10-day Imperial Cities and Sahara Desert
Day 1: Casablanca / Rabat / Fes.
Today we start a small tour in Casablanca city and then we depart towards Rabat (the capital of Morocco). We will visit the Kasbah of the Udayas, Hassan 2 tower ,where 4 facades are decorated different from each other,then Mohamed 5 mausoleum next to the tower. after that we will drive to Fes . We will stop in Meknes where we will visit Sultan's Stables, Moulay Ismail's mausoleum, the majestic Bab Mansour, and El Hdim Square. Then we visit the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis and then we will continue to Fes where we stay in local hotel.
Day 2: Guided Tour of Fes.
After breakfast your local guide will come to your Hotel / Riad to start exploring the old imperial city in Morocco ,founded in the 8th century by Moulay Idriss II .You will visit the important places of this beautiful city like the Medina, Médersas Attarine, Fontaine En Nazarene, Mausoleum of Moulay Idriss , King s palace, Qarawiyyin Mosque , also Tanneries ,souks …. after lunch back to your Hotel to relax after a long walk in the medina.
Day 3: Fes / Ifrane / Midelt / Merzouga
Today we pass through Ifrane (winter ski resort built by the French in the 1930's to resemble a Swiss village),then we drive across the Middle Atlas Mountains and most of the morning we will be spent enjoying the beautiful forests, jagged rock faces, and Berber villages we cross the Atlas Mountains. Then we stop for lunch in the town of Midelt, famous for its fossils and apples then we continue to Merzouga via Ziz Valley and Erfoud , the capital of the dates and we will be in Merzouga afternoon where we stay in local hotel near the dunes.
Day 4: Merzouga area / Camel trek and overnight in the Camp
After a luxurious breakfast you’ll start exploring the area. You’ll be visiting the Gnawa people in their village Khamlia, where you will learn about the Gnawa music and their lifestyle. . Afterwards, we’ll drive in Sahara desert area where we can meet nomad families still living under Berber tents which are made from wool of their animals. Today our lunch will be a local meal (Berber pizza) after that we will drive back to our Hotel where your camel will be waiting for you ,Guided by an experienced camel man . the camel ride takes about 1 hour and 30 mn to arrive to the camp-where you will spend the night- in the middle of the highest sand dunes to enjoy the sunset and watch stars . the dinner will be served at the camp
Day 5: Merzouga / Todra Gorges / Dades valley
Your camel man will wake you up early in the morning to watch what well may be the best sunrise in your life, then you’ll peacefully camel-trek back to the village . En-route you won’t fail to appreciate the unique beauty of the spectacular Erg Chebbi dunes – changing with the light as the day progresses. After breakfast and shower in the Riad, you’ll leave for Rissani, Tinghir and Todra gorges – the highest, narrowest gorges in Morocco. After lunch in the heart of the gorge we’ll drive through the Dades Valley, where you’ll see the majestic sand castles and the amazing rock formations known as “monkey toes”. Overnight in our traditional guest house with dinner and breakfast.
Day 6: Dades Valley / Nomad Caves / Ouarzazate
After breakfast in the hotel, you will travel through the Dades Valley towards Kalaa M’gouna and Ouarzazate. The route through Dades Valley is the way of the thousand Kasbah providing numerous opportunities to take some of your best photographic shots of the trip. Today you will have the opportunity to meet Berber Nomads in their caves and then you will enjoy the fertile Rose valley and the rock formations along the way. We’ll stop at Kalaat M'gouna, “the rose city”, to purchase the rosewater, which will make your linen smell good a long time after your trip is over. Continuing on to Skoura and the birds valley, you’ll visit the Kasbah Amridil, a well-preserved kasbah in this area after , we will be Afternoon in to Ouarzazate, “the Hollywood of Africa".over night will be in a Local Hotel or Riad.
Day 7: Marrakech / Ait Benhaddou Kasbah / Marrakech
Today we'll continue our journey to Marrakech, one of the four imperial cities in Morocco.We will have a small stop to visit or to make a pictures of the movie studios of Ouarzazate .On our way to Marrakech we will visit Aït Ben Haddou old Kasbah (UNESCO as world heritage). Then we'll continue towards Marrakech. On our way we will pass the highest road pass in North Africa. We will be in Marrakech afternoon.
Day 8: Guided Tour of Marrakech
Today your Local guide will come to your Hotel or Riad around 09am to start exploring the highlights of Marrakech - Koutoubia mosque , Saadian tombs , El Bahia Palace ,Djemaa el Fna square and its souk … after lunch we will take you by car to visit Majorelle Garden after that we take you back to your Hotel .
Day 9: Marrakech
Free day in Marrakech for relaxing /shopping / Massage…
Day 10 : Transfer to the airport.
Transfer from your accommodation to Marrakech airport or Casablanca airport and end of our services.