6 Days tour from Casablanca to Marrakech
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Highlights of our tour:
6 days desert tour from Casablanca to the Imperial towns and the Merzouga Sahara desert. Join a one-of-a-kind adventure with the greatest native Berber guides. We will take you to the iconic Hassan 2 Grand Mosque in Casablanca and the Hassan Tower in Rabat.
Not to mention the opportunity to see the world’s oldest university, as well as the old traditional Chaoura Tannery. In addition, after crossing the golden sand dunes on the back of the strongest desert animal, the camel, you will spend the night in the desert. On the other side, you will pass through some of the most picturesque Berber towns and kasbahs. I’m referring to Ait Benhaddou, Amridil, the Todra gorges, and many more places.
Again, this tour is fully configurable and may be altered or edited to meet your specific requirements.
Day 1: Casablanca - Rabat - Meknes – Fes
The first day of our 6 days tour from Casablanca to Marrakech begins at 08:00 a.m. To begin, we will come to pick you up and drive you to the Hassan 2 Mosque to learn more about it. Following that, we shall travel immediately to Rabat, Morocco’s modern capital. When we get to Rabat, we will proceed to the Hassan Tower, a tower of an unfinished mosque. Then, depending on how much time we had left, we would spend more time exploring different areas of Rabat.
After there, we’ll hit the road again, this time to Meknes, the Ismaili capital. Before we go there, we’ll stop at Volubilis, the Roman remains. When we get to Meknes, we will first go to the Qara Prison, then to Lhdim Square and its environs.
Finally, in the evening, we will go to the cultural city of Fes, where we will have supper and rest before seeing the city the next day.
Day 2: Full day in Fes
After breakfast in the hotel/riad, we will begin our day by exploring Fes. For for than 400 years, the cultural metropolis has served as Morocco’s capital. Our 6 days trip from Casablanca will take you to the city’s key attractions. Starting with Fatima Al Fihri’s creation of the world’s oldest university.
Following that, you will pay a visit to the Chouara Tannery to learn about the ancient traditional method of tanning. Because of the scent of leather, that location is likely to be a little smelly. We will also take you to the King’s Palace. Certainly one of the nicest and most magnificent of the Moroccan king’s eleven residences. The property features seven bronze gates that are really stunning! The trip will next take you into Fes’s old Madina and its tiny streets.
Of course, there are many other sites and attractions that we have not included, but you will have the opportunity to see them. In Fes, you’ll have lunch, supper, and an overnight stay.
Day 3: Fes - Ifrane - Midelt - Merzouga desert
The third day of our 6-day Morocco desert tour, which begins in Casablanca, is the highlight of our Morocco desert excursions. Today will be the longest driving day, although we will make several stops to shorten the journey. First, we’ll stop at Ifrane, Morocco’s “Little Switzerland.” We’ll take a walk to the Atlas Lion Statue from here. After that, we’ll travel to Azrou’s cedar forest. Bring some food for the Barbary Macaque, as this location is well-known for being a haven for them.
We continue our journey, this time via the stunning scenery of the High Atlas Mountains, till we arrive at Zaida. We usually stop here for lunch before continuing on to Midelt, which is not far away. Following that, we will go via the cities of Errachidia and Erfoud, stopping to see the Zizvalley and Errachidia’s dam.
Finally, we will arrive in Merzouga and the Erg Chebbi dunes. We begin with a camel ride across the dunes in a lovely setting with stunning vistas. When you arrive at the camp, check-in, drop your bags, and climb the dunes to watch the sunset (In case if you arrive early). When night falls, you will be served a great supper and invited to listen to some Berber instruments around the campfire beneath the starry sky.
Day 4: Merzouga - Tinghir - Boumalne Dades
You may now get up early in the morning to see the lovely dawn. Then return, have a shower (if you booked a luxury tent), and eat breakfast. After that, you’ll take a camel ride back to where we started yesterday. We’ll take the road again, this time towards Boumalne Dades. First, we’ll stop at Rissani, the Tafilalt region’s capital. Not to add that this is the birthplace of Morocco’s current royal dynasty. You’ll find some unusual sights here, such as donkey parking and a typical souk.
Then we’ll hit the road again, passing via Tinjedad and Tinghir. We shall make a halt at the Grand Canyons of Toudra Gorges. Following that, we will travel immediately to Gorges Dades, where we will spend the evening, have dinner, and stay the night.
Day 5: Boumalne Dades - Ouarzazate - Ait Benhaddou - Marrakech
We’ll leave Boumalne Dades after breakfast and make our way to the red city. First, we’ll stop at Ouarzazate, Morocco’s Ouallywood, and one of the most significant towns in the Southeast east with an international airport. It is also a popular location for filming movies and television shows in Africa. We will next go to the remarkable town of Ait Benhaddou. The greatest example of Moroccan Berber clay building and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The major titles that may be given to this tiny Ksar are high walls and huge towers. To further explore the area and gain other perspectives, you will need to cross a small river and then climb a little bit.
Our 6 days tour from Casablanca continues as we traverse the High Atlas mountains once more, but this time through the Tizi Ntichka Pass. This latter is famed for its bends and that panoramic vista (at an elevation of 2260m), where we generally stop to relax and snap photos. Because the route is roughly 200 kilometers long, we will stop in various beautiful locations along the way, as the pass is densely packed with Berber villages. If we had a time when we arrived in Marrakech, we would go explore Jamaa El-Fna.
Day 6: Discovering Marrakech - Transfer to Airport
The last day of our 6 days tour from Casablanca is determined by the circumstances of your travel. Typically, we explore various locations in the morning before transporting you to the airport.
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The Moroccan tours operator, Unique Desert Tour, provides a quick description of the key sites that you will be visiting throughout the 6 days tour from Casablanca.
Casablanca, the starting point of our 6 days tour
Palm palms line the vast avenues, and there are gorgeous beaches and a lively metropolis in the area. When you say it like way, it sounds like a tropical vacation, doesn’t it? The city combines modernism with Muslim and Arabic heritages found in the city’s oldest districts, while the rest of the city has numerous vestiges of the colonial past. The Hassan II Mosque, the world’s second-largest, is the primary attraction.
The city combines the old with the modern, ensuring a memorable experience for tourists. In one area of Marrakech, you will find bright colors, exotic fragrances, carriage rides, and numerous architectural treasures.
In the opposite section, you’ll discover broad roads, fancy stores, and celebratory spots. The Majorelle Garden and the Koutoubia Mosque are two tourist attractions in Marrakech.
Aside from the lovely Jamaa El Fna plaza. It is Morocco’s largest square, and it continues an old Moroccan practice of gathering people. There are many various things to see there, such as snake charmers and monkey performances. You may either sit upstairs at a café and enjoy the Moroccan city light, or you can wander about and through the tiny stores.
This location, which has over thirteen centuries of history, is another alternative for travelers. The architecture draws attention, and there are several attractions to choose from, such as a big and renowned medina and the gorgeous madrassas, which are titles given to Islamic study institutes. Not to mention the world’s oldest university, Al Qarawiyin, which was founded in 859 by Fatima Al Fihri.
Morocco’s capital is also worth a visit. The city’s shoreline is what draws the most tourists, but there are also numerous green places for those who like to be in closer contact with nature.
The cultural aspect is also stressed, with street art and squares. The magnificent Royal Palace, enclosed by a huge wall with a wide patio, school, mosque, and government buildings, is one of the tourist highlights. Aside from Hassan Tower’s massive unfinished minaret.
This is a recommended trip for art lovers, since the city is a genuine open-air museum. Meknès also includes UNESCO World Heritage Sites, such as the municipal medina and the remnants of the royal palace. There are other interesting locations to visit, such as Volubilis, the Roman remains and the ancient capital of the Mauritanian Kingdom. Not to mention the subterranean Qara Prison. It is said to run underground from the city of Meknes to the city of Fes. There is also the Lhdim Square, which is similar to but smaller than the one in Marrakech.
The Ouallywood of Morocco and Africa, often known as the “gateway to the desert” by its residents, is located between Merzouga and Marrakech. Its name means “Place without Noise” in Berber. It is a highly significant town in the Southeast since it boasts an international airport and one of the world’s largest solar energy facilities.
Many Atlas studios are located in Ouarzazate, where many filmmakers from across the globe come to film movies or seasons of their television shows. Using Prison Break’s fifth season and sections of Game of Thrones’ third season as examples.
The fortress of Ait Benhaddou is famous throughout the world for its distinctive clay architecture. Ait Benhaddou was built by Thami El Glaoui, also known as the Lord of the Atlas and one of Morocco’s wealthiest Bashas. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987. It was once the primary stopping point for camel caravans traveling to Tombouctou.
Nowadays, the village is not inhabited by any people. There few families that live on the other side of the bank of the river that is facing the Ksar. Moreover, in the last years, it was used only for tourists and for shooting movies and series. Here, we can mention the American British drama movie “The Gladiator”.
Merzouga, the highlight of our 6 days tour from Casablanca
Without a doubt, the highlight of all Morocco visits. Merzouga hamlet is located in the southeast of Morocco, beside the Erg Chebbi sand dunes. The residents of the region have two distinct explanations for the name. To begin, some claim that the name alludes to an old Merzoug family that lived in the region. Others, however, claim that the village’s name refers to the affluent land, which in Arabic is Marzouka.
There’s another interesting account about how the sand dunes of Erg Chebbi ended up here. It is said that there was once a tribe in the area where the dunes now stand. They were enjoying a nice and prosperous life. They started fighting with food one day after they dug in. As a punishment, God produced a massive storm and buried them in the sand dunes you see today. This narrative, however, remains a myth, although some people, particularly the elderly, continue to accept it.
The town of Merzouga serves as the hub of the Erg Chebbi dunes. It provides some of the greatest activities available, such as a discovery trip and exploration of its surroundings. Ride camels across the golden sand dunes and watch their hues change. In addition, thrill-seekers can rent a quad or buggy and drive on the dunes.