Day 1: Casablanca
The tour starts from the Imperial City of Casablanca when we pick you up from the Mohammed V International Airport and transfer you to your hotel, where you will be staying. Your dinner will be at your hotel.
Day 2: Casablanca-Rabat-Meknes-Volubilis-Fes
After breakfast in your hotel, we will depart from Casablanca for Rabat.
Casablanca: Casablanca is the largest city in Morocco and one of the largest financial centers on the continent. It is considered the economic and business center of Morocco. It hosts the primary navel base for the Royal Moroccan Navy. We will take a panoramic tour of the city and visit the exterior of the Hassan II Mosque, the largest mosque in North Africa, and the 13th largest in the world.
Rabat: Once we arrive to Rabat, we will take you to see the Royal Palace located at the end of the mechouar (a large parade ground). This palace dates back to 1864 and is the principal residence of the King of Morocco. You will also visit the fortified Oudayas Kasbah
Meknes: After you will travel on to Meknes where you will visit the famous El Hedim Square, the Mausoleum of Sultan Moulay Ismail and the Old Medina. You will also view the Bab Mansour Laleuj, an iconic gateway known for its geometric ornamentation, devotional inscriptions and marble columns. While in Meknes, we will stop for lunch before leaving to travel toVolubilis.
Volubilis: In our route we will stop to visit of the Roman Ruins of Volubilis. The ruins remained substantially intact until an earthquake devastated the area in the mid-18th century.
Your accommodations and dinner will be in your riad/hotel in Fez.
Day 3: Fez
After breakfasta at your hotel, a local guide will take you to visit the most remarkable places in the oldest Imperial City. You will visit of the Mellah, the Medina, and the exterior of the Kairaouine Mosque. The Kairaouine Mosque, the holiest and second largest mosque in Morocco. You will also visit the University of al-Karaouine, the oldest existing and continually operating university in the world as well as the BouInania Medrasa, the most famous quoraniq school in Morocco. Lastly, you will visit the Chouara Tannery. Lunch will be at a typical restaurant in the medina. Your accommodations and dinner will be back in your hotel in Fez.
Day 4: Fez-Ifrane -Azrou-Cedar Forest-Midelt-Erfoud-Merzouga
After breakfast, at your hotel, your tour continues with an early departure from Fez. You will be amazed by the most fascinating landscapes conceivable as we pass along the Middle Atlas Mountains. Your first destination will be to Ifrane.
Ifrane: Ifrane, The Little Switzerland of Morocco, is unlike any other town in North Africa. It is located at an elevation of 1,665 m (5,463 ft.), above sea level in the Middle Atlas region. It is a small resort town set high up in the mountains with a Swiss like ambiance. Ifrane serves as the winter playground for the wealthy Berbers from drier cites like Fez, Meknes, and Marrakech, who flock here to experience a European winter or to find relief from the summer heat. Ifrane is also a popular altitude-training destination as well. In 1995 Al Akhawayn University, an English-language, American-curriculum public university opened and this has helped re-launch Ifrane as a desirable destination for domestic tourism. Consequently, Ifrane continues to develop as both a summer and winter resort.
Azrou: CèdreGouraud, is a forest, in the woodland area, in the Middel Atlas Mountain Range in Morocco. The forest is truly remarkable and a complete contrast from the Sahara Desert. This beautified cedar forest is home to the endangered Barbary Apes, which are actually monkeys. Once you arrive you won’t have to look far to see the Barbary Apes, as they are not shy to come out of the forest to greet you. This will be good opportunity to take photos of the timberland in Morocco.
Zaida: The town of Zaida, a small Berber town in the Midelt region, has an incredible street lined with restaurants. You will see many displays of fresh meat hanging in front of the shops as well as traditional wood burners cooking an assortment of tagines. Here is a great place where we will stop to have lunch before we continue on through the Atlas Mountains towards towards Merzouga.
Midelt: On your travels you will pass through the town of Midelt, with a population of 55,304 recorded in 2014, it is located in central Morocco, in the high plains between the Middle Atlas and High Atlas Mountains ranges. The cities elevation is 1508 m (4948 ft.), making it one of the highest large towns in Morocco. Midelt is one of Morocco’s principle cities for the mining of several minerals as well as a market for agriculture for an area extending across the region. This region is best known for apples, walnuts, apricots, plums, pomegranates, wheat, corn and a wide variety of garden vegetables.
Erfoud: Erfoud is a town in southern Morocco, in the Tafilalet-region. Erfoud has been given the name of “The Gate of Sahara Desert” as it is near the Erg Chebbi Dunes since you can actually take direct off-road route to the dunes. While traveling through Erfoud, which is known for its precious and unique fossils, we will stop to visit the workers of fossils and the Erfoud Market of Dates.
Merzouga: When you arrive to Merzouga we will be checked into your riad/hotel for your accommodations and dinner.
Day 5: Merzouga-Khamlia-Rissani-Erg Chebbi Desert Camp-Camel Ride
After your breakfast, in your hotel, you will tour the area of Erg Chebbi.
Khamlia: You will visit a Berber residence and listen to the indigenous Gnawa music, originated in West Africa. After, you will visit some deserted mines and the Oasis of the Palm Trees.
Rissani: Rissani is best known as a producer of high quality of leather. You will visit the visit the famous Market of Rissani where you can find jewelry, souvenirs, gifts, spices, art and crafts. While in Rissani your lunch will be a traditional Moroccan pizza called “Medfouna”. After you will comeback to your hotel in Merzouga and prepare for your journey to Erg Chebbi to take a camel ride into the desert where you will enjoy a night under the stars.
Erg Chebbi: From Erg Chebbi you will embark upon a camel and journey into the Sarah Desert. The camels will be packed with food and blankets, as well as the other necessities needed for this one night stay in the desert. We will trek our way through the sand to a small Oasis in the middle of the dunes. Here is where you will be spending your evening, where the sky is clear and stars sparkle and shine with intensity. Your accommodations this evening will be camping in a Nomad Berber Tent.
Once settled in at camp, a campfire will be lit and our staff will play music with drums in order to share our culture with you. Afterwards you will be severed your dinner under the Saharan skies ‘blanket of stars’ at the campfire or in the restaurant tent at the camp.
Day 6: Merzouga-Erfoud-Jorf-Todgha Gorges-Dades Gorges
In the morning, after having a sunrise breakfast, we will break camp and ride our camels out of the desert and back to our original point of departure. You will then travel back to the hotel so that you can shower, have breakfast and collect your luggage before starting on your way towards Marrakech.
Erfoud: You pass back through Erfoud on your route to Jorf.
Jorf: Stop to see the old Canal of Irrigation. This area dates back to the 14th century and has provided water for towns and villages for several centuries. The underground aqueducts were designed to transport water slopes without active pumping. In the 1970’s diesel pumps were put in to use causing some of the aqueducts in this region to go dry. Recent studies concluded that the depth of the water table has dropped 50% over the past 40 years, which has affected the amount of date palm grown in the region.
Tinejdad: Visit a Berber village famous for its’ palms.
Tinghir: One of the most spectacular Gorges in the world, Todgha Gorges is a series of limestone river canyons in the eastern part of the High Atlas Mountains in Morocco, near Tinghir. Both the Todgha and Dades Rivers are responsible for cutting out these deep cliff-sided canyons. The heights of the canyon walls vary, but in some places can be up to 400m (1,312 ft.) high.While at Todgha Gorges you will have the opportunity to break for lunch in one of the restaurants with a panoramic view.
Dadès Gorges: The Dadès Gorges is a scenically beautiful section of the Dades River Valley in between the Atlas Mountains and the Anti Atlas. The Gorge is best known for mesmerizing scenery and the Kasbahs set precariously along the roadside, overlooking the river below.
Rose Valley: The Valley of the Roses is known for the extensive harvest of roses, used in the production of perfume, rose water, oil, and cosmetic products. Among the foliage you will also find groves of palm and almond trees.
Kelaat M’Gouna: You will visit the southernmost gorges is the AsifM’Goun River, which runs alongside of a small town referred to as Valley of the Roses. Kelaat M’Gouna is most known for the Festival of Roses, a festival that takes place in the city every year in May. There is a factory for the distillery of roses, and production of rose water and essential oils, and cosmetic products.
Skoura: You will see the Kasbah Amridil, originally built in the 17th century, one of Morocco’s most iconic living museums. It has withstood the test of time, making it the ideal setting for an insight into the ancient traditions of Kasbah life. Here, you will be able to take a look at some tools that were used in the area generations ago, and some that are still used today in southern Morocco. After you’ve taken in the traditional ways of the Kasbah, make your way up the stairs to the top of the fortification to get a stunning view of the surrounding Skoura palm groves.
Your accommodations and dinner will be in your riad/hotel in Dades Gorges.
Day 7: Dades Gorges-Ouarzazete-Aït Benhaddou-Atlas Mountains-Marrakech
After breakfast in your hotel, we will depart from Dades Gorge for Marrakech.
Ouarzazate: In Ouarzazate you will visit the cinema studios of Atlas & CLA Studios where many movies were produced thus being called “The Hollywood of Africa.” Atlas Studio & CLA Studios is home to many prestigious movies filmed from Lawrence of Arabia, Tea in Sahara, Black Hawk Down, Moses, Gladiator, Cleopatra, The Mummy 1 & 2, Alexander the Great, Kingdom of Heaven, Sahara, Troy, Hidalgo, Patton, The Hills has Eyes, The Way Back, Babel,Treasure Island, Jewel of the Nile, Gladiator, Ben-Hur, The Passions of Christ and even more.
Aït Benhaddou: Along the route you will stop to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Aït Benhaddou, a spectacular fortified village (Ksar). While in Aït Benhaddou you will have time for lunch, which will be in a traditional restaurant, before traveling on to Marrakech. While in Aït Benhaddou we will stop for lunch, which will be in a traditional restaurant, before traveling on to Marrakech by way of traveling the Tizi n’Tichka Pass.
Tizin’TichkaPass: The Tizi n’Tichka is a mountain pass in Morocco, at an elevation of 2260 m (6,867 ft.) above sea level, linking the city of Ouarzazate to the southeast of Marrakesh through the High Atlas Mountains. It lies between the Gateway of the Sahara Desert and the great Marrakech Plains. This long winding road offers many breathtaking views and the scenery promises to be nothing short of spectacular. The natural backdrop of the enormous rocks reflects colors in every shade of orange, red and brown imaginable while still visible in the deep valleys is the contrasting green from different types of cultivation of the local villagers.
Day 8: Marrakech City Tour
After your morning breakfast at your hotel, our guide and driver will pick up to explore the city of Marrakech, you will have the opportunity to discover the amazing old Medina. You will see the Majorelle Garden that host more than 15 bird species that are prevalent to North Africa, has many fountains and a remarkable collection of cacti.The garden was once owned by Yves Saint-Laurent and Pierre Bergé, between 1980 and 2008. After Yves Saint Laurent death in 2008 his ashes were scattered about in the Majorelle Garden.You will visit Marrakech’s most visited monument the Saadian Tombs, the Koutoubia Mosque, and the New City of Marrakech – Gueliz.
Your accommodations and dinner will be back at your riad/hotel in Marrakech.
Day 9: Marrakech-Essaouira
After breakfast, we will leave Marrakech to travel to Essaouira to visit the city.
Essaouira has become the most popular coastal town in Morocco. Car-free and clean, Essaouira is known for its fishing port and its blue fleet of wooden fishing boats. There are lots of great dining options for lunch (we’ll give you a map showing you our favorites). Close to the port there are tables set up where you can choose your lunch from the fish/seafood that has literally just been pulled out of the water.
The Medina of Essaouira is one of the best-maintained medinas in Morocco. Its numerous craft shops and art galleries attract visitors from all over the world. The city is proud to count artists like Orson Welles and Jimi Hendrix among its biggest fans. Welles shot several scenes of his film Othello in Essaouira. If you chose to visit in late June, you’ll be joining a big crowd who travel to Essaouira every year to attend the world-renowned Gnaoua Music Festival.
There are several “must-sees” in Essaouira – the Skala du Port, the Wood Souk below the ramparts where local artisans produce amazing wood products made from the beautiful Thuya wood local to Essaouira, the ramparts with the cannons still in place from the Portuguese era, the labyrinth of streets with the wonderful blue front doors, the Jewish Synagogue, the beach and so on.
Your accommodations and dinner will be in your riad/hotel in Essaouira.
Day 10: Essaouira-Casablanca
After breakfast, we will depart from Essaouira to travel back to Casablanca to your hotel or transferred to the Airport at which time this will conclude the 10-Day Tour from Casablanca – Imperial Cities and end of our services.
Tour in 4×4 vehicle or Minibus (with A/C), Fuel
An English speaking driver/guide
4 Hotel overnight stays (dinner & breakfast)
1 Night in Desert Camp (dinner & breakfast)
A camel ride
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