10-Day Majestic Morocco Private Tour Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive in Marrakech. Arrive in Marrakech. You will be met at the airport by a member of our staff and driven to a beautiful riad near the famous Djemaa el-Fna square in the heart of Marrakech’s historic medina. Rest after your flight. Overnight in a riad on B&B.
Day 2: Marrakech, Morocco’s Red City. Half day walking City Guide Tour of the Red City’s famous medina (or full day if you prefer). Explore the maze of colorful souqs, see the impressive Koutoubia Mosque with its imposing minaret, learn about Morocco’s history of education and scholars at the Ali ben Youssef Medersa, visit some of Marrakech’s most important kings at the Saadian Tombs, and enjoy the opulence of the stunning Bahia Palace. Experience the excitement and energy of the street performers at Marrakech’s Djemaa el Fna square – including Morocco’s legendary storytellers. In the afternoon, enjoy free time to explore the Medina on your own, practice your bargaining skills shopping for lovely gifts to take home with you, or relax in one of Marrakech’s many luxurious hammams (spa). Overnight in a riad on B&B.
Day 3: Ait Benhaddou, Berber Villages, the High Atlas Mountains. Check out early and begin the drive across the High Atlas Mountains enroute to the famous Sahara desert. Termed the ‘Mountains of Mountains’ by Moroccan Berbers, the High Atlas mountains are the tallest mountain range in North Africa; a series of jagged, impressive peaks that split the country east to west. We travel through this impressive scenery to the area of Ait Benhaddou where we visit the stunning, ancient, excellently preserved Almoravid kasbah of Ait Benhaddou. Overnight at a traditional Berber guesthouse run by one of the local families on HB.
Day 4: Road of a Thousand Kasbahs, The Sahara Desert. After saying goodbye to our Berber hosts, we head back on the road to the Sahara, passing through Ouarzazate and Skoura as we begin the Road of a Thousand Kasbahs. Located on a key trade route, with blue-robed Tuareg desert traders bringing through caravans of gold, slaves and spices in ancient times, Skoura is now famous for its ancient kasbahs and forests of palm groves. We pass along what is known as the ‘Road of a Thousand Kasbahs’ although I have only counted a small percentage of that number – a twisting, turning mountain road that winds its way through the high desert, lined with crumbling ancient forts. Our two-day roadtrip will end at the massive Erg Chebbi dunes, where the rocky western desert meets the sand of the Sahara. Overnight in a traditional adobe style flat roof hotel close to the dune line on HB.
Day 5: Camel trek in the Sahara, Camp in the Erg Chebbi dunes. Walk in the dunes at sunrise to photograph Erg Chebbi’s dunes in the soft glow of the morning sun or enjoy the sunrise in the endless curving golden desert of the Sahara stretched out as far as the eye can see. Then it’s back to the hotel for breakfast before heading out on our mid-day camel trek. Camels have been the primary mode of transport in the desert for a millennium. In the afternoon, explore the surrounding dunes and dine outside; without much light pollution the skies in the Sahara are a swarth of stars and see if you can spot the southern constellations. It is also a great opportunity for night-time photography enthusiasts. For those who are interested, try your hand at star photography and long night exposures (we recommend bringing a tripod or small gorilla pod if you’re interested in night photography). Overnight in a deep desert camp on HB.
Day 6: Travel to Fez. We will wake up at dawn to watch the sunrise over the Sahara, then trek with the camels back to our hotel on the dune-line. After breakfast, pack up and head north to Fez. Enjoy dramatic views and vistas as we drive across the Middle Atlas mountain range between the Sahara Desert and the ancient city of Fez, breaking the drive to see endangered Barbary macaque monkeys. Overnight in a riad on HB.
Day 7: Fez, Morocco’s Yellow City. Fez, Morocco’s Yellow city, is one of the oldest cities in world. Explore Fez’s ancient medina, getting lost in the maze of small laneways many of which date back 1200 years. Learn how Morocco’s crafts are made on our half day walking City Guide Tour of Fez. There will be opportunities to take photographs of artisans at work. Listen to the melodious Call to Prayer echo off the ancient minarets and thick medina walls, while sipping Berber mint tea from one of the many café terraces overlooking the old city. Then, after lunch, enjoy some free time to explore Fez on your own, shop for local crafts, photograph the ancient city, or relax in one of Fez’ many excellent hammams. Overnight in a riad on B&B.
Day 8: Rif Mountains and Chefchaouen, Morocco’s Blue City. Today, we drive from Fez to the Rif Mountains and the quaint village of Chefchaouen. Located in a nook of the Rif Mountains, the tiny mountain town of Chefchaouen is Morocco’s Blue City. Bargain for Bedouin-made jewelry, spices and ceramics amongst the bluewashed buildings of Chefchaouen’s medina. Enjoy sweet and savory chicken or vegetable pastilles, a famous local dish. Watch the sunset from the Spanish Mosque, high over Chefchaouen; the twinkling lights of the village illuminating the pastel blue buildings. Overnight in a riad on B&B.
Day 9: Chefchaouen, Morocco’s Blue City. Chefchaouen, with its picturesque pastel blue medina and quaint little mountain town, is a wonderful place to linger. And linger we do. Enjoy a free day to explore this Moroccan-Andalusian town – poke your head into the high-quality boutique shops, relax at a hammam (spa), take a hike through the surrounding mountains or just enjoy the stunning view from one of the many hillside cafes. Reminisce about your adventures over dinner on the Central Square. Overnight in a riad on B&B.
Day 10: Casablanca, Morocco’s White City. We wrap up our time in Morocco with Casablanca, the White City. Enjoy Casablanca’s cosmopolitan core, shops, wide French-inspired boulevards and waterfront promenade. After an amazing time in Morocco, it is time to depart for home with a suitcase full of memories … and maybe a few mementos. We will arrive in Casablanca in the late afternoon, where this tour will end. We can either take you directly to the airport if you have an evening flight or bring you to your hotel if you wish to stay longer in Morocco’s White City.
Optional: We can help you arrange your hotel in Casablanca if you wish to stay an extra day in the city. Ask about this service when booking your tour.
Additional Excursions: Interested in lengthening your trip? Would you like to explore Essaouira, Tangiers, Rabat, spend more time in Marrakech, or see other parts of Morocco? We’d be thrilled to help you plan additional days on your trip.
NOTE: We do our best to follow this itinerary, but sites can close unexpectedly and without prior notice according to the discretion of the Moroccan government. Morocco is completing much needed restoration work, and at times this may affect access to sites or parts of towns. In case of unexpected need to alter hotels, restaurants, treks or other in-country operators, we will substitute an experience of equal or greater value.
Trip Details – What’s Included:
- Knowledgeable, engaging local guides who will bring to life Morocco’s rich, complex and important history, as well as, help you understand Morocco and its culture from a female perspective.
- Overnight camel trek in the Sahara desert.
- Overnight in a Berber guesthouse.
- Transportation including all airport greet on arrival, transfers and camel treks.
- Historic, comfortable, riads in the cities and towns, a Berber guesthouse, traditional adobe hotel and deep camp in the desert.
- Free time. We know how important it can be to have a little time built in for you to explore on your own or simply take a moment to relax. We’ve carefully planned our tours to provide you a balance between structured travel and free time. We offer free time in Marrakech, Fez and Chefchaouen, as well as, some time to explore the dunes around our Sahara camp.
Travelers Are Responsible For:
- Flights to and from Morocco.
- Any days additional days travelers wish to stay in Marrakech or Casablanca.
- Meals not included and all beverage purchases at meals including alcohol.
- Bottled water and snacks.
- Activities and events during free time in Marrakech and Fez – including opportunities to explore the medinas, visit additional sites, relax at the hammams (Moroccan spa), and shop for local handcrafts.
- Traveler’s Insurances. Check with your health insurance company regarding if they cover illness overseas and how to file a claim if you are sick overseas. Not all insurance companies cover overseas illness. We require all travelers to be fully covered for medical coverage and trip cancellation.
Extend Your Time in Morocco: Interested in spending a few extra days in Morocco? Spend an extra day in Marrakech at the beginning of the tour or spend the night in Casablanca after our tour ends. Explore Tangiers – the bridge between Morocco and Europe. Relaxing on the Mediterranean in the tiny coastal hamlet of Essaouira. We can make all arrangements to help you customize your Moroccan experience.
Is This Trip Right for You?: Can you enjoy traveling in a developing nation? Morocco is a developing nation that has been steadily moving through a fast period of growth and change. It’s an exciting and fascinating time to experience Morocco. As a developing nation many services, systems and levels of environmental cleanliness are not the same as they are in Europe and the States. While exploring the country you will see pollution, poverty, overcrowded cities, and sadly malnourished people and animals. You will also see a Morocco working hard toward finding its way to a progressive democracy and finding solution for its economic, social and political challenges. You will experience the stunning ancient Berber culture and traditions, learn about Morocco’s fascinating Islamic, Moorish and French history, meet friendly locals, enjoy the warmth and hospitality of Moroccans, and enjoy the stunning natural beauty of the Sahara Desert, High Atlas Mountains and Moroccan coastline.
This trip requires moderate activity level – sustained walking for 2-3 hours over rough terrain, cobblestone, hills, sand dunes and in the heat unassisted. Some days you may be on your feet for the majority of the day with only short breaks. A few days there will be up to 8 hours of driving. This trip is not appropriate for travelers using walkers, wheelchairs, other mobility aids, or who cannot stand on their feet for 2-3 hours while visiting sites and walking around museums. This tour is also not suitable for travelers with back problems. Our tours often involve a number of hours outside in hot temperatures (70 – 85F, some trips as high as 90s Fahrenheit).
In the Sahara, we ride camels 1.5 hours to our Bedouin camps. There we sleep on mattresses (with clean bedding) on the ground (the ground is carpeted). These beds are not suitable for traveler’s with bad backs or severe back problems. NOTE: We stay overnight at a wild camp under the stars in Berber tents in the Sahara. For this 1 night there is limited running water and shared toilet facilities however the experience of spending the night deep in the Sahara far from civilization is an extraordinary experience! If you do not think you’ll be able to meet this level of activity requirement, or you have any questions or concerns please email.