9 Days Casablanca Merzouga Desert
9 Days Casablanca Merzouga Desert
Day 1: Arrival in Casablanca – Transfer to Rabat.
9 Days Casablanca Merzouga Desert, Meet and greet at Casablanca airport, then discover the economic capital of the kingdom and its largest city. Start your Casablanca city tour with a visit to the exterior of the splendid Hassan II Mosque, then visit Habous Charter, the oldest area in Casablanca. Depart along the coast to visit the political capital of Morocco: Rabat. Begin your discovery of this imperial city with a walk around the entrance to the Royal Palace with its beautiful mosaics and lovely gardens. Next to the palace, you will see the impressive and unmatched Mohammed V Mausoleum and the Hassan Tower, the landmark of Rabat and one of the oldest mosques. Overnight in Rabat. (BB)
Day 2: Rabat – Meknes – Volubilis – Fes.
After breakfast, continue touring the city of Rabat with a visit to the Oudaya Kasbah: Rabat’s old medina and Chella Necropolis where the Roman and Islamic ruins lay side by side whispering endless stories of centuries past. Leave Rabat passing vast agricultural fields to the second imperial city of Meknes to take pictures of the massive Bab El Mansour Gate. The city tour of Meknes includes the Harri Souani stables, the old medina and the beautiful royal palace. Depart for the sacred city of Moulay Idriss. You may have time for a stop at this beautiful little city before visiting the Roman ruins of Volubilis. Volubilis is a truly impressive setting selected by UNESCO as a cultural heritage for humanity. Overnight in Fes. (BB)
Day 3: Fes sightseeing escorted by an official local guide.
Enjoy a guided half day city tour of Fez, Morocco’s spiritual and intellectual capital and home to the largest old Medina in the world. The city’s numerous monuments have thousands of stories to tell, visit Jemaa El Karaouyine (the first university to be established in the world), the Mederssa Bounania, the tanneries and artisan quarters and the fascinating souks are just some of the many places to see. Overnight in Fes, (BB)
Day 4: Fes – Midelt – Ziz Gorges Erfoud – Erg Chebbi – Camel trek in the Sahara.
Leaving Fez with its fantastic history, head to a totally different part of Morocco. On the way to Erfoud pass through many Berber cities and villages, the first of which are the cities of Ifrane and Azrou. Ifrane, nicknamed Morocco’s Switzerland, is a very beautiful little town with very charming European style homes and Azrou, a Berber village known for its handicraft cooperatives. Continue via Midelt, the Ziz River and a series of fortified villages’ en route to Erfoud, Overnight in Berber Tent. (BB)
Day 5: Merzouga – Erfoud – Todra Gorges – Dades valley – Skoura Ouases – Ouarzazate
Return back to the hotel for breakfast before driving to Tinghir via Rissani and Tinjdad. Tinghir is a beautiful and green valley more than 40 km in length. The valley is rich with palm trees, olives, almonds and many other crops. We stop to enjoy a few minutes walk through the valley. Just north of Tinghir is Todra Gorge, a 300m deep cut wall into the mountains of the High Atlas and one of the rarest landscapes ever. Continue the tour via the Dades Valley to Morocco’s version of Hollywood, Ouarzazate. Overnight in Ouarzazate. (HB)
Day 6: Ouarzazate – Ait Ben Haddou – Atlas Mountains – Marrakech
The city tour of Ouarzazate includes a stop at Tourirt Kasbah, considered one of the most beautiful kasbahs in Morocco and Tifoultout Kasbah with its remarkable views over the valley. Visit the cinematographic studios where many great films were and are still being shot. Continue on to the wonderful fortified village of Ait Ben Haddou, the most spectacular fortress village in the south of Morocco and where many great films such as were Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Jesus of Nazareth (1977), The Jewel of the Nile (1985), The Living Daylights (1987), The Sheltering Sky (1990), Kundun (1997), The Mummy (1999), Gladiator (2000), Alexander (2004) have been shot. Depart Ait Ben Haddou crossing the High Atlas Mountains via spectacular Tiz-In Tichka pass (2260m) to Marrakech. Overnight in Marrakech. (HB)
Day 7: Marrakech sightseeing with an official local guide
Marrakech, the capital of the south, is a charming city along with its famous Jemaa El Fna Square with arrays of food stalls, snake charmers, musicians and fortune tellers. The Koutoubia Mosque (12th century), Bahia Palace and the Menara Gardens are just a few of the architectural highlights of the city. A few hours walk along the narrow streets of the old Medina is also part of the city’s charm. Overnight in Marrakech.
We take a guided tour and see the sights of Marrakech, Morocco’s fourth Imperial City. Inside the rose coloured medina walls is a tangle of winding streets and alleys that open onto verdant gardens and bustling souks. At the heart of the medina is Djemaa El Fna, the city’s exuberant market place and towering over it, is the famous Koutoubia Mosque, the tallest building in the city. The rest of the day is free to explore the city. Overnight in Marrakech. (BB)