10-day Imperial Cities and Sahara Desert

Day 1: Casablanca / Rabat / Fes.

Today we start a small tour in Casablanca city and then we depart towards Rabat (the capital of Morocco).  We will visit the Kasbah of the Udayas, Hassan 2 tower ,where 4 facades are decorated different from each other,then Mohamed 5 mausoleum next to the tower. after that we will drive  to Fes . We will stop in Meknes where we will visit Sultan's Stables, Moulay Ismail's mausoleum, the majestic Bab Mansour, and El Hdim Square. Then we visit the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis and then we will continue to Fes where we stay in local hotel.

Day 2: Guided Tour of Fes.

After breakfast your local guide will come to your Hotel / Riad  to start exploring the old imperial city in Morocco ,founded in the 8th century by Moulay Idriss II .You will visit the  important places of this beautiful city like the Medina, Médersas Attarine, Fontaine En Nazarene, Mausoleum of Moulay Idriss , King s palace,  Qarawiyyin Mosque , also Tanneries ,souks …. after lunch back to your Hotel to relax after a long walk in the medina.

Day 3: Fes  / Ifrane / Midelt / Merzouga

Today we pass through Ifrane (winter ski resort built by the French in the 1930's to resemble a Swiss village),then we drive across the Middle Atlas Mountains and most of the morning we will be spent enjoying the beautiful forests, jagged rock faces, and Berber villages we cross  the Atlas Mountains. Then we stop for lunch in the town of Midelt, famous for its fossils and apples then  we continue to Merzouga  via Ziz Valley and Erfoud , the capital of the dates and we will be in Merzouga afternoon where we stay in local hotel near the dunes.

Day 4: Merzouga area  /  Camel trek and overnight in the Camp

After a luxurious breakfast  you’ll start exploring the area. You’ll be visiting the Gnawa people in their village Khamlia, where you will learn about the Gnawa music and their lifestyle. . Afterwards, we’ll drive in Sahara desert area where we can meet nomad families still living under Berber tents which are made from wool of their animals. Today our lunch will be a local meal (Berber pizza) after that we will drive back to our Hotel where your camel will be waiting for you ,Guided by an experienced camel man . the camel ride takes about 1 hour and 30 mn to arrive to the camp-where you will spend the night- in the middle of the highest sand dunes to enjoy the sunset and watch stars . the dinner will be served at the camp

Day 5: Merzouga / Todra Gorges / Dades valley

Your camel man will wake you up early in the morning to watch what well may be the best sunrise in your life, then you’ll peacefully camel-trek back to the village .  En-route you won’t fail to appreciate the unique beauty of the spectacular Erg Chebbi dunes – changing with the light as the day progresses. After breakfast and shower in the Riad, you’ll leave for Rissani, Tinghir and Todra gorges – the highest, narrowest gorges in Morocco. After lunch in the heart of the gorge we’ll drive through the Dades Valley, where you’ll see the majestic sand castles and the amazing rock formations known as “monkey toes”. Overnight in our traditional guest house with dinner and breakfast.

Day 6: Dades Valley / Nomad Caves / Ouarzazate

After breakfast in the hotel, you will travel through the Dades Valley towards Kalaa M’gouna and Ouarzazate. The route through Dades Valley is the way of the thousand Kasbah providing numerous opportunities to take some of your best photographic shots of the trip. Today you will have the opportunity to meet Berber Nomads in their caves and then you will enjoy the fertile Rose valley and the rock formations along the way. We’ll stop at Kalaat M'gouna, “the rose city”, to purchase the rosewater, which will make your linen smell good a long time after your trip is over. Continuing on to Skoura and the birds valley, you’ll visit the Kasbah Amridil, a well-preserved kasbah in this area after , we will be  Afternoon  in  to Ouarzazate, “the Hollywood of Africa".over night will be in a Local Hotel or Riad.

Day 7: Marrakech / Ait Benhaddou Kasbah  / Marrakech

Today we'll continue our journey to Marrakech, one of the four imperial cities in Morocco.We will have a small stop to visit or to make a pictures of the movie studios of Ouarzazate .On our  way to Marrakech we will visit  Aït Ben Haddou old Kasbah (UNESCO as world heritage). Then we'll continue towards Marrakech. On our way we will pass the highest road pass in North Africa. We will be in Marrakech afternoon.

Day 8: Guided Tour of Marrakech

Today  your Local guide will come to your Hotel or Riad around  09am to start exploring  the highlights of Marrakech - Koutoubia mosque , Saadian tombs , El Bahia Palace ,Djemaa el Fna square and its souk … after lunch we will take you by car to visit Majorelle Garden after that we take you back to your Hotel .

Day 9: Marrakech

Free day in Marrakech for relaxing /shopping / Massage…

Day 10 : Transfer to the airport.

Transfer from your accommodation to Marrakech airport or Casablanca airport and end of our services.

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Testimonials

Desert Trips Morocco

On our recent honeymoon, my wife and I had the good fortune to tour Morocco with Mbarek as our guide. His excellent sense of humor and willingness to answer all our questions made the trip an absolute blast! Whether winding through the hairpin turns of the Atlas or rolling along the dunes, his kindness made the trip one we'll never forget!

John, Washington DC, USA.
Desert Trips Morocco

We went to morocco to visit and this trip was wonderful because Mbarak took care of us along the trip . He showed us a beautiful places that we weren't aware off. He was patient with us and he is a good driver too and he is always smiling and happy that made us felt like we are in our home . We appreciate what he did for us and we recommend him to anyone whom is going to visit morocco to contact this gentleman and ask him to be your driver and guider because he knows how to take care of his customers and you won't be disappointed. He uses his knowledge to navigate the mountains to desert he knows what he is doing and where he goes . we just want to say one more think thank you for your hospitality and your friendship you have been a good help and we will see you again next year thanks again.

Joseph, SanFrancesco, USA.
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Overall an excellent experience, lovely friendly guides that take the time to give you the best of what they have from hospitality to live Berber music for your entertainment. After having an exquisite meal an drinking hot mint tea while watching the sun go down, you couldn’t ask for a better way to end the day of exploring the wonders of morocco. For an adventurous and relaxing vacation you cant go wrong with Marrakesh safari, to make your trip to Morocco that little bit more 

Dominique, London, United Kingdom
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Our guide showed me and the group the most amazing sites in Morocco! The amazing desert, a beautiful gorge, old cities and so much more!! I had the most remarkable time and the guide was so good to and with us. I don't think I would have seen the sites I did and went on a caravan if I hadn't called for a tour guide. I definately chose the right one and when I'm back, I will definately use them again. This time with a bunch of friends! This company is a must call if you want to see Morocco like only they can show you. Happy Trails!!

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