9 Days tours From Casablanca to Merzouga
DAY 1: CASABLANCA - RABAT
Pick up at the airport or at your Casablanca hotel. We will visit the Hassan II Mosque which is located on Sidi Boulevard and is the tallest temple in the world and the second largest mosque from Mecca. We will leave for Rabat. Visit of the city and its main monuments: Alcazaba de los Oudayas, the Royal Sepulcher, Mausoleum of Mohammed V and the Hassan Tower.
DAY 2: RABAT - MEKNÉS - VOLUBILIS - MOULAY IDRISS - FEZ
On the way to Meknes, we will skirt the forest of Mamora.
Arrival at Meknes, located at the foot of the Middle Atlas mountains. This city reached its apogee thanks to Sultan Mulay Ismail.
About 20 km. of Meknés are the ruins of the Roman city of Volubilis, it is the best preserved archaeological site in this area of North Africa. Considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1997.
We will also visit the Holy City of Morocco, Moulay Idriss. City perched on a rock, dominates the valley of Oued Erroumane and the plain of Volubilis. We will continue until we reach our destination, Fez.
DAY 3: FEZ
Free day in Fez to know the city considered as the religious and cultural center of the country. When penetrating the streets of your medina (old city) we will feel that time recedes: the union structure is still present in the work, the narrowness of its streets does not allow other means of transport than donkeys and a constant tingling of people moves through the labyrinthine streets in the midst of which neighborhoods like the one of the Andalusians and magnificent mosques and Koranic schools will surprise us. Famous, too, for the souk of the tanners, you can be part of the artisan procedure of medieval roots, through which they can give those vivid colors to the leather. Fez has always been associated with study and religiosity, and remains the spiritual capital of Morocco. After visiting the medina, another option is to walk aimlessly through the streets of Fez-Jdid, where the royal palace, the Mellah (Jewish quarter) and the oldest mosque in Fez are located.
DAY 4: FEZ - IFRANE - CEDROS FOREST - VALLE DE ZIZ - DESERT OF MERZOUGA - NIGHT IN HAIMAS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DUNES
After breakfast, we will go south to cross the Middle Atlas Mountains to reach Ifrane, called "the little Moroccan Switzerland" because of the great resemblance of the buildings to those of that country. One of the animals that once inhabited here was the Atlas lion, which is why it has become the symbol of the city and to which a stone statue has been dedicated in the center of it. We will take the opportunity to take some photos. We will cross the famous cedar forests and we will be able to admire the Great Cedar Gouraud, the largest millenary cedar in the region and also feed the hundreds of Gibraltar monkeys that live in the area. Lunch at Midélt or Rich and in the afternoon we will go through the Ziz Valley. More than 20 km of palm grove and 10 million palm trees makes it one of the largest in the world.
Arrival in the desert of Merzouga and we left in a caravan of camels to enter the heart of the dunes and contemplate an unforgettable sunset. We will arrive with the dromedaries to the camp where we will stay in Jaimas, tents made with dromedary hair like those used by the desert nomads. Dinner and night in jaimas in the heart of the desert under a spectacular blanket of stars.
DAY 5: MERZOUGA - KHAMLIA - TAOUZ - OUZINA DESERT - NIGHT IN THE DESERT
After breakfast we will start the great dune route, passing through the desert by the old track of the Dakar Rally, one of the villages that we will find is the village of Khamlia where we stop to enjoy the music of Gnawa and then continue the route to Taouz village, from here we will enter, again, on the track of the Dakar Rally towards the Erg de Ouzina. We will arrive at the village of Ouzina, an old Berber village just next to the border with Algeria. We will take a walk through Ouzina and we will talk with its inhabitants.
Afterwards, we will go to see a Berber family and we will take a tea with them. Later we will go to the Ouzina dunes, where our accommodation is located, the Riad Ouzina TGM, its second house in the desert. After dinner, Berber music with live drums, an unforgettable experience.
DAY 6: OUZINA - RAMLIA - TAFRAOUT- ALNIF - GARDANTAS DEL TODRA - VALLE DE DADES
We will leave the Riad Ouzina TGM towards the town Ramlia by the same Track of the Dakar Rally, on the way we will find desert landscapes, dunes, nomads, dromedaries, et cetera. After about 3 hours of travel, we will arrive at Alnif and the Gorges of Toldra near the city of Tinerhir, at the end of a valley of palm trees and adobe villages, surrounded by steep and barren mountains. It is one of the most famous natural views of Morocco, about 300 meters of wall along a kilometer. From here we will go to the Gorges of Dades.
DAY 7: DADES VALLEY - AIT BEN HADDOU - ALTO ATLAS - MARRAKECH
After breakfast we will go to Ouarzazate, passing through the wonderful valley of Roses, with a spectacular landscape of oases and ancient Kasbahs, many of them abandoned, we will arrive at Ouarzazate, the city of cinema where there are film studios, which we can visit. Then we will go to see the oldest Ksar in Morocco and it is a World Heritage Site, Ait Ben Haddou, where films like Gladiator, The Kingdom of Heaven ... We will continue, crossing the High Atlas Mountains, through a port of mountain of 2260 m.
DAY 8: MARRAKECH
Free day in Marrakech, a city famous for its square, Jamaa el Fna and its souk, which will occupy much of our time: an amalgam of aromas, sounds and sensations unrepeatable. The city also has countless places to wander and enjoy: the Jardines de Majorelle, the Menara Gardens, the Saadis Tombs, walks through the medina or the mellah (the old Jewish quarter), tour of the walls and the modern city, Gueliz, with a more north-western lifestyle.
DAY 9: MARRAKECH
Transfer from the hotel to the airport at the agreed time.
- Airport transfer Marrakech
- Off-road vehicles 4x4
- Guide and drivers
- Half-board hotels (breakfast and dinner)
- Evening in bivouac with dinner and breakfast.
Does not include
- Lunch at midday