Atlas Desert Tours

Classic Morocco Tour - 11 days/10 Nights

Casablanca to Marrakech

Day 1: Casablanca - Rabat

Upon arrival into Casablanca, you'll be met at the airport by your private driver/guide. In Casablanca we’ll visit Hassan II Mosque, the biggest mosque out of Mecca. Experience the Cornich coast before departing for Rabat, the capital of Morocco. Here you’ll see the Mausoleum, the Hassan tower and the oudaya Kasbah before you check into your riad at the heart of the Medina. Bed and breakfast included.

Day 2: Rabat - Assilah - Chefchaouen:

After breakfast in your riad, we will drive to Chefchaouen via the city of Asilah. Most of the drive will be by the coast. Our first stop will be in Asilah, where you will have the opportunity to explore the city. Asilah is known for its annual art festival- most of the walls of the Medina are painted by various famous artists from all over the world. Your visit includes the Skalla fortress, where you will experience a wonderful view of the Medina and the ocean. If time permits, you will have a drive through Tangier to get a feel of the city. Afterwards you will continue over the foothills of the Rif Mountains to Chefchaouen. Overnight at in your riad. Bed and breakfast included.

Day 3: A Full Day Exploring Chefchaouen:

Today, you will explore Chefchaouen “The blue city of Morocco”. Situated at the footstep of 2 higher mountains, Chefchaouen is a beautiful unique city, with its white washed walls, blue doors and windows. Unlike many parts of Morocco, Chefchaouen was occupied by Spain; therefore there is much influence from the Spanish civilization and Moorish architecture. In the afternoon you will have your own time. This provides the opportunity to wander around and just enjoy sometime to yourselves. Overnight in your riad include bed and breakfast..

Day 4: Chefchaouen – Volubilis – Meknes – Fes.

After breakfast in your riad, you will start travelling to Fes via Ouazzan and the Roman site of Volubilis. After a couple of hours drive, you will get to Volubilis, the well preserved Roman empire dating to 225 BC, where you will see the most beautiful Mosaics in Morocco dating back to 3rd century BC. Here you will have a guided tour of the site and learn a lot about the Roman Empire. After that, we travel to Meknes, the Ismaili capital of Morocco where we will see the fascinating gate Bab Mansour; built by the sultan My Ismail, the granary and the Sahrij Souani Lake which was used for irrigation and plantation. Your visit includes also the Moulay Ismail Mausoleum. We then continue via the highway to Fes. Overnight accommodation in your riad. Bed and breakfast included.

Day 5: Fes Guided Tour.

A day full of surprises! You will explore the medieval city of Fes. Also, called as the Spiritual capital of Morocco”. You will spend the whole morning exploring the Medina and its narrow alleys; visiting sites with cultural and historical interests - including the famous Al Karaouine Mosque and university (the oldest in the world), the Medrasa Bouanania, the Tanneries and the Najjarine fountain. After lunch, we will drive you outside the Medina to see the Royal Palace gate, walk through the Jewish quarter “the Mellah”, and then visit the pottery cooperative. In the afternoon, we will drive you to one of the fortresses to experience an amazing panoramic view of the whole Medina of Fes. Overnight accommodation. Bed and breakfast included.

Day 6: Fez - Ifran - Cedar Forest - Ziz Valley - Erg Chebbi dunes. 

It's time to escape the noise of the imperial city of Fez and travel towards the south of the country via the middle atlas mountains, passing by beautiful small Berber villages like village of Ifran, a beautiful mountain village, referred to as “the Switzerland of Morocco.” On to Cedar forest, the largest forest in Morocco, where you can hand feed Barbary apes (Berber monkeys). The journey continues along the magnificent hills and mountains of the Atlas. Lunch in Midelt, Then, you will be traveling through the fascinating Tiz Ntalghamt pass and the Ziz Gorge. You’ll notice how the scenery changes to reveal hints of the desert as you approach the beautiful Ziz Valley where we will stop for a breath-taking panoramic views along the way to Erfoud (the fossils and dates City) where you may want to visit a local fossil cooperative. Then we will continue to Merzouga dunes (also known as Erg Chebbi dunes) where you will spend the night in a Kasbah overlooking the dunes. Dinner, bed , and breakfast included.

Day 7: Merzouga Area - Camel Trekking and Overnight sleep in Berber Tents.

Today, we will visit Gnawa people – originally slaves brought from Sudan, to experience their music and lifestyle. Not far away there’s also the lake of Merzouga, with its bird populations. Afterwards you’ll leave for Rissani – once called Sijilmassa and the meeting place for the salt caravans, coming from Timbuktu in Mali. Here you’ll walk through the souk, smelling the spices, vegetables and cloths all for local sale. After a pizza lunch in Rissani, we’ll travel back to your Riad where your camel awaits you. After a glass of mint tea, and guided by an experienced camel man, you’ll begin your camel safari exploring within the mysterious sand-sea of the Erg-Chebbi. Here you will spend your night under the stars in a traditional Berber nomad tent. Dinner will be served in the tent where you’ll spend the night. Dinner, bed,and breakfast included

Day 8: Merzouga Desert - Todra Gorge - Dades Valley

After enjoying an early morning watching the spectacular sunrise in the desert, shower, and a luxurious breakfast in the camp. We will drive to Rissani  via the Ksours and kasbahs of Tafilalet. We will visit the Zaouia of moulay, Ali El-Charif, the mausoleum of the dynasty Glaoui founder, and enjoy a walk to discover the local market and traditional souks in Rissani. Then we will drive to Tinghir, passing by Erfoud and Tinjdad. After, we will continue toward Tinghir where you can walk/hike between the gorgeous oasis palm trees. Overnight in Dades valley include dinner, bed, and breakfast.

Day 9: Dades Gorge - Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah - Marrakech.

A journey through the way of the thousand Kasbahs – providing numerous opportunities for photos. Our first stop will be at  “the rose city”, to see products made of rosewater, which will make your linen smell good a long time after your trip is over. Then to Ouarzazate, “the Hollywood of Africa.” Here you have the option to visit the studios to see props used in some movies you might have watched, such as “Gladiator,” “Jewel of the Nile,” “the Last Temptation of Christ” and “The Sahara.” Then we move on towards the Ait Ben Haddou kasbah, the largest Kasbah in Morocco. Listed as a UNESCO heritage site since 1997. The kasbah was built during the 18th century by Berber Chieftains named as Thami El Glaoui. Today, only few Glaoui people still live there. Your journey will continue through the majestic Tizi n’tichka Pass (2260m) over the High Atlas Mountains, before arriving at your accommodation in Marrakech... Bed and breakfast included.

Day 10: Marrakech Guided Tour

After breakfast in the riad we will take you to explore Marrakech, “the red city of Morocco.” We will ensure that you see the most important places of historical and cultural interest, including the Saadian tombs; the Palaces of El Bahia and El Badi; and the Ben Youssef Koranic school. We will stop for lunch near the square, then head to visit the gardens at Majorelle, Menara, and the Koutoubia tower.... Overnight in your riad located in the heart of the old medina of Marrakech. Bed and breakfast included.

Day 11: Return Home

You will be taken to the airport in Marrakech or to Casablanca for departure depending on your flights' details. Tour ends at the airport.

included in the price: 

  • 11 Days Transportation in private Toyota Prado Land-Cruiser with A/C Or New Mini-Vans with A/C.
  • 10 Nights Accommodation in a Moroccan Authentic Riads.
  • All breakfasts and few dinners as per itinerary.
  • English - speaking driver / guide for the entire trip.
  • English - speaking city guides in Marrakech, Fes.
  • Camel trekking to spend the night in a "Berber Tents" in the middle of Sahara desert of Erg Chebbi Dunes.

Not included:

  • Lunches.
  • Airfare (Flight Ticket).
  • Beverages (Drinks).
  • Tips for guide, drivers.
  • Travel insurance.
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Having recently completed a 14 night and 15 day tour of Morocco with our wonderful, friendly and very knowledgeable guide Hamed and driver Ibrahim (who kept us very safe on the long drives); I could not recommend Atlas Desert Tours enough. Right from the start the company was easy to deal with - assisting us via email to design a tour suited to our needs and budget with exceptional value for money. We chose mid range accomodation which was perfect - the company picked lovely authentic riads for us which were situated in accessible and safe locations. Our transport via mini van was very spacious and clean. Perfect for the longer car trips. 

Willow and Gen Durington

Brisbane, Australia

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My husband and I booked 5 days and 4 nights with Atlas. Our driver Mohammed was wonderful, safe driver who instilled a lot of confidence in me. Our guide Mbark was incredible, filling our days with beautiful sights, incredible history, and great stories. His knowledge of Morocco is a gift to tourists. He does a great job of breaking the day up with stops for the bathroom, food/beverage, and shopping. We were incredibly impressed with the choice of nightly accommodations. We were comfortable, well-fed, and surrounded by the beauty of Morocco. "Camping" (an incredible luxury with indoor plumbing) in the Sahara was so memorable. Do not miss!

We will absolutely be back to Morocco, and when we do, Atlas will be our first call. 

Ilene and Bill Ross

Cincinnati, Ohio

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We took a 6 day, 5 night trip to Morocco using Atlas Desert Tours for our booking. Said was extremely helpful in organizing the trip and made a great itinerary for us! Our guide (Hamid) and driver (Mohammed) were absolutely wonderful! They made sure wet got to see all of the highlights during our quick trip and accommodated our requests along the way. Snow on the mountain pass on one of the days delayed our travel but they still made sure we made it to the desert by sunset! The local guides in Fes and Marrakech were so knowledgeable as well. The luxury desert camp, which is fairly new, surpassed my expectations. Overall, I would highly recommend this trip. The only suggestion I have is to stay longer than we did!

Jennifer Warren

New York City, USA

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