12 Days Morocco Desert Tour From Casablanca To Marrakech
12 Days Morocco Desert Tour From Casablanca To Marrakech, Trip 12 Days Imperial Cities and Desert, 12 Days 11 Nights Tour in Morocco
DAY 1: CASABLANCA - RABAT (87 km)
Pick up in Casablanca at the agreed time (riad / hotel or airport). Before starting our route to Rabat, we will visit the spectacular Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, the only mosque in Morocco open to non-Muslims. We will be amazed by its immensity, since it is the second largest mosque in the Islamic world, after Mecca in Saudi Arabia and its 200-meter minaret, the highest in the world. We will continue our tour to Rabat, the capital of Morocco. Once we reach Rabat, we will visit the old Medina, the Hassan Tower, the Mohamed V Mausoleum, the Kasbah of Oudayas and the Royal Palace. Accommodation in riad / hotel in Rabat.
DAY 2: RABAT - CHAOUEN (252 km)
After breakfast we will head towards Chaouen (Chefchaouen). We will cross the Rif mountains and enjoy the beautiful landscape and in approximately 4 hours we will arrive at this beautiful city, also called "the blue city". Free time to tour its medina and get lost in its beautiful alleys. Accommodation in a riad in Chaouen.
DAY 3: CHAOUEN - VOLUBILIS - MEKNES - FEZ (202 km)
After breakfast we will continue our tour towards Fez. En route we will visit the ruins of the ancient Roman city of Volubilis, (Walili is pronounced in Arabic), declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1997. We will be able to admire the beauty of the Caracalla Arch, the Temple of Jupiter, the Baths , the Mosaics ... Later we will head towards Meknes, the most modest and calmest of the four Imperial Cities of Morocco, where in the 17th century Mulay Ismail established the capital of the country. We can admire the beauty of the Bab-el-Mansour gate, icon of the city and located at one end of el-Hedim square. Arrival in Fez, the spiritual and cultural capital of Morocco. Transfer to the riad. Dinner and accommodation in a riad in Fez.
DAY 4: FEZ
After breakfast we will have the day off to visit Fez, the spiritual and cultural capital of Morocco. Possibility of hiring a half-day visit with an official Spanish-speaking guide. Fez was the first of the Imperial Cities of Morocco (s.VIII), famous for its ancient walled city and the Al Karaouine Mosque, which houses the oldest university in the world. We can get lost in its alleys and observe the union of the 3 cities: Fez el Bali (Moorish city from the 9th century with the best preserved medina in the Arab world and considered a World Heritage Site by Unesco), Fez el Jedid (created in the XIII century by the meriníes and which was the seat of the royal power) and the Ville Nouvelle (new city founded by the French in 1920). Our recommendations are not to miss the visit of the exterior of the Royal Palace, the Jewish quarter (Mellah) and its cemetery, the Bab Bou Jeloud gate or blue gate, entrance to the medina of Fez-el-Bali and its different souks, the tanneries where the skins of lamb, goat, camel and ox work, the Madrasah of Bou Inania, contemplate the sunset in one of its viewpoints and stay near a mosque one of the 5 times of the call to prayer. Dinner and accommodation in a riad in Fez.
DAY 5: FEZ - IFRANE -AZROU - MIDELT - ERFOUD - MERZOUGA DESERT (470 km)
After breakfast, departure towards the Merzouga desert, via Ifrane, known as "Moroccan Switzerland" for the architecture of its houses. En route we will pass through Azrou, one of the most famous Berber cities in Morocco and cross the Cedar Forest. We will continue our route through the Ziz Valley and Tafilalet. In the afternoon we will deviate by track to the Erg Chebbi dunes (Merzouga desert) to change the 4x4 by dromedaries to cross the dunes of the Sahara desert for a couple of hours, enjoying a beautiful sunset until we reach the camp. There, a typical Berber dinner will await us and we can enjoy the unforgettable experience of peace, silence, stars, darkness, moonlight, and the solitude of the Merzouga desert. Possibility of sandboarding (down the dunes with boards). Accommodation in Haima Berber in the desert of Merzouga.
DAY 6: DESERT OF MERZOUGA - KHAMLIA -DUNAS DEL ERG CHEBBI
We will get up very early to enjoy the sunrise over the dunes in the Merzouga desert, where we will contemplate the sunrise, an image that we can hardly forget. Do not forget to try the sensation of walking barefoot on the fine sand of the desert… After a good breakfast and a shower, we will leave Merzouga to head towards the town of Khamlia, originally from Mali and also called “town of blacks”. We will have a cup of tea while enjoying a small concert of Gnawa music. We will take a tour of the Erg Chebbi dunes in 4 × 4, an extension of the sand desert where the Great Dune of Morocco is located, over 150 meters high, connecting by track with part of the route followed by the old Paris- Dakar and the mountains that border Algeria in the background. We will make a stop at a panoramic point where we can contemplate the Erg Chebbi as a whole. We will visit a nomadic family and we will be able to talk with them about their way of life. Return to Merzouga and transfer to the hotel. Dinner and hotel accommodation in Merzouga.
DAY 7: MERZOUGA - RISSANI - VALLE DEL DRAA - OUARZAZATE (369 km)
After breakfast we will leave Merzouga and head towards Rissani, where the current Alaoui dynasty was born and which currently houses one of the most important markets in the country (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday). En route, we will see the Tafilalet oasis, with the largest palm grove in the world. We will continue towards Alnif (more desert landscape), the oasis of Tazzarine and Nkob (a central oasis producing henna), crossing the Draa Valley, one of the longest rivers in Morocco and passing through the Berber village of Agdz, agricultural population with magnificent kasbahs. We will make different stops to contemplate the charming adobe kasbahs and Berber villages that dot the route and the interesting geological formations of the valley. Lunch en route (not included). We will arrive in Ouarzazate "the Hollywood of the desert" in the afternoon, where, if you feel like it, we will visit the kasbah of Taourirt, declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco, where inside its towers and walls we can see the mix between religion Islamic and Jewish. If you wish and you give us time, you will also have the opportunity to visit the Atlas Studios, the most important film studios in Morocco. Dinner and accommodation in riad in Ouarzazate.
DAY 8: OUARZAZATE - AIT BEN HADDOU - ALTO ATLAS - ESSAOUIRA (387 km)
After breakfast we will visit the ksar of Ait Ben Haddou, declared by Unesco a World Heritage Site. Located on a hill on the bank of the Ounila river, on the old caravan road between the Sahara and Marrakech, Ait Ben Haddou shows a spectacular clay and stone town with buildings surrounded by great walls, an aspect that makes it one of the most beautiful corners of Morocco. To highlight his recognition in the cinematographic field for the making of films and series such as Lawrence of Arabia, Gladiator, The Mummy, Game of Thrones ... Lunch (not included). We will continue along the track that will take us to the kasbah of Telouet, an old kasbah Glaoui, at 1,650 meters of altitude and only 136 km from Marrakech. We will find several rooms but the most impressive is the room that was the palace, where we can take magnificent photos with an impressive view from its windows of the town of Telouet and the Atlas. We will continue our route passing through Berber villages and we will arrive at the beautiful fishing village, Essaouira, in the afternoon. Accommodation in a riad in Essaouira.
DAY 9: ESSAOUIRA
Breakfast in the riad. Free day in Essaouira, to explore the medina, swim on the beach, eat in one of the port's fish restaurants ... Enjoy the contrast of the medina with the blue sea and rest from the hustle and bustle of big cities. Accommodation in a riad in Essaouira.
DAY 10: ESSAOUIRA - MARRAKECH (191 km)
Breakfast in the riad. We will continue our tour towards Marrakech. Arrival scheduled before lunch. After settling in the beautiful riad you will have free time. We advise you to enjoy a beautiful sunset at the top of one of the terraces of the restaurants in the Jma el Fna square. Accommodation in a riad in Marrakech.
DAY 11: MARRAKECH
Breakfast in the riad. Free day to discover “the red city” on your own or to hire a visit with an official Spanish-speaking guide. We recommend visiting the Bahia Palace, the Saadies Tombs, the Koutoubia, the Jmaa el Fna square, the Jewish quarter, the Medersa Ben Youssef, etc. During your trip planning we will tell you curiosities and essential visits that you cannot miss ... Accommodation in a riad in Marrakech.
DAY 12: MARRAKECH - CITY OF ORIGIN
Breakfast in the riad. Free time to make the last purchases. At the agreed time, transfer to the Marrakech airport to take the flight back home.