12-Day Casablanca to Chefchaouen, Meknes, Fes City, Midelt, Erfoud, Merzouga Desert, Erg Chebbi, Todra Gorges and Ouarzazate Tour
Tour Code: GOL-MOR-038
Duration: 12 Day(s) / 11 Night(s)
Tour Guide: English
- 7 Days left
Experience: UNESCO, Family
Extra (Excluded): Wifi, Meal etc...
Tour Guide:Chinese, English
Daily (2021-07-17 To 2023-07-31)
Explore the natural and cultural variety of Morocco. Visit all the historic monuments and the most exotic sites of the country. Drive through mountainous landscapes and experience camel trekking in the Sahara desert.
When you arrive at the airport of Casablanca, you will be welcomed by your driver who will promptly drive you to your accommodation.
After having breakfast, you will begin the day with a visit to Hassan II Mosque, the most remarkable place in Casablanca and the second largest functioning mosque in Africa. Its minaret is the world’s second tallest minaret at 210 meters. Your next destination will be the imperial and the capital city of Rabat where you will visit its famous sites including: Oudayas Kasbah, Hassan tower and the tombs of the late kings Mohammed V and Hassan II, the Roman ruins of Chellah, Mechouar which is the walls around the royal palace, etc.
The driver will take to the hotel in Rabat to rest and get ready for the next day.
Drive from Rabat to the exotic towns of northern Morocco. Enjoy the picturesque scenery of the Rif Mountains and stay in the charm of Chefchaouen, the blue pearl of the country. Once you arrive in town, you will wander its attractively decorated and colorful streets, alleyways and white-washed houses. You will not also miss a panoramic view of the whole town which nestles at foot of the Rif Mountain range.
Overnight stay is in a hotel or Riad in Chefchaouen.
Depart from Chefchaouen and head to Volubilis, the most impressive of the Roman sites in the country. Volubilis contains essentially Roman ruins of an ancient city built in the 3rd century B.C in a commanding site near the city of Meknes. Volubilis is a UNESCO world heritage site; listed to be preserved as part of the Roman Empire.
The next destination is the imperial city of Meknes to get the most out of its monuments and the atmosphere of the Medina with its varied and busy Souks. Namely, El Hedim square (the focal point of the Medina) and the great Bad Mansour (the centerpiece of the city’s gateways) are amongst the extraordinary creations of Moulay Ismail, the city founder. Noticeably, Meknes is relaxed than its more illustrious neighbor (Fez).
Arrive at your hotel in Fes by late afternoon.
In this day you will visit the old Medina of Fes “Fes El Bali” and its environs, a beautiful place that splendidly shows fascination of antiquity. You will get to see Bou Inania Madrasa, Al-Attarine Madrasa, Ennajarine Fountain, Moulay Idriss’s tomb and Al-Qarawiyyine University, the oldest university in the world where many scientists had been to, such as Ibn Khaldoun (1332-1406), the founder of sociology. You will finish this guided tour by a delicious lunch in the medina before heading to visit the modern part of the city “Fes Al-Jdid”.
You will return to your hotelby the evening.
Setting out from Fes, you will cross the Middle Atlas Mountains towards Ifrane. You will stop to visit this spectacular town ‘little Switzerland’ as people like to nickname it for its beauty, pseudo-alpine weather and villas. Afterwards, you will drive through the Cedar forest of Azrou and stop to see the Barbary macaques which dwell it. Along the way, you will enjoy the spectacle of Berber villages of The Middle Atlas Mountains. Furthermore, you will drive along the great date-palm valley of Ziz to admire one of the most wonderful natural views of southern Morocco. By the time you reach Erfoud which is considered Morocco’s town of fossils, you will stop over in some place for fossils. You will arrive in Merzouga early afternoon where your desert adventure commences.
You will spend the first night in a hotel next to the dunes of Erg Chebbi.
You will enjoy an exciting drive on a 4×4 to explore the stunning landscapes and rough terrains of the desert. The first spot to visit is the dunes neighboring village of Khamlia, the hometown of a dark-skinned ethnic group who will welcome you with a cup of tea while enjoying their traditional music which is called Gnaoua music. Later on, you will visit a French abandoned mining site which originated during the French period, and then the drive proceeds alongside the immense sand dunes towards one of the local nomads’ residences so as to find out about their lifestyle. After lunch in a local restaurant, you will go for a visit to the desert Lake where you will see several species of birds.
You will drive back to the hotel in the afternoon in order to go trekking on camels over the sand dunes of Erg Chebbi. You will watch the spectacular view of sunset before you arrive to a desert camp in the heart of the desert. At night, you will enjoy a drum show around campfire played by some local guys. In the clear desert sky, you will be well-placed to admire and shoot the stars, shooting stars and the milky-way.
In the morning, you will need to wake as earlier as you can so as not to miss the stunning view of sunrise. When you finish breakfast in the camp, you will ride back the camels to the village and drive away of the desert quietness. On your way to Todra Gorges, you are going to stop in the market place of Rissani which is located in the oasis of Tafilalet. Upon your arrival to Todra Gorge, you will have free time to walk within its 300-meter canyon walls. Todra gorge is a nice place with water springing from a rocky mountain and run down a green valley. On the road, you will also pass by the beautiful Dades and Rose valleys. The latter is known throughout Morocco as the capital of roses for its wide cultivation of roses besides apples, fig, corn …etc.
You will arrive in Ouarzazate by the evening.
Ouarzazate is known as the Hollywood of Africa. In the morning, you will visit the Kasbah of Taourirt (the city’s most spectacular historical legacy), the cinema museum and the film studios before heading to Ait Ben Haddou, a fortified village listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987. Ait Ben Haddou is Morocco’s iconic Kasbah and is a distinctive location for moviemakers. Several foreign and local movies have been shot in the Kasbah, including Game of Thrones, Lawrence of Arabia, Gladiator, The Mummy and Babel.
After this historical and cultural visit, you will follow a mountainous road leading to Marrakesh via the High Atlas Mountain range. At an elevation of 2260m.a.s.l, the Tichka is the highest pass in Morocco and it offers nice panoramic views to anyone who crosses it.
You will arrive in Marrakech and check in to your hotel by sunset.
In the morning get ready to discover Marrakesh, Morocco’s touristic capital.The exploratory tour of the Medina (the oldest part in Marrakech city) starts off from the famous square of Djemaa el Fna.
Throughout your slow and relaxed walk between the crucially important sights of the Medina, you tour guide will explain in detail the history of each monument in particular and the history of the city in general. The most visited ancient monuments are Koutoubia Mosque, Saadian Tombs, Bahia Palace and the aforementioned square. Yet, continue your tour through the narrow paths of the Medina until you get to the Souks (Markets) and discover all various hand-crafted products therein. The attractive square of Djemaa El Fna is well-known for vitality at night when people crowd around comedians, storytellers, snake enchanters…etc. Once the walking tour is over, your driver will take you to both Menara and Majorelle gardens.
Transfer to Casablanca and the end of your trip in beautiful Morocco.
- Casablanca: Kenzi Basma hotel or Campanile Hotel
- Rabat: Riad Alia or Riad Zeina or similar
- Chefchaouen: Dar Echchaouen, Riad Hicham or Casa Hassan
- Fes: Riad Ghita or Riad La Perle de La Medina or Riad Skalli
- Merzouga (1st night): Dar Tafouyte or Riad Mamouche or Ksar Merzouga
- Merzouga (2nd night): standard deser camp
- Ouarzazate: Riad Amlal, Riad Bouchedor or Riad Ouarzazate
- Marrakech: Riad Marana or Riad Maialou or Riad Palais Des Princesses
- Casablanca: Club Val Anfa hotel or Mogador Marina hotel
- Rabat: Riad Zyo, Riad Kalaa or Riad Dar Zouhour
- Chefchaouen: Riad Lina & SPA, Riad Cherifa or Hotel Ziryab
- Fes: Riad El Yacout or Riad Salam or Riad Braya
- Merzouga (1st night): Riad Azawad or Riad Madu or Riad Nezha
- Merzouga (2nd night): Azawad Luxury Desert Camp
- Ouarzazate: Riad Dar Chamaa or Le Petit Riad or similar
- Marrakech: Riad Palais Sebban or Riad Wow or Riad Tahili
The order of itinerary may change without any notice depending on weather situations or for some other unforeseen circumstances.
The order of activities held during the tour is planned by the tour guide. So, it may be different from what is mentioned on the tour page. On fewer occasions, Tour Guide has to skip an attraction or few during the tour depending on weather, traffic, group interest or some other reason.
Some attractions are seasonal. So, when they are closed they will be replaced with some other attraction.
You can skip some optional activities during the tour and plan something on your own. Make sure that you coordinate with Tour guide and stay with the group with next activity. Please note you cannot stay on the bus if you skip some optional activity.
Probable hotel names are mentioned in the itinerary. It can be similar or a different hotel of the similar rating. Exact Hotel details can only be provided one day before the departure.
Maximum 4 people of any age can stay in 1 Room in the hotel.
These tours are conducted in a group. A group can have people of several cultures. We expect each person to coordinate with Tour guide to make sure things are on track.
Though attractions are optional but you have to at least take 2 attractions.
- Transportation in AC and comfortable vehicle
- Fuel, tolls and any associated expenses
- Arrival and departure transfer
- English speaking driver
- 8 nights accommodation in BB (bed and breakfast) in Hotel/ Riad in Casablanca, Rabat, Chefchoauen, Fes and Marrakech
- 2 nights accommodation with half board (diner, bed and breakfast) in hotel/ Riad in Merzouga and Ouarzazate
- Night with half board (diner, bed and breakfast) in desert camp
- Camel trekking in Erg Chebbi Dunes (camel each)
- Local guide in Fes, Volubilis and Marrakech
- Entrances fees
- Diners in Casablanca, Rabat, Chefchaouen, Fes and Marrakech
- Lunches and drinks
- Gratuities (optional)
All the prices are listed in USD.
Tour display price is based on double occupancy. It is the price each person will pay if a group of two is traveling.
Prices may change without any notice.
Prices include hotel accommodation, transportation and taxes.
Admission Tickets to different places and meals are NOT included in the tour price.
Mandatory Tip for tour guide and driver are NOT included.
Only the tour guide can purchase entrance tickets for you. Pre-purchased tickets are NOT acceptable.
A free (i.e. Buy 2 Get 1 Free) person, not showing up on a departure date will result in a penalty. The penalty is usually the fourth person price, but it varies. Free person has to pay for some admission tickets that is included in the tour package price of Paid Person.
There must be at least one passenger of 18 years for every booking made with GoldenBusTours. For Children between the age group of 2 to 14 years, a different price will be charged. Please refer to Child price on our pricing calendar. Child Age may vary between different bus operators. Maximum 4 people of any age can stay in 1 Room in the hotel. If the 5th person is infant you will be charged normally then with the second room as an expense.
Activities are optional though, but each customer has to participate in 2 activities at least. No city pass allowed. Some attractions are mandatory. Each customer has to take part in them and have to pay for them in cash.
Arrive at departure location 10 to 15 minutes before the mentioned time to make sure you catch the bus on time. If in case you are late, the bus will not wait for you at the location and ultimately you will miss the entire tour (no refund in this case).
Return time on the website is just an estimation. Expect some variation always. Time may change depending on traffic and weather situations
There is a possibility that tour operator may use a shuttle to drop you off at the return location. It usually happens in the case of multiple return locations.
You can leave the tour at any place only after signing a Tour Departure Form for leaving the tour early.
Please note that price will stay the same even if you leave the tour early.
If you have booked a pre-tour hotel stay, then you will have to arrange your own transport from hotel to departure location.
If you have booked extra night hotel after the tour, then you will arrange transport from drop off point to hotel.
On West Coast tours some bus operators have a lot of departure locations. A slow start is expected on these tours.