Morocco Splendid Tours

10 days Morocco Tour From Casablanca to the Imperial Cities and Merzouga Sahara Desert

tour description

Embark on a truly extraordinary 10-day odyssey, immersing yourself in the cultural tapestry and historical wonders of Morocco's Imperial Cities, complemented by the mystical allure of the Sahara Desert. As you begin your journey from the iconic city of Casablanca, you are set to experience a meticulously crafted itinerary that promises not just a tour but a profound exploration of the very essence of Morocco.

This immersive tour is more than a mere itinerary; it is a narrative that unfolds over 10 days, weaving together the threads of cultural exploration, historical revelation, and the breathtaking beauty of the Sahara Desert. From the moment you set foot in Casablanca, the journey becomes a kaleidoscope of experiences that promise to leave an indelible mark on your soul.

Delve into the heartbeat of Morocco's Imperial Cities, where the echoes of history resonate through the bustling streets. Traverse the labyrinthine medinas of Rabat, Fes, and Marrakech, each revealing its unique tale of regal grandeur and cultural richness. The Royal Palace in Rabat, the ancient Medina of Fes with its venerable universities, and the vibrant Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech are just a glimpse into the tapestry of experiences awaiting you.

Yet, the narrative extends beyond the city walls. The Sahara Desert, with its golden dunes and infinite expanse, beckons you on a transformative journey. Your odyssey to Merzouga is not just a physical movement but a soul-stirring passage, as you mount a camel to traverse the Erg Chebbi dunes and find solace under the star-studded desert sky in a traditional desert camp.

This 10-day Imperial Cities and Desert Tour from Casablanca is more than a travel itinerary; it is an odyssey that immerses you in the soul of Morocco. It peels back the layers of time, allowing you to witness the ancient traditions, the architectural splendors, and the natural wonders that have shaped this nation.

As the journey concludes in the vibrant city of Marrakech, you carry with you not just memories but a profound understanding of Morocco's rich heritage and the myriad landscapes that define its character. This isn't merely a tour; it is a sojourn into the heart of a nation, leaving an indelible imprint that resonates long after the journey has ended.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Casablanca – Rabat – Fes

Upon your arrival at Casablanca airport, the economic capital of Morocco, our journey commences with a visit to the grand Hassan II Mosque, one of the largest mosques globally, symbolizing Islamic architectural magnificence. We then proceed to the administrative capital, Rabat, and continue our venture to Fes, the cultural heart of the country. The day concludes with your accommodation at a comfortable hotel.

Day 2: A Day for the Discovery of the Cultural Capital Fes

After breakfast in the riad/hotel, you will visit the old medina of Fez, the most ancient of Imperial Cities anywhere in the Muslim world. It is the city that has been the spiritual and political capital of Morocco for over 1000 years since its inception by Moulay Idriss. The local guide will reveal for you the secrets of Fez and show you the most important historic monuments. We will make sure that you visit places such as: The Royal Palace, the Jewish Quarter, the Tomb of the Merinids, the 14th century Bouinania School, ceramics handcraft. You will have lunch in the Medina and then explore its fascinating cobbled lanes, richly decorated Attarin School, the Neijarin, Dar Batha/Museum of Moroccan Arts and Crafts, Medersa and the Kairaouine Mosque…. You will see the medieval tannery and the infinite variety of handcraft merchandise. The night will be spent in Fes.

Day 3: Fes - Volubilis - Meknes

Our journey takes us to the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis, a UNESCO World Heritage site. We also visit the holy city of Moulay Idriss before continuing to Meknes, a city elevated to prominence by Sultan Moulay Ismail. Explore the Bab Mansour Gate and Lahdim Square before settling in at your hotel.

Day 4: Mekes – Azrou – Ziz Valley – Merzouga

Embark on a scenic drive through Ifran, often referred to as the Switzerland of Morocco, and the Azrou forest, where monkeys play amidst the cedars. Traverse the Middle Atlas Mountains, passing through the Ziz Valley and Errachidia, until reaching the desert city of Erfoud. Finally, arrive in Merzouga and unwind in a hostel near the dunes.

Day 5: Merzouga - Erg Chebbi

Enjoy an epic tour of the majestic dunes after breakfast, passing through desert villages and encountering nomadic communities in their traditional tents. Experience the unique lifestyle of the desert before riding camels to spend an enchanting night in the heart of the dunes under a nomadic tent.

Day 6: Erg Chebbi - Todra Gorges

Witness the beauty of a desert sunrise, climb the dunes, and then ride camels back to the hostel for breakfast. Continue to Todra Gorges via Rissani, where a visit to its traditional market awaits. The day concludes with an overnight stay amidst the breathtaking Todra Gorges.

Day 7: Todra Gorges – Ouarzazate

After breakfast and a leisurely walk near the gorges, proceed to the Dades Valley, the Valley of Roses, and the Skoura Oasis. Arrive in Ouarzazate and settle into your hotel, soaking in the unique ambiance of this desert city.

Day 8: Ouarzazate – Marrakech

Explore the cinematic Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou, a backdrop for numerous films. Journey to Marrakech via the Tizi N’tichka mountain pass, encountering Berber communities and farms along the way. Finally, arrive in Marrakech, where your hotel awaits.

Day 9: Marrakech sightseeing

Dedicate the day to discovering the charms of Marrakech, exploring historical monuments such as the Menara Gardens, Koutoubia Mosque, Saadian Tombs, and the vibrant Jamaa El Fna Square with its bustling souks.

Day 10: Marrakech – Casablanca

Conclude your unforgettable journey with a transfer to Casablanca, bidding farewell to the enchanting landscapes and cultural wonders of Morocco. End your trip with a transfer to the airport for your departure.

Tour Inclusions

  • Transportation: Comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle for the entire journey.
  • Professional Guide: Knowledgeable English-speaking guide to enhance your experience.
  • Accommodation: Overnight stays in selected hotels or riads, and a night in a desert camp in Merzouga.
  • Camel Trek: Experience a camel trek into the Sahara Desert for a sunset and sunrise adventure.
  • Activities: Guided tours in Fes and Marrakech with a local guide of historical and cultural sites.
  • Daily Breakfast: Start each day with a hearty breakfast to fuel your adventures. Dinner is included during your night in the Sahara Desert camp and Dades Valley.

Tour Exclusions

  • Lunch and Beverages: Not included in the package.
  • Personal Expenses: Any personal spending during the trip is not included.
  • Travel Insurance: It is recommended to have travel insurance to cover unexpected events.
  • Tips: Gratuities for guides, drivers, and camp staff are not included but greatly appreciated.
  • Optional Activities: Any optional activities or excursions not specified in the itinerary.

NB: This 10 days expedition from Casablanca will take you through Morocco's historical, cultural, and natural wonders, ending with an enchanting Sahara Desert adventure. Always verify details with the tour operator for the best experience.

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Please feel free to contact us at any time, whether you have already found the trip and activities that perfectly suit your needs and interests, or if you would like us to customize an itinerary tailored to your preferences. At Morocco Splendid Tours, we are genuinely enthusiastic about the opportunity to contribute to making your journey in Morocco the most fortuitous and enjoyable experience possible. Your satisfaction is our priority, and we are here to assist you in creating a travel adventure that not only meets your expectations but also exceeds them. Our team is ready to answer any questions, provide expert advice, and ensure that every aspect of your Moroccan adventure is finely tuned to your desires. We look forward to helping you craft an extraordinary and personalized experience that will leave you with lasting memories of Morocco.

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