Arrival at Marrakech International Airport. Meet and greet by our representative at the exit of the airport. Transfer to your hotel in Marrakech. Activity on this day will depend on your arrival time. You will be close enough to the medina to explore on your own.
An exciting day awaits you as Marrakesh’s heady sights and sounds will dazzle, frazzle, and enchant. Our morning city tour will include Bahia Palace and the Dar Si Said both are a riot of tile work and intricate floral painted-wood ceilings. Then, learn about the Berber culture, and follow their steps along the trade routes from North Africa to the Sahel at the Tiskiwin Museum. Its displays range from authentic Berber tents and carpets to fine basketwork and ancient jewelry. Continue to Dar El Bacha, considered one of the most beautiful palaces in the red city. Visitors can discover the ceiling with multicolored mosaics and Berber-style architecture. After taking time to go to the Jemaa EL Fna square and witness the astonishing spectacle of Djem, find juice stalls, water sellers, and snake charmers by day and dancing boys, storytellers, and magicians by night. Overnight at the hotel.
We leave early in the morning from your hotel or riad in Marrakech. On the way to Skoura Valley, we cross the High Atlas with 2260 meters of height with an incredible natural landscape until the Kasbah of Aït-Ben-Haddou, one of the oldest UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We will visit this site with a local guide and we will lunch nearby.
The Kasbah is a group of several small fortresses, or (kasbahs), arriving to have ten meters of height each one. Most of the city’s inhabitants now live in a more modern village on the other side of the river; however, eight families still live in the old Kasbah, and making this visit is like stepping into the back of a movie as it has been filmed there several famous films including Lawrence of Arabia, The Mummy, Gladiator, Alexander and Prince of Persia
After lunch, we take the road to The Dades Valley between the High Atlas Mountains and the Jbel Saghro range in the south. The area provides one of the largest oases and several Kasbahs. In fact, a nickname for the region is “Valley of a Thousand Kasbahs’ ‘ due to the many located throughout the valley.
As one moves through Dades Valley it is possible to reach the Dades Gorge and the Todra Gorges (Canyon).
The Grand Canyon area of TODGHA Gorge is one of the most famous natural landscapes in Morocco, the imposing canyon walls make this place one of the most stunning rock formations in all of North Africa.There is a road that runs the length of the gorge, the walls are smooth and rise impressively on both sides. Sunlight struggles to reach this part of the valley, and the river water is ice cold.In this impressive place we will stay for the night and dinner at a riad.
Breakfast at your hotel with incredible views of the Dades Valley.
We drove from Todra to visit the Moroccan Grand Canyon. We will lunch in the canyons region before returning on the road to Merzouga.
After lunch we continue driving to Merzouga and we will stop to see some old tunnels made in the desert that served to capture water from the underground rivers around the 14 centuries then continue to Erfoud the last city before Merzouga.
Arriving in Merzouga we will have your camels ready to take you on a 1-hour ride to your camp.
You will have dinner in the desert, after which you can enjoy the berberes music by the fire before you go to rest in your berbere tent.
Wake up early in the morning to see the sun rising at the top of a sand dune then have your breakfast and enjoy one more hour of camel ride back to our car in Merzouga. Our final destination will be the city of Fez but until then there will be a day full of good experiences and fantastic landscapes.
On our way to the north we will make a short stop in Midelt, the great charm of this small town lies in its location between the Middle Atlas and the Grand Atlas. It is surrounded by mountains and has a fantastic Atlas landscape.
Soon we will arrive at Ifrane city. On the outskirts of the city there are three protected natural areas: The Ifrane National Park, to the northwest, the Cedar Forest to the south and the Ifrane Game Reserve to the northeast. Located at an altitude of 5,460 feet above sea level in the Middle Atlas region, this small hill town has a Swiss alpine feel to it. Due to the high altitude, snow is abundant in winter and has cool summer weather which may be an “exotic touch” to our trip.
In the landscape arise forests of giant cedars and colonies of monkeys similar to those that populate the rock of Gibraltar.
We will arrive in Fez city at the end of the day and will drop you of in your hotel.
Welcome to Fes, the most monumental of the Imperial Cities. The medina of Fès el-Bali (Old Fez), a World Heritage site, is an assault on the senses, a warren of narrow lanes and covered bazaars bursting with aromatic food stands, and craft workshops, mosques, and an endless parade of people. We will walk along narrow, uneven alleyways, with daylight filtering down from above high gray walls, flanked by tablesheaped with spices, dried fruits, fresh fish or silk, and leather garments. Residents of Fez have been selling goods and working metal by hand in the medina since medieval times, and today’s generation works in the same stalls their ancestors once did. And everywhere, there are cats, scrounging, prowling, and sleeping – the mascots of the medina. Here, in the heart of Fez, the old and the new constantly collide – the man driving the donkeys and mules is likely to be chatting on his mobile phone, while the ancient skyline is punctuated equally with satellite dishes and minarets.
The city tour will include; Bab Boujloud, Mellah, and Jamaa Al-Karaouine, the oldest continually operating university in the world. Founded in 859, virtually every surface of its quiet inner courtyard is decorated with highly detailed, delicately carved geometric patterns. Entering this graceful place hidden in the medina lifts a veil on an ancient culture that once kept outsiders at arm’s length. The Medersa Bouanania complex is the spiritual heart of Fez & Morocco. The Chouara tanneries are the city’s most iconic sights (and smells), offering a unique window into the pungent, natural process of producing world-class leather by methods that have changed little since medieval times. Time permitting, we will also visit clay workshops, artisan quarters, the souks of the largest and oldest medina in Morocco, and Batha Museum (a former Royal Palace converted into a museum in 1916 with over 6,000 collections).
Start this part of Morocco tour after breakfast in Fes to reach Chefchaouen by stopping at Sid Chehd lake and Ouazan City, then arrive in Chefchaouen around lunch time, you can have lunch in in the the famous Outa el Hammam square at an open-air café. Set against a wide valley and nestled between two peaks in the stunning Rif Mountains, the isolated town of Chefchaouen is a surprising delight. Much of Chefchaouen was recreated by Andalusia refugees escaping the Reconquista, so its striking blue and whitewashed houses, red-tiled roofs and artistic doorways give it the feel of the Spanish hills. Spend the rest of the day exploring the sights, sounds, and smells of the medina, the shops in the square selling woven goods and small sweets, and, most importantly, tasting the town’s famous goat’s cheese. Herds of goats wander the sparse hillsides that surround Chefchaouen, and their cheese is sold in great fresh rounds in the street markets. Within the plaza is the walled fortress of the Kasbah, visit the ethnographic museum, and take in wonderful views from the rooftop. This is a small and very safe city you can wander on your own, also the square at the heart of the town is really an ideal place to relax. You will have a free afternoon and evening.
Today and after your breakfast in Chefchaouen we will head to Tangier via Tetouan, a small town near Tangier. In Tetouan we will have an hour to discover the old medina and take pictures to the most famous sights in the town, before we continue driving to tangier, there you will have the rest of the day at your riad inside the old medina with a beautiful view to the Mediterranean. Overnight at the riad.
After the pickup at your hotel in Tangier, we’ll take a ride through different neighborhoods and surrounding areas, including several stops at amazing viewpoints, a short break at Cape Spartel where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Mediterranean Sea, and a visit to the mythical Caves of Hercules.
The second portion of the tour consists of an extensive walk through the maze of narrow streets and alleyways of the Kasbah (fortress), for an insight into a rich architectural heritage that includes a 15th century city walls, and numerous buildings of Arab-Andalusian style, that have inspired great artists and painters among them Eugene Delacroix, Henri Matisse.
Then heading for the Medina (old town), which represents a major center of interest to get a taste of the local culture and lifestyle through the ambiance of its busy markets and streets, communal ovens, steam baths, artisanal shops. and lively squares. It is also home to an important Jewish and Christian heritage. The tour also provides the opportunity to experience the genuine Moroccan cuisine, and the vibrant atmosphere of the souks where craftsmen and merchants make/sell their traditional items.
Your driver and guide will take you back to your hotel. Or to the port depending on your Ferry schedule.
Transfer to the port for your return flight