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Morocco itinerary 9 days, desert & imperial cities

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9 days 8 nights

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Overview

Morocco itinerary 9 days takes you on an adventure to discover the real treasures of Morocco. the tour includes the main top attractions of Morocco.

During this tour, you will discover the diverse geography of Morocco, the medieval kasbahs, and old cities that have stepped back in time and watch the world change. In addition,  you will experience one thousand and one night in the desert.

The tour mixes culture with adventure and allows you to see the maximum of places in a short time.

Why you should book 9 days Morocco itinerary?

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If it’s your first time in Morocco and have only 9 days, this tour is for you.

The tour starts at Casablanca which is situated in the middle west of Morocco. Therefore, you can head over Rabat, Chefchaouen, and Fez which are scattered along the itinerary forming a circle. As a result, the time spent in the car is reduced and you don’t need to travel back and forth.

Also, Casablanca holds the major airport in Morocco. That’s to say all the major international flights make Casablanca as their main direction. It is easy therefore to find cheap flights to this city.

Nonetheless, the tour includes all the imperial cities of Morocco namely, Rabat, Meknes, Fez, and Marrakech. You will visit all these destinations with our local guide.

Also, the tour includes Chefchaouen which is one of the best cities in Morocco. There are many nicknames for this city, some call it “the pearl of Morocco” while others name it “Instagram city.” The city was visited by many Instagrammers and it is one of the trending Instagram locations in the world.

Indeed, the tour includes the Desert of Merzouga where you will have adventures like trekking camels, camping, discovering nomad’s lifestyle, and meeting Berber locals. You will dance and sing Berber songs, you will eat traditional food or what is called Medfouna. In fact, you will discover another side of Morocco, which is not shown in public media.

Best places for Morocco itinerary 9 days.

In 9 days itinerary, we included the top attractions in Morocco. All the major destinations are included in the itinerary so that to make the tour unforgettable. Here we are presenting only the top of the top.

Marrakech, top 6th best destination in 2020

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The city of Marrakech will bring all your senses to a boil, especially if you stay in a Riad in the central square of Jemaa el Fna.

In Marrakech,  don’t miss the magnificent minaret of the Koutoubia Mosque and the El Badi Palace.

El Badi Palace constructed in the 16th century and today is gradually turning into ruins. However, it is still extremely beautiful and impressive.

Also, head over the Medersa Ben Youssef, a Koranic school with sumptuous architecture which was also built in the 16th century.

Nonetheless, you cannot leave  Marrakech without going to one of its famous souks, but beware, you will have to haggle (or buy everything at a high price, that’s the rule!). The very popular night markets are often made up of stalls of different Moroccan foods: the ideal place for a local feast!

Good to know: around the Jemaa el Fna square, you will find many buildings housing restaurants, bars and cafes with panoramic terraces. Sit back, enjoy a cup of tea while admiring the Atlas, and watch the crowds below, the snake charmers and acrobats performing an exotic and entertaining spectacle.

Fez, the oldest surviving city in the world

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Fez was the capital of Morocco for a long time before Rabat took its place.

The Medina of Fez is the largest and oldest in the country. Its small alleys, its street vendors and the excitement of the place represent a unique experience!

Don’t be afraid to haggle, especially if you go out of season (fewer tourists, sellers are more inclined to negotiate). Also, as in any souk, the less you seem interested in an article, the more likely you will get a discount …

You will enjoy Fez for sure. The places to fisit include tanneries, Royal Palace, Boujloud Gate, and many more. Be ready for a discovery of the medieval ages. Along with its narrow streets, you will see only old artisanal invading the place. craftsmen producing craft using 11th-century methods.

Be ready for an adventure.

Chefchaoun, Instagram city

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Located in the hills of the Rif, Chefchaouen enjoys a particularly relaxed atmosphere. All the buildings of the center are painted in a superb and restful shade of pale blue/lavender. Such a thing that gives an atmosphere at the same time very Zen and a little surreal to the city…

The city is also known for the production of leather, which explains why many shops offer very beautiful bags, shoes, and leather sandals at an affordable price.

Be sure to visit the small abandoned church that sits at the top of the hill and from there admire the breathtaking view of the city.

The Sahara Desert, Camel trekking and Berber adventure

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If you travel to Morocco, you must see the desert of Merzouga. The Desert forms the large dunes which atteint 150m high. They offer beautiful scenery and a romantic view.

Merzouga offers many adventures to its visitors. For sure, the first adventure starts when you trek camels for almost 1 hour. The camels will take you to camps located in the middle of nowhere where you will camp for a night.

It’s an exotic but beautiful experience.

Cinema Locations in Morocco.

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The two main locations popular for Hollywood production include Ait Benhaddou and Ouarzazate. Ait Benhaddou listed as the UNESCO world heritage site and Ouarzazate hold the biggest cinema studios in the world. It occupies a space of more than 25 miles.

These two places have been used as a backdrop for international cinematic productions including the Game of Thrones, Gladiator, Cleopatra, Star Wars

Indeed, here we listed only a few best locations that we will visit on the tour. Nonetheless, the tour includes other major locations like Volubilis, which was a thriving city during the Roman empire, Meknes, another imperial city of Morocco, Casablanca, and Rabat.

In the developed itinerary, you will find all the attractions and the chronological order of the program.

Morocco itinerary 9 days alternatives

Morocco itinerary 9 days includes all the major attractions in Morocco; however, some travelers looking for more adventures or comfort may have some other requirements.

As a result, anyone can customize this tour. We offer here some suggestions that may interest you.

Include Essaouira in the itinerary,

The locations visited in 9 days Morocco itinerary are interesting; however, Essaouira is considered among the best locations in Morocco.

Why Essaouira?

Essaouira stands as a city at the crossroads of civilizations which makes it a beloved place for artists. It has been influenced by the Phoenicians, Amazighs, Arabs, and later by Spanish, and Portuguese. This gave Essaouira a unique charm that you will enjoy during your visit.

10 days Tour starting in Casablanca

10 days from Casablanca offers a similar itinerary that you will enjoy. It includes the same locations plus Essaouira. Therefore, you don’t need to make any customization.

Check 10 Days Tour to the Desert & Imperial Cities

12 days tour Desert and imperil cities

Have more time in Morocco, let enjoy more locations. 12 days itinerary allows you to spend more time in some places. Therefore, you will spend more time discovering and less time in the car.

Check 12 Days Tour to the Desert & Imperial Cities

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Ride camels and camp in the Desert
  • Wander in the blue-washed city of Chefchaouen
  • Discover the ancient Roman ruins in Volubilis
  • Feed and take pictures with wild monkeys
  • Discover the oldest surviving city in the world, Fez
  • Explore exotic markets and souks of Morocco
  • Wander in Marrakech and visit Jamaa El Fna

Itinerary

Day 1: Casablanca - Rabat
Day 1: Casablanca - Rabat

Morocco itinerary 9 days starts at Casablanca.

Arrival at Casablanca International Airport, where we will meet you and drive to Casablanca and Rabat, the capital of Morocco.

In Casablanca, you will see the Hassan II Mosque, the largest outside Mecca, and experience the coastal seaside, Cornwall. Then we will leave to Rabat. Here, you will see the Hassan Tower and the Oudayas Kasbah, before entering your Riad in the medina. Night at Riad or Hotel

Day 2: Rabat - Chefchaouen
Day 2: Rabat - Chefchaouen

The second day of your Morocco itinerary takes you to Chefchaouen.

After breakfast, you’ll visit Roman and Islamic ruins, the 20th-century Andalusian Gardens, and Hassan Tower, a 12th-century minaret.

After around 4 hours, you reach Chefchaouen and you will be impressed by the majestic view along the way. You arrive to Chefchaouen in the evening. Overnight at your Riad in Chefchaouen.

Day 3: Chefchaouen - Volubilis - Meknes - Fez
Day 3: Chefchaouen - Volubilis - Meknes - Fez

On the third day of our Morocco itinerary 9 days, we will head to Fez.

The drive involves multiple stops along the way especially in Meknes and Volubilis.

Volubilis is a great landmark in Morocco. It was founded by the Berber people in the 3rd century BC. After the fall of Carthage, the city became part of Mauretania. However, in 25 BC, King Juba II was placed on the throne and began building his royal capital at Volubilis.

After Volubilis we will head to Meknes, which is another imperial city of Morocco. We will enjoy a guided tour in the old medina. We will explore the best tourist sites, including the door of Bad Mansour and the mausoleum of Moulay Ismail.

After lunch, we will head to Fez for a night in a riad in the medina.

Day 4: Fez guided tour
Day 4: Fez guided tour

Breakfast in your riad, then start a tour of the Medina where you will visit many hidden treasures that only the locals know.

Fez has been the capital of Morocco for over 350 years and is home to the University of Al Karaouine, the oldest university in the world. Your guided tour will take you to Moulay Idriss mausoleum, the Nejjarine Fountains, and the Tanneries.

After lunch, you can see the outside of the Royal Palace and walk through the famous Jewish quarter "Mellah", where you will have the opportunity to visit one of the few synagogues of life in Morocco. Your visit to Fez includes a short visit to the famous ceramic factory, then you can enjoy a panoramic view of the entire medina.

In the afternoon we will go to the new city for a drink. Overnight at your RIAD.

Day 5: Fez - Azrou - Midlet - Ziz Valley - Merzouga.
Day 5: Fez - Azrou - Midlet - Ziz Valley - Merzouga.

After breakfast in your Riad, you will go south-east following the caravan route to Merzouga.

During this trip, you will experience a glimpse of the Middle Atlas and the upper Atlas Mountains. Stop at the cedar forest, the largest in Morocco, on the mountains of the Middle Atlas, where you can see the barbarian monkeys.

after lunch, in Midelt, you will continue through the large open desert, and notice how the landscape changes to reveal hints of the desert as you approach the city Errachidia. Your journey continues along the lush Ziz Valley and the Tafilalet palm grove, famous for the culture of the date.

This area is the foundation of the Alaouite dynasty - the current royal family in Morocco. You will arrive in Merzouga at the end of the afternoon.

Another journey will start as you ride your camels that will take you to spend your night in the desert. At night, you will eat Berber food and dance under Berber music.

Day 6: Merzouga - Todra Gorges - Dades Gorges
Day 6: Merzouga - Todra Gorges - Dades Gorges

Early in the morning, your camel guide will wake you up to watch the sun rising. Maybe it's the best sunrise in your life.

Then, After breakfast at the camp, you will trek camels to the village of Merzouga. En route, you might not fail to appreciate the unique and spectacular beauty of the sand dunes of "Chebbi" - in the changing light of day.

Later, we drive to Tinghir, and Todra gorges - the tallest and narrowest gorges in Morocco.

After lunch at the heart of the gorges, we will drive through the Dades Valley, where you will see the majestic sand castles and the amazing rock formations known as "monkey toes".

Overnight will be in at your hotel overlooking the Dades valley. Dinner & breakfast included.

Day 7: Dades Valley - Ait Ben Haddou - Marrakech.
Day 7: Dades Valley - Ait Ben Haddou - Marrakech.

After breakfast at the hotel, we drive through the Dades Valley to Kalaat Mgouna and Ouarzazate.

The road through the Dades Valley is the path of a thousand Casbahs - providing plenty of opportunities to take some of the best pictures.

We will stop at Kalaat Mgouna, "the pink city", then in Ait Ait Ben Haddou before we continue our Morocco itinerary 9 days to Marrakech. 

Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou was built by Et Hami El Glaoui, one of the last Berber leaders during the 18th century. After visiting the Kasbah, your journey will continue through the twisty itinerary of Tizi n'Tichka (2260m) on the High Atlas.

By the evening, you arrive to Marrakech. Overnight at your hotel in close to Jamaa El Fna.

Day 8: Marrakech guided tour.
Day 8: Marrakech guided tour.

After breakfast in your RIAD, you can enjoy a guided morning tour of Marrakech, "the red city of Morocco". Your guide will ensure that you see all the sites with historical values and cultural interests, including the Minaret Koutoubia, the Saadian tombs, the beautiful Bahia Palace and Ben Youssef Koranic school.

through the alleys - get a chance to admire all the different artisans of the medina exercising their trades before arriving at the famous Jamaa El Fna square.

Lunch in a restaurant near the square. Then in the afternoon visits the Majorelle Gardens, and a quick tour of Gueliz - the new city of Marrakech.

Later, after dinner, you will have the opportunity to walk through the Jama El Fna square entertained by magicians, storytellers, tooth pullers, and food vendors.

Overnight will be at your riad.

Day 9: End of 9 days Morocco itinerary
Day 9: End of 9 days Morocco itinerary

Today, your Morocco itinerary 9 days from Casablanca comes to end. Our driver will check for your flight details and comes to transfer you to the airport.

We hope that you enjoyed Morocco and you had great memories with us.

Included/Excluded

  • Fuel & parking
  • Local guides
  • Multilingual driver/guide
  • Pick up and drop off from Airport/Hotel/Riad
  • Comfortable air-conditioned 4×4/minibus vehicle
  • 2 dinners in the desert
  • Breakfasts
  • Flight tickets & visa
  • Entrance tickets to monuments and museums
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips to guide and driver (optional)

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