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How to travel Morocco without making a detour to its old Medinas? In these maze of streets, between places of social life and shops, getting lost is almost an art. To take the full measure of these bubbling neighborhoods, we advise you to go to the largest medinas in the country, in Fez, Meknes or Marrakech. In these gigantic labyrinths, it is better to have a good sense of direction so as not to come back ten times in front of the same rug shop.
This two week Morocco tour comes for more confidential visits, which will allow you to admire the thousand and one colors of Morocco, the medinas of Chefchaouen and Essaouira are ideal destinations. The intense blue that dresses the walls of the first will remain in your memory for a long time. This azure wave is a spectacle in its own right, which is great to enjoy from a shaded terrace. In Essaouira, it is the luminous white of the facades that promises you a magical stroll. In each of these medinas, you can discover the rich local craftsmanship and the intertwining of Andalusian and Arabic influences.
If you appreciate mixing genres, the medina of Salé (very few tourists know about this amazing pirates empire) will surprise you. In this 9th century city, historic buildings rub shoulders with street art frescoes—a beautiful metaphor for Morocco, a country between tradition and modernity.
Your two week morocco tour starts by a pick up at the airport in Casablanca. Visit Hassan 2 mosque to then transfer to Rabat. Drop off the luggage at the riad and freshen up. Later, go out and have a stroll around Kasbah Des Oudayas and the old town. Dinner and accommodation in a Riad inside the Medina.
After breakfast, go out and visit the medina of Sale with a local university teacher and enter sites not accessible to the general public: the dungeons, the towers, etc. while also learning about the typical elements of a Moroccan medina from someone that is conducting its restoration. Leave Rabat early afternoon to arrive in Chefchaouen early evening. Drop the luggage at the riad and go out to explore the fairy tale – like village and its turquoise blue alleys. Dinner and accommodation in at Riad inside the Medina.
After breakfast, roam around the medina and discover the beauty of the blue town during the day light. Later leave Chefchaouen behind and stop on the way to Fes to visit the Roman ruins at Volubilis or the historical sites of Meknes, one of the 4 imperial cities. The Agdal basin, the monumental gates, the ancient prison and royal stables are all worth a detour. Reach Fes in the late afternoon . Accommodation and dinner at Riad inside the Medina.
Today your two week Morocco tour takes you on a voyage to discover Morocco’s biggest medina. One day is hardly enough for all the wonders of the largest still standing enclosed city in the world and world- famous for its leather and metalwork to not mention the medersas or the leather tanneries, the 9500 derbs (narrow alleys), one of the oldest universities in the world and all the sounds, smells and sights that assault the senses. Fes conjures the image of the quintessential fabled Arab city as Baghdad at the time of the 1001 nights… Visit of the city with a local English speaking guide. He will collect you at your hotel at 9:30 AM. accommodation as per the previous day, dinner on your own, and We will be there to recommend good places .
Spend the day catching up on the things you missed the day before and/ or have a visit of the local artisan quarters with a local designer. Later, visit Art Naji. Accommodation as per the previous night. Dinner on your own.
After breakfast, our first stop is Ifrane and with its alpine chalets, trimmed gardens, leafy park surrounding a mountain fed lake, you could almost be in … Switzerland. Pretty walks are to be had in these forests where the cheeky Barbary macaque roam, to the delight of the visitors- keep your snacks close… The surrounding countryside is pigmented by apricots, walnut and pictures of rural Berber life as we approach Midelt. Then, cross the Ziz gorges where the first palm groves come into sight. A few hours later we arrive in Erfoud and you can already scent the desert… In Rissani, visit the Jewish district. Arrive in Merzouga later in the afternoon. Dinner and accommodation in a riad facing the dunes .
The highlight of your two week Morocco tour is the Sahara Desert. Spend the day exploring the area. Pry out fossils, have tea with the nomads and try the local ‘pizza’, join in for a dance with the Gnawa, visit the old mines, scout for rock engravings or pre – Islamic tombs, among others. You can also try quad biking or sand surfing. Late afternoon, get taken to your desert camp, to arrive there in time for sunset. Dinner and accommodation in a luxury tent with ensuite shower and toilets .
Have breakfast at the camp to then jump in the 4×4 and continue your journey. Further on, in Tinejdad, visit a traditional fortified ksour village and its wells of light. Todra Gorges, lie only 15 km from Tinerhir, presenting an arresting spectacle with its crystal clear river emerging from it, its huge walls changing colour to magical effect as the day unfolds. Later, reach the Valley of Roses, Dades gorges and then the palm grove of Skoura. Dinner and accommodation in a lodge at the hearth of the palm grove
After breakfast head to the High Atlas mountains and reach 3000 meters high to pass though villages hardly visited by anyone else before. Leave the vehicle and have a trek with a local guide and visit a village with its traditional stone houses. where the locals still use the water mills. Lunch in a local gite. If you prefer something more relaxing, have a tour of the palm grove with a local guide or visit a village market. In the afternoon, relax in the stunning gardens by the pool. Dinner and accommodation as previously.
Leave Skoura to then cross through Ouarzazate and arrive at UNESCO world site Ait Benhaddou. Follow the dramatic Ounila Valley with its derelict kasbahs to then reach the salt mines and the ruins of the pasha’s palace at Telouet. Take on the High Atlas mountains and cross the Tizi n Tichka pass at 2165 meters. Descend upon Marrakech in the evening. Dinner and accommodation in a RIAD inside the Medina
Visit of the city with our local English speaking guide. Since you probably had visited a few medersas in Fes, the best is to start with the Bahia Palace and the ruined Badi Palace. Next door, the imposing marble columns of the golden dynasty , the Saadis, adorn the mausoleums. The small yet very richly decorated Douiria is a fine example of crafts and architecture from two centuries ago. Make some time to sample UNESCO world site Jemaa El Fna square by night, the ideal place to people- watch: the musicians, acrobats, snake charmers, henna tattooers and the food stalls. Accommodation as per the previous night. Dinner on your own.
Today we suggest discovering Marrakech a little differently than with a traditional guide. Your guide for the day will take you around the medina and uncover for you each component of the food circuit inside the old town: the mechoui lamb ovens, the preserved vegetables, the farnatchi stove, the herbs and spices shop, the local butcher and finally the souika market where you will bargain for vegetables and grains. She will also point out the different sites and monuments of Marrakech on the way. Then, in the shade of a traditional riad, you will be assisted by 2 dadas in making your own Moroccan meal. If you’re not crazy about cooking, you can just sip a glass of wine, watch the others at work and have a tasty lunch. In the afternoon, you can catch up with what you have missed the last two days in the Medina of Marrakech, have some dinner on your own and back to the accommodation as per the previous night .
Your driver will meet you at the riad at 9am to leave Marrakech and head to the Atlantic coast. Watch the goats up in the trees as you are approaching Essaouira. Arrive in Essaouira around midday . Spend most of the afternoon exploring the white washed medina with its art galleries, cafes and all-around farniente vibe. Dinner and accommodation in a double room at Riad inside the Medina.
After breakfast, Leave Essaouira and drive along the Atlantic Coast all the way to Safi, to then stop for a while in Oualidia and have tasty sea food lunch, you can also take a boat ride around the lagoon. reach El Jadida later in the afternoon. Visit the old cistern and Portuguese quarter. Dinner and accommodation in a riad inside the Medina
After breakfast, get dropped off at the airport in Casablanca two hours before your flight. End of your two week Morocco tour.