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Welcome to Morocco and the start of your holiday! We depart from Marrakech this morning and travel over the High Atlas Mountains to Ait Ben Haddou - a ‘fortified city’ situated along the former caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakech. It is situated on a hill along the Ouarzazate River and boasts some beautiful examples of kasbahs, some of which remain inhabited. Granted UNESCO World Heritage listing, the site had been the setting for many films including Gladiator. We then head on past Ouarzazate and the Skoura palmerie to Gorge du Dades.
Dades Gorge, an awe-inspiring valley which extends from the High Atlas to the Jebel Sarhro range in the south. The Berbers built many impressive kasbahs on the mountain steep and in the valley gorges for defence purposes. We continue on down the Valley of Roses today and visit the Gorge du Todra before heading onwards to Erg Chebbi and the edge of the Sahara at Merzouga.
We have quite a long but very scenic drive today over the High Atlas and Middle Atlas Mountains as we make our way to Fes. Enjoy the evening at your leisure. 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.
Today we bid you farewell and hope to see you again.
Ouarzazate originally was a small trader town enroute to Europe and northern cities in Morocco and was a garrison town ...