11 Days Moroccan Coastal Tour From Casablanca To Essaouira Via Desert :
If you are looking to escape the frantic actvity of the Imperial Cities and looking for blue skies over emerald waters…touring the Southern Atlantic coast will be your dream come true. The entire coastline offers panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean. The road from Casablanca to Agadir has an unexpected surprise around every turn, miles of pristeen deserted beaches and many of them a surfer’s delight. In between these two cities is charming Essaouira, one of the most enchanting places in all of Morocco. Following the coast slightly inland you will arrive at Tiznit, which holds the famous silver artisans that cannot be missed. As you make your way through the Anti-Atlas you will experience the mysterious landscapes of Tafraoute and Tarouant and end your captivating journey in Marrakech.
|DEPARTURE TIME||Please arrive by 8:15 AM for a prompt departure at 8:30 AM.|
|RETURN TIME||Approximately 6:30 PM.|
|DESTINATION||Essaouira Via Desert|
|DURATION||11 Days / 10 Nights|
|DRESS CODE||Casual, comfortable athletic clothing, hat and sun glaces|
DAY 1 : ARRIVAL TO CASABLANA
DAY 2 : Chefchaouen, Dar Chefchaouen
DAY 3 : Chefchaouen, Dar Chefchaouen
DAY 4 : Fes – Riad Tafilalat
DAY 5 : Fes – Riad Tafilalat
DAY 6 : Erfoud – La Rose du Desert
After breakfast we will leave Erfoud and visit an old Kasbah where some of the locals still inhabit. We will visit the Fabrique of the Fossils and the see the trilobites that are preserved within the granite, if anyone from your party wishes, otherwise we will head to the L’hein Kasbah. You will have a unique opportunity to have lunch at the home of your Driver, Aziz. His family will welcome you to Morocco. After lunch with the family we head towards the majestic Sahara Desert, we will visit the small town of Rissanni and then on to Merzouga. As we drive towards the golden dunes you will experience the wonders of the dunes of the Sahara. You will have time to choose the perfect camel for your ride into the dunes and catch the breathtaking sunset at the top of the dunes. Enjoy a Moroccan dinner in the middle of the dunes and listen to drumming under the moon and stars of the desert sky. Stay overnight in a comfortable tent/bivouc, then rise early next morning, and view the spectacular sunrise. You will be guided to the dunes with Bivouc Tomboktu. Ride your camel back to the hotel for breakfast.
DAY 8 : Merzouga – Kasbah Tomboktu
DAY 9 : Dades Gorge – Hotel Babylon
After breakfast we will leave the Sahara towards Dades Gorge and will take a detour to explore the Todra Gorge – the Grand Canyon of the Sahara. At Boumaine-du-Dades, encounter the dry rugged Dades Valley, dotted with oasis of figs, olives, date palms and with castellated mud houses hugging the slopes. Relax at the riad before dinner.
DAY 10 : Ouarzazate – Riad Ksar Ilane
After breakfast we will leave Boumaine Dades and drive towards Ouarzazate. We will cross the Valley of 1000 Kasbahs and follow the ancient caravan route from many years ago. We will visit Dades Gorge, a stunning mountain oasis, featuring a riverside terrace lush with palm trees. We will pass through the Valley of the Roses and stop to walk through the oasis of rose plants. You will have plenty of time to visit the local shops that carry various rose products. We will stop at the small town of Kalat Magoona which hosts the Rose Festival that begins on May 6th. Ouarzazate is located at the gateway to the desert, it was founded in 1928 as a military garrison during French protectorate. We will tour one of the main attractions, Tiourirt Kasbah, former palace of Glaoui, Pasha of Marrakech in the 19th century.
DAY 11 : Essaouira – Maison du Sud
Today we have an early departure. After breakfast we will start our drive from Ourzazate to Essaouira, across the High Atlas Mountains, it is approximately 7 hrs drive with plenty of stops along the way to stretch and see the sights. Along the way we will visit Ait Benhaddou Kasbah, a Unesco Heritage Site. We will have lunch along the way and continue on to the quaint seaside village of Essaouira. When you arrive to your Riad and have a chance to relax and have dinner in the medina.