DAY 1 TANGER – RIF MOUNTAINS – CHEFCHAOUEN
Tangier Tours and Trips in Morocco Meet our guide at Tanger port and travel to Chefchaouen in the Rif Mountains. Chefchaouen (or Chaouen) was founded by Muslims and Jews who were forced out by Christians in the 15th century. The town was unknown until the twentieth century and had remained largely unchanged for the previous 500 years. It is said to provide the best representation of what an Andalucian town might have looked like during the Moorish era. The city becomes a tourist destination, with its narrow medina streets, white and blue-colored buildings, and stunning location in the middle of the mountains. There are cafes around the main square and hotels. Car: 1 hour – Walk : 3 hours
DAY 2 CHEFCHAOUEN- VOLUBILIS -FEZ
At 10:00 p.m., we will depart for Fes. We’ll travel through the Greenhills, wide-open spaces, and wheat fields. We eat lunch near Ouazane before moving on to Volubilis. It is Morocco’s best-preserved Roman ruins. The beautiful mosaics, streets, columns, and baths on a guided tour within the Roman site will transport you back to the myths of Rome. Not far away is MoulayDrissZerhoune, an old village where the founder of Morocco’s first Arab Islamic dynasty is buried. If time allows, we’ll stop in this town for mint tea before heading to Fez. Riad/Hotel. 5 hours on car – 1 hour by foot Time to travel: 5 hours
DAY 3 FEZ MEDINA GUIDED TOUR
After breakfast, you will be taken on a guided tour of the medina of Fès at 10:00 a.m. To begin, the southern tower and the 16th-century fortress face each other, providing a panoramic view of the medieval city. We’ll pay a visit to a fun pottery cooperative. It will broaden your understanding of Moroccan “mosaic” ”zellij” and blue pottery from Fez. A real 8th-century labyrinthine old city. You will travel back in time to the city’s medieval era, where people still work in small, narrow streets, stalls selling all sorts of traditional crafts abound, and donkeys carrying supplies scurry up and down the medina’s streets.
For a while, you won’t have any sense of direction or time. The interesting old mosques, the University of El-Karaouiyine, and its libraries are among the many Islamic monuments in Fez’s medina. All of these factors combined make Fez the country’s spiritual and cultural capital. An optional dinner with belly dancers can be added to the day’s activities. 1 hour by car – 4 hours on foot
DAY 4 FEZ – ERFOUD – ERG CHEBBI DESERT CAMP
Drive through the Middle Atlas mountains in the morning. It is home to Barbary apes known as “themaggot,” which are native to the Middle Atlas cedar forest. A stop in Franktown would be very welcome. It was established during the French protectorate and is a well-known location for ski resorts in Morocco. We’re having lunch in Medilt, which is known for producing the best apples in Morocco. Stop for a photo in Zizvalley, which is where the palm groves and dates begin. Since Erfoud is the Moroccan capital of fossils, you will have the opportunity to visit one of the factories where beautiful marble objects are made.
Following that, we visit the mausoleum of Moulay Ali Chref in Rissani, the father of Morocco’s current Alaouite dynasty in the 17th century. We stop in Erg Chebbi for a cup of tea before heading to the desert camp. Meet up with Camels for a camel ride and a sunset viewing at the sand dunes. Spend the night in a Berber tent. 7 hours by car; 2 hours by foot
DAY 5 FREE DAY DESERT DUNES DISCOVERY :
Meet Nomads Gnaoua Music Free Time Car: 4hours – Walk: 2 hours
DAY 6 DESERT CAMP – ALNIF – TODRA GORGE
Wake up early to see the sunrise and take a camel ride back to the dune line. After breakfast and a shower, we drive to Tinjidad and stop to see the old underground irrigation system known as “khatarat,” which is still in operation in the Jorf oasis. In Toudravalley, we had lunch. It has lovely kasbahs and cliffs, as well as 15 kilometers of palm groves. Arrive at the stunning 300-meter-high gorges and take a short stroll along the Toudra River. Overnight stay at the Kasbah hotel. 4 hours by car; 2 hours by foot
DAY 7 TODGHA GORGE – DADES – SKOURA – OUARZAZATE
We travel to Dades Valley to see the High Atlas Mountains’ stunning formations and the thousand Kasbahs that make up the valley. Fig, almond, apricot, peach, walnut, and pomegranate trees grow in abundance. The Rose Valley will be next, which is known for rosewater and crèmes for the beauty derived from Damascena Rose, which can be used in high-end perfumes, skincare, body care, cosmetics, hair care, medicine, and other items. The blossoms must be picked up very early in the morning by women. Locals hold a festival in May to commemorate the harvest of roses. And there are children selling rose necklaces on both sides of the lane. Arriving in Ouarzazate after crossing the old palmary of Skoura. 3 hours by car – 2 hours on foot
Day 8 Ouarzazate – Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah – Marrakech.
Ouarzazate has three cinema studios as well as stunning kasbahs. Optional visit to the Kasbah of Taourert Then we drive to the village of Ait ben Haddou. We visit the most well-preserved village in the country’s south, which was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987 and was the setting for a series of films such as Gladiator, Prince of Persia… We’ll do some walking around the village before continuing along the Ounila Valley to Telouet Kasbah, the Pacha’s most influential man in the south. To get to Marrakech, you’ll have to cross the magnificent High Atlas Mountains Pass (Tizi-n-Tichka 2260 m ALT).