12 days Imperial cities and desert tour

Imperial cities and desert tours Morocco

Imperial cities and desert tours Morocco

If you really want to know Morocco, book now the 12 days Imperial Cities and Desert Tour. You will live 12 days through the whole Morocco, visiting the most typic places of this country. The tour starts from Casablanca, then Rabat, Meknes, Azrou, Midelt, Errachidia, the Ziz Valley, the Dunes of Merzouga, the Todra Gorge, the Dades Valley, the Roses Valley, Ouarzazate and it characteristic Kasbah of Ait Banhaddou, then Marrakech, Assaouira, El Jadida (on the Ocean with its fortified city of Mazagan) and then back to Casablanca. You will have the chance to know the most important places of Morocco in just 12 days. Book your Tour right now.

Day 1

Arriving to Mohammed V airport

After landing at Mohammed V airport, we will be waiting for you at the arrivals. Afterwards, we will pick you up to your hotel.

Dinner and overnight in the Hotel

Day 2

Casablanca – Rabat

After spending the night in Casablanca, this day will be devoted to visit the largest and most important city in Morocco and Africa, both economically and demographically. Where we will visit one of biggest mosque in the world called Mosque Hassan II with an altitude of 200 meters, and the only mosque in the country that non-Muslims tourist can visit. After visiting the mosque we will head to Rabat the official capital of Morocco and the second largest city, serves as the country's capital and hosts all foreign embassies. Located at the mouth of the Bou Regreg River on the Atlantic Ocean, Rabat has merged with neighboring Temara and Salé to form a conurbation which is home to more than 1.8 million people. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, Rabat presents an interesting blend of old and new, and visitors will find a busy, modern city with several historical and cultural attractions to explore such as the Kasbahs of Oudaya and the magnificent mausoleum Mohamed V and Hassan II.

Dinner and overnight in the riad.

Day 3

Rabat – Meknes – Volubilis – Fes

After spending the night in Rabat we will continue our road to Meknes a historical significant city and popular tourist destination inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage, Meknes is best known for its close links to Sultan Moulay Ismail who was responsible for the construction of the city’s ramparts and impressive gates as well as other attractions like Place Hedim, Heri es-Souani, the Meknes Royal Golf Course, Dar Jamai (a palace that now serves as the Museum of Moroccan Arts), the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail, Habs Qara (an underground prison), the Medina of Meknes Mosque and more. We will continue driving to the Roman ruins of Volubilis, a complex declared world heritage by the UNESCO. By then we head to spend the night in Fez.

Dinner and overnight in a Riad

Day 4

Fes-Fes (visiting the city with a local guide)

This forth day we will dedicate it to visit Fes the oldest imperial city of Morocco the city that was the capital of Morocco until 1925 the modern Turkish name for Morocco, Fas, originally referred only to the capital city.

The city has two old medinas, the larger of which is Fes el Bali. It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is believed to be one of the world's largest car-free urban areas. Al-Qarawiyyin, founded in AD 859, is the oldest continuously functioning madrasa in the world. The city has been called the "Mecca of the West" and the "Athens of Africa. The Merenid Tombs on the rim of the valley will give you a spectacular overview of the city. The Boujeloud Gardens is a real haven with an open air café and many picnic spots. After visiting the city we will return to the hotel.

Dinner and overnight in a Riad

Day 5

Fes – Ifrane – Midelt – Erfoud – Errachidia – Ziz Valley - Merzouga

After spending two nights in Fes we will continue our road to Ifrane surnamed (the Switzerland of Morocco) and ski resort in the Middle atlas region as well as Animals to be found in the vicinity include the threatened Barbary Macaque. Among the local tree species are the native Atlas cedar, Scrub oak and the introduced London plane. We will cross the Ziz valley and its throats and cross some cities like Midelt the city known by its good Apples and we cross Erfoud the city of Fossils before arriving to Merzouga where we will stay in a hotel near the dunes.

Dinner and overnight in the Hotel

Day 6

Merzouga - Oasis Tiserdmine - Nomadic tents – Khamlia – Camp

After breakfast we will drive our 4x4 car to do the tour around the dunes and to explore the area. First, we will visit the village of Tiserdmine and we will see some Fossils in rocks, after that we will continue to visit a nomadic family and drink tea with them, after that we will cross Khamlia a village of people originally from Mali making a living through local artisanal crafts; their better gift is the concert of gnawa music they perform. After 10 min driving we will set up at the hotel in Merzouga, we will ride a caravan of dromedaries to the foot of the great dunes where you can witness the beautiful desert sunset, local music and dance and later one, a spectacular blanket of stars.

Dinner and overnight in the nomadic tents

Day 7

Merzouga – Rissani – Erfoud - Todra Gorges - Dades Gorges

After seeing the sunrise we will head back to the civilization, driving our 4x4 jeep to continue our tour, we will cross Rissani which used to be the first imperial city in Morocco and the origin of the dynasty Alaoui, where one of king’s family is bared there his name is Moulay Ali Cherif. The city of Rissani has inhabitants who speak Arabic and who have a popular souk where all the villages around the city come to buy their needs there such as vegetables, clothes… and spices that specialize this city too. Heading to the other city called Erfoud the place of Fossils that are processed into beautiful furniture, home décor, and personal items such as bracelets, key chains and necklaces. Continue driving till we arrive to Tinghir, the place where Todra Gorges are we will visit the mountains there which are the main place for climbers and trekking lovers. We will continue till we arrive to Boumalne Dades after one hour we will set on the hotel.

Dinner and overnight in the Kasbah

Day 8

Boumalne Dades - K’laat M’Gouna – Ouarzazate - Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou – High Atlas Mountains – Marrakech

After visiting the Dades gorges we will be heading towards the roses valle in K’laat M’Gouna where we will have a chance to explore the home of the roses whose petals are used for perfumes, lotions, and oils. By then we will head to Ouarzazate where the solar energy project will provide up to 1.1 million Moroccans with a source of clean renewable energy by 2018.   Before we head back to Marrakech crossing the high Atlas Mountains, we will stop at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ait Benhaddou where inhabitants still live within these walls and well as in surrounding berber villages. In this Ksar. They filmed a lot of Movies like Gladiator, Game of Throne, and Prince of Arabia…. After this we will head our road to Marrakech giving you free time to enjoy the city and its beauty.

Dinner and overnight in the Riad

Day 9

Marrakech – Marrakech (guided visit with a local guide)

This day will be devoted to visit the red city and city the most touristic city in morocco with all its odors and colors. You will start the tour early morning; you will visit gardens, mosques, and castles like Bahia castle. You will also visit Madrasa an old Coranic school and tombs. Finally, you will find yourself at the famous square of Jamaa el Fna.

Dinner and overnight in the Riad

Day 10

Marrakech - Essaouira

After Breakfast and after 3 hours driving we will arrive to Essaouira in the Souss valley, and only there, the argan tree grows, from which argan oil is harvested. In town, the women's cooperatives that run the sector market this renowned oil. Skin moisturizing, anti-ageing: its properties have been proven. To familiarize yourself with another facet of the local crafts, visit Chbanate Street, accessible from the Bab Marrakech bastion, and its weaving workshops producing wool blankets that can either be ecru or brightly colored. Also Kasbah's Sqala, the old artillery platform of the medina's maritime ramparts, the view over the port's Sqala, the ocean coastline and the medina, a UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site, is remarkable. At street level, in the souks that surround the Clock tower, some of Morocco's best parquetry craftsmen fashion sandarac wood with ancestral precision. After lunch and visiting the city we will head back to your hotel.

Dinner and overnight in a Riad.

Day 11

Essaouira – El Oualidia- El Jadida– Casablanca

After breakfast we will departure to the city of El Jadida, near the coastal road. We will cross the town of Oualidia and Safi, known for its beautiful pottery to reach El Jadida where we will have lunch. In the afternoon, you will have the opportunity to visit the ancient medina, which is an old Portuguese fort declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and known with its great citadel and bastions after this we will continue our journey to Casablanca the economic capital of Morocco .

Dinner and overnight in a hotel

Day 12

Casablanca – transfer to Mohammed V Airport

After breakfast we will head to Mohammed V Airport (depending on your flight timing). End of our services.

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