Day 1: Tangier port (Sightseeing) – Drive to Chefchaouen)
Our guide will meet you on arrival at either the ferry port or airport. Following a pick up, we will do a guided tour around Tangiers Old Medina, then drive through the magnificent Rif mountains, the peak reaches its highest at 2456m at Jbel Tidighine. We continue cross fertile plains of Tetouan. Evergreen oaks, cork oaks, pines and wild olive trees grow on the limestone cliffs around the stunning town of Chefchaouen, a picturesque town set against the dramatic backdrop of the Rif Mountains filled with white-washed homes with distinctive, powder-blue accents, Chefchaouen medina had a Spanish-style square surrounded by many funky arts and crafts stores, roof-top restaurants and cafes, was painted blue by the Jewish refugees who lived there during the 1930′s. The beauty of Chefchaouen’s mountainous surroundings are enhanced by the contrast of the brightly painted medina (old town). We will spend a night in a nice place to enjoy the breeze, the beauty and the relaxed atmosphere of the this town. (BB)
Day 2: Chefchaouen – Volubilis – Meknes – Fes
After breakfast, our authentic discovery will continue from Chefchaouen to explore the breathtaking archaeological site of Volubilis, was the administrative center of the province in Roman Africa called Mauretania Tingitana, founded in the 3rd century B.C. Nearby, we will include a visit to the charming whitewashed town of Moulay Idriss, a scenically nestled in a fold of the Rif Mountains and considered the holiest town in Morocco and of all lands after Mecca. Then we will shift our way to Meknes. The historical importance of Meknes is reflected in its grand Moorish buildings from 17th century, where we will stop for lunch with mint tea, and hang around the historical huge walls of the medina, Bab El Mansour and enjoy a visit of moulay ismail s shrine . After the visit of Meknes, we will take the road to Fes where you will spend the night. (BB)
Day 3: Fes sightseeing escorted by an official local guide.
We will enjoy all that Fes has to offer, a guided city tour to visit the old Medina of Fes; a particularly exciting experience because when you enter the sprawling labyrinthine alleys you feel like you have stepped back in time. Donkeys and mules are the only form of transport in these steep, narrow streets. Delicious scents come from the souk, where perfumes and spices are traded. In contrast, however, the most appalling stink emanates from the leather tanneries, where men often stand up to their waists treating leather in noxious baths, in much the same way as has been done for centuries – don’t let this put you off visiting there too; ethnic leather goods make great souvenirs!. Overnight in Fes (BB)
Day 4: Fes – Ifrane – Midelt – Ziz Gorges – Erfoud – Rissani – Merzouga
After breakfast and following a pick-up from your hotel or riad in Fes at 8 am, we will depart for our picturesque journey over the Moyen 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 5: Merzouga Culture and traditions (Meet the locals and interact with them) – Tea with Nomads – African spiritual music – Fossilized animals.. (4WD Tour around the Erg Chebbi – in the afternoon we will ride the camels into the desert, Overnight in Erg Chebbi Sahara dunes.
After breakfast, 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 Black people’s village, originally slaves brought from black 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 6: Merzouga -Tourug – Tinjdad – Todra Gorges – Dades valley and gorge
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 Tafilalt 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. Journey through the impressive Todra Gorges and past the eastern slopes of the Atlas Mountains to Tinerhir Oasis, with its green valley of palms and local villages, before continuing on a scenic drive through the Dades Valley, also known as the ‘Valley of 1000 Kasbahs. Overnight in Dades valley. (HB)
Day 7: Dades Valley – Boutarar – Rose Valley – Skoura – Ouarzazate
After breakfast there is some time to relax on the hotel terrace, with wonderful views across the fertile Dades Valley. Alternatively, we offer an optional 1-2 hour trek through the villages of this charming area, passing fields cultivated by the Berber women, with the peaks of the High Atlas as a fitting backdrop. Our journey will then continue toward Ouarzazate, going off-road along the Boutarar piste to visit Berber nomads in their caves and partake in a glass of tea with them. From here, we will continue through the Valley of the Roses, famous for its Rose Festival in May, and past the kasbahs of Skoura. We will stay in a riad in Ouarzazate. (HB)
Day 8: 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 9: Marrakech sightseeing escorted by an official local guide.
Explore the famous city of Marrakech, the ‘southern pearl’ of Morocco, and second oldest Imperial city which has for centuries been an important stop for traders and travellers. Your tour will include the Menara Gardens, the famous Jardin Majorelle, Bahia Palace, and Saadian tombs. Visit the Koutoubia Mosque, with its 77m high minaret dominating the centre of Marrakech. Continue to one of the centre attractions of Marrakech; Djemaa el-Fna, the famous UNESCO World Heritage Site which is one of the main cultural spaces in Marrakech. Relax at one of the many cafes surrounding the square to take in all the sights. Continue on and explore the varied and colourful souks. Overnight in Marrakech. (BB)
Day 10: Marrakech – Essaouira..
Depart Marrakech for the seaside town of Essaouira. A relaxing drive lined with argan oil cooperatives will take you to this UNESCO World Heritage listed city. The windswept fishing port, with broad beaches and ancient walled medina with ramparts built into the cliffs has long been a popular destination. With its relaxed feel, take in the small but lively medina, stroll along the ramparts or beach, or visit the port to see the daily catch. The Gnaouas Music Festival is held in Essaouira in June. Overnight in Essaouira. (BB)
Day 11: Essaouira.
This will be a free day in Essaouira. (BB)
Day 12: 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 13: Casablanca – Depart.
You will be transferred to the airport for departure.
• Transportation / Fuel / Driver : 8 days Air-conditioned 4WD vehicle(s), mini bus or motorcoach.
• Guidance: Services of a qualified fluent multi-language guide.
• Comprehensive sightseeing including guidance.
• 6 night 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
• Drinks and personal items
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