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Desert Tour From Marrakech To The Imperial Cities & The North

10 Days

Trip Info

  • Private air conditioned clean rooms
  • Marrakech
  • Marrakech
  • Breakfasts and 4 Dinners
  • Private air conditioned vehicle

Overview

This ten day desert tour starting in Marrakech, Morocco, and including our ancient capitals is one of our most sought after. Explore the most important Imperial Cities and the unique desert of the country. Enjoy time in Marrakech with the hustle and bustle of it’s souks. In Fez, famous for the Fez hat, you can see and buy amazing leather goods and visit what is believed to be the world’s oldest university. Our day in Rabat, the current administrative capital, includes the beautiful and tranquil mausoleum of Sultan Mohammed V as well as the 12th century Hassan Tower.

On our journey are the most stunning natural spaces that will move your soul, all in one memorable experience. Visit the beautiful Blue Pearl of Chefchaouen in Northern Morocco and the Cyclopean Hassan II mosque of Casablanca, along with its main attractions and monuments. Explore the Sahara desert and enjoy looking at, or even climbing, its mountainous sand dunes. See the beautiful Atlas Mountains dotted with tiny villages, Kasbahs and centuries-old valleys and adobe Berber villages. You’ll meet the locals and even some Nomads, Moroccans are famed for their friendliness and hospitality.

Your Moroccan, English speaking driver and experienced guide will answer all your questions and make your travels smooth ones. We genuinely want you to love our country as much as we do, and will go out of our way to help make that happen. For more details we invite you to see below to learn the historical heritage of what we hope, after this Marrakech, desert and ancient cities tour, will become your second country, Morocco.

Highlights

  • Explore Marrakech Sightseeing and its green gardens.
  • Discover the beautiful Blue pearl of Chefchaouen in Morocco northern.
  • Visit the main attractions and monuments of Rabat and CasaBlanca.
  • Visit the biggest mosque Hassan II in Casablanca.
  • Explore the spiritual capital of Morocco; Fes: Najjarine fountains and Museum.
  • Explore Quaraouyine university, the tanneries, the medrassa bouanania in Fes.
  • Explore the labyrinth souks/Markets in the old medina of Fes.
  • Enjoy the colorful and aromas and discover the artisans workshops of fes.
  • Spent a night in desert camP & enjoy a traditional dinner under the stars
  • Take the secondary roads through the Dades Canyon.
  • Discover the beautiful Atlas Mountains dotted with tiny villages.
  • Cross the dunes of Sahara desert on the back of a camel.
  • Discover the spectacular gorges of Dadès and Toudra.
  • Live a unique experience in the Merzouga desert.
  • Enjoy a beautiful sunset and sunrise over the golden sand dunes.

Itinerary

Today we’ll have a guided tour of Marrakech. You'll explore the main attractions and monuments of the city including the world famous Jemma el Fna square, 800 year old Koutoubia mosque, the souks, palaces, and museums. We’ll also explore parts of the city such as French Colonial Gueliz, and the Menara Gardens. Another highlight is the Majorelle Gardens, house and museum. Owned until his death and then preserved, Yves Saint Laurent lived here and escaped the pressures of the world. After lunch at a local restaurant, you’ll get the chance to explore this incredibly vibrant city at your leisure.

Today your tour kicks off as we drive through the Atlas Mountains and snake through the Tizi-n-Tichka pass to the Unesco World Heritage site of Ait Ben Haddou. Famous on the big screen for movies like the Gladiator and the famous HBO series, Game of Thrones, we continue to Ouarzazate to visit the Atlas Film Studios and a Kasbah located in the city. We’ll continue our tour towards the Valley of 1001 Kasbahs, also famous for its annual Rose Festival before we drive to the Dades Gorge and spend the night in our hotel/Riad.

Here, we’ll continue our tour to visit Todra Gorge, a colorful, awe inspiring narrow canyon. We’ll continue through the Ziz Valley to reach Erfoud, an oasis town known as the gate to the Sahara desert and recognized for its unique fossils. There we can visit a local factory which produces artisanal, hand crafted house decor made from fossils. There is also a local shop where you may purchase such items as souvenirs if you wish.

Then, we’ll drive towards Rissani, where we’ll visit the local souk and then drive towards the edge of the desert to reach Merzouga. On arrival there is time to prepare yourself at a guest house ready for our camel ride into the desert dunes. Accompanied by experienced camel caravan guides we arrive at the Merzouga Desert Camp where we’ll stay overnight in luxurious, en suite tents. This spectacular night will be rendered unforgettable with a unique and traditional Berber dinner topped off by tribal music around a starlit desert campfire.

For early risers the sunrise over the dunes is unique. The rest of the day will be spent exploring the Merzouga desert with a chance to “do your own thing” such as camel trekking or exploring via the comfort of a 4×4. We’ll also visit the Khamlia village famous for its traditional Gnawa music. Early riser or not, you simply can’t miss the opportunity of appreciating the sunset behind the dunes of the bewildering Sahara desert. Our night will be at Small Riad/ hotel.

After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll drive past Rissani and Erfoud stopping in Midelt in the Atlas Mountains for lunch. Now halfway to Fez, you can explore Midelt at your own pace, chill out or retire to the local hotel where you’ll spend the night.

Today we’ll further explore Midelt and then we drive to Azrou, where we’ll stop to explore a forest resort and, hopefully, see and feed the wild monkeys that inhabit it. We’ll then continue to Ifrane and then Fes, where we’ll stay overnight at a local hotel/riad.

Today we’ll explore the oldest city in Morocco and enjoy walking through its alleys and narrow streets. Sightseeing includes the Royal Palace Gate and Jewish quarter visit. Other cultural and historic sites include the Al Qaraouine University, the Tanneries, and Moulay Idriss Mausoleum. You can spend the afternoon exploring the fascinating medina before having dinner at a local restaurant of your choice. We’ll spend the night in Fes in your pre-booked local riad/hotel.

Today we drive from Fes to Chefchaouen, located in the Rif Mountains. There is plenty of free time if you wish to discover Chefchaouen’s medina before spending the night at your local riad/hotel.

After breakfast and a a couple of hours in the Blue Pearl (Chefchaouen) we’ll drive to Rabat, Morocco’s capital, to explore its main sights and attractions. There, you may choose to have lunch before continuing to the largest city in Morocco, Casablanca, where we’ll spend the night.

Today we’ll visit the main attractions and monuments in Casablanca including the Hassan II Mosque which, unusually, can be entered by non-Muslims and has a capacity of over 25,000 inside. Then, after your chosen lunch at a local restaurant, we have a leisurely drive back to Marrakesh where our tour, sadly, comes to an end.

Cost

The trip cost includes

  • Pick up service from your accommodation in Marrakech Fuel included
  • Private Transport by an A/C vehicle Professional English speaking driver
  • Overnight in desert camp dinner and breakfast are included Local guide at ait ben haddou Kasbah
  • Camel ride for sunset and sunrise (one camel each)
  • Half-board accommodations in selected hotels Riads or Kasbahs (breakfasts & two dinners are included)
  • Official art historian guide in Fes & Marrakech Drop off service at your accommodation in Marrakech
  • You can stop everywhere to take photos

The trip cost exclude

  • Entrance fees Personal expenses
  • Tips and gratuities Lunches and drinks
  • The flights tickets to and from your homeland Anything not mentioned in the program

FAQs

Is Morocco a Safe Destination?

Morocco has one of the lowest crime rates in the world and, compared to the US and Europe, is considered a very safe destination. Moroccan people are known for their hospitality and they will make you feel very welcomed, for more information on the topic contact us and we’ll provide you with some personal single-traveller experiences.

Is There any Dress Code for Women Visiting Morocco?

No. You may wear whatever you feel comfortable in, we only have one exception on tours of the Mosque like Hassan II. To enter you would need to dress conservatively as you would in a church (no shorts, tanks tops, etc.).

As in any country you should use direction with your attire if you want to avoid unwanted attention.

What currencies can I exchange in Morocco?

US Dollars, Sterling and Euros are readily exchangeable. We recommend you take a mixture of cash and credit cards. Scottish bank notes and Australian dollar travellers cheques and cash are NOT normally accepted in Morocco.

The form of the meeting at the airport, where?

With accurate information on the schedule of your arrival, our guide and our driver await you at the customs exit at the airport, with a sign with your name and first name. It’s always easy, this appointment. In case of concern, you can contact us by phone with our contact information noted in our emails. We are always at your disposal 24 hours a day

Can we pay the balance by check?

From €1130
/ Adult
From €1
/ Child

Trip Info

  • Private air conditioned clean rooms
  • Marrakech
  • Marrakech
  • Breakfasts and 4 Dinners
  • Private air conditioned vehicle