12 Days Tour Description:
Like a tale of the Thousand and One Nights: sumptuous palaces, magnificent buildings and gates, the architectural richness of the mosques, lively and colorful markets, secret medinas, these are all the legendary imperial cities of Morocco. Step by step.
You will relive what the dynasties of yesteryear have left us. Even today, Rabat, Meknes, Fez and Marrakech continue to fascinate us by the testimony of their great past.
From the Atlantic coast to the contrasting and constantly renewed landscapes of the Atlas Mountains, it is the perfect way to discover the four Imperial Cities, their architectural, artistic and cultural heritage, each time different, associated with the splendor and power of the royal dynasties.
This imperial cities tour also offers you the many facets of the diversity of Morocco today, a successful alliance between modernity and tradition.
12 Days Imperial & Desert tour Highlights:
- Explore the beautiful landscapes of the atlas mountains.
- Explore Fez in a guided visit including: King Palace, Blue gate, Karaouine university, Attarine medersa, colorful souks, Tannery.
- Devoted to historical Marrakech guided visit: Bahia palace, Popular Art museum Dar si Said, Saadiens tombs, the colorful souks.
- Meknes historical guided visit: Bab Mansour, granary and the royal stables and the Roman ruins of Volubilis, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
- Enjoy traditional Moroccan cuisine during the tour.
- Rabat Guided visit: Kingdom Palace, Oudaya Kasbah, Chellah Necropolis, Hassan Tour and the Mohamed V mausoleum.
- Visit the Mosque Hassan II mosque, one of the largest religious building in the world.
- Experience a camel ride in the desert Sahara sand dunes.
- Enjoy a romantic dinner in desert camp under the stars.
Day 1 : Casablanca
Arrival at Casablanca airport and transfer to the hotel. After a short break you can take a short tour of the city, visit the Mosque Hassan II, the corniche … The night will be in your hotel.
Day 2 : Casablanca – Rabat – Meknes
This morning you will finish the visit of Casablanca then you will leave to the city of Rabat to visit Kasbah Oudayas, Hassan Tower, Mohamed V Mausoleum, Royal Palace in Rabat.
After Rabat, you continue your journey towards Meknes, where you will make a visit with a local guide.
Visit the Tombs Moulay Ismail, one of the rare sanctuaries of Morocco, the granaries the stables of Moulay Ismail, El Hdim square, Bab Mansour, the most famous door of all North Africa, and the medersa Bou Inania.
The night will be in a Riad.
Day 3 : Meknes – Volubilis – Fez
After breakfast you will depart to Volubilis to visit the set of Roman ruins near Moulay Driss Zarhoun, lunch will be at the town of Moulay Driss Zerhoun.
After you continue to Fez.
You will also visit the fascinating Medina with a local guide: El Quaraouyine, a primitive mosque that was founded in the middle of the 9th century, tomb Moulay Idriss, the founder of Fez, the Nejjarine complex housing the Nejjarine Museum of Arts and Crafts wood, the Seffarin Madrassah which was specialized in the teaching of grammar and theology.
And finally the Madrasa Bou Inania, and after you will visit the souks of Fez.
The night will be at the Riad.
Day 4 : Fez – Merzouga
Departure from Fez to Merzouga via the cedar forest in Ifrane and Azrou, then the town of Midelt then the gorges and the palm grove of the Ziz Valley.
And before arriving at Merzouga, you will make a visit to the marble factory for making fossils at the city of Erfoud and the end of the day arrive in Merzouga to spend the night in an inn at the foot of the dunes of Erg Chebbi.
Day 5 : Merzouga: Go Around The Dunes In 4×4, Camel Ride And Overnight Under The Berber Tent
Go around the dunes of Erg Chebbi 4×4 to visit the oases and nomad tents in the black desert to enjoy their customs and traditions.
Continue the tour until you reach the village Khamliya: village descendants of Sub-Saharan peoples of Malian or Guinean origin (see Gnawa dance and music, then visit the flamingo lake and at 4 pm you will go on camel to spend the night in a bivouac Nomadic tent in the middle of the dunes.
Day 6 : Merzouga – Todra Gorges – Dades Gorges
After the return of the bivouac, you will leave towards the Dades gorge via Rissani the first imperial city of Morocco and the economic center of the Alaouite historical monuments area.
Then you continue for the Todra Gorge (take a walk to the gorge 300m heights where many climbers come to enjoy their favorite sport).
Continue to the gorges of Dades in the valley of figs, the night will be in a hostel with a family (an opportunity to get an idea about Moroccan cuisine).
Day 7 : Gorges Of Dades – Valley Of The Roses – Skoura – The Kasbah – Ait Ben Hadou – Ouarzazate
Make the departure of the gorges of Dades towards Ouarzazate via the valley of the roses in Kalaat M’gouna the city of the annual festival of the roses (to see a range of products extract of roses).
The oasis Sekoura (visit of the kasbah Amridile) , visit of Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou: site inscribed on the list of World Heritage of UNESCO since 1987 and where were filmed many films:
- Lawrence of Arabia
- The Mummy
- Gladiator …
Return to Ouarzazate to spend the night in a hotel (you can also visit the kasbah Taourirte and the movie studios in ouarzazate).
Day 8 : Ouarzazate – Zagora – M’hamid
After breakfast you will leave for M’hamid via the Daraa Valley, visit the palm grove and kasbahs, visit the underground village TAMAGROUTE to see the traditional pottery workshops.
And visit the magnificent library created in the XVII century where There are preserved manuscripts of the Koran illuminated, written on gazelle skin, as well as works of history and medicine.
Then continue towards M’hamid. The night will be in a hotel.
Day 9 : M’hamid – Tazenhakt – Taliouine – Taroudant
Departure from M’hamid to Taroudant via Taznakht (capital of the Berber carpet) then Taliouine the region of natural saffron, and finally arrive in Taroudant, the night will be at the Riad in the center of Taroudant.
Day 10 : Taroudant – Essaouira – Marrakech
After breakfast, you will depart to the city of Essaouira the city built in the eighteenth century in front of the island Mogador with its particular climate, it is a pre-sifted destination kites.
The annual festival of Gnawa music and cultural and artistic activities remain the most important events in Essaouira.
After lunch you will make the departure to Marrakech on your arrival you will make a tour of the city to discover Marrakech and for a total immersion in the red city.
Lunch in the Medina, then visit the most beautiful palaces and monuments of Marrakech as the Bahia Palace of the 19th century, the Saadian tombs of the 16th century, the Koutoubia mosque, the Majorelle garden.
You will also visit the famous Souks in Marrakech where traders sell leather, carpets, fabrics, spices and Kaftans and the night will be at the Riad.
Day 11 : Guided City Tour Of Marrakech
A day dedicated to visit the city from the gardens of Menara, the Saadian tombs, where are the founders of the city, the Bahia Palace, residence of the old vizier; the Koutobia mosque with its splendid minaret.
Finally in the world heritage site of Djemaa F’na square.
The morning a big Souk and the evening a magic show and then finish our Marrakech city tour at the labyrinth Souks/markets: artisans, leather, tanneries, dyers.
Dinner and overnight in Riad or Hotel.
Day 12 : Marrakech departure
Breakfast and at the scheduled time, transfer to the airport for the return flight.
“End of the 12 Days imperial desert tour from Casablanca”