Day 1 : Casablanca – Rabat
Meet at Airport and travel into the city with the first views of the Moroccan country-side. Visit to Hassan II mosque (not possible on Fridays or religious holidays), the largest mosque in Africa and decorated with beautiful tiling of the utmost craftsmanship. The last visit is at 14.00 and it is necessary to queue for tickets so it may only be possible to visit the exterior. Continue to the capital city, Rabat, to spend the night in a riad.
Day 2 : Rabat – Fes
After breakfast in the riad, we visit the Hassan Tower, the famous kasbah in rabat Kasbah Oudayas. then continue drive to the North of Meknes we stop to visit Volubilis to visit the Roman ruins, which are spread over a wide area and afford beautiful views over the valley and hills. Continue to Fes for dinner and the night in a riad.
Day 3 : Fes Sightseeing
Enjoy a full day sightseeing tour in Fes which is the oldest of Morocco’s four “Imperial Cities”. The medieval city of Fes El Bali, or “Old Fes” remains complete and is unspoiled. During your tour of this part of the town, you can visit the exotic Bou Inania Medersa, the Medina and the Kairaouine Mosque, where you may take photos of the wonderful courtyard from the main gate as well as the famous soukhs. In the afternoon you can visit Fes El Jdid, or “New Fes” and the Museum of Moroccan Arts. The night is spent in the riad.
Day 4 :Fes – Ifrane – Azrou- Midelt – Merzouga Erg Chebbi
We depart early from Fez and begin the ascent into the Middle Atlas. We pass through Ifrane, a winter ski resort built by the French in the 1930’s to resemble a Swiss village. Further along the road we will pay a visit the cedar forests in Azrou you can spot wild Barbary monkeys. The drive continues across the Middle Atlas Mountains as we wind our way through forests, jagged rock faces, and Berber villages over the mountains, eventually beginning to descend towards the desert. We will stop for lunch in the town of Midelt, famous for its fossils and rocks, then we continue towards Merzouga. This offers panoramic views of the huge Ziz palm oasis. We will reach to Merzouga in the afternoon, and spend the night in a hotel near the Erg Chebbi Dunes.
Day 5 : Merzouga – Desert Tour – Erg Chebbi Dunes – Camel trek
After breakfast, we will start an adventure tour in our overland vehicle, of approximately half day in the desert, experiencing the different faces of the desert: sand dunes and expanses of black volcanic rock, and explore a cave where you can discover how the local people extract the fossils from the heart of the earth. We will pass through small villages and stop to drink mint tea and have lunch with a Berber family in their tent, along the same road used by the Paris Dakar rally. In the afternoon, your guide and camels will be waiting for you to start the camel trek across the sandy dunes of Erg Chebbi. Your guide will lead you through a different desert landscape and take you on top of the dunes enjoy the the sunset. After approx.About 1:30 hours you will reach the desert camp where we will spend the night in comfortable nomad tents. After dinner and mint tea,winter there will be a camp fire and silence in desert .
Day 6 :Merzouga – Rissani – Todra Gorges – Dades Valley
In the morning your guide will wake you up early to take a walk over the sand dunes and watch the sunrise from just behind the Algerian border. We take the camel back to the hotel, where you will have the opportunity to shower then and relax while enjoying breakfast. Mid-morning we leave on take road towards the Todra Gorges. We stop to visit Rissani, the town where the Alaouite dynasty established their current rule of Morocco, and the remains of Sijilmassa, an ancient center of desert trade for the caravans going to Timbukt. From here we continue West, passing through the Ziz valley, famous for the best dates in Morocco, reaching the gorges in the afternoon . We explore the natural of the Todra gorges, and then continue at our leisure to the Dades valley, having dinner and overnight in a traditional Kasbah.
Day 7 : Dades Gorges – Ouarzazate
After breakfast a walk in the Dades Gorges is scheduled. Back at the car, the trip to Ouarzazate continues, going off-road along the Boutarar piste to visit Berber nomads in their caves and partake of a glass of tea with them. From here we continue through the Valley of the Roses, famous for its Rose Festival in May, and where highly valued oils, creams and soups are produced. You reach the kasbahs of Skoura, the most well-known of which is Kasbah Amredil which you will stop to visit. Once in Ouarzazate you will stay in a riad or guest house.
Day 8 : Ouarzazate – Marrakesh
After breakfast, the route goes on to Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, a World Heritage site and the backdrop for many Hollywood blockbusters such as the Kingdom of Heaven and the Gladiator. It is the most famous Kasbah in Morocco and one of the most visited spots in the whole country. From there the road continues to Telouet, along the recently asphalted road high above the beautiful green valley below. Telouet is set right in the midst of the mountains and was once the seat of the last Pasha of Marrakesh, El Glaoui, from where the highest pass in Africa, Tizi-n-Tichka was controlled. At the end of the afternoon we arrive in Marrakesh, having crossed this highest pass in North Africa.
Day 9 : Marrakesh Sightseeing
Marrakech is probably best known for central Djemma El Fna with its juice stalls, dried fruit and nut stalls, women applying henna, snake charmers, story sellers and the myriad of nightly food stalls. You will visit the following places according to time and inclination: the Majorelle Gardens which belonged to Yves St Laurent and is famous for its special shade of blue, the Koutoubia Mosque, El Bahia Palace which means “the palace of the beautiful”, the Qoranic School, the Ben Youssef Medersa which used to house some 80 Qoranic students and the Saadian Tombs. You spend another night in your riad.
day 10 : Marrakesh to Casablanca
Transfer from your riad to Casablanca airport in time for the check in before your flight.
– Transport in an A/C Vehicle, either a 4WD or Minibus
– An English speaking driver/guide during the tour
– Pick up & Drop off at your Casablanca accommodation or from the airport
– 8 night at a hotel, with dinner and breakfast
– 1 Night in the desert camp, with dinner and breakfast
– Guided Camel Trek and Nomad Bivouac
– Free time to explore the sites, including: Ait Ben Haddou, the kasbahs, the Gorges, and the Erg Chebbi dunes. Always plenty of breaks for photos, walks, and rest stops.
10 DAYS/ 9 NIGHTS tour from Casablanca – Imperial Cities and the Sahara
The Grand Sahara desert Tour & Imperial cities from Casablanca 10-Days /9 Nights
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