Enjoy an adventure in the Moroccan desert as you travel with your guide to spectacular sites and attractions. Upon arrival, you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel and receive an itinerary briefing.
After breakfast, we visit the Mosque of Hassan II, built in 1993 by a team of over 6,000 craftsmen. It is one of the few mosques in Morocco that foreigners are allowed to enter. We then make our way to the station where we catch the local train to Meknes to visit the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail and the souk.
In the morning, we continue our journey to Fes, a large, fascinating place, made up of three distinct cities or quarters. We walk downhill into the heart of the old city of Fes-El-Bali, encountering a hive of activity, with people and donkeys in the cramped alleyways. We visit the Funduk Nejjarine, a beautifully restored lodging house and the Quaraouiyine Mosque. You will also see one of the main tanneries, where the curing of skins and the subsequent dyeing process has been carried out since the Middle Ages. After lunch, the rest of the day is at leisure to explore further.
Today is free to further explore Fes or visit other picturesque sightseeing attractions nearby.
The next day, we travel through a variety of landscapes to Ifrane, a mountain resort. Further south, at Midelt, the landscape opens up and we enjoy expansive views to the west. Midelt will be our stop for an overnight stop.
Today, we stop at the spectacular Gorges du Ziz and then head to the large town of Er Rachidia. We pass the 500-year old ruins of the Ksar of Meski before descending into the Ziz Valley. We reach Merzouga in the Sahara and head into the desert on camels for the magical sunset. We spend the night at a simple desert camp.
Rising early, we enjoy another fun camel ride through the sand dunes. Sunrise is a special time of the day. We enter Todra valley packed with palm trees and mud-brick villages. At the top of the valley, we reach our hotel and then take a short hike into the celebrated gorge where sheer cliffs rise over 1000 feet above us. We spend the night at a local hotel in the gorge.
In the morning, we travel along the road of 1000 kasbahs and enjoy a walk in the impressive Dades Gorge. We will visit a family-owned mud-brick home at Skoura, have lunch in an Ouarzazate town and continue to the fabulous medieval mud-brick town Ait Benhaddou. Explore the many old streets and climb up to the fortress for a spectacular view over the old town. Enjoy overnight at the hotel.
We continue our journey passing numerous Berber villages and enjoy expansive views of the countryside. We will wind our way up towards Tizi ‘n Tichka, the highest pass on the road to Marrakech. Leaving the Atlas behind, we descend into the plains that surround Marrakech, which we reach in the late afternoon. Have an overnight stay at a local hotel.
The next day, enjoy an orientation walk around the old medina. Our time is then free to explore the souks and alleyways that lead off to the north of Djemaa el Fna.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport.