desert tour in 10 days departure from Casablanca
Explore Morocco’s desert and imperial cities with this well-rounded 10 days Morocco tour loop from Casablanca. Wander medieval medinas in Fes and Marrakech, explore modern cities of Casablanca and Rabat, and adventure along old caravan routes and oases in the desert.
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Day 1: Arrival Casablanca Airport
Day 2: Casablanca - Rabat - Meknes :
Day 3: Meknes - Volubilis - Moulay Idriss Zarhoun - Fez
Day 4: Fez sightseeing - Ifran - Azrou - Midelt.
Day 5: Midelt - Valley Ziz - Merzouga.
Day 6: Merzouga - Rissani - Todra Gorge - Dades Valley.
Day 7: Dades - Ouarzazate-Marrakech.
Day 8: Marrakech
Day 9: Marrakech - Ouzoud Waterfalls - Marrakech
Day 10: Marrakech - Casablanca
Arrival at Casablanca Mohamed V airport, reception, assistance, and transfer to the hotel/riad overnight.
After your breakfast, you will visit the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, the third-largest mosque in the world. After you will Drive to Rabat where you will visit the best sites of this city such as the Hassan Tower, Mohammed V Mausoleum, and the Oudayas Kasbah overlooking the Atlantic. Then travel to Meknes, one of Morocco’s ancient imperial cities, where you will have a break for drinking some coffee and strolls in its busy square and Medina(Lahdim). Overnight riad in Meknes.
Morning devoted to discovering this magnificent Imperial city. Sightseeing of Meknes includes Mosolum Moulay Ismail, Bab Mansour, and Sahrij Soani. After lunch, you will continue to Volubilis, the best example of an ancient Roman city in Morocco. After that drive through Moulay Idriss Zerhoun, the holiest Islamic town in the Kingdom of Morocco, where thousands of the Moroccan faithful come on pilgrimage every August to pray at the tomb of this descendant of the Prophet Mohammed. After, you will continue to Fez and ending your day with dinner at your hotel in Fez.
The whole day is devoted to discovering this UNESCO World Heritage City. Sightseeing of Fes includes the medieval Medina with its Attarine and Bou Anania Medersas, the Nejjarine fountain, the Moulay Idriss mausoleum, and the Karaouine mosque. Afternoon traveling via Azrou, where you can see Barbary apes in the forest of the Middle Atlas and then continue to your hotel in Midelt, the apple capital, at the foot of the Ayachi Mountain.
Departure from Medilt at 9 o’clock to Merzouga desert, We will pass over the Tizi-n-Talremt pass and 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 Er Rachidia and then Erfoud, famous for its date festival and fossils. Then continue to Merzouga, where you will meet your camel guide to ride into the dunes to the bivouac(camp). Dinner and overnight will be under the nomad tent. The trek will start right into the desert for 1:30min, We will spend the night in an equipped camp in the middle of the Sahara,this is an excellent opportunity to take lovely pictures of the sunset and sunrise, when you arrive at the camp you walk to the high dunes to see the sunset ,It will be a magical night when the sky is clear of cover and stars sparkle and shine with intensity. There will be a wonderful dinner around a campfire,you will spend the night camp in the desert.
In the morning after you see the sunrise you will ride the camels backing to Merzouga hotel for shower and breakfast, today we will leave the desert toward Rissani there you can visit the souk (the biggest Market in the area)then continue to Tinghir, and Todra gorges, the highest, narrowest gorges in Morocco. After lunch in the heart of the gorge we will drive through the Dades Valley, where you’ll see the majestic sand castles and the amazing rock formations known as “monkey fingers.” Overnight accommodation will be in a fancy hotel overlooking the Dades valley.
After breakfast, departure to Ouarzazate passing through the Dades Valley, the line of kasbahs that give this extremely popular route its nickname as the valley of a thousand kasbahs. Just before the town of Skoura, visit Kalaa Mgouna, the rose city, where you can purchase local rosewater. We will continue to Ouarzazate. “the Hollywood of Africa”. On, through the “Road of the thousand Kasbahs”- the fascinating “sandcastles”. After 30 kilometers from Ouarzazate, We will stop at the famous Kasbah Ait Benhaddou. The kasbah is one of the most intriguing red earth castles lining the ancient road of the Kasbahs and is a UNESCO world heritage site. Lunch by the Kasbah and continue on our way to Marrakesh through the famous Tizi -in-Tichka pass over the High Atlas Mountains. The range has snow on its peaks most of the year. Appreciate the beauty of the timeless landscapes on the twisted roads through Berber villages. Arriving Marrakesh You will be accommodated overnight in the hotel/riad.
Marrakesh is the second oldest imperial city, known as the pearl of the south. After breakfast start, Visit of historical Marrakech: the Menara garden, the Saadian tombs, the Bahia Palace, the Koutoubia Minaret and the Majorelle Gardens named after the famous French painter, who constructed here his art deco villa and started the botanical gardens, in 1980 it became the residence of Yves Saint Laurent. Afternoon, visit the famous Djemaa El Fna square with its surrounding souks and handicraft quarters. In the evening, check into your Riad.
An early departure to the Ouzoud Waterfalls, 160 km from Marrakech. They are more than 60 meters high, and are one of the most remarkable natural attractions of the Moroccan Atlas. We can take a path from the olive trees at the foot of the falls, and there is a second path that allows us to reach the top of the falls, where we can enjoy the outstanding views. There will also be lunch and free time to enjoy this beautiful place and back to Marrakech for overnight.
After breakfast, transfer to Casablanca Mohammed V International airport for your return flight.