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8-DAY DESERT TOUR FROM MARRAKECH TO CASABLANCA

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Discover the wonders of Morocco on this fast-paced 7-day desert tour from Marrakech to Casablanca journey that begins in Marrakech and ends in Casablanca  Visit Rabat, Fes, and Marrakech, four royal cities. Travel through historic caravan routes in the desert, sleeping among Saharan dunes and listening to traditional Berber music at night. Before hiking over the High Atlas highlands into crowded Marrakech, see antique walled kasbahs and secret oasis.

The highlight of: 8 days tour from Marrakech to Casablanca

  • Ait Benhaddou Kasbah and Tizi n’Tichka Pass through High Atlas
  •  Desert communities, gorgeous oasis,  dades valley  and Todra gorge valley
  • Erfoud, Merzouga, and the Sahara: the Middle Atlas
  • Exploring the Imperial City and Medina of Fes, 
  •  Roman Ruins of Volubilis and Fes 
  • Chefchaouen, and an afternoon in Casablanca

Itinerary: 8 days journey from Marrakech to Casablanca

  • DAY 1 : EXPLORING MARRAKECH

    Marrakech, known as the “Red City” because of its red sandstone walls and buildings, was once an important commercial capital for Atlas mountain tribes and is now an intriguing old imperial metropolis. Begin your exploration of Marrakech’s old medina by visiting the Koutoubia Mosque and Gardens. Though non-Muslims are not permitted to enter the mosque, it is worth seeing its 12th-century foundations and 253-foot (77-meter) tower. Visit the adjacent garden’s fountains and ponds. Explore the intricate maze of souks hidden behind regular eateries and stores using your senses. For spices, woodwork, and babouche (traditional Moroccan slippers), visit Souk el Attarin, Souk Chouari, and Souk Visit the Souk des Teinturiers, often known as the dyers’ souk, to observe how cloth and yarn are coloured using traditional processes. The Ben Youssef Madrasa, a 16th-century Koranic school, is also a superb example of Moroccan Islamic architecture, with carved cedar ceilings, sculpted plaster, and zellij tiles.

  • DAY 2 : MARRAKECH -AIT BENHADDOU – DADES VALLEY

    This morning, meet your driver riding to east into the desert, reaching the High Atlas mountains. Try to identify Mount Toubkal, the tallest peak at 4,167 meters. You’ll travel through numerous Berber settlements with characteristic mud-brick structures along the route. then visit the local Argan Oil Cooperative to learn how the local women collect this valuable oil, before continuing on the twisting route to the Tizi n’Tichka pass and stopping to take in the panoramic panorama. Stop for lunch in Kasbah ait ben haddou is one UNESCO heritage after lunchtime you have time to visit the kasbah ait ben haddou. Continue east to Ouarzazate, a desert center and movie destination. Join a movie studio tour to learn which of your favorite films were shot in the adjacent desert regions. Travel in the Valley of a Thousand Kasbahs towards Boumalne Dades, passing through several small communities where traditional farming practices are still practiced. Keep an eye out for nomads caring for their livestock as you go through the fragrant Kelâat M’Gouna, or “Valley of the Roses.” You’ll finally arrive in Boumalne Dades, a significant town on the Dades River’s southern bank.

  • DAY 3 : DADES VALLEY – TODRA EGORGE – SAHARA DESERT

    Sahara Today, you’ll travel further east to your final destination: the Erg Chebbi Sand Sea outside of Merzouga. Stop in Tinghir along the way to view the river oasis that spreads on both sides of the town. The surrounding desert scenery has spectacular buttes, mesas, and plateaus. Nearby, you may visit the Todra Gorge, a 300-meter-deep valley created by the Todra River. Continue to Erfoud, a desert village. you’ll notice the beginnings of the huge dunes of Erg Chebbi towering on the horizon. When you arrive at Merzouga, change gears and transfer to your personal camel to begin your journey across the sand dunes to your Bedouin-style tent. Hike to the top of a local dune to watch the beautiful sun set, then relax by the fire with a warm supper and traditional music.

  • DAY 4 : SAHARA DESERT -MEDILT -FES

    Begin your day early and go south towards Fez. Continue to Erfoud, which is famous for its date festival and fossil mining. Along the way, you’ll witness several fortified mansions known as ksars, which were designed to safeguard valuable products such as gold, salt, and spices. Continue across the Tizi n’Talremt pass and into the Ziz Valley, which is famous for its hidden oases and palm tree clusters, stopping for lunch in Midelt (the ‘apple city’), where you can take in the surrounding Moulouya River, You will ascend 2,178 meters over the Col du Zad pass and through the cedar trees of the Middle Atlas mountains along the route. Enjoy views of the native Barbary macaque monkey before reaching to fez you have breathtaking in The modern town of Ifrane was constructed by the French authorities in 1928 during the protectorate era for their administration owing to its Alpine climate.

  • DAY 5 : EXPLORE FES

    Fes is Morocco’s oldest Imperial City and one of the most intriguing and thrilling to visit. It boasts the most complete medina in the Arab world and has remained remarkably unaltered since its establishment over 1000 years ago. It is frequently regarded as the country’s cultural centre and is divided into three sections: two medina areas, Fes el Bali and Fes el Jdid, and the more contemporary, French colonial-influenced Ville Nouvelle. Meet your guide and spend a half-day learning about the history and culture, as you navigate the narrow streets of the medinas. Begin at Fes el Bali at the Bab Boujeloud gate and go to Talâa Kebira’s major road. As you go through stores and souks, take note of the architecture with Spanish and Tunisian influences. The tanneries are one of the most unusual sites in the ancient Medina, and Chouara Tannery is no exception. Climb to the roof of an adjacent leather store to get a closer glimpse of the 11th-century dye pots and workers working using centuries-old techniques. Proceed to the 14th-century Al Attarine Madrasa, a stunning example of Moroccan architecture and artisanship featuring delicate zellij tilework. From there, make your way to Al-Qarawiyyin University, which is located near to the Al-Qarawiyyin Mosque (859 CE) and is one of the world’s oldest still-operational universities. Though the mosque is solely available to Muslims, there are a few spots where visitors may get a look of its beautifully adorned interior.

  • DAY 6 : FES ,ROMAN RUINS AT VOLUBILIS , CHAFCHAOUEN

    Meet your driver and depart towards Fes. Stop along the road to stretch your legs and see the Roman remains of Volubilis. It was founded in the third century BCE and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then, take a break and explore Meknes. Meknes, a smaller version of Fes, has a quieter medina with salespeople who are not as aggressive to make a deal. While Meknes is relatively big, the Ville Impériale (Imperial City) and the manageable medina are the two primary points of attraction. Check out the huge Bab al-Mansour gate and the Moulay Ismail Mausoleum.Continue on to Chefchaouen, which is located in the Rif Mountains near Tangier. When you arrive, take in the amazing blue walls that have made this town renowned. Enjoy visiting the Medina’s charming tiny city streets.

  • DAY 7 : CHEFCHAOUEN , RABAT, CASABLANCA

    Exploring Chefchaouen in the morning. Named after the two peaks rising above the hillside town, Chefchaouen translates to “two horns”. Wander the steep, cobbled streets and enjoy the picturesque blue-hued buildings. Relax in Place Outa el Hammam with a mint tea, before browsing colorful wares in the many shops. Visit the nearby kasbah (fort or fortification) and explore the 15th-century fortress and dungeon. As the day draws to a close, make your way uphill to the abandoned white Spanish Mosque to enjoy one last view of Chefchaouen as the sun sets behind the mountains. After lunch continue the trip to Casablanca .stopping in Rabat to Visit the Bab Oudaia gate and the Kasbah des Oudaias, a stronghold erected during the Almohad era in the 12th century. The Hassan Tower, a tower of the completed mosque and the Mausoleum of Mohamed V, in the evening arrive to Casablanca .

  • DAY 8 :CASABLANCA , TRANSER

    In the morning visit the Hassan II Mosque a sophisticated seaside city. The Hassan II Mosque, a relatively recent and gigantic structure, is the primary attraction of Casablanca. It was dedicated in 1993 and lies on an outcrop projecting into the Atlantic, offering stunning views. It features a 690-foot (210-meter) tower, making it Morocco’s highest building and the world’s tallest minaret. This mosque is also notable since it is one of the few mosques in the country where non-Muslims are permitted to enter. Take a guided tour to see exquisite examples of Moroccan and Islamic artisanship. After you finish your visit, we will drop you off at airport .

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