11 Days Casablanca Sahara Desert
11 Days Casablanca Sahara Desert, discover: Rabat Meknes, Fez, Merzouga desert, Dades gorges, Marrakech Essaouira, and end tour in Casablanca.
11 Days Casablanca Sahara Desert
Day 1: Airport Casablanca11 Days Casablanca Sahara Desert start: Pick up at Mohamed V airport transfer to your hotel. Depending on arrival time opportunity to visit the Mosque of Hassan II, Dinner ,Overnight at Hotel/ Riad.
Day 2: Casablanca – Rabat – Meknes
After breakfast, you will visit the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, the third largest mosque in the world. After, you will drive to Rabat where you will visit the best sites of this city such as the Hassan Tower, Mohammed V Mausoleum and the Oudayas Kasbah overlooking the Atlantic. Then travel to Meknes, one of Morocco’s ancient Imperial cities, where you will have a break for drinking some coffee and stroll in its busy square and Medina (Lahdim), ending with dinner at your hotel in Meknes.
Day 3: Meknes – Volubilis – Moulay Idriss Zerhoun – Fez
Morning devoted to discover this magnificent Imperial city. Sightseeing of Meknes includes Mosolum Moulay Ismail, Bab Mansour and Sahrij Souani. After lunch, you will continue to Volubilis, the best example of an ancient Roman city in Morocco. After that drive through Moulay Idriss Zerhoun, the holiest Islamic town in the Kingdom of Morocco, where thousands of the Moroccan faithful come on pilgrimage every August to pray at the tomb of this descendant of the Prophet Mohammed. After, you will continue to Fez and ending your day with dinner at your hotel in Fez.
Day 4: Fez
The whole day is devoted to tour this UNESCO World Heritage City. Sightseeing of Fez includes the medieval medina with its Attarine and Bou Anania Medersas, the Nejjarine fountain, the Moulay Idriss mausoleum and the Karaouine mosque. Afternoon visit of Fez al Jdid – new Fez. In the evening check into the hotel.
Day 5: Fez – Azrou – Ifrane – Midelt – Erfoud – Merzouga
Departure to Merzouga passing through the Middle Atlas Mountains and the Berber village of Immouzer Kandar and Ifrane, free time for optional lunch break and a moment of relaxation in Midelt. Ahead, the oasis region of Erfoud welcomes you, you will reach the Sahara Desert Merzouga, where you will meet your camel guide to ride into the dunes at sunset to the bivouac(camp). Dinner and overnight will be under the nomad tent.
Day 6: Merzouga – Rissani – Tinghir – Boumalne Dades
Early morning wake up for camel riding and outstanding sunrise. Arriving to the hotel for refreshing and breakfast, depart to Dades Gorges through a number of Berber villages. Visit and lunch in Todra Gorges. Afternoon continue to Dades Valley. Overnight in the hotel in Boumalne Dades.
Day 7: Dades – Kelaat – Ouarzazate – Marrakech
After breakfast, you will drive to Marrakech via the Valley of Roses and Ait Benhaddou, visit of this old Berber village, where many movies have been filmed such as; Obelix, Gladiator and many others. After lunch, you will continue on the road to Marrakech crossing the High Atlas Mountains through the Tizi N’Tichka pass, stopping at places with magnificent panoramic views to take pictures. Dinner and overnight will be in your Hotel or Riad.
Day 8: Marrakech
Visit of historical Marrakech: the Menara garden, the Saadian tombs, the Bahia Palace, the Koutoubia Minaret and the Majorelle Gardens named after the famous French painter, who constructed here his art deco villa and started the botanical gardens; in 1980 it became the residence of Yves Saint Laurent. Afternoon visit to the famous Djemaa El Fna square with its surrounding souks and handicraft quarters In the evening check into the hotel or Riad.
Day 9: Marrakech – Essaouira
Following breakfast, you will depart to Essaouira, called Mogador by European sailors and traders, it is also known for its annual Gnaoua Music Festival that attracts more than 300,000 people in June. It also has an expansive beach for surfing called Plage de Safi, the fishing harbour offers breath-taking views of the Portuguese ramparts, explore the ramparts and the spice and jewellery souks of the Medina. Dinner and overnight at your Hotel.
Day 10: Essaouira – Casablanca
Today you will enjoy travelling back to Casablanca via the coast, stopping at El Oualidia for lunch. Enroute, you will visit the historical sites at El Jadida, arriving in Casablanca in time for dinner at the hotel, where you will spend your final night.