A Moroccan Grand Tour

Duration 11 days
Price guide
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View of Aït Ben Haddou at dawn - an ancient red city in Morocco, North Africa
This 11-day journey will give you a comprehensive introduction to Morocco’s highlights. Take in historic cities, the sands of the Sahara and the snow-capped High Atlas Mountains as you gain rich insights into Moroccan life and culture from privately guided tours. Along the way, you'll stay at incredible hotels, villas and riads, soaking up the country's varied landscapes and the atmosphere of different cities.

Trip highlights

  • Explore the ancient medina of Fes with it tiny streets
  • Spend time browsing dazzling night markets in Marrakesh
  • Navigate a winding pass through the High Atlas
  • Enjoy a night under the stars in the Sahara Desert
  • Visit the remarkably preserved Roman city of Volubilis
  • Follow a variety of hiking trails in the High Atlas Mountains

Bespoke trips with Jacada

We design one-of-a-kind journeys incorporating luxury in all its forms. Our bespoke trips include:

  • Luxury accommodation throughout
  • Privately guided tours
  • Private transfers
  • Meticulously selected experiences
  • Expertise and support from your Jacada Concierge
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  • Days 1–3 Fes
  • Days 3–6 Marrakesh
  • Days 6–7 Skoura
  • Days 7–8 The Moroccan Sahara
  • Days 8–9 Skoura
  • Days 9–11 High Atlas Mountains
A Moroccan Grand Tour
Price guide
  PP
  • Days 1–3 Fes
  • Days 3–6 Marrakesh
  • Days 6–7 Skoura
  • Days 7–8 The Moroccan Sahara
  • Days 8–9 Skoura
  • Days 9–11 High Atlas Mountains

Itinerary in detail

Every Jacada trip is tailored to your personal preferences and interests. Below you’ll find a sample itinerary to inspire your own custom-designed journey.

Days 1–3

Explore Fes

The city of Fes, Morocco’s second largest, is considered to be its cultural and religious capital. Divided into three districts, the oldest and most fascinating is Fes el Bali, founded in the 9th century. Venturing through its vast gates into the medina is like stepping back in time. Its dense maze of some 9000 alleys are plied by donkeys and hand-pulled carts (said to be the largest car-free urban area in the world), with narrow passageways leading through beautiful squares, into the middle of a spice-scented food market or to a dead end and the ruins of an abandoned house. Head up to a rooftop terrace to really appreciate the maelstrom at street level.

Make it mine

Time to dine

Roman ruins

Fes on foot

Lunch at a private home in Moulay Idriss

En route to Meknes and Volubilis, stop in Moulay Idris for a gourmet Moroccan lunch made with locally grown and produced products at a private home.

Meknes and Volubilis tour

Drive through miles of vineyards and olive groves to Meknes, to discover its grand past and expansive souks. Nearby is Volubilis, a partly excavated and remarkably preserved Roman city. Built in a fertile agricultural area, it developed from the 3rd century BC onward as a Phoenician, then proto-Carthaginian, settlement.

Fes guided tour

Fes, Morocco’s ancient imperial capital, is the most complete medieval city of the Islamic world, and a guided walk around its incredible medina is the best way to soak up its timeless atmosphere without fear of getting lost amid the maze. Spend today with your guide seeking out historical highlights, markets and more. The most famous landmark here is The University of al-Qarawiyyin, the oldest educational institute in the world, with UNESCO status.

Days 3–6

Sights and sounds of Marrakesh

With its rich atmosphere, fascinating history and Berber culture, the city of Marrakesh encapsulates what draws people from around the world to Morocco. Near one thousand-year-old red walls surround the historic medina, with monumental gates leading through to a warren of winding alleys. It’s here you’ll find Marrakesh’s vibrant souks, markets and artisan workshops selling fragrant spices, leather-ware, jewellery, Berber carpets, spices, fabrics, lamps, pottery and more. The centrepiece is Jemaa el-Fnaa, a bustling marketplace square that hosts storytellers, musicians and performers in what is an unforgettable nightly spectacle.

We can arrange a guided tour to take you to historic highlights in the medina. As well as narrow streets, riads and bazaars, the walls encompass grand palaces, gardens, mosques, bustling squares, tombs and museums.

Make it mine

Awaken your senses

Hit the shops

Fashion connection

Djemma el fan square, the famous night food market in the centre of Marrakesh's Medina, Morroco, West Africa. Many traditional food sellers are cooking every night for the tourists and Moroccan people

Culinary tour of Jemaa el-Fnaa

Meet your local insider guide and head to the famous Jemaa el-Fnaa square. Awaken your five senses as you stop at the tastiest food stalls, visit olive and nut souks and sample local specialities. You will also see various performing artists which will make your first evening in Marrakesh an outstanding experience.

Artisan and shopping souk tour

Marrakesh is world famous for its shopping. A maze of alleyways in the old city host an array of sellers, ranging from tiny kiosks to busy workshops and galleries. Traditionally, the souks were divided into areas, each specialising in goods such as leather-ware, jewellery, Berber carpets, spices, teas, shoes, fabrics, lamps, pottery and more. Based on your own interests, your private guide will take you to the best, most authentic boutiques and craftspeople.

Majorette gardens in Marrakech - the deep blue coloured building is surrounded by cacti

Yves Saint Laurent Museum and Jardin Majorelle

Yves Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Bergé first visited Marrakech in 1966, quickly falling in love with the city; its vibrant colours and intricate decor a constant source of inspiration. Step into the Majorelle Gardens, a haven of peace, then visit the Yves Saint Laurent Fashion Museum and the Berber Museum.

Days 6–7

Overnight in Skoura

Spend a relaxing night in the oasis town of Skoura at the fabulous Dar Ahlam, before heading into the desert in the morning. Enjoy an exclusive aperitif and private dinner at a unique location at the Kasbah or lost in the gardens.

Days 7–8

A night in the desert

Morocco’s corner of the desert lies south of the High Atlas Mountains, a smattering of oasis towns becoming less frequent the further you venture, eventually reaching the golden dune seas that evokes the most romantic images of the Sahara. Here you’ll find camel trains emerging from the heat haze led by blue-scarfed Berbers, and there’s no better way to experience the desert than a night in a traditional nomad camp. The 4X4 journey to camp takes about five hours.

Return to Skoura

You’ll return to Dar Ahlam via a different route with more spectacular desert scenery to enjoy along the way.

Days 8–9

Berber traditions in Skoura

Return to Skoura for the night in time to take advantage of the afternoon’s agreeable temperature, following your guide and discover the local traditions of Berber people, learn about the palm grove’s ecosystem and explore the imposing yet ornate 17th century Kasbah Amridil, a relic from the time when Skoura was a prosperous trading post for camel trains.

Ait Ben Haddou

On your way to the nearby Ouarzazate Airport, you have the opportunity to visit the Kasbah of a tyrannical Pasha at Ait Ben Haddou, a fascinating place that is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Days 9–11

On top of the world

The Atlas Mountains are a rugged chain that span North Africa from the Atlantic coast through Algeria and Tunisia, an imposing barrier between the fertile Mediterranean coast from the vast Sahara Desert. The most dramatic section, the High Atlas, can be found in central Morocco. Roads follow green valleys dotted with mud-built Berber villages, up through forest and over winding passes then down to wadis and old caravan trading posts on the edge of the Sahara. It is a haven for hikers of all levels from spring through to autumn, whether following well worn trails or donning crampons to conquer jagged peaks. 

“Morocco Experience‌”

It worked out exactly as described by the Jacada team ahead of the trip. Like a Swiss watch at work. Thank you for a great family experience.

Published 19th April 2023 on Trustpilot
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