Classic Morocco Tour 8 Days 7 Nights:
Day 1: Casablanca Med V airport – Transfer to Fes
Upon arrival to Casablanca; the biggest city of the country; If time permit we will visit to the Great Mosque Hassan II, where you will meet a fascinating example of the Moroccan architecture. It is the largest mosque in the kingdom and the fifth largest mosque in the world. It stands on a promontory looking out on the Atlantic, and has space for 25,000 worshippers. A further 80,000 can be accommodated in the mosque's adjoining grounds for a total of 105,000 worshippers present at any given time at the Hassan II mosque. Its minaret is the tallest one in the world at 210m. Whenever you finish visiting this great mosque, you will be transferred to Fez. Night and dinner at our hotel.
Day 2: Fes, Full Guided City Tour
A Full day guided tour is scheduled here in Fez. Fez is intellectual capital of the kingdom and was considered Mecca of the west and Athena of Africa. It is the biggest city of the country after Casablanca with a population of approximately 1 million. This city is a former capital and one of the country's four imperial cities. Fez comprises three distinct parts, Fes el Bali which is the oldest part surrounded by a big wall, where are more than 9000 narrow streets and allies. Fes-Jdid or the new Fez, home of the Mellah the Jewish quarter and the Ville Nouvelle the newest section of Fez created during the French occupation. Fes el Bali is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The medina of Fes is the largest in the world. Among its narrow streets and allies, the oldest university in the world is located; The University of Al-Karaouine, founded in AD 859.This University is still operating nowadays.
Day 3: Fes – Midelt - Erfoud – Merzouga (Erg Chebbi)
We drive towards the south via the Berber town of Ifran which means caves and it is nicknamed in Morocco as a little Switzerland since it is a very green town and is a ski resort in the Middle Atlas region of Morocco because of its high altitude at 1665 meters. Ifran is very knowen as well by The Brotherhood private university, established in 1997 by the king of Morocco Hassan II and the king of Saudi Arabia Fahd. Where all classes are taught in English It is an international university. Lunch will be scheduled in a Berber village called Midelt which is situated on the foothills of the eastern part of the High Atlas Mountains. From vast plateau we start crossing up those tough mountains which are still settled by a big berber community. The landscapes here include palm tree oases at Jbel Ayachi (at 3747 m) before driving down the curves and join the pre-Saharan zone passing first by Errachidia and Erfoud which is famous for its pottery and the interesting fossil quarries. Fossils are a major industry in Erfoud, some 350 million years ago the region around Erfoud was a part of the huge ocean. Heading up to the red colored sand dunes of Merzouga via Rissani, the hometown of the Alaouist dynasty where Moulay Ali sheriff started to unify morocco under his red flag in the beginning of the 17th century. From a vast plateau you will get impressed by the huge sand dunes of Merzouga appearing from the horizon. Where we will spend the night in a in Berber camp and enjoy a wonderful stars view on the edge of the Erg Chebbi, the largest sand dunes in Morocco.
Day 4: Merzouga – Rissani - Todgha Gorges
Hopefully weak up early morning to enjoy the fascinating sunrise, before ride back our camels to our hotel in the dune line, a quick shower and breakfast in our hotel. 35 km from Merzouga we will stop to Vist Errisani and the Mausoleum of the founder of the Alaouite Dynasty of Morocco, Moulay Ali Chrif in the 17th century .This silent town was the ancient capital of Tafilalet and Its location as a crossroads between north and south brought the city to an important status of a former major caravan center. Up to now Rissani remains a major commercial center in the region, with a large souk, particularly lively today on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. It was noted for its leather and goat skin trading in ancient ages.
127 km from Errisani the great canyons of Morocco Todgha Gorges are situated beyond the central High Atlas Mountains. Here, the contrasting landscapes remind visitors of the Colorado, with its high plateaux, its gorges and great canyons, and its peaks sometimes splintered by erosion. Several peaks in this area exceed 4000 m, with Jbel Saghro 2500 m and Jbel Mgoun at 4068 m being the highest peak in this part of the High Atlas. The area is populated by Berbers. Here you can enjoy a hike among those fabulous canyons. Night and dinner at a Kasbah hotel among the great canyons.
Day 5: Todgha Gorges - Dades Valley - Skoura - Ouarzazate
From the great canyons of Todgha we go along the road of 1000 Thousand Kasbahs, since there are enormous kasbahs on both sides of the road. Some of those old fortified houses are restored but unfortunately a lot of them are ruins. We pass a town called Boumalen situated on the edge of Dades valley which raises in the High Atlas mountains, giving life to a huge Berber community by its rich agriculture. Along this valley another valley called valley of roses appearing with the green color of its Alfalfa plants, olive trees, fig trees and grapes. This valley gives birth to a rose from which locals produces different cosmetic products like soap, perfumes and skin creams. Locals here celebrate this rose by organizing a national festival each April.45 km driving before we pass Skoura and drive along its palm groves.In the middle of enormous palm trees Kasbah of Amridil is appearing with its mud walls and ramparts.
Getting to Ouarzazate (Hollywood of Africa ,Noiselessly town, The door of the desert), is a city is situated in the middle of a bare plateau, south of the High Atlas Mountains.
Day 6: Ouarzazate – Ait Benhaddou – High Atlas Mountains - Marrakesh
Ouarzazate is mainly inhabited by Berbers, who constructed many of the prominent kasbahs and building for which the area is known. One of those building is Taourirt Kasbah which belongs to 17th century.
Why Ouarzazate is nicknamed as Hollywood of Africa? Simply because it has been noted as a film-making location, with Morocco's biggest studios inviting many international film companies to shoot their movies like : Lawrence of Arabia (1962), The Living Daylights (1987), The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), The Mummy (1999), Gladiator (2000), Kingdom of Heaven (2005), Martin Scorsese's Kundun (1997) and Babel (2005).
35 km from Ouarzazate there is the fortified city of Aït Benhaddou, built in the 11th century. Once up on a time this Kasbah was the former caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakech. It is situated on a hill along the Ounila River and has some beautiful examples of kasbahs, which unfortunately sustain damage during each rainstorm and windstorms. Most of the town's inhabitants now live in a more modern village at the other side of the river; however, three families are still living within this kasbah.
Aït Benhaddou kasbah has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987 and several films have been shot there, including Lawrence of Arabia (1962),Time Bandits (1981),The Jewel of the Nile (1985),Kundun (1997)Gladiator and (2000)Alexander (2004).
Day 7: Marrakesh, Full Guided City Tour
A full day guided tour is scheduled in Marrakesh. This Red city was the most important former imperial city in Morocco's history. Marrakesh is situated near the foothills of the snow-peaks of the High Atlas Mountain. Like all the old cities, Marrakesh comprises both an old fortified city The Medina and an very modern city called Gueliz built during the French occupation. Marrakech has the largest traditional market (souk) in Morocco and also has one of the busiest squares in Africa and the world, Djemaa el Fna. The square is full of story-tellers, water sellers, dancers, snakes charmers and musicians. During the night the square turns into a huge open-air restaurant.
During our visit we will see The Koutoubia Mosque, built in the 12th century in the reign of Almoravid Dynasty. We will go among narrow streets and allies in ancient city. We pass by "seven saints" during the reign of Moulay Ismail. The tombs of several renowned figures were moved to Marrakech to attract pilgrims.
Marrakech was dominated in the first half of the 20th century by T'hami El Glaoui, "Lord of the Atlas", and Pasha of Marrakech. Still there is a house called Dar Pacha El Glaoui from where he used to rule the whole southern part of Morocco.
Day 8: Marrakesh – Casablanca Med V airport
After seeing and discovering all the different colors of Moroccan Kingdom you will be transferred to Casablanca Airport to attend your flight.
Classic Morocco Tour 7 Nights, What's Included?
- Transportation in private licensed 4WD or Minibus with A/C, fuel throughout the tour
- English speaking driver
- Accommodations in typical Moroccan hotels, Kasbahs, Riads and Inns with Ensuite rooms, air conditioning/heating
- Half Board - 2 meals each day Dinner & Breakfast except where listed B.B, (Vegetarians are welcome)
- Marrakesh & Fes Sightseeing Tours with Local guides
- Possibility to upgrade accommodations category with exta cost
- Swimming stops (April to September), we select hotels that have a swming pool facility for this period
- Walks & Explorations for example in Ait Benhaddou, Desert sand dunes & Gorges
- Night at Erg Chebbi desert dune in a nomad tented camp (possibility to upgrade to Luxury camp)
- Erg Chebbi Camel Trekking tour at sunset
- Local Taxes
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