8 Days Tour From Casablanca To Sahara Desert
THE 1ST DAY: Casablanca – Rabat – Meknes – Volubilis - Fez
Throughout our tour, we are going to visit a lot of sites in Morocco. At first, we will begin our excursion in the capital city of Morocco “Rabat”. It is a big city where we can see a lot of great things such as the Udayas Kasbah and the historical monument Hassan Tower. Later, we will head towards another famous city Meknes whereby we will know more about Moroccan history because there we are going to go sightseeing historical sites; namely, The ancient gate Bab Elmansour, Mulay Ismail Mausoleum and of course the pool Sahrij Souani with which ancestors irrigate their land. After that, we will pay a visit to Volubilis (Walili). It is a very old city founded by the Roman Empire in the third century before Christ and was considered as the capital of Mauritania. A while later, we will carry on our tour over Fez. Another famous city known by traditional manufacturing and other historical things Fez visitors enjoy seeing. We are staying there for one night in a Hotel.
The 2nd Day: Full day to visit Fez the old imperial city.
During the second day of our tour we will cover any eye-catching locations in Fez thanks to a native tour guide’s guidance. We are visiting El Bali Medina which means literally The old Medina. It is a historical site of the UNESCO heritage. More than that, we are going to see a sacred place called Koranic School where the Holy Quran is memorized. Shortly after that, you will be directed to the oldest University in the world “Al Quaraouine University”. It was founded by Fatima Al Fihriya in 859 AD. Above all, the tour guide will make sure you get to know all Fez history and its cultural Heritage.
The 3rd Day: Fez – Ifrane – Azrou – Midelt – Ziz Valley – Erfoud – Rissani – Merzouga
A night later after having breakfast, we will pursue our tour indirectly to Moroccan Sahara because we will have a pause in Ifrane. It is a mountainous city known by snow and horse ridding fantasy. We call it “The Moroccan Switzerland”. About an hour later, we will continue our excursion towards Azrou where there is a big cedar forest. Over there, you will enjoy wilderness and wild animals like monkeys and touring on horseback. Afterward, you will have a delicious lunch in a Berber town named Zaida. Our trip will go on through the Atlas Mountains, visiting Midelt city and from Erich Town to the gate of Sahara Erfoud. It is a great place where there are large oasis full of palm trees. Then, you will stay the next night in a hotel of Merzouga.
The 4th Day: Merzouga – Berber Families – Black Desert Merzouga(Camel Ride & night in Sahara).
As soon as you have breakfast in the hotel, you are going out to find out more about the area, going for a walk in a countryside called Khamlia inhabited by slaves from Sudan several years ago and you will explore their way of living. Besides, you will also experience nomadic life and the Ergchebbi sand-sea by travelling on camels guided by the camels owner. There are Berber handicrafts cheaper than the ones sold in the city markets. After the sunset, you will choose to spend the night either under the stars or in a traditional woolen tent where dinner and breakfast will be made.
The 5th Day: Merzouga – Rissani – Alnif – Tazarin – Draa Valley – Ouarzazate
Shortly after you enjoy your breakfast and desert sunrise, you are returning on camels to the center of Merzouga so as to begin our trip towards Rissani passing by old Tfilalet castles (Ksours) and Kasbahs. This journey will continue to cover a visit to Zaouia of Ali El-charif and indeed the historical mausoleum of Glaoui founder. Also, you will have a walk around the traditional and local souks of the town. Later on, you will follow your track over Ouarzazate with a short break in Alnif and Tazarin so that you can rest and discover these places such as Daraa Valley until you get to Ouarzazate. A well-known city known by attracting film directors with its old castles and traditional hotels where you will spend your night for dinner.
The 6th Day: Ouarzazate – Kesbah Ait Benhaddou – High Atlas – Marrakech
When you leave Ouarzazate, your next destination will be Kasbah Ait Bebhaddou which is the most attractive Ksbah in the country. After finding out more about this Kasbah, you will go through Tizi-N-Tichka arriving the red city Marrakech.
The 7th Day: Marrakech to Essaouira (Mogador)
During the following day, we will keep on our journey visiting Essaouira (Mogador) in which you will get to know more about another UNESCO world Heritage -Medina. This city is historically rich since it was built in accordance with the European Military Architecture norms. It is the main global harbor for commercial exchanges as it links Morocco with Europe and other parts of the world.
The 8th Day: Full Day to visit Marrakech with a local guide
Coming back to Marrakech in the next day after you have breakfast in Riad so that you can enjoy the red city which was set up by Almoravidian dynasty in XII century. And now it receives a large number of visitors every year thanks to its rich history as well as the famous Jemaa El-fnaa square. In the Afternoon, you will enjoy sightseeing snake charmers and other entertainers in this square. Later, you are going to visit Saadyin Tomb and a wonderful garden called Majorelle Garden. It is the creation of a French painter Jacques Marojelle. After that, you keep on going to see Koutoubia Mosque (Tower). The local guide will also take you to explore Bahia square of Medina. Subsequently, you will return to Casablanca.