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8 days tour from Marrakech to Casablanca

Overview: 8 days Tour from Marrakech to Casablanca

8 days desert tour departs daily from Marrakech and is our most popular desert tour. This tour has been designed for the traveler eager to explore deep into the Sahara Desert and who don’t mind driving long hours. You will have an amazing time touring the Desert and Merzouga, you will definitely not feel a drop of boredom. The landscape changes dramatically. Beginning with the fertile Haouz planes of Marrakech and the high Atlas Mountains, to oasis and valleys, then to the rocky plateaus and the unbelievable 

Itinerary: 8 days tour Marrakech to Casablanca via Desert

Day 1: Marrakech – Tizi N’tichka – Ouarzazate

After breakfast in your Riad, you will travel to Ouarzazate passing through the spectacular Tizi Ntichka pass and the famous Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou. The village of Ait Ben Haddou was built by the last Berber chief, El Glaoui Ethami, at the end of the 19th century. The Kasbah is recognized as a historic wedding site by UNESCO and still houses many members of the Glaoui family. After lunch, we will continue to Ouarzazate, “the Hollywood of Africa”, where you have the opportunity to visit and see many props used in movies you may have seen before, such as Gladiator and Alexandre great. The night will be in a hotel in Ouarzazate. Night in our Hotel / Riad.

Day 2: Ouarzazate – Dades Valley – Merzouga.

After breakfast at the hotel, we advance along the path of the thousand Kasbahs to discover the authentic sites of Ouarzazate. Then we continue to Dades, a fascinating and cool place, which offers a series of Berber villages along the way and the aroma that comes from the rose bushes of the valley. Not far from the Dades gorges, we will cross other charming gorges, called Todgha, the great canyons of Morocco. Then, we continue our journey to Merzouga through Tinejdad, the gateway to the Tafilalet region. Lunch should be served in a restaurant near Tinejdad. Continuation to Erfoud, Rissani, and arrival in Merzouga at the end of the afternoon. You will check-in at the hotel and rest for a bit before hopping on your camels for a short ride. Along the way, on the humps of the camels, you will discover the magnificent view of the sand dunes and the portrait of the sunset. You will arrive at the bivouac (your accommodation), where you will enjoy the silence and tranquility of the Sahara desert. night in your tent.

Day 4: Fes Sightseeing with a Local Guide.

Getting lost in Fes is half the fun, but you’ll have an orientation walk this morning to help you get the lay of the land first. Join your local leader to browse market stalls, meet craftsmen and see beautiful mosques. Look out for the Medersa Bou Inania, one of the city’s coolest buildings, which has recently been restored and is now open to visitors. You’ll also visit the famous tannery and its dye pits (which are also famously stinky, but well worth it), and a ceramic factory where you can see potters working in the traditional way. Then enjoy some free time and maybe check out the exquisite carvings and magnificent tile work at the Medersa el Attarine (near the spice and perfume market). Fes is shopping heaven for those who want to pick up a souvenir or two. Today is going to be a big day so remember to keep hydrated and pack some snacks.

Day 3 : Merzouga – Erfoud – Errachidia – Midelt – Azrou – Ifrane – Fes.

Today you will travel to Rissani and investigate the local market (Souks). later on, you will depart to Errachidia via Erfoud, Aoufous, and the valley of Ziz then stopping for a panoramic view of the oasis of Aoufous in the Tafilalte region. Continue to Midelt across the pass of Tizi N’talghamt and have a lunch break. After lunch, you will be driven to Fes (the medieval city) via the Cedar forest near Azrou and the mountain of the middle Atlas with the possibility to see the Barbary apes (monkies). You may have a stop in Ifrane (the Switzerland of Morocco) before arriving at Fes. Drop off in Fes.

Day 5 : Fes – Volubilis – Chefchaouen.

After breakfast in your accommodation, we will drive to Chefchaouen passing by Meknes and Volubilis. In Meknes, another significant imperial city in Morocco. Moreover, it is known as the Ismaili capital of Morocco, you will see the famous gate Bab Mansour, the Sahrij Souani Bassin, and the Mulay Ismail Mausoleum. After lunch, your journey continues to the Roman city of Volubilis. There you will get a chance to see the wonderfully preserved original mosaics, Roman Road, and city layout. Afterward, as you travel through the Moroccan countryside. We will pass by the Holy City of Moulay Idriss for a photo opportunity. Then lunch in the way and get to the blue city Chafchaouen.

Day 6 : Chefchaouen – Tangier.

Drive from Chefchaouen via the green lush of the Rif Mountains toward Tangier, an ancient Phoenician town, located at the point where the waters of the Mediterranean and the Atlantic meet. The surrounding mountains provide a magnificent backdrop to this intriguing city, the gateway to Africa from Europe, which has always been an international melting pot. Take a tour of Tangier and explore the bustling medina, and city surrounds, and enjoy the stunning vista where the Mediterranean and Atlantic oceans meet. After lunch, Continue to a headland about 12km from Tangier, ideal for admiring the Atlantic Ocean. On the way, stop to visit the Hercules Cave. According to legend, this mythical Greek half-god rested here after digging the Strait of Gibraltar. Close by is there restored Roman town of Cotta with ruins of a temple and hot baths. The tour will include also a stop by Cape Sapartel where the Atlantic and Mediterranean meet. Dinner and night at the hotel.

Day 7: Tangier – Asilah – Casablanca.

After breakfast at the hotel, departure from Tangier to Casablanca via Asilah, similar to Greece, with its whitewashed houses and blue walls and doors. Asilah is a city of art with many beautiful murals covering the inner city walls. Lunch to enjoy in this beautiful city before returning to Casablanca with beautiful stopovers. Arrive at your hotel in Casablanca to spend the night with breakfast.

Day 8: Casablanca – Marrakech.

After breakfast, you will visit the economic capital Casablanca, including the impressive Hassan Il Mosque, which opened in 1993. It has a capacity of 25,000 worshipers and is one of the only religious sites open to non-Muslims along the magnificent coast of the Corniche. Take a moment to catch your breath and admire the serenity of the Atlantic Ocean. Continue on a short drive through the residential areas of Casablanca to the city center to visit Mohamed V Square, the Habous Quarter, and Notre-Dame de Lourdes Cathedral. After lunch, we will leave for the city of Marrakech. Dinner and accommodation in Riyadh. The tour ends in Marrakech. Check More Tours.

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