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Ait Benhaddou Holidays

Sample Itinerary - REF MOROCCO 321

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Day 1: Marrakech

Arrival in Marrakech airport where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your Riad in the centre of town. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Explore the vibrant Djemaa el-Fna square in the evening with the snake charmers, story tellers, food stalls and souks all in full swing.

Day 2: Marrakech

This morning we enjoy a guided tour of old Marrakech. Set within the rose-coloured walls of the medina and a tangle of winding streets that lead to bustling souks, the focal point is the central square, the Djemaa el Fna, an extraordinary gathering and market place. Rest of the day is free to further explore this vibrant city at your leisure.

Day 3: Marrakech - Fes

Leaving Marrakech today we head out along the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains towards Fes. En route we make a stop at Cascades D'Ouzoud. In the Middle Atlas, just hours away from the Imperial city of Marrakech, lies one of the most majestic waterfalls set among a Berber village. Travelling to Morocco’s famous waterfalls, Cascades d'Ouzoud is a great way to see the natural resources of the country. They are argued be the most photographic falls within this geographically lush green region. Continuing, we arrive to Fes this afternoon.

Day 4: Fes

The oldest and largest medieval city in the world, Fes is a bustling hive of activity. The medina is a must – a heady mix of aromas, sounds and sights from the tanneries, spice tubs, carpets, pottery and leather goods. There are still some 200,00 people that live in the Medina, which has an old world feel to it. We take a guided tour of Fes this morning and this afternoon is free to enjoy at your leisure.

Day 5: Fes - Merzouga

Say goodbye to Fes as we travel over the Middle Atlas mountains, through the cedar forests towards the High Atlas mountains. We pass Gorge Du Ziz before descending down to the Sahara. Mounting our subservient camels, they relaxedly glide across the desert sands as we happily photograph and take in the breathtaking scenery. Arriving at our simple Berber camp, we enjoy dinner and a night under the Saharan stars, a true Moroccan experience.

Day 6: Merzouga - Ait Benhaddou

An early start today as we ride out of the desert on our trusty camels. At the deserts edge you will meet up with your driver and transfer along the Valley of the Roses towards Ouarzazate. Ouarzazate originally was a small trader town enroute to Europe and northern cities in Morocco and was a garrison town during the French period. The wide Avenue Muhammed V is the main street, from which everything is easily accessible. We continue to Ait den Haddou for overnight. Films such as Lawrence of Arabia, Jesus of Nazareth and more recently, Gladiator were all filmed at Ait Benhaddou, which was once a significant stop for traders carrying gold, salt and slaves along the famous Southern Caravan route moving through the Sahara.

Day 7: Ait Benhaddou - Marrakech

Today we climb up into the cool air of the High Atlas mountains and make a stop to visit the Lost Palace of the Glaoui at Telouet. We then descend down into Marrakech and this evening is free for you to enjoy at your leisure.

Day 8: Marrakech

We bid you farewell today and will transfer you to the airport in time for your departure flight.