10D9N Morocco Sojourn

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10D9N Morocco Sojourn

3,668.00

Travel period between February and April 2018.
The above price is based on 4 pax per group
Price includes:

  • Private transfers in 4x4WD or minivan with fuel and driver
  • English speaking guide during entire journey
  • Accommodation in 5 to 4 star riads/hotels with breakfast
  • Dinners on day 3 and 4
  • Admission Fees
  • Bottle of water each day in car

Prices do not include:

  • Lunches
  • Dinners (except day 3 & 4)
  • International flight tickets
  • Tips
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Day 1: Marrakech

Upon arrival, you will be greeted by your driver who will transfer you to the Riad Maison Arabe (or similar). 
Accommodation: Riad Maison Arabe (or similar)

Day 2: Marrakech

Your guide will meet you in the lobby of your hotel/riad in Marrakech at 0930 and head towards the Djema El Fna square from where you will begin a walking tour of the old town (medina). No cars allowed in this part of the city. Youwill visit the highly decorated tombs of the royal family of Saadian, the Ben Youssef medersa, the majestic ruins of the Baddi palace built by Ahmed El Mansour using the most precious materials such as onxy, gold and marble traded for the weight of sugar and Bahia Palace. You will also visit the outside of Koutoubia mosque the dominant mosque of Marrakech and its minaret that has watched over Marrakech for over 800 years. After having your lunch, you may, together with your guide, take either a taxi or we recommend a horse trolley to take you into the new town for a visit to the famous Majorelle Gardens. The Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech is one of the most visited sites in Morocco. It took French painter Jacques Majorelle (1886-1962) forty years of passion and dedication to create this enchanting garden in the heart of the “Ochre City”.

Overnight in Marrakech.
Accommodation: Riad Maison Arabe (or similar)

Day 3: Marrakech – High Atlas Mountains – Ait Ben Haddou – Ouarzazate – Skoura
Oasis appx 4 hours drive 

You will be picked up from your hotel in Marrakech at 0930am and head towards the Atlas Mountains through the Tizi n‘Tichka pass, the direct route towards Ouarzazate. It is a spectacular and dramatic road that presents astonishing views of the snow-topped peaks of the Atlas as well as many Berber villages. Upon our descent, we will arrive at the cultural heritage site of Morocco; the Ksour of Ait Ben Haddou. It was once an important stop along the caravan routes that carried salt from the Sahara and on return, gold and ivory. This is probably the best-preserved fortified Kasbah in the country. With its dramatic walls of red earth, slit windows and crumbling towers, it is a magnificent example of a traditional stronghold. Chosen as a location for Hollywood films such as Lawrence of Arabia, Jewel in the Nile, and more recently Gladiator, Ait Ben Haddou sits upon a lofty pinnacle of rock overlooking a river. Dating from around the 15th century, its importance as a trading post gradually waned, and today's inhabitants eke a living from farming... and as film extras! Then, you will take a short drive to Ouarzazate and there to Skoura Oasis. We spend a night here in a lovely hotel in the midst of the palm trees.

Overnight in Skoura Oasis with breakfast and dinner.
Accommodation: Ksar El Kebbaba (or similar)

Day 4: Skoura Oasis – Todra Gorge – Merzouga and Erg Chebbi desert dunes

Your guide will meet you at your hotel in Skoura Oasis at 0930 to transfer you to the desert camp. We will drive along the Rose Valley and then onto Todra Gorge, a spectacular gash in the hills that surrounds Tinerhir. The cliffs loom above as you approach the mouth of the Todra Gorge. Rising 300m, the honey-colored hues of the sheer face change constantly as the sun moves across the sky. Nomads can often be seen in the gorge. Many deserted Kasbahs, mud brick villages and green oasis, dot the whole area: A photographer’s paradise! Then we pass the city of Erfourd and onto Rissani. You will reach Merzouga and the magnificent apricot colored sand dunes of Erg Chebbi. Here we head off into the vastness of the dunes on a camel caravan accompanied by camelteers. You can ride or walk alongside as you slip into the pace of the caravan led by Berber guides and marvel at the awesome spectacle of the desert and the solitude and silence that comes with it. As evening falls, retreat to the comforts and luxury of your exclusive private desert camp where you will be greeted with mint tea and fresh dates or nuts. The camp is set in a beautiful spot between sand dunes and gives you the impression of being alone in the vast African desert while enjoying the comforts of a nomad king. You will enjoy a delicious dinner followed by campfire time beneath the starry African sky. Nothing compares to the millions of stars, silence, and serenity of the Sahara, like a scene from Arabian Nights. 

Overnight in Desert Luxury Camp with breakfast and dinner.
Accommodation: Desert Luxury Camp (or similar)

Day 5: Merzouga – Midelt – Azrou - Fes

Enjoy your breakfast in the desert early in the morning. Then, transfer directly from Merzouga to Fes along the scenic Ziz Valley Gorge and via Azrou and the cedar forests, where a colony of local Barbary apes will keep you amused. You will arrive at Fes in the evening.

Overnight in Fes, breakfast.
Accommodation: Riad Al Amine Fes (or similar)

Day 6: Fes

Fes, the cultural capital, is one of the most complete medieval Islamic cities in the world. Passing through the gates and walls into the alleyways beyond transports you back in time. The streets are just as they were when they were built in the 8th century, with high walls that protect the courtyards inside from the heat of the midday sun. Enormous theosophical colleges, beautiful mosques and fascinating souks spilling their goods onto the pavement are all part of the scene. You will have a walking tour to some of the major points of interest as well as some free time to wander. You’ll visit the Place an-Nejjarine, where an ancient caravanserai overlooks a fountain; wander outside the great Qayrawan mosque, passing 14th-century merchant's shops; or head to the tanneries - where leather is stained in vats of strikingly colored dyes. In the souk al-Attarine, the scent of exotic spices fills the air and close by a hammam (or traditional bathhouse) steams away the stresses of life

Overnight in Fes, breakfast.
Accommodation: Riad Al Amine Fes (or similar)

Day 7: Fes – Volubis – Meknes – Chefchaouen

Morning departure to Meknes. We will enter the old city through the large monumental gate "Bab Mansour". It took fifty years for the palace and massive ramparts to be built, but not much remains today. Follow the old walls to the Ag Dal Basin once used to water the royal gardens and the Sultans immense stable of 12, 000 horses. Visit the Mosque and Mausoleum of the Moulay Ismail, one of the most impressive buildings in the city, and its decorative tombs. Today, you will also visit the Roman Ruins sight of Volubis. Walk along the ruins and discover the mosaic work. After which, you will be transferred to Chefchaouen in the late afternoon. 

Overnight in Chefchaouen with breakfast.
Accommodation: Riad Lyna (or similar)

Day 8: Chefchaouen

With its distinctive pale blue and whitewashed buildings and winding alleyways, Chefchaouen is a charming place with strong Andalusian connections. It was here that many Jews and Moors fled during the Spanish Inquisition. Highlights of our day include a short hike to the ruins of the "Spanish" mosque with its fantastic panoramic views; a visit to the Ras el-Ma, where the city's fresh water springs from the mountain; and a stroll through the wonderfully restored kasbah and gardens. Have most of this day to wander on your own through the medina shopping for handicrafts or lounging in one of the many outdoor cafés.

Overnight in Chefchaouen with breakfast.
Accommodation: Riad Lyna (or similar)

Day 9: Chefchaouen - Rabat

Today, you will be transferred to Rabat. Morocco’s capital has a grand feel of an imperial city with a fascinating historic center filled with fine sultan’s palaces, stimulating mosques and centuries-old ramparts. Our visit today will include Oudaia Kasbah, a heavily fortified town – a medina within the medina complete with mosques, souks. We stop to visit the Mausoleum of Mohamed V and Hassan Tower, site of Sultan Yacoub el Mansour’s failing to creating the largest mosque in the world. Visit of Rabat would not be completed without viewing the oldest part of the city Chellah Necropolis. Dating from the time of Almohads, here you will also find many ruins of the Roman Empire.

Overnight in Rabat, with breakfast
Accommodation: Sofitel (or similar)

Day 10: Rabat – Casablanca

Today, we will visit Casablanca, now Morocco's largest city and commercial capital, Africa's fourth largest port. Visit the residential area of Anfa district, Ain Diab to stroll the famous Boulevard de la Cornich, Casablanca's Atlantic boardwalk, Mohammed V Square and the gorgeous mosque of Hassan II. Before heading to the airport for your departure back home, you may choose to have dinner in town.