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10 Days Tour from Marrakech | Desert-Fes-Casablanca

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10 days 9 nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

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Overview

This 10-day tour from Marrakech is the ideal way to experience the wonders of Morocco’s Atlas Mountains and the Sahara Desert without having to spend hours planning transportation, lodging, and a schedule. Meet people from isolated villages and immerse yourself in the real Moroccan culture. This journey combines breathtaking scenery with the deep history of central Morocco.

With their intriguing topography and Berber settlements, this 10-day journey through the High Atlas highlands starts and concludes in Marrakech. As you travel farther south, you will reach the famed Moroccan Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987.

You will travel through the Todra Gorge, a constricting passageway with towering cliffs, breathtaking scenery, and mud huts. A camel ride across sand dunes to a Bedouin camp, where you will spend the night in the utter solitude of the desert, is also an opportunity to be had.

After visiting the fortified City of Fez, home to the spectacular big Gates, you will meet nomads in the desert and learn about their culture and local environment. There is still so much to come. Without a guide, exploring Morocco’s Atlas Mountains could mean missing out on Berber culture and picturesque vistas.

A 10-day tour from Marrakech is one of the best excursions we have to offer you. This tour will also take you to Chefchaouen, Rabat, and Casablanca. By offering exciting programs for each day, we’ll help you experience and appreciate true Morocco, with its ups and downs.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Day 1: Arrival in Marrakech
  • Day 2: Exploring Marrakech
  • Day 3: Ait Ben Haddou, Ouarzazate, and Boumaln Dades
  • Day 4: Boumaln Dades, Todra Gorges, Merzouga Desert
  • Day 5: Desert, Azrou, Ifrane, & Fes
  • Day 6: Exploring Fes
  • Day 7: Fes-Volubilis, Meknes, and Chefchaouen
  • Day 8: Chefchaouen, Rabat, and Casablanca
  • Day 9: Exploring Casablanca
  • Day 10: End of the 10-day tour

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Marrakech

Day 1: Arrival in Marrakech

Your tour to Morocco from Marrakech just got started. You will be greeted when you land at Marrakech's airport. Then, a car will take you to your lodging.

You can use some of your free time to explore the city's vibrant nightlife. There are so many fascinating sights, sounds, and smells in Marrakech.

The most well-liked tourist attraction in Morocco is, without a doubt, Marrakech. The city is renowned for its thriving markets, stunning architecture, and diverse culture for a taste of 16th-century architecture.

You will enjoy its evening as the landscape changes naturally while the sun gently sets beneath starry, warm nighttime skies. You'll like it. Lights charmingly glimmer throughout the Medina, and the atmosphere is buzzing with activity.

The city is filled with the enticing aroma of cooking spices and Berber food, and the muezzin (calls to prayer) will be heard from all over. Marrakech at night is a spectacular, delightful sensory experience that you will not want to miss.

Day 2: Exploring Marrakech

Day 2: Exploring Marrakech

You'll depart the hotel after breakfast to explore this magnificent city. You will explore the beautiful detail of the Ben Youssef Madrasa Islamic School.

The largest mosque in the city, the Koutoubia Mosque, and Gardens, will be visited with your guide. Non-Muslims are not allowed inside, however, it is advised to take pictures with the distinctive minaret.

You’ll like the intricately carved cedar, plaster sculptures, arabesques, Islamic calligraphy, and vibrant zellij produced by traditional Moroccan artists (mosaic tilework). Visit the prayer hall and stroll around the former dormitory, where up to 800 students formerly resided.

The Majorelle Garden and the Menara Gardens are just two of the many gardens in the city that you can explore during the tour. You will also eat well in a nearby restaurant with your guide.
After lunch, you'll have some free time to explore the Dar Di Said Museum, also known as the Museum of Moroccan Arts, to see its displays of jewelry, clothes, and exquisitely carved Hispano-Moorish furnishings.

Additionally, you will go to Jemaa el-Fnaa Square. Both locals and visitors alike congregate there. There are frequent musicians, dancers, snake charmers, and other entertainers there. A fantastic area to try some of the regional cuisines is the square.

Later, you will explore the intricate maze of souks hidden underneath regular eateries and shops while indulging your senses. Marrakech is a wonderful spot to buy if you enjoy it; the city has a wide variety of goods to choose from, including handicrafts, spices, and jewelry.

You may find a variety of babouche at Souk el Attarin, Souk Chouari, and Souk Smata (traditional Moroccan slippers). Visit Souk des Teinturiers (the dyers' souk) to observe the dyeing of textiles and leather firsthand. Everyone can find something to do in Marrakech. You'll have no trouble finding things to do during your vacation, whether your interests are in history, culture, shopping, or dining.

Day 3: Ait Ben Haddou, Ouarzazate, and Boumaln Dades

Day 3: Ait Ben Haddou, Ouarzazate, and Boumaln Dades

At 8:30 in the morning, the driver will pick you up from your Riad in Marrakech and take you to Ouarzazate via the High Atlas highlands. You'll pass Tizi Ntichka port, the highest point in this land at 2.260 meters.

You'll stop at a few locations on the route to take pictures of the picturesque scenery and Berber communities. After there, you'll travel down a narrow road to Telouat Kasbah. You will have some spare time after visiting the Kasbah to try some of the local cuisines.

After having delicious lunch, you'll go via the Ounila valley to reach the ksar (fortified village) of Ait Ben Haddou, where you'll explore the renowned Kasbah, passing past small Berber settlements and residents who reside in adobe homes tucked away in the mountains (declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986). Famous movies like Gladiator, Obelix, The Mummy, The Jewel of the Nile, Sahara with Penélope Cruz, etc. were filmed on this magnificent set.

Later, you will go to Ouarzazate, widely known as "The Gate of the Desert," after touring the Kasbah. As you make your way toward Boumaln Dades along the Valley of a Thousand Kasbahs, you will pass numerous little settlements where you may observe traditional farming practices in action.

As you go through fragrant Kelâat M'Gouna, the "Valley of the Roses," keep an eye out for nomads caring for their livestock. Eventually, you'll reach Boumaln Dades, a significant hometown spanning the Dades River. Dinner is served in the hotel where you will stay for the night.

Day 4: Boumaln Dades, Todra Gorges, Merzouga Desert

Day 4: Boumaln Dades, Todra Gorges, Merzouga Desert

Following a sumptuous breakfast, you'll go to the 300-meter-tall golden mountain known as the Todra Gorges. You might get a chance to witness climbers ascend the 300-meter cliff wall as you proceed. Your tour guide will take you to numerous Berber settlements in the afternoon.

After eating lunch at a nearby restaurant, you'll move on to Rissani, which has its own claim to fame. In addition, Rissani is renowned around the world for its date markets. It served as the beginning point for commerce caravans traveling over the Sahara Desert to Tombouctou.

Finally, you will reach the captivating Merzouga Desert after a protracted drive in your 4X4 vehicle. Here, you will exchange your car for a solitary, personal camel and enjoy a leisurely journey through the dunes.

The ever-changing Erg Chebbi Saharan dunes will start to become visible. Before you approach the town, which is renowned for its fossil-rich rock and artisans, you might, with any luck, come across a nomadic Berber family with whom you can enjoy tea.

Continue to the roughly 14 square mile stretch of undulating sand dunes (35 sq km). The color and contour of several peaks that are higher than 650 feet (200 m) vary with the wind and sun.

Just as twilight begins to fall, we'll arrive at our opulent campsite and welcome it as it appears seemingly out of nowhere. You should be prepared for a feast at this stage. You'll savor a Moroccan meal. You will also be seated next to a nice bonfire. The sand dunes and surroundings will astound you. After dinner, you'll be treated to a drum performance by the neighborhood nomads. Remember to take lots of pictures since you'll wonder if your vacation to Merzouga was all a dream when you get home!

Day 5: Desert, Azrou, Ifrane, & Fes

Day 5: Desert, Azrou, Ifrane, & Fes

You'll get up early today to see the dawn. A genuinely magnificent feeling is created by the size of the terrain and the way the light gently spreads across the sand. All your tired muscles feel rejuvenated as you watch the sky begin to light up. Your energy levels increase as the sun rises higher and higher in the sky. It is a life experience that you don't want to miss.

After breakfast in the camp, you will return to the village of Merzouga on your camel, where the driver will be waiting to pick you up and transport you to Fes through the Ziz Valley.

After stopping for a panoramic view of the Aoufous oasis in the Tafilalte region, you will go to Errachidia via Erfoud, Aoufous, and the valley of Ziz. Cross the Tizi N'talghamt pass to travel to Midelt and stop for lunch. Your journey continues alongside the trailing edge of the Cedar Forest to Azrou, which in the local Berber Language means "rock," located atop a high hill of cedar forests home to endangered Barbary Apes.

On the 5th day of your 10-day tour from Marrakech, the next stop is Ifrane, a clean, well-kept city that looks more like Switzerland that has been moved to the Middle Atlas. The city is home to many lovely parks and gardens, along with numerous museums and other cultural attractions. The Atlas Lion, one of the creatures that once called this place home, has come to represent the city and is commemorated with a stone statue in its middle.

You'll take advantage of the opportunity to pause and take some pictures. Ifrane visitors can engage in a range of outdoor pursuits, including skiing, climbing, and hiking.

You will be driven to FES in the late afternoon, where you will spend the night in a traditional riad in the city’s center.

Day 6: Exploring Fes

Day 6: Exploring Fes

You will eat breakfast in your Riad on the sixth day of your 10-day tour from Marrakech. Following that, you'll start exploring the oldest and spiritual center of the nation.

Marrakech, Rabat, Meknes, and Fes make up Morocco's four imperial cities. The city has a lengthy and illustrious past that dates back to the ninth century when it served as the seat of the Idrisid Kingdom. The University of al-Qarawiyyin, the oldest university in Morocco, as well as a number of other important mosques, madrasas, and palaces, will welcome you.

One of the best-preserved cities in the Islamic world is the city's ancient Medina, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You may meander through its maze-like streets, discover its many historical sites, and browse the thronging souks for authentic Moroccan items. You will have time to have lunch in a local Moroccan restaurant.

The Nejjarine Fountain, a stunning 13th-century fountain located in the center of the Medina, the Medersa Bou Inania, a 14th-century Islamic school, and the Dar el Makhzen, the former imperial palace of the Moroccan sultans, are some of the most well-known tourist sites that you will visit.

Additionally, you will visit El Bahia Palace, one of Marrakech's top tourist attractions. A huge, stunning palace with several courtyards, gardens, amazing tilework, and wonderful architecture. It was constructed in the late 1800s to serve as Si Moussa, the Sultan's Grand Vizierpalace.

You will next go to the Batha Museum, where you will be able to fully appreciate Moroccan arts and culture. The gardens in the Andalusian style will enchant you as you enter Jnan Sbil. It's breathtaking to see the complex tile patterns and the delicate fountain in the courtyard's middle.

Upon finishing your city tour, you'll return to your accommodation. Stay the night in Fes and have dinner.

Day 7: Fes-Volubilis, Meknes, and Chefchaouen

Day 7: Fes-Volubilis, Meknes, and Chefchaouen

Today, you continue your 10-day tour from Marrakech to Chefchaouen. After a delicious breakfast at the hotel in Fes, you will be taken to Volubilis, an ancient Roman city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

This city attracted attention from around the world when Martin Scorsese used it as the main setting for The Last Temptation of Christ. You will explore the Roman ruins, decorated with lovely mosaics and vibrant tiles reflecting Roman mythology.

The visible remains of the ruins, which cover many acres, include several wall fragments, pieces of large columns, the capitol, the basilica, and a triumphal arch. The locals began referring to it as "Ksar Faraoun," or "the Pharaoh's Castle," and grew to assume it had been constructed by ancient Egyptians.

The next stop on your journey is Meknes, an imperial metropolis that has existed since the beginning of the Alawite dynasty's dominion over Morocco. You may see the Sahrij Souani Basin, the massive Babb el-Mansur doorway, and the lavishly decorated Moulay Ismail Mausoleum there.

We'll then travel to Moulay Idriss. The Khyber and Tazga hills have rocky spurs that have been used to form a metropolis, with the structures spectacularly cascading down the slopes. This is a significant place of pilgrimage for the faithful, and there is a yearly religious event here in August.

After such a memorable day, you will be transported over the Rif Mountains to Chefchaouen, the Blue City, where you will spend the night in a nice Riad.

Day 8: Chefchaouen, Rabat, and Casablanca

Day 8: Chefchaouen, Rabat, and Casablanca

You will depart the hotel after breakfast to explore and take in the sights of this lovely town. The charming town of Chefchaouen, which is located in the Rif Mountains in northern Morocco, is a well-liked tourist destination. Its winding alleyways and blue-washed houses make it a photographer's paradise, and its laid-back attitude is a refreshing change from the bustling of larger Moroccan cities.

The Medina (ancient town), the Kasbah (fortified castle), and the numerous mosques and madrassas are a few of Chefchaouen's top attractions (religious schools). The Medina is filled with blue-washed structures, which are arguably the city's most recognizable characteristic.

Another well-liked location is the Kasbah, which provides breathtaking views of the mountains in the area. Many traditional Moroccan craftspeople reside in Chefchaouen and market their items in Medina. These include potters, weavers, and leatherworkers.

Many excellent restaurants provide both traditional Moroccan food and cuisines from other countries. You'll be escorted to Rabat after lunch. It is situated at the mouth of the river Bou Regreg, which flows into the Atlantic Ocean. Salé, Rabat's bedroom neighborhood, is located on the river's facing shore.

You will then move in the direction of Mohammed V's Mausoleum.
You'll then begin relocating to Casablanca. You'll spend the night in a nice hotel after this exhilarating journey.

Day 9: Exploring Casablanca

Day 9: Exploring Casablanca

This day will begin with an enjoyable breakfast in the hotel. After this, you’ll start exploring Casablanca, a bustling city with several tourist attractions, notably the Hassan II Mosque, one of the biggest mosques in the entire world. The mosque has a capacity of more than 25,000 people and is situated on a peninsula with views of the Atlantic Ocean.

In 1993, the mosque was constructed. Following your visit to the mosque, you will move on to the busy Old Medina, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Many of the city's sights are located in the Old Medina, a historic area.

This city is a significant hub for banking and trade and is home to several of Morocco's biggest companies. Without trying some of the regional cuisines, a vacation to Casablanca would not be complete. Try delicacies like fish tagine and shrimp couscous since the city is well-known for its seafood. And finish it all off with a glass of Moroccan mint tea, a favorite cooling drink.

Casablanca has plenty to offer everyone, whether you want to learn more about Moroccan culture or just unwind on the beach.
If you fly out from Casablanca, your night's stay will be there; however, if it is from Marrakech, we will take the road and settle in the red city in the afternoon.

Day 10: End of the 10-day tour

Your 10-day tour from Marrakech concludes here. You may share your experience, feelings, and secrets with each other. You will also enjoy your last journey from Casablanca to Airport. We will remind you to double-check your bags before leaving. The driver will drive you to the airport or any other location you pick up today, depending on your flight's departure schedule.

PS: Traveling to Morocco with your family or friends may be secure and authentic thanks to the expertise of our team, which is renowned for offering individualized service. We can arrange the ideal tour for you, whether you want to climb the Atlas Mountains, ride camels through the Sahara Desert, or look for treasures in Fes' Medina. To reserve one of the greatest private tours or travel packages to Morocco, get in touch with us right away!

Included/Excluded

  • Hotels & accommodations
  • Multilingual driver/guide
  • Comfortable air-conditioned 4×4/minibus vehicle
  • Pick up and drop off from Airport/Hotel/Riad
  • Fuel & parking
  • Local guides
  • 3 dinners in the desert
  • Breakfasts
  • Flight tickets & visa
  • Entrance tickets to monuments and museums
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips to guide and driver

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10 days

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