One Week in Morocco, First Time Visitors

Djemaa El Fna Square, Marrakech Waterman
Djemaa El Fna Square, Marrakech Waterman

If you are thinking about a short an overseas adventure travel experience and not sure just where to go, Morocco should definitely be on your bucket list. Consider spending One Week in Morocco to satisfy your wanderlust. Morocco is just an hour from Spain, a few hours from France, Italy, and the UK. Morocco has much to offer to in the range of historic sites, beaches, the great Sahara, farm-to-table cuisine and excellent local wines. Stroll through ancient city sites, take a Fes Food Tour, trek by camel with your Berber guide in the Sahara, bake bread with the Berbers or just soak up the sun at one of Marrakech’s gorgeous boutique riads. You cannot go wrong with whatever you choose on a private Morocco tour and are guaranteed one week of culture and excitement.

Here’s How to Spend One Week in Morocco on a Private Tour:

This Morocco Tailor-Made Tour offers a unique mix of history, culture, Berber villages, and vibrant landscapes. Explore Morocco’s souks, spice markets, ancient mosaics, and the Sahara in just one week.

Trip Highlights on a One Week in Morocco, Private Tour:  

Day 1: Casablanca Arrival. Visit the Mosque of Hassan II. Casablanca is home to the Hassan II Mosque, designed by the French architect Michel Pinseau. It is situated on a promontory looking out to the Atlantic, which can be seen through a gigantic glass floor with room for 25,000 worshippers. It is an enormous architectural masterpiece and the second largest religious building in the world. Take the road to the Visit the Imperial Rabat en route to Fes. Discover beautiful domes, minarets, wide avenues, and green spaces. Your guide will escort you on a walk around the picturesque Almohad northern walls of the Oudaïa Kasbah. Explore the gardens nearby and visit the Palace of Rabat and visit the Necropolis at Chellah/Kasbah of Chellah. Next stop, the Holy City of Moulay Idriss. Overnight Fes.

Moulay Idriss, Moroccan Holy City
Moulay Idriss, Moroccan Holy City

Day 2: Start early and take a Guided Fes Historical Tour. Visit Islamic Architecture, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Historic Monuments, Jewish Heritage (Synagogue and Mellah), Craft Making and Shopping in the Souks. Overnight Fes.

Visit the following sites in the afternoon:
The Tannery
Weavers Cooperative
Mausoleum (Zaouia Sidi Ahmed Tijani)
University of Kairouine
Mausoleum (Zaouia Moulay Idriss)
Nejarine Square

Day 3: Morning Fez Food Tour – a Culinary Experience in the Backstreets of Fes
You will visit at least three different food souks, allowing the chance to try traditional Moroccan street food including dried meats, milawi, harsha, briwats, spicy sardines, spicy potato cakes, soups, honey’s olives, and more. This Food Tour is both vegetarian and Kosher friendly. Afternoon, visit Majestic Palaces, Andalusian Gardens, and the Batha Garden and Museum. Overnight Fes.

Day 4: Journey through the Middle Atlas to the Sahara Desert, Passing Ifrane, known as “Little Switzerland,” Midelt, Erfoud (the Capital of Fossils), and Rissani, Arriving in Merzouga for a Sunset Guided Camel Trek and Arabian Nights in the Great Sahara Desert. Visit the Musicians of Khemlia in Merzouga, a century-old Gnaoua group that performs ancient trance music. Arrive in Merzouga before sunset and then go by dromedary camel 45-60 minutes, at sunset, into the Erg Chebbi Dunes. 10001 Arabian Desert Glamping experience and overnight in the Sahara Desert.

Moroccan Sahara Desert, Berber Guide
Moroccan Sahara Desert, Berber Guide

Day 5: Sahara Desert Exploration by pise. Departure from the Region to the Saghro Mountains for Lunch in a Berber Village Enroute to Skoura. Aït Ouzzine is a Berber Village inhabited by over 300 families who live in beautifully painted crenulated kasbahs, with their own henna fields, water wells, livestock, and gardens. Meet a local Berber family, sip tea in the Sagro Mountains, and dine on couscous. Henna Party option before driving through the Draa Valley to Skoura. Overnight Skoura Palmeraie.

Day 6: Visit the Adobe Village of Ait Benhaddou, Passing via the Tizi-n-Tichka Pass to Marrakech. Visit Ait Benhaddou Kasbah. 32 km from Ouarzazate lies the picturesque village of Aït Benhaddou, situated in Souss Massa Draa on a hill along the Ouarzazate River. Lawrence of Arabia was filmed here and Orson Welles used it as a location for Sodom and Gomorrah; for Jesus of Nazareth, the whole lower part of the village was rebuilt. Visit an argan cooperative where argan oil, butter, and cosmetics are made with the argan nut by hand as Berber women crack the nuts and then grind them one by one. Overnight Marrakech.

El Fenn, Moroccan Hip Boutique Riad
El Fenn, Moroccan Hip Boutique Riad

Day 7: Marrakech Guided Historical Tour: The Moroccan Gardens of Yves Saint Laurent and Koutoubia, Historic Sites: Bahia Palace and the Saadian Tombs Monuments, the Grand Medina and its Lively Souks. Stop for lunch at Cafe Clock, the medina’s hot lunch spot with Boho chick design.

Evening Tasting Marrakech Food Tour – Discover Djemaa El Fna at Sunset.
Get ready for an evening of excitement in the Djemaa El Fna! Your personal guide who will take you on an authentic culinary journey of local Moroccan cuisine. Indulge in a five-course dinner tasting local street food. Tasting Marrakech offers you the opportunity to sample dishes you may not have the opportunity to try before such as a local Marrakchi specialty meat dish, a soup accompanied by a sweet treat, and more! Between courses and after dinner you will take in this world-famous square and its lively entertainment that crosses your path from Gnaoua musicians, to snake charmers, fortune tellers, acrobats, Hadous drummers and the like. Overnight Marrakech.

Day 8: Marrakech Morning at Leisure. There’s no better place to take it all in then at your Boutique Riad. Indulge in a local Moroccan Hammam/Spa Treatment of enjoy your courtyard garden. Afternoon Visit to Amal Center, a cooperative run by women. Dine on Couscous before you depart for Casablanca.

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