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10 Days From Casablanca To Marrakech Via Merzouga

10 Days From Casablanca To Marrakech Via Merzouga

Overview:

In this 10 days tour, you will have the opportunity to visit important Moroccan cities and traditional villages, admire the natural beauties of Morocco, and also experience the life and hospitality of Moroccan desert people. The tour begins from Casablanca, the “white” city, and we will drive to Rabat and Chefchaouen, the “blue city”. Thereinafter we will head to Volubilis, Meknes, and Fez, where you will be acquainted with Moroccan history. After exploring Fez, we will visit Ilfrane”, Azrou, Midelt and we will end up in Merzouga. You will visit the ‘black village’ of Khamlia to see the Gnawa musicians, and a nomad family in their tent, and in the afternoon your desert experience begins. Your camels will take you to a Berber camp, where you will spend the night, reviving the nomadic Berber lifestyle. The tour continued by visiting Erfoud, Tinghir, and Todra Gorges, Dades Gorges, Ouarzazate, “the Hollywood of Africa”, exploring Ait Ben Haddou village, the UNESCO World Heritage Site and through the High Atlas Mountains, we will reach Marrakech. On the last day, we will drive back to Casablanca airport, where the tour ends.

Itinerary:

 Day 01 : Airport – Casablanca

You will be welcomed by your driver /guide at the airport of Mohamed 5 in Casablanca and take you to your hotel in Casablanca. Overnight in the hotel.

 Day 02 : Casablanca – Rabat – Chefchaouen

At 8:00 AM you will start exploring Casablanca, the “white” city, where culture and economy meet. By visiting the biggest mosque in Casablanca, Hassan 2 mosque. Also, you can have sightseeing in other places in the city, and after that, you will go to the capital of Morocco Rabat,  a city right in front of the Atlantic ocean. We will start with the Bad challah, the Mausoleum of Mohammed V, and one of the main gates of the royal palace and the Oudaya Kasbah. You will have your lunch in a local restaurant. Then we will drive straight to the blue city of Chefchaouen. On the way you will pass through many small towns and stop for breaks; we will reach Chefchaouen a bite early in order to have time to walk inside the bleu alleys of the medina, take pictures and also experience the local food of the little city. Overnight in a hotel.

 Day 03 : Chefchaouen – Volubilis – Fez

In the morning, at 9 ΑΜ you will drive to Fez. Before you get to Fez you will visit the historical site of Volubilis. After a tour with the local guide, you will head to Meknes for sightseeing. Meknès, which is known as “the Moroccan Versailles”, symbolizes the power of Sultan Moulay Ismail with an imposing setting epitomized by the Bab-El-Mansour Gate. You will start with the beautiful gate of Bad Mansour, the Moulay Ismail Mausoleum, Sahrij, and the Jewish quarter. You will take your lunch in a local restaurant inside the old medina of Fez. After lunch, we will drive to Fez. Overnight in a riad in the medina.

 Day 04 : Exploring Fez

After breakfast, you will start exploring the oldest city in Morocco by walking in its alleys and small streets. Fez will enchant you with its mysterious medina, which is part of the World Heritage List. Our visit starts by visiting the Royal Palace gate, the Jewish quarter, the first Mellah ever built in Morocco, constructed during the 14th century. We will ensure that you visit all sites with cultural and historical interest including the famous Al Karaouine University, which is considered to be the oldest one in the world, the Tanneries, and the Moulay Idriss mausoleum. After lunch in a traditional Moroccan restaurant, you will visit the tiles cooperative and then experience a wonderful panoramic view over the whole Medina of Fez. Overnight in the riad.

 Day 05 : Fez – Ilfrane – Azrou – Midelt – Merzouga

Early in the morning, you will travel through the middle Atlas via Ifrane “Moroccan Switzerland” and Azrou. You will have a stop at the cedar forest for a visit to Cedre Gouraud Tree, where you will see Barbary apes. From here we will drive further south passing by several towns and you will get the opportunity to observe nomads living in tents along the way. You will also see the volcanic rocks. Our next stop is in Midelt where you will enjoy your lunch. Later on, we will continue our drive by crossing the Tizi N’Talghomt Pass (1907 m) while enjoying the panoramic view. You will also pass through Ziz Gorge and the tunnel. Near Errachidia, you will see the Barrage Hassan Al-Dakhil which has turquoise blue water. Driving to Erfoud, you will have a stop for a panoramic view of Aoufous palm trees along the Ziz River. Your journey continues to Merzouga via Erfoud through the oasis of Tafilalet, the largest date palm grove in Morocco. Merzouga is a small enchanting village, considered to be one of the gates of the Sahara.  We will reach Merzouga in the afternoon and check in to your riad. Dinner and overnight in the hotel.

 Day 06 : Merzouga area and the Camel Trek

After breakfast in the hotel, you will start an explorative journey of the area; you will visit the nomads in their goat-hair tent and learn about desert life. Afterward, you will visit the Gnaoua people, originally slaves brought from Sudan, here you will have the opportunity to listen to their music and learn about their culture and lifestyle. Depending on what time of year you visit, you may have a visit to the lake of Merzouga and its bird population such as the “Flamingos”.

On the afternoon, the camels will join us on our trek. The camels will take us to a Berber camp in the middle of an oasis amidst the sand dunes of Erg Chebbi. 20 km long and 5 km wide; it is also reputed as the highest sand dunes in North Africa. It is a unique and diverse environment. The camel trek takes about 1hr 30 min to the camp, where we will set up in the Berbers’ tents for our magic night in the desert. The camp and the tents are well equipped with all facilities, making you feel at home. In the middle of the desert, as the sun is hiding behind the dunes, you will enjoy your nomadic Berber dinner. After dinner, we will gather around the fire and enjoy the sound of traditional Berber drums under the stars. It will be a night hard to forget.

 Day 07 : Merzouga – Rissani – Erfoud – Tinghir – Todra Gorges – Dades Gorges

Wake up early in the morning to enjoy the sunrise on the top of the dunes in the Sahara desert, then have your breakfast. After these beautiful moments, you will ride your camel back to the hotel where you can shower. We depart towards Tinghir passing by Erfoud and Tinejdad. We will have a break for lunch. In the afternoon, we will continue to Todra gorges via Tinghir. The journey reveals a diversity of incredible landscapes, from the vastness of the desert to breathtaking mountains, green valleys, and palm trees. Stopping along the way for photos and admiring the landscape. Upon arrival to Todra Gorges, we will enjoy its marvelous Canyons view while hiking on foot, and finally, arrive in the Dades Valley where we will have dinner and spend the night in the hotel.

 Day 08 : Dades Gorges – Ouarzazate – Ait Ben Haddou – High Atlas Mountains – Marrakech

After breakfast, we will drive through the Dades Valley towards Kelaat Mgouna and Ouarzazate. The route through the Dades Valley, the way of the thousand Kasbahs, provides numerous photo opportunities. We will visit the Roses valley and Skoura village, then continue to Ouarzazat, “the Hollywood of Africa”. You will have lunch at the famous Ait Ben Haddou kasbah, the largest Kasbah in Morocco. After touring this UNESCO World Heritage site, our journey will continue through the majestic Tizi n’Tichka pass, reaching an altitude of 2260m, over the High Atlas Mountains. We will stop to enjoy the impressive scenery and visit the argan oil cooperative. We will arrive in Marrakech late in the afternoon. Overnight stay in the riad.

 Day 09 : Exploring Marrakech

After breakfast in the riad, you can start exploring Marrakech ” the red city of Morocco” Your guide will ensure that you will 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 Coranique school. You will have lunch at a restaurant near the square, then in the afternoon visit the gardens at Majorelle; Menara, and the Koutoubia tower. Overnight accommodation will be in your riad as above.

 Day 10 : Marrakech – Casablanca Airport

Transfer to Casablanca airport according to your schedule, where the tour ends.

Included

  • Private tour & Transportation with A/C and seat-belt.
  • Pick you up & drop you off at Casablanca airport.
  • 6 nights hotel accommodation & breakfast in Casablanca, Chefchaouen, Fez & Marrakech.
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation, dinner & breakfast in Merzouga & Dades Valley (Vegetarians are welcome).
  • 1 night accommodation in desert camp.
  • Experienced driver/guide English speaking.
  • Local guide in Fez & Marrakech.
  • Fuel, tolls and all associated expenses.
  • Camel warden.
  • Camel ride for 1 hour. (If you are not interested to ride the camels, it is possible to drive you to the camp with the 4×4).
  • Sand boards ( available in the camp without charge).

Not Included

  • Airfare (Flight Ticket)
    Noon meal. (Possibility of picnic or restaurants).
  • Dinners in Casablanca, Chefchaouen, Fez & Marrakech.
  • Drinks at the meal.
  • Tips and personal miscellaneous expenses.
  • Entry fees to Monuments / Museums / Kasbahs
  • Travel insurance
  • Anything not mentioned in the program

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