Tours In Morocco

15 days Moroccan Magic via Sahara Desert From Casablanca

Introduction :

Morocco, the best bits. From the Imperial cities to the blueness of Chefchaouen, from the changing light of the dunes and the magical night sky of the Sahara to the Atlas Mountains in all their glory and finally to the seaside before returning to the Red city that is Marrakech

Highlights :

The ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis
The 9000 streets of the Fes medina
The amazing blue of Chefchaouen
The magic of the Sahara
The immenseness of the Todra Gorge
The fascinating Ksar of Ait Ben Haddou UNESCO World Heritage site
The tranquility and natural beauty of Imlil The sweeping bay of Essaouira The mystical atmosphere of Jemaa El Fna in Marrakech

Program details :

 

1 Day 1 :

Arrive Casablanca and check in to your traditional Moroccan hotel

2Day 2 : Casablanca – Tangier - Chefchaouen

Early breakfast this morning before you head off to Tangier. Enjoy a scenic drive through the Moroccan countryside before arriving in Tangier in time for a tour with a local guide. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the medina as you wind your way through the narrow streets all contained within the 15th century Portuguese walls. All this is followed by a lovely lunch in a traditional Moroccan restaurant. We continue on our way to Chefchaouen, the blue city. You will have free time to explore after you check in to your traditional Moroccan hotel.

3Day 3 : Chefchaouen

A free day in Chefchaouen to explore more of the narrow winding alleys of the medina and take advantage of the unique light and beautiful blue and white buildings to capture some amazing pictures. Later in the afternoon you will be joined by a local guide who will take you to all the places you missed and then on up to the Spanish Mosque high above the city for spectacular views of the sun setting behind the mountains

4Day 4 : Chefchaouen - Volubilis - Fes

We leave the beautiful city of Chefchaouen today and head on to Fes. We will stop along the way to experience the work of the community foundation who will serve you traditional Moroccan food with all the accompaniments. The foundation does some amazing work with local families providing training for local women and English lessons amongst other things. After a satisfying lunch we’ll continue on stopping at Volubilis where you will meet a local guide for a tour around the oldest Roman ruins in Morocco. We arrive in Fes late afternoon and after checking in to your traditional Moroccan hotel you are free to explore

5Day 5 : FES

This morning it’s time to explore some of the 9000 streets of the medina with a local guide. He will make sure you get just a little bit lost.... You’ll experience the sights and sounds of the old medina including the oldest tanneries in Morocco, soak up the atmosphere of the local market and marvel at the Madrassa and the oldest university in Morocco. Tonight we have an optional extra to experience a Moroccan wedding feast including various tapas style dishes, pastilla and of course tajine.

6Day 6 : Fes - Merzouga

Today we leave Fes for the magical Sahara crossing the unique and varied landscapes that make up Morocco. We will pass through the alpine town of Ifrane and hopefully catch a glimpse of the Barbary apes in the cedar forests of Azrou ( the areas are wild animals and so sightings are not guaranteed). We’ll stop for a picnic along the way before finally arriving at our amazing hotel with its close up view of the dunes of the Sahara. Take a dip in the pool or enjoy the sunset over the dunes just a few steps from your room. This evening we will eat in the hotel and experience a traditional Moroccan evening of dancing and drumming around a camp fire

7Day 7 : Merzouga

Today you have free time so you can relax by the pool or take a 4x4 and explore the desert if you prefer. You will have the chance to visit a Berber camp and experience their hospitality sampling the famous Moroccan mint tea, you’ll also try Berber pizza for lunch. Travel deep into the third largest desert in the world, capture the changing light on the dunes and see the ancient fossils that litter the desert floor. After a relaxing afternoon our camels are ready to take you into the desert dunes of Erg Chebbi, sit back and enjoy the ride. This is an experience not to be missed and have that camera ready to take some amazing shots of the changing light as the sun sets behind the dunes. You have the option to spend the night out under the stars, remember that extra blanket though as it gets chilly once the sun goes down. Experience the magic of the night sky and wake to the rising sun in the morning. You won’t see anything like it again in a hurry.

8Day 8 : Merzouga - Tinghir

After breakfast we say goodbye to the beautiful Sahara and you will continue your journey through the desert to Tinghir and the Todra Gorge, an oasis of green wedged between massive cliff walls. This spot is great for hiking or just taking in the immenseness of the gorge. Check in to your traditional Moroccan hotel for a relaxing evening

9Day 9 : Tinghir - Ouarzazate - Ait Ben Haddou

Travel the route of 1000 kasbahs to Ouarzazate for lunch passing the Atlas film studio along the way where many famous films have been shot including Lawrence of Arabia and Gladiator. Sample the wares of the Berber pharmacy before continuing on to Ait Ben Haddou a UNESCO World Heritage site. Check in to your traditional Moroccan hotel where you can enjoy an optional cooking class and cook your own tagine to eat later. In the Kasbah you will find the community carpet weavers making traditional Berber carpets and spectacular views from the top where after making the climb we’ll watch the sun go down

10Day 10 : Ait Ben Haddou - Imlil

Today we will leave Ait Ben Haddou and continue our journey through Morocco on the windy roads of the High Atlas Mountains, passing through the Tizi N Tichka pass at a height of 2260 metres, arriving in the village of Armoud where your mules will be waiting to carry your bags as you trek to your Auberge in the little village of Imlil. Enjoy the views and the fresh mountain air before arriving at this small mountain gite where you will spend a relaxing evening and sample the local cuisine.

11Day 11 : Imlil - Essaouira

Leave the tranquility of the Auberge and hike back down the mountains to meet the bus before continuing your journey to Essaouira. After check in to your traditional Moroccan hotel you will have free time to explore the many shops in the medina, watch the bustling harbour as the painted fishing boats make their way back with their catch or stroll along the miles of sandy beaches. Take a horse, camel or quad bike if you prefer not to walk

12Day 12 Essaouira :

Another free day to continue where you left off yesterday or maybe book a visit to the local Hammam if you haven’t tried this already it’s welcome relaxation after a busy schedule. Sample the fish dishes in the harbour restaurants or sneak a quick cup of coffee in one of the many cafes.

13Day 13 Essaouira- Marrakech :

Today we say goodbye to the coastal town of Essaouira and head for our final destination Marrakech. After check in to your traditional Moroccan hotel you will meet a local guide who will show you the Bahia Palace, the Koutoubia Minaret, the Saadian Tombs and the bustling medina. After dark check out the Jemaa El Fna Square when it comes to life with performers from magicians to musicians and restaurants pop up out of nowhere

14Day 14 Marrakech :

Free time today to check out more of the “Red City” browse the medina shops and souk for souvenirs or check out the more modern side of the city. Visit Les Jardins de Majorelle, Musee de Marrakesh or the El Badi as you wish

15Day 15 

Depart any time

Time to leave Morocco and take your flight home

 

Included in this trip :

  • All transportation costs in Morocco
  • All accommodation costs in basic Moroccan hotels or guest houses
  • All breakfasts
  • All entrance fees for sites that are included in local tours
  • All Lunch at the cooperative in Meknes
  • 2 nights dinner in the Sahara
  • Camel ride in the Sahara
  • Orientation walk in the gorge and at Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou
  • Mules to support your hike and your evening meal at the guest house
  • Entrance to Volubilis

Not included :

  • International flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips
  • Meals or drinks, alcoholic or otherwise unless specified
 

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5 days Trek through Toubkal and Berber villages From Marrakech ...

 
 

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