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12 Day Best of Morocco Safari Tour

Riad Marana, 10 Derb Ahmer، Marrakech 40000, Morocco

Cultural and Historic Tour and Safari in Morocco

Discover the highlights of Morocco including the imperial cities and the Sahara Desert on this trip. You will enjoy the change of the landscape from the center, to the south and to the north, the diversity of the landscape mountains, flat lands, and the Sahara sand dunes. You will also have the opportunity to know about the Arab and the Berber culture.

Key information

  • Private tour
  • Maximum group size: 20 persons
  • Starting and ending point: Marrakech
  • Languages: English, French, Arabic, and Spanish
  • Entrance fees not included.

Meet the guides

Abdelhadi
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Highlights

  • Marrakesh and Fes city tour
  • Camel trip in the Sahara Desert
  • Spot monkeys in Tafilalet Palm Grove
  • Visit to Ouarzazate, Ifrane, and Chefchaouen
  • Private transportation in a 4x4 vehicle
  • Transfers from and to the airport
  • 11 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast

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12 activity days in English
The organizer also speaks: Arabic, French, Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 20 participants
Airport transfer included: Marrakesh Menara Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
08:00
Check-out Time:
18:00

During this tour, you will be provided with accommodation in the following riads, camps, and hotels:

  • 1st, 2nd, and 11th night: Riad Marana, Marrakech
  • 3rd night: Auberge Panorama, Dades
  • 4th night: Orient Desert Camp, Merzouga
  • 5th and 6th night: Riad Lalla Zoubida, Fez
  • 7th night: Riad Alkhalifa Chefchaouen
  • 8th night: Riad in Asilah
  • 9th night: Hotel Campanile Casablanca
  • 10th night: Riad Zahra

Program

Day 1: Arrival in Marrakech

Gboo Morocco Tours' driver will pick you up from the airport up to your arrival time and transfer you in your riad in the medina. You'll have the day to relax while exploring the main square Jemaa el Fnaa and the souks. Overnight in standard accommodation.

Day 2: Marrakech sightseeing

After breakfast in the hotel, you will have a private guided tour of Marrakech Medina with an official guide from Marrakech. You will see the famous Mosque of Koutoubia, the Medina, and its souks, and explore some more of Marrakech’s secrets: Ali Ben Youssef Koranic school, the Saadian tombs, the Bahia Palace, and Majorelle Gardens.

In the afternoon, the best option is to explore the medina on your own, approaching the square that in the evening is full of narrators, jugglers, diviners. snake charmers, and music. Overnight in standard accommodation.

Day 3: Marrakech - the High Atlas Mountains - Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah - Ouarzazate - Boumalne Dades

Pick up from your accommodation in Marrakech at eight in the morning, and depart to the High Atlas, a subrange of Moroccan Atlas Mountains. Going through Tizi N´Tichka pass with stops for panoramic views and taking pictures of the Berber small villages that camouflage in the landscape.

Then you will continue south to the ksar (fortified village) of Aït Ben Haddou where you will visit the famous Kasbah (declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986). Famous films have been shot in this spectacular stage, including Gladiator, Obelix, The Mummy, The Jewel of the Nile, and Sahara with Penélope Cruz…etc.

Free time for lunch in town then continue to Ouarzazate also known as “The gate of the desert” that in the Berber language means “noiseless or without confusion”. Here you´ll see the Taourirt Kasbah, one of the most spectacular ksars in Morocco.

The next site to visit is the Rose Valley going through the big Skoura palm grove, a beautiful place to contemplate more than 700,000 palms and numerous kasbahs that are built in the surrounding area. In this Valley damascenes, roses are raised for cosmetic use such as the valued rosewater. The Rose Festival is held here annually in May, it is an important museum for Moroccan culture.

Finally, you will reach the Dades valley where you´ll spend the night. Overnight in standard accommodation.

Day 4: Boumalne Dades - Todra Gorges - Jorf - Erfoud - Merzouga (overnight in a Camp in the dunes of Sahara Desert)

After breakfast in the hotel, drive back through the valley to see the amazing rock formation “the monkey toes”, and the still standing 19th century Kasbah of Ait Yul.

Leave the Dades valley towards Tinrghir and after some stops on the way, you will reach the Todra Gorges. The scenery is spectacular. At the gorge, you’ll walk under the 300 meter high red cliff where many rock-climbers come to enjoy their preferred sport. Local people live in the area and can be seen in their adobe villages.

After a short walk in the Todra gorges, you will continue the trip to Erfoud and Rissani where you’ll have lunch. Afterwards, you’ll leave for the village of Merzouga.

On the afternoon you will have a camel ride, guided by an experienced Camel man, to explore inside the mysterious sand-sea of the Erg-Chebbi. Here you’ll spend your first night under the stars, or if you prefer, in a traditional Berber nomad tent. Dinner will be served in the tent where you will spend the night. Overnight in standard desert camp.

Day 5: Merzouga - Rissani - Ziz Valley - Azrou - Ifrane - Fez

Very early in the morning, you will have a “date with the sunrise”. In the middle of the desert, waking up early is a “must do” to contemplate the most spectacular sunrise you've ever seen at the top of a dune close to the camp.

After having breakfast, you will return to Merzouga on the camels and start the trip to the north, through the Tafilalet palm grove, the biggest in the world. You´ll see thousands of palm trees along the 20 kilometers of road. This way leads you to the Ziz valley, which river comes down from the high Atlas and feeds the palm grove.

Here you will make a stop and from this high viewpoint, enjoy a magnificent view of the valley and the town of Aoufous. You will make another stop in Midelt, just in the heart of the Atlas where you´ll have free time for lunch and rest for a while. In the afternoon, you will continue the way through the Cedar forest where, if you're are lucky, you'll get to see some monkeys.

The next place to visit is the city of Ifrane, situated in the northwestern slope of the Middle Atlas at 1630 meters above the water level. Its broad avenues, its urban development with perfect cleanness, the gardens, the green areas, and its architecture make this city look like a Swiss town.

Ifrane feels misplaced in Morocco. That's why it´s named the Moroccan Switzerland, and if that´s not enough it has an important ski resort, Michlifen. At about 6 p.m., you will arrive at Fez and check in at the hotel / riad. Overnight in standard accommodation.

Day 6: Fez sightseeing tour

After breakfast, you will meet with a local tour guide to explore Fez, the most ancient and holy of the Imperial cities. Your cultural and historic tour will take you through the 2000-year-old living medina, a labyrinth of narrow streets, alive with markets and souks, craftsmen, donkeys and mules transporting their loads.

Visit the Attarine and Bou Anania Medersas (Islamic universities), the Nejjarine fountain, the Moulay Idriss Mausoleum, and the Karaouine Mosque. Finish your tour with a visit to Fes Jdid, and the revered Merenid Tombs for a spectacular panoramic view of Fes. Overnight in standard accommodation.

Day 7: Fez - Chefchaouen

After breakfast, you will depart from Fes to Chefchaouen. A scenic drive will take you through fertile agricultural land to high, in the Rift Mountains. Chefchaouen is famous for its vivid blue houses. Overnight in standard accommodation.

Day 8: Chefchaouen - Asilah

After breakfast in your hotel / riad, you will drive to the city of Asilah through the beautiful landscape. Arriving Asilah, you will have the opportunity to explore the city. Asilah is known for its annual festival for the art as most of the walls of the Medina are painted by various famous artists from all over the world.

Your visit includes the Skalla fortress, where you will experience a wonderful view of the Medina and the ocean before checking in to your accommodation. Overnight in standard accommodation.

Day 9: Asilah - Rabat - Casablanca

Depart to Casablanca and continue your journey up the Atlantic Coast. Your first stop will be in Rabat, the capital of Morocco. Here, you will see the Hassan Tower and the Oudaya Kasbah.

Continuing to Casablanca where you will visit the impressive Mosque of Hassan II, built in 1993 by a team of over 6000 craftsmen. Located on the shores of the city it is an imposing edifice and one of the few mosques in Morocco that foreigners are allowed to enter. Overnight in standard accommodation.

Day 10: Casablanca - El Jadida - Essaouira

After breakfast in your hotel, you will depart and continue the journey up the Atlantic Coast. Pass through El Jadida, a small port city, formerly controlled by the Portuguese, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Afterwards, you will reach the seaside town of Essaouira, this UNESCO World Heritage-listed city. The windswept fishing port, with broad beaches and ancient walled medina with ramparts built into the cliffs, has long been a popular destination.

With its relaxed feel, take in the small but lively medina, stroll along the ramparts or beach, or visit the port to see the daily catch. Overnight in standard accommodation.

Day 11: Essaouira - Marrakech

After breakfast in the Riad, you will depart for Marrakech on a relaxing drive lined with Argan oil cooperatives. Here you will have the opportunity to visit an Argan oil cooperative. Later, you will reach Marrakech and check into your hotel / riad. Overnight in your accommodation.

Day 12: Departure in Marrakech

Transfer to the airport of Marrakech up to your departure time. This marks the end of Gboo Morocco Tours' services.

Guides

Abdelhadi Ouchibi

Location

Marrakech

You will see the famous Mosque of Koutoubia, the Medina, and its souks, and explore some more of Marrakech’s secrets: Ali Ben Youssef Koranic school, the Saadian tombs, the Bahia Palace, and Majorelle Gardens.

Essaouira

Essaouira is an exceptional example of a late-18th-century fortified town, built according to the principles of contemporary European military architecture in a North African context. Since its foundation, it has been a major international trading seaport, linking Morocco and its Saharan hinterland with Europe and the rest of the world.

The Medina of Essaouira, formerly named Mogador (name originating from the Phoenician word Migdol meaning a small fortress), is an outstanding example of a fortified town of the mid-eighteenth century, surrounded by a wall influenced by the Vauban model.

Constructed according to the principles of contemporary European military architecture, in a North African context, in perfect harmony with the precepts of Arabo-Muslim architecture and town-planning, it has played a major role over the centuries as an international trading seaport, linking Morocco and sub-Saharan Africa with Europe and the rest of the world.

The town is also an example of a multicultural center as proven by the coexistence since its foundation, of diverse ethnic groups, such as the Amazighs, Arabs, Africans, and Europeans as well as multi-confessional (Muslim, Christian, and Jewish). Indissociable from the Medina, the Mogador archipelago comprises a large number of cultural and natural sites of Outstanding Universal Value. Its relatively late foundation in comparison to other medinas of North Africa was the work of the Alaouite Sultan Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdallah (1757-1790) who wished to make this small Atlantic town a royal port and chief Moroccan commercial center open to the outside world.

Known for a long time as the Port of Timbuktu, Essaouira became one of the major Atlantic commercial centers between Africa and Europe at the end of the 18th century and during the 19th century. Essaouira is an outstanding and well-preserved example of a mid-18th-century fortified seaport town, with a strong European influence translated to a North African context.

With the opening of Morocco to the rest of the world at the end of the 17th century, the Medina of Essaouira was laid out by a French architect who had been profoundly influenced by the work of the military engineer Vauban at Saint-Malo. For the most part, it has retained its appearance of a European town.

Already completed by the 19th century and clearly defined by its ramparts, the Medina of Essaouira possesses all the essential components for its integrity. Comprising a harmonious ensemble associated with natural elements (Mogador Archipelago) and high-quality cultural elements, the town today retains its integrity and its original distinctive style.

Despite its integrity being slightly altered, notably due to the degradation of buildings in the Mellah district, the degree of loss does not compromise the significance of the property as a whole. The state of conservation of the Medina of Essaouira is increasingly improved due to the efforts of the local authorities and the vigilance of the authorities directly concerned with its protection and presentation.

Founded in the middle of the 18th century, the Medina of Essaouira has, for the most part, conserved its authenticity as regards the conception and outline as well as the materials (use of local stone called manjour) and construction methods, and this in spite of some inadequate use of modern materials for repair and reconstruction work.

Not withstanding the sea swell and dampness elsewhere, the fortifications and urban fabric conserve, on the whole, their original configuration.

Protection measures essentially relate to the different laws for listing of historic monuments and sites, and particularly the Law 22-80 concerning the Moroccan heritage. Ownership of the elements that make up the historic town of Essaouira is divided between the State, the municipality, the Habous, the Israelite Alliance, cooperatives and private individuals.

Hassan II Mosque Casablanca

Hassan II Mosque (masjid al-Hassan ath-thani) is a mosque located in Casablanca (Morocco). Built partly on the sea, it is a religious and cultural complex, built on nine hectares and includes a prayer room, ablution room, baths, a Koranic school (madrasa), a library and a museum.

The prayer hall can accommodate 25,000 faithful with a total area of 20,000 square miles. And the Esplanade 80,000 faithful (the complete set can accommodate 105,000 people).

The Hassan II mosque is one of the largest mosques in the world, and has a minaret with a height of 200 to 210 meters according to sources, the highest in the world. Craftsmen recruited in all the cities of the kingdom had carved 53,000 square miles of wood and assembled more than 10,000 square miles of zellige (ceramics) for the place of worship.

Rabat

Rabat, Morocco's capital, rests along the shores of the Bouregreg River and the Atlantic Ocean. It's known for landmarks that speak to its Islamic and French-colonial heritage, including the Kasbah of the Udayas.

This Berber-era royal fort is surrounded by formal French-designed gardens and overlooks the ocean. The city's iconic Hassan Tower, a 12th-century minaret, soars above the ruins of a mosque.

Chefchaouen

Chefchaouen, or Chaouen, is a city in the Rif Mountains of northwest Morocco. It’s known for the striking, blue-washed buildings of its old town. Leather and weaving workshops line its steep cobbled lanes. In the shady main square of Place Outa el Hammam is the red-walled Kasbah, a 15th-century fortress and dungeon, and Chefchouen Ethnographic Museum. The octagonal minaret of the Great Mosque rises nearby.

Fez

Fez is the most ancient and holy of the Imperial cities. Your cultural and historic tour will take you through the 2000-year-old living medina. A labyrinth of narrow streets, alive with markets and souks, craftsmen, donkeys and mules transporting their loads. Visit the Attarine and Bou Anania Medersas (Islamic universities), the Nejjarine fountain, the Moulay Idriss Mausoleum, and the Karaouine Mosque.

Merzouga Sahara Desert

Erg Chebbi Merzouga is a village in the Sahara Desert in Morocco, on the edge of Erg Chebbi, a 50-kilometer long and 5-kilometer wide set of sand dunes that reach up to 350 meters.

Most visitors come here to take a camel safari into the dunes, and to get a taste of remote Berber life. The local population is a mix of Arabs and Berber, and generally welcoming and friendly.

Food

During this tour, your daily breakfast and two dinners at the Sahara Desert and Boumalne Dades are included in the price.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Private transportation during the trip in a 4x4 air-conditioned car
  • Fuels and tolls
  • Airport transfers
  • Services of a professional English-speaking driver
  • 11 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • 2 dinners at the Sahara Desert and Boumalne Dades
  • Camel trip in the Sahara Desert and camel guide
  • Guided city tour in Marrakesh and Fes
  • All applicable taxes

What's not included

  • Drinks
  • Lunches
  • Dinners (except in the Sahara Desert and Boumalne Dades)
  • Travel insurance
  • Fee to enter the monuments
  • Tips
  • Personal needs

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Marrakesh Menara Airport (RAK). Transfer from and to the airport is included in the airport. Gboo Morocco Tours will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Marrakesh Menara Airport Airport transfer included: Marrakesh Menara Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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