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Majestic Tour of Morocco – Riad Only


FROM £$ 3442

Private/Group Tour Highlights

  • Explore Casablanca's historic French quarter and witness the grandeur of the Hassan II Grand Mosque.
  • Discover the ancient Roman Ruins of Volubilis and the sacred town of Moulay Idriss.
  • Traverse the Sahara Desert and surf the sandy sea on a 4-WD Land Rover in Merzouga.
  • Wander through the iconic fortified village of Ait Ben Haddou, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Immerse yourself in the bustling Marrakech.
  • Enjoy a traditional sunrise camel ride along the golden sand dunes of Merzouga.
  • Experience a traditional Moroccan Hammam and Massage for complete relaxation.
  • Indulge in a gastronomic journey with a cooking class amidst the breathtaking Atlas Mountains.
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Tour Overview

A majestic journey through the enchanting landscapes and rich cultural tapestry of Morocco with our 9-day Riad Only tour. From the bustling streets of Casablanca to the ancient medinas of Fez and Marrakech, this itinerary promises an unforgettable experience immersed in history, tradition, and natural beauty. 

8-nights double or single rooms accommodation
Round trip transfers
Daily breakfast
Dinners in Merzouga and Ouarzazate
Farewell dinner in Marrakech
4x4 Transfer to the desert camp
Camel Ride in the desert
A/C transportation with English-speaking driver (fresh water available in the car)
National guide (starting 5 pax and more)
Entrance fees to monuments as mentioned in the itinerary
Full-day Guided city tour in Fez and Marrakech
Volubilis Guided tour (~1:15 hour)
Airports and hotels porterage
All taxes
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Package Price: From £$ 3442

Prices shown above are per person. Hotel categories do not adhere strictly to international ratings; Yampu has evaluated the hotels according to destination and availability. Prices include local airfare (where applicable), hotel accommodation including daily breakfast; all transfers with baggage handling, all guided tours in English and all entrance fees.

Please note that prices are subject to change based on availability and seasonality, especially during the holiday season from December 20th through January 5th each year. Please contact a Yampu Travel Specialist for more information on best times to travel.

Trip Type:

All our trips are operated on a private basis unless specified otherwise. This is only a sample itinerary; your Yampu Tour Consultant will personalize this trip for you according to your available dates, interests and type of hotels. This is your trip and we will work on making it perfect!

Tour Itinerary


Casablanca Airport – Rabat

Upon arriving in Casablanca, our local guide will be waiting for you and will lead you on a brief sightseeing tour of the city.

Morocco's largest metropolis and its industrial hub. Highlights include the old French quarter of Habous, beaches lapped by green-blue water, the Hassan II Grand Mosque (exterior visit) considered among the largest in the world, has a capacity of 25,000 worshipers. The mosque's minaret is the tallest religious structure in the world. After the tour, transfer along the coastline to Rabat for overnight.

The tour of Casablanca is for early arrivals only.

Travel time: 1 hour, 20 minutes. less


Rabat- Volubilis – Meknes – Fez

You will be met by your guide at your hotel for a short tour of Rabat, the capital of Morocco.

You will enjoy a short walk at the Mohammed V Mausoleum. Mosaics rise from the marble floor to a ceiling of gold leaf and hand-carved cedar wood, while the three ground-floor tombs are carved from white onyx. Next to the Mausoleum is the Hassan Tower, which is the towering minaret of the Hassan Mosque built in 1195. The morning ends with a visit of the Kasbah of the Udayas in Rabat’s Medina. This fortification is erected on a mountain, overlooking the ocean, and was constructed during the realm of the Almohads. Inside the Kasbah one can come across Andalusian gardens full of fountains, orange trees, flowers, and palms. Then on our way to Fez, we will explore the Roman Ruins of Volubilis and the sacred town of Moulay Idriss, Morocco's first Arab conquerors settlement, and Meknes. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure in this Imperial city and continue to Fez for overnight.

Travel time: 2 hours, 50 minutes. less


Fez City tour

Today is an all-day city tour of the spiritual capital of Morocco, Fez.

The first stop is the entrance of the biggest royal palace of Morocco. This palatial complex is located in the center of the Fez El-Jedid area and is surrounded by high walls with intricate and elaborate decorated ornamentations. The doors are bronze, and they shine like gold. The interior of the palace is not available to the public because the king of Morocco uses the complex when he visits Fez. We then continue the tour with a panoramic view of the medina, before venturing to the heart of the largest old souk in the world in the medieval center of Fez. The medina of Fez has not changed for centuries. Its narrow alleys house hundreds of merchants and craftsmen selling a range of products such as dates, fish, spices, copper urns, carpets, and musical instruments. One of the most interesting sites in Fez is the leather souk with the oldest leather tannery in the world. The tannery dates back nine centuries. In Fez, you will visit the Jamaa Al-Karaouine (the world’s first established university) and a Medersa (a Koranic school). In addition to the tannery, you will visit a clay workshop, the artisan quarters, and other souks.

You will be transferred back to your hotel for an overnight stay. less


Fez – Erfoud – Merzouga

Leaving

Leaving Fez in the morning, we drive through the Middle Atlas into the South with a break in the quiet French built alpine resort town of Ifrane.

We continue our journey while we enjoy the views of verdant cedar forests, volcanic mountains, wind-swept plains, spectacular gorges, and stony desert. We travel along the marvelous oasis of the Ziz Valley before arriving in Erfoud, port of entry to the Saharan dunes, located at the southern end of the Ziz Oasis. Known by the name of “the Gate of Sahara Desert”, Erfoud was built by the French around 1920 as an outpost and Foreign Legion stronghold. This frontier town on the Algerian border has a definite Wild West feel to it (in this case, Wild South). Fossilized bathtubs and moist-sweet dates are its current claims to fame. Then time to overland to Merzouga, the heart of the desert, and surf the sandy sea on a powerful 4-WD Land Rover. Dinner and overnight at the desert Camp.

Travel time: 7 hours, 50 minutes. less


Merzouga – Dades – Ouarzazate

Experience

Experience the breathtaking beauty of Merzouga with an early morning camel ride along its golden sand dunes, as the sun rises in the horizon.

Return for breakfast before driving to Tinghir via Rissani and Tinjdad. Tinghir is a gorgeous, 40km oasis, which boasts one of the largest palm groves in the country. Enjoy walking at the famous Todra Gorges, a 300m wall, carved deep into the High Atlas Mountains. Leave Tinghir heading to Dades and its charming valley. Stop there to take pictures then continue along to KelaatM’Gouna, a large village famous for cultivating roses. Expect to find many fine, rose-infused products there. Transfer to Ouarzazate, also known as the “Hollywood” of Morocco for dinner and overnight.

Travel time: 5 hours, 20 minutes. less


Ouarzazate – Ait Ben Haddou – Marrakech

Enjoy the city tour of Ouarzazate, beginning with the Taourirt Kasbah that is considered one of the most beautiful Kasbahs in the country, and the Film Studios (optional visit) where the most famous desert landscapes are being shot.

Continue to the spectacular fortress of Ait Ben Haddou, the iconic landscape immortalized in films such as Lawrence of Arabia, Gladiator and Game of Thrones among others. Leave Ait Ben Haddou crossing the High Atlas Mountains via the magnificent TizInTichka pass (2,262m) to Marrakech for overnight.

Travel time: 3 hours, 50 minutes. less


Marrakech City Tour

Enjoy the city tour of Marrakesh, the “Red City”, a majestic place filled with palaces, gardens, markets, and mosques.

Upon arrival, you will first stand by the Koutoubia Mosque with its 282 ft minaret, an architectural landmark dating back to the late 12th century. You will continue to the 19th century stunning Bahia Palace and discover the intricate work done by the local artisans to decorate this splendid home built by a powerful Vizir for his harem. The building includes one hundred and fifty rooms, countless courtyards and interior gardens, a veritable labyrinth of corridors, a Koranic school, hammams, a harem, stables.

From there we will start exploring artisan quarters and the colorful Souks to interact with the real life of Marrakech people. Continue to Dar El Bacha Museum of Confluences, built in 1910. It was the residence of Thami El Glaoui, named Pasha of Marrakech by Sultan Moulay Youssef in 1912. It is one of the medina's finest examples of Riad architecture, dripping with Moroccan Zellige (colorful geometric tilework), intricate white plasterwork and heavy carved cedar-wood lintels.

Before sunset we will be strolling in the square of which the city is so famed, Jemaa El Fna. Located at the entrance of the Medina, this triangular square is surrounded by restaurants, stands and public buildings, and provides everyday commercial activities and various forms of entertainment. It is a magical circus where fortune tellers, henna artists, fire eaters, snake charmers, dancing wild costumed monkeys, story tellers, hypnotic medicine-men, cross dressers, tooth pullers, musicians including real Gnaoua, and acrobats gather in a cacophonic feast. After the tour, head to your hotel to freshen up. When you are ready, transfer to a local restaurant to enjoy your dinner with entertainment. After dinner, back to your hotel for overnight. less



Day at leisure or wander on your own. You may want to sign in for one of the following optional activities:

Retreat at a modern Berber-style villa and Cooking Class

This retreat starts with a pickup from your hotel at 10AM by our English-speaking driver aboard a deluxe car for a 20-min. drive to the Valley of Ourika. Upon arrival at the entrance to the trail you will switch to a camel/donkey/mule -depending on availability for transfer to the Bennouna’s farm. A welcome drink is served by the Farm host, followed with a tour of the property that is surrounded by a spectacular décor with the Atlas Mountains in the background. Enjoy a 20-min. meditation on the roof of the farmhouse (yoga class optional upon request on your own expense). Light lunch will be served. A swimming pool is available for use (if season permits) and fresh drinks are at your disposal (extra charge for alcohol drinks and wine) or enjoy a breathtaking walk in the surroundings. We will start to prepare for the cooking class at 4PM. First, we pick up vegetables from the garden if season permits, then bring them to the kitchen to begin an immersed experience with the New York Times 3-stars Executive Chef. You will dine on the food you cooked. After dinner, witness the sunset on the terrace of the villa. Herbal tea or coffee will be served. Return to your hotel.

Traditional Hammam and Massage

A hammam is a traditional Moroccan Spa. Historically, the hammam was a public bathhouse for the locals to clean off the dirt and grime invariably accumulated after traveling through the desert. Today, the hammam still serves this purpose for the locals, and is brought to a higher level for the tourists. In the hammam, you will be submerged by a complete relaxation experience within an authentic oriental décor where you’ll be listening to your own body in an atmosphere filled with water, oils, essences and perfumes. Enjoy a 30-min. scrub done by expert hands with black soap or soothing spices eliminating toxins from your body. After Hammam, sway to the massage room where you will experience a 30-min. traditional Moroccan massage to eliminate tensions and gain energy and vitality. A tea is served in the relaxing room before you leave.

Cooking Class and Dinner

At 4PM, picked up at the hotel for a unique gastronomic experience, at The Bennounas Farm, in the Ourika Valley. The cooking class takes place on the terrasse of a modern Berber-style villa, in a spectacular setting with the Atlas Mountains in the background. The 3-stars New York Times Chef Azzeddine Bennouna and his wife Marie will greet you in their property where you will discover the secrets of the Moroccan cuisine. The food you prepare is served for dinner with a glass of wine. This activity includes a tour of the property with picking fresh produces from the garden if season permits; a traditional welcome tea session; a bread making demonstration done by a native Berber woman; and the preparation of a Moroccan dish. While the food is cooking, you are welcome to jump in the pool -if season permits! After dinner, back to your hotel for overnight. less


Marrakech Airport

After checking out at your hotel, you will be privately transferred to the airport for your return flight.

After checking out at your hotel, you will be privately transferred to the airport for your return flight.

Casablanca, Morocco

Rabat, Morocco

Volubilis Archeological Site, Meknes, Morocco

Meknes, Morocco

Fez, Morocco

Erfoud, Morocco

Merzouga, Morocco

Ouarzazate, Morocco

Aït Ben Haddou, Morocco

Marrakech, Morocco

Places You'll See

  • casablanca-morocco


    Sitting on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, Casablanca is the largest city in Morocco. It serves as a major port and business hub for the entire continent of Africa. Because of its strategic location, many companies have their headquarters here. Along with being the country’s main hub for business, Casablanca also is known for its busy “medinas”, attracting many different types of shoppers. The city’s renowned King Hassan II Mosque is a must-see!

  • Rabat

    As the capital city of Morocco, Rabat blends historic landmarks, cultural treasures, and modern amenities, offering travelers a fascinating glimpse into the country’s political, artistic, and intellectual heart. Explore the ancient medina, where narrow alleyways lead to bustling souks, hidden mosques, and historic hammams. Admire the grandeur of the Hassan Tower and the ornate mausoleum of Mohammed V, which stand as symbols of Rabat’s rich Islamic heritage. Stroll along the palm-lined boulevards of the Ville Nouvelle, where colonial-era architecture mingles with trendy cafes and boutiques. With its vibrant street life, thriving arts scene, and cosmopolitan charm, Rabat invites visitors to discover the dynamic spirit of modern Morocco.

  • Volubilis

    Once a thriving Roman outpost, Volubilis is now a UNESCO World Heritage site that offers visitors a fascinating glimpse into Morocco’s ancient past. Wander among the ruins of temples, basilicas, and triumphal arches, which stand as testaments to the city’s former glory. Admire the intricate mosaics that decorate the floors of wealthy Roman villas, depicting scenes from everyday life and classical mythology. Take in panoramic views of the surrounding countryside from the top of the Capitol, where the remains of the ancient city spread out before you in all their splendor. Whether you’re a history buff or simply a lover of breathtaking vistas, Volubilis promises a journey back in time to the golden age of the Roman Empire.

  • Meknes

    Once an imperial capital of Morocco, Meknes is a city steeped in grandeur and history, offering travelers a glimpse into Morocco’s rich architectural and cultural heritage. Explore the monumental gates and massive ramparts that surround the old city, which bear witness to Meknes’s former status as a center of power and prestige. Wander through the winding streets of the medina, where traditional craftsmen ply their trade and ancient souks brim with treasures. Marvel at the opulent palaces and mosques that adorn the cityscape, reflecting the splendor of Morocco’s bygone dynasties. With its majestic monuments and vibrant cultural scene, Meknes invites visitors to embark on a journey through the ages, where the past seamlessly blends with the present.

  • Fez

    Steeped in history and tradition, Fez is a mesmerizing city that invites travelers to step back in time and immerse themselves in Morocco’s rich cultural heritage. Explore the labyrinthine streets of the medina, where ancient mosques, madrasas, and palaces await around every corner. Lose yourself in the bustling souks, where artisans ply their trade and the air is filled with the aroma of spices and leather. Admire the intricate tilework and stucco decorations of the city’s historic monuments, which bear witness to Fez’s illustrious past as a center of Islamic civilization. Whether you’re savoring the flavors of traditional Moroccan cuisine or delving into the city’s vibrant arts scene, Fez offers a captivating journey through the soul of Morocco.

  • Erfoud

    Serving as the gateway to the Sahara Desert, Erfoud is a vibrant desert town that beckons adventurers with its exotic charm and intriguing cultural heritage. Explore the bustling streets lined with colorful market stalls, where you can sample exotic spices, handcrafted textiles, and local delicacies. Dive into the town’s rich history at the Fossil Museum, where you can marvel at ancient relics and learn about Erfoud’s geological wonders. Embark on a thrilling desert safari into the vast expanse of the Sahara, where you can ride camels across golden dunes, camp under the stars, and witness breathtaking sunsets over the desert horizon. With its blend of adventure and culture, Erfoud offers a truly immersive experience in Morocco’s legendary desert landscape.

  • Merzouga

    Situated on the edge of the Sahara Desert, Merzouga is a captivating desert town that lures travelers with its otherworldly landscapes and authentic Berber hospitality. Venture into the desert on a camel trek, where you can traverse towering sand dunes and camp under a blanket of stars. Experience the magic of sunrise and sunset over the endless sea of sand, as the colors of the desert shift and change with the light. Immerse yourself in Berber culture at a traditional desert camp, where you can savor delicious Moroccan cuisine, listen to mesmerizing music, and learn about age-old customs and traditions. With its surreal beauty and warm hospitality, Merzouga offers a truly unforgettable desert adventure.

  • Ouarzazate

    Nestled at the crossroads of the Sahara Desert and the Atlas Mountains, Ouarzazate is a captivating desert oasis that beckons travelers with its ancient kasbahs, rugged landscapes, and cinematic allure. Explore the fortified ksar of Ait Benhaddou, a UNESCO World Heritage site that has served as the backdrop for countless films and television shows. Marvel at the dramatic scenery of the Draa Valley, where lush palm groves and traditional Berber villages dot the desert landscape. Visit the Taourirt Kasbah, a sprawling fortress that offers insight into the region’s rich history and architectural heritage. Whether you’re tracing the footsteps of Hollywood legends or simply soaking in the stunning desert vistas, Ouarzazate promises an unforgettable journey through Morocco’s cinematic landscapes.

  • Marrakech

    Marrakech sits north of the foothills of the majestic Atlas Mountains and is one of Morocco’s four imperial cities. Marrakech has been referred to as “the red city” because many of the old buildings were built with red sandstone. The city has long been known as a popular trading destination and is now visited by tourists for its authentic markets and vendors. Marrakech still has a very traditional old town but modern neighborhoods have also emerged alongside these historic areas. Marrakech is one of the largest economic centers in the country and a very popular tourist destination.

Hotel Options

4 Star Properties

Rabat : Riad Zyo

Fez : Dar Anebar

Merzouga : Madu Camp

Ouarzazate : Riad Ouarzazate

Marrakech : Riad Azoulay

5 Star Properties

Rabat : Riad Kalaa 1

Fez : Riad Salam

Merzouga : Merzouga Luxury Camp

Ouarzazate : Temple Des Arts

Marrakech : Riad El Maha

Luxury Properties

Rabat : Euphoriad

Fez : Riad Fes

Merzouga : Desert Luxury Camp

Ouarzazate : OZ Palace

Marrakech : Villa des Orangers


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