Cultural Crossroads of Morocco Tour

Travel to Morocco. Embark on our cultural crossroads of Morocco tour.

Visit the highlights of Marrakech, Rabat and Casablanca. In addition, visit several Berber villages. Meet the diverse people who make this country so exotic.

Like many North African towns, Marrakech (aka “the Red City”) is divided into two distinct parts. The Gueliz is the modern French-built city. The Medina is the Old City.

Visit historical monuments, the Jewish quarter and the bustling labyrinth of souks of Marrakech. Stroll the festive main plaza called Jamaâ El Fna Square where we enjoy local open-air entertainment.

Explore both Islamic and Jewish cultural sites.  The mellah of Marrakech (Jewish Quarter) and the picturesque ancient Jewish city of Sefrou pre-date Fes by a thousand years.

Mingle with the indigenous Berbers in the 14th century village of Bhalil. Here the nomadic people lived in caves while searching for herbs.

An excursion to the green valley of the Ourika River with small red adobe Berber villages hanging on the slopes will enchant you.

Cross the pass of Tizi n’Tichka (2260m), the highest road pass in Morocco. Visit the UNESCO Site of Ait Ben Haddou, a well-preserved Kasbah that has been used as a backdrop for many Hollywood blockbusters.

The drives offer spectacular and diverse landscapes. Travel across the cedar forests, picturesque scenery of the Middle Atlas Mountains, the Ziz Gorge, the impressive sand dunes of the Sahara Desert and the beautiful Valley of 1000 Kasbahs.

The tour culminates in the relaxing coast town of Essaouira. The medina of Essaouira is a UNESCO World Heritage listed city, as an example of a late-18th century fortified town.

Enjoy exotic Morocco!

Morocco Tour Highlights

  • Discover the cultural diversity of Arabs, Berbers and Jews, with a French twist
  • Explore the bustling souks of ancient Fes, Rabat and Marrakech
  • Enjoy scenic drives across the stunning Atlas Mountains dotted with Berber villages
  • Relax in the charming town of Essaouira

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Local man resting in the Rabat medina

  • 1
    Day 1-3 : Marrakech

    Walking tour of the old medina, the mellah (Jewish Quarter), Jamaâ El Fna Square. Excursion to The Ourika Valley

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    Day 4-5: Marrakech-Atlas Mountains-Quarzazate-Skoura

    Travel over the Tizi n'Tichka Pass (2260m); visit UNESCO Site of Ait Ben Haddou; tour Ouarzazate including the 17th century Kasbah Taouririt.

    We take the road of a thousand Kasbahs where each of the oasis towns can boast their own distinctive character and overnight at the oasis of Skoura. In Skoura we go with our host to the market for ingredients to make our traditional Moroccan lunch. Later we visit a local NGO aiming for the development of the village.

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    Day 6: Rose Valley - Todra Gordes - Merzougha

    We drive through the fascinating Rose Valley to the marvelous Valley of Toudgha inhabited by the Berber population. In Tinghir, we join a local family for lunch. In the village of Elkhorbat, we visit the Berber Museum.

    Passing by Erfoud, our adventure continues through arid desert plains that lead us to Merzouga. We transfer by jeeps to reach our luxury camp of Bedouin tents, nestled in between the sand dunes.

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    Day 7: Merzougha - Middle Atlas - Ziz Valley - Fès

    The journey to Fès takes us across the Middle Atlas. We'll pass the beautiful Ziz Valley as well as other small villages with magnificent mud houses.

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    Day 8-9: Fès

    One full day in-depth visit of Fès. The next day an excursion to the small 14th century village of Bhalil, where nomadic Berbers live in caves. We will meet one family and be invited to tea inside their cave.

    We'll visit the picturesque ancient Jewish city Sefrou on the return to Fès.

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    Day 10: Fes - Meknes - Volublis - Chefchaquen

    Today we travel to Meknès, continue to the holy town of Moulay Idriss Zerhoune and then visit Volubilis, the largest and best preserved Roman archaeological site in Morocco with well-preserved floor mosaics (UNESCO World Cultural Heritage).

    Stroll through the narrow streets of the old town of Chefchaouen and enjoy the combination of the Andalusian flair and oriental tradition, created by the many Muslims who were driven out from Andalusia.

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    Day 11-12: Rabat

    We depart to Rabat, the capital of Morocco. Visit the Kasbah des Oudayas,the Necropolis of Chellah and the Center for Cross-Cultural Learning.

    An excursion to Salé -the sister city across the river, known for its pottery.

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    Day 13: Casablanca - El Jadida

    We drive along the beautiful Ain Diab Corniche; tour the Hassan II Mosque and visit the Place des Nations Unis and Habous Quarter.

    In the afternoon, we drive one hour to the Portuguese City of Mazagan (El Jadida).

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    Day 14-15: Essaouira

    Enjoy a leisurely pace, browsing traditional handicrafts and observing daily life in this sweet coastal town.The medina of Essaouira is a UNESCO World Heritage listed city, as an example of a late-18th century fortified town.

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    Day 16: Marrakech

    On the return to Marrakech we visit a local women's argan oil cooperative. Then lunch at and a tour of the Vineyard Val D'Argan

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    Day 17: Depart
  • Trip Length

    17-day trip begins and ends in Marrakech

  • Dates

    April 22-May 8 & October 4-20, 2023

  • Land Cost

    2023: $4490 per person based on minimum 4 people; Single Room Supplement: $1200

  • Accommodations

    5 nights in 4/5-star hotels
    11 nights riads (heritage guesthouses)

  • Group Size

    6-12 guests

  • Included Meals

    All breakfasts, 14 lunches, 3 dinners

  • Duration

    17 days

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