16 Days Casablanca Desert Tour

16 days Casablanca desert tour itinerary

Day 1

Arrive at Casablanca International Airport

16 days Casablanca desert tour departure: Your driver will be waiting for you at the Airport to drive into Casablanca for your first night, with the possibility to take you to Rick’s Cafe for dinner if you wish. Overnight in a hotel with BB (bed and breakfast).

Driving Distance : Approximately 40 km

Driving time :  1 Hours

Day 2

Casablanca – Rabat – Chefchaouen

After breakfast at the hotel. You will start your day by visiting the Hassan II Mosque, the largest mosque in Morocco before heading to Rabat, the current capital of the Country, here you will see the Mausoleum, Hassan Tower, and Udaya Fortress. Then continue to Chefchaouen via the town of Ouazan and many other small villages on the way. Arrive at Chefchaouen in the afternoon. Night in a Riad.

Driving Distance : Approximately 345 km

Driving time :  6 Hours

Day 3

Exploring the bleu pearl

After breakfast in the hotel, you will start exploring the Medina. Chefchaouen is a beautiful and unique city with white walls and blue doors and windows. Unlike many places in Morocco, Chefchaouen was occupied by Spain. Therefore, the influence of Spanish civilization and architecture is well noticed here. You will have the chance to meet locals and wander around this beautiful medina. Night in the same Riad

Day 4

Chefchaouen – Volubilis (Roman site) – Meknes – Fes

After breakfast at the Riad, You will drive south via Ouazzan to Volubilis, a well-preserved Roman ruins dating from 225 BC. some mosaics still in very good condition, then to Meknes, the Ismaili capital ( 1666). In Meknes, You will see the charming Bab Mansour gate, built by Sultan My Ismail, the granary and the Sahrij Souani used for irrigation and plantations. Then continue towards Fez. Night at the Riad or Hotel.

Driving Distance : Approximately 260 km

Driving time :  6 Hours

Day 5

FES Sightsee (tour with local guide)

After breakfast in your riad, you will begin your journey to discover the spiritual capital of Morocco, walking through its alleys. Our tour will be guided by a locale guide and begins at the Royal Palace gate, the Jewish Quarter, the first Mellah ever built in Morocco … We will ensure that you visit all the cultural and historical sites, including the famous Al Qaraouine University, the oldest university in the region, and tanneries. After lunch, visit the ceramic factory and enjoy a panoramic view of the entire ancient city of Fez. Night in the same riad.

Driving Distance : Approximately 20 km

Driving time :  5 Hours

Day 6

Fes – Azrou – Midelt – Merzouga

After breakfast in your riad, you will leave Fez for Ifran, known as the “Switzerland of Morocco” . During this tour, you will get an overview of the Middle and High Atlas mountains. Stop at the Berber village of Ifran and in the middle of the famous cedar forest (the largest in Morocco), where you can see the Barbary apes. Then your way will be continued to Midelt where you may have your lunch before going across the High Atlas mountains and the green valleys including the Ziz Valley full of date palm trees… Arrival in Merzouga in the afternoon where your night will be in a Hotel with DBB. Dinner, bed, and breakfast

Driving Distance : Approximately 480 km

Driving time :  8 Hours

Day 7

Merzouga Region and Camel Trek

After the breakfast in the hotel, you will start exploring the region. You will visit the Gnawa people, who were originally slaves brought from Sudan to learn about their music and way of life. Not far there are the abandoned mines of M’Ifis. You will also visit the few nomads still living between the Erg Chebbi Sand dunes and the Algerian Border, and back to your hotel to get some rest before you ride a camel through the dunes with an experienced camel guide to spend the night in the camp. DBB.

Driving Distance : Approximately 80 km

Driving time :  4 Hours

Day 8

Merzouga – Todra Gorges – Dades Gorges

You will wake up early in the morning to see the best sunrise. Then take your camels back to the town of Merzouga. Along the way, you will enjoy a unique view of the magnificent Erg Chebbi dunes – which change with the changing of the sunlight. After breakfast at the hotel, you will drive to Rissani, Tinghir, and the Todra Gorges – the highest and narrowest gorges in Morocco. Many fotos stops will be on the way, a short walk in the Gorges before heading to the Dades Valley where you will see majestic sandcastles and the amazing rock formation known as “Monkey Toes. Night in a Hotel with Dinner Bed and Breakfast

Driving Distance : Approximately 280 km

Driving time :  5 Hours

Day 9

Dades Gorges – Boutaghrar – Skoura – Ouarzazat

After breakfast in the hotel, You’ll leave Dades Valley to Kalaa M’gouna and Ouarzazate. This road is known as the Road of Thousand Kasbahs offering endless opportunities to take some of the best photos of your trip. We stop at Kalaa Mgouna, the “City of Roses”, to see the rose water distillation technics. Continue to Skoura to visit Kasbah Ameridil, the best-preserved ancient fort in this area. Getting to Ouarzazate, known as “African Hollywood”, it’s geographical environment and beautiful landscapes have attracted many filmmakers. Here you have the opportunity to enter the Cinema studios, where many films such as The Mummy, Gladiator, and The Last Temptation of Christ were filmed. Accommodation for the night will be at the Riad (BDB).

Driving Distance : Approximately 150 km

Driving time :  4 Hours

Day 10

Ouarzazate – Taroudant

After breakfast in your riad, you will start your day towards Taroudant via Taliouine. Today you will visit the largest castle in Morocco, Ait Benhaddou Kasbah, where a part of the movie “Gladiator” was filmed. In Taliouine you may have the possibility to visit one of the Safran Cooperatives this area is known for. We should arrive in Taroudant in the afternoon, where you will explore the “Little Marrakech” and its monuments, first visit the Kasbah and its ramparts; the streets of the Medina. Taroudant was built in the 16th century by the Saadian dynasty before settling in Marrakech. Taroudant is nicknamed “Little Marrakech” because of its red walls and narrow streets. Overnight at Riad DBB.

Driving Distance : Approximately 300 km

Driving time :  6 Hours

Day 11

Taroudant – Agadir – Essaouira

After breakfast in your Riad, depart for Essaouira via Agadir. Agadir has a very large beautiful beach and has been a very big tourist destination for many years. The coastal road to Essaouira is scenic, an area famous for its Argan nuts; here you will see herds of goats climbing the Argan trees in search of fresh leaves and nuts that they will not find on the ground. Few stops along the way and getting to Essaouira in the afternoon. Overnight at Riad. (BB).

Driving Distance : Approximately 260 km

Driving time :  6 Hours

Day 12

Explore Essaouira

After breakfast at your hotel. You will start your visit by visiting the fortress of La Scala; see artisans cutting Thuya wood; stroll through the alleys of the medina to see hundreds of handicrafts. The Windy City attracts surfers from all over the world. Essaouira has been home to many civilizations – including the Portuguese occupation which influenced much of its architecture – but it remains a city with a rich history. It is also considered the “Pearl of the Atlantic” of Morocco due to its size, blue doors, and washed walls. Our tour included Mellah – the Jewish headquarters and the beach. Lunch will be wherever you want and the night at the same Riad. BB.

Day 14

Essaouira – Marrakech

After some free time in Essra, departure for Marrakech. On the way, there will be an opportunity to visit a cooperative of women producers of argan oil, where they extract the oil, known for its culinary virtues, aesthetic and medicinal… Arrive in Marrakech in the early afternoon to drop of your suitcases in the Riad then you can walk outside to the famous Jemaa Elfna square to watch the performances of magicians, storytellers, musicians, and snake charmers. Night in the Riad with bed and breakfast.

Driving Distance : Approximately 170 km

Driving time :  3 Hours

Day 15

Explore Marrakech

After breakfast at the riad, you will start exploring Marrakech, the “red city of Morocco”. Your guide will ensure that you visit the main sites of historical and cultural interest, including the Saadian Tombs, El Bahia Palace, and Ben Youssef Koranic School. Have lunch at a restaurant near the square, then visit Majorelle Gardens and the Koutoubia Tower. Night in the same Riad with bed and breakfast.

Driving Distance : Approximately 20 km

Driving time :  4 Hours

Day 16

Marrakech airport

Departure from your Riad to the Airport depending on your flight time.

Driving Distance : Approximately 5 km

Driving time :  1/2 Hours

16 days Casablanca desert tour includes list:

  • Private driver
  • Tour guide in Chefchaouen, Fez and Marrakech
  • Accommodation including “Bed, Dinner, Breakfast”
  • Camel trekking “1 Camel per person”
  • 1 night in desert camp
  • Fuel