8 Days Imperial cities and desert tour from Tangier
Day 1: Casablanca – Rabat
The “8 Days Morocco Imperial cities desert tour” starts today from Casablanca. We’ll pick you up and take you to discover the city. The local guide takes you to visit the most important places such as the Hassan 2 mosque (the 3rd largest in the world), and The Church of the Sacred Heart built-in 1930. It looks like a Gothic cathedral and it has been used as a conference and exhibition center, the Mahkama Pasha building in the Habous district, and Ain Diab beach. After we head to Rabat, the administered capital city of Morocco.
It’s a town more tranquil than the hectic metropolis of Casablanca. Rabat has also a much richer history. It had been an important city during the various dynasties that succeeded on the throne. An English-speaking guide takes you to visit it. We will visit the Hassan Tower, Mohammed V Mausoleum, the archeological and historical ensemble Shella door in the majestic medina, and the 12th-century Oudayas Kasbah the Kasbah Oudayas with its Andalusian. It also has beautiful views of the Bouregreg river. In addition, in the afternoon will be some free time to discover its new city. Dinner and overnight will be in Riad.
Day 2: Rabat – Meknes – Volubilis – Fes
First of all today, we drive towards Meknes, the city of one hundred minarets. It’s the imperial city that had great importance during the rule of Sultan Moulay Ismail (1672-1727). He put the capital of Morocco in Meknes and gave it its golden age by building his imperial palace, ramparts, and kasbahs. The guided visit with a local guide includes the most interesting such as the gate Bab Mansour, la médersa Bou Inania, Dar Jamaï museum, the Imperial Palace, and the royal granaries and stables and Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail. After we drive towards Volubilis, the Roman ruins, and one of the essential archaeological sites in Morocco with its Galem’s baths. We will visit also the sacred village of Moulay Idriss the first man who make Islam in Morocco. Then, we continue to Fes. The overnight will be in a riad.
Day 3: Fes (Guided visit with a local guide)
Today is dedicated to discovering Fes. We explore all the charms of the most cultural imperial city of Morocco. We will arrange the visit with a professional local guide. He takes you to visit all the wonders of the most ancient of the imperial cities and is world-famous for their leather and metalwork. The koranic school (Medersa Bouinania), the leather tanneries, Bab Boujloud, Leather tanners, Najjarine Museum of Wooden Arts and Crafts, “ElQarouine” the oldest university in the Arab world it was founded in 859. In addition, you can also browse some of its 9500 narrow streets. The walls of its medina are the largest intact medieval town in the world. Fes has become the first heritage site designated by UNESCO. The night will be in a Riad or hotel.
Day 4: Fes – Ifrane – Azrou – Midelt – Merzouga
The private tour in Morocco continues to Ifrane. It’s a colonial alpine resort built by the French in 1929. Also, it is characterized by its alpine chalets, and its gardens adorned. The green park surrounding a lake is fed by the mountain. As if you are almost in Switzerland. After a visit to the city, we continue to Midelt where we will have lunch. 3 hours later we arrive in Erfoud. the capital of dates producing area in Morocco. Erfoud is also famous for its fossils products. Finally, we head towards the desert of Merzouga, the last village before the dunes. We stay overnight in a desert hotel in front of the sand dunes.
Day 5: Merzouga (desert 4×4 tour & camel trekking)
Your Sahara Morocco tour continues to explore the Merzouga desert. A camel trip waits for you to reach the dunes of Erg Chebbi, the highest one in Morocco. It’s an opportunity to visit a Berber family to have an idea about its lifestyle. We will also get to Khamlia village, where we listen to Gnawa music. A small stop may be an oasis of palm trees in the nearby area to have ideas about the Romain irrigation system” Khattarat”. The lunch will be at a local restaurant. Late afternoon, we will ride camels to reach the desert camp. You will spend this night in a luxury desert Sahara. An opportunity to enjoy Berber drum music. The fantastic sunset and sunrise on the dunes are most important in this journey. After traditional Moroccan dinner, we stay overnight in desert tents.
After breakfast, we ride camels back to the hotel. You will have to depart by 4×4 towards Rissani. The oldest imperial city in Morocco and used in the past to serve as the last stop on the great caravan routes south. The visit of its historical monuments and markets is very important because it’s the economic center of the area. After, we drive to Todra Gorges, which is the most spectacular gorges in Morocco. You will have a walk under the high cliff and along the river. Then, we will head to Dades Gorges where we will enjoy the unique scenery. Our next stop will be Kelaat Mgouna, famous for its rose-derived products industry. Finally, we reach the palm grove of Sekoura. The dinner and overnight stay will be in a traditional hotel.
Day 7: Sekoura– Ouarzazate – Ait Benhaddou– Telouet kasbah– Marrakech
Our private Morocco tour continues to Ouarzazate. We will have a visit to the film studios where many famous movies were shot such as Gladiator, Lawrence of Arabia, and the mommy… Then, we get to the site of the most well preserved and famous Kasbah in Morocco – Ait Benhaddou – Another world heritage UNESCO site since 1987. Then we head to Telouet kasbah. This town was once the main residence of the “Atlas Lord” Pacha El Glaoui. After the visit to the Kasbah, we descend the Atlas Mountains to reach Marrakech. Dinner and overnight will be at a local riad in Marrakech.
Day 8: Marrakech– Casablanca
After exploring the red city of Marrakech, we leave for Casablanca to the airport
– Free Airport pick up to your hotel – Luxury 4×4 with luxury interior – Several Languages speaking drive/guide – 1 night in Luxury Desert Camp – 6 nights in Hotels – Ait Benhaddou Guided visit – Free Airport transfer “Only if your departure is the next day after the trip”
Not Includes: – Midday food – Tickets fees for paid places – Drinks
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