Ancient Cities and Sahara Sand Tour – 11 Days

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11 Days / 10 Nights

Ancient Cities and Sahara Sand Tour – 11 Days

  • 11 Days / 10 Nights
  • Morocco
  • Pickup: Casablanca Airport
  • Drop-off: Casablanca Airport
Tour Details

The Ancient Cities and Sahara Sand Tour is designed to take you to explore ancient Imperial cities and the beautiful Sahara Desert in Morocco.

Departure & Return Location

Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport

Included In This Trip

  • Private Transportation and English-Speaking Driver
  • Hotels/Riads as Mentioned in the Tour Itinerary
  • Meals as Specified in the Tour Program
  • English Speaking Guide in Volubilis
  • Full Day Guided Tour in Fes with English Speaking Guide
  • Full Day Guided Tour in Marrakesh with English Speaking Guide
  • Entrance Fees to Sites and Museums During Fes and Marrakesh Tours
  • Camel Excursion with Dinner and Tent
  • 4x4 Vehicles to Desert Excursion
  • Hassan II Mosque Entrance Fee in Morocco
  • Portage Tips in Morocco

NOT Included In This Trip

  • International Airfare
  • Travel Insurance
  • Drinks
  • Visas
  • Personal Spending
  • Tips
What to Expect

Here are some highlights of what you will see and experience on the Ancient Cities and Sahara Sand Tour

  • Guided Tour Through One of the World's Largest Mosque - King Hassan II Mosque
  • Walk Through the Ancient Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou
  • Explore Ancient Medinas in Fes and Marrakech
  • Explore Morocco's Largest Roman Site of Volubilis
  • Marvel at the Enormous Todra Gorges
Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Casablanca

Upon arrival at Mohammed V Casablanca International airport, you will be met and transferred by private transportation to Casablanca, the economic capital of Morocco. There you will check-in to your hotel and explore some of the city.

If you have an early arrival, you may want to take an afternoon guided tour of Hassan II Mosque, the third largest mosque in the world. Its minaret has a height of 210 meters (690 ft) making it the tallest religious structure in the world. Considered as the most ambitious structure ever constructed in Morocco, the Hassan II Mosque rises above the Atlantic Ocean and dominates much of the city’s skyline. Dinner will be at the hotel.

Accommodation: 3★, 4★, or 5★ Hotel or Guesthouse options

Day 2Casablanca / Rabat / Fes

After breakfast, you will travel to Rabat, the capital city of Morocco. While in this Imperial City, you will visit the Hassan Tower, the Mausoleum of Mohammed V and the Andalusian Gardens.

Enter inside the 11th century fortress walls of the Oudaias Kasbah. Here you will find the oldest mosque in Rabat, the Kasbah Mosque which was constructed in 1150. This Kasbah was where Tom Cruise drove a BMW M3 in a car chase scene in Mission Impossible V: Rogue Nation.

Afterwards, you will visit Chellah, a fortified Muslim necropolis with a mosque, minaret and royal tombs dating back to the 14th century. It is a common sight to see stork nests occupying the top of the ruined minaret. The walled ruins are positioned on the Roman town of Sala, which you can explore its excavated Roman ruins of a forum, bath and temples.

If time permits, you may also want to visit the Royal Palace of Rabat where you can walk in the palace grounds and take a photo of the palace from a distance.

You will take lunch in Rabat and continue to Fes, for the night. Dinner is included in the hotel/riad.

Accommodation: 3★, 4★ or 5★ Hotel or Riad options

Day 3Fes

After breakfast, you will take a full day guided tour of the famous ancient medina of Fes. In this 1,200 year old city, you will visit sites where very little has changed since the city was first established. You will explore the labyrinth of narrow streets and main thoroughfares lined with fresh fruit, mounds of spices, intricately woven Berber carpets and many other Moroccan artisanal items.

A visit to the King’s palace in Fes, the tanneries, and potters are just a few places we will experience. You may want to stop for lunch in the Fes Medina. After lunch, you will complete the tour and return to your hotel for the evening. Dinner will be in a local restaurant.

Accommodation: 3★, 4★, or 5★ Hotel or Riad options

Day 4Fes / Volubilis / Moulay Idriss Zerhoun / Meknes / Fes

Today will be an exciting day of visiting ancient sites from the Roman to Islamic periods.

After breakfast, you will depart for the spectacular Archaeological Site of Volubilis. You will take a guided tour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site and explore its extensive 2,000 years old Roman ruins and mosaics.

You may want to visit the nearby town of Moulay Idriss Zerhoun. This is considered a holy town where Moulay Idriss I arrived in 789, bringing with him the religion of Islam. The Mausoleum of Idriss I is located in this town, but it is considered a sacred destination that is open only to Muslims.

You will travel to the ancient Imperial City of Meknes for lunch. You will have time to explore the city but you will want to pay particular attention to locations focusing on the era of Moulay Idriss: his underground prison, gates, and his mausoleum. A horse and carriage ride may finish the afternoon nicely.

From Meknes, you will drive to Fes where you will take dinner in a local restaurant.

Accommodation: 3★, 4★, or 5★ Hotel or Riad options

Day 5Fes / Sahara Desert Camel Excursion

After an early breakfast, you will set out on your excursion across the Middle Atlas Mountains. Most of the day will be spent making your way through the beautiful forests, jagged rock faces, arid landscapes and Berber villages as you cross the Atlas Mountains and begin to descend towards the Sahara Desert. 

At Erfoud, you will set out by 4-wheel drive vehicle across the arid landscape to the majestic Sahara sand dunes until you reach your tented camp. In the late afternoon take a camel trek and watch the sunset over the majestic Sahara dunes.

Accommodation: Basic Tent / Private Tent / Luxury Camp options

Day 6Sahara Desert / Todra Gorges / Ouarzazate

Wake up to the grand dunes and enjoy an delicious breakfast including many local flavours. Your 4X4 driver will take you back to Erfoud to reunite with your tour driver.

From Erfoud, it’s off to the picturesque Todra Gorges and if time allows, take a short walk into the stunning gorge. From Todra, continue through the Dades valley or Ouarzazate where you will spend the night. Dinner will be at the hotel.

Accommodations: 3★ or 4★ options in Dades Gorge or 3★, 4★, or 5★ options in Ouarzazate

Day 7Marrakech (5 Hour Drive)

After an early breakfast, the group will depart for Marrakech. The first stop along the way will be at the Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou where films such as ‘Gladiator‘ and ‘Lawrence of Arabia‘ were filmed. The beautiful drive to Marrakesh will take you up and through the High Atlas Mountains.

Once in Marrakech, you will check into your hotel and then head off to the Djemaa el-Fna, the center square of the medina. This famous square is one of the center attractions of Marrakech with its local storytellers, entertainers, and delectable barbeque. It is well worth a visit. Taking a quiet cup of mint-tea at one of the cafes overlooking the square provides a spectacular birds-eye view of the exciting environment.

Dinner will be taken at your hotel.

Accommodation: 3★, 4★, or 5★ Hotel or Riad options

Day 8Marrakech

After breakfast, you will have a guided tour of Marrakech. En route you will discover the Palace of the Bahia, the Saadian Tombs, and many other fascinating landmarks. After lunch, you will continue with the tour on to the magnificent Koutoubia Mosque and the famous Djemaa el-Fna, one of the center attractions of Marrakech. The tour will conclude with a stop by the souk (market) lined with fresh fruit, mounds of spices, intricately woven Berber carpets and many other treasures of Morocco. Dinner will be in a local restaurant.

Accommodation: 3★, 4★, or 5★ Hotel or Riad options

Day 9Marrakech / Essaouira

In the morning, travel to Essaouira and explore the historic medina and picturesque coastline. Essaouira is an artsy town and has a more ‘laid back’ feel than other Moroccan cities. Dinner will be at the hotel.

Accommodation: 3★, 4★, or 5★ Hotel or Riad options

Day 10Essaouira / Casablanca

After breakfast, travel towards Casablanca along the beautiful Moroccan coast. You’ll definitely want to plan for some stops along the way to take in the breathtaking scenery. You will pass through El Jadida and visit the Portuguese Fort. Dinner will be in a local restaurant.

Accommodation: 3★, 4★, or 5★ Hotel or Guesthouse options

Day 11Departure from Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport

After breakfast, your driver will take you back to the Mohammad V Casablanca International Airport, thus ending your Ancient Cities and Sahara Sand tour.

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