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Ouarzazate

Ouarzazate originally was a small trader town enroute to Europe and northern cities in Morocco and was a garrison town ...

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Ait Benhaddou Holidays

Sample Itinerary - REF MOROCCO 656

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Day 1: Marrakech

Arrive Marrakech, transfer to your centrally located hotel or riad where you will be briefed about tour. This evening consider heading to Djemaa el Fna - the cities UNESCO listed bustling medina. Best seen at night, this central square is an absolute feast for the senses, overflowing with stalls, fortune tellers, snake charmers and musicians. It's like stepping into another world!

Day 2: Marrakech

This morning enjoy a guided tour of Marrakech, taking in all of the main attractions including the palace and Koutoubia mosque. This afternoon is free for you to wander around the bustling souks or simply relax.

Day 3: Marrakech

Spend the day at leisure in Marrakech. Perhaps visit the Jardin majorelle or maybe take a caleche ride out into the new town to see the Gueliz district and the Mohamed VI avenue with its luxury cafes and theatre.

Day 4: Marrakech - Casablanca

This morning you'll be transferred to Casablanca along the Atlantic coast, passing long beaches, small fishing villages, Safi and Al Jadida. Upon arrival in Casablanca there is a chance to see the Hassan II mosque and explore the city in the evening.

Day 5: Casablanca - Rabat

The sightseeing continues today – taking the short journey to Rabat, the Capital of Morocco and the second largest city after Casablanca. Spend the afternoon exploring this peaceful city and the ancient medina, with it's pretty white and stone washed buildings.

Day 6: Rabat - Tangier

Travelling up the coast in the morning, the road goes past some of the newer developments along the coast, and veers inland through the forests of Eucalyptus. En route to Tangier visit the famous Hercules Caves which are dug into a cliff - according to legend Hercules rested in thiese caves after having dug the straights between Europe and Africa with his club! The Hercules caves were used for shelter by Neolithic man and in the 20th century they became the setting for sumptuous parties by Tangiers jettsetting crowd. The caves offer splendid views of the ocean.

Day 7: Tangier - Chefchaouen

Spend the morning in Tangiers, exploring the souks and beaches. In the afternoon, head off along the Mediterranean coast to Chefchaouen, the “blue” city in the Rif Mountains - a haven of tranquility and peace. Chefchaouen is a beautiful blue door and white walled medina that was orginally a Berber post.

Day 8: Chefchaouen - Fes

This morning take the road through the mountains, to UNESCO listed Fes - the world's oldest medieval city. Enjoy a guided tour around the fascinating old city, visiting the ancient medina, tanneries, palaces, gardens and bustling souks.

Day 9: Fes

Spend a day at leisure in Fes to see the souks and sights of the city. There are plenty of mosques and palaces to visit and looking down on the old quarter from the surrounding hills is quite an experience.

Day 10: 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.

Day 11: Midelt - Erg Chebbi

Today we embark on a scenic drive followed by a tasty Moroccan lunch and an afternoon relaxing and swimming. Then 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, to see the desert up close. We then head back to the auberge (at this time of year it is too hot to camp out in the desert).

Day 12: Erg Chebbi - Ait Benhaddou

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. Leaving the impressive Todra Gorge we continue our journey to Ait Benhaddou, stopping en route in Ouarzazate.

Day 13: Ait Benhaddou - Marrakech

This morning we tour the famous Ait Benhaddou Kasbah, where Lawrence of Arabia was once filmed. We then drive back to Marrakech city.

Day 14: Marrakech

Today marks the end of your adventure, we will transfer you to Marrakech Airport in time for your flight home.