This tour is similar to our Imperial Cities Tour but with two additional days you will now have the opportunity to visit Morocco’s most magnificent sand dunes in Erg Chigaga. We start our journey in Casablanca – going clockwise from the North of Morocco to Volubilis, Meknes and Fez down south to the Saharan Erg Chigaga dunes via the Todgha Gorge before looping back up to Marrakesh via the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ait Ben Haddou. On this adventure, you will visit a few of the Imperial Cities, camp overnight in the breathtaking desert dunes of the Saharan Desert, drive through lush greenery of the scenic Tinghir Oasis and end the tour in Marrakesh – known as the Red City but also one of the most visited cities in the world.
*Indicative stay 7 nights at our recommended accommodations. Prices based on two people travelling by private vehicle.
*All of our itineraries are flexible and can be tailored according to your needs.
Transfer from the airport in Casablanca to your well-appointed hotel. Casablanca is the business and commercial hub of Morocco. If you have time, one of the landmarks worth paying a visit is the Hassan II Mosque. The Mosque is one of the largest mosques in the world (largest in Africa) – and a reflection of impeccable modern day Moroccan craftsmanship. Most mosques in Moroccan are closed to non-Muslims and this is one of the very few in the country that is open to tourists. After a day of sightseeing, spend the night in Casablanca.
After enjoying breakfast at your hotel in Casablanca, our journey to Fez will continue via stops at two UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Meknes was founded in the 11th century as the capital of the Alaouite dynasty. Some sights that are worth visiting are Bab El Mansour (the most ornate gate in all of Morocco), Place El Hedim (a bustling grand square), Bab El Khemis (the beautiful door that is the gateway into the Medina of Meknes), the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail (resting place for the founder of Meknes), Palais El Mansour (summer residence of the Moulay Ismail) and Heri Es-Sousani (the awe-inspiring horse stables and granaries that once housed more than 12,000 royal horses).
The second World Heritage site is the important ancient Roman outpost of Volubilis. It was founded in the 3rd century BC as the capital of Mauretania in the Roman Empire, later becoming the capital of the Idrisid dynasty. Even if you only have a few hours, Volubilis is worth a visit. This ancient Roman ruin is astonishingly beautiful. The bold mosiac tiles are still vibrantly intact in most of the structures and it will most certainly take your breath away! After savoring your day in Morocco’s history, begin your short journey to the city of Fez. There you will spend the night at one of the most delightful riads.
Take the entire day to fully enjoy all that Fez has to offer. Fez has long been considered the spiritual home of the country and the capital of Morocco until 1925. The Fez medina is one of the largest car-free zones in the world – and a living museum of Moroccan culture. The medina is not easy to navigate so it may be wise to arrange a tour with one of our trusted guides. Not only are they knowledgeable but they can customize the tour to your liking, whether it be learning about the rich history of the city or shopping for the exquisite craftsmanship from the local craftsman – the sky is the limit when it comes to what to do in Fez. After a day of sightseeing, spend one more night in Fez.
After having spent a restful night in Fez, travel along the “Road of a Thousand Kasbahs” to the Tinghir Oasis and Todgha Gorge. The gorge is about 15 km long and the drive is breathtaking. The deep red cliffs beside the Todgha River have an average height of 400 meters which makes it one of the most spectacular canyons in the world. The remainder of the afternoon can be spent enjoying the lush greenery and enchanting water canals in the Tinghir Oasis. Spend the night in the beautiful town of Tinghir.
After enjoying breakfast at your guesthouse in Tinghir – you will begin the scenic drive to Erg Chigaga via Tamagroute (famous for its green-glazed pottery and 700 year old Koranic library) and M’hamid (the last outpost of civilization before entering the Sahara Desert).
Arrive at Erg Chigaga Luxury Camp to relish the sunset amid the magnificent sand dunes of Erg Chigaga. Spend the night at the luxuriously appointed tents after enjoying a delicious traditional Moroccan meal.
After enjoying breakfast at camp you can take this time to truly enjoy the desert. Camel rides, sand boarding, guided walks – the choices are bountiful! Enjoy the sunset while having some drinks on the dunes which will be followed by a homemade authentic Moroccan meal. Cap off the night around the campfire by listening to traditional Berber music while surrounded by the millions of stars in the night sky. What a sight to behold!
Wake up in your cozy bathrobe to witness sunrise in the great expanse of the Erg Chigaga dunes. Take your time to enjoy a delicious and hearty breakfast at the camp before departing for Marrakesh. Given the time of departure from the camp, you may have time to visit Ait Ben Haddou. This UNESCO World Heritage site was made famous by the movie “Gladiator” and TV show “Game of Thrones”. The scenic drive will continue through the High Atlas Mountains and the Tizi n’Tichka pass (altitude 2260 meters) to arrive at your final destination.