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  • 8 to 12 Days
  • Pickup: Marrakech - Fes - Casablanca
  • Destination : Charming Cities and Desert
Unveiling the Beauty of Morocco

A Mesmerizing 8 to 12 Day Adventure

Experience the best of Morocco with our captivating Briad Morocco itinerary that takes you on a whirlwind adventure through the country’s most iconic destinations. From the historic cities of Fez and Marrakech to the enchanting Sahara Desert, the coastal charm of Essaouira, and the cosmopolitan vibes of Casablanca, this journey showcases the diverse beauty and cultural richness of Morocco.

Departure & Return Location

Marrakech – Casablanca or Fes.

Departure Time

8 am

Price Includes

  • Air-conditioned & Comfortable vehicle 4x4/ van
  • Tour Guide
  • Overnight in Luxury Kasbah at the Dades Valley with dinner & Breakfast
  • Camel Trekking ( Camel for each)
  • Overnight in a Private tent at the Luxury Nomadic Desert Camp
  • Camp fire show + Dinner & Breakfast
  • Kasbah Ait Benhaddou Entrance fee + Local guide
  • Overnight in a beautiful Hotel in Ouarzazate
  • 3 Dinners + 3 Breakfasts

Price Excludes

  • Tipping
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Lunches

Essential items to pack for the trip

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunscreen and sunglasses
  • Hat or scarf to protect yourself from the sun
  • Light jacket or sweater for cooler evenings
  • Travel adapter for electronic devices
  • Medications and necessary toiletries
What to Expect

In Fez, expect to be transported back in time as you wander through the narrow, maze-like streets of the medina. The highlights include exploring historic sites such as the Bou Inania Madrasa and Al-Qarawiyyin Mosque, witnessing the traditional craftsmanship in the tanneries, and indulging in the vibrant atmosphere of the souks.

As you venture into the Sahara Desert, prepare to be awestruck by the vast expanse of golden sand dunes. Highlights include embarking on a camel trek, where you’ll traverse the dunes and witness the breathtaking sunset over the Erg Chebbi dunes. Spend a night in a traditional desert camp, where you’ll enjoy a delicious Moroccan dinner, stargaze under the clear desert sky, and awaken to the magic of a Sahara sunrise.

In the coastal town of Essaouira, expect a laid-back atmosphere and picturesque views of the Atlantic Ocean. Highlights include exploring the well-preserved medina with its blue-and-white buildings, strolling along the vibrant harbor, and enjoying fresh seafood at the local restaurants. You can also take in the panoramic views from the historic ramparts and relax on the sandy beaches.

Casablanca, the cosmopolitan hub of Morocco, offers a blend of modernity and rich heritage. The highlight is the iconic Hassan II Mosque, one of the world’s largest mosques, with its intricate architecture and stunning seaside location. Take a stroll along the Corniche, visit the vibrant central market, and explore the modern architecture that dots the cityscape.

Finally, in Marrakech, expect a sensory overload as you delve into the vibrant medina. Highlights include exploring the bustling Jemaa el-Fnaa square, wandering through the colorful souks, and visiting architectural gems like the Bahia Palace and the Koutoubia Mosque. Indulge in Moroccan cuisine at lively food stalls, unwind in beautiful gardens like the Majorelle Garden, and experience traditional music and dance performances.

Overall, this Moroccan itinerary offers a blend of history, culture, natural beauty, and vibrant city life. Prepare to be mesmerized by the rich tapestry of experiences, from getting lost in ancient medinas to riding camels in the desert and relaxing on coastal beaches. Morocco’s charm lies in its diversity, and this itinerary allows you to witness the best of what the country has to offer.

  • Explore the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ait Benhaddou.
  • Drive through the Road of a Thousand Kasbahs.
  • Experience the majestic Todra Gorges.
  • Take a sunset camel trek across the mesmerizing dunes of Erg Chebbi.
  • Spend a night in a Luxury Berber desert camp under the starlit sky.
  • Witness the breathtaking sunrise over the Sahara Desert.
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Itinerary

Day 1CASABLANCA - RABAT

Today really depends on your arrival time, after you got picked up by your driver from the airport you might like to see some of the sights of Casablanca, in particular, the Mosque Hassan II with the second tallest minaret in the world, La Corniche Promenade and  the Rick’s Cafe. We head to the capital city of Rabat, more tranquil than the hectic metropolis of Casablanca. Rabat has also a way richer history, having been a very important city during the assorted dynasties that succeeded on the throne. We’ll visit the 12th century Kasbah des Oudayas with its Andalusia Gardens as well as the Mohamed V Mausoleum and the Hassan Tower. We are able to dwell further into the past and visit the Merenid necropolis of Chellah. Dinner and overnight. Those who do not arrive early enough, may spend the night in Casablanca and go to Rabat tomorrow.

Day 2RABAT - MEKNES - VOLUBILIS - FEZ

In case you didn’t visit Rabat sights yesterday, you can do so for the morning and head to Meknes Afternoon.
Meknes is one of Morocco’s Imperial Cities but less-visited when it comes to tourism. This city was built by the Alawi king Moulay Ismail at the end of the seventeenth century to be the capital of his kingdom. which he tried to make it like European capitals, to the extent that it was likened to French Versailles, but the city lost its importance in the eighteenth century by losing its status as the political capital of the Alawites, where the city of Fez took This privilege instead. We will visit the water reservoir of Heri Essouani, The Gate of Bab Mansour and Lehdim square. 

Your next stop will be the Roman ruins of Volubilis, which occupies a prominent historical position, where there are many important Roman sites in the Maghreb and North Africa. Historians agreed that its history dates back to the first two centuries AD because of the Roman monuments it contains, such as the public square, the triumphal arch, and the ancient Roman court. Overnight in Fes Medina.

Day 3FEZ MEDINA GUIDED TOUR

After breakfast, your tour guide will meet up with you in your Riad and give you an idea about the day schedule. Here we go! we start exploring the Medina of Fez. The founding of the city dates back to the end of the eighth century AD; Where the city arose on the right bank of Wadi Fez in the Andalusian neighborhood in 789 AD. The Medina has nine thousand streets and alleyways! but your Fes born-bred guide will reveal the city’s most special parts. You will get to visit the King Palace, The Mellah Jewish Quarter, The Ceramic Complex, The Koranic School Mederssa Bou Inania, Fondouk Nejjarine, the tanneries and the various craft souks.

Day 4FEZ - IFRANE - MIDELT - MERZOUGA

Departure at 8 am. The first stop is Ifren, a colonial alpine resort built by the French in 1929. You are almost … maybe in Switzerland. The surrounding countryside is dotted with apricots, walnuts and plum trees, and as you approach Midelt, you’ll see beautiful images of rural life in the Berber region. A few hours after crossing the Middle Atlas Mountains, we arrive at Erfoud, the capital of Morocco’s major date-growth region. As you get closer to Sahara, the changes in the landscape become noticeable. Overnight in Kasbah hotel facing the sand dunes.

Day 54X4 TOUR AROUND THE DUNES - CAMEL TREKKING & OVERNIGHT LUXURY CAMP

Exploring day around the sand dunes, morning stop at the Slaves village of Khamlia and assist at the local Gnaoua music performing, mint tea will be served for everyone.  Stop at the Kohl mine near Mephis village.
Lunch at Nomad family place, Local Berber Pizza (Madfouna) will be served. Getting back to the hotel around 2 pm. Free time to use the pool or enjoy the magnificent views and atmosphere. 

Later we meet our Camels for a 1hour trek or 20 min on a 4×4 into the Dunes to reach the Luxury desert camp at Erg Chebbi. Camel for everyone and additional Camels are provided to carry your luggage. The Camel trekking is usually prior to the sunset, allowing you to enjoy the sun setting over the landscape from the top of the Dunes. Once we arrive at the Luxury Desert camp, we are greeted with a cup of delicious hot mint tea and we spend the evening under the stars, on the dunes, also beside the warmth of the campfire built by the local Touareg especially for you. Get to enjoy locally cooked meals (special diets are catered for), a drum party, and story swapping.

 

Overnight in private Double or triple Luxury tent with toilet and shower in.

Day 6MERZOUGA - ALNIF - DRAA VALLEY - OUARZAZATE:

After a traditional Berber buffet breakfast, We start our journey through the Draa valley and over the Low Atlas Mountains, Until you see the Draa valley, you can’t fully appreciate the amazing feat of Morocco’s existence. Before the Almoravids could conquer territory all the way up to Barcelona, and Saadians could monopolize the sugar trade, first they had to get past unassailable gorges, mud-brick watchtowers, and fiercely autonomous oases. Yet this desert landscape still seems wildly adventurous. After crossing the Ait Sawen pass over the Low Atlas Mountains, we would reach our Guest House in Ouarzazate, Dinner, and overnight.

Day 7OUARZAZATE – CINEMA STUDIOS – KASBAH OF AIT BENHADDOU – TELOUET - TIZI N TICHKA PASS - MARRAKESH

After the Breakfast at Riad, we head to visit the Cinema Studios in Ouarzazate known as ‘Ouallywood’ movie studios. It provides a compelling, exotic setting for a film set in Tibet, Ancient Rome, Somalia, and Egypt, making for a sufficient summary. Ait Ben Haddou is a great example of one of the few UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Morocco. If you’ve seen Gladiator, Alexander, or Lawrence of Arabia, the setting for all these movies, might sound familiar.
The Castle is built on the side of the mountain so as to control the most precious good of the area: the river flowing beneath. Its adobe houses intertwine with each other giving place to mysterious passageways and intricate light patterns.
A hide-and-seek paradise, the summit can be reached via a variety of narrow cobbled paths. The views from the granary at the top are breathtaking.

After the visit we head to Unila Valley to reach Telouet. The beauty of the valley winding down the road is indescribable. Once the principal residence of “Lord of Atlas” Pasha el Glawi. Telouet housed his courts, stables, mosques, and numerous slaves at the time Pasha was having tea with W. Churchill. He founded the first bus company in Morocco. A visit is highly recommended if you want to admire the splendor of this modern dynasty and the contrast between the abandoned exterior and the lavish interior.

Then, this time embark on the journey back across the High Atlas. The French Foreign Army has paved a route through these mountains. The route zigzags through steep valleys and mountain peaks. Arriving to Marrakech around 6 pm.

Day 8MARRAKECH – GUIDED TOUR OF THE CITY

Full-day sightseeing tour in Marrakech to explore the Medina, souks, monuments, and Gardens. We will provide you with a guided tour of the `Pearl of the South` escorted by your driver and our professional local guide to see all its highlights: The main square of Djemaa El Fna, the constant flow of show biz celebrities owning properties here, its massive foreign residents’ community or its geographical location, Marrakech is smaller, yet much more famous than its counterpart Fes. There is no other Moroccan city that boasts such a demographic diversity: Arabs, Europeans, and Berbers have always blended with the Touareg populations north of Sahara and the Black Africans whose ancestors worked at the court of the Sultan in a city always known for being a passage point for caravans coming through its gates from the 4 corners of Africa. Highlights include Bahia Palace, Koranic school Ben Yussef, Souks, Saadian Tombs, the legendary Hotel Mamounia, or the Majorelle Gardens (once the property of a certain Yves Saint Laurent).

Day 9MARRAKECH – ESSAOUIRA

Essaouira, the city of wind, the land of love and coexistence in Morocco. Once referred to as Mogador because of its story through the Portuguese along the fifteenth century.
We start a journey of 2 hours from Marrakech to Essaouira, driving through the Largest Argane forest Worldwide, a great opportunity to visit one of the Women Argan oil cooperatives.
Essaouira was Morocco’s main harbor for centuries where gold, precious wood, sugar, and slaves were traded internationally.
The African slaves left their music behind and its streets still resonate with the hypnotic rhythms of Gnawa. Even local people still talk about the short visit of certain Celebrities like Jimi Hendrix and Cat Stevens in the ’70s.

Essaouira is an ideal place to relax, wander in the Medina or by the beach, admire the different crafts and activities. Essaouira’s real charm comes from the fact that tourism hasn’t yet spoiled the town, which remains a hive of activity; where fishermen and boat builders get on with their daily activities as they have done it for centuries. In the afternoon we recommend visiting the Skalas (sea bastions): Skala de la Ville and Skala du Port with their impressive collection of 18th-century European brass canons.

Day 10DEPARTURE CASABLANCA

We say goodbye to each other after 4 hours journey from Essaouira to Mohamed V Casablanca airport. We may spend a night in Casablanca according to your outbound flight time.. We hope you enjoyed your Morocco Tour with us!

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FAQ

What sets a comfortable tent apart from a luxury upgraded option?

Luxury Upgraded Option: A luxury private tent takes your desert camping experience to the next level. It offers exclusive amenities and enhanced privacy. The standout feature of a luxury tent is the private ensuite bathroom and shower. Within the confines of your tent, you’ll find a well-appointed bathroom equipped with shower condiments and fresh towels. This ensures convenience and comfort, allowing you to enjoy a refreshing shower in the privacy of your own space.

Standard Tent: On the other hand, a comfortable tent provides a cozy and more basic accommodation option. While it still offers a comfortable place to rest, the facilities are shared. The bathrooms and hot showers are located outside the tent and are commonly shared among the guests in the camp. It’s worth noting that these shared facilities are maintained to a good standard, providing cleanliness and functionality.

Do the tents offer privacy?

Yes, all tents provided on the private tour ensure complete privacy.

What is the duration of the drive to Merzouga?

The duration of the drive from Marrakech to Merzouga can vary depending on various factors such as traffic conditions and stops along the way. Typically, the drive takes approximately 8 to 9 hours, covering a distance of around 560 kilometers. It’s important to note that the drive includes breaks for rest, refreshments, and sightseeing opportunities to make the journey more enjoyable. The stunning landscapes and scenic routes along the drive make it an integral part of the overall experience, allowing you to soak in the beauty of Morocco’s diverse landscapes.

What is the anticipated return time to Marrakech?

The approximate return time to Marrakech is expected to be around 6:00 or 7:00 p.m., considering variables such as traffic and weather conditions.

What should we pack for the trip?

Ensure you have a small backpack with essential items for the camel ride and overnight stay in the desert camp. It’s recommended to bring a scarf, hat, sunglasses, and wet napkins for added comfort. For the Comfortable desert camp, please remember to bring your own shower accessories and towel. To ensure a comfortable camel trek, it is advised to wear jeans, trousers, or long shorts. Additionally, don’t forget to wear comfortable walking shoes for the duration of the tour.

What is the duration of the camel ride?

The camel ride during sunset lasts approximately 1 hour, providing you with ample time to immerse yourself in the beauty of the desert landscape. For the sunrise trek, the camel ride is approximately 40 minutes, allowing you to witness the breathtaking sunrise over the horizon.

Can we skip the Camel ride ?

Yes of course you can, we will provide you with a private 4×4 instead.

How is the weather in the desert?

The weather in the desert can vary depending on the season and the time of day. Generally, the desert experiences extreme temperature fluctuations between day and night. During the day, especially in the summer months, the desert can get extremely hot with temperatures soaring high. It’s important to protect yourself from the sun and stay hydrated. In contrast, nights in the desert tend to be cooler, with temperatures dropping significantly. It is advisable to bring layers of clothing to adapt to these temperature changes and to ensure your comfort throughout the day and night.

Tips for planning your:

8 to 12 day morocco adventure

– Plan your trip during the spring or fall when the weather is pleasant and not too hot.

– Pack sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses to protect yourself from the desert sun.

– Bring comfortable walking shoes for exploring the medina and climbing sand dunes.

– Research and book your Tour and activities in advance to ensure availability.

– Respect the local customs and traditions, and dress modestly, especially when visiting religious sites.

Safety Precautions and cultural considerations

for Travelers

– Be cautious of your belongings in crowded areas and avoid displaying expensive items.

– Respect the local customs and traditions, especially when visiting religious sites.

– Drink bottled water and avoid tap water to prevent any potential stomach issues.

Recommended

accommodations for the journey

As you embark on this 4-day journey, it’s important to choose accommodations that capture the essence of Morocco’s charm and hospitality. In Marrakech, consider staying in a traditional riad, a beautifully restored house with a central courtyard. These riads offer a peaceful oasis in the heart of the bustling city, with lush gardens, intricate tilework, and luxurious amenities.

In the Atlas Mountains, opt for a cozy mountain lodge, where you can enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding peaks and valleys. These lodges often feature traditional Berber architecture and offer delicious homemade meals made with locally sourced ingredients.

When it comes to staying in the desert, nothing beats spending a night in a desert camp. These camps, located in the heart of the dunes, offer a unique opportunity to experience the magic of the Sahara Desert. Sleep in a comfortable tent, dine under the stars, and wake up to the stunning beauty of the desert sunrise.

What to pack for:

A desert adventure

– Sunscreen, hat, and sunglasses to protect yourself from the desert sun.

– Comfortable walking shoes for exploring and climbing sand dunes.

– Scarf or shawl to cover your head and shoulders when visiting religious sites.

– Camera and extra batteries to capture stunning landscapes and moments.

along the way

Local cuisine and dining options

– Tagine: A traditional Moroccan dish cooked in a cone-shaped clay pot, usually consisting of meat, vegetables, and aromatic spices.

– Couscous: A staple Moroccan dish made from steamed semolina grains and served with a variety of vegetables and meats.

– Mint tea: A refreshing drink made with green tea, fresh mint leaves, and sugar.

– Berber pizza: A delicious street food made with a crispy flatbread filled with a variety of toppings such as vegetables, cheese, and meat.

Conclusion:

The unforgettable memories of Marrakech to Merzouga journey

As you conclude your 3-day journey from Marrakech to Merzouga, you’ll be left with unforgettable memories of vibrant souks, towering sand dunes, and warm Berber hospitality. This adventure has allowed you to immerse yourself in the rich culture and natural beauty of Morocco, leaving you with a deep appreciation for this captivating country. Whether it’s the bustling streets of Marrakech or the serenity of the Sahara Desert, this journey is sure to ignite your senses, awaken your spirit of adventure, and leave you with memories to last a lifetime.

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Michael Hacker

Couple Traveller

My wife and I and another couple traveled to Morocco for a wedding and wanted to extend our trip to see more of the country. We were put in touch with Youness from Morkosh Tours and he handled everything for us (recommendations, itineraries, etc.). Youness met us at the Casablanca airport. We were very impressed with the comfort of the van provided (it even had WiFi). Also, we could not have asked for a better guide. Youness was very knowledgeable about Morocco and kept us busy with information on the long drives.

If you are visiting Morocco, I highly recommend Youness and Morkosh Tours.

December 31, 2019
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