Highlights of the tour:
- Marrakech, the red city
- Cross High Atlas mountains
- Drive through pittoresque valleys with Kasbahs and canyons in the south
- Camel ride and desert camp in Sahara
- Drive trough cedar forests and ski resorts in North Morocco
- Visit the “Blue Pearl” of Morocco; Chefchaouen
- Explore the ancient and holy city of Fes.
- Rabat, the capital of Morocco
- Casablanca, Morocco’s largest city
- Hassan II Mosque, the biggest mosque in North Africa
- The white and blue fishing and surfer’s town Essaouira
- From Marrakech
- Start/stop: At your hotel or riad
- Duration: 8 days
- Transport: Comfortable Landcruiser 4×4 car with aircondition
- Language: Driver/guide speaks English and French
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Day 1: Marrakech - Dades Gorges
We visit the magnificent 12th century Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, a UNESCO World heritage site. A local guide takes you inside the walls for about an hour guided tour. Lunch in Ait Ben Haddou. After we continue to the green oasis of Skoura, with old kasbahs situated among palm trees. The tour continues through the Valley of Roses. We cross small mountains and you have nice views to Berber villages and valleys. Along the route, we go off road to visit nomad caves in the mountains and stop for a glass of tea.
In the afternoon we pass the Dades valley until we arrive to the rocks of Dades Gorge. Here you will have dinner and spend the night in a charming guesthouse.
Day 2: Dades Gorges - Merzouga – Luxury camp in Erg Chebbi - Camel tour
We take a break in Rissani for lunch. After lunch we visit an old palace and kasbah before heading for the dunes of Merzouga. Here the camels are waiting to take you into desert for a 1 hour trekking. When you arrive to the desert camp you can try some sandboarding and see the beautiful sunset over the dunes.
In the evening you can enjoy local Berber music and dinner before you go to sleep in a luxury desert camp with toilet and shower.
Day 3: Dades - Merzouga - Midelt - Ifrane - Azrou - Fes
We drive North via Errachidia and the Ziz Valley and Gorge. We pass abandoned kasbahs and villages along the the route of the Oued Ziz. It is a long 9 to 10-hour drive this day. We stop for lunch in Midelt town, located in the high plains between the Middle Atlas and High Atlas mountain ranges. After lunch we continue over the Middle Atlas Mountains. You may see snowfields in winter as you climb towards the ski resort at Ifrane, known as “Switzerland of Morocco”.
We continue the drive through the cedar forest at Azrou. We can stop to stretch the legs and seek out the Barbary apes that live in this area. At the end of the day you arrive to the spiritual capital of Morocco; Fes. Dinner and hotel in Fes.
Day 4: Fes - Explore the city with a guided tour
Fes is the medieval capital of Morocco founded in 789, and a holy Islamic city. It is the best preserved old city in the Arab world. The labyrinthine medina of Fes el-Bali is listed on UNESCO and is beleived to be the world’s largest car-free urban zone. Here the goods are transported by donkeys, mules and handcarts. Visiting Fes is like stepping back in time. La Medersa Attarine, Nejjarine Fountain, Medersa Bou Inania and the Tanneries are among sites to see in Fes this day.
Dinner and hotel.
Day 5: Fes - Chefchaouen
You have a guided tour in Chefchaouen. The medina is intriguing with its winding lanes and narrow alleys and home for the many souks. The shopping is good and you will find popular items native to the North and not found elsewhere in Morocco, such as arts, crafts, wollen items, embroidery and the popular goats cheese. Enjoy the local cuisine and relax in the square.
Spend the night in Chefchaouen.
Day 6: Chefchaouen - Rabat
We drive to the Hassan Tower for a visit. The tower is a half-built minaret of an incomplete mosque. It was intended to be the tallest minaret for the mosque whhich also was intended to be the world’s largest. The construction began at the end of the 12th century under the reign of Almohad Sultan, Yacoub el Mansour.
Dinner and hotel in Rabat.
Day 7: Rabat - Casablanca - Marrakech
After the city tour, we continue to Casablanca, the commercial capital and the largest city of Morocco. Among places to visit is Mohammed V Square, which is said to have the city’s most impressive architecture, the majestic Hassan II Mosque, the Habous District, the central market, the residential districts Anfa and Ain Diab, which is famous for its gardens, beaches, terrace cafes and restaurants.
After visiting the mosque, we journey south by the highway for about 2,5 hours to reach the exotic Imperial city of Marrakech.
Dinner and stay the night in a riad in Marrakech.
Day 8: Marrakech - Day Trip to Essaouira
The trip starts at 8 am in the morning, when we pick you up at your riad. The drive takes around 2,5 to 3 hours. We drive most of the way on a good highway, and occasionally pass a few villages.
As we get closer to Essaouira, we pass landscapes with argan trees and you might see goats climbing in the argan trees, eating argan nuts. If you wish, we can stop at an argan cooperative which is run by the local women. Here you can taste the argan oil and learn how they extract the oil from the argan nuts. The argan oil is referred to as «Moroccan gold», due to its many healthy benefits, both in cooking and for cosmetic use. The trees also help to prevent the desert from expanding.
Essaouira is a charming coastal town with white and blue houses and known for its fish market, strong wind, fine art and beautiful handicrafts.
Explore this fortified city with its historic ramparts and at Skala du Kasbah you can enjoy an amazing view of the Atlantic ocean. The harbour is filled with blue fishing boats, boat-building activities, and seagulls competing with fishermen for the catch of the day.
The medina is listed on UNESCO’s World Heritage list and the souk is great for browsing artisan shops and galleries. Marquetry is a tradition in Essaouira and skilled craftsmen make marquetry which is among the best in the world.
Take a walk along the nice beach to relax and watch the surfers and kiters. Enjoy a meal of freshly caught fish and seafood by the harbour, or at a nice restaurant of your choice.
We head back to Marrakech in the afternoon. Dinner and sleep in the riad in Marrakech.
The price is based on travelling on a private basis, accommodation in 4 stars hotels/guesthouses, luxury desert camp and double room. We use a private and comfortable 4wd Landcruiser on the tour.
- Accommodation in 4 stars guesthouses/hotels and desert luxury camp, as per program
- All breakfasts
- Dinners in desert camp and guesthouse in Dades Gorges
- Transport in private and comfortable 4wd Landcruiser with driver
- Local music around the camp fire in the desert
- Camel trekking
- Local guide in Ait Ben Haddou
- Local guides in the cities Fez, Chefchaouen and Rabat, as per program
- Dinners in Fes, Rabat, Chefchaouen and Marrakech
- Entrance to sightseeing places
- Travel insurance
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