Casablanca & Desert
Day 1 Casablanca – Rabat – Meknes We will collect you from your hotel to go and visit the Hassan II Mosque before departing to Rabat. In Rabat you can visit the Mechouar of the Royal Palace, the ruins of Chellah, the Mohammed V Mausoleum and the Hassan Tower. After lunch we will depart to Meknes to arrive in the early evening.
Day 2 Meknes – Volubilis – Fes After breakfast we will take a tour of Meknes including El Hdim square, Bab El Mansour, the massive gate which is the entrance to the old city and the Jewish quarter, the Royal Granaries & the city rampart. We will then depart via Volubilis, the Roman ruins and Moulay Idriss, the holy town. We will continue onto Fes. Dinner and accommodation at a traditional riad.
Day 3 Fes You will have a guided tour to discover the medina and the famous Souks of Fes – its narrow cobbled streets are filled with ancient mosques and towering green-glazed minarets.. You will visit the most beautiful palaces and monuments of Fes. The tour will include a visit to the tannery and the ceramic cooperative to see traditional Moroccan crafts.
Day 4 Fes – Ilfrane – Azrou – Midelt – Merzouga After breakfast we will depart for Merzouga through the Middle Atlas region. We will drive through Ifrane, the ‘Switzerland’ of Morocco and the cedar forests of Azrou where we can stop to hand feed the monkeys. We will continue to Midelt where we will have lunch. We will then follow the Ziz River through the valley and stop to see the Ziz Gorges on our way to Merzouga.
Day 5 Merzouga – Khamlia – Erg Chebbi Today we will explore the desert region and the marvel that is the Erg Chebbi desert dunes. We will make a circuit of the desert dunes where you will have the opportunity to see the nomad’s way of life and the amazing changing contrasts of the desert. We will visit the ‘black village’ of Khamlia to see the Gnawa musicians. We will have a traditional Berber pizza for lunch in the camp of hassan family. In the afternoon we will ride the camels to see the sunset over the dunes and spend the night in the desert camp. We will have a traditional tagine dinner, drink delicious mint tea, listen to traditional berber music while watching the stars and the rising moon in the amazing Sahara desert.
Day 6 Merzouga -Rissane – Todra Gorges – Dades Gorges We will wake up early to see the spectacular sunrise over the dunes before making our way back to the hotel/riad for breakfast and a shower. We will go and see the Rissane market and cross the palm lined valleys of Tourog and Tinjdad to arrive at the Todra Gorge. We will take a walk in the Todra Gorges and have lunch in a local restaurant before continuing to our accommodation in the Dades Gorge.
Day 7 Dades Gorge – El Kelaa Magona – Skoura – Ouarzazate After breakfast we will take a walk in the gorge and then take the off road track to see the nomad caves. We will continue via El Kelaa Magona, Valley of the Roses and the Skoura oasis to arrive early evening in Ouarzazate.
Day 8 Ouarzazate – Ait Ben Haddou – Telouet – Marrakech After breakfast we will depart to Ait Benhaddou and visit the World Heritage Site. We will continue with a visit to the traditional High Atlas Berber village of Telouet and the Kasbah el Glaoui. We will have lunch in a local restaurant in Telouet before descending the Tizi-n-Tichka to Marrakech.
Day 9 Marrakech You will have a guided tour to discover the multiple facets of Marrakech with a stroll in the labyrinth of the narrow streets of the Medina amongst its famous Souks and a visit to the most beautiful palaces and monuments of Marrakech. Day 10 Marrakech – Casablanca We will spend the morning at leisure for shopping or relaxing in Marrakech before leaving mid afternoon to arrive in Casablanca by 4pm (or if you have a departing flight or want to spend time in Casablanca we can leave Marrakech at your convenience). INCLUDED : -private trip. -Driver and english speaking guide. -Transfer to airport (return). -Fuel. -4×4 transport with air conditioning. -Specific visits in the tour. -Camel excursion and night in the desert tents. -Half board hotel (drinks not included). NOT INCLUDED: -Flights. -Drinks. -Lunch -Entrance tickets