8 Days From Casablanca
Day 1: Arrival at Casablanca airport – Chefchaouen
Arrival at Casablanca airport. Meeting and transfer to Chefchaouen via Rabat with the option of visiting the political capital of Morocco if time permits. We will stop en route for drinks and fresh air.
Day 2: Chefchaouen – Volubilis – Fez
After breakfast in your Riad, free morning to explore the Medina of Chefchaouen; a beautiful unique city with its white walls and blue doors and windows. Unlike many parts of Morocco, this city was occupied by Spain and influences of Spanish civilization and architecture are present everywhere. You will also have the opportunity to meet locals and walk through this beautiful Medina. Lunch in Chefchaouen (optional). We will drive along the Rif Mountains with a brief stop at the Roman ruins of Volubilis (free time for walking and exploring). Our trip will end in Fez.
Day 3: Fez city tour with local guide
After breakfast, a local guide from Fez will accompany you on your journey to explore the oldest imperial city in Moroccan history, our visit will include, weather permitting: Medersa (Koranic school), Attarin or Bou-Inania. Quaraouiyine Mosque, founded by Fatima Bint al-Fihria in the 9th century A.D. Fountain and museum of Nejjarine. Bab Boujloud, the blue and green door. Mausoleum of Moulay Idriss II. Chouwara tanneries and have the feeling of having taken a step back in time. The water clock dating from the 14th century A.D. Souks. Traditional ceramics and Merenid Tombs. Free afternoon to relax or enjoy the streets of the old medina.
Day 4: Fez – Ifrane – Ziz Valley – Erfoud – Merzouga
Welcome at 8 am in your hotel or Riad, transfer to Ifrane (Moroccan Switzerland) our first stop to enjoy the city with its completely European style. Along the route we will cross the cedar forests of the Middle Atlas where you can often see Barbary macaques, while enjoying the contrasts of the landscapes, we will pass by Midelt, famous for its apples, to eat at a local restaurant or do some shopping (vegetables and fruits) and have a picnic by a river. Our journey will continue towards the gorges of the Ziz valley, with its procession of palm trees, while we will pass through many typical Berber villages that arrive in the town of Erfoud to visit a local fossil craft workshop. Continuing with the fascinating dunes of Erg Chebbi, the incredibly beautiful extension of the rolling dunes, also known as the Dunes of Merzouga. Camel trekking watching the sunset and spending the night in Berber tents (haima) in the middle of the dunes. Dinner and overnight in a Bivouac (camp).
Day 5: Merzouga – Todra Gorges – Dades Gorges
You can get up early to enjoy the first rays of sunshine over the desert. Enjoy your breakfast at the camp and board your camel for the return to the lodge to meet your driver. The itinerary will take us to the Todra Gorges to enjoy their wonderful views of their canyons as we walk through them. We will continue our way through Berber villages and palm groves, stopping en route for lunch at a local restaurant. We will cross the administrative town of Boumalen to reach the Dades Gorges, where our journey will end in a charming hotel.
Day 6: Dades Gorges – Valley of Roses – Ait Ben Haddou – Marrakech
Today, after breakfast, we will drive along Kelaa Mgouna (Valley of Roses) where the highly perfumed roses bloom in the hedges during April and May, when we can buy a bouquet of roses. Then we will continue to Ouarzazate, known for its film studios, which house many international film productions and is also known as the “Hollywood of Morocco”. We follow the route along the Ounila Valley and just 40 km from the Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou, we will see the Kasbah of Telouet, an ancient caravan route from the Sahara over the Atlas mountains to Marrakech. It was the seat of power of the Glaoui family, King Moulay Hassan gave them the political power of Morocco south of the High Atlas Mountains. The Glaoui were almost as powerful as the sultan himself. You can still visit the palace, but it is increasingly damaged and is slowly collapsing. In 2010, work was underway to restore the property. If you get the chance on Thursday, visit a traditional souk of the Atlas village. Lunch in the Atlas Mountains. We cross the Tizi-n-Tichka again to arrive in Marrakech late afternoon / early evening. We will spend the night in a Riad in the Medina of Marrakech.
Day 7: Tour of the city of Marrakech with local guide
The city tour includes the following key sites, weather permitting, based on a half-day or full-day excursion. Souks. Jewish Quarter. Bahia Palace. Minaret and gardens of the Koutoubia. Saadian tombs. Ben Youssef Koranic School. Boticario (Berber pharmacy of spices, herbs and oils). Majorelle Gardens with a beautiful museum of costumes and jewelry Amazigh (Berber). Half day free to enjoy the night in Jamaa el Fna square. Accommodation in Riad.
Day 8: Marrakech – Departure from Casablanca
After breakfast, transfer to Casablanca airport by motorway and departure. End of our services.