14-Day Tour from Casablanca

Embark on an unforgettable 14-day tour from Casablanca, venturing through the captivating landscapes of Morocco’s Sahara Desert. Our flexible itinerary allows you to customize your journey, with options for Marrakech desert tours, Fes desert tours, and Morocco Desert Tours to tailor your experience to your preferences. Discover the beauty and culture of this enchanting destination.

Tour Overview

Explore the most renowned and frequented destinations on our 14-day tour from Casablanca. Your journey will kick off with a visit to the iconic Hassan II Mosque, unique as it’s open to non-Muslims. Immerse yourself in the captivating sights of Chefchaouen, the enchanting blue city. This comprehensive itinerary also takes you to Fes, a hub of Moroccan culture, and Merzouga’s mesmerizing Sahara desert. Discover the historic Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou, a fortress with deep Touareg roots. The adventure continues in Marrakech, the vibrant red city, with highlights like the Majorelle Garden and Jemaa El Fna Square. Your excursion culminates with a return to Casablanca airport or your pre-arranged accommodation. Join us for an unforgettable Moroccan journey.

Embark on a captivating 14-day journey from Casablanca with these tour highlights:

  1. Explore the architectural wonder of Hassan II’s Mosque.
  2. Uncover the mysteries of Hercules’ Cavern.
  3. Marvel at the scenic beauty of Cape Spartel, an island off Namibia’s coast.
  4. Immerse yourself in Chefchaouen, the renowned “Blue City.”
  5. Visit the prestigious al-Qarawiyyin University at Fes.
  6. Discover the ancient Roman remains at Volubilis.
  7. Experience camel trekking amidst the enchanting Erg Chebbi sand dunes.
  8. Embrace the nomadic lifestyle with Berber tent camping or glamping.
  9. Explore the historic Ait Benhaddou Kasbah.
  10. Dive into the vibrant atmosphere of Marrakech’s Jamaa El Fna Square.

This comprehensive itinerary offers a glimpse into the rich cultural tapestry of Morocco, ensuring an unforgettable journey.

Experience the captivating itinerary of our 14-day tour departing from Casablanca:

Day 1: Casablanca

Our journey begins as we warmly welcome you at Mohamed V Airport in Casablanca. After your arrival, we’ll swiftly transport you to your accommodation, allowing you to relax. Depending on your arrival time, we may embark on a leisurely stroll through the historic Medina, setting the tone for your Moroccan adventure.

Day 2: Casablanca to Tangier Excursion

Our journey embarks from Rabat and culminates in the vibrant city of Tangier. This day is brimming with diverse and captivating experiences. We commence our adventure with a visit to Casablanca’s renowned Hassan II Mosque. The exploration continues as we traverse through Rabat, where we delve into the historic marvels of the Kasbah of Les Oudayas, a distinguished UNESCO World Heritage Site. Our next stops encompass the impressive Hassan Tower mosque and the intriguing Roman remnants of Chellah. Following this, our journey leads us to Tangier, where you’ll have the opportunity to discover the enchanting Heracles Cave and take in the breathtaking vistas at Cape Spartel. As the day draws to a close, your comfortable accommodations await in Tangier’s ancient Medina, ensuring a peaceful night’s rest before more adventures on our itinerary.

Day 3: From Tangier to Chefchaouen – An Unforgettable Leg of Your Exciting 14-Day Tour Itinerary

As we usher in the third day of our immersive 14-day excursion from Casablanca, our journey unfolds with a captivating exploration of Tangier’s historic Medina. Here, you’ll have the chance to witness the historic significance of the first American Legation situated beyond the United States’ borders.

Following this enlightening visit, our voyage will guide us through the charming path to Tetouan, often referred to as the “White Dove.” This picturesque route is a prelude to the spectacular Akchour waterfalls, where the natural beauty of the area will leave you in awe.

As the day progresses, we continue our odyssey to the enchanting town of Chefchaouen, our final destination for the evening. Here, the vibrant and captivating ambiance of Chefchaouen awaits, promising a night of relaxation and rejuvenation before our exciting journey continues.

Day 4: Chefchaouen to Fes – Unveiling the Blue Pearl’s Secrets on Your 14-Day Moroccan Tour

Our 14-day Moroccan adventure embarks on Day 4 as we bid adieu to Chefchaouen, the mesmerizing blue city nestled in the Rif mountains. This unique gem is often referred to as Morocco’s “Blue Pearl” due to its distinctive blue-washed walls, creating an ethereal, enchanting atmosphere. Established in 1471, Chefchaouen boasts a captivating blend of Moorish and Jewish influences, adding to its cultural richness.

Our exploration commences with a visit to Ras El Ma, an idyllic spot known for its cascading waters. We’ll then venture to the vibrant heart of Chefchaouen, the Wetat Lhmam Square, where the historic Kasbah holds court. Prepare for an invigorating trek that leads to a panoramic vantage point, offering breathtaking views of this captivating blue city.

Leaving Chefchaouen behind, we set course for Volubilis, a remarkable site bearing the remnants of ancient Roman civilization. This journey will lead us to Fes, a city steeped in cultural significance. Here, we will rest and rejuvenate, ready to delve into the cultural treasures of Fes on the following day.

Day 5: Fes Unveiled – Immerse Yourself in Morocco’s Cultural Heart on Your 14-Day Tour

Fes, a captivating imperial city steeped in Moroccan heritage, stands as an essential stop on your 14-day journey. As Morocco’s inaugural capital before Marrakech, Meknes, and Rabat, Fes is a true historical gem.

Our exploration of Fes, led by knowledgeable local guides, promises an enriching experience. The day commences with your guide’s arrival at your accommodation in the morning, and together, you’ll step through the iconic Bab Boujloud gate, often referred to as the “blue gate.” This iconic gateway serves as the portal to Fes’ vibrant heart.

Throughout the day, your journey of discovery unfolds, taking you to cultural and historical landmarks that define Fes’ essence. You’ll explore the architectural marvels of the Madrassa of Bou Inania and the Madrassa of Attarine. The journey continues to El Badi Palace and the renowned Institution of Al-Karaouine, officially recognized by UNESCO as the world’s oldest university.

Prepare to awaken your senses with a visit to the pottery workshops and the bustling Chaouara Tanneries, where traditional leather craftsmanship is brought to life.

After a day filled with cultural immersion, we’ll transfer you back to your hotel, granting you precious free time to explore the enchanting historic Medina and its lively Souk, where local treasures await.

Day 6: Fes to Merzouga – A Journey into the Desert’s Heart on Your 14-Day Itinerary

On the sixth day of your adventure, we embark on an exhilarating voyage from Fes to the mesmerizing dunes of Merzouga in the Sahara Desert. Our route is punctuated with captivating stops that promise unforgettable experiences.

Our first pause brings us to Ifrane, where the imposing Atlas Lion monument stands as a testament to determination. Crafted by a German prisoner seeking his freedom, this remarkable sculpture tells a remarkable story.

As we continue, you’ll be treated to a delightful encounter with the Barbary Macaque monkeys in the enchanting cedar forest, a memorable moment that will surely leave you in awe.

Our journey unfolds as we make a brief halt at Errachidia’s dam, a vital water source for the region, before we proceed to the panoramic vista of the stunning Ziz valley, an awe-inspiring natural wonder.

Finally, the day culminates with our arrival in Merzouga, your gateway to the Sahara Desert. Here, we’ll transport you to a comfortable riad in Merzouga for an overnight stay, ensuring you’re well-rested for the adventures that await.

Day 7: Merzouga Sahara Expedition – Immerse Yourself in Nomadic Life

The pinnacle of your 14-day Casablanca tour unfolds on the seventh day with a remarkable expedition into the heart of the Merzouga desert. We invite you to embark on a captivating journey that will immerse you in the life of a nomad.

Our adventure commences with a 4WD journey to Khamlia, a charming village inhabited by the Gnawa people, renowned for their rhythmic music created with castanets and drums, offering a unique cultural experience.

Next, we’ll explore the historic Mifis Mine, which once saw the extraction of baryte, salt, and mascara, uncovering the region’s industrial past.

The Sahara desert surrounding Merzouga is a dwelling place for countless nomadic communities, and you’ll have the privilege of visiting them and observing their way of life. Our expedition will lead to one of the most breathtaking panoramic viewpoints atop the towering sand dunes of Erg Chebbi.

Additionally, we’ll make our way to Srij Lake to witness the majestic spectacle of flamingos gracing the area with their presence. A visit to the Hassi Labied village will allow you to explore a genuine Berber oasis, revealing the charm of local traditions.

As the day unfolds, we’ll transport you to our Berber camp, where you’ll have the opportunity to live the nomadic lifestyle. Our journey will continue on camelback, traversing the mesmerizing sand dunes, with a pause to witness the enchanting desert sunset before reaching the camp.

As evening descends, our Berber hosts will enchant you with mesmerizing rhythms of drums and djembes, creating a magical ambiance around the campfire. Afterward, a stroll to the summit of the sand dunes will unveil a breathtaking celestial display, with the stars and the Milky Way illuminating the desert night.

This unforgettable desert excursion is a highlight you won’t want to miss during your 14-day Casablanca tour.

Day 8: Journey from Merzouga to Boumaln Dades – Discovering the Dades Gorges

As we embark on the eighth day of our captivating 14-day Casablanca tour, we continue our expedition towards the awe-inspiring Dades Gorges, a remarkable natural wonder that awaits your exploration.

The day commences with a camel ride back to Merzouga village, where our journey unfolds. We’ll venture through Rissani, the capital of Tafilalet, which holds a significant place as the birthplace of the Alaouite dynasty.

Continuing onwards, we’ll arrive at the Todgha Gorges, a breathtaking landscape where a river winds its way through towering cliffs that soar to heights of 300 meters. The sheer beauty of this site is sure to leave you in awe.

Our journey carries us through Tinghir and several charming small settlements as we approach our destination at the Dades Gorges. Along the way, we’ll pause to marvel at the unique “monkey fingers” mountains and the fascinating Tissdrine curves, providing you with splendid photo opportunities.

Finally, we’ll arrive at our hotel, where you can unwind and relish the day’s explorations, as you prepare for the adventures that await on the ninth day of our exceptional tour.

Day 9: Boumaln Dades to Marrakech – A Journey Packed with Marvels

Our ninth day of this remarkable 14-day Casablanca tour promises a fascinating adventure as we make our way from Boumaln Dades to the vibrant city of Marrakech.

Our day’s journey is marked by a series of captivating visits to diverse destinations. Our first stop takes us to the enchanting Rose Valley Rose Flower Cooperative, where the sweet fragrance of roses fills the air.

Next, we’ll head to Ouarzazate, often referred to as Morocco’s “Ouallywood,” due to its significant role in the film industry. Here, we’ll explore the renowned Atlas Studios, a hub for film production and equipment rental. This is where cinematic masterpieces like “Lawrence of Arabia” and “Gladiator” came to life.

Our adventure then leads us to the historical Ait Benhaddou’s Kasbah, a captivating Berber fortress that has been a backdrop for numerous cinematic legends.

After savoring lunch, we’ll embark on an unforgettable journey over the majestic High Atlas Mountains. At an elevation of 2260 meters, we’ll make a stop at an argan oil cooperative, where you’ll learn about the production of this precious oil and its versatile uses.

As the day unfolds, we’ll continue our expedition to Marrakech and safely transport you to your hotel, setting the stage for your upcoming adventures in this vibrant city.

Day 10: Marrakech City Exploration – Unveiling the Heart of the Red City

On the tenth day of our comprehensive 14-day Casablanca tour, we dive into the vibrant city of Marrakech with an expert local guide. This exhilarating city excursion promises an immersive experience.

Our adventure kicks off with a visit to the splendid Majorelle Gardens, designed by the French painter Jacques Majorelle, and Menara Gardens, where you can unwind amidst serene olive groves and an azure reflecting pool.

Our journey then leads us to the iconic Jamaa El Fnaa Square, a bustling epicenter of Moroccan culture, and the lively Koutoubia Mosque, a stunning example of Moorish architecture.

We’ll continue to explore the historical heritage of Marrakech with visits to the magnificent Palaces of El Badi and Bahia, offering insight into the opulent lives of Moroccan royalty.

We will not miss Saadien’s Tombs, a captivating site steeped in history, and the Royal Palace, where you can marvel at the intricate details of Moroccan architecture.

As the day comes to an end, we’ll ensure your return to your accommodation, marking the completion of another remarkable day on our 14-day Casablanca tour itinerary.

Day 11: Ouzoud Waterfalls Excursion – A Marvel of Moroccan Beauty

Our 14-day Casablanca tour takes a captivating turn as we embark on a thrilling day excursion to the mesmerizing Ouzoud Waterfalls, one of Morocco’s most alluring and frequently visited natural wonders.

Situated about 160 kilometers east of Marrakech, this 3-hour journey will lead you to the Ouzoud Waterfalls, cascading majestically from a height of approximately 110 meters (360 feet). These awe-inspiring falls are a true testament to the unspoiled beauty of Moroccan nature.

Prepare to be enchanted by the cascading waters and the lush greenery surrounding the falls as you explore this picturesque setting. Take in the breathtaking scenery, capture memorable photographs, and savor the tranquility of the Ouzoud Waterfalls.

Our day of exploration will be filled with wonder and adventure as we immerse ourselves in the natural splendor of this remarkable location.

As the day unfolds, we will ensure your safe return to Marrakech, leaving you with cherished memories of this captivating excursion. This journey is just one of the many highlights of our 14-day Casablanca tour itinerary.

Day 12: Explore Essaouira – A Coastal Gem on Our Casablanca Tour

On the 12th day of our 14-day Casablanca tour, we invite you to embark on an enchanting day trip to the coastal jewel of Essaouira, nestled on the western shores of Morocco. Known for its pristine beaches and delectable seafood, this destination promises an unforgettable adventure.

Our journey will begin with a westward drive to the historic city of Essaouira, also known as Mogador. Upon arrival, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the Citadel’s vibrant dock and the magnificent Sqala Kasbah, steeped in history and charm.

As the day unfolds, you can immerse yourself in the alluring ambiance of Essaouira’s historic Medina, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Wander through its enchanting alleyways, discover its vibrant markets, and embrace the coastal breeze that fills the air.

Whether you choose to relax on the beach, indulge in fresh seafood, or shop for unique souvenirs, Essaouira offers an array of experiences for every traveler.

At your leisure, our driver will be ready to return you to Marrakech, ensuring a seamless and memorable day of exploration during our 14-day Casablanca tour. This is just one of the many captivating excursions included in our comprehensive itinerary.

Day 13: Escape to the Tranquil Ourika Valley – A Serene Day Trip

On the 13th day of our 14-day Casablanca tour, we invite you to experience the serene beauty of the Ourika Valley. This excursion offers a relaxing break from the bustling city life, allowing you to immerse yourself in the tranquility of this picturesque locale.

Our journey commences with a scenic drive through the enchanting El Houz Plains, offering captivating views of the Moroccan landscape. As we head towards Tnin Ourika, you’ll have the opportunity to witness villagers coming together for vibrant barter exchanges, adding an authentic touch to your day.

Upon reaching the Ourika Valley, we’ll traverse the river and pause at the charming Setti Fatma village. This idyllic spot beneath the shade of walnut trees is a popular getaway for Moroccans seeking respite from the urban hustle, especially during the summer months.

Our 14-day Casablanca tour excursions are thoughtfully designed to provide you with moments of relaxation and a temporary escape from city life. Following your time in the Ourika Valley, we’ll continue our journey to the serene Agafay Desert, where you’ll spend the night under the starry Moroccan skies.

This excursion epitomizes the diverse experiences our comprehensive itinerary has to offer, showcasing the serene and picturesque side of Morocco, a perfect complement to your adventure.

Day 14: Journey from Agafay to Casablanca – Culmination of Your Remarkable Tour

On the 14th and final day of your unforgettable 14-day Casablanca tour, we embark on the concluding leg of our journey. It’s time to return to Casablanca, marking the culmination of your incredible adventure.

Our route takes us along the efficient highway, ensuring a comfortable and timely journey back to Casablanca. When we reach our destination, you will have the flexibility to choose your drop-off point, whether it be the Casablanca airport for your departure or a location within the heart of Casablanca itself.

As you conclude your tour, take a moment to reflect on the incredible experiences, sights, and memories you’ve gathered during this comprehensive 14-day excursion. We trust that your journey has left you with a deep appreciation of Morocco’s diverse landscapes, rich culture, and warm hospitality.

Inclusions in Your Tour:

  • Convenient pick-up and drop-off service directly from your accommodation.
  • Transportation in a private, air-conditioned car for your comfort.
  • A knowledgeable driver/guide fluent in English to enhance your experience.
  • All necessary fuel for the cars to ensure a smooth journey.
  • One-night accommodation in a hotel/riad, offering you a private room with your choice of room type.
  • Memorable camel trekking experience, with one camel provided per person.
  • Enjoy a captivating camel ride during the mesmerizing desert sunset.
  • Savor two included meals, both breakfast and dinner, during your stay at the Desert Camp, with the freedom to choose your tent type.
  • Convenient transfers to and from the camp in a 4×4 vehicle, providing an alternative to camel transport.

Tour Exclusions:

  • Monument entrance fees are not included.
  • Lunches are not covered in the tour package.
  • Tips for guides, drivers, and other service personnel are at your discretion.
  • Soft drinks or any additional beverages are not part of the tour package.

Exploring the Best of 14-Day Casablanca Highlights overview:

Casablanca

Our journey kicks off in Casablanca, Morocco’s economic powerhouse. With roots tracing back to the 7th century when it was founded by Berbers, Casablanca has evolved into the country’s most populous city, boasting a population of 3.36 million as of 2014. Shaped by the influence of French colonization, this city, like many others in Morocco, showcases splendid Moorish architecture. Nestled in the Casablanca-Settat region, covering an area of 220 km², the city offers a multitude of attractions and activities.

Begin your Casablanca experience with a visit to Hassan II Mosque, a must-see landmark. Featuring a towering minaret standing at 210 meters (690 feet), this mosque ranks as the second-largest in Africa and the seventh-largest in the world. Designed by French architect Michel Pinseau and constructed by Bouygues, it holds the distinction of being the only Moroccan mosque that welcomes visitors to explore its interior.

The scenic Corniche of Ain Diab is another prominent Casablanca highlight, well-known for its vibrant atmosphere, lined with cafes, restaurants, and luxurious hotels. It’s a favorite among tourists and locals alike.

Unveiling Rabat – The Capital of Morocco

Rabat, a true gem and the capital city of Morocco, stands as one of the four prestigious imperial cities of the nation. Its roots trace back to the Almohad Caliphate’s establishment in 1146. With a population approaching 580,000 people in 2014, Rabat is the seventh-largest city in Morocco. Nestled within the Rabat-Sale-Kenitra region, this city showcases a fascinating blend of history and modernity across its 12 distinct districts.

Rabat boasts a plethora of attractions and activities for visitors. Among the city’s must-see landmarks is the Hassan Tower or Tour Mosque. This architectural masterpiece was erected in 1195 during the reign of Yaqub al-Mansur, the third caliph of the Almohad dynasty. The mosque’s minaret, standing at an impressive 44 meters, was originally intended to be the world’s tallest, reaching a soaring 86 meters, had Al Mansour not passed away in 1199. Moreover, it has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1995.

Another prominent sight in Rabat is the Les Udayas or Oudayas Kasbah, a historical masterpiece that dates back to the 12th century, a creation of Yaqub al-Mansur, the third caliph of the Almohad dynasty. This exquisite locale sits at the confluence of the Bou Regreg River, adding to its charm and cultural significance.

Tangier – The Gateway to Morocco

Tangier serves as the northern gateway to Morocco, and while it may not be featured in our customized desert excursions across the country, it remains a destination of great value.

This Moroccan port city is situated within the Tanger-Tetouan-Al Hoceima region, nestled amidst the stunning Rif Mountains. As the capital and largest city in northwestern Morocco, Tangier offers a wealth of attractions to explore:

Foremost among these is the American Legation Museum, a fortified structure bestowed by Sultan Moulay Suliman Ben Mohamed to signify recognition of the United States’ independence.

A visit to Tangier would be incomplete without venturing to the Hercules Archaeological Cave, approximately 14 kilometers from the city center and perched on Cape Spartel’s point. The legend tells of Hercules resting here during his quest for the three golden apples from Libya’s enchanted garden. The unique shape of the cave’s sea mouth, resembling the map of Africa, adds an extra layer of intrigue and draws travelers to its wonders.

Lastly, one of Tangier’s most cherished pastimes is strolling along the beach and exploring the historic Medina. From the heights of the ancient Medina, you can even catch a glimpse of Spain in the distance, a mere 14 kilometers away.

Chefchaouen – Morocco’s Enchanting Blue Gem

Chefchaouen, often referred to as Chaouen, is a captivating Moroccan town renowned for its distinctive blue and white architecture. Nestled in the Rif Mountains, this charming town takes the shape of goat horns, known as ‘Iskawn’ in Berber, signifying its connection to Chaouen and Chefchaouen. In 1471, Sherif Moulay Ali Ben Rachid founded this settlement as a small Kasbah to safeguard against Portuguese intrusions.

It’s intriguing to note that Chefchaouen was not originally blue; it wasn’t until 1492, with the influences of the Ghomara, Spanish, and Jewish communities, that it adopted its iconic blue hues. The reasons for this color choice vary; some suggest it was intended to mimic the sky, while others believed it served as a deterrent to mosquitoes.

Chefchaouen beckons as a tourist haven with an array of captivating sights and experiences:

First, the Ethnographic Kasbah, an architectural masterpiece, was Chefchaouen’s inaugural edifice. Housing approximately 11 turrets, some of which offer panoramic vistas of Chaouen, it showcases the town’s historic charm.

Secondly, no visit to Chefchaouen is complete without witnessing the beauty of the Ras El Ma waterfalls. Here, you’ll encounter locals washing their clothes by the cascading waters while immersing yourself in the scenic wonders of the springs.

For trekking enthusiasts, a remarkable panoramic viewpoint awaits to the east of Chaouen, providing sweeping views of the entire city and a breathtaking vantage point for observing the sunset.

However, the most delightful experience is simply meandering through the town’s enchanting streets and savoring its picturesque architecture. Don’t miss a visit to Wetat Lhmam Square, where you can relish a mint tea while local musicians serenade you, adding to the unique charm of Chefchaouen.

Fes – Morocco’s Cultural Capital

Fes is an unparalleled destination, celebrated for its rich cultural heritage, making it a central point in our 14-day tour from Casablanca. The city’s history dates back to 789 when it was founded by the Idrisid dynasty. Fes is distinguished by its remarkable old city, Fes El Bali, featuring enduring Marinid medieval architecture and a treasure trove of fascinating attractions.

The University of Al Quaraouiyine, also known as Al-Qarawiyyin, ranks as one of the city’s foremost landmarks. Established in 859 by Fatima Al-Fihri, it holds the title of the world’s oldest continuously operating university, following Alma Mater Studiorum in Bologna, Italy. Originally built as a Madrassa for Quran instruction, it subsequently evolved into a full-fledged university.

Fes boasts a collection of historic Madrasas, with the Madrasa Bou Inania, founded by Abu Inan Faris in 1351–56, being a notable highlight. Another prominent institution is the Madrasa Al Attarine, constructed by Marinid monarch Uthman II Abu Said in 1323.

A visit to Fes would be incomplete without exploring the Leather District. The Chouara Tannery, dating back to the 11th century, is the most renowned among the three tanneries. While the distinct aroma might require a touch of mint leaves to mitigate, it’s a sight to behold and photograph.

The Marinid tombs, erected in the 14th century, offer a panoramic vista of Fes, allowing you to explore these architectural marvels and savor a bird’s-eye perspective of the city. For yet another viewpoint, the Borj Nord also provides a unique vantage point to admire Fes in all its glory.

Ifrane – Morocco’s Little Switzerland

Ifrane stands out as one of Morocco’s most charming and pristine cities, making it a must-visit destination on our 14-day tour from Casablanca.

The city is renowned for being home to Al Akhawayn University, one of Morocco’s most prestigious institutions, attracting students from across the globe.

Notably, Morocco’s king boasts 12 palaces, and one of them is situated right across from Ifrane’s university.

During our journey, we typically make a stop in Ifrane, near the park housing the Atlas Lion monument. This impressive sculpture was crafted by a German prisoner during the French colonization, as he sought his release.

Ifrane is also the proud base of Morocco’s Atlas Lions football club. They choose this location for training due to its high elevation, allowing for optimal conditioning.

Moreover, during the winter months of December, January, and February, Ifrane becomes a favorite destination for snowboarding enthusiasts, drawing many Moroccans eager to enjoy the snowy slopes.

Exploring the Monkeys of Cedar Forest

Our journey takes us to the Cedar Tree Forest in Azrou, one of Morocco’s most extensive woodlands nestled in the Atlas Mountains. This forest once served as the habitat for the Atlas lion in Ifrane, along with a diverse range of other wildlife species. Regrettably, the Atlas lion is now extinct, and the forest no longer echoes with its majestic presence. Nevertheless, this forest is still a thriving home to various creatures, including deer, wild pigs, wolves, and squirrels. However, the most captivating inhabitants you’ll encounter during your visit are the Barbary Macaques. These remarkable primates live in close-knit social groups and are affectionately known by various monikers, such as magots and Barbary apes.

During our Casablanca tour, we’ll pause for a brief yet heartwarming interlude to provide food and refreshment to these gentle creatures. The Barbary Macaques are not only captivating but also remarkably docile, asking for nothing more than your kind gesture.

Exploring Ziz Valley and Errachidia Dam

Errachidia, often hailed as the ‘Gateway to the Sahara’ from Fes, is nestled in the Daraa Tafilalet region. This city stands at the very edge of the majestic Atlas Mountains. In its Berber origins, Errachidia was initially known as Imtghern or Ksar Souk, signifying a ‘market village.’ However, in 1975, the name was changed to Errachidia under the decree of Morocco’s prince, Moulay Rachid.

Our journey brings us to the Hassan Addakhil Dam, named in honor of Al Hassan Addakhil, the illustrious founder of the Alaouite dynasty, which continues to be the reigning Moroccan royal family. This dam, situated near Errachidia, serves as the primary water source for the entire Errachidia province, ensuring the sustenance of this vibrant region.

Exploring Ziz Valley’s Influence

Erfoud’s renowned dates-fruit festival is intrinsically tied to the Ziz Valley, which stands as the primary supplier of date palm trees. This sprawling valley stretches approximately 282 kilometers, revealing a stark contrast of fertile date palm groves and barren landscapes within a span of about 50 kilometers. During our 14-day tour from Casablanca, we will take a moment to pause at the breathtaking Ait Chaker panoramic viewpoint, allowing you to relish the picturesque scenery and capture memorable photographs.

Erfoud Unveiled

Dates and Fossils The name ‘Erfoud’ has a curious origin, stemming from the plant ‘Onfoud’ found along the river. Colonized by the French in 1912, it may also have been named after two intrepid Berbers who ventured to cross the river. As one of them reached the river’s midpoint, the other inquired about its depth, to which the response was ‘Ar Afoud,’ meaning ‘up to the knee.’ And so, Erfoud earned its name.

Erfoud, or Arfoud, is famed for its succulent date fruits and a treasure trove of mineral fossils. Harvesting the Date Festival Treasures: As previously mentioned, the Ziz Valley is a lush haven for date palm trees. Every October, Erfoud comes alive with an international date festival that lasts for three vibrant days. The festival is renowned for its expansive marketplace, offering an array of delectable dates and locally-crafted clothing…

Discovering Delights at the Date Festival

As mentioned earlier, the Ziz Valley is abundant with lush date palm groves. Each October, Erfoud hosts a vibrant international date festival that spans three exciting days. The festival is renowned for its bustling marketplace, offering a diverse array of delicious dates and locally-crafted clothing…

Exploring Erfoud’s Abundant Mineral Fossils

Erfoud stands as one of Morocco’s foremost hubs for mineral fossil exports, boasting a wide array of fossil specimens. From the intriguing Trilobites, ancient arthropods, to the remarkable Goniatites, orthoceras, and crinoids, the town is a paradise for fossil enthusiasts and geology aficionados. Join us on our 14-day excursion from Casablanca, and we’ll guide you through this geological treasure trove.

Exploring Rissani

The Heart of Tafilalet Rissani, a charming town situated in the Daraa Tafilalet region of the Errachidia province, is your gateway to the Erg Chebbi Sand Dunes, located just after Merzouga. Historically, it served as a bustling trading hub for the Tuaregs, who flocked here for commerce. Additionally, it houses the mausoleum of Moulay Ali Cherif, the great-grandfather of Moulay Cherif, the esteemed founder of the Alaouite Dynasty.

Rissani boasts a rich tapestry of experiences and sights for you to uncover. First and foremost, it’s renowned for its delightful pita bread, locally known as Lmdfouna Lfilalia, offered in a variety of delectable options, including nut-filled, meatball-stuffed, vegetarian, and salmon-infused.

Secondly, the town comes alive with its bustling souk on Tuesdays, Saturdays, and Thursdays. It’s a spectacle where villagers gather to trade and sell various items, including the uniquely recognized ‘donkey parking.’ Here, you’ll also find a marketplace dedicated to the sale of sheep and goats.

Thirdly, much like other Moroccan towns, Rissani features an intricately designed gate, showcasing the iconic Moorish architectural style.

Discovering Merzouga

The Enchanting Sahara Desert Merzouga, nestled in the province of Errachidia within the Daraa Tafilalet region, is the pinnacle of our 14-day Moroccan adventure departing from Casablanca. Located just 50 kilometers from the Algerian border, this desert destination is nothing short of mesmerizing.

Merzouga’s claim to fame lies in the magnificent Erg Chebbi Sand Dunes, a magnetic draw for adventurers seeking a spectrum of experiences.

First and foremost, embarking on a camel ride in Merzouga stands as an iconic highlight, considered one of the most remarkable excursions in Morocco. Whether ascending the dunes to witness the breathtaking sunset or venturing further to relish a night’s stay in Berber tents, the magic of Merzouga truly comes alive atop these towering sands.

Secondly, the allure of spending a night in traditional Berber tents is undeniable. Amidst these dunes reside nomadic communities who traverse the desert in search of improved living conditions. Many visitors yearn to savor this unique lifestyle by arranging an overnight stay, making it the second-best endeavor in Merzouga.

Furthermore, the Merzouga desert offers an exhilarating opportunity for quad-riding. With a local ATV rental, you can navigate the dunes or even engage in the thrill of sandboarding—a sport best enjoyed after rainfall when the sand adopts an ideal consistency for riding.

Last but not least, a stunning lake awaits approximately 4 kilometers from Merzouga’s center. Here, immigrant flamingo birds and resident camels share the tranquil landscape when not busy with their daily routines.

Unveiling Dades and Todgha Valley

A Natural Wonder Morocco is a realm of paradoxes and enigma, offering a tapestry of diverse experiences. Here, the dramatic Todgha Gorges stand as colossal canyons, soaring to an impressive height of 300 meters (984 ft), with a meandering river at their core. These gorges are a testament to the awe-inspiring power of nature, where water has etched its path through formidable rock formations, providing not only a visual spectacle but also pristine, potable water. These mountainside springs are frequented by local residents who arrive with their donkeys and horses to draw water, adding to the valley’s charm. It’s an essential stopover, seamlessly integrated into our 14-day tour from Casablanca.

The Dades Valley, also referred to as the Dades Gorges, meanders through the terrain, linking the vibrant city of Marrakech with the Sahara Desert near Merzouga. Consequently, many travelers opt to spend a night here, breaking their journey to immerse themselves in the scenic wonders. Beyond the captivating river vistas, two prominent highlights adorn this landscape. Firstly, a section of the mountains resembles the curious shape of monkey toes, adding a touch of whimsy to the surroundings. Secondly, the Cadillac automobile has placed an iconic advertisement along the winding Tissdrine road, transforming it into a sought-after attraction, thanks to its breathtaking panoramic views from the mountaintop.

Ouarzazate

The Cinematic Hub Ouarzazate, derived from the Berber term ‘Warzazat,’ fuses ‘War,’ signifying ‘without,’ and ‘Zazat,’ denoting ‘noise.’ This quaint town once served as a pivotal junction for African traders who convened to trade, barter, and traffic a medley of commodities, including salt and mascara. Their voyages often led them to a captivating pause near the Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou.

Ouarzazate boasts several notable attractions that make it an indispensable inclusion in our 14-day tour from Casablanca. Foremost, the Kasbah of Taourirt stands as a labyrinthine marvel comprising 300 rooms. Admission requires a ticket, granting access to the secrets within.

Furthermore, Ouarzazate is renowned for the Atlas Studios, a hub of cinematic production and equipment rental for shooting at the Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou. Among the studios, the Oscar Studio enjoys prestigious recognition.

A compelling facet of Ouarzazate is its distinction as home to Africa’s largest solar power plant. With an abundance of sunshine, especially during the scorching summer months when temperatures soar beyond 50 degrees Celsius, Ouarzazate optimizes its solar potential through extensive solar panel installations, harnessing the sun’s energy for electricity generation. This forward-looking endeavor complements its role as the gateway to the Sahara.

The Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou

A Moroccan Icon Morocco boasts a plethora of Kasbahs, yet the Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou reigns as the most esteemed and frequently visited. But what exactly is a Kasbah, you might wonder? The term Kasbah, derived from the Berber-Arabic ‘Kasab,’ intricately links ‘Bamboo’ to the castle due to the use of bamboo in crafting the fortress’s distinctive roofs. The Arabic expression ‘Ksar’ is another equivalent term, signifying ‘King’s Palace.’

With two primary entrances – one accessed via a bridge and the other through the main gate – traversing the Maleh river is requisite for both. However, the recommended route is to cross the bridge upon arrival and navigate the river on your return.

Renowned for their Kasbahs, the Berber African Touaregs merit mention, with their storied expeditions. The journey to Rissani, Morocco, for trade and back again with their camel caravans was famously known as ‘Tombouctou 52 days.’ Salt, mascara, coal, and sundry goods constituted their trade, primarily conducted by the river, now christened Oued El Maleh, translating to the ‘salty river.’

The Kasbah’s vantage point offers a breathtaking panoramic perspective of its own expanse. An adjacent chamber served as storage for traded merchandise.

Further enhancing the Kasbah’s eminence, it has provided the cinematic backdrop for 21 films. Notable titles include the renowned British-American epic ‘Gladiator,’ featuring a scene filmed in the very courtyard where gladiators once clashed. The Kasbah also played a role in ‘Lawrence of Arabia.’ With this rich history and cinematic allure, it beckons tourists worldwide to explore its captivating grounds.

Marrakech

A Vibrant Hub of Culture and Tourism Marrakech, a city in Morocco, thrives as a dynamic blend of culture, commerce, Saharan heritage, and a burgeoning tourism hotspot. The city holds the distinction of being the world’s premier tourist destination, welcoming over 3 million visitors in 2019. It’s no wonder that Marrakech finds its place in our comprehensive 14-day tour from Casablanca, offering a captivating array of renowned attractions.

Established by Abu Bakr ibn Umar ibn Ibrahim ibn Turgut, hailing from the Berber Mauritanian Lamtuna clan, Marrakech has evolved to become Morocco’s fourth-largest city.

Jamaa El Fna Square: Marrakech unfolds a tapestry of experiences for every traveler. The Jamaa El Fna Square stands as a prominent symbol, drawing the attention of both global travelers and locals. It’s a vibrant stage where snake charmers mesmerize with their hypnotic melodies, coaxing serpents into enchanting dances. Additionally, the square serves as the backdrop for ‘Halka,’ a compelling street performance where artists form a captivating circle, narrating engaging tales and speeches.

Koutoubia Mosque: For many, the Koutoubia Mosque ranks as the city’s second most cherished destination. Standing tall with a 77-meter minaret and an 8-meter spire, it lays claim to the title of Marrakech’s largest mosque. Known by various names, it was once referred to as the ‘Booksellers’ due to the book stalls that thrived in its yard. Notably, the mosque’s construction dates back to 1147, initiated by Abd al Mu’min ibn Ali. Interestingly, it shares an illustrious legacy with the Hassan Tower Mosque in Rabat and the Seville Mosque.

Majorelle Garden: Nestled within the historic Medina of Gueliz lies the enchanting Majorelle Garden. Designed by the French artist Majorelle, who succumbed to Morocco’s irresistible allure, the garden has since become a beloved attraction. Yearly, it beckons nearly 900,000 visitors, a testament to its allure. The garden’s creation spanned over 40 years, and upon Majorelle’s passing, it was lovingly completed and opened to the public by Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé, two renowned French painters. Entry to this horticultural wonder is priced at 70DH (7 euros), with adjustments available for specific IDs, such as student identification.