–Day 1 : Arrival In Marrakech
Arrive at airport where you will be welcomed and transferred to your hotel in Marrakech.
Overnight in Marrakech.
–Day 2 : Marrakech Guided Tour
Today is devoted to exploring the famous city of Marrakech, the second oldest Imperial city which has for centuries been an important stop for traders and travelers.
Your tour will include the Menera Gardens, the famous Jardin Majorelle, the Bahia Palace and the Saadian tombs.
Visit the Koutoubia Mosque, with its 77 m high minaret dominating the center of Marrakech.
In the afternoon, visit Djemaa El Fna Square, the center square of the medina, which comes alive at night with local storytellers, musicians, entertainers, snake charmers and the scent of delicious food being grilled over hot coals.
Overnight in Marrakech.
–Day 3 : Marrakech – Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou – Ouarzazate – Dades Gorge
Depart Marrakech for Dades Gorge via the stunning Tichka Pass (2260 m) which offers dramatic panoramic views in the heart of the Atlas Mountain chain.
You will visit the Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, a UNESCO World Heritage site, used for more films than any other location in Morocco; including, Lawrence of Arabia, The Gladiator and Game of Thrones.
Then we continue to Ouarzazate where you will visit the Kasbah Taourirt and the atlas studios. We continue to Dades gorges though Roses and Dades valley.
Overnight in a raid/hotel in Dades Gorges.
–Day 4 : Dades Valley – Todra Gorges – Jorf – Erfoud – Merzouga (Erg Chebbi Desert)
As we depart Dades Gorge, you will see Berber villages scattered along the way through Todra Gorges, Tenhir, Tinjdad, Jorf and then to Erfoud, where we will feel the beginning of the Saharan Oasis of Tafilalet.
When arriving in Merzouga, we will begin the adventure of crossing the Erg Chebbi sand dunes on a camel.
While in the desert, this will be a great opportunity to take lovely pictures of the sunset and sunrise.
When we reach the camp, we will leave the camels and walk to the highest sand dunes to watch the sunset.
Night in Desert
We will spend the night in a desert camp (Berber nomad tents) with drum music in the middle of the Sahara.
Overnight desert camp.
–Day 5 : Merzouga – Berber Families – Black Desert – Desert Mountains – Merzouga
After breakfast, we return from the desert to explore the tiny villages around Erg Chebbi dunes such as Hassilabied, Merdani , Khamlia, and M’fis .
On our way to Khamlia, we expect to meet locals showing their desert foxes. You may also encounter desert reptiles and mammals along the way.
We will visit the village of the Khamlia, originally home to slaves from Sudan, to experience their music and culture.
Our next stop will be the panoramic view of golden dunes near the Algerian border. You will have the chance to visit the sites of black volcanic rocks before continuing on to reach the panorama near Lac Yasmina where you will take in the amazing dunes. Not far away there is the lake of Merzouga, with its bird populations, including flamingos.
You may also want to visit the nomad wire house where many Berber handicrafts are priced lower than in the big cities.
Overnight in Merzouga hotel near the dunes.
–Day 6 : Merzouga – Erfoud – Midelt – Azrou – Ifrane – Fes
Wake up in the early morning to watch the sunrise over the dunes.
After returning by camel to Merzouga, depart for Fes. On your way take in the small, but fascinating towns of Rissani and Erfoud.
Continue through Errachidia and the spectacular Ziz Valley, through the Middle Atlas towns of Azrou, an important center for Berber artisans; the majestic Middle Atlas cedar forests, and Ifrane, the ‘Switzerland of Morocco’. A truly diverse journey!
Overnight in Fes.
–Day 7 : Fes
Explore Fes, the most ancient and holy of the Imperial cities. Your cultural and historic tour will take you through the 2000 year-old living medina; a labyrinth of narrow lanes alive with markets and souks, craftsmen, donkeys and mules transporting their loads.
Visit the Attarineand Bou Anania Medersas (Islamic universities), the Nejjarine fountain, the Moulay Idriss Mausoleum, and the Karaouine Mosque.
Finish your tour with a visit to Fes Jdid, and the revered Merenid Tombs for a spectacular panoramic view of Fes.
Overnight in Fes.
–Day 8 : Fes – Chefchaouen – Fes
Day trip Chefchaouen. Further afield from Fez and just south of the Mediterranean coastline lies the ‘Blue City’ of Morocco, Chefchaouen. Explore the white and blue washed walls of the Medina or chill out around the main square and visit the Place Mohammed Park which has wonderful views of the Rif Mountains.
Make sure you try the local goat’s cheese, famous in the region and take some time to look at the artisanal woolen products or enjoy a walk in the surrounding countryside – whatever you choose, Chefchaouen is perfect for a relaxed day of sightseeing.
Return to Fes by sunset.
Overnight in Fes.
–Day 9 : Fes – Meknes – Volubilis – Rabat
Morning departure to Rabat.
Your first stop will be the Imperial city of Meknes, visiting the medina which is surrounded by a triple thickness of 40 km long walls which preserve one of the most beautiful gates in Morocco; the Royal Stables of the Alaouite Sultan Moulay Ismail, and the Jewish Quarter.
Explore the Roman Ruins and Ancient Empires of Volubilis and Moulay Idriss
Spend time exploring the ancient Roman city of Volubilis with its well- preserved mosaics, palaces, baths and soaring arches. Volubilis is considered one of Morocco’s most important archeological sites.
After Volubilis, move on to Moulay Idriss, one of Morocco’s most venerated Muslim sites. It is said that for Moroccan’s who can’t afford the trip to Mecca, then to travel five times in one’s life to Moulay Idriss is of equal merit. The scenic village has lovely souks to explore and a number of panoramic views of Volubilis.
Your sightseeing in Rabat will include the Mechouar (the ramparts and walls surrounding the Royal Palace), the majestic Mohammed V Mausoleum, the Hassan Tower and the Oudaya Kasbah, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and offering fabulous views, as well as being home to Moroccan artisan galleries.
Overnight in Rabat.
Transfer to the airport.