After breakfast walk through the medina (old city) of Rabat - one of Morocco’s four ancient imperial cities. Encounter an intriguing fusion of historic and contemporary elements as you explore the fortified Kasbah of the Oudaias, the peaceful Andalusian Gardens, and the necropolis of Chellah built on ancient Roman ruins. Lunch at a local restaurant followed by more medina wanderings. Dinner at the hotel.
Visit to the newly-opened Museum of Contemporary Art. Depart for Tangier. Dinner at the hotel.
Depart for Chefchaouen. A walking tour of the remarkable Blue City. Afternoon free. Dinner and overnight in Chefchaouen.
Depart Chefchaouen for Fez this morning stopping along the way in Meknes, Morocco’s youngest imperial city (and World Heritage site). Visit the Bab el Mansour gateway and the ruins of the imperial stables before lunch in a local restaurant. Continue to the ancient Roman ruins at Volubilis known for its intricate and colourful mosaics. Dinner in the Fez hotel.
Cross the fertile plains beyond Fes to the Middle Atlas mountain range. Densely forested slopes of cedar, cork, and pine give way to arid steppes on historic routes where Berbers once fled from Arab invaders. Stop for lunch in the small town of Midelt then cross the Ziz River, passing rows of palm trees and villages before reaching your hotel in Erfoud late in the day. Dinner at the hotel.
After breakfast visit the city of Rissani to explore its 18th-century ksar, a virtually impenetrable warren of alleys. Conclude the day with a sunset excursion to the breathtaking sand dunes at Merzouga. In the vast silence of the Sahara Desert watch the sun set over endless dunes from atop a camel. Dinner and accommodation at the luxury desert camp.
Today’s journey is to the snow-capped High Atlas. See the terraced riverside village of Tinehir and spectacular Todra Gorges, home to rare bird and plant species. Spend the evening in the town of Ouarzazate – the “door of the desert”. Dinner at the hotel.
We’ll have plenty of time to explore the exotic and stylish Marjorelle Garden, the newly renovated Berber Museum, and the exquisite Yves Saint Laurent Museum just next door. Dinner at the hotel.
A morning ramble through the medina and a visit to the beautiful Le Jardin Secret. Return to Casablanca and visit the magnificent Hassan II Mosque. Our farewell dinner is a time to reflect on your Moroccan sojourn.