Explore Morocco’s Imperial Cities and the Sahara Desert on an 11-Day Tour from Casablanca Experience the grandeur of Moroccan imperial cities and the captivating Sahara desert on this meticulously planned 11-day itinerary from Casablanca to Marrakech. Traverse the mesmerizing Merzouga Sahara dunes as you embark on a thrilling camel trek and relish the enchanting experience of spending a night in nomadic tents. Uncover the natural beauty of Morocco with visits to its stunning gorges, lush palm groves, and historic kasbahs. Don’t miss the chance to explore the vibrant cities of Marrakech and Mogador, each offering its own unique charm and allure.
If you’re planning to spend some time in Morocco and want to explore all the nation has to offer, you’ve come to the right place. Don’t miss the opportunity to embark on our incredible 11-day desert tour from Casablanca. This expedition will take you through the historic cities of Rabat, Fes, Meknes, and Marrakech while offering breathtaking vistas of the Atlas Mountains, Berber villages, the Sahara Desert, and the captivating coastline.
Our Morocco itinerary includes an unforgettable camel ride across the towering Erg Chebbi dunes, the largest in the Moroccan Sahara Desert, as well as an enchanting overnight stay in traditional Berber tents. You’ll be treated to spectacular views of lush valleys, awe-inspiring gorges, ancient Kasbahs, and the picturesque landscape. Immerse yourself in Moroccan history, and delve into the vibrant tapestry of Berber culture, among many other experiences.
Keep in mind that this 11-day Morocco itinerary can be tailored to your specific requirements, budget, and interests. Your dream Moroccan adventure awaits!
Uncover the Unforgettable Highlights of Our 11-Day Casablanca Tour
Embark on an extraordinary journey through our 11-day excursion from Casablanca and relish in these incredible highlights:
- Rabat’s Marvels: Explore the grandeur of Rabat with visits to the magnificent Hassan II Mosque and the historic Hassan Tower.
- Volubilis Exploration: Step back in time to the Roman Empire’s capital, the historic remains of Volubilis.
- Atlas Mountains Beauty: Be captivated by the breathtaking vistas of the Atlas Mountains, a sight to behold.
- Ait Ben Haddou’s Charm: Discover the charming historic hamlet of Ait Ben Haddou and the magnificent Kasbah of Amridil.
- Dades and Ziz Valleys: Enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Dades and Ziz Valleys, along with the mesmerizing Todra Gorges.
- Sahara Desert Magic: Spend a memorable night in the heart of the Sahara Desert with a camel ride through the golden dunes of Merzouga.
- Marrakech and Fes Wonders: Immerse yourself in the rich history and architectural marvels of Marrakech and the historic medinas of Fes.
- Essaouira’s Coastal Beauty: Take in the coastal charm as you view and stroll around Essaouira’s Atlantic shore.
Don’t miss out on these incredible experiences; let us customize your 11-day itinerary for an unforgettable Moroccan adventure.
Discover the Itinerary of Our 11-Day Casablanca to Marrakech Tour
Day 1: From Casablanca to Rabat – A Memorable Start
Embark on an extraordinary 11-day private tour, commencing at the Casablanca airport or your hotel. We kick off this journey with a visit to the Hassan II Mosque, an architectural marvel and one of the world’s largest mosques, magnificently perched above the Atlantic Ocean. What sets this experience apart is that this mosque warmly extends its welcome to non-Muslim visitors, offering a unique chance to explore its stunning Islamic architecture.
Before we make our way to Rabat, you’ll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the ancient Medina, a historic quarter brimming with captivating tourist attractions. As the day comes to a close, you’ll retire to a local hotel for a well-deserved rest, and a delightful breakfast awaits you in the morning. Brace yourself for an unforgettable adventure, as this is just the beginning of our extraordinary journey.
Day 2: Exploring Rabat and Heading to Chefchaouen
Rabat, the administrative capital and an imperial city of Morocco, boasts a unique blend of colonial architecture and historically significant landmarks. After a hearty breakfast, our journey begins with an exploration of the renowned tourist attractions within the ancient Medina. Our itinerary includes visits to the Royal Palace, the impressive Hassan Tower, the Mohammed V Mausoleum, and the enchanting Oudaya Kasbah.
As we bid farewell to Rabat, we embark on a scenic route through the picturesque Rif Mountains on our way to Chefchaouen. It’s here that you’ll find our charming Riad, where you’ll spend the night. This day marks a fascinating chapter in our extraordinary trip, filled with cultural richness and natural beauty.
Day 3: Exploring the Enchanting Chefchaouen
After enjoying a delicious breakfast at your Riad, your day kicks off with a captivating excursion to Chefchaouen, often referred to as the “Blue Pearl.” This charming village, adorned with its signature white-washed buildings and vivid blue doors and windows, is a true gem waiting to be discovered. As you explore the intricate maze of its streets, you’ll be immersed in its unique local products and mesmerizing Moorish architecture.
When the day’s adventures come to a close, your overnight stay and a delightful breakfast await you back at the Riad. Chefchaouen’s enchanting beauty and cultural treasures are sure to make this day an unforgettable part of your itinerary.
Day 4: Chefchaouen to Fes – A Journey through History
Following a satisfying breakfast at your hotel, your adventure continues as we traverse the picturesque Rif Mountains en route to Volubilis, an ancient Roman archaeological site. This UNESCO World Heritage Site will transport you back in time as you explore its captivating ruins.
Our next destination is Meknes, another imperial city renowned for its grandeur. Encircled by kilometers of imposing walls, you’ll have the chance to marvel at architectural marvels like Mansour Gate, Hedim Square, and the Moulay Ismail Mausoleum.
Continuing our journey, we reach Fes, yet another imperial city, rich in history and culture. Your overnight stay and breakfast will be provided at a comfortable Riad or hotel in the area. Get ready to immerse yourself in Morocco’s fascinating history and stunning architecture.
Day 5: Fes – An Enlightening City Tour with a Local Guide
Fes, a vibrant Moroccan hub of knowledge and culture, awaits your exploration. After indulging in a delicious breakfast, you will rendezvous with our knowledgeable local guide at your accommodation to embark on a captivating city tour.
One of the first landmarks on your itinerary is the illustrious Al-Karaouine University, recognized as the world’s oldest degree-granting institution. Your journey through Fes will also encompass the grandeur of the Royal Palace Gate, the historic Jewish Quarter, the mesmerizing Tanneries, and the intricate world of the Tiles Cooperative, among other prominent highlights.
As you meander through the labyrinthine Medina, you’ll be surrounded by a myriad of exquisite handicrafts and local treasures that adorn the narrow alleyways. Your dedicated local guide will ensure that you don’t miss any of the city’s key attractions. At the end of the day, you’ll return to your hotel for a restful night, enriched with the discoveries of Fes.
Day 6: Fes to Merzouga Desert – A Scenic Expedition through Ifrane, Cedar Forest, Ziz Valley
Your day commences with a delightful breakfast before setting off on a fascinating journey to Ifrane city, often referred to as Morocco’s Switzerland. Here, you’ll be captivated by its stunning vistas and Alpine-style architecture, making it a unique stop on your itinerary.
Next, you’ll venture into the enchanting Cedar Forest, a sanctuary where you can witness the wild and free Barbary apes in their natural habitat. Lunch will be savored in the capital of apples, Midelt, before continuing your expedition.
As you traverse the captivating Ziz Valleys, adorned with flourishing palm tree oases, you’ll pause for a moment to relish a panoramic vista that showcases the remarkable landscapes. Your journey will lead you to Erfoud and Merzouga, where you’ll be warmly welcomed with a refreshing mint tea at your Merzouga accommodation. This delightful haven will be your home for the night, complete with a sumptuous dinner to savor.
Day 7: Merzouga Desert Exploration – A Memorable Sahara Experience
Today promises to be a day you’ll cherish in the heart of the desert. We’ll embark on a journey to the Khamlia hamlet, inhabited by people of African descent. This visit offers valuable insights into their unique culture while being serenaded by their soul-stirring Gnawa music.
Our adventure continues as we drive off-road to the Mfiss mines, where intrepid Berbers toil in holes that plunge approximately 30 meters deep. The reward for this daring labor is a panoramic view of the entire desert landscape, providing you with a breathtaking perspective.
Next, we’ll venture to visit the nomads, where you’ll gain an in-depth understanding of their nomadic lifestyle. A delectable Berber pizza and chai lunch will provide you with a taste of their authentic way of life. After an exploration of the arid terrains, we’ll return to your accommodation.
Before embarking on a captivating camel trekking excursion, you’ll be treated to refreshing mint tea and a moment of relaxation. Your camel guide will arrange a brief pause to witness the mesmerizing desert sunset before heading back to the camp.
As the evening unfolds, you’ll revel in the enchanting rhythms of drum music around a crackling desert campfire beneath the star-studded Sahara sky. It’s a night to remember, offering a truly magical experience.
Day 8: Merzouga – Rissani – Todgha Gorges – Dades Valley: A Journey Through History and Scenic Wonders
After freshening up with a morning shower and savoring a hearty breakfast at the camp, we’ll set out for Rissani, a city steeped in history with its ancient and traditional souk. You’ll have the chance to explore this fascinating historical market, immersing yourself in its vibrant atmosphere.
Our journey continues as we make our way to Todra Gorges, passing through lush palm tree gardens. This natural oasis, carved by a meandering river, runs parallel to the canyon, creating a picturesque setting. Notably, Todra Gorges is a haven for rock climbing enthusiasts, offering exciting opportunities to conquer its rugged terrain.
Before reaching your Riad or hotel, you’ll have ample time to explore this enchanting oasis, admire the striking rock formations, and soak in the breathtaking landscapes that surround you. Your accommodation for the night will be in the captivating Dades Valley, where a sumptuous dinner awaits, promising a restful and delightful evening.
Day 9: Dades Valley – Ouarzazate – Ait Ben Haddou – Marrakech: A Journey Through Ancient Kasbahs and Scenic Landscapes
Begin your day with a hearty breakfast at your Riad, preparing for an exciting adventure ahead. Our path will take us through the “Thousand Kasbahs,” a route flanked by Kasbahs on both sides, providing a remarkable and picturesque journey.
As we journey to Ouarzazate, you’ll traverse the renowned Rose Valley, celebrated for its exquisite rose-derived products. Ouarzazate, often referred to as “Africa’s Hollywood,” boasts a renowned cinema studio where iconic films such as Gladiator and Game of Thrones came to life. During your visit, you’ll have the chance to explore this illustrious film studio, adding a touch of cinematic magic to your excursion.
Next on our itinerary is the extraordinary Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah, recognized as Morocco’s largest Kasbah and designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987. This Kasbah stands as a testament to the rich architectural heritage of Moroccan dwelling construction in the southeast. You’ll have the opportunity to explore this captivating UNESCO World Heritage Site, leaving you in awe of its historical significance.
Our journey then leads us to Marrakech, the next royal city on our adventure. En route, we’ll traverse the magnificent Atlas Mountains, pausing to relish panoramic vistas of the surrounding landscapes. As the day concludes, you’ll find yourself in Marrakech, where a night of rest and relaxation at a charming Riad awaits, preparing you for the adventures of the following day.
Day 10: Exploring Marrakech’s Rich History with an Expert Guide
As the sun ushers in a new day, and you savor a delicious breakfast, an engaging journey through Marrakech awaits. Your local guide, well-versed in the city’s history, will be your companion as you set out to explore Marrakech’s most captivating and historically significant sites.
Our 11-day tour from Casablanca itinerary is graced with a visit to the illustrious Ben Youssef Madrasa, Morocco’s largest Islamic school showcasing stunning Moorish architecture. The intricate designs and historical significance of this site make it a must-see destination.
Your expedition continues with a visit to the Bahia Palace, an enchanting historical palace adorned with mosaic walls. This masterpiece, constructed in the 19th century under the guidance of Minister Ahmed Ben Mousa, will transport you back in time with its architectural grandeur.
Exploration of Marrakech’s vibrant heritage takes you to the Jewish Quarter, the Saadian Tombs, and the Koutoubia Mosque. These cultural gems hold stories of the city’s diverse history and are essential stops on your itinerary.
No visit to Marrakech is complete without experiencing the city’s heart and soul – the lively Jemaa El Fna main square. Here, you’ll be immersed in a whirlwind of sights, sounds, and tastes, as the square’s vibrant energy surrounds you.
Your journey then leads you to the enchanting Majorelle Gardens and other significant landmarks, each with its own unique tale to tell. As the day winds down, you’ll return to your Riad, where another night of relaxation and rejuvenation awaits, ensuring you’re prepared for the adventures of tomorrow.
Day 11: Departure – Returning to Casablanca
As your remarkable 11-day journey through Morocco draws to a close, we ensure that your last day is as comfortable and efficient as the entire trip. After savoring a final breakfast in Marrakech, we will embark on the return journey to Casablanca.
Our dedicated team will accompany you throughout this transfer, ensuring a seamless and stress-free experience. Whether you are heading to Casablanca’s airport or another destination in the city, we will ensure you reach your desired endpoint comfortably and on time.
At the airport, we will bid you farewell, and our services will conclude. This marks the end of your extraordinary excursion through Morocco, filled with cultural discoveries, scenic wonders, and unforgettable memories.
While your 11-day Morocco itinerary is coming to an end, the memories and experiences gathered along the way will stay with you, offering lasting impressions of this diverse and captivating country. We hope your journey has been everything you desired and more, and we look forward to welcoming you back for future adventures. Safe travels and au revoir!
Inclusions in the Tour:
- Convenient pick-up and drop-off at your accommodation
- Comfortable transportation in a private, air-conditioned car
- A knowledgeable and English-speaking Driver/Guide
- Fuel for the cars to keep your journey smooth
- 1-night accommodation at a hotel or riad in a private room (Choose your preferred room type)
- Memorable camel trekking experience (One camel per person)
- Enjoy a camel ride during the enchanting sunset
- Savor breakfast and dinner (2 meals) in the Desert Camp (Select your preferred tent type)
- Hassle-free transfers to and from the camp in a 4×4 vehicle (An alternative to camels)
- Entrance fees to monuments and attractions
- Lunch expenses
- Soft drinks
Experience an incredible journey with these inclusions and exclusions in our tour itinerary.
Discovering Casablanca: Casablanca, often referred to as Casa or Dar El Baida, serves as the economic heart of Morocco, boasting a bustling artificial harbor that handles a significant portion of the nation’s international trade. Situated on the western coast, this city exudes a cosmopolitan, modern vibe reminiscent of southern European metropolises. You’ll find luxury brands, making it easy to shop for treasures to fit your budget. With a history dating back to 1906, it was founded on the ruins of a 7th-century Berber city destroyed by an earthquake in the 18th century. Partially encircled by ancient walls, Casablanca boasts a population of approximately 3 million.
Beyond the Medina, you’ll encounter Nouvelle Ville, a French-designed urban landscape featuring broad boulevards, shopping centers, banks, prominent hotels, and contemporary boutiques. The white Cathedral of the Sacred Heart stands proudly near Parc de la Ligue Arabe’s gardens in the residential areas. In the evenings, take a stroll along the An-Diab coastal road, linking the El Hank lighthouse and the mausoleum of Sidi Bou Abderrahmane. The city’s primary beach resort offers stunning sunsets and lively nightlife in nearby discos. Casablanca enjoys a temperate climate thanks to the Atlantic air, providing mild winters and cool summers, making it a more temperate destination than Marrakech or Fez.
Discover the Charms of Chefchaouen, Fes, and the Mystical Merzouga Desert:
Chefchaouen: Explore the enchanting ‘Blue Pearl’ of Morocco, Chefchaouen, a town nestled in the dramatic Rif Mountains, renowned for its captivating blue-hued architecture.
Fes: Uncover the historical and cultural treasures of Fes, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Home to the world’s oldest university, it boasts a rich tapestry of architectural wonders and vibrant souks.
Merzouga Desert: The Merzouga Desert, with its towering sand dunes, offers a surreal and unforgettable experience. Camel treks, starry nights, and traditional desert camps make it an essential stop on any Moroccan adventure.