Enchanting Morocco in Riads

Enchanting Morocco in Riads

Day 1 Casablanca - Rabat

Arrival at Casablanca airport where you are met and transferred to the city for a City tour of this legendary and cosmopolitan city, the financial capital of Morocco including a visit to the United Nations Square, the central Market, the Habous quarter, the Mechouar of the Royal Palace, the Hassan II Mosque, the residential district of Anfa and 'La Corniche Boulevard. Departure to Rabat. City tour of the political capital of the Kingdom including a visit to the Mechouar of the Royal Palace, the ruins of Chellah, the Mohammed V Mausoleum, the Kasbahs des Oudayas and the Hassan tower - an historic minaret which is the city's landmark. You will also stop at the lovely Kasbah Des Ouadayas, built out on the bluff overlooking the estuary and the Atlantic ocean. Overnight.

Day 2 Rabat - Volubilis - Moulay Idriss - Meknes - Fes

Breakfast. Departure to Meknes via Volubilis, the Roman ruins (optional visit), and Moulay Idriss, the holy town and important place of pilgrimage where the founder of Morocco's first dynasty is buried. Continue on to Meknes. City tour of Meknes with local guide including El Hdim square, Bab El Mansour, the massive gate which is the entrance to the old city and the Jewish quarter, the Royal Granaries and the city ramparts. In the afternoon departure for Fes. Overnight.

Day 3 Fes

Breakfast. Full day tour of Fes with local guide, the religious, artistic and intellectual centre of Morocco. Visit the Medina, the Cherratine and El-Attarine Medersas (beautifully decorated buildings dedicated to religious study), the Karaouiyne University and the Nejjarine Fountain. After lunch there is a tour of the many souks, the dyers and tanners quarter and the Mechouar of the Royal Palace. Overnight.

Day 4 Fes - Midelt - Erfoud

Breakfast. Travel via the mountains of the Middle Atlas Ranges passing Ifrane and Azrou, an important Berber handicraft centre, arriving at Midelt. Continue through Errachidia through the valley of the Oued Ziz, passing many fortified villages. Dinner and Overnight.

Day 5 Erfoud - Merzouga

Breakfast. A leisurely morning at the hotel today, before you are collected at mid morning for your transfer south to Merzouga, at the edge of the Saharan sand dunes, a journey of approximately 1 hour. You will arrive at the property in time for lunch at leisure. Today, a 2 hour camel ride to a special desert camp at the edge of the dunes to sleep under the stars! Dinner and Overnight.

Day 6 Merzouga - Tinerhir

This morning you will have to rise early to witness the spectacular sunrise over the dunes. Breakfast. Departure for Tinerhir along the Tinejdad road with its spectacular Kasbahs. Afternoon visit of the famous Todra Canyons. Dinner and Overnight.

Day 7 Tinerhir - Ouarzazate

Breakfast. Departure for Ouarzazate via El-Kelaa, famous for its May festival which celebrates the harvest of the roses. Continue through the Dades Valley along the road of a Thousand Kasbahs finally arriving in Ouarzazate. Dinner and Overnight.

Day 8 Ouarzazate

Breakfast. Morning at leisure for shopping or sightseeing. In the afternoon, visit the old town and the Kasbahs of Tiffeltout and Taourirt in and around Ouarzazate. Continue on to the wonderful fortified village of Ait Ben Haddou, the most spectacular fortress village in the south of Morocco. Return to Ouarzazate. Dinner and Overnight.

Day 9 Ouarzazate - Taliouine - Taroudant

Breakfast. Morning departure for the beautiful oasis towns of Taliouine and Taroudannt, the latter surrounded by old, fortified city walls and towers. Once a former regional capital, Taroudannt is famous for its stone cutters. Visit the remarkably picturesque souks. Afternoon at leisure. Dinner and Overnight.

Day 10 Taroudant - Agadir - Essaouira

Breakfast. Morning city visit of Taroudannt then departure for Agadir. Afternoon panoramic tour of Agadir and its beautiful beaches, souks and kasbah. Set on a crescent of sand, the wide shallow beach of Agadir stretches as far as the eye can see. Departure from Agadir and head towards Essaouira. City tour with local guide. Formerly known as Mogador, an historic Portuguese port, Essaouira boasts a beautiful Medina and fine local crafts. Overnight.

Day 11 Essaouira

Breakfast. Today you have a free day to enjoy the beach and port area at your leisure. YouÂ’ll find narrow, freshly whitewashed streets, painted blinds, tranquil squares, artisans in tiny workshops working away at fragrant thuja wood and friendly cafes. Overnight.

Day 12 Essaouira - Marrakesh

Breakfast. Depart Essaouira via the inland road to Marrakesh. Afternoon visit of the Menara Gardens and orchards and the city ramparts. Overnight.

Day 13 Marrakesh

Breakfast. Full day sightseeing of the historical sites of this impressive southern capital, called the 'pearl of the South'. The tour visits the Koutoubia Mosque, the Saadian Tombs, the Bahia Palace and the famous Djemaa El Fna Square. Dinner and show at the Ksar el Hamra restaurant. Overnight.

Day 14 Marrakesh - Casablanca

Breakfast. Morning at leisure for browsing and shopping. Optional lunch and departure for Casablanca. Overnight.

Day 15 Casablanca

Breakfast and transfer to Casablanca Airport for your flight out of Morocco. End of Tour services.