10 DAYS GRAND TOUR TO NORTH AND DESERT FROM MARRAKECH
Arrive - Marrakech
Arrival in the Imperial city of Marrakech. Spanish help and transfer to the hotel. Dinner and overnight.
Marrakech - Casablanca - Rabat - Assila
After breakfast departure at 8:00 am After 3 hour drive you will arrive to Casablanca. You will visit the city starting from the boulevard de la Corniche.The Boulevard de la Corniche, which some have called the FrenchRiviera of the African continent, is an area along the Atlantic Ocean. La Corniche stretches from the Hassan II Mosque (that you will get to visit) on a crescent through to the lighthouse standing on a rocky outcrop west of Casablanca.Northwards from the lighthouse, along the scenic waterfront, there are swimming pools, hotels and restaurants. This is a well-liked area where you will be taking a leisurely stroll and enjoying the sea air. After Casablanca we will head to the imperial city of Rabat: capital of the Kingdom of Morocco since 1912. Its visit will begin with the Royal Palace, “Dar el Makhzen” with its great mosque built by the “men in Fez”. Later, you will visit the Kasbah of Oudayas, and enjoy a beautiful panoramic view on the estuary of the Bouregreg River. Then we will visit the Mausoleum Mohamed V. Next door, the Unfinished Mosque Hassan Tower. After a short drive we will arrive to the town of Assilah passing through kenitra, Moulay Bouselham. You will spend the night and enjoy a dinner at a Riad in Asilah.
Assila - Tangier - Tetouan - Chefchaouen
After breakfast departure to Chefchaouen passing by the cities of Tangier and Tetouan, we will drive through the Rif’smountains chain of the North of Morocco. You will have some free time to eat and have a mint tea and we will continue towards the blue city, Chefchaouen.The word magical is fairly overused today, but if there’s a place that truly epitomizes the mystical adjective it’s Chefchaouen! The Berber city was founded in 1471 it was founded as a holy city by the warrior Abū Youma and later moved by Sīdī ʿAlī ibn Rashīd to its present site at the base of Mount El-Chaouene, it became a refuge for Moors expelled from Spain. A site long closed to non-Muslims. With the construction of its walled Kasbah and fortress (defense against the Portuguese). Many Jews settled in medieval times, and it was occupied in 1920 by the Spanish, who restored it to the Moroccan kingdom in 1956giving it a Spanish inflection that remains, although it’s back under the purview of Morocco now.The charming arched Moroccan architecture also helps make it completely one of a kind!Chefchaouen has an extensive and remarkable religious heritage with dozens of mosques, oratories, zaouias, and mausoleums. Because of this irrefutable legacy, Chefchaouen earned the name of El-Madina Es-Saliha – the Holy City.
Chefchaouen - Volubilis - Meknes - Fez
After breakfast, departure for Fes, via the town of Ouazzane to reach the Roman site of Volubilis, classified as a cultural heritage of humanity by UNESCO. Guided visit of the site and then continuation towards Meknes, the imperial city has also been classified cultural heritage of the humanity by UNESCO. Visit: Bab Mansour gates in the center, and after that Bab El-Khemiss, the ancient Mellah, granary and mausoleum of Moulay Ismaïl. Afterwards you will head to Fes where you will have dinner and spend the night at your hotel or riad
Fez - Fez
After lunch at the Riad, the day will be dedicated to the discovery of the imperial city, Fez Is full of sites and places of high historical and heritage value: Medersa Attarine, Fountain Nejjarine, Mosque Karaouine (1st university in the world build by a woman), Palais Royal (and its Famous golden door), Tombs Mérinides, … Discover also the artisans of the leather and their method of natural dyeing. Discover theMedina Fes El Bali: It is the largest of Morocco and the most exciting one. It was declared World Heritage by UNESCO in 1976. Souk El Attarine: It is the souk of the grocers, it is without a doubt the most colorful market of Fez. Nejjarine: This small square takes its name from the cabinetmakers who occupy the stalls of the district, a pretty fountain, all decorated with zelliges and a sculptured wooden pediment enhances the place. The Quaraouiyine Mosque: Founded in 862 by a Muslim Fatima El Fihria originally from Quairaouan. It is the first university in the world. Zaouia de Moulay Idriss: Shelters the tomb of Moulay Idriss II founder of Fez. This is the holy place of Fez. Médersa Bou Inania:Islamic university built between 1350 and 1357 by the Sultan Merinide Abou Inane and whose architecture is one of the masterpieces of Moorish art. Médersa Attarine: It is a Koranic school built in 1323 by the Sultan Merinide Abou Said whose decoration is of an extreme finesse.Dinner and spend the night in a Riad.
Fez - Ifran - Middle Atlas - Merzouga
After the breakfast the departure from the hotel will be at 8:30 am towards the south crossing the mountain of the Middle Atlas. Arrivals in the famed cedar forests inhabited by endangered Barbary ape (although it’s a monkey not an ape) inhabits the cedar forests of Morocco. Cedar trees typically only grow at over 1600-1700m, so you find the Cedars and their monkeys in the Middle Atlas, Rif and High Atlas. We will take a short break to observe the wild life and enjoy the nature.We will stop for lunch in a Berber village, most of the day will be spent winding your way through the beautiful forests, springs, jagged rock faces, and Berber villages, as you cross the Atlas Mountains and begin to descend towards the Sahara Desert, to arrive at the dunes of Merzouga. Camels will be awaiting us to start our journey through the desert. You will enjoy a magnificent sunset behind the dunes of the Merzouga. You will arrive to the center of the dunes to settle in your tent and enjoy a walk afterwards in the sand dunes. A dinner will be awaiting you in the camp site accompanied with Berber music.
Merzouga - Khamlia - Merzouga
Early wake up to enjoy the sunrise and return to the Merzouga hotel, where a rich breakfast will be awaiting you. After you will get ready to head to Khamlia, once done with the visit you will be returning to your hotel in Merzouga for dinner and spending the night
Merzouga - Rissani - Route Of The Kasbahs - Gorges Du Dadès
You will get to ride a camel and watch the sunrise, the ride will last for 1 hour. Afterwards you will head to a nearby inn to shower and enjoy a breakfast. Then we will leave the desert for Rissani where we will visit a fortress and a Kasbah. After on our way to Tinerghir lunch we will drive through small villages, fossils area, and oases. We will visit the cliffs of the Todra gorges and then the canyon of the Dades gorges. You will spend the night and have dinner in a charming guest house on the banks of the river.
Dadès Gorges - Ouarzazate - Ait Ben Haddou - Marrakech
After breakfast, we will head to the valley of Dades, we will stop to visit caves occupied by nomads and enjoy some tea. We will continue towards the oasis of Skoura, enjoy its palm grove and its former Kasbah. Afterwards we will visit the magnificent Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou – a UNESCO World Heritage Site, under the guidance of a local guide. We will drive through the Tizn’Tichka pass (2260m) enjoy the spectacular panoramas, Berber villages, ever changing landscapes. You will arrive to Marrakech in the afternoon.Half board at the hotel in Marrakech. Visit of the city of Marrakech, the “South Gate”. The tour begins with the Menara Gardens they were originally created in 1130 on the orders of Abd al-Mu’min, an Almohad Caliphate ruler.After the visit you will head to the majestic minaret of the Koutoubia, the tour Tombs Saadiens. The visit will end at the Jamaa El Fna (People’s Assembly), declared “World Heritage by the UNESCO”.
Marrakech - Menara Airport
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Marrakech airport. End of our services