Transport by air conditioned 4x4 or minibus, fuel included
1 Night in Essaouira with Breakfast and Dinner
1 Night In Casablanca With Breakfast And Dinner
2 Nights in Fez Riad with Breakfast and Dinner
1 Night at The Todra Gorges with Breakfast and Dinner
1 Night in Foum Mharech with Breakfast and Dinner
Desert Camel Trek (one camel per person)
1 Night in Erg Chebbi Desert Camp (Jaimas) with Breakfast And Dinner
2 Nights in Merzouga with Breakfast and Dinner
Excursion to Essaouira without Guide
Tour price is -----€ per person including PRIVATE travel in a 4 x 4/Minivan with driver and guide
You will be greeted by your personal guide upon arrival at the airport and escorted to your Riad in the heart of the historic Medina. The rest of the day is free for you to settle in. Marrakech, a former imperial city in western Morocco is also known as the ―Red City or ―Pink City due to the distinctive hue of the local earth used in the construction of its many brick buildings. The medina, is a densely packed, walled medieval city dating to the Berber Empire, with maze like alleys where thriving souks (marketplaces) sell traditional textiles, pottery and jewelry. Your Riad will be located in the heart of the Medina and within walking distance of the historic Jemaa el-Fnaa square, which by day is a market place but at night is a place of non-stop entertainment.
After breakfast in your Riad, you will start travelling to the coastal city of Essaouira. Getting there after about a three-hour drive to start exploring the city. Walk through the alleys of the medina and view hundreds of handicrafts. This “City of the Wind” attracts surfers from all over the world. Essaouira knew many civilizations – including the Portuguese occupation, which affects much of its architecture – however, it remains a small village with much history. Because of its size and its characteristic blue doors and washed walls, it is also regarded as Morocco’s “Jewel of the Atlantic”.
After breakfast we will head towards Casablanca, making a stop for lunch at the coastal village of Oualidia. Situated between El Jadida and Safi. It is located beside a protected natural lagoon and has been called Morocco's "oyster capital," a reference to the significant role shellfish harvesting plays in the local economy. A sleepy little village which is the perfect description of happy and tranquil living, Oualidia has one of the most beautiful landscapes you are likely to see. Overlooking a truly outstanding coastal lagoon, arguably the most picturesque and perfect in all of North Africa. Arrival at Casablanca
Lodging and dinner
After breakfast in Casablanca you will see the Hassan II Mosque, the largest one outside of Mecca and experience the coastal Cornish seaside. Afterwards we'll head to Rabat, Morocco's administrative capital and tour the old town, including the Royal Palace (Mechouar), the Oudaya Kasbah, Hassan Tower, and Mohamed V Mausoleum. We leave Rabat and drive to the Berber town of Meknes. Formerly the capital of Morocco during the reign of Moulay Ismail, he transformed the town, constructing intricate gateways, beautiful gardens and at 40m the largest ramparts in the country. Next is ancient Roman city of Volubilis. Recently listed as a UNESCO world heritage site and dating back as far as AD40, Volubilis is home to some of the most impressive Roman ruins in North Africa. As you travel through the Moroccan countryside, we will pass by the Holy City of Moulay Idriss for a photo opportunity. We finish the day with a short drive to the medieval city of Fez.
Dinner and Lodging in Fez
After breakfast a full day journey devoted to discovering Fez, a UNESCO World Heritage and the oldest of the imperial cities, and one of the most complete medieval cities in existence. Surrounded by huge defensive walls, it seems suspended in a time warp, somewhere between the Middle Ages and the modern. But it’s more than that, it is a living city almost devoid of tourists, where whilst wandering amongst its amazing 9,000 tiny streets you experience its noisy hawkers selling everything from colorful vegetables, to delicious middle eastern pastries flavored with cinnamon and honey. We’ll explpore the maze-like souks of the old medina, Fez el-Bali, including a visit to the Zaouia (sanctuary) of MoulayIdriss II, founder of Fez. Fez served as the capital of Morocco for more than 350 years and is home to the University of Al Karaouine, the oldest operating university in the world. Your guided tour will take you to Moulay Idriss mausoleum, the Nejjarine Fountains and the Tanneries.
After lunch you will also view the exterior of the Royal Palace and walk through the famous Jewish quarter “the Mellah”, where you will have the option to visit one of the few living synagogues in Morocco. Your tour of Fez includes a short visit to the famous ceramic factory, and then you can enjoy a wonderful panoramic view over the whole Medina of Fez.
Dinner and Lodging
Early rise to continue our tour. Our driver will pick you up at your Hotel / Riad in Fez. We start to discover some of Morocco's beautiful mountainous landscape today as we leave Fez and follow ancient caravan routes up into the hills. Along the way we'll stop at Ifrane, known as the ''Switzerland of Morocco'' and a huge contrast to some of the other more Arabic feeling cities you'll see in Morocco. The French built Ifran in the 1930s, with the intention of recreating an alpine style resort, so that Europeans could find relief from the summer heat of tropical colonies. Here you'll see beautiful parks with lakes, flower beds, and red roofed houses. In 1995 Al Akhawayn University, an English-language, American-curriculum public university opened, and this has helped re-launch Ifrane as a desirable destination for domestic tourism. Next, we drive on to the village of Imilchil located high up in the lake plateau of the Middle Atlas Mountains. In this quaint village you will find primarily Berber tribal clans who have a strong sense of culture and tradition that has been preserved for decades. The Imilchil Marriage Feztival is the prime attraction of this village and takes place annually in September. This Feztival, also known as September Romance, features the Aït Yaazza culture of an annual collective marriage where women search and choose their husband. We will continue on to the magnificent Todra Gorge in the High Atlas Mountains, where we will stay overnight.
After breakfast we will go for a short walk through the sheer cliffs of the Todra Gorge. The Todra Gorge is recognized around the world as one of the most spectacular canyons on earth. Thanks to its robust rock sides with many uneven surfaces, Todra Gorge is popular among rock climbers. Afterwards we will pass through numerous valleys and mountains and ancient Bereber kasbahs and villages towards our final destination Foum Mharech. Foum Mharech, is located in the southernmost region of Morocco. In its highly remote location, it is here where we can benefit from the experience of true life within the deep Sahara Desert. Once the crossing grounds for the famous Paris-Dakar rally, Mharech Valley sustains its nature as a land of nomads, ancestral traditions and impressive beauty. Here we will spend our first night under the desert stars and experience the peaceful silence of the Sahara Desert.
Dinner and Lodging
In the morning our journey takes us in the direction of the Merzouga Desert, driving thru villages along the border of Morocco and Algeria. We will make a short stop in Taouz to spot mineral formations and possibly dinosaur bones where the desert swallows the road. In the afternoon we reach the Merzouga Desert and the famous Erg Chebbi sand dunes. Here we transfer to camels (dromedaries) and take a sunset camel ride through the sand dunes to a traditional Berber camp nestled right on the edge of the dunes. Enjoy some spectacular views over the sand dunes as the sun sinks below the horizon before enjoying a hearty Berber meal and a campfire this evening, often with local musicians helping enhance the atmosphere. You spend this magical night sleeping in comfortable Berber tents (jaima) under a blanket of stars.
Dinner and lodging
“Date with the sunrise” If you are in the middle of the desert, it`s absolutely worth getting up early to contemplate the most spectacular sunrise you´ve ever seen at the top of a dune close to the camp and enjoy this landscape that is a gift of nature. After sunrise we return to Merzouga on the camels where a hearty breakfast is waiting for us. We then travel head towards Rissani, an eastern Moroccan city situated at the base of the Sahara Desert, within 50 km of the border with Algeria, where we will visit the local market. Rissani home to the mausoleum of the founder of the Alaouite dynasty and the capital of the former Sultan Alaouite. It is a cultural destination in Morocco with beautiful examples of early Moroccan architecture and noteworthy palaces and temples, such as Ksar Oulad Abdelhalim and Ksar Aber.
A former major caravan center, Rissani remains a major commercial center in the region, with a large souk, particularly lively on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Rissani is very interesting to visit because of its cultural diversity of Berber, Arab and Desert communities, all recognizable and differentiated by their clothing style and colors worn. We continue then to Erfoud where we can visit the manufactures of fossilized marble before starting our way back to our hotel at the base of the sand dunes. Do not miss the unforgettable sunset over the sand dunes!
Dinner and lodging
This is a complete Desert day. After breakfast we start our day on the road that was formerly used for the “Paris – Dakar” Rally and ends in the mountains that border with Algeria. Stop at the Tissardmin oasis where we can find fossil quarries still present in the area, we continue then by a road where we can see nomad settlements and learn their secrets and customs. The next stop will be at a viewpoint to contemplate the whole of Erg Chebbi. We`ll reach the Khamlia Village, whose inhabitants are direct descendants from the Gnawa tribe, originating from sub-Saharan countries such as the Sudan, Mali and Niger, who were forcibly moved from their homelands across the Sahara to Morocco as part of the worldwide slave trade. Here we will relax with some mint tea while listening to authentic Gnawa spiritual music played by local musicians. Transfer to your accommodation and free afternoon to enjoy the town or the dunes next to the hotel to see the sunset.
Dinner and night in the hotel.
After breakfast we´ll depart towards Ouarzazate. Along the way admire the Oasis of Tazarine and the villages of Nkob and Alnif, as well as the sublime Draa Valley, created by the Draa River, Morocco’s longest river. Enjoying the view of the spectacular kasbahs and berber villages that dot the road as well as the beauties of the Draa valley. Then we continue on to Ouarzazate also known as “The gate of the desert” that in Berber language means “noiseless or without confusion”. Here we stay overnight.
Dinner and lodging in Ouarzazate.
In the morning we will visit the city of Ouarzazate. Ouarzazate is a city south of Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains, known as a gateway to the Sahara Desert. We will visit its huge Taourirt Kasbah, home to a 19th-century palace and old residence of the Glaoui or Marrakech pasha, has amazing views over the rugged local landscape, and Ait Ben Haddou, an ighrem (fortified village), and traditional Mud Brick city on the edge of the High Atlas Mountains. It is on the UNESCO World Heritage List and has been featured in many films including Lawrence of Arabia, Gladiator, Game of Thrones and many others. And if you are interested, we can visit the cinema studios and the cinema museum.
Dinner and logding in Ouarzazate
After breakfast we initiate our return to Marrakech. We continue by a road dotted with different kasbahs of touristic interest. Driving through the High Atlas Mountains we enjoy the “One thousand Kasbahs Road”, the Valley of the Roses and the big Skoura palm grove. We continue on to the Tizi Ntichka Pass, that with 2.260m it is the highest point in our country. Finally, Marrakech in the evening
Dinner and lodging
After breakfast in the Riad, you will meet your local guide and tour the sites with historical and cultural interest, visit the Koutoubia, a 12th-century Mosque and minaret, still topped with four copper globes. Then, explore Bahia Palace, where 360 rooms were once adorned with Italian marble and Sudanese gold. For a more recent archaeological find, you'll see the richly decorated tombs of the Saadi Dynasty, as well as the old Jewish quarter, “The Mellah”. Finally, end the morning by walking through the medina alleys, getting a chance to admire all of the different artisans performing their crafts before arriving at the famous Jemaa el-Fnaa Square. Lunch at a restaurant near the square, and then in the afternoon visit the Majorelle Gardens, and visit Gueliz, the new city of Marrakech. After dinner you will have the option to walk through the Jemaa el-Fnaa square entertained by magicians, story-tellers, tooth-pullers and food sellers.
Breakfast and free morning. At pre-arranged time we will meet at Riad for transfer to airport. We will help you with all ticketing and boarding needs. Our services end here.