Discover Morocco in this tour that leads your deep into the two major touristic cities of the country – Fes and Marrakech. Enjoy a stress-free night in the desert among the nomads. Seize the opportunity to watch the sky as clear and starry as you would never see it in the cities.
Marrakech is the top tourist destination in Morocco, both for foreigners and Moroccans alike. Stretch back in history with the early Almoravid founders in the 11th century who made it the capital and built the ancient wall surrounding the nowadays old medina, Marrakech is a city that still preserves a huge part of Moroccan medieval history.
Explore Marrakech in a guided tour led by a local guide. Visit the Jamaa El Fana square, El Badii Palace, Saadiin Tombs, Bahia Palace, and Dar Si Said museum. Enjoy a stop at the Koutoubia minaret, which served as a prototype for many mosques minarets around the world like the Giralda in Spain. Walk through the narrow pathways and alleys of the old medina, typical architecture for many old cities in Morocco. Enjoy the traditional souks and products, and meet the indigenous locals. The locals are much knows for their hospitality and the sense of humor.
You have lunch in the Riad, a traditional Marrakchi meal, or you can have your meal outside in a traditional restaurant of your choice.
The afternoon is free. Take the opportunity to walk through the old Medina by your own. It is completely safe and difficult to lose your track because you have a plenty of direction marks everywhere. In case you get lost, which is rare, ask anyone and they would happily show you the way.
The Jamaa El Fana Square is a spot that you don’t want to miss, especially during the night. The square becomes beautifully crowded with visitors from all around the world. There you find groups forming circles for tales telling, traditional songs, comedy, acrobatic shows, and many more. You would spend a lovely night in spot full of beans.
We pack up for Ouarzazate in the morning. Enjoy the mountain twisty road to Ouarzazate known as Tiz n’Tichka, a driving trip through the High Atlas. We have some stops to see the panoramic sight inside the high mountains, the villages and houses scattered along the narrow valleys and the traditional shops and bazaars that display the Berber carpets and handmade products.
A few kilometers from Ouarzazate city, we take a turn to pay a visit to Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, a UNESCO heritage site in the foothills of the Grand Atlas. We have lunch there. Take your time exploring the Kasbah which lies in the footsteps of a hill. Then we follow on to Ouarzazate. We stop to visit the Cinema Museum and the Kasbah Taourirt.
Our next destination is the desert of Merzouga. Today we spend the night in the heart of the desert in a nomad tent. We take the road to Skoura town, once inhabited by Moroccan Jewish people and was famous for trade. Continue the way towards Kalaa Mgouna and the Valley of Roses and reach the Toghra Gorges in Tinghir. Along the way, enjoy the traditional Kasbahs and the houses built in the Berber traditional touch.
From Tinghir to Merzouga, delve into the geographical and climate changes from mountains to desert.
When arriving at Merzouga, camels will be waiting us for a camel trekking trip through the Erg Chebbi to see the sunset on the sandy dunes. We spend the night in a comfortable nomad tent with local music and dancing. We set fire and have dinner. You will get the chance to live a moment like a local nomad and watch the clear starry sky which is often an impossible view in modern cities.
We pack up early in the morning and take the road northward towards Fes. The day to head north and explore all that the east-south road to north has to offer!
Enjoy the whole road to Midelt through the Ziz Valley and the Ziz Gorges. Midelt town is known for growing apple trees and minerals. We stop to have lunch there. Further north towards Azrou and then Ifrane, known for skiing, ultimate cleanness, and the perfect place to escape the hot weather during the summer. The locals call it the Switzerland of Morocco. Between Arzou and Ifrane lies the Cèdre Gouraud Forest, named after the French general Henri Gouruad, where the Barbary apes live. With a little luck you may get the chance to see them along the way.
We arrive at Fes before the evening and head to the Riad where we relax and spend the night.
Fes is the spiritual city of Morocco and served as the capital several times in history. Fes is the best, alongside with Marrakech, when it comes to historical richness, old medina and preserved traditions. We begin our exploration by walking through the ancient Fes, or Fes El Bali as it is called by the locals. Fes El Bali encompasses the oldest pars of the city and is home for the Jewish Quarter, known as Mellah, the Quarawiyyin University, the first university in the world. Walk past the colorful houses and shops, visit the Al-Attarine quarter and school and acquaint yourself with the traditional perfume industry, spices, leather production and refining, traditional markets where artifacts, souvenirs, and all traditional products are sold.
Test the traditional food and drinks when we stop for lunch in local restaurants. Enjoy a unique panorama from the hill that holds Bour Al-Shamal, the military fort built in the 16th century by Saadi dynasty. The tower offers a great view of the whole of Fes El Bali. We will pay a visit to the Arms Museum if you like. Not far atop lies the remnants of the Merinid tombs.
Airport transfer Marrakech or Casablanca.