Day 1: Casablanca – Rabat
The “8 days desert tour from Casablanca” starts today from CASABLANCA. You will discover the most important places in this city, such as the Hassan II mosque; the third-largest in the world. You can take a walk on the beach of Ain Diab if the weather allows it. Afterward, you will go to Rabat, the administrative capital of Morocco. This city has a much richer history. It was an important city during the different dynasties that took over the throne in Morocco. You will visit the Kasbah Oudayas (twelfth century) with its Andalusian gardens, the tower Bab Shella Tower Hassan … The night will be in a Riad.
Day 2: Rabat – Meknes – Volubilis – Fez
After breakfast, you will go to Meknes, the imperial city that has great importance. Sultan Moulay Ismail established the capital of Morocco in this city. You will visit the old medina with a local guide, the mausoleum of Moulay Ismail, the door of Bab El Mansour, the imperial palace, and the granaries and royal stables. Then you will head to the Roman ruins of Volubilis with its Galem baths. You will visit the sacred village of Moulay Idriss, the first man who introduced Islam to Morocco. Finally, you will continue to FEZ where you will spend the night in a local Riad.
Day 3: Fez (guided tour with a local guide)
Today, you will discover the city of FEZ. You will discover the charm of the cultural city of Morocco. A professional local guide takes you to the discovery of the Koranic school Medersa Bouinania. We will also see the Najjarine Museum of Wood Arts and Crafts, leather tanneries, and Bab Boujloud. You can also visit some of its 9500 alleys and observe all the sounds and smells. In the walls of its medina is the largest intact medieval city in the world, which would become the first Arab World Heritage site designated by UNESCO. The night will be in a 5 * hotel at FEZ.
Day 4: Fez – Ifrane – Midelt – Erfoud – Merzouga
The 4th day of the desert tour continues to Ifrane. It is a colonial city built in 1929 by the French. Its alpine chalets, and its gardens adorned, characterize it. It is named “Switzerland of Morocco”. A few hours later, you will arrive at Erfoud. The best-known site in the region for producing dates and fossil products. After visiting the city, you will continue to Sahara Merzouga. The night will be in a riad at the foot of the dunes.
Day 5: Sahara Merzouga (camel ride & desert tour)
Today you will have a desert tour to explore the area. You will visit the slave village Khamlia, this is the opportunity to attend the dance and music Gnawa. You will also visit a Berber and nomadic family to get an idea of their way of life. You will make an excursion to an oasis of palm trees to get an idea about the irrigation system. After lunch at a local restaurant, you will go on camels to reach a luxury bivouac. You will spend the night in the nomad tents. You can also enjoy the sunset and the sunrise in the desert.
Day 6: Merzouga – Rissani – Todra Gorge – Dades Gorges
After watching the sunrise, you’ll return to your hotel by camel. Departure will be for Rissani, the economic center of the region, once the last stop on the main southern caravan routes. You’ll visit its spice and handicrafts souk and continue on to the Todra Gorge. These are the most spectacular canyons in Morocco. A walk is a must to discover these high cliffs, where many amateurs climb. After lunch, you’ll head for the Dadès Gorges, where you’ll admire the unique and spectacular landscapes of southern Morocco. The next stop is the Valley of the Roses (visit the cooperatives to see a range of products extracted from roses). Overnight in a typical hotel on a half-board basis.
Day 7: Dades Gorges – Sekoura – Ouarzazate – Ait Benhaddou – Telouat – Marrakech
After breakfast, you’ll head for Ouarzazate, where you’ll visit the film studios where many famous movies have been shot, such as Gladiator and Lawrence of Arabia. You’ll then head to the Kasbah Ait Benhaddou, one of Morocco’s best-preserved and most famous sites, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. After a guided tour, you continue to the Telouet Kasbah, once the main residence of the “Lord of the Atlas”, PACHA LEGLAOUI. You visit the Kasbah, then drive down the Atlas Mountains to Marrakech. Overnight in a riad near Jamaa Lafna square.
Day 8: Marrakech – Casablanca
The end day of your desert tour in Marrakech will be devoted to the visit to the red city. You will explore it with the help of a local guide. The tour will start with Menara, the minaret of Koutoubia (twin tower of the Giralda in Seville, Spain), the tombs of Saadian, which are composed of the splendid mausoleums built in the 16th century, and the Majorelle gardens. After lunch, you will leave for Casablanca. It is the end of your Desert tour.
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