9 Days tour from Fez to the Desert of Merzouga and Casablanca
Our Moroccan 9 days Tour starting from fez to the amazing Merzouga Desert By visiting Marrakech and more.
Day 1 : Arriving in Fez
Fez is the oldest and one of the largest medieval cities in the world, you will take a guided tour around the incredible old medina.
You will be met by your guide, after breakfast you will spend the morning exploring the ramparts of Fez, see the Tomb of the Merinids, visit the 14th century Bou Inania Medersa and the Amazing museum with its collection of illuminated manuscripts and ceramics.
You will have lunch in the Medina then explore the fascinating cobbled lanes of the Medina, and richly decorated Attarin Medersa, and the Neijjarin Fountain.
Also, view the medieval tannery, the mosques, the Fondouks where the donkeys and their owners gather, and the infinite variety of merchandise, handcrafts and edible goods to copperware and pottery.
Spend the night in Fez.
Day 2 : Fez to Volubilis and Meknes
Our driver will take you from the hotel through a beautiful countryside road to explore the breathtaking archaeological ruins of the Roman city of Volubilis Founded in the 3rd century BC, after a quick stop in panoramic view in Oulad Shaker reservoir.
The ruins remained substantially intact until they were devastated by an earthquake in the mid-18th century and subsequently looted by Moroccan rulers seeking stone for building Meknes.
It was not until the latter part of the 19th century that the site was definitively identified as that of the ancient city of Volubilis.
During and after the period of French rule over Morocco, about half of the site was excavated, revealing many fine mosaics, and some of the more prominent public buildings and high-status houses were restored or reconstructed.
Today it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, listed for being “an exceptionally well preserved example of a large Roman colonial town on the fringes of the Empire”.
Now We move to Moulay Idriss city, where there is the mausoleum of Moulay Idriss Zerhoun the founder of Fez city, one of the holiest cities in Morocco.
Then, you begin your tour of Meknes Bab Lekhmiss,then the jewish quarter calle El mellah.
Hri Souani : One of the prestigious Historic Monuments of Meknes, located about 500 m south of the Royal Palace and the place Mechouar, it dates from the time of Moulay Ismail in the early eighteenth century.
It groups a series of relatively cramped room around a spacious central hall 26m, 30 long / 10m, 70 of width. and 9m in height. It was a place for food storage. It contains 10 rooms with ten wells norias.
These well fed at the time as well as the building Souani basin, large water tank constituting the monument with a single entity.
It is a building composed of huge vaulted silos, built largely stores; it is covered terrace supported by huge pillars.
The thickness of the walls ensured a constant temperature that facilitated the preservation of food. Deep wells of several tens of meters provided, using a system of Norias powered by animals, water needed when the dominance of Dar El Ma (water house).
Now we move to The mausoleum of Moulay Ismail : The visit to the mausoleum of Moulay Ismail is permitted for non-Muslims (except access to the tomb of the ruler).
This mausoleum was built in 1703 and shows a particularly beautiful cedar painted ceiling mosaics on which figuent Koranic scriptures.
Now we will pass through the triumphal arch.
Standing at sixteen meters high with an eight meter long arch, the intricately patterned triumphal arch is argued to be the most beautiful in Morocco.
Enter Place El-Hedime (Square of Ruins) which links the medina and the kasbah.
The square is lined with modern residential buildings and a covered food souk (market).
Among the most impressive elements of this imperial city is the grand gate named after the architect, El-Mansour, a Christian renegade who converted to Islam.
The design of the gate plays with Almohad patterns.
It has zellij mosaics of excellent quality.
The marble columns were taken from the Roman ruins of Volubilis.
Return to Fez city to your riad or hotel for the night.
Day 3 : Fez to azrou and ifrane
Travelling towards Ifran, a beautiful mountains village, referred to as “the Switzerland of Morocco” and then on to Midelt.
During this journey you’ll experience glimpses of the Middle Atlas mountains.
At the top, the tour will make a short stop in Azrou, cedar forests – the largest in Morocco – where you may see Barbary apes ( Moroccan Makak).
Crossing the deep forest, the desert Tour in Morocco continues to Midelt along the magnificent hills and mountains of the Atlas.
It’s an interesting road with a stop for lunch.
Spending night in Midelt.
Day 4 : Errachidia to Erfoud and the Merzouga Desert.
Continue to Merzouga via Rissani, stopping in the Ziz valley and the Efous oasis which offers amazing photographic opportunities.
Then you will see Zaouia of Moulay Ali Sherif (mausoleum of the dynasty’s founder) and enjoy the local market day in Rissani to see the traditional souks.
We recommend you to taste local food called Berber pizza (Medfouna) in Rissani for lunch.
Arrive to Merzouga in the afternoon.
You’ll be welcomed with a glass of mint tea before you check in to your hotel.
Night at the Hotel.
Day 5 : Merzouga to Erg Chebbi.
Erg Chebbi is a large sand-sea which effectively marks the start of the Moroccan and African Sahara.
Discover the dunes of this area and the colors of the rising and setting sun over these dunes are truly magical.
Enjoy a leisurely morning.
Your driver is available for you all the day which gives you the opportunity to explore the surroundings of the desert areas .
An exhibition of Gnawa music.
In the afternoon you will meet your nomad guide for your overnight camel excursion.
Your guide will take you into the desert by camel, and you ll see the most beautiful sunset you have ever seen.
When you reach your accommodation, you can relax, climb the dunes or just star gaze while your guide prepares your evening meal and sets up your campfire for you.
Day 6 : Merzouga to Ouarzazate visiting Todra Gorge.
You will Wake up early to see the beautiful sunrise atop the high sand dunes.
Take your camel back to your hotel where you will have breakfast.
After breakfast we ll take the road to Ouarzazate.
This morning, we will leave Merzouga to Todra gorges, very popular with climbers for their walls up to 300 meter, a stop in Dades Valley is required, To see the panoramic views.
Now it is time to visit Kelaat mgouna, This vibrant city has long been an economic, commercial and social for the population living in the area.
It is best known for its “Rose Festival” held each year in May.
Our next station is the valley Soukora, a palm grove of 25 km², it is one of the few groves of countries still inhabited and cultivated classified as international heritage of UNESCO.
This day ll finish in Ouarzazate.
Day 7 : Ouarzazate To Marakech
Our Driver will take you from the hotel after breakfat to explore Ouarzazate city starting with international ATLAS studio, then You’ll visit the UNESCO world heritage site of Ait Ben Haddou ( Ait BenHaddou village), used as a backdrop for more than 20 international films, it was one of the most important fortress strongholds on the old Salt Road caravan, where traders brought slaves, gold, ivory and salt from Saharan Africa to Morocco and beyond.
Traversing the Tichka Pass of the High Atlas where The steep mountain hillsides are clustered with fortified mud dwellings housing many berber families and their livestock.
Arriving on Marrakech you will be transferred to your hotel.
Day 8 : Visit of The Red City, Marakech
In Marrakesh after breakfast we’ll start by visiting the Medina, the old quarter of Marrakech.
From here we will explore this historically charming area by foot.
In Djemma el Fna, you will visit the famous 12th century Koutoubia Mosque and its influential minaret.
Your guide will lead you through the labyrinth streets and alleys of the Djemma.
Enjoy aromatic smells, taste fresh squeezed orange juice and venture into the souks specializing in Berber carpets, silver jewelry, artisan workshops, handmade shoes and tanneries.
Marrakech is a city of underground channels built by the architects from Cordoba, Spain to provide water for the town and Palmery.
We will drive to the Lower Medina to explore more of Marrakesh’s secrets: El Mansour mosque, the sixteenth century Saadian Tombs with its stark towers, the ruined 16th century El Badhi palace, and the Mellah and the Jewish quarter.
We will head north of the Mellah to visit the 19th century Bahia palace, originally built for Si Moussa, a former slave who became King Moulay Hassan’s chamberlain.
The palace holds a courtyard and riads decorated with beautiful carved stucco, Arabic architecture.
Next we will visit the contemporary Moroccan Art Museum or Tiskiwin, a private museum dedicated to popular arts & crafts, styled as a beautiful Spanish-Moroccan house, next door to Dar Si Said palace, a smaller version of the Bahia.
Now onward to the new city, we will navigate our way to French, Gueliz and head to the Majorelle Gardens, a magical and lush small garden estate designed by Jacque Majorelle and maintained by Yves Saint Laurent.
The Majorelle Garden is filled with colorful walkways, ponds, cactus and plants as well as a beautiful shop with hand-made goods.
On our return to your hotel, we will pass by the La Mammounia Hotel Garden (where Alfred Hitchcock wrote the famous film The Birds).
Day 9 : Transfert from marakech to Casablanca Airport
Our Driver will take you from your hotel in marakech to Casablanca airport.