Morocco Heritage Tour

This 12-day tour is available all year round. For enquiries, please fill in the form below and we will contact you for booking and payment.

About Chefchaouen: The chief town of Chefchaouen province, the name derived from the Berber word for horns, “Ichawen”, to refer to the mountain top nearby shaped like two-horns. The town is well-known for the blue buildings all over the city with only speculations such as the belief that blue keeps mosquitoes away or that the Jews taking refuge from Hitler painted them blue to represent heaven and sky as explanation.  The town is also known as a shopping area for the native handicraft, wool garments and woven blankets.

About Fes (aka Fez): As the second largest city of Morocco and the place that hosts the oldest continuously functioning university in the world, it is no wonder that the place is known the “Mecca of the West” or the “Athens of Africa”. Despite its size, it is a car-free city, making it currently the world’s largest car-free urban areas. Within the city, you can still find donkey’s carting goods down the street as though the times have not changed since medieval times.

About Merzouga: A small village in southeastern Morocco, Merzouga may seem unassuming and unimportant yet it hides a beautiful scenery just a step away. Nearby, the enchanting Erg Chebbi lies with its wide area of open sand, showing the vastness of the Sahara Desert. Legend tells that God created the Erg Chebbi to bury a wealthy family for refusing hospitality to a poor woman and her son. As another car-free area, you get to explore the village on foot, viewing the village just the way the locals do.

About Marrakech: Near the foothill of the snow-capped Atlas Mountain lies Marrakech (aka Marakesh), often nicknamed “Red City” for the red walls of its city and the buildings constructed in red sandstone by Ali ibn Yusuf. Likely the most important of Morocco’s four former imperial cities, Marrakech is one of the busiest cities in Africa for both economic trade and as a tourist destination.

I T I N E R A R Y

Note: BLD refers to the meals provided – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner respectively.

Day 01: SINGAPORE – CASABLANCA – RABAT                                                 

Arrive into Casablanca International airport. In Casablanca, we’ll visit Hassan II Mosque, the biggest mosque out of Mecca. Experience the Cornich coast before departing for Rabat, the capital of Morocco. Here you’ll see the Mosoleum, the Hassan tower and the oudaya Kasbah. Overnight accommodation at Riad El Kalaa. (B)

Day 02: RABAT – CHEFCHAOUEN

After breakfast in your riad, drive to Chefchaouen. Most of the drive will be by the coast to Moulay Bouselham going into the west of Morocco through the countryside villages where most of the farmers living enjoy the real Moroccan Life. Stop for lunch at Ouzzen and continue our drive through the Rif mountains. After lunch, continue drive to Chefchaouen. You will be accommodated in Riad Assilah or similar. (B)

Day 03: CHEFCHAOUEN

After breakfast in your hotel you will start exploring the Medina. Chefchaouen is a beautiful unique city with its white washed walls and its blue doors and windows. Unlike many parts of Morocco, Chefchaouen was occupied by Spain; therefore, there are many influence from the Spanish civilisation and architecture. You have the opportunity to meet locals and walk in this beautiful Medina. Overnight in Riad Assilah. (B)

Day 04: CHEFCHAOUEN – VOLUBILIS – MEKNES – FES

After breakfast in the hotel, we explore more of the city of Chefchaouen before we travel south via Ouazzan towards to Volubilis, the well preserved Roman empire dating to 225BC where some mosaics as still in very good shape. After that, we travel to Meknes, the Ismaili capital of Morocco. In Meknes, we see the fascinating gate Bab Mansour, built by the Sultan Moulay Ismail, the granary and the Sahrij Souani used for irrigation and plantation. We continue via the highway to Fes. Overnight accommodation at Riad el Yacout. (B)

Day 05: FES

After breakfast in your riad, you will start an explorative journey of the cultural capital of Morocco, walking in its alleys and small streets. Our visit starts by the Royal Palace, the Jewish headquarter and the first Mellah ever built in Morocco. We will ensure that you visit all sites with cultural and historical interest including the famous Al Qaraouine University, the oldest in the region, and the Tanneries. After lunch, you will visit the ceramic factory and have a panoramic view over the whole Medina of Fes. In the afternoon, we will visit the new city for a drink. Overnight accommodation in your Riad el Yacout. (BLD)

Day 06: FES – IFRAN – AZROU – ZIZ VALLEY – MERZOUGA (425km drive)

After breakfast in your riad, you will leave Fes travelling towards Merzouga via Midlet and the Ziz valley. Today you will travel via the village of Ifran, a beautiful mountains village, referred to as “the Switzerland of Morocco”, you will also stop at the cedar forest on the middle Atlas Mountains.  During this journey, you’ll experience glimpses of the Middle Atlas and Higher Atlas Mountains. Stopping at Azrou, a Berber village in the middle of the famous cedar forest – the largest in Morocco – where you may well sight Barbary apes. After sometimes within the forest, your journey continues to Midelt along the magnificent hills and mountains of the Atlas.

You will be travelling through the fascinating Tiz Ntalghamt pass and the Ziz Gorge, taking in views of the High Atlas plateau, you’ll notice how the scenery changes to reveal hints of the desert as you approach the city of Errachidia. Here you will have lunch and enjoy the Berber hospitality before travelling along the luxuriant Ziz Valley, stopping for panoramic views along the way to Erfoud and Rissani. Arrive to Merzouga in the afternoon. You’ll be welcomed with a glass of mint tea before you check in to Riad Nezha. (BD)

 

Day 07: MERZOUGA AREA (CAMEL TREK)

After breakfast in the riad, you will start an explorative journey of the area. You’ll visit the Gnawa people, originally slaves brought from Sudan, to experience their music and lifestyle. Not far away there’s the lake of Merzouga, with its bird populations. You may also visit the nomad wire house where many Berber handicrafts are priced lower than in the big cities. In the afternoon, you will mount your camel, guided by an experienced camel man to explore within the sand sea of Merzouga. Enjoy a wonderful sunset over the golden dunes and sleep overnight at the desert camp. (BD)

 

Day 08: MERZOUGA – TODRA GORGES – DADES GORGES

Early in the morning, we will wake you up to watch what may well be the best sunrise of your life. You’ll peacefully camel-trek back to your riad. Enroute you couldn’t fail to appreciate the unique beauty of the spectacular Erg Chebbi sand dunes – changing with the light as the day progresses. After breakfast in the riad, you’ll leave for Rissani, Tinghir, and Todra gorges – the highest, narrowest gorges in Morocco. After lunch in the heart of the gorge, we’ll drive through the Dades Valley, where you’ll see the majestic sand castles and the amazing rock formations known as “monkey toes”. Overnight accommodation will be in a fancy hotel overlooking the Dades valley, Xaluca Dades. (BD)

 

Day 09: DADES GORGES – AIT BEN HADDOU KASBAH – MARRAKECH

After breakfast in the hotel, we’ll drive through the Dades Valley towards Kalaat Mgouna and Ouarzazat. The route through Dades Valley is the way of the thousand Kasbahs – providing numerous opportunities to take some of your best photographic shots of the trip. We’ll stop at Kalaat Mgouna, “the rose city”, to purchase the rosewater, which will make your linen smell wonderful till long after your trip is over. Continue to the famous Ait Ben Haddou kasbah, the largest Kasbah in Morocco. The kasbah was built by Et Hami El Glaoui, one of the last Berber chieftains during the 18th century, now a house of many Glaoui people. Your journey will continue through the majestic Tizi n’tichka Pass (2260m) over the High Atlas Mountains before arriving at your accommodation in Marrakech. Overnight accommodation in Riad Ksar Anika. (B)

Day 10: MARRAKECH

After breakfast in the riad, you can start exploring Marrakech “the red city of Morocco”. Your guide will ensure that you see the most important places of historical and cultural interest, including the Saadien tombs, the Palaces of El Bahia and El Badi, and the Ben Youssef Coranique School. Lunch at a restaurant near the square, followed by an afternoon visit in the gardens at Majorelle, Menara and the Koutoubia tower. After dinner, you will have the opportunity to walk around the ‘Square Jemaa El Fna’ full with magicians, story tellers, snake charmers and food sellers. Overnight accommodation Riad Ksar Anika. (B)

Day 11: MARRAKECH (ESSAOUIRA)

After Breakfast at your riad, we will drive to the wind city Essaouira where you will visit the Skala Fortress, the port, the souks and see Thuya wood carved by artisans. We will walk through the alleys of the medina and view hundreds of handicrafts.

Essaouira is known for its strong winds most of the year so it is known as the “City of the wind” thus it attracts surfers from all over the world. The city has known many civilisations – including the Portuguese occupation, which affects much of its architecture. However, it remains a small village with much history. Because of its size and its characteristic blue doors and washed walls, it is also regarded as Morocco’s “Jewel of the Atlantics”. Your visit includes the Mellah (the Jewish headquarter) and the beach. There is an annual festival of “Gnawa music”, where many musical groups come from different parts of Africa and the world.

In the afternoon, you will travel to Marrakech. Just after Essaouira we’ll stop to visit the women’s co-operative of Argan oil. Here they extract the oil that is famous for its culinary, cosmetic and medical properties. All the area of Essaouira and the surrounding is famous for the argan trees where you see goats climbing the trees to get fruit they can’t find on the ground. Get to Marrakech and check into your Riad Ksar Anika. (B)

Day 12: MARRAKECH – CASABLANCA – SINGAPORE  

After breakfast at your riad, we will drive you to the airport for your departure flight. Tour ends at the airport. (B)

 

Cost Includes :

1.       Travel in air-conditioned land-cruiser Toyota 4WD with an experienced English speaking driver/guide.

2.       All accommodation as illustrated on the itinerary.

3.       City guides and entrance fees in Fes and Marrakech

4.       Camel trek in the desert and the night in the nomad tent

Cost Excludes :

1.       Lunches, drinks and tips

2.       Dinners in Fes and Marrakech

3.       Travel insurance, which is required (in case of any medical emergency.

4.       All that is not mentioned.

Land only cost in Euro:

No. of person 1 2 4 6 8-10
Cost/person 3393 2128 1898 1668 1495