Overview 15 Days Casablanca to Sahara Desert
Program itinerary 15 Days Casablanca to Sahara Desert
- 1st Day : Arrival at Casablanca
- 2nd Day : Casablanca – Rabat – Chefchaouen
- 3rd Day : Chefchaouen Sightseeing
- 4th Day : Chefchaouen – Volubilis – Meknes – Fes
- 5th Day : Fes Sightseeing
- 6th Day : Fes – Ifran – Cedar Forest – Midelt – Ziz Valley – Sahara Desert
- 7th Day : Tour of The Dunes – Visit Nomad Families – Merzouga
- 8th Day : Merzouga – Rissani – Arfoud – Todra Gorges – Dades Valley
- 9th Day : Dades Gorges – Boutghrar – Rose Valley – Skoura – Ouarzazate
- 10th Day : Ouarzazate – Ait Benhaddou Kasbah – Taroudant
- 11th Day : Taroudant – Agadir – Essaouira
- 12th Day : Essaouira Sightseeing
- 13th Day : Essaouira – Marrakesh
- 14th Day : Exploring Marrakesh
- 15th Day : Back Home
Day 1: Arrival at Casablanca
15 Days Casablanca to Sahara Desert start upon arrival at Casablanca’s Mohammed V airport. We will greet you and drive you to your hotel. In the heart of the economic capital of Morocco.
Day 2: Casablanca – Rabat – Chefchaouen
After breakfast at your hotel. We will start our tour by visiting the spectacular Hassan II mosque. The second largest religious building in the world which is open to non-Muslims. We then set off to the administrative capital of Morocco, Rabat. In Rabat, you will visit The magnificent Kasbah of Oudayas. Hassan Tower with its uncompleted minaret, the Mausoleum of Mohammed V and the Hassan 2 ( father of the current king ) as well as the Chellah Necropolis. After lunch, we will travel to Chefchaouen via the city of Ouazzan. Most of the drive will be over the foothills of the Rif Mountains before we arrive at the beautiful pearl of Morocco, Chefchaouen. Overnight in a Riad.
Day 3: Chefchaouen Sightseeing
After breakfast, we will start exploring Chefchaouen (known as the blue city ). It is a small charming, clean and fresh town. you’ll stroll around the old Medina with its old restored kasbah. Plaza Uta Hammam, the square at the heart of the town is really an ideal place to relax. with its steep, narrow cobbled streets and whitewashed walls, blue doors, windows and mountains as a backdrop makes from Chefchaouen a wonderful place for fascinating pictures. After lunch, you will see the natural spring water of Ras Elma. Unlike other parts of Morocco, this town was occupied by Spain. Therefore, there is much influence of the Spanish and Moorish culture. You will have an opportunity to meet with locals, wander in the souks (markets) and enjoy this amazing town. Overnight in a Riad.
Day 4: Chefchaouen – Volubilis – Meknes – Fes
After breakfast, we leave Chefchaouen and cross the Rif mountains to arrive at the ancient Roman town – Unesco World Heritage Site- we will discover its mosaic floors, basilica, temple and triumphal arch. We then head to the Holy town of Moulay Driss ( pilgrimage for Moroccans ). After Lunch in the town, we continue our journey to Meknes where you will explore: The huge gate of Mansour, the Granary, The Swani basin, the old medina with its souks and Lahdim square where you will relax in one of its cafes. In the late afternoon, We set off for Fes. Overnight in a traditional riad in the Medina.
Day 5: Fes Sightseeing
After breakfast, you will be met with a local guide with whom you will start your city tour by visiting first the outside part of the Medina ( old city ) including The Royal Palace Gate, the Jewish Quarter ”Mellah ” – dates back to 14th Century. You will also visit the ceramics Cooperative to see traditional Moroccan crafts. Afterwards, you will cover the most important sites inside the medina with a cultural and historical interest including the superb architectural masterpiece of Bou Inania Medersa, Blue gate, the Karaouiyine Mosque, The Big Chouara Tanneries , Medersa Seffarin where people work on metal and make beautiful ( lamps , teapots..) and other decorated architectural masterpieces like Attarin Medersa and the Najarian Fountain. In the afternoon, we will take you to the tombs of Merenids to admire a beautiful panoramic view of the medina. Overnight in your Riad.
Day 6: Fes – Ifran – Cedar Forest – Midelt – Ziz Valley – Sahara Desert
After breakfast, we will travel through the middle atlas mountains. On the way, we will stop at Ifran, a small charming, clean town, known as ” Switzerland of Morocco ” because of its similarity to a Swiss alpine resort. We continue south passing through the largest cedar forest in north Africa and home to barbary monkies, we will have a chance to take fascinating pictures and feed the monkies. After lunch in Midelt, we head south via Talghomt pass admiring the beautiful views and landscapes that nature offers us.
We arrive at the region of Ziz valley where we will stop for a breathtaking panoramic view for this hidden oasis filled with palm groves. Within around one hour, we will arrive Sahara desert where your camels are waiting for you. After a rest, accompanied with a guide you will ride the camels and cross the high dunes of Erg Chebbi desert, see a magnificent sunset on top of a high dune, then continue trekking towards your camp where you will sleep ( tents like the nomads use). After dinner, you’ll enjoy Berber music played by nomads around the fire and under a starry sky.
Day 7: Tour of The Dunes – Visit Nomad Families – Merzouga
Waking up early morning is ” a must to ” to see one that could be the most beautiful sunrise in your life. After breakfast, we will begin our desert excursion in the Sahara desert to explore the different parts of the desert. First, we will see the lake of Merzouga that is home to exotic birds, then head directly to the middle of Sahara desert where nomads with their animals still live a traditional life, we will sip a cup of tea with them and see how they live. Afterwards, we take the route where Rally Paris Dakar used to race, then we get to Mifis mines that once used to be exploited by France, time to visit them.
We continue our journey by heading directly to Khamlia village that is inhabited by black Berber people originally from Mali, Niger …We will have a chance to listen to their music and dance. Lunch in the village ( Berber Pizza). Then, we set off to visit an impressive oasis on the edge of sand dunes before we end up our day in your hotel.
Day 8: Merzouga – Rissani – Arfoud – Todra Gorges – Dades Valley
After breakfast at your hotel. We’ll leave the immense desert and travel towards the city of Rissani, once a major stopping place for the Saharan-caravans route; if it coincides the day markets which take place on Thursday, Thursdays and Sundays we will have an opportunity to visit the souk – the largest one in the region. We then set off to Erfoud – fossil town. Here, you will see stalls selling crystals and precious stones as well as fossils.
The workshop using Marmar is open to visitors. We then continue our journey to Dades valley passing through villages such as Millab, Tinjdad, Ait Isa to arrive later to Todra valley which is a green one surrounded by mud villages and mountains. Driving around 30 min we get to Todra gorges: a narrow vertical passage with vertical cliffs 300m high rising dramatically on each side, they are a popular destination for climbing lovers. Lunch in the town, continue to Dades valley where you will see the fascinating rock formation known locally as ”monkies fingers” as well as beautiful mud kasbahs. Overnight in a hotel overlooking the valley.
Day 9: Dades Gorges – Boutghrar – Rose Valley – Skoura – Ouarzazate
Today, we’ll leave Dades valley to Ouarzazate via Boutghrar, Rose Valley and Skoura. We start our journey by visiting the snaky road – Car propaganda/advertisement site – and the Dades gorges with its impressive rock formation. Travel off-road to Boutghrar, a place where nature and colours meet, the path will lead us to nomads that live in caves, we’ll have a cup of tea with them. Continue to El Kalaa Mgouna ( Rose Town) where locals pick over 400 tons of rose petals that are processed into rosewater, cremes and perfumes in local cooperatives. A festival is held every May here. Time to enjoy your lunch in the town. Then, We take the road of a thousand kasbahs to Skoura which is home to the most beautiful kasbahs in Morocco, we visit the 17th century Kasbah of Amridil, drive in the oases of Skoura towards Ouarzazate. Overnight in a Guesthouse.
Day 10: Ouarzazate – Ait Benhaddou Kasbah – Taroudant
After breakfast, we will visit the biggest Oscar Cinema Studios of Ouarzazate ( Hollywood of Africa). We then head towards the famous Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou which is Declared by Unesco as a World Heritage Site. This Kasbah is a backdrop for so many international films including Gladiator, Lawrence of Arabia, Games of Thrones …We will visit this unique kasbah. Afterwards, we continue our journey west enjoying the scenic beauty of atlas mountains and pass through small Berber towns of Taznakht where we’ll stop for lunch.
Then set off to Taliouine – Capital of suffran – if it coincides the harvest season, you’ll have the opportunity to meet with locals in their fields. In the afternoon, we’ll get to Taroudant known locally as ” the grandmother of Marrakesh ‘. You will explore its ramparts and walk through its small alleys of the Medina that has a Berber and Arab souk, unlike other Moroccan cities. Overnight in a riad.
Day 11: Taroudant – Agadir – Essaouira
After breakfast, we will leave Taroudant and travel for Essaouira via Agadir. Agadir has a beautiful large beach and has been a popular destination for tourists for so many years. After lunch, we will have a walk along the promenade before we continue our journey to Essaouira through the coast road that offers beautiful scenery. The area is famous for argan, we can see herds of goats climbing the trees looking for argan nuts and leaves. After several stops along the coast, we will arrive in Essaouira known as ” Jewel of the Atlantic”. Overnight in a riad inside the medina.
Day 12: Essaouira Sightseeing
After breakfast, we will start our explorative day by visiting the ramparts called Skalla fortress. Then walk inside the narrow alleys of the Medina. Unesco World Heritage Site – with beautiful arts and crafts including objects carved of local Thuya wood. Lunch in a Moroccan way, freshly bought fish ” cooked to order ”. Essaouira is also known as ” City of the wind ”, it attracts surfers from different parts of the world. Essaouira was occupied by Romans, Phoenicians and Portuguese. Thus, there is a big influence noticed in its architecture. It is a small town with much history.
There is an annual festival of ” Gnaoua music ”. Where many musicians from Africa and the world come to perform. It takes place in the second week of June. In the afternoon, you’ll have free time to stroll around the main square and have a mint tea in one of its Cafés. Overnight in a riad inside the Medina.
Day 13: Essaouira – Marrakesh
After breakfast, we will travel for Marrakesh. On the way and since this is the region of Argan trees, we may see many goats climbing trees to eat Argan nuts and leaves. We may also visit a Women’s Cooperative of Argan oil where you will learn about the benefits and applications of the oil, from culinary and cosmetics to medicines. After several stops on the way, we will check into your riad in the Medina. In the afternoon, you will have free time to relax in your riad or to explore the busy square of Jamaa Lafna. With its snake charmers, musicians, fortune tellers and acrobats. Overnight in a riad inside the Medina.
Day 14: Exploring Marrakesh
After breakfast, you will start your city tour exploring Marrakesh ( the red city of Morocco ). The guide will ensure that you see the most important spots with historical. And cultural interest including The Bahia Palace, the Saadian tombs, Ben Youssef Koranic school. As well as the largest traditional souk in Morocco. After lunch in one of the local restaurant near the main square. You can visit the Koutoubia tower and the Majorelle gardens. Overnight in your riad.
Day 15: Back Home
After breakfast, we’ll pick you up from your riad. And drive you to the airport either Marrakesh or Casablanca for your flight.
End of 15 Days Casablanca to Sahara Desert.