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Day Tour Meals Accommodation 1 Casablanca - Marrakech Dinner Hotel 2 Casablanca – Rabat – Meknes – Fes Breakfast Hotel 3 Marrakech – Demnate – Tassaout Valley – Megdaz- Toufrine Breakfast, Dinner Hotel 4 Toufrine – Skoura – Dades Gorges Breakfast, Dinner Hotel 5 Dades Gorges - Todra Gorges - Merzouga Breakfast, Dinner Haima 6 Merzouga – Ramlia Breakfast, Dinner Hotel 7 Ramlia – Agdz – Ouarzazate Breakfast, Dinner Hotel 8 Ouarzazate – Ait Ben Haddou - Marrakech Breakfast Hotel 9 Marrakech - Destination Breakfast No Extensión 9 Marrakech – Essaouira Breakfast, Dinner Hotel 10 Essaouira – Safi – El Jadida – Casablanca Breakfast, Dinner Hotel 11 Casablanca – City of Origin Breakfast No
- Transfer Casablanca / Marrakech
- 4×4 vehicle on private tour
- Guided visit with local guide for the visit of Fes
- Dromedary (1 per person)
- Meals and lodging indicated in the table.
- Travel Insurance
- Tips, and everything not included in the program
- Any service not mentioned in the section includes.
Casablanca – Marrakech
Reception at Casablanca airport and transfer to Marrakech Hotel accommodation
After breakfast, we will visit the Medina and the famous Jamaa el Fna square.
Marrakech was founded in 1062 by Youssef Ibn Tachfin, the first emir of the Berber Almoravid dynasty and was the capital of the Islamic Empire.
Marrakech is one of the most important cities of Morocco, and is in the south of the country, at the foot of the Atlas. It has numerous World Heritage monuments, making it the country’s main tourist attraction.
In 2001 UNESCO declared Jamaa Square the Oral Heritage of Humanity, being one of the busiest squares in Africa and the world. Everything in Marrakech revolves around Jamaa el Fna, multitude of people gather in this public space filling it with color and culture; musicians, storytellers, snake charmers, dancers, dentists, fruit juice sellers, acrobats, letter writers, water carriers, sellers of medicinal herbs. . . At dusk the plaza fills with food stalls lit by hundreds of lights, and as night falls, an infinite number of people gather to eat. In the distance, observing the scene of the square, is the oldest Almohad monument in the city, the Katubia mosque, famous above all for its square base minaret, which Yacoub built the Mansour at the end of the twelfth century, and which represented the reference model for the Giralda of Seville, and for the Hasan Tower in Rabat. The Katubia Tower is the tallest building in Marrakech and, with its 77 metres in height, dominates the Medina and can be seen from a distance when you reach the city.
To the north of Jemaa el Fna square is the souk, where each sector bears the name of the main type of goods it offers (clothing, spices, furs, babouches, carpets, wool, wood, ceramics, etc.), or of the artisans’ workshops (dyers, carpenters, blacksmiths, etc.). The souk of carpets occupies the area of the old slave market. To the northeast of the souk is the tanners’ quarter, which stretches along Bab Debbagh Street, so called because of the door bearing the same name.
The Medina, the old city, is protected by a cordon of bastions made of red earth enclosing a labyrinth of alleys full of palaces, markets, mosques, domes and minarets. The Medina of Marrakech was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985, and is now a must-see. Its heart and starting point is the large square Jemaa el Fna. Accommodation in the hotel.
Marrakech – Demnate – Imi n’Ifri – Tassaout Valley – Megdaz- Toufrine
After breakfast we will go to the Tassaout Valley by a road outside the tourist routes that crosses the Teassout valley to the reservoir of Ouarzazate.
At 92 km from Marrakech we will find the Berber town of Demnate, in the Tassaout valley situated in the Central Atlas and at an altitude of 960 metres, surrounded by olive groves and adobe houses. Demnate, in the twelfth century was an important city and was the passage of the route that linked the Central Atlas with the valleys of Todra and Ziz, at this time had an important Jewish community.
At 6 km from Demmnate is the Natural Bridge of Imi n’Ifri that means in Berber “the door of the precipice or the abyss”, and by others “the grotto of the ogre” according to an ancient legend of the area, tells that a giant and evil being lived in the place frightening the population of the environment. This bridge joins two mountains, separated by the river Mehasseur. To continue our route we have to cross the bridge, as it serves as a regional road, there is a fantastic viewpoint where we can see this impressive wonder of nature. We will follow our way by the road that crosses the valley of the Tassaout river, until arriving at Toufrine, and we will lodge in a traditional Berber hostel.
From Toufrine we have the possibility of entering the heart of the valley to reach the village of Megdaz “the pearl of the Atlas”, where are the largest concentration of fortifications and agadires or collective granaries better preserved and inhabited of the High Atlas. “A wonder of Berber art”.
The valley of Tessout is the country of the Berbers Chleuhs, valleys full of culture and traditions. It is said that the first Berber poet lived in these beautiful valleys. In Morocco, music, poetry and Berber dances are associated with this area of the Atlas. The famous songs of Tassaout, were called by the women, who at dusk asked the attention of their men who were working outside the valleys. These songs can still be heard today.
Toufrine – Skoura – Valley of Roses – Dades Gorges
After breakfast we will take the road that leads us to the reservoir of El Mansour Eddahbi, near Ouarzazate, built on the mouth of the river Drâa, its valley separates the mountains of the Central High Atlas and the mountain range of Saghro, at the exit of the reservoir we will follow the route that leads us through the palm grove of Skoura, from here a beautiful road full of adobe kasbah will take us to Kelaat M’Gouna, in the valley of roses, whose name is given by the cultivation of damascene roses, Legend has it that the first plant arrived in some caravan of pilgrims returning from Mecca back in the tenth century. Today the whole valley smells of a delicate perfume, and the cultivation is oriented to the consumption of rose water and export. In Kelaat M’Gouna every May there are celebrations during 3 days for the end of the harvest of the roses, with live Berber music. After a brief stop, we will rebuke our way to the Dades Gorges.
The valley of the river Dades rises in the high Atlas and narrows until forming the gorges of the same name that according to the locals, hide up to a thousand kasbahs. The Dades Gorge is a deep gorge of the Dades River, between Boumalne Dades and Msemrir. The area is populated mainly by members of different tribes imazighen (Berbers).
To the north of Boumalne, the rock formations combined with the traditional architecture of kasbahs and adobe ksars seem to emerge from the same rock and are of particular beauty. Before reaching Boumalne, in the Tamlat gorge, the rocks take on curious geometric shapes due to wind erosion, popularly known as “monkey fingers”. Dinner and overnight in a hotel in the gorges.
Dades Gorges – Todra Gorges – Merzouga
Breakfast, we will take the direction until arriving at the city of Tinerhir, located in a wide valley bathed by the river Todra that contributes the water of irrigation to the numerous parcels cultivated in the shade of the palm grove. The palm grove of Tinerhir of more than thirty kilometers long extends to the south of the gorges of the river Todra, one of the natural gates that communicate the Atlas with the Sahara. The Todra River Gorges are located at the northern end of the Tinerhir palm grove, at the foot of the Eastern High Atlas mountain range. Little by little this palm grove narrows, and the limestone walls that delimit it rise to three hundred meters high and separated in some stretch by just a score of meters, its narrowest point being about ten meters wide.
From here we will go to Merzouga, a small village in southeastern Morocco located at the foot of the Great Erg Chebi, Sahara Desert. We will leave the 4×4 and ride the camels that will take us to the high dunes to enjoy an unforgettable sunset. Merzouga is also known as “The Gateway to the Dunes”. Climbing the dunes and watching the sunset and sunrise are some experiences that certainly do not leave us indifferent. We will spend the night in a Berber tent and enjoy a traditional dinner enlivened by the sound of the tam-tam (drum), in the most authentic heart of the desert.
Merzouga – Ramlia
We will get up early to see the sunrise in the dunes, and after a good breakfast we head to the Ramlia oasis, a beautiful oasis of palm trees in the Tafilalt region, located in the southeast of the Sahara desert, next to the Algerian and Moroccan border.
To get to Ramlia, we will pass through beautiful desolate landscapes, Ramlia is in the middle of nowhere, its inhabitants are ancient nomads, they all belong to the tribe of Aït Khebbach, which is part of the great Amazigh group of Ait Atta of the south-east Sahara Desert of Morocco and are characterized by their great hospitality.
Dinner and overnight in a hotel located in the middle of the purest desert.
Merzouga – Ramlia – Agdz – Ouarzazate
We will have breakfast and take the desert track through which the route of the Paris-Dakar rally passed. At midday we will arrive in the city of Agdz, whose literal translation would be “resting place”. In the past, Agdz served as one of the stopping points for caravans linking Marrakech and Timbuktu, the gateway to the Draa River Valley and an area of good dates. We will visit the village of Tamenougalt, the ancient capital of the Amazigh (Berber), the first inhabitants of Morocco, and then we will leave for Ouarzazate, which in the Berber language means “without noise”. Ouarzazate is also known as “The Hollywood of Africa”. In the city there are several film studios among which are one of the largest in the world, the Atlas Studios. Stay at the hotel.
Ouarzazate – Ait Ben Haddou – Marrakech
We will have breakfast at the hotel and continue our route through the High Atlas Mountains until we reach the fortified city, or kasbah of Ait-Ben-Haddou, which was founded at the time of the caravan route between the Sahara desert and the current city of Marrakech. The kasbahs were formerly large walled Berber villages designed to defend the harvest and the palm groves that grow along their beds. Ait-Ben-Haddou has been protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site since 1987. Due to the beauty of its environment with breathtaking natural landscapes, in this place numerous films are shot, after the visit to the kasbah, we will set out towards Marrakech, to get there, we will cross the High Atlas by the port of Tichka Tizin, the highest point of the mountain range, the road runs through Amazigh territory (Berber) with breathtaking views. We will arrive at Marrakech “city of a thousand and one nights”, and we will lodge in the hotel.
At the established time, transfer to the airport and end of our services.
EXTENSION TO THE ATLANTIC COAST
Marrakech – Essaouira
After breakfast we will head to Essaouira, the city of light and wind.
On the way we will visit the Assafar cooperative, where argan oil is made and where only women work. The argan “The real gold of Morocco” has valuable nutritional and dermatological properties. Its production is handmade and the goats are in charge of initiating the process. These animals climb the branches of the Argan trees, chew their fruits and then spit out their stones. Later, the women pick them up and beat them with a stone to crush them with a grinder. During the visit to the Assafar cooperative, we will get to know the daily life of its workers, who will explain in detail the complex process of manufacturing this oil.
Essaouira, in Berber Amogdul “la bien guardada”. Located 170 kilometres to the west of Marrakech, it is the ancient city of Mogador, so called because it is a place historically linked to Portugal, which established a commercial establishment here. Essaouira, is a small fortified city bathed by the Atlantic. founded in 1764 by the Alaouite sultan Sidi Mohammed Ben abdallah, taking advantage of the ancient Portuguese fortifications of Mogador with the desire to make the city a commercial port open to the world.
Its medina or old city has been listed as a World Heritage Site since 2001. Essaouira is one of the most attractive cities of all the Moroccan Atlantic coast thanks to its moderate climate throughout the year, to the kindness of its inhabitants, to its cultural and architectural heritage, but above all for the atmosphere that reigns in the streets full of life, where craftsmen, merchants and fishermen mix, which is a huge attraction for visitors.
In this city there has always been a cultural exchange that continues to be maintained. Since 1998, the Essauira Gnawa and World Music Festival has been held every year in June. This event concentrates hundreds of local and international artists who show a musical mix of musicians with a great repertoire of different themes and styles such as jazz, pop, rock or reggae. Accommodation in Riad.
Essaouira – Safi – El Jadida – Casablanca
In the morning we will leave Essaouira until we reach Safi, a town located on the Atlantic coast, what stands out most in the city is the medina, completely surrounded by the wall built by the Portuguese. The old city has a markedly traditional character that can no longer be seen in other medinas where tourism arrives. Leaving the medina we will find the hill of the potters. Safi’s blue pottery is famous all over the world!
We will follow the road to El Jadida, the fortified citadel is declared World Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. From here we will go to Casablanca and visit the Hassan II Mosque, built in 1993, is the largest mosque in Morocco and the third largest mosque in the world. Overnight in hotel.
Casablanca – City of Origin
At the established time, transfer to the airport and end of our services.
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