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Imperial cities, The North & Sahara desert


This all-encompassing tour highlights the best of Morocco, from cultural stops in imperial cities to natural exploration in desert landscapes. Begin in modern Casablanca and end in bustling Marrakech. You'll discover Roman ruins, the north of Morocco, ride a camel into the Sahara, visit old kasbahs, cool off in an oasis, and explore the thriving historic cities of Meknes, Fes, and Marrakech.

Stunning photography through the trip especially in the blue city of Morocco « Chefchaouen » and the Sahara desert.
Discover the historical monuments in Fes & Marrakech with your local guide.
Visit the beautiful big square Jmaa El Fena and enjoy your dinner in one of its local stalls.
Spend the overnight in the Sahara desert and ride your camel.
Sunset or sunrise looking at the golden dunes.
Visit beautiful local villages known to offer the real soul of Morocco and its local Berber life.
Details & Program

Casablanca Airport to Chefchaouen

Hotel: RIAD ASILAH or equivalent

The soon your flight lands at the airport, you pass by the process and get your luggage. Then you walk outside the terminals and meet your local driver holding a sign with your name and our logo. Put the luggage in the vehicle and drive to your accommodation in Chefchaouen.

The beautiful blue city of Morocco, Chefchaouen, is a small charming city situated in the heart of the Rif Mountains, Northeastern Morocco. Founded in 1471 in order to halt the southward expansion of the Portuguese and the Spanish. Enjoy the blue painted walls all inside the old Medina.

** If time allows you can ask your driver to make a stop for you at Hassan II mosque in Casablanca so you can visit it from outside before you head to Rabat; it's really a great location you do not want to miss :)

** Please feel free to explore the city of Chefchaouen on your own with your driver (transport visit); most travelers find it very easy to do so, not like in the Medina of Fes and Marrakech which are like a maze and you really need a local guide :)

** Approximate driving is 5.5 hours (stops are NOT included).

Chefchaouen - Volubilis - Fes

Hotel: RIAD FES MEDINA or equivalent (breakfast & dinner included)

This morning you meet your driver early. You travel together to Volubilis (a UNESCO world heritage site) which contains Morocco’s best-preserved Roman ruins and makes for a nice detour from the hustle and bustle of Meknes. Today you can wander the massive complex, exploring large merchant homes with visible heating systems underneath, temples, and many colorful mosaics on-site in quite a good condition.

By the afternoon, welcome to Fes which is founded shortly after the Arabs exploded across North Africa, Fes is often referred to as the spiritual capital of Morocco. It was once one of the most important places of scholarship in the world. It can be neatly divided into three different parts: Fes el-Bali (the heart of the Medina); Fes el-Jdid (where the Jewish quarter and the Royal Palace are located); and the Ville Nouvelle (the administrative area).

* Local guide services at Volubilis is not included. Most travelers prefer to decide on-site if they need them and my driver can assist if you want to get them and pay on spot.

** Approximate driving is 6 hours (stops are NOT included).

Fes discovery with your local guide

Hotel: RIAD FES MEDINA or equivalent (breakfast & dinner included)

The Medina is called Fes el-Bali and behind its high walls is a magical, medieval city just teeming with life in every one of its 9000 narrow streets. Fes is the cultural and spiritual capital of Morocco and you'll certainly experience its vibrancy.

Your local guide meets you at your accommodation at 09h00 for 6 hours tour of the old medina of Fes. Discover the many artisans such as the metal workers, dyers, woodworkers & silk weavers. You'll visit the tanneries, where leather is processed in the way it has been done for centuries. Discover grand mosques and medresa (koranic schools). Learn about the ancient traditions of Berber medicine men. Entrance Fees are not included.

* The Medina tour will be done on foot since most of the medina is closed to traffic.

The Middle Atlas - Erfoud - Merzouga

Hotel: Deluxe Bedouin tent with private shower and toilet (Breakfast & dinner included)

This morning you should be ready for an early start especially that you have a long drive ahead of you. You meet your driver and head toward Merzouga with some amazing stops at the town of wild Barbary Apes "Azrou" & Ifrane "The Switzerland of Morocco" and for sure at the city of Fossils "Erfoud".

Just, later on, it's time for an amazing overnight stay under the stars. You arrived at the Kasbah in charge of the dunes camp, then you ride your camels deep in the dunes to watch the sunset before turning back to the camp nearby the Kasbah. You spend the night in a comfortable tent with a private bathroom. Enjoy the campfire (not possible when it's hot) and also dinner peacefully. 

** Approximate driving is over 7 hours (stops are NOT included).

Todgha Gorges - Rissani - Dades Valley - Ouarzazate

Hotel: RIAD BOUCHEDOUR or equivalent (Breakfast & Dinner included)

If you are an early riser you'll be rewarded with a sunrise over the sand dunes. Then, you come back to the Kasbah to meet your driver. Nearby, Khamleya is a traditional Saharan village (with its people originally from Mali). Here you can enjoy traditional music, drumming, and dancing (if time allows) before you leave toward the market in Rissani which is another market town with a most impressive gate at the entrance into town.

Just ahead of you is the Oases and Palmeries where you continue through the desert to the town of Tinerhir, with a great view of the nearby towns the cling to the side of the green river oasis, filled with green palm trees. The surrounding desert landscape reveals impressive buttes, mesas, and plateaus. It's the only opportunity to visit Todgha Gorges and Dades Valley, so don't miss it! 

By the afternoon, you are at Morocco's own special home of film, Ouarzazate lies in a valley at the foot of the Atlas Mountains. Most of its visitors are tourists who are making their way to the Sahara Desert or the opposite. They stop here to stock up on provisions before making their way out to one of the greatest desserts in the world. Whether you are visiting just to see the sights or if you too are headed out to the Sahara or back from it, you should make time to see some of the attractions in Ouarzazate.

** Approximate driving is over 6 hours (stops are NOT included).

Ait Benhaddou - Tizi-n-Tichka Pass over the High Atlas - Marrakech

Hotel: RIAD SABAH or equivalent (only breakfast included)

Your driver meets you at the time you fixed together yesterday. The drive is so exciting this morning via the UNESCO heritage "Ksar Ait Ben Haddou" then via the High Atlas mountains passing through the highest pass "Tizi N'Tichka" for a stop looking at the Berber villages and take some breathtaking photos!

By the afternoon, with its bustling souks, flavorful food, and famously welcoming hospitality, it's no wonder that tourists are starting to take note of Marrakesh. known as the ‘Red City’, Marrakech is the exotic imperial city of the south. It is the fourth largest city in Morocco and lies near the foothills of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains. Check-in at your accommodation and relax.

Djemaa-el-Fna square bustles with acrobats, story-tellers, water sellers, dancers, and musicians. In the evening the square transforms into a huge open-air restaurant with smoke rising from the many food stalls.

** Approximate driving is 5 hours (stops are NOT included).

Marrakech discovery with your local guide

Hotel: RIAD SABAH or equivalent (only breakfast included)

Your local guide is coming to meet you in the morning at the accommodation to enter the old medina where you continue on foot to discover historical palaces, museums, and Koranic schools. Visit the Bahia Palace, Saadian Tombs, Koutoubia Mosque (from outside) and explore the famous souks. This tour in the Medina will be done on foot since most of the medina is closed to traffic. During the day you'll stop for lunch (not included). Entrance Fees are not included.

Please enjoy the afternoon exploring the new city at your own leisure; most of our travelers find it easy to navigate on their own and visit the Jardin Majorelle taking a local taxi; not like the old Medina which is like a maze :)

The Jardin Majorelle is the creation of French painter Jacques Majorelle, who spent 40 years injecting his passion and creativity into this magical garden. Complete with enchanting little lanes, tranquil streams, and over 300 species of stunning plants, Jardin Majorelle is perfect for those who need a break from the busy city.

Marrakech - Marrakech Airport

Unfortunately, your stay in Morocco has come to an end :(

We hope that you have had a pleasant stay in Morocco and to welcome you again in the future. Your driver picks you up and drives to the Airport in Marrakech for your flight back home.

Wishing you a safe flight back home. 

** Approximate driving is 30mins (stops are NOT included). 

Included / Not Included
Information package : detailed day to day itinerary with more tips about your trip and your destination
Private vehicle and English speaking driver the entire trip including gasoline, parking fees, toll-road fees, and driver services.
Standard accommodations (Riads/hotels) with meals as mentioned in your program or their equivalent choices.
Overnight in the Sahara desert : deluxe tent with private facilities (shower and toilet) & return camel trek and sunset experience.
Local English speaking guide in Fes for 6 hours.
Local English speaking guide in Marrakech medina for 3 hours.
24h/7 on-site follow up and support your entire trip
Drinks, laundry, souvenirs and other items of a personal nature.
Other Local guides more than mentioned in the including services.
Meals other than those listed in the including services
Entrance fees needed during the city tours
Tips and gratuities.
Flight tickets ; travel insurance or any services not mentioned in the including services list
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Trip Details
Tour type
Tailor Made Tours
8 days / 7 nights
Departure days
French, English
Selected trip
Arrival City Marrakech
Departure city Casablanca