8-day Desert Trip from Casablanca to Marrakech via Merzouga
Day 1: CASABLANCA / RABAT
Arrive at the Mohamed V International Airport. Your Morocco Private Driver/Guide will meet and greet you at the airport and then drive to Casablanca to visit the majestic Hassan II Mosque then we depart towards Rabat (the capital of Morocco). We will visit the Kasbah of the Udayas, Hassan II tower ,where 4 facades are decorated different from each other,then Mohamed V mausoleum next to the tower and over night in riad kella or similar. Bed & Breakfast (BB)
Day 2: Rabat / Chefchaoen.
After breakfast in your riad, we will start our trip to Chefchaouen via Assilah city where you will have the opportunity to explore the city. Asilah is known for it annual festival for the art most of the walls of the Medina are painted by various famous artists from all over the world. Your visit includes the Skalla fortress, where you will experience a wonderful view of the Medina and the ocean after lunch we will continue over the foothills of the Rif Mountains to Chefchaouen. Overnight at Casa Perleta or Riad Assilah. Bed and Breakfast. (BB).
Day3: Explore Chefchaoen.
Today you will explore the beautiful city of Chefchaouen by your self
which is a Morocco popular tourist attraction and welcoming town nestled in the Rif Mountains just south of the Mediterranean coastline in northwest Morocco. Chefchaouen is a beautiful unique city, with its white washed walls and blue doors and windows. Unlike many parts of Morocco, Chefchaouen was occupied by Spain; therefore there is much influence from the Spanish civilisation and Moorish architecture.
Day4: Chefchauen / Volobilis / Meknes / Fez
After breakfast we will start our trip travelling to Fes via Ouazzan and the Roman site of Volubilis.the well preserved Roman empire dating to 225 BC, where you will see the most beautiful Mosaics in Morocco dating back to 3rd century BC.After that we drive to Meknes, the Ismaili capital of Morocco where we will have lunch, after that we will visit the gate of Bab Mansour built by the sultan My Ismail ,the granary and the Sahrij Souani that was used for irrigation and plantation. Also we will visit Moulay Ismail Mausoleum then we will be in Fes afternoon . Overnight at riad Kortoba or Riad Lmakan or similar. (BB).
Day5: Fez / Ifrane / Midelt / Merzouga Desert.
After breakfast in your Riad we will start our private morocco tours to Sahara Desert trough 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 where we will stop at the famous cedar forest the largest in Morocco where you may well sight Barbarian apes. You’ll notice how the scenery change our way to Midelt where we will have lunch, after that we will continue our trip to Sahara Desert crossing the high atlas mountains and Ziz Valley ,we will be in Erfoud this city its known for Fossils and minerals and we will be in Merzouga afternoon Over night at Riad Nezha or similar (HB).
Day6: Explore Merzouga area and Camel ride.
After breakfast in the riad we will start our private journey of the area. We will make the tour of the Dunes where the Rally Paris Dakar pass before , then we visit the Berber nomads that live in their tent we will have tea with them to see how they live , after that we will drive to Khamliya village "the Gnawa people" originally slaves brought from Sudan to see & to experience their music and lifestyle , Lunch will be in this village if you want to eat Pizza, after that we will drive back to our Hotel to prepare our self and to be ready to take our Camels to spend the night in the Camp.
Day7: Merzouga / Todgha Gorges / Dades Valley.
Early in the morning your camel man will wake you up to watch Surise in the Dunes. Afterwards you will go back by Camels to the Hotel where you will shower and eat breakfast and start our trip towards Dades Valley via small berber village, Lunch will be in Touroug then we will drive to
Todra Gorges the highest, narrowest gorges in Morocco which is famous for trekking and Climming, after that we will continue to Dades Valley
where you will have the opportunity to see majestic sand castles and the amazing rock formations known as "monkey toes". Overnight at Babylon or similar (HB).
Day8: Dades Valley / Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou / Marrakech.
After breakfast in your Hotel, we will start our private morocco tours by travelling through the Dades Valley towards Ouarzazate and the way of the thousand Kasbahs and Skoura then we will reach Ouarzazate "Hollywood of Africa " where they shoot many big movies like Hidalgo , Sahara etc... after that we will drive to visit Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah The world heritage site , after lunch we will drive to Marrakech through the high atlas Mountains and we will drop you off at your Riad in Marrakech.