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12 Days desert tour - camel trekking and imperial cities

Day 1: Arrive Casablanca – Marrakech:

Arriving at Casablanca Airport we’ll drive 2 AND lalfe hrs to Marrakech before your check in at your Medina Riad.diner and Breakfast.

Day 2: discovering Marrakech:

After breakfast in your Riad, you can start discovering Marrakech ” the red city of Morocco” and your guide will ensure that you see the most important places of historical and cultural interest, including the Saadian tombs, the Palaces of El Bahia and El Badi and the Ben Youssef Coranic school. Lunch is at a restaurant near the square, then in the afternoon we’ll visit the gardens at Majorelle, Menara and the Koutoubia tower. Overnight in a Hotel/Riad.

Day 3: Marrakech – Tizi Ntichka Pass – Ouarzazate:

After breakfast in your Riad, you’ll travel to Ouarzazate via the dramatic Tizi Ntichka Pass and the famous Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah. Ait Ben Haddou village was built by the last Berber chieftain El Glaoui Ethami in late 9th century. The Kasbah is recognised as a UNESCO matrimonial historical site and is still a house of many Glaoui family members. After lunch we’ll continue to Ouarzazate, “the Hollywood of Africa”, where you have the option to visit and see many props used in movies you may already have seen such as Gladiator, and Alexander the Great. Overnight accommodation will be in a hotel in Ouarzazate. Overnight in a Hotel/Riad.

Day 4: Ouarzazate – Skoura – Dades Valley:

 After breakfast in the hotel, we’ll leave to explore the fascinating Dades and Rose Valleys.  then you well preserved Kasbah of Ameridil. Then we’ll continue to the village of Kalaa M’gouna, famous for its roses and rose products. A rose festival is held here every May, when the roses are harvested. Since this is the road of the thousands Kasbahs you’ll have plenty of opportunities to take some beautiful pictures. Our journey continues to the Dades Gorge where you’ll enjoy seeing the amazing Rock formation called “the monkey Toes” . After that we’ll drive to the hotel. Overnight in aHotel/Riad.

Day 5: Dades Gorge – Todra Gorge – Merzouga:

 After breakfast in the hotel, we’ll leave for Merzouga via the Todra Gorge and Rissani. After the town of Tinghir, we’ll arrive at the Todra Gorge, the narrowest and the highest in the region taking in the panoramic views of the old mud Berber villages overlooking the valley. Lunch is t the raod . In the afternoon the tour continues to Erfoud and Rissani then through the open black desert to the village Merzouga where you’ll be welcomed with a glass of mint tea before checking in to your Riad. Overnight in a Hotel/Riad.

Day 6: Merzouga area and the Camel trek:

After breakfast in your hotel, we’ll start exploring the area. You’ll visit the Gnaoua people, originally slaves brought from Sudan, to experience their music and lifestyle and the lake of Merzouga, with its bird populations. You may also want to visit the nomad wire house where many Berber handicrafts are priced lower than in the big cities. In the afternoon it’s time for your camel trek, ably guided by an experienced camel man where you’ll explore the sand sea of Merzouga. Dinner in front of the tent where you’ll spend the night .

Day 7: Merzouga area – Ziz Valley – Errachidia:  

Early in the morning, your camel man will wake you up early in the morning to watch what well may be the best sunrise of your life. Afterwards you’ll be guided back to your Riad in Merzouga appreciating the unique beauty of the spectacular Erg Chebbi dunes – changing with the light as the day progresses. After a shower you’ll start exploring the area around the Erg Chebbi, visiting the nomads in their tents, the fossil fields and the souk at Rissani, the foundation of the Alaouit Dynasty, the current ruling family in Morocco. Risani is an authentic city full of veiled women and conversations. Your journey continues along the magnificent Ziz Gorges carved through volcanic rock to Errachidia then we continue to midalte where you’ll stop for the night. Overnight in Hotel/Riad.

Day 8:  – Midelt – Azrou – Ifrane – Fes: 

After breakfast in your hotel we’ll leave for Fes via Azrou and Ifrane. Stopping en-route in Azrou, in the middle Atlas mountains, in the Cedar forest there, you’ll have the opportunity to see the Barbarian apes in their natural habitat. Then we’re on to Ifrane “the French village”or” the Switzerland of Morocco”. Finally arriving in Fes, with overnight accommodation in a Hotel/Riad .

Day 9: discovering Fes:

Most of the day will be spent visiting the medina (the old city) and its alleys – including the famous tanneries and the Quaraouine mosque. Your visit here includes the Jewish headquarter and the royal palace. After lunch in a typical Moroccan restaurant in the Medina, you’ll visit the Merinid tombs and experience a wonderful panoramic view of the city. The afternoon brings a short walk in the new city before returning to your Riad.

Day 10: Fes – Meknes – Volubilis – Ouazzan –Chefchaouen:

After breakfast in your Riad, you’ll travel to Chefchaouen via Meknes and Volubilis. In Meknes you will see the famous Bab Mansour gate, the Sahrij Souani basin and the Mausoleum. Your tour will continue to the Roman site of Volubilis where you’ll see some beautiful Mosaic  Then we’re on to Chefchaouen. Overnight in a  Hotel/Riad.

Day 11: Exploring Chefchaouen:

After breakfast in your Riad you can start exploring the Medina of Chefchaouen; a beautiful unique city with its white washed walls and its blue doors and windows. Unlike many parts of Morocco, this city was occupied by Spain and the influences of Spanish civilisation and architecture are all around. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet locals and walk in this beautiful Medina. Overnight in a Hotel/Riad.

Day 12: Chefchaouen – Tangier:

After Breakfast in your Riad, you’ll travel to see Hecrule’s cave in Tangier before arriving at Tangier port for your departure. The tour ends at the port.

 The tour including

  • 4X4 or mini bus
  • diner and the breakfast
  • night in the desert
  • overnight in the hotels
  • camel treking

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