11-Day Morocco Desert Tour from Casablanca and back to Casablanca
We visit the vibrant cities of Casablanca, Marakesh, and Fes, the beautiful village of Chefchaouen, and the endless Moroccan Sahara Desert.
Day 1: Casablanca - Chefchaouen
After you arrive in Casablanca, we go to Rabat, the capital of the Kingdom of Morocco. We continue into the mountains of the Chefchaouen area, or Chaouen, as it is often called by Moroccans. The "Blue City" is a popular tourist destination due to its proximity to Tangier and the Spanish enclave of Ceuta. The name refers to the shape of the mountain tops above the town that look like two horns (chaoua).
Dinner and overnight at a riad in Chefchaouen.
Day 2: Chefchaouen - Fes
After breakfast, we depart to Fes via Moulay Idriss (the Holy City) and visit the Roman ruins of Volubilis. Lunch at Volubilis near Meknes, known as "The Versailles of Morocco". We will visit the monuments of Meknes and then go to Fes.
Dinner and overnight at a Riad in Fes.
Day 3: Fes Guided Visit
After breakfast, the day will be devoted to discovering Fes, the oldest imperial city and a center of Arab-Muslim culture. Its old town was founded by Idriss II in the 8th and 9th centuries. We will visit the Mosque of the Andalusians, tanneries, the district potters, and the medina. After lunch at a palace in the medina, we visit Hispano-Moorish buildings, the Medersasand, and Nejjarine.
Dinner in a Moroccan restaurant and overnight at a riad in Fes.
Day 4: Fes - Midelt - Ziz Valley - Erfoud - Merzouga Dunes
We wake up early for breakfast and depart for Midelt through the Middle Atlas Mountains where we stop for lunch. We continue to Erfoud along the Ziz Valley, passing a series of beautiful fortified villages whose architecture announces the pre-Saharan oases. We arrive at the dunes of Merzouga (Erg Chebbi).
Dinner and overnight in a kasbah.
Day 5: Dunes Erg Chebbi
After breakfast, you will have time to enjoy the Sahara of Erg Chebbi, the desert with the highest dunes in the world. You will take your camel caravan in time to watch the sunset in the dunes (about an hour and a half by camel). You will spend the night in a traditional nomadic tent to enjoy the silence of the desert sky filled with stars.
Dinner and overnight in the desert nomad camp.
Day 6: Merzouga - Rissani - Todra Gorges
After enjoying the picturesque sunrise, you head back to the hotel by camel. At your hotel, breakfast is waiting for you. We depart for Tinghir via Rissani, Erfoud, Tinejdad, and visit the Todra Gorges.
Dinner and overnight at the kasbah near Todra Gorges.
Day 7: Todra Gorges - Rose Valley - Boumalne Dades - Ouarzazate
After breakfast, we depart for Ouarzazate via Kelâa M'Gouna, where the annual festival of roses is held. After lunch, we continue through the Dades Valley, and the Valley of Roses. We stop to visit the Kasbah Ameridil before arriving in Ouarzazate, Morocco's cinema capital.
Dinner and overnight at a riad in Ouarzazate.
Day 8: Ouarzazate - Ait Ben Haddou - Marrakech
We visit Ouarzazate, founded in 1928, which has a famous film studio where many movies and series such as Secret of Sahara, The Mummy, Prince of Persia, and Game of Thrones were filmed. Later, we stop to visit the Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou before arriving in Marrakech in the late afternoon.
Dinner and overnight in a traditional riad.
Day 9: Marrakech Guided Visit
After breakfast, all day will be devoted to visiting Marrakech, the "Pearl of the South", founded in the eleventh century. We will visit the Koutoubia, the Saadian Tombs, the Menara Gardens, and Bahia Palace. We go back to the hotel for lunch. In the afternoon, we visit the souks, the medina, and Jmaa El Fna Square, which teems with nightlife.
Dinner in a Moroccan restaurant. Overnight in the riad.
Day 10: Marrakech - Casablanca
After breakfast, we depart for Casablanca, where we will visit the Hassan II Mosque, the largest mosque in Africa.
Dinner and overnight in a hotel.
Day 11: Casablanca - Departure
Breakfast is provided in the hotel. Later, we will transfer you to the Casablanca airport in time for your flight.
10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
Pick up & drop off at the airport or your preferred location
Private transport with A/C
Luxury Berber camp (1 night), Bed & Breakfast (1 night), Hotel (1 night), Riad (5 nights), Kasbah (1 night)
Local guide in Marrakesh (Multilingual) (optional)
Local guide in Fes (Multilingual) (optional)
Visit to nomad family in desert
Camel ride in desert
Cooking class (1 Lunch)
Sand-boarding in dunes
Tea preparation lesson
Moroccan sim card
Turbans for desert
What's Not Included