|1||Origen - fes||Dinner||Hotel|
|3||Fes - Merzouga||Breakfast, Dinner||Hotel|
|4||Merzouga – Rissani - Ramlia||Breakfast, Dinner||Hotel|
|6||Ramlia – Agdz - Ouarzazate||Breakfast, Dinner||Hotel|
|7||Ouarzazate - Marrakech||Breakfast||Hotel|
|9||Marrakech - Fes||Breakfast, Dinner||Hotel|
|10||Fes - Destination||Breakfast||No|
- Transfer Fes
- 4×4 vehicle on private tour
- Guided tour with local guide for the visit of Fes and Marrakech
- 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.
Origin – Fes
Reception and transfer to the hotel.
Full day dedicated to the discovery of the city of Fes, in the evening we will return to the hotel, to enjoy a deserved rest. Fes is considered in Morocco as the religious and cultural center of the country. The city is divided into three zones, Fez el Bali, (the old zone within the walls), Fez-Jdid, (the new zone where is the Mellah, the Jewish quarter), and the Ville Nouvelle (the French zone in the northwest of the city). The medina of Fez el Bali is one of the largest medieval sites in the world today. The whole medina is declared World Heritage by UNESCO, its souks and alleys have not changed since the Middle Ages. To get to know the medina of Fez el Bali, start at the Bab Boujloud gate, enter the souk and walk its narrow, labyrinthine streets, often dodging mules laden with large bundles.
- Visit the Bou Inania Madrasa, with its valuable works in cedar wood, stuccoes and marble and onyx decorations.
- The zaouïa of Moulay Idriss, founder of the city.
- The Andalusian quarter with its mosque and the Es-Sahrij Madrasa.
- The ancient Dar Batha palace, in the Arabic-Andalusian style, dedicated to the arts and traditions of Fez.
- The University Mosque of Al-Karaouine is one of the oldest in the world, founded in 859 by Fatima Al-Fihri, daughter of Mohammed Al-Fhri, a very rich merchant of those times. After the death of her father, Fatima and her sister received a large amount of money, and then Fatima decided to create the University Mosque. Inside you can see many arches, mosaics, wood carvings and paintings of great beauty.
The district of the tanners, in the Middle Ages, the city became one of the main commercial centers of the Maghreb, being the main producer of adargas. (shield made of leather and oval shape), originally used by the Muslim cavalry of Al-Andalus, with the name of addárqa.
The Fez World Festival of Sacred Music, created in 1994, is part of the spiritual and artistic life of the city; since its creation, this event has been a true international success. The 2001 Fez Festival was declared by the United Nations as one of the most exceptional events contributing to the dialogue among civilizations. It is held every year in June.
Fes – Merzouga
After breakfast we will leave Fes in the direction of Ifrane, a town located in the Middle Atlas in a mountainous area at 1713 meters of altitude and with a cold climate, which has influenced the nickname of the small African Switzerland, at the exit of Ifrane, we will take the route to the famous cedar forests of the Middle Atlas, where lives one of the last communities of Barbary monkeys, a kind of macaque that can only be seen here and in Gibraltar. After a brief stop, we will follow the route through the impressive Ziz river valley. The route of the Ziz valley, is through limestone gorges bordered by high date palms and mixed with the constructions of adobe houses, which makes the place a fascinating spectacle for our eyes.
The river Ziz rises in the High Atlas and digs its way through impressive cliffs, heading south, where it waters the immense palm grove of Tafilalet. The water marks the route towards the desert, there it is lost after crossing more than 270 km. In the afternoon we will arrive at Merzouga, known by “the door of the dunes”, a small village in the south-east of Morocco located to the edge of the Great Erg Chebi, (desert of the Sahara). There we will leave the 4×4 and ride the camels that will take us to the high dunes of the desert to enjoy an unforgettable sunset. Dinner and overnight in a hotel at the foot of the same dunes.
Fes – Merzouga – Rissani – Desert
After breakfast we leave for Rissani, 35 km from Merzouga, we will visit the colourful market, an important commercial centre frequented by desert people. The market of Rissani is ancestral, in which there are craftsmen of wood, sale of cattle, of spices… here we will also be able to see the curious Parking of donkeys, where the people who go to the market keep the animals here.
Rissani is also a meeting place for collectors, fossil hunters and researchers; in its vicinity are numerous mineral quarries and fossil deposits.
Historically Rissani was a kingdom itself between the 8th and 14th centuries, known as Siyilmasa and very important in the area due to the trans-Saharan caravans and commercial movement that existed at that time, rivaling Fez and Marrakesh. From here came large caravans of camels that exported metals, fabrics and dates to Sudan and Guinea. Ibn Battuta on his trip to Mali in 1352 relates:
I arrived in the city of Siyilmasa, which is one of the most beautiful and abundant in excellent dates, which resembles the city of Basra, but the Siyilmasa are better (…) I acquired camels and put myself on a journey in a caravan where many merchants of Siyilmasa …
In the afternoon we will take the desert route and stay in a hotel in the most authentic heart of the desert and enjoy a traditional dinner accompanied by the sound of tam-tam. (There is the possibility of sleeping in haima).
Desert – Ramlia
We will get up early to see the sunrise in the dunes, and after a good breakfast we go to the oasis of Ramlia, a palm oasis of the Tafilalt region, located in the southeast of the Erg Chebbi (Sahara desert), next to the border of Algeria and Morocco. We will visit the palm grove watered by a traditional tergua or canal built manually, “without water there was no life in the desert” and enjoy the hospitality that characterizes its people. The inhabitants of the Ramlia oasis are ancient nomads, they all belong to the Aït Khebbach tribe, which is part of the great Amazigh group of Ait Atta of the south-east Sahara Desert of Morocco. In the vicinity of Ramlia we will see some nomadic communities with their flocks. Dinner and overnight in a hotel located in the middle of the desert.
Desert – 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 first inhabitants of Morocco, its kasbah is the most important architectural complex and the most beautiful of southern Morocco. At the end of the 80’s of the last century, the director Bertolucci chose this architectural ensemble to film several scenes from his already mythical film “The Protective Sky”. Its name “Tamnougalt” in the Berber language means “crossroads” and in fact, that is what this place represented in the past, a centre of crossroads of caravans coming from sub-Saharan Africa and then we will leave for Ouarzazate, which in the Berber language means “without noise”. Ouarzazate is also known as “Africa’s Hollywood”. 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 – Marrakech
After breakfast we will continue our route through the High Atlas Mountains to 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, numerous films are shot here. After the kasbah visit, we will cross the Atlas from Ait Ben Haddou to the mountain pass of Tizi-N-Tichka, at 2,260 meters high, the highest point of the High Atlas Mountains, and from here to Marrakech. “The city of a thousand and one nights. Overnight in hotel.
Marrakech is, together with Meknes, Fez and Rabat, one of the four imperial cities of Morocco. 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.
After breakfast and at the agreed time and start the visit to Marrakech in the square of the Koutoubia Mosque, next to the square of Jamaa el Fna, from here we enter the Medina catalogued by UNESCO as World Heritage, walk through the streets of the souk and visit the main historical attractions that houses the Medina. The Saadi Tombs, the Medersa Ben Youssef, the El Badi Palace. At the exit of the Medina we will have a mint tea in some of the terraces of the lively Jamaa el Fna square. “A whole world in a square”, declared by UNESCO Oral Heritage of Humanity, everything in Marrakech revolves around the square, in this public space gather filling it with color and culture; musicians, storytellers, snake charmers, dancers, dentists, fruit juice sellers, acrobats, letter writers, water carriers, herbal medicine sellers, women making tattoos with henna “The tradition of decorating hands and feet with henna is widespread in many Maghreb countries”.
Free afternoon for your enjoyment. A good option is to approach Jamaa el Fna Square at sunset, and from some of the high terraces of the square watch as you slowly, the square fills with food stalls lit by hundreds of lights, and as night falls, an infinite number of people gather to eat. Night in hotel.
Marrakech – Meknes – Fes
Early morning departure to Fez by motorway, we will stop in Meknes, one of the four imperial cities of Morocco. Founded in the 11th century by the Almoravids (a Berber tribe called Meknassi), it became the capital of the Maghreb in the 17th century. In Meknes we can see the Bad el Mansour gate, one of the largest and most beautiful entrance doors in Morocco, built in 1732. The door of Bad el Mansour, is the usual entrance to the Medina, where we can admire its souk, historic buildings and the Great Mosque of Almoravid origin of the twelfth century. We will continue to Fes and stay at the hotel.
Fes – Destination
At the agreed time, transfer to the airport and end of our services.