8 days Travel: Imperial Cities, Anti / High Atlas and the Sahara desert
Day 1: Casablanca - Rabat - Meknes - Fez
Today we depart for Fes and the road takes us along a beautiful stretch of farmlands where olives, grain, vegetables and grapes are grown. Before arriving to Fes you will visit Meknes and Volubilis. Volubilis is the sight of the famous Roman ruins left from the Roman Empire's most southern outpost. Meknes is the site of the first Arab dynasty created by Moulay Ismail and has the Medersa Bou Inania and the Bab Mansour, the Gateway to Moulay Ismail Palace. This leads us into the Heri es-Souani, the horses stable and granaries. Upstairs is a rooftop garden and cafe with a great view of the city. Arrive into Fes, check into the hotel.
Day 2: Fez sightseeing
After breakfast, you will begin your visit of "the oldest living Medina in the world” with a local official tour guide. You will tour the Medina with its "souks" (markets), stopping at the gateway of the Royal Palace, the 9th century Karaouine mosque and University. You will visit also the tomb of the city founder "Moulay Idriss II". Lunch will be at one of the traditional restaurants in the old Medina. After lunch you will continue your tour to visit the Najarine Fountain, the old Harem Garden and the Batha Museum. On the way back to the hotel, you will stop to enjoy a panoramic view of the city.
Day 3: Fez - Merzouga
In the morning we will go into the mountains to a region known as Imouzzer, which is blanketed by forests of cedar, juniper and cork oak. the area is well known for having abundant wildlife and we may see many types of birds, wild boar and Barbary apes on our scenic drive. Then the road will start climb into the Middle Atlas Mountains we may see the slopes dotted by the tents and goat herds of nomadic Berbers who call this rugged region home. After late lunch in Midelt, we continue on mountain roads overlooking the wide flowing Oued Ziz. Passing Kasbahs and palm groves we pass through the adobe colore city of Errachidia and arrive in the late afternoon to Merzouga, city on the outskirts of the Sahara Desert, Overnight in Merzouga.
Day 4: Tour around Erg Chebbi by 4x4 - Camel ride & Night in Desert camp
After the breakfast and take shower in Hotel ,we go in a tour around the erg chebbi ,we will visit a house and listen to some gnawa music; originally from Ghana, and Sudan. We will visit some deserted mines, Berber nomads and oasis of palm trees. Towards lunchtime, we go back to Merzouga , after Lunch and relaxing,we go to the camels who are waiting to take us on an adventure in the sand dunes. We will spend the night in an equipped camp with drums music in the middle of the Sahara,this is a great opportunity to take lovely pictures of the sunset and sunrise,when we arrive at the camp we go to a high dunes to see the sunset , we will spend the night in nomad tents.
Day 5: Merzouga - Ouarzazate
After seeing the sunrise we go back on camels to Merzouga after the breakfast and take shower in Hotel then start our journey to Ouarzazate . On the way; we visit the Berber shops containing fossils, carpets, lamps, leather ,also place as Tinjdad ,Todra Gorges , Boumalene-du-Dades. We arrive a Ouarzazate in evening .
Day 6: Ouarzazate - Marrakech
Leaving Ouarzazate in the Morning ,we will visit UNESCO protected site of Ait Ben Haddou. A most impressive Kasbah and well-preserved fortress in Morocco. Many movies were filmed here such as the Gladiator. Leave Ait Ben Haddou and start heading towards the majestic Atlas Mountains. Cross the High Atlas Mountains via the highest road pass in Morocco Tizi n'Tichka 2260m high offering impressive views of valleys, mountains and many Berber villages nearby. arrive a in evening.
Day 7: Marrakech
A full-day tour of Marrakech , visit the Menara, a surrounded pool by flowerbeds that function as an irrigation system for the surrounded fields. The sightseeing tour will cover several impressive sights: The Koutoubia mosque, Majorelle Gardens, Bahia Palace and Dar Si Said Palace museum of jewellery. Optional lunch will be in the medina followed by a walk through the colorful souks of Marrakech. Enjoy a sunset drink overlooking the exciting Jamaa El Fna Square from a terrace of a cafe, dinner and night at hotel.
Day 8: Marrakech - Casablanca
Leaving Marrakech in the morning ,passing trough the Moroccan imperial cities,... Journey's End.
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