Morocco Journey : Roam ancient markets, Ride into the desert on a 4×4, Peer out over the Atlas Mountains

 

Tour description provided by G Adventures

Discover the fresh cedar forests of the Atlas Mountains, meander the winding lanes of old Marrakech, explore the Fes medina with a local guide, and ride into the desert on a 4×4. Meet musicians, Berbers, and artisans and soak up the exotic beauty of Morocco.From the highest dunes in Morocco, peer across the sands to watch the sun rise over another North African day. Experience some of the country’s most unforgettable highlights over nine days of culture and nature.

Itinerary

Day 1 Casablanca
With its art deco and French colonial buildings, the medina, restaurants and entertainment, there is plenty to keep you busy! Included Activities:Arrival Day and Welcome MeetingTransport:Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s))There are no activities planned for the day, leaving you free to enjoy the city at your own leisure.
Day 2 Casablanca/Fès (1B)
After the ruins it’s off to Fes.Additional Notes:This is a long and busy day. The times listed are actual driving times and do not include stops at Meknes and Volubilis.Drive to the imperial city of Meknes for a guided tour of some of its fascinating sites. Continue on to the ruins of Volubilis, the best-preserved Roman ruins in Morocco.  We will not arrive in Fes until evening.Included Activities:Meknes City TourVolubilis Guided TourTransport:Private Vehicle (7.00-8.00 hours)
Day 3 Fès (1B, 1L)
This evening. there may be the chance to partake in an optional dinner in a grand old Fes riad, which has been converted into a spectacular restaurant. Savour delicious, local specialities while entertainers sing, play music, and belly dance.Included Activities:Fès Medina Guided TourG Adventures-supported Traditional Moroccan Lunch
Day 4 Fès/Merzouga (1B, 1D)
Start early and watch the scenery of this diverse country change while travelling over the Middle Atlas mountains. Pass through cedar forests and the ski area of Ifrane into the desert regions. Drive by the vast palm groves of the Ziz Valley and right up to the majestic Saharan sand dunes. Keep your eyes open for a glimpse of Barbary apes en route.Spend the night in a comfortable Kasbah-style desert hotel at the edge of the dunes. Overnight in Merzouga, enjoying local food for dinner at the hotel.Transport:Private Vehicle (10.00-11.00 hours)
Day 5 Merzouga/Tinghir (1B, 1D)
Explore the Sahara on a thrilling 4×4 dunes tour. Visit the village of Khamliya where you will meet Gnaoua musicians and learn about the history of their music in the Sahara before enjoying a performance. Depart back through the desert and visit local Nomads to learn about nomadic life and share in some mint tea in one of their homes. Return to our Auberge then transfer to Tineghir for the evening.Included Activities:Sahara Dunes & Culture ExcursionTransport:Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))
Day 6 Tinghir/Ouarzazate (1B)
Start the morning with a visit to the Dades Gorge with its unusual natural rock formations and stunning scenery. Continue with a scenic drive along the “Route of a 1000 Kasbahs” with an included visit to Kasbah Taourit. After lunch continue to Ouarzazate, a former Foreign Legion stronghold. In Ouarzazate opt to visit a Berber herbalist and find out about the traditional medicines and cooking spices of the Berber people.Included Activities:Dades Valley and Route of 1,000 Kasbahs scenic driveKasbah Taourit VisitTransport:Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s))
Day 7 Ouarzazate/Marrakech (1B)
Continue on to the village of Aït Benhaddou. During your visit to the Kasbah, lose yourself in the narrow, winding passageways and feel the magical atmosphere of this incredible structure.Travel to Marrakech through the Tizi n’Tichka pass at 2200m in the High Atlas Mountains. Travel along winding mountain roads with breathtaking views from the highest peaks of Morocco.Included Activities:Aït Ben Haddou Kasbah Guided TourTransport:Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours)
Day 8 Marrakech (1B, 1L)
Take the morning to explore the fascinating city of Marrakech and dive into the labyrinthine souks. Tourists and locals alike find everything they desire here. Whether it’s spices, traditional jalabas and slippers, or famous Moroccan lanterns, the selection here is exhaustive. Don’t forget to bargain; that’s definitely part of the fun. Opt to indulge in the chaos of the famous Djemaa el Fna square to watch acrobats and fortune tellers plying their trade.Try your hand at Moroccan cooking from the direction of a master chef.Included Activities:Moroccan Foodie Experience
Day 9 Marrakech (1B)
Depart at any time.Additional Notes:Please note that check-out time from the hotel is normally mid-morning, but luggage storage is available. Included Activities:Departure Day

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