11-Day Morocco and Tunisia Discovery Tour

11-Day Morocco and Tunisia Discovery Tour

This itinerary includes the main cities and attractions of Morocco and Tunisia. The two countries share many similarities. Both speak the same language (Maghrebi Arabic); their cultures and cuisines are similar; and the people in both countries are friendly and hospitable. However, on closer observation, you will notice some fundamental differences between the two countries.

Days

11

Best For

First-Timers

Best Time

May to Oct.

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Explore the Ruins of Carthage by the Sea

The Ruins of Carthage is the outstanding historic landmark and a must-see sight of Tunis. Touch the historical relics and imagine scenes of ancient Carthaginians fighting off the Roman Empire.

Explore the Ruins of Carthage by the Sea
Discover the Spiritual Capital of Tunisia — Kairouan

Built around 238 AD, the impressive Amphitheatre of El Jem is the largest colosseum in North Africa. It illustrates the grandeur and extent of the Roman Empire.

Discover the Spiritual Capital of Tunisia — Kairouan
Relax in the Town of Sidi Bou Said

Sidi Bou Said is known for its distinctive blue-and-white color scheme. Leisurely stroll around the town to feel the romantic atmosphere and take classic North African pictures.

Relax in the Town of Sidi Bou Said
Discover the Spiritual Capital of Tunisia — Kairouan

Kairouan is one of the four holiest places in Islam. Visit the most important historical sites to learn about the wisdom of the Arabians who the first settled in North Africa.

Discover the Spiritual Capital of Tunisia — Kairouan
Lose Yourself in Casablanca — Largest City in the Maghreb

You will not only visit the city's main attractions, but also the local market, residential area, and harbor district to immerse yourself into the local culture and life.

Lose Yourself in Casablanca — Largest City in the Maghreb
Explore the Ancient Roman Ruins of Volubilis

Volubilis is one of the largest and most important archaeological sites in Morocco, with the remains of settlements dating from the pre-Roman to the early Islamic periods.

Explore the Ancient Roman Ruins of Volubilis
Visit the Landmark Sights of Capital City Rabat

Discover the charming medieval fortress — the Kasbah of the Udayas. Look out from Rabat's ancient port and enjoy the beautiful ocean view. View the awesome Mausoleum of Mohammad V and Hassan Tower.

Visit the Landmark Sights of Capital City Rabat
Immerse Yourself in History-and-Culture-Rich Marrakesh

Admire the splendor of Bahia Palace, visit Koutoubia Mosque, which is considered to the most beautiful mosque in North Africa. Visit the Arab marketplace and handicraft quarters to witness real-life scenes seemingly from the Arabian Nights fairy tales, and feel the vitality of local people's life.

Immerse Yourself in History-and-Culture-Rich Marrakesh
Enjoy a Day in the Oldest Moroccan Imperial City — Fez

Visit the medieval medina (old city) and its major sights. View the Moulay Idriss Mausoleum and Al-Karaouine Mosque. Explore the souks (bazaars).

Enjoy a Day in the Oldest Moroccan Imperial City — Fez

Itinerary Details

The itinerary below is just one of the many possible tours we can organize for you. We can customize your trip based on your specific needs. Let us know your preferences, and our travel experts will create a tour to suit your interests, tastes, and budget.

Day 1
Casablanca Arrival

Your personal guide and driver will meet you at Casablanca airport and drive you to your hotel. After checking in, enjoy dinner at your hotel and rest for the night.

Day 2
Casablanca–Meknes–Volubilis–Fez: 320 km (200 mi)

Spend the morning exploring Casablanca, Morocco's business and economic center. Visit the Central Market, the harbor district, the Royal Palace, Mohammed V Square, the residential area of Anfa, and Hassan II Mosque (view its grand stature from the outside).

Afterward, head to Meknes and have lunch (optional) on the way. Visit Meknes, the Ismaili capital (1672–1727), which has the longest ramparts in Morocco at 40 km (25 mi). Explore the famous Bab Mansour Gate, the Royal Stables, and the Jewish quarter.

Continue to the holy city of Moulay Idriss Zerhoun — resting place of Morocco's first Islamic ruler and the ruins of Volubilis — Morocco's best-preserved Roman heritage. Your driver will then drive you on east to Fez.

Stay overnight in Fez and enjoy a convenient dinner at your hotel.

Day 3
Fez City Tour

You will spend the whole day exploring Fez, the spiritual capital of Morocco. Visit the medieval medina, the Al-Attarine or Bou Inania madrasa (Islamic school), the Nejjarine Fountain, and the Mausoleum of Moulay Idriss, and view the outside of Karaouine Mosque.

Return to your hotel for lunch. In the afternoon, visit the souks (bazaars). Dinner is optional. You could choose to dine in one of the traditional restaurants in the medina. Head back to your hotel for the night.

Day 4
Fez–Rabat–Marrakesh: 500 km (300 miles)

Depart to Rabat, the administrative capital of Morocco. Visit the Royal Palace (see its Mechouar — the sweeping esplanade in front), the Kasbah of the Udayas and its garden, Mohammed V Mausoleum, and the Hassan Tower Mosque.

Have lunch (optional) in one of the restaurants. Continue to Marrakesh by road. Stay overnight in Marrakesh and have dinner at your hotel.

Day 5
Marrakesh Discovery Tour

You will spend the day exploring Marrakesh, the second oldest imperial city of Morocco.

See its historical sights including the Menara Garden, Saadian Tombs, Bahia Palace, Koutoubia Mosque, and Dar Si Said Museum.

Head back to your hotel for lunch. In the afternoon, visit the souks and handicraft shops. Next, visit the famous Jemaa el-Fna Square for its nonstop intangible cultural heritage entertainment.

Dinner is optional. Stay overnight in Marrakesh.
Day 6
Marrakesh–Casablanca–Tunis

After breakfast, your driver will take you to Casablanca airport (3½ hours) and assist you with the check-in process.

Catch a flight to Tunis, which takes about 4 hours. After arrival at Carthage International Airport, your private driver will transfer you to your hotel.

If you have the time, you can explore the Tunis medina (old city). From the charming architecture to the picturesque souks, the ancient medina is well worth a visit.

Day 7
Tunis–Sousse–Kairouan

After breakfast, travel south to the coastal city of Sousse, which was founded in 800 BC. There is plenty of history to been seen in this ancient city. The Great Mosque, kasbah (citadel), and the Archaeological Museum all tell a story of Sousse's ancient past. You can spend the morning shopping in the medina.

Head to Kairouan, the spiritual capital of Tunisia. Spend the afternoon visiting Sidi Okba Mosque, the ancient medina, and the Aghlabid Basins — one of the few remaining water systems from the Middle Ages.

Day 8
Kairouan – El Jem – Hammamet

After an early breakfast, head out to the magnificent colosseum of El Jem. Perhaps Tunisia's most spectacular sight, the Amphitheatre of El Jem is a must-see attraction. Stop for a minute to imagine life as a gladiator while discovering the history of El Jem.

Afterward, you will travel along the beautiful Mediterranean coastline to the coastal city of Hammamet, where you will have some free time to relax at the beach in the afternoon.

Day 9
Bardo Museum Tour, Tunis–Carthage–Tunis

After breakfast, you will visit the Bardo National Museum. The Bardo Museum contains some of the most complete and impressive Roman mosaics in the entire world.

From the museum, you will make the short trip to explore the famous ruins of Carthage. Your guide will take you to the Phoenician Cemetery, Antonine Baths, Punic Harbors, Carthage Museum, and more.

After seeing the highlights of Carthage in the afternoon, we'll drive you back to your hotel in Tunis.

Day 10
Sidi Bou Said and Tunis' Medina

After breakfast, your driver will take you on a 30-minute drive to the beautiful promontory town of Sidi Bou Said, which overlooks the Gulf of Tunis. Enjoy exploring this scenic coastal town and shopping in its souks. When you are ready to leave, return to Tunis to savor its ancient medina.

For the remainder of the day, your guide will show you around Tunis' old city, or you could simply take a stroll along its character-filled winding streets and enjoy the beauty of Tunis.

Day 11
Tunis Departure

After breakfast, we will transfer you to the airport for your flight.

Hand-picked Hotels

Farah Casablanca
Farah Casablanca
Hotel Palais Medina & Spa
Hotel Palais Medina & Spa
Atlas Asni & Spa
Atlas Asni & Spa
Hotel Royal Victoria
Hotel Royal Victoria
La Kasbah
La Kasbah
Sentido Phenicia
Sentido Phenicia

Price Includes

One-to-one consultancy
One-to-one consultancy
Knowledgeable local guides
Knowledgeable local guides
Private drivers/driver guides and vehicles as listed
Private drivers/driver guides and vehicles as listed
Hand-picked hotels
Hand-picked hotels
Breakfasts and meals as listed
Breakfasts and meals as listed
Entry to all attractions on the itinerary
Entry to all attractions on the itinerary
Transportation as listed
Transportation as listed
A 24/7 helpline while traveling
A 24/7 helpline while traveling

Trip Notes

These trip notes give more general information about the tour design. Every element of the tour can be tailored. Feel free to tell us your ideas and we will be happy to make adjustments for you.

1) English-Speaking Driver

Your English-speaking driver will meet you with your name sign and see you off at the airport, as well as drive for you between the cities of Morocco and Tunisia (a guide will not accompany your during the drive between cities).

2) Private City Guides

Morocco: In Casablanca, Rabat, Meknes, Volubilis, Fez, and Marrakesh, you will have private English-speaking guides who will guide you to discover their cities and share their local knowledge and perspectives with you.

Tunisia: You will have private English-speaking guides who will guide you to discover the listed cities and share their local knowledge and perspectives with you.

3) Meals

Breakfasts are included in the tour. Usually, buffet breakfasts are available in the hotels.

Lunch on day 3 and day 5 and dinner on days 1, 2, and 4 are included in Morocco.

Dinners are included during your stay in Tunisia.

4) Transportation between Cities: Views along the Way

A private vehicle is the main transportation tool for getting between cities in Morocco and in Tunisia. Some days you may have a 3–5-hour drive to the next destination. Your private driver will make some stops along the way to help ease your journey and to soak in the views.

5) Accommodation

We've chosen our accommodation very carefully and picked the best possible hotels with a taste of local flavor. Please note that service and accommodation in Morocco and Tunisia may differ from Western standards.

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