12 Days Desert Tour From Casablanca
You will experience camel trekking over Erg Chebbi Sahara dunes, cross the Atlas Mountains, explore the rich culture of both Arabic and Berber people and walk along the wonderful & crowded souks of Marrakech, Fes and Ouarzazate.. Our calm one-week tour tracks coastal trails to the beautiful city of Essaouira. Although you will visit a lot of cities, you will travel with slow pace. It is enough that you will actually be able enjoy the sites (not just take a picture and go) and leave room for you to truly experience the Moroccan way of life-not just observe it from a bus or train window. You will have chance to visit nomads in their caves and meet locals people. Yet, your journey will be Conclude with soothing free time in both the city of Essaouira and the magic city of Marrakech.
The driver will meet you at the airport of Casablanca. Depending on the time of your arrival, our driver will take you to do little exploring; you will see the Cornish and Hassan II mosque, which considered the third largest mosque in the world. We will continue to Rabat, the capital city of Moroccowhere you will have the chance to see the Hassan tower and the Kasbah of Oudaya before you go to yourRiad/Hotel at the heart of the medina.
After breakfast, your adventure will truly begin. If you didn’t have a chance to explore on Day 1, your driver will take you to visit the current capital city of Morocco: Rabat. Here you will visit the ruins of the Roman town of Sala Colonia (also known as Chellah) which was settled in 40 AD. Next you will venture into the walls of the Kasbah of the Udayas to stroll through its narrow blue and white streets and explore the old Medina before travelling to Chefchaoun late in the afternoon. Chefchaoun (blue city) which is a Morocco popular tourist attraction and welcoming town situated in the Rif Mountains just south of the Mediterranean coastline in northwest Morocco.
After breakfast, you will start exploring the blue city of Morocco;Chefchaoun the beautiful unique city with its white walls, blue doors and windows.Unlike many cities of Morocco, Chefchaoun was occupied by Spain, that’s why there is much influence from the Spanish civilization and Moorish architecture.In the afternoon, you will have some free time and this provides the chance to have an unguided walk or just enjoy your own time by yourself before returning to your hotel to spend the night.
After breakfast, you will head to Fes via Volubilis.In this roman site, you will see the beautiful mosaics in Morocco that dates back to 3rd century BC. You will have a guided tour of the site and learn about the Roman Empire; after that we will continue our way to Mekneswhere you will have the chance to see the fascinating gate Bab Mansour that was built by the sultan Moulay Ismail. You will also explore the granary and the Sahrijsouani which is used for irrigation and plantation.The visit also includes the tomb of Moulay Ismail. After that, we will continue through the highway to Fes. You will stay overnight at your riad.
Fes guided visit
No driving today, asyou will start exploring Fes, the spiritual city of Morocco.You will spend the morning seeing the medina and its alleys, visiting the sites with cultural and historical interest. First, you will explore the famous Al Qaraouine Mosque. Secondly, you will visit one of the oldest universities in the world, the Madrassa Bouanania, the Tanneries and the Najjarine fountain. After having lunch, we will go outside the medina to explore the Royal place gate and have a walk through the Jewish quarter. Then, we will take a look at the pottery cooperative. In the afternoon, you will get high for an amazing panoramic view of the whole Fes.Overnight isat the same riad.
We will drive to Merzouga after breakfast. You will first stop in Ifrane, Midelt and the Ziz valley. Tody you will see the middle and the high Atlas Mountains, you will stop at the famous cedar forest where you will see the monkeys; while we carry on our way you will notice how the scenery changes to reveal hints of the desert as you approach Errachidia. We will stop in Midelt for lunch; after that we will continue along the Ziz valley and we will stop for the panoramic views along the way to give you the chance to take pictures. We will pass by Erfoud and Rissani. Here we will visit the weekly market. Arriving to Merzouga at the end of the day, you will be welcomed with a glass of mint tea at your hotel.
After having breakfast, we will start our journey by visiting the Gnaoua people originally slaves brought from Sudan to enjoy their music and lifestyle.We will drive over the dunes by taking 4X4 car. You will meet nomad families that still living in Berber tents and explore their way of life. You will have a local meal “Berber pizza” for lunch. After that you may have some free time to relax and in the afternoon you will ride your camel through the Erg Echebbi’s dunes. Upon your arrival at your desert camp, you will have dinner under the stars while enjoying berber music over the sandy dunes.
Merzouga-Todra gorges-Dades gorges
You will have to wake up early morning to watch the sunrise under the sand dunes. While riding camel back to your hotel, you will have the chance to take pictures of what may be the best sunrise moment of your life. After that you will see an amazing view of the dunes changing with the light as the day progresses. After having breakfast and fresh shower in your hotel, we will continue our journey to Dades valley. We will visit the narrowest gorgein Morocco as you you walk on the canyon of Todra gorges. After lunch, you will enjoy a guided walk through the gorges and nearby mud-villages to meet locals and learn about their culture.We will carry on to Dades valley where you will spend the night.
Dades gorges- Rose valley- Ouarzazate
Followingthe breakfast in your hotel, we will go through the Dades valley to Ouarzazate passing by KelaatMagouna. This road is called the road of thousand Kasbahs. This will give you the occasion for many pictures.You may want to stop in KelaatMagouna “the city of roses” to buy the rose water, it will make your smell good a longtime after your trip ends. We will continue to Skoura. Here you will visit the Ameridil Kasbahand then stop for lunch in a traditional Moroccan restaurant. We will continue to Ouarzazate “the Hollywood of Africa”, which attracts many world class movies producers. Overnight will be at hotel in Ouarzazate.
Ouarzazate- Ait ben Haddou- Marrakech
After breakfast, we will head to Marrakech. First, we will visit the Kasbah of Taourirt then the studio movies. You will not visit Ouarzazate without going to the famous Kasbah of Ait ben Haddou; the UNESCO world heritage site that was built by Thami Elglaoui at the end of the 19 century. After that, we will continue through the majestic TiziN’Tichka pass in the high Atlas Mountains.There will be a plenty of stops to enjoy the views and take pictures. We will arrive at Marrakech to spend the night at yourriad in the medina of Marrakech.
After having breakfast in your Riad, our driver will pick you up at 8.00 a.m. and make your way across the stunning landscapes of the R207 route to the coast. Along the way you shall stop to see the argan trees where small goats clamber up the low branches and feed. We will stop at a women’s cooperative where argan oil is produced. Our Marrakech to Essaouira trip arrives in the resort and port city where you’ll see the vast expanse of the North Atlantic Ocean. You will have time to explore the vibrant old town (medina) that is considered UNESCO world heritage site. The walls and ramparts protect the sea front from ancient invasions. If you wish to enjoy the beach and sun, you should bring swimwear, sunblock and a towel along with you for your time on beach.
Essaouira- Marrakech – Casablanca
After breakfast, your driver will take you back to the airport in Casablanca. He will take you to visit Hassan II Mosque, medina and Cornish. depending on your departure time; you may choose to do a little exploring in Casablanca then head to the airport where he will see you off and bid you bon voyage and au revoir until your next visit!
- Private A/C 4WD Toyota Land Cruiser/minivan/ bus throughout the tour + fuel
- Experienced English-speaking driver (guide)
- Pick up from and drop off at airport
- Accommodations with breakfast
- Overnight in Nomad desert bivouac with guide (private tents) with dinner and breakfast
- Camels and guide, including sandboarding
- Accommodation in Dades Gorge with dinner and breakfast
- Local guide in Marrakech and Fes
- Free time to explore interesting sites such as Ait Benhaddou, kasbahs, walks and canyons, breaks for photos etc.
- Personal and Alcoholic beverages
- Tips and gratuities