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Welcome to Morocco! Today on arrival into Casablanca we will be there to meet you and transfer you to Rabat.
This morning you will have a town guide to show you the Chellah, Hassan tour and the Medina before you have the chance to stop for lunch. Later you will travel to Meknes.
This morning explore explore Meknes with a guided tour. En route to the oldest imperial city in Morocco - Fes - we will take a tour of the Roman ruins at Volubilis, the largest ancient site of Morocco. UNESCO-listed, the site dates back to AD40 and once ruled the entire Roman province of Mauritania. The oldest and largest medieval city in the world, Fes is a bustling hive of activity.
This morning we will explore a bit more of Fes. The afternoon you have at leisure.
Today we board our vehicle and make our way across the Middle Atlas - maybe stopping in the cedar forest to see the wild macaque monkeys. Onwards, and into the plains where the tents of the nomads can be seen. We will stop for the night in Midelt.
Today you will be transferred to Erg Chebbi. The dunes of Erg Chebbi is a strikingly strange natural formation. On the top of the flattest area you could imagine, suddenly a long mountain of sand rises. This mountain is surrounded by flat and desolate nature on all sides, and you could end up wondering if it really is real. Locals have long talked of the myths and legends of these beautiful dunes. One legend tells us that the dunes of Erg Chebbi were created by God as a punishment to the locals of nearby Merzouga after they refused to give shelter to a woman and her child during a local festival. A sandstorm came, and buried the village of Merzouga as it was then.
Today you will travel to Todra Gorge. Todra Gorge is situated on the remote east side of the High Atlas Mountains in. The gorge has carved out cliff-sided canyons on the final 40 km through the mountains. The final 600 m of the Todra gorge are the most spectacular as the canyon narrows to a flat stony track as little as 10m wide in places with sheer and smooth rock walls up to 160 m high on each side. The rock face changes colour during the day, ranging from a rosy red to a dull tan. It is easy to hike in the gorge and there are many hikes available. The scenery is spectacular.
Today we travel to Dades Gorge. The Dades Gorge is a cleft deep within the High Atlas Mountains at the edge of the Sahara Desert, that is 30 feet wide at its narrowest point and where sheer cliffs tower up to 1,600 feet above you. It extends from the High Atlas to the Jebel Saghrou range in the south. The Dades Valley is often described as the "road of a thousand Kasbahs” although this is an exaggeration. Kasbahs and small settlements scatter the route with small oases of green dotted along the valley floor. Fortified oases villages are also line the route, with views of the green palm groves, in direct contrast to the red soil. Later we proceed to Ouarzazate.
We travel from Ouarzazte to Ourigane. Pronounced Weer-gan, the region of Ourigane is home to many small Berber villages and it is the most breathtaking part of the Atlas Mountains. Ourigane is cooler than most cities in summer and the hills and valleys are littered with dense, untouched forests, fruit orchards of lime, grapefruit and orange and roses throughout the gardens. It is a perfect base for trekking in the area and being at the base of the Atlas Mountains, has dramatic scenery. It is a tranquil area, with friendly locals and is off the beaten track, wonderful to experience.
We proceed to Marrakech today.
This morning enjoy a guided tour of Marrakech with a town guide. Glowing red, like a welcoming campfire, against the snowcapped High Atlas Mountains, 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.
Today we bid you farewell and transfer you to the airport for your onward flight home.
Ouarzazate originally was a small trader town enroute to Europe and northern cities in Morocco and was a garrison town ...