We will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to your hotel-riad. In the afternoon you will have time to relax at the hotel or explore the city of Casablanca. This is the economic capital of Morocco but there is still much to see. You can take an optional tour of the Hassan II mosque or stroll through the medina and Mohammed V Square.
Day 2: Casablanca-Rabat-Meknes-Volubilis-Fès
After breakfast, we will departure to Rabat, we will visit the administrative capital of Morocco and residence of the king. We will visit the Hassan Tower. The minaret of this mosque has never been finished but is the symbol of this city. We also visit the Kasbah des Ouiduias. After that we will drive to Meknes and will explore Sahrij Swani. This artificial lake is also impressive by its size, about 148.75 m2 by 319 m2. The lake was used to store food and water for the ‘’black Army’’ of the sultan Moulay Ismael. We can visit the mausoleum of the sultan and admire the Arab-Andalusian style. After this we drive to the Roman ruins of Volubilis. This partly excavated Berber and Roman city is on UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then we stop in the sacred town of Moulay Idriss I, the burial town of the founder of the first Moroccan kingdom. Our trip for today will finish in Fès.
Day 3: Fès
After breakfast we will guide you through the medina, one of the world’s largest walled-in cities. In the south west wall of the medieval Medina is a beautiful looking entry, the Bab Bou Jeloud. It gives excess to narrow streets that are lined up with fresh fruits spices, woven Berber carpets etc. This medina is very large, it is about 3 km. And therefore one of the largest medina´s of the world. We will visit the El Qaraouiyyin Mosque, the place Nejjarine and the tanneries. At the tanneries you can watch locals work on skins of goat, lamp, camel and cow, in small pits. Dinner and overnight stay at the Hotel/Riad.
Day 4: Fes-Ifran-Azrou-Midelt-Erfoud-Merzouga
We will pick you up from your riad / hotel, then drive south to Ifrane and Azrou through the Middle Atlas Mountains. On the way we will stop at the cedar forests, hopefully we’ll see the Barbarian Apes in their natural habitat. Then we drive through the Tizi Ntalghamt pass to Midelt. Which is in the Middle Atlas and is called “the apple capital”. We drive along the magnificent Ziz Gorges carved through volcanic rock. The Middle- Atlas offers some beautiful views. When we approach Errachida you’ll see the scenery is changing to a dessert environment. We will have lunch here and after that we’ll continue our journey to Erfoud, Rissani and we end our drive in Merzouga. After a glass of mint tea, you will leave the luggage in a safe room and then take a camel ride to a Berber camp in the middle of the Erg Chebbi Sad Dunes. You'll soon feel like a real nomad when you enter the amazing Merzouga Dunes, where the camels are waiting for us to take you to the Erg Chebbi Dunes. These are the highest sand dunes in North Africa. The camel trek to the camp takes about 90 minutes *. Here, in the middle of the desert, we spent the night in a Berber tent. The tents are equipped with mattresses, blankets, and cushions. You will see one of the most beautiful sunsets in your lifetime and after that you'll see thousands of stars in the sky. You will spend the night in a camp (Berber nomad tents) where you have dinner and life music in the middle of the Sahara.
* If you don't want to go on a the camel ride: that is not a problem. At an additional cost we will drive you with by a 4 wheel drive vehicle to the camp (return).
Day 5: Merzouga – Rissani – Todra Gorges – Dades Gorges
Before sunrise, you will wake up for climb the sand for take some fantastic photos opportunities, and then make our way back to the hotel on the camel. In the hotel you’ll have a lovely breakfast and you can take a shower. Then, we depart to Erfoud, which is known by fossils preparation. We drive through palm trees groves. After the lunch stop we take a short walk in Todra Gorges. The riverbed Todra has formed a gorge of vertical walls of enormous proportions and of great beauty; is the paradise of the climbers and a unique place.
In the last part of the day we will drive to Boumalne de Dades, where we have dinner and the night in the hotel.
Day 6: Dades Valley - Skoura - Ouarzazate- Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah - High Atlas Mountain Marrakech
In the morning, after a stroll through the impressive Dades Gorge, we drive to Ouarzazate passing by the valley of the Roses, where an annual festival is held in the month of May to celebrate the pink roses. There is the possibility to see local products made from the roses. We continue along the road of thousand Kasbah to the oasis of Skoura to visit the kasbah of Amredil. Before we arrive in Quarzazate we will visit the famous Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah, this is the largest Kasbah in Morocco, now a UNESCO matrimonial historical site and still home to some Glaoui family members. Plenty of noted films are taken in Ait Ben Haddou, like The Gladiator, Lawrence of Arabia, Astérix, The Mummy. Ouarzazate is home to Atlas Film studios. At the end of the day you arrive in Marrakech via the High Atlas Mountains.
Day 7: Marrakech
For the city tour of Marrakech you are going with the local guide he will taking you through the winding streets, bustling souks, and the focal point of the city – the great Djemâa-el-Fna where there are snake charmers, monkeys, musicians and food. This square is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. , since 2001. The souk of Marrakech are busy. There is much to see, taste and smell. After this you can visit Jardin Marjorelle. A beautiful garden created by the French artist Jacques Marjorelle and then taken care off by Yves Saint Laurent until his death. This peaceful spot in the ville nouvelle, contains botanic and exotic plants brought from all over the world, with dominating indigo blue to paint the wall. Explore this mystical city at your leisure, and relax with our optional activity.
Day 8: Marrakech-Casablanca
After breakfast we departure to Casablanca. Here we bring you back to your hotel/riad and our adventure along these beautiful cities ends.