Day 1: Marrakesh
After your arrival a shuttle will be waiting for you at the airport and take you to the medina quarters where, after taking a walk through the nearby souk and visiting the famous Djemaa el Fna, you will spend the night in a riad.
Day 2: Marrakesh – Essaouira (150 ml)
The first part of our trip leads us from Marrakesh to the medieval town of Essaouira, occupied by the Portuguese in 1506. The well worth seeing medina and its labyrinth of alleys has been protected as World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO since 2001. Furthermore, the town has been a magnet for national and international artists since the 1970’s. Amongst other events, the Gnaoua Music Festival takes place annually
Day 3: Essaouira – Safi – El Jadida (165 ml)
Along the coast of the Atlantic Ocean we will drive northbound from Essaouira to Safi and to El Jadida. Here you will spend the night in a hotel.
Day 4: El Jadida – Casablanca – Rabat (120 ml)
Today we will drive from El Jadida to Rabat via Casablanca. In Casablanca we will see the old medina quarters, the impressive mosque “Hassan II”, as well as the boardwalk, where ancient culture and tradition meet global culture and exciting innovation.
From the “economical capital” Casablanca we move on to the state capital, Rabat. The parliament, the royal palace and the picturesque medina quarters are well worth seeing. The old town walls towering above the stony coastline make for a magnificent place to enjoy a typical Moroccan mint tea. Other historic landmarks like Bab Chellah and Oudayas are inviting you to visit them.
In Rabat you will spend the night in a hotel in modern downtown.
Day 5: Rabat – Fès (125 ml)
From Rabat our way leads us to Fès, the oldest of the four ancient Moroccan royal cities. During the following days, Rabat will be starting point for our next tours, both within the city and to Mulay Idriss and Volubilis. You will spend the night in a riad.
Day 6: Fès – Visiting the Medina
First we will visit the medina quarter with its maze of streets, its medieval arcades and covered markets protected by UNESCO as World Cultural Heritage. We will then see the mosque El-Quaraouyine, founded in the ninth century; afterwards the tomb of the city’s founding father, Mulay Idriss, is almost on our way. We will spend the afternoon in the fascinating Nejjarine art museum which is situated right where Morocco’s first schools and religious colleges (Seffarine and Bou Anania) used to be. Later on we will practise our bargaining skills in the souk; or you might just want to watch the motley hustle in the medina. You will spend the night in one of the famous traditional riads in town.
Day 7: Fès – Mèknes – Volubilis – Fès
You will leave Fès toward the adjacent royal city of Meknes, the former residence of the Mulay Ismail, and also see the stables in which reportedly more slaves than horses ever lived. We will also see the El Hdim Plaza and the beautiful “Bab Mansour”, the gate to the medina, This opulently decorated ancient gate is probably the most famous monument in the city; it was erected during the 17th and 18th centuries.
From there we will proceed toward the old Roman town of Volubilis and you will see the old Roman baths, temples and even bars. Located nearby is Mulay Idriss, the hometown of Mulay Idriss Zarhoun, who brought Islam to Morocco; Mulay Idriss was consequently the first Islamic town in the country.
In the early evening we will return to Fès. You will spend the night in your riad.
Day 8: Fès – Azrou – Midelt – Merzouga (290 ml)
From northern Morocco we will drive directly into the desert. En route we will traverse the Middle Atlas mountain range. Particularly interesting are the cedar forests in the Azrou region. In Merzouga you will spend the night in a Kasbah hotel.
Day 9: Merzouga – Rissani – Merzouga
After breakfast, we will make an excursion to Rissani, Morocco’s first royal city. You will explore the old palace of the king and the famous market place. Upon request, a visit to a traditional Hamam is possible and in the fading light of dusk you will leave for the desert on the back of a camel.
In the midst of the dunes you will spend the night in a Berber tent.
Day 10: Merzouga – Rissani – Alnif – Boumalne Dadès (160 ml)
After breakfast in the desert, you will return to your Kasbah hotel.
Leaving the desert we will reach Erfoud on an unpaved road and drive toward the valley of Todrha in Tinerhir. After visiting the steep walls of the canyon we will have lunch in a restaurant that is typical for the area. Our day ends in Dadès Gorges where you will spend the night in a hotel.
Day 11: Boumalne Dadès – Ouarzazate (85 ml)
An unpaved road takes us to Boutaghar and in the mountains we’ll see caves that are inhabited by Berbers up to the present day. A ride through the Rose Valley leads us to Quarzazate. We will see the famous Kasbahs and spend the night in a hotel.
Day 12: Ouarzazate – Marrakesh (125 ml)
The fortified village (ksar) of Ait Benhaddou, protected as World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO since 1987, is our next destination. The maze of houses, towers, and magazines is a magnificent example of the traditional adobe architecture of the Berber people.
Via an unpaved road we reach the mountain village of Telouet, the location of Dar Glaoui, the former residence of one of the most powerful Berber princes.
We will then leave toward Marrakesh where our journey began. Here you will spend the night in a beautifully restored riad in the medina quarter. In the evening, a walk through the souk and across the Djemaa el Fna brings the day to a perfect end.
Day 13: Marrakesh
After breakfast, you will discover why Marrakesh attracts one million tourists every year. Having seen the Menara palace and its gardens, you will visit the Koutoubia mosque, the famous tombs of the Saadi dynasty, and Yves Saint Laurent’s Majorelle Gardens. In the afternoon we will have a walk through the souks of the historic district and will also see the ancient Islamic college Ben Youssef Madrasa.
Day 14: Marrakesh
In the morning there is a chance for more sightseeing depending on the time of your departure. Afterwards you will be transferred to the airport.
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