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15 days Marrakech imperial cities desert

Program:


Day 1 Arrival in Marrakech:

Arrival at the airport of Marrakech on your own, reception in private and transfer to the Hotel or Riad. Depending on the time of arrival, you can enjoy a first contact with the wonders of Marrakech, as well as the main square of this exotic city, known as Djamaa el Fna.

Day 2 Marrakech - Essaouira:

Breakfast at the riad and we start the 15 day tour through Morocco, departure to the small fishing port of Essaouira, located on the south coast, with more than 6 kilometers of beach. In the city, you can Essaouiraver the wooden craft museum located in an old palace, the old watchtower and the Skala of the port, from where you can contemplate the coast, the islands and the entire city, the Puerta de la Marina , which connects the port with the city or attend the auction of fish in the port, The intricate alleyways of the medina are the interesting showcase for the work of jewelers, goldsmiths and marquetry craftsmen (cedar and ebony), installed in the workshops underground of the bastions of the city, in whose upper part we can still see some Spanish cannon of the XVI and XVII centuries, lodging in a Riad in the medina.

Day 3 Essaouira - Rabat:

Breakfast and departure, bordering the coast towards Rabat, the administrative and political capital of the country. We will visit the diplomatic quarter, the Royal Palace, the Mohamed V Mausoleum Complex and the Hassan Tower. In the 12th century, Yacoub el-Mansour, the great Almohad conqueror, chose this city to symbolize its splendor. But history had already passed through Rabat before. The Merinides paid tribute to him, building the metropolis of Chellah on the ancient Roman city of Sala. en route, we will make a brief panoramic visit to Casablanca. Hotel accommodation.

Day 4 Rabat - Assilah:

After breakfast, and continuing along the coast, we will continue our route to Asilah, jewel of Hispano-Moorish architecture. The small and discreet city of Asilah is asleep behind its blue, green and yellow doors. Asilah was Roman, Spanish, and Portuguese. Protests, towers and proud walls allow today to make peaceful walks at the edge of the sea, as well as to taste exquisite fish fry in its renowned restaurants.

Day 5 Assilah - Tangier - Chefchaouen:

Breakfast and departure to Tangier, where we will make a brief panoramic visit to the city. We will continue the trip getting into the Rif and arriving in Xaouen in the afternoon. Chefchaouen, is one of the most pleasant cities in Morocco. Holy city, has a score of mosques and shrines, happy cities, its streets, paved with pebbles, lead to a series of shaded little squares, accommodation in a Riad.

Day 6 Chefchaouen - Fez:

After breakfast, we will have free time to visit the city before leaving for Fez, a beautiful city founded in the 8th century. Fez is the oldest of the Moroccan imperial cities, with a medina that takes us to the 13th century, with artisans grouped by streets and activities reminiscent of the old guilds, coexisting with the peasants who, fleeing from the drought of recent years, they arrive here. Accommodation in a Riad

Day 7 Fez - Visit of Fez:

Free day in the city. Intellectual and artisan capital, the most imperial of the cities of Morocco, Fez is the pearl of the Arab world, the place of great sensations. here, as in Florence or Athens, the traveler comes to seek the treasure of a civilization, the inexhaustible richness of a generous and varied life up to the profusion, where the Sensuality of the sun reigns, of the colors, of the flavors. In Fez you will find, with security, everything you love. Here no one knows where the pleasure of the spirit ends and where the sense begins. With the refinement of its palaces and the sensuality of its life, Fez, unique city, invites to make multiple trips.

Day 8 Fez - Ifrane - Midelt - The desert of Merzouga:

Breakfast. Departure to the mountains of the Middle Atlas where they inhabit communities of Berber shepherds of semi-nomadic tradition. En route, we will cross the town of Ifrane, "the Moroccan Switzerland", and we will enjoy the panoramic view that the wonderful cedar forests offer us, where we can observe the colony of monkeys that live there. From here we leave the bustle of the big cities and we find a friendly and quiet population, dedicated to agriculture and herding. Leaving behind the Middle Atlas, we enter the High Atlas Mountains towards Errachidia passing through the gorges and the ziz valley, then later Erfoud to reach Merzouga where we will stay in a hotel at the foot of the dunes.

Day 9: Merzouga - Erg chebbi and its Surroundings:

Breakfast and departure from the hostel by one of the tracks used in the «Rally Paris-Dakar». We will pass to the other side of the dunes visiting the 2 oases of Merzouga, the nomadic lands, the village of Khamlia (where blacks live from Mali), the Mifiss mines, the desert plateaus, the Berber nomadic fields, and the Tissadmine oasis . We will return to the lodge to have lunch, and rest. In the afternoon, we follow the adventure on the back of the camels that at a slow pace will take us to the haimas, crossing the wide expanse of golden sand enjoying the wonderful landscape that offers us the sunset in the desert. This night will be special. We will sleep in the dunes in nomad tents (haimas), and enjoy a Berber dinner, music and appreciate the spirit of the desert with an indescribable starry sky as rarely seen. Dinner and accommodation in haimas in the dunes.

Day 10 Merzouga - Rissani - Todra Grgans - Gorges of the dades:

Today is a day that we have to get up early and climb on top of a dune to see the sunrise, then, after a good breakfast, we will visit the town of Risani This town is attractive both for its environment and its history. It is considered the heir of the mythical Sijilmassa, the ancient capital of the Tafilalet that came to have more than 100,000 inhabitants. From this splendid city, only a few vestiges have survived near the Ziz oued. Rissani is first of all a holy city, the legend tells that in the 12th century there was a tremendous drought that ravaged the Tafilalet and that the local chiefs asked a descendant of Muhammad, Hassan el Alaoui, to come from Arabia to see if his influence charity attracted the rain, and so it was. In this way the ancestor of Mulay el Rachid was installed in the Tafilalet, which would give rise in direct line to the reigning dynasty in Morocco. Then we will travel to Erfoud where we will visit fossil quarries with an age superior to 350 million years. We will continue until we reach the famous Gorges of Todra, one of the strongest points in the south of Morocco, a favorite place for climbers and lovers of hiking, free time for lunch and a walk, and in the afternoon we will finish our tour in the Valley of the Dades Dinner and accommodation in Hotel.

Day 11 Gorges of the dades - The kalaa M'gouna-Skoura - Ouarzazate:

Breakfast and Departure to Dades Valley through the "Route of the Thousand Kasbahs". We will visit the Gorges of Dades, then we will follow a road that leads us to the roses, thousands and thousands of roses that perfume The Kelaa M'Gouna, the most beautiful of the rose gardens of the valley where, in the month of May the festival is celebrated of the roses. Dances and cavalcades follow each other under an uninterrupted shower of petals. Did you know that it takes a ton of petals to get a liter of rose extract? We will pass through SKoura which is a large palm grove, and the state of most of the Kasbahs that were concentrated in that palm grove, are in a depleted state, the most important one is the Kasbah Taourirten ouarzazate and Amerhidil on the way to Ouarzazate. from the Kasbah and then we will continue towards Ouarzazate, visit the Kasbah of Taourirt and in the afternoon we will end up in a Berber village where we will spend the night.

Day 12 Ouarzazate -Kasbah of Ait ben haddou - Marrakech:

Breakfast and departure to Marrakech, crossing the Tzn Tizka pass again, at an altitude of 2,260 meters, the "pass of the pastures", the highest pass of the roads of Morocco. Although subjected to very violent winds, the high meadows perched on the slopes of the High Atlas serve as pastures in summer. En route we will visit the famous kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou, which has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and is undoubtedly the best preserved fortified town (ksar). Arrival in Marrakech late in the afternoon. Dinner and accommodation in Riyadh.

Day 13 Marrakech - Visit of the Red City:

A day dedicated to the visit of the red city, Marrakech, starting with the gardens of the Menara with its pond, the Saadian tombs where the founders of the city are found, the Bahia Palace, residence of the former vizier; the Koutobia, splendid minaret, to finish in the unspeakable Plaza of Djemaa El Fna, in the morning a great souk and in the night a magical spectacle. Dinner and accommodation in Riyadh.

Day 14 Excursion to the waterfalls of Ouzoud or Ourika Valley (round trip to Marrakech):

Day 15 Marrakech - Airport:

breakfast and free time until the time of transfer to the airport. Transfer and end of our service.

Incluye:

  • Airport transfer Marrakech
  • Off-road vehicles 4x4
  • Guide and drivers
  • Fuel
  • Half-board hotels (breakfast and dinner)
  • Dromedaries
  • Evening in bivouac with dinner and breakfast.

Does not include

  • Flight
  • Lunch at midday
  • Drinks