Imperial cities Sahara desert 8 days

IMPERIAL CITIES & DESERT 8 Days / 8 Nights

This tour is designed to give you an in depth understanding of the history of Morocco a typical Combined Tour lasts a week and includes the famous imperial cities, the Atlas mountains, desert tour to the big dunes of Merzouga.

Itinerary

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Program: Imperial cities Sahara desert 8 days


Day 1: CASABLANCA – Rabatrabat

Pick up at the Casablanca airport and start to drive to the city crossing views of the Moroccan countryside. we stop to visit Hassan II biggest Mosque in Afrca, the only opening  for non muslims, after we continue towards the capital city Rabat for the first night.

Day 2 -Rabat-  Chefchaoun

Our second day starts with nice breakfast in the riad, then our visit to rabat city starts bychechaouan exploring the beautiful Mausoleum of Mohammed V, decorated with stained glass windows, white marble . We continue to  Hassan tower, which stands on the hill overlooking the Wadi Bou Regreg, then we visit  the Oudaïa Kasbah which was built by Moulay Ismaïl from 1672-1727 to protect the city also enclosed by ramparts dating from the Almohad period. The trip goes on to Chefchaouen famous for its vivid blue rinsed houses and is very popular for both tourists and Moroccans, particularly in the hot summer months. Explore winding lanes and narrow alleys which are home to numerous souks offering cuisine and artisan works. Overnight in Chefchaouen

Day 3- chefchaoun – Fesfes

After the breakfast in our Riad, we start driving towards Fes city, one of the oldest imperial cities in Morocco, we are crossing many beautiful landscapes and amazing views towards the city where we stop for lunch. Then you start to explore with the local guide the most beautiful sites in the city such as Karouin mosque, tanaries of the leather and the medina that has beautiful Souks  as well as the museum of Moroccan art. Night will be in a riad.

Day 4:  FES  – Volobilis – Meknas

Begin our day by driving towards archaeological site of volubilisVolubilis (Walili) and start discovering the fascinating Roman ruins adorned with beautiful mosaics and colorful tiles depicting Roman mythology. Volubilis has been classified by UNESCO as a world heritage site and most attractive site in the region.

We continue to Meknes that was chosen by sultan moulay ismail as his capital at the end of 17 century, the city built with 20 gates, more than 50 palaces and 15 miles of surrounding wall. We discover some Mekneshighlights of the city as Bab Mansour gate, Place El-Hedim (Square of Ruins), Inania Medersa ( koranic school). overNight in hotel or riad in meknes.

Day 5 : Meknas – Sahara Desert Merzouga

Early morning we start our day towards the sahara from the riad, crossing near the national park of Ifran « the switezland of Morocco » as it calls. To enjoy its beauty and to have a memoriable photos, a break will be taken. After that we will head towards Azrou to see the barbary Apes Merzougamonkeys in the cedar forest. We Continuing to Midelt for a lunch meal in a restaurant. By the afternoon, we will cross the pass of Tizi N Telghomt to reach Errachidia while admiring the views of Ziz gorges which offers amazing photographic opportunities. Later on, we will have a stop in a panoramic view of Ziz valley. The drive continues to Erg Chebbi Dunes passing by Aoufous and Erfoud the capital of fossils, where you may want to visit a local fossil craft workshop. After that we will continue to the captivating dunes of Erg Chebbi. Arrive to the hotel and get ready for a camel ride for an hour and half to enjoy the sunset. Overnight and dinner in nomad tent camp site.dades gorges

Day 6 : Merzouga – Todgha gorges – Dades gorges

If you wake up early enough, the Sahara desert offers an amazing sun rise. Afterwards, you’ll peacefully ride the camels back to your hotel in the adge of the dunes appreciating the unique beauty of the spectacular Erg Chebbi dunes with first lights. After breakfast and shower, we will leave towards Todra gorges well known as an important destination for rock climbers. The highest and narrowest gorges in Morocco, where we can do some walking before arriving to Dades Valley for dinner and accommodation.

Day 7 :  Dades gorges – Ait ben Haddou – Marrakech

With different rock forms of the mountain in the valley to Dades, we start our day to make quick visit of Dades gorges. We continue crossing the road of thousand kasbahs to reach the valley of the roses ; always spectacular in April and May when the roses bloom. We head towardsouarzazate Ouarzazate city, then to Ksar Ait Ben Haddou the most restored ksar in the south which classified by the UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. We make the visit of the site and enjoy lunch there. We continue to Marrakech crossing the High Atlas mountain range via Tizi N Tichka pass 2260m with beautiful sceneries towards the small valleys and berber villages. Arriving to Marrakech late afternoon and night in a riad.

Day 8 : visit of Marrakech city

A full day sightseeing tour of Marrakech, one of the most beautiful cities in Morocco founded bymarrakech the Almoravid dynasty at the end of the 12th century and always an attractive for its unique history and culture. Our guide lead you to discover the most remarkable highlights of the city; Saadian Tombs, Menara, Majorelle Gardens, the Koutoubia mosque with its minaret, Bahia Palace, the Souks and the Djemaa el Fna Square. Free evening for different activities in the square. Night in the riad.

end of your trip: Imperial cities Sahara desert 8 days.