8 Days tour from Casablanca to the Desert – Morocco Travel


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Morocco Itinerary tour from Casablanca – 8 Days

8-day desert tour from Casablanca, Overview

This 8 days tour from Casablanca is one of the greatest adventures that you can ever have in Morocco. You will travel from Casablanca to Marrakech, but you will first cross the capital city ‘Rabat’ and discover Fez City. Visit the UNESCO heritage site ‘Volubilis’ and the famous gate of Bab Mansour in Meknes. Also, you will spend two nights in the golden desert of Merzouga and visit the Holywood of Africa ‘Ouarzazate’. After you enjoy exploring the Medina of Marrakech, you head back to Casablanca.

8-day desert tour from Casablanca – Highlights

  • Visit the Hassan II mosque in Casablanca.
  • See the Hassan Tower in Rabat.
  • Visit the UNESCO site Volubilis.
  • Take pictures at the famous gate of Bab Mansour in Meknes.
  • Explore the Karouine Mosque in Fes.
  • Visit the filming studios in Ouarzazate.
  • Admire the Koutoubia Minaret in Marrakech

Detailed Itinerary for the 8 days tour from Casablanca

Day 1: Casablanca – Rabat – Meknes – Fez

You will start your 8 days tour from Casablanca, the economic capital, to Fez and continue through beautiful landscapes. First of all, you will reach the town of Volubilis, which is home to the famous Roman ruins of the southernmost outpost of the Roman Empire. It also was selected as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Not far from Volubilis, you will arrive in Meknes the seat of the first Arab dynasty built by Moulay Ismail. You will visit the famous gate of Bab Mansur, the entrance to Moulay Ismail’s palace, and near the quarter of El’hdim. It then leads to the water store Sahrij Suani, stables, and garrison. Arrive in Fez and check in to your hotel for a night’s stay.

Day 2: Discovery tour of Fez

After breakfast, a private guided tour to discover Fez, one of the imperial cities in Morocco. Your local guide will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the most attractions and must-see sights of this ancient city. Visit the golden gates of the Royal Palace, stroll through the Fes E’lbali (Old medina), and see Medrasat El Bou Ananias, Nejarine Fountain, Karawin Mosque, one of the essential Islamic cultural centers and home to Fez University (the oldest university in the world), Moulay Idriss’s Mausoleum is to be discovered. Of course, we cannot forget the Mellah, a Jewish quarter of Fez, the tannery quarter, and the crafts guilds. A delicious free lunch will be served on the day. An overnight stay awaits you.

Day 3: Fez – Midelt – Merzouga

You start your 8 days tour from Casablanca with the Morocco4X4 team and depart Fez for the Merzouga desert via Ifrane and the cedar forests of Azrou, home to wild monkeys. This will be an excellent opportunity to take pictures for souvenirs. Lunch in Zaida, a small Berber village. Continue your journey through the Atlas Mountains, enjoying the Midelt landscape, until you reach the capital city of the region Errachidia. From there, you will take the road to the Merzouga desert. Upon arrival, we will check into a hotel for an overnight stay. 

Day 4: Erg Chebbi 4×4 tour – camel rides in the desert and overnight

After breakfast and showers at the hotel, we will go for a journey around the Erg Chebbi dunes, visit one of the Berber families and listen to Gnawa music. We will visit an abandoned mine, Berber nomads, and a palm tree oasis. Return to Merzouga in the late afternoon. After lunch and a relaxing time, we will prepare ourselves for the camel ride. We will attend the breathtaking sunset over the high dunes and spend the night in a camp enjoying the Berber Gnawa music under the starry sky.

Day 5: Merzouga – Ouarzazate

After watching the panoramic sunrise on camels in Merzouga, we take a shower and have breakfast before setting off on our journey to visit the nomadic villages in the region of the desert before leaving for Ouarzazate, known as the African Studio. You will discover this gate of the Sahara and spend the night at one of its hotels.

Day 6: Ouarzazate – Marrakech

After the usual breakfast around 8 am, you will visit the Kasbah Ait Benhaddou, famous for being the location for Hollywood films such as Game of Thrones, Gladiator, and Lawrence of Arabia. Ait Benhaddou also is a UNESCO world heritage site. Later, you will cross the Tizi-n-Tichka pass, the highest pass in Morocco, and maybe in the whole of Africa to reach the red city of Marrakech. 

Day 7: Marrakech – Walking tour

That day is special because you will discover the charming city of Marrakech. The tour will take you to the main attractions and sights of Marrakech, the ‘Red City’ of Morocco. The discovery tour of Marrakech includes visits to the Majorelle Gardens, the Koutoubia Minaret, and the Saadian tombs. You will visit the Bahia Palace and the New Hellis area. Also, a visit to the Souks of Marrakech and stroll time in Marrakech. We will stay at the Riad/ Hotel, where we will have a traditional dinner and an overnight.

Day 8: Marrakech – Casablanca

Last day of the 8 days tour from Casablanca, you depart Marrakech in the morning, passing through the royal cities of Morocco until you reach Casablanca. 

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FAQ about the 8-day desert tour from Casablanca


Do you include the pickup in this tour?

In most cases, pickup is included in the tour. Depending on the tour’s details, pickup may be included from a specific location or from multiple locations. 

How do I know you at the airport?

We will provide you with a meet and greet service at the airport. As a tour operator, we will either send a representative to meet you at the airport or provide instructions on how to find us. Also, we will give you a contact number to call when you arrive at the airport.

What are the most stops in this 8day tour from Casablanca to the desert?

The number of stops and the destinations can vary depending on the tour’s details. Generally, an 8day tour from Casablanca to the desert will include stops in Rabat, Meknes, Fes, Marrakech, Ait Benhaddou, Ouarzazate, Merzouga, and Erfoud. Other stops may include the Draa Valley and Todra Gorge.

Where we will stay in the desert of Merzouga?

We provide accommodation in the form of a desert camp. Typically, the camp will be comprised of traditional Berber tents with comfortable beds and amenities. Also, we offer the option to stay in a luxury camp with airconditioned rooms.

Is it safe for families to camp in the desert?

Yes, it is generally safe for families to camp in the desert. However, it is important to take safety precautions and be aware of your surroundings. Make sure to choose a reputable tour provider, bring enough supplies, and follow their safety advice.

Is 8 days enough in Morocco?

Yes, for the short vacations and to discover part of Morocco’s beauty. However, 8 days is not enough to explore Morocco in depth. Morocco is a large and diverse country, and 8 days is not enough time to fully appreciate the culture, sights, and attractions. If you are looking to explore the country in more depth, then a longer tour is recommended.

Is there any chance of asking the driver to stop anywhere I want?

Yes, you may be able to ask the driver to make stops along the way. It is important to check with the tour provider beforehand to find out if this is possible. If allowed, it is important to let the driver know your desired stops in advance.

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Casablanca walking trip

Experience the romance and mystery of Casablanca on a walking tour of the city! Discover the beauty of the Moroccan city‘s architecture, culture, and history with a knowledgeable guide. Begin your tour at the renowned Hassan II Mosque, one of the largest in the world. Built-in the late 20th century, the mosque is a stunning example of Islamic architecture, with its immense minaret, prayer room, and intricate interior decor. Continue your tour to Medina, the old city of Casablanca. Here you will find the bustling markets, the colorful alleyways, and the ornate architecture of the old city. Take your time to explore the artisans workshops, the traditional restaurants, and the small shops selling handmade goods.  From the Medina, make your way to the Casablanca Cathedral. Built-inAfterward 1930, this Catholic church is a reminder of the city‘s diverse cultural heritage. Enjoy its neoGothic style and its imposing facade. Afterwards, take a stroll through the Habous Quarter, a modern quarter built in the 1920s. Here you will find a combination of traditional and modern buildings, including the Dar alMakhzen palace, which was built in the 19th century, and the Royal Palace, a 20thcentury building.  Finally, make your way to the Habous Market. This is a great place to find souvenirs and sample the delicious local cuisine. As you explore the market, your guide will explain the cultural significance of the items you see. At the end of the tour, you will have a greater understanding of the city and its unique charm. Don‘t miss out on this incredible tour of Casablanca!

Gallery of the 8-day desert tour from Casablanca


  • Travel to the imperial cities
  • Transport in 4×4 or minibus
  • Fuel
  • Camping night in the desert 
  • Visit UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Visits to the must-see sights


  • Midday meal
  • Drinks
  • Entrance fees
  • Gratuities and what is not in the program
  • Flight tickets

Tourism in Casablanca

Casablanca is the largest city in Morocco and an important economic hub. As such, it has become a popular tourist destination, with visitors flocking to the city to take in its rich cultural heritage, vibrant nightlife, and stunning architecture.  Casablanca is home to a number of historical attractions, including the Hassan II Mosque, the largest mosque in Morocco, and the Royal Palace, a former royal residence. The old city of Casablanca, known as the Medina, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is home to many traditional shops and mosques.  The beaches of Casablanca are also popular tourist attractions, with many visitors coming to the city to enjoy the warm Mediterranean Sea. There are a number of beachfront resorts and hotels, as well as plenty of restaurants, bars, and clubs along the shore.  The city also has a wide range of activities and attractions for visitors, from museums and art galleries to shopping centers and theme parks. Visitors can also explore the nearby Atlas Mountains, which offer breathtaking views of the city.  Casablanca is a great destination for travelers looking to experience the culture and history of Morocco, as well as those looking to enjoy the sun and sea. There is something for everyone in Casablanca, so visitors are sure to find something to enjoy during their stay.

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Get to Know before you travel to Morocco for the 8-day desert tour from Casablanca

What do tourists like about Morocco?

Tourists are drawn to Morocco for its diverse array of attractions. From bustling cities and ancient medinas to stunning beaches and snowcapped mountains, there are plenty of sights to explore. Cultural attractions like bustling souks and historic mosques are a mustsee, and visitors are often amazed by the wealth of traditional crafts available for purchase. Morocco‘s vibrant culture, welcoming people, and delicious cuisine also draw visitors in, making it a popular destination for travelers.

What is Morocco famously known for?

Morocco is famously known for its rich cultural heritage, diverse landscape, and flavorful cuisine. The country is home to a range of attractions, from ancient medinas and mosques to stunning beaches and snowcapped mountains. Morocco is also known for its vibrant street markets, colorful handicrafts, and flavorful dishes such as couscous and tagine. It is also a worldrenowned destination for camel rides, desert safaris, and other outdoor activities.

Why do tourists prefer to visit Morocco?

Tourists prefer to visit Morocco for its rich cultural heritage, diverse landscape, and flavorful cuisine. Morocco is home to a wealth of attractions, from bustling cities and ancient medinas to stunning beaches and snowcapped mountains. The country is also known for its vibrant street markets, colorful handicrafts, and flavorful dishes. Additionally, visitors can take part in a range of outdoor activities, from camel rides and desert safaris to trekking and sandboarding.

Is Turkey safer than Morocco?

It is difficult to compare the overall safety of the two countries. In general, both Morocco and Turkey are considered to be relatively safe places to visit. However, it is important to be aware of local laws and customs and to take appropriate safety precautions when traveling in either country.

What to avoid in Casablanca?

When visiting Casablanca, it is important to be aware of local laws and customs. It is best to avoid taking photographs of military sites, religious sites, government buildings, and airports. Be cautious when traveling alone at night and avoid areas that may be known for crime or other illicit activities. Additionally, it is important to be aware of pickpockets, especially in crowded areas such as markets and public transportation.

What to visit in Casablanca?

When visiting Casablanca, there are plenty of attractions to explore. The Hassan II Mosque is a mustsee, as it is the largest mosque in Morocco and has stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean. The Ain Diab Corniche is a popular spot for locals and tourists alike, offering beautiful views of the city and the ocean. Other attractions include the Old Medina, the Habous District, and the United Nations Square. There are also plenty of museums, galleries, and parks to explore.

where to stay in Casablanca?

When visiting Casablanca, there are a variety of accommodation options to choose from. For those looking for luxury, there are several upscale hotels in the city such as the Sofitel Casablanca Tour Blanche and the Hyatt Regency Casablanca. For those on a budget, there are plenty of affordable hotels and hostels in the city, as well as the accommodations that we know well. Additionally, there are camping sites and riads (traditional Moroccan dwellings) available for rent.

What to eat in Casablanca?

Casablanca is famous for its delicious cuisine. Traditional dishes include couscous, tajines, pastilla, and harira. Seafood is also popular, with dishes such as sardines, anchovies, and bream served grilled, fried, or in a tajine. Street food is abundant and includes pastries such as Msemen and sfinge, as well as grilled corn and kebabs. Other popular dishes include shakshuka, bastilla, and bissara (a fava bean soup).

How far is Casablanca from the desert?

Casablanca is located approximately 370 km from the Sahara Desert. The drive from Casablanca to the desert typically takes about 45 hours, depending on the route taken.

Where we will sleep in the desert?

When visiting the Sahara Desert, there are several accommodation options available. Visitors can choose to stay in a traditional Bedouin camp, which typically offers basic tents with mattresses and blankets. Alternatively, there are luxury desert camps available that provide more amenities, such as air conditioning and private bathrooms. Additionally, travelers can opt to stay in a hotel or guesthouse in nearby towns and villages.


In all the routes of our site, you can modify the circuits and the category of the hotels. The price depends on the number of people and days of the tour.

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