Imperial Cities & Desert

Special Tour 6 Days & 7 Nights Availability: July 31, 2020
Casablanca, Maroc Fes, Atlas Mountains, Sahara desert, Imperial cities, Marrakech, Ait Benhaddou Kasbah

Imperial Cities & Sahara Desert Tour

This all-encompassing 6-day tour highlights the best of Morocco, from cultural stops in imperial cities to natural exploration in desert landscapes. Begin in modern Casablanca and end in bustling Marrakech. You’ll discover Roman ruins, ride a camel into the Sahara desert, visit old kasbahs, cool off in an oasis, and explore the thriving historic cities of Meknes, Fes, and Marrakech.


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  • Transportation in AC and comfortable vehicle
  • Fuel, tolls and any associated expenses
  • Arrival and departure transfer
  • English speaking driver
  • 6 nights in BB (bed and breakfast) in Hotel/ Riad in Casablanca, Fes and Marrakech
  • 2 nights with half board (diner, bed and breakfast) in hotel/ Riad in Merzouga and Ouarzazate


  • Night with half board (diner, bed and breakfast) in desert camp
  • Camel trekking in Erg Chebbi Dunes (camel each)
  • Local guide in Fes, Volubilis and Marrakech
  • Entrances fees


  • Lunches and drinks
  • Tips
  • Casablanca tour
  • Optional tagine cooking class
  • Optional Atlas Film Studio fee
  • Optional quad bike experience
  • Optional cooking class in Fes
  • Optional hammam (bath/sauna) in Marrakech
  • Optional wine tasting

What to Expect

Travel from Casablanca on this 6-day tour that includes Morocco’s imperial cities, which are its four historical capital cities: Fez, Marrakesh, Meknes. Along the way, cross the High Atlas Mountains, visit Ouarzazate and the popular Ait Ben Haddou kasbah. Plus you’ll get the chance to ride a camel across the desert, which was an ancient mode of transportation.


  • Wander the maze-like streets of medieval Fes
  • Walkthrough ruins of the Roman Empire at Volubilis
  • Ride a camel into the Sahara and stay the night in a Bedouin-style tent
  • Explore old fortified kasbahs and palm oases in Morocco’s desert
  • Sip mint tea as you watch acrobats and snake charmers in Marrakech


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Imperial Cities & Sahara Desert Tour

Day 1: Arrival Casablanca  – Check in Hotel

The first day of your Morocco Imperial Tours, after arriving at Casablanca airport will have you be transferred from the airport to your hotel for dinner and an overnight stay.

Free time to explore Casablanca ( visit Hassan 2 mosque )

Day 2: Casablanca – Volubilis – fes

After a great breakfast at the riad, we will go to Fez, making a stop off in Meknes, a city under the mountains of the Middle Atlas. We will stop at places of interest include the Roman ruins (Volubilis), a World Heritage Site, among others.

Lunch in Meknes and continue the route to Fes. Once we are in Fez, in the afternoon, we will reach the place of accommodation, where you will dinner and sleeping.

Day 3: Fes

After breakfast, the whole day will be devoted to discovering Fez, a Unesco World Heritage and the oldest of the imperial cities, home to the world’s first university dating from the 9th century and one of the most complete medieval cities in existence. Surrounded by huge defensive walls, it seems suspended in a time warp, somewhere between the Middle Ages and the modern. But it’s more than that, it is a living city almost devoid of tourists, where whilst wandering amongst its amazing 9,000 tiny streets you experience its noisy hawkers selling everything from colourful vegetables to delicious middle eastern pastries flavoured with cinnamon and honey.

Mind your backs for the passing of the only transport-mule or donkey! The haunting sound of the call to prayer resonates over the traditional rooftops whilst skilled artisans noisily beat metal into pans and intricate metal-ware as they have for centuries.

Visit of the medieval Medina. You will also explore the famous souks where craftsmen still labour in the age-old oriental tradition. Lunch on your own. Continue sightseeing in the afternoon. Return to hotel and overnight. (4* hotel or Riad an aristocratic house (B, B)

Day 4: Fes – Atlas Mountains – Sahara Desert

Starting at 8:00 am, in the Sahara desert. We crossed the Middle Atlas mountains and I’ll stop in apes Barbay, well known for their hospitality. You can also stop taking photographs of the beautiful landscape. We will have lunch at a restaurant in Errachida before continuing the journey in the Ziz valley and reach the foot of the dunes of Erg Chebbi 1700

From there you can go on a camel in the desert until the camp located in the heart of the dunes. Enjoy a mint tea and the sunset and Berber music. Night, you can take a walk and enjoy the stillness and silence of the desert, before going to  sleep in a tent Berber

Day 5:  Sahara Desert – Todra Gorges – ouarzazate

You will be woken up half an hour before sunrise, the wondrous lights that mark the beginning of the new day are not to be missed! Afterwards, we reach our hotel for a quick shower and breakfast after which you will proceed to the next destination of the Morocco Imperial Cities and Desert Tour, which is Ouarzazate. We will be passing by Tazarine and the Draa valley then across the small volcanic Atlas Mountains.

We will have dinner and spend the night in a hotel in Ouarzazate.

Day 5:  Ouarzazate – Ait ben Haddou Kasbah – High atlas – Marrakech

Drive to Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah, a Berber earthen structure dating back many centuries. Get a closer look at the gripping architecture of the high walls and the strong ceilings, walk down the narrow streets to feel something you’ve never felt before: the fragrance of old ages coming out of the scars rain and wind had made.
After this historical and cultural visit, follow a mountainous road for 8 km to find the road leading to Marrakesh. Get fascinated by small Berber villages, valleys before you find yourself over a winding pass at an elevation of 2260m. Have lunch in Tadart, a small village famous for serving Moroccan traditional food. Arrive in Marrakesh by sunset.

The imperial cities or the royal cities in Morocco are four cities, Fez, Marrakech, Meknes and Rabat. In the period of the history of Morocco, they were the capitals of countries that successively governed Morocco.

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  1. ssi
    7:32 pm - May 24, 2021 / Reply

    a wonderful guide from morocco, worked many times


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