Embrace Morocco's rich heritage with this luxurious itinerary that ticks off the four imperial cities while staying in opulent 4-and 5-star palace hotels and riads. Deepen your understanding with private walking tours in each city, and savor distinct regional cuisines with fine dining experiences. Experience a fusion of culture, food, and adventure as you cross desert dunes by camel, take to the skies in a hot-air balloon, melt away stress in a luxury hammam, and witness the raucous energy of a local rug auction.


  • Explore Morocco's four imperial cities: Fes, Marrakesh, Rabat, and Meknes
  • Stay at exclusively 4-and 5-star palace hotels and riads
  • Connect with culture with private walking tours and a culinary workshop
  • Seek adventure with a hot-air balloon flight, High Atlas hike, and sidecar adventure
  • Indulge your inner foodie with top-tier restaurants and a wine-pairing experience

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Casablanca, Tour the Hassan II Mosque Casablanca
Day 2 Transfer to Rabat, City Tour & Dining at La Tour Hassan Palace Rabat
Day 3 Transfer to Chefchaouen, Afternoon Tour Chefchaouen
Day 4 Transfer to Meknes via Volubilis, Dining at Restaurant L'Oliveraie Meknes
Day 5 Meknes City Tour, Food & Wine Pairing Masterclass, Olive Oil Tasting  Meknes
Day 6 Transfer to Fes, Moroccan Rug Craftsmanship Experience Fes
Day 7 Fes City Tour, Dinner at Restaurant Gayza Fes
Day 8 Transfer to Marrakesh Marrakesh
Day 9 Marrakesh City Tour, Hammam & Spa Retreat, Dining at Selman Hotel Marrakesh
Day 10 Sunrise Hot-Air Balloon Ride, Afternoon Tea & Fine Dining at Royal Mansour Marrakesh
Day 11 Transfer to Ouirgane, Berber Village Private Guided Hike Ouirgane
Day 12 Berber Cooking Class, Tinmal Mosque Ouirgane
Day 13 Transfer to Agafay, Desert Sidecar Adventure, Private Horseback Ride Agafay
Day 14 Sunrise Camel Ride, Transfer to Marrakesh & Depart  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Casablanca, Tour the Hassan II Mosque

The Hassan II Mosque is the largest in Morocco
The Hassan II Mosque is the largest in Morocco

Welcome to Casablanca, a coastal, cosmopolitan oasis and the largest city in Morocco. Your luxury vacation begins with a seamless VIP arrival and immigration journey through Casablanca airport. A personal chauffeur will greet you for your one-hour private transfer to one of Casablanca's most prestigious hotels, the Four Seasons. Savor your first glass of traditional mint tea, a symbol of a warm welcome, then relax and unwind at the 5-star seaside hotel.

This afternoon you'll meet a private guide to explore Casablanca's most iconic sight: the Hassan II Mosque. This architectural marvel is the largest mosque in Morocco, and the only one open to non-Muslim tourists. Learn about its history, discover the beautiful green hues, mosaic tiles, and lavish details, and admire the 650-foot (200 m) minaret. This magnificent landmark casts a mesmerizing glow at night, reflecting its beauty upon the waves of the ocean.

Day 2: Transfer to Rabat, City Tour & Dining at La Tour Hassan Palace

Explore the intricate details of Casablanca with a private guide

This morning you'll explore the best of Casablanca on a short private tour. Discover elegant boulevards lined with palm trees and luxury boutiques, then explore the old souk and enjoy a pastry with mint tea. Visit the "new medina," the Hobous quarter, established in the 1930s by the French. Then follow the Boulevard de la Corniche between two of the city's beaches. Often called Morocco's "Miami," you'll find several buzzy cafés, restaurants, and bars along this stretch.

Before lunch, take a short 75-minute private transfer to Rabat, the elegant capital of Morocco. Check-in to the Sofitel Rabat Jardin Des Roses, a 5-star hotel that blends French luxury with Moroccan hospitality, then meet your private guide for an exclusive tour of the city. Uncover hidden gems and history as you wander by UNESCO World Heritage-listed white architecture that defines the city's charm. Visit the Royal Palace, and delve into the Chellah Necropolis, a mesmerizing site with remnants of Roman and Islamic civilizations.

Marvel at the grandeur of the Hassan Tower and Mausoleum of Mohamed V, testaments to Morocco's cultural heritage. Lose yourself in the medina's vibrant souks and seek tranquility in the Andalusian Gardens before departing through the grand entrance of the Kasbah des Oudaïas. Tonight you'll indulge in Michelin-starred cuisine in a regal setting, crafted by renowned chefs at La Tour Hassan Palace

Day 3: Transfer to Chefchaouen, Afternoon Tour

Wind through the blue-washed alleys of Chefchaouen with your guide

Roll through the picturesque Moroccan countryside, passing rolling hills, fertile valleys, and charming rural villages, on today's 4.5-hour private transfer to the famed "Blue City" of Chefchaouen. Perched beneath the raw peaks of the Rif mountains, this is one of Morocco's prettiest towns, an artsy, blue-washed mountain village that feels like its own world. On arrival, settle into the 4-star Riad Cherifa and relax by the pool, or lose yourself in the maze-like streets of this enchanting blue city.

Later you'll join a two-hour private tour of "Chaoeun" as it's known to the locals. Founded in 1471 as a stronghold against the Portuguese, Chefchaouen holds deep cultural significance. Its eight mosques, zaouias, and marabouts (religious buildings and schools) bear testament to its status as a holy town. The old medina is a mosaic of Moroccan and Andalusian influences with red-tiled roofs, azure-washed buildings, and streets that lead to Plaza Uta el-Hammam. End the day at Ras el Ma Spring, the town's primary water source, at one of the quaint riverside cafés for tea, then walk to Hotel Atlas for sweeping city views.

Day 4: Transfer to Meknes via Volubilis, Dining at Restaurant L'Oliveraie

The Volubilis near Meknes
The impressive Roman ruins of Volubilis near Meknes

Today's 3.5-hour private transfer lands you in the imperial city of Meknes. On the way, stop at the well-preserved Volubilis, a 2,000-year-old Roman complex and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore merchant homes, temples, and vibrant mosaics, and learn about its history as part of the Roman Empire, exporting wheat and exotic animals. Continue to Moulay Idriss, one of Morocco's holiest cities and where Islam was introduced in 789 CE. This ancient town holds great significance as a pilgrimage site and the burial place of Moulay Idriss I, the founder of the Idrisid dynasty.

Then, head to Meknes, founded in the 11th century by Sultan Moulay Ismail. Set between vineyards at the gates of Meknes, you'll check into the 5-star Château Roslane. This modern and intimate countryside retreat will be your base for the next two nights. Drop your things and refresh ahead of a remarkable gastronomic journey at Restaurant L'Oliveraie, where the culinary prowess of Chef Mehdi Toubali harmoniously blends with the exquisite wines from the estate. Impeccable service and seasonal local produce set the stage for this extraordinary fine dining encounter.

Day 5: Meknes City Tour, Food & Wine Pairing Masterclass, Olive Oil Tasting 

Discovering the Splendors of Meknes, Morocco's Versailles
Discover the splendors of Meknes, like the Bab Mansour gate

Meknes offers a captivating blend of ancient heritage and modern charm, and today you'll join an exclusive tour of "Morocco's Versailles." Uncover hidden gems, starting at the Bab Mansour, the magnificent gateway that takes you back to the era of Sultan Moulay Ismail, whose legacy shaped Meknes. Stroll through the medina to the lively Place el-Hedim and the souks. Continue to the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail, the final resting place of the influential sultan. Admire the intricate mosaics, exquisite marble work, and serene ambience of this sacred site.

Visit the ancient Royal Stables, and the historic Heri es-Souani, a vast granary and irrigation system, before returning to Château Roslane for an intimate food and wine pairing experience. Take a seat at an outdoor table and prepare yourself for an unforgettable masterclass with a vintner. You'll be treated to a meticulously-crafted food and wine pairing that showcases the best of local produce and four exceptional wines grown right here at the estate.

Later, explore the world of olive oil production at La Maasra. Wander beautiful olive groves while learning about the intricate process of cultivating and harvesting olives. Gain insights into the traditional techniques used in pressing and extracting this liquid gold. After the private estate tour, indulge in a tasting session where you'll learn how to savor the distinct notes and nuances of premium olive oils.

Day 6: Transfer to Fes, Moroccan Rug Craftsmanship Experience

Berber woman weaving a traditional rug
Berber woman weaving a traditional rug

After a short, one-hour private transfer, you'll reach the magnificent city of Fes, the spiritual and intellectual heart of Morocco. On arrival, check into a luxurious modern riad, from where you'll enjoy spectacular views over the largest medina in the Arab world. The 5-star Hotel Sahrai was designed by the architect and designer Christophe Pillet and combines tradition and modernity.

Soon after, you'll take a fascinating journey into the heart of the Middle Atlas mountains to immerse yourself in the world of rug auctions. This exclusive tour invites you to witness the intricate process of carpet making, from meeting skilled women artisans who create these masterpieces to experiencing the thrill of a real live rug auction. Get to know the talented women and hear their stories, learn about the traditions and techniques passed down through generations, then step into the auction, where buyers and sellers come together to trade these cherished pieces. 

Day 7: Fes City Tour, Dinner at Restaurant Gayza

Leather dying in a traditional tannery in Fes

Let a knowledgeable local guide lead you on an exclusive tour of the labyrinthine medina of Fes, a UNESCO World Heritage site with more than 9,000 streets. Discover the cultural heritage of this ancient city as you delve into its most esteemed monuments and sites, including the Bou Inania Madrasa, Al-Qarawiyyin Mosque and University, and Chaouara Tannery. Uncover a treasure trove of traditional craftsmanship with a luxurious shopping experience as your guide navigates the alleys to find one-of-a-kind textiles, exquisite carpets, handcrafted pottery, and leather goods.

This evening, seek out the exquisite cuisine of Restaurant Gayza, a culinary gem tucked away in the elegant Riad Fes. Here flavors, textures, and creativity converge to create a truly memorable dining experience led by esteemed Chef Abida. Taste the very best of Moroccan gastronomy, where each plate is a harmonious symphony fusing traditional techniques and contemporary flair.

Day 8: Transfer to Marrakesh

Koutoubia mosque from 12th century
The Koutoubia Mosque is the symbol of Marrakesh
Plan your trip to Morocco
Chat with a local specialist who can help organize your trip.

Today's private transfer to the vibrant metropolis of Marrakesh spans just over five hours, giving you plenty of time to soak in the scenic landscapes and contemplate your journey so far. On arrival, settle into your luxury hotel, the prestigious Villa des Orangers. Set at the foot of the Koutoubia Mosque, between the Royal Palace and bustling Jemaa el-Fna square, this 5-star hotel is your sanctuary and garden oasis in the heart of the buzzing city. Take a swim in the long pool, or seek quiet moments of contemplation in the gardens before venturing into the city at dusk.

As the sun begins to set, make your way to the lively Jemaa el-Fna, where a tapestry of snake charmers, storytellers, and street food stalls await. Explore the heart of this historic trading bazaar, or for a more serene experience, perch yourself atop a tranquil rooftop café overlooking the vibrant plaza, and revel in the mesmerizing spectacle before you.

Day 9: Marrakesh City Tour, Hammam & Spa Retreat, Dining at Selman Hotel

Colorful spices and dyes found at souk market in Marrakesh
Colorful spices and dyes found at souks in Marrakesh

Immerse yourself in a whirlwind of sights, sounds, and scents as you discover Marrakesh with a local guide. Your private half-day tour begins at the illustrious Bahia Palace, a masterpiece of intricately-carved wooden ceilings, tiled courtyards, and serene gardens. Venture by the Koutoubia Mosque, the symbol of Marrakesh, then follow your guide into the colorful medina—a maze of alleyways lined with riads, souks, and workshops. Explore vibrant textiles, aromatic spices, ornate jewelry, and leather goods before stopping for lunch.

Later this afternoon, experience the art of the hammam at Selman Marrakesh's luxury spa, where a warm ambience transports you to a world of serenity and centuries-old traditions. The traditional hammam bathing experience is deeply rooted in Moroccan culture. Surrender to the gentle steam as it envelops your body and opens your pores. Relax on heated marble as a therapist expertly exfoliates your skin, and feel the layers of impurities and stress melt away. The 5-star hotel blends ancient traditions and modern luxury, so you'll emerge feeling refreshed, restored, and radiant.

Don't rush off afterward—tonight, you'll be dining at the Selman Hotel. Here the talented chefs draw inspiration from both Moroccan and international cuisines, weaving together flavors, textures, and presentation. Choose to taste a traditional tajine, savor the fresh seafood, and enjoy a decadent dessert, each celebrating the rich traditions of Moroccan cuisine.

Day 10: Sunrise Hot-Air Balloon Ride, Afternoon Tea & Fine Dining at Royal Mansour

Marrakech Magic: Exclusive Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride
Your exclusive sunrise hot-air balloon ride is the perfect gentle thrill

Witness the desert landscape of Marrakesh from above with an exclusive hot-air balloon ride this morning. Despite the early wake-up call, it's worth it to see the sunrise over the red desert. The serene atmosphere created by the pastel colors, soft lighting, and crisp early-morning air offers a stark contrast to the hustle and bustle of the city. Admire the stunning scenery as the Koutoubia Mosque and the Atlas mountains become miniature marvels in the distance. A traditional Moroccan breakfast awaits you on the ground, bringing you back to earth.

Afternoon tea provides a rare moment as everything else is put on hold. Enjoy exquisite flavors, delicate drinks, joyful chatter, and old-world charms at the enchanting Royal Mansour, a palatial oasis crafted by more than 1,500 local artisans in an ode to traditional Moroccan architecture. Savor sweet and savory snacks, then wander the opulent palace hotel gardens. As the sun sets, embark on a fine dining journey at the hands of world-class chefs. With an air of exclusivity, the Royal Mansour restaurant is a feast for the senses and a celebration of Moroccan heritage.

Day 11: Transfer to Ouirgane, Berber Village Private Guided Hike

Berber cooking class
Stop for tea and to chat with the locals on today's hike

Swap Marrakesh for the mountains today when you venture into the picturesque Ouirgane Valley, where the rugged peaks of the High Atlas dominate the horizon. Along the scenic 90-minute drive, encounter traditional Berber villages, fragrant olive groves, vibrant wildflowers, and mountainous terrain.

A knowledgeable local guide will lead you on a gentle hike through the landscape, revealing fascinating insights into the history, traditions, and way of life of the Berber people. Interact with friendly locals and observe their daily activities as you pass through a series of traditional mud-brick Berber villages, each unique in its charm and character. Return to Ouirgane, and check into the Domaine de la Roseraie, a 4-star hotel set within 61 acres (25 ha) of peaceful nature. Relax and savor a well-deserved traditional Berber meal prepared with fresh local ingredients.

Day 12: Berber Cooking Class, Tinmal Mosque

Step into history as you wander the halls of the Tinmal Mosque, located in a remote Atlas village

Today's culinary experience begins with a visit to a local market, where you'll have the opportunity to handpick fresh vegetables and ingredients before visiting a traditional Berber home. Here a knowledgeable local chef will lead a private hands-on cooking class, sharing the secrets of Moroccan cooking step-by-step. You'll learn the traditional method of bread-making, how to blend spices, and witness a Moroccan tea ceremony. After the work is done, you'll sit down to savor the fruits of your labor as you indulge in a delicious feast of the dishes you've prepared. 

This afternoon you'll visit the Tinmal Mosque, a magnificent historical site with deep cultural and religious significance. The mosque itself is an architectural masterpiece, showcasing intricate geometric patterns and ornate decorations. Stepping inside, you'll feel a sense of serenity and spirituality, surrounded by a spacious prayer hall adorned with carved wooden ceilings and columns. Tinmal's rich history as the center of the Almohad dynasty adds to its allure, making it a symbol of unity and resistance in Moroccan culture.

Day 13: Transfer to Agafay, Desert Sidecar Adventure, Private Horseback Ride

Today you'll ride a horse; tomorrow, a camel through the Agafay Desert

Discover more of the diverse beauty of Morocco on your private 90-minute transfer to the vast rocky plains of the Agafay Desert. On arrival, check into the White Camel Lodge, a 5-star stay where the serenity and transformative power of the desert are in high definition. Climb aboard a vintage sidecar for your first desert adventure, passing vast stretches of golden sand and unique lunar-like terrain. Visit charming Berber villages, including a pottery village, and stop at an ancient Quranic school. Pause at a luxurious ecolodge for lunch before returning to base.

Relax and enjoy the pool or book a spa treatment for the afternoon—ahead of a private horseback ride at dusk. Your experienced guide will cater the experience to your skill level, and you'll take in endless desert vistas as you explore arid slopes and untouched sands set aglow by the sunset. Return to the lodge in time for dinner, and make sure to catch a glimpse of the crystal-clear night sky before turning in for the night.

Day 14: Sunrise Camel Ride, Transfer to Marrakesh & Depart

Agafay Desert at dusk or dawn
Dawn serenity: soak up your final sweet moments in Morocco

As the first rays of the sun paint the horizon with a golden glow, savor your final morning amid the quiet of the Agafay Desert. Early this morning you'll mount a camel for a gentle ride through the stark, sandy plains. Watch as the colors of the desert landscape change from warm ocher to rich amber, creating a breathtaking backdrop as the sun rises higher. Throughout the ride, your knowledgeable private guide will share fascinating insights about the desert ecosystem, its flora and fauna, and the cultural significance of camels in Moroccan heritage. 

As your Moroccan adventure draws to a close, enjoy a comfortable and convenient one-hour private transfer to Marrakesh airport, ensuring a smooth and hassle-free journey. Sit back and relax as you get a final glimpse of the surrounding landscapes and contemplate your luxurious and adventurous two-week journey. Safe travels home or to your next destination!

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