Day 1: Agadir-Essaouira
Day 2: Essaouira-Marrakech
Day 3: Marrakech-Casablanca
After your morning breakfast in your hotel, we will depart from Marrakech to travel to Casablanca. This will be a day of travel.
Casablanca: Once we arrive to Casablanca you will have free time to explore the city on your own.
Your accommodation(s) and dinner will be in a riad/hotel in Casablanca.
Day 4: Casablanca-Rabat-Chefchaouen
After breakfast in your raid/hotel, we will tour Casablanca before traveling on to Rabat.
Casablanca: Casablanca is the largest city in Morocco and one of the largest financial centers on the continent. It is considered the economic and business center of Morocco. It hosts the primary navel base for the Royal Moroccan Navy. We will take a panoramic tour of the city and visit the exterior of the Hassan II Mosque, the largest mosque in North Africa, and the 13th largest in the world.
Rabat: Once we arrive to Rabat, we will take you to see the Royal Palace located at the end of the mechouar (a large parade ground). This palace dates back to 1864 and is the principal residence of the King of Morocco. You will also visit the fortified Oudayas Kasbah
Meknes: After you will travel on to Meknes where you will visit the famous El Hedim Square, the Mausoleum of Sultan Moulay Ismail and the Old Medina. You will also view the Bab Mansour Laleuj, an iconic gateway known for its geometric ornamentation, devotional inscriptions and marble columns. While in Meknes, we will stop for lunch before leaving to travel to Volubilis.
Volubilis: In our route we will stop to visit of the Roman Ruins of Volubilis. The ruins remained substantially intact until an earthquake devastated the area in the mid-18th century.
Your accommodation(s) and dinner will be in a riad/hotel in Chefchaouen.
Day 5: Chefchaouen-Fez
After breakfast in your hotel, you will tour Chefchaouen before traveling towards Fez.
Chefchaouen: “Chefchaouen”, meaning, “watch the horns” or Chaouen, as Moroccans often call it, refers to the shape of the mountaintops that look like the horns (chaoua) of a goat.
Chefchaouen is referred to as the City of Blue Doors, as well as blue walls. There are several theories as to why the walls were painted blue. One popular theory is that the blue keeps mosquitos away; another is that Jews introduced the blue when they took refuge from Hitler in the 1930s. The blue is said to symbolize the sky and heaven, and serve as a reminder to lead a spiritual life.
Chefchaouen is a popular shopping destination as well, as it offers many unique handicrafts that are not available anywhere else in Morocco, such as wool garments and woven blankets. While here you will visit the Caves of Hercules.
On this night your accommodation(s) and dinner will be in a riad/hotel in Fez.
Day 6: Fez City Tour
After breakfast, at your riad/hotel, a local guide will take you to visit the most remarkable places in the oldest Imperial City.
Fez: You will visit of the Mellah, the Medina, and the exterior of the Kairaouine Mosque. The Kairaouine Mosque, the holiest and second largest mosque in Morocco. You will also visit the University of al-Karaouine, the oldest existing and continually operating university in the world as well as the BouInania Medrasa, the most famous quoraniq school in Morocco. Lastly, you will visit the Chouara Tannery.
Lunch will be at a typical restaurant in the medina. Your accommodations and dinner will be back in your hotel in Fez.
Days 7: Fez –Ifrane –Cedar Forest – Erfoud – Merzouga
After breakfast at your hotel, your tour starts with an early departure in Fez from your hotel. You will be amazed by the most fascinating landscapes conceivable as we pass along the Middle Atlas Mountains. Your first destination will be to Ifrane.
Ifrane: Ifrane, The Little Switzerland of Morocco, is unlike any other town in North Africa. It is located at an elevation of 1,665 m (5,463 ft.), above sea level in the Middle Atlas region. It is a small resort town set high up in the mountains with a Swiss like ambiance. Ifrane serves as the winter playground for the wealthy Berbers from drier cites like Fez, Meknes, and Marrakech, who flock here to experience a European winter or to find relief from the summer heat. Ifrane is also a popular altitude-training destination as well.
In 1995 Al Akhawayn University, an English-language, American-curriculum public university opened and this has helped re-launch Ifrane as a desirable destination for domestic tourism. Consequently, Ifrane continues to develop as both a summer and winter resort.
Azrou: CèdreGouraud, is a forest, in the woodland area, in the Middle Atlas Mountain Range in Morocco. The forest is truly remarkable and a complete contrast from the Sahara Desert. This beautified cedar forest is home to the endangered Barbary Apes, which are actually monkeys. Once you arrive you won’t have to look far to see the Barbary Apes, as they are not shy to come out of the forest to greet you. This will be good opportunity to take photos of the timberland in Morocco.
Zaida: The town of Zaida, a small Berber town in the Midelt region, has an incredible street lined with restaurants. You will see many displays of fresh meat hanging in front of the shops as well as traditional wood burners cooking an assortment of tagines. Here is a great place where we will stop to have lunch before we continue on through the Atlas Mountains towards the Merzouga.
Midelt: On your travels you will pass through the town of Midelt, with a population of 55,304 recorded in 2014, it is located in central Morocco, in the high plains between the Middle Atlas and High Atlas Mountains ranges. The cities elevation is 1508 m (4948 ft.), making it one of the highest large towns in Morocco. Midelt is one of Morocco’s principle cities for the mining of several minerals as well as a market for agriculture for an area extending across the region. This region is best known for apples, walnuts, apricots, plums, pomegranates, wheat, corn and a wide variety of garden vegetables.
Erfoud: Erfoud is a town in southern Morocco, in the Tafilalet-region. Erfoud has been given the name of “The Gate of Sahara Desert” as it is near the Erg Chebbi Dunes since you can actually take direct off-road route to the dunes. While traveling through Erfoud, which is known for its precious and unique fossils, we will stop to visit the workers of fossils and the Erfoud Market of Dates.
Your accommodation(s) and dinner will be in a hotel in Merzouga.
Day 8: Merzouga-Khamlia-Rissani-Merzouga
After your breakfast, in your hotel,we will tour the area of Erg Chebbi.
Khamlia: Khamlia is a little village in the desert by the biggest dunes in Erg Chebbi; all together there are 32 houses with about 150 people. In Khamlia are three small shops, a coffee house and a school. There is also electricity and water. You will visit a Berber residence and listen to the indigenous Gnawa music, which had originated in West Africa. After, you will visit some deserted mines and the Oasis of the Palm Trees.
Rissani: You will visit the small oasis town of Rissani which les near the northwest edge of the Sahara. This picturesque city has gained popularity, not only as the Tafilalet capital, but also as a destination where visitors can still experience the true mystique of Morocco. Rissani is best known as a producer of high quality of leather.
This diverse Moroccan destination is also well known for its market, or souk. You will visit the visit the famous Market of Rissani where you can find jewelry, souvenirs, gifts, spices, art and crafts.
While in Rissani your lunch will be a traditional Moroccan pizza called “Medfouna”. After you will comeback to your hotel in Merzouga and prepare for your journey to Erg Chebbi to take a camel ride into the desert where you will enjoy a night under the stars.
Erg Chebbi: From Erg Chebbi you will embark upon a camel and journey into the Sarah Desert. The camels will be packed with food and blankets, as well as the other necessities needed for this one night stay in the desert. We will trek our way through the sand to a small Oasis in the middle of the dunes. Here is where you will be spending your evening, where the sky is clear and stars sparkle and shine with intensity. Your accommodations this evening will be camping in a Nomad Berber Tent.
Once settled in at camp, a campfire will be lit and our staff will play music with drums in order to share our culture with you. Afterwards you will be severed your dinner under the Saharan skies ‘blanket of stars’ at the campfire or in the restaurant tent at the camp.
Day 9: Merzouga-Jorf -Todgha Gorges-Dadès Gorges
Merzouga: In the morning, after having a sunrise breakfast, we will break camp and ride our camels out of the desert and back to our original point of departure. You will then travel back to the hotel so that you can shower and collect your luggage before starting on your way towards Dades Gorges.
Erfoud: You will pass back through Erfoud on your route to Jorf.
Jorf: In Jorf you will stop to see the old Canal of Irrigation. This area dates back to the 14th century and has provided water for towns and villages for several centuries. The underground aqueducts were designed to transport water slopes without active pumping. In the 1970’s diesel pumps were put in to use causing some of the aqueducts in this region to go dry. Recent studies concluded that the depth of the water table has dropped 50% over the past 40 years, which has affected the amount of date palm grown in the region.
Tinejdad: In Tinejdad you will visit a Berber village famous for its palms.
Tinghir: Here you will visit one of the most spectacular Gorges in the world. Todgha Gorges is a series of limestone river canyons in the eastern part of the High Atlas Mountains in Morocco, near Tinghir. Both the Todgha and Dades Rivers are responsible for cutting out these deep cliff-sided canyons. The heights of the canyon walls vary, but in some places can be up to 400m (1,312 ft.) high. While at Todgha Gorges you will have the opportunity to break for lunch in one of the restaurants with a panoramic view.
Dadès Gorges: The Dadès Gorges is a scenically beautiful section of the Dades River Valley in between the Atlas Mountains and the Anti Atlas. The Gorges is best known for mesmerizing scenery and the Kasbahs set precariously along the roadside, overlooking the river below.
Day 10: Dadès Gorges-Ouarzazete-Kasbah Aït Benhaddou-Marrakech
Dades Gorges: After breakfast in your riad/hotel, we will depart from Dades Gorges to travel towards Marrakech.
Ouarzazate: In Ouarzazate you will visit the cinema studios of Atlas & CLA Studios where many movies were produced thus being called “The Hollywood of Africa.” Atlas Studio & CLA Studios is home to many prestigious movies filmed from Lawrence of Arabia, Tea in Sahara, Black Hawk Down, Moses, Gladiator, Cleopatra, The Mummy 1 & 2, Alexander the Great, Kingdom of Heaven, Sahara, Troy, Hidalgo, Patton, The Hills has Eyes, The Way Back, Babel, Treasure Island, Jewel of the Nile, Gladiator, Ben-Hur, The Passions of Christ and even more.
Also, you will visit the Kasbah Amridil, where you can observe the stunning view of the surrounding Skoura palm groves.
Aït Benhaddou: Along the route you will stop to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Aït Benhaddou, a spectacular fortified village (Ksar). While in Aït Benhaddou we will stop for lunch, which will be in a traditional restaurant, before traveling on to Marrakech by way of traveling the Tizi n’Tichka Pass.
Tizi n’Tichka Pass: The Tizi n’Tichka is a mountain pass in Morocco, at an elevation of 2260 m (6,867 ft.) above sea level, linking the city of Ouarzazate to the southeast of Marrakesh through the High Atlas Mountains. It lies between the Gateway of the Sahara Desert and the great Marrakech Plains. This long winding road offers many breathtaking views and the scenery promises to be nothing short of spectacular. The natural backdrop of the enormous rocks reflects colors in every shade of orange, red and brown imaginable while still visible in the deep valleys is the contrasting green from different types of cultivation of the local villagers.
Your accommodation(s) and dinner will be in a hotel in Marrakech
Day 11: Visit Marrakech
Marrakech: After your morning breakfast at your hotel, our guide and driver will pick up to explore the city of Marrakech; you will have the opportunity to discover the amazing old Medina. You will see the Majorelle Garden that host more than 15 bird species that are prevalent to North Africa, has many fountains and a remarkable collection of cacti. The garden was once owned by Yves Saint-Laurent and Pierre Bergé, between 1980 and 2008. After Yves Saint Laurent death in 2008 his ashes were scattered about in the Majorelle Garden.
You will visit Marrakech’s most visited monument the Saadian Tombs, the Koutoubia Mosque, and the New City of Marrakech – Gueliz.
After we finish our tour of the city of Marrakesh, you will return to your hotel for the evening. Your dinner will be in your hotel.
Day 12: Marrakech-Agadir
Marrakech: After your morning breakfast, we will depart from Marrakech to travel towards Agadir.
Agadir: Once you arrive to Agadir you will be dropped off at your hotel or the Agadir-Al Massia Airport at which time this will conclude the 12 Days Tour Agadir Imperial Cities Desert Marrakech and end of our services.
Tour in 4×4 vehicle or Minibus (with A/C), Fuel
An English speaking driver/guide
10 Riad/Hotel overnight stays (dinner & breakfast)
1 Night in Desert Camp (dinner & breakfast)
A camel ride
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