Casablanca airport Med V – City tour – Rabat
Upon you arrival from Casablanca airport we are going to start our tour in the kingdom of Morocco. We will visit the mosque Hassan II, the biggest religious building in the country ( 210 m high minaret). It is open for non-Muslims so an optional visit is interesting to see the amazing work of more than 10 000 handicraftsmen. We drive to the capital of the country Rabat to see the beautiful yard of the royal palace. And Challah a lovely spot to watch the roman ruins and the remains of Merinid tombs 14th century. We will see the unfinished mosque of tower Hassan and the mausoleum of Mohammed V.
Rabat – Meknis – Volubilis – Fez
Today we visit Oudaya Kasbah a fortress and a citadel of 12th used by the Almoravides to prepare troops before they launched their attacks on Spain . Not to miss its hidden beautiful garden and a view over Abi-Rigrege river which was a prison of certain ships in the history of the Berber pirates started at 16thC and ended at 18thC.Then we drive to Meknis to explore the old city with its the most beautiful gates like Bab-Mansour(1732) an impressive work with marble pillars. To visit the mausoleum of Moulay Ismael; the sultan who created the city in 18th century. And to visit HeriSouani used to receive over 12000 horses and tons of barley and wheat stored in granaries with so many wells as water tanks. In an open vast lands and cereal fields we stop in Volubilis. It is the best-preserved roman ruins in Morocco. A guided tour inside the roman site will take you back to the myths of Rom by the stunning mosaic , streets, columns and baths . Transfer to Fez.
After a late breakfast, you will have a guided visit at 10:00 Am in the medina of Fès. To begin with the southern tower and the fortress of 16th century face to face with northern one, a panoramic view over the medieval city. We will visit an enjoyable cooperative of pottery. It will enhance your knowledge about the making of Moroccan mosaic “zellige” and the blue pottery of Fez. A true labyrinthine old city of 8th century. You will travel in time back to the medieval period of the city where people still work in small narrow streets, several tiny stalls of all kinds of traditional crafts, and donkeys loaded with supplies are going up and down in the streets of the medina. You will feel no sense of direction and time halts for a while. The medina of Fez is rich of its Islamic monuments: the fascinating old mosques, the University of El-Karaouiyine and its libraries. All These elements made Fez the intellectual and cultural capital of the country. To finish the day there is an optional dinner show to do.
Fez – Medilt – Erfoud
Today we will head towards the Middle Atlas mountains. It is home for Barbary apes called “the maggot” , native to the forest of cedar wood in the Middle Atlas. A break in Ifrantown will be very appreciated. It is a famous place for ski resorts in Morocco and it is established during the French protectorate. We are having lunch in Medilt known for its best productions of apples in Morocco. Stop for the photo in Zizvalley which is the beginning of palm groves and dates. Our day ends in Erfoud the gate to the desert just hot it is time for swimming in the hotel !!!
Erfoud – Rissani - Erg Chebbi (camel trek)
Erfoud is the capital of Fossils in Morocco so you will have this chance to visit one of the factories where they make beautiful articles out of marble. And right after that we visit the mausoleum of Mouay Ali Chref inRissani the founder of the actual Alaouite dynasty of Morocco at 17thcentury.We drive to Erg Chebbi time for a cup of tea and packing for desert camp. Meet up with Camels for camel-ride and head the dunes to watch the sunset . Overnight in the berber tent.
Erg Chebbi – Toudra Gorges – Dades valley
Coming back from the berber camping on camels. Time for breakfast and shower after we Head to Tinjidad and we pull over to see the old underground system of irrigation “khatarat” which is still used in the oasis of Jerf . Lunch in Toudravalley . It has beautiful ksours and mountains along 15 km of palm groves. To Arrive the spectacular Toudra gorges of 300 m high and to enjoy a little walk near the shallow river of Toudra. Then we head to Dades Valley to see the beautiful formations of High Atlas Mountains and of its one thousand Kasbah and one. Green fields of figs, almonds, apricots, peach, walnut and pomegranate trees. Overnight in hotel
Dades valley – Rose Valley - Skoura palmary – Ouarzazate
Next step will be the Rose valley, famous of rosewater and crèmes for the beauty. It is extracted from Damascena Rose which you find in some expensive perfumes, skin care, body care, cosmetic, hair caring, medicine etc. Women have to pick up the blossoms in the very early morning. In May people celebrate the harvest of roses in a festival. And you see kids on both sides of the road selling necklaces made of roses. Crossing the old palmary ofSkoura with its amazing old Kasbah and palm groves to arrive Ouarzazate.
Ouarzazate – Ait ben haddou – Marrakech
Ouarzazate has 3 studios of cinema and beautiful kasbahs . Optional visit of Taourert Kasbah Then head to Ait ben Haddou village. We explore the most preserved village of the south of the country, classified as one of world’s heritages by UNISCO in 1987 and a series of movies were made in this village Gladiator , Prince of Persia … We will do some walking inside the village and we continue in Ounila valley to reach Telouet Kasbah, a big fort of the Pacha who was the most powerful man of the south. Crossing the spectacular High Atlas Mountains Pass ( Tizi-n-Tichka 2260 m ALT ) to arrive Marrakech.
City tour of Marrakech
In this morning we will start our tour with a local guide by visiting the outside walls of the red city , la Nouvelle Ville named Guéli. There is a nice lovely garden that you will admire ,the famous Jardin de Majorelle. Besides, there is an old Menara garden of 12th century which is always full of local people. The next step will be inside the ramparts of Marrakech in which There are many interesting historical sites in the medina. Koutoubia mosque 12th century that represents the glory and depth history of the city. You will discover the royal necropolis of the Saadians 17th century, the beautiful Bahia palace 19th century and the famous souks of Marrakech. You will be amazed of how many different stalls, colors, smells and goods in the souks. It is a great place for shopping some gifts for yourselves and for your beloved ones. It is nice to have a cup of mint-tea in one of the terraces in order to end up your journey in the red city, offering a great view over the magical square JamaeElfana that you always will remember!!!
FREE DAY : EXTRA HAMMAM & SPA
Airport Marrakech /Casablanca
Transfer to the airport of Marrakech or Casablanca. End of tour
Included in Ultimate Morocco Tour 11 Days
- Private A/C licensed vehicle Minibus or SUV with fuel
- Experienced English speaking driver
- Pick up & Drop off at your Casablanca accommodation
- Ensuite rooms with A/C in typical hotels, Kasbahs & Riads
- All breakfast & 4 dinners (Merzouga, Dades Valley, Ouarzazate)
- Local guides in Volubilis, Fes, and in Marrakech
- Camel Trek to overnight in nomad desert bivouac (Private tents)
- Free time to explore the sites such as Ait Benhaddou, kasbah, Walks, Canyons, Breaks for photos…Etc