Arrival at Casablanca. MED-V airport, reception, assistance and transfer to hotel
After breakfast departure to sightseeing tour of Casablanca, the economic capital of Morocco. We will visit the exterior of the Hassan II Great Mosque, the world’s second largest, and the only working mosque in Morocco that can be visited by non-Muslims, one of the Islamic world’s greatest monuments. Departure to Rabat, the administrative capital of Morocco. In Rabat we will visit the splendid Mohammed V Mausoleum, the Hassan Tower and the kasba des Oudayas After Lunch we will depart to Chefchaouen overnight Hotel/Riad.
After breakfast, you will have a tour of this “cool” blue town, tucked away in the mountains. You will enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the Rif Mountains.,
After breakfast, you will set out in the morning to the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis. You will spend the morning exploring the 2000-year-old ruins and getting a picture of life during the Roman Empire. Lunch will be taken in Meknes one of Morocco’s Imperial cities. After lunch, your driver/guide will take you on a tour of Meknes, and then you will head off to Fes, the cultural and spiritual capital of Morocco.
We will enjoy all that Fes has to offer, a guided city tour to visit the old Medina of Fes; a particularly exciting experience because when you enter the sprawling labyrinthine alleys you feel like you have stepped back in time. Donkeys and mules are the only form of transport in these steep, narrow streets. Delicious scents come from the souk, where perfumes and spices are traded. In contrast, however, the most appalling stink emanates from the leather tanneries, where men often stand up to their waists treating leather in noxious baths, in much the same way as has been done for centuries – don’t let this put you off visiting there too; ethnic leather goods make great souvenirs!
After breakfast we will embark on a picturesque journey towards Ifrane, through hills covered in forests of cork oak and giant cedar, home of a few Barbary apes. Crossing beautiful and tranquil passes over both the Middle and High Atlas ranges we will catch a first glimpse of the south’s incredible architecture. Lunch in Midelt, approached through a bleak plain of scrub and desert. The dramatic peaks of the High Atlas, rising behind the town, provide a spectacular background. Crossing Tizi-n-Talghamt (Mean-Pass of the She-Camel), we will descend into a desert plain along the Ziz valley. We will then head south to Erfoud and Rissani, a huge oasis containing over six million palm trees, edged by many ksours (fortified villages). Continuing along a striking route that marks the transition to desert, when we reach Merzouga we will be greeted with a glass of tea. We have time to relax, then we get ready to ride camels into the pink sands
of Morocco’s highest dunes. We will have time to wander the dunes before sunset. Dinner is served, followed by traditional music and the night in a Luxury Desert Camp.
If we wake up early enough, we can watch the spectacle of sunrise, when the colour of the dunes combines with the play of shadows to make an awesome sight. After breakfast we ride the camels for a couple of hours (or less; it is up to you) before leaving for Tinghir and Todra Gorges for lunch. The road passes through Tinejdad and the Todra Valley. This stunning area affords plenty of opportunities to walk, such as along the river through the gardens or up the road on the other side of the gorge. Later, we will continue to the Dades Valley and the Dades Gorges before spending the night in a hotel.
After breakfast, departure to Ouarzazate,we will continue through the Valley of the Roses, famous for its Rose Festival in May, and past the road of 1000 kasbahs by Skoura oasis. then to Kasbah Ait Benhaddou, a World Heritage site and the backdrop to many Hollywood lockbusters. This is the most famous kasbah in Morocco. From here, we will drive to Marrakech through the picturesque highest pass in Africa, Tizi n’Tichka with Berber clay villages nested at the roof of the mountains. At the end of the afternoon we will arrive in Marrakech.
Enjoy a guided city tour of Marrakech today, taking you through the winding streets, bustling souks, and the focal point of the city – the
great Djemâa-el-Fna. No visit to the city is complete without a visit to the city’s UNESCO-listed medina & Djemâa el-Fna, an extraordinary gathering and market place. Explore this mystical city at your leisure and relax with our optional activity – a visit to a traditional hamman. Enjoy a steam bath followed by an exfoliating massage – the ideal end to the day.
After breakfast, then transfer to the airport for your departure flight.