11 Days Casablanca to Merzouga desert. Morocco Casablanca Sahara desert trip – Travel from Casablanca to Merzouga desert Safari – Morocco tour departure from Casablanca to Erg Chebbi dunes – Casablanca Morocco Sahara Tour.
Duration: 11 days 10 nights
Tour End: Casablanca
11 Days Casablanca to Merzouga desert. Travel from Casablanca to Sahara desert. Private tour departure casabanca to Merzouga, Marrakech, Essaouira back to Casablanca.
- Merzouga desert
- Todra gorges
- Dades gorges
- Camel ride in Erg Chebbi dunes
- Merzouga desert camp
- Ait ben haddou kasbah
- Essaouira day trip
► Itinerary 11 Days Casablanca to Merzouga desert:
DAY 1 :CASABLANCA EXPLORING THE CITY
Our 11 day tour will start off by picking you up from the airport or hotel and then we will set off to explore the beauty of Casablanca. We will spend the night in Casablanca in a local hotel.
Today we will drive to Rabat the current capital of the ruling dynasty. We will make sure to pay visits to the most important monuments in the city like: Mohammed V Mausoleum, the Hassan Tower and the kasbah of Oudayas. Late afternoon, we will hit the road through Rif mountains to arrive to Chefchaouen. The last is often called the Pearl of north. It is beloved by its visitors since it combines both the beauty of civilization and nature. We will stay the night there and have dinner.
DAY 3 :CHEFCHAHOUEN – VOLUBILIS – MEKNES – FES
After having breakfast we will hit the road to Fez through Ouazzan village and Volubilis the print of Romans’ civilization in the kingdom. It dates back to 225 BC; its structure may have decayed but not entirely as its mosaic is still bright and shiny as it was once.
We will then make a stop in the Ismaili capital Meknes; it is surrounded with dozens of giant gates and fortified with a vast tall standing walls. We will pay a visit to El Hdim Place; it is a home for numerous creative activities such as painting, dancing, storytelling, and charming snakes. Visit the Sahrij Souani used for irrigation and plantation during the sultan’s rule. By the evening we will be found in a Riad in Fes.
DAY 4 :WALKING TOUR OF FES
After having breakfast we will start our trip around Fes, one of the most important cities of the kingdom, and actually it is believed to be the first built city by the Idrissids. It is the spiritual, cultural, scientific and artistic capital of Morocco, walking down its narrow ancient streets of the medina you would feel as if time had stopped in the middle age. We will visit historical sites and buildings like the Quaraouine mosque which is also considered as the first university to ever exist founded in 859. It is a prestigious center for the Arab world, its influence grew as the Marinids took charge over it. Fez was divided into two ^parts fortunately they were reunited by Almoravids.
In the 11th century Fes became one of the major cities of Islam. At sunset we will drive upwards to a wonderful hill where we can overlook the whole city in one scenery. After that we go back to the Riad to rest and get ready for the next day.
DAY 5 :FES – AZROU – MIDELT – RISSANI – MERZOUGA DESERT
After having breakfast, we will aim to south. We will firstly drive by Ifran the Switzerland of Morocco and Cedar forest situated not far in Azrou. It is famous for being a home for a wide variety of monkeys and apes. Along the route you will notice the change in sceneries from mountainous -the Middle atlas mountains and high Atlas mountains- to desert like landscapes. We will continue to Ziz valley where we are willing to admire the magnificent views. Before we arrive to Erfoud we will pass by numerous Berber villages like Rissani which is the ancient capital of the current dynasty the Alaouits. That would be our final point before reaching to Merzouga. We will spend the night in a local hotel.
DAY 6 :MERZOUGA CAMEL TREKKING AND NIGH IN CAMP
After having breakfast we will make sure to fully explore the magical beauty of Sahara dunes. We will drive in 4×4 vehicles to Khamlia village known for its original Gnawa music, we will encounter its people, share tea and listen to their music. Visit nomad people living around the area. We will stop at Rissani a fortified village that used to be the capital of the Alaouits. We will visit its traditional souks. As we reach the erg Chebbi dunes We will leave vehicles aside and ride camels to the nomad camp which is only 1h30min far. We will enjoy the sunset whilst being over the high dunes. As we arrive we will have a yummy dinner with the locals under the rhythm of Berber drums and the moonlight.
DAY 7 :MERZOUGA DESERT – TODGHA GORGE – DADES GORGE
Your guide will make sure to wake you up in order not to miss the spectacular view of sunrise reflected over the peaks of high dunes. You will ride camels back to the hotel to have breakfast and have a refreshing shower. We will then continue the journey by driving towards Tinghir and Todgha gorges. They are considered to be the highest narrow gorges in Morocco. You can hike along its valley. Our next stop would be the Dades valley wherein you are willing to admire the formidably shaped sand castles and the gorgeous rock formation often referred to as Monkey toes. You will spend the night in a nearby hotel or riad of your choosing.
DAY 8 :DADES GORGE – AIT BEN HADDOU – MARRAKECH
Today after that we have breakfast, we will start driving through the 1000 kasbahs the main route connecting Dades valley and Ouarzazat. The road is a splendid opportunity for you to exercise your photography skills. Our next stop is the Klaat Mgouna known for its massive production of Rose water. We will then head towards Ouarzazat the African Hollywood; we will have breakfast in Ait Benhadou Kasbah which is the largest Kasbah in Morocco. It is also admitted to be a Unesco world heritage site. It is the famous filming location for numerous blockbuster movies like the Gladiator and Babel. We will pass by the mountain pass Tizi n Tichka 2260 m high. And if you are more interested we would make a stop at women cooperatives of making Argan oil before we reach Marrakech by night.
DAY 9 :MARRAKECH GUIDED TOUR IN CITY
For your ninth day we will try explore the beloved Marrakech, most tourists prefer stopping by Marrakech before they leave. This charming is the perfect combination of both modern and traditional Moroccan print, you could see that in its buildings in the ancient medina, you can start off by paying a visit to Jamaa el Fna square, a unesco worldwide heritage site. You can have a freshly squeezed lemon juice from the aligned dozens of shops, and then observe the snake charmers, acrobats, storytellers, musicians…. besides the square there are few recognizable museums like Dar sidi Said and Bahia Palace. As for the afternoon you will have free time to wander in its streets. You will spend the night in a traditional Riad.
DAY 10 :DAY TRIP TO ESSAOUIRA AND BACK
Today we will drive you to Essaouira through the Atlantic coast breeze. The city used to be a port and resort for the Portuguese. Its medina is protected by 18th-century seafront ramparts. Its strong currents yet safe make the surfing, windsurfing and kite surfing so amusing.
DAY 11 :MARRAKECH – CASABLANCA
In this final day we will have a mini tour in Marrakech souks and then transfer you to the airport and that would be the end of our services until we embark on another journey.
► Included in the 11 Days Casablanca:
- Private A/C Vehicle + fuel
- Driver / Guide
- Pick up & Drop off at your accommodation
- 1 nights in sahara desert camp
- Nights in hotel
- Free time to explore the cities
- Breaks for photos,..Etc
► Not included:
- Entrance fees to monuments