10,11 DAY TOUR FROM CASABLANCA, EXPLORE MARRAKECH IN EXCURSION TO SAHARA
DAY 1 :
CASABLANCA – RABAT
You will be meet your guide then taken to visit the Hassan II Mosque, Habbous Quarter and art deco buildings in the city center. Travel to Rabat, the capital city of Morocco. Overnight hotel stay (+dinner).
DAY 2 :
RABAT – MEKNES
After breakfast, explore the city of Rabat visiting the picturesque Oudaia Kasbah, the Hassan Tower and Mausoleum of Mohammed V, Chellah Gardens and Necropolis. Depart for the imperial city of Meknes. Overnight hotel stay in Meknes (+dinner).
DAY 3 :
MEKNES – FES
Enjoy the main sights of Meknes, the impressive gate Bab Mansour, the tomb of Moulay Ismail, the souks and Grand Mosque. Depart for drive to Fes. Overnight stay in riad with dinner.
DAY 4 :
After breakfast a local guide, who will show you the amazing sights of Fes including Kairaouine Mosque, the medina, spice markets, Koranic schools, tanneries, leather market and the pottery quarter. Overnight stay in riad with dinner..
DAY 5 :
FES – IFRAN – MIDELT – ERFOUD – MERZOUGA
Travel through the mountains where you will see nomadic Berbers who call this rugged region home. After a late lunch in Midelt, continue on mountain roads overlooking the wide flowing Oued Ziz. Passing Kasbahs and palm groves before arriving late afternoon in Merzouga - gateway to the Sahara desert. Camel trek and overnight stay in Berber tent (+dinner).
DAY 6 :
ERG CHEBBI – TODRA GORGE – DADES GORGE
After sunrise return on your camel to Merzouga to have breakfast and shower. Then head for the stunning Todra Gorge passing by the rock creation of Tamnalt Hills. Overnight stay in the Dades Gorge.
DAY 7 :
DADES GORGE – AIT BENHADDOU – TAROUDANNT
Meet nomad families living in caves before arriving at the Valley of Roses; visit one of the distilleries to observe the process that produces just one litre of rose water from seven tonnes of flowers (option to purchase rose water and rose products). Drive to Ouarzazate via Skoura for lunch. Visit UNESCO heritage site of Ait Benhaddou. Head south west to the town of Taroudannt hidden by magnificent red-mud walls visiting its souks specializing in local handicrafts.
DAY 8 :
TAROUDANNT – AGADIR – ESSAOUIRA
Travel to city of Agadir located on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean. Stop at one of the European-style cafés before continuing onto the coastal town of Essaouira popular with windsurfers. Visit the port and it’s famous blue boats and fish market. Essaouira formerly known by its Portuguese name “Mogador” has a laidback feel with a rich cultural mix. Overnight stay in Medina (+dinner)
DAY 9 :
ESSAOUIRA – MARRAKECH
Spend the morning wandering the medina and art galleries. Afternoon departure for Marrakech. Along the way, you will see enormous Argan trees which are frequently climbed by goats stop for a photo of this incredible sight. Visit one of the cooperatives to see the local Berber women squeezing the Argan fruits by hand to extract this precious oil. Early evening arrival into Marrakech. Overnight stay (+dinner).
DAY 10 :
After breakfast, walk through the souk to Ali Ben Youssef Medersa (Koranic school), the Koubba Ba’Adiyn, Koutoubia Mosque, Palais el-Badi, Palais Bahia and the Saadian Tombs. In the evening, spend time at the famous Djemaa el Fna square to soak up the spectacle of snake charmers, entertainers and enjoy the tantalizing food stalls. Overnight stay