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Savour every taste of Morocco on a one-week Morocco Desert Tour from Casablanca. From paying homage to Casablanca’s legendary classic to the mystical Marrakech.
Starting in the metropolitan Casablanca, we will sweep through to Chefchaouen and the Roman ruins of Volubilis before we reach Fes, the Athens of Africa. Next up is Morocco’s legendary Sahara desert to ride a camel in Merzouga sand dunes, sleep under the stars in a desert camp and drive past lush green oases and canyons before you end your tour in the mystical city of Marrakech.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
The distance between Casablanca and Chefchaouen is 336 km (209 miles). This would take about 4 hours, and 27 minutes to drive.
The distance between Marrakech and Chefchaouen is 576 Km (358 Miles) Via A3 and N13.
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.
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.
The distance between Casablanca and Merzouga (Morocco Sahara desert) is 660 Km via N13, and it takes a 10-hour drive.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 4x4 with enough room for four luggage.
This tour company and driver guide Hassan come highly recommended! We were three females on a graduation vacation who were concerned about traveling across Morocco alone and opted to arrange a tour with Marrakech Desert Trips, which turned out to be the best decision we could have done! The organization was incredibly helpful in fitting in all of the locations that we wanted to see, as well as bringing in their own recommendations, and they were quite simple to work with.
We were quite pleased with how well we were cared for and how coordinated and effortless the transfers from one day to the next were from beginning to end. We felt that we got a good mix of Moroccan towns and countryside. We received a little taste of everything this magnificent nation has to offer, from the breath-taking mosque in Casablanca to Chefchaouen, Fez, the Sahara desert, the snow-capped Atlas Mountains, and the Medina of Marrakech.