Casablanca desert tour via Chefchaoun & Fes 5 days
Your desert tour from Casablanca will allow you to get to know the most important imperial cities in Morocco: explore Fes, Its gardens and its crazy street markets, discover the fascinating old Medina of the blue city of Chefchaoun, and see interesting sites such as Dades gorge, Ait Benhaddou, and Marrakech. Moreover, you will ride camel across the spectacular Sahara dunes and sleep in a luxury desert camp nestled among golden sand dunes.
Casablanca – Rabat - Chefchouan.
Upon your arrival, you will be greeted by your private driver at the airport. Then, your adventure will truly begin. Your driver will take you to visit Hassan II Mosque and the Old Medina We will continue to Rabat, the capital city of Morocco, where you will have the chance to see the Hassan tower, Rabat palace, Atlantic Ocean and the Kasbah of Oudayas. In the afternoon, we will head to Chefchaouen; the blue city with its distinctive pale blue and whitewashed buildings and winding alleyways, Chefchaouen is a charming place with strong Andalusian connections. It was here that many Jews and Moors fled during the Spanish Inquisition. We will stop along the way for photos then continue to Chefchaouen, the blue city of Morocco. You will have some time to explore the medina on your own. Overnight in your Riad with breakfast.
Day 2 : Chefchouan - Volubilis -Fes.
After breakfast, you will explore Chefchouan more in the morning. Then depart to another Imperial City of Morocco; the spiritual and cultural city of Morocco: Fes. On the way, you will have the chance to travel back to the 3rd century by visiting one of the most important archaeological site in the kingdom. It is Volubulis, Walili in Arabic language, an attractive roman city or what we call the ruins of Volubilis, which was listed as a UNESCO world Heritage site in 1997. As you may know, Fes is one of the most complete medieval Islamic cities in the world. Passing through the gates and walls into the alleyways beyond transports you back in time. The streets are just as they were when they were built in the 8th century, with high walls that protect the courtyards inside from the heat of the midday sun. Enormous theosophical colleges, beautiful mosques and fascinating souks spilling their goods onto the pavement are all part of the scene. You will have a walking tour to some of the major points of interest as well as some free time to wander. You’ll visit the Place an-Nejjarine, where an ancient caravanserai overlooks a fountain; wander outside the great Qayrawan mosque, passing 14th century merchant's shops; or head to the tanneries - where leather is stained in vats of strikingly colored dyes. In the souk al- Attarine the scent of exotic spices fills the air and close by a hammam, or traditional bathhouse, steams away the stresses of life
Fes- Ifrane – Midelt - Ziz Gorges- Erg Chebbi. (sleep 1 night in dessert)
Morning departure around 9am. Leaving the cultural capital of Morocco behind we’ll drive into the pam tree oasis of the Ziz Valley via the cedar forest of Azrou where you will see colony of Barbary apes. From here we start climbing down the route of the Middle Atlas with a lunch stop in Midelt. As we start approaching Errachidia and Erfoud reaching Merzouga and the magnificent apricot colored sand dunes of Erg Chebbi. Here we head off into the vastness of the dunes on a camel caravan accompanied by camelteers. You can ride or walk alongside as you slip into the pace of the caravan led by Berber guides and marvel at the awesome spectacle of the desert and the solitude a silence that comes with it. The camel trek can be as short or as long as you wish. As evening falls we retreat to the comforts of our desert camp.Nothing compares to the millions of stars, silence and peacefulness of the Sahara. We sleep in luxury tents feeling like we walk into one of the stories from the Arabian nights
Merzouga - Todra Gorges – Dades Gorge – Kella Mgouna
Wake up to enjoy the sunset over Erg Chebbi desert dunes which will be the highlight and the best moment of your Morocco desert tour. Today we depart to Todra Gorge, a spectacular gash in the hills that surrounds Tinerhir. The cliffs loom above as you approach the mouth of the Todra Gorge. Rising 300m, the honey-colored hues of the sheer face change constantly as the sun moves across the sky. Nomads can often been seen in the gorge. Many deserted Kasbahs, mud brick villages and green oasis, dot the whole area: A photographer’s paradise! Then we pass the city of Tinghir and onto the home of Rose valley, Kellaa Mgouna where you will stay overnight in a nice authentic Kasbah.
Rose valley – Skoura- Ouarzazate - Aitbenhaddou – High Atlas Mountains - Marrakech
Following the breakfast, we will take onto the road of Thousand Kasbahs passing the Skoura Oasis to Ouarzazate. We will continue towards Kasbah Ait ben Haddou which was once an important stop along the caravan routes that carried salt from the Sahara and on return, gold and ivory.This is probably the best-preserved fortified Kasbah in the country. With its dramatic walls of red earth, slit windows and crumbling towers, it is a magnificent example of a traditional stronghold. Chosen as a location for Hollywood films such as Lawrence of Arabia, Jewel in the Nile, and more recently Gladiator, Ait Ben Haddou sits upon a lofty pinnacle of rock overlooking a river. Dating from around the 15th century, its importance as a trading post gradually waned, and today's inhabitants eke a living from farming... and as film extras! You will start crossing the breathtaking Atlas Mountains through the Tizi n‘Tichka pass, the direct route towards Marrakech. It is spectacular and dramatic road that presents astonishing views of the snow topped peaks of the Atlas as well as many Berber villages. Drop off at your Riad around 5 pm.