Morocco is a world of color filling every aspect of traditional and contemporary life. Mosques are decorated with green tiles and cities shimmer with blue paint under the shade of nearby mountaintops. Blue-Bedouins grace the desert, red walls encircle old cities, and even the spices radiate rich hues. Your tour through the imperial cities and the Sahara Desert is tailored to ensure an unforgettable personalized journey through Morocco. Pink flamingos relax in the cool throes of a desert lake....
Day 1 - 2
Casablanca – A Contemporary Capital
The city of Casablanca bustles against the ebbing tide of the Atlantic Ocean. The breeze sweeps across the cityscape and carries the aroma of the sea. The azure contrasts the green tiles that decorate the Hassan II Mosque, among the largest mosques in the world. Palm trees line the wide boulevards. Public buildings surround Place Mohammad V Square. The buildings radiate allure and past marvels, blending traditional Islamic design with neo-Moorish facades, and brim with well-tended gardens. Palm trees line the promenades. A large fountain shoots water into the air and adds cooling moisture to the atmosphere.
Your private transfer is waiting at the airport upon your arrival and escorts you to your comfortable accommodation. Your guide meets you at the hotel and escorts you through the most cosmopolitan of Moroccan cities. The energy is palpable, emanating from a contemporary mindset that rises out of an underlying connection with the city’s as well as Morocco’s heritage. The Cathedral du Sacre Coeur was constructed in the 1930s and blends traditional Moroccan style with European luster. An arched colonnade runs through a park that sits in the steeple’s shade. The aroma of cypress drifts from the trees. The city is filled with elements of its more contemporary past, hinting at French colonialism while constantly pushing forward into the modern, global economy.
Day 3 - 4
Chefchaouen – Into the Blue
Fes – Antique Harmony
Day 6 - 7
Midelt – Over the Hills and Through the Woods
Erg Chebbi – Finding Desert Water
Aït Benhaddou – Sand and Clay
Day 10 - 11
Marrakech – An Iconic Moroccan City
Marrakech – Lasting Visions
- Explore the treasured cultures of Morocco on private tours of Marrakech and Fez
- Visit the remarkable desert Kasbah of Aït ben Haddou, featured in films like Gladiator
- Witness the exceptional blue city of Chefchaouen, situated between mountain peaks
- Journey into the Sahara Desert to experience the serene landscape of the Erg Chebbi sand dunes
- Discover the tremendous scenery, from desert lakes to rolling mountains
- Meander through traditional bazaars to find unique, handmade goods
Marrakech thrives in its connection to the Old World and Casablanca is more colorful than the movie black and white lets on. Sand dunes offer picturesque images of the Sahara and clay fortifications surround the largest Kasbah in the country. Your 12-day exploration of Morocco’s imperial cities and the Sahara Desert, arranged by your Morocco tour operator, showcases more than the landscape, providing insight into the cultures that have shaped the country’s history. From Berber villages to Gnawa concerts, Jewish traditions to Moorish architecture, you will be introduced to the splendor of Morocco in all its celebrated forms.
The colors of Morocco begin to shine in Casablanca. Your private transfer awaits you at the airport and takes you through the cityscape. Tour the boulevards and beachside to indulge in the contemporary culture formed by deep, cultural roots. Transfer to Chefchaouen and wander through the rising hillside village known for its relaxed ambiance and blue pigment. Journey through the fertile valleys and arrive in Fez, the medieval city whose medina overflows with tradition. Domes and minarets rise over the old streets and the rich heritage fills every facet of life, down to the daily work of craftsmen.
Make your way through the Middle Atlas Mountains to visit the alpine towns and Berber villages on the outskirts of cedar forests. Settle into a desert town that fringes the soft sands of the Sahara. Step aboard your camel train to explore the Sahara on a guided tour, visiting the rippling waters of Merzouga Lake, and settling into a luxurious evening under the stars and around the rolling sandbanks. The scenery around Todra and Dades Gorges are radiant, filled with craggy cliffs and springing oases.
Once in Ouarzazate, you will find a tremendous old city and the nearby clay Kasbah of Aït ben Haddou. Marrakech is almost synonymous with Morocco. The medina exudes heritage: from the iconic winding streets to the lavish red walls. Your private guide escorts you through the cityscape and around the treasured architecture. Soon your private transfer will take you to the airport but the distinguished palette of Morocco will always be vibrant, ready for your return.
$3,511 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
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