Imperial Cities, Blue City, Morocco Tour from Casablanca – 10 days

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12-day Morocco tour from Casablanca – overview:

Embark on a thrilling 10-day journey to experience the true essence of Moroccan adventure, as we take you through the captivating highlights of central Morocco. Feel the gentle ocean breeze as you venture to Casablanca and witness the awe-inspiring Hassan II Mosque, with its grandeur set against the vast backdrop of the Atlantic coast. Explore the medina and monuments of Rabat before you soak in the blue streets of Chefchaouen

Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of bustling souks and behold the magnificence of the royal palaces in Marrakech. Let the nomadic spirit of the Berbers guide your path as you hike through the majestic Atlas Mountains and picturesque valleys. Intrigue awaits in the mediaeval city of Fes, where you will have the opportunity to discover the ancient arts of pottery and leather dying, unravelling the secrets of Morocco’s rich craftsmanship.

Get ready to be enchanted by the wonders of central Morocco and embrace the spirit of adventure on this unforgettable odyssey through the heart of a captivating nation.

12-day tour from Casablanca – highlights:

  • Feel the gentle ocean breeze as you witness the awe-inspiring Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, standing tall against the backdrop of the vast Atlantic coast.
  • Discover the charm of Rabat’s medina and monuments, then get lost amidst the enchanting blue streets of Chefchaouen.
  • Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of Marrakech’s bustling souks and behold the grandeur of the royal palaces.
  • Let the nomadic spirit of the Berbers lead your way through the majestic Atlas Mountains and picturesque valleys.
  • Unravel the secrets of Morocco’s rich craftsmanship in the mediaeval city of Fes, where you’ll have the chance to explore ancient art of pottery and leather dying.

What is included in this desert tour from Casablanca:

  • Transportation in a private air-conditioned vehicle, 4×4 Toyota Prado, or deluxe van
  • Experienced English, French, Spanish, Italian-speaking Berber/Nomad driver guide
  • Pick-up from and drop-off at your hotels and airport transfers
  • Accommodation in air-conditioned rooms/suites with private bathrooms in
  • Overnight in a luxury desert camp in Erg Chebbi dunes: private tent with bathroom & shower, king-sized beds, mattresses, sheets, pillows, blankets, lamps & traditional furniture
  • All meals: (except lunch and dinner in Casablanca, Rabat, Chefchaouen, Fes and Marrakech) breakfast, lunch and dinner – with vegetarian and vegan options available
  • Bottled water, tea, and coffee in the desert
  • Sunset camel ride with guide plus free sandboarding if desired
  • Possibility to go for short hikes in the beautiful scenery
  • Free time to explore sites of interest, for walks, photos and tea/ coffee breaks
  • Entrance fees (except in Casablanca, Rabat, Chefchaouen, Fes and Marrakech)
  • Local guides and sightseeing tours in Fes and in Marrakech
  • Luggage service to the desert camp and all accommodation
  • Personalised service

What is not included:

  • Lunch and dinner in Casablanca, Rabat, Chefchaouen, Fes and Marrakech
  • Entrance fees in Casablanca, Rabat, Chefchaouen, Fes and Marrakech
  • Drinks
  • Tips
  • Extras

Good to know about Morocco tours from Casablanca

  • It is possible to customise this tour to accommodate your areas of interest, preferred budget and timetable
  • It is possible to start and/or end this tour in Marrakech according to your arrival and departure flights
  • There is a 25% reduction for children under 12 years old & do not charge for children under 5 years old
  • We require a 30% deposit to confirm your reservation and the balance in the office
  • We accept payment through PayPal, credit card, bank transfer or cash(USD, Euro, GBP or MAD)
  • These prices can be subject to an increase over the Christmas and New Year’s Eve period
  • Visiting the Hassan II mosque is limited on Fridays and religious holidays

Price details

Number of persons2 Persons3 Persons4 Persons5 Persons6 Persons
Price per person1945 €1885 €1855 €1835 €1815 €
Total price3890 €5655 €7340 €9175 €10890 €

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Imperial Cities and desert tour from Casablanca – itinerary:

1st day: Casablanca – Rabat

Your driver will pick you up at Mohamed V airport and transfer Casablanca. Welcome to Morocco. You will visit Hassan II Mosque, not possible on Fridays or religious holidays. Decorated with beautiful tiling of the utmost craftsmanship, this is the largest mosque in Africa and the highest religious institution in the world. The guided tours take about an hour and you may need to queue for a while for tickets.

In the afternoon, you drive to the capital city, Rabat. The old medina is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is home to historical and cultural landmarks. The rest of the day can be spent exploring the medina and the Oudaya Gardens, and Kasbah.

You spend the night with breakfast in a beautiful riad at the heart of the medina.

2nd day: Rabat – Chefchaouen

Following breakfast in your riad, you will visit the Hassan Tower, an incomplete mosque minaret, commissioned by Abu Yusuf Yaqub al-Mansur, the third Caliph of the Almohad Caliphate, in the late 12th century.

Afterwards, you will visit the Mausoleum of Mohammed V, built in homage to the late king who passed away in 1961. His son and successor, Hassan II, who died in 1999, is also entombed here. The intricate tilework inside the mausoleum is truly remarkable with every tiny tile cut and then set in place by hand.

Next, you travel further north along the motorway to Chefchaouen, taking a detour through Ouazzane before making your way through the mountains to reach your destination. Once we arrive, the evening can be spent wandering the lovely streets and up and down alleys and chilling in one of the many little cafés.

You spend the night with breakfast in a beautiful riad.

3rd day: Chefchaouen Sightseeing

Today is spent at leisure according to your preferred schedule. You can explore the following attractions:

  • The Blue Medina: Explore the charming streets of Chefchaouen’s Blue Medina, known for its unique blue-washed buildings and tranquil ambience.
  • Local Souks: Immerse yourself in the vibrant local market scene, where you can browse and purchase traditional Moroccan crafts.
    Kasbah Museum: Visit the Kasbah Museum housed in an ancient fortress, showcasing a collection of artefacts and providing panoramic views of the city.
  • Spanish Mosque: Take a leisurely stroll to the Spanish Mosque for breathtaking panoramic views of the blue-washed medina and the surrounding Rif Mountains.
  • Outa el Hammam Square: Immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere of the central square, surrounded by cafes and restaurants, perfect for people-watching and enjoying local cuisine.
  • Andalusian Gardens: Find tranquillity in the Andalusian Gardens, a peaceful oasis within the medina, featuring lush greenery and calming fountains.

After a long day sightseeing, a great meal is a must. An excellent choice is Aladdin Restaurant, where you can choose from international and Moroccan favourites.

You spend the night with breakfast back in your riad.

4th day: Chefchaouen – Fes

After breakfast in your riad, we leave for Fes, passing through lush farms and admiring the breathtaking scenery of the Rif Mountains.

Our route takes us to the renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site of Volubilis, where the remnants of the ancient Roman civilisation are spread across a vast area. Here, it is possible to hire a local guide for greater insight into the fascinating history of this expansive heritage site.

Shortly after, you will visit the sacred town of Moulay Edriss Zerhouni. Although access to the mausoleum is restricted to non-Muslims, we can still explore the main square, which provides picturesque views and houses delightful small shops.

From here, we continue through the hills and the mountains to Fes, which will be the venue for dinner and the overnight stay in a beautiful riad.

5th day: Fes Sightseeing

Today, enjoy a full-day sightseeing tour in Fes to explore the oldest of Morocco’s four Imperial Cities’ places of interest.

Fes El Bali or the “Old Fes” has retained its authentic charm and remains remarkably unspoiled. During this guided tour, you will have the opportunity to explore the exotic Bou Inania Madrassa, tour the medina, and admire the exquisite tile work in the stunning courtyard of the Kairaouine Mosque, capturing fabulous photos along the way.

A significant highlight of the tour is a visit to the renowned University of Al-Qarawiyyin, established by Fatima Al Fihri in 859. Recognised by both the Guinness Book of Records and UNESCO as the oldest university in the world, it holds a profound historical significance.

Of course, you will visit the famous leather tanneries and learn how the leather is processed into leather raw material, used to make the leather products abundantly found in the medina.

In the afternoon, venture to Fes El Jdid, or “New Fes,” and explore the Museum of Moroccan Arts, which offers insights into the country’s rich artistic heritage. The rest of the day can be spent exploring the rest of the medina, stopping by the colourful shops which offer opportunities to purchase silver and leather souvenirs, if desired!

The night is spent in the riad.

6th day: Fes – Merzouga

Morning departure at 08:30 from your riad or hotel in Fes, as you set out south on your 3-day desert tour from Fes to Marrakech. You travel south past Ifrane, where the houses have sloping roofs, very remarkable and unusual in Morocco. This is to cope with the snowfall in the winter.

You continue driving over the Middle Atlas Mountains and via the Tizi-n-Talremt pass, travelling along a beautiful road bordered by green oaks and cedar trees to reach Azrou, where you can see Barbary apes looking out for tidbits. Lunch will be in Midelt, nicknamed “the apple capital”, and is situated at the foot of the Ayachi Mountain.

Travelling further south along the main road, the itinerary takes you deeper into the mountains to enjoy breathtaking views and beautiful Berber villages. As you descend the mountains, you will be amazed by the splendid views of the extensive green oases and the innumerable palm trees all indicating the beginning of the Ziz Valley.

We arrive in Errachidia, and then in Erfoud, where you can stop at the local workshop to see the workings of thousands of fossils made into all sorts of artefacts. There is no obligation to buy anything, but the workshops are well worth a visit!

At the campsite, you check into your tent and enjoy a relaxing glass of tea and Moroccan biscuits. Then, you take a camel ride to the summit of the Erg Chebbi dunes (250 m). You will enjoy the sunset from the top of the dunes!

Back at the camp, dinner is served, followed by an evening of nomad music and drumming around a campfire. You spend the night in your tent, equipped with a private toilet & shower, king-sized beds, mattresses, sheets, pillows, blankets & carpets, lamps and beautiful Moroccan furnishings, all tastefully arranged to enhance your stay.

7th day: Merzouga – Dades Gorges

If you wake up early enough, you will be rewarded by an amazing spectacle of the sunrise, when the colour dunes and the play of shadows are an incredible sight.

After breakfast, experience a scenic drive through the sand dunes of Erg Chebbi. Back on the paved road, you travel Between Tinjdad and Erfoud, you can stop to visit the “khettarat”, an ingenious underground water channel system designed to minimise evaporation of the water in the desert heat. It is fascinating to climb down to experience the coolness below ground and to marvel at the ancient engineering involved.

In the Toudgha Gorges, enjoy lunch in one of the restaurants overlooking the valley. Then, you have the opportunity to walk beyond the gorge itself, by the village gardens and fields.

From here, you travel further east as far as the Dades Valley, where you spend the night with dinner and breakfast in a beautiful guest house overlooking the valley.

8th day: Dades Gorges – Marrakech

After breakfast, the itinerary continues through the beautiful Valley of the Roses as far as Kel’aa M’gouna, where you can visit a local cooperative manufacturing cosmetic articles from the abundant roses of the valley.

From here, you travel through the road of a thousand Kasbahs as far as the Skoura Oasis, where you stop to visit the Kasbah Amredhil, which used to be depicted in the old 50 dirham banknote. The Kasbah has been beautifully repaired and is well worth the visit.

After lunch in Ouarzazate, you leave the main road and take a side road to the Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou. It is the most famous Kasbah in Morocco and one of the Kingdom’s nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It is also better known as the backdrop for many Hollywood blockbusters, including “Gladiator,” “Alexander,” and some scenes of the famous TV series “Game of Thrones.”

From here, you travel further northwest along the beautiful Ounila Valley, full of bends in the roads, incredible rock formations, Berber villages, and smaller Kasbahs. Finally, you reach Kasbah Telouet, which used to be the palatial residence of the Lords of the Atlas, the Glaoui Family.

Although the Kasbah now stands in ruins after the last Pasha fled Morocco following the departure of the French, wait to be pleasantly surprised by the architectural marvel of this historic home. Lunch will be either here or later up in the mountains.

From here, you drive along a different road over the High Atlas Mountains, the largest mountain chain in North Africa. Along the way, soak in uninterrupted views of the High Atlas Mountains and its beautiful Berber villages. Near the top, stretch your legs for panoramic views of the mountains.

You will arrive back in Marrakech by the end of the afternoon. You spend the night with breakfast in a beautiful riad at the heart of the medina.

9th day: Marrakech Sightseeing

This Marrakech sightseeing tour is the perfect option to explore the red city. It allows you to get to places that you will not find on your own and explore Marrakech in depth. Then discover the main attractions of Marrakech accompanied by a certified guide and a driver. On this Marrakech sightseeing tour, you will visit the following attractions:

  • The Majorelle Gardens: a serene garden originally designed by Jacques Majorelle and owned by Yves Sait Laurent. Majorelle is well known for its washed blue walls. It contains fish pools, a little bridge, and paths, plenty of plants and trees as well as relaxing cafés.
  • The Kotobia Mosque: one of the largest, most beautiful mosques and the country and a landmark in the red city. The mosque is built in a traditional Almohad style and the tower (69m) is adorned with four copper globes.
  • El Bahia Palace: is an excellent and beautiful representation of Eastern Architecture. It dates back to the 19th century and exemplifies the standards of the wealthy who lived at that time. This fascinating place was built by Ahmad Ibn Musa between 1894 and 1900. With its tiled walls and illuminated cedar wood ceiling, the palace is an amazing representation of craftsmanship.
  • The Saadian Tombs: date back to the time of Sultan Ahmed Al-Mansur (1578-1603). The tombs were discovered in 1971 and were restored. Because of its delicate decorations and unique architecture, the mausoleum has become a major attraction to visitors to Marrakech.
  • Djemaa El Fna Square: Marrakech is probably best known for its main square. Its juice stalls, dried fruits, and spice sellers, snake charmers. As well as women applying henna, storytellers, and the myriad of nightly food stalls. Explore the souks and shops of Marrakech.

You spend the night back in your riad.

10th day: Marrakech – Casablanca

Once you have enjoyed breakfast at your riad, your driver will arrange a convenient transfer to the airport, taking into consideration the timing of your flight. This will allow you ample time to complete the check-in process and prepare for your departure.

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