Tangier desert tour via Chefchouan, Marrakech & Essaouira
This is an excellent trip for those who want to discover all what Morocco has to offer in ten days. You will learn a great deal of Morocco's history and culture. The natural landscapes from north to south are incredible and offer great shots for those who like photography
Tangier - Tetouan - Chefchaouen
Pick up from the ferry terminal in Tangier or your accommodation. Depends on your time of arrival, you will explore the Cape Spartel lighthouse, Tangier’s Kasbah, sultan’s palace and the hills of Tangier. After that, we will drive through the rif mountains to Chefchouan via Tetouan set between The Rif and the Mediterranean sea , this city has a dramatic beauty. It was founded in the third BC as Tamuda, they call it the white Dove. You will arrive Chouan in the afternoon. 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.
Chefchaoun -Volubilis- Fes
After breakfast, you will leave Chefchaoun to head to the second imperial city: Fes. We pass by Ouazan to Volubilis. We will drive to explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site in North Africa and very well-preserved; Roman ruins of Volubilis and see the well-preserved mosaics. We will continue to Fes via Meknes. You may choose to do a little exploring after you’ve rested. Your driver will be available to transport you, if desired. Overnight will be at your Riad in Fes.
After breakfast, you will explore Fez, the cultural capital, 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.
After Breakfast, you will meet your local guide who will take to explore Marrakech, the southern pearl of Morocco. Some of the main sights include Palace of the Bahia, the Saadian Tombs, the beautiful Majorellle garden, the Coranic school Ben Youssef Madrassa, the magnificent Koutoubia Mosque and the famous Djemaa el-Fna, one of the center attractions of Marrakech. The you will have the evening for yourself before returning to your Riad for the night.
Marrakech - Essaouira
After breakfast, we will explore a charming small town, Essaouira, an Old Portuguese city of Mogador. It was fortified by a French architect Vauban follower. These influences have given a beautiful and unique result. Today, the city is gradually becoming a city of artists. Essaouira has a very favorable microclimate that ensures a mild winter and cool in summer. Not to mention also, a beautiful beach protected by islands Purpuraires. Artisans of Essaouira are famous for inlay on root growth cedar and offer a wide range of items from the souvenir to parts of furniture and works of art. In the late afternoon, you will return to Marrakech. Overnight in Riad with breakfast.
Essaouira – Casablanca
After breakfast, we will travel to Casablanca. Upon arrival, you will explore the economic capital of Morocco, and the Great Mosque Hassan II where you will meet a fascinating example of the Moroccan architecture. It is the largest mosque in the kingdom and the fifth largest mosque in the world. It stands on a promontory looking out on the Atlantic, and has space for 25,000 worshippers. A further 80,000 can be accommodated in the mosque's adjoining grounds for a total of 105,000 worshippers present at any given time at the Hassan II mosque. Its minaret is the tallest one in the world at 210 m.. Overnight in the hotel.
Transfer to Casablanca airport
Early transfer to airport in time for your departure flight.