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5-Day Desert Adventure through Morocco's Cultural Tapestry

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What's included

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Accomodation

5 Days and 4 Nights

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Itinerary

Embark on a 5-day desert adventure with Deeply Morocco, journeying from Casablanca to Marrakech, or returning back to Casablanca. This tour highlights Morocco's cultural tapestry, featuring stops at the Hassan II Mosque, the Middle Atlas Mountains, and Merzouga's desert. Experience sunrise in the Sahara, explore the Todgha Gorge, and visit the cinematic Ait Benhaddou. Choose from standard to luxury accommodations for a memorable exploration of Morocco's diverse landscapes and rich cultural heritage.

Day 1: Arrival in Casablanca - Exploring the Iconic Hassan II Mosque and Coastal Delights

Upon your arrival at Casablanca Airport, our driver will welcome you and transfer you to Fes. Before heading to Fes, we will visit the iconic Hassan II Mosque located near the Atlantic Ocean. This majestic mosque is an architectural masterpiece that can accommodate thousands of worshippers. Afterward, we will drive along Corniche where you can enjoy beaches, swimming pools, cafes, hotels, and restaurants. Finally, we will reach Fes where you will stay overnight in a Riad within the medina.

Day 2: Journey through Middle Atlas Mountains to Merzouga Desert - Swiss-style Charm, Cedar Forests, and Majestic Dunes Await

After breakfast at your riad in Fes, our trip continues towards Merzouga desert through the stunning Middle Atlas Mountains. Along the way, we'll stop by Ifrane - often referred to as "Moroccan Switzerland'' - with its unique Swiss-style architecture. We'll also pass through cedar forests where Barbary apes can be seen climbing trees. Our journey takes us further into Midelt - known for its apple production - where lunch awaits us before continuing towards Merzouga via Tizi-n-Tlghamt pass and Ziz canyon with picturesque gorges and palm tree groves. In Erfoud town, famous for its date festival and fossil markets; we'll finally arrive at Merzouga's sandy dunes by late afternoon or early evening for a magical experience spending the night under starry skies in a traditional desert camp after riding camels.

Day 3: Witnessing a Desert Sunrise and Exploring Todgha Gorge - Nature's Splendors and Nomadic Culture

If desired (optional), wake up early to witness an enchanting desert sunrise over the sand dunes before enjoying breakfast at our desert campsite. Then it's time to depart for Dades Gorges, passing through Rissani and Erfoud, and visiting the Todgha Gorge - a breathtaking natural wonder in Morocco. The gorge offers fantastic opportunities for hiking, witnessing nomads collecting water from the gorge, and exploring its stunning surroundings. After lunch at a local restaurant, we continue to Dades Valley where you will spend the night in a hotel amidst beautiful landscapes.

Day 4: Ouarzazate and Ait Benhaddou Exploration - Hollywood of Morocco and Ancient Fortified City Adventure 

Our journey continues towards Marrakech to Ouarzazate - known as Moroccan Hollywood. On our way, we'll drive through the High Atlas Mountains with a stop at Skoura palm oasis to visit Ameridel Kasbah - a 17th-century fortress. In Ouarzazate, we'll explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ait Benhaddou - an ancient fortified city that has been featured in many films and TV shows. After lunch in Ait Benhaddou, we'll traverse the Tichka Pass (2260 meters) before reaching Marrakech by early evening for check-in at your hotel.

Day 5: Departure Day - Farewell to the Moroccan Desert, with Transfer Options for Marrakech or Casablanca Airport

As your unforgettable desert voyage from Casablanca to Marrakech comes to an end, we want to ensure that you have a seamless and convenient departure. On the last day of your trip, we provide you with the flexibility to choose between being transferred to either Marrakech Airport or Casablanca Airport based on your preference.

Whether you wish to catch a flight from Marrakech or make your way back to Casablanca for onward travel, our experienced team will arrange a comfortable and reliable transfer for you. Rest assured that we prioritize your convenience and aim to accommodate any specific travel plans or preferences you may have.

By offering this choice of airports, we strive to make your journey as smooth as possible, allowing you more time to reflect on the incredible experiences and memories made during your desert adventure in Morocco.

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Frequently Asked Questions

This is the most asked questions by our travelers

For citizens of the United States, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Japan or European Union countries planning a visit to Morocco lasting 90 days or less, no visa is required. However, it is important to ensure that your passport remains valid for at least six months beyond your planned return date. If you hold a different nationality than those mentioned above, we recommend checking with the Moroccan Embassy for specific visa requirements pertaining to your country.

Indeed, Morocco is widely regarded as a safe destination to visit. It consistently ranks among the safest countries globally and has seen significant improvements in its security measures over the years. The Moroccan government places great importance on ensuring the safety of both locals and tourists alike.
While petty crimes such as scams and pickpocketing can occur in any tourist destination, it's important to exercise general caution and be aware of your surroundings. Taking common-sense precautions like keeping an eye on your belongings, avoiding poorly lit or secluded areas at night, and being cautious with strangers will go a long way in ensuring your safety.
Moroccan people are known for their warm hospitality, making visitors feel welcome and comfortable throughout their stay. Locals are generally friendly and helpful towards tourists, contributing to a sense of security while exploring the country's vibrant culture. To further enhance safety for travellers, Morocco continues to invest in its tourism industry by implementing ongoing upgrades in security infrastructure and measures. This dedication demonstrates the commitment of the Moroccan government to maintaining a safe environment for visitors.
Overall, while it is essential to remain vigilant as you would when travelling anywhere else in the world, rest assured that Morocco offers a safe travel experience where you can enjoy its rich history, stunning landscapes, and renowned hospitality without undue concern.

Indeed, Morocco is generally safe for female visitors. However, it's essential to be mindful of cultural norms and customs during your stay. While there is no strict dress code in Morocco, it's worth noting that many women in urban areas dress similarly to Western styles, allowing you the freedom to wear what makes you feel comfortable.
Morocco is known for its tolerance and diversity, so as a visitor, you are not expected to conform or adopt Moroccan attire or behaviour. However, when visiting rural areas and villages, we recommend dressing more conservatively out of respect for local traditions and to minimize unwanted attention.
By being aware of these cultural nuances and adapting your clothing choices accordingly while exploring different regions of Morocco, you can ensure a more enjoyable and respectful experience during your visit.

While it is not mandatory, we highly recommend obtaining the appropriate travel insurance before embarking on your journey. Opting for a comprehensive travel protection program will provide you with peace of mind and coverage in case of unforeseen circumstances that may disrupt or impact your holiday.
A good travel insurance policy should include coverage for various situations such as unexpected events that might lead to trip cancellation or interruption, unforeseen delays, medical assistance while abroad, as well as protection against loss of or damage to baggage.
Having the right travel insurance ensures that you are financially protected and can receive necessary support if any unfortunate incidents occur during your time in Morocco. It is always better to be prepared and have adequate coverage so that you can fully enjoy your trip without worry.

While there are no mandatory vaccinations required for travel to Morocco, it is advisable to ensure that your routine vaccinations are up-to-date before embarking on your trip. We recommend consulting with your local health centre or a healthcare professional who can provide guidance based on your specific needs and medical history.
Although not compulsory, some vaccines may be recommended depending on various factors such as the duration of your stay, destinations within Morocco you plan to visit, and any personal health considerations. Your healthcare provider will be able to offer advice tailored specifically for travelling in Morocco.
It's also important to take general precautions during your trip by practising good hygiene, drinking safe water, and taking steps to prevent insect bites. Additionally, consider obtaining travel insurance that covers medical expenses should the need arise. By staying informed about recommended vaccinations and following appropriate preventive measures, you can help ensure a safe and healthy journey while enjoying all the wonders that Morocco has to offer.

When traveling to Morocco, it is generally safe for locals to drink tap water as they have built up immunity to the bacteria present. However, as a visitor from another country, it is advisable to opt for bottled water. This precaution is recommended because your body may not be accustomed to the specific bacteria found in the local tap water, and there is a possibility of experiencing digestive issues or other discomforts. By choosing bottled water, you can ensure that you stay hydrated without worrying about potential health risks associated with drinking tap water in an unfamiliar environment.

At Deeply Morocco, we specialize in creating tailor-made holidays that are customized to your preferences. Our focus is on providing you with a unique and authentic experience by selecting Riad and Kasbah style accommodations that enhance the overall value of your trip. We personally hand-pick each accommodation option to ensure it meets our high standards and aligns with the atmosphere and charm that Riads and Kasbahs offer. These traditional Moroccan properties provide a sense of cultural immersion, allowing you to truly embrace the local ambiance during your stay.
However, if you have specific accommodation preferences or would like to choose your own lodging, we are more than happy to accommodate your requests. We are not tied to any particular property through subcontracting arrangements. Instead, our goal is always to find the most suitable accommodations for each client based on their individual style, interests, and budget.
Whether you decide on one of our carefully selected Riads or Kasbahs or opt for an alternative choice according to your personal preference, Deeply Morocco ensures that every aspect of your holiday is tailored specifically for you.

✅ Established Expertise: With 12 years of experience, we have honed our expertise in tailor-made holidays and private tours of Morocco. Our long-standing presence in the industry has allowed us to collaborate with numerous satisfied customers, who often choose to travel with us repeatedly.
✅ Customization at its Best: We firmly believe in creating bespoke travel experiences. Your preferences and desires are paramount to us as we craft a trip that is truly unique and personal. By actively listening and understanding your needs, we ensure that your journey is one-of-a-kind.
✅ Support Throughout Your Journey: As a local tour operator, we take pride in designing and executing every aspect of your travel plans ourselves. Unlike other operators who may outsource certain elements, we maintain full control over delivering the exceptional itinerary that was designed specifically for you.
✅ Responsible Tourism Advocates: We are committed to offering authentic experiences while respecting and promoting local culture and the environment. Our aim is not only to provide memorable trips, but also to make a positive impact on impoverished communities by supporting local charities. Through responsible tourism practices, we strive for sustainable development in Morocco.

As you embark on your Moroccan adventure with us, rest assured that you will receive expert guidance from a trusted source dedicated to crafting an unforgettable journey tailored just for you while maintaining ethical standards along the way.

At Deeply Morocco Tours, we take pride in offering private and tailor-made tours that are customized to your preferences. We understand that every traveler is unique, which is why each itinerary we create is built from scratch specifically for you. Our goal is to design a travel experience that suits your personal needs and interests. You have the flexibility to choose when you want to start your adventure in Morocco. Whether it's any day of the year or for any number of days, we can accommodate your desired travel duration. Additionally, you can begin your journey from anywhere within Morocco. To get started, simply send us an enquiry outlining what you would like to do during your time in Morocco, how long you intend to travel for, as well as any specific interests or requirements you may have. Based on this information, our team will put together a proposed travel itinerary that aligns with your requests. We value open communication throughout the planning process. We will continue discussing and fine-tuning the details of your plans until we reach an agreement that meets all of your expectations. Once the final itinerary has been confirmed by both parties, a deposit will be required to secure your reservation. Rest assured that with Deeply Morocco Tours, every step of creating and finalizing your personalized tour will be handled with care and attention to detail.

Thank you for sharing the key factors that can influence the cost of a tour. Indeed, prices may vary based on several elements as we strive to create tailor-made and private experiences for our clients. To provide you with an accurate cost estimate, we take into consideration the following factors:

1. Length of Trip: The duration of your tour will impact pricing, as longer trips often involve more accommodations, activities, and transportation arrangements.
2. Season: Traveling during peak seasons or holidays may result in higher costs due to increased demand for accommodations and services.
3. Accommodation: Your choice of accommodation plays a significant role in determining the overall price range. We offer a range of options from standard to luxury hotels or even unique stays such as desert camps or traditional riads.
4. Experiences: The inclusion of specific experiences or activities within your itinerary can affect the overall cost. This could include guided tours, entrance fees to attractions, special events, culinary experiences, or adventure activities.

By considering these factors along with any additional preferences you may have regarding comfort level or specific requests, we aim to design an itinerary that meets your needs while respecting your investment expectations.

Please feel free to share any specific requirements or preferences you have so that we can provide you with a customized quote tailored specifically for your Morocco travel experience.

It is important to note that while credit cards are generally accepted at large stores, high-end establishments, hotels, and restaurants in Morocco, cash is still required for transactions in small shops and Souks (traditional markets). To ensure a smooth travel experience, it is recommended to be prepared by carrying enough cash with you during your trip. This will enable you to make purchases in places where credit card payments may not be feasible.

While there are no mandatory vaccinations required for travel to Morocco, it is advisable to ensure that your routine vaccinations are up-to-date before embarking on your trip. We recommend consulting with your local health centre or a healthcare professional who can provide guidance based on your specific needs and medical history.
Although not compulsory, some vaccines may be recommended depending on various factors such as the duration of your stay, destinations within Morocco you plan to visit, and any personal health considerations. Your healthcare provider will be able to offer advice tailored specifically for travelling in Morocco.
It's also important to take general precautions during your trip by practising good hygiene, drinking safe water, and taking steps to prevent insect bites. Additionally, consider obtaining travel insurance that covers medical expenses should the need arise. By staying informed about recommended vaccinations and following appropriate preventive measures, you can help ensure a safe and healthy journey while enjoying all the wonders that Morocco has to offer.

You are correct. The Moroccan Dirham is a closed currency, which means it is not readily available outside of Morocco. It can be difficult and expensive to find dirhams in other countries. Therefore, it is advisable to wait until you arrive in Morocco to exchange your currency.
Once in Morocco, we can assist you in finding recommended points of exchange or ATMs where you can withdraw cash. ATMs are widely available throughout the country and often offer competitive exchange rates. Despite potential fees from your own bank for international withdrawals and ATM provider charges, using an ATM may still be more cost-effective compared to exchanging money beforehand.
By utilizing local ATMs or recommended exchange services upon arrival, you can ensure that you have access to Moroccan Dirhams without paying excessive fees or dealing with unfavorable exchange rates.

Tipping in Morocco is a customary practice and is generally appreciated by service providers. Whether you are a visitor or a local, it is common to tip for good service. The amount you choose to tip is at your discretion, but the standard range is usually around 10-15% of the total bill.
In certain situations where someone guides you back to your accommodation or helps you find a restaurant, they may expect a small tip as well. A typical offering in these cases would be around 10-30 Dirhams.
Remember that tipping should always be based on the quality of service received and how satisfied you are with it. It's important to consider local customs and norms while determining the appropriate amount to tip.