Let Fes authentic Tours take on 8 Days Morocco Tour to experience the magic of Morocco cities and the sahra desert with an experienced driver who make you live an authentic holiday.
You will be met upon arrival at Casablanca by Fes Authentic Tour's experienced English speaking guide and driver and transferred to your comfortable hotel in the heart of Morocco's largest city, Casablanca, the economic capital and very modern in its attitudes and architecture. Then you can either choose to chill out for the afternoon or, if there's time, take the optional tour of the huge Hassan II Mosque, the largest in Morocco with the tallest minaret in the world and one of only a couple of mosques in Morocco open to non-Muslims.
After a relaxed breakfast you will begin your journey to Fes, but will stop off for a while to explore Rabat, Morocco's capital city, much smaller than Casablanca, but more sedate and peaceful. See the King's palace and usual residence, enjoy lunch and have time to wander the streets and coastline of this beautiful seaside city. In the afternoon, you will continue the journey through stunning countryside until you reach fantastic Fes, the beating cultural heart of the Kingdom and its spiritual capital.
When breakfast has been taken, you will begin your guided tour of the ancient working Medina of Fes, through labyrinthine alleyways and twisting streets lined with colourful fresh fruit and vegetable stalls, shops piled high with aromatic spices , beautiful, intricately woven Berber carpets, metalware, ceramics, wooden and leather goods and other objects of interest all hand made in Fes or the surrounding country regions. The King has another pretty palace here you will get to see and then there is a trip to the tanneries, to see the leather being produced in the traditional manner, fascinating if a bit smelly, but you may be able to pick up a bargain or two. Next, it's to the outskirts of the city where a breathtaking panorama of the medina, the largest urban pedestrianized area in the world, can be viewed, and a visit to the potteries to observe how the famous Fes ceramics are produced and you may even get the chance to make a pot yourself! Lunch will be taken in a traditional restaurant in the medina's centre. After lunch you will finish your exploration of Fes and return to your hotel for the night.
Fes Authentic Tours offers you the choice today, to either continue your exploration of Fes and maybe do some shopping on your own
For those who don't mind an early start, after breakfast, you will be driven by a scenic route to the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis, a one time luxury residence and holiday resort for wealthy Romans. Spend a pleasant time examining the many wonderful mosaic floors depicting myths and legends, reading the Latin inscriptions on the Triumphal Arch and getting the feel of this 2,000 year old city. After lunch, your Fes Authentic Trips Guide will drive you on to one of the holiest sites in Morocco, the town of Moulay Idris, founder of Fes, a beautiful place perched on the mountainside with stunning views of the verdant lands below. Here you will have lunch and then head for Meknes, another Imperial city with mighty walls and huge city gates, granaries and reservoirs before heading back to Fes for the evening.
It's an early start, as after breakfast you'll be heading south through the Atlas Mountains to the Sahara Desert. It's a long journey , but a wondrous one as you travel along the twisting, turning mountain roads past rough-hewn cliff faces, dizzying drops, through almost endless cedar forests and alongside snaking silver streams. Berber mountain villages nestle in the valleys or seem to perch impossibly on the moutainsides. Lunch will be taken about halfway in the town of Midelt which is particularly renowned for its fossils. You can pick them up quite cheaply and watch them being prepared in the workshops, but be prepared to haggle for a beautiful and unique souvenir. The you begin the descent as you get ever nearer to the desert Your early evening in Erfoud and your hotel for the night will be cause for a refreshing dip in the pool or a nice shower, before or after dinner and then a peaceful nights sleep.
In the morning there will be time for you either to relax in the hotel or explore the quaint and fascinating desert town of Erfoud, the villagers are friendly and prices here can be lower, so local handicrafts can be obtained at a good price. After lunch, your Fes Authentic Tours air-conditioned four-wheeled drive transport will take you deeper into the desert, through the rocky, barren Black Sahara when suddenly, you'll be amazed at the appearance, as if by magic, of the mighty dunes of the Erg Chebbi. These dunes are massive, up to 50 metres in height and extend eastwards all the way to Algeria. Here, at dusk you'll find your camel awaits you, prepared to carry you off into the glorious sunset for an unforgettable two hour trek through the shifting desert sands before you arrive at a traditional Berber desert encampment, where you will spend the night in a cosy tent, surrounded by the mountainous dunes. Your guide will prepare you an authentic Moroccan repast while you just take it easy, watching the stars, so many and so bright and seemingly so near you would almost believe you could just reach out and touch them, while you listen to the sweet strains of time-honoured Berber music. A truly memorable day.
(N.B. The night in the desert is optional for those who would prefer to return to the hotel at Merzouga for the night.)
You will be awoken early for breakfast and to experience the sun rising over the sand dunes, then a sedate camel ride back to your 4X4 in Merzouga, during which ride one cannot fail to notice the shifting and changing of the shadows cast by the dunes, lengthening and shrinking as the day progresses. Heading back to Erfoud, you then pass behind the High Atlas Mountains, that are said to hold up the sky, on the way to the Todra Gorges. After lunch, you'll have a walk up the gorge, over 600 feet high, before travelling on through the photogenic river valleys to the pretty village of Tinghir, where you will stay the night before crossing the High Atlas the next morning. The Tinghir and Todra Gorges are the highest and narrowest in all of Morocco and, some would say, the most beautiful.
Fes Authentic Tour's guide will pick you up from your hotel and the you'll embark on the fabulous journey over the High Atlas Mountains via Ouarzazate Film Studios. Your journey begins with a breathtaking drive up between the peaks, along twisting mountain roads dotted with scenic Berber mountain villages and crystal clear waterfalls, until you arrive at the area around Ouarzazate where you can take a pleasant stroll to examine the traditional Moroccan architecture that comprises the Kasbah Ait Benhaddou, the largest in Morocco and a UNESCO World Heritage Site with very impressive walls. It's a timeless, ancient place , used as the backdrop to over twenty Hollywood films including "Lawrence of Arabia", "Indiana Jones" and "Gladiator". This central area of the country is vibrant and exciting and surely one of the most romantic regions in Morocco, huddled between fertile green river valleys with their extensive palmeries and burnished mud-brick houses burning under the blazing Moroccan sun in dazzling colours beneath an azure sky. Lunch will be taken in Ait Benhaddou and after that you'll complete the journey over the Atlas Mountains to Marrakech and your hotel.
|Transport in a comfortable A/C vehicle (a 4x4 or Mini Van).|
|Overnight stay in a berber camp.|
|Dinner and Breakfast.|
|Pick up and drop off at your accommodation.|
|Camel trekking in the Sahara Desert.|
|Sightseeing and photo opportunities at the Sahara Desert|
|Lunch and drinks.|
|Small admission charge for some monuments.|