12 days tour around Morocco from Casablanca overview:
Tour around Moroccco from Casablanca , is a wonderful way to visit Morocco starting your journey by visiting Hassan second mosque on the Atlantic Coast in casablanca. Morocco Road Trips allow guests to explore the highlights of the Imperial cities : kasbah of Oudaya in Rabat, local handcrafts in Fez and Volubilis the Roman ruins near the city of Meknes. This cultural journey takes you to the deep south of Morocco for an unforgettable desert safafari in Merzouga sahara desert, crossing Roses valley to the southern cities of Ouarzazate and the Kasbah of Ait benhaddou the UNESCO heritage site before heading to Marrakech.
This 12 days tour around Morocco from Casablanca is available to operate with solo travellers , groups or families.
Tour around Morocco from Casablanca 12 days highlights :
Visit the blue pearl of Chefchaouen .
Visit the Roman ruins of Volubilis.
Visit the bustling souks and medinas of vibrant Fez, Marrakech and Ait Benhaddou.
Visit the ruins of one sultan’s Versailles dreams in Meknes.
Camel trek across the Merzouga Desert.
Spend the night in a Berber desert camp.
Discover the city of Ouarzazate, considered the gate of the Sahara Desert.
Visit UNESCO World Heritage site Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou.
Tour around Morocco from Casablanca 12 days program :
CASABLANCA AIRPORT TO THE CITY :
You will be welcomed by our English speaking driver at the airport and transfer you the Hotel where you will spend the night. In case you arrive in the morning time , our driver will take you to visit the largest mosque in Africa then driver along the Atlantic ocean though the Corniche toward Morocco mall considered as the second largest shopping center in Africa with 200 000m² of floor space, also driver to the place Mohamed 5 around which run Casablanca ‘s main streets ,links the old town and the new, Boulevard Mohamed 5 ,Place des nations-unies ,Park de la ligue arabe and see also the old Medina . And around 7 pm, if you like to have dinner in a restaurant somewhere in the city our driver will pick you up from the hotel and take you back to the hotel.
CASABLANCA TO THE BLUE CITY (CHEFCHAOUEN ) THROUGH RABAT:
In the morning, you will start your journey to the bleu city from Casablanca and through Rabat. When you get Rabat you will start with the chellah territory (Bab -or gate – Challah) where the first settlement was founded in the 3 rd century BC. Then continue to Hassan tower and the Mohamed 5 Mausoleum commemorate the sultan who helped Morocco to achieve independence and the Mausoleum was built between 1961 and 1969 by the Vietnamese architect . After spending some time walking in this beautiful historical place you will head to the Kasbah of the Oudayas which stand on the south bank of the Bou Regreg estuary. after the visit of Rabat you will driver straight to the blue city of Morocco, Chefchouen. From Rabat it’s like 3 hours driving through Souk Larbaa and Ouzza. Overnight in riad in the Medina.
CHEFCHOUEN TO FES VIA VOULIBILIS AND MEKNES :
The bleu city deserves a walk through its blue streets, so after breakfast you will have like one hour and a half walking around to take pictures and enjoy seeing the attractive blue streets. You will visit the fortress, Plaza Uta Hammam and the Medina then drive to Fes though Ouzzane ,volubilis and Meknes. The journey will take like 5 Hours including stops to see the places, breaks for lunch and toilets. First, you will stop at the Roman ruins of Volubilis which was inhabited during the Neolithic period and was occupied by the Carthaginians and then by the Romans, developing a thriving oil trade around 40 BC. And this historical place you will have a local guide to discover the house of Orpheus, the house of Dionysus others. Lunch will be in a local restaurant and after that drive to Meknes. This city was founded in the 9 th century and it was the last architectural project undertaken on the orders of Moulay Ismail then the Moulay Ismail Mausoleum , the medina ,the grate mosque and the Moulay Ismail granaries .after the visit of Meknes you will drive straight to Fes . Overnight in a riad in the old Medina.
HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL TOUR OF FES WITH A LOCAL GUIDE:
At 9:30 Am you will meet a local guide in the riad and start to explore the oldest of Morocco‘s imperial cities. Fes is an important religious, intellectual and cultural center .It is also renowned for its traditional crafts, and because of the particularly high reputation of its university it is known by many as the ‘Athens of Africa’. You will start with the royal palace with its ‘tightly closed doors, eggshell façade and pine-green Saracen tiles then the Mellah (Jewish quarter), the bleu gate and after that you will go to the Fes El Bali (the old medina).you will start with the Andlous Quarter to see the Andalous Mosque which was built in the 9 th century then the Kairouyiene Mosque which was built in 857 . And as you walk through the tiny streets on the medina you will see a lot of shops and workshops of merchants and craftsmen are grouped according to specialty. you will visit also the Merinid Medersa ( Bou Inania Mederssa) which is also a mosque .Afterwards you will go to the tanneries to see where leather like jackets ,bags are made also to see the process by which animal skins are rendered supple and rot-proff. Lunch in a local restaurant somewhere in the Medina . And after lunch, you will meet the driver somewhere outside the medina to drive around the medina for seeing the stunning panoramic views of the medina from uphill. And at the end you will go to see the pottery of Fes, tin-glazed earthenware decorated with predominantly cobalt-bleu designs. And after that drop off back to the riad.
FES TO THE SAHARA DESERT VIA IFRANE, MIDDLE ATLAS FOREST, MERZOUGA :
In the morning, you will start your journey to the golden sand dunes of Merzouga. This day’s drive is going to be long and it takes like 8 hours to get the Sahara desert including breaks and stops for pictures and lunch time. Along the way you will drive through many towns, first, you will stop in Ifrane which was built as a mountain health resort (5,400 feet) in 1929. With the tiled roofs of its chalets giving it a distinctly European appearance that is why it’s called Moroccan Switzerland because also it get covered of snow from December to March. And after that you will drive through the Cedar forest of the Middle Atlas, you will stop to see the Barbary apes climbing up and down the trees then continue driving through Midelt where you will stop for lunch in a restaurant .after lunch you will cross the pre-Saharan plateau of the peaks of Jebel Ayachi and Errachidia through the Ziz Vally , you will stop for some picture for the Ziz Gorges .Then to Erfoud where there is one of the largest oases in Morocco , a date festival is held here in October . And before the desert, you will drive through Rissani which got a lof of Ksars like Ksar Abbar and in this town where there is the Mausoleum of Moulyay Ali Cherif , the founder of the Alaouite dynasty .in in 35 Km away where the golden sand dunes of Erg Chebbi are .over night in a hotel on the edge of the sand dunes.
DISCOVER AROUND THE DESERT WITH A 4WD CAR :
After breakfast, you will drive around the desert for discovering and look for fossils. First, you will start the Khamliyya tribe where a music called Gnawa music is played by dark skin people originally from Sudan. After spending some times with them listening to their music and dance a little bite with them ,you will drive through the desert to see nomads who live over the desert in there simple tents with some animals like goats , sheep and camels .you will stop and discover the way of their life and have a cup of tea then continue driving to a rocky plateau where you will stop looking for fossils like Ammonites, Trilobites ,Nautiloidea and others . And during lunch time you will drive to local restaurant to try the Berber Pizza. And after lunch time you will drive back to the hotel to relax and be ready for the camel ride to spend the night in the middle of the sand dunes in a Berber tent.
SAHARA DESERT TO THE DADES VALLEY VIA TINJDAD AND TODRA GORGES:
In the morning in the middle of the sand dunes, you will wake up 20 minutes before the sunrise to climb up the dunes for a beautiful sunrise then ride back the camels to the hotel. After meeting your driver guide again, you will take the Moroccan road trip toward the Dades valley via Erfoud where you will stop for a fossil museum then via Tinjdad and Tinghir from where the road through the Todra Gorges follows the right bank of the river, which is covered with palm trees .you will stop at the steep Gorges of Todra for 30 minutes to walk through and make pictures also breath the clean air coming up from the mountains with the smell of herbs and walk through the running stream of the river . Lunch in a local restaurant .After the break, you will driver back to the main road and drive to the Dades valley which is 72 Km away.You will drive in the Dades valley first through the Town of Boumalne Dades where the houses are built on the mountainside next to the Kasbah, stand at the entrance of the magnificent Dades Gorges .over night in the middle of the Gorges.
THE DADES VALLEY TO MARRAKECH VIA OUARZAZATE , AIT BEN HADDOU KASABAH AND THE HIGH ATLAS MOUNTAINS :
After breakfast, drive along the Valley of the Roses to Kalaa Mgouna where you will have the opportunity to visit one of the Rose water cooperatives and learn how the locals prepare rose scented perfumes based on distilled rose water.
We continue toward Ouarzazate by Skoura oasis famous for its date palm trees, then to Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou where you will have lunch before a visit of the Kasbah, a UNESCO world heritage site, that has been used as a set for various Hollywood movies, fashion and commercial shooting.
In the afternoon, we begin our road trip through the Atlas Mountains past Tizi Ntichka Pass passing by various Berber villages with houses built with stones and mud. You immediately notice that life here never changed centuries ago !! and most of the locals are shepherds. We arrive to Marrakech late afternoon ..
EXPLORE MARRAKECH WITH A LOCAL GUIDE :
After breakfast, you will meet a local guide at your riad to take you to explore the sites of Marrakech. First, you will start with the place of Dejmaa El Fna, the traditional meeting for the peasants and merchants from the Sous region, the High Atlas and the South, has become the heart of Marrakech. In the mornings this vast square, located on the edge of the souk district and bordered by shops and workshops ,is crowded with fruit and spice sellers and metal drinking cups, story tellers ,snake charmers and so on. Then head the Iben Youssef Medersa which was built 14 th century, you will enjoy seeing its motifs and its beautiful architecture. and after that going to visit the Bahia palace , El Badi palace , the Saadian tombs and the main souks .ideally placed on the Saharan trade routes ,Marrakech was a convenient staging post for caravans and soon developed into a major craft and trading centre. Lunch in a local restaurant then continue the visit to the famous Majorelle garden , in 1917 the French artist Jacques Majorelle moved to Marrakech and mae this garden .These delightful gardens, planted not only with bougainvillea ,coconut palms and banana trees ,but also with bamboo and palm trees . And after that you will make a tour around the new city then the driver will drop you off at the riad or at the square.
Marrakech – Essaouira :
Essaouira day excursion from Marrakech starts at 08:00 am , after around 2 hours 30 minutes driving , we get to the ancient port of Mogador/Essaouira, built during the Portuguese occupation in a narrow peninsula with a huge sand crescent and it covered 40 percent of moroccan maritime exchanges. Perfectly sheltered by stunning French-built ramparts of the eighteenth century, the city is within a walking visit distance and is divided into various districts designed in grid form. From the top of Skala you can see the colorful fishing port and the fortresses. Essaouira is also famous for its fine hand crafts, especially silver jewelries and wooden items (tuya) perfectly interspersed with lemon wood, ebony, nacre, copper or silver thread. After a guided visit in the city and its monuments we will take you to an amazing restaurant, where you will have the opportunity to degustate the best cuisine that Morocco can offer.
Essaouira – safi- Al jadida – Casablanca :
Today we will drive to Casablanca via via the Atlantic Cost throught Safi , Aljadida zhere we will get the opportunity to Visit the Portugal Kasbah. After lunch in Al jadida we drive to Casablanca for an overnight at the hotel.