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Journey beyond Morocco 9 Days

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

 

  • Reach Africa from Europe and feel the thrill across the Strait of Gibraltar.
  • Jump into the blue-washed mountain village that feels like its own world.
  • Drive through the cedar forest and feed the barbary macaques.
  • Learn the cultural and traditions of Morocco’s imperial cities.
  • Meet locals and immerse yourself into lifestyle of Morocco.
  • Discover the winding lanes and alleys of the old medina of Fes.
  • Enjoy the absorbing atmosphere of the Sahara Desert with an overnight under the stars.
  • Explore the rugged cliffs, stunning oases, and refreshing stream of Dades & Todra Gorges.
  • Get back in time by visiting the Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou and old trans-saharan trade route.

 

DETAILED ITINERARY

 

DAY 1 Arrival to Tangier 

Greet on arrival and transfer to Tangier.

Tangier is the enthralling gateway to Africa, a tantalizing introduction to a culture vastly different from that across the Strait of Gibraltar. The medina is the top attraction of Tangier, a labyrinth of alleyways both commercial and residential, contained by the walls of a 15th – century Portuguese fortress. Clean and well lit, as medinas go, the place is full of charm and ancient ways of living. Free time to wander around before leaving to Tetouan, the old capital of Spanish Morocco, with its charming blend Arab medina and andalucian architecture. The Spanish left a lighter imprint on nearby, is the pearl blue city of Chefchaouen.

Beautifully perched the raw peaks of the Rif mountains. one of the prettiest towns in Morocco, an artsy, blue-washed mountain village that feels like its own world. The old medina is a delight of Morocain and Andalucian influence with red-tiled roofs, bright-blue houses and narrow lanes converging busy plaza Uta-Hammam and its restored Kasbah.

Experience something magical While wandering around, take a look at some of the placards which give information on some of the long, torrid history of this great city.

Our journey will end here for an overnight.

Accommodation

Traditional Moroccan Beautiful Riad at the Medina with Breakfast.

 

DAY 2  Chefchaouen – Volubilis – Meknes – Fes

Further south through the Rif mountains to the Roman ruins of Volubilis.

Excavations indicate that the site was originally settled by Carthaginian traders in the 3rd century BC. One of the Roman Empire’s most remote outposts. Volubilis was annexed in about AD 40. According to some historians, Rome imposed strict controls on what could and could not be produced in its North African possessions, according to the needs of the empire.

A few miles from here, stop for lunch in Meknes, one of the four imperial cities. Founded in the 11th century as a military settlement by the Berber tribe of the Meknassis (hence the name Meknes) first settled here under the Almohads and Merenids, Meknes Medina was expanded and some of the city’s oldest remaining monuments were built, this great city developed into a place of great beauty, filled with superb examples of Spanish-Moorish styled architecture, much of which is still present today. Parts of the city, such as the enormous door of Bab Mansour, were constructed from materials looted from Volubilis.

Continue to Fes for overnight.

Accommodation

Traditional Moroccan Beautiful Riad at the Medina with Breakfast.

 

DAY 3  exploring fes 

Head out on a guided tour of the medina, one of the world’s largest walled-in cities.

The Fez Medina is an incredible place made up of beautiful historical buildings that date back to medieval times. These well preserved buildings include mosques, palaces, fountains and residential homes. Explore the narrow streets lined with shops selling fresh fruits, spices, intricately woven Berber carpets and numerous other art and craft items from Morocco.

Al Quaraouiyine Mosque, founded in 859 by Fatima el Fihria and the Andalusian Mosque dating back to 860 (note that non-Muslims are not permitted to enter), the oldest university in the world is also located in the Medina of Fez. These old buildings are surrounded by eight kilometers of fortified walls that were built in an attempt to keep invaders out of the city. The Fez Medina is also one of the most complex labyrinth cities in the world, with houses and shops built close together along tangled streets making it near impossible for visitors to find their own way around.

Have a free afternoon to relax or enjoy the streets of the old médina.

Overnight in Riad

Accommodation

Traditional Moroccan Riad with Breakfast.

 

DAY 4   Fes – Cedar forest – Ziz valley – Merzouga

Leaving Fes behind and begin the drive across the middle Atlas Mountains and berber villages. Our first stop will be the small mountain village of Ifrane, lately the little Switzerland.The road winds through spectacular cedar forest where the gregarious Barbary macaque monkeys, resides chiefly in Morocco, with a much smaller population making their home in Gibraltar.  The dramatic scenery of this diverse country change for every mile we cross.

Heading south to the vast palm groves of the Ziz Valley, just before we reach Merzouga, here stands the sand dunes of Erg Chebbi which for many travelers fulfil Morocco’s promise as a dream desert destination.

Our stop is brief before you hop on your dromedary and venture out into the depths of the Sahara Desert.

When the sun begins to set, you find an ethereal glow to the dunes, cast in shades of pink, purple, and orange. The stars shimmer in the night sky. You settle into your Berber camp with locals, happy to share the legend of the Sahara around a camp fire with drums sounds of berber blue men playing their desert rythems.

Overnight in Desert luxury camp.

Accommodation

Camel Ride to the Camp.

Desert Luxury Camp – Private Tent with Dinner & Breakfast.

 

DAY 5  Exploring the sahara – nomads – oases

On this day we suggest a very early wake up because the Sunrise offers the unique opportunity to watch the day layer the desert with a rainbow of color. The desert sky is cool and active in the morning, it’s really one of the most beautiful experiences to have. Once again board your familiar dromedary and make your way to the renowned Erg Chebbi sand dunes to meet your driver. In the morning we will visit Khamlia village famous for its gnawa music; originally from Grand African Sahara. Drive across the Hamada (Black desert). Meeting berber nomadic tribes involves nothing more than sitting under berber tent and wait for your mint tea to brew. oasis of palm trees, our way to Rissani, the most authentic and traditional Morocco’s souk, and the largest in the South of Morocco, traded with all kinds of crafts, food, And animals.

Market days are (Tuesday – Thursday – Sunday).

Back to Merzouga sand dunes by the afternoon to spend the night in a comfortable Kasbah-style desert hotel at the edge of the dunes.

Accommodation

Traditional Kasbah Hotel run by one of the local families.

Dinner & Breakfast

DAY 6  sahara – Todraa gorge – Dades 

After breakfast,depart towards the sahara to Todraa valley to stretches the imagination. From the daunting High Atlas to the north to the rugged Jebel Saghro range south, the valley is dotted with oases and mudbrick palaces that give the region it’s fairy-tale nickname – Valley of 1000 Kasbahs. Some of the best views are only glimpsed on foot, on hidden livestock tracks between the Dades and the most famous Todra Gorges. Here we will have break to admire the green palmeraies and berber villages until, high walls of pink and grey rock close in around the road. The approach is thrilling, as though the doors of heaven were about to close for you. Our adventure will continue to Dades gorges where The mud buildings traipse up the hillside and provide breathtaking views of the surrounding scenery.

Our journey will end here in Dades gorges for an overnight.

Accommodation

Traditional Berber guesthouse run by one of the local families.

Dinner & Breakfast

 

DAY 7  Dades – Ait ben Haddou – Marrakech

Say goodbye to your berber host and make your way through the stunning polished rock walls of Dades Gorge and onto Ouarzazate where many famous movies have been shot such Game of thrones, The Mummy, The Jewel of the Nile, Kingdom of Heaven Etc…The scenery is absolutely stunning.

Few miles away our stop at the Kasbah of Ait Benhadou one of the most spectacular fortresses in the south of Morocco and a UNESCO World Heritage site and named as “The Hollywood of Africa”. this walled town of traditional mud and straw buildings and you get an eerie sense of history. We travel through the impressive Ounila Valley following one of the old trade routes of the Trans-Saharan. where desert traders bringing through caravans of gold, ivory and salt in ancient times.

Lunch somewhere on the hidden path.

Drive to Marrakech through the Tizi n’Tichka pass at 2200m in the High Atlas Mountains. Travel along winding mountain roads with breathtaking views from the highest peaks of Morocco.

We will arrive to Marrakech early evening.

Accommodation

Traditional Moroccan Riad with Breakfast.

 

DAY 8  Exploring Marrakech

Marrakech, one of the most exciting and diverse cities in the entire country. The biggest draw-card is the pink city. Founded almost 1000 years ago, it is one of the great cities of the Maghreb and it’s spectacular setting against the snow-capped High Atlas mountains lingers long in the minds of most travelers.

Beyond the souqs, the medina is an ideal place to explore private palaces and monuments that provide the most atmospheric sights.

The old square of Djemaa El Fna was erected in 12th-century and stands as one of the oldest areas of the city, and holds the entire vibrant heart of Marrakech.

Wander through elegant palaces and explore twisting paths encircling adobe huts.

A guided city tour to wander through elegant palaces and explore twisting paths of Marrakech.

Free afternoon.

Accommodation

Traditional Moroccan Riad with Breakfast.

 

DAY 9  Marrakech – Departure

Your Morocco adventure will be coming to the end today, do plan on having a full three hours at the airport today since customs can be slow. We truly hope you enjoyed your Morocco journey with us.

Airport transfer regarding your flight departure.

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