Casablanca Tours: Imperial Cities, Hiking & the Desert
10-day Morocco Itinerary from Casablanca
The private 10-day Morocco Itinerary from Casablanca is designed to provide you a complete insight of some of Morocco’s most appealing attractions. The voyage will take you to Casablanca, Morocco’s economic capital, as well as the Imperial Cities and the Sahara Desert.
Embark off on an adventure that includes unique activities like walking tours, camel trekking, meeting locals, entertainment, and more. The Taste of Morocco Tour will begin in Casablanca, but it may begin anywhere in Morocco.
10-day Morocco Itinerary from Casablanca Highlights:
Itinerary for a 10-day Morocco tour from Casablanca
Day 1: Welcome to Morocco - Arrive in Casablanaca
Welcome to the west coast of Morocco! Casablanca, Morocco’s largest city, is a modern metropolis with a strong French influence. Visit the renowned Hassan II Mosque and enjoy its amazing workmanship as an architectural delight. The Hassan II Mosque, which sits on a rocky outcropping overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, can accommodate 25,000 worshipers inside and an extra 80,000 in its courtyard. Hassan II is one of the few mosques in Morocco that allows non-Muslims to attend. The beautiful marble work, wood and stone carvings, and gilded cedar ceilings are all worth seeing.
Visit the Parc de la Ligue Arabe and the Casablanca Cathedral, which is a remarkable example of Mauresque architecture from the mid-nineteenth century (a mix of European art deco and Moorish style). Before venturing into the Hobous, or new medina, visit the Old Medina (old quarter), the city’s only pre-French component.Hobous, built by the French in the 1930s, is a fantastic site to look for olive, vegetable, and spice markets, as well as view other Mauresque structures. Take a walk around the Corniche’s Boulevard.
Day 2: Casablanaca - Rabat - Chefchaouen
Discover Rabat, the current capital and royal metropolis, a vibrant city rich in history. Explore the Roman and Islamic ruins of the Chellah Necropolis, a medieval stronghold in the heart of Rabat. Take a leisurely stroll through Rabat’s ancient city center’s white-and blue-washed lanes to discover the Kasbah Des Oudaias, a magnificent entryway to the city’s historic core. Visit the 20th-century Andalusian Gardens before visiting the Hassan Tower, an unfinished mosque’s tower, and the Mausoleum of Mohamed V, a 12th-century building that was abandoned long after completion.
The landscape changes as you go north, from flat plains to rolling hills to the mountainous mountains of the Rif Mountains. Chefchaouen is renowned as the “Blue City” because of its narrow lanes and blue-washed buildings. Take in the laid-back vibes and friendly locals. Spend some time in the little medina along the northern slope before touring the kasbah and having supper at Plaza Outa el Hammam (old fortification). As the day draws to a close, make your way to the abandoned Spanish Mosque to catch one last glimpse of Chefchaouen as the sun sets behind the mountains. Overnight at the riad
Day 3: Chefchaouen - Roman Ruins of Volubilis and imperial cities of Meknes and Fes
Before heading out to the Roman city of Volubilis, get up early to get some undisturbed photographs. Volubilis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is home to Morocco’s best surviving Roman remains. Explore the vast complex, which includes still-standing columns from past structures, enormous merchant mansions, temples, and vivid mosaics, including Hercules’ Labors.
Head south to Meknes, the second imperial city you’ll see. Take a tour of the Medina and the Imperial City (Imperial City). The magnificent Bab al-Mansour gate and Moulay Ismail’s Mausoleum are well worth seeing.
To get to Fes, continue east. Before entering the medina, take a short trek up a hill to the Merenid Tombs ruins for a panoramic view of the medieval city. The best time to visit the graveyard is around dusk. The muezzin’s call to prayer can be heard throughout the valley as the city lights come on, adding to the atmosphere. Alternatively, for a different perspective, visit Fes el Jdid’s Mellah (old Jewish quarter and cemetery). For a warm supper, head back to your traditional riad.
Day 4: Fes: Exploring the Imperial City and medieval Medina
Fes, Morocco’s oldest imperial city and maybe the most intriguing and thrilling to explore, has seen minimal colonial construction, adding to its medieval attractiveness. Fes, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is split into three sections: Fes el Bali (ancient Fes, the medina, and where you will spend the bulk of your time), Fes el Jdid (‘new’ Fes), and the French-influenced Ville Nouvelle. Meet your guide to learn more about Fes’ history and culture and to help you through the medina.
Begin your journey in Fes el Bali at the Bab Boujeloud gate, which leads to Talâa Kebira. Explore the things on sale in the souks (markets) and stores while passing past structures with Spanish and Tunisian influences. The tanneries, like Chouara Tannery, are one of the most peculiar sights in the ancient Medina.
Climb to the top of a nearby leather store for a better view of the 11th-century dye pots and staff at work. Visit the Al-Qarawiyyin Library and Mosque with your tour guide (859 CE). If you’re lucky, you might be able to sneak a peek inside the Library.
Day 5: Into the desert: Erfoud, Merzouga and the Sahara
Today you’ll be covering a lot of ground as you make your way south toward your final destination in Merzouga. Ascend the Middle Atlas Mountains via the Col du Zad pass and scented cedar trees. Stop for a break at Midelt, known for its fruit orchards, and enjoy lunch near the Moulouya River. Continue across the Tizi n’Talghemt pass to the Ziz Valley palm forests, noticing the numerous fortified ksars merchants constructed to safeguard and stock their valuable merchandise (gold, salt, and spices).
Arrive at Erfoud, noted for its dates and fossils, and stop at a local artisan collective to learn everything you can about the many sorts of fossils discovered in the region. Head toward Erg Chebbi’s sand sea, where some dunes tower over 600 feet. Meet your camel in Merzouga and get atop to travel to your evening’s accommodation: a Bedouin-style tent. Race to the top of a neighboring sand dune to enjoy the desert sunset over the dunes before returning to your campsite for supper and a bonfire beneath the stars.
Day 6: Merzouga's desert towns, beautiful oasis, and the Todra Gorge
Get up early to capture the rising sun before getting ready to go sand surfing. You will also be able to take an ATV excursion or an Erg Chebbi (sand dune) tour. Alternatively, if you want to relax poolside in Merzouga, this may be arranged.
Leave the desert behind and visit the historic Saharan settlement of Khemliya, whose inhabitants are originally from Mali. Enjoy folk songs, drumming, and dancing before taking a stroll through the village and its sandfarming fields. Then, go to the market village of Rissani to discover the live animal auction and the adjoining “donkey parking lot.” Drive west to Tinerhir, where you may admire the long length of oasis and the community of buildings that follow the vegetation. Stop in the Todra Gorge and descend to the river’s bank to cool off in the refreshing water of the Todra River.
Day 7: Dades Valley, Ouarzazate, and Aït Ben haddou
Your trip continues through the Valley of a Thousand Kasbahs, many of which are in shambles and were constructed of pisé clay (rammed earth). Travel through the Boumalne Dades until you reach the property parcels in Kela’a M’gouna that are encircled by manicured rose bushes. Roses are planted for the production of rose water and rose oil, which are utilized in the cosmetics industry.
Continue our 10-day Morocco Itinerary from Casablanca to Ouarzazate, a prominent desert center and filming location. Take a movie studio tour to find out which of your favorite movies were shot in the nearby desert regions. For film buffs, the Musée du Cinema is a must-see.
Travel to the Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou, a fortified pisé village in a valley near the Atlas Mountains’ foothills. Benhaddou, Morocco’s most famous kasbah and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, played an important role in the trans-Saharan commerce route connecting the southern desert to Marrakech and Ouarzazate.
Climb to the top of the ancient Granary for a panoramic view of the surrounding ksours (individual kasbahs) and the Ouarzazate Valley. Explore the tight alleyways and corridors, and pay a little charge to visit one or two of the historic kasbahs.
Day 8: Ouarzazat, High Atlas mountains, Marrakech
Our 10-day Morocco Itinerary from Casablanca continues northwest, passing through the Tizi n’Tichka pass and entering the High Atlas highlands. Stop at the pass’s summit to take in the scenery and the highest peak, Mount Toubkal, at 13,671 feet (4,167 m). Then, travel to Taddert to see an argan oil cooperative and learn how the nuts are processed to get the valuable oil used in the health and beauty sectors. As you travel down the north side of the mountain range, you will notice a significant shift in temperature and scenery: from arid and barren to lush and green!
Once you arrive in Marrakech, check into your accommodation before heading to the city’s biggest plaza, Jemaa el-Fna. In the early evening, the square comes alive with merchants, singers, artists, and performances, including snake charmers! Wander among the booths and begin to orient yourself around the square: the souks are to the north, the Koutoubia Mosque and Gardens are to the west, and the kasbah region, which includes the Saadian Tombs, Bahia Palace, and El Badi Palace, is to the south. Find a calmer café near the square to eat and watch the show unfold in front of you.
Day 9: Marrakech: Exploring the Red City
Unlike Fes, Marrakech has Berber origins rather than Arab foundations and is nevertheless a prominent commercial hub today. It was founded in the 11th century and is known as the “Red City” because of the natural red pigment present in its walls and structures. Meet your guide and explore the medina’s hidden treasures: souks and shops selling their crafts.
Make your way to the Koutoubia Mosque, which boasts a 253-foot-tall (77-meter) tower. Then, take a visit to the Ben Youssef Madrasa Islamic school, built in the 16th century, and marvel at the beautiful Moroccan craftsmanship on display, including arabesques, Islamic calligraphy, and brilliant geometric tile work.
In the afternoon, Visit the Majorelle Gardens in Ville Nouvelle. Then have a look at the Saadian Tombs, which were only discovered in the 1930s. Then admire the 19th-century Bahia Mansion’s gorgeous woodwork and painted ceilings, which were once the most spectacular palaces in the world.
Before travelling to Marrakech’s Mellah, stop at the El Badi Palace and its subterranean gardens if you have time. Note the huge open areas along the alleys as you return to Jemaa el-Fna; these fondouks or caravanserai were formerly inns along old trade routes, offering travelers and traders with a place to rest.
Day 10:Return to Casablanca
On the morning of your visit to the Almoravid Koubba in the 12th century, get up early to complete any last-minute gift and souvenir shopping. In 1948, the Koubba, the last intact Almoravid monument, was discovered. After that, go to the Marrakech Museum. The museum features a collection of modern and traditional art, as well as items from Berber, Moroccan Jewish, and Islamic civilizations, and is situated in the 19th-century Moorish Dar Mnebbi Palace. If you have time, visit the Museum of Moroccan Arts (also known as the Dar Si Said Museum), which is notable for its extensive collection of woodwork.
Begin your journey back to Casablanca (about 3.5 hours). Stop for a quick drink at Rick’s Café, a renowned restaurant and bar inspired by the film Casablanca, before boarding your return aircraft to your next destination.
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Info about our 10-day Morocco Itinerary from Casablanca
Before departing on a tour, the client should get personal insurance from a reliable insurer to cover personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation fees, luggage loss, and tour cancellation penalties.
If you wish to change something about this trip, just let us know your ideas and travel plans, and we’ll come up with a comparable or alternative schedule that meets your needs. For further information, please contact us.
DEPOSIT & PAYMENT
To reserve your desert 10 days tour, we require a deposit via PayPal or bank transfer, with the remainder paid in cash upon your arrival. We are entirely flexible in arranging your customised trip based on your travel preferences and budget.
Cash or credit cards:
We accept cash in Euros(€), Pounds(£), USD($), or local Dirhams(MAD) for the 10-day desert trip balance. We recommend paying cash to your guide on the first day of the tour. If you do not want to go with a lot of cash, we propose paying with credit or mastercard, however there is a 6% fee.
We can cancel your 10-day tour for free if you notify us one week before the tour begins. Simply notify us of your cancellation by email, and we will issue a full refund. Also, if you wish to postpone your trip to a later date.
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FAQ of the 10-day Morocco Itinerary from Casablanca
Morocco Ultra Tours uses a comfortable automobile. As a result, for parties of less than six people, we use a Toyota Prado Land Cruiser. We used an 8-seater van and a 17-seater minibus for groups larger than 8 people.
The distance between Marrakech and Merzouga is 460 kilometers.
Yes, for travelers who choose not to ride camels, we employ a 4×4 vehicle to transport you to the camp at no additional cost. Optionally, ATV Quads / Buggy Dune can be rented for an additional fee. You only need to notify us at the time of booking.
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