12 Days Imperial Cities and Desert Tour

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    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

    Upon your arrival at Mohammed V Airport, our team will be eagerly awaiting your presence at the arrivals area. With warm smiles and hospitality, we will extend a heartfelt welcome and assist you with any needs or queries you may have. Once acquainted, we will escort you to your designated transportation, ready to whisk you away to your hotel.

    Day 2:Casablanca – Rabat

    After a restful night in Casablanca, we embark on a day of exploration in Morocco’s largest and most significant city. Our first stop is the iconic Hassan II Mosque, a towering symbol of faith and architectural marvel that stands proudly along the city’s coastline. With its soaring minaret reaching a height of 200 meters, this grand mosque is not only a spiritual sanctuary but also a testament to Morocco’s rich cultural heritage. As one of the few mosques in the country open to non-Muslim tourists, we have the privilege of admiring its intricate design and breathtaking beauty up close. Following our visit to the mosque, we journey onwards to Rabat, the official capital of Morocco and the second-largest city in the country. Nestled at the mouth of the Bou Regreg River, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the land, Rabat is a vibrant metropolis that seamlessly blends the old with the new. Home to more than 1.8 million people, this bustling city boasts a rich tapestry of history and culture, with numerous attractions waiting to be discovered. As we explore Rabat’s streets, we are captivated by its diverse offerings, from the ancient Kasbahs of Oudaya steeped in history to the magnificent mausoleums of Mohamed V and Hassan II, which stand as enduring symbols of Morocco’s royal legacy. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site, Rabat is a treasure trove of architectural wonders and cultural riches, offering visitors a glimpse into the heart and soul of Morocco. As the day draws to a close, we retire to the tranquil surroundings of a traditional riad, where we indulge in a delicious dinner that showcases the flavors of Moroccan cuisine. With hearts full of memories and minds enriched by the experiences of the day, we settle in for a peaceful night’s rest, ready to continue our Moroccan adventure tomorrow.

    Day 3:Rabat – Meknes – Volubilis – Fes

    After a restful night in Rabat, our journey continues towards the historic city of Meknes, a UNESCO World Heritage site renowned for its rich cultural heritage and architectural splendor. As we traverse the Moroccan landscape, we are transported back in time to an era of grandeur and magnificence. Meknes, with its close ties to Sultan Moulay Ismail, stands as a testament to the city’s illustrious past. We marvel at the imposing ramparts and impressive gates that encircle the city, a testament to the Sultan’s vision and ambition. Our exploration leads us to iconic landmarks such as Place Hedim, a bustling square where the pulse of Meknes can be felt, and Heri es-Souani, an architectural marvel that once served as royal stables and granaries. As we delve deeper into Meknes’s storied past, we uncover treasures like the Meknes Royal Golf Course, a verdant oasis amidst the desert landscape, and Dar Jamai, a magnificent palace transformed into the Museum of Moroccan Arts. We pay homage to Sultan Moulay Ismail at his grand mausoleum, a testament to his enduring legacy, and explore the eerie depths of Habs Qara, an underground prison steeped in history. Our journey through Meknes culminates in the vibrant Medina, where ancient mosques and bustling souks beckon with their timeless charm. Here, amidst the labyrinthine streets, we immerse ourselves in the sights, sounds, and scents of Moroccan culture, savoring every moment of our exploration. Leaving Meknes behind, we journey onwards to the Roman ruins of Volubilis, a UNESCO World Heritage site that offers a glimpse into Morocco’s ancient past. Amidst the crumbling columns and weathered stones, we trace the footsteps of civilizations long gone, marveling at the enduring legacy of this archaeological wonder. As night falls, we make our way to Fez, where the enchanting ambiance of a traditional riad awaits. Here, amidst the tranquil surroundings, we indulge in a sumptuous dinner that showcases the flavors of Moroccan cuisine, before retiring to our accommodations for a restful night’s sleep. Tomorrow, we continue our journey through the storied streets of Fez, eager to uncover the mysteries that await.

    Day 4:Fes-Fes (visiting the city with a local guide)

    On this fourth day of our journey, we immerse ourselves in the timeless allure of Fes, the oldest imperial city of Morocco and a treasure trove of history and culture. As we wander through its ancient streets, we are transported back in time to a bygone era of grandeur and splendor. Fes, once the capital of Morocco until 1925, holds a special place in Moroccan history and culture. The city’s name, Fas, originally referred only to its capital, reflecting its significance as the heart of the kingdom. Today, Fes stands as a testament to Morocco’s rich heritage and enduring legacy. Our exploration begins in the labyrinthine streets of Fes el Bali, the larger of the city’s two old medinas and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, amidst the maze of narrow alleyways and bustling souks, we discover a vibrant tapestry of sights, sounds, and scents that captivate the senses. From the ancient madrasa of Al-Qarawiyyin, founded in AD 859 and the oldest continuously functioning educational institution in the world, to the architectural marvels that dot the cityscape, Fes el Bali is a living testament to Morocco’s rich cultural heritage. As we delve deeper into the heart of Fes, we ascend to the Merenid Tombs, perched on the rim of the valley, where we are rewarded with a breathtaking panoramic view of the city below. Here, amidst the tranquil beauty of Boujeloud Gardens, we find respite from the hustle and bustle of the medina, savoring the serene ambiance of this verdant oasis. After a day of exploration and discovery, we return to our riad, where the warm hospitality of Moroccan culture awaits. Here, amidst the tranquil surroundings, we indulge in a sumptuous dinner that celebrates the flavors of Moroccan cuisine, before retiring to our accommodations for a restful night’s sleep. Tomorrow, our journey continues, enriched by the memories of our time in the timeless city of Fes.

    Day 5:Fes – Ifrane – Midelt – Erfoud – Errachidia – Ziz Valley - Merzouga

    After two enchanting nights in Fes, our journey continues towards the picturesque town of Ifrane, affectionately nicknamed “the Switzerland of Morocco” for its striking resemblance to the Swiss Alps. Nestled amidst the Middle Atlas region, Ifrane is not only renowned for its scenic beauty but also serves as a popular ski resort, offering visitors the opportunity to embrace the exhilarating thrills of winter sports.

    As we traverse the winding roads that lead to Ifrane, we are greeted by the majestic Atlas cedar trees and scrub oak forests that dot the landscape, creating a stunning backdrop of natural beauty. Amidst this pristine wilderness, the threatened Barbary Macaque finds sanctuary, adding to the allure of the region’s biodiversity.

    Our journey takes us through the picturesque Ziz Valley, where rugged cliffs and meandering rivers carve a path through the dramatic terrain. Along the way, we pass through the charming city of Midelt, renowned for its delicious apples and verdant orchards, before reaching Erfoud, the “city of Fossils,” where ancient treasures from Morocco’s geological past await discovery.

    Finally, our adventure culminates in the desert oasis of Merzouga, where we settle into a comfortable hotel nestled near the towering dunes of Erg Chebbi. Here, amidst the tranquil beauty of the desert, we indulge in a delightful dinner that showcases the flavors of Moroccan cuisine, before retiring to our accommodations for a peaceful night’s sleep. Tomorrow, we awaken to the boundless wonders of the Sahara, ready to embark on a journey of discovery amidst the dunes.

    Day 6:Merzouga - Oasis Tiserdmine - Nomadic tents – Khamlia – Camp

    After a hearty breakfast, our day begins with an exhilarating 4×4 tour around the mesmerizing dunes of Merzouga. Our first stop takes us to the quaint village of Tiserdmine, where ancient fossils embedded in rocks tell the tale of Morocco’s geological past. Here, amidst the rugged beauty of the desert landscape, we marvel at nature’s intricate artistry, etched in stone. Continuing our journey, we venture into the heart of the desert to visit a nomadic family, extending a warm invitation to share in a traditional tea ceremony. As we sit beneath the shade of their tent, surrounded by the vast expanse of the desert, we are welcomed into their world, learning about their way of life and the timeless traditions that have sustained them for generations. Our adventure leads us to Khamlia, a vibrant village where the rhythms of Mali echo through the streets. Here, amidst the lively hustle and bustle of local artisanal crafts, we are treated to a mesmerizing concert of gnawa music, a soulful expression of the village’s cultural heritage. As the sun begins its descent, we return to our hotel in Merzouga, where a caravan of dromedaries awaits to transport us to the foot of the majestic dunes. Here, amidst the shifting sands, we bear witness to the breathtaking spectacle of the desert sunset, painting the sky in hues of crimson and gold. Against this mesmerizing backdrop, we are serenaded by the melodies of local music and dance, immersing ourselves in the timeless rhythms of the Sahara. As night falls, we retreat to the comfort of nomadic tents, where the tranquil beauty of the desert envelops us. Beneath a blanket of stars, we savor a delicious dinner that celebrates the flavors of Moroccan cuisine, before drifting off into a peaceful slumber, lulled by the gentle whispers of the desert breeze.

    Day 7:Merzouga – Rissani – Erfoud - Todra Gorges - Dades Gorges

    As the golden rays of the sun herald the dawn of a new day, we bid farewell to the tranquil beauty of the desert and embark on the next leg of our journey. With our trusty 4×4 jeep as our chariot, we traverse the rugged terrain, leaving behind the serenity of Merzouga in our wake. Our first stop takes us to Rissani, a city steeped in history and tradition, where the echoes of Morocco’s imperial past still resonate. Once the seat of the Alaoui dynasty, Rissani holds a special place in Moroccan heritage, with its bustling souk serving as the heart of the city’s vibrant community. Here, amidst the hustle and bustle of daily life, locals gather to barter for goods and wares, from fresh produce to exotic spices, creating a kaleidoscope of sights, sounds, and scents that epitomize the essence of Moroccan culture. Continuing our journey, we venture onwards to Erfoud, known as the “place of Fossils,” where ancient treasures from Morocco’s geological past are transformed into exquisite works of art. Here, amidst the desert landscape, artisans skillfully craft fossils into beautiful furniture, home décor, and personal adornments, preserving the rich history of the land for generations to come. Our odyssey leads us to Tinghir, home to the majestic Todra Gorges, where towering cliffs and rugged mountains beckon to climbers and trekking enthusiasts alike. As we explore this natural wonder, we are awed by the raw beauty of the landscape, a testament to the power of nature’s handiwork. Finally, our journey culminates in Boumalne Dades, where we find respite in the comfort of our hotel after a day of exploration and discovery. Here, amidst the tranquil surroundings, we reflect on the memories made and the adventures yet to come, grateful for the opportunity to immerse ourselves in the timeless beauty of Morocco.

    Dinner and overnight in the Kasbaha

    Day 8:Boumalne Dades - K’laat M’Gouna – Ouarzazate - Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou – High Atlas Mountains – Marrakech

    After our enchanting exploration of the Dades Gorges, we set our sights on the idyllic Rose Valley in K’laat M’Gouna, where the air is infused with the delicate fragrance of blooming roses. Here, amidst the lush landscape, we discover the home of the prized Damask roses, whose petals are harvested to create exquisite perfumes, lotions, and oils, a testament to the region’s rich botanical heritage. Our journey continues to Ouarzazate, where the pioneering solar energy project stands as a beacon of progress and sustainability, providing clean, renewable energy to millions of Moroccans. As we marvel at the ingenuity of this initiative, we are reminded of the importance of preserving our planet for future generations. Before we bid farewell to the desert landscape, we make a poignant stop at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ait Benhaddou, a fortified Ksar steeped in history and culture. Here, amidst the ancient walls and labyrinthine alleyways, we trace the footsteps of cinematic legends, as Ait Benhaddou has served as the backdrop for numerous iconic films, including Gladiator, Game of Thrones, and Lawrence of Arabia. As the sun sets over the horizon, casting a golden glow upon the towering Atlas Mountains, we begin our journey back to Marrakech, traversing the rugged terrain with a sense of awe and wonder. Along the way, we pause to admire the breathtaking beauty of the landscape, before finally arriving in Marrakech, where the bustling streets and vibrant markets beckon with their timeless charm. With free time to explore the city at your leisure, you have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Marrakech’s culture and heritage, savoring every moment of this unforgettable adventure. As night falls, we gather for a delightful dinner amidst the tranquil surroundings of a traditional riad, where the warm hospitality of Moroccan culture awaits. Here, amidst the flickering candlelight and the gentle strains of traditional music, we reflect on the memories made and the bonds forged, grateful for the beauty of Morocco and the camaraderie of fellow travelers.

    Day 9:Marrakech – Marrakech (guided visit with a local guide)

    On this day, we immerse ourselves in the vibrant tapestry of Marrakech, affectionately known as the “red city” for its distinctive terracotta-hued buildings. Our exploration begins in the early morning, as we set out to discover the city’s most iconic landmarks and hidden gems. Our first stop takes us to the lush gardens that dot the cityscape, offering a serene oasis amidst the bustling streets. Here, amidst the fragrant blooms and verdant foliage, we pause to soak in the tranquil beauty of these verdant retreats. Next, we venture to the majestic mosques and castles that define Marrakech’s architectural landscape. Among these is the breathtaking Bahia Castle, a masterpiece of Moroccan craftsmanship that enchants with its intricate mosaics and ornate carvings. Our journey continues to the historic Madrasa, an ancient Quranic school that serves as a testament to Marrakech’s rich cultural heritage. Here, amidst the tranquil courtyards and elaborately adorned halls, we gain insight into Morocco’s scholarly traditions and spiritual legacy. As we wander through the labyrinthine alleyways of the city, we encounter the haunting beauty of the tombs, where the whispers of history echo through the ages. Amidst the ornate mausoleums and graceful arches, we pay homage to the city’s revered ancestors and esteemed scholars. Finally, we find ourselves in the heart of Marrakech, at the famous square of Jamaa el Fna. Here, amidst the lively hustle and bustle of street performers, storytellers, and market vendors, we are enveloped in the vibrant energy of Moroccan culture. As the sun sets over the horizon, casting a golden glow upon the bustling square, we savor the sights, sounds, and scents of this enchanting city, grateful for the opportunity to experience its timeless charm. As night falls, we retreat to the tranquil surroundings of a traditional riad, where the warm hospitality of Moroccan culture awaits. Here, amidst the flickering candlelight and the gentle strains of traditional music, we reflect on the memories made and the beauty of Marrakech’s storied past.

    Day 10:Marrakech - Essaouira

    After a hearty breakfast, we embark on a scenic journey that takes us through the picturesque Souss Valley, where the argan tree thrives and yields the precious argan oil, celebrated for its myriad benefits. Arriving in Essaouira after a leisurely three-hour drive, we are greeted by the refreshing sea breeze and the vibrant energy of this coastal gem. Our first stop is at the women’s cooperatives, where the magic of argan oil comes to life. Here, amidst the fragrant aroma of freshly pressed oil, we learn about the traditional methods of harvesting and processing this revered ingredient, known for its nourishing and rejuvenating properties. From skin moisturizing to anti-aging, the wonders of argan oil are endless, making it a cherished treasure of Moroccan culture. Continuing our exploration, we wander through the charming streets of Chbanate, where weaving workshops produce exquisite wool blankets in a kaleidoscope of colors. As we marvel at the intricate craftsmanship on display, we gain insight into the rich tapestry of Moroccan textile traditions. Our journey takes us to the historic Kasbah’s Sqala, where the ancient artillery platform offers panoramic views of the bustling port, the azure coastline, and the labyrinthine medina, a UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site. Here, amidst the echoes of history, we are captivated by the timeless beauty of Essaouira’s maritime legacy. At street level, we meander through the bustling souks that surround the iconic Clock Tower, where master craftsmen ply their trade with precision and skill. From intricately carved woodwork to exquisitely crafted parquetry, the artistry on display is a testament to Morocco’s rich cultural heritage. After a leisurely lunch and further exploration of the city’s delights, we bid farewell to Essaouira and make our way back to the comfort of our riad. Here, amidst the tranquil surroundings, we reflect on the day’s adventures, grateful for the opportunity to experience the beauty and bounty of Morocco’s coastal treasures.

    Day 11:Essaouira – El Oualidia- El Jadida– Casablanca

    Following a satisfying breakfast, we set out on our journey to the charming city of El Jadida, nestled along the scenic coastal road. En route, we traverse through the picturesque towns of Oualidia and Safi, renowned for their exquisite pottery and stunning coastal vistas. Upon our arrival in El Jadida, we are greeted by the inviting aroma of local cuisine, and we indulge in a leisurely lunch to fuel our adventures. In the afternoon, we embark on a captivating exploration of the ancient medina, a veritable treasure trove of history and culture. Once a formidable Portuguese fortress, the medina’s towering citadel and imposing bastions stand as a testament to its storied past. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the medina enchants visitors with its timeless charm and architectural splendor. As the day draws to a close, we continue our journey to the bustling metropolis of Casablanca, the economic heart of Morocco. Here, amidst the vibrant energy of the city, we find respite in the comfort of our hotel, where we unwind and reflect on the day’s adventures. As night falls, we gather for a sumptuous dinner, savoring the flavors of Moroccan cuisine and sharing tales of our travels. With the promise of new experiences awaiting us tomorrow, we retire to our accommodations, grateful for the memories made and the journey ahead.

    Day 12:Casablanca – transfer to Mohammed V Airport

    After a delightful breakfast and depending on the timing of your flight, we will arrange for your transfer to Mohammed V Airport, where our services will come to a close. As you prepare to depart, we extend our warmest wishes for safe travels and hope that your time in Morocco has been filled with unforgettable experiences and cherished memories. Should you ever choose to return, we would be honored to welcome you back and continue exploring the wonders of this enchanting country together. Until then, farewell and bon voyage!

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    Richi
    Richi
    2022-11-21
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    Favoloso Fantastica avventura di 8 giorno da Meknes a Marrakech passando per Fez, deserto e Atlas. Organizzazione fantastica, il driver Mohamed è stato una meravigliosa guida, pause pranzo in ristoranti non turistici fantastici! Consiglio a tutti colore che vogliono passare un settimana rilassante e allo stesso tempo visitare luoghi ancora genuini e panorami mozzafiato. Grazie ancora!
    Laura
    Laura
    2022-11-03
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    EXCELENTE TOUR Y GUÍA Nuestro viaje por Marruecos superó todas nuestras expectativas. Gracias a la organización de Marrakech Expedition y al excepcional trabajo de nuestro guía Hmad, disfrutamos al máximo nuestros días en este país. Los riads eran hermosos, el carro 4x4 muy cómodo y Perfecto para el viaje. Mención especial a nuestro guía Hmad, nos enseñó su país de la manera más detallada, local y amigable. Si pueden realizar el tour con él, no se arrepentirán.
    Sarah B
    Sarah B
    2022-07-17
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    A la decouverte du Haut Atlas Merci à Hassan qui nous a permis de découvrir le Haut Atlas durant 4 jours et ses paysages grâce à son professionnalisme et sa sympathie.
    Sofia Rosa
    Sofia Rosa
    2022-05-10
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    Meraviglioso Tour del Marocco Sono andata col mio ragazzo a Marzo 2022. Ci è venuto a prendere in aereoporto Ali Amanar, il proprietario di Marrakech Expedition 4x4. Abbiamo affrontato il Tour delle Città Imperiali, un'esperienza unica nella scoperta del Marocco.Consigliamo Marrakech Expedition se volete organizzare un Tour del Marocco piacevole e avvincente.
    Juan Pablo G
    Juan Pablo G
    2022-04-20
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    Wonderful Service We traveled from Tanger to Marrakesh, with several stops in between. Our trip was wonderful. The van was perfect and Mohamed did a superlative job. He is a truly nice person and the best guide/driver you can wish for.
    Duccio
    Duccio
    2020-01-19
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    Great excursion, great guide! We went on a 5-day excursion with Marrakech Expedition, from Marrakech to the desert near Merzouga and back. Everything was very well planned, we were taken to the main sites and places, all the hotels they booked for us were excellent. Our guide, Mohammed was really great, an expert driver and a great guy to talk to, we really enjoyed the time we spent travelling with him. Highly recommended!
    bratricek
    bratricek
    2020-01-06
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    Great! We travelled with our two little kids, 3 and 6, on a 8 day trip through Morocco using the driver service of Marrakesh Expeditions. Omar, our driver, was excellent! Very kind and patient with the kids, suggesting interesting places to visit on the way to our planned destinations and helping us with whatever we needed. An unforgettable experience for us, the kids can’t wait to visit this beautiful country & people again. Thanks a lot!
    Neus F
    Neus F
    2019-12-30
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    Conductor al desierto zagora Fuimos con Said al DEsierto ZAgora han sido muchas horas juntos y es un conductor genial. La experiencia a sido muy buena. Recomendable
    Titti A
    Titti A
    2019-11-03
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    Marocco on the road Contattato Ali via mail qualche mese prima abbiamo concordato il viaggio con partenza e rientro da e a Marrakech. L'agenzia è stata assolutamente all'altezza delle nostre aspettative e ci ha consentito un viaggio piacevole e senza problemi. Alla nostra guida, il giovane simpatico Mohamed, il nostra più grande grazie per essere stato un compagno di viaggio attento ai nostri bisogni e rispettoso dei nostri desideri. A lui il nostro augurio di crescere, studiare anche l'italiano e diventare sempre più bravo!
    elizabethlV6977MN
    elizabethlV6977MN
    2019-11-02
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    Amazingly enjoyable trip through Morocco Wonderful trip organised for us which afforded us understanding & views of Moroccan landscapes, country, culture and people. Excellent accommodations chosen in amazing Rhiads for us. Excellent restaurants for all meals were organised for us. Excellent cultural stops and shopping opportunities. Excellent guides very knowledgable, local and with good English. Driver Moha was excellent driver & kept us on time and enjoying everything at the same time. Superb custom trip in an incredibly interesting country. The only thing at all negative was the first night’s accommodation in Casablanca (very late arrival through incredible traffic after our flight, no dinner available, apparently nowhere to purchase bottled water except from the waiter, and room was very noisy on main roads with hotel staff unhelpful. ) Would recommend this company and their tour planning. Had an amazing trip. Loved it.

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