Magnificent Morocco

Tour Highlights

On this tour we will explore the fascinating sites and sounds of Morocco.  
This ancient kingdom is where Africa meets Europe, and so this is a land of cultural and scenic contrasts with exotic old-world charm that delights every visitor. We will see medieval walled cities rich in culture and history, with palaces, mosques and local markets. 

The Moroccan people form a vital part of the country’s attraction. Here, the traditions of a rich culture live on in the dress, food, customs, festivities and the way in which visitors are received. Famous for their hospitality and friendliness,   Moroccans still welcome strangers according to age-old codes of ceremony. The best place for people watching is the markets, where the shopping is colourful in both the wares available and also the crowds in the local bazaars with acrobats, snake charmers, water sellers and the occasional camel vying for your attention.

Our tour will take in all the country’s highlights as we visit romantic Casablanca, imperial Marrakech, the oasis of the Ourika Valley, the impressive Atlas Mountains, the desert plateau of Ouarzazate, the sand dunes of Merzouga, the historical city of Meknes, the spiritual centre of Fez, cosmopolitan Tangier and the Royal City of Rabat. The wonderful scenery along the way includes snow-capped mountain peaks, deserts with sand dunes and beautiful fertile valleys. 

Join us and discover all the enchantment Morocco has to offer.

*** This tour is recommended only for the fit and active traveller.

Tentative Itinerary

We depart for Casablanca with a change of planes in Montreal.
We arrive in Casablanca and transfer to our hotel. The rest of the day is free.
Our morning tour of Casablanca, Morocco’s largest city, begins at the old Medina - a labyrinth of streets, barbers, butchers, ironmongers and grocers. Nearby is majestic Mohammed V Square with its combination of French and Moorish architecture. We also see the Royal Palace and the famous and stunning Hassan II Mosque situated directly on the Atlantic Ocean - the third largest mosque in the world. After our tour we travel to Morocco’s capital - Rabat, the seat of the Royal Family. It is home to many palaces, mosques and parks. Our city tour will show us the imposing exterior of the Royal Palace - official residence of King Mohamed VI, the Royal Mausoleum of Sultan Mohammed V - the man who led Morocco to independence, and the exquisite Hassan Tower.
We depart for Tangier, a cosmopolitan city combining all of its historical inhabitants - Phoenician, Romans, Vandals, Berbers, Arabs, Portuguese, Spanish, British and French. Our tour of the old city shows us the crowded Souks where traditional products are made and sold, then through the archway to the walled Medina - a medieval world of narrow lanes leading to the lively bazaars.
We proceed to the mountain city of Chefchaouen, known as the “Blue City”. It is famous for the old Medina, houses with blue doors, wrought iron windows and tile roofs. The local markets are animated with traditionally dressed locals and colourful goods. After our tour we continue to Meknes.
Like a mirage looming up out of the rock in the countryside, the former royal city of Meknes is yet another unexpected delight of Morocco. This beautiful city has old city walls, monumental gates and palatial ruins. We visit the city walls, the Royal stables and the intricate Bab Al Mansour Gates. We then visit the remarkable ancient Roman ruin of Volubilis, (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), before proceeding to Fez.
A maze of stone and marble surrounded by orchards, Fez is the spiritual centre of Morocco. The old town’s maze of alleys, houses and shops sit in the shadow of the mosque’s minarets. From their workshops in the back alleys potters, charcoal burners, goldsmiths and weavers still practice their ancient trades. The Jewish Quarter here has long had a reputation for producing the finest ironwork in the country. On our full-day tour you will see the Medina (a UNESCO World Heritage site), the Najjarine Fountain, the Moulay Idriss Mausoleum, the Karaouine Mosque and more.
We travel to the town of Erfoud, built by the French and known for its red sand buildings that contrast with the surrounding desert. We stop for lunch in Midelt in the Atlas Mountains with wonderful landscape views.
We proceed to Merzouga and its famous sand dunes, some of which are 160 metres high. We see the vast dunes first hand during a 4x4 expedition. Then we continue to Boulmane, en-route visiting the magnificent Todgha Canyons and marvel at the carved out cliff-sided canyons with sheer rock walls.
We travel to Ouarzazate on the edge of the mighty Sahara - an ancient garrison town made famous when the film Lawrence of Arabia was filmed nearby. We travel through the Dades Valley, or “Valley of One Thousand Kasbahs”. We also visit Taourirt - one of Morocco’s most beautiful Kasbahs.
We first visit Ait Ben Haddou, a 16th century UNESCO World Heritage site and one of Morocco’s best preserved and spectacular Kasbahs. Then we proceed to Marrakech via the Tichka Pass, Morocco’s highest road pass. The views of the High Atlas Mountains interspersed with small Berber villages typical of the region are breathtaking.
The 1000-year-old “Red City” of Marrakech is drenched in culture and history. Our full-day tour includes the Mejorelle Gardens, the Saadian Tombs, El Bahia Palace, the Dar Si Said Museum and the Medina. At Djemaa El Fna Square we see snake charmers, acrobats and scribes writing letters for the illiterate.
We travel to the Ourika Valley, enjoying views of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains and tiny villages clinging to the steep hillsides, with waterfalls and rocky landscapes merging with the desert.
We travel back to Casablanca. The afternoon is free to explore until tonight’s Farewell Dinner.
We fly home via Montreal.

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