Marrakesh – Atlas Valleys – Sahara – Fes – Rabat and Essaouira
Day 1 : Arrival to Marrakech
Pick up transfer to your riad in the medina of Marrakech. Dinner and overnight in the riad.
Day 2 : Exploring Marrakech – Half-day guided tour
A walking tour that leads you to the Koutoubia Mosque, the most prominent minaret in Marrakech. Then around the old city with a visit of the famous colorful souks. Continue your tour with a visit of 12th century Almohad Palace, with its famous carved gate, Bab Agnaou and the Bahia Palace built upon 2 acres of exotic gardens in the center of the Jewish quarter. Visit the oldest street of the old medina and the famous Jamaa El fna Square !
Free afternoon, possible visit of the Majorelle blue Gardens and the picturesque Menara Gardens in the new town of Marrakech. Great way to discover the city of Marrakech.
Day 3 : Marrakech-Aït Benhaddou (180km)
Start of the trip through the High Atlas mountains and Tichka pass, on one of the most beautiful roads of Morocco. Ounila valley, where you can go for 1h walk along the river and in the middle of the valley and Berber villages. Then on your car along beautiful landscapes until Ait Benhadou ksar (Unesco listed heritage and wonderful old ksar, well-known for the numerous movies shot in and around ). Diner and overnight in an old charming Kasbah.
Day 4 : Aït Benhaddou-Merzouga sand dunes (300km)
Departure in the morning heading towards the palm grove of Skoura, and then the valleys of M’goun and Dades mostly known as the roses’ valley and their main place Kalâa M’ gouna, and Boumalen Dades then to discover the charming Dades valley and its colourful Gorges till Boumalen Dades .in the afternoon, you’ll continue towards the vertiginous cliffs and gorges of Todgha. possibility of making a stroll in its palm grove so as to appreciate the daily life of berber farmers dealing with their small plots of land.
Back from your walk, you’ll head towards Merzouga’s Erg Chebbi dunes. Once there you’ll be received by a welcoming Moroccan mint tea, settle your luggage in your tents and go for a camel ride for over the sand dunes to see an unforgettable sahara sunset . Dinner and overnight under tents in a luxury camp.
Day 5 : Merzouga- Midelt-Fes (400 km)
Departure from Erg Chebbi to start heading towards Midelt and the Middle Atlas Mountains. The day will be a long drive to the northern Morocco. The wilderness you cross can vary from rocky, sun baked plains, to palm groves to cedar forests, and from clad mountains to deep canyons. Once in the hills of Azrou – Middle Atlas mountains- you may spot a troop of Barbary apes. Then you slowly descend into the hectic and amazing Fes. Dinner and overnight in a riad in the medina.
Day 6 : Fes guided city tour – A full day guided tour.
Fes: the medieval city of science, crafts and architecture: A complete guided visit of one of the most authentic Moroccan and Arab medinas in the world :
Your guide comes to fetch you from your riad around 9am. He will take you to explore this amazing well preserved city : Souks, such as Nejjarine, squares such as Seffarine, or mosques like karawiyine. Attarine or Abou Inania, old coranique Medersas. Artisans such as dyers, tanners or potters… A real step back in time!
Dinner and overnight in your riad
Day 7 : Fes-Volubis-Meknes-Rabat (250km)
A full day excursion to see Meknes the morocco capital and imperial city in the 17th century during the reign of king moulay Ismail. You’ll visit the Royal stables and Granaries, Bab Mansour gate and Moulay Ismail mosque and mausoleum. At a stone throw from Meknes are located the ruins of Volubis, the romain city and capital of ancient Mauritania Tingitana. Dinner and Overnight in a riad in the medina of Rabat .
Day 8 : Rabat- Essaouira (450km)
After breakfast , depart around 8:30 am to discover morocco’s capital and fourth imperial city: visit the Mausoleum of the king Mohamed V, the XII century Hassan Tower, the charming Kasbah of Oudayas and its Andalusian Gardens and Moorish cafe.
Then you’ll head to Essaouira in a a road along the atlantic ocean. Dinner and overnight in a riad in the old medina.
Day 9 : Essaouira-Marrakech : Half-day guided tour (160km)
Morning Visit the UNESCO protected old medina of Essaouria. The walled city is an enchanting old fishing harbor . The enormous fortress of white washed, blue-shuttered houses is famous for its fine handcrafts. The city , built at sea level, flourishes in marquetry, the art of working wood with ebony, mother-of-pearl, and silver threads.
Heading to Marrakech in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight in a riad in the medina.
Day 9 : Transfer to the airport according to your flight schedule
on the basis of 2 people.
on the basis of 4 people.
on the basis of 6 people.
If more than 6 please ask !
It includes :
- Pickup service from and to Marrakech / Casablanca airport.
- Double bed room
- Double bed tent in Merzouga Erg Chebbi.
- Dinner and breakfast during the whole stay.
- A van or 4WD for 8 Days, with English-speaking driver, insurances and gas.
- Camel ride in Erg Chebbi Merzouga.
- A city guide in Marrakech, Fes and Essaouira.
Not included :
- Monuments entrance fees