Tour of 9 days from Casablanca: trip through the Imperial Cities and the desert of Morocco

Tour Details: 9 days tour from Casablanca ending in Marrakech

Location Of Departure

The driver will greet you at the airport or wherever you specify in Casablanca

Last Destination

We will transfer you to the location you specify in Marrakech

Duration Of The Tour

9 days and 8 nights

Time Of Departure

The tour vacation starts at 8:00 a.m.

Morocco tour in 9 days from Casablanca: Imperial cities & the desert

9 days from Casablanca, your trip to Morocco can take very different directions. The one we present you on this route is one of the most interesting: we will travel through the Imperial Cities of the country, we will reach the heart of the Sahara desert and we will discover the most beautiful corners of the north. Therefore, it is an unbeatable mix of culture and nature, where beauty and authenticity are the main protagonists. All this in a 9-day tour, accompanied by the professionals of our agency, who will make you enjoy the experience safely and optimize the time of each day. In any case, this trip also offers free time to enjoy each destination to the taste of each group.

Imperial cities and great monuments are not to be missed

Starting from Casablanca, the journey we offer here is rich in monuments of significant historical value and cities with great historical and artistic importance. The Imperial Cities are a top-notch tourist attraction, and this itinerary includes all of them: Rabat, Meknes, Fes, and Marrakech, each of which boasts a historic medina recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. However, these cities are not the only destinations on this route with such prestigious recognition. The city of Ait Ben Haddou Ksar and the Roman archaeological site of Volubilis also hold this honor. Additionally, we will explore remarkable places like the Hassan II mosque in Casablanca and charming towns like Rissani and Chefchaouen.

Natural areas you will never forget

In terms of scenery, this tour of 9 days tour from Casablanca is also one of the most interesting in our catalog. From the moment of leaving Casablanca, the trip holds spectacular surprises for nature lovers. One of them is, of course, the Sahara. And not just any corner of this immense desert, but one of the most unique: the desert of Merzouga, where the amazing dunes of Erg Chebbi are located.

In addition to this sea of fine golden sand, we will enjoy other landscapes that can only be found in such arid environments as this: rocky canyons, hamadas, an oasis of palm trees, etc… No less interesting is the Ifrane National Park, known as the Monkey Forest because it is a very important nature reserve for the conservation of Barbary macaques. The mountain will also be very present on several of the days of this circuit, both in the Middle Atlas and the High Atlas.


Travel plan

This journey spans 9 days and 8 nights, starting in Casablanca and concluding in Marrakech. Below is the day-by-day itinerary for the trip. If you have any inquiries or need further details, feel free to ask.

Day 1: From Casablanca to Rabat

If you’re arriving in Casablanca from another country, our services will commence at the city’s airport terminal, where our driver will be waiting to pick you up in a private vehicle for your journey to the city center. If you’re already in Casablanca, we can arrange to meet you at a location that’s convenient for you, such as your hotel. In any case, our first stop should be the impressive Hassan II Mosque. This mosque boasts a nearly 200-meter-tall tower and is one of the tallest mosques in the entire Islamic world. Luckily, we will have the opportunity to explore its interior, as it is one of the few mosques that opens its doors to non-believers.

After we visit the mosque, we will travel approximately an hour from Casablanca to Rabat, one of Morocco’s Imperial Cities and the nation’s capital. Its historic core has earned UNESCO World Heritage status due to its notable structures, including the Hassan Tower, an Almohad-style construction from the 12th century, and the Kasbah of the Oudayas, also from that era. From the latter fortification, you can enjoy breathtaking views over the city and the neighboring Salé, which is situated across the Bu Regreg River.

Your visit to this fascinating city is flexible, allowing you to customize the tour to your preferences with our guidance. Other intriguing sites you can consider adding to your itinerary are the Mausoleum of Mohamed V, the Medina’s souk, and the Mohamed VI Museum of Modern Art. These attractions are conveniently located near the riad where you will spend your first night, right in the city center.

Summary of the first day

Day 2: From Rabat to Chaouen

After enjoying breakfast at the riad in Rabat, our driver will pick you up to embark on a journey northward, specifically towards the Rif Mountains, where you’ll find the enchanting town of Chefchaouen. Often referred to as “the blue city,” Chefchaouen remains etched in the memories of those who visit due to the characteristic blue hues that adorn its historic medina.

During your stay in Chefchaouen, you’ll have the freedom to plan your day at your own pace. Some of the top recommendations include visiting the kasbah (now home to the Ethnographic Museum) and exploring the viewpoints that offer panoramic vistas of the medina and its picturesque surroundings. Wandering through Chefchaouen’s charming alleyways, adorned with flowers and lined with artisan shops and galleries of local artists, is also a delightful way to spend your time. In the evening, you’ll retire to a riad located within the medina, ensuring that you’re conveniently close to the city’s main square, Uta el-Hammam. This square is surrounded by numerous inviting local eateries and shops, providing you with ample opportunities to immerse yourself in the city’s vibrant atmosphere.

Summary of the second day

Day 3: From Chaouen to Fes via Volubilis and Meknes

The third day of these 9 days Morocco tour from Casablanca is packed with cultural treasures. After enjoying breakfast at the riad in Chefchaouen, we’ll return to our vehicle and head to the first stop: Volubilis, the best-preserved archaeological site from Roman times in Morocco. The remaining structures bear witness to the significance this city held during the reigns of emperors like Mark Antony and Caracalla. You’ll see columns from ancient temples, decorative mosaic pavements, commemorative arches, and even traces of the urban layout. It’s no wonder that this remarkable site is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Following our historical exploration of the Roman Empire, we’ll continue our journey by road to Meknes. This Imperial City has earned UNESCO World Heritage status, largely due to the preservation of its ancient medina and the distinctive appearance given to it by Sultan Moulay Ismail in the late 17th century. While wandering through its winding streets, you may come across significant landmarks such as his mausoleum, the city’s gates, and Bab Mansour.

In the latter part of the day, we’ll continue our route to Fes. The city’s expansive medina and its bustling, vibrant atmosphere will be the focal point of the guided tour scheduled for the following day. However, you’ll have the opportunity to get your first taste of Fez and its medina during the late hours of this day, thanks to the central location of the riad where you’ll be staying overnight.

Summary of the third day

Day 4: Fes

Fes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, an Imperial City, and a prominent spiritual and cultural hub in the Islamic world. With this introduction, it becomes evident that Fes is a city worthy of deep exploration through a guided tour. Therefore, after enjoying breakfast at the riad, you will meet our official local guide, and together, you’ll embark on a journey to explore the most captivating sites in the city center.

The guided route will encompass the primary attractions within the medina, including the Karaouine Mosque and the university it houses, considered one of the oldest in the world. You’ll also visit madrasas dedicated to Quranic studies, such as Bou Inania and Attarine. Explore popular spots like Nejjarine Square and its iconic fountain, the renowned tanners’ quarter, and the perpetually bustling souks and markets.

The historic center of Fes is vast, and it may require leaving some points of interest for exploration during your leisure time in the afternoon. You can choose to visit attractions like the Golden Gates of the Royal Palace, the Mellah (Jewish quarter), or museums such as the Borj Nord. Additionally, this is an ideal time for shopping in Fes’s prestigious craft stores, which offer valuable items like leather goods, woodwork, ceramics, and metalwork. It’s a day that deserves to be maximized until the very last moment before returning to your riad in the heart of the city for a well-deserved rest.

Summary of the fourth day

Day 5: From Fes to Merzouga Desert via Ifrane and Monkey Forest

On day five, we depart from Fes after breakfast, embarking on a road trip to the Sahara Desert. Our first stop is Ifrane, known as ‘the Moroccan Switzerland’ for its Alpine-style architecture and mountainous setting. Then, we explore Ifrane National Park, home to Barbary macaques. Continuing our journey through the Middle Atlas, we descend into the Ziz Valley, where palm groves thrive amid arid surroundings. Erfoud, famous for its dinosaur fossils, is our next destination. From there, we reach Merzouga, the southernmost point of our trip. In Merzouga, we trade our vehicle for dromedaries to traverse the captivating Erg Chebbi sand dunes. After a peaceful two-hour ride, we arrive at our desert tent camp, where Berber tea and dinner await. Our nomadic-style tents offer modern comforts, and the pristine desert sky dazzles with stars, creating a magical Sahara night.

Summary of the fifth day

Day 6: From Merzouga Desert to Ouarzazate Via Rissani & Todra Gorges

On the sixth day of these 9 days Morocco tour from Casablanca, we bid farewell to the Merzouga desert after witnessing a mesmerizing sunrise over the Erg Chebbi dunes. Following breakfast at the camp, we ride camels back to Merzouga. Our journey continues towards Rissani, a charming town with a historic medina, reminiscent of a bygone era. It’s considered the birthplace of Morocco’s Alaouite dynasty. As we traverse arid landscapes and palm groves, we reach the Todra Gorges, a stunning rocky canyon carved by the Todra River. Visitors can explore and even climb these impressive rock formations.

We then travel through winding paths before reaching the Dades Valley and the renowned Route of the Thousand Kasbahs, named after the countless Berber fortresses that grace the landscape. The Valley of the Roses, famous for rose cultivation used in cosmetics and festivals, is also on our route. Our day concludes in Ouarzazate, where you’ll spend the night in a hotel and enjoy dinner. If time allows, we may visit the Taourirt Kasbah on the city’s outskirts, once the residence of Thami El Glaoui, the Lord of the Atlas and Pasha of Marrakech. Ouarzazate’s film studios, known as the ‘Hollywood of Morocco,’ may also be on the itinerary, known for their use in major film productions.

Summary of the sixth day

Day 7: From Ouarzazate to Marrakech via Ait Ben Haddou

The seventh day of this journey offers a captivating transition from desert landscapes to the magnificent High Atlas Mountains and the refreshing Atlantic Ocean. After enjoying breakfast at your Ouarzazate hotel, our first stop is the remarkable ksar of Ait Ben Haddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This fortified complex showcases Berber craftsmanship with its adobe architecture seamlessly blending into the environment. Its excellent preservation has made it a sought-after film location, featured in productions like Game of Thrones and Lawrence of Arabia. 

Continuing our journey by road, we’ll soon begin the ascent into the High Atlas Mountains. Our next stop is the Kasbah of Telouet, another former residence of Thami El Glaoui, the Pasha of Marrakech. While it shares similarities with Taourirt, it boasts its own unique features.

As we approach the Tizi n’Tichka pass, you’ll be treated to breathtaking panoramic views. The High Atlas Mountains form an imposing natural barrier with snow-covered peaks for much of the year and quaint villages scattered across its slopes. From this point, we begin our descent toward Marrakech. You’ll arrive in the Red City in the afternoon, leaving you ample time for a leisurely stroll. During this initial exploration, you’ll experience the bustling energy and vibrant atmosphere of the medina, where your riad is conveniently located.

Summary of the seventh day

Day 8: Marrakech

Marrakech, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Morocco’s most popular city, beckons for a leisurely exploration with the assistance of a knowledgeable local guide. After enjoying breakfast at your riad and venturing into the medina, you’ll embark on a morning guided tour. During the guided tour, you’ll have the opportunity to explore several captivating sites, including the Koutoubia Mosque, the Saadian Tombs, the Ben Youssef Madrasa, and the Bahia Palace. Jemaa El-Fna Square is an absolute must-visit, having been designated as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.

In the afternoon, you’ll have free time to spend as you please. Some travelers opt to visit additional points of interest, such as museums or the Majorelle Gardens. Others prefer to immerse themselves in the bustling souks and local artisan shops, brimming with high-quality goods. In the evening, your charming riad will provide a well-deserved rest.

Summary of the eighth day

Day 9: Marrakech - Airport

9 days after landing in Casablanca, the trip comes to an end. After breakfast at the accommodation and check-out, it will be assessed if the flight schedule allows a final walk in Marrakech for last-minute shopping. In any case, our driver will pick you up punctually at the agreed time for the transfer to the airport. At the terminal, we will say goodbye with gratitude for the trust placed in us and with the hope of a new meeting to continue exploring other regions of interest in Morocco.

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9 days tour starting from Casablanca includes the following Activities:

In the 9 days that make up this trip in Morocco, we offer the necessary services to enjoy the experience:

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Do you have a question about this 9 days tour?

Feel free to reach out to us with any questions you may have about this trip, and we’ll be more than happy to create a personalized tour that caters specifically to your preferences. Your satisfaction is our priority, and we are here to ensure your travel experience is uniquely tailored to meet your needs.

What 9 days Morocco tour from Casablanca Can Offer You

We provide 9 days from Casablanca, so you may experience a country free of cliches, crowds, and restricted itineraries.

Experienced guides

9 days Morocco tour from Casablanca can be scheduled at any time, and we'll show you every turn and reveal its mysteries.

Flexible Cancellation

When canceling a reservation at least 4 days before check-in, visitors are entitled to a full refund under the Flexible Cancellation Policy. The first night of the stay will not be returned if a reservation is canceled less than 24 hours before check-in.

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Suitable for large groups

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The level of care has been superb from the start. Omar has been patiently waiting for us in Seville, paying close attention to every detail and giving us everything we needed. Mohamed met us at the airport and gave us a brief overview of our journey. Thanks to our driver's guidance, the private trip to Morocco was fantastic. He learned about the daily lives of the Berbers, the inhabitants of the desert, and the people in the towns we visited. The only drawback was the cold in the Hamas, but that is outside of their purview, and we were already protected from it. Likewise, the riad Ben Brahim was a discovery, well located with a Larbi who took great care of us, always with a smile. Thank you all for making the trip for us.


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I traveled all the way across Morocco with my partner. Everything was contracted through the agency, and Ahmed served as our driver for most of the journey. He adjusted to our needs, and one day when I was ill, he waited for a visit the next day to begin an hour earlier than planned. He assisted us with our needs, led us to eat at nice restaurants without overcharging us, and gave us some additional insight into the people's culture that we were meeting. It is true that it was made simple because both my girlfriend and I speak English, which is the language he speaks, but it has been about 1500km of good vibes, music, and laughter. Ask for him if you are looking for a trip of this type.


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