Magical Moroccan Travels, 9-day and 12-day Morocco Tours
Discover the magic of Morocco as you travel with your Berber guide on 9- and 12- day Morocco Tours. Explore sea level communities, high mountains and Berber villages, and desert dunes. Visit modern cities, historic medinas and villages, Portuguese fishing towns, and ancient archaeological sites. Journey through rugged mountains, towering cliffs, steep canyons, palm-filled river valleys, and shifting sands. See flamingos and camels and tailless monkeys.
Morocco is a country of infinite contrast—of diverse cultures, climate, history, and geography. Magical Moroccan Travels offers you the opportunity to explore it all in one of our custom-designed tours.
Visit the exciting, bustling Imperial Cities (historical capitals of one or more dynasties) of Fés, Rabat, Marrakech, and Meknes. Journey through snow-capped Rif and Atlas Mountains (many peaking above 4,000 metres) and visit Ifrane, a French ski town known as the ‘Little Switzerland of Morocco.’ Tour traditional Berber villages. Spend a night in a Berber family kasbah and another in the desert camped under the stars, where you experience the stark beauty of the Moroccan Sahara (12-day excursion). Stay in a seaside village where you learn the fascinating history of Morocco’s Atlantic coastal communities. Most date to prehistoric times and combine Moorish and European cultures.
Explore Morocco’s intricate Islamic architecture, crumbling Kasbahs, colorful medinas and ancient cities, Roman archeological sites, Portuguese fortifications, and a mosque with the world’s tallest minaret. Ride a camel, dine in a tapestry-lined Berber tent. Taste traditional Moroccan foods and sample mint tea. Watch potters, weavers, wood carvers, and leather tanners at work. See pink flamingos, palmeraies (palm forests), lush river valleys and a village painted entirely in blue. Climb drifting sand dunes, hike cliffs above a waterfall, squeeze through a narrow wadi. Absorb the colorful scents of Marrakech’s lush gardens, and experience the sights and sounds of some of Africa’s largest, most colorful souqs, where you will be entertained by dancers and snake charmers an fire eaters. . . maybe have your fortune told or your hands hennaed! Here you find exquisite Moroccan leather, exotic spices, fine tapestries and fabrics and endless photographic opportunities.
Morocco is truly magical. A kaleidoscopic blend of overlapping cultures and landscapes, Morocco is more than a destination; it is a journey through time and place. Experience it all with Magical Moroccan Travels!
Related information: Morocco’s history, geography, attractions and sites.
9-day Excursion Highlights
Imperial Cities, Atlas Mountains, Coastal Communities
♦ Rabat. Morocco’s political capital where you will see the Mechouar of the Royal Palace and the 12th century Hassan Tower accessed by ramps rather than stairs so horsemen could easily ride to the top to issue the call to prayer. Tour sights such as Chellah Necropolis, Kasbah of the Udayes, and the Rabat Archaeological Museum.
♦ Fés. UNESCO World Heritage site with its colorful medina has been called the “Mecca of the West” and the “Athens of Africa.” The University of Al-Karaouine, founded in AD 859, is the oldest continuously functioning university in the world. Enjoy a Folklore show at your welcome dinner here.
♦ Marrakech. Lush gardens and exotic Islamic architecture and the largest souq (open air market) in Morocco (and Africa). Situated at the foothills of the Atlas Mountains where snow can be seen on the peaks year round, the city is bordered by desert to the south and east. City gardens are an oasis of giant bamboo, palm, papyrus, fruit trees and flowers. Enjoy a delicious Moroccan dinner while being entertained by a show of Berber horsemen.
♦ Morocco’s high Atlas Mountains, (over 12 peaks topping 4,000 meters) and home to many unique plant and animal species such as tailless monkeys and Barbary sheep. The mountain ranges separate the Mediterranean and Atlantic oceans from the Sahara Desert. Visit traditional Berber Villages, and even a French ski town!
♦ Essaouira. Morocco’s coastal communities incorporate the history of many cultures, some dating from prehistoric times, and including Phoenician, Roman, Portuguese, and Islamic influence. Archaeological research shows Essaouria has been occupied since ancient times. Watch “Thuya” woodcarvers working with roots of the Tetraclinis tree, native to Morocco.
♦ Casablanca, Morocco’s largest city and industrial capital. The Port of Casablanca is one of the largest in Africa. Sites to see include Hassan II Mosque, the (Roman Catholic) Casablanca Cathedral, the Old Medina. Originally settled by the Berber, the city was called “Anfa” until the arrival of the Portuguese who destroyed the town, then rebuilt it as a fortress, naming it “Casa Branca” or “white house.” Reconstructed once again after an earthquake in 1755, and under various rule including Spain, the city became known as CasaBlanca (Spanish for “white house”). The city was immortalized by the 1942 movie, “Casablanca.”
♦ Optional Excursions: Marrakech Gardens (walking tour); Ourika River Valley (ATV Tour).
12-day Excursion Highlights
Imperial Cities, Atlas Mountains, Coastal Communities, and Moroccan Sahara
Plus . . . You will also tour some new areas of the mountains, valleys and gorges, experience an overnight camel excursion with dinner under the stars and visit the Hollywood of Morocco.
♦ Ziz River Valley, Todra Gorge, Dadés River Valley. Steep canyon (wadi) walls beneath towering cliffs. In the Todra, the sheer walls narrow to a track only 10 metres (33 ft) wide! The Dades River Valley is lush with palm forests and small villages of people living in traditional Berber style. The area offers wonderful hiking and climbing (and is popular with climbers).
♦ Erg Chebbie. Largest sand dune of the Moroccan Sahara, spanning 22 kilometers and reaching heights of 150 meters. Near Merzouga, a tourist center and start of your overnight camel ride into the desert, where you dine under the stars and sleep in a tapestry-lined Berber tent. The Erg is also used by Moroccans, who bury themselves neck-deep in the hot sand (for a few minutes at a time) as a cure for rheumatism.
♦ Quarzazte, Hollywood of Morocco, where many famous movies have been made by one of the largest movie studios in the world and include such films as “Lawrence of Arabia,” “Gladiator,” and most recently, “Yemen.” The city is a holiday destination and a base for desert excursions. Nearby Ait Benhaddou (on the caravan route from Marrakech to the Sahara) is a popular stop. We will spend the night in Quarzazte at the beautifully preserved Kasbah Taourit.
√ What is Included
Tours include lodging, breakfast, lunch & dinner, tour transportation in comfortable vehicles, all applicable attraction and entry fees, airport transport, camel ride (12-day tour), and liability insurance in Morocco. Your tour guide is also your driver, and there are also “official” guides in Fés and Marrakech. Not included are tips, alcoholic beverages, optional excursions, air travel and air travel insurance, trip cancellation insurance.