Exploring Morocco: Imperial cities to the Atlas Mountains and Desert (12 Days)
From Casablanca visit Rabat, Chefchaouen ,Mknes ,Fes, Atlas mountains ,end in Marrakech via Sahara desert: 12 Days
This special Morocco tour travels to the cities of Casablanca ,Rabat,Meknas ,Chefchaouen , Fes, Marrakech, and in search of bustling medinas and souks, and most of the Attractions in Morocco ,also many Outdoor Activities , plus guided walking tours, delicious food tours, ancient and historical sites, and lessons on traditional arts and crafts. Adopt a slower pace by visiting the Atlas Mountains, where you’ll enjoy charming Berber villages, lunch with a local family, , and discover the Roman ruins in Volubilis.discover the mysteries of Morocco Sahara Desert .ending our tour by a special Marrakech City Tour .
Day 1: Pick up from Casablanca Mohamed V Airport to your accommodation (Night at Casablanca)
Pick up from Casablanca Mohamed V Airport to your accommodation (Night at Casablanca)
Day 02: Explore Casablanca -Explore Rabat
After breakfast, begin the city tour with an inside visit of Hassan II mosque, Ain Diab Beach for a walk along the coast, Mohammed V square in the city centre. Transfer to Rabat for a brief tour that covers the entrance to the royal palace; visit the picturesque Kasbah des oudayas overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, the Hassan Tower, and enjoy the charming garden of Challa, surrounded by walls and beautiful defensive gates, built between 1310 and 1330, overnight at Rabat.
Day 03: Rabat –Chefchaouen
In this third day of our Morocco Tour we will drive to Chefchaouen through the cities of Knitra and El Ghareb, a very agricultural and farming zone, stopping in Ouazzane, passing by spectacular scenery with cedar, oak and almond trees, we arrive to Chefchaouen then(blue town); Set against a wide valley and nestled between two peaks in the stunning Rif Mountains, the isolated town of Chefchaouen is a surprising delight. Much of Chefchaouen was recreated by Andalusia refugees escaping the Reconquistia, so its striking blue and whitewashed houses, red-tiled roofs and artistic doorways give it the feel of the Spanish hills, Visit the famous Outa el Hammam square, Spend the rest of the day exploring the sights, sounds, and smells of the medina, the shops in the square selling woven goods and small sweets, and, most importantly, tasting the town’s famous goat’s cheese. Herds of goats wander the sparse hillsides that surround Chefchaouen, and their cheese is sold in great fresh rounds in the street markets. Within the plaza is the walled fortress of the Kasbah, visits the ethnographic museum, and soaks in wonderful views from the rooftop. All yourself because is a small and very save city .overnight at Chefchaouen
Day 04: Chefchaouen-Volibilus –Meknes- Fes
After breakfast, Descend from the hills and travel south through the centre of the peninsula towards the World Heritage site of Volubilis. The remains of this Roman city make an undeniably impressive sight as they come into view on the edge of a long, high plateau. Take a tour around the arches, basilicas, and superb mosaics along the Documents Maximums, many of which remain intact The reward for walking in the sun lies .your next stop at Meknes city visit the massive ramparts and king mouly ismael mosque and stables built to accommodate 12 000 horses and Bab mansour (very old gate) , continue to fes for overnight .
Day 05: Explore Fes
With our official and professional guide you’ll have a wonderful day , he will take you to the most tourist places in Fes city , there is many historical sites to explore ; such as “Karaouine university” (the oldest one in the world) and “Medrassa Bouanania”, souk , panoramic view on “ Idriss 2 corner” , Bab boujloud ; the UNESCO site of world culture , ancient Fes fences ,Attarin school , Norte tower ,Annajarin, Dar bathaa, leather tanners , and ceramic factory, in addition to visit the royal palace ,and the Jewish quarter (El Mellah) , during the visit of the city you’ll have a lunch time in local restaurant , with our guide you’ll never forget this tour , then after you finish your tour, return to the hotel /Riad.
Day 06: Fes – Ifran – Midelt – Ziz Valley- Arfoud – Merzouga
This day we will meet different colors of the kingdom by leaving the old Moroccan city of Fes. We will pass through the most modern and clean city in the country Ifran. This Berber name of Ifran means caves and it is nicknamed in Morocco as a little Switzerland since it is a very green town and is a ski resort in the Middle Atlas region of Morocco because of its high altitude at 1665 meters. Ifran is very known as well by The Brotherhood private university, established in 1997 by The king of Morocco Hassan II and the king of Saudi Arabia Fahd. Where all classes are taught in English, it is an international university. Lunch will be scheduled in a Berber village called Zaida ,then to Midelt which is situated on the foothills of the eastern part of the High Atlas Mountains. From vast plateau we start crossing up those tough mountains which are still settled by a big Berber community. The landscapes here includes palm tree oases at Jbel Ayachi (at 3747 m) before driving down the curves and join the pre-Saharan zone passing first by Errachidia and Erfoud, which is famous for its pottery and the interesting fossil quarries. Fossils are a major industry in Erfoud, some 350 million years ago the region around Erfoud was a part of the huge ocean. Heading up to the red colored sand sea dunes of Erg Chebbi , From a vast plateau you will get impressed by the huge sand dune of Merzouga appearing from the horizon. Night and dinner at Hotel / Riad.
Day 07 : Explore Merzouga region
Breakfast at the hotel ,and around 10 am you start a Moroccan desert safari in Merzouga for a half day with 4x4 to discover the Merzouga area, visit of Khamliya (the famous Gnawa music; black slaves playing the Gnawa music so typical of this region),also see a real nomad life and have lunch with a nomad family, or in a restaurant then you will have the last half day free ,you can relax or do another separate activity like sand walk or Quad bike. 1hour and half before sunset you take the camel ride to reach the Camp. Then overnight in a very nice desert camp .
Day 08 : Sahara Desert-Rissani –Todra Valley – Dodra Gorges
Our first Visit today is Errisani town; where the Mausoleum of the founder of the Alaouite Dynasty of Morocco, Moulay Ali Chrif in the 17th century. This silent town was the ancient capital of Tafilalet and its location as a crossroads between north and south brought the city to an important status of a former major caravan centre. Up to now Rissani remains a major commercial centre in the region, 127 km from Errisani the great canyons of Morocco Todgha Gorges are situated beyond the central high Atlas Mountains. Here, the contrasting landscapes remind visitors of the Colorado, with its high plateau, its gorges and great canyons, and its peaks sometimes splintered by erosion. Several peaks in this area exceed 4000 m, with Jbel Saghro 2500 m and Jbel Mgoun at 4068 m being the highest peak in this part of the High Atlas. The area is populated by Berbers. Here you can enjoy a hike among those fabulous canyons, overnight at Todra valley.
Day 09: Todra Valley – Dades Valley and Gorges -Skoura Palm Oasis
From the great canyons of Todgha we go to visit Dades Gorges, and enjoy a very nice drive at Tisdrin road, then go along the road of 1000 kasbahs, since there are enormous Kasbahs on both sides of the road. Some of those old fortified houses are restored but unfortunately a lot of them are ruins, along this valley another valley called valley of roses appearing with the green colours of its Alfalfa plants, olive trees, fig trees and grapes. This valley gives birth to a rose from which locals produces different cosmetic products like soap, perfumes and skin creams. Locals here celebrate this rose by organizing a national festival each end of April, then we will visit one of those kasbahs is scheduled by seeing Amridil Kasbah (Skoura oasis) overnight in the middle of Palm Oasis
Day 10: Skoura Palm Oasis -Ouarzazate-Ait Ben Haddou- High Atlas Mountains – Marrakech
We leave Skoura in the morning Getting to Ouarzazate (Hollywood of Africa, Noiselessly town, The door of the desert), is a city situated in the middle of a bare plateau, south of the High Atlas Mountains. It is mainly inhabited by Berbers, who constructed many of the prominent kasbahs and building for which the area is known. One of those building is Taourirt Kasbah diverted in 17th century (stop for pictures from outside the Kasbah ) . Why this town is nicknamed as Hollywood of Africa? Simply because it has been noted as a film-making location, with Morocco’s biggest studios inviting many international film companies to shoot their movies like: Lawrence of Arabia (1962), The Living Daylights (1987), The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), The Mummy (1999), Gladiator (2000), Kingdom of Heaven (2005), Martin Scorsese’s Kundun (1997) and Babel (2005) ,after Ouarzazate City we will drive about 30 km to reach the fortified city of Aït Benhaddou, built in the 11th century. Once up on a time this Kasbah was the former caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakesh. It is situated on a hill along the Ounila River and has some beautiful examples of Kasbahs, which unfortunately sustain damage during each rainstorm and windstorms. Most of the town’s inhabitants now live in a more modern village at the other side of the river; however, around five families are still living within this Kasbah. Aït Benhaddou Kasbah has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987 and several films have been shot there, including Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Time Bandits (1981), The Jewel of the Nile (1985), Kundun (1997), Gladiator (2000) and Alexander (2004). From this beautiful fortified house we head west to the city of Marrakech. It is called the “Homeland of God in Berber». Some stops at Atlas mountains before you arrive to Marrakesh. Night at Marrakech
Day 11 : Marrakech city tour
At 10 am in your Hotel/Riad the local guide set off on a morning tour of the old medina, through the bustling souks that are the lifeblood flowing through the city. Explore tranquil courtyards filled with the scent of orange blossom, and the many salons and chambers that make up Bahia Palace; This splendid mansion was built in 1866 for a former slave who rose to power within the government. Continue to the Marrakech Museum, itself a former palace, which houses a fine collection of Moroccan art and sculpture. Stop by the Koutoubia Mosque; its famous minaret is the prototype for others of its kind around the world, including La Giralda in Seville. Also visit Majorel garden and Dar Bacha Misaim Then walk back through the streets of the old medina to the Jemaa el Fna. The rest of the day is free to explore, perhaps head back into the medina, where every step brings a new smell, a new sight or a new gift to buy. Watch skilled artisans perfect their craft practice your haggling skills or take a break from the hustle to sip on tea or share a Tajine, filled with the pure scent of Morocco. in the evening you have option to back to your hotel or enjoying your time in jemaa el fna squire. Or go for a special dinner.
Day 12 : drop of at Marrakech Menara Airport
Drop of at Marrakech Menara Airport