16 day tour – Morocco’s Hidden Treasures

Day 1: Arrival in Casablanca (sightseeing) – Transfer to Rabat.

We start our tour in one of Morocco’s bustling port cities. Starting at Hassan II Mosque, the largest mosque in Morocco with a 210m high minaret. This mosque is open to non-muslims so you are able to see the exquisite workmanship inside the mosque. After a tour of the city we travel to Rabat to visit the Royal Palace, the mausoleum of Mohammed V and the roman ruins of the Merinid Tombs of the 14 century. (BB)

Day 2: Rabat – Chefchaouen.

After breakfast, you will leave towards Chefchaouen, the famous blue city of Morocco in the Rif Mountains. On route, you will stop at Rabat, the capital city and residence of the King, for lunch and a time to enjoy the beautiful coastal city. After lunch you will continue on to Chefchaouen for the night. (BB)

Day 3: Chefchaouen.

After breakfast, you will have a tour of this “cool” blue town, tucked away in the mountains. You will enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the Rif Mountains., (BB)

Day 4: Chefchaouen – Volubilis – Meknes – Fes.

After breakfast, you will set out in the morning to the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis. You will spend the morning exploring the 2000-year-old ruins and getting a picture of life during the Roman Empire. Lunch will be taken in Meknes one of Morocco’s Imperial cities. After lunch, your guide will take you on a tour of Meknes, and then you will head off to Fes, the cultural and spiritual capital of Morocco. (BB)

Day 5: Fes sightseeing escorted by an official local guide.

Fes is a city to be explored and where time has stood still in the old city. It is known to be one of the greatest cities in times of high Islamic civilisation. Walking the streets of the old town of Fes will take you back in time but to make the most out of the city we spend the morning with an experienced Fes guide who will take you to some of the hidden treasures that Fes has to offer. Free afternoon. (BB)

Day 6: Fes – Ifran – Midelt – Ziz Gorges – Erfoud – Tafilalet Oases - Merzouga

After breakfast we will embark on a picturesque journey over the Middle Atlas towards Ifrane, through hills covered in forests of cork oak and giant cedar, home of a few Barbary apes. Crossing beautiful and tranquil passes over both the Middle and High Atlas ranges we will catch a first glimpse of the south’s incredible architecture. Lunch in Midelt, approached through a bleak plain of scrub and desert. The dramatic peaks of the High Atlas, rising behind the town, provide a spectacular background. Crossing Tizi-n-Talremt (Pass of the She-Camel), we will descend into a desert plain along the Ziz valley. We will then head south to Erfoud and Rissani, a huge oasis containing over six million palm trees, edged by many ksours (fortified villages). Continuing along a striking route that marks the transition to desert, we will travel to your amazing Kasbah hotel at edge of the golden sand dunes, relax beside the swimming pool, at night you will meet a desert blues band live show. (HB)

Day 7: Merzouga Culture and traditions – Tea with Nomads! – Camel trekking in Erg Chebbi golden sand dunes

After breakfast, around 9 am, we go in 4 WD off-road tour around the dunes via the oasis of Merzouga, the nomadic depository, Khamlia village to visit the Gnawa’s village, originally slaves brought from darker-skin africa, to listen to their spiritual music, then continue to meet desert nomads in their tents, and discover a new sense of life. Not far away there’s the lake of Merzouga, with its bird populations, you’ll leave for Rissani. Once called Sijilmassa, this was the meeting place for the salt caravans, coming from Timbuktu in Mali. Here you’ll walk through the souk, selling spices, vegetables and cloths. After a lunch pizza in Rissani you will travel back to your amazing Kasbah hotel at edge of the golden sand dunes, relax beside the swimming pool. Here all unnecessary luggages can be left in safe rooms at the hotel. The one hour and a half camel trek will take us to a Berber camp in the middle of the Erg Chebbi sand dunes, some rising of 820 feet), the highest in North Africa. The camp consists of three comfortable Berber tents equipped with mattresses, linen, toilets, a restaurant, and a kitchen. The evening will consist shooting stars show, then dinner followed by a traditional music show and overnight in a nomad camp in tents.. (HB)

Day 8: Merzouga – Rissani – Todra Gorges – Dades Gorges.

If we wake up early enough, we can watch the spectacle of sunrise, when the colour of the dunes combine with the play of shadows to make an awesome sight. After cup of tea, we ride the camels for a couple of hours (or less; it is up to you), in the Kasbah, you will have breakfast and shower, before leaving to the fortified village of Rissani in the Tafilalet region. Nestled at the edge of the Ziz Valley, Rissani is a traditional desert village yet houses the impressive Mausoleum of Moulay Ali Sharif, the first ruler of the Alawite dynasty, which thrived here in the 17th century. We set off after breakfast towards Todra Gorge, an impressive canyon in the High Atlas mountains. As we head West through the Maghreb region we stop at Erfoud, capital of the fossils and Tinghir at the mouth of the gorge to explore the souks. As we drive into Todra Gorge we stop along the way to take in this magnificent and unique landscape.es Valley, also known as the ‘Valley of 1000 Kasbahs. Overnight in Dades valley.  (HB)

Day 9: Todra Gorge – Imichil – Dades Gorgres

We spend the day in the beautiful outdoors of Todra Gorge. Take a guided walk through the gorge where figs, dates, almonds and pomegranate are grown in abundance, or for the more adventurous spend the morning hiking in the mountains. (HB)

Day 10: Dades Gorges – Roses valley – Skoura Ouases – Ouarzazate

From Dades gorges, the road reaches Kelaa M’Gouna, the fortress of M’goun valley, through a larg group of ruined Kasbahs whose lavish decoration can still be appreciated. In our way to Ouarzazate the bustling city of the South, we will stop by Kasbah Amridil, standing in Skoura oases. At arrival, we explore Ouarzazate including a visit to the film studios and Taourirt Kasbah, the former palace of Glaoui klan. Here is the best place in Morocco to do some shopping, you can find thousands of authentic products at reasonable price.. (HB)

Day 11: Ouarzazate – Ait Benhaddou Kasbah – Telouet Kasbah – High Atlas Mountains – Marrakech

After a short drive, we will visit Ait Benhaddou, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the background to many famous movies including Gladiator this kasbah is a must see. Cross the mountains and along the Ounila valley, we will drive to the bizarre Kasbah Telouet is one of the most extraordinary sights of the Atlas – fast crumbling into the dark red earth, but still offering, in parts, a peculiar glimpse of the style and melodrama of Moroccan political government and power still within living memory. There’s little of aesthetic value – many of the rooms have fallen into complete ruin. After an guided visit, followed by lunch, we head through the Tizi n’Tichka Pass (2260m) to Marrakesh offering beautiful mountainous landscapes and many small villages along the way. Staying close to Jemaa el-Fnaa night markets, you have a free evening. (BB)

Day 12: Marrakech sightseeing escorted by an official local guide.

After breakfast, the group will have a guided tour of Marrakech, the southern pearl of Morocco. You will discover the Palace of the Bahia, the Saadian Tombs, and many other hidden treasures. After lunch, you will continue with the tour on to the magnificent Koutoubia Mosque and the famous Djemaa el-Fna, one of the center attractions of Marrakech. The tour will conclude with an exploration of the souk (market) lined with fresh fruit, mounds of spices, intricately woven Berber carpets and many other art objects of Morocco. (BB)

Day 13: Marrakech – Essaouira..

We spend the morning visiting some of Marrakesh landmarks before heading to the seaside town of Essaouira. This former Portugese fishing village has grown into a laid back town popular among travellers with art galleries, beautiful beaches and places to eat seafood fresh off the boat that day. (BB)

Day 14: Essaouira.

This will be a free day in Essaouira. (BB)

Day 15: Essaouira – Casablanca.

Your last day of travel will take you back to Casablanca. You will leave Essaouira for Casablanca with a stop at El Oualidia on the way. We drive along the coastline to El Jadida where we visit the citadel and see the underground cistern. We then continue on to Casablanca, where we spend our last night in the country. (BB)

Day 16: Casablanca – Depart.

You will be transferred to the airport for departure.

Inclusions:

• Transportation / Fuel / Driver : 16 days Air-conditioned 4WD vehicle(s), mini bus or motorcoach.

• Guidance: Services of a qualified fluent multi-language guide.

• Comprehensive sightseeing including guidance.

• 14 nights Accommodation in well recommended hotels / Kasbahs / Riads.

• One night in a Traditional Berber Tents (HB).

• Camel Ride (Camel per each individual)

• Breakfast and dinner daily

• Sand boarding (Free & Optional)

• Traditional Music live show

Exclusions:

• Lunch

• Drinks and personal items

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