This tour is an in-depth exploration of Morocco’s villages and nomadic culture, where guests take their time to enjoy themselves while having their food and lodging arranged beforehand. Walking dunes, having interactions with Morocco’s inhabitants, and enjoying authentic cuisine are just some of the highlights of this comprehensive tour!
Day 1 : Tangier – Tetouan – Chefchaouen
We will meet you in the port and depart to Chefchaouen passing through Rif Mountains enjoying natural landscape of magic Rifian green mountains till we arrive to the Blue-white city of Chefchaouen. Chefchaouen is situated in the North, and it was under Spanish troops during the protectorate era; thus, the majority of its inhabitants are influenced by the Spanish accent. When we arrive to Chefchaouen we take dinner and spend the night there in one of its quiet riads.
Day 2 : Chefchaouen – Volubilis – Meknes
After breakfast in riad we will proceed our trip driving towards Volubilis passing via Small Rifian Villages to join the Roman traces. Once we get into Vulibilis we will be accompany with a local guide to explore and learn about the Roman history in volubilis. After having visited the ruins, we will change direction towards The Ismailian capital “Meknes” where we will take lunch and walk around to discover the historical monuments of Moulay Ismail and see great walls surrounding the old Medina. Furthermore, we will visit the tomb of Moulay Ismail, the old sub jail, Bad Mansour… Over night in riad (dinner & breakfast).
Day 3 : Meknes – Fez
After breakfast in riad, we leave Meknes for Fez, the most ancient town in Morocco. When we arrive to Fez we go to start our journey seeing, exploring the secrets and historical, cultural traces, heritage of the city; we will enjoy our sightseeing walking in the narrow streets of the old medina. We will insist on seeing the most important sites such as the Old Qarawyine University, the Jewish place, Royal Palace and the Moulay Idriss mausoleum… Over night in Riad/hotel.
Day 4 : Fes – Ifran – Cedar forest – Midelt
After having breakfast in Riad/hotel, we will take our direction south to see the beautiful city of Ifrane and we pass through the Middle Atlas Mountains to Azrou. Here we will stop at the cedar forest to see monkies as well as to have some pictures. Subsequently, we drive ahead to the city of apple “Midelt” where we will spend over night in a riad/hotel.
Day 5 : Midelt – Errachidia – Ziz valley – Merzouga
We have our breakfast in Hotel, and then we say goodbye heading to Merzouga via the pass of Tizi. During our way Midelt- Merzouga will pass across numerous villages scattering along the way. We will pass through Errachidia and we continue our journey through the Ziz valley passing through Erfoud, Rissani and finally getting to Merzouga. After a glass of “Berber whiskey” mint tea, we say a temporary goodbye to the Hotel and get prepared to take camels to immerse in nomadic lifestyle in the desert. Camel trekking takes about 1hr 30 min from the hotel to the Oasis where we will spend over night, sleep in tents. After dinner we gather around fire enjoying the desert night atmosphere and entertain ourselves with Berber instruments playing desert style music. For calm and nature lovers they can go for a walk on dunes.
Day 6 : Merzouga – Tinghir gorges – Dades
We will get up early morning to join and enjoy an impressive sunrise over the dunes of Erg Chebbi. After doing so, we will escape from Merzouga heading to Dades valley. Within our way we will see a lot of small villages alongside the way. Once we arrive Todra Gorges we will take a short walk discovering the scenery of Todra streams and rocks, and then we continue our journey to finally join Dades Valley where we spend our night in riad.
Day 7 : Dades Valley – Ait Benhaddou – Marrakech
After having breakfast in the hotel, we will drive through Dades Valley heading to Kelaat M’gouna and Ouarzazate. Within our route towards Kelaat M’gouna we will see a lot of Kasbahs which were historically used as the houses of valuable, famous families in the ancient times. After the rose’s valley, we pass through Skoura village, continuing to Ouarzazate “the Hollywood of Africa” where we will visit Cinema Studio. Moreover, we keep going till reaching the famous Ait Benhaddou Kasbah which is the largest Kasbah in Morocco. We take lunch there. After visiting this UNESCO matrimonial historical monument, we continue our trip via the charming pass of Tizi N Tichka (2260 m) over the High Atlas Mountains. During the pass we will enjoy panoramic views of the landscape seeing farmers working in their farms and we will also see them herding their animals. Additionally, we will have a chance to visit argan, olive oil cooperatives. Then continue our journey to Marrakech.
Day 8: Marrakech sightseeing
After breakfast in riad, we start our journey sightseeing the city of Marrakech “the red city of Morocco”, it was founded in the XII century by Almoravidian dynasty. We will insist on seeing the most important cites of cultural and historical heritage. You will have great chance to visit Saadiyin Tomb, Majorelle Gardens, Koutoubia Tower. Moreover, our guide will lead you to see Bahia square, the Souk of the city, and then you go to join the famous square of the medina where you will see and discover the fascinating serpent’s magician, “funny seminars” where some professional or humorous people tell fabulous and nice jokes, riddles etc… In the afternoon, you will have free time to walk around and see, discover other places of the city by yourself.
Day 9 : Marrakech – Essaouira
After you have breakfast in your riad, our staff meets you in the reception aiming to arrange and organize a nice trip discovering the scenery of “Mogador” Essaouira. Within Marrakech-Essaouira route we will come across small women shops of Argan cooperatives. We will take you in an enormous tour in Morocco to enjoy your day wandering around this ocean town exploring the old fortified fishing port of Essaouira on the Atlantic coast. This latter is the favourite of wind and kite surfers due to the shallow waters. It was once a favourite haunt of Bob Marley and Jimi Hendrix. Despite the beach, there are also plenty of things to experience in this town. We will ensure that you will find out and see the most well known monuments of this city: amazing cohesion, mixture of Portuguese-Berber architecture, colourful Souks, French-designed medina, and art galleries. Moreover, you will come across the Mellah (sizeable old Jewish quarter) and the Portuguese fortress built in 16th century to protect their commercial base of Mogador. The city was invaded by various nations: Phoenecians, Carthaginians, Romans, Portuguese and French. The varying origins of Essaouira’s inhabitants created its unique character and led to its prosperity. Essaouira is typical of many small fortified Moroccan townships. At one time it was considered to be one of the most essential ports in Morocco, and it is still in certain manners. Essaouira is a world heritage city. We will take you in a memorable tour to discover Morocco. Over night in a riad.
Day 10 : Essaouira – Marrakech
We leave Essaouira back to Marrakech. We will be in Marrakech by late afternoon. Free evening to walk and wander the city at your own pace.
Day 11 : Transfer to airport
Transfer you from riad to airport