Day 1: Fes Airport transfer
Meet & greet at Fes Saiss airport and we drive to our traditional accommodation Riad in the old Fes city (Medina).
Day 2: Fes sightseeing guided Tour
Full private Day guided walking tour old medina Fes El-Bali with an English- speaking city guide. The guide will walk you through the maze of souks and sights visiting some of the highlights including the famous Fes pottery sous, the musical instrument makers, metalworkers, carpet souks and the Tanneries Chaowara There are over 9000 cobbled medieval streets weaving their way through markets, mosques, Koranic schools, riads, and hidden fountains. Worth visiting is the Zaouia Moulay Idriss or shrine, Bad Boujloud ornamental gate, Al-Kairaouine Mosque, and University – the oldest university in the world, Al-attain Medrasa, Nejjarine fountain, King’s place and the Jewish quarter or ‘Mellah’. Your guide will include as much as possible in your day. Night in the Riad(bed+dinner+breakfast)
Day 3: Chefchaouen Day trip
Our day trip to Chefchaouen will start at 08:00 you will have 3H driving to get to the blue city and 3H driving back to Fes Chefchaouen or Chaouen, as it is often called by Moroccans, is a popular tourist destination because of its proximity to Tangier and the Spanish enclave of Ceuta. The name refers to the shape of the mountain tops above the town, that look like the two horns (chaoua) of a goat. “Chef Chaouen” derives from the Berber word for horns, Shawn. There are approximately two hundred hotels catering to the summer influx of European tourists. One distinction possessed by Chefchaouen is its blue-rinsed houses and buildings. Chefchaouen is a popular shopping destination as well, as it offers many native handicrafts that are not available elsewhere in Morocco, such as wool garments and woven blankets. The goat cheese native to the area is also popular with tourists.
The countryside around it has a reputation for being a prolific source of kief. The Chefchaouen region is one of the main producers of cannabis in Morocco.
The growing tourist industry is geared especially towards Spanish tourists, who are especially numerous during great Catholic feasts like Semana Santa and Christmas. Chefchaouen was visited by Joe Orton and Kenneth Halliwell in 1967. They adored it finding it “very ‘Golden Bough-ish’ Orton mentions their trip in the Orton Diaries.
There are a number of distinct mosques in the town. Aside from the mosque at Place Uta Hammam in the medina, there is also a mosque dedicated to the patron saint of Northern Morocco’s Jebalah region, Moulay Abdeslam Ben Mchich Alami. His tomb and the village surrounding it is, by the way, an hour’s drive or so from Chefchaouen on the old road to Larache. There is also a ruined mosque built by the Spanish, with stairs still in the tower. back to Fes City in the afternoon. (bed+dinner+breakfast)
Day 4: Fes - Ziz Valley - Erfoud
We will travel all day from Fes over the Middle Atlas Mountains to the desert town of Erfoud the capital of Fossils. Heading out of Fes, the road climbs steadily through the dramatic landscapes you’ll enjoy Amazing panoramic views of the Middle Atlas. This is the homeland of Morocco’s indigenous Berber tribes, whose culture and traditions are still practiced up here in the mountains. Along the route, we pass through the cedar forests of Azro, with a chance to stop and observe the Barbary apes which inhabit this region. The agricultural town of Midelt the capital of apples is our halfway point and makes a convenient lunch stop. Then continuing over the Col du Zad, we will cross the Tizi N’Tairhemt Camel Pass and drive through the Ziz Valley and Gorges. Finally, we will pass Meski Oasis, on the edge of the grand Sahara before arriving in Erfoud, known as the ‘door to the desert’. We will spend the night in our first faux-Kasbah, built in the style of the ancient Berber and Touareg tribal fortresses and offering comfort, spectacular views, right on the edge of the desert. Night in the Hotel (bed+dinner+breakfast)
Day 5: Desert sightseeing and camel trek
This is the day we enter the Sahara proper. There is not a long distance to travel (approx 2hrs), so the morning is free to relax at your hotel after the long road-trip yesterday. After lunch at your hotel, we follow the River Ziz through the Tafilalt Oasis and towards Rissani, the last market town of any size before the sands of the Sahara. There are interesting fossil workshops and an archaeological museum to visit along the way. You may also take the circuit Touristique that detours via crumbling mud-built villages, kasbahs and palm-groves which mark the site of the ancient ruined site of Sijilmassa – once the richest city in North Africa that built its wealth from the trade caravans and gold. You may also find time to visit the shrine or Zaouia of Moulay Ali Shereef outside Rissani, which is open to non-Muslims and has fine mosaic and carved plaster interiors to admire. By the end of the afternoon, you reach the desert at Merzouga, a small settlement on the edge of Erg Chebbi dunes. You can choose to spend the night here in either standard or luxury class bivouac deep in the dunes, or you can sleep in a kasbah-style hotel, traditional riad/auberge or even a mud-built eco-lodge at the edge of the dunes. We recommend camping out in the desert to truly appreciate the special atmosphere of the desert and to view the incredible constellations of stars and the unforgettable sunrise over the dunes. For those opting to experience the tranquility of the dunes, then the final leg of your journey is by camel! The night under stars at Berber traditional camp (bed+dinner+breakfast)
Day 6: Merzouga Desert – Todra Gorges – Dades Valley
Early breakfast in the desert camp in the Heart of Sahara desert and return by camel to meet your 4×4 vehicle. After our night under the desert stars, we drive from Merzouga Village via the ochre cliffs of the Todra Gorges, Todra Valley, Dades Valley and into the Dades Gorges. Our route is an ancient one and encompasses the Oasis of Tafilalet and the road and Valleys of Thousands Kasbahs. The Todra Gorges and Dades gorges, with the high Atlas Mountains to the north and the Jbel Saghro range to the south, give us a glimpse of another type of Moroccan scenery – no less spectacular, although very different to what we have seen on previous days. The Rivers Todra and Dadès provide water for a series of oasis and palms in the region and we will have time to explore in the shade of the date palms and olive groves that line the riverbanks. Our day ends in the Dades Gorges, where we will spend the night either in a charming guest-house which clings to the steep cliffs or in an authentic converted kasbah in the Dades Valley with exquisite facilities and African-themed rooms. Night in the traditional Riad (bed+dinner+breakfast)
Day 7: Dades Valley – Roses Valley – Ouarzazate
From the Dades Valley, we drive to the famous Roses Valley and Kalaat Magouna village, home to the main rose and rose water production of Morocco. On the way, we will drive off-road to visit a nomadic settlement at BouTharar where the local nomadic Ait Atta Berbers make their homes in caves in the rock. We will pass through the Skoura Village, and oasis, where we will visit old Berber Place Kasbah Amredel and a small private museum, before ending our day in Ouarzazate city which called Hollywood of Africa where you will visit inside the walls of the old Kasbah Taourirt, in an authentic 17th century mud-built house which once served as the courthouse for the Pasha el Glaoui. It is now converted to a first-class boutique guest-house and is a fine example of traditional construction methods using local materials Night in the Traditional Riad (bed+dinner+breakfast)
Day 8: Ouarzazate – Tazenakht – Taliouine – Taroudant
In the morning, guests can take time for an either guided visit of the restored the Atlas Film Studios – before we hit the road again. Our route takes us into the arid Anti-Atlas Mountains regions and via the village of Tazenakht Here we stop for lunch after a journey of about 2 hours – you can visit one of the cooperatives selling the hand-woven carpets for which this village is famous. The route then takes us for approximately 4hrs through Taliouin , known for its saffron cultivation and finally to the small walled city of Taroudant in the fertile Souss Village Taroudant once served as the capital of the Saadian empire in the 16th century before they relocated to Marrakech, and is known as the ‘grandmother of Marrakech’. Night in traditional Riad (bed+dinner+breakfast
Day 9: Taroudant – Agadir – Atlantic Coast – Essaouira
Our journey from Taroudant city to the port city of Essaouira passes via Agadir, Morocco’s principal beach holiday resort, then heads north along the rugged Atlantic coastline. On the way, you will glimpse sun worshippers, surfers, fishermen and some of the best bananas Morocco has to offer! You will see deserted beaches and, if you are traveling in summer, crowded beaches packed with Moroccan families. The road travels through the protected forests of thorny argan trees, where “Berber gold” – argan oil – is produced by women’s cooperatives, extracting this precious oil from the kernels of the argan nut. We will stop for a simple lunch on route. On arrival in Essaouira, we offer a range of traditional riad accommodation inside the 18th century UNESCO World Heritage listed medina, or you can opt for a luxury boutique hotel close to the beach (bed+dinner+breakfast)
Day 10: Essaouira free day
Essaouira Medina, into galleries to see the local arts and crafts, admire the sea views from a beachfront café, stroll around the port or along the beach and enjoy a fresh seafood lunch. For the more active, we can arrange watersports, camel rides, quad-biking, horse-riding and hiking in the nearby woodland and beaches. We can also arrange a morning cookery class with advance notice. Night in traditional Riad (bed+dinner+breakfast)
Day 11: Essaouira – Marrakech
In the morning, we hit the road for our final journey, to the exotic and bustling ‘red city’ of Marrakech. This is the last of the four Moroccan Imperial cities that you will experience on this tour. The journey from Essaouira takes around 3 hours and once we have checked in to a traditional riad in the ancient Marrakech medina, you have a free afternoon to explore and unwind. We suggest you head to the main Place Jemaa El Fna to grab yourself some lunch in one of the café restaurants which have a great roof-terrace view over the daytime activities of the busy main square – acrobats, snake-charmers, musicians, juice-sellers and henna-artists. The rest of the afternoon you can shop for bargains in the world’s biggest covered market and you can choose from Marrakech’s many restaurants for an evening meal, or even try the fabulous array of fayre on the outdoor grills of the Place Jemaa el Fna at nighttime. Night in traditional Riad (bed+dinner+breakfast)
Day 12: Marrakech guided visit
Half-day morning tour with city guide of Imperial City of Marrakech – also known as ‘the red city’ for its famous pink-hued ramparts. Our English-speaking city guide will meet you at your hotel in the morning and take you through the souks of the medieval medina, introducing you to artisans, bakers, carpenters, spice- merchants, apothecaries and also visiting landmark monuments including Ben Youssef Medersa, the Bahia Palace and the Koutoubia Mosque. Your tour ends at the famous Place Jemaa el Fna square. Rest of the day is at leisure or we suggest you take a horse-drawn carriage to the new town are of Gelize to visit the exquisite Majorelle Garden, previously owned by Yves St. Laurent and originally the private home of the painter Jacques Majorelle. We suggest you return to the square for an evening dinner at one of the outdoor food-grills to sample anything from grilled meats, fried fish, fried aubergines, boiled snails, Harira soup, spiced ginger tea, boiled sheepshead, and other local delicacies. Even if you decide to eat elsewhere, the experience of the Place Jemaa el Fna at night is an intoxicating one – with smoke swirling up from the grills, the pounding rhythms of the street musicians, the call to prayer ringing out from the mosques as the excited crowds gather for this nightly ‘circus’. Night in traditional Riad (bed+dinner+breakfast)
Day 13: Day trip to High Atlas Mountains
Our day trip will start at 08:30 to the Kasbah Ait Benhaddou. with an approximate return time around 6:00 pm, The tour goes over the Atlas Mountains, so you will be able to enjoy beautiful landscapes with local villages and elevated scenery of the surrounding areas during your journey. After a few hours driving, we will reach Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, which is an ancient building to explore. where many films have been shot included
shooting a movie. Films such as Lawrence of Arabia (1962), The Living Daylights (1987), The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), The Mummy (1999), Gladiator (2000), Kingdom of Heaven (2005), Kundun (1997), Legionnaire (1998), Hanna (2011), and Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2011) were shot there. During the· tour, we have a lot of things to see and to do during your day. Back to Marrakech.
Day 14: Marrakech – departure
After breakfast at your riad, private transfer to the airport as required (Marrakech 30 mins, or Casablanca 3hrs).
The tour can be adjusted to your preference