8 Days Middle Atlas and Desert MoroccanGreat tour full of contrasts, designed to show the cultural and scenic variety of Morocco, which will reveal the cultural richness of Fez, the grandeur of the Atlas, the magic of its desert and its spectacular Kasbahs.
DAY 1: FEZ – Meknes Volubilis FEZ.
Reception at the airport of Fez, depending on the arrival time of the flight, this day is dedicated to meet Meknes and Volubilis, so I advise taking a morning flight. From Fez, towards the Atlantic coast to visit Meknes, one of the most important imperial cities of Morocco. There you can visit luxurious palaces and beautiful mosques plus some of the most important souks of Morocco. After Meknes, following the route to the Roman ruins of Volubilis, a monument declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Fez accommodation in hotel or riad.
DAY 2: FEZ – IFRAN – ERRACHIDIA – Erfoud – Merzouga
In the morning, after breakfast departure in 4 × 4 to Merzouga. During the trip, will cross Ifran, Morocco Little Switzerland, so called because of their similarity. They cross the Cedar Forest and continue through the valley of Ziz, a palm that takes them to our destination, the desert dunes in Merzouga, sandy. You change the 4 × 4 by 8 × 8, which are camels, to venture into the heart of the dunes and attend the sunset.A real adventure! On arrival, I expected a great, refreshing tea, dinner and exquisite Berber livened up with the music of the tam-tam (drum), for a unique night, thanks to the large number of stars that populate the night desert. Will sleep in Berber tent.
Day 3: Merzouga – Erg Chebbi – Merzouga
You are already in the desert enjoying the magic of the dunes …! Today, mandatory early to watch the sunrise from the top of the dunes and the camels back to the hostel for breakfast and shower. After breakfast in 4 × 4 will go to know these lands: the lake or Dayet Srji full of flamingos depending on the time of year, a visit to a family of musicians Gnawas or Bambara, descendants of slaves from Black Africa, and they delight them with their traditional music. The whole journey is 130 km per track. Veráns dunes bordering the two oasis of Merzouga, MIFISS mines, desert plateaus, the oasis TISSARDMINE. Accommodation and dinner at Kasbah.
DAY 4: Merzouga – Todra Gorges – Ouarzazate
Possibility of early to see the sunrise and latest departure after breakfast by desert road to the Draa Valley, composed of more than 10 million palm trees. They reach the valley bordering the Sahgro where a stop is made to enjoy the view. After keeping forces out towards the Gorges of Todra. They continue through the Valley of the Roses and Skoura palm grove, reaching Ouarzazate, city of cinema. With its breathtaking scenery, exceptional light and ideal climatic conditions, Ouarzazate was soon seduced the world of cinema. In Ouarzazate there are three major studios and cinema. Created in 1983, the Atlas studies worth a visit. Open to the public offer a grandiose spectacle: Giant pharaohs keep their doors. Here you can see the stunning scenery of films, workshops decor and discover the scenes of the film industry. Another curiosity, the Film Museum was established in an old Italian study of 90 years, once inside the visitor is immersed in ancient Greece, the Middle East or in an old jail unwelcoming. Brimming with authenticity, all these sets are made of plaster. Dinner and overnight in a Kasbah in Ouarzazate.
Day 5: Ouarzazate – Ait Ben Haddou – Marrakech
After breakfast visit the Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou, a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1987, a fortified inside a walled town that surely will recognize, as this citadel has been the scene of such famous movies as Gladiator, Sahara, Asterix and Obelix: Mission Cleopatra, among many others. He will continue his trip Marrakech direction, estimated time of arrival at noon. Free afternoon to visit the city of Marrakech to enjoy the hustle and the bustle of the Djemaa el Fna, which for several centuries constitutes the most incredible popular theater world: snake charmers, musicians, dancers, storytellers, fortune tellers, actors, fortune tellers … Dinner can be enjoyed in the same riad or square, you choose. Charming Riad accommodation.
Day 6: Marrakech – Ouzoud waterfalls
Departure in the morning towards Fez, visiting the Ouzoud waterfalls, breathtaking scenery of the largest waterfalls in North Africa, whose waterfall over 100 m high. On this visit you will see the local flora and fauna (it is common to find small monkeys) and eat in precious bars overlooking the waterfalls. Dinner and overnight in the Cascades of Ouzoud
DAY 7: FEZ
After breakfast, continuing towards Fez route. This day is devoted entirely to know the city. Fez, the oldest imperial city of Morocco, founded in the eighth century by Moulay Idriss II. Visit the Medina of Fez el-Bali, one of the largest preserved medieval sites in the world, declared World Heritage more than 30 years ago. After the medina, you will see the Medersa Attarine, one of the most beautiful Koranic schools in Fez. The following points in the itinerary are the Ennajarine Source and the Mausoleum of Moulay Idriss, founder of Fez. Then we’ll go to the Karawiyin Mosque, Karawiyin belonging to the University, the oldest in history, founded in 880. Dinner and overnight in Fez, in the hotel the first night.
DAY 8: FEZ – AIRPORT
At the agreed time, transfer to the airport for the flight to the destination city. END OF OUR SERVICES AND safe journey.
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The desert is just extremely beautiful. the dunes are just as i imagined them. the night in the desert was very nice. it is worth it to go there.