High Atlas Holidays

Sample Itinerary - REF MOROCCO 559

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Day 1: Marrakech

Arrival in Marrakech airport where you will be met by the On the Go guide and transferred to your hotel or riad in the centre of town. Meet your guide for a tour briefing and then spend the rest of the day at leisure. Explore the vibrant Djemaa el Fna square in the evening with the snake charmers, story tellers , food stalls and souks all in full swing

Day 2: Marrakech

This morning enjoy a guided tour or Marrakech, taking in all of the highlights of the Medina (old city centre) - the Koutoubia Mosque, palaces, souks and the old mellah (Jewish quartier). In the afternoon perhaps a visit to the peaceful Jardins de Majorelle to relax

Day 3: Marrakech - Ouarzazate

It's an early start today when the transportation and your mountain guide arrives at the Hotel to take you towards the desert. From the flat plain of Haouz, the route climbs southwards and up to the passes of the High Atlas mountains. Along twisty roads with marvellous views and over the high point before descending to the rocky red foothills near Ouarzazate. En route to Ouarzazate we visit Ait Benhaddou, an ancient fortified city, boasting beautiful examples of Kasbahs, some of which remain inhabited today. Granted UNESCO World Heritage Listing, the site has been the setting for many films including Lawrence of Arabia and Gladiator. Night in the Ouarzazate, the film capital of Morocco

Day 4: Ouarzazate - Todra Gorge

Drive along the valley of the roses with time to visit the Kasbah Amherdil in the palmeries and also the gorges du Draa valley before reaching the Todra Gorges- time to explore the gorges before night in Hotel Tomboctou

Day 5: Todra Gorge - High Atlas

Take the road down to Ikniouin village in the centre of the Jbel Saghro mountains and meet the mule team to take a trek into the centre of the mountains around the striking landscapes and rock formations of Bab N Ali, over night- Gite accommodation (basic hostel style)

Day 6: High Atlas

A second day of trekking through the wonderful scenery, with the mules taking the strain of luggage and picnics and see more great views (the trekking is not too strenuous here, unlike the High Atlas which will be snowy at this time of year) Night in Gite

Day 7: High Atlas - Erg Chebbi

Ikniouin – travelling through the rocky scenery , pass the oases and palm trees on the edges of the sahara until finally we reach Merzouga at the foot of the great sand dune Erg Chebbi. Time to watch the sun set and the sand change colour as night falls. Spend the night in an Auberge.

Day 8: Erg Chebbi - Merzouga

Enjoy a relaxing day at leisure. Perhaps climb up Erg Chebbi before dawn to see the sunrise over the dunes, or enjoy a a lie in and take a camel trek across the rolling sand dunes later in the afternoon

Day 9: Merzouga - Midelt

Take a very scenic drive today, heading north from the desert and up into the High Atlas past the Ziz Gorge. Carry on past the plateau of grassland in between the mountain ranges where it is possible to see the nomad tents and their livestock before reaching Midelt at the edge of the Middle Atlas mountains

Day 10: Midelt - Fes

The road carries on over the next set of mountains – the Middle Atlas and another facet of morocco is seen, the Cedar forests. Ancient forests that cloak the hills and are inhabited by monkeys, wild boar and deer. Finally we descend into Ifrane (a swiss style town and ski resort )and continue onward to Fes

Day 11: Fes

Fes is the oldest and largest medieval city in the world and a bustling hive of activity. This morning take a guided tour around the incredible, old medina - a heady mix of aromas, sounds and sights from the tanneries, spice tubs, pottery and donkeys! Enjoy free time in the afternoon to explore independently

Day 12: Fes - Rabat

Today we leave Fes to see the ruins of the Roman city of Volubilis, past the fields of lentils and chickpeas, into the hills around this well preserved city where its possible to explore the mosaics and forum. After lunch you pass Moulay Idriss and set off for Rabat. Spend the night in the Capital of Morocco. Overnight - Rabat

Day 13: Rabat - Marrakech

You will have free time in the morning to explore Rabat before heading back past Casablanca to Marrakech. Arriving into Marrakech early evening there will be time for you to do some last minute souvenir shopping! Overnight - Marrakech

Day 14: Marrakech

All good things come to an end and it's time to head home. Transfer to airport included

Morocco Spotlight

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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last updated - 25 Dec 2014 3:33 PM