Tour 12 Days Marrakech-Imperial Cities-Desert-Marrakech
Let‘s begin this tour by visiting the imperial cities with their chaotic climate and the hectic atmosphere. Afterward, we will enjoy some relaxation in the Moroccan nature and desert, admiring for example the Dades and Todra Gorges. We will finally come back for visiting the world-famous Marrakech.
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- Group Size Small Group
- 10:00 AM DAY 1 - MARRAKECH
We will take care of your transfer from the airport to the riad where your overnight stay is planned. During the evening you will be able to explore the city and come into contact with the locals.
- 8:00 AM DAY 2 - MARRAKECH-CASABLANCA-RABAT
After a good breakfast, we will leave for Casablanca where we will have the opportunity to visit the largest mosque in Morocco. Later we will continue our tour to Rabat. The walls of the city, which were built during the reign of Yacoub El-Mansour Sultan, are more than 5 km longer. We will also pass through the Medina and its famous souk, full of local products. Another typical Rabat site of interest that we will have the opportunity to visit is the 12th- century Oudaia Kasbah. We will then see the tower of Hassan II, characterized by 4 facades each with different decorations, the remains of the old mosque, and the mausoleum of Mohammed V.
In the end, we will return to the new city where we will admire the royal palace, the official residence of King Mohamed VI, and the Chellah necropolis built in 1339. Dinner and overnight stay are planned in the Riad.
- 10:00 AM DAY 3 - RABAT-MEKNES
After having said goodbye to Rabat city center, we will leave for Meknes, the smallest of the imperial cities. To enter this town, we will pass through Bab Mansour, the most important gates of Meknes. We will then visit the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail, where we are advised to dress appropriately for the environment. Later we will head toward the most important monument of the imperial city, namely the Hri Moulay Ismail granaries. Passing through El-Hedim Square we will go
into the medina, the heart of the city where there is also the famous market. An overnight stay is planned in Meknes.
- 9:00 AM DAY 4 - MEKNES-VOLUBILIS-FES
We will leave Meknes and proceed to Volubilis where we will visit this splendid archaeological site perfectly preserved throughout the centuries. After a short stop, we will reach the city of Moly Driss Zarhon. At the end of the fourth day, we will arrive in Fes, where dinner and an overnight stay are planned.
- 9:00 AM DAY 5 - FES
After breakfast, we will begin the tour of the old city of Fes and its medina, famous for being the largest in the entire Arab world. We will later head to Dar Batha, a folk-art museum, and then continue with a visit to Madrasa Bou Inania, the Koranic school of Fes. It is also worth seeing the Chouara tannery, where we will see the processing of leather up to the process of coloring with wonderful natural dyes. Afterward, we will pass by the Qaraouiyine mosque, which stands out from the others because it was founded by a woman. The last place we will visit is Seffarine Square. Dinner and overnight stay are again planned in Fes.
- 9:00 AM DAY 6 - FES-MEDIELT-ERRACHIDIA-ERFOUD-MERZOUGA
After a delicious breakfast that will energize us to face the sixth day, we will head to Ifrane, also called ’’Switzerland of Morocco.’’ Time for a quick walk to admire the beauty of Ifrane and we will leave for Merzouga, which is located in the Sahara Desert. The first village we will encounter at this point along the way is Azrou, located in the heart of a natural park, famous for its monkeys. We will then pass through the Middle Atlas and the Zad pass to reach the town of Midelt (1488m altitude). From here we will continue through the beautiful Ziz gorges via Er-Rachidia. We will reach the town of Erfound also known as ”The Gateway to the Desert.” At 58 km lies the Erg Chebbi desert where the overnight stay is planned.
- 8:00 AM DAY 7 - MERZOUGA DESERT TOUR
A 4×4 will be waiting for us after breakfast to begin a cave tour where we will see natural desert fossils. We will then visit the ancient village of Tissrdmin , the set of many famous movies. We will drive along the road where the Paris – Dakar rally and the black desert pass and where we will have tea with a local family. The next stop is the Kamlia village, famous for its people from black Africa and typical music. Indeed, every year during the first week of August there is a music and dance festival. From here we will set off in the direction of Lake Dayet Srji, famous for its pink flamingos. We will then return to Rissani, once known as the economic capital of Morocco, where we will come into contact with local traditions and customs. We will also visit the Kasbahs in this town and then return to the hotel where we can relax before taking the camels and reaching the dunes. After watching the sunset and enjoying a typical dinner, we will spend the night in Berber tents under the stars.
- 6:00 AM DAY 8 - MERZOUGA-TODRA GORGES-DADES GORGES
For those who would like to see the sunrise and its different colors, it is recommended to wake up early in the morning. We will then return to the hotel, still on the back of a camel, where, after a shower and breakfast, we will resume our tour.
We will then proceed to the Todra Gorge, the location of the ”Lawrence of Arabia” movie. Here we will stop for lunch and depart to Boumalne Dadès where we will take a nature walk delved into nature in contrast with the surrounding red rocks. Here we will be able to see numerous ksour, cultivated fields and orchards. In the end, we will proceed to the Dadés gorges, where we will stop for dinner and spend the night in a typical hotel.
- 8:00 AM DAY 9 - DADES GORGES-OUARZAZATE
After breakfast, we will leave the Dades gorges and head for Bouthgrar. Along the way, we will also meet nomadic people living in caves. We will continue the tour to the Valley of Roses, passing through the road of a thousand kasbahs. In the valley, we will make a stop in its main town, El-Kalaa M’Gouna, famous for the blossoming of roses from which are obtained personal care products
Lunch is planned in Skoura, where we will also visit the typical local Kasbah. The last stop of the day will be Ouarzazate, where dinner and an overnight stay in Riad are planned.
- 8:00 AM DAY 10- OUARZAZATE - KASBAH AIT BEN HADDOU - TELOUET - MARRAKECH
After breakfast, we will visit the Atlas Studios, the most famous film studios in Africa. here famous movies such as ”Gladiator” and ”Babel” were filmed. We will then head to the kasbah of Taourirt also in Ouarzazate, and then continue to the kasbah of Ait Benhaddou declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the scene of the filming of several movies. Our journey continues through the Telouet kasbah, while lunch will take place at the High Atlas (2260m). Arrival in Marrakech is scheduled for late afternoon. Here we will stay overnight in a Riad.
- 9:00 AM DAY 11- MARRAKECH
The day will start with a visit to the Bahia Palace built around 1880, and then continue to the Dar Si-Said Palace. Near these two palaces, we will see the exterior of the El-Mansour Mosque, easily recognizable for its turquoise color. We will then visit the Saadian tombs that preserve the tombs of the kings. For those interested, it will also be possible to have an Argan oil massage in the afternoon. Afterwards, we will return to the Riad to have dinner and relax. After dinner, we will all take a walk together to the large Jamaa el-Fna square, which is characterized by street vendors, fortune tellers, snake charmers, musical groups and tattoo artists who guarantee a continuous show. Overnight stay is planned in the Riad.
- 9.00 AM DAY 12
After breakfast, we will take care of your transfer to the airport.