11 Days Morocco desert tours from Marrakech
Day 1: Airport Marrakech
Arrival at Airport Marrakech, and transfer to your hotel or Raid, and you spend the night in a Moroccan typical hotel with Dinner and overnight.
Day 2: Marrakech – Casablanca
After a typical Moroccan breakfast, Departure to Casablanca, the economic capital and the biggest of Morocco’s cosmopolitan cities it s steeped in history. Visit the old medina and Place Mohammed V, a busy shopping street lined by residential blocks dating back to the 1930’s. See the United Nations Square and the league of Arab states Park with its palm trees. And you spend the night in a Moroccan typical hotel with Dinner and overnight.
Day 3: Casablanca – Rabat – Meknes – Fez
After breakfast, departure from your hotel in Casablanca at 8 am, to Rabat the capital city and residence of the King, you have lunch and a time to enjoy the beautiful coastal city. After lunch you will continue on to Meknes, the 16th century capital whose ruler, Moulay Ismail, modeled himself on France’s ‘Sun King’, Louis XIV. After, plundering his entire country he opened his amazing palace decorated with the most intricate colorful stucco work, huge beautifully detailed bronze doors and stunning mosaics via Moulay Idriss, for a visit of this holy Islamic town, and then, we visit nearby Volubilis, the westernmost outpost of the Roman Empire, after we will continue on to fez, and you spend the night in a Moroccan typical hotel with Dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Guided City Tour
The whole day will be devoted to discovering Fez, the oldest of the imperial cities, home to the world’s first university dating from the 9th century and one of the most complete medieval cities in existence. Surrounded by huge defensive walls, it seems suspended in a time warp, somewhere between the middle Ages and the modern. But it’s more than that, it is a living city almost devoid of tourists, where whilst wandering amongst its amazing 9,000 tiny streets you experience its noisy hawkers selling everything from colorful vegetables, to delicious middle eastern pastries flavored with cinnamon and honey. Mind your backs for the passing of the only transport – mule or donkey! The haunting sound of the call to prayer resonates over the traditional rooftops whilst skilled artisans noisily beat metal into pans and intricate metal – ware as they have for centuries.
Day 5 : Fez – Chefchaouen – Fez
You will be picked up from your hotel in Fez at 7:00 am by our English speaking driver and transfer you to Chefchaouen where you will meet your guide there to spend a day tour. Chefchaouen, a true jewel of Morocco, lying in the Rif area. It is known for its shady alleys, whitewashed houses with blue turquoise doors, wrought iron windows and tile covered roofs. Sat on the terrace of a cafe, you can enjoy the attractive view of the grand Tarik-Ben-Ziad mosque whose octagonal minaret is inspired by that of the Torre de Oro in Seville. This Andalousian architecture can be found in the kasbah and its gardens, at the center of the medina. Its walls and its 11 crenellated towers, of which one used to be a dungeon, house an interesting ethnographic museum. The famous djellaba, this long and ample garment worn by the men and women of North Africa, was created here. The welcome and great hospitality provided by its inhabitants can be experienced during a visit to a traditional oil mill (there are more than 1500 of them) or a craftsman’s workshop. Over and above its weaving, Chefchaouen is renowned for its basket-making and its pottery. Also you will be escorted to the hustle and bustle of the souk, which is still as lively as ever and a true source of Moroccan culture the way it is lived daily. Finally you will be transferred back to your hotel in Fez in the evening.
Day 6: Fez – Midelt – Eroud – Merzouga Dunes
After a typical Moroccan breakfast, departure from your hotel in Fez via the beautiful Ziz valley, Errachida and Midelt Lunch on the way, after lunch we drive to Merzouga, Once you arrive to the dunes of Erg Chebbi, Around 4 o’clock, and you have short swim in the swimming pool in hotel, after we ride camels two hours into the dunes, at the sunset to get to the oasis where the camp is located, Spend the night in the bivouac at Merzouga Desert dunes under nomadic tents or outside under shooting stars. Dinner and overnight in Merzouga Sahara desert camp.
Day 7: Merzouga Dunes – Toudra Gorges – Tinghir – Dades Gorges.
we wake you half an hour before sunrise, magical lights before sunrise, we see the sunrise, return by dromedaries, once back to the hotel in Merzouga, we have a shower and breakfast, After breakfast, you meet the driver, and you travel from Merzouga to Dades gorges via Todra Gorge, where you will have free time to go on trek along the canyons of about 300m high, a preferred place by mountain climbers, and have lunch, After Lunch, we drive to Dades Gorges, and you spend night in a Moroccan typical hotel with Dinner and overnight in Dades gorges.
Day 8: Dades Gorges – Valley of Roses – Skoura Palm – Ouarzazate
After a typical Moroccan breakfast, departure from your hotel in Dades gorges at 8 am, you meet the driver, and you travel from Dades gorges to ouarzazate via valley of roses, where is held each year the festival of roses, and have lunch, After Lunch, we drive to ouarzazate, or what we call Hollywood of Africa since it’s has been as well a very famous destination for film makers (Gladiator, Laurence of Arabia, kingdom of heaven…), You will have free time to visit the old Kasbah of Ouarzazate “Taourirt Kasbah”,and after you spend night in a Moroccan typical hotel with Dinner and overnight in ouarzazate
Day 9: Ouarzazate – Ait Benhaddou Kasbah – Marrakech
After breakfast we start our journey driving visit the Cinema Studios, Afterwards we will visit the universal Heritage Site of Ait Benhaddou Kasbah as it has been named by UNESCO in 1987, After that we will have stop for lunch near for the Kasbah after lunch, we across in the high Atlas Mountains, we have Break for tea in the middle of the Atlas Mountains, and then after we arrive back to Marrakech around 17:00 pm. Drop off at your Marrakech Hotel. And you spend night in a Moroccan typical hotel with Dinner and overnight
Day 10 : Marrakech – Essaouira – Marrakech
Essaouira easly accessible Day trip from Marrakesh, Situated at 176 km west of Marrakech, 2 : 30 drive ; Essaouira is a coastal small town, famous for its fishing port with its blue colored wooden boats, one of the oldest Moroccan cities, formely named Mogador. The old Medina of Essaouira is listed by UNESCO as world heritage site ; Essaouira is known for its Gnaoua music festival every year on June ; a Day excursion to essaouira makes the visitor think about staying longer in a friendly, relaxing medieval town..
Day 11 : Transfer Airport Marrakech
Transfer to the airport, according to flight schedules, and the end of our services.
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