5 Days Desert Tour from Casablanca to Marrakech

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Get ready to create lifelong memories on this remarkable journey through Morocco. Embark on an extraordinary 5-day desert adventure starting from the vibrant city of Casablanca. Our meticulously crafted tour takes you on a captivating journey through the breathtaking Atlas Mountains, promising awe-inspiring scenery at every turn.

This 5 days tour from Casablanca to the desert includes all the four imperial cities of Morocco. Also, we will explore barbary apes of Azrou, Ziz Valley. Not to mention, feel the thrill of a camel trek, as you traverse golden dunes and immerse yourself in the enchanting ambiance of the Merzouga desert camp, where a magical night under the stars awaits.

Explore the mystical beauty of the Todra and Dades Gorges and marvel at the ancient fortified city of Ait-Ben-Haddou and finally, conclude your adventure in the vibrant city of Marrakech.

Let our experienced guides lead you through this captivating tour, ensuring every moment is filled with discovery, adventure, and cherished memories.

Tour Highlights of 5 Days Casablanca:

Day 1: Casablanca – Rabat – Fes

Welcome to the western coast of Morocco, Welcome vibrant city of Casablanca! As the largest city in the country, Casablanca boasts a modern atmosphere infused with significant French influence. We’ll begin our 5-day tour from Casablanca, where our bilingual driver will be ready to pick you up either from the airport or your hotel/riad.

To start off our exploration, we will visit the magnificent Hassan II Mosque, a true masterpiece of architectural brilliance. Sitting pretty on an outcrop over the Atlantic Ocean, this architectural treat proudly ranks as the seventh largest in the world, with its minaret reaching a height of 210 meters.

It can accommodate approximately 25,000 worshippers inside and an additional 80,000 in its courtyard. What makes the Hassan II Mosque even more exceptional is its openness to non-Muslim visitors, a rarity among mosques in Morocco.

Prepare to be captivated by the meticulous marble work, intricate wood and stone carvings, as well as the opulent cedar ceilings that adorn this sacred place. As we delve into the depths of its grandeur, we will also gain valuable insight into Morocco’s rich Islamic traditions.

A short 88 km (55 miles) drive takes us to Rabat, the capital city of Morocco. In Rabat, we will visit the UNESCO-listed Kasbah of the Udayas, a fortified city dating back to the 12th century. As we meander through its narrow streets and blue-hued buildings, we appreciate the distinct Andalusian influence and the stunning views of the Bou Regreg River. We will also visit the Hassan Tower, a minaret begun in the 12th century but never completed.

Our journey continues as we venture deeper into the heart of Morocco. We set off on a picturesque 207 km (129 miles) drive towards Fes, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the epitome of Moroccan heritage.

Fes is the oldest city in Morocco and perhaps the most interesting and exciting to explore. Here, we will explore the Royal Palace, a remarkable building that exudes the splendor of the nation. This historic site remains actively utilized by the royal family and government. While tourists are only able to appreciate its exterior, which features beautiful walls adorned with blue mosaic tiles and grand bronze doors, it remains a must-see attraction in our itinerary.

Our next stop will be the Jewish quarter, a living testament to the rich Jewish heritage in Morocco. With its charming alleys and quaint synagogues, you can catch a glimpse of the community’s past.

Our journey through Fes takes us to the illustrious Al Qaraouine University, founded in 859 AD and holding the distinction of being the oldest operating university in the world. We will explore the magnificent courtyards, libraries, and lecture halls, soaking in the legacy of Islamic scholarship that permeates these hallowed halls.

No visit to Fes is complete without witnessing the world-famous tanneries. Witnessing the tanneries in action is like stepping into a living museum. The sight of skilled artisans using age-old methods to transform raw animal hides into beautifully crafted leather goods is a sight to behold.

The tanneries of Fes have thrived for centuries, and their continued existence is a testament to the city’s enduring traditions and dedication to fine craftsmanship.

Our final stop in Fes is the Idriss mausoleum, the final resting place of Idriss I, the founder of the Idrisid Dynasty and the city of Fes. This serene mausoleum holds great significance in Moroccan history and is a site of pilgrimage for many Muslims.

After a full day of exploration, we will retreat to a local riad, a traditional Moroccan guesthouse. Immerse yourself in the authentic Moroccan hospitality and enjoy a delectable dinner and breakfast, tantalizing your taste buds with traditional flavors and spices that have delighted palates for centuries.

Day 2: Fes – Azrou – Midelt – Erfoud – Rissani – Merzouga

Today, get ready for an adventure-packed day as we embark on a memorable journey through the stunning landscapes of Morocco. We start by crossing the majestic Atlas mountains, one of the most spectacular mountain ranges in North Africa. On our route, we’ll have numerous opportunities to revel in the sheer beauty of the majestic peaks and picturesque valleys.

After about 83 km drive we stop in Azrou, a charming town nestled in the heart of the Middle Atlas Mountains. Azrou is known for its picturesque beauty as well as its famous cedar forest, which is home to a population of Barbary macaques.

As we explore the forest, you will have the opportunity to interact with these playful and friendly creatures. Feel free to capture this unique experience and take some unforgettable photos.

After our encounter with nature, our quest then takes us on a 93-kilometer drive to Midelt, a town renowned for its vibrant mineral market and succulent apples.

As we wander through the market, you will have the chance to admire the impressive array of minerals, including amethysts, agates, and quartz crystals. Don’t forget to sample the juicy and flavorful apples Midelt is famous for (optional).

After lunch, we drive through the mesmerizing Ziz valley, an oasis of lush greenery amidst the arid desert landscape. This picturesque valley stretches for over 280 kilometers, offering a breathtaking contrast between the golden dunes and the lush palm groves.

Resuming our voyage, we venture forth, conquering a 208 km drive that leads us to Erfoud, a charming city known for its fascinating fossil products. This area is rich in fossils, particularly those of trilobites, ammonites, and orthoceras. Explore the local shops and browse through a wide range of beautifully preserved fossils, perfect as unique souvenirs.

A short drive of 22 km will bring us to Rissani, an ancient town with a vibrant traditional marketplace, or Souk. Immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere as you stroll through the narrow alleys filled with vibrant colors, exotic spices, and handicrafts. It’s the perfect opportunity to indulge in some local shopping and discover unique treasures.

Finally, after a 41-kilometer journey, we reach our ultimate destination, the enchanting Merzouga desert. Prepare to be spellbound by towering sand dunes and the ethereal beauty of the Sahara. We will settle into a desert hotel where you can unwind and recharge and enjoy a traditional Moroccan dinner.

Day 3: 4X4 Tour Around The Dunes - Camel Trekking & Overnight Luxury Camp

Today marks the pinnacle of our 5-day Morocco tour itinerary from Casablanca. After breakfast, get ready for an unforgettable adventure in the breathtaking Merzouga desert! As part of our tour from Casablanca, we will embark on a thrilling 4X4 excursion, exploring the enchanting desert landscape and immersing ourselves in the rich Berber culture.

Our first stop takes us to the village of Khamlia, a hidden gem known for its vibrant Gnaoua community. This group of talented musicians, originally hailing from Sudan and Mali, will captivate your senses with their soul-stirring rhythms and melodious tunes of their famous Gnaoua music.

Continuing our journey, we’ll visit the Salt and Mascara Mine of Mifis, a fascinating site that provides a unique glimpse into the local economy. Learn about the process of salt extraction and the traditional techniques used to produce the vibrant Mascara pigment, an essential component in Berber cosmetics.

After a morning filled with exploration, we’ll have the opportunity to engage with the local community and experience genuine Berber hospitality. Settle down in the comfort of their traditional tents, listen to captivating stories of their way of life, and gain a deeper understanding of the Berber culture. Savor authentic Berber cuisine.

After lunch, get ready for an epic camel trek in the Sahara desert. Mount your trusty steed and let the skilled and knowledgeable guide lead you through the golden dunes. Marvel at the majestic beauty of the desert landscape, feeling the gentle sway of the camel beneath you.

As the sun begins its descent towards the horizon, we will find the perfect spot to witness a famous sunset over the Merzouga desert. The golden hues painting the sky with hues of orange, pink, and purple will leave you in awe of nature’s beauty.

After about 1.5 hours, we will arrive at our luxury camp in the heart of the dunes. Prepare to be amazed by the comfort and elegance of your tent, offering a glimpse of luxury amidst the untouched beauty of the desert.

As night falls, we will gather around a warm campfire, indulging in a delightful Berber dinner under the starlit sky. The haunting sound of Berber drum music will accompany the evening, creating an ambiance that feels truly magical. Listen to captivating stories, share laughter, and learn traditional dances. After retreat to your cozy tent.

Day 4: Merzouga Desert – Rissani – Todra Gorge – Dades Gorge

On the fourth day of your 5-day Sahara desert tour from Casablanca, you’ll wake up early to catch the magnificent sunrise over the Sahara Desert. Following a satisfying breakfast, you will embark on a camel ride back to the original departure spot. Awaiting your arrival there will be your designated driver, ready to commence the day’s onward voyage.

Our journey continues with a 42 km drive towards the ancient town of Rissani, a place steeped in history and culture. Once a thriving caravan town along the trans-Saharan trade routes, Rissani now boasts a lively souk, or market, where you can immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere.

From intricate handicrafts to aromatic spices, the stalls are filled with treasures waiting to be discovered. If you happen to visit on a Sunday, Tuesday, or Thursday, brace yourself for an even livelier experience as the souk buzzes with activity.

Back on the road, we venture towards the magnificent Todra Gorge, a natural marvel situated around 162 kilometers away. As we venture deeper into the High Atlas Mountains, the scenery becomes increasingly dramatic. Towering limestone canyons rise to an altitude of 1300 meters, stretching for over 30 kilometers. The Todra Gorge is not only a visual masterpiece but also a playground for outdoor enthusiasts.

Strap on your hiking boots as we hike and explore the winding trails that lead through the narrow canyon. Feel the cool breeze, hear the rushing sound of the Todra river, and marvel at the breathtaking vistas of mountains and valleys that surround you.

Our adventure as we drive 70 km towardsDades Gorge. Along the scenic drive, you’ll be captivated by the mystical rock formations and verdant valleys that unfold before your eyes.Here we’ll visit the iconic Monkey Toes rock formations.

These natural wonders are said to resemble the toes of a monkey, adding a touch of whimsy to the rugged landscape. Take a moment to appreciate the intricate artistry of Mother Nature and capture some unforgettable photos.

Finally, as the day comes to a close, we settle into a cozy local hotel nestled in the heart of the Dades Gorge. Enjoy a hearty dinner featuring traditional Moroccan dishes, allowing the flavors to transport you further into the magic of this enchanting country. Rest well, for tomorrow holds even more wonders to be discovered.

Day 5: Dades Gorge – Ouarzazate – Ait-Ben-Haddou- Marrakech

On day five of our 5-day Erg Chebbi Desert tour from Casablanca, get ready to embark on an awe-inspiring journey through the captivating landscapes of Morocco. We’ll venture into the land of roses and traverse the legendary road of a thousand kasbahs, unveiling remarkable landmarks along the way.

After a 119 km drive we will arrive in Ouarzazate, known as the “Cinema City” for its impressive film studios that have hosted numerous Hollywood productions. As we venture through this enchanting town, you will have the opportunity to visit Taourirt Kasbah, a fortified village that resembles a splendid sandcastle rising from the desert. Not only will you marvel at its intricate architecture, but you will also discover that it has served as a backdrop for renowned films throughout the years.

While here, we will also visit the world-renowned Atlas Studio, one of the largest film studios in the world, spanning over 20,000 square meters.This sprawling complex has been the filming location for countless movies, ranging from blockbusters like “Gladiator” to TV series like “Game of Thrones.” Take a behind-the-scenes tour to learn about the film industry and witness the sets and props used in various productions.

Leaving behind the cinematic wonders of Ouarzazate, we’ll embark on a picturesque drive of around 26 km to Ait Ben a Haddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Perched on a hill and surrounded by a scenic valley, the village has also served as a backdrop for several famous movies, including “Lawrence of Arabia” and “The Gladiator.”

Take your time to explore the narrow, winding streets of this living museum, imagining the lives of its past inhabitants and marveling at the intricate details of the mud-brick structures.

If you’re interested, we can also make a visit to an argan oil cooperative. Here, you’ll have the chance to learn about the traditional production techniques of this sought-after oil and witness the skilled hands of Berber women transforming argan nuts into golden liquid gold. Feel free to indulge in some authentic argan oil products to take a piece of Morocco’s natural beauty with you on your journey.

At long last, after 105 km drive, we arrive in Marrakech, a city that exudes vibrant energy, a fusion of old-world charm and modern excitement. Here, we bid you farewell, either dropping you off at the airport or your chosen accommodation, marking the end of your 5-day cultural and desert tour from Casablanca.

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Important Notes:

Note: We understand that every traveler has unique preferences and desires. While the 5-day Erg Chebbi Desert tour from Casablanca encompasses some of the most incredible historical sites in Morocco, our program can be tailored to accommodate other places you’d love to explore. So don’t hesitate to share them with us, our team will work closely with you to design an itinerary that includes your desired historical sites, cultural experiences, and dream destinations. Let’s embark on a journey beyond your wildest dreams!

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