Discover the best of Moroccan Imperial cities and the Sahara desert in 8 days tour from Casablanca, an ideal Morocco tour to visit the imperial cities & The Sahara desert at once.
Itinerary: 8 days desert tour from Casablanca – Imperial cities and desert in 8 days
Day 1: Casablanca – Rabat
Pick up at the Casablanca airport and start to drive to the city crossing views of the Moroccan countryside. we stop to visit Hassan II biggest Mosque in Africa, the only opening for non-Muslims after we continue towards the capital city Rabat for the first night.
Day 2: Rabat – Chefchaoun
Our second day starts with a nice breakfast in the Riad, then our visit to Rabat city starts by exploring the beautiful Mausoleum of Mohammed V, decorated with stained glass windows, white marble. We continue to Hassan tower, which stands on the hill overlooking the Wadi Bou Regreg, then we visit the Oudaïa Kasbah which was built by Moulay Ismaïl from 1672-1727 to protect the city also enclosed by ramparts dating from the Almohad period. The trip goes on to Chefchaouen famous for its vivid blue-rinsed houses and is very popular for both tourists and Moroccans, particularly in the hot summer months. Explore winding lanes and narrow alleys which are home to numerous souks offering cuisine and artisan works. Overnight in Chefchaouen
Day 3: Chefchaoun – Fes
After breakfast in our Riad, we start driving towards Fes city, one of the oldest imperial cities in Morocco, we are crossing many beautiful landscapes and amazing views towards the city where we stop for lunch. Then you start to explore with the local guide the most beautiful sites in the city such as Karouin mosque, tanneries of the leather and the medina that has beautiful Souks as well as the museum of Moroccan art. The night will be in a riad.
Day 4: FES – Volubilis – Meknes
Begin our day by driving towards the archaeological site of Volubilis (Walili), start discovering the fascinating Roman ruins adorned with beautiful mosaics and colorful tiles depicting Roman mythology. Volubilis has been classified by UNESCO as a world heritage site and the most attractive site in the region.
We continue to Meknes that was chosen by Sultan Moulay Ismail as his capital at the end of the 17th century, the city built with 20 gates, more than 50 palaces, and 15 miles of the surrounding wall. We discover some highlights of the city as Bab Mansour gate, Place El-Hedim (Square of Ruins), Inania Medersa ( Koranic school). Overnight in hotel or Riad in Meknes.
Day 5: Meknas – Sahara Desert Merzouga
Early morning we start our desert tour towards the Sahara from the Riad, crossing near the national park of Ifran « the Switzerland of Morocco » as it calls. To enjoy its beauty and to have memorable photos, a break will be taken. After that, we will head towards Azrou to see the Barbary Apes monkeys in the cedar forest. Continuing to Midelt for a lunch meal in a restaurant.
By the afternoon, we will cross the pass of Tizi N Telghomt to reach Errachidia, while admiring the views of Ziz gorges which offers amazing photographic opportunities. Later on, we will have a stop for a panoramic view of Ziz valley. The drive continues to Erg Chebbi Dunes passing by Aoufous and Erfoud the capital of fossils, where you may want to visit a local fossil craft workshop. After that, we will continue to the captivating dunes of Erg Chebbi. Arrive at the hotel and get ready for a camel ride for an hour and a half to enjoy the sunset. Overnight and dinner in nomad tent campsite.
Day 6: Merzouga – Todgha gorges – Dades Valley
If you wake up early enough, the Sahara desert offers an amazing sunrise in Morocco. Afterward, you’ll peacefully ride the camels back to your hotel on the edge of the dunes, appreciating the unique beauty of the spectacular Erg Chebbi dunes with first lights. We will leave towards Todra gorges, well known as an important destination for rock climbers and The highest and narrowest gorges in Morocco, where we can do some walking before driving to Dades Valley for dinner and accommodation.
Day 7: Dades valley – Ait ben Haddou – Marrakech
With different rock forms of the mountain in the valley to Dades, we start our day to make a quick visit to Dades gorges. We continue crossing the road of thousand Kasbahs to reach the valley of the roses; always spectacular in April and May when the roses bloom. Then we head towards Ouarzazate city, then to Ksar Ait Ben Haddou the most restored ksar in the south which classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The visit to the site of AIT Ben Haddou will be a walking tour of 45 minutes, then we stop to enjoy lunch in one of the terraces.
We continue to Marrakech crossing the High Atlas mountain range via Tizi N Tichka pass 2260m, with beautiful sceneries towards the small valleys and Berber villages. Arriving at Marrakech late afternoon and night in a Riad.
Day 8: Guided tour in Marrakech
A full-day sightseeing tour of Marrakech, one of the most beautiful cities in Morocco founded by the Almoravid dynasty at the end of the 12th century, it’s always attractive for its unique history and culture. Our guide leads you to discover the most remarkable highlights of the city; Saadian Tombs, Menara, Majorelle Gardens, the Koutoubia mosque with its minaret, Bahia Palace, the Souks, and the Djemaa El Fnaa Square. Free evening for different activities in the square. Night in the Riad.
Please note that you can make the same desert tour in 7 days.