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4 Days Casablanca, Fes, Sahara Desert to Marrakech
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4 Days Casablanca Express, Sahara Desert Tour to Marrakech

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4 Days Casablanca, Fes, Sahara Desert to Marrakech

On this Private Travel tour from Casablanca to the Desert you’ll journey to Morocco’s classic destinations, visiting its four imperial cities, its mountains and its desert. Over 4 amazing days you’ll see the stunning Moroccan architecture and palm-lined boulevards of Rabat, the impressive ramparts and monumental gates of Meknes, the craftsmen, markets, tanneries and mosques of Fes, the endless dunes of the Sahara Desert, the diverse landscapes of the Middle and High Atlas Mountains, and the storytellers, snake charmers and henna painters of Marrakech jemaa el Fna. Along the way you’ll discover the 17th century kasbahs of Ait Ben Haddou. With each destination having its own unique history, wonders and highlights, this journey through classic Morocco is one unforgettable cultural adventure!

 

DAY – 1 : CASABLANCA – RABAT – MEKNES – FES

After Breakfast, depart for Rabat. Visit the Kasbah of the Oudaya, this Kasbah was constructed during the realm of the Almohads dynasty (12th century). Stop next at Mohammed V Mausoleum, which is home to the tombs of the current king’s father and grandfather. Your last stop in Rabat is Hassan Tower, which is a minaret built in 1195. Transfer to Meknes, the “Moroccan Versailles” and one of the oldest cities in the kingdom. Meknes was the capital of Morocco under the reign of Moulay Ismail (1672–1727), a contemporary of Louis XIV, before it was relocated to Marrakesh. Stop at the massive Bab El Mansour gate, which is the grandest of all imperial Moroccan gateways. Bab El Mansour gate was completed by Moulay Ismail’s son, Moulay Abdallah, in 1732. Stop next at Hri Souani, which is a complex of three different buildings built for granaries and stables. This amazing site has been used as a scene for many films, the most famous of which is probably “The Last Temptation of Christ” in 1988 by Martin Scorsese. Optional lunch at a local restaurant. Transfer to the UNESCO-sponsored Roman ruins in Volubilis, a Berber and Roman city partly excavated by the UNESCO. Volubilis was considered as the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Mauretania. The city was developed from the 3rd century BC onward as an Amazigh, then proto-Carthaginian, and from from the 1st century AD onward, the city grew rapidly under the Roman rule. Arrive to Fes, the spiritual capital of Morocco.
Accommodation: Riad (1 night)

Included Activities: Rabat / Chella, Oudaya, Hassan Tower

Meknes Bab Mansour and Hri souani Graneries

Guided walking Tour of Fes

Meals Included: Breakfast

 

DAY – 2: FES – MIDELT – ZIZ VALLEY – ERFOUD – MERZOUGA

Meet your Guide at 8am in your Riad, and embark a long driving day, where we will meet different colors of the kingdom by leaving the old Moroccan city of Fes. In the way we will pass through the most modern and clean city in the country Ifran. This Berber name of Ifran means caves and it is nicknamed in Morocco as a little Switzerland since it is a very green town and is a ski resort in the Middle Atlas region of Morocco because of its high altitude at 1665 meters. Ifran is very known as well by The Brotherhood private university, established in 1997 by The king of Morocco Hassan II and the king of Saudi Arabia Fahd. Where all classes are taught in English, it is an international university. Lunch will be scheduled in a Berber village called Midelt which is situated on the foothills of the eastern part of the High Atlas Mountains. From vast plateau we start crossing up those tough mountains which are still settled by a big Berber community. The landscapes here includes palm tree oases at Jbel Ayachi (at 3747 m) before driving down the curves and join the pre-saharan zone passing first by Errachidia.

Stop for the photo in Ziz valley which is the beginning of palm grovesand dates. Erfoud is the capital of Fossils in Morocco so you will have this chance to visit one of the factories where they make beautiful articles out of marble. And right after that we may if time permit, visit the mausoleum of Mouay Ali Chref in Rissani the founder of the actual Alaouite dynasty of Morocco at 17th century. We drive to Erg Chebbi time for a cup of tea and packing for desert camp. Meet up with Camels for camel-ride and head to the dunes to watch the sunset .Overnight in the Berber tent in the middle of the most spectacular dunes of morocco, Highest dunes, spend 1 night the friendly berbers enjoy their music, dance around the fire… dinner in the camp.

Accommodation: Desert Camp

Included Activities

Photography, Wildlife watch ( barbary apes )Camel Trekking, Desert Camp

Meals Included: Breakfast / Dinner

 

DAY 3- MERZOUGA – TODRA GORGE – DADES GORGE
Early wake up for the sun rise from the highest dunes, chance to see some wild life. Time for breakfast and shower, last chance to enjoy the dunes, we set off to Rissani to explore the capital of ziz valley, Moroccan 2nd dates basket, famous for Sijilmasa in the old times, a carrefour of Caravans, where Merchants from Tombouctou Trade, Gold, Silver, Ivory, Silk, Slaves, Camels… visit to dates market and drive to arfoud to explore the fossils, then we drive along the stone Sahara, to reach the impressive underground irrigation channels from 12th centure. Stop for mint tea and some drums, then we drive to the most spectacular gorge of Morocco, Todra gorge, enjoy a walk with your guide to explore the irrigation system and traditional farming gardens, a visit to a berber family to learn about carpet, recommended, to knock your socks off, after the berber family co-operative, showing their goods and carepets, great place to shop from mohamed’s family ( situated in the other side of the river near the mosque ) great place to buy genuine berber carpets and souvenirs, then you walk to the gorge, drive back to your hotel in the Tinghir.

Accommodation: Hotel

Included Activities

Photography, walking, Carpets Co-operative

Meals Included: Breakfast / Dinner

 

DAY – 4: DADES VALLEY – OUARZAZATE – AIT BENHADDOU – MARRAKECH

From the great canyons of Todgha we go along the road of 1000 kasbahs, since there are enormous Kasbahs on both sides of the road. Some of those old fortified houses are restored but unfortunately a lot of them are ruins. We drive up to visit the Dades gorge & valley, and we head to the Berber family for Lunch, cooking course, a walk o discover the valley and spend some time wit the Berbers before we head to visit to one of those kasbahs is scheduled by seeing Amrhidil Kasbah. We pass a town called Boumalen situated on the edge of Dades valley which rises in the High Atlas Mountains, giving life to a huge Berber community by its rich agriculture. Along this valley another valley called valley of roses appearing with the green colors of its Alfalfa plants, olive trees, fig trees and grapes. This valley gives birth to a rose from which locals produces different cosmetic products like soap, perfumes and skin creams. Locals here celebrate this rose by organizing a national festival eachend of April. Getting to Ouarzazate (Hollywood of Africa, Noiselessly town, The door of the desert), is a city situated in the middle of a bare plateau, south of the High Atlas Mountains. It is mainly inhabited by Berbers, who constructed many of the prominent kasbahs and building for which the area is known. One of those building is Taourirt Kasbah diverted in 17th century.

Why this town is nicknamed as Hollywood of Africa? Simply because it has been noted as a film-making location, with Morocco’s biggest studios inviting many international film companies to shoot their movies like: Lawrence of Arabia (1962), The Living Daylights (1987), The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), The Mummy (1999), Gladiator (2000), Kingdom of Heaven (2005), Martin Scorsese’s Kundun (1997) and Babel (2005). the we continue to Marrakech via

We start our day visiting the fortified city of Aït Benhaddou, built in the 11th century. Once up on a time this Kasbah was the former caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakesh. It is situated on a hill along the Ounila River and has some beautiful examples of kasbahs, which unfortunately sustain damage during each rainstorm and windstorms. Most of the town’s inhabitants now live in a more modern village at the other side of the river; however, around five families are still living within this Kasbah.

Aït Benhaddou Kasbah has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987 and several films have been shot there, including Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Time Bandits (1981), The Jewel of the Nile (1985), Kundun (1997), Gladiator (2000) and Alexander (2004). From this beautiful fortified house we head to Marrakech.

Accommodation: None

Included Activities

Visit Ouarzazate

Visit Cinema Museum

Visit Studios

Ait benhaddou Kasbah

Optional Traditional Hammam

Meals Included: Breakfast

Visited Places

  • Rabat
  • Meknes
  • Fes
  • Ziz Valley
  • Tizi n’Tichka Pass
  • Ait Benhaddou Kasbah
  • Ouarzazate
  • Valley of roses & Todra Gorge
  • Errissani Dates Markets
  • Erfoud
  • Berber village
  • Sahara Desert

Travel Experience

  • Moroccan Culture & People, Food & History
  • Berber family
  • Camel trekking
  • Berber music and animation
  • Sleeping in desert camp

Pick Up : Pick up at your Hotel in Casablanca ()

Drop Off : Drop off at Your Marrakesh Hotel

What’s included?

  • A very comfortable and air conditioned 4×4 vehicle (land cruiser)
  • Fuel for entire journey
  • English speaking guide (you can specify other languages)
  • Visit Rabat, Fes, Meknes
  • Inside visit to Ait Benhaddou Kasbah
  • All nights accommodation
  • Camel trekking
  • Berber music and animation
  • Dinners and Breakfasts during the tour
  • Visit to Oasis Museum
  • Real life experiences

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What’s not included?

  • Flights & Travel insurance
  • All Lunches / see itinerary
  • Monument Tickets
  • Tips
  • Extra

The list below is a suggestion of what you might find useful to take on this trip. It is not an exhaustive packing list. If you need further advice, please contact us or consult your nearest outdoor store.

Clothing & Footwear:

  • Comfortable walking clothes that are suitable for layering
  • Fleece jacket/warm jumper
  • Lightweight raincoat/windbreaker
  • Comfortable shoes for walking
  • Sandals/flip-flops
  • Synthetic/woollen socks
  • Hat
  • Swimsuit
  • Sarong/scarf/loose cotton trousers that can easily be pulled on over shorts to cover shoulders/legs when walking through villages

Equipment:

  • 3 season sleeping bag
  • Daypack
  • Beach towel
  • Water bottle/hydration bladder
  • Water purification pen/tablets
  • Sunglasses
  • Head torch
  • Camera, memory card and charger
  • Spare batteries
  • Personal items (including hand sanitiser, lip balm, microfibre towel, sunscreen, toilet paper, toiletries, wet wipes etc)
  • Medicine and copy of doctor’s prescription which states medication and quantity carried
  • Personal first aid kit (including blister tape, insect repellant, oral rehydration salts, plasters, tweezers, diarrhoea tablets etc)
  • Rubbish bag