Day 1: Casablanca – Rabat – Fes
On Day 1, we take you to Casablanca’s main attractions, including Hassan II Mosque and the old medina. Then we’ll hit the road for the nearby city of Rabat, the capital of Morocco. There are several historic landmarks to see there, such as the Kasbah of the Udayas, Hassan Tower, and the Chellah. At the end of the afternoon, we’ll go Morocco’s cultural capital: Fes. We will spend the night there.
Day 2: Sightseeing in Fes
Because there is so much to see here, Day 2 is dedicated to Fes. We will spend most of the day in the city’s ancient medina, “Fes el Bali.” Not only is it one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites, it also contains what is believed to be the oldest university in the world, the University of Al-Karaouine. We will spend the night in Fes and leave in the morning after breakfast.
Day 3: Fes – Merzouga Desert
Day 3 is a busy day. It is a long drive from Fes to Merzouga, but we’ll make several short 20-minute or so stops along the way. The first stop will be at Ifrane, also known as “the Switzerland of Morocco.” It is a very small town but so unique for its architecture and cold climate. The next stop is at Azrou’s cedar forest, famous for the presence of Barbary apes. If we’re lucky, the apes will be around, and you’ll have the chance to feed them by hand. We’ll also stop at Midelt and Errachidia. And we’ll pass by the gorgeous Ziz Valley on our way to see fossils in Erfoud. Our last stop will be at Rissani to do some shopping at the souk.
We’ll briefly stop at Sahara Desert Hotel for a cup of tea. Then we’ll cross the desert dunes of Erg Chebbi by camel to go to our camp. We will have a beautiful evening watching the desert sunset and enjoy Berber dinner and music by the campfire at our luxury camps.
Day 4: Camel ride and 4×4 Excursion
On day 4, we’ll enjoy a desert excursion in Merzouga with a local guide. We’ll visit Khamlia village and a Nomad museum in the village of Hassilabied. Then we’ll visit Rissani and eat Berber pizza. Finally, we’ll head back to our camp via camel. We’ll cross the desert dunes and enjoy the Saharan sunset. As always, we’ll enjoy Berber dinner and music by the campfire at our luxury camps.
Day 5: Merzouga Desert – Todra Gorge – Dadès Gorges
On day 5, we’ll wake up early in the morning to watch the desert sunrise. Then we’ll drive towards Tinghir to explore the nearby Todra Gorges, a narrow canyon famous among rock climbers. We’ll continue driving until we reach Dadès valley, where we will have dinner and stay overnight.
Day 6: Dadès Gorges – Ouarzazate – Marrakech
On day 6, we’ll explore the Valley of Roses, go sightseeing in Ouarzazate, and explore the UNESCO kasbahs of Ait Benhaddou in a guided tour. We’ll finish our tour in Marrakech after crossing the High Atlas Mountains. Our driver will drop you off at your accommodation in Marrakech.
Day 7: Sightseeing in Marrakech
On day 7, we’ll see the main sights and monuments in a guided tour of Marrakech. We’ll explore the medina, souks, and of course, Jemaa El-Fnaa, a vibrant hub of bric-a-brac stalls, musicians, storytellers, fortune-tellers and snake charmers that never seems to rest. Then we’ll walk around Koutoubia Mosque, Marrakesh’s most famous landmark with its striking 70m tall minaret visible for miles in every direction. We’ll also visit Medersa Ben Youssef, the largest theological college in Morocco, and the Saadian Tombs, a 16th century burial ground home to 66 members of the Saadian dynasty, which ruled over Marrakesh between 1524 and 1668. We’ll have dinner and stay overnight.
Day 8: Marrakech to Casablanca Airport
On the last day, our private driver will take you to the airport.
*NOTE: All accommodations during the tour are organized by us. We usually stay in beautiful, traditional riads or hotels to give you the most authentic Moroccan experience. All of them include breakfast and dinner.
Services included in price:
NOTE: If you want to modify this tour, let us know , and we can create together an itinerary that suits your needs. Contact us for more info. Bivouacmerzougaexperience@gmail.com