Tour of imperial city, Sahara desert and north from tangier, during 8 days you will travel through the history and the magic of Morocco, from north to south, imperial cities and labyrinths, you will discover the influence of empires and dynasties on Morocco, from Fes the spiritual capital to Meknes and amazing gates, to Sahara desert to experience a camel trek and sleeping in desert camp under the stars and finally to Marrakech the pearl of the south and its beautiful souks, gardens and cultural sights.
We’ll kick-off with a drive through the Rif Mountains and past the city of Tetouan. To enjoy fully enjoy the breathtaking view of the landscape; we’ll stop to rest at the feet of the Rif mountains, in Chefchaouen. Chefchaouen’s medina has a strong influence of Spanish architecture, as it was once part of the “Spanish Morocco” it’s square is showered in funky artisanal shops beaming with colors. It’s also home to many rooftop restaurants and cafes, also available in your in the Riads, where you can enjoy the rest of the evening with a nice breeze and wonderful view.
After a tasty breakfast, our journey continues towards Volubilis, crossing over Ouazan and other Rif villages. In Volubilis, we’ll explore the Roman ruins and learn about Moroccan history. Continuing to Meknes, we’ll stop for lunch and explore the historical walls of the medina along with Bab el Mansour, and we’ll visit the Moulay Ismail shrine. Later in the afternoon, we’ll head to Fes where we’ll spend the night.
We’ll start the day exploring the oldest city in Morocco, snaking through its alleys and narrow streets. We’ll begin sightseeing at the Royal Palace gate, followed by the Jewish headquarter where the first Mellah ever was built in Morocco, during the 16th century. We’ll ensure that you visit all sites with cultural and historical interest including the famous Al Qaraouine University, the oldest in the region. We’ll also visit the Tanneries, the Attarine museum, and the Moulay Idriss mausoleum. After lunch, you’ll visit many different cooperatives and then, experience a wonderful panoramic view over the whole Medina of Fes.
The day begins with a drive towards the Atlas Mountains stopping to visit the village Ifrane, where we’ll get a chance to explore the famous cedar forest, home to the Berber apes. We’ll then continue through the Tiz Ntalghamt Mountain Pass and the Ziz Gorge (here we can stop for pictures and some local mint tea) to Midelt. We then continue to Merzouga, arriving at our campsite where we’ll spend the night.
We’ll wake up and head to a local hotel where you’ll get a chance to freshen up and enjoy a complimentary breakfast before we head to Ouarzazate. On the way there, well visit Berber villages home to The Todra and Dades Gorge. At the Dades Gorge, we’ll stop at a local hotel where we’ll spend the night, and be treated to a complimentary dinner.
After breakfast, we’ll continue our tour towards Ouarzazate through the path of a thousand Kasbahs (fortress) stopping at Kalaat Mgouna, the center of the Valley of Roses, famous for its annual Rose Festival. Then, we’ll drive through Ait Ben Haddou ( a UNESCO World Heritage site).
Today we’ll have a guided tour of Marrakesh. You will explore the main attractions and monuments of the city including the famous Jamma el Fna square, Koutoubia mosque, the souks, palaces, and museums. We’ll also explore parts of the city such as Gueliz, The Menara Gardens, and Majorelle.
Today you’ll be transferred (punctually) to the airport.