9 DAYS TOUR FROM CASABLANCA
Brief Itinerary of Casablanca Desert Tours via Fes
*We explore Fes on this Casablanca Desert Tours via Fes
*We experience Sahara desert in Merzouga
*Camel ride in desert
*We explore Dades and Todra gorges with optional trekking (if time allows)
*You will visit Ait Benhaddou and film studios in Ouarzazatte
*We explore Marrakech
DAY 1 : CASABLANCA AIRPORT AND DRIVE TO FES :
After meeting you in the airport in Casablanca, we will drive to Fes. First on this Casablanca Desert Tours via Fes, we will pass by Rabat ﹙the kingdom capital ﹚. If time allows, we can visit the magnificent landmark Hassan tower. Then, we will continue our journey to Meknes ﹙the Ismaili metropolis in Morocco﹚. Before arriving to Fes, we will stop in Volubilis, ﹙UNESCO World Heritage Site﹚, you will see the most wonderful Mosaic pillars and walls developed in the 3rd century BC. Finally, we will arrive to Fes in the late afternoon, there you will spend the night in a fancy riad.
DAY 2 : FEZ:
After breakfast, we will explore the spiritual city, Fes. Start your historical and cultural tour by exploring the Ancient Medina as your first stop will be in the Royal Palace, to see its sublime decorated doors. Next to it you will find Mellah “The Jewish Quarter” in fact, it is the first one built in the country, which back dates to the 14th century. From there, you will wander in the narrow alleys, discovering all the historical sites, including﹕ the famous University of Al-Quarraouine, which is the oldest school in the world. there is also Bouanania Madrassa, which plays a significant role in teaching the quran. During your discovery tour you will explore the magnificent chaouara tannery, and Nejjarine fountain, mausoleum of Moulay Idriss… In addition to the local souks and the artisans area. After lunch, you will have a walk outside the Old Medina, to see the panoramic view of the Medina. In the late afternoon, we will drive back to the accommodation to spend the night.
DAY 3 : FES – IFRANE – AZROU – ZIZ VALLEY – MERZOUGA :
In the morning, we will leave Fes to Merzouga. In the first place, you will pass through the Middle Atlas Mountains, discovering its berber villages. Your first stop will be in Ifrane, the charming ski resort in Morocco, referred to as “The Little Switzerland”. Next, we will across the magnificent cedar forest, to see the macaque monkeys species leaping upon the trees. Moving forward to the south, we will stop at Midelt to have lunch. Then we will continue our Casablanca Desert Tours via Fes, to the dramatic Ziz Valley, passing through Tizi Ntalghamt, for an opportunity to glimpse the beautiful panoramic views of the landscapes, and take some incredible pictures. Passing through Errachidia, Erfoud and Rissani. We will finally arrive to Merzouga village in the late afternoon, where you will be welcomed with a glass of mint tea, and checking your accommodation.
DAY 4 : MERZOUGA – SAHARA DESERT – CAMEL TREK :
The next day, you will start your journey by visiting Khamlia village, its people are originated from Sudan. In the first place, you will discover their way of life, and their unique Gnawa music. Then, we will go to the desert, in which you will discover the traditional way of life in the desert. People who live in nomadic berber tents, furthermore, you will enjoy with them a special berber pizza meal called Medfouna. Later, you will visit Rissani, a fortified place surrounded by 360 castles. They also have a traditional open market for selling colthes, vegetables and spices, if you like we can help you to buy some of the products, so as, to save them as souvenirs. In the past, it was called Sijilmassa, the meeting point of salt caravans. In the afternoon, we will drive back to Merzouga, we will ride our camels for an 1h to the heart of the desert, reaching the high dunes to watch the spectacular sunset. Finally, we will ride back the camels with our experienced camel man. Dinner will be in berber tents in the desert, in addition you will spend the night there under the magical sky.
DAY 5 : MERZOUGA – TOUDGHA GORGES – DADES VALLEY :
Wake up in the early morning to watch the exquisite sunrise over the high dunes, then, trek back to Merzouga appreciating the views of the sandy Erg Chebbi dunes . Upon arrival to merzouga, you will take a shower and breakfast in the riad. After that, we will drive to Tinghir and explore Todra gorges, which are the narrowest and the highest gorges in Morocco. On this Casablanca Desert Tours via Fes, you will hike in the valley, while discovering the narrow canyons, plus lunch will be there. Then, we will go to the Dades valley, craved out the cliff, and named as “monkey toes”. During the ride you will pass by the amazing castle sands, where you can stop and picture them. Overnight will be in the Dades Gorges, in a wonderful riad overlooks the gorges.
DAY 6 : DADES VALLEY- OUARZAZETTE – AIT BEN HADDOU – MARRAKECH :
In the next day, after breakfast we will leave the Dades gorges and depart to Kalaat M’gouna. This particularly way to the rose valley is named the path of thousand Kasbahs, giving the best opportunities for photography shots. Then, we will arrive to the rose valley through Skoura, which is only placed in Morocco that extract the natural rose water, which is used in cosmetics and Anti-wrinkle. After that, we will continue our Casablanca Desert Tours via Fes, to Ouarzazate known as the Moroccan Hollywood. Then, we will visit the famous kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou. In the first place, it is Accredited as the UNESCO patrimony since 1987, and the backdrop for Hollywood movies like﹕ ‘Gladiator’ and ‘Lawrence of Arabia’… Finally, we will pass through Tizi Ntichka, the highest pass in the atlas mountains of 2,260 m. In addition, we can stop to see the process of making Argan oil. Arriving to Marrakech in the afternoon, where your driver will drop you to your accommodation in Marrakech.
DAY 7 : MARRAKECH SIGHTSEEING :
This day you will discover Marrakech, one of the imperial cities in Morocco. You will explore the most unavoidable visits, including Koutoubia Mosque. In addition to the Saadian tombs, where you will find the tomb of the Sultan Ahmed al-Mansour ﹙the ruler of Marrakech﹚. Then, you will discover the grandeur Bahia palace, with the intricate and fancy decoration, it will fascinate you more when you will hear the stories about the Sultan and his concubines. Next, visit the french botanical orchard, The Majorelle Gardens. A beautiful garden of all the exotic plants, Majorelle garden is a great place to relax. After lunch, near the beguiling ” Jemaa El Fna “, you will explore the local souks, which are the places of handicrafts. In the afternoon, free time to stroll in the city by yourself.
DAY 8 : FREE DAY IN MARRAKECH OR DAY TRIP TO ESSAOUIRA :
This is a free day for you of Casablanca Desert Tours via Fes, to enjoy your time as you please. You have multiple choices to choose from, whether to have a tour all around Marrakech discovering its historical monuments, and relax. Or you can have a cooking class in the Ancient Medina, where you will learn the culinary art with professional cooks. Or simply, you can have a day excursion to Essaouira the fishing port city in Morocco.
DAY 9 : TRANSFER TO THE AIRPORT :
This day of Casablanca Desert Tours via Fes, depends on your flight time. Your driver will pick you up from your accommodation in Marrakech and transfer you to the airport.
*Pick up and drop off from your hotel
*Transport in comfortable air conditioned 4×4 vehicle
* Experienced English speaking driver / guide
*Camel trek to reach the desert camp (1 camel per person)
*Accommodation in hotel / riad / desert camp in desert tents
*1 Night in the Sahara desert dunes with dinner and breakfast
*Drinks and lunches
*Plane ticket to and from Morocco
*Tips and what’s not mentioned