|Operator:||Back Roads Touring|
Kasbahs rising out of the desert, legendary mountain passes and ancient cities spilling over with a thousand-and-one sights. This tour will take you on a magic carpet ride through magnificent Morocco, where adventurous days give way to Arabian nights.
Day 1 Casablanca – Rabat – Fes
After meeting the group in charming Casablanca, well hit the road to our first stop: Rabat, where well see the marble Mausoleum of Mohammed V (and the similarly spectacular Hassan Tower). When we arrive in Fes, well get to know each other better over a welcome dinner at our riad. Heres to a fantastic trip!
Day 2 Fes – Moulay Idriss – Meknes – Fes
After a stop in the pretty whitewashed town of Moulay Idriss, well make our way to Meknes an enchanting UNESCO World Heritage-listed city for a relaxing walking tour, which winds up at the stunning Bab Mansour gate. Then: we will have the chance to sample some delicious local wines before heading back to Fes for the night.
Day 3 Fes
First on the agenda today is a walking tour of Fes maze-like medina before we move on to a Moroccan must-see: a leather tannery. We will also visit a workshop that specialises in creating a range of local artisanal products and gain an insight into the traditional methods used by the citys craftsmen. Youll be free to explore Fes for yourself this afternoon, so make the most of it before we move on to Errachidia tomorrow!
Day 4 Fes – Ifrane – Midelt – Errachidia
Today its out of the city and onwards to Ifrane, located in the Middle Atlas mountains. Here well venture into the cedar forest which is famous for its sweeping views over the surrounding valleys (not to mention its resident Barbary apes). After an included lunch in Midelt, well make tracks to our accommodation in the welcoming town of Errachidia.
Day 5 Errachidia – Rissani – Merzouga
Our first stop of the day will be Rissani, where well be treated to a walking tour and included lunch. The dish of the day? Madfouna, an oven-cooked local speciality which is sometimes described as a Moroccan take on pizza! Afterwards, well swap the coach for some four-wheel drives and venture into the desert where our camp in Merzouga awaits. Tonights dinner will come in the form of a Berber feast, complete with a traditional dance display.
Day 6 Merzouga – Todra Gorge – Dades Gorge
Today well make the scenic journey to the dramatic Dads Gorge, passing by the limestone canyons of Todra Gorge along the way. A delicious dinner awaits us when we reach our hotel.
Day 7 Dades Gorge – Ouarzazate – Ait Ben Haddou
This morning well set a course for Ouarzazate where the film Lawrence of Arabia was famously set but not before making a pit stop at the beautiful city of Kalaat M’Gouna. After finding out more about the citys role on the silver screen at CLA Movie Studios, well press on to the fortified village of At Benhaddou: a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Day 8 Ait Ben Haddou
Well begin our day learning the secret to cooking the perfect tagine at an included cooking class and after weve made our own attempts at replicating the recipe, well sample the fruits of our labour over lunch! This evening, well take some time to relax back at the riad.
Day 9 Ait Ben Haddou – Marrakesh
After stopping off at At Benhaddou Castle for a photo opportunity, well move onwards to Marrakech via the breathtaking Tizi nTichka mountain pass. Then: what better way to toast the end of our adventure than with a farewell dinner?
Day 10 Marrakesh
Theres still plenty of time for a sightseeing tour of Marrakech this morning before we say goodbye.