13 Days Casablanca Chaouen Fes Desert Marrakech
We offer the opportunity to learn about daily life, traditions and culture in the cities and among nomads and Berbers through delicious cuisine, natural history, and architecture. While we have planned the following trips according to our favorite travel spots and added some adventure, we are happy to accommodate your tastes and schedule should you like to modify an itinerary.
Day 1: CASABLANCA- RABAT
Depending on arrival time,at Casablanca airport, the Financial capital of Morocco, you will be welcomed by your moroccan private driver who will take you to visit the city, including the Hassan II mosques, the third biggest one in the world and see the road coast. Then you will leave towards Rabat, the capital administrative of the kingdom and the official residence of the best King Mohamed 6. You will have time to enjoy the beautiful coastal city, including MOHAMMED 5th mausoleum Kasbah laoudaya who was built in the 12 century during the Almohades dynasty, challah, the royal palace and the parliament.
Day 2: RABAT – TANGIER
In the morning your private tour guide who will take you to visit the very nice city og TANGIER, including the old medina TANGIER American legation museum, Cervantes theatre of Tangier who was built in 1913 by the Spanish do they give it again to the Moroccan government after 40 years of abandonment to transform it to a cultural center who will be open to the public in 2017, cap spartel in order to visit a very old tower who was build in 1864 and the Caves of Hercules.
Day 3: TANGIER – CHEFCHAOUEN
After a breakfast, you will leave TANGIER to visit Chefchaouen or Chaouen.
During the drive to the beautiful city you will explore an extremely different culture and lifestyle from different big cities as fez and you will enjoy also a very nice view of Rif Mountains. (Please keep your eyes open to see thousands of olive trees).
Day 4: CHEFCHAOUEN – PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR
After your breakfast, you local guide will take you to visit Chefchaouen or Chaouen who was founded in 1471 as a small fortress by Moulay Ali Ben rashed. It is known as the «blue city» for its traditional buildings. It was under Spanish occupation and was emancipated in 1956, that’s why when you will be there you will feel the big Spanish influence in culture, and architecture. It offers many native handicrafts that are not available elsewhere in Morocco, such as woven blankets and wool garments. The goat cheese, native to the area is also popular with tourists. You will see and walk inside the medina and you will have the opportunity to enjoy a drink in the famous place ( OUTA HAMMAM ) wich is full of a very nice mint tea and coffee houses to can see the customary dress of the local women, then you will vist a very old ( Kasbah) fort, you will also walk until the highest point of the medina to see ( RAS EL MAE ) or “Head of the Water”. This spring is the source of the locally bottled water, as well as used in the local outdoor laundry area. Lunch will be a local dish in a traditional restaurant.
Day 5: CHEFCHAOUEN - VOULIBILUS / MEKNES / FES
Your first stop will be in the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis. Where you will spend the morning exploring the 2000-year-old ruins who was also declared as a world heritage in 1994. After, you will continue to Moulay Idris, one of the holiest cities in Morocco. The very important person who comes from Iraq and arrived in 789, bringing with him the religion of Islam, and starting a new dynasty. After lunch, your tour guide will take you again to enjoy Morocco's third Imperial city – Meknes who was the capital of Morocco under the reign of Moulay Ismail (1672–1727), including the famous square lahdim, Bab mansoor, Moulay Ismail mausoleum and the stable of 12000 horses. You will return to Fez in the evening from another different road.
Day 6: FES – PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR OF FES
After your usual light breakfast you will meet your guide at the hotel/riad for a briefing before leading you to discover one of the world’s largest walled in cities Fes medina. You will explore the narrow streets lined with fresh fruit, mounds of spices, intricately woven Berber carpets, the tanneries and many other art objects of Morocco. For lunch, you will eat in a traditional Moroccan restaurant in the heart of the medina, after lunch you will continue the tour to the outside of the medina in order to visit to the King’s Palace, the Jewish quarter and the potters.
Day 7: Fes-Ifran-Azrou -Midelt- Ziz valley-Erfoud
Today you will have a full travel day through the diverse landscapes of the Middle Atlas Mountains, gateway to the South of Morocco that makes it so unique. Traverse the fertile landscape and arrive at the first Berber town Immouzzer, This area is well-known for many caves where some berbers still live inside them, then Ifran or The moroccan Switzerland which is the second cleanest City in the world who built by the French in 1930.Then continue through the cedar forests (NATIONAL PARK OF IFRAN) to meet with a Troup of [macac?] monkeys. Lunch will be in a small Berber village zaida (Berber barbecue village). Then you will take a scenic drive through the Ziz valley. Overnight accommodation and dinner will be at Ziz Valley or Erfoud in a hotel local-style, located right on the oases.
Please note: Today’s drive
is approximately 8-9 hours
Day 8: Erfoud-Erissani Merzouga area / Desert Berber camp.
After a light breakfast, you will have the option to hike for an hour within the valley, where you will meet local Berber families and learn about their cultures and geography or simply relax by the pool in the hotel. Then you will leave towards merzouga via the small town of Erfoud to visit the Fossils Exhibition, and Errissani to visit an inhabited Ksar (Berber village) and to taste the medfouna for lunch, a delicious local Berber pizza, it’s a lively town with a frequent market days. In the afternoon, your private driver will take you into the Sahara desert, There, you can wash up at the hotel and after some rest, you will mount your camels for a beautiful trek to your desert camp, enjoying Berber music and dinner (cooked by your camel man guide) under the stars and spend the night in nomadic tent.
OVERNIGHT MERZOUGA (DESERT CAMP)
Day 9: Merzouga - Todgha Gorges - Dades Valley.
In the morning Very Early your camel man will wake you up to watch the best sunrise of your life on the top of the dune in the Sahara Desert, and ride home. Once in Merzouga, enjoy a refreshing swim or shower and grab a light breakfast before hitting the road for the High Atlas Mountains! We will then head back to the Todgha Gorge where you will be free in the afternoon to explore the gorge (600 feet high), Later you will drive to Boumalne dades where you’ll see the majestic sand castles and the amazing rock creation of Tamnalt Hills as "monkey toes". And stopping for a panoramic view of dades valley. Overnight accommodation and dinner will be at Dades Valley.
OVERNIGHT BOUMALEN DADES
Day 10: DADES VALLEY – Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou -MARRAKECH
In the morning of your last day of your tour, you will leave towards Marrakech through the Rose Valley of Kelaa M’Gouna witch is known for its rose agriculture. Today is also the day of thousand Kasbahs where you will explore a few on your own or with a guide. Once in Ourzazate, you will have the option of Visit the Kasbah of Taourirt, which is the most important historical building in Ouarzazate, built in 1754, by Glaoui tribe, or Africa’s Hollywood, where Gladiator, Star Wars, and Game of Thrones has been filmed, and visiting the famous Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou, wich is the biggest and oldest Kasbah village in Morocco and which is now classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. after lunch drive through the spectacular Tizi n’ Tichka Pass before descending past charming mountains and Berber villages towards Marrakech.
Day 11: MARRAKECH - PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR OF MARRAKECH
After your usual light breakfast you will meet your guide at the hotel/riad for a briefing before leading you to discover the red city Marrakech. The sightseeing tour will cover several impressive sights: The Koutoubia mosque, the Majorelle Gardens and the Bahia Palace. Another half day walk through the colorful souks of Marrakech. Enjoy a sunset mint tea drink and a dinner overlooking the exciting Jamaa El Fna Square from a terrace of a café or restaurant.
Day 12: MARRAKECH – CASABLANCA
We will take you back to Casablanca the biggest city of the best country in all North Africa where you began your travel 11 days before.
Day 13: CASABLANCA – AIRPORT
You will be transferred to the airport for departure.
This is your last day with us, thank you for choosing us as Fes Morocco Desert Tours to assist you during your visit to our beautiful morocco.
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