Ouarzazate originally was a small trader town enroute to Europe and northern cities in Morocco and was a garrison town ...
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Arrive Marrakech, transfer to your centrally located hotel or riad where you will be briefed about tour. This evening consider heading to Djemaa el-Fna - the cities UNESCO listed bustling medina. Best seen at night, this central square is an absolute feast for the senses, overflowing with stalls, fortune tellers, snake charmers and musicians.
This morning enjoy a guided tour of Marrakech, taking in all of the main attractions including the palace and Koutoubia mosque. This afternoon is free for you to wander around the bustling souks or simply relax.
This morning you'll be transferred to Casablanca along the Atlantic coast, passing long beaches, small fishing villages, Safi and Al Jadida. Upon arrival in Casablanca there is a chance to see the Hassan II mosque and explore the city in the evening.
The sightseeing continues today – taking the short journey to Rabat, the Capital of Morocco and the second largest city after Casablanca. Spend the afternoon exploring this peaceful city and the ancient medina, with it's pretty white and stone washed buildings.
Travelling up the coast, the road goes past some of the newer developments along the coast, and veers inland through the forests of Eucalyptus. En route to Tangier visit the famous Hercules Caves which are dug into a cliff. The Hercules caves were used for shelter by Neolithic man and in the 20th century they became the setting for sumptuous parties.
Spend the morning in Tangier, exploring the souks and beaches. In the afternoon, head off along the Mediterranean coast to Chefchaouen, the “blue” city in the Rif Mountains - a haven of tranquility and peace. Chefchaouen is a beautiful blue door and white walled medina that was originally a Berber post.
This morning take the road through the mountains, to UNESCO listed Fes - the world's oldest medieval city. Enjoy a guided tour around the fascinating old city, visiting the ancient medina, tanneries, palaces, gardens and bustling souks.
Spend a day at leisure in Fes to see the souks and sights of the city. There are plenty of mosques and palaces to visit and looking down on the old quarter from the surrounding hills is quite an experience.
This morning we will explore a bit more of Fes. Later 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 we have a trip over the Middle Atlas to the High Atlas Mountains and the Gorge du Ziz. After the High Atlas, the plain of Errachidia dissolves into the Sahara and the Erg Chebbi sand dunes.
We head to Zagora, where you can visit potteries and watch craftsmen at work and purchase a souvenir or two – and if time allows explore the Koranic Museum, which contains fascinating ancient copies of the Koran. Your hotel for the night is Hotel Saharan Sky which is home to Morocco’s first private observatory, boasting a rich inventory of astronomical equipment. Whether you have experience handling telescopes or are new to star gazing, staff will be at hand to guide you through the solar system. Enjoy an incredible evening of star gazing.
Following hotel check-out embark on a camel ride into the nearby dunes where we will spend the night in the desert. Our camp is based at the south end of the dunes giving us a better view of the night sky, where you can star gaze to your heart’s content. This camp is a wonderful place to witness incredible astrological events such as meteor showers.
Today we leave the camp behind and enjoy another camel ride across the dunes before returning to Hotel Saharan Sky for the night.
We head back to Marrakech tonight and check you into the hotel.
We will transfer you to the airport in time for your departure flight.