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1. Casablanca to Marrakech Desert Tours (4 to 8 Days)
Meet the best Casablanca to Marrakech desert tours via Rabat, Fes, Merzouga Sahara (Erg Chebbi dunes), and Dades Valley. Avoiding the long distances and long, exhausting driving hours, these tours are the shortest possible tours from Casablanca to the Merzouga Desert. At least you need 4 days and 3 nights in our humble opinion.
In each of these tours is an opportunity to visit certain places and every day that is added is an opportunity either to visit a new place or city or spend more time in one of the places included in the shorter tour, and so on. Don’t hesitate to read more details, see photos, a detailed itinerary, and a map of your most convenient tour from Casablanca, we have different options: from Standard and Medium to luxury tours.
2. Grand Morocco Desert Tours from Casablanca
The grand Morocco Sahara Desert Tours from Casablanca allow you to discover a big part of the country and spend enough time in each place visited, unlike the short tours.
These tours include accommodations, desert camp, experienced English-speaking driver/guide, and a local guide in the most interesting places like Fes and Marrakech.
Day 1: Casablanca - Rabat - Fes
This 4 days desert tour from Casablanca to Marrakech will start with a sightseeing tour of Casablanca, the economic capital of Morocco, we visit Hassan II Mosque, one of the Islamic world’s greatest monuments.
Depart to Rabat, the administrative capital of Morocco. In Rabat, we will visit the splendid Mohammed V and hassan II Mausoleums, and the Hassan Tower.
Late in the afternoon, we will depart for Fes, we’ll pass by Meknes probably with a stop to see Bab Mansour which was founded at the end of the 17th Century by Moulay Ismail and is known as “small paris or the Moroccan Versailles” then We will continue to Fes and check-in at your hotel.
Day 2: Fes - Azrou - Midelt - Ziz Valley - Merzouga Sahara Desert
After breakfast, we’ll pick up you and drive towards Ifrane the Moroccan – Swiss town, we’ll continue to Azrou where we’ll stop at the cedar forest the largest in Morocco in the Middle Atlas Mountains.
Here we can see the Barbary Apes. After lunch, in the way we’ll be traveling towards Merzouga with a stop at the panoramic view of Ziz Valley. Arriving in Merzouga Sahara desert late afternoon, from here we’ll start the camel ride to explore Erg Chebbi dunes.
Spend night at the camp in the desert where you will have your dinner. The camp is fully equipped and enjoy a portion of delicious food, music, and song by the Berber people.
Day 3: Merzouga Sahara Desert - Ziz Valley - Todra Gorges - Dades Valley
Continuing our 4 days desert tour from Casablanca to Marrakech, today, early in the morning, we recommend you wake up to watch the sunrise and after these beautiful moments, you will have breakfast at the camp and take a shower. Then we’ll drive to Todra Gorges; the highest and narrowest gorges in Morocco.
After lunch, we’ll travel toward Dades Valley and drive through Dades gorge where you will see the majestic castles and amazing rock formations. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.
Day 4: Dades Valley - Ouarzazate - Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah - Marrakech
After breakfast, we drive through the Dades Valley to Ouarzazate. The road through the Dades Valley is the way of the thousand Kasbahs – providing many opportunities to take photos.
We will stop at Kalaat Mgouna the city of roses before reaching Ouarzazate where we will visit the Taourirt Kasbah and Atlas Film Studios. Continue to Marrakech via the Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou.
This fortified kasbah was built by El Glaoui one of the last Berber leaders during the 17th century, after the visit of the Kasbah, your journey continues through the majestic Tizi n’Tichka (2260m) over the High Atlas Mountains, before arriving in Marrakech in the late afternoon, drop off at your hotel in Marrakech and end of our 4 days desert tour from Casablanca to Marrakech.
Day 1: Casablanca - Rabat - Fes
On the first day of our 6 Days Tour from Casablanca to Marrakech, after a great breakfast at your accommodation, we will go to Fez, making a stop off in Meknes, a city under the mountains of the Middle Atlas.
We will stop at places of interest include the Roman ruins (Volubilis), a World Heritage Site, among others. Lunch in Meknes and continue the route to Fes. Once we are in Fez, in the afternoon, we will reach the place of accommodation, where you will dinner and sleeping.
Day 2: Explore Fes City with a Local guide
After breakfast, the day will be particularly dedicated to the visit of Fes. This magnificent city is separated into three zones: Fez el¬ Bali, the old part. Fès el¬ Jdid, the modern and the old Medina, the French side.
People who visit this city are completely captivated by is one of the largest medieval sites full of endless streets. Here are many things to visit: The Mellah, the Jewish Quarter, the Plaza of the dyers, Fes el Bali, the medieval medina of the city, Fes el Jedid, the new medina of Fes, the Andalusian Mosque, and many more sites.
When the sightseeing tour ends, we will move to the riad where you will have dinner and spend the night.
Day 3: Fes - Azrou - Midelt - Ziz Valley - Merzouga Sahara
In the morning after breakfast, we will continue the excursion to the desert of Merzouga making a few stops at various interesting sites. At this stage of the route, we will enter the Middle Atlas.
A charming and totally distinct from the rest of Morocco, called Ifrane people. It has a colder climate than the rest and somewhat different European architecture. Then we will head to Azrou where there are many extinct volcanoes, such as Jebel Hebri 2104 meters, among others.
Furthermore, we will visit a forest of the oldest in this country full of cedars and very friendly monkeys in Azrou, with the possibility of giving eat. The village is characterized by having a major cottage industry of cedar and then we will make a city tour seeing the sights.
We will continue our 6 Days Tour from Casablanca to Marrakech to Midelt, located between the Middle Atlas and the High Atlas, we will stop for lunch and continue the route to the Ziz Valley, to admire the immensity of red gorges, clothing large oasis, and the beautiful villages and adobe kasbahs.
Later, in the afternoon, we will arrive in Merzouga where will you leave your things in our auberge and take what you need to spend the night in the tent. Depends on our arrival time we will take tea and rest before leaving while we equip the camels. Once everything is ready, you will begin your great adventure in Erg Chebbi¬up of these large animals.
After an hour and a half, we will arrive at camp having enjoyed the wonderful colors of the sand that we provide those hours, arrive at sunset to contemplate it. Then you will have a typical Moroccan dinner and later enjoy a night of live music with drums and a campfire to join us under the immensity of the starry sky.
Day 4: Explore Merzouga area & Visit a nomad family
The next morning you will wake up early to watch the sunrise. At midday, we will visit a nomad family. We will eat under the shade of a tree, you will see how the Berber pizza is made, and then will taste it.
After lunch, you will rest for a while, and later we will make a route through the desert. We will see an oasis in the desert in 4×4, also visit the town of Khamlia ( village of dark skin people), MeFes mines, and meet the Berber nomads living in the edge of the Erg Chebbi dunes… Then you shall return to the camp, you will have dinner, play music again and will be staying in a Berber tent.
Day 5: Merzouga Sahara Desert - Rissani - Draa Valley Ouarzazate
The next morning camel trek back to the riad, and you have the possibility to have a shower. We will continue the trip to Rissani, and stop to observe a large market that brings together many merchants, where lots of things like handicrafts, carpets, animals, food sold…
When we finish lunch we will visit and resume the march towards the Draa Valley where we can see the great nature around this area, stopping to take pictures and remember these precious places. We will reach Ouarzazate where we will arrive at the accommodation, dinner, and sleep.
Day 6: Ouarzazate - Ait Ben Haddou - Marrakech
After breakfast, we will go through the Kasbah of Taourirt, a World Heritage Site, full of towers and walls. Inside the Islamic and Jewish religions are mixed.
Later we will go to the fortified city called Ait Ben Haddou, a World Heritage Site by Unesco since 1987 and have been filmed in various famous movies like Lawrence of Arabia, Gladiator, The Mummy… It is one of the best-preserved fortified Kasbahs around Morocco, where they were designed to defend, houses, crops, palm trees.
The next stop is the Kasbah of Telouet, located in the village of Telouet village is and was used to pass the High Atlas to Marrakech. It is clearly deteriorating but with a special charm Kasbah.
On the way we will pass along the High Atlas, making several stops enjoying the great scenery to take photographs and breathe the fresh air offered by this place. We will arrive in Marrakech and head towards your accommodation this 6 Days Tour from Casablanca to Marrakech ends.
Day 1: Casablanca - Chefchaouen
In the first place, today we will meet you in your accommodation in Casablanca or in the airport and drive to Chefchaouen.
On this 7 days tour of Morocco and one of the best Morocco Sahara tours, we will make short stops at some monuments in Rabat including the Hassan Tower before continuing toward the blue city of Chefchaouen. Finally, overnight in an authentic riad in the Medina.
Day 2: Free Day To Explore Chefchaouen
On the second day of our Imperial Cities and Sahara Desert tour, you will have a free day to walk around the blue-painted alleys and explore the highlights of the blue city including the Stalk, this part of Chefchaouen is the main center of the town. Akshour Falls, the Kasbah Ethnographic Museum, the Utah Lhmam Square which is the vibrant and active city center, and Al-Swaiqa District. Overnight in a traditional Riad.
Day 3: Chefchaouen -Volubilis - Meknes - Fes
After breakfast at your riad, you will start traveling to Fes via Ouazzan and the Roman site of Volubilis. Then after a couple of hours drive, you will get to Volubilis, the well-preserved Roman empire dating to 225 BC, where you will see the most beautiful Mosaics in Morocco dating back to the 3rd century BC.
Therefore, here you will have a guided tour of the site and learn a lot about the Roman Empire.
After that, we travel to Meknes, the Ismaili capital of Morocco. Here in Meknes, we see the fascinating gate Bab Mansour built by the sultan My Ismail; the granary and the Sahrij Souani, used for irrigation and plantation.
On this 7 Days tour from Casablanca, your visit includes also the Mulay Ismail Mausoleum. Then we continue via the highway to Fes. Finally, overnight accommodation at a fancy riad in the medina.
Day 4: Fes sightseeing tour with a local guide
After breakfast in your riad, you will start exploring Fes the “the Spiritual City of Morocco”. Hence you will spend the whole morning exploring the Medina and its alleys.
The tour starts by visiting most of the sites with cultural and historical interest – including the famous Al Karaouine Mosque and University (the oldest in the world), the Madrasa Bouanania. Moreover, the Tanneries and the Najjarine fountain.
Then after lunch, we will drive you outside the Medina to see the Royal Palace gate, walk through the Jewish quarter “the Mellah”, and then visit the pottery cooperative.
Later in the afternoon, we will drive you to one of the fortresses to experience an amazing panoramic view of the whole Medina of Fes. Lastly, overnight accommodation at the same riad.
Day 5: Fes - Ifrane - Azrou - Midelt - Erfoud - Merzouga
After breakfast, we will start traveling south to the Merzouga desert via Midelt and Errachidia. On this Grand Tour of Morocco, your first stop will be in Ifrane city, known as “the Switzerland of Morocco”. On the way to Merzouga via Midlet and the Ziz Valley. During this journey, you’ll experience glimpses of the Middle Atlas and Higher Atlas mountains.
Afterward stopping at the famous cedar forest – the largest one in Morocco – where you will have the opportunity to see the Barbarian apes. So you’ll notice how the scenery changes to reveal hints of the desert as you approach the Er Rachidia city. Then after lunch in Midelt, your journey continues along the spectacular Ziz Valley, stopping for panoramic views along the way.
We will drive through Berber villages to Erfoud, then to Rissani; the foundation of the Alaouite dynasty – the current ruling royal family in Morocco.
Arriving in Merzouga at the end of the day, you’ll be welcomed with a glass of mint tea and ride your camel to see the sunset in the middle of the highest sand dunes in Morocco and spend the night there. Subsequently, overnight at our well-equipped desert camp where you will have your dinner.
Day 6: Sahara Desert - Todra Gorge - Dades Valley
After breakfast and a hot shower in the desert camp, your camel guide can wake you up early in the morning to watch the sunrise well may be the best sunrise in your life.
Afterward, you’ll peacefully camel trek back to your departure point appreciating the unique beauty of the spectacular Erg Chebbi dunes – changing with the light as the day progresses. You’ll meet your driver and leave toward Tinghir and Todra gorges – the highest, narrowest gorges in Morocco. Here you’ll have the opportunity to hike along its valley.
Then we’ll drive through the Dades Valley, where you’ll see the majestic sand castles and the amazing rock formations known as “monkey toes”. Lastly, overnight accommodation will be in a riad or a hotel in the heart of the gorge. (dinner and breakfast).
Day 7: Dades Valley - AIt Ben Haddou Kasbah - Marrakech
After breakfast, we’ll drive through the Dades Valley towards Kalaat Mgouna and Ouarzazate. Since the route through Dades Valley is named the way of thousand Kasbahs. So it provides numerous opportunities to take some of your best photographic shots of the trip.
Later On this 7 Days Tour in Morocco to Sahara from Casablanca, we’ll stop at Kalaat Mgouna, “the rose city”, to purchase the rosewater, which will make your linen smell good a long time after your trip is over. Then continue to Ouarzazate, “the Hollywood of Africa”.
Then, lunch will be at the famous Ait Ben Haddou kasbah, the largest Kasbah in Morocco. It is recognized by UNESCO as a world patrimony. It is famous as a backdrop for several films, including ‘Lawrence of Arabia’, ‘Gladiator’, “Game Of Thrones”…etc
Our journey will continue through the majestic Tizi ‘n’ Tichka pass (2260 m) over the High Atlas Mountains where you can stop also to explore the process of making the argan oil at the women s cooperatives before arriving at your accommodation in Marrakech, where the tour ends.