Imperial Cities and Sahara Private 8-Day Tour from Marrakech

See all the highlights of the Imperial cities, the Atlas mountains and the desert
Visit Essaouira, the former portuguese city at the beach
Take a look at the huge Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca
See Rabat, Capital of Morocco
Explore the hidden gems in the Medinas of the Imperial cities Meknes and Fes
Pass through the Atlas Mountains: Middle Atlas, Anti Atlas and High Atlas
Visit a local Berber family and learn about Nomadic life in Southern Morocco
Ride a camel in Erg Chebbi to reach your desert camp
Spend and unforgettable night at a Desert camp
Explore Todra Gorges and Dades Gorges
Visit the legendary world heritage site of Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou and Telouet Kasbah
Take a guided tour in a film studio in the Movie City Ouarzazate

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  • What's included :
    • 7x Breakfast
    • 2x Dinner
    • Accommodation included: 8 nights
    • City taxes/tourist taxes
    • Private Local Guide in Tamegroute (1 h)
    • Camel ride to the desert camp
    • Overnights and meals for your driver-guide
    • Private guided tour in Fes (7 h)
    • Private guided tour in Meknes (2 h)
    • Private guided tour at Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah (1 h)
    • Private guided tour at Telouet Kasbah (1 h)
    • Private Tour with local driver-guide
    • Parking Fees
    • Private transportation
    • Entry/Admission - Atlas Film Studio
    • Entry/Admission - Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou
    • Entry/Admission - Telouet Kasbah
    What's excluded :
    • Flights
    • Lunches, drinks
    • Dinners in Essaouira, Casablanca, Fes, Zagora
    • Personal expenses
    • Gratuities
    • Entrance fees for museums and monuments in the cities
    • Entry/Admission - Volubilis
    • Entry/Admission - Al Attarine Madrasa
    • Entry/Admission - Museo Nejjarine

  • Day 1: Marrakech - Essaouira

    Stop At: Essaouira, Essaouira, Marrakech-Safi
    Be picked up in Marrakech and start your big adventure! Enjoy the drive through the breathtaking Moroccan countryside with its shattered villages, olive groves and wild Argantrees.
    We can stop in a local co-operative run by women who extract the Argan oil from the trees and discover how it is processed into cooking oil and cosmetics. You can taste and buy the products if you like.

    Duration: 3 hours

    Stop At: Essaouira Beach, Essaouira Morocco
    After arriving in Essaouira, you can explore the charming city with its portuguese character by foot. Visit the busy harbour and watch the fishermen unloading their catch of the day, take pictures of the pittoresque fishing boats and enjoy fresh fish and seafood at its best.
    In the former portuguese medina you can find beautifully shattered white-and-blue houses where local artists are selling their crafts and singing Bob Marley-songs. Visit the historic ramparts and imagine life in the 16th century on the fortress with its beautiful view of the shoreline.
    Free time in Essaouira - no meals included
    Duration: 12 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Overnight in a Riad in Essaouira

    Day 2: Essaouira - Safi - Oualidia - El Jadida - Casablanca

    Pass By: Safi, Safi, Marrakech-Safi
    Today, we start after breakfast and we will make stops along the route to enjoy the coast and see the long beaches and the small cities of this part of Morocco.

    Stop At: El Jadida, El Jadida, Casablanca-Settat
    We will continue to Oualidia via the coastal road with its superb views and then to El Jadida, famous for its citadel and the cistern, reminders of the Portuguese occupation of the 16th Century.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Casablanca, Casablanca, Casablanca-Settat
    In the evening, we’ll finally arrive to Casablanca, a modern city and home of industries and finance business as well as art galleries and fashion designers. Visit the spectacular Mosque of Hassan II situated directly at the ocean for sunset. A must see for every visitor of Casablanca!
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight in a Hotel in Casablanca

    Day 3: Casablanca - Rabat - Volubilis - Meknes - Fes

    Stop At: Rabat, Rabat, Rabat-Sale-Kenitra
    Today after breakfast, we continue to Rabat. Rabat is the capital of Morocco, where we visit the magnificent mausoleum of Mohammed V and Hassan II and enjoy the view of the Tour Hassan and its gardens to the old town of Rabat and the neighbouring city Salé across the river.

    Visit the Kasbah Oudaya, the Medina of Rabat. Explore the small streets and look at the colorful fishing boats along the river side.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Stop At: Volubilis, Morocco
    Explore Volubilis: This UNESCO World Heritage Site are the largest Roman Ruins in North Africa and very well preserved. Volubilis lies in a stratetic position about 33 km north of Meknes and is famous for its mosaics. The best time for a visit is in springtime, when the wild flowers are in full bloom amongst the old stones. The roman city is over 2'000 years old and was destroyed at least at a big earthquake 1755. You can explore this fascinating site by your own or with a local guide (not included). There is also a museum on site.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Meknes, Morocco
    After the visit of Volubilis, we continue to Meknes: this imperial city is famous for its luxurious palaces and beautiful mosques as well as one of the most important souks of Morocco. See the beautiful gate of Bab el-Mansour at the Place el Hedim, maybe the most beautiful of all the gates of the imperial cities.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Pass By: Fes, Fes, Fes-Meknes
    After leaving Meknes, we continue our trip to Fes where we'll stay for the next 2 nights.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight in a Riad in the Medina of Fes

    Day 4: Full day city tour of Fes

    Stop At: Fes, Fes, Fes-Meknes
    Today at 10:00 am after your breakfast your local city guide will pick you up and you'll spend the whole day exploring the impressive city of Fez with its huge Medina «Fes el-Bali» together.
    Duration: 7 hours

    Stop At: Bab Bou Jeloud, Fes Morocco
    We start the day at Bab Boujloud, one of the gates which lead into the Medina.
    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Al Attarine Madrasa, Rue Talaa Kebira, Fes, Morocco
    In the morning we will visit some of the beautiful ancient buildings like the Medersas of Bou Inania and El-Attarine (Koran schools for religious studies) and the University and Mosque of Karaouine.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Museo Nejjarine, Pl. Nejjarine, Fes 30030 Morocco
    Visit the Nejjarine Museum of Wooden Arts and Crafts and discover traditional tools, carpets, furniture and musical instruments in a beautifully restaurated caravanserai.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Chouara Tannery, Hay Lablida Chouara, Fes 30030 Morocco
    After lunchbreak in one of the hunderts of restaurants in the medina (not included), we continue our tour to the famous tanneries, where the leather is processed still the same as hunderts of years ago. You can observe the workers from a lookout and they will be glad to explain you the different workings steps if you are willing to bargain for a bag or new belt afterwards. But be aware of the bad smelling of the furs and coloring goods!
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Royal Palace of Fez, Avenue Omar Ibnou Khattab, Fes 30004 Morocco
    Outside the medina lies the Royal Palace with its large plaza lined with palm trees.
    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Fes, Fes, Fes-Meknes
    Last but not least we will drive up a hill to the cementary Bab Fettouh, where we'll enjoy the panoramic view over the white sea of houses of the Medina. Individual dinner in the medina and overnight in Fes.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight in a Riad in the Medina of Fes

    Day 5: Fes - Ifrane - Azrou - Middle Atlas - Midelt - Ziz Valley - Erfoud - Merzouga

    Stop At: Ifrane, Ifrane, Fes-Meknes
    We start our journey in the morning and head for the Middle Atlas Mountains. Stop for a coffee in Ifrane, also known as «Switzerland of Morocco» with its chalet like houses.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Pass By: Azrou, Azrou, Meknes-Tafilalet Region
    From here we are heading south through several typical villages and you will have the opportunity to spot nomad families living in their tents along the road.

    Stop At: Zaida, Zaida, Meknes-Tafilalet Region
    After lunch in Zaida, we continue our drive and enjoy panoramic views passing the mountain villages.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Pass By: Midelt, Morocco
    We are heading south through several typical villages and you will have the opportunity to spot nomad families living in their tents along the road. we continue our drive and enjoy panoramic views crossing the Tizi N' Talghoumt pass.

    Stop At: Erfoud, Erfoud, Meknes-Tafilalet Region
    Enjoy a fantastic view of the valley of the River Ziz lined with thousands of date palms. Here, we'll meet your local guide for a walking tour around the biggest Date Palm Oasis in the valley of Ziz.
    Duration: 45 minutes

    Stop At: Erg Chebbi, Erg Chebbi, Meknes-Tafilalet Region
    Now we’re almost at the dunes! After arriving in Merzouga, you will experience a one hour camel ride to reach the desert camp while the sun sinks down behind the dunes. Enjoy your evening dining in a berber tent, look for shooting stars at the camp fire and sleep in nomad tent!
    Duration: 14 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight in a luxury desert camp in the dunes of Merzouga, for example Camp Madu, Tassili Luxury Camp

    Day 6: Merzouga - Rissani - Erfoud - Todra Gorges - Dades Gorges

    Stop At: Erg Chebbi, Erg Chebbi, Meknes-Tafilalet Region
    Wake up by the first strays of light to watch the sunrise over the Sahara before you enjoy your typical breakfast. We return on the camel's back or 4x4 to the village, from where we'll continue our journey.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Rissani, Rissani, Meknes-Tafilalet Region
    In Rissani we will have the opportunity to visit the local market with the «donkey parking» and have a look at some fossils outside the city.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Gargantas del Todra, Tinerhir 45800 Morocco
    After lunch break, we will follow the road along the river to reach the gorges of Todra, where you can take a short but spectacular hike between the up to 300 m high rock walls.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Dades Gorges, R704 Atlas Mountains, Boumalne Dades 45350 Morocco
    Before arriving at our Riad for the night in the Dades valley, we head to Boumalne Dades where you can make some nice pictures of the special rock formations which look like monkey hands.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight in a Riad in the Dades Valley

    Day 7: Dades Gorges - Saghro Mountains - Nkob - Draa Valley - Zagora

    Pass By: Jbel Saghro, Morocco
    Today, you will leave the Dades valley and take a secluded way through the Saghro-Mountains, a region secluded from the "big tourism". You can explore beautiful landscapes and maybe even visit a Nomad family to have some tea and see how they live with their kettle.

    Stop At: Nkob, Nkob, Souss-Massa
    Have lunch in Nkob, overlooking the impressive Draa Valley with its huge palm groves.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Zagora, Zagora, Souss-Massa
    After, we’ll continue our way through the Draa valley in direction of the "desert capitol" Zagora, where we'll spend the night.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight in a Riad in Zagora

    Day 8: Zagora - Tamegroute - Agdz - Ouarzazate - Ait ben Haddou - Telouet - Marrakech

    Pass By: Zagora, Zagora, Souss-Massa
    Today we will see a lot of different landscapes on our way back to Marrakech. Admire the views of the Valley of a thousand Kasbahs and the famous movie city in Morocco and the berber Village along the road.

    Stop At: Tamegroute, Morocco
    Along the way, we stop at a Saadian town of the 16th century which is called Tamegroute. There, we are able to visit an old coran library and a subterranean Kasbah together with a local guide.
    Tamegroute is also famous for its pottery shops.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Agdz, Agdz, Souss-Massa
    We'll continue with the drive to the village Agdz, which means “resting place” and which is located on the old caravan route from Marrakech to Timbuktu. Check out the beautiful view over the date palm groves to the characteristic mountain Jbel Kissane.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Atlas Film Studio, Km 5, road of Marrakech BP 28, Ouarzazate 45000 Morocco
    Continue to the Atlas Corporation film studios, where you can discover the diverse sets and listen to the anecdotes of the multiple movies and actors. Several famous movies like Gladiator, Babel, Prince of Persia, and recently The Physician have been shot in those studios. Guided tour of the movie studios in a group - about 60 min duration
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou, Douar Ait Ben Haddou, Ait Ben Haddou 45000 Morocco
    A little outside of Ouarzazate lies Aït Ben Haddou, the fortified clay city with its numerous ksars and kasbahs, where several famous movies such as Gladiator, Kingdom of Heaven and Prince of Persia have been shot. This photogenic city is also listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore it together with a local guide.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Telouet Kasbah, Telouet Morocco
    Continue through the breathtaking landscape to Telouet. This fortress was occupied by Thami el Glaoui before he was expelled by independence efforts. One section has unfortunately disintegrated into red sand, but you can still visit the beautiful rooms with mosaic tiles and wood carvings.
    Duration: 45 minutes

    Pass By: Marrakech, Marrakech, Marrakech-Safi
    After the visit of Telouet, we pass the High Atlas mountains over the Tizi n’Tichka pass with scenic views along the road and many opportunities to take photos. End of your tour with drop off at your accommodation in Marrakech or at the meeting point.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: No accommodation included in Marrakech (End of Tour)
  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Please wait in the reception area of your accommodation in Marrakech. Pick up at Marrakech Airport (arrivals) also possible.Pick ups at AirBnB's/private residences not possible - in this case, your meeting point will be in front of the Cafe de France at Jemaa el Fna-square. Please send us a What's app message after booking to arrange pick up.Airports
    • Marrakesh Menara Airport, RAK Mhamid saada 6 n209، Marrakech 40000, Morocco
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    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 3 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
    • Infant seats available
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
    If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.


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