14 DAY MOROCCO TOUR FROM CASABLANCA TO THE MERZOUGA DESERT

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DAY 1 : CASABLANCA – RABAT :

Our meeting will be in Mohammad V airport when we pick you up providing you with a review of our Morocco tour before starting our first day exploring two imperial cities CASABLANCA; the commercial capital, and RABAT the administrative capital beginning with the first one.

Casablanca which located in mid-western of Morocco about 95km south Rabat. It is the greater and largest city in Morocco and it is her principle city of commercial. We will visit Hassan 2 mosque; the second largest mosque in Africa and his cell is the second largest in the world, situated above the Atlantic ocean which made him a great achievement of morocco architecture. The second moving is to Place Mohamed V which is the heart of the administrative province of Casablanca where old government built. When seeing that we will take you to the administrative capital; RABAT to see the Tower Hassan which was built in 12th-century in the time of JACOB the MANSUR period of the ALMOHADS, where this historical parameter was added in the initial list of World Heritage, it is a minaret of an incomplete mosque and to see the Kasbah which was built in the 12th-century by ALMOHADS also. This fortress was built with an ANDALUSIAN-STYLE, and what makes the KASBAH a place to visit is the monuments that make it up such us JAMAA AL ATIQ mosque, the military work of BORJ SQALA, the royal residence of the ALAWIT DYNASTY and the PRINCELY HOUSE erected to the west .when finishing your first day you will drive back to your RIAD for night.

DAY 2 : RABAT - MEKNES SIGTHS - VOLUBILIS - FIS FIRST CONTACT :

 After taking your fast and light eaters you will be driven to Meknes which located in the north of Morocco a royal city famous for its imperial past that exists since Morocco was ruler by the Alawite dynasty that governed it. The mausoleum of SULTAN MOULAY ISMAIL made it the capital in the 17th century. His imperial past has remains such us the splendid gateway of Babb el-Mansour a hug door with vaults and mosaic tiles. To the south, the Sahrij Souani also called Norias Basin is a large pond of water accumulation 319m long and 149m wide its depth exceeds two meters, and it is built by Moulay Ismail to irrigate the gardens of Meknes and its water reserve for the medina. The city of Meknes is rich in several places worth seeing as MAUSOLEUM OF MOULAY ISMAIL, BAB MANSOUR EL ALEUJ, EL HDIM SQUARE that you may want to have a walk in seeing singers, snakes, dancer …

Following lunch you will be driven to Volubilis, that is one of the historical monuments in Morocco, close to Meknes city about thirty kilometers. Many civilizations passed by, but ROMAN one had a great influence in it. And what attract people to this city is the great wall with its eight doors and some watchtowers that built with a ROMAN touch. That place is got the history starts for Morocco.

When discovering the BERBER city of Volubilis we will go to Moulay Idriss Zerhoun three kilometers from Meknes. A city in northern Morocco was built upon the rocky hills at the base of Mount Zerhoun. It took his name from the founder of the IDRISSID state Moulay Idriss 1.

MoulayIdriss, A city is built upon the rocky spurs of the Khyber and Tazga hills, with the buildings tumbling down the slopes dramatically. For the faithful, this is an important pilgrimage center and an annual religious festival in August .At the end of this exciting day you will be driven via appealing Mountains to FES to check on your riad and get the first contact with the city.

DAY 3 : FES SIGTHSEEING WITH LOCAL GUIDE :

Following breakfast, we will continue our Moroccan tour by visiting the country’s spiritual capital and our oldest city Fez by walking on its crowded souks, epic alleyways, and historical monuments. First the great Royal Palace gate between new Fes and the old one.

Fez was a center of the Jewish community during the past historical times, in addition to being one of the imperial cities, and it is worth mentioning that this city is currently a World Heritage site according to UNESCO classification. The city of FEZ is a charming old city for its visitors because it is an authentic Moroccan architectural characters, also this city is characterized by mosaic art, embracing among its monuments ancient Roman ruins.

We will start visiting all the exciting sites which has a cultural and historical interest including the first university in the world the University of AL –Karaouine the oldest in the region and in the world according to the UNESCO. We will move to the TANNERY as well, so FEZ is famous on producing leathers, we find that the TANNERIES of SHWARARA is one of the famous tanneries in FEZ.

After taking lunch, you will discover the best school ever of studying Islamic, the BOUANANIA SCHOOL built during the reign of the MARINIDS, a witness of the MARINIEN architecture in Morocco. DAR AL –BATHA also a place worth visiting which located in the old city. It was turned into a museum in 1915 including many artifacts. After that another place that deserves visit is the ROYAL PALACE or DAR AL MAKHZEN when u see it u will travel back cross ages because it is characterized by giant doors made of brass and gold. After we will move to Babb Boujloud the gateway to Fes el Bali that is a paradise of local handy-made craft-work with colorful Moroccan styles, leather-work, metalwork. In the afternoon we will pay a visit to the center of Fez city; new Fez where we are going to have a drink and spend the night in a fancy hotel.

DAY 4 : FES – IFRAN – AZROU – MIDELT - ERRACHIDIA – SAHARA DESERT :

When eating breakfast at the city of FES we will go through Atlas Mountains, the best mountains chains in Morocco until we arrive to IFRAN, this city known as Switzerland of Morocco, nearly to FEZ city, . IFRANE means caves in AMAZIGH. Ifrane attracts many visitors with its waterfalls, green nature, and European character they may come to skiing or sniping . Our thrilling trip continues, but this time through the Cedar forest the largest woods in Morocco at the Middle Atlas, for about 89km south the city of Fez to Azrou that situated in the heart of the Middle Atlas, for about 89km south the city of Fez, Azrou is named due to the word AZROU, an AMAZIGH word that means STONE, this explains the existence of three stones that made the cities of Atlas a tourist city par excellence, we mention: Stone of the city of Azrou, it is in the entrance of the city, overlook and control, at its summit a large crown that appears from afar. This stone is also known as AKASHMIR  . Afterwards taking the way to Midelt, that is famous on producing apples, we will discover its monuments enjoying its charming weather continuing our way to visit the monstrous Tiz Ntalghamt pass and the Ziz Gorge, amused the view of the High Atlas Mountains viewing Tafilalt Oasis. Until we reach the city of Errachidia that we are going to have a lunch in enjoying Berber hospitality. Moreover we will pass through the rich Ziz Valley, stopping at various stations to relish the view and take pictures en route to Erfoud and Rissani; ERFOUD the capital city of fossils that organize the DATES SEASON yearly, we will have a look to OULAD CHAKER oasis when we are in our way to RISSANI, Sijilmassa once upon time. In the evening, we will find ourselves at Merzouga Desert, where we will be welcoming by a glass of mint tea before leaving to your riad where we will have traditional dinner and stay at our luxury desert camp. Now you are in one of the biggest oasis in the world, it is time to relax enjoying the hot weather feeling the desert serenading you, by the end of this day you will live one of the awesome and one of the unusual sundown in the world enjoying the magical look; when huge sand lump embrace the gold sun between its sands sea. Overnight in your riad.

DAY 5 : MERZOUGA AREA (ERG CHEBBI) - CAMEL TREK AND CAMPFIRE :

This is the day of exploring our lifestyles, we need to wake up early so that we can climb the top of one of the highest sand riding one of the caravan camels so that we will see the sunrise, not any sunrise but this is a special one which captivate our visitors souls before coming back to have a light breakfast in your riad. This day you will be our guest in our birth land. We will take the way round the dunes going to the oasis of MERZOUGA, to the African village; the nomadic depository, KHAMLIA village you will see the Gnawa people, to try their music and way of living. Nearly there is the LAC of Merzouga, with its bird populations, and then we will have the opportunity to visit the old city of Rissani which is surrounded by for about 360 ksar, nearly village that is not in the center of this small city. Once to Sijilmassa the city of AL ALOUIIN, that built in his hand the civilization of the Moroccan country, was a gathering point for the MALAH traders it was the meeting place for the salt caravans, coming from Mali. Here you’ll walk through the souk, selling spices, vegetables and cloths. At Lunch time you can have a local pizza which is EL MADFOUNA EL FILALIA, a delicious one; it is a traditionally eat for those people. After lunch we will drive back to MERZOUGA where you will have free time to swim and relax smiling the warm weather receiving the sensation of SAHARA, before you ride on your camels guided by an experienced camel man to investigate the mysterious sand-sea of the Erg-Chebbi enjoying the magical beauty of the Sahara desert, see it, feel it, and love it. At your tents you will have time to refresh and enjoy the sunset over golden dunes. Words can hardly describe the simple, profound and breathtaking magic of seeing the sunset over the golden sand..Lastly, dinner will be taken in front of the camp, where you will pay your first night under canvas – or if you prefer, under the stars watching stars chining in the darkness .We can bring Berber nomads musicians to play traditional music with drums and dancing around the campfire. For your convenience, our camp is equipped with western bathrooms and showers.

DAY 6 : MERZOUGA – TODGHA GORGE – DADES VALLEY :

In this day, we will wake up early to observe the sunrise over the largest dunes in Morocco. It’s an experience that embossed in our visitors heart. Later we will trek back with our camels to the village of Merzouga. On the way we will be able to appreciate the beauty of the spectacular Erg Chebbi sand dunes. Changing shapes with the light as the day progresses. After breakfast and hot shower, we will leave towards DADES Valley driving into Rissani,Erfoud; both of them was an ocean ion the past, they are the capital cities of fossils arriving to Tinghir showing the traditional rural life of this region, a beautifully constructed houses dotting the landscape of the largest oasis. The most welcoming city in Morocco for tourists from diverse place,  that come to have some knowledge about its culture and people way of living , what make this city a monument place is its green oaces and TODRA GORGE, they are the highest, narrowest gorges in Morocco we may knock around under the 300 m high red slopes. We can see that the way is situated between two huge mountains. Lastly we will continue our traveling through DADES VALLEY enjoy watching the sunset on TSSIDRINE road at the valley seeing rock development hugging the sun producing a magical encaustic, that we can name it “The monkey Toes production” and a lot of many landscapes of BERBER villages. In the night, we will stay at a fancy traditional guesthouse with the views of the Dades valley with dinner and breakfast.

DAY 7 : DADES GORGE – ROSE VALLEY – SKOURA – OUARZAZATE :

After taking breakfast, we will take the way from DADES VALLEY through KALAA MAGOUNA, city of rose which is famous on its flower festival to purchase the rosewater, and a lot of cosmetics local products. Continuing to SKOURA and the bird’s VALLEY, SKOURA which is situated in the Over elaborate Middle side, this town consist of concaves and convexes, it is a hilly city, and the Mountains of TICHOKT is the highest one for about 2796m, this city replete with important wealth water such us KIKO VALLEY, AMDAZ VALLEY, AIN TADOUTH…, in tourist this city is rich with MARZ WATERFALL, TAFERDOUST place, TAGHROUT site, a mosque that was built before FEZ city for about 40 years that has very old records. After taking lunch in one of the best restaurant that is overlooking to the whole valley, the tour will continue to Ouarzazate, a city that established in 1920, as a transit door for AFRICAN traders going to Europe and North Morocco it is known as Hollywood Africa where many famous movies filmed there. Here you may choose to visit the studios, containing props used in movies, you may have already seen, such as The Mummy, Gladiator. And you will have a free chance to see THE Kasbah Taourirt a Hollywood backdrop (Sheltering Sky, Gladiator, and Prince of Persia) and in the RIAD we will spend the night.

DAY 8 : OURZAZAT – TAROUDANT VIA TALIOUINE :

When eating breakfast at Hollywood Africa, place of movies we will move towards Taroudant via TAZNAKHT as the carpet village having a stop at TALIOUINE to visit the Saffron cooperative. You will have the chance to meet the Berber women with their families cropping the saffron in their meadow if your visit corresponds with the Saffron harvest. The afternoon must find us in Taroudant where you will walk within the small passages in the Medina concealed by wonderful red-mud walls, and with the snowcapped peaks of the High Atlas signaling beyond. Babb Taghount is the easiest way into the Medina and its two major souks: The Arab Souk, east of Place Assarag and the Marché Berber, south of Place Talmoklate. Taroudant is often referred to as “the little Marrakech” because most of its walls were built by the Saadian dynasty in the 16th century before they moved to the great “Red City”.

Overnight housing will be in a local Riad ends of the first week in Morocco

DAY 8 : ESSAOUIRA DAY EXPLORING WITH LOCAL GUIDE :

When you wake and eat your breakfast our guide will drive you to ESSAOUIRA, a country that was inhabited by ancient civilizations such us the ROMANS, and PORTUGAL, and its 18th-century seaport fortress – UNESCO World Heritage. ESSAOUIRA offers to you many monuments to see and discover, such us; AL MALLAH also known as the Jewish Quarter or the merchants of the sultan, you will be thankful when our guide take you to the ISLAND of MOGADOR small island located near the city, it is one of the most important Phoenician sites

Essaouira is thought for its active winds most of the year. You can enjoy the festival of “Gnawa music”, where several musical clubs come from diverse parts of the world. That day you may have lunch in a very Moroccan manner, or u can have a gridiron of fish. In the late afternoon, you may want to have a walk and explore by yourself and sit to feel the romantic magic of town, and u may choose to walk on Moulay el HASSAN Square that have an attractive location overlooking to Atlantic Ocean, the sunset there casts in the self a sense of love, romance, and tranquility . Overnight accommodation is in Riad within the Medina.

DAY 9 : TARADOUNT – ESSAOUIRA VIA AGADIR :

 After waking up and eating breakfast in the city of ESSAOUIRA, we will travel through Agadir where we will pause for lunch.  In your way you will obtain to watch the striking of the nature of SOUSS MASSA. Once in Agadir known as being one of touristic cities in Morocco, it embrace a lot of touristic landmarks and clean beaches, living atmosphere fun of traveling in MARINA gulf, and enjoying the beauty of Agadir with a Panoramic view from the top of OFLLA that dominant on Agadir city on GZIRA beach, also visit the zoo of crocodiles, the first n Morocco, adding discovering of the old city. Agadir is a great base for excursions and day trips into south Morocco. Ongoing to Essaouira, the coastal route presents beautiful outlook, an area famous for the Argan (Moroccans traditionally use un-roasted Argan oil to delight skin sickness, and as a cosmetic oil for skin and hair). Along the way you will see groups of goats climbing the Argan trees in the mission for riper food .Your overnight accommodation is at a Riad in the Medina.

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DAY 10 : ESSSAOUIRA DAY VISIT :

After breakfast in your RIAD at ESSAOUIRA, a country that was inhabited by ancient civilizations such us the ROMANS, and PORTUGAL, and its 18th-century seaport fortress – UNESCO World Heritage. ESSAOUIRA offers to you many monuments to see and discover, such us; AL MALLAH also known as the Jewish Quarter or the merchants of the sultan, you will be thankful when our guide take you to the ISLAND of MOGADOR small island located near the city, it is one of the most important Phoenician sites

Essaouira is thought for its active winds most of the year. You can enjoy the festival of “Gnawa music”, where several musical clubs come from diverse parts of the world. That day you may have lunch in a very Moroccan manner, or u can have a gridiron of fish. In the late afternoon, you may want to have a walk and explore by yourself and sit to feel the romantic magic of town, and u may choose to walk on Moulay el HASSAN Square that have an attractive location overlooking to Atlantic Ocean, the sunset there casts in the self a sense of love, romance, and tranquility . Overnight accommodation is in Riad within the Medina. Today you will have lunch in a Moroccan way, bought fishes ‘cooked to order’. In late afternoon you are free to walk and explore by yourself and sit to feel romantic magic of the city. Overnight lodging at our Riad in the Medina

DAY 11 : ESSAOUIRA – MARRAKECH FIRST CONTACT :

When discovering ESSAOUIRA, and after breakfast we will drive on the way to Marrakech. In our way to the red city of Morocco there is an occasion to visit the women’s cooperative of Argan oil while this one is famous for its cooking, makeup and medical properties. After quite a few stops to take photographs, you will keep on your travel to Marrakech, but before checking in your RIAD, this is your first get in touch with MARRAKECH and you will see and feel what pull many superstars to this red one. After ceremonial dinner you will take pleasure in walking in the well-known square of Jemaa El fna, diverting with magicians, story tellers, musicians and snake charmers. While sleeping will be in a Medina based Riad.

DAY 12 : SIGHTSEEING IN MARRAKECH :

Marrakech hang all the characteristics that made it one of the most grandeur touristic city, and with our local guide you will explore the red city of Morocco, Red Marrakesh could be the town that shows all of Morocco’s foreign culture and attraction. Although JAMAA EL FNA and the KOUTOUBIA mosque which built in 12th century are one of the most prominent features in Morocco, particularly in the city of MAKKARECH, there is much other magnetism worth seeing as well, and our guide will make you discover that. You may want getting around the back streets of the old town enjoying talk with MARRAKECH people; there are too humorous and modest, and you may want to visit the Majorelle Garden that contain a blue villa with flowers of different types, it was left as a gift to Marrakech by the French painter Jacques Majorelle.

Discovering MARRAKECH souks after lunch

Afterwards we can take a moment for lunch. you may have time to discover the enchanting souks( native markets ) it is the town’s star attraction you mustn’t miss the Babouche (shoes) Souk, Chouari (carpenter’s) open-air market, El-Attarine (perfume and spice) souk and the Cherratine (leather) souk and the narrow alleys around the Djemâa El-Fna square where we can have some fun with people listening to their jokes, we can enjoy taking pictures with snakes in the evening, Marrakech become another world at night you will be shocked when seeing singers, narrators, dancers, and acrobatics of people and monkeys before going to the RIAD for night.

DAY 13 : MARRAKECH DAY TRIP TO ATLAS MONAINES AND IMLIL :

Subsequent the breakfast in your RIAD, we will drive to the village of Asni and the township of Imlil at the center of the high atlas mountain. Here you will like the picturesque views of Toubkal Mountains through the gorges of Moulay Brahim and Imlil which is a small Berber village with a burly culture well potted of centuries

You will have the occasion to trek in the villages and knowledge the real Berber culture and life. If you chose to have lunch at the Kasbah Toubkal you’ll get the view of the Toubkal Mountains, the highest in North Africa is quite breathtaking. In the afternoon, you’ll travel back to Marrakech. We’ll enjoy the Overnight in our Hotel/Riad.

DAY 14 : MARRAKECH - AIRPORT TRANSF

However of being the last day, you can have a free morning until your departure flight time, we will convey you to the airport

Include:

 

  • Tour in 4×4 vehicle/minibus with A/C
  • Fuel
  •  Driver-Guide
  • Hotel overnight stays (breakfast & dinner included)
  • 1 night in desert camp
  • Camel ride

Not Include:

 

  • Drinks
  • Tips
  • Lunch

Contact Info:

 

Phone: +212 659 757 327

Email: Morocconomadstours1@gmail.com

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