Embark on an extraordinary journey to the heart of Morocco, where ancient traditions, vibrant cultures, and breathtaking landscapes converge to create an enchanting tapestry of exploration. Our carefully curated program invites you to uncover the hidden gems and timeless treasures that make Morocco a jewel in the crown of North Africa.
From the bustling markets of Marrakech to the mystical allure of the Sahara Desert, this expedition promises a rich tapestry of experiences. Immerse yourself in the labyrinthine streets of ancient medinas, marvel at architectural wonders, and savor the flavors of Moroccan cuisine that dance on your palate.
Culture and history
Flight to Casablanca
As we conclude the meticulous passport and baggage check, our journey unfolds, guiding us to the enchanting land of Morocco in North-West Africa, nestled within the vibrant region known as the Maghreb.
While Morocco may not be endowed with abundant oil or other traditional resources, it stands as a testament to the richness found in its diverse landscapes, captivating cultures, delectable cuisine, and, above all, the open-hearted warmth of its people.
This journey transcends mere exploration; it’s an immersion into the soul of a nation that unfolds its treasures to those who venture within.
Upon touching down in Casablanca, our gateway to an oriental odyssey through the lands of Arabs and Berbers, our journey commences. From the outset, we plunge into the rich history of a city founded in the 10th century BCE by Berber fishermen.
Upon reaching the hotel, a sumptuous dinner awaits, offering our first encounter with the flavors of cuisine meticulously crafted by the indigenous inhabitants of this region – the Berbers.
Casablanca, Rabat, Chefchaouen
After breakfast, our day commences with a visit to the mesmerizing Hassan II Mosque, a testament to the intricacies of Moroccan architecture. This grand mosque, one of the two open to visitors, stands as the largest in the kingdom and the fifth-largest globally.
Following this architectural marvel, our journey leads us to the enchanting blue city – Chefchaouen. En route, we pause for lunch in the capital of Morocco, Rabat, where the imposing Hassan Tower stands as a testament to ambitious construction plans that, though thwarted by the sultan’s untimely demise, continue to hold historical significance.
As the day unfolds, we arrive in the captivating Chefchaouen, where dinner and an overnight stay await in a riad – a traditional Moroccan dwelling transformed into a hotel. Immerse yourself in the charm of Chefchaouen, where every winding blue alley tells a story, and the riad offers a glimpse into the authentic hospitality of Morocco.
Chefchaouen, Volubilis, Fes
As we savor a delightful breakfast, the enchanting blue town of Chefchaouen reveals itself amidst the majestic Rif Mountains, offering a picturesque view from our hotel.
Chefchaouen, the blue pearl of Morocco, unfolds its wonders as we explore the Uta el-Hamman square, renowned for its tasteful cafes and restaurants. Our journey continues to the ancient Volubilis, where the remnants of the Roman Empire’s grandeur await our exploration. A journey through history precedes our lunch in the town of Moulay Idriss.
As the day transitions to evening, we arrive in the cultural tapestry of Fez, where a night of comfort awaits at the hotel.
Fez, Ifran, Boulaajoul
Renowned for its historical tapestry, Fez stands as a captivating blend of the old and the new, where the echoes of bygone eras harmonize with the contemporary face of Morocco.
Our exploration in Fez unfolds with a captivating tour of the old medina, offering a glimpse into the rich history and cultural intricacies that define this city. Amidst the bustling Fez medina, an array of local artisans beckon with their exquisite creations – ceramics, carpets, lamps, and various trinkets, each a testament to Morocco’s artistic legacy. A visit to the gates of the Royal Palace adds a regal touch to our journey through Fez.
As the day concludes, we retreat to the comforts of the hotel in Boulaajoul, where the Berbers extend a warm welcome with mint tea. Nestled in this serene location, we are treated to a spectacle – a breathtaking sunset over the Atlas Mountains and a night sky adorned with stars.
Midelt, Er-Rachidia, Merzouga
After a hearty breakfast, our journey unfolds, weaving through kasbahs that stand sentinel over cities and palm groves. As we traverse the clay-colored city of Er-Rachidia, our path leads us to a workshop where ancient fossils are meticulously polished, revealing the geological wonders of the region.
In the afternoon, the desert allure beckons as we arrive in Merzouga. Here, we prepare the essentials and embark on a camel-backed odyssey to a Berber camp nestled in the heart of the Sahara. The camel ride, set against the backdrop of the mesmerizing sunset over the dunes, adds a magical touch to our desert sojourn.
As night descends, the campfire becomes a focal point for unforgettable moments, accompanied by the rhythmic beats of drums and the soulful melodies of Berber songs.
Jeep 4X4, Merzouga
Embracing the majesty of the Sahara, our day unfolds with a 4×4 jeep excursion, an expedition that unveils the tales of old French mines and the resilient nomad camps scattered across the vast desert landscape. As we venture deeper into the Sahara, we witness firsthand the challenges faced by the Berber nomads, who, like their ancestors, have chosen a life of wandering.
Our immersive journey extends to understanding the intricacies of Berber life – from the education of local children to the significance of goats and camels, unraveling the reasons behind the nomads ceasing their traditional Sahara travels, and more. After conquering the mesmerizing dunes, a well-deserved lunch awaits, featuring a local delicacy known as “Berber pizza.”
Merzouga, Tinjdad, Todra, Boumalne Dades
As the sun rises, our journey through southern Morocco unfurls, guiding us to the enchanting world of typical fortified villages known as ksars – a distinctive feature of this remarkable region. Each ksar narrates tales of tradition, resilience, and the vibrant history that defines southern Morocco.
Our path then leads us toward the Dades Gorge, a verdant oasis nestled within the Sahara’s embrace. En route, we delve into the intricacies of date palm cultivation, gaining insight into the economic importance of this thriving agricultural sector for Morocco.
A leisurely stroll through the Todra Gorge reveals nature’s artistry etched into the rock formations, while numerous viewpoints along the way offer opportunities to capture these moments in timeless photographs.
The day concludes in the heart of the Dades Gorge, where an atmospheric hotel welcomes us to an evening of serenity amidst the breathtaking surroundings.
Dades Valley, Rose Valley, Ouaryazate, Ait Ben Hadou, Marrakesh
In the morning light, our journey unfolds as we traverse from Ouarzazate towards the High Atlas Mountains. Navigating the Valley of the Roses, we reach Kelaat M’gouna, where a fascinating visit awaits at a factory where Moroccan women skillfully produce rose oils, cherished globally for their exquisite fragrance.
Embarking on the iconic Road of a Thousand Kasbahs, our sojourn pauses at the Skoura palm oasis, offering a tranquil respite amidst nature’s splendor. The pinnacle of our day arrives at the Ait Benhaddou kasbah, a UNESCO World Heritage site that encapsulates the essence of Morocco’s architectural legacy.
As the sun sets, we find ourselves in Marrakesh, checking into our hotel before venturing to Jamaa el-Fna, the pulsating heart of the city.
Embarking on a captivating exploration of Marrakesh, the grand showcase of Morocco, we delve into the secrets that narrate the country’s journey through the challenging years of monarchy crisis and French colonization.
Our journey through time commences at the palace of the grand vizier – Bahia, a testament to ambitions that, despite numerous talents, contributed to the state’s historical twists. Traversing the former Jewish quarter, we marvel at the Koutoubia Mosque, explore serene parks, and meander through the labyrinthine streets that have fueled the imaginations of writers and travelers for centuries.
As the day unfolds, we relish an earlier dinner in the old part of the city, granting us the luxury of free time to immerse ourselves in the vibrant tapestry of the bazaar and indulge in anticipated shopping experiences.
Embarking on a westward journey from Marrakesh, our path leads us to the enchanting coastal haven of Essaouira. Nestled along the Atlantic Ocean, this picturesque port city bears the indelible marks of Portuguese merchants and Sephardic Jews, whose pursuits of wealth once defined the area’s largest ethnic group.
In the 1960s, Essaouira became a haven for European and American hippies, with iconic figures like Jimi Hendrix leaving their creative imprints on its shores. The beach, where Hendrix is said to have composed “Castles made of sand,” stands as a testament to this musical legacy.
Today, Essaouira’s charm continues to captivate free spirits, and we embark on a journey to explore its historic port, sandy beaches, ancient city walls, and bustling streets adorned with vibrant stalls.
As the sun sets, our sojourn concludes with an overnight stay in a riad nestled in the heart of the old town, providing a tranquil retreat amidst the timeless allure of Essaouira.
Extending our stay in Essaouira, we check out of the hotel a bit later, allowing us to linger in the captivating ambiance of this coastal gem. For those seeking an extra dose of adventure, camel or quad rides along the pristine beach await, offering a unique perspective of Essaouira’s scenic beauty.
In the early hours, seafood enthusiasts can savor the bounty of the ocean at one of the local restaurants, adding a flavorful touch to their Moroccan sojourn. As the morning unfolds, the town’s vibrant markets beckon, showcasing a rich array of souvenirs and artistic handicrafts—perfect mementos to carry home from this cultural haven.
Around noon, we bid adieu to Essaouira and set our course back towards Casablanca. A short break at the hotel provides a tranquil interlude before concluding our Moroccan odyssey. Join us as we savor the final moments in Essaouira and embark on the journey back to Casablanca, relishing the memories woven into the fabric of this remarkable expedition.
Departure from Casablanca
After waking up in the early hours or just before dawn, our group will head to the airport, where we will board a plane to leave Morocco. After days filled with new experiences, history, immersion in Moroccan culture, and the hospitality of our hosts, saying goodbye will undoubtedly be challenging. This will mark the end of our Moroccan adventure. We invite you to explore other countries, such as Egypt or Kenya. Safe travels!
Treasures of Morocco 2024
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