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Authentic Morocco (10 Days)

views of the medina of Essaouira

DAY 1 – Casablanca – Rabat

We’ll pick you up in the aeroport and we’ll visit Hassan II Mosque, which is the largest mosque outside the Mecca. Then we’ll head to the country’s capital Rabat and explore the Oudaya Kasbah and the Hassan Tower. We’ll transfer you to your Riad/Hotel for dinner and rest.

DAY 2  – Rabat – Volubilis – Chefchaouen

 After picking you up in your Riad/Hotel at 8:00 a.m. we’ll head to Volubilis, an old and stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site that has preserved its archeological remains through the years. Places of interest include the Mosaics in the House of Ephebe, Hercules and the House of the Athlete, the baths, the Aqueduct, the Capitoline Temple, the Basilica, the Olive Presses, the Arch of Caracalla and the Lapidarium.

We’ll then head to Meknes and have lunch in a restaurant close to Plaza el-Hedim and we’ll wander around the city walls. Then we’ll go the magnificent Bab Mansour Lalej and the Mausoleum of Mulay Ismail. You’ll have time to discover the beautiful narrow streets, and to take pictures inside Old Town. Before continuing through the Rif mountains to  the enchanting  ‘blue town’ of Chefchouen.

DAY 3 –  Chefchaouen – Fes

 You  have all the morning  to take pictures in a strategic lookout we’ll start exploring the majestic walls and gates, the medina and its natural water spring.

We’ll be visiting the Kasbah Museum, the Grand Mosque which is famous for its octagonal minaret, Ras el-Ma that is the point in which the water that comes from the mountains trickles into town and then we’ll head to Plaza Uta el-Hammam. Then you’ll have time to explore on your own and to take beautiful pictures in the white and blue washed streets and to wander around Chefchaouen’s souk. After lunch we drive you  to the  Morocco’s most fascinating city and the world last surviving Medieval city of Fes.

DAY 4 –  Guided Visit  Fes

You will have a guided tour to discover the the medina  of Feswith its “souks” (markets) stopping at the gateway of the Royal Palace, the 9th-century Karouine Mosque and University. You will visit the tomb of the city founder, Moulay Idris II. Lunch will be at one of the traditional restaurants in the old medina. After lunch you will continue to explore the Najarine Fountain, the gateway of the Bab Boujloud, the old harem gardens and the Batha Museum. On the way back to the hotel, you will stop to enjoy a panoramic view of the city. Mausoleum and a famous tanneries where skins are cured and dryed in enormous vats.

DAY 5 Fes  – Ziz avalley – Erg chebbi desert – Camel ride and night in a camp

We’ll pick you up at 8:00 a.m. and we’ll head south to Ifrane. We’ll take some pictures and walk around to explore town. Once you’re ready we’ll continue our way toward Cedar Woods and see the monkeys that surround the place before heading to Midelt for lunch

After lunch we’ll cross the Valley of Ziz and its immense palm grove. In here you’ll start feeling the desert vibe as the scenery starts changing when we enter the city of Errachidia. We’ll stop along the way to take some pictures before we go to Merzouga where our wilderness expert will be waiting. Once you learn how to tie your Moroccan scarf you’ll get on your camel to cross the Sahara and catch a spectacular sunset on top of a high dune.

Then you’ll head to your camp in the middle of the desert for dinner and rest. After dinner you’ll enjoy an authentic Berber spectacle with drums and nostalgic songs around a fire. And to culminate your perfect night in the desert all you have to do is relax and look up; there you’ll find the most beautiful and starred sky you’ll ever see in your life.

DAY 6 –  Erg chebbi desert – Toudgha Gorges – Dades valley –  Roses   valley

We will rise early to see the spectacle of the sunrise over the dunes of the Sahara  before making our way back by camels  to the hotel for breakfast and a shower. Then we’ll get back on our 4X4 vehicle and we’ll head to Rissani. If it’s a Tuesday, Thursday or Sunday we’ll also have the opportunity to walk around the huge souk. Then we’ll move to Erfoud, where we can visit a fossilized marble factory.

We’ll continue through the Touroug palm groves and then we’ll reach the Todra Gorges – a stunning canyon that is very popular among rock limbers. You’ll have lunch and the opportunity to walk around for a while and explore.

After lunch we’ll head to the Valley of Dades where you’ll take some of the best pictures of your whole trip. You’ll be amazed with these natural rock formations called “Monkey Fingers,” many people have a hard time believing they’re for real! Dinner and sleep in your Riad/Hotel in  roses valley .

DAY 7 –  Roses  Valley

Today we dedicate to explore the way of life of locals, we share good times with Berber families with whom we will do cooking workshops, then we will make a hike along this wonderful area far from the tourist trails to discover the secrets from the region, a spectacular landscape for nature lovers, wonderful kasbahs in ruins and also the conjunction of the two valleys; Dades and Roses. Overnight in Rose Valley.

DAY 8 – Roses valley – Ouarzazete – Ait Ben Haddou kasbah – High Atlas mountain – Marrakech

After breakfast in the hotel, you will travel through the roses Valley towards Skoura and Ouarzazat. We’ll take the “Thousand Kasbahs Road” making stops along the way to appreciate the beautiful landscapes and the Valley of the Roses. After passing the Skoura Palm grove we’ll stop in Ouarzazate and visit the Taourirt Kasbah. Then we’ll continue our way to the UNESCO World Heritage Ksar Ait-Ben-Haddou. Lunch and free time in town.

After lunch we’ll start our way to Marrakech crossing the High Atlas Mountains and the imposing Tizi n’Tichka. We’ll make several stops to take pictures and we’ll be arriving at Marrakech approximately at 6:00 p.m.

DAY 9 – Guided Visit Marrakech

On this day we’ll explore the fascinating Red City together. You’ll have the chance to visit many historical monuments and places of interest like the Koutoubia Menaret, the Saadian tombs, the Palace of Bahia and the Ben Youssef Koranic School. Around midday we’ll walk through the beautiful alleys of the Medina and later we’ll head to Jemaa El Fna Square. In here you can take pictures with monkeys and snake charmers, get a hand reading by one of the magicians or simply be entertained with the tooth-pullers. We’ll then have lunch at a restaurant with view to the famous square before heading to the Majorelle Gardens for a relaxing and quiet time. In the afternoon we’ll explore the new city of Marrakech called Gueliz and we highly recommend another visit to Jemaa El Fna after dinner.

DAY 10 –  Marrakech – Casablanca

Morning transfer to the  airport for your departure