15-Day tour from Casablanca to Merzouga Desert, in this great morocco tour you will discover Morocco imperial cities, Casablanca, Rabat, Fes, and Marrakech, visiting Merzouga Sahara Desert, enjoy a day trip to the Atlantic coast (Essaouira) and the end tour at Casablanca.
This is the itinerary of the 15-Day tour from Casablanca to Merzouga Desert:
Day 1: Casablanca Med V airport – Transfer to (Hotel)
Upon arrival in Casablanca, you will be met by our staff and transferred to your hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 2: Casablanca – Rabat – Fes
On the second day of our 15-Day tour from Casablanca to Merzouga Desert, we will firstly visit the economic capital of Morocco, Casablanca. After that, you will travel to Rabat. The last mention is where you will see the Oudaya Kasbah and its beautiful gardens. The Kasbah is located at the mouth of the Abou Regreg river. It was built during the reign of the Almohad dynasty in 1150 AD. Also, we will visit the Mausoleum of Mohamed V and Hassan II. Not to mention the Hassan Tower which is the minaret of an incomplete mosque in Rabat. It was built in 1195 AD. After finishing the sightseeing of Rabat, travel on the road to Fez. The latter is where you will be fascinated by thousands of olive oil trees and farms on both sides of the road. Check-in and overnight stay in Fes.
Day 3: Fes (Sightseeing Tour with your tour guide, Fes Medina)
You will experience another adventure through the intellectual capital of Fes. The city is the Mecca of the west and Athena of Africa. It is the second-largest city of Morocco with a population of approximately 1 million people. Also, this city was the former capital and one of the country’s four imperial cities. Fes is divided into three distinct parts.
Fes El Bali, the old city, is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. There are more than 9000 narrow streets and allies. Fes-Jadid or the new Fes is home to the Mellah, the Jewish quarter and the Ville Nouvelle built during the French occupation. In Fes El Bali among its narrow streets, you can find the oldest university in the world Al-Karaouine. It was founded in AD 859 and it is still operating nowadays.
Day 4: Fes – Moulay Driss- Volubilis – Meknes
On the way to Meknes, you will go back in time to the third century by visiting the most important archaeological site in Morocco. Volubilis, the best memorial of the Roman civilization in this part of Northern Africa. it is a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1997. Usually, we offer a tour of 45 minutes with a local guide. From Volubilis head towards Meknes which was the capital of Morocco under the reign of Moulay Ismail (1672,1727). Stop to take pictures of the Bab Al Mansour, one of the most remarkable gates in Morocco. It was built in the eleventh century by King Al Mansour Adahbi.
Day 5: Meknes – Midelt – Ziz valley – Erfoud – Merzouga
You will expect to spend a long day on the road, viewing the different colors of the kingdom. On the way, you will pass through the most modern city in the country. Ifrane, the Berber name of Ifrane means caves and it is famous as “little Moroccan Switzerland”. The city is a very green town and is a ski resort in the Middle Atlas because of its high altitude at 1665 meters.
Ifrane is famous for its international University established in 1997 by The King of Morocco Hassan II. The king of Saudi Arabia Fahd. Lunch will be in a Berber village called Midelt which is on the foothills of the eastern part of the High Atlas Mountains. From this plateau, you will start crossing up the mountains where a large number of Berber communities live. The landscapes here include the palm trees oasis at Jbel Ayachi (at 3747 m).
After that, you will continue the drive towards the pre-Saharan zone, passing by Errachidia and Erfoud. The latter is famous for its pottery and interesting fossils which are a major industry in Erfoud. At around 350 million years ago the Erfoud region was a part of the huge ocean. You will be impressed by the sand sea dunes of Erg Chebbi at Merzouga appearing from the horizon. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 6: Merzouga – Erg Chebbi (Desert Exploration – Camel Trekking for sunset)
In the morning, First of all, drive through the sand dunes passing fabulous landscapes on the edge of the Erg Chebbi, the largest sand dunes in Morocco. You will see plenty of nomadic black tents in the middle of nowhere. Stop at a nomadic family to have tea and see what nomadic life looks like. Also, you will discover the nomadic life of the Touareg people by visiting Khamlia. The latter is a village where nothing has changed for centuries. Lunch in Khamlia village or at your hotel. After a short break, we will go on a camel ride to meet one of the most fascinating sights you will ever see. The superb sunset in the middle of the high sand dunes of Merzouga. Overnight stay in a tent, in a desert Berber camp. Tonight you will play drums. Also, you can watch the wonderful starry sky.
Day 7: Merzouga – Rissani – Todra gorges
In the morning. Firstly, you will visit Rissani and the Mausoleum of the founder of the Alaouite Dynasty of Morocco. This town was the ancient capital of Tafilalet and its location is at a crossroads between the north and the south. Which brought the city to an important status of a major caravan route. Nowadays Rissani remains a commercial town with its large souk, particularly lively on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays. At a distance of approximately 127 km from Rissani.
Secondly, we will explore the great canyons of Morocco. The Todra Gorges are beyond the central High Atlas Mountains. Here, the contrasting landscape reminds visitors of Colorado, with its high plateau, gorges, great canyons. Also, its peaks sometimes splintered by erosion. Several peaks in this area exceed 4000 m, with Jbel Saghro 2500 m and Jbel Mgoun at 4068 m being the highest peak in this part of the High Atlas. This area is populated by Berbers. Here you can enjoy a hike among those fabulous canyons.
Overnight stay at a hotel in the same area.
Day 8: Todra Gorges – Dades Valley – Ouarzazate
From the great canyons of Todra, you will travel on the road of “The thousand Kasbahs”. There are enormous Kasbahs on both sides of the road. Some of those old fortified houses are restored. Firstly, we will visit one of those kasbahs is by seeing Amarhidil Kasbah. Also, you will pass a town called Boumalne situated on the edge of the Dades valley. the latter rises in the High Atlas Mountains, giving life to a huge Berber community by its rich agriculture.
Along this valley, another valley, called the valley of roses appears with the green colors of its Alfalfa plants, olive trees, fig trees, and grapes. This valley gives birth to a rose from which locals produce different cosmetic products like soap, perfumes, and skin creams. Locals here celebrate this rose by organizing a national festival at the end of April.
Getting to Ouarzazate, (Hollywood of Africa), and gate to the desert). This is a city in the middle of a bare plateau, south of the High Atlas Mountains. Not to mention that it is mainly home to Berbers. the last mention constructed many of the prominent kasbahs and buildings for which the area is known. One of those buildings is Taourirt Kasbah found in the seventeenth century.
This town is famous as the Hollywood of Africa because it has been noted as a film-making location. With Morocco’s biggest studios inviting many international film companies to shoot their movies like Lawrence of Arabia (1962), The Living Daylights (1987), The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), The Mummy (1999), Gladiator (2000), Kingdom of Heaven (2005), Martin Scorsese’s Kundun (1997) and Babel (2005). Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 9: Ouarzazate – Ait Benahddou – Taroudant
At a distance of approximately 35 km from Ouarzazate the fortified village of Ait Benhaddou, like a sandcastle, built in the eleventh century, lies on a hill along the Ounila River. Most of the town’s inhabitants now live in a modern village on the other side of the river. However, around five families are still living within this Kasbah. After the visit, we will drive you via Taroudant to reach the Hotel for the overnight stay, where the ninth day of our 15-Day tour from Casablanca to Merzouga Desert ends.
Day 10: Taroudant – Agadir – Essaouira
At a distance of approximately 70 km from Taroudant, is the city of Agadir. One of the biggest Berber capital of the Kingdom. Agadir is also a very modern city that is located on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean, at the foot of the Atlas Mountains. Also, it has the most important fishing and commercial port in Morocco. It is the first sardine port in the world, (exporting cobalt, manganese, zinc, and citrus). It is also a seaside resort with long sandy beaches.
Because of its large buildings, wide roads, modern hotels, and European-style cafes. Agadir is not the most traditional city of Morocco, but it is a modern, busy, and dynamic town and very famous for its seafood. Along the ocean, we will drive almost 200 km towards Essaouira. On the Atlantic ocean, this town has white painted houses with blue windows and doors, a well-designed picture. From the 16th century, Essaouira has been also famous by its Portuguese name of Mogador. The Berber name means the wall, a reference to the fortress walls that originally enclosed the city. Overnight stay at the Hotel in Essaouira.
Day 11: Essaouira (Explore Essaouira at your own pace)
Free day in which you can decide to explore Essaouira on your own. Take a pace or you may want to do some kite surfing and windsurfing. Other outdoor sports or activities you may want to take up are horseriding, camel riding along with the beach, or quad biking. not to mention that you have to make sure to taste Essaouira’s delicious seafood too. Also, there will be time available for shopping.
In Essaouira, several small art galleries are all over the town. Since 1998 Essaouira is getting famous for its Gnaoua Festival of World Music. Normally, it is in the last week of June. It brings artists from all over the world. Although focused on Gnaoua music. It includes rock, jazz, and reggae. In early 1952 the film director and actor Orson Welles made his movie Othello. Now there is a square named Orson Welles.
Or you could just spend the rest of the day relaxing in your hotel.
Day 12: Essaouira – Marrakech
About halfway between Essaouira and Marrakesh, you will see enormous Argan trees on both sides of the road. The goats climb these trees in a charming view. Also, several women’s cooperatives help in producing many products, and it is to prepare couscous, salads. Also, it is traditionally a treatment for skin diseases before being good enough for cosmetics by European manufacturers. A stop at one of these cooperatives is worth it to see how Berber women crush the Argan fruits between hands to extract this precious oil. Overnight stay at a hotel in Marrakech.
Day 13: Marrakesh
In the morning a full guided tour will be scheduled to discover Marrakesh. The city is famous as the “Red City”. Marrakesh is the most important former imperial city in Morocco’s history. Also, it is near the foothills of the snow-capped Atlas Mountain. Like all the old cities, Marrakech comprises both an old fortified city, the Medina, and a very modern city called Gueliz. The French occupation built its new part.
Marrakesh has the largest traditional market (souk) in Morocco. Also, it has one of the busiest squares in Africa and the world, Jamaa el Fna. The square is full of storytellers, water sellers, dancers, snake charmers, and musicians. During the night the square turns into a huge open-air restaurant.
During the visit to the city, you will see the Koutoubia Mosque, built in the twelfth century in the reign of the Almoravid Dynasty. Not to mention that you will go through narrow streets and allies in the ancient city and will pass by “seven saints” during the reign of Moulay Ismail. The festival of the seven saints was at the request of the Sultan. The tombs of several figures were in Marrakesh to attract pilgrims. Overnight in the same hotel.
Day 14: Marrakesh – Explore Marrakesh
After the full guided tour. Firstly, you will be able to discover more of this Red City of Marrakesh on your own. And become familiarized with the alleyways of the medina. secondly, You may go on a shopping tour on your own in a local market and the scattered shops by the Square or spend your last night enjoying the traditional Moroccan facilities of your hotel.
Day 15: Marrakesh – Casablanca Med V Airport
A private transfer from Marrakesh to Casablanca Med V airport according to your flight details will be arranged. Finally, we hope that you had a good 15-Day tour from Casablanca to Merzouga Desert.
Included in the 15-Day tour from Casablanca to Merzouga Desert:
- – Tour in 4×4 vehicle with A/C
- – Driver guide
- – Fuel
- – Hotel overnight stays (breakfast & dinner included)
- – Camel Trekking
- – 1 night in desert camp (breakfast & dinner included)
- – Sandboarding in the dunes
- – Each person with a turban
- – Flight
- – Lunches
- – Drinks
Destinations overview of the 15-Day tour from Casablanca to Merzouga desert
Casablanca is the economic capital of Morocco. it is celebrated by its huge traffic rate. Though, it is one of the nice tourist places to visit. Casablanca is located in the central-western part and bordering the Atlantic ocean. Besides, it is a place where ancient historical sites are located. You can visit the Hassan II huge Mosque and make a short tour of the ancient medina…etc. Moreover, it is the Moroccan shipment and supply port. Casablanca is a place you can visit on our 15-Day tour from Casablanca to the Merzouga desert.
Rabat is the capital of Morocco and the seventh-largest city in the country. It is also an antic destination to have in your program. Taking into consideration its historical monuments sites. Rabat is so celebrated for its durable antic places. Besides, it is a modern city that reflects developed Morocco and rich cultural background. Rabat city reflects pure authentic and modern Morocco. Furthermore, It is located on the Atlantic Ocean at the mouth of the Bouregreg River, opposite Salé, the main passenger city of the city. That’s why Rabat is included in the 15-Days tour from Casablanca to the Merzouga desert.
Meknes is the Ismaelien city of Morocco. It is also one of the tourist imperial Moroccan cities. It is a beautiful city to visit for the richness of its history. In Meknes, you feel that you are inside a castle’s roads that are surrounded by great huge walls. An emperor of an ancient era is characterized by its special architecture. Huge walls, gates, and architecture in Meknes are a sign of epic history. Those historical monuments of the city are back to the ancient era of Sultan Moulay Ismaïl (1672–1727). That is to say, the inspiring Meknes city is included in the program of the 15-day tour from Casablanca to Merzouga desert.
Fes city “The scientific city in Morroco” is one of the touristic famous cities. It is famous worldwide for its tourism sites attraction. Fes city is located in northern inland at the crossroad between the north and the center. Furthermore, it is a high touristic station considering its cultural and historical hybridity. This authentic city is rich in its historical-cultural sites that are a reference to an ancient era. Especially, the cultural sites and the ancient Medina where special architects exist. Thus, we offer a guided tour with an expert local guide. The outstanding Fes city is a station that the 15-days tour from Casablanca to Merzouga desert includes.
As frequently called ” The Moroccan Switzerland”, Ifrane city is one of the outstanding cities in Morocco. It is an exceptional place where nature and weather are different. Hence, it is in the Middle Atlas region of northern Morocco. Besides, it is famous for its snowy winter season and white forest cover. Also, Ifrane is one of the virgin nature destinations where cedar, juniper, and cork oak exist. Ifrane as a purifying touristic station is included in the 15-days tour from Casablanca to Merzouga desert.
Midelt is the gate for the Moroccan desert destination. It is located in the high plains between the Middle Atlas and High Atlas mountain ranges. Midelt is a small city that serves as a commercial center of an agricultural hinterland. It also presents its local mining industry. In Midelt, tourists take a rest, their meal and have a tour in the local market “Souk”. Though it is a passing station, Midelt is also an awesome place to discover. It is also integrated with the 15-Day tour from Casablanca.
Merzouga village is the most desert station on the tour. It is a Sahara village where a virgin culture is still alive. This desert destination is so celebrated as a virgin touristic one. Therefore, tourists in this village experience many nomadic activities. Also, the visitors of this area feel total tranquillity and calm. This iconic station included in a 15-day tour from Casablanca to the Merzouga desert.
Todra Gorges is a series of limestone canyons. they are located in the eastern part of the High Atlas Mountains near the town of Tinghir. This place is also a destination for tourists and mountain climbing sports lovers. Todra Gorges huge parallel canyons separated by an active wonderful river. Todgha and Dades Rivers are responsible for carving these deep canyons. The height of the channel walls can vary, but in some places, they can reach 400 meters. Finally, this beautiful place is also a station of the 15 days tour from Casablanca to Merzouga desert.
Essaouira city, formerly known as Mogador city. It is a coastal city in western Morocco on the Atlantic Ocean. It is a highly spiritual place where the folklore of Gnawa and music fusion art take place. Essaouira’s architecture seems to be an ancient coastal castle. Surrounded by its huge traditional walls and classical domestic architecture. It also offers its maritime port and its rich sea. That is why tourists in Essaouira enjoy their cultural tour. In addition to its celebrated Mediterranean dishes. So, Essaouira city is present in the 15-day tour from Casablanca to Merzouga desert.
Marrakech city is a high common tourist place in Morocco. It an international destination for visitors and artists worldwide. Marrakech is famous for its tourism attraction. Besides, it is a durable cultural destination and a special made-for tourism city. Marrakech is an example of a modern and authentic city. The power of this destination is its diverse places to see in and outside the city. Also, in Marrakech, all facilities are available to have a touristic stay of the dream. The city of Marrakech has unlimited things to see and activities to do. The important places are the Jamaa L’fna square, Koutibia, Jardin Majorelle, Menara..etc. It is a star of the 15-day tour from Casablanca to the Merzouga desert.