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12 Days Real morocco tour


Departure: from Marrakech
Duration: 12 Days/11 Nights

Overview : During this Pack, experience the 12 days south and north Morocco tour from Marrakech, exploring the holy Morocco’s imperial cities, starting from Marrakech charming Medina, including also Fes, Meknes and Rabat. The 12 days real Morocco tour from Marrakech will be continued through the traditional South of the country and along the road of thousand Kasbah, by crossing the High Atlas mountains to enjoy wonderful panoramic views of well known and unique hidden landscapes, like: stunning gorges caves, wide rivers, huge palm grove oasis, green valleys, … Later on, it’s time to enjoy your Morocco desert tour, starting from the lovely Merzouga golden sand dunes. Among the activities that you will do are: camel trek, riding buggy and quad, a memorable romantic overnight under a  charming starry sky at the Sahara Camp situated at the middle of nowhere, magical sunset and sunrise, … After the Sahara desert trip, the tour in Morocco will be headed up to the North the most photographed blue city of Chefchaouen. A visit the stunning Hassan II mosque in Casablanca will be included before we continue via the Atlantic ocean with an overnight in Essaouira. This Morocco tour package will be finished at the same starting city in Marrakech.

Tour itinerary
day 1: arrival in Marrakech airport

Thousand welcome into Morocco with M-E!

You will be welcomed at the  Menara Airport in Marrakech,  by one of our professional driver/guide, then departure to your accommodation Riad, situated at the center city of the old Median, near by the famous Jamea El Fna. Overnight and dinner at the Riad. 

day 2: Marrakech Sightseeing

After breakfast at the Riad, you’ll start the journey exploring Marrakech, which is called also ” the Moroccan red city, referring to its houses color”. walk around the imperial Medina with the help of our professional local tour guide, who will ensure that you discover the most important parts of historical and cultural interests,  including: the Saadian tombs, El Bahia Palace, El Badi Palace, and Ben Youssef Coranic school. Lunch will be at a typical restaurant near by the Famous square of Jamea El Fna. At the Afternoon, you will continue to explore the gardens of Majorelle, and the Koutoubia Tower. Overnight and dinner at the Riad.

day 3: Marrakech - High Atlas - Ksar Ait Benhaddou - Ouarzazate - skoura - Roses Valley - Dades Valley

After a hearty Moroccan breakfast at the Riad,  we’ll be driving through the High Atlas mountains and ‘Tizi N’tichka’ pass, which is the highest road pass in Morocco at 2260m altitude, where you’ll fresh up and enjoy various panoramic views over the mountains. After that, we’ll arrive to ksar Ait Ben haddou, it is one of the 9 sites in Morocco that UNESCO declared World Heritage. Ksar ait benhaddou is a tribal, traditional pre-Saharan Moroccan concept, consisting of a group of buildings built in 1600 with organic materials, including a rich red mud, enclosed in high walls where some families still live today. Ait Benhaddou was built on a hill in order to dominate the valley along the banks of the Ounila River at the foot of the Atlas Mountains, 30 kilometers from Ouarzazate, is featured many films like Gladiator, Lawrance of Arabia … After lunch, we’ll head to Ouarzazate, named as The African Hollywood, because of the international movies made at the whole province. After Ouarzazate, the day will be continued along what is commonly known as the “Road of  Thousand Kasbah“, to catch a spectacular view of a vast valley dotted with small oasis and hundreds of ancient fortifications, till we arrive to the Roses valley, the town is called Kalaat M’gouna, it is well known for the “Roses Festival“, a festival that takes place on the city every year in May.  During the festival, people from all over the country and the world, coming to discover the beauty of the town, try roses products like: rose water, oil, cosmetic products, also to enjoy the traditional handmade clothing. At the evening we’ll arrive to Dades valley, where we’ll stay for the Overnight at dinner at the Berber house.

day 4: Dades valley - Todra gorges - erfoud - merzouga - camel trek & sunset

After breakfast at the Berber house in Dades valley, we ‘ll leave via the Todra gorges, also called the grand moroccan canyon, famous for rock climbing at its rock walls that rises up to 300m in a narrow part. In Todra valley, you’ll have time for walking to smell the adorable nature of green agricultural lands at the middle of a wide river. After lunch in a Berber town called Tinjedad, the journey will be continued to the Sahara. At the evening, we’ll arrive to Merzouga, you will be welcomed with a cup of tea and have a safe room to be prepared to spend such a romantic overnight at the nomad desert camp. You will have about one hour of camel ride to cross the highest golden sand dunes in the north Africa, while you enjoying the show of the sunset till you arrive to the camp. you’ll have your own private tent, the tents are well equipped with mattresses, blankets, cushions, shower also toilets. You’ll be served a delicious Moroccan dinner, then you will gather around the fire to admire a typical Berber music performed using drums under the magical starry sky.

day 5: Camel trek & sunrise - Erfoud - Ziz Oasis - Middle Atlas - Midelt - Azrou - Ifrane - Fes

Wake up early in the morning to enjoy the view of the sunrise over the golden sand dunes. After freshening up and have your breakfast, ride the camels back to the car, then we’ll leave to Erfoud, it is a Berber village, which became the destination for filmmakers due to the beauty of the surrounding Sahara desert and the town’s oasis areas. Erfoud has been a filming location for many films, including: The Mummy (1999) Prince of Persia (2010), SPECTER (2015), famous also for its fossilized marbles, where you will have the opportunity to visit a workshop produces marble and fossils. Later on, the trip will be continued to Ziz Oasis, where we’ll stop again for those stunning volcanic gorges, close to the largest Palm grove, contains over millions of palm trees, rich of dates fruit. After lunch in Midelt, we’ll drive through the Tizi-N-Talghamt pass (at 1907m altitude) in the Middle Atlas mountains, enjoying the wonderful sceneries, offering numerous occasion to photograph amazing pictures. Later on, we’ll drive via Azrou along the widest cedar forest, where we’ll find wild monkeys waiting for you to feed them. At the evening and before we arrive to Fes, Last break of the day will be in Ifrane , it is an European-style, and it is also called Switzerland of Morocco. Overnight and dinner at the Riad.

day 6: Fes Sightseeing

After Breakfast at the Riad, the journey will be a full day exploring the oldest Moroccan city, which is called, Fes: Founded at the 8th century by the Sultan Moulay Driss II. The visit will be started with the help of a professional local tour guide, exploring at the first side, Fes el Bali, situated at the outside of the Medina.  Among the interesting monuments that you will be visiting are: the Royal palace gate, the Jewish headquarter (Was built at the 16th century, considered as the first Mellah in Morocco), and also an escape to The ceramic school, to admire the traditional Arabic art. The second side, you’ll be walking properly into the adorable Fes Medina, and visit: the world’s oldest university Al Qarawiyin, the Tanneries and Moulay Driss mausoleum. Before we back to the Riad, a vehicle tour will be provided for you to enjoy the stunning panoramic views over the whole the Medina, adoring a charming sunset. Overnight and dinner at the Riad.

day 7: Fes - Meknes - Volubilis - Ouazzan - Riff mountains - Chefchaouen

After Breakfas at the Riad, we’ll drive to the imperial city of Meknes, there you’ll be visiting the most interesting parts at the Medina, such as: the famous huge Mansour gate, the Sahrij Souani, the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismael and also the historical Qarra prison. Later on, we’ll move to the Roman site of Volubilis, where you’ll see some beautiful Mosaic dating back to 25BC. After Lunch, the day will be continued through the hidden landscapes at the Riff mountains. At the evening, we’ll arrive to Chefchaouen.

day 8: Chefchaouen sightseeing - Rabat

In the morning and after breakfast, you’ll be exploring Chefchaouen:  a beautiful colorful city known with its white washed walls and blue doors and windows. Unlike many parts of Morocco, this city was occupied by Spain and the influences of Spanish civilization and architecture are all around. here you’ll have time to walk and visit the most interesting parts, such as: the Kasabah (fortress),  the Ras El Maa river valley, a 30 min of Hiking from the town to visit the hillside Spanish Mosque. After lunch, we’ll drive to the imperial city of Rabat: the capital city of the country and thus administrative, political and financial center of Morocco, where you can stroll through its well defined neighborhoods and visit several important monuments like the Alcazaba of Oudaiasthe Mausoleum of Mohammed V, the Tower Hassan and the quietest of all Moroccan souk. Overnight and dinner at the Riad.

day 9: Rabat - casablanca - Atlantic ocean - Essaouira

After breakfast at the Riad in Rabat, we’ll drive about an hour to Casablanca where you’ll be visiting the stunning Hassan II mosque, which has the tallest minaret and the third largest mosque in the world, it can hold 25,000 worshipers at one time. After enjoying a delicious lunch at  the Cornish,  we will head towards Essaouira via the scenic Safi coastal route.  We’ll be driving almost 4.5 hours to get to the charming Mogador Medina in Essaouira (during the journey, feel free to request a stop at any time to rest or drink something, not only today but within the whole tour). At the evening we’ll arrive to Essaouira. Overnight and dinner at the Riad.

day 10: Essaouira Sightseeing

Today and after breakfast at the Riad, you’ll have a full day exploring Essaouira, which is a tiny charming city at the Atlantic Ocean, there you’ll walk to discover the most interesting parts, such as: the huge portthe old medinajewish quarter, and the famous square. The city is offering numerous occasions to take wonderful pictures of its charming white and blue walls.  Music everywhere, people seems so happy and thats a good sign to get in love with the city. For lunch, you’ll have the opportunity to taste delicious fish in a typical restaurant near the port.  After lunch, you may also like to have time to walk near by the shore and also swimming, or even doing other activities at the shore. Overnight and dinner at the Riad.

day 11: Essaouira - Argan Valley - marrakech

After Breakfast at the Riad, the first half day will be free, to keep enjoying your time in Essaouira, and keep exploring the hidden secrets at your own. After Lunch, we’ll drive back to Marrakech through a valley full of Argan trees, where we’ll stop to admire the famous spectacle of Berber goats climbing those Argan trees. Then, you’ll also visit a women’s cooperative, that produces cosmetic and cooking Argan oil, drink tea with them and get an idea about their work of making Argan oil products. At the evening, we’ll arrive to Marrakech. Overnight and dinner at the Riad.

day 12: Marrakech Airport Departure

Today and after breakfast at the Riad, you’ll be transferred to the Marrakech Menara Airport according to your Flight time. End of our services.

INCLUDED :
  • Private service (without other travelers).
  • Comfortable transport with Air-conditioned in Wv, 4×4 Toyota or Mercedes minivan.
  • Experienced driver/guide speaking English.
  • Professional local tour guide to explore Marrakech, Fes and Volubilis.
  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom and shower.
  • Accommodation half board (dinner & breakfast) in 3*/  4*/  5*/  Hotels and Riads.
  • Overnight in a traditional Berber tent at the heart of Erg Chebbi dunes (dinner & Breakfast).
  • Camel trek in Merzouga.
  • From/to Airport transfers.
  • No forced Shopping.
NOT INCLUDED :
  • Flight Tickets.
  • Entrance Fees to the monuments, museums & Kasbah.
  • Lunchs & Drinks.
  • All what is not within the list of “INCLUDED”.

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