GREAT SOUTH AND ROYAL CITIES
Depart Casablanca to Marrakech. You will have a half day free upon arrival to discover this vibrant city also known as the “Red City” because of its pink-tinted buildings. Visit the souks, and plunge into the excitement of the place Djemâa El-Fna Square in the heart of Morocco. There you will be delighted by the dancers, snake charmers, jugglers, narrators, and singers as well as enjoy a refreshing orange juice in front of the numerous workshops. Spend the night in a Riad.
Following breakfast, you will have a full day tour of Marrakech including a horse-drawn carriage ride around the city ramparts and lunch. You will visit the Koutoubia Minaret, the Majorelle Gardens, the 16th century Saadian Tombs, the Bahia Palace, and the Dar Si Said Palace museum of jewelry, kaftans, leatherwork, carpets, chests and doors. Spend the night in a Riad.
After breakfast you will head out towards the High Atlas Mountains, visiting Telouet Kasbah. Along the way, you will have the opportunity to visit with the local people and wonderful places they reside, and enjoy lunch at a mountainside restaurant. Thereafter, continue to the Kasbah Ait Benhaddou going through many tiny villages and the river of Telout. Spend the night in Ouarzazate.
Depart from the hotel after breakfast and travel to Todra Gorges, visiting the cinematographic Atlas Studios. Travel to the beautiful oasis of Skoura with the exotic Kasbah Amerhidil then on to El Kelaâ M’Gouna, and have lunch in the Valley of Roses. You will drive through the beautiful route Mil Kasbah which accessible by 4x4 passing small Berber villages such as the amazing village of Boutgrar, and other nomad Berbers living in caves. You will continue further through Dadès Valley and Gorges. Stay the evening in a Berber guest house Kasbah.
Today, after breakfast you will explore the amazing Todra Gorges then travel to Tinghir where you can walk amongst the beautiful oasis palm trees. Erfoud is your next destination where you will see a traditional cutting workshop then to the small city of Rissani for lunch. After lunch you will continue to Merzouga where you will camel trek into the beautiful Erg Chebbi dunes. You will spend the evening in a bivouac (camp), enjoy a Moroccan dinner, and sleep in traditional Nomad camel hair tent
Wake-up to a spectacular sunrise in the desert and enjoy breakfast. Bivouac trekkers will return by camel and visit the Black Gnawa village that is known for their spiritual music. You will continue your journey towards the Midelt via Erfoud, Ziz Valley, and Errachidia. Stay the evening in Midelt at a Kasbah.
Enjoy breakfast before traveling to Fes via the Middle Atlas Mountains, and Azrou. You will have the opportunity to wander about through the largest forest of cedar trees in the region that is inhabited by monkeys. Later on you will visit the Famous Museum of Dar el Batha and the panoramic Kasbah, and stay the evening in a Riad in Fes.
In Fes, you will spend the morning exploring the ramparts of Fes, see the Tomb of the Merinids, visiting the 14th-century Bou Inania Medersa and the excellent museum with its collection of illuminated manuscripts and ceramics. You will have lunch in the Medina then explore the fascinating cobbled lanes of the Medina, and richly decorated Attarin Medersa, and the Neijarin Fountain. Also, view the medieval tannery, the mosques, the Fondouks where the donkeys and their owners gather, and the infinite variety of merchandise of handcrafts and edible goods to copperware and pottery. Spend the night in Fes.
Depart after breakfast for Casablanca, founded in 1912 and Morocco’s principal commercial town, to view the Hassan II Mosque, the world’s largest mosque. Spend the night in a hotel.
Breakfast and transfer to the airport, if required.