12 days from Casablanca to desert. This comprehensive itinerary takes you through a wide range of experiences, from exploring historical cities and ancient ruins to trekking in the desert, enjoying coastal towns, and immersing yourself in the vibrant culture of Morocco.
12 days from Casablanca to desert
Day 1: Casablanca
Arrive in Casablanca, Morocco’s largest city and a vibrant economic hub. Check in to your hotel and take some time to rest or explore the local area. Depending on your arrival time, you might have a chance to visit the Hassan II Mosque or enjoy the cornice.
Day 2: Casablanca Guided Tour
Guided tour of Casablanca. Visit the iconic Hassan II Mosque, known for its stunning architecture and being one of the largest mosques in the world. Explore the vibrant city, including the medina, Place Mohammed V, and the elegant Corniche. Learn about the city’s history, culture, and significance. Overnight stay in Casablanca.
Day 3: Marrakech
Depart from Casablanca and head to Marrakech, a city known for its bustling medina, vibrant markets, and historical landmarks. Explore Djemaa el-Fna square, the Koutoubia Mosque, and the beautiful Bahia Palace. Experience the enchanting atmosphere of the medina, filled with souks, artisans, and lively activity. Overnight stay in Marrakech.
Day 4: Telouet – Ait Ben Haddou – Ouarzazate
Depart from Marrakech and drive through the High Atlas Mountains.
Visit the historic Telouet Kasbah, once an important stop for caravans crossing the mountains. Continue to Ait Ben Haddou, a UNESCO-listed kasbah known for its stunning architecture and role in numerous films. Head to Ouarzazate, a town often called the “Gateway to the Desert” due to its proximity to the Sahara. Overnight stay in Ouarzazate.
Day 5: Skoura – Roses Valley – Dades Valley
Depart from Ouarzazate. Visit Skoura, known for its lush palm groves and ancient kasbahs. Explore the picturesque Roses Valley, where Damask roses are cultivated for their fragrant petals. Continue to the Dades Valley, famous for its stunning rock formations and breathtaking views. Overnight stay in or near the Dades Valley.
Day 6: Tinghir – Todra Gorges – Erfoud – Merzouga
Depart from the Dades Valley. Visit Tinghir and the impressive Todra Gorges, stunning canyons carved by the Todra River. Continue to Erfoud, known for its fossils, and experience the unique desert environment. Arrive in Merzouga, a gateway to the Sahara Desert and the Erg Chebbi sand dunes. Begin a memorable camel trek into the heart of the dunes, witnessing the spectacular sunset. Spend the night in a luxury desert camp under the starry sky.
Day 7: Rissani – Ziz Valley – Midelt – Azrou – Ifrane – Fes
Depart from the desert camp. Explore Rissani, known for its bustling markets and historical significance as a former trading post for caravans. Drive through the picturesque Ziz Valley, known for its lush palm groves and stunning landscapes. Continue to Midelt, a town nestled in the Middle Atlas Mountains. Pass through Azrou and Ifrane, often called “Little Switzerland” for its European-style architecture and clean streets. Arrive in Fes, one of Morocco’s oldest and most fascinating cities. Overnight stay in Fes.
Day 8: Fes Guided Tour
Spend the day exploring the enchanting city of Fes, renowned for its medina, one of the world’s largest pedestrian urban zones. Visit historic sites such as the University of Al Quaraouiyine, the Bou Inania Madrasa, and the Chouara Tannery. Wander through the bustling souks, where you can shop for traditional crafts, spices, and more. Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of Fes. Overnight stay in Fes.
Day 9: Meknes – Volubilis – Chefchaouen
Depart from Fes. Visit Meknes, an imperial city known for its historical significance and impressive architecture. Explore landmarks like Bab Mansour, the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail, and the lively medina. Continue to the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Head to Chefchaouen, the picturesque “Blue City” nestled in the Rif Mountains. Explore the charming streets and enjoy the serene atmosphere. Overnight stay in Chefchaouen.
Day 10: Tetouan – Tangier – Asilah
Depart from Chefchaouen. Visit Tetouan, a city with strong Andalusian influence and unique architecture. Continue to Tangier, a city at the crossroads of Africa and Europe, known for its historic medina and bustling port. Explore the city’s vibrant culture and stunning views of the Mediterranean. Continue to Asilah, a coastal town known for its artistic atmosphere, well-preserved medina, and beautiful beaches. Overnight stay in Asilah.
Day 11: Rabat
Depart from Asilah. Visit Rabat, the capital city of Morocco, known for its historical sites, including the Kasbah of the Udayas, the Hassan Tower, and the Royal Palace. Explore the city’s modern and historical aspects, appreciating its significance. Overnight stay in Rabat.
Day 12: Transfer to Casablanca Airport
Depending on your departure time, you may have some free time in Rabat for last-minute shopping or exploration. Transfer to Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport for your departure.
- Comfortable transport vehicle
- Driver guide
- 10 Nights in Hotels
- 01 Night in desert camp
- 11 breakfasts 11 dinners
- Camel ride in Merzouga dunes
- Casablanca, Fes tour guided