Tangier To Merzouga
DAY 1: TANGIER PORT (SIGHTSEEING) – SHORT DRIVE TO CHEFCHAOUEN) :
Our guide will meet you on arrival at either the ferry port or airport. Following a pick up, we will do a guided tour around Tangiers Old Medina, then drive through the magnificent Rif mountains, the peak reaches its highest at 2456m at Jbel Tidighine. We continue cross fertile plains of Tetouan. Evergreen oaks, cork oaks, pines and wild olive trees grow on the limestone cliffs around the stunning town of Chefchaouen, a picturesque town set against the dramatic backdrop of the Rif Mountains filled with white-washed homes with distinctive, powder-blue accents, Chefchaouen medina had a Spanish-style square surrounded by many funky arts and crafts stores, roof-top restaurants and cafes, was painted blue by the Jewish refugees who lived there during the 1930′s. The beauty of Chefchaouen’s mountainous surroundings are enhanced by the contrast of the brightly painted medina (old town). We will spend a night in a nice place to enjoy the breeze, the beauty and the relaxed atmosphere of the this town.
DAY 2: CHEFCHAOUEN – VOLUBILIS – MEKNES – FES :
After breakfast, our authentic discovery will continue from Chefchaouen to explore the breathtaking archaeological site of Volubilis, was the administrative center of the province in Roman Africa called Mauretania Tingitana, founded in the 3rd century B.C. Nearby, we will include a visit to the charming whitewashed town of Moulay Idriss, a scenically nestled in a fold of the Rif Mountains and considered the holiest town in Morocco and of all lands after Mecca. Then we will shift our way to Meknes. The historical importance of Meknes is reflected in its grand Moorish buildings from 17th century, where we will stop for lunch with mint tea, and hang around the historical huge walls of the medina, Bab El Mansour and enjoy a visit of moulay ismail s shrine . After the visit of Meknes, we will take the road to Fes where you will spend the night.
DAY 3 : FES SIGHTSEEING ESCORTED BY AN OFFICIAL LOCAL GUIDE :
We will enjoy all that Fes has to offer, a guided city tour to visit the old Medina of Fes; a particularly exciting experience because when you enter the sprawling labyrinthine alleys you feel like you have stepped back in time. Donkeys and mules are the only form of transport in these steep, narrow streets. Delicious scents come from the souk, where perfumes and spices are traded. In contrast, however, the most appalling stink emanates from the leather tanneries, where men often stand up to their waists treating leather in noxious baths, in much the same way as has been done for centuries – don’t let this put you off visiting there too; ethnic leather goods make great souvenirs!. Overnight in Fes.
DAY 4: FES – IFRANE – MIDELT – ZIZ GORGES – ERFOUD – RISSANI – MERZOUGA (CAMEL RIDE INTO ERG CHEBBI DESERT) :
After breakfast we will embark on a picturesque journey towards Ifrane, through hills covered in forests of cork oak and giant cedar, home of a few Barbary apes. Crossing beautiful and tranquil passes over both the Middle and High Atlas ranges we will catch a first glimpse of the south’s incredible architecture. Lunch in Midelt, approached through a bleak plain of scrub and desert. The dramatic peaks of the High Atlas, rising behind the town, provide a spectacular background. Crossing Tizi-n-Talremt (Pass of the She-Camel), we will descend into a desert plain along the Ziz valley. We will then head south to Erfoud and Rissani, a huge oasis containing over six million palm trees, edged by many ksours (fortified villages). Continuing along a striking route that marks the transition to desert, when we reach Merzouga we will be greeted with a glass of tea. We have time to relax, then we get ready to ride camels into the pink sands of Morocco’s highest dunes. We will have time to wander the dunes before sunset. Dinner is served, followed by traditional music and the night in a nomad tent.
DAY 5 : MERZOUGA – TODRA GORGES – DADES VALLEY & GORGE :
If we wake up early enough, we can watch the spectacle of sunrise, when the colour of the dunes combine with the play of shadows to make an awesome sight. After breakfast we ride the camels for a couple of hours (or less; it is up to you) before leaving for Tinghir and Todra Gorges for lunch. The road passes through Tinejdad and the Todra Valley. This stunning area affords plenty of opportunities to walk, such as along the river through the gardens or up the road on the other side of the gorge. Later, we will continue to the Dades Valley and the Dades Gorges before spending the night in a hotel.
DAY 6: DADES VALLEY – ROSE VALLEY – SKOURA – OUARZAZATE – AIT BENHADDOU – ATLAS MOUNTAINS – MARRAKECH :
After breakfast, we will drive through the villages of this charming area, passing fields cultivated by the Berber women, with the peaks of the High Atlas as a fitting backdrop. Our journey will then continue toward Ouarzazate, along the Valley of the Roses, famous for its Rose Festival in May, and past the Kasbahs of Skoura oasis. then to Ouarzazate, known as Hollywood of Morocco, we will visit the cinematographic museum, Than the Ait Benhaddou Kasbah, a World Heritage site and the backdrop to many Hollywood blockbusters, this is the most famous kasbah in Morocco. From here start crossing the highest pass in Africa, Tizi n’Tichka, was controlled. At late afternoon we will arrive in Marrakech.
DAY 7: MARRAKECH SIGHTSEEING ESCORTED WITH AN OFFICIAL LOCAL GUIDE :
After breakfast, enjoy a morning tour of the city. Visit the Saadian Tombs, dating back to the 16th century, where Saadian royalty found their final resting place. Your tour also includes the Koutoubia Minaret, the beautiful Bahia Palace, as well as the opportunity to shop for Moroccan spices and herbs. Finally, end the tour by walking through the medina, getting a chance to admire all of the different artisans performing their craft before arriving at the Jaama El Fna Square. Spend the afternoon at leisure or choose to take the optional tour where you will have a chance to relax eat a traditional lunch and watch couscous being made as well as visiting the Majorelle Gardens and the Marrakesh Museum. Overnight in Marrakesh.
DAY 8: MARRAKECH AT LEISURE – TRANSFER TO THE AIRPORT :
Today we will try to benefit our time as much as we can, maybe wander around Marrakech souks to get some souvenirs for friends…, then transfer to the Marrakech Menara airport.
SERVICES INCLUDED IN PRICE:
- Tour in 4x4 private vehicle A/C - Experienced driver - Fuel
- Camel trek and night in Sahara desert camp (Camel for each person)
- 1 night in desert camp (breakfast & dinner included)
- Breakfast and dinners during the trip
SERVICES NOT INCLUDED IN PRICE: