21- Days private Grand tours of Morocco

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The Grand tour of Morocco – 21 days

Day 01: Sept 14th Rabat – Asilah – Chefchaouen

Meet you your accommodation in Rabat, and start travelling to Chefchaouen via the city of Asilah. Most of the drive will be by the coast. Your first stop will be Asilah where you will have the opportunity to explore the city; Asilah is known for it annual festival for the art, most of the walls of the Medina are painted by various famous artists from all over the world. You visit include the Skalla fortress where you will experience a wonderful view of the Medina and the ocean. If time permits it, you will have a short drive through Tangier to get the feel of the city, afterwards, you will continue over the foothills of the Rif Mountains to Chefchaouen. Overnight at riad Dar Assilah. Bed and Breakfast. BB

 

Day 02: Exploring Chefchaouen

After breakfast in your riad, you will start exploring Chefchaouen “The blue city of Morocco”. Situated at the footstep of 2 higher mountains, Chefchaouen is a beautiful unique city with its white washed walls and blue doors, and windows. Unlike many parts of Morocco, Chefchaouen was occupied by Spain; therefore there is much influence of the Spanish civilisation and the Moorish architecture. On the afternoon, you will have your own time to wonder around and enjoy your space. Overnight in riad Dar Assilah. BB

Day 03: Chefchaouen – Volubilis – Meknes – Fes

After breakfast in your riad, you will start travelling to Fes via Ouazzan and the Roman site of Volubilis. After a couple of hours drive, you will get to Volubilis, the well preserved Roman empire dating to 225BC, where you will see the most beautiful Mosaics in Morocco dating back to 3rd century BC. Here you will have a guided tour of the site and learn a lot about the Roman Empire. After that we travel to Meknes the Ismaili capital of Morocco. In Meknes we see the fascinating gate Bab Mansour built by the sultan My Ismail, the granary and the Sahrij Souani used for irrigation and plantation. Your visit includes also the Mulay Ismail Mausoleum. You will continue via the highway to Fes. Overnight accommodation at Riad Dar Seffarine. BB

Day 04: Exploring Fes

After breakfast in your riad you will start exploring Fes “the spiritual city of Morocco”. You will spend the whole morning exploring the Medina and its alleys; visiting most of the sites with cultural and historical interest including the famous Al Karaouine Mosque and University, the oldest in the world, the Medrasa Bouanania, the Tanneries and the Najjarine fountain. After lunch, we will drive you outside the Medina to see the Royal Palace gate, walk through the Jewish quarter “the Mellah”, and then visit the pottery cooperative. On the afternoon, we will drive you to one of the fortresses to experience an amazing panoramic view of the whole Medina of Fes. Overnight accommodation at riad Dar Seffarine. BB

 

Day 05: Fes – Azrou – Midlet Ziz Valley – Merzouga

After breakfast in your riad, you’ll start travelling southeast to Merzouga via Midelt and Errachidia. Your first stop will be at Ifran, referred to as “the Switzerland of Morocco”, and then to Merzouga via Midlet and the Ziz Valley. During this journey you’ll experience glimpses of the Middle Atlas and Higher Atlas mountains. Stopping at the famous cedar forest – the largest in Morocco – where you may well sight Barbarian apes. You’ll notice how the scenery changes to reveal hints of the desert as you approach the city Er Rachidia. After lunch in Midelt, your journey continues along the luxuriant Ziz Valley, stopping for panoramic views along the way.  We will drive through welcoming Berber villages to Erfoud, and then Rissani, the foundation of the Alaouite dynasty – the current ruling royal family in Morocco. Arrive to Merzouga at the end of the day, you’ll be welcomed with a glass of mint tea before you check in to your riad. Riad Madu. Half-board (HB)

Day 06/07 Merzouga area and the Camel trek – luxurious camp
After breakfast in the riad you will start an explorative journey of the area. You’ll visit the Gnawa people, originally slaves brought from Sudan, to experience their music and lifestyle. Not far away there’s the lake of Merzouga, with its bird populations. You may also visit the souk in Rissani , a traditional town which was the origin of the ruling family in Morocco and the meeting place of the Caravanes trading as far as Timbuctou in Mali. Here you will see a lot of men hooded and women veiled. On the afternoon you will mount your camel, guided by an experienced camel man to explore within the sand sea of Merzouga. Overnight at our desert camp where you will have your dinner. The camp is luxurious camp with private bathrooms and showers. HB
Day 08: Merzouga – Rissani – M-harch
Early in the morning, your camel guide will wake you up to watch what well may be the best sunrise of your life. Afterwards, you will trek back to the village of Merzouga, enroute you couldn’t fail to appreciate the unique beauty of the spectacular Erg Chebbi sand dunes – changing with the light as the day progresses. After breakfast in your riad, you’ll leave for the Berber village of M-harch in the desert of Maedar dry lake; today, you will be enjoying the fascinating landscape and the Arcacia trees along the way, seeing nomadic families who still live in this area. After few stops you will get to the little settlement of M-harch. Overnight at Riad Nomad. HB

Day 09: Tafraouat village and the Berber culture
After breakfast in your riad, you will start exploring the area. You will start either walking and then drive or the other way. You will have the opportunity to hike for about 2 hours and then you will mount your 4WD towards the village of Tafraout where you will spend some time learning about the Berber Nomadic culture. You will also have the opportunity to learn about fossils from different eras. On the afternoon you will have some free time around your riad. Overnight at riad Nomad. HB

Day 10: M-harch – Alnif – Tizi Ntfarkhin – Todra Gorges:
After breakfast in your riad, you will start travelling to Todra Gorges via the black stony desert called” Lahmda”. You will travel trough the little town of Alnif and then through the Tizi Natfarkhin pass over the anti Atlas Mountains to Tinghirand the Todra Gorge, the highest and the narrowest gorge in Morocco. You will get to the Todra Gorge early afternoon and take a couple of hours hike and enjoy the amazing rock formation around you. Overnight at riad le Petit Nomad. HB

Day 11: Todra Gorge – Dades Valley – Dades Gorge
After breakfast in you riad, you will start travelling to the Dades Valley and Gorge. Today, you will enjoy the amazing landscape changing colours after every turn through the valley; you will amazing Kasbahs “sand castles”, and the fascinating rock formation known as the monkey toes. Here you will also have the opportunity to hike within the valley; on to the Gorge, another beautiful natural wonder in this area. On the afternoon, you will travel back to the town and stay overnight at Riad La Perle du Dades. HB
Day 12: Dades Gorge – Rose Valley – Ouarzazat – Tamdakhte
After breakfast in the hotel we’ll drive through the Dades Valley towards Kalaa M’gouna and Ouarzazat. The route through Dades Valley is the way of the thousand kasbahs – providing numerous opportunities to take some of your best photographic shots of the trip. We’ll stop at Kalaa Mgouna, “the rose city”, to purchase the rosewater, which will make your linen smell good a long time after your trip is over.  Continue to Skoura and the dirds valley; visit the Kasbah Ameridil, a well-preserved kasbah in this area. After lunch, you will have some time for hiking within the valley and then continue to Ouarzazate , “the Hollywood of Africa”, which geography and beautiful landscapes has attracted many world class movie producers. Overnight accommodation will be in Riad Tamdakhte. HB

Day13: Tamdakhte – Ait Ben Haddou – Telouet – Tamdakhte

After breakfast in your riad, you will start exploring the area of Ait Ben Haddou. You will see the famous Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou; The Kasbah was used as one of the main stops during the trading caravans to the sub-saharan countries, travelling as far as Timbuctu in Mali, bringing salt and indigo. You will walk the Kasbah and learn a lot about this amazing site. On the afternoon, you will travel through the Atlas Mountains to Telouet to visit Telouet Kasbah before returning to Tamdakhte to overnight at riad Tamdakhte. HB

 

Day 14: Tamdakhte – Taznakht – Foum Zguid – Tata

After breakfast in your riad, you will start travelling to Tata via the towns of Taznakht and Foum Zguid. Although this area is known for its dry, arid landscape; it is still known for its rare bird “Houbara”. You will spend most of the day, travelling, until Foum Zguid where you will have lunch; here you will have some time to wonder around the area and then continue to Tata for the night. The village is half-desert and with most of the people being old, the young go to the cities to find work. Overnight at hotel Dar Infiane. HB

 

Day 15: Tata – Anti Atlas Mountains – Tafraout

After breakfast in your riad, you will start travelling to Tafraout via Ait Abdellah village. Today will be another special experience visiting the local market at one of the Berber villages along the way; this area shows another image of the Moroccan culture and landscape. This is another area for Berbers, the natives of Morocco, the 3rd group speaking “Tashalhiyt” language.
After lunch, you will continue travelling over the Argan national park where you may see the goats climbing the trees to eat the Argan nuts. In Tafraout you will stay overnight at Hotel Salam. HB
Day 16: Exploring Tafraout and the Ait Mansour valley:
After breakfast in your hotel, you will start exploring the area and the Ait Mansour valley. Tafraout is a small village with a strong Berber culture, you will have the opportunity to walk around and learn about the customs and the culture; the valley here is known for its Almends and when they are blossoming, they make of the area a beautiful photo opportunity. If time permits it, you will drive towards the Ait Mansour valley, were you will have a short walk. After that you will drive back to see the “ Painted Rocks” a 1980 s project by the Belgian artist Jean Verame, who applied tones of paint onto them.
During the journey, you will learn a lot about the Berber culture and enjoy the amazing landscape of this area. On the afternoon, you will enjoy seeing the extra-ordinary sunset over the Atlas hills and relax in the tranquillity. Overnight at Hotel Salam. HB

Day 17: Tafraout – Tiznit – Taroudant

After breakfast in your hotel, you will start travelling to Taroudant. Your first stop will be in Tiznit, an area that is known for silver makers, you will have the option to visit the local markets and learn about this art which disappearing over the years. This area is also known for the quality of its Safran and Olive oil. We should arrive at Taroudant in the afternoon, here you will see the ramparts and walk within the small alleys in the Medina. Taroudant is always referred to as “The little Marrakech” because it was the built by the Saadian dynasty that used it as their capital before they moved to Marrakech on 16th century. Overnight at Riad Les Bains Berberes. BB

Day 18: Exploring Taroudant and its area

After breakfast you will start exploring Taroudant, “the little Marrakech”. Most of the day will be spent visiting this beautiful city and enjoy its small Medina; you will walk the narrow streets and walk the Berber souk. Your tour will include the ramparts (the Medina walls). You can also choose to take a horse drawn carriage around the walls of Taroudant. On the afternoon, you will have the opportunity to wonder around the small square of Alaouine. Taroudant is always referred to as “The little Marrakech” because it was built by the Saadian dynasty, the same family who built Marrakech. Overnight at Riad Les Bains Berberes. BB

Day 19: Taroudant- Agadir – Essaouira

Breakfast in the riad, and then head for Essaouira, travelling via Agadir and the coastal road. Our first stop will be at Agadir, a resort city which used to be a very big tourist destination for many years. After lunch and small walk at the Promenade, you will continue to Essaouira. The coastal road offers beautiful scenery, an area famous for the Argan trees; here you will see herds of goats climbing the Argan trees looking for better food they can’t find on the ground. After several stops along the coast we get to Essaouira on the afternoon. Overnight accommodation at a riad in the Medina. Riad Al Baoussala BB.
Day 20: Exploring Essaouira
Breakfast at the hotel in Essaouira, then start our explorative journey of the city. You’ll visit the Skala Fortress; see Thuya wood carved by artisans; walk through the alleys of the medina and view hundreds of handicrafts. Today you will have lunch in a Moroccan way, bought fishes ‘cooked to order’. On the afternoon, you will have some free time to wonder around, go to the beach and enjoy your space. Essaouira is also referred to as The “City of the wind” and it attracts surfers from all over the world.  Essaouira knew many civilisations – including the Portuguese occupation, which affects much of its architecture – however, it remains a small village with much history. Because of its size and its characteristic blue doors and washed walls, it is also regarded as Morocco’s “Jewel of the Atlantics”. There is an annual festival of “Gnawa music”, where many musical groups come from different parts of Africa and the world. Usually it starts in the second week of June. Overnight accommodation riad Al Baoussala BB

Day 21: Oct 4th Essaouira – Marrakech
After breakfast in your riad, you will have some free time before leaving to Marrakech. On our way – since this is the land of Argan culture – this is an opportunity to visit the women’s co-operative of Argan oil where they extract the oil that is famous for its culinary, cosmetic and medical properties. After several stops to take photographs, you will continue your travel to Marrakech and drop you at your accommodation, where the tour ends.

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