8 Days Morocco Tour from Casablanca – Morocco Imperial Cities and Desert Tour
8 Days Morocco Tour – Desert Tour from Casablanca – Morocco Imperial Cities and Desert tour – Sahara tour from Casablanca – Morocco Custom Tour Packages – 8 Day 7 Night Trip From Casablanca
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8 Days Morocco Tour from Casablanca - Imperial Cities and Desert Tour - Custom Tour Package
Day 1: Casablanca - Rabat
You will be picked up at the airport or Riad, depending on the time of day.
Casablanca is a mixture of sites, feelings, and culture; outside the medina seems a normal European city, but when you cross through the gateway to the Medina, you feel what is really Morocco, its friendly people, the narrow streets of its souk and listening to the call to prayer make for a captivating and beautiful city.
We will make a visit to the Mosque Hassan II; the second largest in the world, a beautiful building and with spectacular views over the sea.
We will continue in the direction of the city of Rabat, which is protected by several walls. The medina reflects the spirit of the ancient city; its medina with its splendid carpets, the artisans of brass etc…and its craftsmen who exercise their art under the gaze of passers-by. We will visit the Royal Palace, the Mohamed V Mausoleum and the Hassan Tower among others.
Dinner and lodging.
Day 2: Rabat - Fes
Today and after a good breakfast our route will continue in the direction of Meknes, on the way we will make a stop in the forest of Mamora (natural space); one of the main cork oak groves in the country and a place of great beauty and peace, there are abundant birds and is a place where it is easy to see hawks. We will arrive in Meknes; the most humble of the four imperial cities of Morocco, where a simple stroll through the souks serves to see that we are in a city more modern than Fes. We make a stop at the Roman Ruins (Volubilis); an ancient Roman city; most visited in Morocco and where there are the best preserved archaeological remains (declared a UNESCO world heritage site). Before arriving in Fes, we visit Moulay Idriss village with its special charm, it is encased in the middle of a valley and is very pleasant to stroll through the narrow streets of stone or in the surrounding hills. We will continue to Fes where we arrive in the middle of the afternoon. Dinner and lodging.
Day 3: Fes - Fes
Today we will spend the whole day visiting this great city, the oldest, rich, cultural, religious, spiritual and mysterious of the four imperial cities of Morocco, where you can view all that has not suffered the passage of time.
The visits that define to Fes are:
Chouara Tannery: it is the most extensive and best known of the four traditional tanneries that continue with life in the heart of the medina of Fes.
The Karaouine Mosque: the most important and with one of its greatest architectural complexes.
Bab Boujloud; the most important gateway to access the Medina, the oldest area and the most charming doorway into the old city.
Royal Palace of Fes: from the XIV century is one of the most ancient and largest in Morocco, although you cannot visit inside, it is worth a visit to contemplate its seven doors.
Mausoleum of Moulay Idriss: sanctuary dedicated to Moulay Idriss; King of Morocco between the years 807 and 828 and one of the founders of Fes.
Seffarine square; located in the heart of the Medina, and where one of the oldest professions in Fes is located: the coppersmith's craft.
Madrassas: old Koranic schools where students sometimes resided and Fes has three, the only one that can be visited is the Cherratine Medersa, which differs from the others by its ornate functional style.
Dinner and accommodation according to a category of the hotel you selected.
Day 4: Fes - Ifrane - Azrou - Midelt - Errachidia - Ziz Valley - Erfoud - Merzouga
Today we depart from Fes for the lakes of Ifrane, one of the most curious cities of Morocco for its architecture and its European atmosphere. Ifrane has one of the most famous universities in the country and is the preferred destination of the more affluent Moroccans; we will also visit the Cedar forest of Azrou, famous for its large cedar named Gouraud; the oldest and largest in the region. In this forest hundreds of Barbary monkeys live, if you want you will be able to feed them. Our route will continue through the Middle Atlas and enjoying the scenery that offers this path us, the next stop will be in Azrou (Rock), surrounded by hills, it is a perfect place to walk and enjoy the excellent views of the city and its surroundings, the main interest of the city is located in its craft cooperative, where women weave carpets and men carve the cedar wood.
We will continue to Midelt along the pass of Tizi n'Talghemt or neck of the Camel to 1,907 meters of altitude highlighted with impressive bare mountains which make the place interesting, here we will stop for lunch. In the afternoon we continue in the direction of Erfoud and Errachidia along the Ziz Valley; a beautiful landscape with their red gorges that contrast with the green of the valley, the palm tree groves are a marvel that combine the beautiful palm groves with the impressive gorges that make the traveller feel the absolute tranquility, their long belts of oasis flooded with date palms, its majestic kasbahs of adobe and their fortified towns make it a landscape worthy to admire.
We will arrive at the door of the desert in the middle of the afternoon, where we will be waiting for the camels to traverse the large dunes of the desert for about two hours, we make a stop to enjoy the sunset in the middle of the dunes, we arrive to the Berber haimas Camp where everything is already prepared to spend an unforgettable night, a tea, a nomadic dinner and a night in a Haima surrounded by the idyllic silence that the heart of the desert offers us, kilometres and kilometres of fine sand and a sky filled with stars that appears close enough to touch with the hand and perhaps the intense light of the full moon.
Day 5: Merzouga - Khamlia - Rissani - Draa Valley - Ouarzazate
In the morning we recommend you rise very early in order to enjoy the dawn of the desert, a magic hour where the appearance of the sun on the horizon illuminates the vast sea of sand that extends along kilometres and which gradually changes the colours of the dunes that gain prominence with the rising of the sun; an experience which is sure to captivate you.
We return to the hotel where you can take a shower and enjoy a good breakfast. We will dive into the desert to learn how indigenous people live in this area and share with them a tea. We enter the door of the great Sahara desert where we can enjoy breath-taking scenery and watch nature as it changes, the mountains leave a step to the oasis, and where out of the nowhere a small village appears where time seems to have stopped, where people carry on a simple life with what is essential, surrounded by sandy horizons that never end and a silence that encompasses these villages. Khamlia brings us closer to a small village where the people from black Africa have created its home, there they survive with their cattle and their lands and where we can enjoy a tea as we listen to their music.
Our tour will continue around the dunes of Erg Chebbi where the Great Dune of Morocco is located with more than 250 meters of altitude and that connects with the routes of the old Paris-Dakar rally, and from where we will see the mountains bordering Algeria ahead, we make a stop to see the panoramic view that the desert offers us.
We will continue toward Rissani and make a stop to visit the bustling market where there is a special donkeys parking area from where the villagers carry their products such as crafts, food, animals etc. to sell in the market, which amazes all travellers and tourists that pass through this city. In Rissani we can try the tasty pizza Berber which is a local tradition. We will continue our route on the road to Ouarzazate entering the Draa Valley; a long palm grove that caresses the road during long kilometres accompanying the longest river of Morocco that is born in the snowy mountains of the Atlas and that feeds the arid ground. Along its passage there are extensive palm groves with Kasbahs occurring along this valley, adobe structures that soften the landscape with its beautiful buildings that seem to emerge from the same arid land and its magical streets. We will arrive in Ouarzazate where we spend the night.
Day 6: Ouarzazate - Ait Benhaddou - Marrakech
After a good Moroccan breakfast we will visit Kasbah Taourirt; declared a UNESCO world heritage site, it was the residence of one of the most powerful governors of the region, and is now the headquarters of an organization responsible for the conservation of architectural heritage of Morocco. It was one of the most beautiful Kasbahs of Morocco, there is a lot to admire, in its inside, the walls are of an impressive thickness to maintain the interior temperature and protect it from the strong wind and sand. Following the route of some 200 Km between Ouarzazate and Marrakech passing various Berber villages, we come to the Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou (UNESCO heritage site) located on a hill and next to the Ounila River. It was the ancient way of the caravans between the Sahara and Marrakesh, this small town with an extraordinary beauty typically consists of overlapping houses and surrounded by a continuous wall, is also very well known for the filming of many famous movies such as: Gladiator, Obelix etc… Our route today will continue over the High Atlas and through the mountain pass of Tizi n´Tichka; a narrow road but worth it for its scenic beauty, we will continue on the old route of caravans that linked the two cities along the Ounila Valley. This valley has a trail carved in the middle of its ochre rocks and gorges filled with caverns, it is certain that you will be seduced by the great beauty of the villages and their ksour (fortified towns), this is an impressive landscape of grandiose architecture that will take us to the kasbah of Telouet and its small town. Although the deterioration on the outside is evident, inside we find ourselves with a series of rooms made for the military, with white plaster walls, but the surprise of this kasbah is when the door appears, you are in a well decorated room, which appears to be the visiting room of what was the palace, it is really beautiful. The last image that this palace gives us is a window with a view to the town from where apart from having an unbeatable view of Telouet and the Atlas we can get some great photos. We will continue in the direction of Marrakech contemplating along the way the beauty of the mountains full of Berber villages and the contrasts that the Atlas offers us. Arrival at Marrakech in the middle of the afternoon.
Day 7: Marrakech - Marrakech:
Today you will have the day free to discover for yourselves this wonderful city of Marrakech. Here are some of the interesting places I suggest you visit in this city.
The Menara Gardens; a mirror of the Muslim paradise on earth, this peaceful garden is special for walking and its main charm is located in the central area, around a huge artificial pool, full of enormous fish. Legend says that these gardens were used by the sultans for their dating.
The Saadian Tombs; perhaps one of the most visited places in Marrakech, were opened to the public in 1917 when they were first rediscovered. In this same garden, you can see more than 100 tombs decorated with mosaics, in them are buried the bodies of the servants and warriors of the Saadian dynasty.
The Bahia Palace is a set of gardens built with the intention of being the biggest palace of all times and was the residence of the former Vizier, it includes a courtyard decorated with a central pond and surrounded by very ornate rooms.
The Koutoubia Mosque; one of the most representative monuments of the city, stands out as a landmark with its 69mt high minaret, the tallest building in the city.
Jemaa El Fna Square; it will surprise you by its enormous dimensions in spite of being located in the centre of the medina. It is a real maze of streets and alleys; you will be amazed when the square entirely changes its scenario from a fabulous souk in the day and in the evening turns at night in a swarm of food stalls where the people gather for dinner. Dinner and lodging.
Day 8: Marrakech - Airport
Transfer to the airport for the flight and end of the trip.
Note: If the itineraries that we offer do not match what you are looking for, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will prepare the trip to your needs and requirements.
- Pick up at your hotel/airport
- Private Transport in 4x4 / Minibus A/C
- English speaking Driver Guide
- Hotels/Riads in HB
- Night at nomadic or Luxury Tent HB
- Excursion on a dromedary (one per person)
- Meals in the middle of the day
- Entrance to monuments