9 DAYS CULTURAL TOUR FROM CASABLANCA TO IMPERIAL CITIES & DESERT

Casablanca, Morocco

Overview

Discover the imperial cities of Morocco: Marrakech, Fes, Meknes and Rabat on a 9-day trip from the Casablanca. Admire the royal palaces, historical monuments and many sites, sleep in a desert camp and ride a camel to go on an adventure in the desert in the great dunes of Merzouga. stroll through the narronw streets of Fez and Marrakech and enjoy the souks / colorful markets, discover the culture and traditions of Morocco during 9-day tours from Casablanca, visit the most beautiful imperial cities of Fez, Meknes, Rabat and Marrakech. Explore the Sahara desert and dunes, ride a camel, discover the World Heritage Kasbahs, enjoy Moroccan hospitality and delicious Moroccan cuisine throughout the visit.

Highlights :

  • Visit the biggest Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca
  • Explore Fez, the country’s cultural capital, stopping at souks, tanneries, madrasas, and mosques.
  • Experience Morocco’s four imperial cities on this 9 days tour
  • Stroll the streets of Casablanca, admire the beautiful historical monuments of Fez, Meknes and Rabat
  • Tour the ancient walled medina of Meknes and the beautiful gates
  • Visit and explore the world heritage unesco Kasbahs
  • Stroll the labyrinth souks of Marrakech with your guide
  • See the Roman ruins at Volubilis.
  • Admire the lush gardens of Marrakech and check out the snake charmers in Jemma el Fnaa Square.
  • Ride camels in the desert in an unforgettable experience
  • Sleep and enjoy an exceptional overnight in desert camp

Good to know :

Destination :Imperial Cities and Desert , Kasbahs , Marrakech
Departure Location :Casablanca
Return Location :Casablanca
Departure Time: Please arrive by 07:45 AM for a prompt departure at 08:00 AM.
Return Time: Approximately 7:00 PM.

Tour on the map:

Included

  • Pick-up from Casablanca or meet and greet at the airport
  • Well-maintained 4WD, van or bus for transportation including fuel
  • An experienced & multilingual driver
  • Local tour guides to explore Marrakech
  • Camel Trek in Merzouga (one camel each)
  • Camel ride experience for the sunset view
  • Overnight accommodation in a desert camp and Boumalne Dades including dinner & breakfast.
  • All nights accommodation including breakfast
  • Unique Experiences

Excluded

  • Lunches & drinks on the way
  • Admission fee to sites if any
  • Extras

Tour Plan

DAY 1 Arrival Casablanca

Meet & greet upon arrival in Mohamed V International Airport of Casablanca by your private driver/guide, drive to your hotel.

DAY 2 Casablanca - Rabat - Meknes (250 km highway)

Visit the Hassan II Mosque, which is the third largest mosque in the Islamic World with the capacity of holding more than 86000 worshipers. The minaret dominates the horizons of the city with its striking architecture that astonishes every visitor, then  continue your route to Rabat, the administrative capital of the kingdom. Visit the Hassan tower, the Mohammed V mausoleum and the Oudayas kasbah (the old Moriscos medina) and have lunch. Pursuit and arrival to Meknes to visit its famous doors of Bab el Mansour, the mausoleum with the stables of Moulay Ismail and the basin of Sahrij Swani. Night at the hotel/Riad.

DAY 3 Meknes - Volubilis - Fez (90 km)

After your breakfast, departure for Fes via  the Roman city of Volubilis , then drive to Fes, lunch break. In the afternoon, external visit of Fez by the royal palace, the impressive panoramic view of the medina and the district of the local pottery. Dinner and overnight in a Riad/Hotel.

Fes - Ifran – Ziz Valley - Erfoud - Merzouga

Pick-up at 07 :30 am from your hotel/Riad in Fes by your private driver/guide. We highly recommend starting our journey the earliest the better as you need to be in the Sahara desert of Merzouga before the sun sets. Our first stop after driving through the nearby plain is in the charmin town of Ifrane. It is often called the Switzerland version city of Morocco because of its Alpian architecture.

We will have a nice drive through the cedar forest of the Middle Atlas that hosts a colony of Barbary Macaques. After having lunch near Midelt, then continue on the track crossing the spectacular High-Atlas Mountains, then include a short break for taking pictures in the panoramic palm valley of Ziz before arriving in the majestic sand dunefield of Erg Chebbi.

A warm welcome by the staff members with mint tea, pastries and nuts as a Moroccan ritual. You may want to stretch your legs in the soft sand dunes before enjoying a delicious meal for dinner by the pool or inside our atmospheric restaurant. Spend the night in a nice Riad by the edge of the sand dunes.

DAY 5 Merzouga - Erg Chebbi Tour

After breakfast, you will spend most of the day exploring what the Sahara desert of Erg Chebbi has to offer. You will get an insight into the traditional system of irrigation known as “Khettaras”, which consists of conveying water to the oasis by a digging wells and interconnecting them with an underground channel. Visit the Khamlia village, which is resided by black Africans brought as slaves and are known for the Gnawa Music they tend to perform to guest-visitors.

We will have a complete tour around the sand dunes of Erg Chebbi offering miraculous view. Visit a local nomad family offering an opportunity to learn about their unique style of life before driving back to our hotel/Riad for the highlight of the desert experience.

Go on a camel ride experience  enjoying the breathtaking views of the sunset before getting to the desert camp where you will spend the night.

DAY 6 Merzouga - Tinghir - Boumalne Dades (320 km)

After your return from camp with camels, breakfast and shower. We are going towards Boumalne Dades via Erfoud and Tinghir. We pass over the small towns and oases of Jorf with its old irrigation systems (foggaras), Touroug and Tinejdad. Arrival in the Todra Gorge and lunch break. After a short visit is impressive on foot, then take the path to the valley and the Dades Gorge. Dinner and overnight at the Hotel/Riad

DAY 7 Boumalne Dades - Ouarzazate - Ait Ben Haddou - Marrakech (340 km)

In the morning, we leave the charm of the Dades gorges to Marrakech on the road of a thousand kasbahs.  cross the valley of roses Kalaat M'gouna, then a stop in the Kasbah of Taourirte (old Ouarzazate) and in front of the center of the studio, visit the famous Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou. After that, we go to Marrakech through Tichka Pass (2260m)in the High Atlas mountains. Have the opportunity to walk in the medina through its souks and the famous mythical place Jemaa el Fna (Marrakech by night). Night in a hotel/Riad.

DAY 8 Exploring Marrakech: guide tour of the red city Marrakech

After breakfast, you will explore Marrakech with a local tour guide. Drive through the Ville Nouvelle to the botanical gardens of Majorelle, then have a guided walking tour of the Medina from the Koutoubia Mosque, which was built in the 12th century by the Almohad dynasty. Visit the 15th-century Saadian Tombs with their geometric designs, then the Bahia Palace before getting into the heart of the Medina where you can visit the vibrant Souks, which are divided into sections.

End the guided tour of Marrakech at the Jemaa el-Fna Square (the focal point of Marrakech).

DAY 9 Marrakech - Casablanca

Depending on your flight schedule, you will drive either to the airport of Marrakech or Casablanca where you will be assisted with your departure hoping you go back home with memorable experiences.

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