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9 days Marrakesh to the imperial cities via Sahara desert

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  • 9 Days / 8 Nights
  • Private Tour
  • Pickup : Hotel
  • Free Cancelation
  • English, Germany, French & Spanish
  • Marrakesh
What to Expect

Embark on an unforgettable 9-day desert safari and camel trek, tailor-made for adventurous travelers. Traverse the breathtaking Erg Chebbi dunes on a mesmerizing camel trek, delve into the intricate history and culture of imperial cities, and marvel at the awe-inspiring UNESCO-listed site, Aït Ben Haddou. Dive into the hustle and bustle of modern Casablanca and Rabat, and venture off the beaten path along ancient caravan routes and discover hidden oasis gems in the heart of the desert. This once-in-a-lifetime experience is not to be missed!

  • Enjoy the sunset overlooking the "blue city" of Chefchaouen
  • Walk through the alleys of Marrakech, Fez, Chefchaouen and Rabat's Medina
  • Explore the High Atlas Mountains and Experience the camel trek at Erg Chebbi desert
  • Visit the Unesco World Heritage site of Ksar Aït Ben haddou and Ouarzazate
  • Explore the Coast Through Rabat and Casablanca
Brief Itinerary
Day Highlights Overnight
 Day 1  Arrival to Marrakesh with an Airport transfer  Marrakesh
Day 2  Explore Marrakesh in a full day guided city tour  Marrakesh
Day 3  Depart to Dades Gorges through the high Atlas mountains, visit Ksar of Aït Ben   Haddou and Ouarzazate  Dades
Day 4  Visit the Todra Gorges and head to Merzouga, camel trek with an overnight in the camp  Merzouga
Day 5  Sunrise over the dunes, following lunch in Midelt, continue to Fez through Ifrane  Fez
Day 6  Guided city tour to explore the imperial city of Fez, and head to Chefchaouen  Chefchaouen
Day 7  Visit the blue city of Chefchaouen, spend the night in Rabat the capital of Morocco  Rabat
Day 8  Visit Rabat and the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, onwards to the imperial city of Marrakesh  Marrakesh
Day 9  Depart to Marrakesh airport  

 

Departure & Return Location

Marrakesh

Price Includes

  • Pick up & drop off at the airports
  • Private A/C transport with fuel
  • English speaking driver
  • Offcial guide in Fez & Marrakech
  • Local guide at Ksar of Aït Ben Haddou
  • 9 days in Hotels with breakfast included
  • 2 dinners in Dades valleys and Merzouga
  • Mineral water during the whole tour
  • Accommodation taxes

Price Excludes

  • Dinner except in Dades valley and Erg Chebbi desert
  • Entrance monuments fees
  • Lunch
  • Drinks

Itinerary: 9 days Morocco tour from Marrakesh to the imperial cities and desert

Day 1: Arrive: Marrakesh airport transfer

Begin your journey in style as you arrive at Marrakesh International Airport, where a warm and friendly welcome awaits you. Your private transfer will take you to your chosen hotel, where you will find a seamless check-in process waiting to greet you, allowing you to unwind and settle into your surroundings in complete comfort.

Day 2: Explore Marrakesh in a full day guided city tour

Your journey of discovery begins as we guide you through the most iconic landmarks of Marrakesh, including the magnificent Koutoubia Tower, Saadian Tombs, and the stunning Medrassa Ben Youssef. Experience the vibrant atmosphere of the Jamaa El Fna square, a bustling hub of historical, cultural and culinary delights. After an authentic local lunch, we’ll tour the modern district of Gueliz by car, revealing the city’s contemporary side. We’ll conclude the day with a visit to the captivating Majorelle Gardens and the breathtaking Yves Saint Laurent Museum. Retire to your hotel for a well-deserved rest, ready for another day of adventure.

Day 3:Depart to Dades Valley through the high Atlas Mountains, visit Ksar of Aït Ben Haddou and Ouarzazate

Embark on a picturesque journey towards the stunning Dades valley after a delicious breakfast at the hotel. Crossing the imposing Atlas Mountains and traversing the highest road pass in Morocco, ‘Tizi N’tichka’ at a staggering altitude of 2260m, you’ll be wowed by the panoramic views along the way. Stop for a photo-opportunity at various scenic spots, soaking up the mesmerizing landscape. Later, explore the exquisite 16th century Ksar of Aït Ben Haddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and savor authentic local cuisine at a charming restaurant. Next, we’ll journey towards Ouarzazate, famously known as the African Hollywood, and visit the renowned Atlas Studios of Cinema and Taourirte Kasbah. Our adventure continues through the breathtaking ‘Way of the Thousand Kasbahs’ to reach the enchanting Roses valley. Relax and rejuvenate in upper Gorges with a delectable dinner and overnight stay.

Day 4: Visit the Todra Gorges and head to Merzouga, camel trek and night in the Camp at Erg Chebbi Desert


Rise and shine with a scrumptious breakfast before we venture towards the awe-inspiring Todra Gorges – the grand Moroccan canyon. The towering rock walls ascend to a staggering 300m in narrow sections, offering a sight to behold. Explore the verdant agricultural lands and bask in the serene beauty of the river during a leisurely walk. Next, we’ll head towards Erfoud, which is renowned for its fossilized marbles. Get ready to be amazed by the intricate process of creating Merble fossil products during a visit to the workshop. As dusk falls, we’ll reach Merzouga, where you’ll be greeted with a traditional Moroccan welcome of mint tea. Spend the night in an exclusive nomad desert camp, and experience a thrilling camel ride to reach the campsite. Witness the breathtaking sunset en route to the Bivouac as you soak up the limitless beauty of the desert. Your private tent is well equipped with mattresses, blankets, cushions, and even an exclusive restroom. Indulge in a delectable Moroccan dinner before gathering around the fire to savor the mesmerizing beats of the traditional Berber drum music.

Day 5:Sunrise over the dunes, following lunch in Midelt we continue to Fez through Ifrane

Rise and shine to a spectacular view of the sunrise over the enchanting dunes. Replenish your energy with a delectable Moroccan breakfast and a refreshing shower. Afterward, savour the thrilling camel ride back to the vehicle, or opt for the excitement of a 4WD ride. Our next destination is the breathtaking Ziz valley, where you can immerse yourself in the astounding views of the Ziz palm oasis and Ziz gorges. Lunch is on the menu in Midelt, after which we cross the magnificent Middle Atlas mountains with its lush cedar forest, where wild monkeys await to be fed. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to interact with them. Our next pitstop is Ifrane, a stunning European-style town that’s commonly referred to as the Switzerland of Morocco. Take some time to unwind before we make our way to Fez, where you’ll spend the night at a luxurious riad.

Day 6:Guided City Tour to Explore the Imperial City of Fez, and head to Chefchaouen

Embark on a mesmerizing journey through Fez, the oldest of the imperial cities, founded back in 790 A.D. Its rich history and cultural heritage are tangible in every corner of the city, with the world’s first university dating back to the 9th century. Stroll through the charming medieval medina that is one of the most complete and well-preserved in the world. Peer upon magnificent landmarks such as the Karaouine University, Medersa Attarine, the Kingdom Palace, and bustling souks brimming with life and activity. Experience the soul of Morocco firsthand as you explore the city’s captivating visual details, haunting sounds, and enticing aromas. Spend the night at the Riad, savoring the ambiance of Far-Eastern opulence.

In the afternoon, we head to the enchanting ‘Blue Town,’ where life is lived according to traditional Moroccan customs. Discover a plethora of shops featuring locally crafted goods, tailors hand-sewing elegant Djellaba, fresh butchers, grocers, and more. Even though candle-stick makers may not be as prevalent, there is no shortage of life and activity here. Take some time to explore the new town boasting breathtaking Andalusian architecture and a charming park at the end of Avenida Mohammed V.

Day 7:Visit the blue city of Chefchaouen and spend the night in Rabat the capital of Morocco

Indulge in a mouthwatering breakfast, and then set out on a journey to discover the hidden gem of Chefchaouen. This charming city has remained mostly untouched since the 15th century, exuding a relaxing atmosphere with some of the friendliest people in the country. Known for its blue-washed buildings in the historic medina, you will explore its narrow streets and alleyways that cling to the northern hillside of the mountains.

Make your way to Plaza Outa el-Hammam, the main square named after the many hammams (public baths) that used to surround it. Take respite at one of the local restaurants or cafes, savoring traditional bites before delving into the many shops offering a myriad of traditional wares. Then, visit the Grand Mosque and kasbah, immersing yourself in the rich history of this old fortress or fortification. Tour the kasbah’s garden, museum, and even the old prison cells, taking in the captivating stories of yesteryear. Ascend the path to the white Spanish Mosque (20 to 30 minutes), absorbing the breathtaking views of Chefchaouen as the sun sets behind the mountains. Savor this last peaceful moment, taking with you the unforgettable memories of Chefchaouen.

As the evening approaches, we will drive to Rabat the capital of Morocco with an overnight at the Hotel.

Day 8:Visit Rabat and the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, onwards to the imperial city of Marrakech

Embark on a captivating journey to the cosmopolitan city of Rabat, sitting gracefully by the Atlantic coast and the Bou Regreg river. Begin your adventure by traversing the Chellah Necropolis, an awe-inspiring fortified medieval city at the heart of Rabat. Admire the harmonious blend of Roman and Islamic ruins that dot the enchanting grounds, and marvel at the unique architectural designs that tell stories of times long gone.

Pass through the grand entrance of the Kasbah des Oudaias, immersing yourself in the original site of Rabat. Although mostly a residential area today, wander the tranquil white and blue-washed streets and engage in conversations with the friendly locals. Take a moment to visit the Andalusian Gardens, built in the 20th century by the French, and escape the crowds in the serene surroundings of the gardens.

Next, discover the Hassan Tower, a towering minaret of the unfinished mosque, and visit the Mausoleum of Mohamed V. Engage your senses with the magnificent art and history on display, and learn about the awe-inspiring architectural feats that adorn it.

As your journey continues, head to the bustling city of Casablanca, where you will visit the grand Hassan II Mosque and immerse yourself in its awe-inspiring grandeur. Traverse the Corniche and explore the city’s many highlights, including the United Nations place, law court, prefecture, and central post office, soaking up the bustling city vibe.

In the afternoon, drive back to Marrakesh and settle into your cozy hotel, reflecting on your captivating and enthralling day filled with unforgettable experiences.

Day 9:Depart to Marrakech Airport

It’s time to say goodbye to Morocco as we organize your transfer to the airport. Remember that it’s important to be at the airport at least two hours before your flight, so we will ensure that your departure is organized accordingly to allow you enough time for check-in and security procedures. We hope that your time in Morocco has been an enriching and memorable experience, filled with unforgettable moments and lasting memories. Safe travels!

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Once you have gathered the information and have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us through our contact and we will respond as soon as possible.

What types of vehicles are used?

We use off-road vehicles or minibuses for couples, friends or family from 2 to 6 people. From 7 people minibuses. All our vehicles are modern and air-conditioned.

What are the cancellation and refund policies?

  • Low season: Free up to 48 hours before the start of the excursion
  • Mid season (long weekends, September, October, March, April and May): Free 7 days before the start of the excursion
  • High season (Christmas , New Year’s Eve, Easter) : Free 15 days before the start of the excursion

What is the meeting point to start the excursion?

The meeting point of this excursion is your accommodation (Hotel, Riad or Hostel) if it is an airbnb it is in front of the door.

If you have questions or have changed accommodation once in the destination, please contact with us on WhatsApp or by email.

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