Imperial Cities, Essaouira, Morocco Tour from Casablanca – 10 days

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10-day Morocco tour from Casablanca – overview:

Uncover the wonders of Morocco’s mesmerising landscapes and rich cultures. Step into the vibrant heart of Rabat, Fes, and Marrakech, where bustling medinas, opulent royal palaces, and awe-inspiring mosques await your discovery. Your camera will become your best companion as you embark on scenic hikes through the breathtaking rocky terrains of the Dades Valley, capturing nature’s artistry at every turn.

But the adventure doesn’t stop there – brace yourself for an unforgettable experience as you traverse the golden dunes of the Sahara Desert, riding atop a camel’s back. Surrender to the enchantment of the Sahara’s beauty as you spend your evenings under the magnificent canopy of star-studded skies at luxurious desert camps. As the adventure continues, lose yourself in the laidback charm of Essaouira, where the fortified medina beckons you to wander and explore. Here, you’ll find a haven of tranquillity amidst the bustling journey.

Let the allure of Morocco’s diverse landscapes and cultures captivate your soul, making this an unforgettable expedition of a lifetime. Are you ready to immerse yourself in the magic of Morocco? Join us on this extraordinary odyssey that promises to awaken your senses and leave you with memories to cherish forever.

Imperial Cities and Sahara Desert from Casablanca – highlights:

  • Discover the mesmerising landscapes and rich cultures in Morocco’s vibrant Imperial Cities; Rabat, Fes, and Marrakech – with bustling medinas, royal palaces, and awe-inspiring gardens to explore.
  • Experience nature’s artistry on scenic hikes through the breathtaking rocky terrains of the Dades Valley and Atlas Mountains
  • Traverse the golden dunes of the Sahara Desert on a camel’s back, and indulge in the enchantment of starry evenings at luxurious desert camps.
  • Immerse yourself in the laidback charm of Essaouira, where the fortified medina invites you to wander and explore amidst a haven of tranquillity.
  • Let the captivating allure of Morocco’s diverse landscapes and cultures enrich your soul on an unforgettable expedition.

What is included in Morocco 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, Fes, Marrakech and Essaouira) 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, Fes, Marrakech and Essaouira)
  • 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, Fes, Marrakech and Essaouira
  • Entrance fees in Casablanca, Rabat, Fes, Marrakech and Essaouira
  • Drinks
  • Tips
  • Extras

Good to know about this 10-day Morocco desert tour from Casablanca:

  • It is possible to customise this tour to accommodate your areas of interest, budget and timetable
  • It is possible to start and/or end this tour in Marrakech according to your arrival and departure flights
  • You can add other activities to this trip: cooking classes, food tours, quad-biking and hot-air ballooning
  • 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 not possible 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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Morocco 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 – Fes

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.

Following that, we take the motorway as far as Meknes. The itinerary takes you 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.

3rd 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.

4th day: Fes – Merzouga

Morning departure at 08:30 from your riad or hotel in Fes, as you set out south on your 4-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.

5th 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.

6th day: Dades Gorges – Ouarzazate

After breakfast, the itinerary continues through the beautiful Valley of the Roses as far as Kel’aa M’gouna, where over 4000 tons of roses are harvested every spring from this desert oasis! Here, you can visit a local cooperative producing cosmetic articles from the valley’s abundant roses. These organic products are highly valued.

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 restored and is well worth visiting; constructed entirely of adobe, an excellent building material that keeps room temperature cool in the summer and warm in the winter due to the thickness of the walls.

You will have lunch in one of the local restaurants with time to wander the Skoura Oasis and learn about the Berber way of life in the south of Morocco.

Just outside of Ouarzazate, you could visit the Film Studios, a movie wonderland just outside Ouarzazate, known for keeping its sets and reorganising them to offer a wide range of choices to production studios, but also for letting tourists experience the unique thrill of discovering the sets where many successful films and series have been shot, including “Gladiator”, “Prince of Persia” and “Game of Thrones.”

By the end of the day, you check in to your guest house, where you spend the night with dinner and breakfast.

7th day: Ouarzazate – Marrakech

After breakfast, you leave for Marrakech. After a 45 min drive, 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. Your driver will transfer you to your riad.

8th 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.

9th day: Marrakech – Essaouira

Your day’s journey starts with a delightful drive through the countryside and past hilly slopes of argan trees. Here, you might be able to stop a rare sight of goats climbing into the argan tree branches to devour the leaves.

Just before Essaouira, you will visit a women’s cooperative offering argan products. Here, you will discover how nuts are processed by hand into one of the most versatile oils, an essential ingredient for culinary and cosmetic purposes.

Upon your arrival in Essaouira, you will be greeted by the town’s charming seaport, famous for its blue boats. It is here where you can choose a selection of fresh fish in this lively market to be prepared for your lunch.

Stroll along the ancient ramparts that encircle the city. These fortifications were built by the Portuguese and many of the cannons that were used to defend the town can still be seen.

Visit the Skala and ancient ramparts, which were used as a set for many famous movies and TV services, such as the Game of Thrones. This is a perfect place to take photos of your group and enjoy the incredible views of the Atlantic Ocean.

The beach in Essaouira is a popular spot for relaxation and water activities. You can enjoy a walk along the Mogador beach, either on the beach or the wide pavement alongside. You may also choose to experience horse riding or camel riding.

You spend the night with breakfast in your riad.

10th day: Essaouira – Marrakech/ Casablanca

Following breakfast, the journey commences back to the airport in Casablanca, which takes approximately five hours by car. Along the way, we have the opportunity to make a stop in El Jadida, where we can explore the Portuguese cistern and the historical Portuguese town surrounding it.

Continuing northward, we travel along the coastal road, passing Azemmour or Azamor, a quaint ancient town situated on the left bank of the Oum Er-Rabia River. Finally, your 12-day Casablanca, Morocco tour concludes as your driver accompanies you to the airport.

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