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The 12 days tour from Marrakech is the perfect itinerary for those who are landing in Marrakesh and want to explore the red city alongside other famous Moroccan destinations (the blue pearl Chefchaouan and the cultural capital Fes, etc) as well a sahara desert excursion.
Meet & Greet you by our driver guides at Marrakech Menara Airport up to your arrival time, then transfer you to your accommodation.
After breakfast, you will have a guided tour of Marrakech, the southern pearl of Morocco. You will discover the Palace of the Bahia, the Saadian Tombs, and many other hidden treasures.
After lunch, you will continue with the tour on to the magnificent Koutoubia Mosque and the famous Djemaa el-Fna, one of the center attractions of Marrakech.
The tour will conclude with an exploration of the souk (market) lined with fresh fruit, mounds of spices, intricately woven Berber carpets and many other art objects of Morocco, afternoon to the Majorelle gardens free afternoon Overnight in Riad/Hotel.
Today we travel from Marrakech to Rabat via Casablanca our trip will start after breakfast we will have 3Hs driving to get to Morocco’s economic capital Casablanca, there you’ll have a chance to visit Hassan II Mosque is the world’s tallest at 210 meters, completed in 1993, it was designed by Michel Pinseau and built by Bouygues.
The minaret is 60 stories high topped by a laser the light from which is directed towards Mecca, the mosque stands on a promontory looking out to the Atlantic Ocean, worshippers can pray over the sea but there is no glass floor looking into the sea.
The walls are of hand-crafted marble and the roof is retractable. A maximum of 105,000 worshippers can gather together for prayer: 25,000 inside the Mosque hall and another 80,000 the mosque’s outside grounds.
then to Rabat – the capital of Morocco – you will see the Hassan Tower and walk the Oudaya Kasbah before you check in to your overnight accommodation in a riad at the heart of the Medina.
Dinner at your riad.
After breakfast in your riad, we will drive to Chefchaouen via the city of Asilah. Most of the drive will be by the coast. Our first stop will be in Asilah, where you will have the opportunity to explore the city.
Asilah is known for its annual festival for art – most of the walls of the Medina are painted by various famous artists from all over the world. Your visit includes the Skalla fortress, where you will experience a wonderful view of the Medina and the ocean.
If time permits, you will have a drive through Tanger to get a feel of the city. Afterwards, you will continue over the foothills of the Rif Mountains to Chefchaouen, “The blue city of Morocco” afternoon to visit the blue city.
After breakfast in your riad and having time to take walk and pictures in the beautiful fresh morning city you will start travelling to Fes via Ouazzan and the Roman Site of Volubilis.
After a couple of hours drive, you will get to Volubilis, the well-preserved Roman empire dating to 225 BC, where you will see the most beautiful Mosaics in Morocco dating back to 3rd century BC.
Here you will have a guided tour of the site and learn a lot about the Roman Empire. After that, we travel to Meknes, the Ismaili capital of Morocco.
In Meknes we see the fascinating gate Bab Mansour built by the sultan My Ismail; the granary and the Sahrij Souani, used for irrigation and plantation. Your visit includes also the Mulay Ismail Mausoleum. We then continue via the highway to Fes.
Dinner at your riad.
After breakfast in your riad, you will start exploring Fes the “the Spiritual City of Morocco”. You will spend the whole morning exploring the Medina and its alleys; visiting most of the sites with cultural and historical interest – including the famous Al Karaouine Mosque and University (the oldest in the world), the Madrasa Bouanania, the Tanneries and the Najjarine fountain.
After lunch, we will drive you outside the Medina to see the Royal Palace gate, walk through the Jewish quarter “the Mellah”, and then visit the pottery cooperative.
In the afternoon, we will drive you to one of the fortresses to experience an amazing panoramic view of the whole Medina of Fes.
Dinner on your own to try a restaurant of your choice in Fes.
After breakfast in your riad, you’ll start travelling southeast to Merzouga via Midelt and Errachidia. Your first stop will be at Ifrane, referred to as “the Switzerland of Morocco,” and then to Merzouga via Midlet and the Ziz Valley.
During this journey, you’ll experience glimpses of the Middle Atlas and Higher Atlas mountains. Stopping at the famous cedar forest – the largest in Morocco – where you may well sight Barbarian apes. You’ll notice how the scenery changes to reveal hints of the desert as you approach the city ErRachidia.
After lunch in Midelt, your journey continues along the luxuriant Ziz Valley, stopping for panoramic views along the way. We will drive through welcoming Berber villages to Erfoud, and then Rissani, the foundation of the Alaouite dynasty – the current ruling royal family in Morocco.
Arriving in Merzouga at the end of the day, you’ll be welcomed with a glass of mint tea before you check in to your riad.
Dinner at your riad.
After breakfast in the riad, you will start an explorative journey of the area. You’ll visit the Gnawa people, originally slaves brought from Sudan, to experience their music and lifestyle.
Not far away there’s the lake of Merzouga, with its bird populations. You may also visit the souk in Rissani, a traditional town which was the origin of the ruling family in Morocco and the meeting place of the Caravans trading as far as Timbuktu in Mali.
Here you will see a lot of men hooded and women veiled. In the afternoon you will start your guided camel ride, led by an experienced camel man to explore within the sand sea of Merzouga. Overnight at our desert camp including dinner, and traditional singing and dancing around the bonfire.
Early in the morning, your camel guide will wake you up to watch what may be the best sunrise of your life.
Afterwards, you will trek back to the village of Merzouga, enroute you couldn’t fail to appreciate the unique beauty of the spectacular Erg Chebbi sand dunes – changing with the light as the day progresses.
After breakfast in your riad, you’ll leave for the Dades Valley, visiting Todra Gorges – the highest, narrowest gorges in Morocco. After lunch within the valley, you will have an optional hour’s hike through the fields where you will enjoy visiting an old mud village, meet locals and learn about the culture.
On through Dades Valley, where you will have the opportunity to see majestic sandcastles and the amazing rock formations known as “monkey toes”.
From there, we’ll drive through the Dades Valley towards Kalaa M’gouna and Ouarzazate. The route through Dades Valley is the way of the thousand kasbahs –providing numerous opportunities to take some of your best photographic shots of the trip.
We’ll stop at Kalaa Mgouna, “the rose city”, to purchase the rosewater, which will make your linen smell good long after your trip is over.
Continue to Skoura and the Birds valley; visit the Kasbah Ameridil, a well-preserved kasbah in this area, and then continue to Ouarzazate – “the Hollywood of Africa”-whose geography and beautiful landscapes has attracted many world-class movie producers.
Dinner at your riad.
Breakfast in your Riad then you will set off towards the High Atlas Mountains via Ouarzazate. Tucked away in the High Atlas Mountains, it is one of the jewels of Morocco…Kasbah Ait Benhaddou. In typical Moroccan fashion, the true treasures must be searched out and discovered…usually off the beaten path.
In actuality, this setting has been used for more films than any other location in Morocco; films including, Lawrence of Arabia, Jesus of Nazareth, and recently The Gladiator. Lunch can be taken at Ait Ben Haddou.
In the afternoon, you will head over the Atlas Mountains to Marrakech Overnight in Your accommodation.
Breakfast is at your riad, will driver to Essaouira where You’ll visit the Skala Fortress, the port, the souks and see Thuya wood carved by artisans, walking through the alleys of the medina and past the hundreds of handicrafts.
Essaouira is known for its strong winds most of the year so it is known as the “City of the wind” thus it attracts surfers from all over the world. Essaouira has known many civilisations – including the Portuguese occupation, which affects much of its architecture – however, it remains a small village with a big history.
Because of its size and its characteristic blue doors and washed walls, it’s also regarded as Morocco’s “Jewel of the Atlantic. Your visit includes the Mellah – the Jewish headquarter as well as the wide expansive and sandy golden beach.
There is also an annual festival of “Gnawa music”, where many musical groups come from different parts of Africa and the world held in late June. In the afternoon you’ll travel back to Marrakech.
Dinner at your riad.
After Breakfast in your riad, we drive back to the airport up to your departure flight time back home. your 12 days tour from Marrakech ends at the airport.