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The Great Tour of Morocco

An opened way to dream...


The poet has already said: "Morocco is the gateway to the dream." For most the dreams that are lost refined more and more in a dehumanized world, where they have neither time, nor live to dream. These dreams are not yet out of reach. However, they are so close and so wrap: This is the kingdom of dreams, host visitors, the Kingdom of thousand Kingdoms.

Morocco, is a gift from heaven of light, sunsets and sunrises incomparable light in pure atmosphere of the town of Ouarzazate, sunrises and sunsets of Merzouga and Chegaga ... Morocco is home of the sun. It is here most times of the year, constant companion, activating emotions and new sensations, as if the light regenerated life in the face, landforms, justifying the shots almost mystical heart of a Matisse or a Delacroix.

 

The Great Tour of Morocco 14days/ 13 nights

Located between the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea. Dominated by the Atlas Mountains, which rises to over 4000 m to the south and ending in the desert. Morocco is a land which exposes at leisure the vagaries of nature, colours, relief, climate, landscapes, but also human and artistic palette reveals striking contrasts.

Moroccan cities are considered as one of the most well known tourism stations, both the national and international level. This is mainly relies on various assets in various domains, such as the diversity of its geography which mainly consists of mountains, palm groves and desert.
Morocco is still the "exotic" experience that changed many artists like Delacroix. Stroll in the Medina of the eternal imperial cities, hiking in the high, wild valleys of the Atlas. Multiple pleasures offered by the generous nature of the coast, but also experiences that mark the soul in contact with large areas of the mountains or the desert... here there is sometimes a door between the new town and the medieval medina, and the same pencil kohl between tradition and coquetry.

Tour’s Program

 

Day 1: Marrakech – Demnate – Ouzoud

Early morning; departure from Marrakesh heading the direction of Demnate with its beautiful fields of Olive trees. After driving towards the natural bridge of Imi N’Ifri, you will stop for a mint tea and enjoy the natural panoramic view. This entire road is unique by its greenish valleys and amazing scenarios…

Then with the achieving to the famous Ouzoud waterfalls of about 110 metres in height, you will enjoy surely a constitute one of the most spectacular natural beauty spots in Morocco. The surrounding countryside offers red cliffs, oleander and doves and, if you are lucky, you will catch a glimpse of some local Barbary apes. Bird-watchers will enjoy a trip to the waterfalls, to sum up you can simply enjoy the area at any time of year. There are plenty of places to have lunch with a view over the waterfalls from their terraces. And a short walk will bring you to the top of the falls from where you can see small and constantly active mills. Dinner and overnight in Ouzoud.

Distance: 186 Km

Lunch: Demnate

Accommodation:   

- Formula 1 and 2 : Riad Cascades d'Ouzoud

 

Day 2: Ouzoud – Beni Mellal – Khénifra – Azrou – Ifrane – Fez

Early wake up and breakfast, departure for Fez across the mountains of the Middle Atlas through Beni-Mellal, an agricultural market and centre of commerce in rapid growth, with 625 m of altitude. We continue our way through an alternation of grandiose landscapes: limestone plateaus, rivers falling into cascades, volcanic peaks, thick and somber cedar and oak tree forests. Dinner and overnight in Fez.

Distance: 350 Km

Lunch: Beni Mellal

Accommodation:  

- Privileged formula : Riad Dar Dmana or similar

- Economical formula : Hotel Jnane Sbil or similar

 

Day 3: Fez: Cultural visit

After breakfast, the whole day will be devoted to discovering Fez, the oldest of the Imperial Cities, which is well known for its spiritual and educational contributions to the Moroccan culture. Visit of the medieval Medina. You will also explore the famous Souks where craftsmen still labor in the age-old oriental tradition. Lunch will afterwards take place in a Moroccan traditional restaurant before resuming the visit in the afternoon. Return to hotel for dinner and overnight.

Lunch: Fez

Accommodation:  

- Privileged formula : Riad Dar Dmana or similar

- Economical formula : Hotel Jnane Sbil or similar

 

Day 4: Fez – Meknes – Chefchaouen

After breakfast, your guide will take you on a tour of Meknes, one of Morocco’s most striking Imperial Cities, the Sultan Moulay Ismail has made it as his capital, then you will visit attics stables of Moulay Ismail, place El Hdim, Bab Mansour, the most famous door of all North Africa… Lunch will be taken in Meknes one of Morocco’s Imperial cities, you will visit the best preserved Roman ruins of Volubilis and the birthplace of Moulay Idriss, the creator of the first Muslim dynasty. You will spend 1 hour exploring the 2000-year-old ruins and getting a picture of life flashback during the Roman Empire. Then continuation to Chefchaouen, one of the most beautiful small towns in the Rif Mountains, it is painted in hues of blue. Dinner and overnight in Chefchaouen.

Distance: 240 Km

Lunch: Meknes

Accommodation:  

- Formula 1 and 2: Dar Echchaouen or similar

 

Day 5: Chefchaouen – Tétouan – Tangier

After breakfast, we will visit the beautiful city of Chefchaouen, known as the “blue city" picturesque Berber stronghold in the high up Rif Mountains, founded in 1471 by Moorish exiles from Spain. Its blue-glazed houses and buildings are a tradition that comes from the town’s former Jewish population. “Chefchaouen a heaven of peace and tranquillity”. The main square is the heart of Chefchaouen, with the Kasbah (Built back in the 18th century), central mosque and cafes with authentic menus. Then departure to Tangier via Tetouan; “The white pigeon” city known as home to the Jews who were expelled from Spain in 1492. The city is the centre of Andalusian Morocco; explore the charming “white” city of Tetouan, affectionately called by the locals “The daughter of Granada”. Visit the Guersa Kebira square, one of the many bustling souks. Then we stop at the Medina, one of the most fascinating in the country and now a UNESCO’s World Heritage Site. See also the superb Royal Palace, a fine example of Hspano-Moresque architecture. Continuation to Tangier, dinner and overnight.

Distance: 130 Km

Lunch: Tetouan

Accommodation:  

- Privileged formula: Dar Nilame or similar

- Economical formula: Riad Tanja or similar

 

Day 6: Tangier – Asilah – Larache – Rabat

After breakfast, visit of Tangier, the mythical city, indefinable, that has charmed many artists. Then we walk to achieve the “Spartel Cape”. Some highlights: the Grand and Petit Socco, the two main squares of the city teeming with activity, Kasbah located on the hillside offering views of the harbor, and is divided into very steep streets shopping, Dar El Makhzen: former palace with it’s fantastic architecture, which is called now as museum of Moroccan art. Then visit of the caves of Hercules and and departure to Asilah. Long Spanish enclave, it is now a city of artists and home to many galleries. Do not miss visiting the Old Portuguese walled city dating from the fifteenth century. Continuation towards Larache, including the medina in a lot of character: a maze of narrow streets all leading to the sea and the village of Moulay Bousselham which owes its name to the person who was the founder. Do not miss also her lovely small port, near one of the most Brands ornithological sites in Morocco. Arrival in Rabat, dinner and overnight.

Distance: 278 Km

Lunch: Larache

Accommodation:  

- Privileged formula: Riad Dar El Kbira or similar

- Economical formula : Riad Marhaba or similar

 

Day 7: Rabat - Casablanca – El Jadida – Oualidia

Breakfast; and visit of the kingdom’s capital RABAT. Rabat has always been a seminal town with the ruins of Chela, an ancient Roman city, and the numerous monuments dating to the 13th century. The Almohad dynasty, under Yacub El Mansour, has devoted the town by building the Chellah necropolis. The Hassan Tour (which ought to have been one of the biggest mosques of the Moslem world). Then we take a ride to Oudayas Kasbah. And more recently, you have the Mausoleum of the late king Mohamed V, architect of independence in 1956. This Mausoleum is a real jewel of Moroccan architecture art. The late king of Morocco, Hassan II, and his brother Prince Mulay Abdellah, are also buried there. Rabat is today a modern town, a garden city, seat of the Royal Palace, the embassies, the parliament and the ministries.
Then departure for Casablanca, the economic capital, second town of Africa it is the main business and industrial centre. Its Aïn Diab coast is endowed with beautiful swimming pools; cafes, restaurants, private clubs, hotels and night clubs are interspersed along its very active coast. An orientation tour will take us to the outside of the magnificent Hassan II Mosque, the second largest Mosque in the world… Continuation to El Jadida, this Portuguese town is honoured by UNESCO, a short visit of the famous citadel, reminder of the Portuguese occupation of the 16th Century… Lunch and continuation to Oualidia, dinner and overnight.

Distance: 270 Km

Lunch: El Jadida

Accommodation: 

- Formula 1 and 2: Hotel Beach Viw or similar

 

Day 8: Oualidia – Safi – Essaouira

After breakfast, a short visit very small city Oualidia, it is a village of fishermen unique in the world for the incredible diversity of its landscapes and for the richness of its historical remains and its cultural heritage. Departure to Essaouira via Safi, an important port since Roman times (mainly for sardines). At that time it was known as Asfi. The Almohads surrounded the town with ramparts and made the town an intellectual and spiritual centre. In the past, the town opens to the western world; it is today open to the whole world. Lunch, then continuation to Essaouira. Dinner and overnight.

Distance: 190 Km

Lunch: Safi

Accommodation:  

- Privileged formula: Dar Louissia or similar

- Economical formula: Riad Zahra or similar

 

Day 9: Essaouira – Taroudant

After breakfast, we will explore the Medina of Essaouira (formerly "Mogador"), which is considered as UNESCO’s World Heritage. Essaouira is an example of a late 18th century fortified town, North Africa-style... The Essaouira medina grasp many small arts and crafts businesses, notably cabinet making and 'Thuya' wood-carving using roots of the Tetraclinis tree; both have been practised in Essaouira for centuries. The town enjoys a micro-climate which attracts many summer visitors from the inland towns such as Marrakech. In addition, numerous artist painters and musicians have settled there. Essaouira is host every year in April to the Festival of Classical Music, “Les Alizés”, and towards mid-June, the Gnaoua festival, a sort of jazz, attracts thousands of young people.

Leave Essaouira and departure towards Taroudant the old capital of the Souss and one of the typical Cities of Morocco, Turn of the ramparts, visits Souks and discovered of Berber pottery. This town offers more than a complete change of scenery: it is famous by its jewellery souk and its craftwork of copper, leather and carved stone. Dinner and overnight in Taroudant.

Distance: 250 Km

Lunch: Picnic

Accommodation:  

- Privileged formula: Riad Jnane Ines or similar

- Economical formula: Riad Ain Khadra or similar

 

Day 10: Taroudant – Aoulouz – Taliouine – Taznakhte – Ouarzazate

We depart this morning and travel via the Anti Atlas Mountains, where scenery will be changing between the semi deserts to a weirdly shaped mountains. After the beautiful oasis town of Taliouine, the capital of Saffron we will stop in Taznakht, A Berber town well known by its handmade Berber carpets, Lunch and continuation to Ouarzazate.

The Town of Ouarzazate stands in the middle of an arid plateau contrasting sharply with the slopes and vegetation of the nearby High Atlas. It occupies a geographic location at the crossroads of the main route leading to the Draa, Dades, and Souss Valleys. Dinner and overnight in Ouarzazate.

Distance: 310 Km

Lunch: Taliouine

Accommodation:  

- Privileged formula: Dar Daif or similar

- Economical formula: Les Jardins de Ouarzazate or similar

 

Day 11: Ouarzazate – Zagora

Departures in the morning from Ouarzazate to Agdez, passing over the Tizi-n-Tinfifite Mountain pass (1660m). After an interval for a glass of tea or morning coffee in Agdez, we continue via the Draa valley. This allows a better view of the valley, passing the gardens, oases and Kasbahs between the Draa River and the mountains. We stop at Kasbah Tamnougalte for tea/coffee. This Kasbah is the oldest in the Draa valley and still partly inhabited. You could wander round and explore the Kasbah with a guide if you wish, lunch and continuation to Zagora, the largest oasis in the Draa valley and especially famous for its dates.

We continue to Tamegroute with a visit to the Koranic libraray and the local potteries, which produce all the green pottery that you will see in the south. Dinner and overnight in Zagora.

Distance: 140 Km

Lunch: Picnic

Accommodation:  

- Privileged formula : Riad Lamane or similar

- Economical formula: La Perle de Draa or similar

 

Day 12: Zagora – Nekob – Tazzarine – Alnif – Erfoud – Merzouga

After breakfast, departure for Merzouga through unique desert landscapes, sprinkled with oasis. This very beautiful road with many small oases was one of the largest caravans. Lunch in a local restaurant on the way. Continuation towards Merzouga dunes.
You will experience a true camel trek in the Sahara desert, enjoying the great solitude, immensity, and silence of the Sahara, and night spent under a starry sky… we will attend to lie down it of the sun in dunes of Erg Chebbi that constitute the big curiosity of the corner. It is real moving sculptures in the shape of draperies whose colours vary according to the intensity of light. They stand as the living defensive walls to doors of the desert. It can reach over than 150 ms.

Distance: 320 Km

Lunch: Alnif

Accommodation:  

- Privileged formula : Kasbah Tombouctou or similar

- Economical formula : Hotel Nacer Palace or similar

You have a choice between spending the night in an air-conditioned room or in bivouac.

 

Day 13: Merzouga – Erfoud – Tineghir – Boumalen Dadès

Departure towards Tinerhir, along the Ziz Valley, surrounded by tamarisks and palm trees, visit of the palm grove followed by an incursion inside the Todra gorges, to the end of the carriage way, along an impressively high and narrow canyon. Lunch and continuation for Boumalen Dades running along the Dadès Valley, on the 1001 Kasbahs road, and from oasis to oasis, dinner and overnight in Boumalen Dades.

Distance: 360 Km

Lunch: Toudra Gorges

Accommodation:  

- Privileged formula : Xaluca Dades or similar

- Economical formula : Kasbah Tizzarouine or similar

 

Day 14: Boumalen Dadès – Ouarzazate – Marrakech

After breakfast we leave to Marrakech via Ouarzazate, which is the first town, most populated after crossing the High Atlas, it is the unofficial capital of the south of Morocco. Formerly a Foreign Legion outpost in the southern Kasbah region, it has been notably used as a location backdrop by many epic films such as Gladiator, Lawrence of Arabia, Jesus of Nazareth, the Mommy, 7 days in Tebet, Babel, Alexander the great…We visit the restored Taourirt Kasbah, which has been recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage of Humanity Site with its ochre adobe buildings. This ancient residence of Pacha Glaoui has been perfectly restored using traditional techniques; the village, with its several hundred inhabitants, is a living treasure. It is one of the places where you can admire the wealth of the local craftwork which includes carpets, furniture, reed baskets, pottery, jewellery and Berber daggers.

Distance: 204 Km

Lunch: Ait Ben Haddou

 

Included services:

  • Transportation by a minibus or 4x4 with a personal driver including gas and driver's fees.
  • Accommodation 13 nights based on double occupancy, daily half board. Our priorities in selecting accommodation are: the authenticity, the comfort and the quality of service.
  • Monuments entrance fees
  • Full board is supplied during the tour, and vegetarian food is available.
  • Camel riding in Merzouga
  • The accompaniment of tourists own language speaking guide/ driver during the circuit, a national certified guide for a group of more than 8 persons.
  • All taxes.

Excluded services:

  • International Airfare
  • The transfer from Moroccan cities or airports to Marrakech: If you want a member of our staff comes to receive you wherever you are: a supplement is then charged.
  • The extra cost of meals.
  • All the drinks.
  • The optional suggested excursions (to reserve and to pay on the spot).
  • The optional tips.

Children:

  • Under 2 years of age are free of charge.
  • 3 to 11 years old: 50% discount.
  • 12 years old and up: full cost. 

Important precisions:

  • The meeting place in Marrakesh will be communicated to you after the definitive confirmation of your reservation.
  • The pick up will be provided for the Hotels/ Riads situated in the heart of the Medina.
  • We propose this circuit from two participants.

 

For further information or Reservation, feel free to get in touch with us: Contact

Itinerary

The Great Tour of Morocco - Itinerary