8 Days Trip to the Middle Atlas
May 30, 2016
4 Days Luxury Tour From Marrakech To Merzouga
May 30, 2016

7 Days Desert trip from Casablanca to Fes

Day 1: Casablanca

We will pick you up at the Casablanca airport and accompany you to your hotel.
Depending on the time of arrival, we will visit the Hassan II mosque.
The mosque of Hassan II is undoubtedly the most important point of the city. The mosque has the highest minaret in the world (more than 200 meters) and is the third largest on the planet.
In Morocco it is the only mosque that non-Muslims can visit.
Its symmetrical adornments combine tradition and modernity of Moroccan art.
It is a really spectacular building.

Day 2: Casablanca-Meknes-Fez

After breakfast we will go to FEZ, passing MEKNES.
In MEKNES we will stop so that they can visit the most tourist places of the city.
We will visit the Bou Inania Madrasa (Babylonian School of the XIVth century), Bab Mansour El-Aleuj (the most sumptuous door in North Africa).
Dare to stroll through the medina and get lost for the pleasure of knowing the old town and its inhabitants.
In this city, we will have lunch.
In the evening we will arrive at FEZ, where we will stay.

Day 3: Fez-Ifrane-Azrou-Erfoud-Merzouga

 We will cross the Middle Atlas with its mountains and plateaus covered with cedars.
On the way we will pass by IFRANE, it is the rarest “oasis” of Morocco: suddenly, and without warning appears in the middle of the country a place where it is cold, with a perfectly straight line, very clean, with houses with orange roofs Alpine style. There is no hustle in the street, no souks. It’s going to look like we’re not in Morocco.
The village is full of parks and lakes. They call it “the Moroccan Switzerland”
We will find in one of its parks the famous sculpture in the shape of a lion’s head that is the symbol of the locality.
To 17 km to the south, we will find the city of AZROU, a Berber city that is located in the crossing between the routes of Meknes, Fez, Jenifra and Midelt. Due to its location, one of the most important markets of the Middle Atlas is celebrated.

At 13km you will find the amazing monkey forest, where you can observe closely and feed these sociable animals.
We will follow route through MIDELT, place where we will stop for lunch.
Before arriving at this town, we will cross a volcanic plain covered with pumice stone.
Following the road, we will arrive at VALLE DEL ZIZ. Here is the largest oasis not only of Morocco, but of all Africa: the TAFILAT
We will stop in the village of ERFOUD, famous for the museum of fossils and minerals.
At the end of the valley we will find the MERZOUGA dune sea.
We will take you to the hotel where you can settle, have dinner; but first, we will go out to the dunes to watch the sunset.

Day 4: Merzouga- Khamlia- Erg Chebbi

Today a great adventure awaits us, we will begin the day savoring the Berber breakfast.
Then with a 4×4 car we will arrive at the village of KHAMLIA to enjoy African music and dances.
We will follow the path, crossing rocky mountains until arriving at a place where excavations are being done. We will visit the interior of one of these excavations.
Along the way, we will be accompanied by an inhabitant of the village of Bega and enjoying the calm and the landscape we will look for the rose of the desert.
Following the route, parallel to the border of Algeria, we will reach the area where many fossils are found.
We will visit a family of nomads, meet their customs, and have lunch with them.
We will be seeing a truly spectacular landscape, on one side the rocky mountains and on the other side the orange dunes of the Sahara.
At dusk, we will visit a cemetery and a village from the colonial era, but now abandoned.

We will change the car for camels to go to ERG CHEBBI.
We will contemplate the sunset in the dunes. We will be walking in the ERG CHEBBI, a superb cordon of golden dunes that penetrate in the immensity of the Sahara.
We will spend the night in a Berber tent “haima”, we will dine around the fire with music of drums and contemplating the starry sky.

Day 5: Desert of Merzouga-Rissani-Gorges of Todra-Gorges of Dades

Even if you have to get up early, you can not miss the sunrise in the dunes.
We will leave with camels to the hotel, we will have breakfast and a good shower.
Following the route, we will find the village of RISSANI.
 In the Middle Ages was the capital of the region of Tafilat was the mythical city of Siyilmansa (near its ruins today rises the city of Rissani).
It was one of the first cities of Morocco. The city was the starting point of the present dynasty that reigns today in Morocco.
We will visit the fortress of Zawiya Moulay Ali ash-Sharif; fortress from where the Alawites departed. Today it is the mausoleum of Moulay Ali ash-Sharif.
RISSANI is today a beautiful and quiet town of adobe.
The market is held on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, in the can see a large animal fair, especially donkeys.
Following the route, we will stop along the way to have lunch at TINERGHIR.
In the afternoon, we will go to the GORGAS DEL TODRA, where about 15 km from Tinerghir, the relief forms a kind of funnel in which between two very high walls of red stone, the river flows meekly.
We will take a tour of this wonderful place.
Following the route you will see a lot of adobe kasbas that combine with the landscape of palm trees and reddish mountains.
We will go parallel to the river Dades, we will see some very curious rocks called “monkey fingers”. Here we will stop so they can walk, take photos, rest from the car ….
We will find ourselves in the GARGANTAS DEL DADES.
We will be seeing an arid landscape of limestone and volcanic rocks that from time to time becomes a paradise of palm trees and vegetation when you reach an oasis.
We will spend the night in a Kasbah.

Day 6: – Valley of the Roses-Ouarzazate-Marrakech

Following the route, we will arrive at KELAAT M’GOUNA, the place is known as the VALLE DE LAS ROSAS.
In this area, roses grow everywhere.
The town has a distillery where rose water is made, we can visit it and if you want you can buy in addition to rose water, all kinds of products derived from roses.
 We will arrive at OUARZAZATE, where we will have lunch.After lunch we will continue our route to MARRAKECH.
 We will visit the “Aït Ben Haddou Kasbah”, a spectacular fortification protected by UNESCO and located in one of the most beautiful and best preserved adobe villages in Morocco.
There have been filmed several famous films like: LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, JESUS ​​OF NAZARET, GLADIATOR, THE PRINCE OF PERSIA ….

We will stop on the way and in the afternoon we will arrive at the village of TELOUET to visit the Kasbah of Glaoui.
Following the route we will arrive at the mountain port of Tizi n’Tichka (2200 m altitude) and crossing the Atlas Mountains, we will reach MARRAKECH.
We will take you to the hotel of your choice.

Day 7: Transfer to Marrakech airport

After breakfast, day off so you can get lost in the medina of MARRAKECH.
At the agreed time, we will accompany you to the airport.
Here we say goodbye … and … until the next … ..

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

  • Vehicle or minibus with air conditioning, driver, guide and fuel.
  • Hotels with regime of MP (breakfast and dinner).
  • Camel and guide.
  • Night in the desert camp, haima, dinner and music with drums.

NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

  • Flights.
  • Lunch and drinks.
  • Tickets in museums, kasbas ….

The price may vary depending on the hotel of your choice.
It is possible to modify some route or activity

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