Atlas Desert Tours

Imperial Cities and Desert - 10 Days/09 Nights

Casablanca to Casablanca

Day 1: Casablanca – Rabat

Arrive into Casablanca International airport. 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. Overnight accommodation in Riad Kalaa. Bed and Breakfast. BB.

Day 2: Rabat – Meknes – Volubilis – Fes

After breakfast in the hotel, and after exploring the city of Rabat we travel to Fes via Meknes and Volubilis. In Meknes ,the ismaili capital of Morocco, you will see the fascinating gate Bab Mansour built by the sultan My Ismail, the granary and the Sahrij Souani used for irrigation and plantation. In Volubilis, the well preserved Roman empire dating to 225BC, you will see some mosaics that are still in very good shap and then continue to Fes via the countryside and the foothills of the rif Mountains. Overnight accommodation in your riad. BB


Day 3: Exploring Fes

After breakfast in your riad , you will start an explorative journey of the cultural capital of Morocco, walking in its alleys and small streets. Our visit starts by the Royal Palace, the Jewish headquarter, the first Mellah ever built in Morocco. We will ensure that you visit all sites with cultural and historical interest including the famous Al Qaraouine University, the oldest in the region, and the Tanneries. After lunch, you will visit the ceramique factory and have a panoramique view over the whole Medina of Fes. On the afternoon, we will visit the new city for a drink. Overnight accommodation in your riad. BB

Day 4: Fes – Ifran – Azrou – Errachidia – Merzouga

After breakfast in your riad, you’ll leave Fes travelling towards Ifran, referred to as “the Switzerland of Morocco” and then to Merzouga via Azrou and the Ziz Valley. During this journey you’ll experience glimpses of the Middle Atlas and Higher Atlas mountains. Stopping at Azrou, a Berber village in the middle of the famous cedar forest – the largest in Morocco – where you may well sight Barbary apes. You’ll notice how the scenery changes to reveal hints of the desert as you approach teh city of Errachidia. Your journey continues to Merzouga via the Tizi Ntalghamt pass and along the luxuriant Ziz Valley , stopping for panoramic views along the way. Arrive to Merzouga at the end of the afternoon. You’ll be welcomed with a glass of mint tea before you check in to your Riad. (BDB)


Day 5: Merzouga area and the Camel trek

After breakfast in the riad you will start an explorative journey of the area. You’ll visit the Gnawa people, originally slaves brought from Sudan, to experience their music and lifestyle. Not far away there’s the lake of Merzouga, with its bird populations. You may also visit the nomad wire house where many Berber handicrafts are priced lower than in the big cities. On the afternoon you will mount your camel, guided by an experienced camel man to explore within the sand sea of Merzouga. Enjoy a wonderful sunset over the golden dunes and overnight at the desert Luxury camp, equipped with flash toilets. DBB.

Day 6: Merzouga – Todra Gorges – Dades Gorges: 260km

If you like, early in the morning, we will wake you up to watch what well may be the best sunrise of your life. Afterwards, you’ll peacefully camel-trek back to the village of Merzouga. Enroute you couldn’t fail to appreciate the unique beauty of the spectacular Erg Chebbi sand dunes – changing with the light as the day progresses. After breakfast in the riad, you’ll leave for Rissani , Tinghir, and Todra gorges – the highest, narrowest gorges in Morocco. After lunch in the heart of the gorge we’ll drive through the Dades Valley, where you’ll see the majestic sand castles and the amazing rock formations known as “monkey toes”. Overnight accommodation will be in a fancy hotel overlooking the Dades valley. (DBB).


Day 7: Dades Gorge – Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah – Marrakech

After breakfast in the hotel we’ll drive through the Dades Valley towards Kalaa M’gouna and Marrakech. The route through Dades Valley is the way of the thousand kasbahs – providing numerous opportunities to take some of your best photographic shots of the trip. We’ll stop at Kalaa Mgouna, “the rose city”, to purchase the rosewater, which will make your linen smell good a long time after your trip is over. Continue to the famous Ait Ben Haddou kasbah, the largest Kasbah in Morocco. The kasbah was built by Et Hami El Glaoui, one of the last Berber chieftains during the 18th century, now a house of many Glaoui people. Your journey will continue through the majestic Tizi n’tichka Pass (2260m) over the High Atlas Mountains, before arriving at your accommodation in Marrakech. Overnight accommodation in your Riad  BB

Day 8: Exploring Marrakech

After breakfast in the riad , you can start exploring Marrakech ” the red city of Morocco”. Your guide will ensure that you see the most important places of historical and cultural interest, including the Saadien tombs; the Palaces of El Bahia and El Badi; and the Ben Youssef Coranique School. Lunch at a restaurant near the square, then in the afternoon visit the gardens at Majorelle; Menara and the Koutoubia tower. After dinner you will have the opportunity to walk around the ‘Square Jemaa El Fna’ full with magicians, story tellers, snake charmers and food sellers. Overnight accommodation. Bed and Breakfast. BB.


Day 9: Free Day in Marrakech

Today is your day! you will have time for yourselves to explore more of Marrakech and feel the charm of this amazing place. If you want, we can take you on a day trip to Essaouira beach or Ourika Valley. Overnight in your riad. BB


Day 10: Marrakech – Departure

After breakfast, you will travel to the airport for your departure flight. Tour ends at the airport.

included in the price: 

  • 10 Days Transportation in private Toyota Prado Land-Cruiser with A/C Or New Mini-Vans with A/C.
  • 9 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

TripAdvisor

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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