This is a great trip from Casablanca that will give you glimpse of the rich history, diverse culture and beautiful landscape including the Sahara.
Casablanca hotel or airport
This tour is accessible to all with no minimum age – though consider the driving distances for elderly and small children.
No special equipment needed. Though if you are traveling in summer please bring a hat, sunscreen lotion and sun glasses. For riding camels, longer pants are preferred than shorts/skirts and possibly light sport shoes/tennis rather than sandals that can slip.
Winter nights are cold! So warm jackets and even hats are great addition.
Remember sand gets everywhere so if you have some expensive equipment zip lock bags is to keep it safe from sand grains getting on it.
This tour is private and therefore can be further customized to your ideas and liking. We would recommend to add more days to this tour and spend one extra night in desert or / and in Fes.
We will collect you at the airport in Casablanca, the busies city of Morocco, the economic capital. After our greetings we travel to the city to view the dominant and most visited structure here the immense Hassan II mosque. The mosque features the world’s tallest minaret, and it is the only working mosque in Morocco that can be visited by non-Muslims as part of guided tour. If there is time we will stop somewhere for lunch at the Atlantic Boardwalk before continuing to Rabat for the night.
Morocco’s capital has the grand feeling of an imperial city. Its historic center is filled with fine sultan’s palaces, mosques and centuries old ramparts. The Hassan Tower stands on a hill overlooking the Wadi Bou Regreg. It is a gigantic mosque, emblematic of Rabat and famous for its unfinished minaret where storks nest. The beautiful Mausoleum of Mohammed V is decorated with stained glass windows, white marble, a wrought-iron entryway, and an impressive dome. A visit of Rabat would not be complete without viewing the oldest part of the city, Chellah Necropolis. Dating from the time of Almohads, here you’ll find many Roman ruins. Then direct transfer to Chefchaouen.
Spend most of your day in this blue city of Chefchoauen. Walk the streets of the vividly blue colored town located among the jagged mountain peaks of Riff Mountains. Later in the afternoon we transfer to Fes.
Explore Fez el-Bali (Old Fez), the cultural heart of Morocco. Founded in the eighth century by Moulay Idriss I, this imperial capital was a renowned center of medieval learning. Stroll the labyrinthine old quarter, with its 9,000 narrow lanes, alleys and souks, on a Market Visit of exceeding authenticity. Watching local craftsmen in action, working with bronze and pottery, makes for an engaging artisan visit as well. Next, proceed to the intricately detailed 14th-century Karaouine — one of the oldest, still-functioning universities in the world, and Nejjarine Square. You also see the Royal Palace, madrasas and mellah (Jewish quarter) in Fez el-Jadid.
Travel to small, desert-fringed Erfoud, pausing for lunch in Midelt en route and marveling at everyday life as you pass Berber villages, endless palm plantations and the majestic Atlas Mountains. Then later the scenery will change as we start seeing the first sand dunes from the road. The great “sand sea” of Merzouga, a beautiful area of fine, apricot – colored sand stretches as far as the eye can see. Here we reach the luxury camp in the desert that offers the highest comfort. Large tents with king size beds, Moroccan handcrafted furniture and ensuite bathroom with western toilet, handheld shower and sink right in your tent.
After breakfast we have ample time to explore this beautiful region! Today we mount our camels and trek into the orange hues of desert dunes of the Moroccan Sahara. Admire the beautiful desert sand waves and also the camels gentle walks. Later we enjoy a picnic lunch either on the desert dunes or back in camp.
Then departure to our next night stop in the Draa Valley. Today’s road will be much easier, a straight path along punctuated by some fortified villages and later the palm groves of the Draa Valley will lead us to our hotel for the night.
This morning we will be traveling along the Berber villages along the green fields of the Draa Valley. Then crossing the barren ranges of Sahro to Ouarzazate known as the “Hollywood of Morocco”. It is possible to visit the Taouirirt and the cinematographic museum before continuing onto the Kasgah Ait BenHaddou. This World Heritage site and the backdrop of many Hollywood blockbusters such as Gladiator, Indiana Jones, Lawrence of Arabia and is a must visit on your Morocco Tour. Walk along the ruined buildings, climb to the top hill where the granary offers a spectacular view over the village and the surrounding countryside. Then time to cross the High Atlas Mountains to Marrakech via the Tizi n Tichka Pass that is full of stunning views peppered by Berber villages.
Tip: Add more days to the itinerary and include visit of Volubis and Meknes/ have an extra night in camp or in Fes.