7 Days Sahara Desert tour from Casablanca
Explore Moroccan culture and diverse landscapes in 7 days Desert tour from Casablanca . On an Absolute Travel luxury Morocco vacation, shop Marrakech’s labyrinth of souks with the experts.
Airport – Casablanca
You will be met at Casablanca’s Mohammed V airport to start your Desert tour from Casablanca, the Economic capital of Morocco (depending on your arrival time we may drive you to your hotel before commencing the tour). This city tour will take you to see the bustling centre with its Art Deco architecture and the fashionable seaside resort of Corniche d’Aiin Diab. You will also visit the magnificent Hassan II mosque, the second largest religious building in the world, which is open to non-Muslims.
Casablanca – Rabat – Meknes
After breakfast, at your hotel, we set off for Rabat. Rabat is he political and administrative capital of Morocco. There you will visit the picturesque Oudaia Kasbah, the Hassan Tower and the Chellah Necropolis. Leaving Rabat we journey to Meknes. There you will have the opportunity to see Bab Mansour el-Aleuj (Gate of the Victorius Renegade) said to be the finest gate in Meknes or even Morocco. Your visit along the medina ramparts will include the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail as well as Heri-es-Souani and the Bassin de l’Ageudal.
Meknes – Volubilis – Fes
After breakfast we leave the Ismaalian capital behind and travel through the countryside arriving at the ancient roman town of Volubilis. There you will have time to explore this archaeological site which features the best preserved Roman ruins in northern Africa, a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997. Of particular interest is the Basilica, mosaic of Diana and the Bathing Nymphs and Triumphal Arch. We continue on to the Imperial city of Fes where you will stay overnight in a riad at the heart of the medina.
You will spend most of the day with a local guide exploring the attractions of Fes. The city was founded 1,000 years ago by the second Moulay Idriss. Your tour starts from the Royal Palace gate and takes you through the narrow streets of the medina to the Jewish Quarter and the Tanneries. This tour highlights all the sites with cultural and historical interest including the Bou Inania Medersa and the Karaouiyine Mosque. Afterwards you have the opportunity to visit the ceramics cooperative to see traditional Moroccan crafts. In the afternoon we will take you to admire the panoramic view over the medina and visit the new city to experience modern Fes.
Fes – Ifrane – Merzouga
We will drive across the cedar forest of Azrou to witness the wildness of Morocco; we will see the monkeys and barbarian apes. Half way, you will stop for lunch in the town of Midelt, famous for its fossils and rocks. Continue on mountain roads overlooking the wide flowing Oued Ziz. Passing Kasbahs and palm groves we pass through the adobe colored city of Er-Rachidia and arrive in the afternoon to Merzouga, saddle on your camels for your journey across the desert during a beautiful sunset to reach your camp for the night by the sand dunes of Erg Chebbi. Overnight in the Nomad tent, night full of stars, Berber music. A night you will not forget.
Merzouga - Todra Gorges - Rose Valley
Get up early to catch the sunrise over the dunes, possibly the best moment of the desert experience. Leaving the desert behind, you will begin your travel to Alnif, heading towards the volcanic Jbel of Saghro of dramatic rock formations and gorges, where you will take a walk up in the towering Todra Gorges (600 feet high). The picturesque river valleys make for a beautiful journey towards the southeast of Morocco. Continue your journey towards another impressive gorge Dades, passing the strange rock creation of Tamnalt Hills. Overnight in the heart of Dades Gorge, with dinner and breakfast.
Dades valley - Ait Ben haddou - Telouet - Atlas Mountains - Marrakech
After having breakfast you will set off towards the High Atlas Mountains via Ait Ben Haddou . Take off road about 25 kms by your 4x4, you will discover nomad life in cave then to arrive to the center of Moroccan roses and rose products. Then continue your trip via the Road of One Thousand Kasbahs, passing the Skoura palm oasis before arriving in Ouarzazate. Visit the UNESCO heritage Kasbah Ait Benhaddou. In typical Moroccan fashion, the true treasures must be searched out and discovered... usually off the beaten path. In actuality, this setting has been used for more films than any other location in Morocco; films including, Lawrence of Arabia, Jesus of Nazareth, and recently The Gladiator. Lunch can be taken at Ait Benhaddou. We will visit the Kasbah of Telouet which was occupied by the Pacha Glaoui during his reign and is frequented by Moroccan travelers. It sits in the village of Telouet located outside the Onilla Valley. The Harem and reception hall areas give one a good idea of the former luxury in which El Glaoui lived, as well as a look at the Andalusian style of decorating. However, the older parts of the Kasbah are in complete ruins, making it difficult to see properly. Walking through the crumbling passageways is like walking through a maze and some have gotten lost exploring the ruined Kasbah. In the afternoon, we cross over the High Atlas mountains towards Marrakech. Drop off at your accommodation.
- 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