Imperial cities and Desert - 11 Days

11 days Moroccan imperial cities and desert tour

Tour Highlights:
DAY 1: Arrival in Casablanca – Rabat
DAY 2: Rabat – Asilah – Rif Mountains – Chefchaouen
DAY 3: Chefchaouen – Volubilis – Meknes – Fes
DAY 4: Fes Sightseeing with local guide
DAY 5: Fes – Ifrane – Midelt – Ziz Valley – Merzouga – Camel Trek into the Erg Chebbi Sand Dunes
DAY 6: Merzouga – Rissani – Erfoud – Todra Gorge – Dades Valley
DAY 7: Dades Valley – Nomad Caves – Rose Valley – Skoura Oasis – Ouarzazate
DAY 8: Ouarzazate – Ait Benhaddou – Atlas Mountains – Marrakech
DAY 9: Marrakech Sightseeing
DAY 10: Free Day in Marrakech
Day 11: Transfer to the Airport

Trip Map:

Day 1
Arrival in Casablanca - Rabat

We will personally greet you upon arrival and drive you from the airport to Casablanca, Morocco’s modern and bustling economic center.

See the immense Hassan II Mosque and its iconic minaret, the world’s tallest at 210 meters, towering over the Atlantic coastline.

Depart for Rabat, Morocco’s capital city, where you will spend the night in a riad in the heart of the medina.

Day 2
Rabat - Asilah - Rif Mountains - Chefchaouen

Visit Rabat’s Hassan Tower, the iconic minaret of an almost thousand-year-old incomplete mosque.

Cross the isolated reaches of the Rif Mountains, passing Berber villages untouched by the passing of centuries.

Spend the night in the beautiful blue village of Chefchaouen, set like a sapphire between two Rif Mountain peaks.

Day 3
Chefchaouen - Volubilis - Meknes - Fes

Wander through the Roman ruins of Volubilis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you can get a fascinating perspective on Morocco’s ancient history.

Visit Meknes, called the “Versailles of Morocco” due to the grandeur and intricacy of its buildings and monuments, and see its huge historical walls, the famous Bab el Mansour gate, and the Moulay Ismail shrine.

Spend the night in Fes, the intellectual and spiritual capital of Morocco.

Day 4
Fes Sightseeing with local guide

Explore the alleys and streets of the oldest city in Morocco and the time capsule of the Fes el Bali, thought to be the world’s biggest car-free urban area.

Tour the most fascinating sites in Fes, including the gates of the Royal Palace, the 16th-century Mellah (Jewish Quarter), the ancient tanneries, the Moulay Idriss Mausoleum, and the Al Qaraouine University, thought to be the oldest continually operating university in the world.

Visit a tile cooperative, and get an amazing view over the entirety of the medina of Fes.

Day 5
Fes - Ifrane - Midelt - Ziz Valley - Merzouga - Camel Trek into the Erg Chebbi Sand Dunes

Visit the remarkably European-styled Alpine village of Ifrane in the heart of the Middle Atlas range.

Get a remarkable view over the Middle and High Atlas mountain ranges

Visit the Berber village of Azrou, located within Morocco’s cedar forests, in which populations of Barbary apes still make their home.

Journey through the millions of palm trees of the Ziz Oasis and its fortified villages and ruined kasbahs.

Arrive in the desert village of Merzouga before mounting camels and riding them into the pink dunes of the Erg Chebbi.

See the sunset over the Erg Chebbi sand dunes.

Spend the night at a Berber camp in the middle of the dunes while enjoying Moroccan cuisine, traditional music, and a night sky like you’ve never seen it before.

Day 6
Merzouga - Rissani - Erfoud - Todra Gorge - Dades Valley

See the sunrise over the Erg Chebbi sand dunes.

Try to sandboard down some sand dunes.

Wander through the narrow walkways and among the sheer 160 meter tall rock walls of the Todra Gorge, known as the “Grand Canyon of Morocco”.

Spend the night among the red and orange cliff-faces and kasbahs of the Dades Valley.

Day 7
Dades Valley - Nomad Caves - Rose Valley - Skoura Oasis - Ouarzazate

Travel out of the Dades Valley on the “Road of a Thousand Kasbahs”, seeing the remains of the ancient fortresses dotting the countryside along the way.

Journey off-road to the caves of local Berber nomads and join them for a cup of tea.

Pass through the garden of the Roses Valley, where Moroccan artisans produce nationally-prized perfumes and cosmetics from the region’s bountiful crop of roses.

See the dense palm groves that fill the verdant Skoura Oasis.

Spend the night in Ouarzazate, the “Hollywood of Morocco”, whose film studios have produced blockbusters including “Gladiator”, “The Living Daylights”, and “Alexander the Great”.

Day 8
Ouarzazate - Ait Benhaddou - Atlas Mountains - Marrakech

Explore Kasbah Ait Benhaddou, a fortified village that has received UNESCO World Heritage status, famously the backdrop for such films as “Lawrence of Arabia”.

Follow the winding Tizi n’Tichka Pass, the highest mountain pass in North Africa, over the High Atlas Mountains.

Spend the night in Marrakech, Morocco’s fabled “Red City”, in a hotel within the walls of its ancient and lively medina.

Day 9
Marrakech guided sightseeing tour

Tour of the Morocco’s “Red City”, leading you through the winding streets of Marrakech to the Majorelle Gardens, the Koutoubia Tower, the Saadian Tombs, the Bahia Palace, and many others.

Experience the lively Djemaa el Fna Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where snake charmers, fortune tellers and acrobats compete for the attention of the crowd.

Get lost in the colorful souks of the Medina, and practice your bargaining skills in local spice, cosmetics, and leather shops.

Day 10
Free day in Marrakech

Take some time to experience Marrakech for yourself.

If you would like, we can even arrange a cooking class, where you will be able to learn how to cook some Moroccan delicacies.

Day 11
Transfer to the Airport

We will pick you up personally and take you to the airport with plenty of time to catch your flight.

Inclusions

  • Transportation / Fuel / Driver : 11 days Air-conditioned 4WD vehicle(s), minivan.
  • Guidance: Services of a qualified fluent multi-language guide.
  • Comprehensive sightseeing including guidance.
  • 9 nights Accommodation in well recommended hotel / Kasbah / Riad (HB)
  • One night in a Traditional Berber Tents (HB).
  • Camel Ride (Camel per each individual)
  • Breakfast and 3 dinners

Exclusions

  • Lunch
  • Drinks and personal items
  • Entrance fees

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Trip Facts

  • Casablanca
  • Marrakech
  • 1 to 6 Pax
  • air-conditioned vehicle
  • 10 nights
  • Breakfast daily & 3 dinners