- 4×4 tour
- Driver – guide
- Hotels/Riads (dinner and breakfast)
- Camel ride
- Night in the desert in a tented camp
SERVICES NOT INCLUDED
- Lunches and Beverages
Arrival at the airport of Menara and transfer to the city. According to your arrival time you may choose to visit the city (suitable for morning arrival) or go directly to the riad for dinner and overnight stay. If you arrive in the evening, you will have a chance to visit the city at the end of the tour, upon your return to Marrakesh.
After breakfast, departure for Meknes, the smallest of the imperial cities (Marrakesh, Fes, Rabat, Meknes). Our visit to this city shall start at Bab Mansour, the most important and noteworthy gate of Meknes. From here we shall move on to the mausoleum of Moulay Ismail where you shall be required to dress appropriately given the location’s sacred nature. We shall then go to the Hri Souani granary: the imperial city’s most important monument, with its walls built from kneaded clay mixed with stones and straw (pisè). We shall then venture into the heart of the Medina across El-Hedim square, where we shall visit the market and souk. The day shall conclude with dinner and overnight stay in a typical riad.
After breakfast departure from Meknes for Fes. Upon arriving at Fes (Fes el-Bali), visit to the old city and its medina, the largest and most famous of the Arab world, through the gate of Bab Boujloud. We shall then reach Dar Batha, a Hispanic-Moorish building which contains a beautiful museum of popular art, followed by a visit to the Bou Inania madras (Koranic school), where the young used to study the Koran, with its classrooms, oratory and a splendid patio. In the evening, return to hotel and dinner.
After breakfast departure for Ifrane, known as Morocco’s Switzerland, where you can admire the storks nesting on the roofs of houses. After a walk around the city we’ll head south for Merzouga. Azrou is the first town along the road, of Berber origin, located in the heart of a 53,000 hectare natural park on a calcareous high plane surrounded by forests of cedars and oaks among ancient volcanoes. Azrou is also famous for its prolific monkey population in the surrounding forest. We shall then take the road which climbs the Middle Atlas up to the Zad pass and the village of Midelt, at 1488m above sea level. Midelt is not an especially tourist location, however it is famous for its geological qualities and is home to colourful and dazzling crystalline structures. Here we’ll take a break for lunch. From Midelt the road shall proceed through the stunning gorges of Ziz, up to Er-Rachidia, in the southern province. In the late afternoon we’ll arrive in Rissani, the gateway to the desert, then we’ll journey onward to Merzouga. Here we’ll leave our car behind and continue on camel (dromedary camel), up to the tented camp where we shall spend the night. A magical night in the desert, with clear, star-studded skies, and if we are lucky we’ll even see the Milky Way and many other constellations and stars. Before observing the skies and stars, you’ll participate in a typical dinner around a fire, with drums and Berber songs of southern Morocco.
MERZOUGA/ GORGES TODRA/ DADES VALLEY AND GORGES
An early start (for those of you who fancy it), to admire the sunrise and the spectacle of dunes bathed in splendid colours, different from those at sunset. Return on camel back to hotel for breakfast and a nice hot shower. We shall then depart by car for a tour up to the small and ancient village of Hassi Labied where many films have been shot. To get there we’ll travel along a stretch of the Paris-Dakar itinerary and cross the black desert with its rocks of volcanic origin. We’ll then reach the village of Kamlia, famous for its inhabitants native from black Africa and their music. This village is also renowned for its music and dance festival which takes place every year in the first week of August. From here we shall visit the Dayet Srji lake with its pink flamingos. We shall then return to Rissani for some Berber pizza topped with over 44 spices, in a Touareg house, and we’ll discover this population’s traditions, customs and habits as well as objects brought here in caravans. Indeed Rissani was once the economic capital of Morocco and the most important point of departure of caravans before venturing into the desert. We’ll end with a visit to the town’s kasbah. We shall then depart for the Todra Gorge, where the film Laurence of Arabia was shot. We shall stop here for lunch and then travel to Boumalne Dadès from which the eponymous 25 km-long valley begins, extending all the way to the gorges, where we shall take a walk amid the lush greenery in stark contrast with the red rocks of surrounding mountains, dotted with pisè (mud and straw) constructions the same colour as the rocks. This valley is home to numerous ksour immersed in cultivated fields and orchards; we shall stop here over night.
DADÈS GORGE / VALLEY OF THE ROSES / OUARZAZATE / MARRAKESH
After breakfast we shall journey down the Valley of the Roses, along the road of a thousand kasbah, typical structures in southern Morocco. We shall stop at the most important town of this valley, El-Kalaa M’Gouna, famous for the blossoming of this flower (April/May), used in numerous body care products. We shall then journey onward to Ouarzazate, where we’ll visit the local movie studios where numerous films have been shot. Along the route we shall pass the Kasbah of Taurirt and Aït Benhaddou as well as the villages Merzgane and Ighrem, where we shall stop for lunch. Upon crossing the High Atlas at the Tizi n’ Tichka pass, at an altitude of approximately 2260m, we shall proceed towards Marrakesh. Here we shall visit the imperial city, starting with its souk, followed by the Ben Youssef Koranic School, the Koubba, the Bahia palace, the visir’s residence. We shall stroll outside the El-Mansour mosque, admire the Koutubia, the minaret of the city’s largest mosque, only to arrive at the large Jamaa el-Fna square with its characteristic street vendors, a never ending show. You’ll meet fortune tellers, snake charmers, water sellers and music groups. Dinner and overnight stay in typical riad.
After breakfast you could visit the new city of Gueliz and then proceed to the airport, or you may choose to go directly to the airport, depending on your flight schedule. End of service.