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Ait Benhaddou Holidays

Sample Itinerary - REF MOROCCO 494

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Day 1: Casablanca

Welcome to Morocco! Upon arrival into Casablanca you will be met by our local representatives and transferred to your accommodation. Overnight - Casablanca Hotel Ajiad or similar

Day 2: Casablanca - Rabat

Casablanca - Rabat. This morning we travel up to Rabat. Made famous by Humphrey Bogart in the film “Casablanca”. Before leaving the white city we will visit the stunning Hassan II mosque, which has the tallest minaret and the third largest mosque in the world, it can hold 25,000 worshippers at any one time. We then head straight to Rabat to enjoy the evening atmosphere of Morocco’s capital city. Overnight - Rabat (B) Hotel Bouregreg or similar

Day 3: Rabat - Meknes

Rabat - Meknes. We will spend the morning in Morocco’s capital city Rabat to visit Oudaia Kasbah, Hassan tower, the Royal Palace and Chellah. After lunch we will move on to the third of our Imperial cities Meknes to enjoy some free time. Overnight - Meknes (B) Hotel Akouas or similar

Day 4: Meknes - Chefchaouen

After breakfast, we’ll embark on a tour of the Roman ruins at Volubilis, the largest ancient site of Morocco. UNESCO-listed, the site dates back to AD40 and once ruled the entire Roman province of Mauritania. We’ll then head on to Chefchaouen for a guided tour this afternoon. High up in the Rif mountains, Chefchaouen boasts a beautiful blue door and white-walled medina that was originally a Berber post. The main square is the heart of Chefchaouen, with the Kasbah (built back in the 18th century), central mosque and cafes with authentic menus. The busy market is a mix of traditional Moroccan and tourist fare. Overnight - Chefchaouen (B) dar el Moualim hotel or similar

Day 5: Chefchaouen - Fes

Enjoy some free time in Chefchaouen this morning - relax at the hotel or spend your time exploring this beautiful city. We’ll then enjoy a leisurely lunch in Chefchaouen before moving on to Fes in the afternoon. Fes is the oldest and largest medieval city in the world, and its medina is a heady mix of aromas, sounds and sights. To navigate, follow one of the five, themed tourist circuits. There are plenty of mosques and palaces to visit, but be aware that only Muslims can enter Mosques in Morocco. Fes Inn or similar B and Lunch

Day 6: Fes

Today we embark on a fully guided tour of the city of Fes. Explore the tanneries, souks, potteries, and the Medina, and learn the fascinating history of the city. Overnight - Fes

Day 7: Fes - Midelt

Fes - Midelt. This morning we journey over the Moyen Atlas to stop at Midelt. This is a beautiful alpine area. Surrounded by huge pine trees and a tranquile mountain setting, this is a great spot to cool down and relax after the hustle and bustle of Fes. We will enjoy a small hike in the afternoon. We spend the night in this mountain location. Overnight - Midelt (B, L, D) Kasbah Aasma or similar

Day 8: Midelt - Merzouga

Midelt - Erg Chebbi. Today we enjoy a stunning drive rewarded by a top Moroccan lunch and an afternoon relaxing and swimming. After we head out to towards the the Erg Chebbi dunes located near the remote frontier town of Merzouga. The dunes are renowned for their incredible height and size. In parts the vast sand pile reaches skyward to heights of 150 metres! Transferring to our camels we trek into the Sahara for a night at our Berber Camp. Tonight enjoy a local meal, music and an amazing night out under the Saharan stars. Overnight - Merzouga

Day 9: Merzouga - Todra Gorge

Erg Chebbi - Todra Gorge. Leaving the desert, we move on to Todra Gorge. This 1000ft gorge is hemmed in on all sides by vertical limestone cliffs and is also called Morocco’s Grand Canyon. There’s time to explore the gorge, from its plunging depths to dizzying heights. The charm of Todra lies in its changing colours as the sun slowly moves from east to west.If you're feeling adventurous, there is the option to rock climb. Overnight - Todra Gorge

Day 10: Todra Gorge - Ait Benhaddou

Todra Gorge - Ait Benhaddou. Leaving the impressive Todra Gorge we make the short journey to Gorge du Dades in the Dades valley, a green and fertile valley by the Dades River that flows through it giving life to a huge variety of colourful fruit and nut trees and extraordinary red rock formations. After lunch we tour the famous Ait Benhaddou Kasbah, where Lawrence of Arabia was once filmed. Overnight - Ait Benhaddou (B, D) Auberge les Roses Du sable or similar

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Day 11: Ait Benhaddou - Essaouira

Today’s drive offers panoramic views as we traverse the high Atlas Mountains on our way to Essaouira. A colourful old city and fishing village is located within 15th century Portuguese fortifications. Relax on the beach or alternatively explore the medina with its various souks and woodcarving workshops. The beach is in front of the Medina and there are plenty of cafés with terraces, both ideal for relaxing for a few hours. Blue doors and window frames abound as do the artists shops – buy a carpet or Thuya wood carving or sit on the beach sipping a mint tea as the sun sets, an antidote to the bustle of the Imperial cities. Overnight - Essaouira Hotel Miramar or similar

Day 12: Essaouira

Enjoy a well deserved rest as your enjoy today at your leisure exploring Essaouira independently. Overnight Essaouira.

Day 13: Essaouira - Marrakech

Essaouira - Marrakech - breakfast. We take a supratours public bus from Essaouira back to Marrakech this morning, to explore the last of Morocco’s four Imperial cities we visit on this tour. Marrakech set against the snow-capped Atlas Mountains. Its great pride and landmark is the Koutoubia Tower, sister to the Tower of Hassan in Rabat and the Giralda Tower in Seville. It is said that after the third of these was completed, the sultan had the eyes of his architect put out, lest he should build another more beautiful tower elsewhere. No visit to the city is complete without a visit to the city’s medina & Djemaa-el-Fna, an extraordinary gathering and market place. Overnight - Marrakech Riad Des princesses or similar

Day 14: Marrakech

With plenty of souks and their crisscrossing alleyways overflowing with goods. And the city draped in culture and history, enjoy a morning guided sightseeing tour of Marrakech. Afterwards the remains of the day is yours to continue exploring this city on your own. Overnight Marrakech.

Day 15: Marrakech

Marrakech - Breakfast. Spend the morning relaxing or picking up a few last minute souvenirs. Our tour concludes upon hotel check out at 12 noon. Marrakech