Day 1: Casablanca – Fes
We will pick you up from your hotel in Casablanca and start our tour by visiting the Hassan II Mosque. It has the tallest minaret in the world and is the third largest mosque; it took 7 years to build and holds some 25,000 individuals. The craftsmanship is exquisite with zellig mosaics, ornately carved cedar wood, polished marble and glass. From Casablanca we drive to Fes where you’ll arrive in the evening and stay overnight in a local hotel or riad.
Day 2: Exploring Fes with Local guide
In the morning we will visit the medina; the old city and its labyrinth of alleys. We will visit the Jewish Quarter; the Mellah and the beautiful 7 gates of the Royal Palace, which is the biggest in the country. Then we will visit the famous tanneries where all the leather is treaded and dyed, then made into beautiful bags, shoes and clothing. TheQuaraouiyine mosque is the oldest university still in use in the world and was founded by a woman called Fatima in 880ad. After a tasty lunch, in a typical Moroccan restaurant in the Medina, we willalso visit the Merenid tombs and we will drive out to the Borj where you can enjoy a wonderful panoramic view of the city. We stay here overnight in local hotel or riad.
Day 3: Fes – Azrou – Midelt – Errachidia – Merzouga
The journey from Fes to Merzouga is an amazing immersion in the diversity of the Moroccan landscape. The road south takes you into the Middle Atlas Mountains with its huge cedar forest where the indigenous Barbary Monkeys live, through the alpine towns of Azrou and Ifrane. Then we continue to Midelt,through the Tizi n´Talghemt pass andalong the magnificent Ziz Gorge. You will notice how the scenery changes to reveal hints of the desert as you approach the city of Errachidia.
After lunch we will continue our journey along the Ziz Valley stopping for panoramic views along the way and then we drive through the Berber villages to Erfoud and Rissani. When we arrive in the desert town of Merzouga, you will be welcomed by a glass of mint tea.We will stay overnight in a Hotel or Riad in Merzouga.
Day 4: Merzouga – Camel trekking and night in the desert
After breakfast we explore the area visiting Khamlia village, these people are descendants from Sudanese slaves that were brought here, their music is the spiritual Gnawa music and through it they tell stories of times past. Here we experience their music and lifestyle. Just nearby here there is a seasonal lake which has migratory birds that visit, flamingos being the most colourful. Then we drive to Rissani; this city was founded by Alaouite dynasty who are the current ruling royal family in Morocco. This is also called Sijilmassa and was the meeting place for the salt caravans, coming from Timbuktu in Mali. Rissani is surrounded by 360 ksars; a fortified village with many towers. It has a big souk; an open air market 3 times a week. Here we’ll walk through the souk, packed with aromatic spices, colourful vegetables and clothes. After a tasty pizza lunch in Rissani; Madfouna is a local speciality, we’ll travel back to our accommodation where our camels will be waiting for us. After a glass of mint tea, you will depart guided by an experienced camel guide, to begin your camel safari exploring the sand-sea of Erg-Chebbi dunes.
Here you will spend the night under the stars in a traditional Berber nomad tent. Dinner will be served in the tent accompanied by Berber music.
Day 5: Merzouga – Todra Gorge – Dades Gorge
We recommend an early morning start to experience the wonder of the sunrise and then we will return by camels to the hotel where you can have breakfast and refresh. Our trip continues as we departure the desert for Rissani and Erfoud, there we visit the workshops where marble and fossils are cleaned and crafted into wonderful projects. We drive to Tinghir and arrive in the Todra Gorge where we will have lunch and explore this canyon with its 300 metre high vertical walls and crystalline clear water as you walk along the river’s edge. Then after lunch we will drive through the Dades Valley and into the Dades Gorge to see the amazing rock formation known as “the monkey fingers” because of the shapes in the eroded landscape. You will also see the 19th century Kasbah of Ait Youl which is still-standing.We stay overnight in local hotel.
Day 6: Dades Gorge – Ouarzazate – Ait Ben Haddou– Marrakech
After breakfast we drive through the Dades Valley towards Kelaat M’gouna. The road through Dades Valley is known as the road of a thousand Kasbahs and you will see why. We’ll stop at Kelaat M’gouna; “the rose city”, where you can purchase the rosewater, which will make your clothes smell good long after your trip is finished.
Then we continue to Ouarzazate; “the Hollywood of Africa” where we will stop for lunch at the famous Ait Ben haddou Kasbah; the largest Kasbah in Morocco, and a UNESCO heritage site. Then our journey continues through the Tizi n’Tichka Pass at 2260 metres altitude and over the High Atlas Mountains. Then we arrive in Marrakech, where this tour ends.