Day 1: Arrival in Casablanca
We begin our Morocco imperial cities and desert tour 8 daysby picking you up at the airport, port, or your Casablanca hotel. The city is Morocco’s economic center and largest metropolis. First, we’ll go to the Hassan II Mosque, Morocco’s largest mosque. It is placed on a promontory overlooking the Atlantic Ocean on the city’s west shore. Lunch break. Then we explore the city and make a visit to the amazing Cornish of Casablanca. Spend the night in a hotel.
Day 2: Casablanca – Rabat (capital) – Chefchaouen
After breakfast, we drive along the coast to Rabat, one of Morocco’s royal towns and the country’s current capital. Then you will see the city’s features, such as the Hassan Tower, the Mausoleum of Mohammed V, and the Kasbah of Oudaya. Lunch break. In the afternoon, we go north through Ouazzane to the Blue City of Chefchaouen in the Rif Mountains. The city is known for its white blue houses and lanes. Spend the night in a hotel.
Day 3: Chefchaouen – Volubilis Roman Ruins – Meknes – Fes
After breakfast, feel free to explore the picturesque lanes of Chefchaouen’s blue city. Then we drive to Volubilis, the old Roman ruins. It is highly kept because it is 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 drive 30 kilometers to Meknes. The city is regarded as the Ismaili capital as well as one of Morocco’s imperial cities. We will see Bab Al-Mansour, the Sahrij Souani basin, the Royal stable, the granary, and the Moulay Ismail Mausoleum. Then we’ll go to Fes. Stay the night in a Riad.
Day 4: Fes sightseeing tour
Following breakfast, we will see the city’s highlights with a local guide. Fes is an imperial city as well as Morocco’s cultural and religious hub. To begin the day, we go to the Royal Palace Gate. Then there’s the well-preserved medieval Medina, which UNESCO has designated as a World Heritage Site. The Blue Gate, also known as Bab Boujloud, is the entrance to the old Medina. You will enter the Medina to see the Medrasa Bouanania, the Najjarine fountain, and the Tanneries. Finally, there is the Quaraouin mosque and university, the world’s oldest university. After that, we leave the Medina to explore the Jewish district, commonly known as “the Mellah.” In the afternoon, we drive to a historic citadel for a panoramic view of the Medina and the city of Fes. Finally, return to your Riad.
Day 5: Fes – Ifrane – Cedars Forest – Midelt – Ziz Valley – Merzouga Sahara
We start our Morocco imperial cities and desert tour 8 days after a hearty breakfast, we drive south through Imouzzer to Ifrane. The city is known for its low temperatures, snow, and alpine-style architecture houses; no wonder it is known as Morocco’s Switzerland. Then we go to the cedar forest, where the Barbary macaques live. Feel free to feed them while exploring the forest. Later, we will travel to Midelt, where we will have some free time for lunch. Then we travel to Merzouga over the Tizi-n-Tilghmt pass and the Ziz valley. Stops will be made along the trip for panoramic vistas.
We arrive in the afternoon in the Sahara desert of Merzouga. Then you swap to camels and travel the sandy desert. You will halt on top of a high dune to watch the sunset. Finally, you proceed to the desert camp. The camp is a combination of traditional nomad tents and the elegance of a hotel. Where you may listen to Berber drum music while dancing around a campfire under a big open sky of stars. Dinner and stay in the camp.
Day 6: Merzouga Sahara – Rissani – Erfoud – Todra Gorges – Dades Valley
Get up early in the morning to watch the gorgeous sunrise. In the middle of the desert. After breakfast, you will return on camels to Merzouga, where your driver will be waiting. We leave the desert to visit Rissani, the ancient capital of Tafilalet. Rissani is still a key trading center in the region, with a bustling souk on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays.
Following a stroll around Rissani Souk, we travel to Erfoud, where we visit one of the fossilized marble workshops. Then we travel through the Touroug and Tinjdad palm groves to reach the Todra Gorges. The Todra River has formed a huge canyon through the mountains, creating a steep red cliff-sided gorge. These gorges are suitable for rock climbers. Feel free to explore the gorges and take in the scenery. Lunch break in a restaurant. Then we continue to the Dades valley, passing through Boumalne Dades. The inevitable halt at the “monkey fingers” rock formation. And on a vantage point atop a mountain overlooking the Dades valley. Finally, dinner and an overnight stay in a hotel.
Day 7: Dades Valley – Rose Valley – Ouarzazate - Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah – High Atlas Mountains – Marrakech
After breakfast, we drive on to Kalaa Magouna to see the Rose Valley. Every year in May, there is a Rose Festival. Where residents sell rose goods ranging from perfumes to rose water, oil, and cosmetics. Then we drive past Skoura’s palm groves. Later, we arrive in Ouarzazate, commonly known as the desert gate. We’ll go to the studios where renowned films were made.
We depart for the well-known Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou. A fortified settlement designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Furthermore, the Kasbah has appeared in a number of films, including Gladiator, Alexander, The Mummy, and others. And TV shows such as Game of Thrones. Then we go on to Marrakech. Driving via the Tizi-N-Tichka pass and the High Atlas Mountains. Stops will be made for lunch and to take pictures at noteworthy locations. Finally, we arrive in Marrakech for an overnight stay at a Riad.
Day 8: Marrakech – 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.