Experience the vibrant colours and rich cultures that embody the unique flavours of Morocco. From the majestic imperial cities of Meknes and Rabat to the charming town of Chefchaouen, this ancient land is brimming with fascinating history and traditions waiting to be explored. Traverse the winding streets of the medieval city of Fes, indulge in an exclusive guesthouse stay in Moulay Idriss, discover the aromatic spice markets of Marrakech, and journey to the well-preserved Roman ruins of Volubilis. This nine-day northbound tour offers a chance to immerse yourself in the extravagant sights and uncover the hidden delights of Morocco.
Experience the Majesty of Morocco through its Vibrant Colours and Flavours
- Immerse yourself in the local culture by staying with a charming family in Moulay Idriss. You might even get to participate in a cooking demonstration and experience genuine Moroccan hospitality.
- Explore the medieval city of Fes with the help of a local guide who will show you the labyrinthine streets of the medina and give you insights into the city's rich history.
- Marvel at the surreal blue-hued houses and laneways of Chefchaouen, a unique and picturesque town that is unlike any other.
- Take a break from your explorations of the narrow streets of Meknes and indulge in a delicious camel burger cooked right in front of you at a local restaurant in the medina.
- Experience the vibrant and eclectic atmosphere of Marrakech's famous Djemaa el Fna, where drummers, dancers, fortune tellers, street food vendors, and old medicine men come together to create a truly unique experience.
Greetings and welcome to Morocco! Your exciting journey commences with a group meeting scheduled for 6 pm today. In case you have arrived early, you may like to discover the city on a captivating Urban Adventure led by a local expert to delve into the authentic local experience.
Start your day early with a 1-hour train ride to Rabat, a historic town. Upon arrival, store your luggage and enjoy a few hours strolling through the Old Quarter on a self-guided walk. You'll also have the chance to visit Kasbah des Oudaias and take in stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean. A map and clear instructions will be provided, but your tour leader will not be leading you through the city. From there, take a train to Meknes (approximately 3 hours) and a 45-minute taxi ride through scenic countryside to reach the sacred pilgrimage village of Moulay Idriss. Explore the charming medina of this ancient town and gain insights into traditional Moroccan life. Visit the tomb of Moulay Idriss I, the great-grandson of Mohammed who brought Islam to Morocco, and take in panoramic views of the plains of Volubilis at sunset.
Today, embark on a guided tour of Volubilis, a remote Roman empire base that's now a UNESCO World Heritage site. As the remains come into view on the edge of a long plateau, it's hard not to be impressed. A local guide will take you on a tour of the ancient hilltop ruins. Afterwards, head back to Meknes and enjoy a few hours of self-exploration. If you're feeling adventurous, try a camel burger for lunch at a local restaurant in the medina - it's worth a shot! In the afternoon, take a 1-hour train to Fes, where you'll spend the next two nights. As the most complete medieval city in the Arab world and the oldest of Morocco's imperial cities, Fes is an absolute must-see.
Join your guided group on a walking tour of Fes el Bali, the Old City, and immerse yourself in the Middle Ages as you wind through the maze of markets, mosques, and craftsmen. Take in the sights of donkeys carrying heavy loads in one of the world's largest car-free urban areas and explore the souk's specialty sections. You will also visit some of the city's most beautiful buildings, such as the restored Medersa Bou Inania and the stunning Funduk Nejjarine. Be sure not to miss the famous tannery with its iconic view of the dye pits and a ceramics factory where traditional potters still work. After the tour, enjoy free time in the afternoon. In the evening, relish a delightful group dinner of Moroccan specialties, including harira (chickpea soup) and chicken-stuffed pies with couscous.
Today, you'll travel to Chefchaouen by local bus, which will take approximately 4 hours. The town is located in the Rif Mountains and was originally built by Andalusian refugees seeking refuge from the Reconquista. Its distinctive blue and white buildings are a charming sight and make for a picturesque scene. With the rest of the afternoon and evening free, you may want to wander around the medina, browse the handicraft shops, or go hiking in the surrounding mountains. Alternatively, you could sit back and relax at a local café and savor some of the delicious goat's cheese that is popular with visitors. The choice is yours.
Today is a day for you to have some free time and explore Chefchaouen on your own. You could opt for a guided tour of the medina, where you can immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, and smells of the city. Alternatively, indulge in some local specialties at a cafe in the bustling Plaza Uta el-Hammam. For those who enjoy nature, you can explore the surrounding hills on a hike and even enjoy a picnic. As night falls, you could have a traditional Moroccan tagine at a local restaurant or indulge in a relaxing spa treatment at a hammam. The choice is yours.
Today, you will embark on a 3-hour private minibus journey to the coastal town of Tangier. This town holds great significance as it is a strategic gateway to Africa and the Mediterranean. The journey is winding in places, so be prepared for an adventure. However, the stunning backdrop of the Rif Mountains makes this a truly scenic journey. Once you arrive in Tangier, the afternoon is free for you to explore. You may want to visit the American Legation Museum, the former palace of Dar el-Makhzen, or the Caves of Hercules. You could also enjoy a fresh seafood dinner by the port, watching the sunset over the Atlantic. Later tonight, board an overnight sleeper train that will take you to Marrakech.
After an early arrival in Marrakech, you have the entire day to explore the city at your leisure. You might want to start with a visit to the famous Koutoubia Mosque and its 12th-century minaret, which served as the prototype for the Giralda tower in Seville. Alternatively, wander through the lush tropical gardens of Jacques Majorelle, once owned by Yves Saint Laurent. In the evening, join the crowds in the Djemaa el Fna square for an optional dinner. As night falls, the square comes alive with performers, storytellers, henna painters, and food vendors selling delicious Moroccan delicacies.
Today marks the end of your tour, and no activities are scheduled. After breakfast, your journey with us concludes. If you desire more time to explore Marrakech, you can pre-book additional accommodation, but it is subject to availability.