HIGHLIGHT MOROCCO TOUR Tangier - Chafchaouen 12 days / 11 nights
1st day: Tangier – Chefchaouen
In the morning, we will meet you in Tangier and drive you to the nearest city, Chefchaouen. Situated in the Rif Mountains, he charming town of Chefchaouen is famous for its bright blue- washed buildings. As you stroll through the narrow cobbled streets and walls of the medina, you will notice that most of the men wear Djellabas made of wool and women wear colourful straw hats. Lunch is at a local restaurant where you will admire the panoramic view of the valley and village. In the main square of the medina, you will have time to explore the shops filled with local handicrafts, such as wool garments and woven blankets.
2nd day: Chefchaouen - Meknes - Volubilis - Fes
This morning after breakfast, you will travel to the nearby city Meknes, the third Imperial city of Morocco with its famous door. Meknes is known as "The Versailles of Morocco.” You will explore Bab El Khemis and Bab Al Mansour, two magnificent historical gateways. Continue your sightseeing tour with a visit to the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail. Later, you will head to the village of Moulay Idriss Zerhoun, a pilgrimage site for Moroccans. After lunch, you will walk among the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis before continuing your driving tour to Fes.
3rd day: Fes, Tour and visit the city with Local Guide
After breakfast, you will start your journey by visiting Fes, the second largest city after Casablanca. Led by a local city guide, visit the medina (the old city) and its ramparts and alleys, listed as a World Heritage site. Tour the famous medieval tanneries. Discover Karaouine Mosque that was founded in 859 by Fatima Al-Fihri and considered the most magnificent and historic religious attraction in the city. After a lunch break, visit the the Merenid tomb at the rim of the Valley. Explore the architectural masterpieces of Bou Inania Medersa, Attarin Medersa, and the Neijarin Fountain. You will be astounded by the Fondouks, the place where donkeys and their owners meet. Then, visit the souks where you can feast your eyes on local handicrafts, copperware, pottery and delicious edible goods.
4th day: Fez – Azrou – Midalet – Errachidia – Ziz valley – Erfoud - Merzouga
After breakfast, we leave Fes and journey toward Merouga. You will pass Ifran, known as the Switzerland of Morocco and we will stop at Azrouon , known for its green-tiled roofs, beautiful cedar forests, and residence to Barbary Macaques, or a type of primate monkey with a short stub for a tail. Next, you will travel to Midelt where you can enjoy your lunch. Continuing the road through the Middle Atlas Mountains, you will observe the nomads that live there, and be mesmerized with the views of volcanic rock and nearby Errachidia with its high cliffs. Next you will be amazed by the Ziz Valley, an oasis surrounded with palm trees. Your next stop is Erfoud where you will have the opportunity to visit a fossils marble factory and showroom filled with a variety of decorations. Afterwards, you will head to the final stop of the day, Merzouga in the Saharan desert. Dinner and overnight accommodations will be provided at a Kasbah Hotel
5th day: Merzouga - Erg Chebbi dunes - Tamrdanite - Khamlia Hassi el-bied.
In the morning after breakfast, you will begin your excursion by traveling through the sand-sea dunes near the Algerian border. This picturesque place provides the opportunity to take photos and see up close the surrounding black volcanic rock. You will also meet a nomad family and observe their lifestyle. Next you will pass Berber villages like Tamrdanite before you reach Khamlia. In Khamlia (a tiny village in desert), you will enjoy hearing spiritual Gnawa music that is played by Africans who inhabit this village. On our way to the hotel you will be enchanted with the view of the lake of Ait Sareji (especially In springtime) which attracts pink flamingos and many others birds. You will then arrive at the hotel for rest and get ready for a camel trekking adventure in the heart of the desert. As you head to the bivouac, you will see the spectacular sunset while relaxing on the dunes. That night, you will enjoy traditional Berber cuisine, listen to the sound of drums while gazing into a starry night before turning in for the night in a traditional camel hair tent in calmness and tranquility.
6th day: Erg Chebbi - Erfoud - Tinejdad - Tineghir - Todra Gorges - Boumalne Dades
Early next day, you will be awakened by your personal camel tour guides to watch the spectacular sunrise before enjoying breakfast. You will then trek back to your hotel where you can have a hot shower and get ready for the next journey. Next destination is Rissani, where you will visit Zawiya Moulay Ali ash-Sharif and explore the Souk (local market) with the opportunity to see the Fondouks where donkeys gather. You then continuing on your drive toward Tineghir, passing by Erfoud “the capital of marble fossil.” There will be an opportunity for you to view the Khatarat (canal irrigation system) on our route. The next stop is in Tinejdad or Tineghir where you will have lunch. Later on, you will continue on the road alongside the river to reach the gorges where you will hike/walk on foot through this stunning natural wonder while enjoying the views of high rock walls (up to 300 meters). Afterwards, you will head to Boumalne Du Dades and the gorges where you will have time to explore Dades gorges and see its unique rock formations with shapes like “human bodies and monkey toes”.
7th day: Dades valley – Boutghrar - El Kelaa M'gouna – Skoura – Ourzazate
After breakfast, you will begin your journey through the valley of Dades , where you will explore the marvelous sights of the valley. After that we drive you over the wonderful Pist “Mil Kasbah” which is accessible only in a 4x4. You will pass by interesting Berber villages such as “Boutaghrar”. And, you will have the opportunity to meet some Berber nomads who live in the caves. You will then continue to El Kelaa M’gouna (the valley of roses) where you will have a refreshing lunch break before heading to Ourzazat. On the way, you will cross the beautiful oasis of the palm groves in Skoura, and see many exotic Kasbahsuch such as Amerhidil Kasbah before reaching Ourzazat.
8th day: Ourzazate Ait Benhaddo - Pass Tizi-n-Tichka – Marrakech
After breakfast, you will depart toward Marrakech. You will pass by the Atlas studios, host to some of the largest movie studios in the world with such filmed production as Lawrence of Arabia, Jewel of the Nile, The Mummy, Gladiator and The Man Who Would Be King. Then continue the road to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site: the exotic Kasbah of Aït Benhaddou. After, journey across the high Atlas mountains through the pass of Tizi n’Tichka. You will stop along the way and enjoy the wonderful panoramic scenery and have lunch. Afterwards, you will continue to Marrakech where you will spend the night in a bed & breakfast in an authentic Moroccan Riad.
9th day: Marrakech
After breakfast, you will have a full-day tour to discover Marrakech with an expert local guide. Immerse yourself in the “red city” and take lunch in the Medina. You will then visit the grand palaces and monuments of Marrakech such as the 19th century Bahia Palace, the 16th century Saadian Tombs, the Koutoubia Mosque, and the Majorelle Garden. You will have time to visit the famous Souks where merchants sell everything from leather, carpets, cloths, spices, and kaftans.
10th day: Marrakech - Essaouira
This morning after breakfast, you will leave Marrakech toward Essaouira, a port city and resort facing the Atlantic Ocean. It is also famous for its beautiful fortress, the Gnaoua Music Festival and the Windsurf Championship, With a vibrant port, colorful market stands, and artists who come from around the world for inspiration, Essaouira is an enchanting city that is full of life, light and magic.
11th day: Essaouira - Chichaoua - Marrakech
After breakfast, you will depart Essaouira and travel approximately 20 Km to visit "Sidi Kaouki,” one of the most beautiful and clean beaches in Morocco. Enjoy a half-day of swimming and relaxing. After a delicious lunch, you will travel back to Marrakech where you will spend overnight at a Bed and Breakfast at a Riad.
12th day: Marrakech
After your final breakfast, we transfer you to the airport for your departure flight.
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE TOUR PRICE:
• 12 Days Transportation in private Toyota Prado Land-Cruiser with A/C Or New Mini-Vans with A/C
• 11 nights of accommodations in Authentic Moroccan Riads
• English, French, Or Italian - speaking driver / guide for the entire trip
• English speaking local guides in Marrakech and Fes
• Camel trekking to spend overnight in a "Berber tent" in the middle of Sahara desert of Erg Chebbi Dunes
• All miscellaneous taxes
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED IN THE TOUR PRICE:
• Airfare (Flight Ticket)
• Beverages (Drinks)
• Tips for guide, drivers
• Travel insurance