• Ultimate Morocco

  • Ultimate Morocco

  • Ultimate Morocco

  • Ultimate Morocco

From bustling cities to tranquil desert vistas to breathtaking mountains, see it all on this grand tour of Morocco.

Days: 14| From: $10,750/per person

  • Includes accommodations at best-in-class hotels and charming, luxurious riads
  • Travel with an expert private guide in a comfortable vehicle all your own
  • Journey through history and natural beauty on a series of curated private excursions

Experience bustling imperial cities full of ancient culture and art, empty desert landscapes stretching to the horizon, and achingly beautiful mountains where you can get away from it all. This grand tour covers all the corners of this magnificent country. Enjoy a range of private tours and excursions curated to your interests and truly get to know spectacular Morocco.

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At a glance

  • Rabat
    1 night: Arrive to the laid-back coastal capital and spend the night inside the peaceful, whitewashed Medina.
  • Fez
    2 nights: Explore this ancient walled city with your private guide, from breathtaking viewpoints to the most intimate corners of the souk where traditional crafts thrive and time slows down.
  • Ifrane
    1 night: Spend a night in the cedar forests and lush nature of the Middle Atlas Mountains.
  • Sahara Desert
    1 night: Lose yourself in the towering red dunes of the Sahara. Explore this sea of sand by camel as you watch the sunset in meditative silence. Share stories by the fire and gaze up at the stars from your luxury desert camp.
  • Skoura: Valley of the Kasbahs
    2 nights: Venture to the Valley of the Kasbahs, learn about Berber culture, visit the Rose Valley, and explore a slower pace of life in the famous Oasis of Skoura.
  • High Atlas Mountains
    3 nights: Explore the ancient Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou as you make your way into the mountains. Unwind at your luxury eco lodge as you take in the views of the Ourika Valley. Embrace mountain life as you join a local family for lunch and explore of a series of breathtaking hikes.
  • Marrakesh
    3 nights: Head down the mountain to the Red City, a haven for art, design, and culture. Explore with your private guide, sample local cuisine, and discover a world of markets, fine dining, museums and gardens.

  • All itineraries are fully customizable. We will send you a personalized variation that reflects your interests and travel dates at no extra cost. Call to discuss your travel plans with one of our Specialists who know this region firsthand.

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Sample itinerary

Day 1:

Welcome to Morocco; Casablanca to Rabat

Arrive to Casablanca, where your private guide will be waiting to whisk you away to the laid-back coastal capital, Rabat. This city is a mix of modern and ancient, and moves at a slower pace than the rest of the country. Unwind at your boutique riad, and enjoy dinner on the roof or a dip in the pool as you are introduced to Morocco.

Accommodations: Euphoriad

This luxurious boutique hotel has 8 rooms and suites, a rooftop infinity pool on the panoramic terrace, a spa and an exceptional restaurant, all housed in the former residence of the Pasha de Rabat. Traditional Moroccan craftsmanship mixes with contemporary furniture and designer pieces; a subtle blend that is sure to seduce your senses during your stay.

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 2:

Moulay Idriss and Roman Ruins on the way to Fez

Hit the road with your private guide. Watch the landscape transform as you leave the Atlantic coast and venture into picturesque hills and endless olive groves on your way to Fez. Pause for a spectacular lunch in the hillside town of Moulay Idriss. In the afternoon, step back in time with a visit to the ancient ruins of Volubilis and marvel at the intricate mosaics left behind in this stronghold of Rome. In the late afternoon you arrive to Fez and your luxurious boutique riad, nestled in the heart of the ancient Medina.

Accommodations: Karawan Riad, 2 nights

This beautifully restored boutique riad is located in the Andalous Quarter of the Fez Medina. Comprising just seven spacious guest suites situated around a traditional courtyard, each room has its own unique design that combines modern touches with traditional charm. Lavish common areas and a rooftop bar with panoramic views offer plenty of space to relax and enjoy your time here.

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 3:

Explore Fez

Explore winding souks and sample the freshest food as you pass by a stall that catches your fancy. Stop for a steaming cup of mint tea, and get a sense of daily life as you watch the world go by and chat with friendly locals. Gaze out at the walled city from a hilltop fort, wander the unique Mellah, and see how architecture and culture are intertwined. Visit the world-famous tanneries, still using ancient methods, tucked away in a hidden courtyard. Opt for a cooking class, or wind down at the end of your day with a relaxing traditional Hammam spa experience at your hotel.

Accommodations: Karawan Riad, 2 nights

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 4:

A change of scenery in the Middle Atlas

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Ascend to the plateaus of the Middle Atlas Mountains. The dry landscape gives way to towering cedar forests and colorful poplars, shimmering lakes, and snowcapped peaks. You may spot the elusive Barbary Macaque monkeys that call these forests home.

Accommodations: Michlifen Resort & Spa

This resort, nestled in the Middle Atlas Mountains, is a unique and unexpected luxury experience, akin to an Alpine chalet. Michlifen means “snowflake,” a nod to the snowcapped mountains that surround it. With sweeping views, spacious and inviting suites, and a range of activities on offer, this is the ideal place to experience Morocco's cooler climate. Located in Ifrane between Fez and Meknes, the majestic mountains here are covered with evergreen, oak and cedar forests, fertile land and crystal-clear lakes. It is a landscape completely different to the rest of the country, and one where you can pause as you get to know Morocco in depth.

*Includes: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 5:

Along the road in Morocco

Strike out on a classic Moroccan road trip. Departing early, make your way south from the mountains and forests of Ifrane to the stark red dunes of the Sahara desert. It is almost impossible to imagine that in a day’s journey you could see such a varied landscape. Slowly the views change from mountains to desert, dotted with palm oases and rocky valleys. Drive along the Ziz valley, known for its production of dates and its abundant fossils, until you reach the outpost town of Merzouga. Here, climb in your 4X4 Jeep as you head into the desert with a local expert guide.

Stop for tea at a nomad camp and learn how the ingenious people live in this inhospitable-seeming landscape, then head further off road to your luxury camp for the evening. Camels wait to carry you further in, to a place where you can watch the sun set in complete meditative quiet as you reflect on your journey. In the evening, sit around the fire as you are treated to dinner and traditional Gnawa music that tells a story of ancient peoples through its enchanting rhythms.

Accommodations: Madu Luxury Desert Sahara Camp

Madu Luxury Desert Camp is hidden among the quiet and idyllic sand dunes of Erg Chebbi in the Sahara desert, and is the perfect glamping getaway to experience this extreme landscape with all the comforts of home. Just ten tents, each with a glass front, offer unspoiled views of the dunes, while comfortable beds and a lounge area give you plenty of places to relax in the heat of the day. Sit around the fire or in one of the many private seating areas around camp. Enjoy an evening of rhythmic Gnawa music, after you explore by camelback for sunset.

*Includes: All Inclusive

Day 6:

From the Dunes to the Oasis

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As the sun rises over the dunes the journey continues. Make your way out of the desert and head for the famous Skoura Oasis. This island of palm trees, ringed by distant mountains, is home to an impressive array of agriculture, traditional family kasbahs, and a gentle pace of life. Relax in one of the many secluded corners of the incredible garden at your boutique hotel as you unwind before dinner.

Accommodations: L’Ma Lodge, 2 nights

This small boutique lodge is owner-operated, with exquisite attention to detail. Set in a vast, lush garden, there are multiple hidden seating areas overflowing with chairs and cushions, ideal for relaxation. A heated pool, playground and small animal sanctuary complete the huge garden area, and a gorgeous central dining room complete with floating fireplace for cool desert nights offers an ideal place to enjoy an exotic fusion of Moroccan and Mediterranean food. A rooftop terrace offers 360 degree views of the High Atlas Mountains.

*Includes: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 7:

Palm Groves and Kasbahs

Enjoy the tranquility at your boutique hotel, take a guided walk around the oasis, or visit a local potter and try your hand at a traditional craft passed down from generation to generation. Go for a hike, picnic by the river, or visit some of the nearby gorges with your guide.

Accommodations: L’Ma Lodge, 2 nights

*Includes: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 8:

Over the pass to the High Atlas Mountains

Enjoy a dramatic change of scenery as you travel from the desert to the mountains. Get to know Morocco as you witness real life along the way, climbing mountain passes, dodging donkey carts, and slowing down to drive carefully through a bustling market day. Along the way, stop to see the iconic UNESCO Heritage Ait Ben Haddou, one of the best-preserved Kasbahs in the world and the site of several famous films. Wind your way through the ancient streets and take in the surrounding views.

In the afternoon, check into your luxury boutique accommodation in the High Atlas Mountains, then catch the sunset at you gaze out over the entire Ourika valley. Depending on the season, take a refreshing dip in the pool or curl up by the fire as you settle in.

Accommodations: Kasbah Bab Ourika, 2 nights

Set at the mouth of the stunning Ourika Valley in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco, this stylish boutique hotel has panoramic views across green fields, fruit trees, and olive groves to distant and dramatic snowy mountain peaks. Each uniquely decorated room has a private terrace from which to soak in the views, a true retreat from the fast-paced cities below. Combining modern touches with traditional décor, the result is breathtakingly sumptuous suites where you can enjoy the scenery in the utmost luxury.

*Includes: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 9:

Explore the High Atlas Mountains

Scenery of Forests  in the Kabylia Hills in  North Africa near the Djurdjura range of the Atlas Mountains.

Spectacular alpine landscapes await outside your door this morning. Venture out for a guided hike through beautiful scenery, and breathe deep in the fresh mountain air. Stop for lunch at the rural home of a local family, where you will be welcomed with traditional tea and snacks and a hearty lunch. Spend the afternoon at leisure enjoying your luxury accommodations and gorgeous surroundings.

Accommodations: Kasbah Bab Ourika, 2 nights

*Includes: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 10:

On the road to Marrakesh

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Depart for the Red City of Marrakesh, nestled in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains. Once a famed imperial city, today Marrakesh is a bustling, modern metropolis. From the thriving food stalls and performers of Djemaa El Fna square to the hushed palaces and tranquil Marjorelle gardens, this city has something to suit all interests. The ancient souks of the medina are a network of winding lanes and shops just begging to be explored.

Accommodations: L’Hotel Marrakesh, 3 nights

This historic boutique riad is located in the heart of the Old Medina of Marrakesh, just minutes from the famed Jemaa el Fna Square. Originally part of a palace, today it comprises just five beautifully-appointed suites surrounding a tranquil courtyard. Harkening back to 1930s glamor, this riad features a curated collection of art, unique furniture, and textiles, to create an atmosphere of home while maintaining exceptional personalized service and serving delicious contemporary food. This unique riad is the ideal retreat from the busy streets of the city.

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 11:

Marrakesh Medina

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Dive into the hidden beauty of Marrakesh with your private guide. Wander the narrow alleys of the Medina, encountering hidden squares and markets in this impossible-seeming warren of activity. Visit the leather, brass, carpet, straw and spice areas with your expert guide. You may also opt to explore the El-Bahia Palace, known for its ornate tiles and peaceful courtyards, or to take in the history of the Saadia Tombs. See the secret garden, the Museum of Photography and the 12th century Koutoubia Mosque, and sample exquisite local cuisine.

Accommodations: L’Hotel Marrakesh, 3 nights

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 12:

Get lost in the beauty of Marrakesh

Stroll through the tranquil Marjorelle Gardens built by Pierre Berger, partner of Yves Saint Laurent. Inside, witness a maze of cactus and bamboo, as well as the villas where these famed designers lived, painted a striking shade of blue. Visit the fascinating Berber Museum and Yves Saint Laurent museum, a shrine to his work and life in Morocco.

In the afternoon enjoy a wander through the souks, traditional marketplaces where herbalists, spice sellers, metal workers, tanners, and food vendors ply their wares in narrow, winding streets. Relax in a traditional Hammam spa, or enjoy some Moroccan tea in the comfort of your riad’s rooftop oasis.

Accommodations: L’Hotel Marrakesh, 3 nights

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 13:

Farewell Morocco

Bid farewell to Morocco as your guide takes you to Marrakesh or Casablanca Airport to connect with your international flight home.

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Popular Ways to Customize This Itinerary

  • Opt to have an additional two days in the 18th century city of Essourira, and stay at the wonderful Heure Bleue Palais hotel.

  • Choose from a carefully-curated selection of traditional, luxury riads and boutique hotels to ensure this trip fits your travel style and budget.

  • Book a ride in a hot air balloon or vintage Russian side car in the High Atlas Mountains for a truly unique view.

  • Include some downtime for rest and relaxation! Adding free time along the way to unwind or have a massage will allow you to feel refreshed and ready for the remainder of your trip. Many of our properties include excellent traditional Hammam spas or wellness centers.

  • Mix and match with other cities, experiences and iconic locations in Morocco to tailor your trip perfectly.

  • Contact us to learn about more options for designing and customizing your trip.

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