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Welcome to Morocco! Upon arrival in Casablanca we will be waiting to tranferred to your hotel. Evening at Leisure.
Today we 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. We then head straight to Rabat to enjoy the evening atmosphere of Morocco’s capital city.
After breakfast we will spend the morning visiting Oudaia Kasbah, Hassan tower, the Royal Palace and Chellah. After lunch we will move on to the third of our Imperial cities Meknes and embark on a tour of the Roman ruins at Volubilis, the largest ancient site of Morocco. We travel 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.
This morning 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 for a free afternoon at your leisure.
Today we embark on a scenic drive through the scenic middle Atlas Mountains and Medelt. Then 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 and arrive at our Berber Camp for a sunset view.
Drive from near the camp to Nkob in the Saghro Mountains and via Agdz in the Draa Valley before arriving in Zagora. Here we embark on a camel ride into the nearby dunes where we will spend the night in the desert, where you can star gaze to your heart’s content.
See the sunrise over the dunes before driving through the rocky desert to the Gorge du Todra and along the 'Valley of the Roses' including a visit to the Kasbah Amerdhil and onto Ouarzazate, which African traders once used on their journeys up to Europe. It has also been used as a film set, for Alexander the Great, The Last Temptation of Christ and The Living Daylights
In the morning we then head to Ait Benhaddou, 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. After exploring the area we travel onward Marrakech.
Today enjoy a guided tour of Marrakech. The very name Marrakech conjures up images of an exotic, distant city, of magic carpets and snake charmers and of frankincense and myrrh brought in by camel trains. Set within the rose-coloured walls of the medina lies a reality that is not that far removed from an exotic film set. The focal point is the central square, an extraordinary gathering and market place. Full of colour, spicy aromas and traders it is best seen in the evening when overflowing with food stalls, dancers, acrobats, fortune tellers, musicians and henna artists. This evening is free for you to spend at leisure, perhaps picking up some souvenirs!
Travel up into the heights of the High Atlas mountains via the Kik Plateau and Lake Takerkoust to the valley of Ourigane. You have this evening to explore the lake and see the spectactular view over the mountains at sunset.
Today is your free day where you can visit a berber house for a tea. Try a short cookery course in your hotel or with a local berber family, or walk around the Toubkal national Park.
This morning we depart Ourigane down to the plains and travel to Essaouira. You have the afternoon free to swim in the Atlantic, join in for a game of football on the beach with the locals, or enjoy an afternoon at the hammam, wind surfing or kite surfing (very cool to watch, even if you’d rather not participate yourself). The beach is also great for a stroll and since it runs for about 10km there’s plenty of it. By nightfall sit back and relax at any one of the many al fresco cafes, pubs or bars serving cold beer and the freshest seafood. Overnight - Riad Lioubia or similar.
This morning depart Essaouira up the coast to Safi, El Jadida, with a stop at Oualidia and Mazagan before reaching Casablanca.
Today spend the morning relaxing or picking up a few last minute souvenirs. Bid farewell to Morocco as you are transferred to the airport for your onward flight.
Ouarzazate originally was a small trader town enroute to Europe and northern cities in Morocco and was a garrison town ...