Morocco Sahara Odyssey: 14 Days
Join us on this magnificent journey through the desert,mountains of Morocco, a land of incredible variety and contrast, steeped in history. Walk through the winding streets of the Medinas to explore the beauty of the Moroccan lifestyle,history and culture before taking a camel trek to the golden sahara and cross the high Atlas mountains to reach the joyful city of Marrakesh.
Day 1: Casablanca-Rabat
Day 2: Rabat-Meknes-Volubilis-Fes
Day 3: Fes
Day 4: Bhalil & Sefrou
Day 5: Ifrane-Midelt-Erfoud-Rissani-Merzouga
Day 6: Todra Gorge- Dades Gorge-Ouarzazate
Day 7: Ouarzazate-High Atlas-Marrakesh
Day 8: Marrakesh
Day 9: Marrakesh
Day 10: Marrakesh-Ourika Valley
Day 11: Marrakesh-Essaouira
Day 12: Essaouira
Day 13: -Essaouira-Oualidia-Casablanca
Day 14: Transfer to Casablanca airport
Dates: February 2,2017
April 6 ,2017
April 27 ,2017
Price: $ 3250 US per person
Day 1: Casablanca / Rabat (56 miles) (D)
Greetings and assistance upon arrival at Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport. While in Casablanca, you will stop at the Great Hassan II Mosque, the third largest Mosque in the world. You will visit the interior of the Mosque, before having lunch at Le Pilotis restaurant & lounge, the best seafood restaurant and Mediterranean cuisine overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
You will then continue to Rabat, the capital of Morocco. In the afternoon, you will enjoy a sightseeing tour of Rabat featuring the Mohammed V Mausoleum, the Hassan Tower, the outside of the Royal Palace and the Ouddaya Necropolis.
Driving Time: 1 Hour approx...
- 4 Star Tour: Riad Dar EL Kebira.
Day 2: Rabat / Meknes / Volubilis / Fes (123 miles) (B,D)
After breakfast, you will depart for the Imperial City of Meknes, also known as"the Moroccan Versailles". Meknes, with its monumental gates and city walls, was founded at the end of the 17th century by the Sultan Moulay Ismail. The highlights will include Bab el Mansour (perhaps the finest gateway in Africa), "Dar Jamai" Museum, the old Medina, Moulay Ismail Mausoleum, old granaries and stables. Lunch will be at Palais M'nebhi in Meknes. After lunch, you will depart for the ancient Roman city of Volubilis. Sightseeing of the Ruins of Volubilis. Departure and drive to Fes for your overnight at the Riad.
Driving Time: 3 Hours approx...
- 4 Star Tour: Riad La Perle De La Medina.
Day 3: Fes (B,D)
After breakfast, the entire day will be devoted to sightseeing the city of Fes, the spiritual capital of Morocco. Step back six centuries into the medieval Medina with its narrow and cobbled streets filled with ancient mosques, towering green glazed minarets and crumbling fondouks. Narrow openings into private worlds reveal architecture of peaceful courtyards filled with carved cedar, brilliantly colored mosaic tiles and delicately carved stucco ornaments. Suggested lunch will be at Palais Terrab, a beautiful Arab palace. After lunch, we will visit the Attarine and Abou Anania Medersas, the Nejjarine fountain, the Moulay Idriss Mausoleum, and the Karaouine Mosque. In the afternoon, we will visit the countless souks, the famous tanneries and Fes Jdid. Overnight at the Riad.
Day 4: Fes
This is your free day at leisure to explore the arts and culture of Fes. Your experienced driver/guide will be at your disposal to assist you with today's adventures. Overnight at the Riad.
Day 5: Fes / Erfoud / Merzouga (287 miles) (B,D)
After an early breakfast, departure to Erfoud through the scenic, wooded Middle Atlas Mountains region. Stop in Azrou to visit a Berber village known for its handicraft cooperative. Lunch will be at the Ayachi Hotel before continuing to Midelt (an important mining center) and the Ziz River through a series of fortified villages characterized by fascinating southern architecture. Arrival in Merzouga. Dinner and overnight under the tents.
Driving Time: 5 Hours approx
4 Star Tour: Luxury Desert camp.
Day 6: Merzouga / Erfoud / Ouarzazate (227 miles) (B,D)
Early morning wake-up to view the awe inspiring sunrise off the Merzouga dunes followed by an 1 hour camel ride. After breakfast, you will travel to Ouarzazate via the Todra gorges. Lunch in Todra at the Yasmina restaurant. Possible visit (if there is no production event) to the movie studio where scenes from Bertulucci's "The Sheltering Sky", Spielberg's "Gladiators", "The Last temptation of Christ", and "Lawrence of Arabia" were filmed in and around the area renowned for its Berber ceramic work and fine carpet making. If time permits, you will see the Tifoultout and Taourirt Kasbahs. Dinner and overnight.
Driving Time: 4 and a Half Hours approx...
- 4 Star Tour: Kasbah Dar Chamaa.
Day 7: Ouarzazate / Marrakesh (126 miles) (B,D)
After breakfast, departure to the Ait Ben Haddou village where you will visit the ruins of this ancient Kasbah. Lunch at Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou before we continue via the Tiz-In-Tichka pass (7,415 ft / 2,260 m) and Taddert to Marrakesh for a 4-night stay at Riad La Maison Arabe. Dinner and overnight stay at Riad.
Driving Time: 4 Hours approx...
- 4 Star Tour: Riad Chergui.
Day 8: Marrakesh (B,D)
Sightseeing of Marrakesh nicknamed "The Pearl of the South,"featuring a visit to the 16th century Saadian Tombs, "Dar Si Said"Museum of Moroccan Arts, the fragrant Menara Gardens, the Koutoubia Minaret and the magnificent Bahia Palace with its extraordinary tiles, opulent courtyard sand fountains. After lunch on your own, you will visit of the Djemmaa-el-Fna Square where fortune-tellers, acrobats, vendors, snake charmers and magicians put on a never-ending show. In the evening, entertainment dinner show at Le Comptoir restaurant before returning to the Riad for overnight stay.
Day 9: Marrakesh (B,D)
Sightseeing of the private gardens of Yves Saint Laurent and the private Islamic Art Museum. Drive along the city ramparts dividing the town into the oldest and the newest parts of Marrakesh. The afternoon is free to spend as you wish with your guide/driver at your disposal. Suggested dinner at Bo&Zin restaurant and overnight at the Riad.
Day 10: Marrakesh / Ourika Valley / Marrakesh (100 Miles) (B,D)
Excursion to the beautiful Ourika Valley. Nestled on the main road in Ait Ourir, the Ourika Valley is a beautiful, charming, hospitable and peaceful Berber village where you can take a short hike in the cooler mountain air. You will encounter beautiful isolated villages clinging to hillsides with plots of cultivated land lying along the river valley. Lunch in the Valley. Return to Marrakesh and dinner at the sumptuous Yacout restaurant.
Driving Time: One Hour each way approx...
Day 11: Marrakesh / Essaouira (109 miles) (B,D)
After breakfast, you will depart for the romantic seaside town of Essaouira. After arrival and check-in, a sightseeing tour of the city will feature Essaouira's typical Portuguese harbor portraying influences of both Moorish and Portuguese design. Highlights will include the fishing harbor and the Skala(the Battery) left by the pirates. Optional: 1 hour Sea Tour by boat. The afternoon is free to spend at leisure. Overnight at the Riad.
Driving Time: 3 Hours approx...
- 4 Star Tour: Riad Mogador Essaouira.
Day 12: Essaouira (B,D)
Full day at leisure with your guide/driver at your disposal. You may want to take a small boat cruise (optional: not included). Overnight.
Day 13: Essaouira / Casablanca (218 miles)
After breakfast, the morning is free to spend at your leisure before departure to Casablanca via El Jadida with a stop at El Oualidia where you will stop for lunch. Continuation along the coast of the Atlantic Ocean to reach El Jadida where you will be given a quick orientation tour. After arrival in Casablanca, you will check-in and spend the night at the hotel. Overnight.
Driving Time: 5 Hours approx...
- 4 Star Tour: Hotel Parc Suites & Spa.
Day 14: Casablanca Airport (B)
After breakfast, transfer to Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport for your return flight. Assistance with the boarding formalities.
Driving Time: Half an Hour approx...
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