A Moroccan tour is full of diverse experiences. On one hand, you have the city of Marrakech that gives an old-world charm, and on the other hand, you have the more cosmopolitan Casablanca that’s absolutely famous across the globe, partly thanks to the Oscar-winning romantic movie with the same name. From the sand dunes of Erg-Chebbi, you get a thrilling view of the Sahara Desert.
In this brilliant 9-day tour, you will understand what makes Morocco so cosmopolitan, yet to old-worldly, and so traditional, yet so forward-looking. You will understand the different cultures that have shaped Morocco, right from the Berber tribes and the Arab rulers to more recently the French and Spanish settlements. One of the only few countries in the world where you can witness a desert at one end and coast at the other, and grand palaces in some cities and extremely small alleys in some others. Let’s undertake the perfect Moroccan travel experience!
You will be taken to our private tour of Fes on this day and will surely enjoy the local history and love indulging into the delicious Fes cuisine which makes them the top things to do in Fes. You can also visit the beach and enjoy a good time there. Then you will visit the old city of Medina which has some brilliant alleys and tunnel systems within the city. The Jewish Quarter and Royal Palace are some astounding buildings to witness. The Quaraouine Mosque must also not to be missed among the things to do in Fes. You will spend the rest of the day in Fes.
Today, you will be visiting Erfoud, an oasis city in the Sahara Desert. It is famously known as the Doorway to the Sahara and is also the place where famous American flicks like Prince of Persia and The Mummy were filmed. Fancy a spoof if you’ve got some time? You will have quite a lot of fun while riding camels when you reach the desert and also enjoy the local food which will be served.
Ouarzazate is the real doorway to the Moroccan deserts. Situated just at the edge of the Sahara Desert, this town is also known as the Hollywood of Africa. The Dades Valley is the principal route between the desert and the ancient trading oasis of Tifilalt. The main High Atlas Mountains are to the north, but at Todra the valley descends to a dramatic gorge that cuts through the mountains. It’s one of Morocco’s greatest natural sights, completed by a gently burbling stream and a welcoming cafe to rest at.
At its eastern end, the valley joins that of the Ziz River, where towering palms threaten to spill over the canyon edge into the valley hundreds of meters below. Ouarzazate boasts a significant role in the history of the south of Morocco, lying as it does at the confluence of the three major southern oasis valleys – the Draa, the Dades, and the Ouarzazate. Extensive fortifications built by successive sultans trying to dominate and control this traditionally subversive region have come and gone, the pisé walls washed away in sporadic rains.
The only lasting impression has been left by the French, who made Ouarzazate their southern garrison town, and laid out a grid of streets and built modern buildings to line them. There are, however, a couple of well-preserved kasbahs in and around the town, and Ouarzazate is a great base for exploring the surrounding scenery: steep desert valleys filled with palms, leading into rocky desert plains. It has some famous studios where films like The Lawrence of Arabia and the modern favorite TV drama Game of Thrones have been shot. You can visit the studios for a guided tour,
Today, you will leave for Marrakech. Close to Ouarzazate lies the spectacular ancient ksar town of Ait Ben Haddou, an extraordinary example of traditional clay-brick dwellings in the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains, many movies were shot here, including the Ridley Scott’s Kingdom of Heaven. Ridley Scott returned to Morocco to use the atmospheric Ait Ben Haddou for many scenes in Gladiator; the town’s stunning cinematic location against the snow-capped mountain backdrop making it perfect for the silver screen. Michael Douglas was also here for Jewel of the Nile, flying a plane into a specially built archway that remains part of Ait Ben Haddou today. The town has also been used to film parts of popular TV show Game of Thrones. There are so many things to do in Marrakech that it will take a good 2 days to explore. At night, you can take a stroll at the Jemaa el Fna, which is the lively and vibrant marketplace.
Today, you can experience much more of this medieval city, a lively, colorful city, Marrakesh is defined by its old medina and souqs, which lattice the center and resound with the hum of craftsmanship and the tantalizing aroma of exotic spices. At the heart of the medina is the Djemaa El Fna, an open space that comes alive at night with entertainers and soothsayers amid the food stalls. Over its turbulent history, the city has fallen in and out of favor with the ruling sultans, but its function as a trading place has continued regardless.
Rising above this activity are proud reminders of the city’s past in the towering minarets, ornate tombs, and cavernous palaces. These are encircled by ochre ramparts, shaded beneath palms, and framed by the distant backdrop of the Atlas Mountains. Marrakesh’s many gardens offer a haven of tranquillity in this busy city. The best known of these is the Majorelle Garden, where vibrant plants surround a striking cobalt-blue Art Deco pavilion.