Casablanca to Chefchaouen and Desert
Casablanca to Chefchaouen Tour and Sahara Desert – 10 Days Tour
- Enjoy the splendid landscapes of the high & middle Atlas Mountains.
- Discover the old Medina of Marrakech and Fes.
- Visit the historical UNESCO Roman ruins.
- Explore the heritage village of Ait BenHaddou and Kasbah of Taourirt.
- Taste the delicious spicy Moroccan delicious food.
- Explore the splendid landscapes of Dades valley and the wonderful gorges of Todra.
- Meet the helpful and nice people of the south-east of Morocco
- Experience camel riding over the impressive dunes of Erg Chebbi and spend night in nomadic tent.
- Enjoy the unique Gnawa Music and the Berber rhythms drums in the Sahara desert
- Live the authentic life of nomad people from the south of Morocco.
- Explore the pearl of the north of Morocco ‘Chefchaouen’
- Explore the beautiful town in the atlantic ‘’Essaouira’’
1st Day: Casablanca Airport – Chefchaouen
Upon your arrival at Casablanca Airport, You will be picked up and drive towards Chefchaouen through the riff mountains and Tetouan city to enjoy the views of the beautiful mountains till we get to blue town which is one of the stunning villages in the feet of riff mountains, Chefchaouen medina had a Spanish-style square surrounded by many funky arts and crafts stores, roof-top restaurants and cafes where you will spend you night in a nice place to enjoy the breeze and the beauty of the nature.
2nd Day: Chefchaouen – Volubilis – Meknes – Fez
Enjoy a panoramic view of Chefchaouen as you enjoy breakfast with fresh fruits, jams and natural squeezed juices from your hotel’s terrace. After breakfast start our second day driving to Fez by visiting the most important archaeological site in Morocco Volubilis, which features the best, preserved Roman ruins in this part of Northern Africa. So it is not by chance this Roman Ruins in 1997 were listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. A quick guided tour is scheduled here.
From volubilis we go on our way to Meknes that was named after a Berber tribe which was known as Miknasa in the medieval North African sources. Meknes was the capital of Morocco under the reign of Moulay Ismail (1672–1727). He built in the ingeniously designed granaries, really fascinating architecture of tiny windows, massive walls where he used to store grain and hay to feed his 15.000 horses not food for humans. We continue our way to Fes where you will overnight.
3rd day: Fez – Medina Tours – Fez
After breakfast a cultural tour is waiting you through the intellectual capital of Fez which was considered Mecca of the west and Athena of Africa.It is the biggest city of the country after Casablanca with a population of approximately 1 million.This city is a the former capital and one of the country’s four imperial cities. Fez comprises three distinct parts, Fez el Bali which is the oldest part surrounded by a big wall, where are more than 9000 narrow streets and allies. Fez-Jdid or the new Fes, home of the Mellah the Jewish quarter and the Ville Nouvelle the newest section of Fez created during the French occupation.
Fez el Bali is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its medina is the largest in the world. Among its narrow streets and allies, the oldest university in the world is located; The University of Al-Karaouine, founded in AD 859. This University is still operating nowadays.
4th day: Fez – Midelt – Erg Chebbi dunes
We will pick you up from your Hotel or Riad in Fes then drive southwards to Ifrane and Azrou by the Middle Atlas Mountains; on the way we will stop at cedar forest to see the Barbarian Ape in their natural habitat. Traveling through the Tizi Ntalghamt pass to Midelt and along the magnificent Ziz Gorges carved through volcanic rock, you’ll see views of the Middle-Atlas plateau, noticing how the scenery changes to reveal hints of the desert as you approach the city Errachidia. After lunch, we’ll continue our journey through the Ziz valley Erfoud, Rissani then arrive to Merzouga to begin your camel trekking towards your Berber tented camp in the Middle of the dunes, Where you will be spending the night with some Berber music rhythms under Millions of stars
5th day: Merzouga – Erg Chebbi Dunes – Merzouga
Wake up early to watch the sunrise from the top of the dunes then have breakfast in your camp before trekking back to meet your driver for a full day in the Sahara Desert to explore the Desert features, First You’ll move to neighboring Berber village of the Sahara, called Khamlia, to listen and watch the Gnaoua music performed by local bands. Continue through to see the nomads of the desert under their tents. Then we will drive offroad to experience the wonderful Sahara sceneries. In the evening you’ll be back to your hotel where you’ll have free afternoon to chill out near the pool or ride Quads over Erg Chebbi Dunes.
6th day: Merzouga – Todra Gorges – Dades Gorges
After breakfast, as you start traveling to Erfoud, you set out behind the High Atlas Mountains on route to the Todra Gorge, passing by nomad people along the way. You will take a walk up in the towering Todra Gorges (985 feet high). The picturesque river valleys make for a beautiful journey towards the southeast of Morocco. Then continue your journey towards another impressive gorge Dades passing by strange rock creations of Tamnalt Hills.
7th day: Dades Gorge – Ouarzazate – Marrakech
After breakfast, you begin your day’s journey towards Ouarzazate via the High Atlas Mountains. Take off road about
25kms on your 4×4, you will discover nomad life in caves before arriving in the the center of Moroccan roses and rose products.
Continue your trip via the Road of One Thousand Kasbahs. You will pass by the Skoura palm oasis just before arriving in Ouarzazate. Here, you will visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kasbah Ait Benhaddou. In typical Moroccan fashion, the true treasures must be searched out and discovered… usually off the beaten path. In actuality, this setting has been used for more films than any other location in Morocco, including Lawrence of Arabia, Jesus of Nazareth, and recently The Gladiator. In the afternoon, you will be dropped off at your riad/hotel.
8th day: Marrakech – Marrakech city tour -Marrakech
A Full guided tour will be scheduled to discover Marrakesh, Tourist Number 1 destination in Morocco, known as the “Red City”. Marrakesh is the most important former imperial city in Morocco’s history; it is situated near the foothills of the high Atlas Mountain. Similarly to other old towns, Marrakech comprises both an old fortified city The Medina and a very modern city called Gueliz built during the French occupation. Marrakesh has the largest traditional market (souk) in Morocco and also has one of the busiest squares in Africa and the world, Djemaa el Fna. The square is full of energy and vibes, where story-tellers, water sellers, dancers, snakes charmers and musicians perform in open air. During the night the square turns into a huge chain restaurant. During our guided city tour, we will see The Koutoubia Mosque, built in the 12th century in the reign of Almoravid Dynasty. We will go among narrow streets and allies in the medina. We pass by “seven saints” during the reign of Moulay Ismail; the festival of the seven saints was founded to the request of the Sultan. The tombs of several renowned figures were moved to Marrakesh to attract pilgrims.
Later we drive to Majorelle Gardens.
9th day: Marrakech – Marrakech Airport
After breakfast at your riad/hotel, We head to Essouira, one of the attractive cities in Morocco about 167Km from Marrakech, enjoying natural views in the way to the beautiful city of the atlantic coast and have the opportunity to visit an Argan Cooperative on the way as the the region is known for argan oil and see how women in the Cooperative work hardly and with enthusiasm to get the oil from the Argan nuts to make cosmetics or delicious oil for food. You will discover an operation that requires some time and efforts from the women involved.
We will Visit the sea-side town, the old town which is surrounded by medieval walls, with a castle standing at their Southern edge. Its white-washed and blue-shuttered houses give it a gorgeous look.
Take a stroll in its amusing narrow streets exploring the ancient French and Portuguese architecture. The Medina of Essaouira or Magador as it was called is a 18th century fortified city is recognized by the UNESCO as world heritage.
We will have lunch in a very special place, at the fish-grill cafes overlooking the sea.
After having lunch while enjoying the sea waves, we visit Orson Welles’ Square; the place is a reminder of Othello, the film which was based on Shakespeare’s story of the ill-fated Moor of Venice, generally Essaouira is a reminder of history of Portegues, spain and England. In the afternoon drive back to Marrakech.
10th day: Marrakech – Casablanca Airport
Drive towards Casablanca Airport, (If time allows, We’ll visit Hassan 2 Mosque in Casablanca before we drive to Airport)
Inclusions & Exclusions:
- A comfy 4wd, fuel costs.
- An English Speaking driver.
- Transfers from & to the Airport
- One night in Chefchaouen ‘’B&B’’
- Two nights in Fez. ‘’B&B’’
- Two nights in Erg Chebbi Dunes. “on HB”
- One night in Boumalne Dades “on HB”.
- Three nights in Marrakech”on HB”.
- Camel Trekking in Erg Chebbi Dunes.
- Official Guide to discover Marrakech Medina.
- Official Guide to discover Fez old Medina.
- Sahara Desert Exploration
- In addition to some surprises
- Lunches, Drinks, Snacks, Entrances & flights.
- Gratuities and Driver tips