Imperial Cities, Desert Tour from Casablanca 10 days
Morocco desert tour from Casablanca 10-day is the perfect way to experience authentic Moroccan culture. It combines the majestic and magical Sahara Desert with the four Imperial cities of Marrakech, Rabat, Fes, and Meknes.
The best start to your holiday in Morocco is with a memorable visit to the exquisite Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca. Exploring the main attractions of Rabat, such as the Hassan Tower, the Mausoleum of Mohammed V and the Medina add to these first wonderful impressions.
More of this oriental feeling is on view in the other Imperial cities. This is evident on a full day sightseeing tour in Fes: the medina, the Royal Palace, madrassahs, the leather tanneries. And again on a walking tour in Marrakech to discover its vibrant souks, colourful gardens, madrassahs, beautiful palaces, and Djemaa El Fna.
In the golden dunes of Erg Chebbi the memorable camel ride is an absolute must and a highlight. Your photos of your party wearing turbans the nomad way will bring make fabulous memories. Dancing to Berber music rhythms round a camp fire is a full acoustic experience. Your own private comfortable tent in a luxury desert camp near the big dunes will be the perfect ending to an unforgettable day.
Taking a full-day camel trek in the highest Sahara Desert dunes in Morocco offers a brief glimpse into nomadic life. But you could also opt to take a half-day 4×4 tour around the dunes to Khamlia village. Or you can simply relax in the camp reading your favourite book.
All along the journey, you will meet local people and spend nights in beautiful riads and authentic guest-houses. You get to explore the most famous Kasbahs in Morocco: Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, Telouet, and Amredhil. You can stretch your legs in the awe-inspiring Dades Valley or hike in the Toudgha Gorges. The scenic views driving through the Atlas Mountains are second to none!
Desert Tour from Casablanca 10 days
- Price includes:
- Transport in a private air-conditioned comfortable 4×4 van and fuel
- Pick-up from and drop-off at your hotel or riad and transfer from and to the airport
- Experienced local English-speaking Berber and nomad driver/guide
- Accommodation in air-conditioned rooms/suites with private bathroom
- The night in a luxury camp in Erg Chebbi with private toilet and shower, lamps, traditional handcrafted furnishings
- Dinners and breakfasts
- Camel rides with a guide, and free sandboarding, if desired – just ask the camp staff
- Option to go to and return from the camp by 4×4
- Luggage service to the camp and all accommodation
- Berber drumming and music
- Free time to explore the sites such as Ait Ben Haddou, the Ounila Valley, for walks, photos, and tea/coffee breaks
- The opportunity to ask the driver to stop when and where you wish
- Entrance fees (except in Casablanca, Rabat, Fes and Marrakech)
- Local guides in the relevant places
- Tea, coffee and mineral water in the desert
Desert Tour from Casablanca 10 days
Good to know about the desert tour from Casablanca:
- This desert tours from Casablanca package can be tailed to fit your areas of interest
- Visiting the Hassan II mosque is not possible on Friday or religious holidays
- Activities such as quad-biking, day trips, cooking classes in Fes or Marrakech can be added to this tour
- If you want to go to Essaouira, please visit Imperial Cities, Desert, Atlantic, Casablanca Morocco Tours
- It is possible to choose to start and/or end this Morocco tour from Marrakech instead
- You can choose to go to the camp either on camelback or by 4×4 (then you go for a camel ride)
- You can always consult your driver about skipping some places to spend more time elsewhere
- You can ask us if others are interested in sharing the tour, or in case of an early booking, let us know that you are interested in this yourselves
- We require a 30% deposit of the total price to book the car, while the balance is payable to us in the office in Ouarzazate
- We accept payment through PayPal, bank transfers in Europe, by credit card, or cash (USD, Euro, GBP or MAD)
- There is a 25% reduction for children under 12 years old, whilst we do not charge children under 5
- Morocco desert tours from Casablanca 10 days prices are liable to fluctuation according to the current exchange rate
- Our prices are subject to an increase over the Christmas and New Year period
- Also, due to globally increased fuel prices, you may receive a higher quotation in our correspondence during other seasons
Desert Tour from Casablanca 10 days
- 1 Casablanca – Rabat Meet at the airport and travel into the city of Casablanca with the first views of the Moroccan country-side. Visit Hassan II mosque (not possible on Fridays or religious holidays), the largest mosque in Africa and decorated with beautiful tiling of the utmost craftsmanship. You may need to queue a while for tickets and the tour takes about an hour. Continue to the capital city, Rabat, to spend the night in a riad. You may have time to wander around the medina and get a feel of this city.
- 2 Rabat to Chefchaouen After breakfast, you will have a complete private guided tour of Rabat. TThis busy political centre has a mix of the old and new: wide, tree-lined boulevards in the new town lead to the narrow bustling alleys of the old medina. You have the day to explore: visit the Hassan Tower and the Mausoleum of Mohammed V; the Kasbah Oudaias, dominating the estuary entrance and used to defend the city against pirates; and the Chellah, a 13th century necropolis that also encloses the remains of the ancient Roman City of Sala Colonia. In the afternoon, we will drive to the blue town of Chefchaouen via Kénitra abd Wazzan through the Rif Mountains and other villages. Chefchaouen You will have a day tour in Chefchaouen to explore one of the most beautiful cities in Morocco and a stunning village at the foot of the Rif Mountains. Chefchaouen’s medina has a Spanish-style square surrounded by many funky arts and crafts stores, roof-top restaurants, and cafes.
- 3 Chefchaouen-Volubilis-Meknes-Fes After an early breakfast, you will set out for the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis, where you will explore the 2000-year-old ruins. After lunch in Moulay Idriss, one of the holiest villages in Morocco, our driver will take you to discover the wonders of Meknes, a city famous for its 16 miles of protective wall. We will visit the Moulay Ismail Mosque and the former royal stables and granaries.
- 4 Fes Guided Visit Today will be spent exploring Fes, the oldest Imperial City, founded in 790 A.D.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. You can also visit the mize-maze of souks. In the afternoon you could visit Fes El Jdid, or “New Fes” and the Museum of Moroccan Arts. The night is spent in the riad.. Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Fes.
- 5 Fes – Merzouga Departure from Fes at 8 o’clock, travelling past Ifrane, where the houses have sloping roofs, remarkable and unusual in Morocco. This is to cope with the yearly snowfall. Near Azrou, 1250m, with the geomorphologic Berber name meaning “rock”, you can see Barbary apes in the oak and cedar forests of the Middle Atlas. From here we drive along the N13 south over the Middle Atlas, passing through Timahdite. This is another Berber name, and as the word begins and ends with the letter “t”, it signifies it is feminine. We reach Midelt, 1508M, which is called “the apple capital” of Morocco and lies at the foot of the Ayachi Mountain. The town serves as the commercial agricultural centre for the surrounding area. It is also one of Morocco’s principle cities for the mining of several minerals, such as fluorite, vanadinite, quartz, and cerussite. This is where we will stop for lunch. We continue south travelling over the Tizi-n-Talghemt pass, known as the “she-camel” pass. We descend through the Ziz Valley, which is particularly well-known for its palm trees and the length of the oasis. All along the road, there are innumerable “ksars”, small villages of individual houses. From here, we reach the mining town of Er Rachidia (e.g copper and malachite) and then Erfoud, famous for its date festival and fossils. It is fascinating to see how these millions of fossils have been worked into artifacts. There is no obligation to buy anything in these shops! You continue to Rissani and finally the famous red Erg Chebbi dunes in Merzouga. You take a camel ride of an hour to an hour & a half, either setting out from the camp or to it. There is also the possibility to take the 4×4 to the camp. Sand Dunes and Sahara Desert near Merzouga During this day, you will explore the desert area and the marvels of the Erg Chebbi dunes. You will have the opportunity to discover the nomads’ way of life and the amazing contrasts of the desert. You will visit the Khamlia to see the Gnawa musicians before we continue to Tafilalet with its 18th century ksour, an almost impenetrable warren of alleys. We then continue to the ruins of Sijilmassa. After a lunch of local food (Madfouna or Berber pizza), we will return to the dunes of the Merzouga desert. In the afternoon: You will ride the camels to see the sunset over the dunes and spend the night in the desert camp. You will have a traditional dinner, drink delicious mint tea, and listen to Berber music while watching the stars and the rising moon in the amazing Sahara Desert You have dinner and spend the night at a luxury camp with private bathroom, king-sized beds, beautiful Moroccan furnishings and lamps tastefully arranged to enhance your enjoyment of the silence and beauty of the dunes.
- 6 Merzouga – Dades Gorges If you wake up early enough, you can watch the spectacle of the sunrise, when the colour of the dunes and the play of shadows are an awesome sight. After breakfast at the camp, we leave for Tinghir and the Toudgha gorges. On the way, you pass the water channels – “khettarat”. You can descend into them to appreciate the architecture and genius behind this form of irrigation which prevents evaporation in the summer heat. The channels start at a higher gradient at one end until they finally emerge at the surface of the soil. You can find out more about these channels by reading Andrew Wilson’s work. In the gorge and the valley, there are opportunities to walk beyond the gorge itself or by the village gardens and fields before you reach it. Later the itinerary continues to the Dades Valley. The area, which now forms the Dades Gorges, lay at the bottom of the sea millions of years ago. Great quantities of sediment were deposited around giant coral reefs. Over time this material became compacted into a variety of sedimentary rocks such as sandstone and limestone. Eventually, the movement of the earth’s crust caused the region to rise above the sea, forming the Atlas Mountains and surrounding landscape. The night is spent in a hotel or kasbah.
- 7 Dades – Ouarzazate After breakfast, a visit to the Dades gorges and a short walk there is scheduled. Later we go off-road along the Boutarar piste to visit Berber nomads in their caves and have tea with them. This visit makes it clear to the visitor just how hard nomadic existence is, trying to feed their goats and bring up their children. From here we continue through the Valley of the Roses, famous for its Rose Festival in May. Cosmetics and toiletry items are produced and valued throughout the country. In Skoura and the oasis there, Kasbah Amredhil waits for a very worth-while visit. The kasbah has been beautifully restored and gives a clear idea of life within such housing. It is made entirely of adobe, an excellent building material; warm in winter and cool in summer, due to the thickness of the walls. 45 minutes later you reach Ouarzazate, where you spend the night in a guest house.
- 8 Ouarzazate – Marrakech After breakfast, the route goes on to Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, one of Morocco’s seven World Heritage sites, and the backdrop for many Hollywood blockbusters. It is the most famous Kasbah in Morocco and some of the buildings date back to the 17th century. From here you drive along the beautiful and awe-inspiring, winding Ounila Valley, full of surprises at the colours of the rock and soil and Berber villages and gardens. We continue to Telouet set right in the midst of the mountains. It was once the seat of the last Pasha of Marrakech, El Glaoui, from where the highest pass in Africa, Tizi-n-Tichka was controlled. Each addition to the building now stands in ruins exposed to the wind and the rain after it was abandoned and plundered when Thami El Glaoui, left the country following the departure of the French in 1956. Wait to be pleasantly surprised by the traditional interior decoration as you reach the farthest end of the Kasbah. At the end of the afternoon, having crossed the Tichka pass, we arrive in Marrakech.
- 9 Marrakech Sightseeing Tour Marrakech is probably best known for central Djemma El Fna with its juice stalls, dried fruit and nut stalls, women applying henna, snake charmers, storytellers 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, the El Bahia Palace which means “the palace of the beautiful”, (don’t miss out the lovely garden right at the back), the Qoranic School – the Ben Youssef Medersa which used to house some 80 Qoranic students, the Saadian Tombs, the Jewish souk in the Mellah, and the paradise garden of le Jardin Secret. You spend another night in your riad. Instead of the walking tour of Marrakech, we could organise a cooking class for Moroccan cuisine. This would add an extra fee.
- 10 Marrakech to Casablanca Transfer from your riad to Casablanca airport in time for the check-in before your flight. Your wonderful desert Tours from Casablanca adventure ends as your driver escorts you to the airport.
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