Morocco Desert Tour From Casablanca Via Chefchaouen & Fes

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Morocco Sahara Desert Tour from Casablanca to Marrakech

Savour every taste of Morocco on a 6-Day Morocco Desert Tour from Casablanca from paying homage to Casablanca’s legendary classic to the mystical Marrakech.
Starting your Morocco tour from Casablanca, you will sweep through to Chefchaouen. The Roman ruins of Volubilis will be next, before you reach Fes, the Athens of Africa. Next up is Morocco’s legendary Sahara desert where you will enjoy a camel ride in Merzouga dunes, sleep under the stars in a Bedouin camp and drive past lush green oases and canyons before you end your tour in the mystical city of Marrakech.

Morocco Desert Tour from Casablanca to Marrakech - Key Highlights:

  • Discover the iconic Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca.
  • Journey to the picturesque blue city, Chefchaouen.
  • Wander among the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis.
  • Explore the historic Medina of Fes, known for its maze-like alleys.
  • Embark on an exhilarating drive through the vast Sahara Desert.
  • Experience a traditional camel ride and overnight stay in a nomadic desert camp.
  • Traverse the High Atlas Mountains, passing through traditional Berber villages, on your way to Marrakech.

Itinerary of the 6-Day Morocco Desert Tour from Casablanca

  • Day 1 : Casablanca → Chefchaouen

    5 HOURS DRIVE

    Meet your driver/guide at Casablanca airport (Or hotel) and head straight to the Architectural wonder of Hassan II mosque, the second largest mosque in the world. The mosque can fit more than 100 thousand worshipers within its interior and its terrace. This mosque is also one of the few mosques that allow non-Muslims inside for a guided and scheduled visit.
    From here, we continue to The Blue City of Chefchaouen, driving past several villages and small towns. Dinner and overnight at your Chefchaouen Riad.

    Accomodation Details:
    Chefchaouen Riad

  • Day 2 : Chefchaouen → Fes

    4 HOURS DRIVE

    After breakfast in your Riad, explore the gorgeous town of Chefchaouen, filled with beauty and little hidden places. enjoy a walk in Chefchaouen’s charming narrow streets with blue and white colors painted on every house, creating a marvelous picture.

    In the afternoon, we will continue to the Roman archaeological site of Volubilis for a cultural guided visit.

    From here, we continue to Fes, where a delicious Moroccan dinner will be served at your authentic Moroccan Riad in the heart of Fes Medina.

    Overnight at your Riad.

    Accomodation Details:
    Fes Riad

  • Day 3 : Exploring Fes

    After breakfast, meet your local guide to visit the spiritual capital of Morocco and one of the oldest cities in the Kingdom. Fes ( or Fez ) is considered the “Athens of Africa” thanks to its rich cultural and religious heritage and educational institutions.
    You will take a guided tour of the ancient imperial city and start by visiting the broad esplanade of the Royal Palace, with its luxurious architecture. From here, you will continue to the 16th century Borj Sud and enjoy a dazzling view of the walled city. Then, you will delve deep Into the UNESCO world heritage Medina.
    Walk through narrow streets, charming bazaars, ancient madrassas ( Old Koranic colleges ), and hillside shrines. Visit the bustling Nejjarine Square, and discover Moroccan art in the Dar Batha Museum. Fes will not fail to capture you with its abundant places to see.
    After finishing your city tour, you will spend the night at your riad or hotel to get some rest. PS: Dinner tonight will be at leisure to allow you to dine at one of the Moroccan restaurants. If you need assistance with that, please let us know.

    Accomodation Details:
    Fes Riad

  • Day 4 : Fes → Midelt → Merzouga

    7 HOURS DRIVE

    After breakfast, start today’s journey with a drive across the fertile Saiss plains to the Berber towns of Ifran and Azrou. Both towns are located in the Middle Atlas Mountains and are famous for being ski resorts and winter/spring holiday destinations for the locals.
    Carry on the drive through the cedar forest past Barbary Monkeys roaming around to the Berber town of Midelt, where you will get ready to have lunch at leisure.
    From here, you will continue through Ziz Valley, driving past one of the most spectacular date palm trees oases to reach one of the major Moroccan cities in the Sahara desert, Errachidia. After a quick stop there, you will head to Rissani, which is considered one of the holiest towns in Morocco, as it is the birth origins of the dynasty ruling Morocco up to this day.
    After a short stop, continue to Merzouga and meet your camel caravan. Enjoy a ride on the back of your camel over Erg Chebbi dunes while you admire a stunning view of the sun turning to different shades of orange before sunset.
    Your camel caravan will take you to your Sahara desert camp, where you will get settled in your private tent and enjoy a Moroccan dinner under the shining stars and the echoes of the local nomadic drum music.

    Accomodation Details:
    Luxury Camp

  • Day 5 : Merzouga → Tinghir → Boumalne Dades

    4 HOURS DRIVE

    Today, you will have an early start for those who don’t want to miss the sunrise. After breakfast, we will launch our day with a drive to Rissani. Your day in Rissani will be marked with a trip to the historical locations of the Mausoleum of Moulay Ali Cherif, the founder of the Alaouites Dynasty, and maybe another trip to the famous dates market.
    We will then continue to Tinghir, one of the Sahara desert oases famous for hosting Jewish communities until the 1960s. You will also join a local guide who will introduce you to the Mellah, the old Jewish quarter, and from there, continue to the oasis of Todgha, where you will be given a chance to take a walk along the stream under the shade of the oasis tree, and witness the daily life activities of the local Berbers.
    Continue to the Todgha Gorges, where you will have some time to chill and maybe have lunch there at one of the local cafes. In the afternoon, we will head to Dades valley and then to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

    Accomodation Details:
    Hotel Panorama
    Hotel Babylon

  • Day 6 : Boulmalne Dades → Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou → Marrakech

    6 HOURS DRIVE

    After breakfast, we will take off and drive across the road of 1001 Kasbahs and the Valley of the Roses. If your tour coincides with the spring season, you will have the chance to witness local ladies’ artisanal rose water distilling workshops.
    After this, you will also have the chance to visit the famous oasis of Skoura, where you will walk to the Kasbah of Amridil, one of the most preserved Kasbahs in Morocco, to learn all there is to know about the Kasbah’s architecture, the lifestyle that distinguishes the Sahara desert, irrigation techniques and costumes.
    We will then carry on our trip to Ouarzazate, where we will have lunch. Before we hit the road to Marrakech, we will stop to visit the UNESCO world heritage fortified village of Casbah Ait Ben Hadou. It is famous for being a used as a set for various Hollywood blockbusters, fashion magazines, photo shoots, and world-known brand commercials.
    Our drive back to Marrakech will be through the High Atlas Mountains and Tizi N’tichka pass. You will arrive in Marrakech late in the afternoon. Your Morocco desert tour from Casablanca to Marrakech will end with a drop-off at the door of your hotel, riad, or any other destination of your choice.

Price of the 6-Day Morocco Desert Trip from Casablanca

Number of Participants: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7-9 10-13 14-17
Price per person: 1800€ 985€ 780€ 680€ 619€ 575€ 550€ 505€ 465€
Number of Participants: Price per person:
1 1800€
2 985€
3 780€
4 680€
5 620€
6 575€
7-9 550€
10-13 505€
14-17 465€

Included

  • A/C modern 4x4 or van driven by an English/French speaking driver/guide.
  • First night in Chefchaouen Riad including dinner and breakfast
  • Second night at a Fes Riad including dinner and breakfast.
  • Third night at a Fes Riad including breakfast.
  • Fourth night in Merzouga Luxury Sahara desert camp including camel ride, dinner and breakfast.
  • Fifth night in Dades Valley hotel including dinner and breakfast.
  • Local guides in Fes, Tinghir and Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou.

Not included

  • Entrance fees to historical sites (That way we won’t charge you for sites you are not interested to visit)
  • Beverages for dinners included in your tour
  • Lunches during the tour
  • Tips to your driver

Know Before You Go

  • Pick up from Casablanca could be at Mohamed V airport or any hotel in the area.
  • Should you wish to tailor this private Morocco desert tour to your interests and timetable, please let us know.
  • The above accommodations are not guaranteed in high season, the sooner you book the better chance we have to secure them.
  • Tour price per person depends on how many participants there are in your party.
  • Driving times above do not include stops for sightseeing, photos, lunch, and cafe.
  • Entrance fees to historical sites are not included. That way, we do not charge you for sites you are not interested to visit.
  • A 4x4 can seat up to 4 adult passengers comfortably if there are 5 participants and up, a van will be used for your tour.
  • Pick-up time for your desert tour can be flexible. Between 07h30 and 08h00 AM is highly recommended.

Frequently Asked Questions

How early shall i book my Morocco Tour from Casablanca?

The early bird catches the worm. The sooner you book, the better your chances are of securing the suggested riads, lodges, and desert camps above. They’re all quite small with limited occupancy. If you’re planning to travel to Morocco in October, April, or during the Holiday season, we recommend booking as early as possible.

Is one day enough in Chefchaouen?

Chefchaouen also called the Blue City, or the Blue Pearl, is a small cozy town. After a day in Chefchaouen, you will feel you’ve seen it all.

How far is Chefchaouen from Casablanca?

The distance between Casablanca and Chefchaouen is 336 km (209 miles). This would take about 4 hours, and 27 minutes to drive.

How far is Chefchaouen from Marrakech?

The distance between Marrakech and Chefchaouen is 576 Km (358 Miles) Via A3 and N13.

Is Casablanca Morocco safe?

Casablanca is a safe city to visit. However, you will need to remain in the touristy areas and use the services of a local guide if you want to go off the beaten track.

Is Casablanca worth visiting?

Casablanca is often skipped by Morocco visitors and head straight to Fez or Marrakech. However, half a day is enough in Casablanca to visit Hassan II Mosque, the ART DECO buildings in the city center, and Ain Diab Corniche. While in Casablanca, it is worth taking a quick lunch at Rick’s Cafe.

How far is Merzouga from Casablanca?

The distance between Casablanca and Merzouga (Morocco Sahara desert) is 660 Km via N13, and it takes a 10-hour drive.

What is the dress code for visiting Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca?

Both men and women need to cover their knees and shoulders. Inside the mosque hall, you will be required to remove your shoes, and a special bag will be offered to carry them.

Can a non-Muslims visit Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca?

The Mosque of Hassan II is mainly open for Muslims during the 5 prayers and Friday special prayer. However, non-Muslims can visit Hassan II Mosque during scheduled guided tours outside prayer times.

What do i wear for the camel ride in the Sahara Desert?

Be sure to wear full and loose clothes on your camel ride, especially in the desert. If you want to wear shorts, long shorts are recommended. Hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and comfortable shoes are also advised to make your camel ride more comfortable.

can we hire quad bikes in Merzouga?

Yes, you can. there are plenty of ATV rental companies in Merzouga that supply good quality quad bikes and dunes buggies to try in Erg Chebbi dunes. Your guide will assist you with that, and you directly pay the supplier in Merzouga. They cost 50 Euros per quad per hour.

Can we skip the camel ride in Erg chebbi to the luxury desert camp?

Yes, you can. A separate 4×4 can take you to the desert camp with an extra fee of 30 Euros ( Return transfer ) If you choose to upgrade to the luxury desert camp, a 4×4 return transfer will be offered with no extra fee.

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Benjamin Smith

Couple Traveller

My husband and I had the pleasure of experiencing this tour just last month, guided by Abdel, who was both our driver and tour guide. Abdel went above and beyond to accommodate us. He not only drove safely but also displayed impeccable manners, courtesy, and extraordinary patience with us, given our age. Throughout our journey, we stayed in various riads, some of which were good and others exceeded our expectations. Our final hotel in Casablanca was pure luxury, and Abdel made sure our tent in the Sahara Desert had air conditioning – a thoughtful provision considering the intense desert heat at that time. Local guides Aziz in Fez and Fouad in Marrakesh enhanced our experience. Both were fluent in English, fun, and extremely knowledgeable about Morocco. Our camel ride across the Sahara Desert and the horse carriage tour around Marrakesh were definite highlights. Overall, our private tour of Morocco was an immensely enjoyable experience. I am enthusiastic about recommending this tour to my friends and relatives who have a desire to explore this remarkable country. A big thank you to Abdel and the entire team for making this journey unforgettable.

August 28, 2023

Olivia Johnson

Family Traveller

The journey was truly amazing and provided an incredible chance to explore Morocco through the eyes of a local guide who warmly shared his life with us. It was an ideal adventure for our extended family. Our guide, Brahim, was exceptionally attentive to every requirement. I gained valuable insights into the country, its culture, religion, and way of life. A heartfelt thank you for such a remarkable experience.

August 25, 2023

Aarav Gupta

Couple Traveller

I had an absolutely amazing 7-day journey! The team at Marrakech Desert Trips truly outdid themselves, and a big part of it was how wonderfully Abdel, our guide, took care of us. This adventure gave us a delightful blend of city and countryside experiences in Morocco. One highlight that stood out was our trip to The Sahara Desert – riding camels, spending a night at a desert camp, and meeting a nomad family were unforgettable moments. The hotels we stayed in were carefully chosen and had a unique charm that you wouldn’t find in typical chain hotels. The level of hospitality we received at each place went beyond our expectations. Abdel was patient with our many questions about Moroccan life and answered them all with grace. Our journey truly left us with a deep understanding of life in Morocco.

August 24, 2023

Sophia Brown

Group Traveller

Right from the moment Mohamed, our driver and tour guide, welcomed us at the airport, his warmth and professionalism left a great impression. Throughout our 6-day Morocco tour, each day surpassed our expectations. This was a direct result of how Marrakech Desert Trips, with Mohamed leading the way, meticulously handled every aspect of our daily experiences. The Riad accommodations were exceptional, and the local guides in Fes and Kabah Ait Ben Haddou were outstanding. Mohamed made sure that we didn’t miss out on any significant places, and he truly immersed us in the authentic Moroccan culture and history. While it’s hard to pick just a few, the standout moments included our unforgettable three days in the desert region – riding camels, exploring a Bedouin village – truly etching themselves in our memories. It’s worth mentioning that Mohamed went above and beyond to arrange medical assistance for my husband when he fell ill in Fes. If you’re considering a trip to Morocco, we wholeheartedly recommend Marrakech Desert Trips.

August 21, 2023

Ethan Williams

Couple Traveller

My husband and I just finished a 6-day journey from Casablanca to Marrakech that included stops in Chefchaouen, Fez, and the Sahara Desert of Morocco. Everything was well planned. The sunset camel ride in Merzouga was a highlight for us, followed by a night in a lovely luxury tent in Erg Chebbi! If you want a stress-free, well-organized holiday, I would definitely recommend booking via Marrakech Desert Trips. Be aware that you will be spending a lot of time on the road. We sat comfortably in the 4×4 with enough room for four luggage.

August 18, 2023
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