15-Day tours in 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 Atlantic coast (Essaouira) and the end tour at Casablanca.
15-Day tours in 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 the overnight stay.
Day 2: Casablanca – Rabat – Fes
On the second day of our tours in Casablanca to Merzouga, we will firstly visit the economic capital of Morocco, Casablanca and then travel to Rabat, where you will see the Oudaya Kasbah and its beautiful gardens. This Kasbah is located at the mouth of the Abou Regreg river. It was built during the reign of the Almohad dynasty in 1150 AD. Then we will visit the Mausoleum of Mohamed V and Hassan II, and Hassan Tower which is the minaret of an incomplete mosque in Rabat which was built in 1195 AD. After finishing the sightseeing of Rabat, travel on the road to Fez, 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 which was considered 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. 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, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, where there are more than 9000 narrow streets and allies. Fes-Jadid or the new Fes is home of 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 which 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 which was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997. A 45 minutes guided tour is scheduled here. 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, built in the eleventh century by the 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 known as “little Moroccan Switzerland” since it is a very green town and is a ski resort in the Middle Atlas because of its high altitude at 1665 meters. Ifrane is known for its international University established in 1997 by The King of Morocco Hassan II, and the king of Saudi Arabia Fahd. Lunch will be scheduled in a Berber village called Midelt which is situated on the foothills of the eastern part of the High Atlas Mountains. From this plateau, you will start crossing up the mountains which are still inhabited by a large Berber community. The landscapes here include the palm trees oasis at Jbel Ayachi (at 3747 m).
Then continue the drive towards the pre-Saharan zone, passing by Errachidia and Erfoud, which is famous for its pottery and the 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 colored 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 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. You will discover the nomadic life of Touareg people by visiting Khamlia, 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 to watch the wonderful starry sky.
Day 7: Merzouga – Rissani – Todra gorges
In the morning 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, there are the great canyons of Morocco Todra Gorges which are situated beyond the central High Atlas Mountains. Here, the contrasting landscape reminds visitors of Colorado, with its high plateau, gorges, great canyons, and 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; a visit to one of those kasbahs is scheduled by seeing Amarhidil Kasbah. You will pass a town called Boumalne situated on the edge of Dades valley which 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 situated in the middle of a bare plateau, south of the High Atlas Mountains. It is mainly inhabited by Berbers, who constructed many of the prominent kasbahs and buildings for which the area is known. One of those buildings is Taourirt Kasbahcreated in the seventeenth century.
This town is nicknamed as 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.
Day 10: Taroudant – Agadir – Essaouira
At a distance of approximately 70 km from Taroudant, is the city of Agadir, 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. It has the most important fishing and commercial port of 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 known 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 at your own 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. You want to make sure to taste Essaouira delicious seafood too. There will also be time available for shopping. In Essaouira, several small art galleries are found all over the town. Since 1998 Essaouira is getting known for its Gnaoua Festival of World Music, normally it is scheduled 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. These Argan trees are frequently climbed by goats. Argan oil is produced by several women’s cooperatives and it is used to prepare couscous, salads, and is traditionally used as a treatment for skin diseases before being founded as good enough for cosmetics by European manufacturers. A stop at one of these cooperatives is worth it to see how Berber women squeezed 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 which is known as the “Red City”. Marrakesh is the most important former imperial city in Morocco’s history. It is situated 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, built during the French occupation. Marrakesh has the largest traditional market (souk) in Morocco and also has one of the busiest squares in Africa and the world, Jamaa el Fna. The square is full of story-tellers, water sellers, dancers, snakes 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. You will go through narrow streets and allies in the ancient city and will pass by “seven saints” which during the reign of Moulay Ismail, the festival of the seven saints was founded by the request of the Sultan. The tombs of several renowned figures were moved to Marrakesh to attract pilgrims. Overnight in the same hotel.
Day 14: Marrakesh – Explore Marrakesh
After the full guided tour, you will be able to discover more of the this Red City of Marrakesh on your own and become familiarized with the alleyways of the medina. 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.
- Tour Include :
- – 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
- Not included :
- – Flight
- – Lunches
- – Drinks