8 DAYS TOUR FROM CASABLANCA
Brief Itinerary of Casablanca Desert Tours via Sahara Desert
*We explore Fes on this Casablanca Desert Tours via Sahara Desert
*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
*We discover Essaouira
DAY 1 : CASABLANCA – FES :
After meeting you in your hotel or the airport in Casablanca, we will drive to Fes. First on this Casablanca Desert Tours via Sahara Desert, 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 : EXPLORING FES :
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 – MERZOUGA. CAMEL RIDE IN ERG CHEBBI DUNES AND NIGHT IN A CAMP :
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 Sahara Desert, 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, where you will be transferred to your riad. After a refreshing mint tea, ride your camel to the camp in Erg Chebbi dunes, which are the highest ones in North Africa. Trekking for about 1h 30 min, you will enjoy the beautiful sunset.
Drive back to the desert camp, where you will have dinner, enjoy the music drums gathering around the fire, and pass the night.
DAY 4 : 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. In the first place, you will hike in the valley, while discovering the narrow canyons, plus lunch will be there. Then, we will continue Casablanca Desert Tours via Sahara Desert, 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 5 : DADES VALLEY – AIT BEN HADDOU KASBAH – 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 place 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 Sahara Desert, to Ouarzazate known as the Moroccan Hollywood. Then, we will visit the famous kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou, where we will have lunch. Moreover, 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 traditional riad.
DAY 6 : 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 7 : MARRAKECH – ESSAOUIRA DAY EXCURSION :
Today, we will travel to the seaside resort of Morocco, Essaouira, It is a day full of fun, getting away from the bustling Marrakech. Just couple of hours away from Marrakech, you will find yourself in Essaouira, where you will start your tour by visiting the medieval town. Overlooking the harbor, this seafront Portuguese ramparts, offers a wonderful view of the wooden boats painted with the blue color. Then, you will discover the highlights of the city, such as, the Old Town, art galleries, the Jewish Synagogue… After lunch with a delicious dish of fish-grill, stroll in the sandy Atlantic Ocean, where you can find camels lying on the sand, and see the kitesurfing and windsurfing surfers playing their favourite hobby in the windy beaches. Finally, in the afternoon, we will go back to Marrakech, where you will spend the night.
DAY 8 : TRANSFER TO THE AIRPORT :
This day of Casablanca Desert Tours via Sahara Desert, 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