Match Morocco's unique culture with its stunning nature in this country-wide tour that explores the charms of its bustling imperial cities—Casablanca, Fes, Chefchaouen, and Marrakesh—and its rural landscape. Meander the old town medinas, meet local craftsmen, and barter at bazaars before heading out into the Sahara Desert and up into the High Atlas mountains to hike through dense forests and deep river canyons. Continue your adventure by summiting the highest mountain pass, visiting historic Berber towns and Roman ruins, riding camels into the sunset, and relaxing in a traditional Hammam.


  • Wander the maze-like streets of medieval Fes
  • Walk through the ruins of the Roman Empire at Volubilis
  • Ride a camel in the Sahara and stay the night in a Bedouin-style tent
  • Explore old fortified kasbahs in Morocco's desert
  • Sip mint tea as you watch acrobats and snake charmers in Marrakesh

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Casablanca - Explore Casablanca
Day 2 Drive to the "Blue City" of Chefchaouen via Rabat and Asilah Chefchaouen
Day 3 Hike to Akchour Waterfall - Private Tour of Chefchaouen Chefchaouen
Day 4 Visit the Roman Ruins of Volubilis - Drive to Fes Fes
Day 5 Discover the Beautiful City of Fes Fes
Day 6 Travel Over the Atlas Mountains to Merzouga Desert Camp Merzouga
Day 7 Visit the Market of Rissani and the Stunning Todra Gorges Todra Gorge
Day 8 Drive to Aït Benhaddou via Ouarzazate Aït Benhaddou
Day 9 Drive Tizi n'Tichka Pass to Marrakesh - Visit a Hammam Marrakesh
Day 10 Marrakesh discovery with a Local guide (Medina & Majorile Gardens) Marrakesh
Day 11 Discover the Charming Berber Town of Imlil in the High Atlas Mountains Imlil
Day 12 Imlil to Casablanca via the Atlantic Coast Casablanca
Day 13 Depart from Casablanca Airport  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Casablanca, Explore

Casablanca, Morocco
Casablanca, Morocco

Welcome to Morocco! After arriving at the airport, a private driver will transfer you to your hotel. Get settled into your accommodation and prepare to explore the bustling imperial city of Casablanca.

Casablanca has a long and interesting history, with the first settlement being the Berber village Anfa. By the end of the 18th century, Sultan Mohammed Ben Abdallah founded a Muslim town at this site. It quickly gained global significance as a European economic hotspot for wool and grain. You'll see remnants of the past as you peruse the city's history, culture, and economy by visiting sights like The United Nations Place and Mohamed V Square. 

End your afternoon of city exploration at the Central Market and the Habous Quarter where you can enjoy the view of the Royal Palace and the famous Hassan II Mosque.

If you're looking for a place for dinner, Rick's Cafe is a great option for your first dinner in Morocco. It's located by the marina where you'll find many other cafes, restaurants, and bars.

Day 2: Drive to the "Blue City" of Chefchaouen via Rabat and Asilah

Scenes of the Blue City
Scenes of the Blue City

After breakfast at your hotel, your driver will take you to Chefchaouen, the beautiful "Blue City" of Morocco. Founded in 1471 in order to halt the southward expansion of the Portuguese and the Spanish, this small, charming city is situated in the heart of the Rif Mountains in northeastern Morocco. Enjoy the blue painted walls inside its historic medina (old town).

On the way, your driver will first stop in Rabat, which is Morocco's royal capital known as the "city of lights" due to its many illuminated museums and gardens. Afterward, you'll head to the little seaside town of Asilah, which is a fortified village on the Atlantic coast. Like most towns in Morocco, it has a charming and historic walled medina. Asilah is, however, known for its cultural arts scene, so you will find its walls painted with colorful and elaborate murals.

By late afternoon, you'll arrive in Chefchaouen. After settling into your accommodation, enjoy a leisurely evening strolling through the city. You can either stay in the medina with its blue-washed walls or drive to a vista to watch the sunset over the city.

Day 3: Hike to Akchour Waterfall - Private Tour of Chefchaouen

Chefchaouen, the Blue City
Chefchaouen, the Blue City

Enjoy an early breakfast before meeting your local guide for a day of exploration. You'll start with a hike to the unique waterfalls of Akchour, a beautiful and unforgettable experience much loved by travelers to Morocco. The hike will take about 3-4 hours, passing through beautiful, forested scenery.

You'll return to Chefchaouen in time for lunch. Fuel up in a cafe or restaurant in the buzzy medina before starting your personalized, 2-hour city tour. Feel free to discuss your preferences for the tour with the local guide, then take in the beautiful sights and sounds of colorful Chefchaouen.

Enjoy a free night in Chefchaouen.

Day 4: Visit the Roman Ruins of Volubilis - Drive to Fes

Roman Ruins of Volubilis
Roman Ruins of Volubilis

Rise early and explore the historical landmark of Volubilis, a UNESCO world heritage site which contains Morocco’s best-preserved Roman ruins. You'll wander the massive complex, exploring large merchant homes with impressive features like heating systems, temples, and colorful mosaics.

By the afternoon, you'll arrive in the city of Fes, which is often referred to as the spiritual capital of Morocco as it was one of the most important places of scholarship in the world. As you head out to explore this beautiful city, know that Fes can be neatly divided into three different parts: Fes el-Bali (the heart of the medina); Fes el-Jdid (where the Jewish quarter and the Royal Palace are located); and the Ville Nouvelle (the administrative area).

Day 5: Discover the Beautiful City of Fes

Exploring the Colorful City of Fes
Exploring the Colorful City of Fes

In the morning, your guide will meet you for a 6-hour tour of Fes and its medieval medina. You'll start with the great gates of the Royal Palace and the nearby Mellah (Jewish quarter). Then you'll visit the ruined forts on the hills surrounding Fes. From this vantage point, you have stunning panoramic views across the city. Next, visit the pottery quarter located outside the medina, where you can see how the famous blue pottery of Fes and the intricate tiled mosaics are created.

Your guide will then take you through the medieval medina on foot, where you can lose yourself within the labyrinthine streets. Discover the many artisans, such as the metal workers, dyers, woodworkers, and silk weavers. You'll visit the tanneries where leather is processed in the way it has been done for centuries. Discover grand mosques and medresa (Koranic schools), and learn about the ancient traditions of Berber medicine men.

In the evening, you can continue your exploration of the city at your leisure. Enjoy dinner at one of the many restaurants, cafes, and bars.

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Day 6: Travel Over the Atlas Mountains to Merzouga Desert Camp

The Dunes of the Sahara in Merzouga
The Dunes of the Sahara in Merzouga

Today you'll trade the bustling city life for an outdoor adventure in the Sahara Desert. After breakfast, your driver will take you toward Merzouga, a place of important exchange between northern and southern Morocco for many centuries. If you have time, there are a few interesting stops along the way. You can see the wild Barbary Apes in their natural habitat, or stop in the towns of Azrou and Ifrane, which are known as "the Switzerland of Morocco". If you're interested in learning more about the nomad life in Morocco, take a detour to the city of Erfoud.

Once you arrive in Merzouga, you'll receive an orientation to properly prepare you for your camel ride through the desert. Your guide will provide you with all the clothing and equipment you'll need, and help you get acquainted with riding a camel. Once you feel comfortable, you'll head to a gorgeous viewpoint to enjoy the sunset. Then you'll make your way to your camp for the night, where dinner is waiting for you in the restaurant tent.

After dinner, you can settle into your private tent where your luggage awaits. Each tent includes a comfortable bed and a private bathroom. You can sit outside your tent and listen to the camp's local musicians before falling asleep. Feel free to play with them or dance under the desert sky.

Day 7: Visit the Market of Rissani and the Stunning Todra Gorges

Todra and Dades Gorges, Morocco
Todra and Dades Gorges, Morocco

Sunrises in the Sahara are some of the best in the world, so rise early and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea in the chilly morning air. After breakfast, you'll meet your driver and head to the nearby Saharan village of Khamleya. Here you can enjoy traditional music, drumming, and dancing.

Next, you'll drive to the market in Rissani. Enjoy the impressive gate that welcomes you into the town before you meander through the market. You'll then continue through the desert to the town of Tinerhir, which has amazing viewpoints of neighboring villages, rivers, and palm trees. Enjoy views of the landscape with its impressive buttes, mesas, and plateaus.  

Your destination for today is the magnificent canyon of Todra Gorges, a series of limestone river canyons (also known as wadi) in the eastern part of the High Atlas Mountains. Both the Todra and neighboring Dades Rivers are responsible for carving out these deep, cliff-sided canyons. 

You'll stay the night near the gorge and enjoy a traditional dinner.

Day 8: Drive to Aït Benhaddou via Ouarzazate

Fortified Village of Aït Benhaddou
Fortified Village of Aït Benhaddou

This morning, you'll first head to the city of Ouarzazate, a popular stopping point for travelers in the Sahara Desert. It's set in a beautiful valley at the foot of the Atlas Mountains and is certainly worth a visit. Its attractions include a beautiful 19th-century palace and a museum dedicated to the movies that have used the area as a filming site.

Continue driving toward the village of Aït Benhaddou, which holds the UNESCO Heritage Site Ksar Ait Ben Haddou. With the help of some Hollywood touch-ups, this protected fortified village seems frozen in time, still resembling its days in the 11th century as an Almoravid caravanserai (a roadside inn and settlement). Movie lovers may recognize it from Lawrence of Arabia, Jesus of Nazareth (for which much of Aït Benhaddou was rebuilt), Jewel of the Nile (note the Egyptian towers), Gladiator, and—most recently—Game of Thrones. 

Take advantage of walking to the top of the Kasbah for a breathtaking sunset!

Day 9: Drive Tizi n'Tichka Pass to Marrakesh - Visit a Hammam

Jemaa el-Fna Square in Marrakech
Jemaa el-Fna Square in Marrakesh

Your drive this morning will take you over the Atlas Mountains via its highest pass, Tizi N'Tichka. The route is exciting and beautiful, with many stopping points to look at the Berber villages and take breathtaking photos.

By the afternoon, you'll arrive in buzzy Marrakesh. With its bustling souks, flavorful food, and welcoming hospitality, it's no wonder tourists are starting to take note of Marrakesh. Known as the Red City, Marrakesh is Morocco's exotic imperial city of the south. It's the country's fourth largest city and lies near the foothills of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains.

Settle into your accommodation and relax before you meet your driver. This evening, you'll enjoy a lovely Moroccan experience at a traditional Hammam. You'll quickly learn why Hammams are a wonderful and unique way to experience the local culture. 

Hammams usually begin in a dry, warm room to relax and allow the body to acclimate to the heat before entering a sauna and then a steam room. Next, you'll receive a body scrub with black olive-oil soap known as Savon beldi. Your Hammam attendant will coordinate a series of scrubbing and rinsing to alleviate any rough skin and stress. You'll emerge from your experience feeling refreshed and energized.

Return to your accommodation and head out into the city for dinner and nightlife. Djemaa-el-Fna Square bustles with acrobats, story-tellers, dancers, and musicians. In the evening, the square transforms into a huge open-air restaurant with smoke rising from the many food stalls.

Day 10: Marrakesh discovery with a Local guide (Medina & Majorile Gardens)

Majorile Gardens of Marrakech
Majorile Gardens of Marrakesh

This morning you'll visit some of Marrakesh's beloved gardens. Your local guide will take you outside the old walls where you'll visit the Agdal Gardens and the Royal Palace. Next, you'll head to the Menara Gardens, filled with large olive groves, a water basin, and views across to the Atlas Mountains (on a clear day). Then you'll pass through Gueliz—the modern European quarter—to reach the Majorelle Garden, a well-planned botanical garden created in the 1920s by the artist Jacques Majorelle and now owned by the estate of Yves St Laurent.

After exploring the gardens, you'll return to the old medina where you can continue on foot to discover historical palaces and museums. Visit the Bahia Palace, Saadian Tombs, and Koutoubia Mosque, as well as explore the famous souks (markets and bazaars).

Grab dinner at a restaurant or cafe and return to the city center to watch the nightlife unfold.

Day 11: Discover the Charming Berber Town of Imlil in the High Atlas Mountains

Hiking in the High Atlas Mountains
Hiking in the High Atlas Mountains

Enjoy an early breakfast as you prepare for your departure. Your destination for the day is the enchanting town of Imlil, a little Berber village in the High Atlas Mountains. The surroundings of Imlil are dominated by 13,000-foot (4000 m) mountains, covered by snow for part of the year. The highest mountain of North Africa, Mount Toubka, can be seen from Imlil. The surroundings are excellent for walking and enjoying nature and the environment.

A private, local guide will meet you in the village and take you on a walking excursion through the beautiful forests and hills. Expect many viewpoints, plus a delicious and traditional lunch in a charming Berber house.

In the afternoon you'll resume your hike through the valley where you will explore many small villages on the way. Return to Imlil for a leisurely evening and dinner.

Day 12: Imlil to Casablanca via the Atlantic Coast

Casablanca, the City of Lights
Casablanca, the City of Lights

Today you'll make the return trip to Casablanca via the scenic route along the Atlantic coast. Your first stop is the seaside city of El Jadida. Due to its Portuguese architectural influence, El Jadida lacks the usual Moorish look. It's an excellent example of the influences of North African and European cultural in the area. Enjoy the city's bustling core and beach.

After exploring El Jadida, you'll continue to Casablanca. You can dive further into the city's history, culture, and economy, which has many influences across Morocco. If you didn't already visit these sights, don't forget to stop by The United Nations Place, Mohamed V Square, the Central Market, and the Habous Quarter.

After you settle into your accommodation, your driver will transport you to the famous Hassan II Mosque. Group tours are available to enter the mosque for an additional fee. 

Enjoy your final evening in Morocco in beautiful Casablanca! There are plenty of cafes, restaurants, and bars to try in the city's historic medina, a perfect place to end your trip in Morocco.

Day 13: Depart from Casablanca Airport

Goodbye, Casablanca!
Goodbye, Casablanca!

After your final breakfast in Morocco, prepare for your departure. Your driver will take you to the airport in Casablanca, where you can catch your flight home or to your next destination.


Map of Exploring Morocco's Imperial Cities & Natural Landscapes - 13 Days
Map of Exploring Morocco's Imperial Cities & Natural Landscapes - 13 Days