12 Days 11 Nights - Morocco Tour - Option B
12 Days 11 Nights
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1st day : Casablanca – Rabat
We meet at airport to travel into the city with views of the Moroccan country-side. Visit to Hassan II mosque (not possible on Fridays or religious holidays), the largest mosque in Africa and decorated with beautiful tiling craftsmanship. It takes a while to get tickets and the tour takes about an hour. Next we go to the capital city, Rabat and spend the night in a riad.
2nd day : Rabat to Chefchaouen
After we have breakfast in the riad, we visit the Hassan Tower and the Mausoleum of Mohammed V, tower was built in homage to the king, who died in 1961. His son and successor, Hassan II, died in 1999, is also in a tomb here. North of Meknes we stop and visit Volubilis and the Roman ruins, they are spread over a wide area with beautiful views of the valley and hills. Later we have dinner in Fes and we spend the night in a riad.
3rd day : Chefchaouen
We spend the day relaxing in one of the many cafe’s or roaming some streets and exploring the wonderful shops, we can take a lot of pictures today of the shops and charming little town or we can walk in the hills or by the river at the end of the town.
4th day : Chefchaouen - Fes
After breakfast we drive to Fes, we go by UNESCO World Heritage site of the Roman remains of Volubilis, we can enjoy the picturesque views over the valley and hills. From here we can see and visit the holy city of Moulay Idriss. Non-Moslems are not allowed into the mausoleum, but we can visit the main square with its lovely views and lovely little shops. We continue to Fes for dinner and the night in a riad.
5th day : Fes Sightseeing
We depart for a full day sightseeing in Fes, which is the oldest of Morocco’s four “Imperial Cities”. The medieval city of Fes El Bali, or “Old Fes” remains complete. During our tour of this part of the town, we can visit the exotic Bou Inania Medersa, the Medina and the Kairaouine Mosque. We can take many photos here of the lovely courtyard from the main gate as well as the famous soukhs. In the afternoon we can visit Fes El Jdid, or “New Fes” and the Museum of Moroccan Arts. The night is spent in a riad.
6th day : Fes – Merzouga
Leaving Fes at 8 am. and travelling via Azrou, you can see Barbary apes in the cedar forest of the Middle Atlas. We have lunch in Midelt, “the apple capital”, at the foot of the Ayachi Mountain. Then we continue over the Tizi-n-Talremt pass and through the Ziz Valley, which is particularly well-known for its palm trees and the length of the oasis. Along the road there are many “ksars”, small villages of individual houses. From here we reach Er Rachidia and then Erfoud, famous for its date festival and fossils. Once you reach the bivouac in Erg Chebbi, we will enjoy a glass of tea and have time to walk the dunes before the sunset. In the evening dinner is served and followed by an evening of music and the night in a nomad tent.
7th day : Merzouga
After we eat breakfast, we can take the camels, either riding or walking behind as they carry everything needed to cook your lunch, our camel man will be preparing our lunch today out in the dunes. Then, you’ll walk about three hours in the morning, followed by another three in the afternoon returning to the bivouac for dinner and the night.
8th Day : Merzouga – Dades
Early risers, can watch the incredible sunrise, when the colour of the dunes and the shadows play together. It is an awesome sight. After breakfast you can have a camel ride for a couple of hours or less before leaving for Tinghir and the Toudgha gorges for lunch. The road passes through Tinjdad and the Toudgha Valley. There are plenty of opportunities to walk along the river through the beautiful gardens or on the other side of the gorges. We wind down our day in a hotel for the night in the Dades Valley and the Dades Gorges.
9th day : Dades - Ouarzazate
After we eat breakfast we take a walk in the Dades Gorges.Then onto Ouarzazate. We continue off-road along the Boutarar piste to visit Berber nomads in their caves and enjoy a glass of tea with them. Then we continue through the Valley of the Roses, famous for its Rose Festivale every May. We see highly valued oils, creams and soups that are produced there as well. We reach the kasbahs of Skoura and the most well-known of Kasbahs, Amredil. We stay and visit and then head back to Ouarzazate and we stay in riad or guest house for the night.
10th day : Ouarzazate - Marrakesh
Once we eat breakfast, we travel to Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, a World Heritage site and the backdrop for many Hollywood blockbuster movies, such as, The Kingdom of Heaven and Gladiator. This Kasbah is the most famous in Morocco and one of the most visited sites in the entire country. After our visit we take the road to Telouet, along the recently asphalted road, high above the beautiful, green valley below. Telouet is set in the midst of the mountains and it was once the seat of the last Pasha of Marrakesh, We arrive in Marrakesh after crossing the highest pass in North Africa.
11th day : Marrakesh Sightseeing
Marrakech is likely, best known for central Djemma El Fna with its juice stalls, dried fruit and nut stalls, women applying henna, snake charmers, story sellers and the great number of nightly food stalls. We can visit the Majorelle Gardens which belonged to Yves St Laurent and is famous for its special shade of blue, the Koutoubia Mosque, El Bahia Palace which means “the palace of the beautiful” or the Qoranic School, the Ben Youssef Medersa which used to house some 80 Qoranic students and the Saadian Tombs. In the evenig, we can relax and spend another night in our riad.
We could organize a cooking class instead of the walking tour of Marrakesh, of course this would be an added charge.
12th day : Marrakesh to Casablanca
Casablanca airport in time for the check-in before your flight
Hotel/Airport Pick-up and Drop-off
Transport By air-conditioned car
11 nights Accomodation
11 Dinners and 11 breakfast
Bookings can be cancelled whenever without any fees.