9 Days Imperial cities And Sahara Tour
Departure: from Fes
Duration: 9 Days/8 Nights
Overview : Explore the history, culture and nature within this fabulous combination of Morocco imperial cities and Sahara desert Package. This 9 days imperial cities and Sahara tour departure from Fes, you’ll be visiting the best highlights and the most interesting monuments in the four holy imperial Medinas of: Fes ( founded on the 8th century, a special moroccan heritage!), Meknes, Rabat & Marrakech.
Along the road trip from Marrakech to Fes via Sahara desert, you’ll be traveling through the traditional South of Morocco and all along the road of thousand Kasbahs, crossing the Atlas mountains (Anti, Middle & High). Discovering the most visited places and also hidden authentic villages with amazing landscapes, such as: the stunning gorges, caves, wide rivers, palm groves, oasis, valleys, Ksours, … At the Sahara Desert of Erg Chebbi in Merzouga: you’ll experience the camel trekking, a memorable overnight under the magical starry sky at the wonderful Nomadic desert Camp ( Luxury & on Budget collection of tents), lovely sunset and sunrise, the traditional Market in Rissani, … etc. Capturing one of your amazing Morocco’s souvenirs!
Please note that this 9 days Imperial Cities and Sahara tour from Fes & every route of our Travel around Morocco itineraries can be extended, adjusted or shorted to suit your timing, budget and preferences.
9 day Morocco Tour itinerary
day 1: arrival in fes Airport
Thousand welcome into Morocco with M-E!
You will be welcomed at the Fes Saïs, by one of our professional driver/guide, then departure to your Riad/accommodation, situated at the center city of the old Medina. Overnight and dinner at the Riad.
day 2: Fes Sightseeing
After Breakfast at the Riad, the journey will be a full day exploring the oldest Moroccan city, which is called, Fes: Founded at the 8th century by the Sultan Moulay Driss II. The visit will be started with the help of a professional local tour guide, exploring at the first side, Fes el Bali, situated at the outside of the Medina. Among the interesting monuments that you will be visiting are: the Royal palace gate, the Jewish headquarter (Was built at the 16th century, considered as the first Mellah in Morocco), and also an escape to The ceramic school, to admire the traditional Arabic art.
The second side, you’ll be walking properly into the adorable Fes Medina, and visit: the world’s oldest university Al Qarawiyin, the Tanneries and Moulay Driss mausoleum. Before we back to the Riad, a vehicle tour will be provided for you to enjoy the stunning panoramic views over the whole the Medina, adoring a charming sunset. Overnight and dinner at the Riad.
day 3: Fes - Meknes - Rabat
After Breakfas at the Riad, we’ll drive to the imperial city of Meknes, there you’ll be visiting the most interesting parts at the Medina, such as: the famous huge Mansour gate, the Sahrij Souani, the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismael and also the historical Qarra prison. After the visit in Meknes Medina, we’ll head straight to Rabat: the capital city of the country and thus administrative, political and financial center of Morocco,
In Rabat you can stroll through its well defined neighborhoods and visit several important monuments like the Alcazaba of Oudaias, the Mausoleum of Mohammed V, the Tower Hassan and the quietest of all Moroccan souk, as the Medina is another place to get lost in this city, where every good and mediate their scents and products of all kinds are mixed: crafts, spices, food, etc … Overnight and dinner at the Riad.
day 4: Rabat - Casablanca - Marrakech
After Breakfas at the Riad, we’ll depart from your Riad in Rabat, via Casablanca, the economic capital of Morocco, considered as the most crowded city around the country. There, its so worthy to visit the stunning Hassan II mosque. The Hassan II mosque is one of the largest mosques in the world, its minaret is the world’s tallest at 210 meters, completed in 1993. The mosque stands on a promontory looking out to the Atlantic Ocean, it can hold 105,000 worshipers at one time together for prayer: 25,000 inside the mosque hall and another 80,000 on the mosque’s outside grounds.
After the visit, you will also have time to walk along the Cornish beach front of Atlantic coast, with the option of enjoying your lunch at the Cornish. Later on, the journey will be continued through the high way to Marrakech. At night, you’ll enjoy your time at the famous crowded square of Jamea El Fna, to explore the entertainment of the magicians, henna makers, story tellers and also various local music bands… Overnight and dinner at the Riad.
day 5: Marrakech Sightseeing
After breakfast at the Riad, you’ll start the journey exploring Marrakech, which is called also ” the Moroccan red city, referring to its houses color”. walk around the imperial Medina with the help of our professional local tour guide, who will ensure that you discover the most important parts of historical and cultural interests, including: the Saadian tombs, El Bahia Palace, El Badi Palace, and Ben Youssef Coranic school.
Lunch will be at a typical restaurant near by the Famous square of Jamea El Fna. At the Afternoon, you will continue to explore the gardens of Majorelle, and the Koutoubia Tower. Overnight and dinner at the Riad.
day 6: Marrakech - Hight Atlas - Ksar Ait Benhaddou - Ouarzazate - skoura - Roses Valley - Dades Valley
After a hearty Moroccan breakfast at the Riad, we’ll be driving through the High Atlas mountains and ‘Tizi N’tichka’ pass, which is the highest road pass in Morocco at 2260m altitude, where you’ll fresh up and enjoy various panoramic views over the mountains. After that, we’ll arrive to ksar Ait Ben haddou, it is one of the 9 sites in Morocco that UNESCO declared World Heritage.
Ksar ait benhaddou is a tribal, traditional pre-Saharan Moroccan concept, consisting of a group of buildings built in 1600 with organic materials, including a rich red mud, enclosed in high walls where some families still live today. Ait Benhaddou was built on a hill in order to dominate the valley along the banks of the Ounila River at the foot of the Atlas Mountains, 30 kilometers from Ouarzazate, is featured many films like Gladiator, Lawrance of Arabia … After lunch, we’ll head to Ouarzazate, named as The African Hollywood, because of the international movies made at the whole province.
After Ouarzazate the trip will be continued along what is commonly known as the “Road of Thousand Kasbah“, to catch a spectacular view of a vast valley dotted with small oasis and hundreds of ancient fortifications, till we arrive to the Roses valley, the town is called Kalaat M’gouna, it is well known for the “Roses Festival“, a festival that takes place on the city every year in May.
During the festival, people from all over the country and the world, coming to discover the beauty of the town, try roses products like: rose water, oil, cosmetic products, also to enjoy the traditional handmade clothing. At the evening we’ll arrive to Dades valley, where we’ll stay for the Overnight at dinner at the Berber house.
day 7: Dades valley - Todra gorges - erfoud - merzouga - camel trek & sunset
After breakfast at the Berber house in Dades valley, we ‘ll leave via the Todra gorges, also called the grand moroccan canyon, famous for rock climbing at its rock walls that rises up to 300m in a narrow part. In Todra valley, you’ll have time for walking to smell the adorable nature of green agricultural lands at the middle of a wide river.
After lunch in a Berber town called Tinjedad, the journey will be continued to the Sahara. At the evening, we’ll arrive to Merzouga, you will be welcomed with a cup of tea and have a safe room to be prepared to spend such a romantic overnight at the nomad desert camp. You will have about one hour of camel ride to cross the highest golden sand dunes in the north Africa, while you enjoying the show of the sunset till you arrive to the camp.
You’ll have your own private tent, the tents are well equipped with mattresses, blankets, cushions, shower also toilets. You’ll be served a delicious Moroccan dinner, then you will gather around the fire to admire a typical Berber music performed using drums under the magical starry sky.
day 8: Camel trek & sunrise - Erfoud - Ziz Oasis - Middle Atlas - Midelt - Azrou - Ifrane - Fes
Wake up early in the morning to enjoy the view of the sunrise over the golden sand dunes. After freshening up and have your breakfast, ride the camels back to the car, then we’ll leave to Erfoud, it is a Berber village, which became the destination for filmmakers due to the beauty of the surrounding Sahara desert and the town’s oasis areas. Erfoud has been a filming location for many films, including: The Mummy (1999) Prince of Persia (2010), SPECTER (2015), famous also for its fossilized marbles, where you will have the opportunity to visit a workshop produces marble and fossils.
Later on, the trip will be continued to Ziz Oasis, where we’ll stop again for those stunning volcanic gorges, close to the largest Palm grove, contains over millions of palm trees, rich of dates fruit. After lunch in Midelt, we’ll drive through the Tizi-N-Talghamt pass (at 1907m altitude) in the Middle Atlas mountains, enjoying the wonderful sceneries, offering numerous occasion to photograph amazing pictures.
At the evening and before we arrive to Fes, Last break of the day Morocco tour will be in Ifrane , it is an European-style, and it is also called Switzerland of Morocco. Overnight and dinner at the Riad.
day 9: Fes Airport Departure
Today and after breakfast at the Riad, you’ll be transferred to the Fes Saïs Airport according to your Flight time. End of our services.
- Private service (without other travelers).
- Comfortable transport with Air-conditioned in Wv, 4×4 Toyota or Mercedes minivan.
- Experienced driver/guide speaking English.
- Professional local tour guide to explore Marrakech & Fes.
- Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom and shower.
- Accommodation half board (dinner & breakfast) in 3*/ 4*/ 5*/ Hotels and Riads.
- Overnight in a traditional Berber tent at the heart of Erg Chebbi dunes (dinner & Breakfast).
- Camel trek in Merzouga.
- From/to Airport transfers.
- No forced Shopping.
NOT INCLUDED :
- Flight Tickets.
- Entrance Fees to the monuments, museums & Kasbah.
- Lunchs & Drinks.
All what is not within the list of “INCLUDED”.