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The best Morocco 12 days tour itinerary from Casablanca will allow you to discover Morocco’s attractions and most visited places. For instance, you will visit the north, Tangier, and Chefchaouen. Also, south and west, Merzouga desert and red city of Marrakech.
Morocco 12 days tour itinerary from Casablanca:
Day 1 : Casablanca to Rabat.
We will start our Morocco 12 days tour by visiting Casablanca. We will take you to visit the mosque of Hassan II, the only mosque that none Muslims can enter. After that, we will take you to discover the old Medina and the Cornish.
Our second stop will be Rabat. Firstly, we will visit the Chellah and Hassan mosque or tower. Secondly, we will visit Oudayas and have a walk in the old Medina. Overnight will be in one of Rabat’s hotels.
Day 2 : Rabat to Tangier.
On the second of our Morocco itinerary 12 days tour from Casablanca, we will head the road to Asilah and Tangier. To start with, we will make a stop at Asilah’s old Medina and beach. Thereafter, we will drive to Tangier, we will not only visit Hericle’s cave but also Cape Spartel and the museum of the American legation. Also, we will wander around the old Medina before we check-in the hotel.
Day 3 : Tangier to Chefchaouen.
We will drive across Tetouan around 3h to arrive to the water falls of Akchour. After that, we will drive to Chefchaouen, the blue city of Morocco. You will have some free time in Chefchaouen after you check in the hotel.
Day 4 : Chaouen to Meknes .
On this day, we will visit Chaouen half a day before we leave to Meknes. Therefore, we will discover the Kasbah Museum at Wtat Lhmam square and hike up the Jeb Al-kalaa. After that, we will drive from Chaouen to Volubilis, the Roman ruins. Then, we will drive to Meknes and that’s the end of the 4 days of our Morocco 12 days tour from Casablanca.
Day 5 : Meknes to Fes.
Meknes was the 3 capital city of Morocco. We will visit the square of Lhdim and Bab Mansour. Thereafter, we will visit the mysterious prison of Cara. Also, we will discover the Shrij Swani pool and Melah, the Jewish part. We will end the day by driving to Fes and check-in our riad.
Day 6: Fes, the cultural city.
We will visit Fes with one of their local guides. Firstly, we will visit the king’s palace and Ceramic. After that, we will discover one of Fes’s Borjes called Nord Borj. Also, we will visit the Tanneries where they make the leather and have walk-in streets of the old medina. Moreover, we will visit the oldest and still functioning university in the world, Al Karaouine. Furthermore, we will visit another university called Al Bouaanania.
Day 7: Fes to Merzouga.
The highlight city of our 12 days tour itinerary from Casablanca is Merzouga. On this day, we will drive from Fes through the middle and high Atlas Mountains. First of all, we will visit Ifran, the cleanest city in Morocco, we will stop to take photos of the statue of the lion called Atlas lion. Thereafter, we will drive to the Cedar forest, we will stop to visit the monkeys, one of the animals that are still living in the atlas.
In the afternoon, will arrive at a panoramic view of the dates palm trees valley. After that, we will drive across Arfoud to arrive at the Sahara desert of Merzouga. We will check in the hotel before watching the sunset.
Day 8: Merzouga.
On this day of our Morocco 12 days tour itinerary from Casablanca, you will experience the Sahara. Thus, we will take you on an adventure to visit the nomadic people’s lifestyle. Before, we will visit Khamlia to enjoy Gnaoua playing music. Thereafter, we will visit one of the mines of Morocco called Mifis. Eventually, we will off-road to one of the Berber families who live in tents.
After lunch, we will drive to visit the lake of Srij and the oasis of Hassi Labied. After that, we will take you to do the camel ride on the dunes of Erg Chebbi to Berber camps. There, we will set up a fire for you and play Berber music after dinner. You can walk up the dunes to watch the milky way and the stars.
Day 9: Merzouga to Dades Gorges.
We will continue our trip west to Boumaln Dades. Firstly, we will visit a cooperative of Berbers’ clothes. Thereafter, we will visit the canyons of Morocco called Todgha Gorges. Also, we will stop at the mountains shaped as the monkey fingers and Tisdrine curves. At last, we will take you to spend the night in Dades.
Day 10: Boumaln Dades to Marrakech.
On this Day, we will drive to Marrakech across the High Atlas Mountains. Before that, we will visit Ouarzazate and Ait Benhaddou. The latter are two main places where actors make movies. For instance, the movie Gladiator and Lawrence of Arabia. After that, we will drive through the mountains, we will make a stop at a panoramic view and at the argan oil cooperative. Yet, we will arrive at Marrakech and take you to your accommodation.
Day 11: Marrakech, the red city.
We will visit Marrakech with a local guide. Therefore, he will come to your hotel in the morning to start the tour. We will visit the Jamaa El Fana square and Kotobia Mosque. Also, we will visit the Menara and Majorelle garden. Furthermore, we will explore Bahia Palace and Saadien’s Tombs. Late afternoon, you will have free time to explore Marrakech walking.
Day 12 : Marrakech to Casablanca.
We will drive you from Marrakech to Casablanca through the highway. It’s up to you if you want us to drop you at the airport or Casablanca center. Eventually, that would be the end of our Morocco itinerary 12 days tour from Casablanca.
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With our Morocco itinerary 12 days tour from Casablanca, we will take you to stunning views. For instance, we will discover the sunset of Chaouen and Merzouga desert. Also, we will stop at the panoramic view of the Ziz valley and the high atlas mountains.
Our service includes a pickup service from the airport to your accommodation. Also, a dropoff if needed to the airport. Moreover, with our 12 days Morocco itinerary from Casablanca, you can choose to be dropped off or picked up from the hotel you are stying.
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12 days tour Morocco itinerary from Casablanca's overview:
Casablanca, the economical city:
Casablanca is the biggest city in Morocco. It’s located in central-western facing the Atlantic ocean, and it was settled firstly since the 7th century. Also, it’s in the region of Casablanca Settat. There are many things to see and discover here:
This economical city is famous for the mosque of Hassan II, it’s the second-largest in whole Africa and 7th worldwide. Also, it’s the only mosque that allows none Muslims to discover.
As Casablanca facing the ocean, it has one of the biggest Cornishes in Morocco. Therefore, it’s a place that is worth visiting and wandering around. Also, it’s where there are tourist restaurants and cafes.
With our 12 days Morocco tour itinerary from Casablanca will explore the capital city Rabat:
Rabat, the actual capital city of Morocco and one of the 4th Morocco’s imperial cities. Also, it’s the 7th largest city in Morocco and is in the region of Rabat-Sale-Kenitra. Moreover, it was found in the 12 century by the Almohad dynasty. There are many things you will explore here with our Morocco itinerary 12 days tour from Casablanca.
To start with, Rabat is famous for the mosque of Hassan Tour, or also written tower. The minaret of the mosque is 44 m. However, when they wanted to build it, they intended to make it to 86m, Abu Yusuf Yaqub al-Mansur wanted it to be the largest mosque minaret in the world. But, he died in 1199 before his dream came true.
Rabat is also famous for the Kasbah of Udayas, a UNESCO world heritage, and a citadel site that is not far from the river of Bou Regreg.
Tangier, the gate to Morocco:
Tangier, the gate to Morocco, or Africa. This city is located in the north of Morocco and it’s where the Mediterranean Sea meets the Atlantic ocean. Also, Tangier is the capital of the region Tanger-Tetouan-Al Hoceima and Tangier Asilah. There are many attractions to discover here.
First, in the picture is the cave of Hercules, it is open for the public since 1920, and it’s located at the part of Cape Spartel. This cave has two openings, one to the land and the other one to the sea, the latter is shaped as the map of Africa.
Second, Tangier is also like the other Moroccan cities where there is an old part of the medina. Here, there is the first government building of the US outside of its country. It’s called the American legation museum.
Thirdly, as mention before, Tangier is a city between the Atlantic and the Mediterranian sea. Therefore, it’s a beautiful place for photography locations.
Chefchaouen, the blue pearl:
Chefchaouen, the blue city of Morocco. With our 12 days Morocco itinerary from Casablanca or some of our tours in Morocco, you will be lucky to travel and discover this city. There are many things to do and see here.
Firstly, the first building that was here is the kasbah museum, it’s at the Wetat Lhmam square. Here, you can walk in to see many art galleries of Chefchaouen, old pictures, and some info about the city.
Second, Ras El ma is another place that is worth visiting, it’s a river where you can see the waterfalls coming from the cascades of Akchour. Also, you will find locals selling different stuff local clothes, food…
Third, for the sunset or sunset, Chaouen’s mountains are a beautiful place to hike at, you will benefit from the view of the city besides the sun.
The cultural city of Morocco, Fes.
Fes, the city that attracts many tourists all year round for its cultural sites. Fes was the first capital city of Morocco, and now it’s one of the 4th imperial cities. Also, it was found by the Idrisid Dynasty in 789. There are many things to see and do here:
First, Fes is famous for its old medina, or Fes el Bali, most of the discovered attractions are here. Then, the main one is the blue gate, as seen in the picture, it’s the main gate to the medina.
Second, the most visited for history purposes is the University Karaouiyn, it’s the oldest still-functioning university in the world, built by Fatima al Fihri in 859. Also, it’s one of the sites that is protected by the UNESCO. Moreover, the university used to be a mosque where they teach the Quran. Then, they turn it into a university.
Third, for hiking people, there are two Borjes in Fes where you can climb up to for an overview of the medina or to see the sunset and sunrise.
Fourth, for nature lovers, there is a beautiful garden outside the old medina, not far from the king’s palace. This garden is called Jenan Sbil, and it’s where most locals or tourists head to breathe fresh air and forget about the noises of the medina.
Fifth, the king has 12 palaces around Morocco, two of them are here in Fes. There are 7 gates or doors to the entrance of one of the royal palaces. Also, it was built in the 1960s.
Sixth, the tanneries Chouara, one of the sixth tanneries where they make leather stuff here in Fes. Also, it was built in the 11th century and renovated in 2006. However, the balconies haven’t changed and they still remain the medieval architecture.
Ifrane, the little Switzerland of Morocco:
Ifrane is the cleanest city in Morocco. With our 12 days tour Morocco itinerary from Casablanca, we will make a quick stop to take photos with the statue of the atlas lion. Further, the city is old and was colonized by the French. However, the modern city was established in 1928. Also, the city gets thousand of local tourists during the winter, they come here to snowboard as it snows a lot here.
Moreover, Ifrane has one of the best and most expensive universities in Morocco, it was built by the king Dhahir and inaugurated by King Hassan II. Therefore, the university is named Al Akhawayn, and that means two brothers. Furthermore, this university was funded by the Arabian Saudi king, Fahd bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.
Not to mention, with our tours in Morocco, the main stop we will make is at the statue of the atlas lion. When Morocco was colonized by the French, there was a German prisoner who wanted to gain his freedom. Therefore, the French asked him to do something good that will help the city. Then, he curved this lion that doesn’t exist in the atlas forest anymore.
Moreover, as the city is high, the team of Morocco, the atlas lion, they come here to train as the weather helps them.
Furthermore, the king Mohamed 6 has also one of the 12 palaces here. It’s facing the university of Al Akhaweyn.
Dam of Errachidia and Ziz valley:
Errachidia’s dam is the source of water for the whole Sahara. This dam is called Hassan Addakhil, it was taken after the founder of the Alaouite dynasty Al Hassan Ad Dakhil. They have to recycle the water before they let people use the water from the tap. However, this water is not good for tourists and they need sparkling water.
Not for from Errachidia dam is the valley located, or Oued of Ziz. Here, people have many spots of agriculture, they plant mostly dates palm trees. Therefore, it became the second-biggest source of dates fruit after Daraa valley near Zagora.
With our tour from Casablanca for 12 days, there is a panoramic view at Ait Chaker. Therefore, we will make a quick stop there to enjoy the view and to take some photos.
Erfoud, the city of the dates fruits festival and the mineral fossils. The valley or the river of Ziz is not far from Erfoud. Therefore, most of the dates are coming from there, and this city became the capital city of dates. Each year in October, they make an international festival of dates for 3 days. Also, the festival is with a parade and a lot of other activities. For instance, they make a hall where they sell dates and local stuff.
Erfoud is known for the fossils, these fossils they bring them from the mountains. Then, they take them to the factory and make different things. For example, they make tables, ashtrays, glasses, ammonites…
Rissani, the capital of Tafilalet:
Rissani, the stop for Touaregs to trade salt, mascara, and other goods. It’s in Errachidia province and it’s the capital city of Tafilalet.
The Touaregs either from Tombouctou or any other African countries used to travel 52 days. They took their caravan of camels across the grand Sahara to trade here in Rissani. Thereafter, it became one of the biggest and most headed to souqs in the region. Here, there are many things to see and do.
To start with, on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays, there is a souk of Rissani that is famous for the donkeys and the sheep parking. Here, you can either choose to trade or buy these animals.
Next, Rissani is famous for the pitta bread or Madfouna, there are many different types of this bread. For instance, you can make it with almonds, meatballs, vegetarian…
Rissani is also famous for the mausoleum of Moulay Ali Cherif, this guy is the founder of the Alaouite dynasty. Here, people come to warship Moulay Ali Cherif thinking that he is blessed and close to God to transfer their request. Therefore, they offer sacrifices, either herd or chicken asking for a blessing.
Not to mention, the Alaouite dynasty started from here, and Rissani was their capital.
Merzouga, the highlight of our 12 days desert tour from Casablanca:
Merzouga, the tourist favorite attraction of all. This small city is in the region of Daraa Tafilalet and in the province of Errachidia. Also, this town is not far from the border of Algeria, about 50km away.
Merzouga is famous for its Erg Sand dunes that are about 500 feet/ 152 meters. These Ergs attract many tourists to come and do many activities. To start with, the first and the best activity to do here is the camel trekking at sand dunes. Not to mention, usually, tourists like to do this activity to spend fascinating overnight glamping at Berber tents. That is to say, they like to do the two activities at once in order to experience the lifestyle of the nomads who live around.
With that in mind, the other activity they like to endure is a visit to those nomads. In Morocco, there are two main places where the nomads live, at the Atlas mountains and at the Sahara desert. Therefore, once you cross the Erg Chebbi sand dunes to the east from the town Merzouga, you will come across those families who live in tents. Then, we will see how they manage to live, where they cook, how they travel from a place to another, and much more.
The other best activities to do is to quad bike up the sand dunes and to do soundboard. This usually works best during the winter, when it rains it makes the sand dry and easy to slide on.
Not to mention, about 5km away to the west of Merzouga is the lake of Srij, this lake brings a huge amount of the emigrate flamingo birds. Also, it’s where the camel herds head to once they are not used for work, they find the best and the healthiest food here.
Todgha and Dades Gorges:
With our 12 days tour itinerary in Morocco from Casablanca, you will be taken to visit what so-called Grand canyons. Driving on the road of thousand Kasbahs, we will take the road from Tinghir to dive in the Atlas mountains, about 20km from the center of Tinghir is the valley of Todgha. Here, the mountains are about 300 meters height with the river crossing in between, the power of water could make its way across the rocks. People like to come here for hiking and also for spending the day under the shade.
There are other canyons in Morocco. However, our customized Morocco tours are mostly planned for the grand canyons of Todgha Gorges.
About 80km are Dades Gorges, they are constructed nearly the same as Todgha canyons. There are two main things to see here. Firstly, there is a part of the mountains shaped like the monkey toes or fingers. Secondly, one of the places where Cadillac made an advertisement for its car was in Tissdrine curves. Watch a video here.
Ouarzazate, Ouallywood of Africa:
Ouarzazate is the place of Cinema. This city is constructed of two words, Ouar and Zazate, that basically means without noise. Therefore, this city used to be quiet and happy. Now, this place attracts many tourists, they come here to discover the studios where they made many parts of famous movies.
For actors to come here, they built an international airport although the city is not that big.
Moreover, Ouarzazate is also famous for the Kasbah of Taouerirt. However, a ticket is needed to explore. Actually, it is not a worthy place to discover as there is another Kasbah that you can explore.
Furthermore, the biggest solar station in Africa is here in Ouarzazate. However, that doesn’t mean that Morocco doesn’t have oil, but it means that solar power is clean and Ouarzazate is on the Sahara side. That is to say, it gets very hot here during the summer, sometimes it reaches 50°C= 122°F.
The Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou
There are many Kasbahs in Morocco. Still, the most admired by tourists of them all is The Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou. At the entrance to the Kasbah from the bridge, there is a sign where it’s written as Ksar of Ait Benhaddou. Normally, it should be written with the word Kasbah because a Ksar is different from the Kasbah. That is to say, the Kasbah’s roves are built with the Kasab, which means Bamboo, and that’s where the name came from. On the other hand, the Ksar, and it’s not built as the same construction as the Kasbah.
This Kasbah is the gate to the Sahara at the valley of Ounila, and it’s at the province of Ouarzazate. Also, it’s one of the sites that is protected by the UNESCO world heritage.
We have customized this 12 days tour in Morocco from Casablanca to this Kasbah as a free site to explore. The Berber Touaregs used to trade here, it was a stop for e-commerce at that time of the 11th century, they used to trade cole, salt, and other goods. Also, there is a river in front of the Kasbah called Oued El Maleh, and Maleh means salty referring to the place where they used to trade the salt.
furthermore, the Kasbah is famous for the movies shot they made here. For instance, they made a part of the Drama British-American movie the Gladiator. Check out the video here.
Moreover, they also made a part of the famous movie Lawrence of Arabia, it’s what attracts many tourists to come to explore this Kasbah.
Not to mention, at the top of the Kasbah is a beautiful panoramic view. Also, there is a small room there where they kept the goods for other caravans who are willing to trade.
Marrakech, the red city:
There are cultural, economical, and scientific cities in Morocco. However, Marrakech is considered among the first touristic cities in Morocco. It was founded in 1062 by Abu Bakr ibn Umar the cousin of Almoravid king. Also, it was the capital city of Morocco at that time, and it’s one of the 4 imperial cities now. Marrakech is the fourth largest city in Morocco after Casablanca, Tangier, and Rabat. Moreover, you may hear many different nicknames about Marrakech. For example, you may wonder why they call it “the red city”? that is because the color of the ground is red and maybe the king’s favorite color at that time was red.
Furthermore, the red city of Marrakech is the capital of the region, Marrakesh Safi. There are many things to do and see here:
Jamaa El Fna:
First, as in most of Morocco’s cities, there is a square, Marrakech also represents itself with the fascinating square of Jamaa El Fna. Here, expect snakes charmers, people performing Halqa “circle of people around someone telling stories”. Not to mention, there are also people selling different stuff. For example, there are immigrated South Africans who sell watches, clothes, phones.., and there are restaurants and cafes with wonderful views as well.
There are many mosques in Marrakech. However, the largest and the most famous is the Koutoubia or Kutubiyya one. It has many different names but with the same pronunciation. Also, it has an old name as the booksellers because around it is an open area where they used to sell books. Not to mention, the mosque was built in 1147 by Abd al Mu’min ibn Ali, the caliphate of Almohad. Furthermore, the minaret is about 77 meters height and is one of the sisters of the Giralda mosque in Seville and Hassan Tower in Rabat.
This garden is one of the most visited sites in Marrakech, it receives around 900000 visitors all year round. The word Majorelle is coming from the name of the French artist Jacques Majorelle, it took him about 40 years to establish it since 1924. After he died, the tow French fashion designers Yves Saint Laurent and his friend Pierre Bergé has bought it in order to preserve it and open it for the public. Now, to enter here, you will need a ticket of about 70DH. However, the tickets reduce according to some relevant IDs.
The Menara garden was built in the 12 century during the power of Almohad by the leader of this movement Abd al Mu’min ibn Ali. Also, the meaning of it is the lighthouse. However, there is no existing to any lighthouse here. Here, people come to enjoy the garden and to escape the hot temperature.