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Sahara Desert Tour - What to See and Do in Meknes, one of Morocco’s Grandest Ancient Cities - Moulay Idriss
TOUR 11
From Casablanca to Sahara Desert and Imperial Cities
11 days & 10 nights
Sahara Desert Tour - What to See and Do in Meknes, one of Morocco’s Grandest Ancient Cities - Moulay Idriss

Day 1: Casablanca airport – Rabat

Upon your arrival, we will pick you up from the airport and explore the main attractions in Casablanca including the famous Hassan II Mosque. Then, we drive to Rabat, Morocco’s capital city. In Rabat, we will visit the Hassan Tower and the Oudaya Kasbah. We will have dinner in Rabat and stay overnight in a local hotel.

 

 

Day 2: Rabat – Rif mountains – Chefchaouen

After breakfast, we head towards Chefchaouen via the city of Kenitra. We drive through the scenic Rif mountains, passing through the city of Ouazzane. Once we reach Chefchaouen, we will explore the medina together, and then you will have free time to explore the city on your own. We will have dinner in Chefchaouen and stay overnight in a local hotel.

 

Day 3: Chefchaouen – Volubilis – Meknes – Fez

After breakfast in our hotel, we will visit the ancient Roman city of Volubilis, a famous archaeological site in Morocco’s history. On our way there, we will pass through a few villages in the Rif Mountains. In Volubilis, we will have a guided tour of the historic site and explore the ruins. From Volubilis, we head to Meknes, one of Morocco’s former Imperial Cities. We will explore the medina with its massive, stone walls and pass through the majestic city gate, Bab El Mansour. We will also visit the mausoleum of Moulay Ismail, sultan of 17th century Meknes. From Meknes, we head to Fez where we spend the night in a local riad.

 

Day 4: Fez guided tour

After breakfast, we will explore Fez, the oldest city in Morocco. We will visit the most important historical and cultural sites including the Royal Palace gate, the Mellah (16th century Jewish Quarter), and the famous Al Quaraouiyine University. We will also visit the legendary Chouara Tannery and the Moulay Idriss mausoleum. We will have dinner in Fez and stay overnight in a local riad.

 

Day 5: Fez – Ifrane – Midelt – Ziz valley – Merzouga Desert camel trek

From Fez, we drive to Ifrane and Azrou passing through the Middle Atlas Mountains. We will stop at a cedar forest to watch local Barbarian Apes. We will visit the town of Midelt, famous for its mineral products, then we continue on through the Ziz Valley to Erfoud, the famous fossil city. From Erfoud, we travel to Rissani and the Merzouga Desert. We will prepare for a camel ride into the desert. The camel trek takes about 90 minutes from the hotel to the desert camp. We will spend the night in a Merzouga Berber camp in the middle of the desert. You will enjoy a traditional Berber meal and listen to a live concert of Berber drum music.

 

Day 6: Merzouga Desert – Todra Gorge – Dades Valley

In the early morning, we will ride the camels from the desert camp back to Merzouga village. You can experience the incredible, desert sunrise. After breakfast at the hotel in Merzouga, we drive towards Rissani and Erfoud to reach the Todra Gorge. We arrive at the gorge around lunchtime. We will explore the famous rock canyon, then drive to the Dades Valley where we will have dinner and stay overnight in a local riad.

 

Day 7: Dades Valley – Skoura – Ouarzazate

From Dades Valley, we continue our journey towards Marrakech passing through the Valley of the Roses and the town of Skoura. Once we reach Ouarzazate, we will visit the famous Atlas Film Studio, the world’s largest film studio. Many famous Hollywood movies were filmed here including the Mummy and the Gladiator. We will have dinner in Ouarzazate and stay in a local hotel.

 

Day 8: Ouarzazate – Ait Ben Haddou – Marrakech

After breakfast in the hotel, we will visit Ait Ben Haddou, the most impressive kasbah in Morocco that is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From here, we travel to Asni and Imlil via the dramatic Tizi N’tichka Pass. We will visit the Glaoui Kasbah built by one of the last Berber chieftains and the largest kasbah in Morocco. After a short visit to the kasbah, your journey will continue through the High Atlas Mountains until we reach Marrakech. In Marrakech, we stay overnight in a riad.

 

Day 9: Marrakech guided tour

We will enjoy a guided tour of Marrakech, one of Morocco’s most popular destinations. Marrakech is a major economic and cultural center that is home to many mosques, monuments, palaces, and gardens. The medina in Marrakech is a densely packed, walled medieval city dating back to the Berber Empire with maze-like alleys where thriving souks sell traditional pottery, jewelry, and other authentic goods. We will also visit the atmospheric main square known as Djemaa el-Fna, where street performers, snake charmers and local musicians perform.

 

Day 10: Free day in Marrakech

You are free to enjoy the day on your own exploring Marrakech.

 

Day 11: Transfer to the airport

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