Private Excursion 1001 Arabian Nights in Morocco
Description of the trip to Morocco:
This 12-day private trip in Morocco includes visiting the imperial cities, the Sahara desert, the villages and an excursion in the High Atlas Toubkal or the Ourika Valley
Tour name packages: 1001 Arab nights
Places visited: Imperial Cities, Sahara Desert and The High
Duration: a private 12-day trip through Morocco
Inclusions of private tour in Morocco:
Transportation in luxury vehicle (4 × 4, Viano, H-1) Multilingual speaking driver, airport transfers, local, expert historical guides for visits to the imperial city, guided tours of one day, High Atlas trekking guide, admission fees to monuments and attractions, boutique riads and luxury hotels, luxurious Desert Camp with private bathroom, 15 meals
Route of the route: We recommend this itinerary and the beginning of Morocco in Casablanca. It can also be customized to start and finish in Marrakech or it can be offered in reverse.
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Trip to the imperial cities of Morocco, the Great South and the Atlantic coast of Morocco.
A fascinating and adventurous touristic journey for first-time travelers to Morocco. Discover the great white mosque and the Basque of Casablana in the Moroccan sun. Experience the magnificent splendor of the Imperial Rabat and travel in Fez, one of the oldest medieval cities. Cross the Middle Atlas en route to the Sahara desert, where the sunsets occur just before sunset while you walk on camels through the dunes of Erg Chebbi, the highest and most golden in Morocco. Spend a night in a luxury camp in the desert under the Moroccan stars. Cross the great south exploring the palm groves of the vast valley. Continue forward through the High Atlas towards Marrakech.
1001 NIGHTS ARABES MOROCCO PRIVATE TOUR – IMPORTANT TRAVEL INFORMATION:
► Visit the Great White Mosque in Casablanca
►Tour the Imperial City of Rabat
► Historical tour of the Fez El Bali mosques, Jewish heritage sites, majestic palaces and souks
► Night in a luxury camp in the desert in the dunes of Erg Chebbi
► Explore the Valley of the 1000 Kasbahs with views of the Skoura Palm
►How to get to the Alto Atlas Toubkal National Park
Day 1: Arrival in Casablanca – Transfer to the hotel
Exploring the Coastal Corniche of Casablanca. We will spend the night in a boutique hotel in Casablanca.
Day 2: Casablanca – Meknes – Volubilis – Fez (Driving time: 4 1/2 hours)
Visit the Mosque of Hassan II. Casablanca houses the Hassan II Mosque, designed by the French architect Michel Pinseau. It is located on a promontory overlooking the Atlantic, which can be seen through a giant floor with room for 25,000 faithful. Its minaret is the highest in the world at 210 meters. It is a huge architectural masterpiece and the second largest religious building in the world. On Fridays, the Hassan II mosque is open to non-Muslims. The promontory of the Hassan II Mosque offers beautiful views of Casa in the residential neighborhood of Anfa. After visiting the Hassan II mosque, take the road to Meknes and Volubilis.
Arrival in Meknes. Have lunch at the Nouvelle Ville de Meknes in a restaurant. Enjoy Moroccan cuisine and a variety of local wines from the Meknes region. After lunch, start your visit at the 18th century Palace built by Sultan Mohammed Ben Abdallah. Then, go through Bab Mansour, the triumphal arch, and enter Place El-Hedime, the Plaza de las Ruinas, which links the medina and the Kasbah. The square is full of modern residential buildings and a covered food souk. Visit the Dar Jamaï Museum. The Jar Jamai museum displays modern Moroccan arts, woodwork, ceramics, carpets, costumes, jewelry and metalwork. The sophisticated building was once a palace with mosque, menza, courtyard, kitchen and hammam.
Visit the Roman Ruins of Volubilis. The impressive archaeological site of Volubilis, also known as Oualili, was once a city occupied by the Romans. Volubilis has been recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and gained international recognition when Martin Scorsese made it a prominent location for the film The Last Temptation of Christ. Discover the fascinating Roman ruins adorned with beautiful mosaics and colorful tiles that represent Roman mythology. The ruins extend along several acres and what remains visible are several fragments of wall, the parts of the massive columns, the capitol, the basilica and a triumphal arch. The ruins reveal how the Roman Empire transformed the original Carthaginian settlement into a Roman city with mansions,
Enjoy a small cafe that is located just below the ruins of Volubilis before taking the road to Fez. We will spend the night in a Boutique Riad or Hotel in Fez.
Day 3: Historical guided tour of Fez: architecture, mosques, gardens, souks, Jewish heritage sites
Visit the Merenid Tombs of Fez. Then, stop at the Musée des Armes located in an old fortress. 8,000 artillery pieces from Makina are displayed, the arsenal built by Moulay Hassan I. Enter the Fes el-Bali through the symmetrical horseshoe arches in Bab Boujeloud, the Blue Gate.
Upon entering the Rue Talaa Kebira, the main street of the medina, you will see lines of shops covered by awnings. Go to the University of al-Karaouine, the oldest university that operates continuously in the world. THEN, visit Dar el-Magaña, a water clock of the fourteenth century and Zaouia the tiyaniya, the shrine and the tomb of Ahmed el Tijani. Stop to visit the Ech Cherabliyine Mosque, the Mosque of the Shoemakers, and then explore the souks selling henna, slippers, caftans, silks, jewelry and spices.
Visit the Najjarine Museum of Wood Arts and Crafts located in a beautifully restored hotel, an old-style hotel for merchants. Stop for lunch in the medina in one of the elegant Moroccan-style restaurants offering a variety of mezzes for lunch. After lunch, visit the Dar el Batha Museum to see the beautiful collections of ceramics, leather goods, woodwork, books and 19th century manuscripts.
Then, enter Bab el Ftouh, the Puerta de la Apertura, to explore the Andalusian neighborhood, a residential part of the Medina full of monuments. Stroll through Fès el Jedid, a church that functioned as the administrative center of Morocco until 1912. Explore the royal palace and many interesting neighborhoods, such as the Moulay Abdalllah neighborhood, the Jewish quarter of Mellah and the city of New Orleans.
Visit Medrasa Bou Inania, an Islamic school founded by Abu Inan Faris, beautifully decorated from floor to ceiling. Visit the University of al-Karaouine. Founded in 859, this university is one of the main spiritual and educational centers of the Muslim world, and is considered the oldest institution of higher learning in the world.
Visit the Cooperativa Tejedores in a residential neighborhood. The workshop specialized in the best gelatin fabric made of silk and wool threads imported from Italy. The store also made quality gelatin fabric with local texture wool yarn called hubba. It was sometimes known as because its nubby texture resembles the national dish of semolina from Morocco with the same name.
Visit the Chourara, or the Tanner’s Quarters, one of the liveliest and most picturesque souks in Fez. Located near Wadi rates and away from residential areas due to a scent curtain. See the wide range of local leather goods, a proud tradition of Fez.
Demonstration of carpet: Antique and modern carpets in one of the places where you can see a demonstration of Berber carpet. They will offer you mint tea and follow your guide down a flight of stairs to a small area to see carpets made for girls who come from the mountains to show tourists how Berber carpets are made.
Visit the Dyers Souk, a dyers market, located along the Rue de Centuries, is the best place for dying tubs that have been used for centuries to dye fabrics and sheep, goats, cows and camel leather. See all colored tanned stones with natural pigments of all shades and shades. We will spend the night in a Boutique Riad & Hotel in Fez.
Day 4: Leisure day Options: gastronomic tour of Fez – Ceramic and zellij workshop, cooking classes and afternoon palaces and Andalusian gardens (Jnane Sbil)
Food tasting tour of Fez.
Explore the exotic cuisine of Fez from a historical visit to the medina that covers the culinary traditions of past centuries. Wet your pallet by testing various panels, olives, honey, juices, soups, meats and other delicacies from the kitchen.
Visit the Jnane Sbil Candidate Gardens by Sultan Moulay Abdallah. Jnane Sbil covers 7.5 hectares, is located in the heart of the city, and is one of the oldest gardens in Fez. Due to its historical importance, great care was taken to restore the garden to its original design. After four years of restoration and renovation of the legacy plants, hydraulic systems and the famous hydraulic wheel, the project was completed and reopened in June 2010.
Visit the Ceramics and Cooperativa de Azulejos Zellij, a famous Ceramic Cooperative where you can see how the Fasis pottery and zellij tiles are made by hand. Visit the cooperative to learn how different artisans work in the ancient techniques of Fasis that are unique to this city and imperial region. See the galleries and shops of the craftsmen. Participate if you wish by launching a boat or make your own zellij card.
Take the road to visit Sidi Harazem, a spa and green area on the outskirts of Fez, which contains hot springs that are rich in magnesium. The benefits of these healing waters can be enjoyed at the health spa. There is also an old sacred pool surrounded by eucalyptus, palm trees and pink laurels.
Also available is the option to visit Moulay Yacoub, a French-style spa with thermal stations, a cold dip pool, hot rock saunas and steam rooms. Completely visit with a franco-Moroccan massage of the old world with rose, orange or jasmine oil.
Cooking class option:
Moroccan cooking class suggestion from mid morning to mid afternoon in Fez. These workshops are conducted by a dada, a traditional Moroccan chef, or a chef from a Moroccan restaurant, and are held at the hotel. Small groups of a maximum of 10 participants work together with a translator, using modern equipment found in everyday kitchens. In a typical half-day workshop, one learns and prepares an appetizer and a main dish, or a main dish and dessert.
We will spend the night in a Boutique Riad or Hotel in Fez.
Day 5: Fez – Ifrane – Middle Atlas – Erfoud – Rissani – Sahara Desert of Merzouga (Driving time: 8 1/2 hours)
Take the road to Merzouga. On the way to Merzouga, we will pass through Ifrane, stopping to see the cedar forest and the local Barbary monkeys. We will also pass the American-Moroccan University, which was built by the Saudis. We will have lunch during our trip in the Ziz Valley or in another local city on the way to the Sahara desert. We will continue on the road to Merzouga and arrive before sunset.
Take the road to Erfoud. Visit the door of the Royal Palace. Enjoy the panoramic view from the summit of Borj-Est that rises 935 m (3067 ft) above the city. Visit the fossil sites in Carriere des Fossiles and Maadid Ksar.
Erfoud is a city located in the southeast of Morocco. Although many ancient fortified villages have existed in the region for several centuries, Erfoud was built by French troops after the victory in Tafilalet that ended years of battle in 1932. Erfoud is an active city full of shops, restaurants, cafes, hotels, banks, crafts and souvenir shops. While it is a modern city of the Moroccan desert, it still preserves the authenticity of a true Arab city with an impressively wild market and beautiful surrounding landscapes filled with oases, dunes and Rocky Mountains. Erfoud is a cinematographic inspiration for film directors. Many films have been filmed in Erfoud, including Prince of Persia, March or Die and The Mummy. Arrival in Merzouga. Explore the flora and fauna of the desert.
Day 6: Merzouga – Exploration of the Sahara Desert, visit of the city of Rissani, Muscians of Khemlia – Sunset Camel Trek in the dunes of Erg Chebbi (option of Quad by bicycle)
Visit Rissani, a desert city of the ancient Alawi dynasty and the birthplace of King Mohammed VI, the current king of Morocco. Visit the ancient mausoleum of Moulay Ali Cherif, the first king of the Alawi dynasty. Then visit Maison Touareg, a Tuareg house that demonstrates the Tuareg culture, and then the old Ksar of Rissani. Continue on the road to Merzouga. Learn about Pan de Madfouna (Moroccan Berber pizza) from the locals in Rissani.
Visit to the Musicians of Khemlia in Merzouga, a group of centennial Gnauá that plays old trance music. Tea and nuts will be served (if time permits on this day or the next day). Choice of Quad Bike or Camel Trek in the Sahara desert.
Venture on a camel trek through the desert to watch the sunset in the dunes of Erg Chebbi. Your Tuareg guide will share the secrets of the Sahara desert. As you glide through the silent desert landscape, there will be innumerable opportunities to photograph the endless rolling dunes. Dinner and overnight at Arabian Nights 1001 at a luxurious Desert Camp in Merzouga’s Erg Chebbi Dunes.
Day 7: Merzouga – Alnif – Nkob Lunch with a Berber family or Pie de Todra Gorge – Skoura (Driving time: 4 hours)
Take the road to explore the desert landscape of Merzouga by track. See flora and fauna that is unique in the Sahara. Visit the village of Ait Ouzzine, located in N’kob nestled in the mountains of the Middle Atlas.
Ait Ouzzine is a Berber village inhabited by more than 300 families who live in beautiful crenellated Kasbahs and tend to their henna fields, water wells, livestock and gardens. This quiet town is tucked away along an impressive desert route that connects the Draa Valley, Tansikht and Rissani.
Meet a local Berber family and participate in a cooking class on traditional bread and tajines. Explore and tour the town. Walk through the green fields and see how the traditional Berbers live with their gardens of herbs, cattle and henna plants. A traditional Berber family will serve you lunch at Ait Ouzzine. The menu will include a traditional meal of freshly baked bread with spices, a chicken and vegetable tajine (tajine) and fresh local fruits for dessert. After lunch, paint your hands and feet with henna, or have a local artist decorate your hair with saffron. Chill out. Experience the tradition of Berber perfume made of musk and amber along with the spices typical of the town. Finish the afternoon at Ait Ouzzine with mint tea and almonds.
Day 8: Excursion from Skoura to visit the Palmeraie, the Valley of the Nomads (Bougthgrar), the Valley of the Roses and the Valley of Boumalgne Dades (Driving time: 4 hours)
Take the road to Bou Tharar, the Valley of the Nomads and the Dades Valley.
Visit the impressive Valley of the Nomads, located in Bou Tharar, a beautiful valley where nomads live in caves that are surrounded by Mount Mgoun. Mount Mgoun is the second highest mountain in Morocco and offers extraordinary views of the earthy rust colored landscape. Take tea with a nomadic family. See how they make their own carpets and live in Bou Tharar with other nomadic families.
Visit the Dades Valley. The Dades Valley covers 125 km between Todra Gorge and Ouarzazate. The Dades Valley has limestone cliffs with uniquely shaped erosions and a splendid landscape along the valley trail. Driving along it will pass fields full of flowers, fertile agricultural fields, riverbanks and several fortified ksours. At the bottom of Gorge of Boulmane Dades there are ruins of Kasbahs and gardens in the valley.
Lunch will be served in a nearby guest house offering local Moroccan food and a panoramic view. Relax and drink mint tea while watching the breathtaking view of the valley. Continue your discovery of the Dades Valley and the Gorge after lunch. We will spend the night in a Boutique Riad or Guest House in the palm tree Skoura.
Day 9: Skoura – Ouarzazate – Ait Benhaddou – Kasbah Telouet – Marrakech (Driving time: 5 hours)
Take the road to visit the Ouarzazate region and its famous Kasbahs. Located just four hours from Marrakech, Ouarzazate is the main Berber city in the south, known for its spectacular sunsets and spectacular mountainous and desert landscapes. Surrounded by impressive valleys, Ouarzazate was once a crossing point for African merchants seeking to reach the cities of northern Morocco and Europe.
Visit Ait Benhaddou. Ait Benhaddou is 32 km from Ouarzazate, in Souss-Massa-Draâ, on a hill by the Ouarzazate River. Lawrence of Arabia, Sodom and Gomorrah, and Jesus of Nazareth were filmed here. In recent years, controlled restoration has been carried out under the auspices of UNESCO. Ait Benhaddou once served as the old caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakech. Most of the inhabitants of the city live in a more modern village on the other side of the river, however, ten families still live in the old Ksar.
After visiting Ait Benhaddou, continue on the road to Marrakech and pass through the olive groves of Oued Zat as you ascend the Tizi n’Tichka Pass. Built by the French in the 1920s, the Tizi n’Tichka Pass will take you through an impressive mountainous terrain. Along the route you will see panoramic views of the High Atlas Mountains, as well as fertile valleys, blue and red villages, and amazing geology.
Visit Kasbah Telout, one of the hidden gems of Morocco and a famous Kasbah that is the ancestral home of the Pacha Glaoui family. Kasbah Telout is hidden in a small street in a small village that is 20 minutes from Tichka. The original zellij tile, the masterful design and the authentically preserved silk collection are large remnants of the Glaoui family. Although Kasbah Telout seems to be in ruins on the outside, its interior is one of true splendor.
On the way, stop for lunch and visit the Argan Cooperative, where argan oil, argan butter and argan cosmetics are hand made with argan nuts. The Berber women crack the nuts and grind them one by one. Enjoy a complimentary tasting. This cooperative is run entirely by women. Arrival in Marrakech. We will spend the night in a Boutique Riad or Hotel in Marrakech.
Day 10: Historical Guided Tour of Mararkech: Yves Saint Laurent Gardens, Bahia Palace, Jewish Hertiage Sites and Jewish Mellah, Saadian Tombs, Ben Youssef Medersa, Koutoubia Mosque and Gardens
Your introduction to Marrakech will start at the Nouvelle Ville, we will sail towards the French, Gueliz and we will go to the Jardines de Majorelle, a magical and exuberant garden designed by Jacque Majorelle and maintained by Yves Saint Laurent. The Majorelle Garden is full of colorful paths, ponds, cactus and plants, as well as a beautiful shop with handmade products. Upon our return to your hotel, we will pass by the La Mamounia Hotel and Garden.
Visit the Palace of El Bahia. The Bahia Palace in Marrakech is a beautiful building and an excellent example of Eastern architecture of the nineteenth century that represents the trends and standards of the rich at that time. The palace is surrounded by a garden of eight hectares.
Visit the Saadian tombs. The Saadian tombs in Marrakech date from the time of Sultan Ahmad al-Mansur. The tombs were discovered recently in 1917 and restored by the Beaux-Arts service. The mausoleum comprises the tombs of about sixty members of the Saadi dynasty that originated in the Draa Valley. Then visit the old Medina. Explore this charming area on foot. In Djemaa el Fna, you will visit the famous Koutoubia mosque of the 12th century.
Your guide will take you through the labyrinthine streets and alleys of the Djemaa. Enjoy aromatic aromas and venture into the souks that specialize in Berber carpets, silver jewelry, handmade shoes and leather tanneries. Enjoy a three-course lunch consisting of fresh salad, tajine and fruit in one of the most delicious restaurants in Marrakech.
Next, visit the Museum of Marrakech, a Museum of Contemporary Art of Morocco, or Tiskiwin, a private museum dedicated to the arts and popular crafts located within a beautiful Hispano-Moroccan house.
Afternoon at leisure to explore Marrakech on your own. Your private driver will be available to accompany you to a variety of restaurants that we recommend.
We will spend the night in a Boutique Riad or Hotel in Marrakech.
Day 11: Mararkech Day at Leisure: Options: Excursion to the High Atlas Toubkal or the Ourika Valley, Afternoon cocktails at the La Mamounia Gardens
Option # 1 :: Marrakech Gardens
Visit the Menara Gardens of Marrakech. Stroll quietly through the gardens. The gardens of Menara are located west of Marrakech, at the gates of the Atlas Mountains. The Almohad ruler Abd-al-Mu’min built them in the 12th century. The name Menara is derived from the pavilions with its small green pyramid roof, which was built in the sixteenth century.
Then, head to La Mamounia Hotel & Gardens for Tea & Lunch. Located on the outskirts of the ancient city of Marrakech, La Mamounia owes its name to its 200-year-old gardens, which the father gave to Prince Moulay Mamoun at his 18th-century wedding. Today the gardens cover almost 20 acres and show an incredible variety of flowers and trees. Architects Prost and Marchisio designed the hotel in 1922. They combined traditional Moroccan designs with the popular Art Deco style of the 1920s. Winston Churchill called it “the most beautiful place in the world”. He spent many winters in La Mamounia painting the Atlas mountains and the surrounding area. After lunch at La Mamounia, spend the day shopping and exploring Marrakech on your own or with your guide.
Option # 2: Excursion to the High Atlas
Head south towards Imlil. Imlil is a small and quiet village in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco that has become the center of mountaineering in the area. At 1740 m above sea level, Imlil lies just below Djebel Toubkal, the highest peak in North Africa. On the way, your driver will take you on a short tour of the village that is fertile in spring and summer with waterfalls surrounded by greenery. Explore the small shops that sell Berber silver jewelry and local Moroccan products. Travel down a winding road and then take a short downhill walk to Kasbah Toubkal. Enjoy lunch and tea on the terrace with stunning views of Toubkal and the surrounding kasbahs. Return to Marrakech.
Option # 3: Excursion to the Ourika Valley
Travel in 4 × 4 to visit the souk Tnine de L’ourika, the gateway to the pleasant valley of Ourika. The edges of the roads are full of gardens, palm plantations and fruit orchards. Pass small villages, summer houses, cafes and restaurants. Have lunch in a traditional lodge or have a picnic in a meadow in front of the snowy mountain overlooking the Ourika River. Advancing through the valley we will visit the Setti Fatma Waterfalls, a favorite summer destination for many Moroccans appreciated for their beautiful streams and waterfalls. We will visit the famous tomb of Setti Fatima. Enjoy the views of the high green terraces, the Atlas peaks and the villages in the rocky foothills of the seven waterfalls that surround the village. Walk the beautiful paths and, if you are looking for adventure, climb the walls to see rock engravings.
We will spend the night in a Boutique Riad or Hotel in Marrakech.
Day 12: Departure Casablanca (Driving time from Marrakech: 3 hours)
Breakfast in your riad. Drive to Casablanca. Departure from the Casablanca airport.