12 Days Tour from Casablanca To Merzouga Desert

Tour itinirary

Day 1: CASABLANCA

Our professional staff, will pick you up from ( airport / accommodation)  and, transfer you to the Riad you will be staying at. After relaxing  and settling down, our representative will join you for dinner so he can provide you with all the necessary information about the Tour we having.

Overnight at the Riad.

Day 2: CASABLANCA – RABAT

After having breakfast, our wonderful journey around Morocco’s most beautiful destinations will start ; and firstly we will have a short round  “Casablanca “, the commercial capital, and the largest city of Morocco. A blend of moorish style, and European art decoration. Where you are going to visit, the 5th largest mosque in the world, with its world’s tallest minaret. Standing partly over the water; then we will visit the new town.

Afterwards, we are going to visit, “Rabat”, Morocco’s capital city, one the country’s four imperial cities, where you are going to explore One of the most unique sites in the country of Morocco is the Kasbah of the Udayas or also referred as Oudayas Kasbah. This site was originally built in the 12th century and was renovated many times throughout the centuries and it has been home to numbers of Andalusian immigrants, Then see the tower of Hassan, the minara of an incomplete mosque, which was supposed to be the tallest minara in the world.

Dinner and accommodation in Hotel

Day 3: RABAT – VOLUBILIS – MEKNES – FES

After a traditional breakfast in the Riad, we are going to resume our tour towards,  a special destination, a historical  city known as, the Ismaili capital of Morocco ,the city of Meknes. Where you are going to see the famous historical gate of “Bab mansour el alaaj “,  Also the second known Plaza in Morocco after the plaza of jamaa lefna in Marrakech, the plaza of “Lehdim “, next you are going to see the Basin of “Sahrij souani “,  and explore the Moulay Smail Mausoleum.

After lunch, and by staying in the mood of history ,our next location is going to be from the 25 BC,  “Volubilis “,  the site of Romans ruins.

Eventually, we are going to continue towards our final destination of the day, the “Athens of  Africa “ the city of “Fes”,  the oldest city of Morocco, a city that gained the reputation of the religious scholarship. Where you are going to spend the night in a Riad.

Day 4: FEZ – UNESCO HERITAGE SITE

After Breakfast, you are going to explore, the historical ramparts of the Medina of Fes . See the historical “Marinid tombs “, visiting the 14th century “ the Madrasa Bou inania “,and its  excellent museum, with its rich collection of illuminated manuscripts, and ceramics.

Enjoying lunch in the Medina

Then you are going to resume exploring the fascinating cobbled lanes of the Medina, and the richly decorated Attarin’s madrasa, Also the funduq of nejarin, and the medieval tannery,  and the infinite variety of handicrafts, copperplate and pottery.

Eventually, after an entertaining day, you are going to spend the night in a Riad.

Day 5: FES – MIDELT – ERFOUD – MERZOUGA

Early in the morning . Our wonderful trip towards the desert is going to start at 8:00 am from your accommodation in Fes. from here we will depart for our wonderful destination Merzouga’s desert, passing by some of Morocco’s unique places such as the Switzerland of Africa the city of Ifrane ; visiting the largest cedar’s forests in Azrou where you will have the opportunity to see berberic Apes ; a long entertaining drive across the middle Atlas Mountains with some breath-taking views as far as the eye can see.

Half way, we are going to stop by the great city of Midelt to enjoy a traditional lunch before continuing to Merzouga.

On the way we are going to do what we like to call it a worth stop to enjoy a panoramic view of a carpet of palm’s oasis.

Eventually, when arriving at Merzouga you will check up in the hotel, where you can take a relaxing shower and enjoy a  relaxing mint tea to restore.

Overnight and dinner at the hotel .

Day 6: MERZOUGA – ERG CHEBBI – MERZOUGA (90km piste)

After a calm relaxing night, you will  Enjoy a traditional breakfast, then we offer you a tour around the small villages near to  the dunes of Erg Chebbi, such ad  labied Hassi, Merzouga and Khamlia. In Hassi labied we will stop at the garden where you will see the system of irrigation canals. Next  here we continue to Merzouga, you will have the opportunity to see the lake Dayet Srji, formed in the spring that attracts flocks of pink flamingos ; Birdwatchers will enjoy this quiet area. Afterwards, we will explore Khamlia and, meet the locals, and know more about their daily life. You can also find desert reptiles and mammals. In Khamlia, known as the black people who were slaves from Sudan. With their hospitality, You will be  welcomed with a cup of tea while enjoying their spiritual Gnawa music. Leaving Khamlia , we will do what we like to call it a worth stop to enjoy the panoramic view of golden dunes near the Algerian border. We can  go to visit a nomadic family,  taking care of herds of cattle, goats and camels. You can meet members of the family and get to know about their way of life while enjoying the taste of a good cup of tea. After this you will have the opportunity to visit the sites of black volcanic rocks, near Yasmina Auberge, where you will be amazed at the scene of the dunes, along the nearby lake (spring) ; Camels will be waiting for you, to take you in a wonderful experience, through the golden sandy dunes of Erg Echebbi, taking you to another world, while you’re on top of camels you will admire the unique sunset in the middle of Sahara.

Eventually, you will arrive at our traditional well equipped camp, where you will enjoy a traditional dinner in a friendly mood, while listening to berberine music show under stars.

Overnight in a nomadic camel hair tent.

Day 7: MERZOUGA – RISSANI – ERFOUD – TODRA GORGE – DADES VALLEY

In the morning, before breakfast, it’s recommended to wake-up early so you cannot miss the spectacular sunrise of Merzouga in the middle of the Sahara. Afterwards we are going to ride camels back to the hotel where you can take a relaxing shower and a breakfast before resuming our  tour towards todgha gorge one of the most spectacular canyons around the world passing by the beautiful ziz Valley, in todgha you will have the opportunity to hike among local people to enjoy todgha’s Beauty.

Eventually, we will stop at the gorgeous, Dades gorges where  you will enjoy a traditional dinner and, spend the night at a local hotel.

Day 8: DADES VALLEY – BOUTAGHAR – VALLEY OF THE ROSES – SKOURA – OUARZAZATE – MARRAKECH

Today we will continue our journey visiting the Dades Gorge which offers a variety of landscapes much greater than the Todra Valley; true gorges and spectacular canyons. towards the beautiful city of kalaat mgouna a city literally covered in roses, a carpet of roses as far as the eye can see, then Ouarzazate also known as ” African Hollywood “, passing through the enjoyable path of the thousand Kasbahs passing by tiny Berber villages where you can take some great pictures.

Next we are going to continue towards Skoura, where you are going to explore the well preserved Kasbah of Ameridil

After lunch in front of the spectacular area, we will continue towards our final location of today passing by interesting places and far reaching views

 Simultaneously ,we will arrive to Ouarzazate, we are going to explore the city that attracted with her unique landscapes,  many producers to give it a part in the film,  with her biggest film studios in Morocco. And of course the famous kasbah of taourit.

Next you are going to head out to explore the famous Kasbah of Ait-Ben-Hadou, a world Heritage site, which was a part of many universal films such as “Gladiator” .

Afterwards, you are going  to experience the beauty of atlas mountains via the road of Tizi-n-Tichka the highest road in Morocco with an altitude of 2260m, offering you charming views as far as the eye can admire, valleys, oasis, mountains, and Berber villages.

Eventually, arriving to the red city “Marrakech”, where you are going to stay in a local Riad.

Overnight and dinner in the Riad.

DAY 9: VISITING MARRAKECH WITH LOCAL GUIDE

After breakfast at your accommodation, we will prepare for an exciting experience of exploring the magnificent city of Marrakech, our guide will make sure to show you every important places, starting with :

The Majorelle Gardens & Berber Museum

The Majorelle Gardens, previously the Jardin Bou Saf, bears its name from its original creator, Jacques Majorelle, the French expatriate artist who was born in Nancy France in 1886. In 1947 he opened his gardens to the public and during this time also painted a magnificent ceiling space at La Mamounia hotel. Later, French fashion designer Yves Saint-Laurent purchased the gardens. Today the Majorelle Gardens house a unique collection of flora and fauna along with the Berber Museum.

The Old Spice Market 

The Rahba Kedima is a colorful market filled with a wide collection of spices from Cumin, Cinnamon, Saffron, Dried Pepper and more. You will inhale different perfumes while walking through the market.

The Jewish Mellah

Founded in 1558 by Moulay Abdallah, the Mellah district was designated as the Jewish quarter in Marrakech.

El Bahia Palace 

The El Bahia Palace in Marrakech is a beautiful building and a striking example of Eastern Architecture from the 19th century that represents trends and standards of the wealthy life, lived at that time.

Visit the Marrakech  Synagogue in the old medina.

 This Quarter was created in the Kasbah area in 1558. The Jewish community enjoyed autonomy even though Jews weren’t allowed to own any property outside the Mellah and controlled the sugar trade. There are approximately 250 Jews still living in Marrakech, and most live outside the Medina.

We will also Visit the Synagogue of Beth-El, Impasse Des Moulins (Centre American) – Gueliz.

The Saadian Tombs

The Saadian tombs in Marrakech date back from the time of the sultan Ahmad al-Mansur (1578-1603).  The mausoleum comprises the corpses of about sixty members of the Saadi Dynasty that originated in the valley of the Draa River.

Overnight at a Hotel or Riad in Marrakech.

DAY 10: MARRAKECH – ESSAOUIRA

From Marrakech we will move to  Essaouira, a seaside fishing town known for it’s Portuguese and Jewish History along with hand painted charming blue, white and yellow painted houses, fresh seafood and artist community.

You are going to start exploring the great historical sides of Essaouira, starting by Scala the kasbah the copy of the french coastal town saint-Malo,build by the French architecture “Théodore Cornut”. Next you are going to walk through the old Medina and enjoy the rich handicraft products that the city provide and, the antique traditional colored houses in the Medina.

Next you will try a special dish with  a fresh  fishes.

Essaouira is known for its annual GnaouaMusicFestival that attracts 300,000+ people in June. It also has an expansive beach for surfing called Plage de Safi. Also you will discover the Jewish headquarter in the old medina.

 Dinner and accommodation in a Riad.

DAY 11: ESSAOUIRA – CASABLANCA

After  breakfast at the Riad , from Essaouira  we will head over to the beautiful city of Casablanca, on the way we are going to explore the stunning cities of Safi and , Oualidia where you will enjoy a delicious seafood for lunch, then to the old medina of El Jadida, was founded by the Portuguese in 1513, and which  was known as Mazagan,

eventually arriving at Casablanca ,where you will spend the night in a hotel

DAY 12: CASABLANCA

After breakfast, our driver will make sure to transfer you to the airport, according to your flight info and, unfortunately here where our unforgettable experience will end.

 

What’s included?

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Private Comfortable A/C Vehicle.

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English/ Spanish speaking driver during the tour.

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Pick up & Drop off at your accommodation.

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Accommodation with breakfast.

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Camel Trek and overnight in nomad desert bivouac with guide (Private tents)

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Free time to explore the sites such as Ait Benhaddou, kasbah, Walks, Canyons, Breaks for photos,..Etc

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fuel

What’s NOT included?

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Lunches

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Drinks

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Entry Fees for Monuments

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