Imperial Cities and Desert Tour - 8 days/7 nights

from Casablanca to Marrakech or back to Casablanca. 


Day 1: Casablanca – Rabat – Meknes - Fez

Upon your arrival or pick up you at your hotel in Casablanca. We will visit the Hassan II mosque, the landmark of Casablanca which is the only mosque open for non-Muslims. The Hassan II Mosque will be the first introduction of Moorish influences in Morocco. It is built by the king Hassan II between 1987-1993. Over 25 thousand worshipers can pray inside and 80 thousand worshipers pray outside in the big square of the mosque. We travel to Rabat visit some historical site like Chellah lovely spot In Rabat where you see a breathtaking combination of Roman and Merinid remains. You have the unfinished mosque Tower Hassan and the piece of art mausoleum Mohamed 5th to visit. After the tour of Rabat we move to the next city Meknes. It was buit by the sultan Moulay Ismael in 18th century, famous of beautiful gates, mosques and madrasas. Overnight in Fez. (B)


Day 2: Guided Tour Of Fes

After breakfast you will begin your guided tour of the medina, one of the world’s largest walled in cities. You will explore the narrow streets lined with fresh fruit, mounds of spices, intricately woven Berber carpets and many other art objects of Morocco. A visit to the Kings Palace, the tanneries, and potters are just a few places you will experience. For lunch you will eat in traditional restaurant in the heart of the medina. After lunch you will complete the tour and return to your hotel for the evening. (B)


Day 3: Fes – Ifrane – Azrou – Midelt – Middle Atlas – Merzouga Desert (Camel Trek & Desert Overnight)

We are going to leave the medieval Fes and heading to another part of Morocco. Crossing the Middle Atlas Mountains .We stop for a short break in Ifran or the small Switzerland where is the first ski resort in Morocco. We will be surrounded by amazing sceneries and landscapes of mountains and plains. A special species of native monkeys living in cedar woods, over 30 members in one family called Maggot monkeys in Azrou. We will have lunch break in Midelt, it celebrates the festival of apples every years. There is a big contrast of landscapes especially when we drive through Ziz valley to get us to Arfoud ,the gate of the sahara, to Merzouga Desert. Check in to your hotel overlooking the Dunes (BD)


4th day: Merzouga Area - Camel Trek

In the morning after breakfast your excursion will start from the hotel taking you through the sand-sea dunes near the Algerian border where you can have the chance to take photos and see the black volcanic rock, also you may meet a nomad families and see their nomadic lifestyle. Next you will pass close to tiny Berber villages like Tamrdanite before you reach Khamlia. In Khamlia (very little village in desert) you will enjoy moments of spiritual Gnawa music that is played with black people whom are the inhabitants of this village. In our way to the hotel you will be enchanted with the view of the lake of Ait Sareji (especially In springtime) which attracts pink flamingos and many others birds. Back to the hotel for rest and getting ready for an adventure (camel trekking) in the heart of the desert .while heading to the bivouac, you will see the spectacular sunset through the dunes. You will enjoy Berber food, listening to the drums in a starry night and sleeping in a traditional tent (camel hair tent) in calmness and tranquility. (BD)


Day 5: Merzouga Desert – Todra Gorge - Dades Valley

The camel man (trekker) will wake you up in dawn to see the spectacular sunrise in the desert, later you will return to the camp to have your breakfast. after the camel man take you back to the Auberge to have shower to refresh your body .we drive to Rissani through the Ksours and kasbahs of Tafilalet . Visiting the Zaouia of moulay Ali El-Charif, the mausoleum of the dynasty Glaoui founder, and have walk to discover the local market and traditoinal souks in Rissani. After that we drive via Tinghir passing by Arfoud and Tinjdad where you will have lunch then continue toward Tinghir where you can have walk between the gorgeous oasis palm trees. You will spend the night in a Kasbah. (BD)


Day 6: Boumalne Du Dades -  Ouarzazate - Ait Benhaddou -Tizi N’tichka Pass - Marrakech

This morning after breakfast in the hotel, We depart to Ouarzazate via Skoura. Stopping for a panoramic view of the kasbah of Taourirt then another photo stop near the atlas film studios. After that you will visit the Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou and stop for lunch in a local restaurant in the village. In the Afternoon we will drive to Marrakech over the mountains of high Atlas passing through the Tizi N’tichka pass (2260 m in altitude). Overnight in your riad in Marrakech  (B)


Day 7: Marrakech

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 (B)


8th day: Marrakech

After breakfast we transfer you to the airport, at your flight time.


Included:


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

• 7 Nights Accommodation in a Moroccan Authentic Riads.

• All breakfasts, and few dinners

• English, French, Or Italian - 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.

• All Other Taxes.


Not Included:

• Lunches.

• Dinners in places like Fes and Marrakech.

• Airfare (Flight Ticket).

• Beverages (Drinks).

• Tips for guide, drivers

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