Imperial Cities and Sahara Desert: Morocco and Tunisia – 14 Days

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14 Days / 13 Nights

Imperial Cities and Sahara Desert: Morocco and Tunisia – 14 Days

  • 14 Days / 13 Nights
  • Morocco, Tunisia
  • Tour Begin: Casablanca Airport
  • Tour End: Tunis-Carthage Airport
Tour Details

The Imperial Cities and Sahara Desert Morocco and Tunisia Tour offers an amazing opportunity to see and experience some of the most famous attractions in Morocco and Tunisia.

Spend 7 days in Morocco visiting the world famous Hassan II Mosque, Imperial Cities, the 2,000 years old Roman ruins of Volubilis, a full-day guided tour of the ancient Fes medina, see Morocco’s largest waterfall, explore the world famous Djemaa el-Fna in Marrakesh, plus more.

Spend 7 days in Tunisia visiting the largest ancient Roman city of Carthage in North Africa, walk through the picturesque Sidi Bou Said, explore multiple ancient Roman ruins, take a guided tour of the Grand Mosque in Kairouan, visit one of the best preserved Roman coliseum in the world, visit Star Wars film locations, spend a night in the beautiful Sahara desert, plus more.

Included In This Trip (Morocco)

  • English Speaking Private Driver and Transportation
  • Hotels/Riads as Mentioned in the Tour Itinerary
  • Half-Board (Dinner and Breakfast)
  • Accommodations
  • All Entrance Fees to Sites and Museums
  • English Speaking Guided Tour at Volubilis
  • Full Day Guided Tour in Fes
  • Traditional Moroccan Lunch in the Fes Medina During Your Full-Day Tour
  • Marrakesh Full-Day Tour with English Speaking Guide
  • Hassan II Mosque Entrance and Guide Fee
  • Portage Tips

Included In This Trip (Tunisia)

  • Half Board (Dinner and Breakfast)
  • Private Driver and Transportation in Tunisia
  • Professional English Speaking Tour Guide
  • Accommodations
  • All Entrance Fees to Sites and Museums

NOT Included In This Trip

  • International Airfare
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Spending
  • Extra excursions (quad or camel in Tunisia, etc)
  • Lunches
  • Drinks
  • Tips
What to Expect

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

  • Explore 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites (4 in Morocco, 6 in Tunisia)
  • Explore Imperial Cities in Morocco
  • Experience the Sahara Desert in Tunisia
  • Enjoy the World Famous Djemaa el-Fna in Marrakech
  • Visit Artisans at Work in the Ancient Fes Medina
  • Wander Through Ancient Roman Sites in Morocco and Tunisia
Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Casablanca

Welcome to Morocco! Upon arrival at 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/Guesthouse

Day 2Casablanca / Rabat / Chellah / Chefchaouen

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 driving north into the mountains to Chefchaouen, the famous “blue pearl” of the Rif mountains in Morocco. Wander through the picturesque medina with the surrounding mountains in view. Dinner will be at the hotel/riad.

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

Day 3Chefchaouen / 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 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. 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. Dinner will be at the hotel/riad.

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

Day 4Fes

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. You will be swept back in time as you wander through the labyrinth of streets and alleys, visiting the tanneries, bronze workers, mosques, the University of Al-Qarawiyyin, carpet makers, the Nejjarine Square and Museum, Mellah (Jewish Quarter), potters, mosaic artisans, and more. Dinner will be in a local restaurant.

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

Day 5Fes / Marrakech (5 Hours Drive)

After an early breakfast, you will depart for Marrakech.  This beautiful drive will take you up into the Middle Atlas Mountains and along the base of the High Atlas Mountains. Stop in one of the villages to see the colorful carpets, unique to this region.

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 world famous square is one of the center attractions of Marrakech with its local storytellers, entertainers, and delectable barbeque. It is well worth a visit!  A quiet cup of tea on the terrace of an adjacent café provides a spectacular bird’s eye view of the ongoing activity below.  Enjoy dinner in a local restaurant.

Accommodations: 3★, 4★, or 5★ Hotel/Riad

Day 6Marrakech / Casablanca

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.  After your tour, depart in the afternoon and travel to Casablanca for night. Dinner will be in a local restaurant.

Accommodation: 3★, 4★, or 5★ Half-Board Options

Day 7Depart Casablanca / Arrive in Tunis

After breakfast your driver will take you back to the Casablanca International Airport, thus ending your unforgettable tour of Morocco.

Welcome to Tunisia! Arrive in Tunis and meet your English Speaking guide and private driver. Take time to rest upon arrival and if time remains explore the historic medina which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979. The famous Zitouna Mosque, spice market, and the gold souk (market) are sites you don’t want to miss. Dinner will be at the hotel.

Accommodation: 3★, 4★ or 5★ Half-Board Options

Day 8Tunis / Carthage / Sidi Bou Said / Bardo Museum / Tunis

After breakfast, you will travel to Carthage, once the largest city in northern Africa.  This site holds ruins from many eras of history, such as the Punic, Roman, Vandal, and Byzantine eras.

You will then continue to the quaint village of Sidi Bou Said located on surrounding hills overlooking the Mediterranean Sea where we will explore its beautifully paved lanes and many spectacular sea views. You may want to have lunch here and then return to Tunis and explore the Bardo Museum.  This is a world-class museum that contains a vast number of important mosaics from the Roman period.  There are numerous rooms in the museum offering artifacts from the Punic to Islamic periods. Dinner will be at the hotel.

Accommodation: 3★, 4★, or 5★ options

Day 9Tunis / Dougga / Makthar / Kairouan

Full day of exploring Roman ruins. In the morning, we will drive to Dougga, the Roman Archaeological site.  This enormous site is one of the best preserved Roman ruins in Tunisia, and it is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site.  The site overlooks the vast regions surrounding it and it’s not uncommon to see locals herding their sheep through the Roman ruins.

Continue on to Makthar to see the famous forum and arc of Trajan, large baths, a basilica and the Makthar amphitheater. After the visit, travel to Kairouan for dinner at the hotel.

Accommodation: La Kasbah 5★ Half-Board

Day 10Kairouan / Sbeitla / Tozeur

This morning, we will visit the grand mosque Okba Ibn Nafaa which was established in 670 AD. You will also visit the mausoleum of the Berber companion of Mohammed, and the Aghlabid pool.

Afterwards, you may be interested in a visit to a carpet-making workshop where you can observe, admire, and learn about this incredible artisan work.  There is an ancient medina with winding streets, which make for a nice place to have lunch.

When you have completed your visits, travel to Sbeitla to explore its archaeological sites. Here you will find the unique Roman mosaic baptisteries and early basilicas, forum, and arches.

Continue to the palm grove and Sahara region of Tozeur. Tozeur is the second largest date palm oasis in Tunisia. Dinner will be at the hotel.

Accommodation: 3★, 4★, or 5★ options

Day 11Tozeur / Chebika / Tamerza / Mides / Ong Jemel / Tozeur

After an early morning, travel to the beautiful mountainside oasis village of Chebika. Chebika was once a Roman outpost, but later became a mountain refuge for the Berber people. You can hike through the Chebika canyon to the source of the mountain oasis.

From Chebika, travel to Tamerza which is the largest mountain oasis in Tunisia. Afterwards, travel to Mides where you will have a nice panoramic view of the canyon below. The canyon was used for the filming of Raiders of the Lost Ark and The English Patient. Return to Tozeur for lunch.

In the afternoon, explore One Jemel, ‘the neck of the camel‘. Travel over barren land and see the Sahara dunes and a Star Wars Mos Espa film location. Return to Tozeur for your night and dinner.

Accommodation: 3★, 4★, or 5★ options

Day 12Tozeur / Chott el Jerid / Douz / Ksar Ghilane

After breakfast travel across the Chott el Jerid, the largest salt flat in Tunisia, and across barren lands until you reach the desert Oasis city of Douz. This city has been nicknamed the ‘gateway to the Sahara’. Visit the small Sahara oasis and market. You may want to take lunch here before traveling to the beautiful oasis of Ksar Ghilane. This oasis is situated right next to the Sahara dunes. Enjoy the natural hot spring or take a quad or camel trek to a Roman fort.

Accommodation: Dar Ghilane / Residence La Source 3★, Yadis Camp 4/5★, Zemela Camp (tented camp 16KM from Ksar Ghilane in the Sahara) Half-Board 

Day 13Ksar Ghilane / Matmata / El Jem / Sousse

Today you will begin with a stop at Matmata and visit troglodyte museum and homes. For Star Wars fans, this was also another filming location of Luke Skywalker’s interior home.

Continue back north to the town of El Jem, which hosts a Roman Coliseum which is one of the best preserved in the world. It was constructed between 230 and 238 AD and is believed to at one time have hosted between 30,000 to 45,000 spectators. Take time exploring this enormous structure and do not forget to go down to the rooms where the gladiators waited their upcoming battle.  There is a museum in the town that hosts a plethora of mosaics.

Travel to Sousse and if time remains in the day, perhaps you would like to see the archaeological museum, Ribat, and medina.

Accommodation: 3★, 4★, or 5★ options

Day 14Sousse / Departure from Tunis-Carthage International Airport

Depending on your departure time, you will leave Sousse and transfer to the Tunis-Carthage International Airport for your departure, thus ending your Imperial Cities and Sahara Desert tour.

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