Small group tour of Morocco: from Casablanca to Marrakech - Firebird Tours ®

Fes, Morocco
Morocco Caravan in the Sahara
Casablanca, Morocco

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Overview

Immerse yourself in Morocco's rich colors, historic medinas and diverse culture. In 9 days explore the top attractions of the country with a petite group of travelers. See Casablanca and enjoy the ancient feel of Fes. Explore the remnants of centuries-old Volubilis & Meknes, have an outstanding time during your stay in a real Moroccan Berber camp and go camel trekking in the Sahara Desert. Finalize your tour in Marrakesh where you see its highlights.

Tour type:
Small group tour
Tour rating:
4.93 / 5, Based on
  • BEST HOTELS
  • 4-star centrally located hotels/riads:
    7 nights
    Overnight in desert camp:
    1 night
  • BEST CONNECTIONS
  • Private airport transfers
    Private transfers between cities
    Private drivers for day trips
  • BEST SIGHTSEEING
  • 3 guided city tours with private transportation
    3 day-tours outside the cities driver-guide
    11 guided visits to sights and museums
  • MEALS
  • 8 breakfasts
    2 dinners

Day-by-Day

Day 1
Arrival to Casablanca and Transfer to Fes

Welcome to Casablanca - Morocco's largest city and in fact one of the largest and most important hubs in entire Africa! Your private driver meets you at the airport and transfers you to the hotel in Fes.

Upon arrival to Fes you have the rest of the day free.

  • Optional tour: City Tour of Casablanca
    Spend an extra night in Casablanca and enjoy the explicit 4-hour city tour. During the tour, you get to see the major highlights of the city, including Hassan II Mosque.
  • Optional Extension: 2-day Extension to Casablanca and Rabat
    Fulfill your trip in Morocco with an extra night in Casablanca and enjoy an explicit 4-hour city tour of Casablanca as well as a day-tour to the capital of Morocco - Rabat.

No meals included.

Day 2
Highlights of Fes

In the morning you have some free time before meeting your guide and driver for a 5-hour city tour.

During the tour, you see the 14th-century gates of the King Palace, the shrine of Moulay Idriss, the Mellah (Jewish quarter), and old Fes Medina with its traditional markets and tanneries.

Together with the guide, you enter the ancient Bou Inania Madrasa founded in 1351 AD. On the edge of the spice and perfume market in the fascinating medina, you visit Medersa el-Attarine, also known as Attarine Madrasa. Beautiful floors of the building display a specialized technique of tile cutting called "taqshir" or "peeled work". You then proceed to the Fondouk el-Nejjarine - which was declared a national monument in 1916. Today this building is a home to the Museum of Wooden Arts and Crafts.

After the tour, you return to your riad and have the rest of the day at your leisure.

Breakfast is included.

Day 3
Exploring Volubilis & Meknes

After breakfast at your hotel, you meet your driver and set out to the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis. Upon arrival, you meet your guide who shows you the 2000-year-old ruins, adorned with beautiful mosaics and colorful tiles depicting Roman mythology. Today it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Your next stop is the city of Meknes, where together with your local guide, you explore its major highlights in about 3 hours. You start with admiring the grand entrance to the city and as well the most beautiful gates in the world - Bab Mansour.

Then your guide takes you to the Dar Jamai Museum with its amazing local arts and crafts, following your visit to the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail.

Next, you proceed to the Royal Stables, which is a massive stable yard that was constructed to comfortably house no less than twelve thousand royal horses.

After the tour, you are transferred back to your hotel in Fes.

Breakfast is included.

Day 4
Transfer to Merzouga

Following breakfast, you meet your driver and start off your way to the city of Merzouga. A long (7,5 hours) but fascinating ride awaits!

While traveling through the Middle Atlas Mountains, you pass the town of Ifrane often referred to as the Switzerland of Morocco for the surrounding mountainous landscapes and famous ski resorts. Another highlight of the area is Ifrane National Park - the natural reserve abundant with aromatic Atlas Cedar and a home to the largest population of Barbary macaques at this point considered to be endangered species.

Closer to Merzouga, you make a stop and enjoy panoramic views of Ziz Valley which has historically formed a part of a traditional caravan trading route between the settlements of Northern Sahara.

Upon arrival, you are transferred to your hotel. You then enjoy dinner at the hotel restaurant and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 5
Camel Caravan in the Sahara

In the morning, you have some free time to relax and prepare for today's adventure. At around noon, you meet your driver who takes you to the starting point of your camel trek* journey through the sand dunes.

One of the highlights of the day is a stop at a small village of Khamilia where you can watch and listen to the locals playing the typical music of the region - Gnawa.

Before the sunset, you arrive at the Berber camp and enjoy a wonderful dinner by the campfire.

The desert is probably the best place to gaze at the stars. Take this chance and witness the Milky Way!

Note: Your luggage is transferred to the camp by vehicle.

*Camel trek can be replaced with 4X4 drive to the camp. Contact your destination specialist for more information.

Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 6
Exploring Todra Gorge

After hearty breakfast at the camp, your driver* takes you back Merzouga.

Around noon, you meet your driver who transfers you to the spectacular gorge of Todra - one of the most breathtaking sights in Morocco. The gorge was carved by the Todra river that formed cliff-sided canyons in the mountains up to 400 meters height. 

Upon arrival in Skoura Oasis in 4,5 hours, you check in to your centrally located hotel for overnight.

*Camel trek is available and should be requested in advance. Contact your destination specialist for more information.

Breakfast is included.

Day 7
Driving to Marrakech

Following hearty breakfast at your hotel, you continue your trip. The first highlight of your 4,5-hour journey is a charming city of Ouarzazate which is often referred to as the Gates of the Desert and was formerly an important hub for African traders.

While your journey continues, you reach another UNESCO site - Ait Benhaddou, the unique mud brick city on the edge of the High Atlas Mountains that was often featured in movies, mostly replacing Jerusalem.

Next comes the Rose Valley - the region between the Atlas Mountains and the Sahara Desert which is the major producer of rose oil and water in the whole country. Traveling in April or early May allows you to see the Rose Valley in all its beauty.

The final leg of your journey takes you through the famous mountain pass in Morocco - Tizi’n’Tichka, and gives you the opportunity to admire magnificent views of numerous Berber villages, snow-capped mountains, and green valleys. 

Upon arrival in Marrakech, you check into your centrally-located hotel and have the rest of the day at your leisure.

Breakfast is included.

Day 8
Sightseeing in Marrakech

After breakfast at the hotel, you set off on an exhilarating sightseeing tour of Marrakech with your guide and driver. During your 5-hour tour, you see the major highlights of the old city.

You begin your walking tour in the old quarter of Marrakech where you visit the 19th century Bahia Palace, covered with colorful tile work, and see its eight-hectare gardens with fountains. You then proceed to Saadian Tombs - marble tombs for the Saadian dynasty. Accessible only through a small passage in the Kasbah Mosque, the tombs were neglected until aerial photography exposed them in 1917.

Your next stop is El Badi Palace located nearby and believed to have contained more than 350 opulent rooms, in addition to a large pool, sweeping courtyard, and several gardens. The pieces from the El Badi Palace were used to create a new palace in Meknes, leaving just the shell of the palace behind.

Continue to the souks, the largest you can find in Morocco. We suggest you try haggling as it is an inherent part of Moroccan trading culture.

In the afternoon, you venture into the new city and visit the Majorelle Gardens - a magical petite garden estate designed by Jacque Majorelle and maintained by Yves Saint Laurent.

After the tour, you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast is included.

Day 9
Departure

This is the last day of your tour of Morocco. After breakfast, you check out from the hotel and meet your driver who transfers you to the Marrakech* airport for your flight back home.

We hope you enjoyed your Morocco experience and we'll be looking forward to seeing you on our tours again!

*Transfer to the Casablanca airport can be added at extra charge. Please refer to your destination specialist.

Breakfast is included

  • Optional Extensions: If you would like to extend your trip, we advise the following options: City Tour of Casablanca, 2-day Extension to Casablanca and Rabat, Day Trip to Essaouira (from Marrakech), Day Trip to Atlas Mountains (from Marrakech). Contact your travel specialist for details.

Hotels

7 nights at 4-star centrally located hotels/ riads, 1 night at Desert Camp

  • Hand picked hotels
  • Best value rooms
  • Restaurant

Always included:

  • Central location close to major sights
  • Buffet breakfasts
  • Free WiFi
  • Spacious beds

What's included
  • Accommodation in remarkable downtown hotels in Fes, Merzouga, Skoura Oasis, Marrakech;
  • Overnight in a tent in a Berber camp;
  • Breakfasts at the hotels;
  • Dinners according to the itinerary;
  • Airport transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary with private drivers;
  • Professional English-speaking guides as per itinerary;
  • Rich sightseeing tours according to the itinerary;
  • Entrance tickets in Fes: Bou Inania Madrasa,  Attarine Madrasa, Fondouk el-Nejjarine;
  • Entrance tickets in Volubilis and Meknes: Roman ruins of Volubilis, Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail, Dar Jamai Museum, Royal Stables;
  • Entrance tickets in Marrakech: Bahia Palace, Saadian Tombs, El Badi Palace, Majorelle Gardens;
  • 24/7 support service.

Not included: international flights, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.

What's Included
  • Intimate group size of up to only 14 travellers;
  • Professional local guides and drivers;
  • Professional local guides and drivers;
  • Carefully planned optional tours and extensions;
  • Comprehensive city tours with included entrances to sights;
  • Guided tour in Rabat - the most ambitious modern city built in Africa in the 20th century and well preserved older heritage;
  • Overnight in the Sahara Desert in the Berber Camp and dinner around the campfire;
  • Camel trekking and visit to Khamlia village famous for its Gnawa music;
  • Guided tour of the Old Medina in Marrakesh which is recognized for its Outstanding Universal Value.
What to Know
  • The best time to visit Morocco is spring or fall. Summers might get unbearably hot and winters can be chilly, especially in mountains. When it comes to clothing, pack something light to wear during daytime and remember to have something to wear when visiting religious sights.
  • The official currency of Morocco is Dirham (MAD or Dhs). It can be purchased at any local currency exchange office for USD or EUR. ATMs in major cities are also in abundance and you can easily withdraw local money using your debit card (Visa, MasterCard, Cirrus, etc.). Cards are widely accepted, however if you're at a downtown bazaar, make sure to have some cash on you.
  • Tipping and bargaining is a quintessential part of Moroccan national charisma, lifestyle, and commerce. 5-10% tip is always appropriate.

Dates & Rates

Dates
Sep 18
Sep - 26, 2018
Oct 2
Oct - 10, 2018
Oct 23
Oct - 31, 2018
Nov 13
Nov - 21, 2018
Friends trip: 4+ travelers
$2,118
deposit
$500
$2,118
sold out
deposit
$500
$2,118
deposit
$500
$2,118
sold out
deposit
$500
Regular package
$2,318
deposit
$500
$2,318
sold out
deposit
$500
$2,318
deposit
$500
$2,318
sold out
deposit
$500
Single traveler
$3,498
deposit
$700
$3,498
sold out
deposit
$700
$3,498
deposit
$700
$3,498
sold out
deposit
$700
Dates
Sep 18
Sep - 26, 2018
Oct 2
Oct - 10, 2018
Oct 23
Oct - 31, 2018
Nov 13
Nov - 21, 2018
Friends trip: 4+ travelers
$2,118
deposit
$500
$2,118
sold out
deposit
$500
$2,118
deposit
$500
$2,118
sold out
deposit
$500
Regular package
$2,318
deposit
$500
$2,318
sold out
deposit
$500
$2,318
deposit
$500
$2,318
sold out
deposit
$500
Single traveler
$3,498
deposit
$700
$3,498
sold out
deposit
$700
$3,498
deposit
$700
$3,498
sold out
deposit
$700

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