12 Day tour from Casablanca to Sahara desert via Marrakech

12 Day tour from Casablanca to Sahara desert via Marrakech

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12 Day tour from Casablanca to Sahara desert via Marrakech

12 Day tour from Casablanca to Sahara desert via Marrakech

Day 1: Casablanca – Rabat – Meknes 

We will pick you up at your accommodation or at Casablanca Airport, and visit the Great Mosque of Hassan II. After touring the exotic mosque, we drive towards Rabat, the administrative and political capital of Morocco. Once in Rabat, we will visit the diplomatic quarter, the Royal Palace, the Mausoleum complex of MOHAMED V and the Unfinished Hassan Tower as well as a short visit to Kasbah Des Oudayas on the edge of the ancient Medina. After lunch, we will head to Meknes, the imperial city to spend the night in Hotel.

Day 2: Meknes – Volubilis – Fez

After breakfast, you will visit monuments, Souks, and ornamental gates such as Bab Mnsour, and then to Volubilis a UNESCO World Heritage site. After having lunch in a local restaurant, we leave for Fez another imperial city of Morocco where we will spend the night in Hotel/Riad.

Day 3: Fez - Visit of Fez  

Today, you will have free day to explore the pleasant city of Fes. We start after picking you up from Hotel/Riad and walk through the ancient Medina with stops for pictures. Wandering narrow streets of the Medina, we get to the Royal Palace Gate to enjoy taking lovely photos, and then the Jewish Headquarter, the first ever to be built in Morocco during the 16th century.  Later, we will enjoy a visit to the oldest university in Morocco Al Quaraouiyine University, the Tanneries, and Moulay Idriss Mausoleum. After lunch in a local restaurant, we will visit the tiles cooperative and enjoy a breathtaking view of the whole Medina of Fes. Accommodation at the Hotel/Riad.

Day 4: Fez – Ifrane – Azrou - Midelt – Erfoud – Merzouga

After breakfast, we depart towards the desert through the amazing landscapes of Morocco via the Middle Atlas Mountains and passing by the beautiful city of Ifrane, the Switzerland of Morocco. On our way, we will make a stop in Azrou to enjoy playing with monkeys and Barbarian apes in the cedar forests and taking photos. Driving to the south, we get to Midelt to have lunch in the town. In the afternoon, we will continue the way towards Merzouga Desert passing through the panoramic views of Ziz Valley and its gorges with stops to enjoy some memorable photographic shots along the way, and then arrive in Erfoud with a stop to visit a local fossil craft workshop. After that, we continue the road until we reach the golden dunes of Erg Chebbi (Merzouga), and spend the night at the Hotel.

Day 5: Merzouga – Khamlia – Nomad Family – Erg Chebbi Dunes

In the morning, we will begin our trip with a drive to Khamlia village lived by black skinned people originally from Mali to enjoy some Gnawa music. Afterwards, we will drive through an off-road to visit a nomad family and discover their lifestyle. Then, we continue our way until we reach a shade of a typical “Acacia tree” to have lunch which will last for one hour and a half. In the afternoon, we will head back to the Hotel to have a cup of minty tea and relax to get ready for the camel ride to the camp in the heart of the desert, that will take around 1h: 30min enjoying the beauty of the dunes and attending an incredibly memorable sunset in one of the highest sand dunes in the desert for a high satisfaction and doing some sand boarding.  After the dinner is served, you will enjoy some amazing Berber music with different dances under a starry sky. Night in Berber nomad tents.

Day 6: Merzouga – Rissani – Touroug – Tinjdad – Todra Gorges – Dades Valley

We will make sure to wake you up early in order to watch the magnificent view of sunrise from the top of the dunes. Once again you will have the chance to enjoy the camel trek back to your Hotel. After taking a shower, you will enjoy a special Moroccan breakfast. We leave for Rissani where locals gather in a huge Souk for trading all kinds of crafts, food and animals. Then, we will pass by the great palm groves of both Touroug and Tinjdad before we get to Todra Gorges, a favorite place for mountain climbers, we will have free time for lunch in a café surrounded by rock walls and then enjoy the spectacular sceneries of its marvelous canyons with several stops for pictures. After lunch, we will drive through Dades Valley where you will see fabulous rock formations along the way until we reach Boumales Dades to spend the night in a fancy Hotel.

Day 7: Dades Valley – Kelaa M’gouna – Skoura – Ouarzazate 

After breakfast in your Hotel, we will continue our tour towards kelaa M’gouna known as the Valley of Roses and very famous for its annual Festival of Roses, we will have the chance to visit some nomads living in the caves along the Valley and have lunch in a local restaurant. Later, we will head to Ouarzazate crossing the great palmary of Skoura with a stop for photographic shots of panoramic views. When we arrive in Ouarzazate, we will visit the great Kasbah of Taourirt. Dinner and overnight at the accommodation.

Day 8: Ouarzazate – Ait Ben Haddou – High Atlas – Marrakech

After breakfast, we will drive towards the exotic Kasbah of Ait Ben-Haddou, we will  visit the panoramic Kasbah which is listed in the UNESCO World Heritage and has featured in more than 10 movies, including “Lawrence of Arabia” and “Gladiator”…, then we leave for the impressive Kasbah of Telouet to have lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon, we will continue the way to Marrakech crossing the High Atlas Mountains via Tizi-N-Tichka pass (2260m altitude), with stops for taking photos of the panoramic views. Arrival in Marrakech in late afternoon, accommodation at the Hotel/Riad.

Day 9: Marrakech - Tour of the Red city

In the morning, we will explore the beauty of Marrakech “the Red City”. We will make sure you visit the important sightseeing in Marrakech, including Majorelle Gardens, Koutoubia Tower, the Saadian Tombs and Bahia Palace. After lunch at restaurant near Jamaa El Fna Square in the heart of the Medina, we will wander the souks and enjoy the rest of the day. You will have the chance to experience the Moroccan lifestyle during dinner in local restaurants in the heart of Medina. Overnight at the accommodation.

Day 10: Marrakech - Essaouira

After breakfast, we will drive towards the Medina of Essaouira crossing the charming valleys of orange groves and large green farms. We arrive in Chichaoua where we will stop for coffee break and have free time for pictures. Not far away; we will make another stop to enjoy the spectacular views of tree goats climbing ARGAN trees. Once in Essaouira, you will have free time to wander the ancient streets and feel the Portuguese Touch on the street structure. What makes Essaouira very special is that it offers typical food and fresh fish straight out of the sea at any of its local restaurants.  After lunch, you will have the chance to visit many of Essaouira’s highlights such as the impressive SKala, a defensive bastion with 19 bronze cannons lined up along the sea wall, and the Ramparts of Essaouira where the Medina meets the Atlantic coast. While wandering the city you can see many jewelry workshops underground.  Accommodation in Riad.

Day 11: Essaouira – El Jadida – Casablanca  

After having breakfast, we will drive along the Atlantic coast to El jadida to enjoy its historical monuments to feel the Poruguese touch on the structure of this city, and then visit the exotic resort of Mazagan. After lunch in the city, we leave for Casablanca where you will spend the last night of your tour.

Day 12: Casablanca – Airport

Breakfast and free time until the transfer time to the airport.

12 days/11 nights
08h00
17h00
  • Private transport with A/C
  • Driver/Guide
  • Fuel
  • 10 Nights in Hotels/Riads
  • 1 Night in Desert Camp
  • Camel ride in Desert (1 camel for each person)
  • Flight tickets
  • Lunches
  • Drinks

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