10 Days From Casablanca to the Merzouga Desert

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Day 1 – Arrival at Casablanca airport

Arrival at Casablanca Mohamed V airport, reception, assistance and transfer to the hotel / riad during the night.

Day 2 – Casablanca – Rabat – Meknes

After your breakfast, you will visit the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, the third largest mosque in the world. Then, you will drive to Rabat, where you will visit the best sites of this city, such as the Hassan Tower, the Mohammed V Mausoleum and the Oudayas Kasbah overlooking the Atlantic. Then you will travel to Meknes, one of the ancient imperial cities of Morocco, where you will have a coffee break and walk around its busy square and Medina (Lahdim). Night in Riyadh in Meknes.

Day 3 – Meknes – Volubilis – Moulay Idiss Zarhoun – Fez

Tomorrow is dedicated to discovering this magnificent imperial city. Sightseeing tours of Meknes include Mosolum Moulay Ismail, Bab Mansour and Sahrij Soani. After lunch, you will continue to Volubilis, the best example of an ancient Roman city in Morocco. After that, drive through Moulay Idriss Zerhoun, the holiest Islamic city in the Kingdom of Morocco, where thousands of Moroccan faithful come on pilgrimage every August to pray at the tomb of this descendant of the Prophet Mohammed. You will then continue to Fez and end your day with dinner at your hotel in Fez.

Day 4 – Sightseeing tour of Fez – Ifran – Azrou – Midelt.

The whole day is dedicated to discover this city declared World Heritage by UNESCO. The sightseeing tours of Fes include the medieval Medina with its Attarine and Bou Anania Medersas, the Nejjarine fountain, the Moulay Idriss mausoleum and the Karaouine mosque. In the afternoon travel through Azrou where you can see the Barbary Apes in the Middle Atlas forest and then continue to your hotel in Midelt, the capital of the block, at the foot of the Ayachi mountain.

Day 5 – Midelt – Ziz Valley – Merzouga.

Leaving Medilt at 9 o’clock towards the desert of Merzouga, we will pass the Tizi-n-Talremt pass and cross the Ziz valley, which is particularly known for its palm trees and the length of the oasis. Along the way, there are countless ksars, small villages of individual houses. From here we reach Er Rachidia and then Erfoud, famous for its date festival and fossils. Then continue to Merzouga, where you will meet your camel guide to ride through the dunes to the camp. Dinner and night will be under the nomad tent. The trek will start in the desert for 1: 30min. We will spend the night in a equipped camp in the middle of the Sahara, this is an excellent opportunity to take beautiful pictures of the sunset and sunrise, when you arrive at the camp. You walk to the high dunes to watch the sunset. It will be a magical night when the sky is clear and the stars are bright and shining. There will be a wonderful dinner around a campfire, you will spend the night camp in the desert.

Day 6 – Merzouga – Rissani – Todra Gorge – Dades Valley.

In the morning after seeing the sunrise, you will travel on the camels back to the hotel Merzouga to take a shower and have breakfast, today you will leave the desert to Rissani, there you will visit the souk (the largest market in the area) and then continue to Tinghir, and Todra Gorges, the highest and narrowest gorges in Morocco. After lunch in the heart of the gorge, you will drive through the Dades Valley, where you will see majestic sand castles and incredible rock formations known as “monkey fingers”. Overnight stay in a luxury hotel overlooking Dades Valley.

Day 7 – Dades – Ouarzazate – Marrakech

After breakfast, departure to Ouarzazate via the Dades Valley, the line of kasbahs that give this extremely popular route its nickname as the valley of a thousand kasbahs. Just before the town of Skoura, visit Kalaa Mgouna, the town of roses, where you can buy local rose water. Continue to Ouarzazate. “The Hollywood of Africa.” In, through the “Road of a thousand Kasbahs” – the fascinating “sand castles”. After 30 kilometers from Ouarzazate, we will stop at the famous Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou. The kasbah is one of the most intriguing red earth castles that line the ancient road of the Kasbahs and is a UNESCO world heritage site. Lunch next to the Kasbah and continue to Marrakech through the famous Tizi-in-Tichka pass over the High Atlas Mountains. The range has snow on its peaks most of the year. Appreciate the beauty of the timeless landscapes on the twisting roads through the Berber villages. Arrival in Marrakech You will be accommodated during the night in the hotel / riad.

Day 8 – visit to Marrakech

Marrakech is the second oldest imperial city, known as the pearl of the south. After breakfast, visit of historic Marrakech: the Menara garden, the Saadian tombs, the Bahia Palace, the Koutoubia minaret and the Majorelle gardens, named after the famous French painter, who built his art deco villa here and started the botanical gardens, in 1980 it became the residence of Yves Saint Laurent. In the afternoon, visit to the famous Djemaa El Fna square and the surrounding souk and craft rooms. In the evening, check into your Riad.

Day 9 – Marrakech – Ouzoud Waterfalls – Marrakech

An early departure to the Ouzoud waterfalls, 160 km from Marrakech. They are over 60 meters high, and are one of the most remarkable natural attractions of the Moroccan Atlas. We can take a path from the olive trees at the foot of the falls, and there is a second path that allows us to reach the top of the falls, where we can enjoy the exceptional views. There will also be lunch and free time to enjoy this beautiful place and return to Marrakech for the night.

Day 10 – Marrakech – Casablanca

After breakfast, transfer to Casablanca Mohammed V International airport for your return flight.