A country of many faces, enjoy the hustle and bustle of metropolitan Marrakech and the natural beauty of the Atlas Mountains. Soak up the sights, sounds and smells of the souks of the busy medina in Marrakech and the atmospheric Jemaa El Fna square before taking a winding drive through the twists and turns of the Atlas Mountain roads to the highest waterfall and the largest lake in Morocco. Here you will feel the peacefulness of the mountains and see the beautiful mountain scenery
Arrive Casablanca any time. There are no planned activities in Casablanca, you can arrive a day or two early if you want to spend some time exploring the city. Check in to your traditional Moroccan hotel. Meet your fellow travellers at the 6pm welcome meeting and then enjoy Moroccan cuisine at its best in a local restaurant. Prepare for an early start in the morning
We leave the city of Casablanca to start our adventure in Morocco. We will head to the oldest Roman ruins in Morocco dating back to around 25AD. With our local guide you can explore the ruins and their unique mosaics along with the triumphal arch and Via Maximus. We will stop on the way to Fes in Elmhaiya 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 lunch the ladies will show you around and maybe give you a lesson in Arabic writing. We continue our journey and arrive in Fes late afternoon.After checking in to your traditional Moroccan hotel you are free to explore.
Tonight you can enjoy a Moroccan wedding feast including various tapas style dishes, pastilla and tajine. There will be music, entertainment and dancing.
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. We’ll make stops at the entrance to the Royal Palace, the Jewish Mellah and a ceramic factory where you will see pottery being hand made in the traditional way. We’ll take you to the highest point in Fes where you can capture pictures of the Medina and soak up the amazing view. You’ll experience the sights and sounds of the old medina including the oldest tanneries in Morocco and the weavers who weave their magic with agave silk, get lost in the atmosphere of the local market and marvel at the Quranic school and the oldest university in Morocco.
Today we leave Fes for the magical Sahara crossing the unique and varied landscapes that make up Morocco. We’ll pass through the alpine town of Ifrane and hopefully catch a glimpse of the Barbary apes in the cedar forests of Azrou. Ifrane is known as the Switzerland of Morocco because of its chalet style houses and unique climate. We’ll make several stops along the way for a picnic lunch, at the Ziz valley, a beautiful palmeraie with amazing views. Finally arriving at an amazing auberge with its large rooms and close up view of the dunes of the Sahara. Take a dip in the pool or take a walk in the dunes just a few steps from your room. This evening we’ll sit back on our camels and enjoy a ride into the desert, be ready to get some amazing shots of the sunset. Dinner is in the hotel and later experience a traditional Moroccan evening of dancing and drumming around a camp fire
This morning we’ll continue on our way to Tinghir and the stunning Gorge of Todra. We’ll make a few stops along the way, to buy dates, the best in world, tons of them are exported every year, in a fossil factory where you’ll be able to see some amazing objects made from the fossils that are readily available in the nearby desert and finally to see the qanats, which are irrigation systems that date back to the 14th century and brought water from the mountains to the local villages. The gorge is great for hiking or just taking in its immenseness. We’ll visit the oldest Kasbah in Tinghir and a carpet cooperative where you can see the carpet weavers at work and try your haggling skills to buy a traditional hand made carpet. We’ll have a short hike around the village before returning to the hotel for a relaxing evening.
Travel the route of 1000 kasbahs to Skoura where we’ll visit another amazing example of a Kasbah before continuing on 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 a cooking class and cook your own tajine and yes you’ll get to eat it later. After cooking we will hike to the top of Ait Ben Haddou where you’ll have spectacular views of the surrounding countryside and you’ll see why the Kasbah was built here. Watch out for an amazing view of the sunset…..
Today we’ll 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 Marrakech in the early afternoon. We’ll stop on the way for lunch with a local family After checking into our traditional Moroccan hotel we’ll meet our local guide who will take you to marvel at the Majorelle Garden, Bahia Palace and the Koutoubia mosque. After the tour you have free time to explore the bustling medina and the Jemaa El Fna square as it comes to life with performers and restaurants pop up out of nowhere Tonight we’ll have our last dinner together…..and enjoy the roof top of Marrakech, the sky bar
Time to say goodbye to your fellow travellers as you head for home
To finish your trip why not take an early morning hot air balloon ride over the Marrakech countryside. Set off into the countryside in a 4x4 and watch the sun as it rises. You’ll have a ringside seat and amazing views followed by a delicious breakfast. A perfect end to a perfect adventure