8 Days From Casablanca Imperial Cities & Desert

Day 1: Airport to Casablanca

Transfer from the airport to Casablanca to check into your hotel.

Day 2: Casablanca – Rabat – Meknes – Volubilis – Fes

After breakfast, start your trip to visit The Hassan II Mosque which is the second largest religious building in the world after the mosque in Mecca. After, continue to the Imperial city of Rabat, the administrative capital of the Kingdom. Visit the magnificent Mausoleum Mohamed V and the Hassan II. Then, heading to Volubilis through the other Imperial city of Meknes to visit the Roman ruins, which are spread over a wide area and afford beautiful views over the valley and hills. Then head to Fez and check in to the Hotel.

Day 3: Fez – Fez Medina

After breakfast you will start exploring the imperial city of Fez in Morocco, founded in the 8th century by Moulay Idriss II. You will visit the Medina, Médersas Attarine, Fontaine Ennajarine, Mausoleum of Moulay Idriss and the Quarawiyin Mosque and the new medina in Fez Jdid. In the evening back to the hotel.

Day 4: Fez – Merzouga

In the morning after breakfast, depart to Merzouga via Ifrane, the Moroccan Swiss style town and cedar forests is where we will stop for a while to enjoy seeing monkeys climbing the trees. Then Lunch is in Midelt, “the apple capital”, at the foot of the Ayachi Mountain. We continue over the Tizi-n-Talremt pass and through the Ziz Valley, which is particularly well-known for its palm trees and the length of the oasis. All along the road there are innumerable “ksars”, small villages of individual houses. From here we reach Errachidia and then Erfoud, famous for its date festival and fossils. Arrival in Merzouga where there are Morocco´s unique dunes, the rest of the day will be dedicated to appreciate the evening light as it changes the colours over the dunes. Night in Desert Hotel.

Day 5: Merzouga – Erg Chebbi Dunes

After breakfast we head to Khamlia village to enjoy live Gnawa music, continue on an off-road track to have a tour of sand dunes and then stop to have a tea with nomads in Berber tents, you will discover a new sense of life. From there, back to the hotel to relax before starting your camel trip into the middle of the dunes in order to see the sunset.  Afterwards you will arrive to the bivouac and spend the night under a nomadic tent.

Day 6: Merzouga – Ouarzazate

Wake up early to see the spectacle of the sunrise, when the colour of the dunes and the play of shadows are a magnificent sight. Arrival at the hotel to have breakfast and shower. Continue to Ouarzazate via Rissani, you will stop in Erfoud: famous for its fossilized marbles where you will visit the workshop production of marble fossils. Continue to Todra Gorges, an ideal place for walking and exploring on your own. Have lunch, then drive through Dades valley and the town of roses, Kelaat M´gouna. We continue through the Road of a Thousand Kasbah, passing Skoura palm grove until we arrive in Ouarzazate, named “Hollywood of Morocco” and check into your hotel.

Day 7: Ouarzazate – Marrakech

We head to Aït Benhaddou, a fortified city, located along the former caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakech. It is situated on a hill along the Ouarzazate River and boasts some beautiful examples of kasbahs, some of which remain inhabited and a UNESCO World Heritage site well known as the setting for many films including Lawrence of Arabia and Gladiator. After stopping for lunch we continue to Marrakech over the high Atlas Mountains. Then check into your hotel.

Day 8: Marrakech – Marrakech

You will explore the beautiful city of Marrakech, the Square, the Medina, the Menara Garden, the Koutoubia Mosque, Majorelle Garden and in the evening you will transported to the hotel or the airport.