13 days in Morocco Starting from Casablanca

13 days in Morocco Starting from Casablanca

Duration:
13 Days / 12 nights
Transport:
4x4 / minivan
Tour Type:
Cultural Tour, Desert Tours
Group size:
2 /20
Location:
Accommodations:
Hotels - Riads - Desert Camp
Languages:
English / Spanish

Experience a 13 days in Morocco Starting from Casablanca, exploring imperial cities, the Sahara Desert, and stunning landscapes. Highlights include Fes, Chefchaouen, Marrakech, camel trekking in the Erg Chebbi dunes, and Ouzina Desert.

Discount:

Highlights: 13 days in Morocco Starting from Casablanca

→ Over night in a Superior Camp in the Sahara Desert → Camel trekking in the dunes of Erg Chebbi → Fes City Tour with a local guide → Marrakech City Tour with a local guide → Visit of the Ait ben Haddou Kasbah
→ Dades Valley and Todra Gorges

Schedule: 13 days in Morocco Starting from Casablanca

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN CASABLANCA

DAY 2: CASABLANCA - RABAT - CHEFCHAOUEN

DAY 3: EXPLORING CHEFCHAOUEN

DAY 4: CHEFCHAOUEN - VOLUBILIS - MEKNES - FEZ

DAY 5: GUIDED TOUR OF FES

DAY 6: FES - AZROU - ZIZ VALLEY - ERFOUD - MERZOUGA - ERG CHEBBI

DAY 7: MERZOUGA - ERG CHEBBI - CAMEL TREKKING

DAY 8: MERZOUGA – OUZINA DESERT

DAY 9: OUZINA – DADES VALLEY

DAY 10: DADES VALLEY – OUARZAZATE

DAY 11: OUARZAZATE – MARRAKECH

DAY 12: MARRAKECH SIGHTSEEING

DAY 13: MARRAKECH - CASABLANCA - TRANSFER TO AIRPORT

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Tour overview: 13 days in Morocco Starting from Casablanca

If you want to experience a vacation that combines exploring the Sahara Desert, Imperial cities, Atlantic coastal beaches, and Moroccan culture and heritage, these 13 days in Morocco Starting from Casablanca is the perfect choice for you. Highlights include cultural visits to the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, the Hassan Tower and the Mausoleum of Mohammed V in Rabat, and Meknes’ historic sites. In Fes and Marrakech, you’ll explore the old medina, Madrassas, leather tanneries, stunning palaces, and bustling souks.

Discover Berber villages and Morocco’s most famous Kasbahs: Ait Ben Haddou, Telouet, and Amredhil, showcasing traditional Berber lifestyles and architecture. The UNESCO World Heritage Roman ruins of Volubilis provide a glimpse into Morocco’s ancient history, while the geological wonders of the Dades and Todra Gorges reveal its prehistoric past.

Experience the majesty and magic of the Sahara of Erg chebbi by riding camels to a luxury camp, witnessing breathtaking sunsets and sunrises, and enjoying Berber music after a traditional dinner. A full-day camel trek across the highest dunes of the Sahara Desert is a unique and unforgettable adventure.

Itinerary : 13 days in Morocco Starting from Casablanca

Day 1: Arrival in Casablanca

Upon your arrival at Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport, our friendly staff will greet you and transfer you to your accommodation. Take this day to relax and recover from your journey, preparing for the exciting days ahead.

Day 2: Casablanca - Rabat - Chefchaouen

After breakfast, we'll begin our tour with a visit to the impressive Hassan II Mosque, the Corniche, and Mohammed V Square. From Casablanca, we depart for Rabat, the capital of Morocco. In Rabat, we will have a historical guided tour to explore the Kingdom Palace and the Mausoleum of Mohammed V. Our journey then continues through the beautiful mountains to Chefchaouen, known as the Blue City. Nestled in the Rif Mountains, Chefchaouen is famed for its Spanish-style square, vibrant arts and crafts stores, and rooftop restaurants. Spend the night in a charming hotel, enjoying the serene ambiance.

Day 3: Exploring Chefchaouen

After breakfast, embark on a tour of Chefchaouen. Founded in 1471, its name derives from the Berber phrase "ChefChaouen," meaning "look at the horns." This quaint city is ideal for hiking and relaxation. Wander through the old city, visiting Ras El Ma, the source of water for the city. This public area is where local women traditionally wash clothing and blankets. After your tour, settle down for the night in your Riad or Hotel.

Day 4: Chefchaouen - Volubilis - Meknes - Fez

Following breakfast, we drive through the Rif Mountains into the Middle Atlas Mountains, stopping at the Roman ruins of Volubilis, Morocco's most significant archaeological site. We then continue to Meknes, an imperial city and former capital under Moulay Ismail, before arriving in Fes. Check into your accommodation in Fes, ready to explore the city the next day.

Day 5: Guided Tour of Fes

Today is dedicated to exploring Fes, the oldest of Morocco’s imperial cities. Home to the world’s first university, dating from the 9th century, Fes remains one of the most complete medieval cities. Encircled by towering defensive walls, Fes feels like a journey back in time. Our guided tour includes visits to the famous tanneries, the Karaouine Mosque, and the medieval Medina. Enjoy lunch in a typical Moroccan restaurant, then visit the Merenid Tombs for a panoramic view of the city. Overnight in your accommodation.

Day 6: Fes - Azrou - Ziz Valley - Erfoud - Merzouga - Erg Chebbi

Departing from Fes, we drive southeast through the Middle Atlas Mountains and cedar forests, passing through Ifrane, often referred to as "Moroccan Switzerland," and Azrou, known for its cedar wood craftsmanship. After crossing the Zad Pass, we arrive in Midelt for lunch. Continuing through the Ziz Valley, dotted with palm trees, we reach the desert town of Erfoud. We pass by the road of the Paris Dakar rally and fossil workshops, arriving at the Erg Chebbi dunes in Merzouga. Dinner and overnight at a hotel near the dunes.

Day 7: Merzouga - Erg Chebbi - Camel Trekking

After breakfast, embark on a tour around the Erg Chebbi dunes, visiting Berber villages and stopping in Khamlia to enjoy traditional Gnaoua music. Experience the nomadic lifestyle by visiting a nomad family. In the afternoon, set off on a camel trek to witness a stunning sunset over the dunes. Spend the night in a Berber tented camp, enjoying dinner and drumming under the starry sky.

Day 8: Merzouga – Ouzina Desert

After an unforgettable night in our berber camp, if you get up early enough, you will be able to admire the other charming postcard of our 13 days in Morocco Starting from Casablanca, the impressive image of the sunrise in the Sahara and the sunrise between the dunes.

After living this magical experience in the desert, we will get back on the back of our camels to return to the lodge.

We will continue our route around 10 am, we will make the panoramic tour of the dunes of Erg Chebbi and then continue to the village of Mifis where we will visit the mines of lime and barytes, until we reach the village of Khamlia, between Merzouga and Taouz. In the area it is known as "the village of the blacks".

A village where the inhabitants are called Gnawas, musicians of sub-Saharan origin, who will delight us with music and dances, while we savor a mint tea, where in addition to enjoying their Gnawa music, originally from Sub-Saharan Africa, we will have the opportunity to taste the famous Berber pizza.

For lunch, we will head to the village of Khamlia. Then we will continue to Taouz, where we will enter to begin our journey through the famous track of the old Dakar Rally, a journey in which we will enjoy breathtaking views where we will also have the opportunity to see some wonderful rock engravings. We will go to the village of Jdaid and in the afternoon we will arrive at the Ouzina desert.

Accommodation  in berber Kasbah with dinner and breakfast

Day 9: Ouzina Dades Valley

After breakfast, our journey continues through the town of Rissani, once the thriving center of the ancient Sahara caravans. We'll traverse a semi-desert landscape until we reach the oasis of Tinghir, a truly stunning location in Morocco. Following the Todra River, we'll arrive at the awe-inspiring Todra Gorges, towering over 300 meters high. Take some time to explore the village and soak in the breathtaking scenery.

Continuing our 13 days in Morocco Starting from Casablanca adventure, we'll embark on the route of the Thousand Kasbahs, arriving at the picturesque Dades Valley, where we will spend the night in Kasbah or Hotel.

Day 10: Dades Valley – Ouarzazate

After breakfast, visit the Dades Gorges and then travel off-road along the Boutaghrar piste to meet Berber nomads in their caves. Continue through the Valley of the Roses, visiting Kasbah Amredhil in Skoura.  In the afternoon, we'll reach Ouarzazate, known as the "Hollywood of Morocco." Here, we'll visit the Taourirt Kasbah, considered one of the most beautiful kasbahs in the country. Enjoy dinner and spend the night at a charming riad.

Day 11: Ouarzazate – Marrakech

After breakfast, we'll head to Kasbah Ait ben Haddou, one of Morocco’s seven World Heritage sites and the backdrop for many Hollywood blockbusters. This is the most famous Kasbah in Morocco, with some buildings dating back to the 17th century. From there, we drive through the stunning Ounila Valley, a route filled with twists and turns, vibrant rock and soil hues, Berber villages, gardens, and smaller Kasbahs.

We continue to Telouet, nestled in the mountains and once the seat of the last Pasha of Marrakech, El Glaoui, who controlled the highest pass in Africa, Tizi-n-Tichka. Though the Kasbah has been abandoned and weathered by the elements after the Pasha's property was confiscated for conspiracy against the King, its traditional interior decoration still offers pleasant surprises.

Unfortunately, the entire Kasbah is currently closed due to damage from the September 2023 earthquake. However, you can still explore its exterior with a local guide to learn about its fascinating history. In the late afternoon, after crossing the Tichka pass, we will arrive in Marrakech.

Day 12: Marrakech Sightseeing

Spend the day exploring Marrakech. Visit Djemaa el Fna, the Majorelle Garden, the Koutoubia Mosque, el Bahia Palace, Ben Youssef Medersa, the Saadian tombs, and the Mellah. Experience the vibrant culture, colors, and history of the city. Overnight in a riad.

Day 13: Marrakech - Casablanca - Transfer to Airport

According to your flight’s departure time, we will transfer you from Marrakech to Casablanca for your flight home. This marks the end of our 13 days in Morocco Starting from Casablanca adventure. We wish you a safe journey and hope to see you again soon!