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Today you will be picked up at the Casablanca airport by our driver. Depending on your arrival time, you may get to visit the the Hassan II Mosque, Casablanca's landmark building designed by the French architect Michel Pinseau. It is a extravagant symbol not only of the city, but also of Morocco itself. Hassan II Mosque is one of the largest mosques in the world. Its gigantic glass floor holds over 24,000 worshippers and its 210 meter minaret is tallest in the world. Its view of the Atlantic makes it exceptionally beautiful. Intricately carved marble pieces, vibrant mosaics, and zellige tile details serve as examples of traditional Islamic architecture. After the visit, your driver will be at your disposal to suggest where you can have lunch. Next, you will drive to Marrakesh where you will sleep at a bed and breakfast in a boutique Moroccan riad in the Marrakesh medina. Note: Casablanca to Marrakesh (242km)read more
Eat breakfast at your riad and set off to explore the fascinating city of Marrakesh. First, visit the magical Majorelle Gardens designed by Jacque Majorelle and preserved by Yves Saint Laurent. Its blue and yellow colored paths make it an attractive garden with various ponds, cacti, and plants. Later, visit the old medina on foot. Your guide will take you through the intricate streets and alleys of the Djemaa el Fna. Enjoy the smells of food and explore the souks specializing in handmade shoe products. You will also visit the famous 12th century Koutoubia Mosque. Enjoy a delicious lunch at one of Marrakesh’s great restaurants. After lunch, explore the El Bahia Palace in Marrakesh. It was built in the late 19th century and designed to be the greatest palace of its time. The name means "brilliance". As in other buildings of the period in other countries, it was intended to capture the essence of the Islamic and Moroccan style. There is a 2-acre (8,000 m²) garden with rooms opening onto courtyards. Visit the Saadian Tombs and mausolea in Marrakesh which date to time of the Saadian dynasty sultan Ahmad al-Mansur (1578-1603). The tombs were discovered in 1917 and were renovated by the Beaux-arts service. The mausoleum includes the burials of about sixty members of the Saadi Dynasty that originated in the valley of the Draa River. Among the graves are those of Ahmad al-Mansur and his family. This evening, you will be free to explore Marrakesh on your own. Your private driver will be available to escort you to a variety of restaurants we recommend. You will sleep in a bed and breakfast in a boutique riad.read more
You will eat breakfast at your riad then start your journey to the former Portuguese fishing village of Essaouira. Essaouira is a port city and resort on Morocco’s Atlantic coast. Its rosy ochre ramparts and white and blue painted houses make it a perfect piece of art. Its medina is protected by 18th-century seafront ramparts called the Skala de la Kasbah. Behind its walls, protected from the wind, a timeless world persists. Old brass guns line the walls overlooking the Atlantic and watch over the old town. On your way to Essaouira, you will explore a wide variety of landscapes, great biodiversity, and rich cultural heritage. You will pass the world’s largest area of Argan forest, a national treasure where you can see goats hanging calmly on the top of Argan trees. Argan, almond, and olive trees grow wild side by side. While you’re in the area, you can visit the Argan oil cooperative and admire the women who work to extract Argan oil and appreciate the traditional hospitality of Berber culture. Upon arrival, you will enjoy local gastronomy at the fishing port. Settle yourself down on a sofa or perch yourself on a pouf and share a delicious tajine or couscous. The Souiri cuisine is best known for is its fresh fish. Essaouira is a city of fishermen and makes the utmost of what the ocean provides. Visit Essaouira Thuya wood workshops, as Essaouira is the center of wood carvers in Morocco. Wander along the ramparts and visit painters' galleries where watercolors gleam from canvases. Visit silver jewellery shops, a craft that owes its existence and fame to the Jewish silversmiths of the 18th century. Essaouira is famous for its annual Gnaoua Music Festival that attracts many visitors in June. It also has a wide beach for surfing called Plage de Safi. Visit Moulay Hassan Square, the liveliest place of Essaouira located in the medina, not far from the city walls and port, an ideal location for enjoying a glass of mint tea. Sit back on one of its café terraces and watch the casual comings and goings of the passers-by. In the afternoon, drive back to Marrakesh and enjoy another night at the bed and breakfast in a boutique riad.read more
After breakfast, you will drive to Imlil. Imlil is a small and beautiful village known for its magnificent landscapes and stunning valleys. You will appreciate the different ascents and descents of the mountains bordering the entrance to the great Moroccan Atlas. Imlil is the starting point of most hikes; it is a beautiful place for those who would like to walk in the Massif Toubkal in the high Atlas. Mount Toubkal is the highest peak in North Africa. By lunchtime, you will arrive at Kasbah Toubkal in Imlil. After, you can relax and enjoy the panoramic view from the Kasbah terrace. Later, enjoy a traditional Hammam, a steam room for cleansing the body. You will stay the night in a bed and breakfast in the Kasbah Toubkal.read more
Rise and have your breakfast, then explore life in Imlil village. You will walk past walnut trees, apples trees and almond trees and explore the everyday life of the local. You will even get to have lunch with a local family. Later, visit a workshop to discover how women make Berber jewelry. You will stay the night in a bed and breakfast in the Kasbah Toubkal.
Imlil - Tizi N'Tichka Pass - Ait Benhaddou - Ouarzazate Skoura Rise and have breakfast, then start your journey towards Skoura to explore its famous kasbahs and the caravan routes of Morocco. Kasbahs are great citadels standing proudly on the hillsides. These are the far famed kasbahs of the Moroccan south, residences built from adobe, a mixture of clay, earth, and straw, their architecture of striking originality and elegance. Morocco’s kasbahs serve as witnesses to the victory and apogee of the mountain culture that brought them into being. Perfectly adapted to their surroundings, they are also an expression of the social life of a sedentary mountain people. Standing eternal, they are southern Morocco’s dearest heritage. You will pass the olive and almond fields of the Oued Zat as you ascend to the Tizi n’Tichka pass (2260m.) that will take you through spectacular, mountainous land. Along the road, you will see panoramic sights of the High Atlas Mountains as well as rich valleys, colorful villages, and striking geology. Explore the majestic Taourirt Kasbah, a national heritage monument. It was built in the 19th century and was the Pasha of Marrakesh ‘s largest residence. Its architecture, with its many crenellated towers, geometric motifs, and an interior richly attired in painted stuccowork and cedar wood, is a marvel to behold. The Kasbah has recently been restored throughout and now houses exhibition galleries, a library and an amphitheatre. Explore the Ksar of Ait Ben Haddou. A revelation of pure beauty listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Ait Ben Haddou Ksar is a stunning work of architecture overlooking the Ounila Valley. A graceful ensemble of adobe kasbahs, this is one of the oldest and most impressive ksars in all of Morocco. The earliest of its buildings, a granary standing on the hilltop, dates back to the 11th century. The village gradually grew up around it over the course of the centuries, adding houses, more granaries, cowsheds, a well, and a protective surrounding wall. Architecturally, this museum village located some 30km from Ouarzazate is without parallel. Its outer walls sport few shutters and only two doors, making sure that its inhabitants knew who was coming and going. Inside, a public square, a mosque, a koranic school and the village residences jostle for space. Immortalized in films such as “Lawrence of Arabia”, “Babel” and “Indiana Jones” , this magnificent fortress stands radiant and untouched by time, an uncut diamond shining proudly forth from its rocky setting. Explore the Kasbah Amridil, originally built in the 17th century, which is one of Morocco’s most iconic living museums. It has withstood the test of time, making it the ideal setting for an insight into the ancient traditions of kasbah life. You will stay in a bed and breakfast in a nice riad in Skour.read more
Skoura - Roses Valley - Nomad's Valley - Boumalne Dades Valley & Gorge - Skoura Enjoy breakfast at your riad before driving to explore Skoura oasis and the Valley of One Thousand Kasbahs. Skoura is an abundant haven with almond and olive trees and enormous palm groves which were placed in the 12th century by the Almohad sultan Yacoub el-Mansour. It offers gorgeous views of the Atlas Mountains along with desert sceneries. The most stunning kasbahs in southern Morocco can be found here. The Valley of Roses, just north of El Kellaa M’Gouna, is for certain an enjoyable trip. You will stop for a visit of the cooperative producing various products made with roses: rose water hand and body soaps, oil, and crème fragrance. The annual Rose Festival is a perfect time of the year to visit. Your journey will lead you to the breathtaking Valley of Nomads located in Boutaghrar at 40km from Rose valley Kellaa M’Gouna. In this stunning valley, nomads still live in caves. The valley is surrounded by Mount M’Goun which is the second highest mountain in Morocco and provides astonishing views. After a break for refreshment, you will continue to the Dades Valley that covers 125 km between the Todra Gorge and Ouarzazate. The Dades Valley is located in the high valley of Dades that is scattered with oases, palm groves, and kasbahs. Carved through the walls of the High Atlas Mountains by the Dades River, Dades Gorge is an exceptional natural beauty. It has spectacular views which are best seen in the morning when the sun reaches the bottom of the canyon. Driving further, you will pass fertile agricultural fields of fruits and almond trees, riverbanks, and several fortified ksours. Lunch will be served at a restaurant offering local Moroccan food and a panoramic view. Relax and sip mint tea while taking in the remarkable valley view. Continue your exploration of the Dades Valley and Gorge after lunch. You will eat dinner and sleep in a bed and breakfast in a nice riad in Skour.read more
Dades Valley - Todra Gorge - Erfoud - Rissani - Merzouga You will eat breakfast at your riad. After, your journey to the Todra Gorge, Erfoud, Rissani, and Merzouga begins. You will first visit Todra Gorge which is the canyon of the eastern part of the High Atlas Mountains close to Tinghir. Your driver will take you through picturesque roads to reach the Todra Gorge which extends to Tinghir. Todra Gorge is a spectacular site with gigantic red rock walls that change their color with the effect of the sunlight. Explore the fossil sites located 13km from Erfoud to Merzouga where you can see the fossilized stones dating to a very ancient geological era. You will continue to Rissani, a desert town from the ancient Alawi Dynasty to discover the old mausoleum of Moulay Ali Cherif, the first king of the Alawi Dynasty. On your way to Merzouga, you will stop at Khamlia, the village of Gnawa, to enjoy the charming music of Gnawa. After that, another expedition will be waiting for you: a camel trek or drive along the dunes of the golden Sahara Desert to enjoy sunset over the majestic Erg Chebbi Dunes. Once you reach the heart of the Sahara, you will receive a warm welcome at your luxury camp where you will spend the night under the huge sky full of bright stars. You will eat dinner and stay overnight in the luxury camp.read more
You will rise early this morning, have coffee if you wish, and start the day off with a camel ride to see the sunrise. After, you will head back to your camp for breakfast and a shower before driving to the dramatic Ziz Gorges and valley where the Oued Ziz brings life to the last southern valley of the Ziz and the Tafilalte oases. The Ziz Gorges are a series of gorges on the upper course of the Ziz River. They are defined by two gates at the southern and northern ends. At the southern end is the Hassan Addakil dam and lake. Nearby is the Tunnel de Légionnaire built by French colonial troops in the 1930s in order to create a passageway to the Ziz Gorge. The gorge was formed by the Ziz River cutting through the Atlas Mountains. Ancient fossils are commonly excavated and sold in the area. The Ziz Valley presents a spectacular view of a dense canopy of palms. Next, visit the women coops where you can chat with the women and have lunch with a Berber family in the Aoufous village in the Ziz Valley. They will demonstrate how they make date products. The Ziz Valley is the biggest date-producing region in Morocco. There are 283 recognized varieties of date grown in the country, the most delicious (and expensive) of which are known as Mejhoul. Later, you will visit a local family and have tea with our local host at his family’s traditional Moroccan home. This is your chance to learn about Moroccan family life. You will stay in a hotel.read more
Errachidia - Fes Wake up early, eat breakfast, and take a sunrise camel ride or 4x4 drive back to Merzouga. Depart Merzouga and drive to Fes, passing through Ifrane and Azrou located at a strategic crossroads between the Middle Atlas and the High Atlas. On the way, you will stop for lunch in Midelt in the Middle Atlas Mountains, known for its apples. Continue to Ifrane which is located in the Middle Atlas in a national park that was established in October 2004 due its remarkable species in the territory, the presence of internationally important ecosystems, and the increase of human activity and resource exploitation. With its architecture, cedar forest, and temperature, Ifrane is a unique destination. Next, continue your drive to Fes and arrive in the early evening. You will sleep in a bed and breakfast at a boutique riad in Fes.read more
After breakfast, start your exploration of the magnificent Fez old medina. It is a real labyrinth, left intact since the Middle Ages. Fez medina is considered the largest medina in the Arab world and is surrounded by 24 kilometers of walls. The medina encloses 9500 houses, 176 mosques, 83 mausoleums, 11 madrasas dating from the Merenids dynasty, and 40 hammams. The medina also encloses magnificent palaces. It was classified as a world heritage site in 1981 by UNESCO. Enter the old medina of Fez through the blue gate known as Bab Boujloud dating to the 12th century. The name is a vernacular corruption of the expression "Bou Jnoud", meaning a parade ground or military square, referring to the large square known as Place Bou Jeloud just outside and to the west. It is also located near the site of what used to be one of the main citadels of Fes el-Bali, the Kasbah Bou Jeloud. Stroll the Talaa Kebeera shortly after Bab Boujloud and continue on through much of the medina. Many different shops, souks, and sights are located just off this main road. Though often crowded by locals and tourists alike, it provides a nice taste of old Fez. Continue to the Madrasa Bou Inania founded in AD 1351–56 by Abu Inan Faris. It is widely acknowledged as an excellent example of Marinid architecture. Visit Nejjarine Museum on your way. This well-restored former Fondouk – a place where traders took lodgings and stored and sold their goods during the 18th century – is now home to the Nejjarine Museum of Wood Arts and Crafts. Opened in 1998, the museum allows visitors to marvel at such artefacts as craftsmen’s tools, prayer beads, ancient chests, and musical instruments. Admire the Zaouia of Moulay Idriss II, a religious shrine containing the tomb of Idris II who ruled Morocco from 807 to 828. He is the main founder of the city of Fes and of the first Moroccan Islamic state. Here, you will encounter amazing shops selling candles and local Fessi sweets with various fragrances used for religious and special events. Visit Kissaria Serrajine, where an irresistible range of silks, brocades, braided trimmings, embroidered slippers and kaftans await you. Along the streets you can see fabulous expertise at work. Continue to Seffarine known for its Boilermakers, coppersmiths, and glazed ceramic works marked by the famous cobalt blue of Fez. Visit the famous Quaraouiyine University. It is the oldest existing, continually operating higher educational institution in the world according to UNESCO and Guinness World Records. It was founded by Fatima al-Fihria in 859 with an associated madrasa, which became one of the principal spiritual and educational centers of the historic Muslim world. It was incorporated into Morocco's modern state university system in 1963. Visit the Al-Attarine Madrasa close to the Al-Quaraouiyine. It was built by the Marinid sultan Uthman II Abu Said in 1323. The madrasa takes its name from the Souk al-Attarine, the spice and perfume market. Visit the Glaoui palace and the Mokri Palace where you can admire the fine work of the woodcarvers or the delicate lines of the wrought iron sculptured with surgical precision. After enjoying lunch, visit Fez tanneries referred to as the Chouwara tanneries. The tanneries, made of numerous ditches filled to the brim with a incredible variety of pigments, process skins for production of sheep, cow, and goat leather in the traditional manner. Look down at the proceedings from a neighboring rooftop terrace--an artist’s palette in all its colorful splendors. Visit the pottery area and come across several scattered shops of ceramic around the medina, each with its own specialty. They sell fountains, tile-work, and more. Continue to Fes el-Jdid and begin by the Royal Palace, the main monument of Fez el-Jdid. It offers impressive views over its finely carved doors. The creation of Fez el-Jadid marks the full development of the city and the climax of Moorish art illustrated by the construction of magnificent buildings. Next, visit Mellah, the Jewish Quarter founded after the sixteenth century by the Sultan to protect the Jewish community in the city. The main street features all kinds of businesses: jewels, upholstery, fabrics, and more. The houses of the Mellah differ from Muslim houses by the windows and their wooden and wrought iron balconies. Later, drive to Borj Nord from which you can have gorgeous views of Fes. At night, the old city’s walls and ramparts are lit up and you can enjoy panoramic views of the city. The Borj is a fort built in 1582 by the powerful Saadi sultan Ahmad al-Mansour to defend the city from external attacks. It was modeled after the Portuguese Forts in the 16th century. The Borj is considered the largest defense structure around the city of Fez. Today, the fort is open to public as the Museum of Arms. Finally return to your riad.read more
Fes - Meknes - Mouly Driss - Volubilis - Chefchaouen After breakfast, your driver will take you to visit Meknes. First, admire the magnificent gateway of Bab el-Mansour, the main gate between Meknes' Medina and Imperial City districts. Bab el-Mansour is an enormous and highly picturesque edifice with intricate architectural style of zellige tiling and carving work. It is one of North Africa's best examples of persisting gateways. The Bab Mansour gate faces onto Place Hedim, the main square in the old part of the city. Place Hedim is much smaller than Marrakech’s Jemaa el Fna square. See vendors and snake charmers. Sahrij Souani, built by Moulay Ismail, is a lake located in the imperial city, northwest of the granaries. It is a hydraulic structure that measures 148.75 m by 319 m and has a maximum depth of 1.20 m. The lake was constructed to guarantee the supply of water in times of siege or drought, to the palaces and mosques of the town, as well as to the public baths, homes, gardens, and the orchards that surrounded the town and provided for its daily fruit and vegetable requirements. Continue to Moulay Idriss, the oldest town in Morocco, founded by Moulay Idriss I in 789 after he fled Mecca because of religious and tribal conflicts. It is located at twenty kilometers north of Meknes and set on a rocky peak overlooking the Oued Erroumane Valley and the plain upon which the Ancient Romans built their city of Volubilis. This holy town holds a special place in the hearts of the Moroccan people. When Moulay Idriss I arrived in 789, he brought the religion of Islam with him and began a new dynasty. In addition to founding the town, he also initiated the construction of Fez which was continued later by his son, Moulay Idriss II. Next, continue to Volubilis. Located in the foothills of the Zerhoun Massif, Volubilis takes its name from the Berber word Oualili, the name for the colorful flower of the convolvulus, a plant to be found in abundance in the region. Included on the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1997, Volubilis is Morocco’s largest archaeological site, with a full 18 hectares open to the public. The site owes its fame to the countless mosaics that decorate its ancient dwellings including a basilica, temple, and triumphal arch. Its prosperity, which was derived principally from olive growing, prompted the construction of many fine town-houses with large mosaic floors. Volubilis is regarded as the ancient capital of the Roman-Berber kingdom of Mauretania. It developed from the 3rd century BC onward as a Berber and Phoenician-Carthaginian settlement before being the capital of the Berber kingdom of Mauretania. Continue to Chefchaouen where you will stay at a bed and breakfast.read more
Start the day with breakfast at your hotel, then visit one of Morocco's gems, classified as the 6th most beautiful city in the world. In the beautiful Rif Mountains, Chefchaouen is a gorgeous labyrinth of blue-on-blue buildings that has an amazingly photogenic radiance. It was established in 1471 by Moulay Ali Ben Rachid for defense reasons against the Portuguese expansion in the north of Morocco. It was inhabited by the Moorish and Jewish people who were exiled from Spain during in the early 15th century. Wander the medina alleys and admire the colorful Andalusian architecture. It's a peaceful, easygoing town and a great place to recharge if you've been traveling in cities for a while. You will eat lunch at a charming restaurant in the Medina. Visit the fortress, the first building established by Moulay Ali Ben Rachid in 1471. You will have dinner in a charming restaurant and sleep in a bed and breakfast in a riad.read more
After breakfast, drive to Akchour to hike to God's Bridge and a waterfall in the national park of Talassemtane. After, drive to Chefchaouen where you will sleep again tonight.
After breakfast, drive to the Casablanca airport. Maa salam Morocco!
B&B accommodation in nice Riads in double rooms
Private Car and driver all the trip
Lunch and dinner are not included
Private departures, for just you and your friends or family