Contrasts of Morocco – 12 days



Day 1: Casablanca – Marrakech

We´ll arrive in CASABLANCA airport and leave to Marrakech to have a leisure night in hotel or

Day 2: Marrakech

Free day in Marrakech, a city famous for its square Jemaa el Fna, which will occupy much of our time: the square has an unrepeatable amalgam of smells, sounds and sensations. The city has also a lot of places you´ll wander and enjoy: Majorelle Gardens, the Menara, the Saadian Tombs, walks in the medina or the Mellah (the old Jewish quarter), the tour of the walls, the modern city (Gueliz) with Western lifestyles. Dinner and overnight at Hotel or Riad.

Day 3: Marrakech – Telouat – Ait Ben Haddou – Ouarzazate

Departure after breakfast across the High Atlas through Tizi in Tichka (2.260m altitude), then we´ll turn off on a track by visiting the Kasbah Telouet. We will pass through Berber villages to reach the fortified village of Ait Ben Haddou kasbah where they filmed impressive films like Gladiator, Obelix, babel Sahara with Penelope Cruz … Time for lunch in the town and departure to Ouarzazate. Dinner and overnight at Hotel.

Day 4: Ouarzazate – Dades Valley

We´ll have breakfast and go to visit the town of Ouarzazate, considered the gateway to the desert and great place from which to start the great expeditions: Kasbah Taourirt highlights and Main Glaoui Palace, the Great South of Morocco Pacha. We´ll continue to the ROSES valley visiting the villages. Well take a 17km road to visit the Nomad people who live in the caves, then we´ll head on the Dades Gorges. Overnight in Hotel.

Day 5: Valley of Dades – Todra Gorges – Merzouga (Desert)

We´ll go out on a road dotted with all different Kasbahs. After several stops, we´ll arrive at one of the strengths of tourism in the South: The TODRA Gorges. The Todra River channel has formed some gorge walls of enormous proportions and great beauty, it is a unique paradise for climbers. We´ll continue our way south. Lunch on the road and continue on to the DESERT up to the impressive dunes of Merzouga. Free time to climb the dunes and enjoy the sunset, after dinner we will have a show of Berber drums. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 6: Merzouga – Erg Chebbi – Merzouga

After breakfast, we´ll surround ERG Chabbi, a sandy stretch of desert where the Great Dune of Morocco is found , it´s over 200 meters high, connected on track with a great part of the route followed by the former Paris-Dakar. The mountains background border Algeria. Stop at the oasis of Tissardmin and continue to a nomadic settlement where we will learn some secrets of their life and customs. Later, stop at a vantage point where we will be able to see the ERG Chabbi. Stop in Khamlia, indigenous people of Mali, where we´ll relax with a tea while enjoying a small concert of Gnawa music. Return to the lodge. We´ll take some food and head on camel on a half hour route that will take us to the foot of the Great Dune, tucked behind the beautiful sunset DESERT. Overnight in a Haima in the heart of the DESERT, under a spectacular canopy of stars.

Day 7: Merzouga – Rissani – Merzouga Dunes

We will wake up before dawn to watch the sunrise. Return to the lodge on camel. Shower and Breakfast. Departure to RISSANI, where we´ll discover the desert region with isolated oases and black DESERT. We´ll visit the palm RISSANI grove with its ancient Kasbahs and the largest market in southern Morocco. In the evening, return to enjoy MERZOUGA DESERT calmly. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

DAY 8: Merzouga – Midelt – Fez

After breakfast, we will say goodbye to the DESERT and go to the north by the valley of Ziz, enjoying the coolness of the blue source Meski where you can rest. Under MIDELT , stop to eat and then continue to FEZ, through IFRANE (Moroccan Swiss). We´ll arrive in FEZ and stay in Riad within the medina.

Day 9: Fez – Fez

Free day to visit the royal city of Fez with a local guide: its many madrassas, its tanneries and the famous Medina nuche in Riyadh.

Day 10: Fes – Volubilis – Meknes

Departure to Meknès. Visit to the Imperial City with its famous gate, Bab El Mansour, the mausoleum of Moulay Ismail and Agdal Basin. We´ll be able to discover the ruins of the Roman city of Volubilis located about twenty miles from Meknès, and the holy city of Moulay Idriss, pilgrimage center of any Moroccan. Overnight in Riyadh in Meknès.
Day 11: Meknes – Rabat – Casablanca.

Way to CASABLANCA, passing through the capital of Morocco (Rabat) , arrival in the evening at dinner time and night in CASABLANCA in a hotel

Day 12: Casablanca

Breakfast and visit to the mosque of Hassan II. It´s time to transfer to the airport and end of our services.


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