8-Day Desert Tour from Casablanca to Essaouira

8-Day Desert Tour from Casablanca to Essaouira

We created this tour for those who intend to spend an extended holiday at the resorts of Essaouira but wish to fly into Casablanca and see a variety of Moroccan sights before settling in at the seaside city.

Itinerary

DAY 1 : TOUR FROM CASABLANCA TO FES VIA RABAT

Today we departure from Casablanca and drive to Fes passing by Rabat and Meknes. We will explore Casablanca main attractions , then we head to Rabat to visit capital. We continue to Meknes to explore city main sights. On the way to Fes we explore the Roman ruins in Volubilis. Then it’s on to Fes where we’ll arrive in the evening and here you’ll overnight in a traditional Moroccan riad.

DAY 2 : FES GUIDED TOUR AND FREE PROGRAM

Today we will explore Fes in guided tour. The tour includes visiting the medina (the old city) and its alleys. Your visit starts by visiting the Jewish Quarter (the Mellah) and the Royal Palace (yard), which is the biggest one in the country.  You will be visiting the famous tanneries and the Quaraouine mosque considered the first university in the world . After lunch, in a typical Moroccan restaurant in the Medina, you’ll  experience a wonderful panoramic view of the city.  Overnight accommodation will be at the local riad with dinner and breakfast.

DAY 3 : FROM FES TO MERZOUGA DESERT

We leave for Midelt through the Mountains and the cedar forests of the middle Atlas. We pass by Ifrane, a charming ski resort and Azrou, an important handicraft centre specialised in the work of cedar wood. We arrive in Midelt for lunch. At the afternoon we will drive to Erfoud and into the desert. You will have a camel trek into the beautiful Erg Chebbi Dunes, where you will spend the evening in a bivouac (desert camp). There you will enjoy a Berber dinner, and sleep in traditional Nomad camel tent. Enjoy the tour in Morocco with experienced guides and drivers.

DAY 4 : MERZOUGA DESERT TOUR 4X4

Today we visit the Gnawa people – originaly from Mali, Senegal and Sudan- in their village Khamlia , where you will learn about their music and their lifestyle . In  the afternoon, you will ride  your camel, guided by an experienced camel man to explore what is hidden in the middle of the highest sand dunes in Morocco. Dinner will be served in front of the tent where you will spend the night.

DAY 5 : FROM MERZOUGA DESERT TO DADES GORGES

Today we’ll leave for Rissani , Tinghir, and Todra gorges – the highest, narrowest gorges in Morocco. Here you will have the option to hike for an hour within the valley, where you will meet locals and learn about the culture and geography. After lunch in the heart of the gorge, you will continue to the Dades Valley, where you’ll see the majestic sand castles and the amazing rock formations known as “monkey toes”. Our accommodation will be a fancy  guest house with dinner and breakfast. Enjoy the tour in Morocco with experienced guides and drivers.

DAY 6 : FROM DADES GORGES TO MARRAKECH

Today we drive through the Dades Valley towards Ouarzazate and then to Marrakech. We will stop at Kalaat Mgouna -the centre of roses valley ,we continue to Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah and  through the majestic Tizi n’Tichka Pass (2260m) over the High Atlas Mountains.

DAY 7 : FROM MARRAKECH TO OUZOUD WATERFALLS

Today we explore Ouzoud waterfalls. You will also be accompanied by a local English-speaking Moroccan guide and driver who knows the area very well and will be able to answer all your questions. You will have time to have lunch at the falls, and although the cost of the meal is not included, your guide will gladly recommend good local restaurant. Aside from the falls, you will also stop at the ImiIfri Natural Bridge.

DAY 8 : FROM MARRAKECH TO ESSAOUIRA

Today we explore Essaouira. It’s easy to see why Essaouira is often dubbed the ‘Jewel of the Atlantic’. This place has earned such a following that Orson Welles filmed Othello here in 1949. Spend the morning touring the fishing port, medina and artistic complex. In the afternoon, you can stroll around this charming town with its age-old souks, fish auctions and blue and white seaside houses. And that’s without even touching on the reams of golden sands on offer

Includes:

  • Transportation (4×4 SUV or minibus with air-conditioning)
  • English-speaking driver/guide
  • Hotel/riad overnight stays
  • Breakfast & Dinner (except for breakfast on first day and dinner on last day)
  • Local city guides where applicable
  • Camel trekking at Erg Chebbi
  • Accommodation in traditional nomad tent
  • Turbans for protection from sun and sand
  • Sandboarding in The Dunes

Excludes:

  • Flights
  • Lunches
  • Drinks
  • Admittance fees (for optional attractions such as museums and mosques)
NOTE: If the tours that we offer do not match what you’re looking for, contact us and we will prepare a custom itinerary according to your wishes.

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