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Welcome to Morocco. On arrival in Casablanca you will be met at the airport and transferred to Marrakech. Tonight We enjoy a transitional dinner in the famous Djamma El Fna square.
Today we take a morning tour of Marrakech. 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. This afternoon is free time to explore the Souks and Palaces further.
Today we travel over the High Atlas with a chance to see the Palace of the Glaoui (if weather permits) and descend to the famous Kasbah of Ait ben haddou.
Today we 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. En route we stop at the town of Ouarsasate and travel along the valley of the roses, taking in the Kasbah Amherdil and the Gorge of Dades.
From Todra head to towards the the Erg Chebbi dunes located near the remote frontier town of Merzouga. 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. Enjoy a local meal, music and an amazing night out under the Saharan stars. The stars in the Sahara are fantastic at the best of times - however tonight they should be extraordinary as we hope to witness the peak of the Geminids Meteor Shower. This annual event has been observed for over 500 years and gets its names from the constellation Gemini, because it is said to emanate from here. The shower is one of the world's brightest, has been known to produce fire balls and can create 100-150 meteors an hour at its peak.
Today we head out from the dunes and meet our transport to travel over the High Atlas mountains. We will see the Gorge du Ziz as we travel onwards across the plains to the high town of Midelt.
We continue exploring over the cedar forests of the middle Atlas mountains until we arrive at our destination for the night, Fes. Enjoy a free evening in 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. We’ll later return to the hotel to get ready for an optional night of Moroccan entertainment and food at a restaurant in town.
Today we continue to Chefchaouen. Drive through the foothills of the Rif mountains to the “blue town of Chefchaouen. 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.
After breakfast leave the town to drive to the Roman city of Volubilis and enjoy a tour around the well preserved site before continuing the imperial city of meknes which can be explored in the evening.
A short distance from Meknes to the capital city of Rabat means that the afternoon can be spent in exploring the Chellah and hassan II tower of Rabat and also its possible to see the more modern city centre in the evening.
Today we travel back to Casablanca. Made famous by Humphrey Bogart in the film “Casablanca”. We then have the option of visiting 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,
Todays drive offers great views of the coast a before reaching Essaouira. Relax on the beach or alternatively explore the UNESCO-listed medina with its various souks and woodcarving workshops. Any city gate leads to the Medina, so you’re unlikely to get lost. 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. You will have the option to take part in horse trekking or quad biking.
Today is a free morning further explore Essaouira before we return to Casablanca via the coast road with a chance to see Oulidia en route.
Today after breakfast spend the morning picking up a few last souvenirs before our arrangements come to and end with a departure transfer to the airport.
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