Morocco Discovery Tour
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Following arrival formalities, transfer to hotel or raid, lunch at your leisure. In the afternoon a visit to the city of Tangier, the mythical city of painters and writers such as Mattisse and De lacroix. Visit the medina between large and small ‘socco’ where the delegation Etas United is situated, the Mendoubia gardens, kasbah’s square which overlooks the bay and its archaeological museum. Take a peaceful break at the. View over Tangier ‘the white city’ the visit will be concluded at the end of the 15 day tour on the return to the city. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel
Day 2 : Tangier – Chefchaouen
After breakfast, departure to Chefchaouen, ‘the blue city’. The route crosses the Rif hills all the way to Chefchaouen, small town with narrow streets all painted in blue, a holy city with more than 20 mosques. Chefchaouen is the city of weavers, peaceful and wild; it enchants visitors with its doors and blue walls. Next we visit the center of the Chefchaouen, the blue city town and its spice and crafts market, typical hand wash laundries dotted along slopes of the Rif hills across the river. Overnight at the hotel
Day 3 : Fez City Tour
Following breakfast, departure for the city of Fez, the cultural and spiritual capital of the kingdom, Fez impresses with its density, its wealth, its colors and the rustling of the medina, its palaces and fountains, Madrasas, the Bouamania of major interest, walking in the souks, those of the tanners, dyers, copper ware. Entrance to the city of Fez makers, then the city walls and hills of the city. Overnight at the hotel / riad
Day 4 : Fez – Midelt – Erfoud – Merzouga
Departure from Fes at 8 o’clock, travelling via Azrou, where you can see Barbary apes in the forest of the Middle Atlas. Lunch is in Midelt, the apple capital, at the foot of the Ayachi Mountain. 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. All along the road there are innumerable ksars, small villages of individual houses. From here we reach Errachidia and then Erfoud, famous for its date festival and fossils. Then continue to Merzouga Ziz valley palm grove where will be your overnight accommodation in auberge / riad.
Day 5 : Merzouga – Desert Tour – Nomad people
After visiting the village and oasis of Merzouga, You’ll visit the Gnawa people, originally slaves brought from Sudan, to experience their music and lifestyle, then we continue to see the panoramic view behind the Erg Chebbi of sand dunes so as to take lot of pictures and to see how the colour of the dunes change by the light of the sun after to the village of Mirdani an old village in ruins—also stopping at M’fis, the place where coal was extracted and the large majority of the population of Merzouga worked to earn a living. A very interesting day which is spent in or very near the dunes the highest dunes in Morocco. After the village of Mirdani we continue to the Bedouin families in their tents at Kem Kem. After having tea there we continue to finish the tour by visiting where you can see the fossils and the oasis of Tissardmine in the afternoon we will come back to Merzouga where your camel will be awaiting you. Before you mount your camel, guided by an experienced Camel man, to explore within the mysterious sand-sea of the Erg-Chebbi. Here you will spend your night under the stars, or if you prefer, in a traditional Berber nomad tent.
Day 6 : Merzouga – Tinghir – Todra Gorge – Dades Valley
Our camel man will awaken us early in the morning to admire what well may be the best sunrise of your life, then we will trek back to the village of Merzouga (to have breakfast) appreciating the unique beauty of the spectacular Erg Chebbi dunes – changing with the light as the day progresses. After the breakfast we will travel to Rissani, Tinghir, and Todra gorges – the highest, narrowest gorges in Morocco. Lunch in the gorge, after lunch in the heart of the gorge we’ll drive through the Dades Valley, where you’ll see the majestic sand castles and the amazing rock formations known as “monkey toes”. Overnight accommodation will be in a fancy hotel overlooking the Dades valley.
Day 7 : Dades Valley – Rose Valley – Skoura – Ouarzazate
After breakfast, depart to Ouarzazate passing through the Dades valley, the line of kasbahs that give this extremely popular route its nickname: Valley of a Thousand Kasbahs, Begin just before the town of Skoura, which is Kalaa Mgouna, the rose city where you could purchase rose water and continue to Ouarzazate, the Hollywood of Africa, whose geography and beautiful landscapes have attracted many world class movie producers. Possible visit (if there is no production event) to the movie studio, a well-known cimatographic center used for block buster productions including Astrix and Cleopatra directed by Alain Chabat ,and the Oscar-winning Gladiator directed by Ridley Scott. We will then have a visit to the Taourirt Kasbah of the famous Pasha Glaoui. Overnight stay will be at the riad in Ouarzazate.
Day 8 : Ouarzazate – Ait Ben Haddou – Taroudant
Today we experience the true natural beauty of Morocco’s Southern Valleys. First we head to Ait Ben Haddou, a 17th century fortress and the largest Kasbah in Morocco. he historic Ksar – a UNESCO World Heritage listed site – is one of the iconic images of Morocco and, not surprisingly, the backdrop for countless well known movies including Lawrence of Arabia, Gladiator, The Jewel of the Nile and Cleopatra. With the Kasbah that evolved around it, Ait Ben Haddou’s commanding position in the Ounila Valley served as an important trading post along a former caravan route from the Sahara to Marrakech and beyond. Next we head south, through Taznakht and on to Taliouine. If you’re lucky enough to be on this tour in September or October this is a special time to be here. This is when the annual harvest takes place and the whole village and surrounding villagers – work as one in this centre of saffron production.By late afternoon we arrive in Taroudant, known locally and affectionately as the “Little Marrakech”. The ochre-coloured ramparts surrounding this relaxed market town will give you a clue why. Built by the Saadian dynasty in the 16th century and once their capital city before moving to Marrakech, Taroudant is the perfect place to catch up on some shopping for locally-produced jewelry and handicrafts, without all the hustle and bustle associated with the souks in the larger Imperial Cities. We stay overnight in Taroudant where your evening meal is included at your accommodation.
Day 9 : Taroudant – Agadir – Essaouira
Another highly enjoyable day of contrasting scenery to look forward to as we meet up with you after breakfast. Today we shall be driving to the Atlantic Coast. With as many stops as you like along the way for photography of some spectacular views, we arrive in Agadir for lunch. Beautiful beaches and an agreeable year-round climate have been the main factors in making Agadir the most popular seaside resort in Morocco. After enjoy some refreshing Atlantic breezes and a stroll along the promenade, we resume our journey, this time heading north, hugging the Atlantic coastline, towards Essaouira. Landside, the area may look sparse. But look closer and you’ll see countless Argan trees and the occasional herd of goats, some of whom may demonstrate their tree climbing skills for you! We arrive in Essaouira late afternoon where you will stay in a riad located within the walls of the Medina of this charismatic fishing port and seaside town.
Day 10 : Essaouira
Essaouira provides a welcome break from your travels and a time to recharge your batteries before we descend on Marrakech! The pace of life here is tranquil and the Atlantic breeze is most refreshing. You’ll have the opportunity to stroll around the harbor as the day’s catch of fish and seafood is brought ashore while learning about the history and development of the area. You can even choose your own lunch from here to have cooked by one of the local restaurants a little later. Adjoining the harbor are the 18th century Portuguese ramparts and fortifications with their commanding views of the port, the town, the wide sandy beach and the Island of Mogador in the distance. From this superb vantage point you are just a couple of minutes walk to the entrance of the UNESCO-listed medina and Place Moulay Hassan where your guided tour of the old town of Essaouira begins. With free time for you to enjoy lunch and amble around at your leisure, you can enjoy a second night of relaxation at your riad here in the “City of Wind”, so called because of its popularity with surfers.
Day 11 : Essaouira – Marrakech
Following a leisurely start to your day, we set off on the 2.5 hour drive inland to Marrakech. Since this is “Argan country”, there’s a great opportunity for you to learn more about the cultivation of the Argan fruit and its many uses. We call into a women’s cooperative where Argan oil is produced and you’ll be able to see close up how the oil is extracted, processed and used for its culinary, cosmetic and medical properties. Our journey continues to Marrakech. As we approach the outskirts of the city, the tempo begins to rise as mopeds, donkeys, cyclists and taxis all compete for every piece of road space conducted by traffic police waving their arms and blowing their whistles in tune to the melee around them.
Day 12 : Marrakech City Tour
After breakfast, we will have a full day guided city tour of Marrakech. Most famous of all imperial cities and capital of Morocco several times, an ancient oasis city of weathered pink buildings and orange groves, known for its beautiful climate, charming position at the feet of the high Atlas Mountains, its nice gardens and mostly for its outstanding square in the heart of the medina. In the morning you will enjoy the tour of the main monuments of the city, including the beautiful 12th C Koutoubia mosque the fascinating Andalusian style of the 19th C Bahia Palace the interesting 16th C Saadian tombs and Menara gardens. After lunch, you will discover the mysteries of the medina and its fascinating local souks, then enjoy your time witnessing the carnivalesque public square Jamaa el-Fna square come alive at sunset and wander around the snake charmers, storytellers compete for an audience, water sellers, monkey players and acrobats. Overnight in Marrakech
Day 13 : Marrakech – Casablanca
After breakfast departure to Casablanca, the business capital of morocco, was founded in the 7th century by Berbers. It was a small independent kingdom called Anfa in Morocco. During that time, Anfa rose to reply to the Arab Muslim rule. It continued until it was conquered by the Almoravid in 1068. Originally modeled after Marseilles when French landed in 1907. Casablanca is the most European of the Moroccan cities, and known as a good metropolis coexist modernity and tradition. You can enjoy the excitement of the new city or its ancient medina Habous. The fifth largest mosque in the world Hassan II. Rick's cafe. The Casablanca Cornich offers several kilometers of amazing panorama on Atlantic Ocean and has several cafes.
Day 14 : Casablanca – Rabat – Asilah – Tangier
Departure to Tangier via Rabat and Asilah, we will be driving on an express route to the city of Rabat which is the current capital of Morocco, visit the Hassan Tower, Kasbah Oudaya, the Mausoleum of Mohamed V and Hassan II.
Continue driving to reach the city of Asilah, a stop for lunch where time allows it, overnight in the hotel
Day 15 : Tangier Sea Port / Airport
Transfer to the port or Airport of Tangier, depending the time of your departure.
- Private air-conditioned vehicle
- Private English speaking driver for the entire trip
- First class accommodation at Hotel / Riad
- Daily breakfasts
- Certified tour guide in Tangier, Rabat, Marrakech, Fez
- Entrance fees to historical sites/museums
- Departure transfers
- International air fare
- Travel insurance
- Lunches / some dinners / drinks
- Personal spending