Upon arrival in Casablanca, Morocco’s largest city and the economic capital, you will go to your hotel, where you will check in and relax for the afternoon. Depending on the time, you could visit to medina (old city), whose stone-and-white-washed buildings bear great, dark-wood studded doors; the Great Mosque, entirely rebuilt in the late 19th century; the Hassan Tower, dominating the skyline with its intricate stonework; the Mohammed V Mausoleum, housing the onyx tomb of the late king; and the ramparts of Mechouar, encircling the Royal Palace.
Today, you travel to Morocco ‘s capital, Rabat. This busy political centre has a mix of the old and new: wide, tree-lined boulevards in the new town lead to the narrow bustling alleys of the old medina. You have the day to explore: visit the Hassan Tower and the Mausoleum of Mohammed V; the Kasbah Oudaias, dominating the estuary entrance and used to defend the city against pirates; and the Chellah, a 13th century necropolis that also encloses the remains of the ancient Roman City of Sala Colonia. In the evening, you might like to relax in a boulevard café and sip mint tea while watching the nightly promenade.
We depart in the morning for Meknes, the Imperial City of Sultan Moulay Ismail, and visit the medina, or old city, and Bab el Mansour, the monumental gateway and main entrance in to this 17th-century city. Next, we stop at the Roman ruins of Volubilis-the finest archaeological site in Morocco, with its mosaics, temples, and triumphal arch-on your way to the village of Moulay Idriss, the holy founder of the first indigenous Islamic Kingdom of Morocco. We continue to Fes for check-in at your hotel.
The entire day will be spent sight seeing in Fes, the oldest Imperial City, founded in 792 A.D. Visit the medieval medina, the Karaouiyne Mosque, whose central aisle is embellished with elaborate floral and Kufic script carved into the plaster and the colorfully tiled Nejjarine Fountain. Don’t miss the fascinating Islamic universities, including the Abouhnania and the Attariyne. Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Fes.
After breakfast, you will head to Merzouga through the cedar forest in the Middle Atlas Mountains, reaching Ifrane after 70 km (the Swiss city of Morocco) . After lunch in Midelt, we will follow the Ziz River through the valley and stop to see the Ziz Gorges on our way to Merzouga.
During this day, you will explore the desert area and the marvels of the Erg Chebbi dunes. You will have the opportunity to discover the nomads’ way of life and the amazing contrasts of the desert. You will visit the Khamlia to see the Gnawa musicians before we continue to Tafilalet with its 18th century ksour, an almost impenetrable warren of alleys. We then continue to the ruins of Sijilmassa. After a lunch of local food (Madfouna or Berber pizza), we will return to the dunes of the Merzouga desert.
In the afternoon:
You will ride the camels to see the sunset over the dunes and spend the night in the desert camp.
You will have a traditional dinner, drink delicious mint tea, and listen to Berber music while watching the stars and the rising moon in the amazing Sahara Desert.
You will wake up early to see the spectacular sunrise over the dunes before making your way back to have a shower and breakfast in the hotel. You will cross the palm-lined valleys of Tourog and Tinejdad to reach Todra Gorges and discover the marvels of Todra Gorges.
Dinner and overnight in Dades Gorges.
After breakfast, we will drive to Ouarzazate via the Rose Valley and Skoura. In Ouarzazate, we will visit the cinema studio. Then you will drive to the Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). After visiting the Kasbah and the old village, we will leave in the afternoon fir Marrakech via the Tizi-N-Ticha pass.
Today you will have a complete private tour of Marrakech. The souk is like a movie set, with exotic streets full of an amazing range of colors, sights, smells, and sounds, where artisans gather in separate streets, such as the silver street, shoe street, and metalworking street. You will also have a private tour of the Palais Bahia that was built as a replica of the Alhambra Palace in Granada. If time allows, we will visit the Majorelle Gardens, an enchanting site in the heart of the city.
After breakfast at you hotel, we will take you to the airport for your flight.
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