Marrakesh to Casablanca: Agafay Desert & Atlantic Coast – 6 Days
This trip is perfect for travelers who are short on time and are looking for the taste of Morocco and its hidden gems. You will enjoy a guided tour of Marrakech to watch its famous Jamaa El Fna square come to life at dusk, then ride a camel through the charming dunes of the Agafay Desert, where you will spend the night in a traditional tent. When you go to Casablanca, you will stop at argan oil, enjoy fresh and delicious seafood on the coast, and visit the beautiful Essaouira at a relaxed pace.
Visit Marrakech and its Medina under the guidance of experts
Camp in the Agafay Desert and ride a camel on the dunes
Visit the Argan Oil Collective
Explore Morocco’s fascinating Atlantic coast
|Day 1 Arrival in Marrakesh||Marrakech|
|Day 2 Explore Marrakech||Marrakech|
Day 3 Camping in the Agafay Desert
|Day 4 Agafay to Essaouira||Essaouira|
|Day 5 Essaouira – Casablanca||Casablanca|
|Day 6 Departure from Casablanca||airport|
Day 1 Arrival in Marrakesh
Welcome to Morocco! Upon arrival at Marrakech Menara Airport, the driver will pick you up and transfer you to your accommodation. Depending on your arrival time, you can explore the city on your own for the rest of the day; your local expert will be happy to advise! In the evening, be sure to head to the main square Jemaa el Fna, which is full of musicians, performers, snake charmers, games, food stalls, etc.
If you want to enjoy it from a distance, there are many cafes around the square where you can sit and dine while watching the show. There are many choices for dinner tonight: most of the top chefs working for the royal family are from Marrakech, and here are some of the best food in the country-especially street food!
Day 2 City Tour
Take your guide for a half-day tour guide to discover the refined details of the Ben Yossef Islamic madrassa (School) and experience 16th-century architecture. Admire traditional Moroccan crafts: cedar carvings, plaster carvings, arabesques, Islamic calligraphy, and colorful zellij (mosaics). Stroll through the old dormitory where 800 students lived and visit the prayer room.
To visit the Medina (Old Town) in a unique way, board the calèche (French for the carriage) and start adapting to the surroundings. Please pay attention to fondouks-medieval hotels that provide accommodation and supplies for merchants and travelers. Today, some have been converted into residences or large shopping areas and studios that you can explore. Find the way to the Koutoubia Mosque and the garden, and escape the heat in the garden between the fountain and palm trees. Although non-Muslims cannot enter the mosque, its 12th century foundation and minaret are worth seeing.
As night fell, Jemaa el-Fna became active with musicians and storytellers, acrobats and dancers, and even snake charmers. Stroll through rows of food stalls, serving a variety of food from dinners to juice drinks, dried dates and small snacks. For a bite, or for a more relaxing experience, please look for one of the many cafes above the square and enjoy the food while watching the show below.
Take time to explore the Dar sidi Said Museum (also known as the Museum of Moroccan Art) and admire displays of beautifully carved Spanish Moorish clothing, antiques, jewelry, and ornaments. Then indulge your senses as you explore the intricate maze of open-air markets. hidden behind common restaurants and shops. Visit the Al Attrine, Suk Chuari and Suk Smata market … for various spices, wood, copper pot products, and babouche (traditional Berber slippers). Visit the Souk des Teinturiers and see for yourself how leather and fabric are dyed.
Day 3 Camping in the Agafay Desert
After breakfast, you will embark on a short trip to the Agafay Desert. During a day trip to the Agafay Desert, you will have the opportunity to explore the fascinating landscape of the stone desert. The Agafay Desert is located 30 kilometers southwest of Marrakech, between the East Lala takrKust Lake, south of the High Atlas Mountains. On our day trip to the Agafay Desert from Marrakech, you will explore the unspoiled desert and waste areas.
The landscape of the Agafay Desert is covered with wheat, barley and flowers, but in summer and autumn, it resembles a real desert, with flowing sand dunes and the majestic snow-capped High Atlas Mountains in the background. In the spring, Agafay offers wildflowers among other flora and fauna, making it a beautiful desert experience. This stone desert is different from the Sahara Desert, but it will still give you a feeling of desert life, changing the scenery from the hustle and bustle of Marrakech. Here, you will have lunch on the beach, ride a camel and spend the night in a traditional tent. Driving time: one hour
Day 4 Agafay to Essaouira
Today, you will head to Essaouira, a small town known for its excellent surf beaches. This 3-hour route will take you across vast rolling plains. After approaching the west coast of Morocco, you will enter a unique forest. This is the only ecosystem where forrest trees grow, and their fruits are very useful. You will transfer a little bit and visit a local women’s association, which produces argan oil, known for its excellent health and beauty properties. You may see goats high on the branches eating argan.
This is quite a sight! After arriving in Essaouira, you can stroll along the impressive seawall, explore the beauty of the old Medina area, or spend some time in the bustling fishing port. Be sure to visit the well-preserved Jewish Quarter and learn about Jewish culture here; this community is a perfect example of a coexisting community and a very interesting place to explore. Lunch and dinner will be arranged by you and recommended by your driver. Be sure to ask about great seafood options! Tonight you will stay in a hotel or riad.
Day 5 Essaouira – Casablanca
Today, you will leave early for Casablanca via the coastal route, and make some short and interesting stops in other coastal cities along the way. You will first visit Safi, famous for its excellent surf beaches and stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean. The second city you will stay in is El Jadida, where you can visit the unforgettable beautiful Portuguese Cistern. Take some time to walk on the city walls and visit the Church of the Assumption of the Virgin; afterwards, enjoy lunch in this city. Next, you will stay in Azemour, which has inspired many Moroccan artists for decades, some of whom choose to live here. Despite being close to the international art market in Casablanca, life in the community is still traditional.
Take inspiration from the beautiful, crumbling 16th-century medina crammed between Oud Er-Rbia (Mother of the Spring River) and the ocean. After arriving in Casablanca, check into the hotel and relax before heading to the city for dinner and some night exploration.
Day 6 Departure from Casablanca
Depending on your flight starting today, you might be able to do a last-day sightseeing in Casablanca city or enjoy tea in a cafe. You need to arrange your trip, because the airport is about 45 minutes away from the city center. At that time, you will head to the Mohammed V International Airport in Casablanca for your flight.
- include Private tour
- Daily breakfast Hotel accommodation and all transportation in Marrakech
- Airport Full transportation with air-conditioning,
- gas and driver English speaking guide and driver Overnight in Agafay, Essaouira, Casablanca & Marrakech
- Tour Guide in & Marrakech
- including breakfast
- Daily including breakfast, free time to explore scenic spots, take photos, etc.
- Customized and flexible stops
- Travel insurance
- Entrance tickets to monuments
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