9 days desert tour from Casablanca

Morocco Expedition offer a 9 days desert excursion from Casablanca.

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Morocco itinerary 9 days tour from Casablanca Highlights:

  • Fes is an ancient city.
  • Sahara desert of Merzouga
  • Camel trip in the Erg Chebbi sand dunes.
  • Berber tent camping.
  • Gorges of Todgha and Dades
  • Ait Benhaddou’s Kasbah.
  • The breathtaking Atlas Mountains
  • Morocco’s crimson city, Marrakech.

Morocco itinerary 9 days tour from Casablanca overview:

On this 9 days desert journey from Casablanca, you will see the most picturesque places in Morocco. We will begin our journey in northern Morocco, stopping in Rabat, Morocco’s capital, and Chefchaouen, the blue city. Volubilis, Meknes, and Fes, the cultural city, are all worth seeing. Then we’ll go southeast to see Morocco’s Switzerland, Ifrane, Midelt, and the magnificent Ziz Valley. As well as visiting Rissani’s traditional market and Erfoud’s fossil town.

We’ll take you to Merzouga, in the southeast, where you’ll ride camels and spend the night in a Berber tent. You will be mesmerized by the stunning dawn and sunset. In addition, the Todra and Dades gorges, as well as Ait Ben Haddou’s Kasbah, should be visited. The Tizi-n-Tichka pass and the High Atas mountains will also be traversed. Finally, in Marrakesh, there will be a guided tour.

Itinerary for our Morocco 9 days tour from Casablanca:

Day 1: Landing in Casablanca.

We begin our 9 days journey today in Casablanca. The driver/guide will pick you up from Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport and take you to your hotel/riad.

Day two takes you from Casablanca to Chefchaouen.

After breakfast, you’ll visit the Hassan II Mosque before continuing on to Rabat, Morocco’s capital, to see the Hassan Tower, Mohammed V Mausoleum, and Oudaya Kasbah. After lunch, we continue driving over the Rif mountains to Chefchaouen. We’ll spend the night in the camp.

Chefchaouen to Fes on Day 3.

On the third day of our 9 days desert vacation from Casablanca, we’ll cross the Rif Mountains again on our way to the Volubilis Roman Ruins, one of Morocco’s most significant archaeological sites. Later, we go to Fes, a cultural city. It served as Morocco’s capital under the reign of Moulay Ismail. We will arrive in Fes late afternoon and transport you to your hotel/riad.

Day 4: Guided tour of Fes.

On the fourth day of our Casablanca 9 days desert trip, you will visit Fes with a local guide. Fes, the oldest imperial city, is home to the world’s earliest university, which goes back to the 9th century, and is one of the world’s most intact medieval towns. It looks to be caught in time, halfway between the Middle Ages and the present, and is encircled by large defensive walls.

A local guide will accompany you to the famed tanneries and the Karaouine mosque in the medieval Medina. Following lunch at a typical Moroccan restaurant in Medina, you’ll explore the Merinid tombs and take in the city’s spectacular panoramic panorama. Stay in a hotel or riad for the night.

Day 5: From Fes to the Merzouga desert.

Today we journey south-east through the Middle Atlas mountains and cedar woods, passing through Moroccan Switzerland Ifrane, a gorgeous ski resort, and Azrou, an important handicraft town specialized in cedar wood work. In the afternoon, we go to Erfoud through Midelt, Errachidia, and the palm-studded Valley of the 1000 Palms of Ziz.

Before arriving at Merzouga, we visit the Erg Chebbi sand dunes. Before arriving at the desert camp, you will ride the camels for an hour and a half. You can see the sunset from the top of the large dunes on the way there.

At the camp, you will spend the night in a Berber tent and listen to residents play drums. In the evening, you may even try your hand at sand surfing.

Merzouga to Boumalne Dades on Day 6.

On the sixth day of our 9 days desert trip from Casablanca, we recommend getting up early to see the sunrise over the sand dunes. Return to your campsite for breakfast and a shower. We then go to Tinghir via Tafilalet, Erfoud, and Tinejdad. After lunch, we’ll continue on to the Todra gorges via Tinghir. Taking photographs and enjoying the sights along the way. Arrive at Todra Gorges and climb through its stunning gorges before arriving in Dades Valley. Spend the night in Dades.

Boumalne Dades to Marrakech on Day 7.

Today, we’ll go to Kalaa Mgouna, a rose hamlet where over 400 tons of rose petals are collected each spring for processing into rosewater or shipping to the perfume business. The Rose Festival is held here in May. On the road from Rose town to Skoura, there are several kasbahs to be observed.

Skoura is a little hamlet surrounded by hundreds of palm trees and home to some of the most beautiful kasbahs in southern Morocco. We continue our trip to Ouarzazate, Morocco’s “Hollywood of Africa,” where one of the country’s major film studios is located, and then to Ait Ben Haddou’s kasbah. You will have time to explore the UNESCO World Heritage site and have lunch at a local restaurant.

Later, we go to Marrakech through the High Atlas Mountains (2260m), admiring the breathtaking mountain scenery along the way. Arrive in Marrakech late in the day. We check into your lodging.

Day 8: Guided trip of Marrakech.

We’ll begin our journey of Marrakech today with a native guide. The city is one of four imperial cities of Morocco. We’ll begin with the Majorelle Garden, then go on to the Bahia Palace, the Saadian Tombs, the Ben Youssef Quranic Mosque, and a walk around Marrakech’s traditional souk. You may have lunch on your own in the Jemaa El-Fna plaza. Later, we will visit Koutoubia, Marrakech’s most important mosque. You will have free time late in the day to explore Jemaa El-Fna on your own.

Day 9: Travel from Marrakech to Casablanca.

Depending on your leaving schedule, we will transfer you to Casablanca’s airport for your departing flight today. This tour may alternatively be completed in Marrakech.

Our Morocco itinerary 9 days tour is recommended:

The most amazing 9 days trip from Casablanca!

We just visited Morocco and employed the services of Hassan from  Morocco expedition. Hassan has scheduled a 9 days trip beginning in Casablanca.We are pleased with how professionally the vacation was arranged. We were fortunate to see several locations and attractions, including the Blue City, Fes’s Medina, and the Todra Gorges.
The night in the desert was spectacular, and we had time to ride camels and photograph the sunset.
The hotels we picked were of great quality, and Hassan provided excellent service by selecting the finest in Morocco. The transportation was a clean and comfy vehicle.
By the way, we will be returning to Morocco shortly to see other destinations, and we will call these fantastic guides again. To suggest.

December 2021

Strongly recommended!

It was a fantastic trip, and the guides were fantastic. There was so much to do, and every day was a new adventure. The guide was really polite and knowledgable, and he taught us a lot about the culture. He also drove us everywhere we wanted to go and didn’t worry where we stopped. We were shown the most magnificent views as well as a selection of diverse cuisines.

The desert travel was lengthy, but when we arrived, we were rewarded with a well-kept camp with enough to do and Wi-Fi, a wonderfully calm setting, and great breakfasts and dinners. Every one of the staff made certain that we had a good time. It was a fantastic vacation, and we hope to return again soon.

Tony N
Janauary 2020

Wonderful journey!

We had initially planned a 9-day journey from Casablanca to several wonderful destinations in Morocco. Hamid, our tour guide, was fantastic. He was charming, accessible, and completely trustworthy. For us, the most crucial thing was that we could trust him. He wasn’t like many other Moroccans in that he drew us to a lot where he could make money or get kickbacks, but he was always “on our side” and sensitive to our needs.

Youssef always had a plan for the day, but if we wanted to visit something different or spend more/less time on anything, we did it. Instead, we decided to extend our stay to 12 days. The hotels were luxurious, including swimming pools. Breakfast and supper were both included and of high quality. Despite the sandstorm we had to ride through to reach to the Berber camp, the desert was really gorgeous. The journey back the following morning at daybreak, on the other hand, was simply breathtaking and well worth the experience. Sandboarding was also on the menu. Wear long pants (it may become a little painful riding on the camel for almost an hour each trip) and bring a sun hat!

Eric A
January 2019

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Overview of locations on a 9 days journey from Casablanca:

City of Casablana

Casablanca was constructed over the remains of an ancient city called Anfa. It was important in Moroccan history between the end of the seventh and the beginning of the eighth centuries. Anfa was previously a fishing port, but because to its agricultural hinterland, it is today a thriving metropolis. The city was devastated by Portuguese incursions in the 15th and early 16th centuries, and it was not rebuilt until the 18th century by Sultan Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah (1757-1790). In the mid-nineteenth century, the white metropolis had a population of just a few thousand people.

The city progressively became increasingly linked to the rest of the globe because to its port. It aroused the curiosity of Europeans at the time who were driven by commerce. As a consequence, it became Morocco’s largest export port and positioned itself as the European counter for North Africa. The expansion of steam navigation and the growth of the textile sector drove the port’s commerce, making it one of the top wool suppliers in the Mediterranean basin.

The crimson city of Marrakech

Morocco is a sophisticated Islamic nation that warmly welcomes tourists. Perhaps this is one of the factors contributing to the long-term growth in visitor numbers… Morocco exceeded the 10 million tourist threshold in 2013.

Marrakech lies in the heart of Morocco and, although it is a well-known stand-alone tourist attraction, it is especially appealing to travelers searching for day or multi-day excursions. It’s easy to understand why!

Simply expressed, the whole structure of Marrakech, as well as the bulk of its buildings, are salmon pink! As the sun sets, the hue warms and deepens, seeming to coat the whole metropolis – both from afar and from inside, the city takes on a wonderful tinge of its own.

Marrakech has been around for nearly 1000 years (since 1070) and is so important to Morocco that its name is derived from it. The city has a turbulent past, rebelling and seeking to secede as an independent state on many times. The Saadians conquered and built up the city to its current glory in the 16th century. It has also survived massive famines and epidemics, as well as a military confrontation. In a word, this is a historical city.

Fes is a cultural city.

Morocco’s other three imperial cities are Rabat, Marrakech, and Meknes. The three separate components are Fes el Bali (the ancient, walled city), Fes-Jdid (new Fes, home of the Mellah), and the Ville Nouvelle (the French-created, newest section of Fes).
Fez el Bali has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The biggest of the two, Fes’ medina, is claimed to be the world’s largest continuous car-free urban zone. The Al-Karaouine Institution, founded in 859 AD, is the world’s oldest continuously running institution. It has been referred to as “the West’s Mecca” and “Africa’s Athena.” In 789, Idris I, the founder of the Idrisid dynasty, founded the city on one side of the Fez River, while his son Idris II completed the construction on the other (808).

Arab immigration to Fes comprised 800 Al-Andalusian households ousted during an uprising in Córdoba in 817-818, as well as 2,000 families that came south from Kairouan (now Tunisia) following another insurrection in 824, giving the city an unique Arab character. The Kairouyine mosque, together with the Al-Karaouine University, is one of Africa’s oldest and biggest mosques (859).

Ouarzazate, the city of cinemas

Ouarzazate and its environs have appeared in a number of films, including “Alexander the Great,” “Kingdom of Heaven,” “Babel,” “The Mummy” (1999), “Star Wars” (1977), and many more, including Russell Crowe’s “Gladiator” (2000), Leonard DiCaprio’s “Body of Lies,” and Will Smith’s “Aladdin.”

This city and its surrounds have appeared in several films, including “Alexander the Great,” “Kingdom of Heaven,” “Babel,” “The Mummy” (1999), “Star Wars” (1977), and many more, including Russell Crowe’s “Gladiator” (2000), Leonardo DiCaprio’s “Body of Lies,” and Will Smith’s “Aladdin.”

When visitors arrive to Atlas Studios, they are met with a bevy of gigantic black Egyptian statues known as Negras, as well as a jet aircraft featured in the film “Jewel of the Nile” and other cinematic vehicles from the 1980s. The Colisseum, where Russell Crowe battled in the Gladiator film, is one of the most prominent desert attractions. Within are more surprises, such as an Egyptian tomb with 12-foot statues guarding the entry and exit. The museum is a terrific place to visit.

Kasbah Ait Banhaddou

Benhaddou Kasbah is a fortified village. Since 1987, a magnificent example of Moroccan earthen clay architecture has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Ksar Ait Benhaddou is a popular destination for those interested in the nature and history. It was constructed 10 centuries ago and is surrounded by stunning surroundings of palmiers, mountains, and rivers.

The ksar of Ait Ben Haddou is situated 30 kilometers from the city center in the High Atlas foothills on the southern border of the province of Ouarzazate. This is the most well-known ksar in the Ounila Valley, located in the midst of a lush and abundant arid desert.

A ksar, or clump of mud huts surrounded by high walls, is a classic pre-Saharan habitat. The homes are packed close inside the defensive walls, which are protected by corner towers. Ait-Ben-Haddou is an excellent example of southern Moroccan architecture.

Sahara desert of Merzouga

If you are considering a journey to Morocco’s Sahara desert, you must visit Merzouga to see the massive dunes of Erg Chebbi. Nothing rivals the thrill of riding a camel up the towering Sahara desert sand dunes at dusk, or renting an ATV and motorcycling up and down the sand dunes where there are no stop signs to stop you. All you’ll hear is the sound of blowing wind and witness the beautiful sight of sand flying.

The fall season (September to November) is the greatest time to visit the Merzouga Sahara desert since temperatures are pleasant. Spring, from March to May, is also an excellent season to enjoy the breathtaking sights of flowers and plants in the desert and amid sand dunes.

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