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Imperial Cities and Desert Tour

Imperial Cities and Desert Tour

Casablanca, Rabat, Meknes, Fez, Erg Chebbi, Todra, Aït Ben Haddou, Marrakech and more / 10 Days

Explore the best of Morocco on this 10-day circuit, discovering its former capitals and enjoying the desert environment. Lose yourself in alleyways of ancient medinas, Saharan dunes, ancient kasbahs and mountain landscapes. Starting at €865. <<Private and completely customizable>>

  • Includes

    The Tour of the Imperial Cities and the Desert includes:

    Private transfers to and from the airport.
    4×4 vehicle and private English-speaking driver for the entire tour.
    One night in Casablanca including breakfast.
    One night in Rabat including breakfast.
    One night in Fez including breakfast.
    One night in a superior tent in Erg Chebbi including breakfast and dinner.
    Camel ride through the dunes of Merzouga.
    Visits to Aït Ben Haddou and Ouarzazate.
    One night in Dades including breakfast and dinner.
    Three nights in Marrakech including breakfast.
    Local Guides in Casablanca, Rabat, Fez and Marrakech.
    Tickets (Casablanca: Hassan II Grand Mosque; Fez: Bou Inania Madrasa; Marrakech: Bahia Palace and Marrakech Museum)
    Local taxes and fees.
    Travel insurance.

    How to make a reservation

  • Does not include

    The Tour of the Imperial Cities and the Desert does not include:

    Cancellation insurance (available for purchase at reservation). See price and terms here.
    Lunch and drinks (soft drinks and bottled water cost around 20 Dirhams).
    Anything not specifically mentioned here as “included in the price”.

  • Observations

    Citizens of the EU need a passport with a minimum validity of 3 months
    Other nationalities: valid passport (check visas)
  • Price

    This is a private tour and the cost varies based on how many people are in your party (prices below are per person for a double room):

    5

    4

    3

    2

    €865€939€1065€1309

    Accommodations

    Casablanca: Hotel Idou Anfa 4*
    Rabat: Riad Dar El Kebira
    Fez: Riad La Perle de la Medina
    Merzouga: Tuareg Luxury Camp
    Dades: Riad Dar Essyaha
    Marrakech: Riad Challa

    Triple rooms are usually double rooms with an extra bed (cot).
    Accommodations specifically mentioned except in exceptional cases where we will stay in similar accommodations.
    Prices are valid until 31 October 2020.

Itinerary

Imperial Cities and Desert Tour

Day 1
Starting Point · Casablanca

Arrival at the Casablanca airport (flight arranged by the traveller), private pick-up and transfer to the hotel.

Day 2
Casablanca · Rabat

Breakfast. Panoramic tour of the city, including the United Nations Square, the Anfa neighborhood and the Hassan II Grand Mosque (entrance fee and tour included).

Continue to Rabat. Upon arrival, we see the exterior of the Royal Palace, the Hassan Tower and the Mausoleum of Mohammed V, and finish with a walk through the Kasbah of the Udayas.

Day 3
Rabat · Meknes · Fez

Breakfast and check-out. Departure to Fez, making a stop in Meknes. Upon arrival, we enjoy a panoramic view where we can contemplate the 40 kilometers of walls that surround and protect this imperial city, leading to the iconic Bab Al Mansour, the largest gate in Morocco and North Africa.

Free time for lunch (on behalf of the traveller). Head to Fez.

Day 4
Fez

Breakfast. Today we see the oldest of the imperial cities, starting with a panoramic visit from the lookout, where we see both the modern and the old city. We continue visiting the modern area, appreciating places such as the gates of the Royal Palace, the Bab Jeloud or the Jewish Quarter.

Once the contemporary zone is finished, we walk the medina of Fez on foot, like a journey through time, we see the ancient madrassa of Bou Inania, as well as the districts of the different artisans: goldsmiths, carpenters, loom workers, ending in the famous tanneries.

Afternoon free.

Day 5
Fez · Erfoud · Merzouga

Breakfast and check-out. Departure to Merzouga, making a stop in Erfoud. If time permits, we enjoy a beautiful sunset in the high desert.

In Merzouga, we leave the 4×4 behind and take a camel ride to our desert camp.

We recommend bringing a backpack with a change of clothes. Bringing a suitcase is not feasible on this trip. We enjoy dinner with live music and sleep in Berber tents.

Day 6
Merzouga · Todra · Dades

Head to the Dades Valley, on the way we tour the Palm Grove and the Todgha Gorges, a more than 300 meter high gorge wall created over time by natural erosion.

Arrival at the accommodations in Dades and dinner.

Day 7
Dades · Aït Ben Haddou · Marrakech

Breakfast. Today’s first stop is the Dadès Gorges, also known as Monkey Fingers or Atlas Brain, an abrupt landscape filled with impressive rock formations and ravines.

Next we see the Valley of the Roses, a beautiful place known for the cultivation and manufacture of the rose of Damascus.

Then we continue through the Palm Grove of Skoura, with its charming little nooks, its small villages, and its orchards and olive groves hidden under the palm trees. We discover the silhouettes of the old buildings and the art of its decoration.

Later we visit Aït Ben Haddou, a World Heritage site and one of the best ksars because of its exceptional state of conservation and being a setting for famous films (Gladiator, The Mummy and Babel among others). Head to Marrakech.

Day 8
Marrakech

Breakfast. Beginning of the visit to Marrakech, starting with the outside of the Koutoubia Mosque. Later, we arrive at the semi-old part of the city. We visit the Bahia Palace, built by the vizier Si Moussa for personal use with its more than eight-hectare estate.

Then we take a walking tour through the medina, the old part of the city. We see first hand the different neighborhoods of artisans, as well as the souks and markets that the medina houses. We also visit the Jemaa el-Fnaa square, the main focus of the city and where acrobats, storytellers, juice vendors, musicians and other merchants and artists transform this space into a living spectacle.

Afternoon free.

Day 9
Marrakech

Breakfast. Free day with the possibility of optional excursions (see here the excursions available from Marrakech).

Day 10
Marrakech · Casablanca

Breakfast in the riad and check-out. At the agreed time, private pick up and transfer to Casablanca airport. Arrival and end of our services.

Please don’t hesitate to inquire about any adjustment you want to make to this itinerary (number of days, places to visit, departure location, etc.).

Places we visit during the Imperial Cities and Desert tour:
Casablanca, Rabat, Meknes, Fez, Erfoud, Erg Chebbi, Todra, Dades, Aït Ben Haddou and Marrakech

1.5 = an hour and a half
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