Dates 3 Mar '16 to 4 Mar '16
Flexible? Yeah, sure
Est. Cost 105 - 105 ZAR (ZAR South Africa Rand)
Type Travel Partners Wanted
12 DAYS TOUR FROM CASABLANCA TO DESERT
Day 1 : Arrive in Casablanca
Arrive in Casablanca Airport. Your driver/guide will meet you, then escort you to your hotel (depending on time of arrival). Dinner and stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 2 : Casablanca – Rabat
Today After breakfast at hotel, you will have a short city tour of Casablanca, the largest city in Morocco; it is the heart of commerce and industry, you will visit Hassan II mosque built on water alongside the Atlantic Ocean. Later on, you will depart to Rabat. Stopping for lunch then having a sightseeing tour of the administrative capital of Morocco. You will visit the Royal Palace, The Mausoleum of Mohamed V and the Hassan Tower, the minaret of incomplete mosque initiated by The Almohad ruler, Yaacoub al-Mansour. You may also visit The Kasbah des Oudaias, white houses with blue painted parapets located near to the Atlantic coast. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 3 : Rabat – Meknes – Fes
Today After breakfast at hotel, you will travel to Meknes then to the nearby city Fes. Meknes is the third Imperial city of Morocco with its famous door, it is known as “The Versailles of Morocco. You will explore Bab El Mansour, one of the most beautiful gateways. Continue your sightseeing tour by visiting the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail. You will have time for lunch then visit the Old and new Medina. Later on you will visit the village of Moulay Idriss Zerhoun, one of the most sacred sites which is a place of pilgrimage for Moroccans. Afterward you will discover the ancient Roman ruins of Volubulis. Finally drive to Fes.Enjoy your evening with traditional Moroccan dinner, spend the night in the riad.
Day 4 : Exploring Fes
After breakfast , you will start exploring with a local guide the oldest city in Morocco, walking in its alleys and small streets. Our visit starts by visiting the Royal Palace gate, the Jewish quarter, the first Mellah ever built in Morocco, built during the 14th century. We will ensure that you visit all sites with cultural and historical interest including the famous Al Qaraouine University, considered the oldest one in the world, the Tanneries, and Mulay Idriss mausoleum. After lunch in a traditional moroccan restaurant, you will visit the tiles cooperative and then experience a wonderful panoramic view over the whole Medina of Fes. Dinner and overnight in the riad.
Day 5 : Fes – Ifrane – Azrou – Midelt – Ziz Valley – Rissani – Merzouga
Today early morning, you will travel through the middle Atlas via Ifran “Moroccan Switzerland”and Azrou. You will have a stop at the cedar forest for a visit to Cedre Goraud Tree where you will see Barbary apes. From here we drive further south passing by several towns and you will get the opportunity to view nomads living in tents alongside the way. You will also see the volcanic rocks. Our next stop is in Midelt where you will enjoy your lunch. Later on, continuing our drive by crossing the Tizi N’Talghomt Pass (1907m) while enjoying the panoramic views. You will also cross Ziz Gorge and the tunnel. Near Errachidia, you will see the Barrage Hassan Al-Dakhil which has turquoise blue water. Continue our drive to Erfoud, you will have stop for a panoramic view of Aoufous palmeraie along Ziz River. Arriving Erfoud and crossing the off road to reach the hotel situated on the foot of the dunes. Dinner and overnight stay in a Hotel.
Day 6: Tour Around Erg Chebbi Desert & Camel Trekking
After breakfast in the hotel, you will start an explorative journey of the area, you will visit the nomads in their goat hair tent and learn about the desert life, afterwards you visit the Gnaoua people, originally slaves brought from Sudan, here you will have the opportunity to listen to their music and learn about their culture and lifestyle. Depending on what time of year you visit, you may have a visit to the lake of Merzouga and its bird population such as the “Flamingos”. On the afternoon, we will drive you to the desert camp, to explore within the mysterious sand-sea of the Erg-Chebbi. You will enjoy the beauty of the Sahara desert and the sunset over the golden dunes. After the sunset you will enjoy your dinner in front of the camp where you will spend your first night under, or if you prefer, under the stars. Our camp is equipped with western bathrooms.
Day 7: Merzouga – Todra Gorge – Boumalne Dades – El-Kelaâ M’Gouna – Ouarzazate
Waking up by the call of your guide very earlier to watch the sunrise then enjoying breakfast. You will trek back to your hotel where you can have hot shower and get ready for the new journey. We will travel to Ouarzazate via Todra Gorge, Boumalne du Dadès, El-Kelaâ M’Gouna and Skoura. You will have a short time to explore Todra gorges and hike on foot through this stunning place while enjoying the views of high rock walls. From here, we continue to Boumalne du Dadès where you will enjoy your lunch. Later on, continuing our drive to El Kelâa M’gouna (Valley of the Roses), the valley of one thousand Kasbahs and Skoura palmerie. Finally you will arrive to Ouarzazate, you will admire the view of Kasbah of Taourirt that was built by the Glaoui dynasty. Dinner and spend the night at the Riad.
Day 8: Ouarzazate – Aït Ben Haddou – Telouet – Tizi N’Tichka Pass – Marrakech
This morning after breakfast you may visit the Atlas films Studios before we head to the village of Aït Benhaddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where you will visit the exotic Kasbah named after it. This Kasbah is situated on a hill along the fertile Ounila River; it becomes famous due to its role in hosting numerous films such as: The Man Who Would Be King, Jewel of the Nile, Jesus of Nazareth, The Message, Lawrence of Arabia, The Mummy, and Gladiator. Later on, continuing our off roads drive to Telouet. You will have a break for lunch then visit the incredible Kasbah of Telouet .Afterward we continue across the Tizi-n-Tichka Pass (2260m). Stopping along the way for photos and enjoying the panoramic views of High Atlas Mountains along with Berber villages located alongside the road. Arrive to Marrakech. Dinner and spend the night in a Riad.
Day 9: Exploring Marrakech
After breakfast in the riad , you can start exploring Marrakech ” the red city of Morocco”. We will ensure that you see the most important sites of historical and cultural interest, including the Majorelle Gardens, the Koutoubia Tower, the Saadian tombs, the Bahia Palace. After lunch at a restaurant near the square, you will walk through the souks and view hundreds of handicrafts. In the afternoon, you will have some free time to wander by yourself through the other parts of the city. Dinner and overnight in the riad.
Day 10: Marrakech – Essaouira
This morning after breakfast, we will leave Marrakech “the red city” toward Essaouira, the old Portuguese city. You may visit an Argan factory run by women and get to know about the process of making Argan oil. You will explore the port of the Coastal tourist town of Essaouira. Enjoy a fresh seafood lunch in the medina. The afternoon is at your leisure for a personal exploration; you can swim and relax on the beach. Enjoy your evening meal and spend the night in a Riad.
Day 11: Essaouira – Safi – Oualidia – El Jadida – Casablanca
Today we will leave Essaouira toward Casablanca “the commercial centre of Morocco” via the costal road while admiring the views. We will pass by Safi then to Oualida where you will enjoy delicious seafood in this wonderful place. After lunch we will continue to Casablanca passing by El Jadida (was known with Mazagan); this old medina was established in 1513 by the Portuguese. Arrive to Casablanca early evening, enjoy your dinner and overnight in a hotel.
Day 12: Casablanca – Airport Med V
After breakfast at hotel, transfer to the Airport depending your flight departure time. End of our services.
TOUR INCLUDE :
Tour in 4×4 vehicle/minibus with A/C
Hotel overnight stays (breakfast & dinner included)
1 night in desert camp
NOT INCLUDED :
NOTE: If this tour we propose does not match what you’re looking for, contact us and we will prepare the trip to your needs and requirements .
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