One Week In Morocco from Casablanca to Marrakech
Experience an unforgettable week-long adventure in Morocco with our meticulously crafted 7-day itinerary, commencing in Casablanca. This journey will take you through the country’s diverse landscapes and vibrant cities, offering a perfect blend of culture, history, and natural beauty. You’ll start your exploration in Casablanca, then venture to the capital, Rabat, before discovering the enchanting blue city of Chefchaouen. Your cultural odyssey continues with visits to the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis, the Ismaili capital of Meknes, and the richly historic Fes.
As you head southward, you’ll experience the Alpine charm of Ifrane, the captivating cedar forest, and the picturesque town of Midelt. Traverse the stunning Ziz Valley and explore the traditional market of Rissani before reaching the fossils town of Erfoud. Your Sahara Desert adventure awaits in Merzouga, where camel rides, luxurious desert camp stays, and the mesmerizing desert sunrises and sunsets will leave you spellbound. Delve into the dramatic Todra and Dades Gorges, and behold the remarkable Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your journey concludes as you cross the High Atlas Mountains via the Tizi-n-Tichka pass, culminating in a guided tour of the vibrant city of Marrakech. This 7-day itinerary promises a comprehensive exploration of Morocco’s diverse treasures.
- Visit Casablanca and Rabat; the capitab of Morocoo
- Roam the idyllic blue alleyways of Chefchaouen
- Explore the imperial city of Fes
- Ride camel in the Sahara desert
- Spend a night at Desert camp
- Explore Ouarzazate and Aitbenhaddou Kasbah
- Pass the High Atlas Mountain
- Private 4×4 vehicle or minibus with A/C.
- English-speaking driver.
- Night in the desert camp.
- Camel ride.
- Breakfasts & dinners
- Lunches & drinks.
- Entrance fees to monuments if any
Welcome to the start of your 7-day private Casablanca adventure! Your journey begins in Casablanca, where you'll meet your knowledgeable tour guide. Your first day includes a visit to the impressive Hassan II Mosque, one of the largest in the world. From there, we'll travel along the Atlantic coast to the historic capital city of Rabat. In Rabat, you'll explore the iconic Hassan Tower, an unfinished minaret, and learn about its intriguing history.
Our journey continues to the enchanting blue city of Chefchaouen, taking you through picturesque Berber villages and the scenic Rif Mountains. Before reaching Chefchaouen, you'll have the opportunity to visit Akchour, where a 2-3 hour hike will lead you to the stunning Cascades d’Akchour, a series of small pools nestled in the natural beauty of the region.
Once in Chefchaouen, you'll have free time in the afternoon to explore at your own pace. Roam around Plaza Outa el-Hammam, the central square surrounded by hammams (public baths), and savor traditional mint tea at a local restaurant while relishing the magnificent views. Get lost in the enchanting blue-painted streets, capturing every romantic and picturesque moment. Your first day in Chefchaouen will be spent in a local Riad, providing you with a truly immersive experience. Enjoy your stay!
We continue our trip via the breathtaking Rif Mountains and charming Berber villages to the enchanted blue city of Chefchaouen. You will get the chance to see Akchour before traveling to Chefchaouen. There, you may climb for two to three hours and see the breathtaking Cascades d'Akchour, a group of little pools tucked away in the area's natural beauty.
After arriving in Chefchaouen, you'll have the afternoon free to explore at your own leisure. Explore Plaza Outa el-Hammam, the main plaza encircled by hammams (public baths), and have traditional mint tea at a neighborhood eatery while taking in the breathtaking views. Take in every charming and romantic moment as you get lost in the streets painted a charming shade of blue. You will spend your first day in Chefchaouen at a local riad, giving you an authentically immersed experience. Enjoy your time here!
After a delightful breakfast, take some time to explore the charming blue-painted streets of Chefchaouen at your own pace. Later, we will depart to visit the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis. This archaeological site is remarkably well-preserved and holds the prestigious title of being a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, you will encounter beautiful mosaics, ancient pillars, and majestic archways that speak of the area's rich history.
Following your exploration of Volubilis, we will continue our journey and travel 30 kilometers to reach Meknes, known as the Ismaili capital and one of Morocco's imperial cities. In Meknes, we'll visit some of its prominent attractions, including Bab Al-Mansour, the grandiose Sahrij Souani basin, the Royal stables, and the historic granary. Our tour will also take us to the Moulay Ismail Mausoleum, offering insights into Morocco's cultural and historical heritage.
As the day draws to a close, we will make our way to Fes, where you'll spend the night in a charming Riad, immersing yourself in the authentic atmosphere of this historic city. Enjoy your stay!
The tour begins with a visit to the Royal Palace gate, where you can admire its impressive design and intricate details. From there, we'll delve into the heart of the old Medina, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and navigate its labyrinthine alleys, each brimming with fascinating sights and local artisans at work.
Throughout your tour, you'll have the opportunity to discover the exquisite Bou Inania Madrasa, showcasing Moroccan architectural and decorative artistry at its finest. You'll also visit the ancient University of Al Quaraouiyine, recognized as the world's oldest university, which has played a pivotal role in shaping Morocco's intellectual history.
An exploration of the Bahia Palace awaits, a stunning example of Moroccan architectural excellence, where you'll be surrounded by beautiful gardens and intricate tilework. To round out your day, you'll have the chance to visit the Boujloud Palace, also known as the Dar Batha Museum, offering a splendid collection of traditional Moroccan arts and crafts. Back to your Riad (accomodation )
Following breakfast, we venture southward, embarking on an extraordinary journey that takes us through some of Morocco's most diverse landscapes. Our first destination is Ifrane, a charming city renowned for its alpine-style architecture and often referred to as the "Switzerland of Morocco" due to its chilly climate and picturesque houses.
We then make our way to the cedar forest, where the Barbary macaques reside. Feel free to interact with these fascinating creatures as you explore the forest. Later, we continue our journey to Midelt, where you'll have the opportunity to savor a leisurely lunch.
As we press on towards Merzouga, the route leads us through the breathtaking Tizi-n-Tilghmt pass and offers spectacular panoramic vistas along the Ziz valley. Upon reaching Merzouga in the afternoon, it's time for a unique experience. You'll switch to camels and traverse the sandy expanse of the Sahara Desert. A stop at the summit of a lofty dune affords you the chance to witness the mesmerizing sunset over the desert landscape.
Finally, we arrive at our desert camp, which combines the traditional tents of nomadic Berbers with the comforts of a luxury hotel. Under the expansive canopy of stars, you can relish the sounds of Berber drums and partake in dances around a campfire. Dinner is served in this magical desert setting, and you'll spend the night in the camp, a truly unique and memorable experience
The journey typically begins early in the morning as you set out to explore the mesmerizing sand dunes that define this unique landscape. Camel treks are a must, providing the perfect mode of transportation to navigate the rolling dunes while taking in the vast, pristine vistas.
As you venture deeper into the desert, the warm golden hues of the sand create an ever-changing panorama, especially during sunrise or sunset. These moments, with the sun painting the desert with a magical light, are a highlight of any Merzouga day trip.
The day's itinerary often includes a visit to a local Berber family's camp, providing insight into their traditional way of life, as well as a chance to savor some authentic Moroccan tea. In the comfort of the camp, you can relax and immerse yourself in the silence and serenity of the desert surroundings.
For the more adventurous, sandboarding is an exciting activity to try on the dunes, allowing you to slide down the sandy slopes with exhilarating speed.
Also, we will spend the night in camps under the starred sky and the fire around while the Gnawa music is being played by gnawa musicians
Begin your day with an early rise to witness the breathtaking desert sunrise, casting a golden hue over the Sahara's dunes, a truly mesmerizing sight. After some leisure time for breakfast, your journey continues as you return to Merzouga on camelback, where your awaiting driver stands ready. Departing the desert, your first stop is the historical town of Rissani, once the capital of Tafilalet. Rissani maintains its importance as a bustling trade hub, especially during its vibrant souk days held three times a week.
After a pleasant stroll through Rissani's souk, you'll head to Erfoud, where you'll visit one of the fascinating workshops dedicated to crafting marble fossils, a regional specialty. Continuing through the lush palm groves of Touroug and Tinjdad, you'll reach the impressive Todra Gorges. Here, the Todra River has meticulously carved a dramatic canyon through the mountains, creating towering, red cliff-sided walls. These gorges are renowned as a rock climbing haven, and you'll have the opportunity to explore and admire the stunning landscapes.
Following your exploration, enjoy a delightful lunch at a local restaurant. The journey then proceeds to the Dades Valley, passing through Boumalne Dades. Don't miss the chance to marvel at the iconic "monkey fingers" rock formation, and take in the sweeping view of the Dades Valley from a strategic vantage point. Finally, as the day concludes, you'll savor a well-deserved dinner and restful night's stay at a comfortable hotel in this enchanting region.
On the final day of your memorable journey, your adventure takes you to Kalaa Magouna, where you'll visit the renowned Rose Valley. This region is famed for its annual Rose Festival held each May when the locals showcase a variety of rose-derived products, including perfumes, rose water, aromatic oils, and cosmetic items. It's a delightful experience in a place where the air is fragrant with the sweet scent of roses.
The journey continues through the picturesque palm groves of Skoura on your way to Ouarzazate. Here, you'll have the unique opportunity to explore the studios where many famous movies have been filmed, immersing yourself in the world of cinema magic.
Next on the itinerary is a visit to the iconic Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou, an ancient fortified village recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This remarkable site has served as a backdrop for numerous movies, including famous titles like Gladiator, Alexander, The Mummy, and even TV series such as Game of Thrones.
As you journey on toward Marrakech, you'll traverse the scenic Tizi-N-Tichka pass, crossing the majestic High Atlas Mountains. Along the way, you'll make stops for lunch and to capture pictures of the captivating landscapes. Your adventure comes to a close in Marrakech, where you'll be conveniently transported to the airport for your departure or to your chosen accommodation. This marks the end of your 7-day best in morocco tours, filled with extraordinary experiences and cherished memories.