Day 1: Casablanca – Rabat:
Arrive at Casablanca International airport. To start your tour in Casablanca, we’ll visit Hassan II Mosque, the biggest mosque outside Mecca and the Cornich coast before departing for Rabat, the capital of Morocco. Overnight in our Hotel/Riad. Bed and Breakfast. BB.
Day 2: Rabat – Meknes – Volubilis – Fes:
After breakfast at your Riad, you’ll leave for the Hassan Tower and the Oudaya Kasbah before continuing to Fes via Meknes and Volubilis. In Meknes, another significant imperial city in Morocco, known as the Ismaili capital of Morocco, you will see the famous gate Bab Mansour, the Sahrij Souani Bassin, and the Mulay Ismail Mausoleum. After lunch, your journey continues to Volubilis, the Roman ruins, dating to 25BC where some of the original mosaics are very well preserved. After exploring the site we’ll continue to Fes via the foothills of the Rif Mountains arriving in the late afternoon checking in to your Riad at the heat of the Medina. Overnight in our Hotel/Riad. BB.
Day 2: Exploring Fes:
After breakfast, you can wander the oldest city in Morocco, walking in its alleys and small streets. First stop is the Royal Palace gate, the Jewish headquarter and the first Mellah ever built in Morocco in the 16th century. In Fes you’ll get to visit all the sites with cultural and historical interest including the famous Al Qaraouine University – the oldest in the region, the Tanneries, the Attarine museum and Mulay Idriss mausoleum. After lunch, you’ll visit the tiles cooperative and then experience a wonderful panoramic view over the whole Medina of Fes. In the afternoon, we’ll visit the new city “La ville nouvelle” for a drink. Overnight in our Hotel/Riad. BB.
Day 3: Fes – Ifrane – Azrou – Ziz Valley – Merzouga: 425km.
After breakfast in your Riad, you’ll leave Fes travelling towards Merzouga via Midlet and the Ziz valley. Today you will travel via the village of Ifrane, a beautiful mountains village, referred to as “the Switzerland of Morocco” where you’ll stop at a cedar forest on the middle Atlas Mountains. During this journey you’ll experience glimpses of the Middle Atlas and Higher Atlas mountains and stopping at Azrou, a Berber village in the middle of the famous cedar forest – the largest in Morocco –you may well see Barbary apes. The journey continues to Midelt along the magnificent hills and mountains of the Atlas, travelling through the fascinating Tiz Ntalghamt pass and the Ziz Gorge, taking in views of the High Atlas plateau. You’ll notice how the scenery changes to reveal hints of the desert as you approach the city of Errachidia, where you will have lunch and enjoy some Berber hospitality. Afterwards, you will travel along the luxuriant Ziz Valley, stopping for panoramic views along the way to Erfoud and Rissani, arriving at Merzouga in the late afternoon, where you’ll be welcomed with a glass of mint tea before you check in to your Riad. Overnight in our Hotel/Riad. (DBB).
Day 5: Merzouga area and the Camel trek:
After breakfast in your Hotel, you’ll have time to explore the town before your camel trek and night at the desert camp. Today, you’ll visit the Gnawa people, originally slaves brought from Sudan, to experience their music and lifestyle. Not far away there’s the lake of Merzouga, with its bird populations. You may also visit the nomad wire house where many Berber handicrafts are priced lower than in the big cities. The afternoon is scheduled for your camel trek, guided by an experienced camel man, you’ll explore the golden sand sea of Merzouga. Dinner is in front of the tent where you’ll spend the night. (the camp in equipped with flush-toilets) Luxury Berber Desert Camp. (DBB).
Day 6: Merzouga – Todra Gorges – Dades Valley:
Your camel guide will wake you up early in the morning to watch what well may be the best sunrise of your life. You’ll peacefully camel-trek back to the village of Merzouga. En-route you won’t fail to appreciate the unique beauty of the spectacular Erg Chebbi sand dunes – changing with the light as the day progresses. After breakfast in the Riad, you’ll leave for Rissani, Tinghir, and Todra gorges – the highest, narrowest gorges in Morocco. After lunch in the heart of the gorge we’ll drive through the Dades Valley, where you’ll see the majestic sand castles and the amazing rock formations known as “monkey toes”. Overnight in our Hotel/Riad. DBB.
Day 7: Dades Gorge – Bouthaghrar – Skoura – Ait Ben-Haddou: 140km.
After breakfast in the hotel, you will travel through the Dades Valley towards Kalaa M’gouna and Ouarzazate. The route through Dades Valley is the way of the thousand Kasbahs – providing numerous opportunities to take some of your best photographic shots of the trip. Today you will have the opportunity to meet Berber Nomads in their caves and then you will enjoy the fertile Rose valley and the rock formations along the way. We’ll stop at Kalaat M’gouna, “the rose city”, to purchase the rosewater, which will make your linen smell good a long time after your trip is over. Continuing on to Skoura and the birds valley, you’ll visit the Kasbah Ameridil, a well-preserved kasbah in this area followed by some light hiking in the valley and a stop for lunch at a restaurant, overlooking the whole valley. After lunch its on to Ouarzazate, “the Hollywood of Africa”, whose geography and beautiful landscapes has attracted many world class movie producers. Here you may choose to visit the studios, containing props used in movies, you may have already seen, such as The Mummy, Gladiator and the Last temptation of Christ. Overnight in our Hotel/Riad. DBB.
Day 8: Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah – Imlil:
After breakfast in the Hotel (Ksar), you will travel to Asni and Imlil via the dramatic Tizi Ntichka Pass. Today you’ll stop at the famous Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou. The largest Kasbah in Morocco, was built by T-hami El Glaoui, one of the last Berber chieftains, at the end of the 19th century to be one of his stops during his long trading routes to Timbuctu in Mali. Now the Kasbah houses many of the Glaoui family members. After a short visit to the Kasbah, your journey will continue through the majestic Tizi n’tichka Pass to Asni and Imlil villages at the heart of the High Atlas Mountains. Overnight in our Hotel/Riad. BB.
Day 9: Exploring Arumd Village and the Imlil Area:
After breakfast at the Kasbah, you’ll have a chance to explore the area and enjoy the Berber culture with the choice to hike for a few hours within the valley seeing the fascinating views over the highest peak in North Africa. You’ll also walk to the village of Arumd, a small Berber settlement with a proud culture. In the afternoon, you may like to stay at the Kasbah and admire breathtaking views over the Atlas Mountains. Overnight in our Hotel/Riad. BB.
Day 10: Imlil – Tahnaout – Marrakech:
After Breakfast at the Kasbah, you will start travelling to Marrakech via the Berber village of Tahnaout and the fascinating gorge of Moulay Brahim. After several stops to take photographs, you’ll continue your journey to Marrakech and once here visit the Majorelle gardens before checking in to your Riad. After dinner you will enjoy walking within the famous square of Jemaa El fna, entertained with magicians, story tellers, musicians and snake charmers. Overnight in our Hotel/Riad. Bed and Breakfast. BB.
Day 11: Exploring Marrakech:
After breakfast in the Riad, you can start exploring Marrakech “the red city of Morocco”. We’ll ensure that you see the most important sites of historical and cultural interest, including the Saadian tombs, the Palace of El Bahia and the Ben Youssef Coranic School as well as the souks. Lunch is at a restaurant near the square before we’ll continue exploring the souks and Medina. Again in the afternoon, you will have some free time to wander by yourself. Overnight in our Hotel/Riad. BB.
Day 12: Essaouira Day Trip:
Breakfast is at your Riad, followed by a chance to start exploring the city. You’ll visit the Skala Fortress, the port, the souks and see Thuya wood carved by artisans, walking through the alleys of the medina and past the hundreds of handicrafts. Essaouira is known for its strong winds most of the year so it is known as the “City of the wind” thus it attracts surfers from all over the world. Essaouira has known many civilisations – including the Portuguese occupation, which affects much of its architecture – however, it remains a small village with a big history. Because of its size and its characteristic blue doors and washed walls, it’s also regarded as Morocco’s “Jewel of the Atlantics. Your visit includes the Mellah – the Jewish headquarter as well as the wide expansive and sandy golden beach. There is also an annual festival of “Gnawa music”, where many musical groups come from different parts of Africa and the world held in late June. In the afternoon you’ll travel back to Marrakech and your overnight accommodation will be in our Hotel/Riad. BB.
Day 13: Marrakech Free day:
Today you’ll have a free day on your own, to perhaps take a Hammam and spa, enjoying Marrakech by yourselves. Overnight will be in our Hotel/Riad. BB.
Day 14: Marrakech – Departure:
After Breakfast in your Riad, you’ll be transferred to your chosen airport.
Tour ends at the airport.