12 Days Sahara and Imperial Cities from Casablanca
We will start this 12 days tour. From Casablanca via the Sahara Desert, visit Casablanca mosque, and tourist places in Rabat Hassan Tower, Udayas, Meknes, and Volubilis; Full day to visit Fez the old Imperial City, Ifrane “the Moroccan Switzerland”, then Azrou and the famous cedar forest the largest in Morocco. During This trip, explore the Sahara Desert: Erg Chebbi, ride camel, sunrise and sunset, night in a camp between dunes in Sahara, Gnaoua music in Khamlia, Draa Valley, Dades Valley, Ouarzazate, Kasbah Ait Benhaddou, Marrakech, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mogador (Essaouira) and Marrakech sightseeing. 12 days.
Day 1: Arrival at Airport – Visit Casablanca
Arrive at Casablanca Mohamed V airport. Then, visit the historical heritage of the largest city of Morocco, and we will be able to explore some places in the city. As the biggest Mosque Hassan II and the Coastal Seaside “Corniche”. Before we come back to the hotel overnight.
Day 2: Casablanca – Rabat
Departure to Rabat the capital of Morocco, the first step in Kasbah of Udayas, which is the oldest place in Rabat with a special panoramic view, the stunning river “Bu Regrag” and the views of the Atlantic ocean. The second step in Rabat is Hassan Tower “Tour Hassan” and tomb, it’s an uncompleted mosque started by “Al Mohads” leader Yacoub Al-Mansour. The evening will be free to enjoy it yourself.
Day 3: Rabat – Meknes – Volubilis – Fes.
The 12 days tour takes us along a beautiful stretch of farmlands, where olives, grain, vegetables, and grapes are grown. Before arriving in Fes, you will visit Meknes has the Medersa Bou Inania and the Bab Mansour, the Gateway to Moulay Ismail Palace. This leads us to the Henrie-Souani, the horses’ stable and granaries. After that, head to Volubilis or Walili in the Berber language, which is a partly excavated Berber Roman ruins in Morocco situated near the city of Meknes, then continue to Fes. The overnight in your hotel or Riad.
Day 4: Full day exploring Fes
Today, Exploring the attractions of Fez the old imperial city of Morocco. The tour starts from the Royal Palace gate, you will have the opportunity, to visit the ceramics cooperative to see traditional Moroccan crafts, and take 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 famous Al karaouine University, Overnight.
Day 5: Fes – Ifrane – Midelt – Ziz Valley – Merzouga Desert
After today’s breakfast, we will drive to the Sahara desert. Passing through Ifrane and the cedar forests of Azrou, where the wild monkeys are located. It will be a good opportunity to take photos of the wilderness in Morocco. Lunch in a small Berber village. We continue the way through the Atlas Mountains enjoying the landscapes of Midelt, arriving in the small town of Rich, Erfoud in which we’ll feel the beginning of the Desert oasis of Tafilalet. And then continue to Merzouga desert, after relaxing few min.. you’ll ride the camels to spend the night in a Desert Camp.
Day 6: full day in the Sahara desert – Merzouga – nomads – Gnawa music.
After breakfast, we’ll start your exploitative journey to the area. Visiting the ‘Berber village of blacks’ originally slaves from Sudan… to experience their music and lifestyle. Not far away there’s the lake of Merzouga with its bird populations, including flamingos. You may also like to visit the nomad wire house where many Berber. Handicrafts are priced lower than in the big cities. In the afternoon you will mount your calm man, to explore inside the mysterious sand sea of the Erg-Chebbi. Here you’ll spend your first night under the stars, Overnight.
Day 7: Merzouga – Rissani – Todra Gorges – Dades valley
Today, we will enjoy desert sunrise in the Merzouga desert and then we ride the camel back to the village. After breakfast and shower, we head to Rissani, then Tinghir and Todra Gorges. It is the highest and narrowest gorges in Morocco. After lunch in the gorge, we’ll drive through the Dades Valley enjoying the rock formations and monkey toes. Overnight in Dades Valley.
Day 8: Dades Valley – Skoura – Ouarzazate
After breakfast, we’ll drive through the Dades Valley towards Roses Valley and Ouarzazat. The route called the Road of the Thousand Kasbahs – provides numerous opportunities to take some of your best photographic shots of the trip. We’ll stop at Kalaat Mgouna, “the rose city”. Continue to Ouarzazate via the Amridil Kasbah, one of the last Berber chieftains during the 18th century. then, Kasbah of Taourirt and cinema museum, Overnight in Ouarzazate.
Day 9: Ouarzazate – Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah – Marrakech.
This morning, We depart to Marrakech via the high Atlas mountains. You will visit The Atlas film studios, after that. You will visit the UNESCO World Heritage site, the Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou. which has served as a natural decoration for many movie producers since the 1960s. And stop for lunch in a local restaurant in the village. In the Afternoon. We will drive to Marrakech over the mountains of high Atlas passing through the Tizi N’tichka pass (2260 m in altitude). Drop off in Marrakech.
Day 10: Full day to visit Marrakech
Today will have an optional private Guided Tour of Marrakech, with an official guide. You will see the famous Mosque of Koutoubia, the Medina, and its souks, and explore some more of Marrakech’s secrets: Ali Ben Youssef Koranic school, the Saadian the Bahia Palace, and Majorelle Gardens, a night at a Riad in the Medina. Overnight.
Day 11: Day trip to Essaouira
The next day morning, you will be traveling to the coastal city of Essaouira. Got there after about a 2-and-a-half-hour drive to start exploring the city, walk through the alleys of the Medina, and view hundreds of handicrafts. This “City of the Wind” attracts surfers from all over the world. Essaouira knew many civilizations – including the Portuguese occupation, which affects much of its architecture – however, it remains a small village with much history. Because of its size and its characteristic blue doors and washed walls, it is also regarded as Morocco’s “Jewel of the Atlantic”. You will also visit the women’s co-operative of Argan oil. Here they extract the oil that is famous for its culinary, cosmetic, and medicinal properties. Lunch will be in the medina or the port. In the afternoon, you will travel back to Marrakech. Overnight at Riad.
Day 12: Marrakech – Casablanca Airport
After breakfast in your riad, we will drive you to Casablanca airport for your flight back home, end of the 12 days Sahara and imperial cities.
- Private Transport: 4×4, Minibus, bus, / air-conditioned vehicles
- Driver/Guide (Multilingual)
- Local guide in Fez and Marrakech
- Car fuel
- 10 Nights in Hotel or Riad (breakfast)
- 1 Night in a desert camp (Dinner & breakfast )
- Camel Ride in the Desert
- Sandboarding in Dunes
What’s not included:
- Drinks and Lunches
- Dinners in Casablanca, Rabat, Fes and Marrakech
- Flight Ticket
- Monuments ticket
For the price and more information, please do not hesitate to contact us, and let us know about the number of people and the dates of your tour, we will get back to you as soon as possible.
In case you want to modify any of these tours, just be in contact with us beforehand and we will make it happen.