10 Days Tour from Casablanca to Merzouga Desert

Casablanca, Morocco

Duration

10 days

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Overview

Embark on an unforgettable journey through Morocco on this 10-day adventure! Immerse yourself in the vibrant imperial cities of Rabat, Fes, and Meknes. Then, venture deep into the Sahara Desert, where you’ll experience the thrill of camel trekking across the golden dunes of Erg Chebbi. Witness the natural wonders of Todra Gorges and Dades Valley before exploring the captivating city of Marrakech. Your trip concludes in Casablanca.

Highlights:

  • Explore the rich history and culture of Morocco’s imperial cities.
  • Camel trek through the awe-inspiring Erg Chebbi dunes.
  • Discover the dramatic landscapes of Todra Gorges and Dades Valley.
  • Immerse yourself in the vibrant energy of Marrakech.

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  • Pick and Drop Services
  • 1 Meal Per Day
  • Cruise Dinner & Music Event
  • Visit 7 Best Places in the City With Group
  • Additional Services
  • Insurance
  • Food & Drinks
  • Tickets

Tour Plan

Welcome to Morocco! Your adventure begins upon arrival at Casablanca's Mohammed V International Airport (CMN). After a warm welcome, you'll be whisked away on a scenic journey towards Fes. Casablanca Calling: If your flight arrives early, immerse yourself in the grandeur of Casablanca. Explore the magnificent Hassan II Mosque, one of the largest in the world, boasting intricate mosaics, towering ceilings, and stunning ocean views. (Optional visit subject to arrival time) Journey to Fes: Following your visit to Casablanca (or if arriving later in the day), you'll continue your journey north to Fes, Morocco's cultural and historical heart. Settle into your comfortable hotel, ready to delve into the vibrant energy of Fes tomorrow.
Immerse Yourself in History: Today, embark on a captivating exploration of Fes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site brimming with history and culture. Architectural Gems: Start your journey by marveling at the architectural wonders of Bou Inania and Attarine Madrasas, showcasing exquisite Moroccan craftsmanship. These former centers of Islamic learning boast intricate tilework, ornate stucco ceilings, and mesmerizing courtyards. Sensory Overload in the Souks: Next, delve into the labyrinthine alleyways of the bustling Souk El-Attarine, a feast for the senses. Wander through a maze of shops overflowing with colorful spices, fragrant leather goods, handcrafted pottery, and an array of Moroccan treasures. Prepare to be captivated by the vibrant atmosphere and the bargaining skills of the local merchants. A Seat of Learning: Conclude your exploration with a visit to the world-renowned Al-Qarawiyyin Mosque, considered the first university in the world. This architectural marvel, dating back to the 9th century, reflects the rich intellectual heritage of Fes. Back to Your Riad: After a day filled with cultural discoveries, return to your charming riad or hotel, where you can relax and savor the memories of this captivating city.
A Step Back in Time: After breakfast at your Fes riad, embark on a journey through Morocco's rich history. Our first stop is the captivating Roman ruins of Volubilis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. These remnants of a once-grand Roman city offer a glimpse into Morocco's past. Explore the well-preserved arches, columns, and mosaics, imagining life in this ancient city. Holy City Interlude: Following your exploration of Volubilis, we'll make a brief stop at the holy town of Moulay Idriss Zerhoun, a pilgrimage site for Moroccans. Nestled amidst the foothills of the Middle Atlas Mountains, this town offers a glimpse into Moroccan religious traditions. Meknes Majesty: In the afternoon, we'll continue our journey to Meknes, a captivating city that flourished under the reign of Sultan Moulay Ismail. Immerse yourself in the grandeur of the 17th century with a visit to the monumental Bab Mansour Gate, a masterpiece of Islamic architecture. Admire the intricate tilework and the sheer scale of this impressive gateway. Afterwards, explore the vast Lahboul Square, a former parade ground that showcases the city's historical significance. Rest and Relaxation: After a day filled with historical discoveries, settle into your comfortable hotel in Meknes, ready to explore further tomorrow.
After breakfast in Meknes, we embark on a scenic journey towards the captivating Merzouga Desert. Get ready for a day filled with contrasting landscapes and charming discoveries. Switzerland of Morocco: Our first stop is the charming town of Ifrane, nicknamed "Switzerland of Morocco" for its cool climate and European-style architecture. Enjoy a refreshing break amidst the cedar forests, keeping an eye out for playful Barbary macaques (apes) that call these woods home. Enchanted Forest & Atlas Magic: Continuing our journey, we'll enter the verdant Azrou Forest, nestled amidst the Middle Atlas Mountains. Here, keep your eyes peeled for the playful Barbary macaques frolicking amongst the majestic cedar trees. As we wind our way through the mountains, marvel at the breathtaking scenery of the Ziz Valley, a verdant oasis dotted with palm groves. Fossil Capital & Desert Gateway: Before arriving in Merzouga, we'll make a brief stop in Erfoud, renowned as the "fossil capital" of Morocco. Here, you'll have the opportunity to see a glimpse of Morocco's prehistoric past. Finally, as the afternoon unfolds, we'll reach the awe-inspiring Erg Chebbi Dunes of Merzouga. Prepare to be captivated by the tranquility of the desert as you settle into your comfortable hotel near the majestic dunes.
After a delicious breakfast at your Merzouga hotel, prepare to delve deeper into the magic of the Sahara. Grand Dunes Tour: Embark on a 4x4 adventure, exploring the vast expanse of the Erg Chebbi Dunes, a sea of golden sand sculpted by the wind. As you journey through the desert landscape, marvel at the ever-changing colors of the dunes throughout the day. Cultural Gems: Our first stop is the captivating village of Khamlia, renowned for its Gnawa music, a unique blend of African and Moroccan rhythms. Immerse yourself in the vibrant sounds and pulsating energy of a live performance. Following this cultural experience, we'll continue our journey to visit a nomadic family in their traditional tent, known as a "haima." Gain insights into their way of life and appreciate their resilience in this harsh yet beautiful environment. Camel Caravan & Desert Dreams: As the afternoon unfolds, prepare for a highlight of your journey - a thrilling camel trek towards the heart of the Erg Chebbi Dunes. Experience the unique rhythm of a camel ride as you traverse the vast desert landscape. As the sun dips below the horizon, casting magical hues across the sky, arrive at your desert camp, a collection of comfortable tents nestled amidst the dunes. Settle in for a traditional Moroccan dinner under a blanket of stars, a truly unforgettable experience. Overnight: Tonight, the desert sky unfolds above you, revealing a breathtaking display of stars. Drift off to sleep under the Milky Way, ready for another day of desert adventures.
Rise before dawn to witness a breathtaking spectacle - the desert sunrise over the Erg Chebbi Dunes. Capture unforgettable photos as the golden light paints the landscape in magical hues. As the sun climbs higher in the sky, climb the dunes on foot, enjoying panoramic views of the vast desert expanse. Camel Caravan & Farewell: After soaking up the beauty of the sunrise, hop back on your camel for a scenic ride back to the starting point. Savor a delicious breakfast at your Merzouga hotel, preparing for your onward journey. Rissani Souk & Southern Charm: Our first stop today is the bustling town of Rissani, known for its traditional souk, considered one of the largest in southern Morocco. Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere as you wander through the labyrinthine alleys, browsing a diverse array of local produce, handcrafted Berber crafts, and souvenirs. Prepare to be captivated by the sights, sounds, and smells of this authentic Moroccan marketplace. Todra's Majesty: Bidding farewell to Rissani, we'll continue our journey towards the awe-inspiring Todra Gorges. Towering 300 meters high, these dramatic canyon walls, carved by the Todra River over millennia, offer a breathtaking natural wonder. Stroll along the gorge floor, marveling at the sheer scale of the cliffs and the power of nature. Night in the Gorges: As the day draws to a close, settle into your comfortable hotel nestled amidst the Todra Gorges, ready to explore further wonders tomorrow.
Fuel up with a delicious breakfast at your Todra Gorges hotel, ready for a day filled with natural wonders. Todra's Enchantment: Embark on a short hike through the captivating Todra Gorges, taking in the dramatic scenery from a different perspective. Feel dwarfed by the towering canyon walls as you explore the path carved by the Todra River. Dades Delights: After soaking up the beauty of Todra, we'll continue our journey towards the Dades Valley, nicknamed the "Valley of a Thousand Kasbahs." This dramatic landscape, sculpted by nature, features towering rock formations and traditional fortified villages. Enjoy a scenic drive through the valley, keeping an eye out for these historical gems. Roses & Oasis Interlude: (Optional Stop) Depending on the season (peak bloom in May), we may make a brief stop in the Rose Valley, renowned for its rose plantations. Here, you can learn about the process of rosewater production, a key ingredient in Moroccan beauty products. Continuing our journey, we'll pass by the verdant Skoura Oasis, a haven of palm groves nestled amidst the arid landscape. Hollywood in Morocco: Finally, we'll arrive in Ouarzazate, nicknamed "Morocco's Hollywood" for its role as a backdrop for numerous films like Lawrence of Arabia and Gladiator. This captivating city boasts a unique blend of traditional Moroccan architecture and cinematic influences. Night in Ouarzazate: Settle into your comfortable hotel in Ouarzazate, ready to explore further wonders or unwind after a day of adventure.
After a delicious breakfast at your hotel, prepare for a journey through dramatic landscapes and historical treasures. Ait Ben Haddou's Grandeur: Our first stop is the captivating Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This fortified city, perched on a hilltop, has served as a backdrop for numerous Hollywood films like Gladiator and Lawrence of Arabia. Explore the maze-like alleys and climb to the top for breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. Immerse yourself in the rich history and architectural beauty of this iconic kasbah. High Atlas Journey: Bidding farewell to Ait Ben Haddou, we'll embark on a scenic drive through the majestic High Atlas Mountains. Wind your way up the Tizi n'Tichka Pass, the highest road pass in Morocco, offering breathtaking vistas of valleys, Berber villages, and snow-capped peaks. Keep an eye out for traditional mudbrick houses clinging to the mountainsides, showcasing the resilience of the Berber people. (Optional Stop) Depending on the time of year and road conditions, we may make a brief stop at the iconic Kasbah of Telouet, offering a glimpse into the Glaoui dynasty's legacy. Arrival in Marrakech: As the day unfolds, we'll descend the mountains and arrive in the vibrant city of Marrakech, a captivating blend of ancient history and modern energy. Check-in & Rest: Settle into your comfortable hotel in Marrakech, ready to delve into the city's bustling souks, historical landmarks, and captivating atmosphere tomorrow.
Today, immerse yourself in the vibrant energy and captivating history of Marrakech, the "Red City." Garden Delights: Our exploration begins at the tranquil Majorelle Garden, a masterpiece of Islamic art and landscaping. Wander amidst vibrant blooms, refreshing water features, and a serene atmosphere. (Optional Stop) Depending on your interests, we may also visit the Menara Gardens, another peaceful oasis in the heart of the city. Architectural Gems: Next, delve into Marrakech's rich history with visits to iconic landmarks. Marvel at the towering Koutoubia Mosque, its minaret dominating the city skyline. Continue to the Saadian Tombs, intricately decorated resting places of Saadian dynasty sultans. Explore the Dar Si Said Museum, showcasing Moroccan art and artifacts. Finally, be dazzled by the opulent Bahia Palace, a masterpiece of 19th-century Moroccan architecture. Souk Sensations: No visit to Marrakech is complete without experiencing the bustling Jemaa el-Fnaa Square, the heart of the city's energy. Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, and smells of this lively marketplace. Wander through labyrinthine alleyways overflowing with colorful spices, handcrafted Berber crafts, and an array of treasures. Prepare to be captivated by the snake charmers, acrobats, musicians, and the vibrant atmosphere of this iconic square.
After a delicious breakfast at your Marrakech hotel, it's time to say farewell to Morocco. Departure Transfer: Enjoy a comfortable transfer from your hotel to the Marrakech Menara Airport (RAK) in plenty of time for your departing flight. Memories to Last a Lifetime: As you depart Morocco, cherish the memories you've created during this unforgettable 10-day adventure. From the bustling imperial cities to the captivating desert landscapes and the vibrant culture, Morocco offers a unique experience that will stay with you forever.

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