Atlas Desert Tours

Fabulous Fortnight - 15 Days/14 Nights

Casablanca - Casablanca

Day 1: Arrive in Casablanca Airport

Day 1: Arrive in Casablanca

Upon arrival in Casablanca, the economic capital of Morocco, your private driver will greet you at the airport and escort you to your Casablanca hotel, where you will check in and relax. Depending on your arrival time, you may enjoy a tour of the Hassan II mosque one of the most elaborately designed mosques in North Africa! Overnight in your hotel. Bed and breakfast included.

Day 2: Casablanca-Rabat-Chefchaouen

After Breakfast, we will begin our tour of Casablanca, the heart of Commerce and Industry in Morocco. We will visit the Hassan II mosque, the biggest mosque outside of Mecca, built on water alongside the Atlantic Ocean and the Cornish before heading to Rabat. In Rabat, we will visit the Royal Palace, The Mausoleum of Mohamed V, the Hassan Tower, the minaret of an incomplete mosque initiated by The Almohad ruler. After lunch, we will begin our drive to Chefchaouen via the Rif Mountains. We will explore the simply beautiful city of Chefchaouen where everything is set dramatically climbing up the mountains. Load up your cameras! Its blue-washed houses, narrow cobbled streets, and mountainous backdrop create a tranquil and photographic setting... Overnight in your riad include bed and breakfast.


Day 3: Explore Chefchaouen

After breakfast in your riad or hotel at 9am,we will explore Chefchaouen (known as the Blue City of Morocco). Located at the footstep of two higher mountains, Chefchaouen is a beautiful and unique city with its white washed walls and blue doors and windows. Unlike many parts of Morocco, Chefchaouen was occupied by Spain and Portugal. Therefore, there is much influence from the Spanish and Moorish architecture. this is your chance to meet up with local people, walk around the markets and feel the charm of this unique city... Overnight in your riad include bed and breakfast

Day 4: Chefchaouan-Volubilis-Meknes-Fez

After breakfast at 9am, we will depart to Volubilis and explore the ruins of this Roman city. You will visit the holy city of Moulay Idriss (a place of pilgrimage for Moroccans). After, we will continue to Meknes where you will explore the Medina of Meknes with its beautiful Tomb of Moulay Ismail, The Granary, The Square of Lehdim, and the Gate of Bab al Mansour. You will have the opportunity to explore the souks and relax in one of the Square’s cafés. In the afternoon, we will head to the city of Fez where you will discover one of most important royal cities of Morocco and stay the evening in your riad include bed and breakfast.


Day 5: Fez Guided Tour

After breakfast at 9am, we will visit the most breathtaking places in Fez. This will include the medina (the old city), its ramparts, and alleys. We will view the famous medieval tanneries and tour the Karaouine Mosque, which was founded in 859 by Fatima Al-Fihri. This Mosque is considered the most magnificent and historic religious attraction in the city. After lunch, we will see the Merenid tomb that is in the rim of the valley. We will explore the superb architectural masterpiece of Bou Inania Medersa and other decorated architectural masterpieces like Attarin Medersa and the Neijarin Fountain. We will also view the Fondouks (the place where the donkeys and their owners meet) and visit the souks (markets) where handcrafted merchandise and edible goods, as well as copperware and pottery are sold. Overnight in your riad include bed and breakfast.

Day 6: Fez to Merzouga Desert (Erg Chebbi Dunes)

After breakfast we will depart for Merzouga through the Middle Atlas region. We will drive through Ifrane, the ‘Switzerland’ of Morocco and the cedar forests of Azrou where we can stop to hand feed the monkeys. We will continue to Midelt where we will have lunch. We will then follow the Ziz River through the valley and stop to see the Ziz Gorges on our way to Merzouga. Overnight in your hotel located on the edge of the dunes include dinner, bed,and breakfast.


Day 7: Tour of the dunes - Visit the nomads - Camel trekking

After breakfast we’ll start exploring the area, firstly visiting the 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, bed and breakfast. 

Day 8: Merzouga Desert - Todra Gorge - Dades valley

The camel trekker will wake us up at dawn to see the spectacular sunrise in the desert, then we will return to the camp to have our breakfast. After breakfast, the camel trekker will us back to the Auberge to have a shower and refresh our body. Next, we will drive to Rissani for lunch 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 valley - Roses Valley - Skoura - Ouarzazate

After breakfast, you will begin your journey through the valley of Dades , with exploring the marvelous sights of the valley. After that we drive you over the wonderful Pist “Mil Kasbah” which is accessible only on 4x4 passing by the amazing Berber villages such as “Boutaghrar”. Besides that you will have the opportunity to meet some Berber nomads whom are living in the caves. Then continue to El Kelaa M’gouna (the valley of roses) where you will have a break for lunch,after heading to Ourzazat by crossing the beautiful oasis of the palm grove in Skoura, where you can see many exotic Kasbahsuch as Amerhidil Kasbah till reaching Ourzazat... Overnight in your hotel include dinner, bed, and breakfast.

Day 10: Ouarzazate - High Atlas - Ait Ben Haddou - Essaouira

After breakfast departure toward Marrakech. By visiting the Atlas studios which host the largest movie studios in the world such as Lawrence of Arabia, Jewel of the Nile , The Mummy, Gladiator and The Man Who Would Be King. then continue the road to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site : the exotic Kasbah of Aït Benhaddou.after that You will cross the high Atlas mountain through the pass of Tizi n’Tichka. Stopping along the way and enjoying the wonderful surroundings then having lunch in a berber village called”Teddart” before your arrival to Essaouira. Overnight in your riad include bed and breakfast.


Day 11: Explore Essaouira

After yur Breakfast in your Riad in Essaouira, then start your explorative journey of the city. You’ll visit the Skala Fortress, see andwalk through the alleys of the medina and view hundreds of handicrafts.Today we will take to have your lunch in a Moroccan way, freshly fishes ‘cooked ’. Essaouira is also referred to as The "City of the Wind" and it attracts surfers from all over the world. Essaouira knew many civilizations including the Portuguese occupation, which affects much of its architecture however, it remains a small village with much history. Because of its size and its characteristic blue doors and washed walls, it is also regarded as Morocco’s "Jewel of the Atlantic ”. There is an annual festival of “Gnawa music”, where many musical groups come from different parts of Africa and the world. Usually it starts in the second week of June.... Overnight in your riad include bed and breakfast.

Day 12: Essaouira to Marrakech

After breakfast, we will pick you up from the riad and drive you to one of the most beautiful beaches in Morocco, located in a small seaside village called Sidi Kawki. We will enjoy swimming for a half day before we drive back to Marrakech. In the afternoon, you can explore more of Marrakech if you wish. Overnight in a local riad include bed and breakfast.

Day 13: Marrakech Guided Tour

On this day, after breakfast you will have full day tour to discover Marrakech. By Immersing yourself in the red city and During your tour you will have Lunch in the Medina , you will visit the most beautiful palaces and monuments of Marrakech such as the 19th century Bahia Palace ,the 16th century Saadian Tombs, the Koutoubia Mosque ,the Majorelle Garden . You will also visit the famous Souks where the merchants sell everything from leather, carpets, cloths, spices, kaftans... Overnight in your riad include bed and breakfast.

Day 14: Cooking Class 

After breakfast in your riad around 10:00 in the morning , you will start your cooking school where you will join your cooking class to discover the taste and secret of Moroccan cuisine and spices. You will have a choice to choose your menu that you will cook and learn how to create Moroccan salads, Couscous, Tagines,...or Pastia... Overnight in your riad include bed and breakfast..


Day 15: Return Home

We will pick you up from your riad after your breakfast, and drive you to the airport in Casablanca for your flights. Tour end.

included in the price: 

  • 15 Days Transportation in private Toyota Prado Land-Cruiser with A/C Or New Mini-Vans with A/C.
  • 14 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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