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12 Days Tour Marrakech via Desert to Imperial Cities

12 days tour from Marrakech - Imperial Cities & Sahara Desert

 During 12 days tour from Marrakech to Imperial Cities and Merzouga Desert including Casablanca – Rabat – Chefchaouen – Fez from Marrakech, you will appreciate the multiple beauties of Morocco from the North to the South and from the West to the East. At first glance you can admire the impressive architecture of the land of the great South, on the slopes of the Mountains and the verdant oasis; you will be taken by the impressive gorges of the Atlas and the austere beauty of the desert areas. Then you will cross the Middle Atlas and its overhanging massifs and you will discover one after the other, the imperial cities of Morocco, witnesses of the splendor of the Royal dynasties. Finally, you will discover Marrakech and its amazing gardens, the Koutoubia mosque minaret, the Saadies Tombs, and the Bahia Palace, many of which will be visited. we will end in beauty with the South Pearl: Marrakech.

12 Days tour Marrakech – Imperial Cities

+ Duration: 12 Days & 11 nights
+ Departure: 08:00 am
+ Starting location: Marrakech
+ Ending Location: Marrakech

12 Days tour Marrakech – Imperial Cities Highlights

+ visit Marrakech
+ Cross the High Atlas Mountains and its Tizi Ntichka pass
+ Visit the UNESCO world heritage site of Ait Ben Hadou 
+ Drive to Dades Gorges
+ Visit  The Todgha Gorges and drive across Erfoud To Desert
+ Ride a camel in Merzouga while assisting to 
+ Sleep under the stars in Erg Chebbi Sahara camp
+ discover Merzouga Desert and get to know nomads people and their cultures
+ drive through the Ziz valley To Fes
+ Visit Fez and get to know the beautiful places
+ Explore Volubilis and Meknes to Rabat
+ drive Through Casablanca and Visit Hassan 2 Mosque
+ Visit Essaouira

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What’s the best time to travel to Morocco?

actually, Morocco is perfect for travel all year. the best time to visit the Sahara desert is The spring season that runs from March to May it is the best time to visit the desert of Morocco so that this period is characterized by moderate and beautiful weather, and Morocco knows calm rains and warm weather and is comfortable for tourism and enjoy its beauty, in this period you can visit all the cities of Morocco from the north To the south, especially in the month of May, which gives you the freedom to choose the region you want to spend the holiday. in the summer the weather is very hot in the Desert of Morocco, so you will want warm weather here on the Atlantic coast.

What Gifts and Memories can you return from morocco?

As soon as you start walking in Morocco, you will think about which souvenir to buy for yourself or for the people you love. The worry, believe it, you will be spoiled for choice. Here are some tips to help you.

Handcrafted terracotta pottery
Wherever you go in the country, there will be shops selling handcrafted pottery items. Moroccans still use it today: they prepare their food in tagines, on terracotta braziers, and think that a real Moroccan couscous can only be served in a clay dish. You will find ashtrays, tagines-salad bowls-salt shakers, etc. There will be all sizes but the smallest are the most practical and often more affordable, The best pottery in the country comes from the city of Safi.

Clothes, hairstyles, and slippers.
Moroccan clothes are original and distinguished, Sellers usually wear them, You will be offered djellabas-Trousers-tunics of different cuts and fabrics, embroidered or without patterns. You’ll notice that the style differs from region to region. The gandouras would be a better option: there are for men and women, take the color that speaks to you, it is elegant, comfortable, and light. Don’t forget to take the slippers that go with it, you can always use them as slippers at home. Typical Moroccan slippers are made entirely of leather, so avoid those with plastic soles.

what is the currency of Morocco?
The official currency in circulation, which is used in the Kingdom of Morocco, is the currency of the Moroccan dirham, and it can be abbreviated as (MAD), and it is also the currency that is circulated in the Western Sahara region, and one dirham is made of one hundred divisions of the denomination of sub-denomination of sub The responsibility for the issuance and circulation of the currency in Morocco with its different classes and varieties (paper and metal) by the Moroccan Central Bank, and given the Moroccan currency price against the dollar, the US dollar is equivalent to the value of 9.6560 of the dirham for one dirham, according to the exchange rate for the dirham Two thousand and nineteen.

are the lunches included in Our private Tour?
the lunches don’t include in all our tours, There will be plenty of cafes on the way to the Sahara desert where to stop for lunch. Please feel free to choose on your own, or follow your driver’s recommendation if you wish.

Is it safe to travel to Morocco?

yes, Morocco is one of the safest countries in the world, you won’t afraid about anything Morocco will make you happy.

what kind of clothes are in Morocco?

Moroccan traditional dress is the group of traditional and popular garments that Moroccans have preserved and still preserved for centuries, as it is evident that they cling to various traditional garments, especially in weddings and religious occasions, whether old or young, male or female. There is no doubt that the traditional costume is an integral part of the heritage, and heritage is one of the essential elements for the construction of civilization, it is necessary for the development of civilization, as the traditional costume is a tool for defining nations and a symbol for their distinctiveness and uniqueness and is the best witness to the degree of their awareness and the diversity of successive civilizations.

Can I customize my trip?

yes, you can do it, Contact us and tell us where will you start and end, Our team will help you with your request.

What are popular dishes in Morocco?

The Kingdom of Morocco, like other countries in the region, is characterized by many of its popular dishes or those that were the product of pollination of some civilizations whose name has long been associated with the Kingdom’s name. In this report, we will know the most prominent of these dishes that Moroccans excelled in cooking.

Couscous … the food that is not missing from the table

Morocco is famous for its barbarian couscous food, which dates back to the time of BC. Couscous is divided into two types in the kingdom: couscous with vegetables or “seven vegetables” as Moroccans like to call it, while the second type is couscous “with raisins” or “with enough” depending on the region, and is considered Couscous is the main dish on Friday, and you can only find it on the lunch table.

“Tangia” .. Marrakech food

No one can visit the city of “Marrakech” unless it is eaten from the “Tangia” dish of the famous Jamaâ El Fna Square. This dish, which the city of “Red City” is famous for, consists of veal, ghee, olive oil, and free saffron filaments, in addition to spices. Moroccan and water.

Moroccan tajin

It is the most famous traditional Moroccan dish besides couscous, which comes from the Arab Maghreb and especially Morocco, and this dish is also very common in Algeria and Tunisia, but according to many studies it is of Berber origin.

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Carlos wrote a review ( April 2020 )
12 days tourv Marrakech to Merzouga desert

I chose Marrakech Tour Company because of the great reviews. They did not disappoint. From the start, my requests for information were met with detailed questions followed by suggested routes and timely responses. It seemed like these people never slept because they always responded quickly. They listened to what I wanted to achieve and then we decided that a personalized tour would meet our needs. The accommodation, the food, and the vehicle were first class. Best of all, we had Hassan, one of the directors of the company, as our guide. We were 2/3 of the way when the borders were closed due to COVID-19. We decided to stay in Morocco because changing the date of our departure flight became impossible. We felt safe and didn’t want to risk getting caught in the crowds of airports and airplanes. It was the best decision since our time in isolation here was a positive experience. Hassan treats us like his extended family and keeps in touch to make sure he is always there for us 24/7. We came to find out that this is the Moroccan way. If you decide to visit the country, an incredible experience awaits you, a feast for the eyes and full of people who welcome foreigners with delicious food and generous hearts. Morocco should be on everyone’s wish list once the borders reopen. It offers good value for money and will provide unique experiences.

Stane wrote a review ( April 2020 )
12 days tour Marrakech via Sahara desert to Imperial cities

We had a wonderful time on a 12 days tour from Marrakech to Imperial Cities with a group of 8 for a bus tour (which was the best of its kind) from a stay in a desert oasis, the picturesque covered mountainous city snow of Ifrane, views on the way and finally return to Marrakech. Along the way we were guided by one of the owners, who took great care to ensure that our stay and experience was the best possible, organizing the best accommodation for us and making sure that even the smallest detail is taken care of. In, especially when we informed one of our friends about his birthday, Said made sure that special arrangements were made on short notice with cakes and celebrations at the riad we stayed at. Overall one of the best experiences we have had and we cannot recommend enough trips to Morocco for the care they provide to their clients and to ensure that even the smallest details are looked at. I will definitely be back!

Luise H wrote a review ( April 2020 )
12 days tour Marrakech Imperial cities

Is a very nice agency good and professional guide Hassan in the desert and in other places wonderful city and places of great suggestion hope visit again this country magic and go again with this agency thanks Hassan.

Intinerary 12 days tour Marrakech - Imperial Cities via desert

Day 1: Marrakesh

Pick up at Marrakech airport. Transfer to the Riad. Visit the city and its famous DJeema el Fna square. Dinner and accommodation in Riad

Day 2: The Visiting of Marrakech

In the morning, visit Marrakech, founded by the Almoravids in the 11th century. We highlight the Koutoubia minaret, a symbol of the city and authentic jewel of Almohad art, the Saadies Tombs, the Bahia Palace, the Medina, and the famous Jemaá el Fná square, where a multitude of vendors, acrobats, and storytellers. Free afternoon.

Day 3: Marrakech - High Atlas - Kasbah de Ait Ben Haddou - Ouarzazate - Dadés Valley

Pick up at 8 in the morning in Riad where they are staying in Marrakech to go to the High Atlas mountains, Moroccan Atlas sub-mountain range crossing the Port of Tizi-NTichka, where we will make several stops to appreciate its beautiful panoramic views and take out photos of the Berber villages that camouflage themselves with the color of the earth. Then we go south to reach the fortified town of Ait Ben Haddou or Fortified City, declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1986. In this spectacular setting, countless films have been filmed as well known as Lawrence of Arabia, The Mummy, Gladiator, Obelix, Jewel of the Nile … etc. We will have lunch in the town to continue towards Ouarzazate, known as the great door of the desert, and whose Berber name means without noise or without confusion. It should be noted it’s kasbah or Alcazaba whose name is Tourist. We will continue to the Valley of the Roses passing through the Grand Palm Grove of Skoura where we can admire the more than 700 palm trees and the great concentration of kasbah that spread throughout the oasis and its surroundings, later we will arrive at the Valley of Roses, as its name indicates is a beautiful place where the most beautiful damask roses are grown to make cosmetic products such as the much appreciated rose water. In this Valley once a year and in May the Museum de Las Rosas is held. We will arrive at the Dadés Valley where we will spend the night.

Day 4: Dades Valley - Gorges of Todra - Dunes of Merzouga - Night in the tent

After breakfast, we can enjoy one of the best views of the Dadés Valley. We will do it from one of the most strategic places that the mountains offer us. From there we will be able to observe the amount of kasbah that exists and the picturesqueness of each one of them. After making several stops along the way, we will arrive at the Gorges of Todra. Located near the city of Tineghir, they give way to the desert. Surrounded by a valley full of palm trees and adobe villages, here are the mountains most appreciated by lovers of climbing. These Todra and Dades faults are the best known and also the most impressive in Morocco.
After a walk in the Gorges of Todra and lunch in Tinejdad or Touroug, we leave for the desert to reach the impressive dunes of Merzouga where we will depart in a caravan of dromedaries for a journey of approximately an hour to reach our nomadic Khaimas, Located in the middle of a sea of ​​dunes (Erg Chebbi), we take the opportunity to see one of the most impressive sunsets that you have never seen before. Dinner and night in nomadic Khaimas in the heart of the desert under a spectacular blanket of stars.

Day 5: Merzouga Desert - Nomadic Families - Khamlia Village - Erg Chebbi Tour

Today will be a day of Total Desert. We will wake up before sunrise to watch the sunrise from the Great Dune. Return by dromedaries to the town of Merzouga. After a hearty and rich breakfast, we will circle the dunes of the Erg Chebbi, an extension of the sand desert where the Great Dune of Morocco is located, over 250 meters high, and we will connect by track with part of the route followed by the old Paris -Dakar and the mountains that border Algeria in the background. Stop at the Tissardmin oasis where we can find Fossil races that are still in this region and we will continue towards a nomadic settlement where we will know some of its secrets and customs. Later stop at a panoramic point where we can see the Erg Chebbi as a whole. We will arrive at the village of Khamlia, originally from Mali, where we will relax with a tea while enjoying a small concert of spiritual music from Gnawa. Return to the hotel and free afternoon to stroll through the town or climb the nearby dunes to take advantage of the sunset. Dinner and accommodation in the Hotel.

Day 6: Merzouga Desert - Ziz Valley - Middle Atlas - Cedar Forest - Ifrane - Fez

Once ready, we will head north through the Palm Grove of Tafilalet where, we can see the infinity of palm trees in 20km, making it one of the largest palm groves in the world. Crossing it we will arrive at the Ziz Valley, the name that it receives from the river that comes down from the High Atlas and that feeds the palm grove. Here we will make a stop to observe the Valley from above and see the town of Aoufous. Stop planned in Midelt, right in the heart of the atlas, to rest for a while and have lunch. In the afternoon we will continue our way through the Cedar Forest where if we are lucky, we can find some monkeys, without stopping by Ifrane, located on the most northwestern slope of the Middle Atlas, at 1,630 meters above sea level. The breadth of its avenues, its urban development, its impeccable state of cleanliness, its gardens and green areas and above all its architecture, more typical of an Alpine city, makes Ifrane feel out of place within Morocco and has earned the nickname of (Moroccan Switzerland) where the Michlifen ski slope is located, one of the most important slopes in the world. Arrival in Fes around 6 pm, dinner and accommodation in Riad.

Day 7: Visit of the Medina and the Monuments of Fez

After a rich breakfast in the Riad, we begin our guided tour of the new part of the city of Fes, where we approach the royal palace, Jewish neighborhood (Mellah), then we will go to a viewpoint where we can see all of Medina from the Tower. from the south and the few Mosques. Then we had to walk the medina, declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site. Its labyrinthine alleys structured by guilds of potters, dyers, … etc, the bustle of its people will transport you centuries ago. We will note that it is a medieval city and that time has stopped on the clock la ’la Magana Bounania’ ’1200 years after its construction. A marvel! Dinner and accommodation in Riad.

Day 8 - FES - Volubilis - Meknes - Rabat

Breakfast. Departure to the Roman ruins of Volubilis, continuation to Meknès, visit of the city, linked to the name of Moulay Ismail, the great sultan of the Alouita dynasty. Visit of the walled Medina of the city, the Bab Mansour gate and the Hedim square. Lunch and departure to Rabat, the administrative capital of the country. Dinner and accommodation.

Day 9- Rabat - Casablanca - Marrakech

After breakfast, panoramic tour of the exterior of the Royal Palace and its gardens. Departure to Casablanca. Lunch and panoramic visit of the economic capital of the country, visiting the exterior of the Hassan II Mosque and a short tour to see the most emblematic points of the city, such as the Boulevard de la Corniche, the Park of Nations and the Mohamed square V. Departure to Marrakech. Dinner and accommodation.

Day 10: Marrakech -Essaouira

after our breakfast, departure to Essaouira, a coastal city passing through the Argan valley, arriving at Essaouira. It is full of small squares, walls, fortifications and historical monuments. A nice and strange set, a historical and cultural heritage. The three most characteristic features of the city are crafts, culture and traditions. Its cultural heritage is deeply rooted and turns towards the future, a city where everything mixes and bewitches everyone who visits it. Night in Essaouira.

Day 11: Essaouira - Marrakech

After breakfast Visit Its medina has been listed as a World Heritage Site since 2001, a city of wind and light. Their appearance can bring to mind the image of the “white villages” of Andalusia. Nicknames such as: “The Pearl of the Atlantic”, “Sleeping Beauty” and “The well kept” have been attributed to him. It is a meeting place with inner peace, where for centuries, there has been a crossbreeding of cultures, civilizations and religions, such as Phoenicians, Romans, Berbers, Carthaginians, Portuguese and French. Return in the afternoon to Marrakech.


Transfer to the airport depending on the flight time and end of our 12 days tour Marrakech – Imperial Cities.

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What's included: in 12 days tour Marrakech to Merzouga desert

+ the hotels/riads
+ transportation with air condition
+ an English guide/driver
+ accommodations
+ camel trekking per person & the overnight at the camp with dinner and breakfast

What's not included: in 12 days tour Marrakech to Merzouga desert

the lunches with the drinks
entrance fees

Our desert family
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Our experience with Said as a host has been wonderful. Starting with the facilities, camp with all the luxuries you need to feel like you are at home. Helpful and pleasant staff. We made a fairly complete excursion, we visited mineral mines, a nomadic family that invited us to tea, and the Khamlia village with their Gnawa music, all adorned with music and laughter that has made us live great moments. Without a doubt an experience to repeat! Thank you so much! we are happy to write these Testimonials on Morocco desert tours to keep Our love for the Marrakech tour Company. we will come back soon.
Silvia S
Silvia S
Incredible experience!!
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I went with my husband and daughters to Casablanca and Merzouga from Marrakech, on a private tour organized by Hassan’s company and it was fantastic. Our times and preferences were contemplated, the guide Said was extremely friendly, polite, and informed. In the desert we had a great time, Mohamed and Ibrahim took care of everything in the Tents, which were very comfortable. Excellent and abundant food. Recommended as a unique experience. Silvia S.
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An unforgettable experience. Hassan, our driver, is a wonderful person. He was attentive to us the 6 days that our tour lasted (Marrakech – Merzouga – Casablanca). He cared that we were comfortable, at ease in his land. From his own nomadic experience, he will tell you stories of his life and that of his friends, you will learn how Morocco works, you will eat like a Berber and you will feel at home. You can stop wherever you want, you just have to ask! It will advise you where to buy things to avoid scams or scams. You will learn their language, and by the light of the stars, you will play and dance Amazigh music in the middle of the desert. We forgot a backpack and jacket in the desert and another driver brought it to us at the airport, without asking us for anything. We are leaving the desert with many memories and friends, that without a doubt, we hope to see again. Said, Hassan, Mohamed, Ali... marrakech to Merzouga desert 6 days
Welcome, Mama Africaaa
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We went to Merzouga on our own in a rental car. An hour before arriving we saw the advertisement for Hassan’s camp on Airbnb and we didn’t hesitate to book with him. He contacted us instantly, he sent us the coordinates of the hotel in Merzouga and he and the boys waited for us to take us where the camels were waiting. From the first moment, they treated us like lifelong friends and made us feel part of the desert. Although we booked in the standard camp, they installed us in the superior one because there was space there, without asking for anything in return. And what a camp, it’s better than a 5-star hotel, with private bathrooms, hot shower, new duvets, and blankets … And the food even better, the best dinner and breakfast of our trip to Morocco. I will recommend Said and the boys to all the friends who want to visit the desert because they are wonderful people who make it an unforgettable experience. We will always carry them in our hearts, and we will surely return. Mama Africaaa !! Our Testimonials Morocco desert tours to Marrakech tour Company, we thank you so much for Everything.
Discovering Morocco
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I think I cannot describe my experience in words ... it has been a magical trip, special, I have discovered a country with some incredible people, I only have words of infinite thanks, Hassan, Said, and your friends, you have treated us like yours family, you have made us live a most authentic and beautiful experience, you are beautiful people that I am infinitely grateful to have met you on this path, I will undoubtedly come back to visit you, to sit next to you, to make you feel that way and to continue discovering that beautiful country! A little piece of yours is already in my heart forever! "Testimonials Morocco desert tours"
Teresa G
Teresa G
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It has been an excellent trip, from minute one, our guide could not be better, as a person, attentive, polite and above all very good driver. The desert experience is magnificent, the night in the unbeatable camp, the expectacular hotel in the desert. Totally recommendable. We will repeat with you of course and we will recommend you to 100 and 100. A pleasure to have made the trip with you. A hug to the whole team.
Carina M
Carina M
My vacation days
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2 years ago they passed me the contact of this boy, I always looked at his page and I never decided on Marrakech. One day I wrote to him and asked him about his tours and Hassan did not hesitate at any time to marvel at his country. As soon as I explained, I told him to prepare a 7-day tour and that was all we talked about until Q arrived. It has been a vacation where curiosity was above me and this wonderful family filled my soul with things and feelings Q was fading, seeing the reality of life and life is very simple, and being happy depends on how you decide to live it. In summary, I found how I say my Sahara family. And in no time I will return to visit the north. See you soon...
Morocco desert tours with HASSAN AND SAID
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My boy and I were a little over a week ago making a route through southern Morocco. We have Hassan, who helped us a lot to organize it and be able to visit the best in the days we had and the area we wanted to see, without a doubt, a discovery. We had never been to this incredible country, and it left us totally impressed, even with certain cultural differences, we are very similar. Said accompanied us everywhere, telling us stories of the places and giving us time to enjoy each place, he behaved like a true traveling companion. Then we met Hassan in the desert, who hosted our stay there, concerned that we were comfortable at all times. He gave us a walk that was the icing on the cake in our desert experience, so much so that we can't wait to go back and dedicate every day to the dunes !! Thank you very much for everything, traveling with people like you makes the experience even better !! We will return without a doubt !!

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