Morocco imperial cities and desert tour 8 days

Morocco imperial cities and desert tour 8 days

Experience Morocco’s Imperial Cities and Desert Tour in 8 days! Start your journey in Casablanca, the beautiful city by the Atlantic Ocean. Next, travel to the Capital city Rabat, and Chefchaouen, the fascinating blue city. Explore the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis. Fes is the cultural hub of Morocco and Ifrane, the country’s ‘Switzerland’. Head south to the cedar forest and Midelt, before witnessing the stunning Ziz Valley. Then, Camel trekking in the Sahara Desert of Merzouga to spend the night in a luxury desert camp. Not missing the incredible sunsets and sunrises of the Sahara. Enjoy a walk through the stunning Todra and Dades Gorges. Afterward, explore the famous Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou. Finally, drive through the High Atlas Mountains and the Tizi-n-Tichka pass to reach Marrakech.

Morocco Imperial Cities & Desert Tour - Highlights:

• Visit Fes and explore its old medina with a local guide
• Visit the Roman ruins of Volubilis
• Visit the Imperial City of Marrakesh
• Explore the Bahia Palace and the Saadian tombs
• Experience the Sahara Desert and spend a night in the desert camp
• Explore the UNESCO sites of Ait Benhaddou and Ouarzazate
• Visit the stunning Dades and Todra Gorges
• Visit the Valley of roses and the Berber villages of the region
• Enjoy a camel ride in the Erg Chebbi sand dunes

8 days trip Casablanca to Marrakech - Itinerary

Day 1: Airport transfer - Casablanca city - Hassan II Mosque

Welcome to Morocco! We start our 8-day imperial cities and desert tour by picking you up from the airport, port, or even your Casablanca hotel. This city is the country’s economic hub and biggest city. Our first stop is Hassan II Mosque, the largest mosque in Morocco. It’s on a headland by the Atlantic Ocean on the western side of the city. Let’s take a lunch break and then explore Casablanca’s Cornish. Have a good night’s rest in a hotel.

Day 2: Rabat sightseeing - Blue City

Following breakfast, our journey takes us along the coast to Rabat; the royal town and current capital of Morocco. Here, you will have the chance to view sites such as the Hassan Tower, the Chellah a medieval fortified Muslim necropolis, and the Kasbah of Oudaya. After lunch, we venture north through Ouazzane to the ‘Blue City’ of Chefchaouen, nestled in the Rif Mountains. Here, you will be captivated by the white-blue houses and lanes, so be sure to take some photographs. To end the day, we will be staying at a hotel in the area.

Day 3: Chefchaouen – Volubilis Roman Ruins – Fes Medina

After fueling up with breakfast, you’re invited to wander through the alluring alleys of Chefchaouen’s blue city. Later, we’ll drive to Volubilis, a historic Roman site that is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, you’ll be able to admire the grandeur of the ruins and their magnificent mosaics, pillars, and archways. As the afternoon approaches, we’ll move on to Fes – a city renowned for its culture. It was the capital of Morocco during Moulay Ismail’s rule and we’ll get there just in time to take you to your cozy riad or hotel.

Day 4: Fes sightseeing with guides

After breakfast, feel free to explore the picturesque lanes of Chefchaouen’s blue city. Then we drive to Volubilis, – a prominent Roman site with the title of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It features several exquisite mosaics spread everywhere, as well as old pillars and archways. After meandering among the ruins, we then travel on to Fes, a city known for its culture. Under Moulay Ismail’s rule, Fes served as the capital of Morocco. We’ll get there in the late afternoon and transport you to your riad or hotel.

Day 5: Fes - Atlas mountains - Cedar forest - Ziz valley - Merzouga desert

We kick off our 8-day Imperial Cities and Desert Tour in Morocco with a hearty breakfast, and hit the road south to Imouzzer, and then on to Ifrane; it’s known as Morocco’s Switzerland due to its low temperatures, snow, and alpine-style architecture. Next, we pay a visit to the cedar forest, home to the Barbary Macaques, and be sure to bring some food to feed them! Midelt is our lunch spot, with some free time to enjoy the local cuisine. Then, we take on the Tizi-n-Tilghmt Pass and Ziz Valley on the way to Merzouga. There will be plenty of stops along the way to take in the panoramic vistas.

When we arrive in Merzouga, we’ll start our Camel trekking trip and head out into the dunes of the Sahara Desert. Before nightfall, we’ll have a chance to watch the beautiful sunset from atop sand dunes. Afterward, we’ll settle into an equipped desert camp with a touch of hotel elegance. Enjoy the night with a campfire and Berber drums music, and a sky full of stars. Dinner and overnight in our Luxury desert camp.

Day 6: Sahara desert – Rissani – Erfoud – Todra Gorges – Dades Valley

We start off early in the morning, braving the desert to witness the sunrise in all its glory. After breakfast, our driver is ready to take us to Rissani, the former capital of Tafilalet. Here, the bustling souk teems with activity on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays. It’s the perfect opportunity to explore the ancient city and marvel at the unique sights and sounds.

Our next stop is Erfoud, where we visit a workshop that specializes in fossilized marble. It won’t be long before we reach the Touroug and Tinjdad palm groves, leading us to the dramatic Todra Gorges. This river has carved a deep canyon through the mountains, forming a steep red cliff-sided gorge. We can appreciate the stunning scenery while rock climbers take on the challenge of the gorges.

After the lunch break, we’ll be continuing on to the Dades valley, with a brief stop at the “monkey fingers” rock formation. We’ll then take a detour to admire the valley from a mountain vantage point. Finally, dinner and an overnight stay at a hotel will complete our day.

Day 7: Dades Valley – Roses Valley – Ouarzazate - Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah – High Atlas Mountains – Marrakech

After our morning meal, we take off for Kalaa Magouna to take in the Rose Valley. Every May, the locals host a Rose Festival that celebrates their bountiful roses. You can buy rose perfumes, rose water, oil, and cosmetics. Our next destination is Skoura oasis, filled with lush palm groves. We land in Ouarzazate, known as the desert gate. Here we pay a visit to the studios where famous movies were filmed. Then we proceed to the ancient Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a popular location for movies like Gladiator, Alexander, The Mummy, and even TV shows like Game of Thrones. We cross over the Tizi-N-Tichka pass and the High Atlas Mountains on our way to Marrakech. We make stops for lunch and pictures break in the panoramic views. Finally, we reach our destination.

Day 8: Marrakech Sightseeing or Transfer to Casablanca

On the last day, we will drive north to Casablanca airport, stopping for breathtaking views along the way. Then you will be transferred to the airport. The end of the Morocco imperial cities and desert tour 8 days journey.

Note: If the tour ends in Marrakech city, we will be taking a guided tour of the old Medina, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will be visiting the renowned Jemaa El Fna Square, the Koutoubia Mosque, and the exquisite Bahia Palace. After the tour, the rest of the day is yours to do as you wish. Spend the night in Marrakech and enjoy the city’s unique culture

What's in the 8 days trip

Price include:

  • Private Air-conditioned vehicle 4WD or minivan
  • Guided visit in Marrakech 
  • Guides visit in Fes
  • Accommodation for 7 nights
  • Camel trekking experience
  • Luxury desert camp with a private bathroom
  • Dinners and breakfasts

Price doesn't include:

  • Lunches
  • Drinks
  • Entrances
  • Tips

Pick up details:

When planning the Morocco imperial cities and desert tour, it is important to consider the pickup details. Your pickup will be from the airport or your hotel in Casablanca. If you are staying inside the Medina, your pickup will be at the closest point accessible to vehicles. 

Imperial cities nd desert tour: Reviews

Wonderful 8 days tour

Our trip to Morocco was nothing short of amazing! We were welcomed with open arms and were met with spectacular views. We'd highly recommend this journey to anyone who's looking to explore the imperial cities and Sahara with its surrounding areas plus a knowledgeable guide. We can only wish that we could go back!

Amazing experience in Morocco

We had an amazing experience on this tour! I would definitely recommend it to everyone. Morocco is a gorgeous country with friendly people. We were so lucky to have Aziz as our driver. He made sure we were safe and comfortable throughout the whole journey. My friend and I both agreed that this was the best part of our trip.

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What is a Morocco Imperial Cities and Desert Tour?

A Morocco Imperial Cities and Desert Tour is a unique experience that allows visitors to explore the beautiful cities and majestic deserts of this North African country. 

What is included in the tour?

The Imperial Cities and Desert Tour include visits to Morocco’s imperial cities, including Rabat, Fes, and Marrakech, as well as a desert safari and a camel ride in the Sahara desert.

What is the cost of the tour?

The cost of the Imperial Cities and Desert Tour varies depending on the number of people and the services included, but typically ranges between $800 and $1450 per person.
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