One Week Morocco Itinerary – Royal Cities
Traveling to Morocco for the first time and have only one-week travel?
The Imperial cities tour is your route.
This 8 day tour will cover Royal Medieval cities and Vibrant Markets: Marrakech, Fez, Casablanca & Rabat.
The best part?
It is fully customizable and tailored to your preferences and travel needs.
Let’s dive to the day-by-day itinerary
Arrival in Casablanca<
We recommend you arrive in Casablanca as early in the day as possible so that you get to enjoy discovering the places. You can begin the journey in Morocco by exploring the largest mosque in the country – Hassan II Mosque. With our Insider’s Guide, you can learn all you want about the city.
Meknes > Volubilis > Fez
Today, you will go on an excursion in Meknes, the lesser-visited imperial city of Morocco. Your native guide will take you exploring through the famed gate of Bab El Mansour, Dar Jamai Palace, the Royal Stables, and the tomb of Moulay Ismail. Later you will travel about 30 minutes away from the venue to reach the Roman Ruins of Volubilis. It is a charming former Roman stronghold with colonnaded streets, that is surrounded by ancient homes, buildings, and olive presses.
You will discover the well-preserved mosaics near the Roman Ruins and then go to the sacred town of Moulay Idriss, which is a fascinating sight from the ruins that appears as if a camel is sitting on the ground. There are several food courts in the area where you can enjoy lunch before heading towards Fes.
You will have dinner at the riad. Delicious Moroccan delicacies will be served.
(Tuesday) The Mysteries of Fez
Wake up, have a hearty breakfast at the hotel and be ready to unravel the mysteries of Fes. Soak in the panoramic view of the Medina of Fes from Borj Sud. The guided visit will continue through the Mellah, which used to serve as a Jewish quarter. You will also be taken to the Ibn Danan Synagogue, which was built in the 17th century by Mimoun Ben Sidan. Here, you will find the large Torah Ark, which is a cupboard made of carved wood that fills up the width of the entire wall. After lunch, the guide will take you to the to the Museum of Wooden Arts. To provide you a glimpse of the academical prowess of ancient Moroccans, you will be taken to University of Al-Karaouine, which is recognized as the oldest operating academic degree-granting university in the world by the Guinness Book of Records. Once you are done with the tour, you will be taken back to the hotel. Dinner will be served.
(Wednesday) Into The Desert
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and leave Fes. Drive through the fertile valley of Fes and admire the view of fertile land. Breathe in the smell of cedar forests and continue towards Ifrane. En route, you will be provided lunch and the tour will continue. Make your way through the middle Atlas Mountains and reach the Saharan plateau. Here, you can drive off road in a powerful (4×4) vehicle and enjoy the view. You can also ride camels over the sand dunes of Merzouga for a fun experience. After you arrive at the desert camp, dinner will be served. Traditional music and dancers will be there for your entertainment while you stare at the stars in amazement.
(Thursday) Merzouga - Erfoud - Dades Gorges - Ouarzazate
Wake up early and admire the desert sunrise. You can start off the day with sand-boarding to get your pulse racing. After breakfast, you will be driven to High Atlas Mountains where you will stop at Tineghir, which is a beautiful mountain oasis. You can walk along the Todra Gorge and view rare plants and bird species. After the walk, lunch will be served. Then you will be driven along the “Route of a Thousand Kasbahs,” which is a region of fortresses. You will reach a southern Moroccan village that has been the location for the shoot of many movies. In the evening, you will be driven back to your hotel and dinner will be served.
(Friday) From the Mountains to Marrakech - Prepare For Shabath
After the morning breakfast, you will check out from the hotel and explore Ait Benhaddou. After that, you will be driven to Marrakech and the lunch will be served on the way. On the route, you will see the 7,500-foot-high Tizi N’Tichka Pass. In the evening, you need to prepare for Shabbat. After checking into the hotel, you will enjoy Shabbat services and kosher friendly dinner with Moroccan Jewish family.
(Saturday) Shabath with a Moroccan Jewish Family
This day is reserved for prayers or total relaxation. You will be taken to Slat al-Azama Synagogue, which is only 3 minutes from your riad. Here, you can explore the surroundings and feel the holiness of the place. At night, you can join the Shabbat services and kosher food will be served, which you can enjoy along with a Jewish family.
(Sunday) The Wonders of Marrakech
After breakfast at the hotel, you will visit the Veneration of Saints. Here, you will be taken to Bab Agnaou, which is one of the gates of the Medina. After that, you can explore the Saadian Tombs, which were built in the 16th century. After a brief period of rest, the driver will take you to the popular Majorelle Garden, which were created by the orientalist painter Jacques Majorelle. A Moroccan home-cooking workshop is nearby that you can visit to hone your culinary skills. After exploring the Moroccan cuisine, you can shop at the Marrakech marketplaces and bargain to your heart’s delight. When you shopping spree ends, you will be taken back to the hotel and the dinner will be served.
(Monday) At Leisure in Marrakech
This day is reserved for complete leisure. Wake up and have your breakfast. Enjoy the sights and sounds of Marrakech. Visit hammams and spas for total relaxation. After that, driver will take you back to the hotel where you will receive a festive farewell dinner at a popular restaurant.
(Tuesday) Return Home
On your last day in Morocco, you will be served a delectable breakfast. Your driver will pick you up and take you to the Marrakech Airport for your departure.
Transfer from Casablanca is also possible