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Upon arrival at Casablanca airport you’ll be met by our friendly local team and transferred to your hotel in the centre of town. This evening there will be a welcome meeting and dinner at 18:00hrs to welcome you to the country with a hearty feast of Moroccan delights and traditional entertainment. OVERNIGHT: Bellerive Hotel
This morning we head out to explore the exterior of Hassan 2 Mosque, which has the tallest minaret and is the third largest mosque in the world, holding 25,000 worshippers at any one time. We stop at the Capital city of Rabat to explore, then onto the Imperial City of Meknes, which became known as the Versailles of Morocco due to its impressive buildings and elaborate monuments all of which we will explore on an afternoon guided tour.
This morning we explore the incredible UNESCO listed Roman ruins of Volubilis, which date back to AD40. Reaching the Imperial City of Fes early in the afternoon. Prepare for a night of Moroccan entertainment and food at a restaurant in town.
Fes is the oldest and largest medieval city in the world and its Medina is a cacophony of aromas, sights and sounds. Today we enjoy a guided tour of Fes el Bali - the old walled city and visit the dye-pits and tanneries.
We take a long but very scenic drive today, heading south through the High Atlas past the Ziz Gorge down into desert. Past Midelt, the route crosses a grassy plain (in winter) where Nomads of the tribe Ait Atta Tafoukht can be seen pitching their tents and finding grazing for their camels and goats. The road carries on over the next set of mountains – the Middle Atlas and another facet of Morocco is seen, the Cedar forests. Finally we reach Merzouga at the foot of the great sand dune Erg Chebbi in time to watch the sun set and the sand change colour as night falls at our remote desert camp.
Morning we have a chance to ride camels in the desert. Leaving the desert, we travel on to Todra Gorge. This 1000ft gorge is surrounded by towering vertical limestone cliffs and is known as Morocco’s Grand Canyon. The charm of Todra lies in its changing colours as the sun slowly moves from east to west. There’s time to explore the gorge before we continue on to scenic Dades Gorge, where we spend the night.
En route to Marrakech today we stop to explore Ait Benhaddou, an incredible ancient fortified Kasbah which has featured in many a blockbuster movie, including Gladiator and Laurence of Arabia.
Today we take a guided tour and see the sights of Marrakech, Morocco's fourth Imperial City. Inside the rose coloured Medina walls is a tangle of winding streets and alleys that open onto verdant gardens and bustling souks. At the heart of the Medina is Djemaa El Fna, the city's exuberant market place and towering over it is the famous Koutoubia Mosque, the tallest building in the city. The rest of the day is free to explore the city.
Sadly your journey has come to an end, we will transfer you to the airport in Casablanca in time for your flight home.
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