Jul16

Pack your binoculars

Pack your binoculars, travel journal, and compass, because this trip is an adventurer’s dream journey. The cities are spicy tapestries of ancient spires and bustling markets, the desert is an unending expanse of orange beauty, and the cuisine contrasts fresh minty flavours with rich lamb stews. What’s more is you go cruising on a 4×4, ride on a camel, and sleep under the stars at a traditional Berber camp. Take this adventure and experience an escapade that’ll truly satisfy your wanderlust. We spend 8 days exploring Morocco. We visit Casablanca, Marrakech, Fes, Meknes, Route de Volubilis, Sahara Desert, Todra Gorge, Aït Benhaddou, Ouarzazate.

Day 1: Marrakech

Today we’ll have a guided tour of Marrakesh. You will explore the main attractions and monuments of the city including the famous Jamaa el Fna square, Kotubia mosque, the souks, palaces, and museums. We’ll also explore parts of the city such as Gueliz, The Menara Gardens and Marjoulle.

Day 2: Marrakesh – Tizi n Tichka pass – Ouarzazatte – Dades Gorge

Today your tour start with a view of the Atlas Mountains through the Tizi-n-Tichka pass to the Unesco World Heritage site of Ait Ben Haddou, famous on the big screen for movies like the Gladiator and the famous HBO series Game of Thrones. We’ll then continue to Ouarzazatte to visit Atlas Film Studios and a Kasbah located in the city. We’ll continue our tour from Marrakesh towards valley of Roses, famous for its annual Festival of roses. We will drive to Dades Gorge where we spend this night in a hotel with dinner and breakfast.

Day 3: Dades Gorge – Todra Gorge – Rissani – Merzouga desert

Here, we’ll continue our tour  and visit Todra Gorge, a colorful narrow canyon famous to outdoor lovers. We’ll continue our way to reach Erfoud, an oasis town known as the gate to the Sahara desert and recognized for its unique fossils. There we can visit a local factory which produces artisans and house decor made from fossils, there is also a local shop where you may purchase such items as souvenirs.

Then, we’ll drive towards Rissani, where we’ll visit the local souk and then drive in direction of the desert to reach Merzouga. Arriving at a checkpoint we leave the vehicle and begin our camel ride into the desert dunes, accompanied by experienced guides, arriving at the Merzouga Desert Camp where we’ll stay overnight in Berbere tents. This spectacular night will be rendered unforgettable  with a unique and traditional starlit Berbere dinner topped off by tribal music around a desert campfire.

Day 4 : Merzouga desert

This day will be exploring the Merzouga desert. You’ll get a chance to “do your own thing”, with the option of camel trekking, or exploring via the comfort of a 4×4. We’ll also visit the Khamlia village famous for its traditional music. We simply can’t miss the opportunity of appreciating the sunset behind the dunes of the bewildering Sahara desert. Our night will be topped off with local music and traditional Berber food around a campfire, or in hotel .

Day 5 : Merzouga – Midelt – Fes

We’ll wake up early morning to catch the sunrise, and then continue by camelback to our hotel. After breakfast at the hotel we’ll drive past Rissani and Erfoud stopping in Midelt for lunch. Then we’ll drive to Fes where we’ll spend the night.

Day 6 : Fes guided tour

Today we’ll  explore the oldest city in Morocco and enjoy walking through its alleys and small streets. Fes consists of three distinct parts; Fes el Bali (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) being the oldest of the three with more than 9000 narrow streets and alleys fortified by a large wall, Fes-Jdid “new Fez” (home of the Jewish quarter) and the “Ville Nouvelle”, the newest sector of Fez created during the French occupation.

Sightseeing includes The Royal Palace gate and Jewish quarter visits as far as other cultural and historical sites including the Al Qaraouine University, the Tanneries, and Mulay Idriss mausoleum.

You can spend the afternoon exploring the fascinating medina before having dinner at a local restaurant. We’ll spend the night in Fes at a local riad / hotel.

Day 7 : Fes – Rabat – Casablanca

After breakfast a road trip is going to take you to the current capital of Morocco, the city of Rabat, throught Meknas, you will visit Meknes and Volubilis. Volubilis is the sight of the famous Roman ruins left from the Roman Empire’s most southern outpost. Meknes is the site of the first Arab dynasty created by Moulay Ismail and has the Medersa Bou Inania and the Bab Mansour, the Gateway to Moulay Ismail Palace. This leads us into the Shriri es-Souani, the horses stable and granaries. In Rabat a very attractive city with so many historical monuments to visit such as (Oudaya, Chellah, Hassan tower…). And then Casablanca spend the night in hotel.

Day 8 : Casablanca – Marrakech

Today we’ll visit the main attractions and monuments in Casablanca including Hassan II Mosque. Then, after lunch at a local restaurant we’ll drive back to Marrakesh where our tour ends.

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