We offer a wide range of activities including 4x4 tours, tours and trekkings in the Morocco desert and Atlas mountains travel with tripadvisor lonely planet guide A new year celebration under the stars across the desert wilderness around a camp fire as you dance to the rhythms of folklore of the region, also visits to the Kasbahs, the Imperial cities of Meknes, Fez and Marrakech, as well as the wonderful Ouarzazate region with the Dra'a valley, the Dades and Todra gorges where you'll be able to admire the highest mountains and southern dunes. Our tours, excursions, treks and bivouacs can be adapted to your personal needs and requirements. Please let us know here if you think to a customized trip. We will reply within 24 hours indicating the feasibility and information concerning price.
This tour includes all sights that you must see in Morocco; Casablanca and the mosque of Hassan II, Fes; the most beautiful city in the Maghreb, Meknes and the Romans ruins of Volibulis, Marrakech and the High Atlas moutains, and the sun rise in the sahara. "It's trip through the history and the beauty of Morocco.
Day 1: Meknes & Volubilis
As soon as you'll be landing at Casablanca's Airport Mohammed V, you'll take another flight to Fez. Then get ready to start your Morocco tour.
An hour drive from Fez, your first tour in Morocco begins in the imperial city of Meknes. Founded in the 11th century, the city of sights such as the tomb of Moulay Ismail, Bab (gate) El Mansour, Bab Jemaâ En Nouar, Place El Hedim, Bab El Khamiss, the Mellah, Heri es-Souani granaries, and the Agdal basin.
Not far from Meknes, the Roman ruins of Volubilis. A thriving settlement until the 4th century, its fine mosaics and remnants of the city's architectural splendor still survive. Practically across the road from Volubilis lies the holy city of Moulay Idriss,(the founder of the Idrissi royal dynasty and is now the destination of a yearly religious pilgrimage). A glimpse from afar is all you can have as none of the sites are open to non-Muslims.
Day 2: Fez, The Cultural and Spiritual Capital of Morocco
After breakfast, your guide takes you on a private walking and driving tour of Fez, the city of long history. It has retained its status as the country's cultural and spiritual center from several years.
Founded in the 9th century, Fez reached its height in the 13th–14th centuries. The urban fabric and the principal monuments in the medina – madrasas, fondouks, palaces, residences, mosques and fountains - date from this period. The Fez medina is made up of narrow streets that were designed to thwart invasion, but today it thwarts the independent tourists, that's why, rest with your guide to miss none of sights.
Architecture, mosques, monuments and palaces are the static physical evidence of Fez's history and culture. But the living energy and soul of the city come from its people who go about their daily lives and practice their trades just as they have for hundreds of years. As you are guided through the narrow streets and ancient souks, you'll see the artisans at work and have a chance to purchase the products of their skill. Around each turn is a different souk known for the craftsmen who work there. Cold, lifeless metal is formed into practical items and then reformed into works of art at the metal souk. Turn a corner and you'll be confronted with the overwhelming smell of the tannery where raw hides are turned into world famous Moroccan leather.
Turn after turn something new is around each corner. The rhythmic clicking of the wooden shuttle as they race back forth over the wooden looms, the hammering and sawing o andf the wood workers, the filing and fitting of the bone workers, all the sounds of the medina rushing together into an everlasting symphony of history and life.
The experience at times can be overwhelming, so along the way you'll have a chance to sit and relax while you let the experience soak in. One of our favorite places is to get away is the shop Dar Zaouia. A carpet shop located in a restored villa deep in the old city, the Zaouia is the only shop offering more learning experience than sales pitch. While you relax in the cool quiet of the Dar and enjoy a glass of mint tea, you'll be given a lesson in Moroccan rugs from wool to spinning, dying to tying, and know the differences between a kilim and imperial which is only talked about by serious rug collectors. And if you're interested, they'll of course be more than happy to sell you a rug or two. Rugs purchased from the Dar Zaouia qualify for the Rug Guarantee.
After a full day of touring, you'll be taken back to your accommodations for the night.
Day 3: Casablanca, the Economical capital of Morocco
Breakfast at your accommodations and check-out before your driver takes you to the Fez train station for the 4-hour train ride to Casablanca with first-class tickets included.
Casablanca Morocco's primary financial and industrial city. At your arrival to Casablanca, a guide/driver will meet you and take you on a tour of the city including inside the ornate Hassan II Mosque, the largest in the world and the only Mosque in Morocco open to non-Muslims. When the interior of the Mosque is closed to non-Muslims on Fridays for prayer, you'll tour the breathtaking exterior. You'll see some other sights around the city such as the Pasha's palace (now city hall), the gates of the royal palace, the Nouvelle Medina, Place des Nations Unies (United Nations Square), Anfa district, Arab League Park, and the art deco district built by the French during their occupation. Then transfer to the Casa Voyageurs train station for the 4-hour train ride to Marrakech.
A driver will meet you upon your arrival in Marrakech and transfer you to your accommodations. The rest of the evening is yours and dinner is usually the first order of business. For a great first adventure in Marrakech, head to the Djemaa el-Fna ;a square filled with musicians, story tellers, snake charmers, dancers, and almost every variety of food to be found in Morocco at a cost lower than you can imagine.
Day 4: Marrakech, the 1st tourist destination in Morocco.
After breakfast at your accommodations your guide will meet you for a private walking tour of the city.
While Fez was the center of learning and culture, Marrakech to the south was more of a Berber camp behind high walls. It was transient, colorful, and exciting, a sprawling country market set in the middle of a palm-fringed plain. As time passed, focus shifted from Fez to Marrakech filling the city with palaces, monuments, gardens, and tourists. But through it all, the city stays true to its colorful roots.
Your guided walking tour of the city will include admissions to the significant sights in Marrakech. Starting when the guide meets you at your accommodations, you'll see such sights as the Saadian Tombs and the Bahai Palace, the Koutoubia mosque, the famous souks and the historic medersas, ending at the Djema el Fna square by lunch.
From there you can continue to explore and discover Marrakech on your own. Armed with a feel for the city, you'll find Marrakech a much easier city to navigate than Fez. If you want to escape the rush, the Garden Menara is the place with its tranquil basin and olive groves set against the Atlas Mountains. You'll be on your own for dinner. you could venture into the Djemaa el Fna where dining is more than a meal, it's an adventure.
Day 5: Marrakech on your own
Today is your day to get up close and personal with the city. After breakfast at your accommodations, the rest of the day is yours. Head back into the souks for some shopping adventures, or take a break at the Garden Majorelle.
If spending too much time in one place isn't your style, then we offer day trips outside of Marrakech. One of our favorite day trips from Marrakech is into the OURIKA Valley of the High Atlas Mountains. Even though you'll be traveling over the High Atlas tomorrow on your trip south to the Sahara, the OURIKA Valley with its breathtaking vistas makes for a memorable experience at a more relaxed pace.
Essaouirais a walled city perched on the rocky shores of the Atlantic. Designed by a European hired by the Sultan, it was once a major trading port, but with its sheltered long sand beach, quaint fishing harbor, and excellent seafood, it's now known as a tourist destination. With its bright, airy, narrow streets with whitewashed buildings and blue doors, Essaouira seems strangely out of place. Its laid back atmosphere is a stark contrast to other historical cities in Morocco, making it a nice break from the hustle and bustle of Marrakech. If you'd like, we can even arrange for an overnight in Essaouira.
Day 6: High Atlas and the Sahara
After breakfast at your accommodations in Marrakech, you'll be picked-up and start south on an 8-10 hour drive to the Sahara. The oak forests and walnut groves of the Marrakech plains give way to rocky cliffs and steep drops as the road climbs into the mountains and you enter into the dramatic Tizi-n-Tichka Pass (2,260 meters high). Sharp drops, hair pin turns, mud slides, rock slides, snow, ice, and road side vendors that rush into the road to sell geodes make this an exciting ride with breathtaking scenery.
You arrive in Ouarzazate for lunch, 4-5 hours after departing Marrakech. If the region looks familiar, it's because it has been the backdrop for films such as "Lawrence of Arabia", "The Sheltering Sky", and more recently "The Mummy", and "Gladiator". After lunch you embark on the 4-5 hour drive to the Sahara, passing through the Tizi-n-Tinifft Pass and down the Draa Valley with its palmeraies, Kasbahs, and small villages. Your last stop before the Sahara is the village of M'hamid. Located on the northern edge of the Sahara, it is the last oasis of the Draa valley and the end of the paved road. A brief stop at the Hotel Sahara (a former French Foreign Legion Barracks) where you will be given an opportunity to relax, refresh and repack for the desert trek before dinner. After dinner at the hotel, you will be taken by 4X4 vehicle to a camp on the edge of the desert where you will spend the night in a Nomad style camp, sleeping in a khaima (the traditional nomad tent about 6 to 7 meters per side and made of woven wool) or on the dunes if you chose. The nights can be cold in the middle of the Sahara and the traditional animal hide coverings have been replaced by manufactured blankets. Other than that, the camp is designed to give a taste of Nomad life with a few conveniences added for comfort.
Day 7: Sahara
You'll awake with the sunrise (which is nearly impossible not to) and have breakfast before starting on your camel caravan. Smart, sturdy, and generally good-tempered, the one-humped camel (which is in fact a dromedary).The Sahara (meaning Desert in Arabic) is the largest desert on Earth, encompassing an area of over 8 million square kilometers (over 3.5 million square miles). Many people often think the Sahara is only rolling sand dunes, but is actually only 30% sand (known as erg); the remaining 70% is gravel plains (known as reg). The other aspects of the Saharan landscape include the hammadas: vast plateaus swept by winds; and massive mountains whose altitude varies but can exceed 3,000 meters (9843 feet).
As you ride along, you'll think the Sahara is lifeless, but to survive, life adapts. One of the most surprising splashes of life and color are the Tamarisk mounds. These mounds are formed around the Tamarisk tree, which exudes a sticky sap that gathers the sands pushed by the wind, building its own sand dune until nothing but branches are visible.
After a half day of camel riding, you'll stop for lunch and be picked up by the 4X4 vehicle that will take you deeper into the desert. The drive will take you over desert pistes (almost invisible tracks in the sand), past nomadic tents, wild camels and into a sea of sand and tall dunes. Dinner will be prepared fresh while you explore the 350'+ tall dunes of the Erg Chigaga. Your night will be spent at camp sleeping in a tent or under the stars.
Day 8: Sahara to Ouarzazate
After breakfast at camp, you'll begin your 4x4 ride back to M'hamid with a stop at an oasis on the way
You'll arrive back at the Hotel Sahara in M'hamid by mid-morning. After a break to refresh, a guide will take you into a rural Kasbah for a rare look inside a disappearing way of life. Its narrow, dark, sand streets are lined with traditional homes built of thick earthen bricks made from a mixture of clay and straw. This clay, like the narrow shaded street, keeps out the relentless sun and heat of the Sahara, an application as practical as it is traditional. We ask that you put your cameras away when venturing into the Kasbah. The inhabitants much prefer that you "create memories rather than pictures."
After your tour of the desert and Kasbah, your driver will take you the 4 to 5 hours north to Ouarzazate. You spend the night at a hotel before a flight out to home in the next day.
|Price per person|
|No Days||Meals||2 persons||3 persons||4 persons||5 persons||6 persons|
|8||Full-board||820€ *||790€ *||770€ *||620€ *||570€ *|
25% cut for children under 12 years old, Free for children under 5 years old. (one child for each family).
This price includes the 4x4, driver, fuel, and lunch.
Drinks and other extras such as entrance fees or tips are not included.