9 Days Morocco Imperial Cities & Desert Tour From Casablanca
Day 1: Meet you in Casablanca airport and drive to Fes
Our desert tour you will start at morning from the airport and drive directly to Fes via the freeway to enjoy the view of fertile lands of Rabat and Meknes city till you arrive at your riad in Fes in which you will spend the night and have a traditional dinner.
Day 2: Fes Sightseeing
After breakfast in your riad, you will start exploring the oldest city in Morocco, walking in its alleys and small streets. Our visit starts by visiting the Royal Palace gate, the Jewish headquarter, the first Mellah ever built in Morocco, built during the 16th century. We will ensure that you visit all sites with cultural and historical interest including the famous Al Qaraouine University, the oldest in the region, the Tanneries, the Attarine museum and Mulay Idriss mausoleum. After lunch, you will visit the tiles cooperative and then experience a wonderful panoramic view over the whole Medina of Fes.
Day 3: Free morning in Fes and drive to Midelt in the afternoon. ( Midelt is halfway from Fes to Merzouga )
At midday you will leave Fes travelling towards Ifran, a beautiful mountains village, referred to as “the Switzerland of Morocco” and then on to Midelt. During this journey, you’ll experience glimpses of the Middle Atlas and Higher Atlas mountains. Stopping at Azrou, a Berber village in the middle of the famous cedar forest – the largest in Morocco – where you may well sight Barbary apes. After sometime within the forest, your journey continues to Midelt along the magnificent hills and mountains of the Atlas. In Midelt you will be accommodated in a luxurious hotel, Hotel Taddarte.
Day 4: Midelt – Ziz valley – Merzouga. camel ride and night in a camp
After breakfast in your hotel, you will travel to Merzouga via Errachidia and Erfoud. You will be travelling through the fascinating Tiz Ntalghamt pass and the Ziz Gorge, taking in views of the High Atlas plateau, you’ll notice how the scenery changes to reveal hints of the desert as you approach the city of Errachidia, here you will have lunch and enjoy the Berber hospitality. Afterwards, you will travel along the luxuriant Ziz Valley, stopping for panoramic views along the way to Erfoud and Rissani.
Arrive at Merzouga in the afternoon. You’ll be welcomed with a glass of mint tea before you start your camel ride to spend an overnight on the desert camp with Berber music and sandboarding.
Day 5: Merzouga – Toudgha Gorges – Dades valley
Your camel man will wake you up early in the morning to watch what well may be the best sunrise of your life. You’ll peacefully camel-trek back to the village of Merzouga. Enroute you couldn’t fail to appreciate the unique beauty of the spectacular Erg Chebbi sand dunes – changing with the light as the day progresses. After breakfast in the riad, you’ll leave for Rissani, Tinghir, and Todra gorges – the highest, narrowest gorges in Morocco. After lunch in the heart of the gorge, we’ll drive through the Dades Valley, where you’ll see the majestic sand castles and the amazing rock formations known as “monkey toes”. Overnight accommodation will be in a fancy hotel overlooking the Dades valley.
Day 6: Dades valley – Roses valley – Ouarzazette – Ait Ben Haddou kasbah – High Atlas mountain – Marrakech
After breakfast in the hotel, you will travel through the Dades Valley towards Kalaa M’gouna and Ouarzazat. The route through Dades Valley is the way of the thousand kasbahs – providing numerous opportunities to take some of your best photographic shots of the trip in both the valley rose roses and cinema city of Ouarzazate passing by Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah. the largest Kasbah in Morocco, built by T-Hami El Glaoui, one of the last Berber chieftains during the beginning of the XXth Century, it used to be one of his stops during his long travel from the Sahara to Marrakech., now one of the UNESCO heritage site. after that, we will shift the way to cross high atlas mountains full of panoramic view and attractive Berber villages all along the way time Marrakech.
Day 7: Marrakech Sightseeing
After breakfast in the riad, you can start exploring Marrakech ” the red city of Morocco”. We will ensure that you see the most important sites of historical and cultural interest, including the Majorelle Gardens, the Koutoubia Tower, the Saadian tombs, the Bahia Palace. After lunch at a restaurant near the square, you will walk through the souks and view hundreds of handicrafts. On the afternoon, you will have some free time to wander by yourself the other parts of the city.
Day 8: Free day in Marrakech
During this day you will have the chance if you like to join the cooking class to learn how to cook a Moroccan dish, or just an easy and relaxing day.