The challenging Morocco: travel with locals
Reading these words means you are ready to take the challenge and book this special tour. It combines all the highlights you seek from cultural stops in the imperial cities to the natural exploration in desert landscapes.
Your tour begins in the modern Casablanca and ends in bustling Marrakech. You'll discover Roman ruins, the north of Morocco, ride a camel into the Sahara, visit old kasbahs, and explore the thriving historic cities of Meknes, Fes, and Marrakech with a day excursion to the beautiful Ouzoud waterfalls, without missing the adventurous feeling riding the public transport with locals.
Be ready to make new friends!
|Interact with locals while you use the public buses : you can imagine the added value to your adventure.|
|Beautiful photography especially in the Sahara desert and the blue city of Morocco.|
|Learn a lot about the main historical monuments of Morocco : your local guide is at your disposal in Fes and Marrakech.|
|Enjoy your dinner in one of the local stalls in the Jmaa El Fena Square or other authentic restaurants.|
|Spend the overnight in the Sahara desert and ride your camel.|
|Sunset or sunrise looking at the golden dunes.|
|Visit beautiful local villages known to offer the real soul of Morocco and its local Berber life.|
Casablanca Airport - Overnight in Casablanca
The soon your flight lands in Casablanca Airport, and you get your luggage, you need to walk outside the terminals to meet your local driver holding a sign with your name and our logo. Put the luggage in the vehicle and drive to your accommodation.
The first settlement of Casablanca was the Berber village Anfa. By the end of the 18th century, Sultan Mohammed Ben Abdallah founded a Muslim town at this site where Europeans were welcome to have their commercial enterprises for wool and grain. Get to know the history, culture, and economy of Casablanca by visiting few different famous sights like The United Nations Place, Mohamed V square followed by the Central Market and the Habous Quarter to enjoy the view of the Royal Palace before heading to the famous Hassan II Mosque.
There are many choices when it comes to restaurants to book your dinner (not included), please don't hesitate to ask the reception at your hotel for recommendations in case you don't have your own choice in mind.
** Approximate driving is 45mins (stops are NOT included).
Casablanca - The "Blue City" of Chefchaouen by Bus with locals :)
This morning, you have free time at your own leisure to explore the white house of Morocco with its modern constructions blend with charming neighborhoods that reflect Arabic-Islamic heritage and the traces of the city’s colonial period. Take the time to explore its subtleties. Walkthrough the medina – one of the most recent in Morocco. Stroll through downtown to admire the Art Deco buildings and visit the Hassan II Mosque which is the famous highlight you don't want to miss!
This afternoon, you have the first challenge we promised you to take on while you are in our country; you are leaving for the blue city "Chefchaouen" by a public bus. Your first time traveling with local Moroccans together to the same destination. You just think of the various unknown words you are going to hear or learn from Arabic to local dialects such as Amazigh or Rifi expressions. The bus leaves Casablanca around 13h30 and arrives at Chefchaouen at 20h00. You better make sure to take some snacks because the bus arrives at night.
Chefchaouen is a small charming city situated in the heart of the Rif Mountains, Northeastern Morocco. Founded in 1471 in order to halt the southward expansion of the Portuguese and the Spanish. Enjoy the blue painted walls all inside the old Medina.
Please do not worry that you will arrive late tonight because we can arrange you a transfer from the bus station to your accommodation in Chefchaouen; your safety is on top of our priorities, no need to worry about taking a taxi and where to find it; we are taking care of offering you the best travel experience you dreamed about.
Also tomorrow morning, you will have time to explore Chefchaouen on your own peacefully.
** Approximate driving is 6.5 hours (stops are NOT included).
Chefchaouen - Fes by Bus like locals as well :)
This morning you have your own wonderful time to explore Chefchaouen and take as many photos as possible; these blue washed walls of Chefchaouen are really lovely, and we are sure you will be enjoying your time walking through them all. It's the old medina of lovers!
By the afternoon, at 13h15, you are taking your bus and travel to Fes and the arrival time is around 17h30. Fes is founded shortly after the Arabs exploded across North Africa, Fes is often referred to as the spiritual capital of Morocco. It was once one of the most important places of scholarship in the world. It 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).
This timeless city moves at its own pace, giving you the opportunity to sit down and savor some of the finest cuisines in the world.
** Approximate driving is 4.5 hours (stops are NOT included).
Fes discovery with your local guide
This morning, a 6 hours guided visit of Fes and its medieval medina is arranged for you. In the morning you'll be collected by your guide from your riad. You'll see the great gates of the Royal Palace, and the nearby Mellah (Jewish quarter). You'll then visit the ruined forts on the hills surrounding Fes. From here you have stunning panoramic views across the city. You'll 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 transport will then leave you at one of the entrances to the medieval medina where you'll begin your exploration on foot and lose yourself within its labyrinthine streets.
Discover the many artisans such as the metal workers, dyers, woodworkers & 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). Learn about the ancient traditions of Berber medicine men. During the day your guide can suggest places to take a break for lunch (not included).
Fes - The middle Atlas - Azrou/Ifrane - Erfoud - Merzouga (Erg Chebbi Dunes)
This morning, you should be ready for an early start especially that you have a long drive ahead of you. You meet your driver and head toward Merzouga with some amazing stops at the town of wild Barbary Apes "Azrou" & Ifrane "The Switzerland of Morocco" and for sure at the city of Fossils "Erfoud".
Just, later on, it's time for an amazing overnight stay under the stars. You arrived at the Kasbah in charge of the dunes camp, then you ride your camels deep in the dunes to watch the sunset before turning back to the camp nearby the Kasbah. You spend the night in a comfortable tent with a private bathroom. Enjoy the campfire (not possible when it's hot) and also dinner peacefully.
It's very possible to have locals at every stop you make on the way; it's the best opportunity to learn about their daily life and discover what's the differences in cultures and traditions.
** Approximate driving is over 7 hours (stops are NOT included).
Merzouga - Todgha Gorges - Rissani - Dades Valley - Ouarzazate
If you are an early riser you'll be rewarded with a sunrise over the sand dunes. Then, you come back to the Kasbah to meet your driver. Nearby, Khamleya is a traditional Saharan village (with its people originally from Mali). Here you can enjoy traditional music, drumming, and dancing (if time allows) before you leave toward the market in Rissani which is another market town with a most impressive gate at the entrance into town.
Just ahead of you is the Oases and Palmeries where you continue through the desert to the town of Tinerhir, with a great view of the nearby towns the cling to the side of the green river oasis, filled with green palm trees. The surrounding desert landscape reveals impressive buttes, mesas, and plateaus. It's the only opportunity to visit Todgha Gorges and Dades Valley, so don't miss it!
By the afternoon, you are at Morocco's own special home of film, Ouarzazate lies in a valley at the foot of the Atlas Mountains. Most of its visitors are tourists who are making their way to the Sahara Desert or the opposite. They stop here to stock up on provisions before making their way out to one of the greatest desserts in the world. Whether you are visiting just to see the sights or if you too are headed out to the Sahara or back from it, you should make time to see some of the attractions in Ouarzazate.
** Approximate driving is over 6 hours (stops are NOT included).
Ait Benhaddou - Tizi-n-Tichka Pass over the High Atlas - Marrakech
Your driver meets you at the time you fixed together yesterday. The drive is so exciting this morning via the UNESCO heritage "Ksar Ait Ben Haddou" then via the High Atlas mountains passing through the highest pass "Tizi N'Tichka" for a stop looking at the Berber villages and take some breathtaking photos!
By the afternoon, with its bustling souks, flavorful food, and famously welcoming hospitality, it's no wonder that tourists are starting to take note of Marrakesh. known as the ‘Red City’, Marrakech is the exotic imperial city of the south. It is the fourth largest city in Morocco and lies near the foothills of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains. Check-in at your accommodation and relax.
Djemaa-el-Fna square bustles with acrobats, story-tellers, water sellers, dancers, and musicians. In the evening the square transforms into a huge open-air restaurant with smoke rising from the many food stalls.
** Upon arrival at Marrakech, you, unfortunately, need to say goodbye to your English speaking driver. We know it's always hard to do so after the time you shared these passing 4 days! But, you have a new local friend added to your family of friends :)
** Approximate driving is 5 hours (stops are NOT included).
Marrakech Medina discovery with your Local guide
Your local guide is coming to meet you in the morning at the accommodation to enter the old medina where you continue on foot to discover historical palaces, museums, and Koranic schools. Visit the Bahia Palace, Saadian Tombs, Koutoubia Mosque (from outside) and explore the famous souks. This tour in the Medina will be done on foot since most of the medina is closed to traffic. During the day you'll stop for lunch (not included). Entrance Fees are not included.
Please enjoy the afternoon exploring the new city at your own leisure; most of our travelers find it easy to navigate on their own and visit the Jardin Majorelle taking a local taxi; not like the old Medina which is like a maze :)
The Jardin Majorelle is the creation of French painter Jacques Majorelle, who spent 40 years injecting his passion and creativity into this magical garden. Complete with enchanting little lanes, tranquil streams, and over 300 species of stunning plants, Jardin Majorelle is perfect for those who need a break from the busy city.
Marrakech - Ouzoud waterfalls - back to Marrakech
This morning you meet your local mountain guide at 8h00 for a full-day guided excursion to one of the most stunning natural sites in the Middle Atlas, the 100m high waterfalls of Ouzoud (Cascades d'Ouzoud). The water cascades into a spectacular gorge with an endless string of pools. It is possible to swim in the cascade pools if the water is clearly not that cold. The surrounding area is lush with vegetation. It's home to the native Barbary apes and makes for some interesting bird watching. There are numerous options for walks with spectacular views of the falls from above and below. You can also see old grain mills of the Berbers, some still in working order. Walking paths can be slippery so good walking shoes are a must. You can have lunch near the falls area (not included).
Return to Marrakech in the late afternoon. Maybe it's a good idea to get into a Hammam treatment this evening if you love to (not included); you just need to inform your accommodation, and they can easily help.
Hammams are another wonderful experience to try while you are in Morocco; it's a challenge that you would love to talk about when you are back home.
** Approximate driving is 2.5 hours one way (stops are NOT included).
Marrakech - Marrakech Airport
Your stay in Morocco has come to an end.
We hope that you have had a pleasant stay and looking forward to welcoming you again in the future. Your driver takes you to Marrakech Airport for your departure flight.
We wish you a safe flight back home!
** Approximate driving is 30mins (stops are NOT included).
|Information package : detailed day to day itinerary with more tips about your trip and your destination.|
|Private transfer from Casablanca Airport to your hotel in Casablanca.|
|Standard accommodations (Riads/hotels) with meals as mentioned in your program or their equivalent choices.|
|Public bus tickets from Casablanca to Chefchaouen|
|Private transfer from the bus station in Chefchaouen to your accommodation in Chefchaouen.|
|Public bus tickets from Chefchaouen to Fes.|
|Private vehicle and English speaking driver for 4 days from Fes to Marrakech including gasoline, parking fees, toll-road fees, and driver services.|
|Local English speaking guide in Fes for 6 hours.|
|Overnight in a deluxe tent with private facilities (shown and toilet) including camel trek to watch the sunset.|
|Local English speaking guide in Marrakech medina for 3 hours.|
|Full day excursion from Marrakech to Ouzoud waterfalls & back to Marrakech including transport and local English speaking guide.|
|Private transfer from your accommodation in Marrakech to Marrakech Airport.|
|24h/7 on-site follow up and support your entire trip|
|Drinks, laundry, souvenirs and other items of a personal nature.|
|Other Local guides more than mentioned in the including services.|
|Meals other than those listed in the including services|
|Entrance fees needed during the city tours|
|Tips and gratuities.|
|Flight tickets ; travel insurance or any services not mentioned in the including services list|