Itinerary 8 days Morocco                       Route of a Thousand Kasbahs


 

Day 1: Arrival Marrakech

You arrive in Marrakech, where we pick you up from the airport. This day you can explore the city by yourself or we can book a guide that will take you around 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 souks of Marrakech are busy. There is much to see, taste and smell. After this you can visit Jardin Majorelle. A beautiful garden created by the French artist Jacques Majorelle and then taking 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.

Free afternoon and spend night in a charming Riad

Day 2: Marrakech-Ait Ben haddou-Ouarzazate-Dades Gorge

After breakfast we will drive through the dramatic Tizi ‘n’ Tichka pass (2260m), over the High Atlas Mountains. The twisted roads in the Atlas will show you fantastic views and lead you through Berber villages.  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. You have the lunch by the Kasbah before we continue on to Dades Gorge via Ouarzazate. This is “the Hollywood of Africa” along the “Road of the thousand Kasbahs”- the fascinating “sand castles”, also known as “The gate of the desert” that in Berber language means “noiseless or without confusion”. Here we´ll see the Taourirt kasbah, one of the most spectacular Ksars in Morocco. We stop at Kalaat Mgouna, “the rose’s city” known for roses and its annual festival during the roses harvest in May.  Eventually we’ll arrive at our hotel in the heart of the Dades Valley.

 

Day 3: Dades vallez-Todra Gorges-Merzouga

After having breakfast at your hotel we’ll head to a lookout point and enjoy a wonderful view of the Valley of Dades. Because these sceneries are so spectacular we'll make a couple more stops to take some pictures until we reach the Todra Gorges.  You’ll have some time to walk by yourself and interact with the local people before we head to Touroug for lunch. After lunch we head on the road to Merzouga.  There you'll feel like a real nomad when you enter the amazing Merzouga Dunes, where the camels are waiting 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 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 4: Merzouga-Khamlia-Nomade Families-Merzouga

We wake up early for to see the Sunrise over the dunes. We return by camels to the hotel. Here you'll have a lovely breakfast and you can take a shower. After this we get on the road to discover the region of Merzouga.  We start in Khamlia. Here we visit the Gnaoua people, originally slaves brought from Mali. You'll get the opportunity to listen to their Gnawa music and learn about their culture and lifestyle. With the 4x4 car we will discover the nomad's lifestyle. We will visit local nomad families who live in tents around the Erg Chebbi dunes.  You’ll have lunch with locales in Berber village.  After this we bring you to your accommodation where you can spend the free afternoon on your own. You can explore the town or the dunes next to the hotel to see the sunset. Dinner and the night are in the hotel.

 

Day 5:  Merzouga- Ziz Valley-Azrou-Fès

After the breakfast we will drive to Rissani and Erfoud, where there will be a stop to see how locally found fossils are worked into furniture and artifacts. From there the road leads north to Er Rachidia and the Ziz Valley, remarkable for the extent of its palm trees. Lunch is in Midelt, which is called “the apple capital”. Midelt is in the Middle Atlas and at the foot of the Ayachi Mountain. Then we cross the Tizi-n-Talremt pass and reach Azrou. If we are lucky, you’ll see some monkeys. The next place we´ll visit is the city of Ifrane, situated in the northwestern slope of the Middle Atlas, and we will drive directly to Fès to get you to your accommodations at a reasonable hour so you can explore the large Medina on your own in the evening.

 

Day 6: 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 in Morocco.   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 clay pits.  Overnight stay at the Hotel/Riad.

 

Day 7:  Fez-Ouzoud-Marrakech

    After breakfast we drive to Marrakech crossing the middle Atlas, until we arrive to the imposing waterfalls of Ouzoud, are located in the great Atlas, and they are the most beautiful in Morocco and North Africa. And we have to hike to get to the top. So make sure you are wearing sturdy shoes. The view from the top is great. The water falls down dorm about 110 meters.  This site is very popular with Moroccans, you see them gathering around to have a nice meal along the walking path or at the foot of the falls. These falls are a must see, the water flow is impressive and the sky has almost a permanent rainbow.

     After a relaxing afternoon we will drive to Marrakech and drop you of at your hotel.

 

Day 8: Airport Transfer

    On this day our services end we will bring you to the airport for your onward flight.