Spice Of Morocco

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12-day Spice of Morocco Tour from Casablanca to Marrakech & the Erg Chigaga Desert

12 Day Casablanca, Marrakech & Erg Chigaga Desert Tour

Casablanca

This private Morocco tour is suited to travellers with an interest in the rich culture and diverse natural landscapes of the South rather than the opulence of the many historic sites of Morocco’s Northern Imperial Cites. This Spice of Morocco tour offers you an off-the-beaten-track journey, following the historic camel caravan entry and exit routes through the Sahara. You may also be interested in our range of Morocco tours from Tangier and our range of Morocco tours from Marrakech.

Description on this Spice of Morocco Tour from Casablanca

The Hassan 11 Mosque in Casablanca wows visitors on arrival and the imperial city of Marrakech follows on in spectacular style prior to you departing for the medieval, coastal and artisan town of Essaouira. Your journey continues toward the ancient walled city of Taroudant before you arrive at a region of the Sahara where the great camel trade caravans once entered and traversed the Sahara to Timbuktu. If you would like to include a desert experience while touring Morocco, our 15-day Essence of Morocco tour or our 8-day Deserts, Mules, and Camels tour from Marrakech may also interest you.

On this particular tour of southern Morocco from Casablanca, you also explore the palm-lined Draa Valley and you will have the opportunity to experience traditional village life in Fint Oasis before returning to depart Morocco from either Marrakech or Casablanca.

Atmospheric accommodation, off-the-beaten-track experiences, sandcastle Kasbahs, palm oases and an off-road adventure drive to explore the historically authentic and towering Erg Chigaga dunes, await you on this considered tour.

Highlights of this Spice of Morocco Tour

  • Visit Marrakech, the Pink Pearl of the South
  • Visit Berber homes & take part in a mint tea ceremony in Ourika Valley
  • Visit the blue port town & sweeping bay of Essaouira
  • Taroudant, the ancient walled ‘mother city’ of Marrakech
  • 90Km off-road desert piste adventure drive entrance
  • 60Km off-road Desert piste adventure drive exit
  • Towering dunes of Erg Chigaga & Saharan landscape
  • Traversing the old camel caravan trade roads
  • Visiting our home region and town of Zagora
  • Kasbah & date-palm-lined oases as far as the eye can see

Included in this Morocco Tour from Casablanca

  • Private multilingual driver for 12 days
  • Private A/C 4x4 vehicle & fuel
  • Airport transfers
  • Private guide fee in Marrakech
  • Private trekking guide fee in Ourika Valley
  • Private guide fee in Essaouria
  • Private guide fee in Taroudant
  • Desert adventure drive
  • Camel guide fee
  • Optional informal sand boarding experience
  • 90Km off-piste entry desert drive
  • 60Km off-piste exit desert drive
  • Caleche horse ride in Taroudant
  • All accommodation
  • All breakfasts
  • 8 dinners

Excluded in this Spice of Morocco Tour

  • Flights
  • Dinners on the following days: 2 –3 – 5
  • Entrance fees
  • Optional Atlas film studio entrance
  • Personal drinks & snacks
  • Gratuities

Please enquire if you’d like to find out more or receive a quote for this 12-day Spice of Morocco tour from Casablanca. And please get in touch if you have any questions for the Morhara Morocco Tours team.

Itinerary

Day 1:  Arrival Casablanca To Marrakech.

  • Welcome, Mrehba!
  • We meet with you from a morning arrival flight at Casablanca.
  • Meet & greet breakfast or some refreshments.
  • Visit Hassan 11 Mosque Casablanca.
  • Explore the outer area of the ornately mosaiced Mosque.
  • Guided tour of the interior with its partial glass floor exposing the ocean below.
  • Lunch on Ocean Boulevard where the Atlantic meets the Mediterranean.
  • Photograph & refreshment stops as you like.
  • Transfer from Casablanca to Marrakech.
  • Arrive Marrakech approx late afternoon /early evening.
  • Today day will be determined by your arrival time.
  • 1 Overnight Accommodation Marrakech Including Dinner & Breakfast.

 

Day 2: Marrakech.

  • Guided Tour Of Marrakech
  • We meet with you at your accommodation after breakfast today.
  • Meet with local private Marrakech Guide.
  • Walking tour around the exterior of Koutoubia Mosque.
  • Visit ornate Bahia Palace the historical home of the Sultans Hareem.
  • Wander through the colourful Saadian Tombs.
  • Explore the vast grounds of El Badhi Palace with panoramic views of the city.
  • Lunch in an atmospheric spot within the Medina or Jemaa el fnaa square.
  • Explore the tranquil courtyard and rooms of the Ben Youseff Madrasa.
  • Join the merry throng at the Souks in the bustling Medina.
  • We return to your accommodation approx late afternoon.
  • We haven’t included dinner tonight should you wish to visit a city eatery.
  • 1 Overnight Accommodation Marrakech Breakfast Only.

 

Day 3: Marrakech & Ourika Valley.

  • Hiking at Setti Fatma Waterfalls.
  • We meet with you at your accommodation after breakfast today.
  • Approx 1hr drive into the ‘Garden’ Valley of Marrakech full of fruit & olive trees.
  • Visit the herbal apothecary's garden.
  • Optional unique herbal outdoor stone footbath.
  • Introduction to Moroccan mint tea in Berber family home.
  • Amusing drive past café tables and chairs situates in the shallow bed of the river.
  • Lunch on a rustic rooftop café with mountain views or while cooling your feet in the river.
  • Meet with your private local Hiking Guide to view the Setti Fatma waterfall.
  • Catch your breath refreshments after your descent.
  • Return to Marrakech approx late afternoon.
  • Photograph & refreshment stops as you like.
  • We haven’t included dinner tonight should you wish to visit a city eatery.
  • 1 Overnight Accommodation Marrakech Including Breakfast Only.

 

Day 4:  Marrakech To Essaouira.

  • Argan Oil & Seafood.
  • We meet with you at your accommodation at the time of your choosing today.
  • You may prefer some free & relaxed personal time this morning in Marrakech.
  • Alternatively, you might like us to organise an optional cooking class or Hammam.
  • Lunch in one of the oldest & highly decorative Riads in the Medina.
  • No matter how you decide to spend your morning we depart Marrakech after lunch.
  • Optional visit to rural quality culinary & cosmetic Argan Oil Co-operative.
  • Arrive Essaouira approx late afternoon / early evening.
  • Photograph & refreshment stops as you like.
  • 1 Overnight Accommodation Essaouira Including Dinner & Breakfast

 

Day 5: Essaouria.

  • Relaxation In Artisan Town.
  • We meet with you at your accommodation after breakfast today.
  • Meet & Introduce you to your private local Essaouira Guide.
  • Walking historic tour & visits to local artisans tucked under the Ramparts.
  • Visit the fish market to choose your catch of the day lunch.
  • Lunch in a rooftop restaurant where we have your fish cooked for you.
  • After lunch enjoy a walk through the relaxed Medina and Souks.
  • Alternatively you may choose to spend time on the bay & beach or as you prefer.
  • Photograph & refreshment stops as you like.
  • We haven’t included dinner tonight should you wish to visit a local eatery.
  • 1 Overnight Accommodation Essaouira Including Breakfast Only.

 

Day 6: Esssouira To Taroudant.

  •  Camel Caravan Trading Routes.
  • We meet with you at your accommodation after breakfast.
  • Visit the wild coastal enclave of Sidi Kaouki.
  • Pay homage on the route at Diabet at the infamous Jimi Hendrix beach Café.
  • A ‘make the most’ of a fresh seafood lunch at modern beach resort Agadir.
  • Leave the modern world behind at Agadir.
  • Scenic journey into traditional Berber country.
  • Arrive medieval walled Berber city of Taroudant.
  • Arrive approx late afternoon/early evening.
  • Relaxing & evocative Caleche ride around the walled city.
  • Photograph & refreshment stops as you like
  • 1 Overnight Accommodation Taroudant Including Dinner & Breakfast.

 

Day 7: Taroudant To Erg Chigaga Luxury Desert Camp.

  • Mountain Berber Villages & Traversing The Sahara.
  • We meet with you at your accommodation after breakfast.
  • Visit traditional small Mountain Berber town of Talioune.
  • Talioune is known for the quality of its Moroccan saffron.
  • Visit the small rustic saffron museum and for tea.
  • Lunch in atmospheric and time forgotten Talioune.
  • Continue toward the entrance into the Sahara at Foum Zguid.
  • 90Km adventure drive off-road into the Desert Piste.
  • You follow part of the old Paris Dakar rally route.
  • Pass the now dry lake Iraqui.
  • Arrive camp at Chigaga approx late afternoon.
  • An optional climb of large dunes for sunset.
  • Approx 90mims camel trek at sunset or sunrise.
  • Enjoy a night of Desert hospitality.
  • Dinner with live music, campfire at camp.
  • Photograph & refreshment stops as you like.
  • 1 Overnight Accommodation Erg Chigaga Camp Including Lunch, Dinner & Breakfast.

 

Day 8: Erg Chigaga Luxury Desert Camp To Zagora. 

  • Ochre Sands & Ancient Kasbahs.
  • You may wish to rise for the spectacular sunrise over the Sahara today.
  • After breakfast at camp, you are free to spend time as you wish.
  • We depart the Sahara approx mid-morning today.
  • Traverse the 60km of Desert Piste to exit the Sahara.
  • Lunch in Saharan village of M’hamid.
  • Visit the Museum housed in an atmospheric Kasbah within the Palmerie.
  • Visit the ancient Tamegroute artisan potters & outdoor kilns.
  • Explore the partially underground still inhabited Kasbah of Tamegroute.
  • Arrive at our home town of Zagora approx late afternoon.
  • Photograph & refreshment stops as you like.
  • 1 Overnight Accommodation Zagora Including Dinner & Breakfast.

 

Day 9: Zagora To Fint Oasis.

  • Palm & Kasbah Lined Draa Valley.
  • We meet with you at your accommodation after breakfast.
  • Explore on foot or by camel the Agdz Palmerie.
  • The palmerie is home to Saharan silversmiths.
  • Journey through the Date palm & Kasbah lined Draa Valley.
  • Lunch at Kasbah Tamnougalt offering panoramic views.
  • Arrive Fint Oases approx late afternoon.
  • Free time in the nature of Fint Oasis.
  • Photograph & refreshment stops as you like.
  • 1 Overnight Accommodation Fint Oasis Including Dinner & Breakfast.

 

Day 10: Fint Oasis To Ait Ben Haddou.

  • Traditional Rural Moroccan life.
  • We meet with you at your accommodation after breakfast. 
  • Participate in village life as you prefer.
  • You can participate in bread making, cooking
  • Have a traditional lunch in a Berber family home.
  • Visit the International filming town of Ouarzazate.
  • Photography visit to  Kasbah Taourirt Ouarzazate.
  • Optional visit to Atlas Film Studios.
  • Arrive Ait Ben Haddou approx late afternoon/ early evening.
  • Photograph & refreshment stops as you like.
  • 1 Overnight Accommodation Ait Ben Haddou Including Dinner & Breakfast.

 

Day 11: Ait Ben Haddou To Marrakech.

  • Traversing The High Atlas Mountains
  • We meet with you at your accommodation after breakfast.
  • Visit the UNESCO Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou. 
  • Walk through the still inhabited Kasbah for panoramic views.
  • Optional visit to Berber village bakery co-operative.
  • Lunch with a view in the High Atlas Mountain.
  • Visit the distressed but ornately decorated Kasbah Telouet.
  • Drive of a lifetime over the High Atlas Mountains & Tichka Pass.
  • Photograph & refreshments as you like.
  • Arrive Marrakech approx late afternoon.
  • 1 Overnight Accommodation Marrakech Including Dinner & Breakfast. 

 

Day 12: Departure Marrakech To Casablanca.

  • Airport Transfer From Marrakech To Casablanca or Marrakech.
  • Today's activities will be determined by your departure flight.
  • Allow 3 hrs to arrive at Casablanca Airport plus min 2hrs 30mins before your departure flight.
  • Allow 45mins to arrive at Menera Airport Marrakech plus min 2hrs 30mins before your flight.
  • We say our Goodbyes, Bislema !

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Additional Drop-off points

Marrakech, Essaouira, Taroudant, Chigaga Luxury Camp, Zagora, Fint Oasis, Ouarzazate,

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Duration: 12 Days / 11 Nights

Start Point: Casablanca

End Point: Marrakech

Optional End Points: Casablanca

Summary Information

4 Nights Marrakech, 2 Nights Essaouira, 1 Night Taroudant, 1 Night Chigaga Luxury Camp, 1 Night Zagora, 1 Night Fint Oasis, 1 Night Ouarzazate,

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