14 Days Morocco Desert Trip

14 Days Morocco Desert Trip

14 Days Morocco Desert Trip, visit Rabat, Meknes, Fes, Merzouga desert, Enjoy the camel trekking in Merzouga dunes, discover Dades Gorges, Ait Ben haddou kasbah, exploring Essaouira, the end tour in Marrakech.

14 Days Morocco Desert Trip

A wonderful trip through the desert.

Duration: (14 Days / 13 Nights)

Itinerary:

Day 1 : Casablanca – Rabat

14 Days Morocco Desert Trip, Upon your arrival time to the airport, we will greet you and drive to Casablanca and then to Rabat. In Casablanca you will see the Hassan II Mosque (the only mosque larger is in Mecca) and experience the coastal “Cornish” seaside. Afterwards, we will leave to Rabat, the capital city of Morocco. Here, you will see the Hassan Tower, the Oudaya Kasbah before your check-in at your riad. Your accommodation will be in a riad at the heart of the Medina.

Day 2 : Rabat – Meknes – Volubilis – Fes

After breakfast in your riad, you will start travelling to Fes via Meknes and stop for a short time to see the Volubilis in Meknes, another significant imperial city in Morocco. It is known as the Ismaili capital of Morocco, you will also visit the famous gate Bab Mansour, the Sahrij Souani Bassin and the Mulay Ismail Mausoleum. After lunch, your journey continues to Volubilis, the Roman ruins, dating to 25BC where some of the original mosaics are still in very good shape. We will explore the site and then continue to Fes via the foothills of the Rif Mountains. We will go to Fes at the end of the afternoon and do the check-in at your riad at the heart of the Medina, before dinner and night.

Day 3 : Exploring Fes

After the breakfast, you will be taken on an exploring guided tour in Fes which is the oldest city in Morocco, walking in its alleys and small streets. Our visit starts by visiting the Royal Palace, the Jewish headquarter, the first Mellah in Morocco, that was built during the 16th century. We will ensure that you will visit all sites with cultural and historical interest including the famous Al Qaraouine University, the oldest in the region, the Tanneries, the Attarine museum and Mulay Idriss mausoleum. After lunch, you will visit the tiles cooperative and then experience a wonderful panoramique view over the whole Medina of Fes. In the afternoon, we will visit the new city “La ville nouvelle” for a drink before we return back to your riad.

Day 4 : Fes – Ifrane – Azrou – Midelt (265km)

After breakfast in your riad, we will leave Fes and travel to Ifrane, a beautiful mountain village, referred as “the Switzerland of Morocco” and then we will continue to Midelt. During this journey you’ll experience glimpses of the Middle Atlas and High Atlas mountains. Stopping at Azrou, a Berber village in the middle of the famous cedar forest, the largest in Morocco, there you will see Barbary apes. After a short stop within the forest, your journey continues to Midelt along the magnificent hills and mountains of the Atlas. There you will be accommodated in a luxury Hotel.

Day 5 : Midelt – Errachidia – Ziz Valley – Merzouga (240km)

After breakfast in your hotel you will travel to Merzouga via Errachidia and Erfoud. You will be travelling through the fascinating Tiz-N-talghamt pass and Ziz Gorge, that’s in views of the High Atlas plateau, you’ll notice how the scenery changes to reveal hints of the desert as you approach the city of Errachidia, here you will have lunch and enjoy the Berber hospitality. Afterwards, you will travel along the luxuriant Ziz Valley, stopping for panoramic views in the way to Erfoud and Rissani. Arrive to Merzouga will be in the afternoon. You’ll be welcomed with a glass of mint tea before you check in to your riad, before dinner and night.

Day 6 : Merzouga area and the Camel trekking

After breakfast in your riad, you will be taken in an explorative journey of the area before you camel trek to the Gnawa people, that were originally slaves brought from Sudan, to experience their music and lifestyle. Not far from our location there’s the lake of Merzouga, with its bird populations. You may also visit the nomad wire house where many Berber handicrafts are priced lower than in the big cities.

On the afternoon you will mount your camel, guided by our experienced camelman to explore the golden sea sand of Merzouga. Afterwards, you will return for dinner in front of the tent, where you’ll spend the night (ps: the camp is equipped with toilets).

Day 7 : Merzouga – Todra Gorges – Dades Valley

We’ll wake up early in the morning and go on a camel trek to watch the best sunrise of your life. You’ll peacefully do a camel trek back to the village of Merzouga. Enroute you can’t fail to appreciate the unique beauty of the spectacular Erg Chebbi sand dunes, changing its lighting as the day progresses. After breakfast in the riad/hotel, we’ll leave to Tinghir, through Rissani, and Todra gorges, the highest narrowest gorges in Morocco. After lunch in the heart of the gorge we’ll drive through the Dades Valley, where you’ll see the majestic sand castles and the amazing rock formations known as “monkey toes”. We will spend the night in a fancy hotel overlooking the Dades valley.

Day 8 : Dades Gorge – Bouthaghrart – Skoura – Ouarzazate

After breakfast in the hotel, we will travel through the Dades Valley towards Kalaa M’gouna and Ouarzazate. The route through Dades Valley is the way of the thousand kasbahs providing numerous opportunities to take some of your best photographic shots of the trip. Today you will have the opportunity to meet Berber Nomads in their caves and then you will enjoy the fertile Rose valley and the rock formations along the way. We’ll stop at Kalaat M’gouna, “the rose city”, to purchase the rosewater, which will make your linen smells good a long time after your trip ends. We will continue to Skoura and the birds valley; visit the Kasbah Ameridil, which is a preserved place in this area. After some hiking in the valley, we’ll stop in a restaurant, overlooking the whole valley, for lunch. After lunch we’ll go to Ouarzazate, “the Hollywood of Africa”, whose geography and beautiful landscapes has attracted many world class movie producers. There you may choose to visit the studios, containing props used in movies that you may have already seen, such as The Mummy, Gladiator and the Last temptation of Christ. Spend the night in a local riad.

Day 9 : Ouarzazat – Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah – Taroudant

After breakfast in your riad, we’ll drive to Taroudant via Taznakht and visiting Ait Benhaddou Kasbah. The former is the largest Kasbah in Morocco and was built by T-hami El Glaoui, one of the last Berber chieftains during the beginning of the 20th Century, it used to be one of his stops during his long travel from the Sahara to Marrakech, one of the UNESCO heritage site. We’ll continue to Taliouine, the capital of Safran in Morocco, where you’ll have the option to visit the Safran co-operative. If your visit coincides with the Safran harvest, you will have the opportunity to meet the Berber people with their families harvesting the Safran in their fields. We should arrive at Taroudant in the afternoon, where you will see the ramparts and walk within the small alleys in the Medina. Taroudant is always referred as “The little Marrakech” because of its walls that look like the walls of Marrakech and has the influence of the Saadian dynasty, which built these walls during the 16th century. Dinner and night will be in a hotel.

Day 10 : Taroudant – Agadir – Essaouira

After the breakfast we will drive through Essaouira via Agadir. Our first stop will be at Agadir, a resort city which was used to be a very big tourist destination for many years. After lunch and a small walk at the Promenade, we will continue to Essaouira. The coastal road offers beautiful scenery, an area famous for the Argan trees, where you will see herds of goats climbing the Argan trees, looking for better food that they can’t find on the ground. After several stops along the coast we’ll get to Essaouira in the afternoon. Dinner and night in a riad.

Day 11 : Exploring Essaouira

After breakfast at your riad, you will be on a guided tour exploring the city. You’ll visit Skala Fortress, the port, the souks and see Thuya wood carved by artisans; walk through the alleys of the medina and view hundreds of handicrafts. Essaouira is known with its strong winds most of the year that’s why it’s called “City of the wind” this attracts windsurfers from all over the world. Essaouira has many civilisations, including the Portuguese occupation, which affects much of its architecture, however it remains a small village with much history. Because of its size and its peculiar blue doors and washed walls, it is also regarded as Morocco’s “Jewel of the Atlantic”. Our visit includes the Mellah, the Jewish headquarter and the beach. There is an annual festival of Gnawa music where many musical groups come from different parts of Africa and the world. Usually it starts in the second week of June, so if your trip coincides with this, you have the option to extend your stay for an extra day. This day you will have lunch in a Moroccan way, buying fishes ‘cooked to order’. On the afternoon, you’ll have free time to walk. Dinner and night in a riad.

Day 12 : Essaouira – Marrakech

After breakfast in your riad, we will depart to Marrakech. Since this is the land of the Argan culture, you will have an opportunity to visit a women’s co-operative of Argan oil, where they extract the oil that is famous for its culinary, cosmetic and medical properties. After several stops to take photographs, you will continue your travel to Marrakech and will check-in to your riad. Then we’ll go to enjoy walking within the famous square of Jamaa Elfna, entertained with magicians, story tellers, musicians and snake charmers.

We’ll return for dinner and night in the riad or hotel.

Day 13 : Exploring Marrakech

After breakfast in the riad or hotel, you can start exploring Marrakech “the red city of Morocco”. We will ensure that you’ll see the most important sites of historical and cultural interest, including the Majorelle Gardens, the Koutoubia Tower, the Saadian tombs, the Bahia Palace and the Ben Youssef Coranic School. After Lunch at a restaurant near the square, you will walk through the souks and view hundreds of handicrafts. In the afternoon, you will have some free time to walk by yourself and see Marrakech as you like. Dinner and night will be at your Riad or hotel.

Day 14 : Marrakech – departure airport

This day, depending on your departure time, we will drive you to the airport for your departure flight home with the best souvenirs and memories of Morocco. The tour ends at the airport.

Tour includes: 14 Days Morocco Desert Trip

→ Tour 4×4 / minibus with AC and driver

→ Fuel

→ Camel rides

→ One Night in the desert (Nomads Tent)

→ Sandboarding

→ Clothing for the trip Camel in Desert

Not included:

→ Flight

→ Meals in the middle of the day

→ Beverages

NOTE: If the tour that we propose does not match what you’re looking for, contact us and we will prepare the trip to fit your needs and requirements.