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8 Days From Casablanca To Marrakech Via Merzouga

8 Days From Casablanca To Marrakech Via Merzouga

Overview:

In this 8 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, Meknes, and Fez, where you will be acquainted with Moroccan history.  After exploring Fez, the oldest city in Morocco, we will visit Ifrane, Azrou, and Midelt and we will end up in Merzouga, where the 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”, Ait Ben Haddou, the UNESCO  World Heritage Site, and through the High Atlas Mountains, we will reach Marrakech. We will explore Marrackech and the tour will end by driving you to the airport.

Itinerary:

Day 01 : Casablanca – Transfer to the hotel

Upon arrival at the airport of Casablanca Mohammed V, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Casablanca, the “white” city, is where culture and economy meet; Our representative will provide a brief overview of your tour. Overnight stay in the hotel.

 Day 02 : Casablanca – Rabat – Meknes – Fez

Depart for Fez. The road to Fez takes us along a beautiful stretch of farmlands where olives, grain, vegetables, and grapes are grown. Before arriving in Fez you will visit Meknes and Volubilis. In Volubilis, you can see the famous Roman ruins from the Roman Empire’s most southern outpost. Meknes is the city, where the first Arab dynasty was created by Moulay Ismail. 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. This will lead us to the Henries-Souani, the horses’ stable and granaries. Upstairs is a rooftop garden and cafe with a great view of the city. We will arrive in Fez; overnight stay in the riad.

 Day 03 : 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 04 : 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 observe Barbary apes. From here we will drive further south passing by several towns and you will get the opportunity to see nomads living in tents along the way.  You will also see the volcanic rocks. The journey reveals a diversity of incredible landscapes, from breath-taking mountains to green valleys and palm trees, until we reach the edge of the desert. 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. Our journey will continue to Merzouga, where the camels will join us on our trek. Merzouga is a small enchanting village, considered to be one of the gates of the Sahara. 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 05 : Merzouga – 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. Stopping along the way for photos and admiring the landscape. Upon arrival to Todra Gorges, we will enjoy its marvelous Canyons view,  while hiking, and finally, arrive in the Dades Valley where we will have dinner and spend the night in the hotel.

 Day 06 : 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 07 : 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 stay in the riad.

 Day 08 : Marrakech – Airport

After breakfast, transfert from the hotel to the airport, where the tour ends.

Included

  • Private tour & Transportation with A/C and seat-belt.
  • Pick you up from Casablanca airport & drop off at Marrakech airport.
  • 5 nights hotel accommodation & breakfast in Casablanca, Fez & Marrakech.
  • 1 night hotel accommodation, dinner & breakfast in 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, Fez & Marrakech.
  • Drinks at a meal.
  • Tips and personal miscellaneous expenses.
  • Entry fees to Monuments / Museums / Kasbahs
  • Anything not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance

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