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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 277

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Day 1: Tangier

Arrive Casablanca at roughly 11am and start the journey to Tangier along the coast. Transfer to the accommodation.

Day 2: Tangier

Free day in the city to explore the medina or the beach.

Day 3: Tangier - Chefchaouen

Transfer to Chefchaouen in the morning for time to explore the city in the 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.

Day 4: 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 move 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. Overnight Fes - Riad Dar El Batoul

Day 5: Fes

Day at leisure in Fes. Overnight Fes - Riad Dar El Batoul

Day 6: 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 spend the night in this mountain location.

Day 7: Midelt - Merzouga

Today, we enjoy a stunning drive. 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.

Day 8: Merzouga - Todra Gorge

Leaving the desert, we take the Camels to Merzouga after possibly seeing the sun rise 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.

Day 9: Todra Gorge - Ait Benhaddou

Leaving the impressive Todra Gorge the route continues along the edge of the High Atlas stopping off to see the Kasbah Amerdhil before the town of Ouarzazate.

Day 10: Ait Benhaddou - Marrakech

Todays drive offers panoramic views as we traverse the High Atlas Mountains on our way to Marrakech.

Day 11: Marrakech

Day at leisure in Marrakech.

Day 12: Marrakech

Day at leisure in Marrakech.

Day 13: Marrakech - Essaouira

Transfer to Essaouira. A colourful old city and fishing village is located within 15th century Portuguese fortifications. Just outside the town great beaches and an Atlantic surf beckon.

Day 14: Essaouira - Casablanca

We drive along the coast to Casablanca via Oualidia and Al Jadida.

Day 15: Casablanca

Departure transfer to Casablanca airport.