10-day Casablanca Sahara desert tour
10-day Casablanca Sahara Desert tour
This 10-day Casablanca Sahara desert tour blends culture with outdoor adventure. Begin in Casablanca and explore imperial cities and medieval medinas before riding a camel through dunes and spending the night listening to traditional music by a campfire. Follow old caravan routes through secret oases as you walk through small villages dotting the hillsides of the Atlas mountains. Discover local families, share a meal with them, and take in the evening spectacle of Marrakech’s Jemaa el-Fna Square.
Summary of your 10-day Casablanca Sahara desert tour
Highlights of 10-day Casablanca Sahara desert tour
- Visit Hassan 2 Mosque and Rick’s Cafe in Casablanca
- Visits to the imperial city of Rabat and the blue town of Chefchaouen
- Experience a guided city tour of Fez’s medieval city
- Visit Merzouga Sahara Desert
- Take a dromedary camel and ride across the majestic dunes of Erg Chebbi in Merzouga
- See the sunset from the middle of the Sahara Desert
- In the Moroccan desert, enjoy dinner, music, and stargazing around a campfire
- Discover the Moroccan desert lifestyle
- Visit a desert nomadic family
- Excursion to the desert of Merzouga
- On foot, beautiful canyons of Todgha and Dades can be explored
- Visit Ait Ben Haddou’s famous casbah and take a walk through the stunning Canyons
- Marrakech city tour
- We will pick you up and drop you off at your hotel/airport.
The detailed itinerary for 10-day Casablanca Sahara Desert tour
The following is the detailed itinerary for a 10-day Casablanca Sahara desert tour. If you have any questions or would like to customize your desert tour, please contact us. Morocco Sahara Desert Tours will organize the most memorable desert experience for you.
Day 1: Casablanca airport- Accommodation
You will have your guide meet you at the Casablanca airport arrivals gate. We will go to the Hassan II Mosque, Africa’s largest mosque, together. Look at the beautiful architecture of this building, half of which is constructed on the ground and half of which hovers over the ocean. You will be able to tour inside the mosque (but not during prayer hours) and admire the stunning architecture. More history and information about this popular mosque will be given during your guided tour. Following this stop in Casablanca, we will drive you to your hotel, where you will rest and relax. We will visit other attractions depending on the time you arrive.
Day 2: Casablanca–Rabat – Chefchaouen
Our Morocco Sahara Desert Tours company invites you to travel to Morocco. During the second day of your 10-day Casablanca Sahara desert tour, we will drive to Rabat first to visit the Hassan Tower, this famous red sandstone landmark is a remnant of a 12th-century minaret that was never finished, the Mausoleum of Mohammed V, and Chellah is a medieval fortified Muslim necropolis located in the metro area of Rabat. Then drive through the Rif mountains. Enjoy the beautiful scenic mountain views during our trip to Chefchaouan, one of the stunning villages at the base of the Rif mountains. Chefchaouen medina had a Spanish-style square surrounded by many funky arts and crafts stores, roof-top restaurants, and cafes. We will take you to your hotel where you will spend the night in a comfortable, quaint escape. Feel the cool night air and the beauty of nature. Stroll through the beautiful streets of this town and enjoy the blue houses and local markets.
Day 3: Chefchaouen - Fez
After breakfast in the riad/hotel, we will have time to wander, explore, and learn about the local culture of Chefchaouen, as well as enjoy the beautiful morning and nature of the Rif mountains, before driving directly to Fez, where you will spend the night in a beautiful riad.
Day 4: Fez city tour
In the morning, a local guide will meet you at your riad and take you around the old city. Fez’s old town is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and with your guide, you will visit many famous cultural and historical attractions. The tour will include:
- Bab Bou Jeloud, an ornate city gate and the main western entrance to Fez
- El Bali, the old city of Fez
- Tanneries, with famous leather craftsmen
- Nejjarine Museum of Wooden Arts & Crafts
- The University of Al Quaraouiyine, the oldest university in the world
- Palais Royale, the royal palace of the Alaouite, the sultan in the city of Fez
- The Jewish quarter, where you will wander the narrow alleys of the medina
In the late afternoon, you will be taken to have a panoramic view of Fez and return to your riad for the evening.
Day 5: Fez – Ifrane – Midelt – Ziz Valley – Merzouga desert
Continue your Morocco tour and move from the fertile plains of northern and western Morocco to the arid desert landscapes known to many visitors. After breakfast, we start our journey and drive via Ifrane to the remote eastern town of Merzouga. We make a stopover. in Ifrane. Near the lion statue, take the opportunity to stretch our legs and enjoy the beautiful gardens of this city. Our journey continues through a huge cedar forest where we have the opportunity to stop and see some friendly Barbary macaques. Ntalghamt Pass and Ziz Gorge with a view of the high atlas plateau. Watch the landscape change for clues of the desert as we approach the city of Errachidia. Here we stop for lunch and enjoy the hospitality of the friendly Berbers. After lunch, we will travel through the lush Ziz Valley, stopping for panoramic views on the way to Erfoud and Rissani. You will arrive in Merzouga in the late afternoon. Enjoy a welcome glass of Moroccan mint tea. before checking into your riad for the night.
Day 6: Tour of the Merzouga desert
Your guides will pick you up from your hotel at 9 a.m. to visit Merzouga and the surrounding villages. Stop in Khamlia, home to freed Sudanese slaves who have settled in Morocco for generations. Gnawa music, traditional spiritual songs and lively dances. We do the off-road tour, drive behind the Erg Chebbi dunes to remote desert villages, abandoned mines and visit a nomadic Berber camp. An explanation of your lifestyle. After our visit, we will return to Merzouga for lunch. We recommend you try the traditional Berber pizza, where meat and vegetables are stuffed in a bread crust and cooked over an open fire. You will be taken to the dromedaries, one-hump camels that are native to this region of Morocco, and you will take a 90-minute camel ride to our camp in the middle of the Erg Chebbi dunes (standard or deluxe camp options available ) Enjoy the sunset behind the dunes and, if you wish, go on a sandboard adventure in the dunes. Return and enjoy a glass of traditional mint tea, dinner, and music.Our guides play drums and castanets for you and break the silence of the desert with the sounds of laughing and singing. Go to your camp at night under the glow of the Milky Way. Don’t forget to look up and see the stars. like you’ve never seen her before.
Day 7: Merzouga - Todgha Gorge - Boumalen Dades
Wake up early to see the sunrise in the desert over the Erg Chebbi Dunes. After breakfast we return to civilization through dromedaries. Say goodbye to the majestic dunes as we head to Rissani. To visit the local market full of dates, spices and other Moroccan treasures, we continue to Erfoud and into the impressive Todgha Gorge. Take a nice walk through the rocky gorge and enjoy a traditional Moroccan lunch. After lunch we will continue our journey to Boumalen Dades and enjoy the beautiful landscapes and kasbahs that line the mountains. As we drive along the winding roads, we will stop for panoramic views of the Dades Gorges. Here we stay in a nice hotel at the foot of the canyon.
Day 8: Dades Valley - Skoura Valley - Ouarzazate - Ait Ben Haddou - Marrakech
After breakfast we will drive through the Skoura Valley and Kelaa Mgouna, the pink city, towards Ouarzazate. Our route through the Skoura Valley is “The Road of a Thousand Kasbahs” – there are plenty of opportunities to get some of the best photos of your trip. We will stop for lunch at Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah, the largest kasbah in Morocco. It was one of the most important stops for traders who brought silver, salt, jewelry, slaves or other goods from sub-Saharan countries to Marrakech. Now the Kasbah is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Cross the salty river or the great canal that is dry next to the village. and walk through the narrow streets to the top of the hill. There, next to the old barn, you have a panoramic view of the village. After our stop in Ait Ben Haddou, we continue towards Marrakech and again observe the change in the landscape from a flat desert land to hills and mountains. over the high atla s mountains full of panoramic views and attractive Berber villages on the way to Marrakech, where you will spend the night in a luxurious riad in the historical medina of the city.
Day 9: Marrakech city excursion
After breakfast on the Riad, your local city guide will meet you and take you on an excursion to the antique medina. Your Morocco Sahara Desert Tours guides will be there to pick you up after your medina excursion, wherein we can tour together to Majorelle Gardens. Explore the extraordinary gardens with their rare, special flowers and plants, and take some time to enjoy this stunning haven withinside the city. After you visit the gardens, we can have an afternoon visit to Menara Gardens some kilometers outdoor of the city. With a quick drive back to the city, we will return to Medina of Marrakech for a late afternoon walk via the medina. Take time to discover Jemaa el Fna, wherein the sounds of musicians, smells of rich food and spices, and the sight of snake charmers will captivate you. This space frequently referred to as the cultural crossroads of Morocco, is complete of great performers, delicious meals, and particular souvenirs. After you have completed exploring, go back for your riad close to the main square and settle in for the evening.
Day 10: Day trip to Essaouira
We’ll start our day trip to Essaouira after breakfast. Morocco’s Atlantic Coast is stunning, and once you’ve seen it, you’ll want to return. Essaouira, a tranquil town located three hours from Marrakech, is a UNESCO World Heritage site – a protected area. The ramparts of Essaouria, as well as the 16th-century walled fortress, provide breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. A day trip to Essaouria, one of Morocco’s most charming medinas, will allow you to visit the important monuments, old fish markets, and the seaport. You will also be able to observe silversmiths and woodcarvers at work. Return to Marrakech in the evening and spend your last night in the city in a riad. Your 10-day Casablanca Sahara desert tour comes to an end in Marrakech.
About 10-day Casablanca Sahara Desert tour
Enjoy this 10-day Casablanca Sahara desert tour, which starts in Casablanca and ends in Marrakech. Explore imperial cities and medieval medinas, travel along ancient desert caravan roads, and relax on the Atlantic coast. Cross Merzouga’s desert on a camel. Learn about local families and culture while spending the night in a desert camp and listening to desert music around the campfire. This 10-day Casablanca Sahara Desert tour includes the following inclusions and exclusions.