14 Day Driver Guided Morocco Itinerary

Explore Morocco in Two Weeks

Embark on a captivating 14-day journey across the mesmerizing landscapes and vibrant cities of Morocco with our exclusive private tours.

As you journey through this North African gem, enjoy the comfort and luxury of our private guided tours, ensuring personalized experiences tailored to your interests. Whether it’s the architectural marvels, rich history, or the tantalizing flavors of Moroccan cuisine, this two-week-long adventure is an invitation to discover the very essence of Morocco.

Highlights of our 2-week Morocco Tour

Day 1: The Heart of Marrakech

Majorelle Gardens, Morocco

As you step into Marrakech, the city’s vibrant energy welcomes you with open arms. A mosaic of cultures, traditions, and colors, Marrakech seamlessly marries its rich history with modern vitality. 

The first day is an immersive introduction: from the serenity of Jardin Majorelle’s blues to the towering prominence of Koutoubia Mosque and the bustling authenticity of its iconic souks. Dive deep into a city that pulses with life, where every corner narrates tales of its glorious past and its dynamic present.

Jardin Majorelle Escape

In the heart of Marrakech lies Jardin Majorelle, a stunning oasis designed over forty years. 

Owned by fashion icon Yves Saint Laurent, the garden combines French and Moroccan design. Vibrant blue walls juxtapose against lush green vegetation, making it a photographer’s dream. A walking tour here not only offers respite from the city’s hustle but immerses visitors in its artistic heritage. 

Koutoubia Mosque

Standing tall and proud, the Koutoubia Mosque’s minaret dominates Marrakech’s skyline. 

Though non-Muslims aren’t permitted inside, the exterior is a testament to Almohad architectural prowess. With your private guide, unravel tales of its construction and significance. As you circle its periphery, you’ll appreciate its importance as both a spiritual and architectural beacon in Marrakech.

Souk Exploration

Plunge into Marrakech’s heart by wandering its lively souks. Each turn in these narrow alleyways reveals a burst of colors, aromas, and sounds. 

As artisans craft their wares and vendors call out their offerings, your guide will provide context, sharing the history and culture of Moroccan commerce. It’s an unparalleled introduction to daily life and the country’s rich trade legacy.

Overnight: Marrakech

Day 2: Delving Deeper into Marrakech

Bahia Palace, Marrakech, Morocco

Day two unravels Marrakech’s hidden gems and the intricacies of its heritage. 

Unearth the secrets of the Saadian Tombs, walk the grand halls of Bahia Palace, and get a glimpse into the academic brilliance of yesteryears at Medersa ben Youssef. 

Saadian Tombs Discovery

Hidden for centuries, the Saadian Tombs remained a secret until their rediscovery in 1917. Today, they stand as a silent testament to Saadian dynasty grandeur. 

The intricate cedar woodwork, Carrara marble, and gilded honeycomb muqarnas draw visitors into Morocco’s opulent past. As you walk through, your guide will narrate tales of the figures buried here, painting a vivid picture of Marrakech during the Saadian era.

Bahia Palace

Designed to be the greatest palace of its time, Bahia Palace is an epitome of Moroccan-Andalusian architecture. 

Every inch of the palace showcases the finest craftsmanship, from zellige tiles to intricate ceilings. Meandering through its grand courtyards and opulent rooms, one can’t help but feel transported to a time of regal majesty.

Medersa ben Youssef Dive

One of the largest theological colleges in North Africa, Medersa ben Youssef is a marvel of Islamic architecture. Its student chambers surround a lavish courtyard adorned with intricate cedar, marble, and stucco. 

As the sun filters through its ornate windows, creating ever-shifting patterns on the floor, the stories shared by your guide will offer a glimpse into the scholarly pursuits and lives of students from bygone eras.

Overnight: Marrakech

Day 3: High Atlas Mountains & Ouarzazate

Atlas Mountains, Morocco

Day 3 guides you through the majestic terrains of the High Atlas Mountains, culminating in the gateway to the Sahara – Ouarzazate. 

As you descend the mountainous paths, the fortified city of Ouarzazate beckons, renowned for its cinematic history and sun-kissed kasbahs.

Journey Across the High Atlas Mountains

As your private tour heads towards Ouarzazate, the majestic High Atlas Mountains stand as sentinels of Morocco’s natural beauty. Winding roads snake through panoramic landscapes, offering unparalleled vistas with each bend. 

Every switchback, climb, and descent is a testament to nature’s artistry, presenting a mesmerizing combination of deep valleys, snow-capped peaks, and traditional Berber villages perched on mountain slopes.

Tizi n’Tichka Pass

Elevating your journey, quite literally, is the Tizi n’Tichka Pass, standing proudly at 2,260 meters. 

As one of North Africa’s highest mountain passes, it provides travelers with some of the most breathtaking views of the Atlas range. But it’s not just about elevation; the pass is a gateway to a world where tradition meets nature, offering a glimpse into the daily lives of Berber tribes, their age-old customs, and their symbiotic relationship with the land.

Ouarzazate: The Desert’s Gateway

On arriving at Ouarzazate, one is instantly captivated by its unique charm. Fondly dubbed the “Hollywood of Africa”, this oasis town has witnessed countless film productions. The seamless blend of modern cinematic history with its ancient kasbahs and earth-toned buildings makes Ouarzazate a destination of contrasting narratives.

Day 4 Introduction: Aït Benhaddou & Ouarzazate Exploration

Ait Benhaddou, a UNESCO world heritage site in Morocco

Delve deeper into the essence of Morocco as you immerse yourself in the ancient allure of Aït Benhaddou and the cinematic wonderland of Ouarzazate. Day 4 promises a blend of history, culture, and a touch of Hollywood magic. Walk through the time-worn alleys of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, experience the behind-the-scenes charm of famed film studios, and bask in the architectural majesty of desert kasbahs.

Aït Benhaddou: A Timeless Citadel

The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Aït Benhaddou is more than just historic structures perched on a hill. It epitomizes Morocco’s timeless desert architecture and silently narrates tales from numerous centuries past. 

As you walk through its alleys, you’re taken on a journey back in time, where stories of caravans, merchants, and ancient civilizations echo with every step. This ksar, with its clustered homes, fortifications, and dramatic backdrop, has also captured the imagination of filmmakers worldwide.

Ouarzazate’s Cinema Studios

Building upon Ouarzazate’s cinematic legacy, a visit to one of its famed film studios is a must. 

Whether it’s the Atlas Film Studios or the CLA Studios, stepping inside is like venturing onto dynamic film sets. From epic desert landscapes to grand Egyptian palaces, these studios have recreated diverse worlds. Delve into the magic of movie-making and discover how this desert town became an iconic film destination.

Kasbah Taourirt: Desert Architecture

In the heart of Ouarzazate stands the Kasbah Taourirt, a masterpiece of Moroccan architecture. 

Once the seat of the region’s powerful El Glaoui clan, today it stands as a symbol of the desert’s architectural splendor. As you navigate its labyrinthine passageways, courtyards, and ornate rooms, you’ll be treated to intricate zellige tilework, carved woodwork, and the history of a bygone era.

Day 5: Dades Gorges & Tinghir

Dades Valley, Morocco

Venture into the heart of Morocco’s scenic landscapes as you transition from the spellbinding Dades Gorges to the oasis haven of Tinghir. 

Mystical Dades Valley

Begin your day with a journey through the enchanting Dades Valley. As you travel, the landscape shifts from red cliffs to fertile farmland, offering a colorful tapestry of nature. The winding roads alongside the Dades River are dotted with traditional Berber villages, where time seems to have paused.

Tinghir Oasis

Your next stop is Tinghir, an oasis town set against the backdrop of the rugged High Atlas Mountains. The sprawling palm groves present a stark contrast to the arid surroundings, revealing the ingenuity of ancient irrigation techniques. Meander through the town, meeting local artisans and discovering the myriad of handcrafted products that narrate the region’s cultural stories.

Overnight: Tinghir

Day 6: Tinghir & Todra Gorge Exploration

Todra Gorge, Morocco

Dive deeper into the enchanting landscapes of Morocco from the thriving oasis of Tinghir, journey to the breathtaking Todra Gorge. Marvel at the sheer rock walls rising dramatically beside the winding river, showcasing nature’s artistry.

Todra Gorge: The Canyon’s Majesty

Your exploration continues to the breathtaking Todra Gorge. Towering, ochre-colored cliff walls close in around the crystal-clear Todra River, creating one of Morocco’s most iconic natural landscapes. Here, you’ll feel the majesty of nature as you walk through the deep canyon, its walls rising up to 300 meters in the most dramatic parts.

The Heart of Tinghir

Return to Tinghir for a deeper dive into its treasures. Beyond its oasis, the town boasts ancient Jewish and Berber quarters, each with its unique historical imprints. Engage with the locals, hear their stories, and perhaps even enjoy a traditional song or dance that breathes life into the town’s rich past.

Palm Groves and Traditional Irrigation

To appreciate the lifeblood of Tinghir, one must explore its extensive palm groves. A guided walk will showcase the traditional ‘khettara’ irrigation system, a testament to the region’s ancient agricultural know-how. Learn how this ingenious method has sustained life here for centuries, turning barren desert into fertile land.

By immersing in the natural wonders and deeply-rooted cultures of Dades and Tinghir, these two days promise both awe and enlightenment. With every step, Morocco’s landscapes and legacies will unravel, revealing the country’s heart and soul.

Overnight: Tinghir

Day 7: Merzouga (Sahara Desert)

Merzouga Camels, Morocco

A two-hour scenic drive transports you to the mesmerizing dunes of Merzouga. As the gateway to the grand Sahara, Merzouga’s vastness envelops visitors in an otherworldly serenity.

Camel Trek through the Golden Sands

Experience the timeless mode of desert transport. As you mount a camel and traverse the golden dunes, feel the rhythmic sway, and let the vast horizons captivate you. This is a chance to connect with the Sahara in its purest form amidst landscapes unchanged for millennia.

Night under the Stars

As twilight paints the sky, arrive at a traditional desert camp. Here, far from city lights, the constellations shine brightly. Embrace the profound silence, punctuated only by the occasional whisper of the wind or a distant camel call. This is an opportunity for a deep communion with the desert night.

Overnight: Desert camp in Merzouga

Day 8: Erfoud & Rissani Exploration

Door to the Desert, Rissani, Morocco

With just an hour’s drive, transition from the heart of the desert to the bustling towns that serve as its gateways. Erfoud, often referred to as the “Door to the Desert,” is next on our journey.

Erfoud’s Fossil Marvels

Erfoud is renowned for something unexpected in the desert: fossils. Visit local workshops where ancient marine fossils, encapsulated in stone for millions of years, are transformed into beautiful artifacts. 

These remnants of a prehistoric era offer a fascinating contrast to the surrounding desert and a testament to the Earth’s evolving geographies.

Rissani’s Market Flair

Venture to the lively town of Rissani, a place that teems with local culture and traditions. At its heart is a bustling market where traders from the surrounding desert regions come to barter and sell. 

This is a hub of authentic Saharan life, and there’s much to explore, from spices and crafts to the lively livestock market.

Ksar of Rissani

The Ksar of Rissani stands as a silent sentinel to Morocco’s rich desert legacy. On this private guided tour, guests are whisked away into the annals of time, wandering through ancient corridors of this fortified granary. 

Each stone and sunbaked brick tells tales of trade, treks, and traditions. As your guide illuminates the Ksar’s storied past, you’ll uncover the strategic importance of Rissani, once a thriving desert hub. 

The intertwining alleyways and arched entrances speak of protection, community, and commerce. Discover intricately designed storage rooms where grains were safeguarded, ensuring the community’s sustenance.

Overnight: Erfoud

Day 9: Midelt via Ziz Valley

Ziz Valley, Morocco

The drive through the Ziz Valley offers one of Morocco’s most visually stunning landscapes. With fertile date palms lining the riverbed and dramatic cliffs framing the horizon, the valley unveils the unique juxtaposition of desert and oasis. As your guide unravels the tales of ancient caravans and trading routes on this 3 hour drive, feel the weight of history and nature converge in this breathtaking corridor.

Midelt’s Rich Agricultural Bounty

Nestled between the Middle and High Atlas mountain ranges, Midelt often goes unnoticed, yet it’s an agricultural wonder, known particularly for its apple orchards. 

Take a serene walk through these gardens, with the crisp mountain air invigorating your senses. Your guide will share insights into the unique cultivation methods and the significance of this town’s produce to Morocco’s culinary landscape.

Traditional Berber Handicrafts Exploration

Dive deep into Midelt’s artisan culture, renowned for its traditional Berber handicrafts, especially carpets and hand-woven textiles. Visit local workshops where intricate designs come to life, reflecting the soul of the Atlas. As artisans passionately explain their craft, you’ll gain appreciation for the patience and skills required to create each piece.

Overnight: Midelt

Day 10: Ifrane – The Moroccan Alpine Wonder

Ifrane, Morocco

Often dubbed the “Switzerland of Morocco,” Ifrane astonishes visitors with its unique Alpine architecture and feel, standing in stark contrast to the typical Moroccan townscape.

Azrou’s Cedar Forests Exploration

A short drive from Ifrane lies Azrou, home to the famous Cedar Forests. Here, nature enthusiasts are in for a treat. 

Wander amidst ancient cedars, some hundreds of years old, and if you’re lucky, spot the Barbary macaque monkeys playing in their natural habitat. As your guide narrates, learn about the ecological significance of this forest, its endemic flora and fauna, and the measures taken for its conservation.

The Craftsmanship of Azrou

End the day exploring Azrou’s craft heritage. The town is celebrated for its exquisite woodwork, particularly products made from cedar. 

Visit local artisans as they demonstrate the creation of ornate wooden boxes, furniture, and more. As you marvel at the intricate carvings, your guide will shed light on the symbols and stories that inspire these unique designs, leaving you with a profound appreciation for Moroccan craftsmanship.

Overnight: Ifrane

Day 11: Fes el Bali – The Ancient Medina

Bab Boujeloud in Fes el Bali medina Morocco

Venture into the heart of Fes el Bali, the world’s largest urban pedestrian zone and a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a 1.5 hour transfer with your private driver.

Al-Quaraouiyine University and Mosque

Founded in 859 AD, Al-Quaraouiyine holds the distinction of being the oldest continually operating educational institution in the world. 

With your guide, marvel at the institution’s ornate architecture, filled with meticulous tilework and ancient manuscripts. You’ll gain insights into its historical significance and the prominent scholars who once trod its halls, shaping the course of religious and academic pursuits.

The Tanneries of Fes

One of the city’s most iconic sights is its tanneries, where leather has been processed using traditional methods for centuries. 

Overlooking the vast array of dye-filled stone pits, take in the kaleidoscope of colors while your guide explains the intricate steps of the tanning process, from rawhide to vibrant leather goods. Though the aroma can be potent, this experience is a rare window into an age-old craft that remains largely unchanged.

Overnight: Fes

Day 12: Fes Exploration

Dar Batha Museum in Fez Medina, Morocco

Start your day atop the hills overlooking Fes at Borj Nord, one of the city’s historic fortresses. As you explore its battlements, enjoy panoramic views of the sprawling city below. 

A short walk away lie the Merenid Tombs, where the remnants of past sultans rest. Your guide will discuss the rise and fall of the Merenid dynasty, setting the stage for the day’s further explorations.

Dar Batha Museum

Situated in a former palace, the Dar Batha Museum is a testament to Moroccan artistry. Wander through rooms showcasing exquisite pottery, woodwork, and jewelry, all originating from Fes. 

The museum’s Andalusian garden offers a serene respite, with its orange trees and fountains. As you move from room to room, your guide will delve into the history and significance of each artifact, offering a holistic view of Fez’s cultural evolution.

The Royal Palace of Fes

Conclude your exploration with a visit to the Royal Palace, a sprawling complex showcasing the pinnacle of Moroccan design. 

While the interiors are not open to the public, the majestic golden gates and surrounding mosaic walls are sights to behold. As you marvel at its grandeur, your guide will paint a vivid picture of life within these walls and the historic events that have taken place here, rounding off your comprehensive exploration of Fes.

Overnight: Fes

Day 13: Meknes & Volubilis

Roman ruins of Volubilis, Morocco

Dive deep into Morocco’s imperial history by visiting the final resting place of one of its most influential sultans: Moulay Ismail. As you approach this grand mausoleum, your guide will illuminate the Sultan’s ambitions and accomplishments, which included making Meknes the capital of Morocco. Inside, witness a marvel of Moroccan art and architecture, with its zellige tilework, carved stucco, and cedar wood ceilings.

Medieval Granaries and Stables of Heri es-Souani

Discover the vast granaries and stables, a testament to Sultan Moulay Ismail’s vision. 

Designed to store grain and hay for 12,000 horses, this labyrinthine complex showcases the brilliance of ancient engineering. Wander through its thick walls, designed to keep the chambers cool, while your guide details the intricate systems that once sustained one of Morocco’s greatest cities.

Roman Ruins of Volubilis

Travel back even further in time at the ancient Roman city of Volubilis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

Stretching across a rolling landscape, these ruins once stood at the Roman Empire’s farthest reach. Marvel at mosaics, archways, and columns that speak to the city’s grandeur, as your guide recounts tales of daily life in this remote outpost and its eventual decline.

Day 14: Rabat

Hassan Tower, Rabat, Morocco

Upon entering Rabat, your first stop is the iconic Kasbah of the Udayas. This ancient fortress, with its blue and white alleyways, offers sweeping views of the Atlantic.

Alongside your private guide you will discover its maze-like streets, your guide will share stories of its Almohad origins, its Andalusian refugees, and the corsairs who once called this place home, revealing layers of history etched into its walls.

Mausoleum of Mohammed V

Situated in the heart of Rabat, the Mausoleum of Mohammed V is a masterwork of modern Alaouite dynasty architecture, with its white silhouette, green-tiled roof, and finely crafted zellige tilework. 

Inside, it houses the tombs of the Moroccan king and his two sons. As you wander the site, your guide will elucidate the significance of the mausoleum within Moroccan history and its role in the nation’s identity.

Chellah Necropolis

Conclude your 14 day Morocco tour at the ancient ruins of Chellah, an embodiment of Rabat’s multi-layered past. 

What was once a thriving Roman town called Sala Colonia became, in the Middle Ages, a Merenid necropolis. Wander amidst Roman roads, medieval battlements, and the remains of a mosque, as your guide weaves tales of the different civilizations that have left their mark here. The serenity of Chellah, coupled with its lush gardens and storks that nest atop the ancient walls, makes for a reflective end to your day’s adventure.

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