Casablanca – Rabat – Meknes – Fes – Errachidia – Merzouga – Skoura – Marrakesh – Essaouira – Oualidia – Casablanca
Tour of 15 days, 14 nights
Day 1: You will be picked up from the airport in Casablanca and taken to a downtown hotel. The next morning, a driver will pick you up and take you to the great Hassan II mosque, which is a magnificent landmark. Special visits can be arranged at 9 or 10 o’clock. The Price is 120 dirhams per person, http://fmh2.ma/fr/
Next you will then be taken to Rabat. Your riad (guesthouse) is very pleasant, and is located inside the medina, with many great sights nearby. Here Edith recommends you take a walk without a guide! Rabat is a large International city, where you may explore without needing special annoying guides! Lunch is not scheduled on this day, so sampling local foods will be a great experience, and you can shortly after look forward to a delicious dinner at the riad.
Day 2: In the morning, after breakfast, we continue on to Meknes. You will have enough time for a stroll through the city, and be able to select a special lunch on your own (not included in the price). You will later have another very special dinner at your riad.
Day 3: At 9:30 am your driver will pick you up and take you on a trip to the historic town of Moulay Idriss. Only a few decades ago, this sacred place was closed to non-Muslims. A special tour takes you to the heights, where you will have a fantastic view of the area.
We then continue on to Volubilis. Here you will observe wonderfully preserved Roman ruins, situated among a very beautiful landscape. Lunch is not included, but we recommend a small, local restaurant, called A l’ombre des Olivier. Here you can taste a delicious regional cuisine. It is located on the main road, directly above the ruin site.
It takes about 2 hours to walk through the ruins, so you can continue to Fes in time to enjoy another enjoyable dinner at the riad.
Day 4: This will be a special day of leisure! If you wish, there will be a guide available to take you for a tour through the old medina, but this is not included in the price. This day you may choose from the many outstanding places to eat for your lunch and dinner.
Day 5: Today you will be picked up early in the morning, at your riad. This journey will take you over the reddish-brown mountains of the Middle Atlas. You will travel past beautiful high cedar forests, on your way to the magnificent winter sports resorts of Ifrane and Azrou.
This region specializes in arts and crafts, featuring skilled carpenters that utilize the cedar wood from the area. Monkeys inhabit these surrounding mountains, so with luck, you may see them scampering about at a wayside. In the past, these monkeys used to eat bread crumbs from the breakfast meals of tourists. These days they are purposely spoiled by the local residents, with peanuts and bananas –available for purchase! Now both the residents and the monkeys benefit! Its paying business for the traders, and treats for the monkeys. But be careful, they may grab everything out of your hands.
After the Zad Pass (2,178 m) you will reach the mining town of Midelt, where you will have lunch. In the afternoon we drive through the magnificent gorge of the Ziz to Errachidia. For overnight, you will have a beautiful suite waiting at Hotel Tinit. Here overnight stay with dinner and breakfast.
Day 6: After a leisurely breakfast, we will drive from Errachidia for a short detour to the Blue Spring of Meski. Then we pass through the impressive valley of the Ziz, with its hundreds of thousands of date palms. Lunch will be taken in the caravan town of Erfoud.
In the afternoon, we head on to the immense sand dunes of Erg Chebbi. You will arrive at a charming guest house, overlooking the sand dunes. You then will stay in a cozy bedroom with bath and air conditioning. The hotel also has a swimming pool.
Day 7: Today you will have a great desert adventure! You will take a ride through the sand dunes; visit rock engravings, and see unique mineral formations. Lunch can be a picnic in the desert or the choice of a nice dune restaurant. In the afternoon, we drive to the luxury bivouac of the Sahara Experience, where camels are ready for your ride into the sunset. For overnight, you will sleep in a comfortably furnished tent.
Day 8: In the morning, we say goodbye to the desert, and head back to Erfoud. On the way to Goulmina, we pass the Foggaras, the ancient water canals that were built to water palm gardens. In Goulmima begins an interesting paved mountain road, completed only a few years ago, which leads through the Rheris Gorge in the High Atlas. We then arrive at Tamtatouchte, and will spend the night at the cozy Auberge Kasbah Les Amis.
Day 9: After breakfast, your mountain adventure begins! We drive on a rocky road from Tamtatouchte to the Dades canyon, passing a unique mountain landscape. After taking many twists and turns, we get back on an asphalt road! Lunch will be in the beautiful Auberge Chez Pierre, from where you have an opportunity to take a short hike with a local guide. We then continue along the road of the Kasbahs, one of the most scenic routes in Morocco. The landscape is steppe-like and barren, with scattered camel thorn bushes. Suddenly we encounter an oasis, with lush green gardens, with red-brown Kasbahs and pink roses. The Dades Valley is the center of the rose water and oil industry, where millions of particularly intense fragrant flowers are pressed, and where we can find many places to purchase them on the road. You will then spend the night at Skoura, in the Auberge Chez Talout, with a magnificent view of the palm groves on the slopes of the High Atlas.
Day 10: From Skoura we drive via Ouarzazate to the High Atlas. If you wish, you may visit the Kasbah Taourirt in Ouarzazate, or make a detour to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Kasbah Ait Benhaddou. This Kasbah dates back to the 16th century. It was a fortified village, and is one of the best preserved and spectacular Kasbahs in Morocco! It has been used as a backdrop for many famous films. In 2000, the blockbuster „Gladiator“ was filmed here. We then cross to the picturesque High Atlas, with the mountain pass Tizi-n-Tichka, at 2,260 m! You will be able to take photo stops as often as you wish. You can enjoy the spectacular scenery as you pass by stone and clay Berber huts, perched on steep mountain slopes. You may see many goats and sheep, as they are being led to the pastures, In Spring you will see mountain streams rushing down these slopes. We then reach Marrakesh, where you will stay in a wonderful Riad, located in the medina.
Day 11 and 12: These are rest days in Marrakech. Lunch and dinner will be on your own, with many fantastic places to choose.
Day 13: In the morning, you will have breakfast, and we then leave this beautiful city, driving on to Essaouira. You then arrive in time to choose a nice place for lunch. You will be able to pick from a great variety of restaurants, for both lunch and dinner.
Day 14: After a good breakfast, we travel along the Atlantic Ocean to the lagoon city of Oualidia. The area is famous for its great variety of seafood. You will have the chance to enjoy these wonderful varieties for lunch and dinner (not included).
Day 15: Depending on the departure time of your return flight, you can spend more or less time on the way back to Casablanca and then be taken directly to the airport .
Price and availability on request.