12 days From Casablanca To Merzouga Desert Tour
12 days From Casablanca To Merzouga Desert Tour
itinerary overview And details
Day 1: Arrive Casablanca – Marrakech:
As you land in Mohammed the V airport in Casablanca, we will be there to welcome you and pick you up to Marrakech where you will check into the hotel and have dinner.
Day 2: Exploring Marrakech:
After having breakfast, we will have a full-day tour with a local official tour guide to explore the city of Marrakech. You will first visit both the Bahia Palace which is a palace built in the late 19th century in order to document the beauty of the Islamic and Moroccan style and architecture and El-Badi palace, a palace which currently represents a popular tourist attraction because of its unique designs. The sightseeing tour will cover also several breathtaking places such as, the Menara gardens, Saadian Tombs, El-Koutoubia, and the Majorelle Garden. In the evening, you will take an exploratory tour inside Jamaa El Fna Square, a UNESCO World Heritage. As you walk inside the square, you will see by yourself why most tourists describe it as a bridge between the past and the present and a place where Moroccan traditions coexist with modernity. By the end of the day, we will accompany you to the hotel or Riad to have dinner and rest from a tiring day.
Day 3: Marrakech – Tizi Ntichka Pass – Ouarzazate:
In the early morning, we will leave Marrakech towards the Hollywood of Africa, Ouarzazate, via Tizi Ntichka Pass. As we get close to Ouarzazate, we will take another road to visit first the Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, a fortified village. The Kasbah, which is built by El Glaoui Ethami, used to be one of El-Glaouis’ stops in his long journeys to Marrakesh, but recently it is a UNESCO World Heritage which attracts thousands of tourists every year. The Kasbah is also well-known for being the setting for many films such as, Lawrence of Arabia, Gladiator, and many others. After having lunch in a close restaurant to the Kasbah, we will head to Ouarzazate to explore its cinema studies. Night will be spent in Ouarzazate.
Day 4: Ouarzazate – Skoura – Dades Valley: 180km.
After having breakfast, we will leave Ouarzazate to explore both Dades and Roses Valleys. Our first stop will be Skoura where we will explore a famous valley called ‘the Birds Valley’ and visit the Kasbah of Ameridil. Following this, we will continue our way to the city of roses, Kalaa M’gouna, which hosted every May the Festival of Roses due to its large production of roses’ products. After that, we will head towards Dades Gorge where you will be mesmerized by the shape of its rocks (the monkey Toes). Night will be spent in a close hotel to the gorge.
Day 5: Dades Gorge – Todra Gorge – Merzouga: 250km.
Early in the morning, we will leave to Merzouga through the stunning Todra Gorges and Rissani. As we crossed the city of Tinghir, whose name symbolizes the foothills of the nearby Atlas Mountains, we will be close to Todra Gorges, a series of high limestone river canyons. In this unique place, you will have free time to explore its beauty by yourself. Then, we will walk to a nearby restaurant between the red cliffs of the gorge to have lunch. In the afternoon, we will drive toward Erfoud, a city famous for its date festival and fossils shops, and then Rissani, which is an important commercial center in the region, before being in the heart of the Moroccan southeastern desert, Merzouga. Night will be spent in the hotel.
Day 6: Merzouga area and the Camel trek:
After having breakfast, we will drive to Khamlia, which is regionally known as the village of black people coming from Sudan, to visit Dar Gnawa (the house of Gnawa) and enjoy their music and lifestyle. Following this, we will visit a famous lake in Merzouga to see and have memorial pictures different types of birds. Also, we will –if you want- visit a nomad house where many Berber handicrafts are made and sold with a much lower price than in the cities. It is a chance for you to buy souvenirs and gifts to your families and friends. By the afternoon, will head back to the hotel to rest before riding camels to explore the desert and sightsee a marvelous sunset. After that, we will head to a camp in the middle of the desert to spend an unforgettable night full of Berber drum music, dancing, singing and looking at a starry sky.
Day 7: Merzouga area – Ziz Valley – Errachidia:
Before sunrise, we will wake you up so as not to miss the chance to sightsee a breathtaking sunrise in the heart of the desert. After that, we will ride the camel to get back to the hotel. After having breakfast and taking a shower, we will start exploring the surrounding areas of Erg Chebbi dunes. First, we will be welcomed by some nomads in their tents to share with them a cup of tea and engage with them in cultural conversation to experience their traditions and ways of life. Then, we will visit some fossil shops and the souk of Rissani which is famous for its leather and goat skin trading. Our trip will continue by passing through the magnificent Ziz Gorges down to Errachidia where we will spend the night.
Day 8: Errachidia – Midelt – Azrou – Ifrane – Fes: 320km.
After having breakfast, we will leave Errachidia towards Fez via Azrou, Ifran and other Berber villages. Our first stop will be the Cedar forest of Azrou where you will have the opportunity to see monkeys as well as feed, play and have memorial pictures with them. We will also stop to Ifrane or as most Moroccans prefer to call it ‘the Switzerland Morocco’. In this city, we will stop to enjoy the beauty and quietness of its gardens. Late in the evening, we will arrive to Fez in which you will have dinner and spend the night.
Day 9: Exploring Fes:
Today’s excursion will take place in one of oldest living Medinas in the world, the old medina of Fez. First, we will explore the narrow alleys of the old medina with its traditional souks. Then, we will visit other main corners of the old medina such as the 9th century Karawiyin Mosque and University, El-Attarine school, and the mausoleum of the city founder “Moulay Idriss II”. After having lunch in a classic Moroccan restaurant in the Medina, we will visit some of the tanneries of Fes to see how leather is traditionally made. Then, we will explore the Jewish headquarter and the royal palace. Finally, we will have a short walk inside the new medina of Fez (Fez Jdid) before heading back to the hotel.
Day 10: Fes – Meknes – Volubilis – Ouazzan – Chefchaouen:
After having breakfast, we will travel to Chefchaouen via Meknes and Volubilis. In Meknes, which will be our first stop, we will visit the famous Bab Mansour Gate, the Souani Basin and the Mausoleum of the city founder, Moulay Ismail. Then, we will head to Volubilis, an archaeological site which still contains some of the ruins and landmarks of the ancient Roman Empire. The site still full of many important monuments such as, the Arch of Caracalla or the Triumphal Arch and many mosaics dating back to 25BC which tell a lot of stories about the daily life of the Romans at their time. Late in the evening, we will be in the blue city, Chefchaouen, where we will spend the night before exploring it.
Day 11: Exploring Chefchaouen:
We will start our excursion in Chefchaouen by exploring its old Medina. Inside the Medina, you will be amazed with its narrow alleys, white and blue washed walls, and the shops that offer unique natural handicrafts, which are not accessible elsewhere in Morocco like wool garments and woven blankets. Besides, we will visit Rass El-Ma (the head of water) which is the main source of water in the city. As we move up to Rass El-Ma, you will certainly enjoy looking at a array of unique natural scenes which attracts thousands of visitors each year. In the afternoon, we will go to the hotel to spend the night.
Day 12: Chefchaouen – Tangier:
After having Breakfast, we will travel to see Hercules cave which is an archaeological cave complex situated forty kilometers west of Tangier. As we reach the cave, you will have free time to take pictures and explore the cave by yourself. Then, we will head to Tangier where our tour will end.
What is included And what is not included in this tour
What’s Included :
- Pick up and drop off from Hotel/airport accommodation.
- Comfortable private transport with air condition.
- Provisional Driver/Guide.
- Accomoditionof Your choice.
- Camel Trekking in the Desert Tours
- A night in the camp in The Desert Tours.
Not Included :