Grand Tour of Morocco
From the coast to the High Atlas, from the desert to the Imperial cities
|Marrakech - 2 nights. Rabat - 1 night. Tangier - 1 night. Fez - 3 nights. Erfoud - 1 night. Boumalen Dades - 1 night. Taroudant - 1 night. Essaouira - 2 nights. Marrakech - 2 nights.|
Day 1 Fly to Marrakech. Two nights at the 5-star Le Meridien N’Fis.
Day 2 A full-day tour of Marrakech includes lunch, the Koutoubia Minaret, Majorelle Gardens, Bahia Palace and Dar Si Said Palace Museum of jewellery, costume, chests and doors.
Day 3 Travel to Casablanca (3 hrs) to visit the Hassan II Mosque. Continue to the coast for overnight at the Moroccan 5-star Hotel Amphitrite near Rabat.
Day 4 A tour of Rabat includes the Mohammed V Mausoleum, Hassan Tower, the ruins of the Roman town of Sala Colonia and the Oudaya Kasbah. Continue to Tangier (3 hrs) for overnight at the 5-star Mövenpick Hotel.
Day 5 Visit the port of Tangier. Drive into the Rif Mountains to the Spanish colonial capital of Tetouan. Lunch in the ‘white town’ of Chefchaouen. Continue to Fez (4 hrs) for three nights at the Moroccan 5-star Palais Medina Fes & Spa.
Day 6 Visit the Roman city of Volubilis and the hill town of Moulay Idriss. Lunch in Meknes, then a tour of its ramparts, imperial granaries and stables.
Day 7 Drive around the city ramparts and visit the Dar el-Batha Museum of local crafts. Lunch in the medina, explore the labyrinthine medina and souks, including Attarine Medersa and a traditional carpet-maker.
Day 8 Traverse the Atlas Mountains to Erfoud (6 hrs) for overnight at the Moroccan 4-star Hotel Xaluca.
Day 9 Early morning optional excursion to the Merzouga Dunes on the fringes of the Sahara. Travel to Tinerhir (3 hrs) for lunch and to visit the dramatic Todra Gorges. Overnight at the Moroccan 4-star Xaluca in Boumalen Dades.
Day 10 Continue along the spectacular ‘Valley of a Thousand Kasbahs’ to the former French Foreign Legion outpost of Ouarzazate. Visit the much photographed kasbahs of Tifoultoute, Taourirt and Ait Ben Haddou. Continue to the walled town of Taroudant (4 hrs) for overnight at the historic Moroccan 4-star Riad Dar Zitoune or Hotel Palais Salam.
Day 11 Visit Taroudant, then travel to Essaouira (4 hrs) for two nights at the Moroccan 5-star Hotel Atlas Essaouira.
Day 12 A morning tour of this former Portuguese port, visiting the fortifications, medina and handicrafts market. Afternoon at leisure.
Day 13 Return to Marrakech (3 hrs) for two nights at Le Meridien N’Fis.
Day 14 Explore the fascinating and colourful souks of the old medina, visiting the Medersa Ben Youssef, a 14th-century religious teaching establishment and Palais Badia.
Day 15 Transfer to the airport for the return flight.
Extension - Marrakech
Stay on at Hotel Le Meridien N‘Fis for additional nights of relaxation or independent exploration. Includes half board and transfer.
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