During the first day of your trip we will meet you in the port or airport and drive through the Rif mountains and Tetoun city to enjoy the views of the beautiful mountains till we get to
Chefchaouen one of the stunning villages in the feet of Rif mountains chefchaouen medina
had a Spanish-style square surrounded by many funky arts and crafts stores, rooftop restaurants and cafes where you will have lunch and walk through to city to explore a little
bit, before we drop you in riadwhere you will spend the night.
After the breakfast in riad we drive across the Rif mountains going south to the wonderful
Roman ruins at Volubilis , the Volubilis of really ancient olive presses, mansions, incredible
mosaics, monumental arches and Corinthian columns where you’ll have a real sense of
Roman lifestyle and of that of a subsequent medieval Berber town. The site contains the
Mansion containing the mosaic of the Labours of Hercules, the Baths of Gallienus and Baths
of Forum with their fragmentary mosaics; the House of Orpheus and its Dolphin mosaic and
Orpheus Myth; the Cortege of Venus many of whose mosaics we may only see from the
outside yet will get to se the medallions of Bacchus, Diana and the Abduction of Hylas; the
Gordian Palace with its bath house and pooled courtyards; the House of the Wild Beast, the
House of Nymphs, the House of the Seasons, the House of Flavius Germanus, the Knight’s
House with an incomplete mosaic of Dionysus Discovering Ariadne Asleep, the Triumphal
Arch , the Capitol and the House of Ephebus with its pictorial mosaics, especially that of
Bacchus Being drawn in a Chariot by Panthers.
We leave Volubilis behind to drive alongside the dark, outlaying ridges of the Zerhoun Hills to
stop for a visit of the town of Moulay Idriss , the holiest Islamic town in the kingdom of
Morocco, where thousands of Moroccan faithful come on pilgrimage (moussem) every
August to pray at the tomb of this descendant of the Prophet Mohammed. Arriving at the
elongated square we see above us the green-tiled pyramids of the Zaouia with its two
conical quarters on either side and stroll amidst the labyrinth of alleyways before leaving for
the Imperial City rebuilt by Moulay Ismail. Overnight in riad in fes city.
Fes (Fez) is Morocco’s oldest Imperial city and its “old town” is now a UNESCO World
Heritage site. The Medina (old town) is called Fes el-Bali and behind its high walls is a
magical, medieval city just teeming with life in every one of its narrow streets. Fes is the
cultural and spiritual capital of Morocco and you’ll certainly experience its vibrancy.
The new part of Fes, called the new city, was built by the French and is totally different from
the medina. The wide boulevards are lined with modern shops and full of traffic activity.
There’s not much to see, but if you prefer larger Westernized hotels, this is where you’d stay.
After breakfast at 9:00, we’ll begin to explore the oldest city in Morocco, wandering through
its alleys and small streets. Your first stop is the Royal Palace gate, which was once the
Jewish headquarters, and the first Mellah ever built in Morocco (built during the 16th
century). Your tour will include the significant cultural and historical sites, including the
famous Al Qaraouine University (the oldest in the region), the tanneries, the Attarine Museum, and Mulay Idriss Mausoleum. After lunch, you will visit the tiles cooperative before
enjoying a wonderful panoramic view over the entire Medina of Fes.
We will pick you up from your riad / hotel then drive south to Ifrane and Azrou through the Middle Atlas mountains. On the way we will stop at the cedar forests to see the Barbarian
Apes in their natural habitat. Travelling through the Tizi Ntalghamt pass to Midelt and along
the magnificent Ziz Gorges carved through volcanic rock, you’ll see views of the Middle-Atlas plateau and the scenery changing to reveal hints of the desert as you approach the city of
Errachidia. After lunch we’ll continue our journey through the Ziz Valley to Erfoud, Rissani
and Merzouga. After a glass of mint tea, we’ll leave our luggage in a safe room then take a
camel ride to a Berber camp in the middle of the Erg Chebbi Sad Dunes which are the
highest sand dunes in North Africa. The camel trek takes about 1 hour 30 min from to the
camp where we will set up Berber tents for our night in the desert. The tents are well equipped with mattresses, blankets, and cushions. After dinner we will gather around the fire
and enjoy the sound of traditional Berber drums under the stars.
We will wake up early to enjoy a magnificent sunrise on the dunes then take a camel ride
back to the hotel. After freshening up and breakfast we’ll leave for Tinghir and the Todra
Gorges and finally arrive in the Dades Valley where we will have dinner and spend the night.
After breakfast we’ll drive through the Dades Valley towards Kalaat Mgouna and Ouarzazate. The route through the Dades Valley, the way of the thousand Kasbahs, provides
numerous photo opportunities. We’ll visit the Roses valley and Skoura village, then continue
to Ouarzazat, “the Hollywood of Africa”. Lunch is at the famous Ait Ben Haddou kasbah, the
largest Kasbah in Morocco. After touring this UNESCO World Heritage site, our journey will
continue through the majestic Tizi nTichka pass, reaching an altitude of 2260m, over the High Atlas Mountains. We will stop to enjoy the impressive views and visit the argan oilcooperative. We will arrive in Marrakech late afternoon.
Today we enjoy best of Merzouga desert 4×4 excursion. You will explore Sahara dunes by
4×4, we visit vilage of Khamlia and here we listen famous Gnawa music. In nearby
Hassilabiad village we visit also Nomad museum. At afternoon we ride camels to desert
camp in Sahara. The camel trek leaded by an experienced camel guide will take about 1
hour and at the end we reach the Merzouga camp and we spend the night here after
watching the sunset and having Berber dinner. You enjoy listening to music of Berber drums.