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- 3 Days: Marrakech to Fez
Day 1 : You will be picked up from your Riad or Hotel and leave Marrakech begin our tour through Dades Valley. Traveling through the Tizi-n-Tishka pass in the high chain of the Atlas Mountains, we will stop at viewpoints and admire the views. I will help point out all of the unique parts of the landscape. On this trip, we will visit the Ait Ben Haddou village which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It's most famously known as the backdropfor several films. The list includes 'Lawrence of Arabia', 'Gladiator' and 'Alexander'. We take lunch in Ait Ben Haddou before continuing on our way. We will enjoy and learn about many unique things about My Morocco. There are breathtaking landscapes and interesting historical monuments like Taourirt Kasbah in Ouarzazate and Roses Valley, which is renowned for the Festival of Roses that is held in Mid-May. The so-called valley of roses, Kelaat-M'Gouna in Morocco hosts an annual rose festival in mid-May (usually, the second weekend) when millions of roses are harvested and special events and competitions held. The roses from the valley are famous for the rose water that is produced from them and then becomes the base for perfume. On our last part of the day, we will also spend time in some of the Berber Villages of Skoura, 'El Kelaa des M'Gouna' and 'Boumalene Dades'. Our overnight stay will be in a great hotel which includes an authentic Moroccan dinner and breakfast. Marrakech - Kasbah Ait Benhaddou - Roses Valley - Boumalene Dades Day 2 : After breakfast, we will head into the desert to Merzouga for a camel ride. The camp we visit is more secluded and not busy. Merzouga is the location for one of the largest wind-blown dunes in Morrocco, Erg Chebbi. While we are in Merzouga, we will visit many Berber villages. Through the Berber village Tinghir we will visit Todra Gorges which are a series of picturesque limestone river canyons. We will move along from Todra through many Berber villages to Tinjdad or Rissani. You have your choice of where we will stop for lunch. In Rissani you can experience a local specialty, " Madfoune " or the Berber Pizza. We will make our thanks to Merzouga where we will leaving our luggage in a safe place for the night. Then, we will head out to the desert riding camels for 1hr 30min which will take us to a Berber camp in the middle of the dunes of Erg Chebbi. The dunes stretch nearly 20 km long and 5-8km wide. These are the highest dunes in North Africa, reaching 2,395' in elevation. We should arrive by sunset and get settled into our Berber tents. These accommodations do include a restroom, kitchen, beds, blankets and cushions for your stay. We can also enjoy a fire under the stars and play traditional Berber drums. Dades Gorges - Todra Gorges - Tinjdad - Erfoud - Merzouga Day 3 : In the early morning, our camel driver will wake you up to enjoy the sunrise over the dunes and return back to camp for breakfast and packing to return to Merzouga. During the winter season, when the daylight hours are shorter, we will start our day before sunrise, beginning the camel trek to catch sunrise over the desert. Then arriving at the hotel we will have showers, breakfast and get ready for our day. When we depart Merzouga for Fez, we will pass through many cities and villages: Erfoud, Errachidia, Ziz Valley, Meditlt, Cedar Forests of Azrou, Ifrane, and Fez. On a good day you will be able to see the monkeys that sleep in the forests and when timed just right, you can enjoy one of the many unique festivals to Morocco. You will have your choice when it is time to stop for lunch along the way. There are numerous tasty restaurants. When we are finished with lunch, we will be sure to take you to your final destination Riad or hotel. This will conclude the 3 Day Trip.
- 3 Days: Fez to Marrakech
Day 1: We will pick you up from your riad / hotel then drive south to Ifrane and Azrou through the Middle Atlas mountains. On the way we will stop at the cedar forests to see the Barbarian Apes in their natural habitat. Traveling through the Tizi Ntalghamt pass to Midelt and along the magnificent Ziz Gorges that have been carved through volcanic rock, you’ll see views of the Middle-Atlas plateau and the scenery changing to reveal hints of the desert as you approach the city of Errachidia. We will enjoy lunch and continue our journey through the Ziz Valley to Erfoud, Rissani and Merzouga. After we indulge a cup of mint tea, we’ll leave our luggage in a safe room then take a camel ride to a Berber camp in the middle of the Erg Chebbi Sand Dunes, which are the highest sand dunes in North Africa. The camel trek takes about 1hr 30 min. Fez - Ifrane - Midelt - Ziz Gorges - Erfoud - Rissani - Merzouga Enjoy the adventure into the Desert: When we arrive at camp, we will set up Berber tents for your night in the desert. The tents are well equipped with mattresses, blankets, and cushions. After dinner we will gather around the fire and enjoy the sound of traditional Berber drums under the stars. Merzouga - Todra Gorge - Dades Valley Day 2: We will wake up early to enjoy a magnificent sunrise on the dunes then take a camel ride back to the hotel. After freshening up and an authentic Moroccan breakfast we will leave for Tinghir and the Todra Gorge. The trip for Day 2 will have us arriving in the Dades Valley where we will have dinner and spend the second night in a local hotel. Todra Gorge - Dades Valley - Skoura - Ouarzazate - Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah High Atlas Mountains - Marrakech After breakfast we’ll drive through the Dades Valley towards Kalaat Mgouna and Ouarzazate. The route through the Dades Valley, also called "the way of the thousand Kasbahs", provides countless photo opportunities. While we tour, we will visit the Roses Valley and Skoura Village, then continue to Ouarzazat, “the Hollywood of Africa”. We will have lunch at the famous Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah, the largest Kasbah in Morocco. After touring the UNESCO World Heritage site, our journey will continue through the majestic Tizi 'n Tichka pass, reaching an altitude of 2260 meters above sea level and at the height of the High Atlas Mountains. We will stop to enjoy the impressive views and visit the all-woman co-op that prepares Argan Oil for the world market. To conclude this 3 Day Trip, we will arrive in Marrakech in late afternoon.
- Overnight stay in the Desert
DAY 1: Departing Marrakech, we will travel over the Tizi n’ Tichka Pass, enjoying superb views of the High Atlas Mountains and of the Berber villages along the route. Our trip begins with a stop for lunch and a tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Aït Benhaddou. This attraction is situated along the Ouarzazate River. This beautiful example of southern Moroccan architecture has been used as a backdrop for over 20 films including Lawrence of Arabia, Jewel of the Nile, The Mummy, and Gladiator. Continuing our trip toward Zagora via the anti-Atlas mountains (a mountain range part of the Atlas mountains) and Draa Valley, we will then arrive at the Tinfou Desert. Here we will take a camel trek into the desert and stay overnight in a bivouac. Staying overnight in the desert of Morocco will be a majestic experience for your your trip. DAY 2: Waking up to a spectacular sunrise in the desert and enjoying an authentic Moroccan breakfast will be a memory that will last a lifetime. When we leave the camp site, bivouac (tent) trekkers will return by camel and return to Ouarzazate and back over the high Atlas Mountains. If there is anything you'd like to stop and see on the excursion back, please just let us know! We will arrive back in Marrakech in the early evening.
- Day Trip: Marrakech To Essaouira
A day of adventure will include the exploration of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Medina (city) of Essaouira and Portuguese city of Mogador. You will learn about the process of how Argan oil is manufactured, visit the market in Skala du Port, the Mellah (Jewish quarter), meet jewelry souks and shop at local crafter's markets. This day trip includes lunch and your choice to ride motorized quads or camels or horses in a pre-arranged side excursion in the small dune village of Diabat. When booking, we will set the itinerary to make this the perfect trip. Riding Camels, Berber Horses and quads in the dunes of Ranch de Diabat, about 7 kilometers from Essaouira, will give you some great memories of Morocco. This day trip has alot of everything, for everyone: Explore the UNESCO World Heritage site of Medina (city) of Essaouira. Essaouira is a very charming and colorful town, located on the Atlantic Coast about two and a half hours drive from Marrakesh. It is an ideal place for those who want to unwind, enjoy the tourist attractions and experience the authenticity of this region of Morocco. In this day trip from Marrakesh to Essaouira you'll have the opportunity to visit and discover the Women's Co-operative manufacturing of Argan oil. In an ancient Berber tradition, women have been harvesting and preparing argan oil and increasing their own sustainability and wealth for generations. Visiting this site is very unique to Morocco and you must see it to appreciate it fully. Many local markets are scattered across Morocco. Lets get out and explore: When we are on this day trip to Essaouira, you'll get to experience a guided visit to the Skala du Port (the municipal market), the Mellah (Jewish quarter), jewelry souks of the medina, and a handicrafts complex. We will have a break for lunch at one of the popular seafood grills, cafes and restaurants, many with wooden tables and benches laid out overlooking the Atlantic sea. For a side-excursion within Essaouira, we can schedule a visit to Diabat, a small village at the top of the dunes, about 7 kilometers southeast of Essaouira. Ranch de Diabat arranges tours of high quality with quads on the beach, camels or Berber Horses. Please inquire for more details.
- Day Trip: Marrakech To Ait Benhaddou Kasbah
In this not-to-miss day trip, we take you from Marrakech through the Atlas Mountains, passing by the road of Tizi n'Tichka, the highest road pass in Africa (at 2260 meters above the sea level). You'll see some awe inspiring Moroccan clay architecture along the caravan route and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kasbah Ait ben Haddou. You'll also get to experience Berber villages, an ancient palace, breathtaking panoramic viewpoints, walking tours and pop-culture, tea with locals and lunch while on the trip. Along the way from Marrakech to Ait Ben Haddou, you will be fascinated by the wonders and the panoramic views of the isolated Berber villages in the mountains. Morocco has many natural historical and modern sites to enjoy: After the Tizi n'Tichka pass, we venture off the main road and take a side track into the Telouat Kasbah, the ancient palace of Pacha El Glaoui. Then we will continue traveling 40kilometers to arrive in Kasbah Ait Benhadou. Breathtaking views over the Valley of Ounila will make you fall in love with Morocco. Be sure to pack your camera, batteries and a portable charger for your cell phone. You won't want to miss a photo! The areas we will visit have been the filming sites for movies such as Lawrence of Arabia, Jesus of Nazareth and Gladiator. During our Day Trip, we will have a delicious lunch at a restaurant in Ouarzazate and then take a walk around town to discover authentic Moroccan experiences, tour Taourirt Kasbah, a beautiful clay residence complex. All trips to this region of Morocco should include a visit to the cinema studios of Ouarzazate, which are like the Hollywood of Africa. To round out the day and before beginning our journey back to Marrakech, we will enjoy a lovely cup of Moroccan tea with one of the locals of the ksar Ait Ben Haddou, where few families are still living. If we are fortunate, we will get to see the sunset while on our route through the Tizi n'Tichka Pass on the way back.
- Day Trip: Marrakech to Ouzoud Waterfalls
Join me on a day trip from Marrakech to Ouzoud Falls to enjoy scenic towns along the way and then the majestic falls. This trip includes a walkabout in the Middle Atlas village of Tanaghmeilt to discover many local shops and cafes. Bring your swimming suit if you want to take a dip! The Ouzoud Waterfalls is the second tallest waterfall in Africa. It is one of the most visited and photographed destinations in Morocco. This is the perfect getaway when the city gets busy. Everything you need to know for your trip: In a comfortable private air conditioned 4x4 or minivan, discover the most dramatic of Morocco's waterfalls, with overhanging cliffs, and pools to plunge into. Ouzoud waterfalls is the perfect place to visit while in Marrakech. At a height of 100 meters, The Cascades d'Ouzoud are the most spectacular falls in Morocco and second tallest in Afica. Their amphitheater of waterfalls descending into large pools in a lush valley remain invisible till the last moment. The views are stunning. Ozoud Falls is a great place for hiking, swimming, boating and exploring the area. Upon arriving at the foot of waterfalls, you can indulge in the joys of swimming in one of the pools. If swimming does not appeal to you, enjoy a great moment on the back of a small boat to cross the river. We will offer a walk through olive groves in order to explore the Barbary apes. You can stroll the local area and enjoy lunch at restaurants just a few meters from the falls. Hiking into the falls will require good traction footwear and be sure to bring water for the trek. Let us know what you'd like to experience while there and we will be sure to make sure you have a great experience.
- The Rising Sense of Wanderlust
I'm sure we couldn't have predicted that there would be travel restrictions because of a global pandemic, but here we are. Travelers are experiencing a greater sense of wanderlust more than ever before...and it is the PERECT time to visit Morocco. Traditions of Morocco will be shared with travelers at every turn. Moroccan mint tea is part of everyday life for the majority of Moroccans. It’s the symbol of family and friend gatherings and the first thing prepared to welcome guests. The smell of this sweet aromatic tea announces a good moment of chilling, catching up, and connecting. Some things are so authentically Moroccan and the experience is impossible to duplicate outside of the country. A saying in Morocco states that the first glass of Moroccan mint tea is as soft as life, the second as strong as love, and the last as bitter as death. When in Morocco, Do as the Moroccans Do... Most local markets carry bins, baskets, bowls or buckets of some of the most uniquely delicious spices on earth. The ten spices that are the most important to Moroccan cuisine are: Cayenne (felfla), cinnamon (karfa), turmeric (quekoum), ginger (skinjbir), black pepper (elbezar), aniseed (nafaa), sesame seeds (jinjelan), cumin (kamoon), paprika (felfla hlouwa), and saffron (zafrane). Spices can be packaged and shipped for you to experiment and enjoy at home. Touring Morocco with Me When you get to visit Morocco, you will be amazed and how diverse each area of the country is. We love it for it's unique palm groves, desert dunes and lush valleys. Four rugged mountain chains dominate Morocco's topography and divide the country into three geographic regions: the mountainous interior, including plateaus and fertile valleys; the Atlantic coastal lowlands; and the semiarid and arid area of eastern and southern Morocco where the mountains descend gradually into the Sahara Desert. In the north, the Rif mountain range runs parallel to the Mediterranean. South of the Rif range, a series of three Atlas Mountain ranges somewhat overlap one another as they slant across the country on a generally northeast-southwest axis. The most northerly of the three, the Middle Atlas range, is separated from the Rif by only a narrow corridor. The lofty High Atlas range is situated immediately to the south of the Middle Atlas range and is parallel to it. Farther south and to the west lies the Anti-Atlas range. Morocco has the most extensive river system in North Africa. Its two most important rivers are the Moulouya, which flows into the Mediterranean Sea, and the Sebou, which flows into the Atlantic Ocean. Paradise Valley is a great place to put on your Bucket List for Morocco My Morocco, Your Way When I describe my tours, I am always aware that the trip will send us in many directions based on what you really want to experience while in Morocco. There are so many unique excursions like seeing the goats that stand in trees, Barbary Apes in the forests, tall waterfalls, refreshing rivers, riding camels, camping in the desert, and the countless historical locations are just a start. I will always try my best to make your trip to Morocco the best you can have.