On arrival, relax on the beach or alternatively start to explore the UNESCO-listed medina with its various souks and woodcarving workshops. During your time here there’s the option to take part in horse trekking or quad biking.
Toda’s morning is free for you to explore further. Maybe grab a freshly-cooked plate of the day’s catch at the port, or why not pick up some local handicrafts at the eye-catching market stalls, or just enjoy a final coffee in the square to soak up the easy-going rhythm of this Moroccan town with a European seaside twist. In the afternoon, drive back to Casablanca for the night.
Your 12 days Morocco tour itinerary from Casablanca with us ends today after hotel check out. An included onward departure transfer to Casablanca airport will be provided. Should you wish to extend your stay in Morocco please do let us know!
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.
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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 a luxury camp in the Sahara for the camel ride in sunset and sunrise. At night, you will see a beautiful sky full of stars, dance and also sing with camp fire. Overall, we were happy to stay in this county for these 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 vacations 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 adventures we had ever had as a family. It was exotic, and the experience was unparalleled. I would again recommend having a tour guide like Moha with you if you are travelling, 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