9 days desert tour from Casablanca
9 days desert tour from Casablanca
This 9 days desert from Casablanca is the greatest Morocco-guided tour that includes all sides of Morocco, the Sahara desert, and imperial cities. Starting in Casablanca, visit Morocco’s most recent capital, then travel to the spiritual Moroccan city of Fes, noted for its historical treasures. Then ride camels through the desert and spend the night in a desert camp to experience nomadic life. We finished our tour by crossing the desert valley and the Atlas Mountains to explore Marrakech before being dropped off at Casablanca CMN Airport.
Highlights of 9 days desert tour from Casablanca:
9 days desert tour from Casablanca to Merzouga Itinerary:
Day 1: Casablanca » Marrakech
After breakfast, depart with your driver/guide from your Casablanca riad/hotel in the direction of Marrakech. Marrakech, one of Morocco’s major cities, is the most important of the four Imperial Cities and is located at the foot of the Atlas Mountains. Depart with the official guide for a tour of the city, also known as the “Pearl of the South” and “Red” because of the red walls that encircle it and the different structures of similar hues erected around the same period utilizing red stones and sand. Visit the Bahia Palace, El Badi Palace, Saadien Tombs, Ben Youssef’s ancient Koranic school, the Menara Gardens, the Mosque, and the Koutoubia Minaret. Short break for lunch on one of the terraces overlooking the Jemaa el-Fna square, then on to the Mosque and the Koutoubia Minaret, the Majorelle Gardens, and the newly inaugurated Yves Saint Laurent Museum. Spend the night in a riad/hotel.
Day 2: Marrakech » Ait Ben Haddou » Ouarzazate » Dades Valley
We will begin the second day of our 9 days tour from Casablanca to Merzouga after breakfast. Dades Valley will be our destination. The Tizi n’Tichka mountain trail will traverse the Atlas Mountains (2,260 m). We’ll also take in the panoramic vista before arriving at Ait Ben Haddou. The homes in the kasbah are tightly packed together behind defensive walls and corner towers. You will ascend the Kasbah and witness authentic Adobe houses. Furthermore, Ouarzazate, Africa’s Hollywood, has access to film studios. This region has been used to film several films, including Gladiator and Game of Thrones. We will also go to Rose Valley before spending the night in a local hostel in Dades Valley.
Day 3: Dades Gorge » Todra Gorge » Tafilalet Oasis » Merzouga Desert
After breakfast, we’ll travel to the Todgha Gorges. As a result, it is well-known among rock climbers as a limestone river canyon paradise. We’ll travel to Touroug to learn about another culture and visit a Berber fabric cooperative. Then we proceed to Erfoud, a town known for its dates and petrified products. In addition, we will go to the desert of Merzouga and walk by camel to your camp. Your camel guide will bring you to the top of the dune to see the sunset. After dinner, you and the blue guys gather around the fire to listen to their music. Spend the night under the stars as well.
Day 4: Merzouga » Khamlia »Taouz »Jdaid village » Ouzina desert
On the fourth day of our 9 days tour from Casablanca to Ouzina, it’s well worth getting up early to view the most incredible sunrise you’ve ever seen from the top of a dune near the camp and savor the unusual environment.
After this incredible encounter, a great breakfast awaits you. Take a shower before returning to Merzouga by camel.
We’ll drive to Kamilia Village, where the bulk of the population is of Sub-Saharan ancestry (Black African), and sip tea while listening to Gnawa music. Later, we will travel to Taouz, where we will follow the ancient Paris Dakar Rally route to see some spectacular rock inscriptions, and we will stop in Jdaid for lunch (Berber Pizza and Tea) and to get Henna tattooed. In the afternoon, we’ll go to the Ouzina desert hotel, where we’ll spend the night.
Day 5: Ouzina » Merzouga » Ziz valley » Cedar forest » Ifrane » Fes
After breakfast, we begin the next day of a 7-day private journey from Casablanca to Merzouga in the north, passing through the world’s largest palm plantation, Tafilalet. Thousands of palm trees line the 20-kilometer drive.
This route leads to the Ziz Valley, where the Ziz River comes down from the high Atlas Mountains to irrigate the palm grove. From this vantage point, we have a spectacular view of the valley and the settlement of Aoufous. We continue on to Midelt, which is located in the heart of the Atlas Mountains, where you may eat lunch and relax for a while.
In the afternoon, we’ll explore Cedar Woods, hoping to spot monkeys. Then we’ll visit Ifrane, a picturesque city at 1630 meters above sea level, resembling a Swiss town with its clean streets, gardens, and beautiful architecture. Finally, we’ll reach Fez by 6 p.m. and check into our hotel.
Day 6: Visiting Fes attractions
On the sixth day of our 9-day trip from Casablanca to Merzouga, we will spend our time exploring Fes. We will start in the morning from your hotel, where you will meet your local tour guide at the Madrasa Bou Inania. This architectural school was established by Abou Inan Faris in AD 1351-56 and is open to non-Muslims, serving as a religious monument in Fes. It is also renowned as a center for teaching the Quran and other Islamic subjects to children.
Next, we will head to Fes El Bali, also known as the old city of Fes. Many riads (hotels) can be found in this area, and the main entrance to reach it is through the “Bab Boujloud” gate. Here, you will find various famous souks and historical Moroccan landmarks. One example is the Al-Andalus mosque, known as Medersa Sehrij.
Lastly, your guide will take you to the Chouara tanneries, which are considered the largest in this culturally rich city. These tanneries showcase a wide range of handmade leather products. Skilled artisans apply unique spices to paint the leather, and it is completely dried by the end of the day. For the most stunning views, it is recommended to visit the nearby rooftops owned by the shop owners.
Day 7: Fes » Chefchaouen
On the seventh day of your 9-day desert trip from Casablanca, your driver will pick you up and take you to the Blue Pearl (Chefchaouen). First, you will have the option to see Volubilis (the Roman ruins). After viewing the Roman ruins, your driver will take you to Chefchaouen, where you will check into your hotel and rest. Later, you will get the opportunity to explore Chaouen and appreciate its blue streets. At the end of the day, you will return to your hotel.
Day 8: Chefchaouen » Tangier
On the eighth day of our 9-day tour starting from Casablanca, we will start the day with breakfast at your hotel. Our journey will take us north to Tangier, a bustling metropolis in northwestern Morocco. In Tangier, you will have the opportunity to visit awe-inspiring places such as Cape Spartel, where the Mediterranean and Atlantic seas meet. Furthermore, you can explore the Heracles caves and the Tanagers Kasbah, which have served as the political and military center of Tangier since ancient Roman times. At the end of the day, you will check into your hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 9: Tangier » Rabat » Casablanca
On the final day of your 9 days excursion in Morocco, we will leave your Tangier hotel and head towards Casablanca. While passing through Rabat, we will visit the Oudaya Kasbah, Mohammed V’s mausoleum, and the Hassan Tower. Afterward, we will continue our journey to Casablanca and once we arrive, we will proceed to check-in at the hotel.
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Destinations' overview of our 9 days desert tour from Casablanca:
Todra Gorges & Dades Valley
Todra, a well-known climbing spot in Morocco, is often referred to as Toudgha Gorges. It attracts people who are interested in canyons that exceed 300 meters in length and have a river running through them. Local Berbers bring their livestock to the nearby spring regularly to ensure they are hydrated. Todra is a popular destination for both residents and visitors from other places. People visit to unwind or to trade traditional items like rugs.
The Dades Valley, also called “The Valley of a Thousand Kasbahs,” is named so due to the abundance of fortress cities that thrived in the fertile valleys, where roses bloom in the Skoura and El Kelaa des Mgouna oases.
Merzouga, a small town situated in the southeastern part of Morocco, is renowned for its captivating sand dunes and picturesque surroundings. It offers an array of exciting activities for adventurous tourists, including camel treks, sandboarding, and stargazing. Positioned on the outskirts of the Sahara Desert, the town’s main attraction is Erg Chebbi, a vast expanse of towering sand dunes reaching up to 500 feet in height. By opting to stay in a Berber tent and engaging with the welcoming local Berber community, visitors have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the traditional nomadic lifestyle and culture throughout our 9 days journey from Casablanca to Merzouga. Conveniently accessible by road from major cities such as Marrakech and Fes, Merzouga is an ideal destination for those seeking an unparalleled and unforgettable desert adventure.
Merzouga, situated in southeastern Morocco, is a small desert town renowned for its captivating sand dunes and picturesque surroundings. Travelers seeking excitement can indulge in activities like camel treks, sandboarding, and stargazing, which are among the main attractions. Located on the fringes of the Sahara Desert, the town’s primary allure lies in Erg Chebbi, an expansive expanse of towering sand dunes reaching 500 feet in height. Immerse yourself in traditional nomadic life and culture by staying in a Berber tent and engaging with the friendly local Berber people during our 9 day tour from Casablanca to Merzouga. With easy access by road from major cities like Marrakech and Fes, Merzouga proves to be an exceptional destination for those in search of an unparalleled and unforgettable desert adventure.
Ouarzazate gets its name from the Amazigh (Berber) words “ouar” and “zazate,” meaning “without” and “noise” respectively, resulting in the phrase “without noise.”
Situated in central Morocco, Ouarzazate is renowned for its picturesque desert landscapes and rich cultural legacy. It is often referred to as the “Gateway to the Desert” and attracts many tourists due to its close proximity to the Sahara Desert. The city is also home to numerous film studios and has served as a backdrop for several Hollywood productions, including notable films such as “Gladiator” and “Lawrence of Arabia.” Apart from its thriving film industry, Ouarzazate is famous for its traditional architecture, featuring impressive structures like the Kasbah Taourirt and the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Ksar Ait-Ben-Haddou.
During this 9-day excursion from Casablanca to Merzouga, we will guide you to visit Atlas Studios, Kasbah Taourirt, and the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ait Ben-Haddou.
Ait Ben Haddo
Ait Benhaddou, situated in Morocco, is both a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a fortified mud-brick village. It attracts numerous tourists due to its traditional kasbahs and holds a reputation as a renowned filming location, having appeared in movies such as Gladiator, Kingdom of Heaven, and Game of Thrones. Positioned on a hill and encompassed by the High Atlas Mountains, the village presents captivating views of the surrounding landscape.
By embarking on a 9-day desert tour from Casablanca to Merzouga via Marrakech, you will have the opportunity to discover the village’s narrow, meandering streets, explore traditional houses, and even lodge in an authentic kasbah, immersing yourself in a distinctive cultural encounter. Ait Benhaddou is an essential destination for individuals fascinated by history, architecture, and the arts, as it offers insight into Morocco’s traditional way of life.
Ait Benhaddou, situated in Morocco, is an esteemed UNESCO World Heritage Site and a fortified village constructed from mud-bricks. It draws numerous tourists and is renowned for its authentic kasbahs. This village has served as a captivating backdrop in various films, such as Gladiator, Kingdom of Heaven, and Game of Thrones, enhancing its appeal as a popular filming destination. Resting on a hill and encircled by the majestic High Atlas Mountains, it provides breathtaking views of the surrounding scenery.
Embark on a 9 day desert trip from Casablanca, where you can fully immerse yourself in the narrow, meandering streets of Ait Benhaddou, explore traditional residences, and even reside in an authentic kasbah for a distinctive cultural encounter. Ait Benhaddou is a must-see destination for individuals interested in history, architecture, and the arts, offering a glimpse into the traditional Moroccan way of life.
The High Atlas Mountains
The High Atlas Mountains in Morocco span over 1,000 km and are renowned as the tallest mountain range in North Africa. Toubkal, the highest peak at 4,167 meters, contributes to the awe-inspiring allure of this region. With its picturesque scenery encompassing gentle slopes, verdant valleys, and majestic snow-covered mountaintops, the High Atlas Mountains provide a mesmerizing backdrop. Additionally, the area is inhabited by traditional Berber villages where the locals maintain their age-old customs, engaging in farming and trade. Explorers can embark on numerous hiking trails, including the Toubkal trek, which presents breathtaking panoramas and an opportunity to immerse in the distinctive culture of the region. During our 9 days journey from Casablanca to Fes, we will traverse the High Atlas Mountains en route to Merzouga, affording a respite from bustling urban centers and a chance to connect with the captivating Moroccan landscape.
During our 9 day private journey from Casablanca to Fes and Merzouga, we will come across Ifrane. First and foremost, Ifrane is an enchanting town situated in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco. It is renowned for its exquisite architecture, invigorating mountain breeze, and picturesque forests. The town possesses a European ambiance with its tree-lined streets, delightful chalet-style structures, and inviting outdoor cafes.
Moreover, Ifrane is a well-known destination for winter sports enthusiasts, offering ski slopes and facilities for snowboarding. It is also home to Al Akhawayn University, attracting numerous students and researchers from all corners of the globe.
Ifrane serves as an ideal getaway for nature enthusiasts, outdoor adventurers, and individuals seeking a tranquil and unhurried lifestyle. It provides a unique fusion of traditional Moroccan culture and modern conveniences, resulting in an unforgettable visit to this extraordinary place
During our 9 days desert tour from Casablanca to Marrakech and Merzouga, we will come across Ifrane, an enchanting mountain town nestled in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco. Notably, Ifrane is renowned for its exquisite architecture, invigorating mountain breeze, and picturesque forests. The town exudes a European ambiance with its tree-lined streets, charming chalet-style structures, and inviting open-air cafes.
Ifrane is a sought-after destination for winter sports enthusiasts, boasting ski slopes and facilities for snowboarding. Additionally, the town houses Al Akhawayn University, attracting numerous students and researchers from around the globe.
For nature lovers, outdoor enthusiasts, and those yearning for a serene and unhurried lifestyle, Ifrane proves to be an excellent choice. It seamlessly combines traditional Moroccan culture with contemporary amenities, crafting an unforgettable experience for visitors.