Explore Morocco’s stunning imperial cities including Erg Chebbi desert on a 8 days Morocco imperial cities via sahara desert, and experience the country’s most striking landscapes, architecture and traditional cultures. Walk through millennia-old ruins and discover Morocco’s historic capitals; visit Fez’s imposing monuments, then immerse yourself in the thriving life of the medieval medina. Bask in the bustle of the Jemaa el Fna square, step into royal palaces, and slip through ancient tombs and vivid gardens. End your trip in Casablanca, where historic souks about modern streets, and well-used cannons still line the weathered seawall.
Pick-up from airport and direct transfer to hotel in Rabat. Or, start a visit of Casablanca if your flight land earlier than you may see the Hassan II Mosque and experience the coastal “Cornish” seaside. Afterwards, depart to Rabat, the capital of Morocco! and spend the night at your Riad.
After breakfast, we will visit the Hassan Tower in Rabat then drive to Meknès, the 16th century capital whose ruler, Moulay Ismail, modeled himself on France’s ‘Sun King’, Louis XIV: historical guided visit of Meknès, and The Roman ruins of Volubilis, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The city was built with 20 gates, more than 50 palaces and 15 miles of surrounding walls. Following lunch, stop at the remarkable Roman ruins of Volubilis, with its mosaics and temples. Night in Fez
After the breakfast in your riad/hotel in Fes. All day devoted for visiting Fez, the oldest of the imperial cities, home to the world’s first university dating from the 9th century and one of the most complete medieval cities in existence, founded in 790 A.D. Seeming to exist somewhere between the Middle Ages and today, the Soul of Morocco stimulates the senses with its visual details, haunting sounds and rich aromas. Guided visit of medieval Medina, Quaraouine University, Medersa Attarine, Kingdom Palace, Ben Denane synagogue, souks. After lunch, you will visit the tiles cooperative and then experience a wonderful panoramique view over the whole Medina of Fes.
The pickup start from your Hotel or Riad in Fes then drive southwards to Ifrane and Azrou through the Middle Atlas mountains, On the way we will stop at cedar forest to see the Barbarian Ape in their natural habitat. Traveling through the Tizi Ntalghamt pass to Midelt and along the magnificent Ziz Gorges carved and the volcanic rock, you’ll have incredible views of the Middle-Atlas plateau, noticing how the scenery changes to reveal hints of the desert as you come closer to of the city Errachidia. After having lunch, we’ll go ahead through the Ziz valley Erfoud, Rissani and Merzouga. After enjoying a glass of mint tea, we will leave our luggage in a room then take the camels to a Berber camp in the middle of Erg Chebbi Sand dunes, 20 km long and 5 km wide. Reputed as the highest sand dunes in North Africa. The unique and diverse environment. The camel trek takes around 1hr 30 min from the hotel to the camp where we take back the spirit of the nomadic Berber lifestyle. There we setup 3 Berber tents with restaurant and kitchen at the dunes naturally providing basic facilities. The tents are well equipped and we provide mattresses, blankets, and cushions. After dinner we gather round the fire and enjoy the desert night and may be with traditional Berber drums.
The camel guide will wake you up early in the morning to see what well may be the best sunrise of your life. Afterwards, you’ll peacefully camel-trek back to your hotel appreciating the unique beauty of the spectacular Erg Chebbi dunes – changing with the light as the day progresses. After having breakfast and shower, you’ll leave direction of Tinghir and Todra gorges – the highest, narrowest gorges in Morocco before arriving at Dades Valley for dinner and accommodation.
After breakfast in the hotel we’ll drive through the Dades Valley towards Kalaat Mgouna and Ouarzazate. The route through Dades Valley is the way of the thousand Kasbahs – providing numerous opportunities to take some of your best photographic shots of the trip. Then the roses valley and Skoura village. Continue to Ouarzazate, “the Hollywood of Africa”. Lunch is at the famous Ait Ben Haddou kasbah, the largest Kasbah in Morocco. After touring this UNESCO matrimonial historical site, our journey will continue through the majestic Tizi ‘n’ tichka pass (2260m) over the High Atlas Mountains. We will have time to stop and enjoy impressive views and visit the argan oil cooperative. We will arrive in Marrakech in the late afternoon.
After having a typical breakfast, you can start discovering Marrakech “the red city of Morocco”. We will ensure that you will see the most important sites of historical and cultural interest, including the Majorelle Gardens, the Koutoubia Tower, the Saadiens tombs, the Bahia Palace. After having lunch at a restaurant near the square, you will walk through the souks “traditional market” and explore hundreds of handicrafts. Afternoon, you will have some free time to look around by yourself the other parts of the city.
According to your flight’s departure either to Casablanca or Marrakech airport.
End of your amazing 8 days Morocco imperial cities via sahara desert.