Imperial Cities & Sahara Desert

The Imperial Cities and the Sahara Desert tour will give you the chance to discover the culture of one of the oldest kingdoms in the world, with a great diversified artistic heritage of Berbers, Arabs, Jews... Get to know the most important imperial cities of Morocco: explore Marrakech, its monuments, gardens and its crazy street markets, discover the fascinating old Medina of Fez with a local guide, and visit Meknes, Rabat and Casablanca.

Ride camels across the Sahara alongside Berber cameleers and sleep in tents nestled among golden sand dunes, explore old fortified kasbahs and palm oases in southern Morocco, learn about the Berber culture, the lifestyle of the nomads and more..

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9 Days
Shared Group Size
8 pax
Service Level
Start Location
End Location

Arrival in Marrakech

Your private driver will meet you at the Airport and take you to your hotel. Check in to your Hotel and free afternoon to spend at your leisure. It's possible to book an orientation walk with one of our guides.

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Accommodation:Palm Menara Hotel (or similar)
Meals included:No meals included.
Transportation:Private Vehicule

      Marrakech City Tour

      Embark on a half day guided city tour of Marrakech with a licensed guide and visit the Saadian Tombs, Medrasa Ben Youssef, tour the grounds of the Bahia Palace, marvel at the intricate decoration, and experience the sights and sounds of the bustling Jemaa el-Fnaa square and its souks. You will have free afternoon to spend at your leisure. Check optional activities below.

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      Accommodation:Palm Menara Hotel (or similar)
      Meals included:breakfast
      Transportation:Private Vehicle
        • Dinner Show
          60 € per personDuration: 3h

          Enjoy an incredible evening of entertainment at Chez Ali Resort on the outskirts of Marrakech. Experience the sights and sounds of musicians and

        • Majorelle Garden
          12 € per personDuration: 1h

          Visit Majorelle Garden, follow the pathways through trees, exotic plants, streams, and pools while watching the numerous birds who call this peac

        Marrakech - Rabat

        Your driver picks you up at 8 AM from your hotel/riad in Marrakech, and start driving north leaving the ochre city behind. Arrive to the commercial capital of Morocco, Casablanca and make a short visit to the splendid Hassan II Mosque, a stunning and breathtaking landmark of Casablanca with the tallest minaret at 210 m. Afterwards, we will go for lunch in one of the restaurant in the beach promenade of the coastal Ain Diab, which is sometimes referred to as Morocco's Miami. After lunch, we will depart to Rabat the political capital of Morocco for the night, with time to explore the town. Visit Rabat's old Medina, Oudaya Kasbah, a UNESCO World Heritage. Walk through its beautiful narrow streets and small blue, white homes. Then visit the Chella Necropolis where the Roman and Islamic ruins lie side by side whispering endless stories of past centuries. See the Hassan Tower and other sites.

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        Accommodation:Riad Zyo (or similar)
        Meals included:breakfast
        Transportation:Private Vehicle
        • Rabat Guided Visit
          Duration: 2h

          Embark on a guided tour of Rabat and visit the Mausoleum of Mohamed V, the Hassan Tower, Kasbah Chellah and Oudaya Gardens.

        • Hassan II Mosque
          13 € per personDuration: 1h

          Join a morning tour and marvel at the fine artisanship: hand-carved stone and wood, intricate marble floor detailing, and gilded ceilings.

        Rabat - Fes

        After breakfast we will leave the coastal capital city of Rabat  where the treasures of the past blend with the most modern and environmentally friendly achievements behind us we will travel to Meknes. Afterwars we will drive eastwards straight to Meknes, the capital of Moulay Ismaïl (16 C). Visit the city's monuments, like El Hdim Square, Bab Lakhmiss and Bab Mansour, which are among the most beautiful gates in Morocco. Also visit the former Royal Stables and the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail. Lunch in Meknes. After lunch, we will drive to Fes. Its Medina is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, often considered the country's cultural capital, it is made up of two old medina quarters, Fes el Bali and Fes el Jdid; besides, lies and  la ville moderne, constructed during the French colonial era (1912-1956).

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        Accommodation:Riad Dar D'Or (or similar)
        Meals included:breakfast
        Transportation:Private Vehicle
        • Guided visit of Meknes
          Duration: 2h

          Embark on a half day guided tour of Meknes, Learn about Bab Mansour, Bab Khemis, El Heri es-Souan, huge granaries and stables built by Moulay Ism

          Fes Guided Visit

          Meet your guide in your Riad/Hotel at 09am and start the visit of “the oldest living Medina in the world”. Start at the gateway of the Royal Palace and the Blue Gate " Bab Boujloud ".  Explore the twisting streets of the old Medina, Madrasa Bounania, the elegant Nejjarine Fountain & Musuem and the pungent Chouara Tannery...

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          Accommodation:Riad Dar D'Or (or similar)
          Meals included:breakfast
          Transportation:Private Vehcile
          • Explore Fes
            Duration: 6h

            Lose yourself in the charm of the Fez Medina, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, explore the twisting streets of the old Medina, the elegant Nejjarine

          • Cooking Class Fes
            85 € per person

            Cook yourself either lunch or dinner on this course in Fez that teaches you how to prepare Moroccan cuisine. 

          Fes - Merzouga

          Fez has a special atmosphere. This 13th-century city is an imperial city of long-lasting multicultural history, that reserves unexpected surprises for its visitors. Travel south, passing in Ifrane, "the little Swizerland," where the houses have sloping, remarkable and unusual roofs. A 15 minutes stop to stretch your legs, drink a cup of coffee. We will continue south, cross the majestic Middle Atlas, then stop for a while to observe the Barbary apes in the Oak and the Cedar Forest. Afterwards, we drive to Midelt, "the apple city," relishing the nearby Moulouya River. Here you will have about an hour for lunch before your continue your adventure to the Sahara Desert of Merzouga. Later on, we will cross Tizi n'Talghamt pass ( 1907 ) and into the Ziz Valley, known for its hidden oases and palm tree clusters. Along the road, you will see many fortified houses known as ksars—built to protect precious wares, including gold, salt, and spices, to Erfoud and into the Sahara Desert. Erfoud is famous for its fossil finds, worked into beautiful artifacts, that give you the feeling of the beginning of the Saharan oasis of Tafilalet and its immense arid plateaus. Continue your journey to the Sahara Desert of Merzouga. Your camels are waiting for you at the edge of the golden dunes, the luggage will be loaded in an 4x4 car and transported to the camp, and you enjoy a beautiful camel ride over the sand dunes, and contempt the majestic desert sunset on your way to the camp. After an hour on camels, you will arrive at the camp where you will enjoy a Berber dinner, and sleep in tents with en suite bathroom. After a delicious meal, fire will be lit and a festive ambiance takes over with musical plays by the staff and cameleers under the starry night of the Desert.

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          Accommodation:Pueblo Touareg (or similar)
          Meals included:breakfast | dinner
          Transportation:Private Vehicle | Camel ride
            • Sandboarding
              10 € per personDuration: 1h

              Hire a sandboard and experience the thrills and spills of sandboarding the massive dunes.

            • 4x4 to The Camp

              If the camel ride is not for you, you have the option to go to and return from the camp by 4×4.

            Merzouga - Dades Gorge

            Wake up in the sunrise for lovely pictures, and breakfast in the open air in the camp, then ride the camels back to meet your driver again at the edge of the dunes. Continue west to pass through a dramatic gate into Rissani; a market town, which holds a livestock auction and is home to a "donkey parking lot." Rissani is a site worth experiencing. Make your way to the oasis town of Tinerhir before reaching the 984 feet (300 m) deep in Todra Gorge. You will have time to explore the gorge with a local guide and relax in the cool water of the shallow Todra River for lunch. Leave Tinghir behind and take the route to the scenic and to one of the most picturesque valleys in Morocco, Dades Valley. We will Head up to Dades gorges, enjoying beautiful Rock formations (called the monkey feet) and fortified Kasbahs scenery along the Dades River. Arrive to the hotel where you will be welcomed with mint tea. Dinner and overnight in Dades Valley.

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            Accommodation:Riad Rihana Tamlalte (or similar)
            Meals included:breakfast | dinner
            Transportation:Private Vehicle
            • Todra Gorge Guided Walk

              Embark in a guided walk in Todra valley and Gorge to stretch your legs and get a glimpse of a daily life in berber villages.

            • Visit Rissani
              freeDuration: 30min

              Stop at Risani to visit Donkey parking, Sheep and animal market, Date market, grains market, Berber Pharmacy and others.  Get in a capsule to get

            Dades Gorge - Marrakech

            After breakfast we will follow the road of 1000 kasbahs drive around the colourful Berber villages, enjoy beautiful Rock formations (Called the monkey feet) and fortified Kasbahs scenery along the Dades river. Follow the track raod crossing the Valley of Roses with its Kasbah and ksours. In this part, you can see very nice landscapes before you get to Kallaa Mgouna, known for its Festival of Roses, here you can see extensively cultivated farmland bordered with fragrant rose bushes. Continue west to Ouarzazate, passing the palme groves of Skoura. Upon Arrival to Ouarzazate you can join a studio tour and discover how the nearby desert landscapes have been featured in many films. Have lunch in one of the local restaurants. After lunch, drive to the nearby Aït Benhaddou, and go on a walk with a local guide, crossing the river to the other side to discover the fortified ksar with its beautiful Kasbahs, climb to the top of the hill through the ancient alleys of Ait-ben-Haddou. At the end of the afternoon, gain some elevation and head into the magnificent High Atlas Mountains crossing the Tizi n'Tichka pass (at 2260 m). Several stops to appreciate the panoramic views and to take pictures.

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            Accommodation:Palm Menara Hotel (or similar)
            Meals included:breakfast
            Transportation:Private Vehicle
            • Ait Ben Haddou
              Duration: 1h

              Go on a walk with a local guide crossing the river to the other side to discover The Ksar and climb to the top of the hill through the alleys of

            • Taourirt Kasbah
              5 € per personDuration: 30min

              Take a guided tour of the historic structure to explore its endless chambers and stairwells, discover the carvings and decor of the palace interi

            • Film Studio
              8 € per personDuration: 30min

              Join a film studio tour and visit the cinema Musuem to learn more about the filmmaking process and the history of the area.

            Depart Marrakech

            Depending on the time of your departure flight, you may be able to do some last-minute sightseeing( Majorelle Garden, Anima Garden...), get some souvenirs before your leave to the airport.

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            Meals included:breakfast
            Transportation:Private Vehicle
              • Hot Air Balloon Flights in Marrakech
                194 € per personDuration: 5h

                Discover the earth from the sky and let yourself be gently carried by the winds, in the silence of the wide open spaces. Choose preferably a flig

              • Hammam & Spa
                60 € per personDuration: 2h

                Treat yourself to the purifying steam of a hammam ritual. Authentic Moroccan products such as Argon oil, beldi black soap and rhassoul mud add to

              What's Included

              • Transport in a private air-conditioned 4×4; Toyota Prado Tx+ fuel
              • Pick up from and drop-off at your hotel or Riad in Marrakesh
              • Experienced & professional English speaking driver
              • Accommodation in air-conditioned rooms/suites with private bathroom
              • The night in a luxury desert camp in Erg Chebbi with private toilet and shower
              • Accommodation at selected good and centrally located 4 * hotels /Riads
              • Breakfast is daily included
              • Dinner at hotels in the Desert Camp and the hotel in Dades Gorge
              • Water in Car during transfers
              • Services of a professional qualified Driver/Guide and Private air-conditioned vehicles during all tours and transfers.
              • Services of a professional qualified English speaking guide during all Sightseeing’s in Imperial cities.(Marrakech, Meknes and Fes)
              • Entrance fees for all sights visited during the program
              • Camera and video cameras fees if applicable
              • All local taxes
              • International flights to and from Morocco
              • Domestic flights in Morocco
              • Moroccan visa arrangement (not required for EU citizenship)
              • Meals other than those mentioned above
              • Drinks to meals
              • All other services which are not mentioned above.
              • Personal expenses are such as laundry, telephone, drinks etc....
              • Tips for guide/ Driver- Tips at Restaurants / Porterage at Hotel and Airport
              • Travel insurance (*)