FEZ TO DESERT TOURS
TOURS FROM CASABLANCA
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Reserve our private tour from Tangierand enjoy travel to Sahar adesert in Morocco.
DAY 1: TANGIER‘S PORT TO CHEFCHAOUEN
The private driver for your Casablanca desert tour will pick you from your hotel or airport and we drive to Chefchaouen, the bleu city. You will drive through the Rif Mountain and pass by the city of Tetouen .the landscape is fabulous from Tangier till you get Chefchaouen and it takes almost 3 hours and a half to get the bleu city. not far from the famous square called ‘outa hamman’ ,there are many funky arts and crafts and many restaurants with tasty food where you will spend the night and enjoy a cup of mint tea in one of this restaurant .over night in a riad.
DAY 2: CHEFCHAOUEN TO FES VIA VOLUBILIS AND MEKNES
In the morning at 8:30 AM you will drive to Fes. you will start with the visit of volubilis ,and from Chefchaouen to the roman city ,voluibilis, it is 166 KM and it takes 2 hours to get it .volubilis is at the foot of the Jebel Zerhoun .the site was inhabited during the Meolithic period and was occupied by the carthaginians and then by the Roman .inside this historical site you will see the house of Orpheus ,Decumanus Maximus and Triumphal Arch, the house of Dinysus ,the house of Dionysus and the ‘Four seasion’ ,Etc …..and after the roman city you will make it to Meknes.
It was founded in the 9th century when Zenata Berbers from the Mknassa tribe settled in the fertile Sais plain and a series of small villages sprang up along the banks of the Oued Bou Fekrane.in this beautiful city you will see ,you will see the old city which is surrounded by 25 miles of triple ramparts. and the wall around has many gates called Bab so you will see Bad Elkhmis ,Bab mansor ,Bab berdaine(gate of the pack saddles),and others .
Also you will have time to visit the Moulay Ismail mausoleum a, the Moulay Ismail granaries and the Agudoual Basin. and at lunch time you will go to Moroccan local restaurant to eat Tajin ,couscous or barbecue .and around 4 :00 pm you will drive to Fes .over night in a riad in the old medina of Fes.
DAY 3: SIGHTSEEING AND AN HISTORICAL VISIT TO FES.
In the morning around 9:30 am you will meet a local guide in your riad to join him for the visit of Fes and its historical places .Fes is the oldest of Morocco’s imperial cities, is an important religious, intellectual and cultural centre. it is also renowned for its crafts ,and because of the particularly high reputation of its university it is known by Idriss 1 ,founder of Fes.
First, you will start by the visit of the entrance gate of the royal palace than the Mellah .the term Mellah referring to the Jewish quarter of a Moroccan town ,comes from the Arabic word Melh(salt).and after that you will take a visit to a pottery cooperative .and the Fes pottery is tinglazed earthenware decorated with predominantly coblt-blue designs.later on you will walk in the medina and start with Medersa Bou Inania ,Moulay Idriss ‘zaouia’,Nejjarine ‘Fondouk’,The Kairouyine university ;The Andalous Quarter etc…than towards the Tannery Quarter to the process by which animal skins are rendered supple and rot proof .after you visit inside this fascinating old medina ,you will meet your driver for a quick sightseeing the modern city .the construction of the modern city of Fes began under the French protectorate. Then drop off back to your riad .over night in the same riad.
DAY 4: FES TO MERZOUGA TROUGH IFRANE, AZROU, MEDLT, ERFOUD ,RISSANI
At 8:30 am in the morning, you will continue the trip to Merzouga via many Berber towns. The first stop will be in Ifrane, Moroccan Swiss style city. Built as a mountain health resort (5,400 feet) in 1929. Ifrane is now the seat of Morocco‘s only Engliahs-speaking university. Then you begin the long climb into the Middle Atlas through an old cedar forest of Azrou and Holm oaks lashed by the mind. In the forest you will see the Barbary Macaque. This extremely social monkey, also known as the Barbary ape, is active during the day. This forest too has other creatures like Common Genet, Leopard but this one is very rare today.
And a variety of birds like Fiercest, Blue tit ,Scoops owl …etc. after the forest you will drive through a completely barren plateau which is reminiscent of certain lunar landscape .the ground is pitted with small volcanic craters ,some filled with rainwater known here as Aguelmane ,and of course you will have many stops for pictures and enjoyments. At lunch time you will arrive Midelt and stop in a restaurant for lunch and after that continue the journey through Er Rachidia to the Tafilalet oasis and drive through the Oued ZIZ and Oued Rhris run together for a distance of about 175 miles, irrigating a vast plain that is sometimes referred to as the ‘Mesopotamia of the Maghreb’.Then through Erfoud which is know with one of the largest oases in Morocco .and a date festival is held here. it’s also the starting point for excursions into the first great dunes of the Sahara .And after that you will drive through Rissani which for eleven centuries was the last staging post on the southern caravan route and its where the Alaouites first came to the Tafilalet.and at the end of the day you will make it to the sand dunes of Merzouga. Overnight in a hotel on the edge of the dunes.
DAY 5: A 4WD TOUR AROUND THE DESERT
After breakfast in the hotel, you will start the tour around the desert .you will start with the visit to the Khamliyya tribe ,home for a very dark ,very friendly dark skin people. they have their own spiritual music which called Gnawa music.you will spend around 30 minutes to enjoy the music and after that you will drive through the desert to explore it .you will drive to visit the Bedouin family living in tents ,they are welcoming people . You will have a stop for a visit and to drink a cup of tea with them and look inside the tent .then, continue the desert adventure till you make the whole tour around the Erg Chebbi sand dunes.
And at lunch time, you driver will order you a Berber pizza in a local restaurant. In the desert too you will take a visit to the nearby lake, Dayet Srji , various species of birds ,particularly flamingos ,can be seen in February and March. and in the Hamada, a kind of desert landscape, the vast expanses with deep hollows are the habitat of several species of reptile and small rodent .but on the dunes there is only very few species like the sandfish and the desert fox .and around 3:30 pm you will go back to your hotel to relax and be ready to ride camels the middle of the sand dunes .over night in a Berber tent.
DAY 6: THE DADES VALLEY VIA RISSANI, ERFOUD ,TINJDAD AND TODRA GORGES
In the desert you will wake up like 15 minutes before the sunrise to go up to a sand dune to watch the sunrise and to take pictures. Later on you will ride back to camels to the hotel. breakfast and shower the hotel .just as you become ready you will continue the trip to the next destination .you will pass through many town and villages like the oasis of Jerf where you will see the traditional irrigation systems called KHettara canalizes underground water along gently sloping drainage channels, and through Tinjdad and go to Todra Gorges to spend some time also to walk for a while in the Gorges and in its palm grove. It’s a place as well for climbers due to its huge cliffs like walls. Lunch in a local restaurant somewhere next or in the Gorges .after lunch you will continue the trip to the Dades valley which is known as the valley of one thousand Kasbah .from the administrative centre of Boumalne Dades ,where houses are built on the mountainside next to the Kasbah ,stand at the entrance of the magnificent Dades Gorges .At first the road is bordered by a series of Ksour and Kasnahs. overnight in a hotel next the Gorges.
DAY 7: MARRAKECH VIA SKOURA ,OUARZAZATE, AITBENHADDOU AND TIZI N'TICHKA( THE HIGH ATLAS)
At 8:30 in the morning your drive will pick you up again and drive on first to Skoura. This fertile oasis, renowned for the cultivation of dates, olives and other crops, was founded by Yacoub el Mansour and named after its original inhabitants .then, go to the Moroccan Hollywood, Ouarzazate. This town stands in the middle of an arid plateau that contrasts sharply with the slopes and vegetation of the nearby high atlas. this city has studios for the many films that are shot on location in the surrounding area .A scene from Bernardo Bertolucci’s the sheltering sky (1990) was shot in the Kasbah Taourirt .you will visit this former Glaoui adobe residence is considered to be one of the most beautiful in Morocco.
You can take a visit to one of the cinema studios or a museum in the town .and after that continue the fortified village of Ait Benhaddou has been classified by UNESCO as one the world’s cultural treasures and many movies were shot in the village like gladiator and others. you will stop for the visit of the village also lunch .later on you will drive to Marrakech through Tizi n tichka, which is in an altitude of 7,415 feet (2260 M) ,is the highest vehicular pass in Morocco .it links Marrakech with the pre-Saharan regions, and the small typical village of Tddart ,set among walnut trees ,used to be the first staging post on the caravan route between Marrakech and Ouarzazate. And around 5:30 you will arrive Marrakech .over night in a riad in the old medina.
DAY 8: SIGHTSEEING AND CULTURAL TOUR IN MARRAKECH
In the morning around 9:30 am, a local guide will meet you in the riad to start the visit of Marrakech. You will start with the visit of the Bahia palace .in the late 19th century, Ba Ahmed, grand vizier to the sultans Moulay Hassan and Moulay el Aziz, ordered a magnificent palace to be built. in the palace you will see the carved wood ,plaster and stucco of the façade are continued in the interior decoration. Also you will see the Badi palace. And after that you will go to see the Bad Agnaou (gate of the Hornless Ram) in one of the oldest and the most impressive of the entrances to the Kasabh .then, the Tombs of the Saadian princes with its delicate decoration and pure architectural lines ,the necropolis was an outstanding beautiful feat of architecture .and souk SMARINE .the Souk Qassabine (basketwork,dried fruit and spices)run into the Souk Smarine (clothes and materials).you will also vsit the Koutoubia mosque which is probably the most beautifully proportioned mosque in the western muslim world .it’s also the representative of the almohad period of hispano-Moresque art,which combined apparent simplicity with superb craftsmanship and restrained luxury.also the visit include the visit of the famous square ,Place Jemaa el-Fnaa.its a traditional meeting place for peasants and merchants from the Sous region ,the high atlas and the south ,has become the heart of Marrakech.
In this the Place you will see Guerrabs with their leather water bottle and metal drinking cups ,basket sellers,ironmongers and Berbers.also dancers descended from former Guinean slaves ,musicians, story-tellers ,snake charmers and entertainers with performing monkeys. And at lunch time you will go to a local restaurant to eat Tajin ,couscous and Moroccan mint tea. After lunch you continue the visit towards the 14th century Ben Youssef Medersa ,it’s the instucation of the sulatan Moulay abdallah and developed into the largest Koranic university in the Maghreb.when you finish the visit for the old medina you will head to the Majorelle Garden which is in the new city to enjoy its luxuriant vegetation.then you will take a quick visit to the new city and at the end your driver will drop you off in your riad.over night in the same riad.
DAY 9: TRANSFER IN THE AIRPORT
What is included :
Transfer from / to your hotel
Private Tangier desert tour in 4x4 vehicle with air condition
Knowledge and experienced driver/guide
Camel ride from Merzouga to desert and 1 night in camp
H.B. accommodation in hotels / traditional riads
What is not included :
Flight , Lunches and soft drinks