This is an nine-day tour, setting out from Fez towards the astonishing Merzouga desert passing by Marrakech and other fabulous stations.
The itinerary is going to be as follows :
DAY 1 : Arriving in Fez
Fez is considered as one of the gothic cities in all over the globe where you will enjoy an outing with a qualified guide to the incredulous medina.
In the morning and altogether with your guide, you will explore the bulwark of the city, you will stop at the Bou Inania Medrasa including its art gallery with a wide assembly of illuminated and ceramics.
Also you will visit the Tomb of Merinids.
In the heart of the old Medina you will take lunch.
Afterwards you will find out the wealthily ornamented Attarin Madrasa as well as the Fountain of Nejjarine.
Furtehrmore, you will call in the tannery place, the mosques, the foundouks where the muels and donkeys get together and the unlimited range of traditional products made of leather,wood, and pottery.
Spend the night in Fez.
DAY 2 : Fez to Volubilis and Meknes
After breakfast we’ll depart to Volubilis.
Our driver will pick you up from your lodgings through a beautiful greenbelt route to find out the breathtaking archaeological remnants of the Roman city of Volubilis Founded in the 3rd century BC; after a quick stop in a panoramic view in Oulad Shaker reservoir.
The site was ultimately noted as that of ancient city of Volubilis until the end Of the nineteenth century.
About half of the site was quarried,bringing to light fine mosaics particularly during French colonization over Morocco.
Furthermore some of high-status buildings were renovated.
Nowadays this touristic resort has become a UNISCO World Heritage.
Our next station will be Moulay Driss where there is the mausoleum of Moulay Drisss Zerhoune, the founder of Fez city.
Later we will head for Meknes one of the slighter- seen city in comparison to the other cities.
The first stop in Meknes is Bab Lekhmiss, then the jewish quarter calle El mellah.
Hri Souani : One of the prestigious Historic Monuments of Meknes, located about 500 m south of the Royal Palace and the place Mechouar, it dates from the time of Moulay Ismail in the early eighteenth century.
It groups a series of relatively cramped room around a spacious central hall 26m, 30 long / 10m, 70 of width and 9m in height.
It was a place for food storage, It contains 10 The unshakable walls were well-built to keep the constant temperature that guarantee the food freshnessrooms with ten wells norias.
Dar El MA (water house) was operated thanks to the deep wells, using a system of Norias generated by animals.
Deep wells of several tents of meters provided, using a system of Norias generated by animals,water needed were the dominance of Dar EL Ma( water house).
Now we’re going to shift to the mausoleum of Moulay Ismail.
For more information, non-Muslims were granted permission to visit such area.
The erection of this mausoleum dated back to 1703, presenting a lovely cedar painted ceiling mosaics with figment Koranic scriptures.
Afterwards we will have a short visit to Place EL Hidem (square of Ruins) which adjoins the medina and the Kasabah.
The square is sequenced to updated residential buildings and a covered food souk (market).
Among the most awe-inspiring elements of this imperial city is the grand gate named after the designer El- mansour, a Christian apostate who adapted Islam.
Now we will go through the jubilant archway.
Standing at sixteen meters high with an eight- meter long arch, the mysteriously patterned triumphal arch is argued to be the most charming in Morocco.
The style of the gate plays with Almohad patterns. It has zellij mosaics of outstanding quality.
Return to Fez city to your Riad or hotel for the night.
DAY 3 : Fez to Azrou and Ifrane
Moving to Ifrane, a lovely mountainous village, konwn as “the Switzerland of Morocco” and then on to Midelt.
Throughout this expedition you’ll experience glances at the Middle Atlas mountains.
At the top, we will make a pause in Azrou, exactly in the cedar forests where Barbary apes live(Moroccan Makaks).
This wood is regarded as the widest in Morocco.
from this woodland, the desert Tour in Morocco will go on to Midelt along the magnificent hills and mountains of the Atlas.
It is an appropriate route where we you will have the lunch.
Spending night in Midelt.
DAY 4 : Errachidia to Erfoud and the Merzouga Desert.
Continue to Merzouga travelling through Rissani, stopping in the Ziz valley and the Efous oasis which presents an extraordinary station for taking wonderful pictures.
Then you will stop by Zaouia of Moulay Ali Sherif (mausoleum of the dynasty’s founder).
We recommend a quick walk around the local open-air market day in Rissani to see the traditional souks.
It will be a good idea to taste local food called Berber pizza (Medfouna) in Rissani for lunch.
In the afternoon the tour arrives in Merzouga. Here you will be received with a hot drink of herbal tea;then, you will be transferred to your hotel where you will spend your night
DAY 5 : Merzouga to Erg Chebbi.
Discover the sandy hills of Erg Chebbi and the colors of the sunrise and sunset over these dunes are actually mysterious.
Your driver is at your disposal the whole day which gives you the opportunity to explore the surroundings of the desert areas .
An exhibition of Gnawa music.
In the afternoon your nomad guide will meet you for an unforgetable overnight camel expedition.
Your guide will take you into the desert by camel, a unique place offering a panaorama of sunset.
When you reach your accommodation, you can relax, climb the sandy-hills or just stare at marvelous view of the desert night while your guide prepares your evening meal and sets up your campfire.
Day 6: Merzouga to Ouarzazate visiting Todra Gorge.
We recommend an early wake –up to watch the beautiful sunrise at top of sand dunes.
Take your camel back to your hotel where you will have breakfast.
After breakfast we ll travel to Ouarzazate.
This morning, we will leave Merzouga heading for Todra gorges, a very common area for climbers, for their walls are up to 300 meter.
To enjoy some panoramic views, we recommend a stop by the Dades valley.
Kelaat Mgouna is going to be our following locality.
This exciting city has long been an economic, commercial and social place for the population living in the area.
The Rose Festival is an annual happening that distinguishes Kelaat Mgouna.
Our next station is the valley Soukora, a palm grove of 25 km², it is one of the few groves of countries still inhabited and cultivated. It’s classified as an international heritage of UNESCO.
Today’s trip is going to end up in Ouarzazate.
DAY 7: Ouarzazate To Marakech
The arrangement for setting off to Ourzazate through Tizin Tichka and keep on driving on the path via the Kasabah and Kosour.
Our journey will involve a visit to Ait Ben Haddou, a village considered as UNISCO world heritage site. It is also a tempting locality for the most famous film directors.
Back in history, this village used to be traditional junction of caravans combining Marrakech with the south of Sahara, merchandizing both of goods and slaves.
Traversing the Tichka Pass of the High Atlas where The steep mountain hillsides are clustered with fortified mud dwellings housing many berber families and their livestock.
As you arrive in Marrakech, you will be transferred to your hotel.
DAY 8: Visit of The Red City, Marrakech
As soon as you have your breakfast we’ll start by visiting the Medina, the old quarter of Marrakech.
The Medina is going to be our first stop.
We will discover the beauty of this old zone and its memorial area.
The Koutoubia Mosque, the distinguished building of the 12th century.
A local guide is going to escort you throughout the Djemma paths where you will take pleasure from the odorous smell of Marrakechy food.
and entering the souks, you will find out a large choice of Berber carpets, silver jewelry, artisan workshops, handmade shoes and tanneries.
Towards the Lower Medina you will find out the astonishing mosque Al Mansour, the sixteenth century Saadian Tombs with its stark towers, El Badhi palace, and the Mellah (the Jewish quarter).
We will proceed north of the Mellah to visit the 19th century Bahia palace, originally built for Si Moussa.He was a previous slave who became King Moulay Hassan’s chamberlain.
The palace contains a tract and riads ornamented with carved stucco, Arabic architecture.
Now forward to the modern part of Marrakech, Gurliz quarter then onward to the garden of Majorelle, the supernatural yard created by Jack Majorelle- it is greenspace with colourful paths,plants, catus.
Besides you will find a skillfully handcrafted selection of merchandise
On our way back to your hotel, we will pass by the La Mammounia Hotel Garden (where Alfred Hitchcock wrote the famous film The Birds).
DAY 9: Transfert from Marrakech to Casablanca Airport
Our Driver will take you from your hotel in Marrakech to Casablanca airport.