7 Day Morocco Tour Itinerary
How to spend 7 days in Morocco
A 7 day tour of Morocco itinerary is the perfect way to experience the lush culture, stunning architecture, and exotic cuisine that this North African country has to offer.
From visits to the captivating cities of Marrakech, and Fez, to enjoying an afternoon camel trekking in the Saharan Desert, our 7 day itinerary offers the best of Morocco for you, and don’t miss out on trying local delicacies like couscous, tagines, and pastilla – you won’t regret it!
Day 1: Arrival in Marrakesh
After arriving at Marrakesh Menara Airport, you will be met by your private driver, who will take you to your hotel located in the heart of the city.
Once you are suitably rested, your private guide will be waiting for you as you begin your guided tour of the city, starting with the historic market square of Djemaa el Fna.
Visiting Djemaa el Fna Market
Djemaa el Fna is a historic market square located in the heart of Marrakesh, Morocco. It is a bustling hub of activity and a must-visit destination for anyone visiting the city. The square is surrounded by food stalls, street performers, snake charmers, and henna tattoo artists, offering a sensory overload of sights, sounds, and smells.
The market square is also home to several traditional Moroccan food stalls where visitors can sample a variety of local dishes, including tangines, kebabs, and fresh juices. The colorful atmosphere and lively energy of the square make it a popular gathering place for locals and tourists alike.
In the evening, you will enjoy a traditional Moroccan dinner at a local restaurant, experiencing the delicious flavors and spices of Moroccan cuisine. After dinner, you will return to your hotel to rest and prepare for the next day’s adventures.
Day 2: Private Tours of Marrakesh
Today your private guide will collect you from your accommodation in the morning as you set off to experience the top destinations in Marrakesh, including The Bahia Palace, the famous Majorelle Garden, and more.
Guided Tour of Bahia Palace
The Bahia Palace is a stunning example of Moroccan architecture and is considered one of the finest palaces in Morocco. A private guided tour of the palace in the morning is a unique and unforgettable experience that provides a glimpse into the opulence and elegance of Morocco’s imperial past.
Your private guide will lead you through the sprawling gardens, showcasing the intricate details of the palace’s intricate mosaics, carvings, and ornate doors. The interior of the palace is equally as impressive, featuring stunning tile work, intricate wood carvings, and sumptuous furnishings. Your guide will share the history of the palace, including its origins and the history of the families who have lived there over the years.
One of the highlights of the tour is the central courtyards, surrounded by lush greenery and featuring beautiful fountains and intricate stonework. The palace also has a number of rooms and halls that showcase the intricate details of Moroccan architecture, including the use of zellige tiles, carved stucco, and vibrant colors.
The morning light provides an ideal backdrop for exploring the palace and taking in its beauty and grandeur. With your private guide, you’ll have a personalized and intimate experience that allows you to fully appreciate the intricate details and history of the Bahia Palace.
Private Tour of Majorelle Garden
A private guided tour of Majorelle Garden is a peaceful and lush escape from the bustling city of Marrakesh.
The garden was created by French artist Jacques Majorelle in the 1920s and is a stunning example of his unique sense of color and design. It features vibrant cobalt blue walls, lush vegetation, and peaceful streams and ponds that are surrounded by towering palms and bamboo.
Your guide will lead you through the garden’s winding paths, pointing out the exotic plants and flowers and the beautiful Berber Museum housed within the property. Additionally, you will learn about the history of the garden and how it was restored to its current splendor by the fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent.
Explore The Traditional Souks of Marrakesh
The souks are a sensory overload, with bright colors, exotic spices, and the sounds of haggling filling the air, and visiting the souks in Marrakesh is a must-do for anyone traveling to the city.
As you explore the narrow, twisting alleys lined with vendors selling everything from textiles and ceramics to spices and jewelry, you’ll be transported back in time to a world of traditional commerce.
Your guide will help you navigate the maze-like souks, pointing out interesting sights and negotiating prices with vendors on your behalf.
Evening in Marrakesh
Our tour planning specialists will consult with you to determine if you would prefer to experience a traditional Moroccan bath and spa treatment at one of the city’s many hammams or watch a mesmerizing belly dancing show in one of the city’s traditional nightclubs.
Day 3: Marrakesh - High Atlas Mountains - Ait Benhaddou
A drive through the High Atlas Mountains with a private guide is quite simply a breathtaking experience. The mountain range stretches over 1,500 km and is the highest in North Africa, with its highest peak being Mount Toubkal.
On the drive, you’ll get to see the stunning scenery of rolling hills, green valleys, and towering peaks. Your guide will take you on a scenic route, passing through traditional Berber villages and stopping at Toubkal National Park, which is located at the foot of Mount Toubkal.
The park is a natural reserve that covers over 4,000 square km and is home to a variety of wildlife and plants. You’ll have the opportunity to go on a short hike, taking in the breathtaking views and discovering flora and fauna of the park. As you explore the park, you’ll also get to learn about the culture and traditions of the Berber people who live in the region.
Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ait Benhaddou
Ait Benhaddou is a stunning example of southern Moroccan architecture and is considered one of the most well-preserved Kasbahs in Morocco.
The UNESCO World Heritage site is a unique and authentic example of a fortified village and is known for its intricate mud-brick architecture and ornate entrance gates. A private guided tour of Ait Benhaddou offers the chance to learn about the history and cultural significance of the site as well as to explore the many buildings and monuments that make up the complex.
Your guide will take you through the many alleys and streets of Ait Benhaddou, pointing out the intricate details of the buildings and providing insight into the history of the village.
You’ll visit the impressive entrance gates, the central square, and the Kasbah’s most important buildings, including the main tower and the surrounding defensive walls. Your guide will also share stories of the many families who once lived in the village, as well as the significant events that have taken place there over the centuries.
Overnight stay in Ait Benhaddou.
Day 4: Dades Valley & Visiting a Local Berber Village
The Dades Valley is a breathtaking scenic drive in Morocco, famous for its spectacular rock formations, colorful Berber villages, and fertile valley. On a private tour, you will enjoy the journey as your guide navigates the road, surrounded by towering red sandstone cliffs, rock formations, and olive groves.
Exploring The Todra Gorge
The next stop is the Todra Gorge, an awe-inspiring canyon that cuts through the Atlas Mountains. You’ll be able to explore the area, admire the towering cliffs, and take in the beauty of the nearby villages and streams. You can go for a hike and take in the scenery from the top of the canyon or simply relax and enjoy the scenery from below.
The final stage of the tour will take you to local Berber villages, where you’ll be able to meet the friendly and welcoming local people, and learn about their way of life. You’ll have the chance to observe their traditional crafts and activities and experience a taste of rural Morocco. You’ll visit the village homes, see the local shops and bazaars, and learn about the local culture and traditions. The tour will provide an intimate and authentic experience of Berber life, giving you a glimpse into a world that few travelers get to see.
Overnight stay in the Dades Valley.
Day 5: Dades Valley - Merzouga & Camel Ride In The Sahara Desert
The Tafilalt Oasis is a picturesque area located in southeastern Morocco, and it is a popular destination for tourists seeking an adventure in the desert.
A drive to Merzouga is a great way to reach this oasis, as you can take in the beautiful scenery and observe local life along the way. A private driver will ensure you reach your destination safely and comfortably.
Upon arriving at the Tafilalt Oasis, you can join a guided tour to discover its natural beauty and rich cultural heritage. This oasis is known for its extensive palm groves and small villages, and the guided tour will give you an opportunity to learn about the history of the area, its people, and their way of life. During your visit, you may also get to see some of the local wildlife, such as the desert hares and birds that call this area home.
Camel Ride Into The Sahara Desert
A camel ride into the Sahara Desert is a unique and exhilarating experience. Camels are known as the ships of the desert and provide a comfortable mode of transport to explore the vast expanse of sand dunes.
A typical trip into the Sahara Desert will take you from a desert town or village, where you will meet your guides and camels. You will then set off on a journey that will take you deeper into the desert, with each step taking you further away from the modern world and closer to the ancient beauty of the Sahara.
As you ride, you will marvel at the towering dunes, some of which can be hundreds of meters tall, and the incredible landscape that surrounds you. The golden sand glistens in the bright sun, while the clear blue sky provides a perfect backdrop to the rugged beauty of the desert. You will have the chance to stop and take in the breathtaking views, and perhaps even go for a walk in the sand dunes.
At the end of your journey, you will arrive at a traditional desert camp, where you will spend the night under the stars. The camp is equipped with all the necessary amenities for a comfortable stay, including comfortable tents, a shared dining area, and washrooms. You will be treated to a delicious dinner of traditional food, cooked over a campfire. The evening is the perfect time to relax and unwind while admiring the stars and the peaceful atmosphere of the desert.
Day 6: Merzouga - Fez
After returning to Merzouga via Camel ride, your private driver will be waiting as you journey toward the city of Fez.
Stop At The Roman Ruins Of Volubilis
Volubilis is an ancient Roman city located in present-day Morocco. Visitors can explore the well-preserved ruins of this former city, which was once a thriving center of commerce and culture.
The site features impressive mosaics, elaborate bathhouses, and grand triumphal arches, all of which offer a glimpse into the grandeur of the ancient Roman Empire.
Visitors can also see the remains of private homes, complete with elaborate courtyards and beautiful mosaics, providing insight into the daily life of the city’s residents.
Volubilis is considered to be one of the best-preserved examples of Roman architecture in North Africa and is a popular destination for those interested in history and archaeology.
Visit The Medieval City Of Moulay Idriss
Moulay Idriss is a medieval city known for its religious significance as the birthplace of Idris I, the founder of the Idrisid dynasty, and it is one of Morocco’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
The city features traditional clay buildings and narrow winding streets, with the central point being the mausoleum of Moulay Idriss. The city also has several historical monuments, including the mosque and the zawiya (a religious school).
Arrive in Fez
Fez is a historic city known for its well-preserved medieval architecture and cultural heritage. The city center, or medina, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a popular destination for tourists.
Walking through the winding streets of the medina, visitors will experience an assault on the senses as the aroma of spices and colorful textiles and ceramics combine while you explore the Souks with your guide.
One of the most impressive sights in the medina is the Bou Inania Madrasa, a 14th-century Islamic school with stunning examples of Moroccan architecture. Its tall minaret, carved wooden doors, and intricate tilework are just a few of the details that make this building a must-see.
Another highlight of the city center is the Al Quaraouiyine Mosque, one of the oldest and largest universities in the world. Founded in the 9th century, the mosque was a center of learning for centuries and continues to be a religious and cultural hub for the city of Fez. Visitors are not allowed inside, but the mosque’s grand entrance and elaborate courtyard are well worth a visit.
Just outside the medina is the Royal Palace of Fez, a sprawling complex of buildings and gardens that was once the residence of the Moroccan king. The palace is not open to the public, but visitors can catch a glimpse of the ornate gates and walls from the street.
Overnight in Fez.
Day 7: Fez Tanneries - University & Departure
A guided tour of the tanneries in Fez, Morocco, is an experience unlike any other. The tanneries, located in the historic heart of the city, have been operating for over a thousand years and continue to use traditional methods to produce high-quality leather goods.
Visitors can observe the intricate process of tanning from a viewing platform, getting a bird’s eye view of the large vats filled with various natural dyes and liquids used to treat the hides. Guides will explain the history and significance of the tanneries and the processes involved, including how the hides are treated with pigeon droppings, quicklime, and other natural ingredients to create soft, flexible leather.
After the tanning demonstration, visitors can stroll through the labyrinthine alleys of the surrounding souk and see skilled artisans at work, producing everything from leather bags and shoes to furniture and wall hangings.
Explore The Medieval University Of Al Quaraouiyine
The University of Al Quaraouiyine, located in the ancient city of Fez, is the oldest and most prestigious educational institution in North Africa. Established in 859 AD, it has been home to many scholars who have shaped Islamic and Moorish history.
Today, the university is open to visitors who wish to explore its many attractions and learn more about its fascinating history.
Start at the Bab Boujeloud & Street of Arts
Upon arriving at the University, take some time to marvel at the grand historical gateway known as Bab Boujeloud. This gateway serves as an entrance to the winding alleys lined with artisanal workshops and quaint cafes known as the “Street of Arts.” Follow this street all the way through until you reach Café Maure, where you can sip on some delicious mint tea before continuing your tour.
Visit The Main Scholarship Building
One of the main sights at Al Quaraouiyine is its renowned scholarship building from which one skilled student every year earns a scholarship after passing strict examinations given by seasoned scholars. A continuous exam session has been taking place here annually since 1337AD making it perhaps one of the longest-running exams in world history! Make sure to add this important cultural nod to your journey’s agenda when visiting the university grounds.
Koranic Schools & Mosque Open for Visiting
Adjacent to the university lies a deeply tranquil Koranic school where students practice reciting Quran verses with great precision while also learning fundamentals of Shariah law according to Islamic culture and traditions.
Transfer to the airport for departure.
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