10-Day new year desert tour from Casablanca
Day 1: Casablanca:
Our private tour begins with a transfer from the airport to your hotel in Casablanca, where you’ll be offered a complimentary meal. Today depends on the time your arrival; given the time we may explore a handful of Casablanca’s touristic features such as the Hassan II mosque, Moroccan Mall shopping center and a nearby beach area.
Day 2: Casablanca – Meknes – Volubilis – Fes:
Your morning and afternoon in Casablanca may be spent getting to know the city at a less touristic pace.
After lunch in the city we’ll drive to Meknes, a former imperial city. Next we’ll visit the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis before continuing to Fes where we’ll spend the night at a local riad / hotel (including a complimentary dinner and breakfast).
Day 3: Exploring Fes – guided tour of city:
We’ll start the day exploring the oldest city in Morocco, snaking through its alleys and narrow streets. We’ll begin sightseeing at the Royal Palace gate, followed by the Jewish headquarter where the first Mellah ever was built in Morocco, during the 16th century. We’ll ensure that you visit all sites with cultural and historical interest including the famous Al Qaraouine University, the oldest in the region.
We’ll also visit the Tanneries, the Attarine museum and the Moulay Idriss mausoleum. After lunch you’ll visit many different cooperatives and then, experience a wonderful panoramic view over the whole Medina of Fes.
Amongst the sites already mentioned, we may also visit Mosque of The Andalusians, The Medersas and Fes jdid “New Fes”. We’ll spend the night at a local riad / hotel (including a complimentary dinner and breakfast).
Day 4: Fes – Ifrane – Midelt – Erfoud – Rissani – Merzouga desert:
After breakfast at your hotel in Fes we’ll leave for Merzouga through the Mid-Atlas region passing thorugh Ifrane, the “Switzerland” of Morocco. Up next we’ll drive a bit further to explore the cedar forests of Azrou, where you can stop to feed the Berber apes. We’ll then continue to Midelt where we’ll have lunch and then follow the Ziz River through to the Ziz Gorge (valley). Our drive proceeds across the Ziz Valley, Erfoud, and Rissani where we’ll stop to explore the souk (local market). Our day comes to a close as we arrive in Merzouga, spending the night at a local hotel hotel (including a complimentary dinner and breakfast).
Day 5: Merzouga desert and camel trek to desert camp :
After breakfast, we’ll head out to the desert; trade in our 4x4 for camels. We’ll spend the day exploring desert region and The Erg Chebbi Dunes, making a circuit of the desert dunes where you’ll experience firsthand the captivating contrast of the Moroccan nomadic (Berber) way of life. From there we’ll pay a visit to the “black village” of Khamlia, where we’ll enjoy a show by the renowned Gnawan musicians, followed by a traditional Berber pizza for lunch in the ancient capital of Rissani. Our afternoon will be spent riding camels and enjoying the sunset behind the dunes before heading back to our camp. There, we’ll be treated to a traditional tagine dinner, drink delicious local mint tea, and delight in traditional Berber music underneath the star and moonlit sky of the wondrous Sahara Desert.
Day 6: Merzouga desert – Todra Gorge – Dades Gorge
We’ll fetch an early start to catch the sunrise in the Merzouga desert, and then return on camelback to the village. From there, we’ll leave to to Tinghir, to reach the Todra Gorge, which is the highest, narrowest gorge in Morocco. Here we may stop to hike within the valley, and after lunch in the gorge we will continue on to the Dades Gorge, where we’ll enjoy sand castles and also geological features called “monkey toes/feet”. We’ll spend the night in the Dades Gorge, at a local hotel, which will include a complimentary dinner and breakfast.
Day 7: Dades Gorge – Ouarzazatte – Ait Ben Haddou – Marrakech
After breakfast we’ll drive towards Ouarzazatte passing through the route of a thousand Kasbahs (fortresses). We’ll stop at Kalaat Mgouna (which is the center of The Valley of Roses) for a stretch and lunch at a local restaurant. Then, we’ll continue our private tour stopping first at the famous Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou before continuing through the Tizi-n-Tichka pass to Marrakesh where we’ll spend the night at a local riad / hotel.
Day 8: Marrakesh guided tour
Today we’ll have a guided tour of Marrakesh. You will explore the main attractions and monuments of the city including the famous Jamma el Fna square, Kotubia mosque, the souks, palaces, and museums. We’ll also explore parts of the city such as Gueliz, The Menara Gardens and Marjolle.
Day 9: Marrakesh – Essaouira 1 day excursion
Today we’ll have a guided tour of Essaouira, on the Atlantic coast. Your tour includes a visit to the ancient city, the old medina, and the port, where you will find the local fishermen making ready their nets and preparing to set sail! You’ll have the option of enjoying the freshest seafood prepared for you on the spot during the late afternoon. We’ll then head to Marrakesh where we’ll spend the night.
Day 10: Marrakesh – Casablanca:
Today you’ll get a chance to “do your own thing” in Marrakesh, at your own leisure, before returning to Casablanca where our tour ends.
What’s included on your private tour:
- Pick up and drop off in Casablanca / Marrakesh (to/from your hotel, the airport or any other desired location)
- Private transfer via a comfortable and air conditioned 4x4 vehicle
- Experienced English speaking guide / driver
- Camel trekking in Merzouga desert
- Special New Year Dinner
- New Year’s celebration in the desert
- Overnight at The Merzouga Desert Camp
- Breakfast and dinner
What’s NOT included on your private tour :
- Plane ticket to and from Morocco
- Entry fees to monuments, museums etc.
- All that isn’t mentioned on the itinerary
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