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Take advantage of the wonderful holidays, and travel for 9 days tour from Marrakech via the Moroccan Sahara desert and the center part of the Atlas Mountains. Take a camel ride to explore the desert dunes and the Berber way of life. You will ride through lush valleys and uncharted routes as you explore the wide southern region of Morocco, as well as historic Kasbahs.
Travelers can anticipate finding everything they require in Morocco, a nation that borders both the Atlantic Ocean and the Sahara Desert. It is a surfer’s paradise with magnificent waves, attractive white and blue-colored villages, and spectacular cliffs.
Explore the stunning red and orange sand dunes and sparkling palm tree oases in the Sahara in the meantime. Both are surrounded by lovely homes built like sandcastles and clear nights that are ideal for stargazing. Discover a spectacular mountain range that is ideal for skiers and snowboarders and is exceptionally near to the magnificent Sahara.
In this 9-day tour from Marrakech, you’ll also stroll through the maze-like souks, see the main attractions in Meknes, explore the historic city of Fes and all of its interesting sites, including the medina, the streets, and the medina gardens, visit the central market and its lovely colorful gardens, visit the multicultural Casablanca and take in a view of the Hassan II mosque, and enjoy a traditional Moroccan fish lunch at a local restaurant.
This 9-day tour departing from Marrakech is specially designed to allow you to delve deeply into the heart of Morocco as it combines the finest of culture and beach serenity. The journey includes not only the well-known tourist destinations but also the lesser-known regions of Morocco. You will be able to visit locations you had no idea existed and go to places where others can’t go by traveling with a local guide. In actuality, it is what sets a trip with our agency apart.
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The first day of our nine-day trip, which departs from Marrakech and takes us through the desert, Fez, and Casablanca, will involve a visit to the renowned Jamaa Elfna Square if the time of arrival allows it.
After checking into your accommodation, it's time to begin exploring the city for the first time. Are you prepared for that? A vacation to Morocco would not be complete without seeing Marrakech, unquestionably one of the most stunning and fascinating cities in all of Morocco.
A lively medina, incredible shopping, and some of the most stunning architecture you'll ever see can be found in this 1,000-year-old city. Another reason for which Marrakech is well-known is its stunning riads, which are typically former family homes that have been transformed into guesthouses. The city is full of lovely small boutique riads.
Marrakech will awe you and leave you breathless; it is overwhelming but full of energy. Anyone who visits it anticipates having an Arabian night's dream.
You'll tour the Red City on the second day of this 9-day tour from Marrakech. After breakfast at the hotel, spend the full day discovering Marrakesh, the "Pearl of the South," with your local guide. As one of the Kingdom's capitals during the reign of the three Moroccan sultanate monarchs, the city amassed a sizable number of museums and architectural sites.
You will have a chance to explore the city's main attractions and landmarks, such as the famous Jamma el-Fna Square, and the Koutoubia Mosque, as well as its souks, public squares, and museums. There is no doubt that Jamma-el-Fna is a magical and fascinating place. It used to be fairly common for tourists to get lost. The Jemma el-Fna Square can be reached from any passageway in Medina. The square is extremely crowded, which might be overwhelming for first-timers. However, given how lovely the location is, it is undoubtedly challenging to stay there very briefly. UNESCO recently designated the square as a World Heritage site.
You will additionally exhibit city areas like Gueliz, the Menara Gardens, and the Majorelle Museum. Explore the Medina, haggle for some trinkets, and take in the many-hued buildings and palm-lined parks. Almost everything, including apparel, ceramics, jewelry, and Marrakech gifts for your cherished family members back home, may be found here. You will discover Marrakech's richness here as you see how traditionalism and modernity coexist in Morocco. A true heaven for shoppers, it is.
This city is brimming with hidden treasures, and best of all, it's a foodie's paradise! Spend the day exploring the maze of souks in search of treasures, then cap it off with tagine and mint tea on one of the city's many stunning rooftop terraces.
As you wind across the Tizi-n-Tichka pass to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, your 3rd day of this 9-day tour from Marrakech begins with a panorama of the Atlas Mountains. The historical landmark of Ait Ben Haddou was made popular by films like Gladiator and the well-known HBO series Game of Thrones.
The next stop is Ouarzazate, where we'll see the Atlas Film Studios and Kasbahs. At a height of 1,560 meters (5,120 feet), Ouarzazate is situated in the middle of a barren plateau to the south of the High Atlas Mountains. It seems quite contemporary, with broad streets, stone structures, and a number of hotels in the French colonial style. The "Gateway to the Sahara" is another name for this tiny city. Ouarzazate is a very diverse city despite its diminutive size.
Numerous well-preserved kasbahs, or conventional Moroccan forts, may be found in the city. The Taourirt Kasbah is the most well-known of these; it served as the backdrop for several Hollywood productions, including Babel and Lawrence of Arabia.
You'll like going to the Atlas Studio. A real Moroccan town, a classic Roman city, and a genuine Arabic market are just a few of the sets and locations the studio has available for filming.
From Marrakech, you'll continue your journey to the valley of the roses, which is renowned for hosting the annual Festival of Roses. You'll spend the night at Dades Gorge at a close-by hotel, and you'll enjoy getting dinner there.
You'll head to the Draa Valley, where you can witness one of Morocco's longest rivers, after breakfast. You will stop along the way to take pictures and see the magnificent kasbahs and Berber communities that line the road as well as the Draa valley's natural splendors. After this, you’ll reach Todra Gorges.
Todra gorges is one of the most well-liked tourist locations in Morocco. The Todra River dug out the gorge, which is a small canyon, in the High Atlas Mountains. You can climb the rocks, hike through the canyon, or go swimming in the river. The gorge contains a number of tunnels that can be explored as well. After a short break for lunch at Nkob or Alnif, you'll have two hours to drive to the magnificent Merzouga dunes. "Desert of fine-grained sand dunes."
You will swap out your motorized vehicle for an animal-powered mode of transportation in order to enter the heart of the desert. The landscape is continually changing as a result of the dunes' constant movement and shifting.
When you arrive at the camp, you will be given accommodations in camel hair tents, just like the nomad families do. With the camel guides, play the drums under the starry sky, dine and spend the night in a Berber tent.
There's something magical about stargazing there, whether it's the vast open expanses, the lack of light pollution, or the sense of being one with the universe. Whatever the cause, gazing at the desert night sky is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The constellations are clearly visible and the stars appear brighter and closer.
Finally, you can join the Berbers in singing and dancing by the fire. It is a customary practice that embodies the joy and happiness of the Berber people.
This is a full day in the Desert. "Date with the dawn" is definitely worth getting up early if you're in the midst of the desert to take in the most breathtaking sunrise you've ever seen at the top of a dune near the camp and appreciate this landscape that is a gift from nature. Next, you'll ride camel’s back to Merzouga after sunrise, where a hearty breakfast is waiting for you.
The Big Dune of Morocco, which is more than 250 meters high, is located in the Erg Chebbi, a large expansion of the sandy desert. The route that was once taken for the "Paris-Dakar" will then be followed until it ends in the highlands that border Algeria. Stop in the Tissardmin oasis to visit the area's last fossil quarries before continuing on a route where you can see nomad settlements and discover their customs. You'll spend your afternoon riding camels and taking in the sunset behind the sand dunes.
Then you will arrive in Kamilia Village, which is originally from Mali, where you may enjoy a soothing cup of tea while taking in a performance of Gnawa spiritual music. There are 334 residents living in the "Village of the Blacks." They are a hybrid of Gnawa and Berber. During the time of slavery, Gnawa, were taken to Morocco. The locals are welcoming, kind, and gracious. They regard music as sacred and as having great importance.
Before continuing your journey to the various oasis and locations in the Desert, you may decide to start with a traditional Tagine meal. Spend the night at your Merzouga hotel.
You continue your 9-day tour from Marrakech to the north of Morocco. You will begin your journey after breakfast as you travel through Tafilalet Palm Grove, the largest palm grove in the world.
Along the 20km of route, you'll observe a lot of palm trees until you reach the Ziz Valley, where the river nourishes a palm grove after flowing down from the high Atlas. You will pause here and take in the breathtaking view of the valley and the village of Aoufous from this elevated vantage point.
Next, you'll stop again at Midelt, smack in the middle of the Atlas Mountains, where you'll have some free time to enjoy lunch and take a break. You will encounter some monkeys as you travel through the Cedar Woods in the afternoon. You stop for taking pictures as the area is known for barbary macaque which calls the Azrou’s forst as a home.
Ifrane, located at 1630 metres above sea level on the northern slope of the Middle Atlas, is the next location you'll see. This city resembles a Swiss town because to its wide avenues, immaculate urban development, gardens, green spaces, and architecture. In Morocco, Ifrane senses a lack of place. Its nickname is "the Moroccan Switzerland" for this reason, and if that weren't enough, Michlifen is a significant ski resort. With numerous bars and clubs situated in its heart, it also offers a thriving nightlife.
You will arrive in Fez later in the day, where you will spend the night at a traditional Riad in Medina.
Today, set out on a guided city tour with a local guide. Fes is a city that is worth getting lost in because of its imposingly huge (and occasionally perplexing) ancient Medina. Starting at the Royal Palace, you'll go through the historic Jewish District and up to one of the Borj towers for sweeping views of the medina.
You will next proceed to a mosaic home where you will see a demonstration of the ancient ceramic techniques used by Fassi craftsmen. From the creation of the clay through the assembly of the mosaics, every stage of the process will be visible to you.
Following the demonstration, the tour will take you into Fes's Medina, where you can explore the historic streets and neighborhoods, stop by the various artisan neighborhoods (including the tanneries), and view significant historical landmarks like Idriss II's Tomb and the Al-Qarawaiyin University, the world's oldest continuously operating university.
After lunch, your tour will come to an end, and the remainder of the day and evening is yours to spend whatever you like in the Medina. In order to denote the sacred hue of Islam, the mosaics in Bab Boujloud's arch transition from blue on the outer wall to green on the inside wall. Stroll through Medina's markets and streets. If you get lost, don't worry; it's all part of the experience. Return to your Riad (a traditional Moroccan home with an inner garden) for the evening as you descend the hill.
The 8th day of your 9-day tour from Marrakech will start after a delicious breakfast. Before leaving for your next stop, take some pictures of the deserted streets. You will visit the Volubilis remains, the Roman Empire's furthest outpost in Africa, which are protected by UNESCO, as you go.
Wander the complex and discover the temples, several in-place mosaics, and merchant residences with still-working heating systems. Next, we set out for Meknes, the imperial city and capital of the Ismailis. In Bab Al-Mansour, the Sahrij Souani basin, the royal stablis, and the granary will all be visited.
Next, we will transfer you to RABAT, our capital, where you can visit the 11th-century Hassan Tower. Then there is the Ordains Kasbah, an 11th-century Andalusian-style castle with stunning views of Salé and the Atlantic Ocean. Before traveling to Casablanca, the commercial center of Morocco, we will eat lunch.
The second biggest mosque in the world, Hassan 2, will be our first stop in Casablanca. Its location on the edge of a rocky harbor above the ocean is one of the greatest achievements of Moroccan architecture. Next, we'll head to Place Mohamed V, the site of several former government buildings. In the end, you'll be taken back to our riad to spend the night.
Here we are at the conclusion of our journey. We truly hope you've enjoyed a lot in this tour. It's been a lot of fun. Together, we've done everything from laughing to enjoying. But it's time to part ways now. We wish you a safe return trip. The 9-day tour from Marrakech will come to a conclusion when the driver drops you off at the airport.
This tour may seem hectic for some type of travelers; we are aware of that and this is just a sample tour that you can design as you wish. Seniors normally like more relaxed tours where they spend a day or two in each place. If it is your case, please let us know and we will adjust the itinerary for you.
In addition, if you travel with children, this 9 days tour seems hard for them. Therefore, kindly contact us to set up a memorable tours for you and your family.