Experience a one-in-a-lifetime journey of the Imperial Cities from Casablanca through the Sahara Desert with All Morocco Tours.
DAY 1 : CASABLANCA – RABAT
Your guide will pick you up at the airport in Casablanca and your tour will start with a visit to the Hassan II Mosque. Then we will departure for Rabat and visit the city and monuments: the Oudaias Alcazaba, the Mausoleum of Mohammed V, and Hassan Tower. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Rabat.
DAY 2 : RABAT – FES :
Your guide will pick you up from your accommodations in Rabat after breakfast. Today we will drive to Fes, passing through Rabat and Meknes. We will visit important places in those cities as well as the Roman ruins of Volubilis. You will arrive in the evening and enjoy dinner and stay overnight in a traditional Moroccan riad.
DAY 3 : FES – FES :
A knowledgable guide will meet you at your riad in the morning for an incredible cultural and historical tour of Fes. You will visit the medina (the old city) and it’s labyrinth of alleys, the Jewish Quarter, and the Royal Palace gate in the morning before enjoying lunch. In the afternoon, we will visit the famous tanneries and the Quaraouine mosque — the first university in the world — before driving to the top of the city for a wonderful panoramic view of the city. If you wish, we will also visit the pottery cooperative. You will have free time in the evening, enjoy dinner, and stay overnight in the same riad.
DAY 4 : FES – IFRANE AZROU – MIDELT – ERRACHIDIA – ZIZ VALLEY – ERFOUD – MERZOUGA :
Your guide will pick up from your hotel in Fes in the morning after breakfast and depart for the south of Morocco. You will stop in Ifrane, known as the Switzerland of Morocco, to enjoy its beauty and take photos. After that you will head toward Azrou to see the playful monkeys in the cedar forest. We will continue to Midelt and stop for lunch. In the afternoon, we will cross the pass of Tizi n Tighamt to reach Errachidia while admiring the views of Ziz Gorge. We will stop for a panoramic view of Ziz valley, will pass through Erfoud (the Moroccan capital city of fossils), and then arrive in Merzouga for our camel trek.
Before we leave for the desert, the camels will be packed with water, food, blankets, and everything else which we will need for the trip. Each person will have their own camel and the ride will take 1.5 hours to reach the inside the dunes.
You will arrive to your own private tent, and then you can walk in the dunes to watch the beautiful sunset and try sand boarding on the sand dunes. After seeing the sun set, you will go down back to the camp to enjoy mint tea (what we call Moroccan Berber Whiskey!). Then you will have your meal of delicious Moroccan Berber tagine in the camp. After dinner, the party will start. Local Berber nomad musicians will play traditional music with drums and dancing. Afterwards, you will watch the magical sky full of stars and enjoy the peaceful desert. Dinner and overnight in nomad camp.
Tents have various amenities depending on your selection including beds, electricity, private bathroom with shower, and air conditioning (please let us know which amenities you would like for an accurate quote).
DAY 5 : MERZOUGA – KHAMLIA – RISSANI – DRAA VALLEY – OUARZAZATE :
Awake in the morning to the gentle calling of your guide to see the sun rise over the dunes of the Sahara. We will ride camels back from Desert Camp to Merzouga for breakfast and showers. Then we will have a short tour through the dunes of Erg Chebbi in 4×4 to view the expansive desert. Leaving for Todra Gorge, we will drive off-road drive across the hamada (black Desert) to get to the Sahara town of Rissani to visit the animated local market. Afterwards, we head north to Erfoud, known for its fossils, and can stop to visit a fossil workshop before we continue to the impressive Todra canyons and the Draa Valley. Rock climbing (additional reservations may be required) and hiking is available in the canyons before heading to the hotel for dinner and our overnight stay in Ouarzazate.
DAY 6 : OUARZAZATE – AIT BEN HADDOU – MARRAKECH :
After breakfast in the hotel, we begin our journey along the road of Thousand Kasbahs, viewing the enormous kasbahs on both sides of the road. You’ll enjoy the impressive landscapes of the Valley of the Roses before we reach Skoura palm grove. We will visit Taourirt Kasbah before departing to UNESCO World Heritage Site Ait Benhaddou, famous for films such as The Man Who Would Be King, Jewel of the Nile, Jesus of Nazareth, The Message, Lawrence of Arabia, The Mummy, and Gladiator. We will continue with a visit to the traditional High Atlas Berber village of Telouet and the Kasbah el Glaoui. We will have lunch in a local restaurant in Telouet before descending the Tizi-n-Tichka to Marrakech. You will arrive to Marrakech in the evening for dinner and your stay in the riad.
DAY 7 : MARRAKECH – MARRAKECH :
The next day you will enjoy a tour of Marrakech with a private guide. Our first half of the tour will include a visit to the famous Palais de Bahia, a beautifully decorated palace full of enchanting inner rooms and elaborate mosaic walls. Then we will walk through the Jewish Quarter, with distinctly different architecture from the rest of the medina, and also discover the incredible Saadian tombs. We’ll visit Medersa Ben Youssef, an old school of Quranic study with beautiful Arabian-Andalucían architecture, and see the Koutoubia Mosque, an icon of Marrakech and a point of orientation for tourists. Lastly, we’ll head to the world-famous Jemaah el Fna square with its countless orange juice stands, snake charmers, traditionally-garbed water sellers and henna women. Enjoy a refreshing midday pause on one of the terraces with a panoramic view and take in the sights of the colorful crowds below.
We will then continue on to the incredible Majorelle Gardens and you will make your way through the oasis of calm in the midst of the bustling city at your leisure. Visit the Berber Museum housed in the bright blue villa and learn about the history and traditions of Berber people and see some of their beautiful traditional clothing.Dinner and overnight in same riad.
DAY 8 : MARRAKECH – CASABLANCA AIRPORT
We will transfer you to Casablanca airport before your departure. Thank you for choosing All Morocco Tours!
- Private tour for up to 6 people
- Morocco culture Tour in 4×4 vehicle with A/C
- Experienced driver / experienced guide
- Hotel accommodations and desert camp
- Breakfast and dinner
- Camel trek into desert camp and back next morning
NOT INCLUDED :
- Flights to and from Morocco
- Lunches, drinks
- Entry fees to historical sites and additional excursions