All around Morocco

  Social impact : 10 beneficiary families

 Perfect time : From September to July

 Ideal length :16 days

Price starting from 4420 €

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Discover Chefchaouen, the “Blue City,” with its blue-painted streets, vibrant souks, and rich heritage.
  • Explore Fez’s historical treasures and labyrinthine streets, bustling medina, and traditional craftsmanship.
  • Visit Volubilis, an archaeological site with ancient Roman ruins and stunning mosaics.
  • Join a Moroccan cooking class to experience vibrant flavors, aromatic spices, and traditional techniques.
  • Venture to Khamlia, known for its vibrant Gnawa music with traditional African and Islamic melodies.
  • Experience the Sahara Desert, gliding across dunes on a camel, immersed in the desert’s beauty.
  • Visit Atlas Film Studios in Ait Ben Haddou, where iconic films and TV series were filmed.
  • Enjoy a culinary journey through Marrakech, savoring its rich flavors and diverse culinary delights.

Day 1 – Casablanca Arrival

Welcome to Morocco! Upon arrival, you will be greeted and transferred to your accommodations to settle in. Time permits, enjoy an afternoon tour of the massive Mosque Hassan II, the second largest in Islam today.

 Accommodation : Le doge – Art Palace

 

Explore hidden gems of Marrakech

 

Day 2 – Full discovery day to the north

The road trip starts by the capital, Rabat. Your guide will take you through the winding streets of the Medina, the old town of Rabat. You’ll see the traditional architecture, the local markets, and visit historical landmarks such as the Kasbah of the Udayas. Then you will stop by the Hassan Tower which is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most iconic landmarks in Rabat. You’ll visit this stunning 12th-century tower and mosque, and learn about its history and significance. Then you will head toward Chellah which is a necropolis and an important historical site in Rabat. You’ll explore the ancient ruins and the beautiful gardens, and learn about the history of this important site.

 Continue your way toward the north, you will stop by the beautiful costal town of Asilah. You’ll wander through the narrow streets, admire the traditional architecture, and see the historic ramparts and gates. Asilah is famous for its vibrant art scene, and you’ll have the opportunity to visit some of the many art galleries in the city. You’ll see works by local and international artists, and learn about the city’s rich cultural heritage.

If time allows your driver will take you to the Caves of Hercules, a natural cave that is believed to have been used by the legendary hero himself. The cave is also a popular spot for watching the sunset in Tanger.

 Accommodation : Villa Josephine – Dar Nour – Palais Bahia

 

Drive through the Kasbahs

 

Day 3 – Visit of Tanger and trip to Chefchaouen

Start by exploring the historic Medina of Tanger. You can wander through the narrow streets, admire the architecture, and visit the various souks selling traditional goods. Next, visit the Kasbah Museum, which is located in the fortress at the highest point of the Medina. The museum features exhibits on Moroccan history and culture, as well as stunning views of the city and the sea.  Take a stroll around the new town, which was built during the French colonial period. The wide boulevards and elegant buildings provide a striking contrast to the Medina. End your day at Cafe Hafa, a legendary cafe that has been frequented by writers and artists over the years. Enjoy a cup of tea while taking in the stunning views of the Strait of Gibraltar.

After lunch head towards Chefchaouen famous for its beautiful blue-washed buildings. The best way to experience it, it is to wander through the medina, the old town of Chefchaouen. The medina is a maze of narrow streets and alleys, each one more charming than the last. Then you will visit the Kasbah Museum: Located in the heart of the medina, the Kasbah Museum is housed in an 18th-century fortress that was once the residence of the local governor. It offers an interesting look at the history and culture of Chefchaouen and the Rif Mountains region. Take a short and easy hike outside the city to explore the beautiful countryside and enjoy stunning views of the surrounding mountains. You can visit the Ras El-Maa waterfall or hike up to the Spanish Mosque for panoramic views of the city. Chefchaouen’s souks offer a variety of handicrafts, including traditional Moroccan carpets, pottery, and woven baskets. At the end of your visit, your guide will suggest a place for diner.

Accommodation : Dar jasmine – Riad Cherifa

Experience the Sahara

 

Day 4 – Visit of Akchour and hike in the national park

Spending some time in Akchour is a great way to experience the beauty of the park and the local culture. Start your hike in the morning with a local guide who can show you the best sights and trails. Depending on your preferences and level of fitness, you’ll hike through the stunning natural scenery of Akchour, passing by waterfalls, rivers, and forests. Some popular trails include the one leading to the Cascade d’Akchour or the one to the Bridge of God. After your hike, you’ll be treated to a traditional tajine meal. Tajine is a signature Moroccan dish made with slow-cooked meat or vegetables, served with couscous or bread. It’s usually cooked in a clay pot with a conical lid, which keeps the food tender and flavorful. After your meal, you can relax and take in the sights and sounds of the park, or continue exploring with your guide. Some activities you might consider include swimming in the rivers or taking a dip in one of the natural pools.

After your day in nature, you’ll return to Chefchaouen for the night

Accommodation : Dar jasmine – Riad Cherifa

Khamlia communities making a living out of Gnawa music

 

Day 5 – Private full day to Volubilis and Meknes

After breakfast, you’ll head to the ancient Roman city of Volubilis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a stunning example of Roman architecture, for a private tour of the site and Museum. In the afternoon, you’ll continue toward Meknes to explore many interesting sites, including the Bab Mansour Gate, a beautiful example of Moorish architecture, the Place el-Hedim, a large square in the heart of the old city surrounded by cafes, shops, and historic buildings, Dar Jamai Museum, a beautifully restored 19th-century palace, and more.

Accommodation : Sahrai – Maison Bleu – Fez Salam

Khamlia communities making a living out of Gnawa music

 

Day 6 – Full day in Fez

Today you’ll visit the old part of Fez, the Jewish quarter, and the new part of Fez. The old part of Fez, known as Fes el-Bali, is a UNESCO World famous for its narrow, winding streets and traditional architecture. Here you’ll visit the Al-Qarawiyyin Mosque, one of the oldest universities in the world, Bou Inania Madrasa, a beautifully decorated Islamic school built in the 14th century, and the tanneries, an important part of Fez’s economy. In Mellah, the Jewish quarter of Fez, visit the 17th century Ibn Danan Synagogue, one of the most important in Morocco. In the new Fez, known as Ville Nouvelle, built during the French colonial period, visit the Jardin Jnan Sbil, a beautiful garden, and the Borj Nord Museum, which showcases the history of Fez and Morocco.

 Accommodation : Sahrai – Maison Bleu – Fez Salam

 

Khamlia communities making a living out of Gnawa music

 

Day 7 – Traditional cooking class in Fez

Learn how to cook traditional Moroccan dishes and learn about the cultural and historical significance of Moroccan cuisine, as well as customs surrounding Moroccan meals. The cooking class that starts with a brief introduction and welcome then you be given aprons and introduced to the ingredients and equipment that will be used throughout the class. Your chef will provide tips and guidance as the dishes are prepared. You will have opportunity to taste and adjust seasoning as necessary.The class will conclude with a shared meal where you can enjoy the dishes they have prepared.

 Accommodation : Sahrai – Maison Bleu – Fez Salam

 

Khamlia communities making a living out of Gnawa music

 

Day 8 – Roadtrip to the desert

 While the road from Fez to Erfoud is a long drive, there are plenty of places to stop and explore along the way, and the stunning scenery makes the journey well worth it. It will take approximately 6 hours and here are some places to see along the way. Ifran is a charming mountain town known for its Swiss-style architecture and winter sports. The town is surrounded by forests and is a popular destination for hiking and skiing. You’ll pass through the Middle Atlas Mountains, where you can see the stunning cedar forests. These forests are home to the Barbary macaque, an endangered primate species that is native to North Africa. Haldway, you’ll stop by Midelt, famous for its apple orchards and is a popular stop for travelers. The town is surrounded by stunning scenery, including the snow-capped peaks of the Atlas Mountains. As you continue on the road towards Erfoud, you’ll pass through the Ziz Valley, which is known for its palm groves and stunning landscapes. The valley is dotted with small villages and oases before arriving at the doors of the Sahara. 

Accommodation : Dihya luxury desert – Dar Morocco – Luxury Oasis Camp

 

Khamlia communities making a living out of Gnawa music

 

Day 9 – Sahara Safari to go deeper into the sand dunes

 Start by jumping into your 4*4 to visit some ancient ruins and learn the history from your local guide. On the way you will visit a local family and share a tea pot with them. You can also learn how to make a carpet from a woman artisan. You will head towards khamlia, a small village located in the south of Morocco which is a unique cultural experience that offers a glimpse into the traditional way of life in the region. You will have madfouna for lunch witch is similar to a stuffed bread or pizza, that is often enjoyed in Khamlia. This village is known for its vibrant Gnawa music scene, which is a unique blend of traditional African and Islamic music. You’ll have the opportunity to experience this music firsthand, with performances by local musicians who will play traditional instruments such as the guembri and krakebs.

 Accommodation : Dihya luxury desert – Dar Morocco – Luxury Oasis Camp

 

Khamlia communities making a living out of Gnawa music

Day 10 – Road trip to Dades valley

Start by Erfoud, a bustling town known for its fossil industry and traditional architecture. You can visit the local souk, see the ancient ksar (fortified village), or take a tour of a fossil factory. Few miles from there, stop by The Todra Gorge is a narrow canyon with towering rock walls that rise up to 300 meters in some places. You can take a hike through the gorge, see the crystal-clear river, and enjoy the beautiful scenery.

 Accommodation : Riad Bahammou – Dar Blues

 

Khamlia communities making a living out of Gnawa music

 

Day 11 – Road to Ouarzazate

Along this road you’ll stop by green valleys, and traditional Berber villages. Enjoy Skoura, an oasis town located in a lush valley surrounded by palm trees and almond groves. You can visit the old kasbahs, see the traditional irrigation systems, or take a walk through the beautiful gardens. Spend the night in Ouarzazate, a city known for its film studios and historical monuments.

Accommodation : Oz Palace – Yu Palace – Ksar Ighdna

 

Khamlia communities making a living out of Gnawa music

 

Day 12 – Road to Marrakech passing by Ait Ben Haddou

 Start by the Atlas Film Studios, located on the outskirts of Ouarzazate and are the largest film studios in the world. You can take a tour of the studios and see some of the sets used in famous movies such as The Mummy, Gladiator, and Kingdom of Heaven. Then you will head towards Ait Ben Haddou, a fortified village located about 30 km from Ouarzazate. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has been used as a filming location for several movies, including Gladiator, Lawrence of Arabia, and Game of Thrones. For Kasbah lovers, stop by Taourirt Kasbah, a historic fortress located in the center of Ouarzazate. It was once the residence of the Glaoui family, who ruled over the region in the early 20th century. On the way you can explore the Fint Oasis, a beautiful oasis surrounded by palm trees, mountains, and a small river. You can take a walk through the oasis and see its traditional Berber villages. End your day in your Riad in Marrakech where you can enjoy a relaxing Hammam. 

 Accommodation : Maison Arabe – Riad Elarsat

 

Khamlia communities making a living out of Gnawa music

 

Day 13 – Marrakech private city tour

Start by visiting the Bahia Palace, a stunning palace built in the 19th century for a wealthy Moroccan nobleman, featuring beautiful gardens and stunning architecture. Head to the Saadian Tombs rediscovered in 1917, a burial site for members of the Saadian dynasty that ruled Morocco from 1549 to 1659. Then take a short walk to the Mellah, the Jewish quarter of Marrakech to explore the narrow streets and visit the Lazama Synagogue, one of the oldest in Morocco. After lunch at a local Moroccan restaurant, visit the Koutoubia Mosque, the largest mosque in Marrakech dating back to the 12th century, and the Jardin Majorelle, a beautiful garden designed by French artist Jacques Majorelle in the 1920s. End the day at the Djemaa el- Fna, Marrakech’s main square and a bustling hub of activity to watch street performers, taste some street food, and shop for gifts.

 Accommodation : Maison Arabe – Riad Elarsat

 

Khamlia communities making a living out of Gnawa music

 

Day 14 – The Atlas Mountains experience

Enjoy a scenic drive 1hr to Ourika through a stunning valley stopping along the way at local markets and shops and to visit a traditional Berber house. Learn about the Berber way of life, how the locals make bread, prepare mint tea, and live in harmony with nature. You can walk to Seo Fatma waterfalls, a series of seven cascading waterfalls, and enjoy a picnic lunch by the river, tasting local Berber dishes as you enjoy the beautiful scenery.

 Accommodation : Maison Arabe – Riad Elarsat

 

Khamlia communities making a living out of Gnawa music

 

Day 15 – Full day in Essaouira

After breakfast, take on 3-hour journey to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Essaouira, where narrow winding streets, whitewashed buildings, and vibrant markets await. Explore artisan workshops, spice souks, and the ancient city wall with panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and the harbor, immersing yourself in the city’s captivating history. Indulge in a camel or horse ride along the picturesque Essaouira Beach, or simply unwind and marvel at the breathtaking scenery. Don’t miss the lively ambiance of Moulay Hassan Square in the medina, perfect for people-watching. Finally, experience the iconic fishing port, alive with colorful boats and bustling markets, capturing the essence of this enchanting city.

Accommodation : Riad Chbanate – Salut Maroc

 

Khamlia communities making a living out of Gnawa music

 

Day 16 – International departure from Casablanca or Marrakech

 Depending on your departure airport, we will arrange your day.

 

Khamlia communities making a living out of Gnawa music

 

What makes this trip impactful

  • Your Marrakech tour is provided by our non profit organization partner Pikala which aims at supporting education and employment amongst youth by training local girls and boys to become professional bicycle tour guides. 
  • You will support female cooperatives and local workshops by witnessing their hard work during our suggested visits along the way to the Sahara.
  • You will travel carbon free as we offset your trip carbon footprint by planting trees in cooperation with our partner High Atlas Foundation 

 

Price

While a fixed price depends on your preferences, we offer you these 16 days amazing trip including 1 nights in our luxury camp in Morocco starting from 3‘650€ per person based on double occupancy. 

 

Included

Dedicated guide

Private driver during the whole trip

Half Board

Assistance at each step

Activities with locals

Carbon neutrality

Safety

not included

Flight ticket

Additional meals

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Monuments fees

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