A trip through time. From the imperial cities, where the new city and the medina of the Middle Ages are separated only by a door, in the heart of the Atlas, where impressive mud fortresses rise in the shadow of dizzying gorges that lead us to the desert of exoticism.
DayTourMealsAccommodation
1Origin - Casablanca - Essaouira DinnerRiad
2Essaouira - Marrakech BreakfastRiad
3Marrakech - Ouarzazate Breakfast, DinnerRiad
4Ouarzazate – Dades Gorges – Todra - Desert Breakfast, DinnerHotel
5Deserto – Oasis of Ramlia - Merzouga Breakfast, DinnerHotel
6Merzouga - Ziz Valley - Atlas Medium - Fez Breakfast, DinnerHotel
7Fez Breakfast, DinnerHotel
8Fez - Chauen - Fez Breakfast, DinnerHotel
9Fez - Casablanca - Destination BreakfastNo

Included

  • Transfer from Casablanca
  • 4×4 vehicle on private tour
  • Driver
  • Fuel
  • Guided tour with local guide to visit Fez and Marrakech
  • Dromedary (1 per person)
  • Meals and lodging indicated in the table.

Not included

  • Flight
  • Tickets
  • Beverages
  • Travel Insurance
  • Suggestions and all that is not included in the program
  • Includes any service not mentioned in the section.

Trip planning

Day 1
City of Origin – Casablanca – Essaouira

Reception at Casablanca airport and then at the Hassan II Mosque, built in 1993, is the largest mosque in Morocco and the third largest mosque in the world; then we will take the route to Essaouira, the city of light and wind.
“A walk through the medina and eat good fish, one of the pleasures of Essaouira.

Essaouira, in Berber Amogdul “the well-kept”. It is the old town of Mogador, called to be 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 Sultan of Alaska Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdallah, exploiting the ancient Portuguese fortifications of Mogador with the desire to make the city a commercial port open to the world.

Essaouira is one of the most attractive cities on the entire Moroccan Atlantic coast thanks to its year-round mild climate, the friendliness of its inhabitants, its cultural and architectural heritage; its medina or old city has been listed as a World Heritage Site since 2001; a place to savour it without haste and enjoy the atmosphere that reigns in its lively streets; there master craftsmen mingle in gold, inlays, cabinetmakers, merchants and fishermen. Night in the riad.

Day 2
Essaouira – Marrakech

After breakfast we leave for Marrakech, one of the four imperial cities of Morocco, founded in 1062 by Youssef Ibn Tachfin, first emir of the Berber dynasty of the Almoravids and capital of the Islamic empire.

Marrakech is one of the most important cities of Morocco and is located in the south of the country, at the foot of the Atlas. It has many world heritage monuments, making it the country’s main tourist attraction. We will begin the visit in the square of the mosque of Koutoubia in Marrakech, near the square Jamaa El Fna, from here we will enter the Medina direct by UNESCO as world heritage, we walk through the streets of the souk and visit the main historical sites that houses the Medina. The Saadiane Tombs, the Medersa Ben Youssef, the Palace El Badi. 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 as Oral Heritage of Humanity, everything in Marrakech revolves around the square, in this public space they collect, filling it with colors and culture; musicians, narrators, snake charmers, dancers, dentists, fruit juice vendors, acrobats, writers, water carriers, herbal medicine vendors, women who henna tattoos “The tradition of decorating hands and feet with ‘ henné Extends to many countries of the Maghreb ” The tradition of decorating hands and feet with ‘ henné Extends to many countries of the Maghreb “.

Free afternoon for your entertainment. A good option is to approach Jamaa el Fna Square at dusk, and from some of the high terraces of the square observe gradually, the square is filled with food stalls illuminated by hundreds of lights, and as the night, an infinite number of people gather to eat. Night in the riad.

Day 3
Marrakech – Ouarzazate

We leave in the morning from Marrakech to Ouarzazate, on the way we will cross the mountain range crossing the Tizi-N-Tichka pass, at 2,260 meters high, enjoying the mountain road and its incredible landscapes. Before arriving in Ouarzazate, we will visit Ait Ben Haddou, a fortified city, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Once in Ouarzazate, free time to visit the kourbah of Taourirt or the film museum “Atlas studios”, the most important film studios in Morocco. Ouarzazate is known as the “Hollywood of Africa”. We will spend the night in a riad.

Day 4
Ouarzazate – Dades Gorges – Todra Gorges – Desert

After breakfast, we will take the road that leads us through the palm grove of Skoura, from here a beautiful road full of kasba mud will take us to Kelaat M’Gouna, in the valley of roses, whose name is given by the cultivation of damascene roses. The legend says that the first floor arrived in a caravan of pilgrims returning from Mecca in the tenth century, today the entire valley smells of a delicate aroma, the cultivation is oriented to the consumption of rose water and export. After a brief stop, we will rebuke the way to the gorges and the valley of the river Dades. The valley of the river Dades rises in the high Atlas and narrows to form gorges of the same name that, according to the locals, hides up to a thousand kasbahs. Dades Gorge is a deep gorge of the Dades River, between the towns of Boumalne Dades and Msemrir; an area populated mainly by members of different imazighen (Berber) tribes.

To the north of Boulmane, we will see how the rock formations mixed with the traditional architecture of the alcazaba and ksares adobe seem to emerge from the same rock and are of particular beauty, in the Tamlat gorge, the rocks acquire curious geometric shapes by wind erosion, popularly called “monkey fingers”. We will follow the path until we reach the valley of the river Todra, more than thirty kilometers long, one of the natural gates that connect the Atlas with the Sahara. One of the most beautiful oases in the region. The Todra River Gorges are located at the northern end of the palm grove of the city of Tinerhir, at the foot of the mountains of the eastern Atlas. Gradually, said palm of the hand is narrowed, and limestone walls that delimit rest up to three hundred meters high and are separated into some stretch of a few meters, being the widest point closest to about ten meters. After the visit we will continue our way until arriving in the evening / night in a hotel in the middle of the desert, we will enjoy a traditional dinner and a tableclub animated by the sounds of drums. We will stay in the same hotel.

Day 5
Desert – Oasis of Ramlia – Merzouga

We will wake up early to see the sunrise on the dunes, and after a good breakfast we head to the Ramlia oasis, a palm oasis in the Tafilalt region, located in the southeast of Erg Chebbi (Sahara), near the border with Algeria and Morocco. We will visit the humid palm grove by a traditional moat teruel or built manually, “without water there was no life in the desert” and enjoy the hospitality that characterizes its people. The inhabitants of the oases are ancient nomads Ramlia, all belong to the tribe of Aït Khebbach, which is part of the great Amazigh group Ait Atta from the southeastern Sahara desert in Morocco. Around Ramlia and up to Merzouga, we will see some nomadic communities with their herds. We will reach Merzouga, a small village located at the foot of the Great Erg Chebi, in the Sahara desert. We will leave the 4×4 and we will make an excursion with the camels that will take us to the great dunes of the desert, there we will enjoy an unforgettable sunset. Merzouga is also known as “The door of the dunes”.

“Climbing the dunes and watching the sunset and sunrise are some experiences that certainly do not leave us indifferent. Overnight in a hotel located in the desert (possibility of sleeping in Haima).

Day 6
Merzouga – Ziz Valley – Atlas Medium – Fez

After breakfast we will take the road to Fez through the impressive valley of Ziz, we will cross its majestic gorges with incredible landscapes of mountains bordered by oasis and fortifications. We will cross the High Atlas pass of Tzi n’Talrhmeht, known as the “camel pass” that will take us to Midelt, and from here to Ifran, where we will make a brief stop in the famous cedar forests of the Middle Atlas, here lives one of the last community of Barbary monkeys, a species of macaque that can only be seen here and in Gibraltar. After a walk we will go to Fez where we will spend the night in the riad.

Day 7
Fez

Full day dedicated to the discovery of the city of Fez, at night we will return to the riad to enjoy a well deserved rest.

Fez is considered in Morocco as a religious and cultural center of the country. The city is divided into three zones: Fez el Bali, (the old area within the walls), Fez-Jdid, (the new area where Mellah is located, the Jewish quarter) and the Nouvelle Ville (the French). the northwest of the city).

The medina of Fez el Bali is today one of the largest medieval sites in the world. 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, you must start from the Bab Boujloud gate, enter the souk and walk through its narrow, labyrinthine streets, often avoiding mules loaded with large bales:

  • Visit the Madraza de Bou Inania, with its precious works of cedar wood, stuccos and decorations in marble and onyx.
  • La zaouïa by Moulay Idriss, founder of the city.
  • The Andalusian quarter with its mosque and the Es-Sahrij madrasa.
  • The old Dar Batha building, in the Arab-Andalusian style, dedicated to the arts and traditions of Fez.
  • The mosque of the Al-Karaouine University, one of the oldest in the world, founded in 859 by Fatima Al-Fihri, daughter of Mohammed Al-Fhri, a rich merchant of that time. 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, wooden sculptures 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 ofargas. (leather shield and oval shape), originally used by the Muslim cavalry of Al-Andalus, with the name of addárqa.

Day 8
Fez – Chauen – Fez

We leave Fez in the morning to the city of Chauen, located at the foot of the Rif mountain range, a sacred city famous for its blue and white passages. We will enter the Medina through one of its five doors in the direction of the Great Mosque, we will cross the winding streets of dazzling blue-white houses that contrast with the great variety of colors of the different products of the shops and bazaars, the smells of freshly baked bread with the wood oven or the tajín ready to eat, the walk is a feast for all the senses. After a walk we sit for a mint tea on the terrace of a café in the Plaza Uta el-Hammam, the liveliest of the medina of Chauen, presided over by the citadel and the exceptional octagonal minaret of the Great Mosque; there we see people as they advance and relax. Everything in Chauen is made with sweetness and simplicity.

The town was founded in 1471 by Ali Ben Rachid on the site of a small Berber town. Its original population was composed mainly of exiles from Al-Andalus, both Muslims and Jews, so the old part of the city is very similar to that of Andalusian cities, for centuries Chauen was considered a sacred city, where foreigners were forbidden to enter. For this reason, its entire medieval physiognomy has been maintained with little alteration.

According to tradition, Chauen resembled the Andalusian city of Vejer de la Frontera (in the province of Cadiz) since then, Ali Ben Rachid had promised his wife Lalla Zahra (a Spanish noble converted to Islam) that the city would seem to be his city Christmas, Vejer, and it was.

We’ll get to Fez at night and stay in the riad.

Day 9
Fez – Casablanca

We will leave Fez early in the morning towards Casablanca airport and end of our services.

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