11 Days – Morocco Best Travel – Morocco Grand Tour

11 Days - Morocco Best Travel – Morocco Grand Tour, Fes Desert Tours

Day 1 : Arrival transfer to the hotel / riad.
Day 2: Fez (Sightseeing Tour with a local guide, Fez Medina)

11 Days - Morocco Best Travel – Morocco Grand Tour, Fes Deset Tours11 days Morocco best travel, Morocco grand tour, Fes desert tours. After visiting the economic capital Casablanca and the political one Rabat, here we go for another adventure through the intellectual capital of Fez, which was considered Mecca of the west and Athena of Africa. It is the biggest city in the country after Casablanca with a population of approximately 1 million. This city is the former capital and one of the country’s four imperial cities. Fez comprises three distinct parts, Fes el Bali which is the oldest part surrounded by a big wall, where are more than 9000 narrow streets and allies. Fes-Jdid or the new Fes, home of the Mellah the Jewish quarter and the Ville Nouvelle the newest section of Fes created during the French occupation. Fes el Bali is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It's Medina the largest in the world. Among its narrow streets and allies, the oldest university in the world is located; The University of Al-Karaouine, founded in AD 859. This university is still operating nowadays.

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Day 3: Fes – Volubilis – Meknes

11 Days - Morocco Best Travel – Morocco Grand Tour, Fes Deset ToursOn the way to Meknes, we will go back on time to 3 Th century by visiting the most important archaeological site in Morocco Volubilis, which are features the best preserved Roman ruins in this part of northern Africa. So it is not by chance this roman ruins in 1997 was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. A 45 minutes guided tour is scheduled here. From Volubilis we go on our way to Meknes that was is named after a Berber tribe which was known as Miknasa in the medieval North African sources. Meknes was the capital of Morocco under the reign of Moulay Ismail (1672–1727). He built in the ingeniously designed granaries. A really fascinating architecture of tiny windows, massive walls where he used to store grain and hay to feed his 15.000. He didn’t store food for humans, but we will stop as well to get pictures of the Bab AL Mansour the Great gate built in the 11th century by the King AL Mansour Adahbi.

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Day 4: Meknes – Midelt – Ziz Valley – Erfoud –Merzouga (hotel at Dune Line).

11 Days - Morocco Best Travel – Morocco Grand Tour, Fes Deset ToursThis is a long driving day, where we will meet different colors of the kingdom by leaving the old Moroccan city of Meknes. In the way, we will pass through the most modern and clean city in the country Ifran. This berber name of Ifran means caves and it is nicknamed in Morocco as a little Switzerland since it is a very green town and is a ski resort in the Middle Atlas region of Morocco because of its high altitude at 1665 meters. Ifran is it very also know for The Brotherhood private university, established in 1997 by The King of Morocco Hassan II and the King of Saudi Arabia Fahd. Where all classes are taught in English it is an international university. Lunch will be scheduled in a berber village called Midelt which is situated n the foothills of the eastern part of the High Atlas Mountains. From vast plateau, we start crossing up those tough mountains which are still settled by a big berber community. The landscapes here includes palm tree oases at JbelAyachi (at 3747 m) before driving down the curves and join the pre-Saharan zone passing first by Errachidia and Erfoud, which is famous for its pottery and the interesting fossil quarries. Fossils are a major industry in Erfoud, some 350 million years ago the region around Erfoud was a part of the huge ocean.Heading up to the red colored sand sea dunes of Merzouga via Rissani, the hometown of the Alaouist dynasty, where Moulay Ali sheriff started to unify Morocco under his red flag in the beginning of the 17th century. From a vast plateau, you will get impressed by the huge sand dune of Merzouga appearing from the horizon. Night and dinner at our hotel.

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Day 5: Merzouga – Erg Chebbi Dunes (Sahara Desert Exploration 4×4 & Camel Trek for sunset)

11 Days - Morocco Best Travel – Morocco Grand Tour, Fes Deset ToursThroughout the sand dunes, we go for a drive on these fabulous landscapes on the edge of the Erg Chebbi, the largest sand dunes in Morocco. We will see plenty of nomadic black tents in the middle of nowhere. We shall stop by a nomadic family to have tea and see what a nomadic life looks like. We go on our drive and let’s discover the nomadic life of Tuareg people by visiting Alkhamliya, a village where nothing has been changed through centuries. Either we lunch here in Alkhamliya village or we go back to our hotel and lunch there. After a nap, we go on a camel ride to meet one of the most fascinating sights that we will ever see, the superb sunset in the middle of the high sand dunes of Merzouga. Tonight we stay in berber camp and enjoy a wonderful stars view.

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Day 6: Merzouga – Rissani – Todgha Gorges

Visting Errisani and the mausoleum of the founder of the Alaouite Dynasty of Morocco, Moulay Ali Chrif in the 17th century. This silent town was the ancient capital of Tafilalet and its location as a crossroads between north and south brought the city to an important status of a former major caravan center. Up to now Rissani remains a major commercial center in the region, with a large souk, particularly lively today on Tuesdays, Thursdays , and Sundays. It was noted for its leather and goat skin trading in ancient ages. 127 km from Errisani the great canyons of Morocco Todgha Gorges are situated beyond the central High Atlas Mountains. Here, the contrasting landscapes remind visitors of the Colorado, with its high plateaux, its gorges, and great canyons, and its peaks sometimes splintered by erosion. Several peaks in this area exceed 4000 m, with JbelSaghro 2500 m and JbelMgoun at 4068 m being the highest peak in this part of the High Atlas. The area is populated by Berbers. Here you can enjoy a hike among those fabulous canyons.

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Day 7: Todgha Gorges – Dades Valley – Ouarzazate

11 Days - Morocco Best Travel – Morocco Grand Tour, Fes Deset ToursFrom the great canyons of Todgha, we go along the road of 1000 kasbahs, since there are enormous kasbahs on both sides of the road. Some of those old fortified houses are restored but unfortunately a lot of them are ruins. A visit to one of those kasbahs is scheduled by seeing Amridil Kasbah. We pass a town called Boumalen situated on the edge of Dadesvalley which rises in the High Atlas Mountains, giving life to a huge Berber community by its rich agriculture. Along this valley another valley called the Valley of Roses appearing with the green colors of its Alfalfa plants, olives trees, fig trees and grapes. This valley gives birth to a rose from which locals produces different cosmetic products like soap, perfumes, and skin creams. Locals here celebrate this rose by organizing a national festival each end of April.Getting to Ouarzazate (Hollywood of Africa, Noiselessness town,The door of the desert), is a city is situated in the middle of a bare plateau, south of the High Atlas Mountains. It is mainly inhabited by Berbers, who constructed many of the prominent kasbahs and building for which the area is known. One of those building is Taourirt Kasbah diverted in 17 Th century. Why is this town nicknamed as Hollywood of Africa ? Simply because it has been noted as a film-making location, with Morocco’s biggest studios inviting many international film companies to shoot their movies like: Lawrence of Arabia (1962), The Living Daylights (1987), The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), The Mummy (1999), Gladiator (2000), Kingdom of Heaven (2005), Martin Scorsese’s Kundun (1997) and Babel (2005).

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Day 8: Ouarzazate – AitBenahddou – Taroudant

11 Days - Morocco Best Travel – Morocco Grand Tour, Fes Deset Tours35 km from Ouarzazate there is the fortified city of Aït Ben Haddou, built in the 11th century. Once up on a time this Kasbah was the former caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakech. It is situated on a hill along the Ounila River and has some beautiful examples of kasbahs, which unfortunately sustain damage during each rainstorm and windstorms. Most of the town’s inhabitants now live in a more modern village at the other side of the river; however, three families are still living within this kasbah. Aït Ben Haddou Kasbah has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987 and several films have been shot there, including Lawrence of Arabia (1962),Time Bandits (1981),The Jewel of the Nile (1985), Kundun (1997), Gladiator and (2000), Alexander (2004). From this beautiful fortified house, we head southwest to the town of Taroudant. It is called the “Grandmother of Marrakesh” because it resembles Marrakesh with its surrounding ramparts. The ramparts of the town are nearly 6 kilometers long. It has the feel of a small fortified market town on some caravan route. It is also known for its local crafts like jewelry and carpets. Taroudant contains almost the whole city within its walls. However, a new area is being developed outside the city walls. Under the Saadi Dynasty Taroudant knew its golden age, especially under the reign of Mohammed ash-Sheikh, who constructed the city walls and built the great mosque and its beautiful minaret in 1528. The town became the capital of the Saadians. Taroudant has rich plain and farms of grapes, corn, grain, oranges… Today the town is a notable marketing town and has a souk near each of its two main squares, Talmoklate. Not that far from Talmaklatesquare, there is the Arab souk specializes in handicrafts such as pottery, leather, carpets, rugs and jewelry.

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Day 9: Taroudant – Agadir – Essaouira

11 Days - Morocco Best Travel – Morocco Grand Tour, Fes Deset ToursAlmost 70 km from Taroudant, there is Agadir city. The capital of Berbers since it is the biggest berber city all over the Kingdom. Agadir is also a very modern city that is located on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean, near the foot of the Atlas Mountains.It has the most important fishing and commercial port of morocco, moreover, it is the first sardine port in the world, (exporting cobalt, manganese, zinc, and citrus). It is also a seaside resort with a long sandy beach. Because of its large buildings, wide roads, modern hotels, and European-style cafés, Agadir is not a typical city of traditional Morocco, but it is a modern, busy and dynamic town and very famous for its seafood. Along the ocean, we drive for almost 200 km towards Essaouira. On the Atlantic Ocean this town waves, with its white painted houses and their blue windows and doors, a well-designed picture. Since the 16th century, Essaouira has also been known by its Portuguese name of Mogador. The Berber name means the wall, a reference to the fortress walls that originally enclosed the city.

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Day 10: Essaouira (Explore Essaouira at your own pace)

A one day on your pace will be for sure wonderful  since there is no way to get bored. Due to the plenty activities, you will be able to enjoy amazingly as Essaouira is well renowned for its kite surfing and windsurfing, with the powerful trade wind. Horse riding, camel riding along the beach. It is known for the delicious seafood and where there are several small art galleries are found all over the town. Since 1998 Essaouira getting known by its Gnaoua Festival of World Music, normally it is scheduled in the last week of June. It brings artists from all over the world. Although focussed on gnaoua music, it includes rock, jazz and reggae. In early 1952 the film director and actor Orson Welles made his movie Othello. Now there is a square named Orson Welles.

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Day 11: Essaouira – Marrakech

11 Days - Morocco Best Travel – Morocco Grand Tour, Fes Deset ToursAlong the half way between Essaouira and Marrakesh, you will see enormous Argan tree on both sides of the road. These Argan trees are frequently climbed by goats. Argan oil is produced by several women’s cooperatives and it is used to prepare couscous, salads. Moreover, it was traditionally used as a treatment for skin diseases before being founded as good enough for cosmetics by Europeans manufacturers. Still stop by one of these co-operatives is worthy see how women squeezed the argan fruits between hands to extract the oil. We arrive at our hotel in Marrakesh and if time permits we go out for a walk.

 11 days - Morocco best travel - Morocco grand Tour - Fes desert Tours: what’s Included & Not Included.

  • Private A/C Vehicle, 4X4 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado or Deluxe Van for 11 days + Fuel.
  • English speaking driver / Guide.
  • Pick up & Drop off at your Marrakech Airports or Casablanca Airport.
  • Ensuite rooms with A/C in typical hotels, Kasbahs & Riads with dinner and breakfast (Vegetarians are welcome).
  • 1 Night in Erg Chebbi Merzouga, Nomad tented camp with dinner and breakfast.
  • Camel Trekking to go and return from the camp (around 1h each way).
  • Free time to explore the sites as Ait Benhaddou, Cinema Sets, Taourirt Kasbah, etc…

11 Days - Morocco Best Travel – Morocco Grand Tour, Fes Desert Tours: Not Included Service

  • Tips
  • Drinks
  • Lunches
  • Entry Fees for Monuments
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