Morocco Desert Tour from Casablanca to Marrakech
Itinerary & Details
Morocco Desert Tour from Casablanca to Marrakech 9 DAYS/8 NIGHTS
DAY 1 CASABLANCA
We meet your flight and ease you through our modern airport before taking you to your hotel in
Casablanca . Should your flight arrive in the hours of darkness you will be delighted by our visit to
the wonderful building of Hassan II Mosque. Built over the sea, it is illuminated at night with a
laser which projects towards Makkah from its immense minaret. Tonight you will enjoy a traditional
dinner in Casablanca before settling into your hotel for the night.
DAY 2 CASABLANCA – FES
After a leisurely breakfast we start our adventure with a sightseeing trip of Casablanca.
It is considered the economic capital of the world and as such you will notice the wealth and
modernity of the Anfa Quarter. We will be able to see the mosque of Hassan II in daylight once more
as we visit the Corniche of Casablanca. This modern promenade is broad and green and offers a
fresh escape from the busy city. We take a walk, watching the huge waves crashing against
the sea wall whilst seabirds swoop and feed over the sea. The vast range of cafés, restaurants and
ice-cream parlours make it difficult to choose between their delicious wares, should you wish to
linger a while and take in the views.
We continue later with the drive of around three hours to Fes where you will have time to acquaint
yourself with your new surroundings and stretch your legs before dinner this evening. Your
accommodation tonight will be in a hotel in Fes, so we wake tomorrow well rested in anticipation of
a full and thrilling day exploring Fes.
DAY 3 FES
Enjoy your hearty breakfast this morning before we meet you to share the wonders of this must-do
city in Morocco. Our day will transport us to a time long gone, prepare for sensory bombardment in
the ancient imperial capital that is Fes! Fortunately you will have the whole day to take in the
haunting sounds, swirling colours, and pungent aromas as we guide you through the narrow lanes
that form the wondrous maze that is Fes el Bali.
We visit Bouanania Medersa, with its Andalusian architecture it boasts an airy courtyard surrounded
by traditional zellij mosaic work and particularly striking carvings, including the unique water clock .
Open to non-Muslims this Islamic schools gives us respite from the city like an oasis in the desert.
Fes is a city of doorways, each opening onto its own secrets and some of which are visit worthy in
themselves, hence we go to The Kings Palace door and witness its ornate golden splendour and the
Moorish-styled iconic Bab Boujloud, the western gateway to Fez el Bali.
We meander through the Mullah, the old Jewish quarter known for the architecture of its balconies
The Zaouia of Moulay Idriss is a religious complex containing the tomb of Idris II, its dedicatee, who
ruled Morocco in the ninth century and is considered to be the founder of Fes. Come with us to
marvel at the intricacies of the ornately carved stucco and zellij work.
DAY 4 FES – MERZOUGA
Enjoy a hearty breakfast this morning as we shall be camel riding in Merzouga later on today.
Merzouga contrasts starkly with Fes, under developed and raw, it seems we have travelled it time
and space. The mesmeric swaying of the camels across the sweeping dunes makes you feel as if
you will encounter Lawrence of Arabia at any moment! It is the ideal way to arrive at your Berber
tent accommodation for tonight. We share a Berber meal and spend the evening absorbing the
warmth and generosity that is the custom of these desert people who live a world away from our
own. Before the night sets in and early tomorrow morning be sure to find yourself a comfortable
place to watch the desert sunset and sunrise across the windswept dunes. The changing colours as
the sun sleeps and awakens is unforgettable. This is also the ideal place to view the clear
night sky in all its perfection with little light pollution.
DAY 5 MERZOUGA – TINGHIR
After breakfast this morning we head off for Tinghir. The fault in the plateau here forms a huge
gorge which feels as if the earth has split in two. People feel so tiny against the dramatic brown
limestone walls which rise 300 metres above the stream. A meander along the gorge is an
impressive trek where we feel immediately connected to nature at its most fundamental level.
Today’s breathtaking experience will no doubt form lasting memories for you.
This evening we dine in Tinghir, an oasis area at the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, and spend the
night here too.
DAY 6 TINGHIR – OUARZAZATE
The valley of the roses stretches out across the desert of southern Morocco, a pink paradise when in
bloom, although the valley is also known for its amazingly tasty apricots. This route across the Sahara
allows us to embrace the fascinating Berber culture and of course to sample the infamous Moroccan
mint tea at its best.
We will see the huge Kasbah Taourirt in the small desert town of Ouarzazate whose ochre tones
have been the backdrop to many a film. Indeed this is the gateway to Morocco’s Hollywood.
Our evening meal will be in Ouarzazate where we will also spend the night in a hotel.
DAY 7 OUARZAZATE – MARRAKECH
After breakfast today it’s time for us to visit the charming Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah before we set off
This is a site to enthrall film buffs with so many scenes having been filmed here including some from
‘The Jewel of the Nile’, ‘Gladiator’ and ‘Prince of Persia’ not to mention some scenes more recently
in the television series ‘Game of Thrones’. The ancient fortified village has few inhabitants these
days in the Moroccan clay houses which in themselves are quite intriguing and a UNESCO world
heritage site. You are free to lunch locally before we continue our adventure.
Good Evening Marrakech! The city enlivens us after our journey with its unique and unforgettable
energy. Experience the aroma of traditional cuisine wafting in billows of smoke across the square,
enjoy the sounds of music played on local instruments, taste the delights from a multitude of stalls
find yourself comfortable lost in the alleys of shops, watch the street entertainers from acrobats to
snake charmers, for everyone Jemaa el Fna is a unique and personal experience not to be missed.
DAY 8 MARRAKECH
After breakfast we have a full and busy program today.
Jemaa el Fna has a particular feeling during the day offering a bursting rainbow of colours and
activity. We wander across the square to visit the superb Koutoubia Mosque. With its
classic Moroccan architecture the fascinating minaret is detailed in its design and is the best example
of only three Almohad towers worldwide, (the others being in Seville and Rabat). Amongst other
features the building is decorated with kufic script, ceramic work and interestingly shaped horseshoe
Medersa Ben Yousef is our next place of interest. This Quranic School is so highly decorated as to
amaze anyone who enters. The Zellij tiles are stunning; the woodwork of superb quality and the
stucco is startling. One can’t help but wonder at the hours the craftsmen toiled to create such a
vision! Outside the breathtaking architecture continues as a series of highly decorated arches and
columns lining a courtyard which exudes peace.
We have some free time now to take lunch at any of the many restaurants before we regroup this
afternoon. Having relaxed a little we make our way to Bahia Palace. Be prepared to be
overwhelmed once more by the magnificence of the design. The artisanship contrasts with that of
the medersa but again is absolutely incredible!
As we visit The Saadiens Tombs this afternoon we have many tales to tell about the history and
legends that pertain to the tombs but for now we keep you in suspense.
Our dinner tonight is in Marrakech where the buzz of Jemaa el Fna takes our sense for a spin.
Beautiful lights hammered into brass and silver guide our way through the bustling streets as they
swing from their stalls reflecting on inlaid wooden furniture arranged beneath. People of all ages
wander safely and comfortably through the medina at night enjoying the sounds of the Berber
music ; the traditional games played by adults and children alike, the wonderful ice-cream and
milkshakes with new flavours to experience and countless stalls displaying traditional Moroccan
food. Meanwhile street entertainers and performers keep everyone entertained.
Your Marrakech hotel will offer you a relaxing night.
DAY 9 MARRAKECH
This morning is departure day, and all too soon as by now we will have become friends, (you will find
Moroccan culture very warm and welcoming). We transport you to Marrakech airport (or to
Casablanca for an additional charge) and bid our farewells.
- High Quarter of of Anfa
- The Nations Park
- The Corniche Boulevard
- Hassan II Mosque (externally for non Muslims)
- Multi coloured cauldrons at the tannery
- Moorish and Imperial architecture. Zaouia of Moulay Idriss II
- Medina; Berber pharmacies, leather and traditional craftwork
- Kings Palace door
- The Mullah
- Bab Bouljoud
- Bouanania Medersa
- The Atlas Mountains
- Camel ride in sweeping dunes
- The Overnight Berber Tent Experience
- Todra Gorge
- UNESCO site Ait Ben Haddou
- Film locations
- Valley of the Roses, El-Kelaa Mgouna
- Koutoubia Mosque
- Bahia Palace
- Medersa Ben Yousef
- Saadians Tombs
- Jemaa el Fna