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ESSENTIAL MOROCCO

Embark on this 9-day adventure, exploring the exotic corners of Morocco. From Tangiers to the blue city of Chefchaouen, down to Fez and Marrakech, you will love this awesome country. While traveling between cities, we'll take a trip to the desert, climb the high dunes on camels, and stay overnight in a luxury Bedouin camp marveling at the starry sky overhead. You’ll enjoy the famous Moroccan hospitality, cuisine and culture! It would be an unforgettable experience!

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Day 1
TANGIER - CHEFCHAUOEN

We will pick you up at the airport and head to the picturesque town of Chefchaouen. Beautifully perched beneath the raw peaks of the Rif, Chefchaouen is one of the prettiest towns in Morocco, an artsy, blue-washed mountain village that feels like its own world. After touring around we will get you checked into a local boutique 5-star Riad. You can get settled and have a relaxing evening.

Day 2
VOLUBILIS & MOULAY - FES

In a journey back thousands of years, you will explore the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis sprawled over a wildflower-dotted hillside, where a magnificent triumphal arch presides over the awesome remains of palaces and mansions, Roman baths and basilicas. The ruins of Volubilis are impressive and well known for the stunning mosaics that remain in excellent condition. The art of the mosaics is in surprisingly good shape and vivid colors—especially when considering these are ornamental artwork to fix up the floor. In the late afternoon we’ll arrive in Fes and get you checked into your Riad.

Day 3
FES

In the morning, you will go to explore the city of Fes with your local guide. Founded at the beginning of the 9th century by Moulay Idriss II, and barely unchanged, this enchanting city has been a seat of government, philosophy, medicine and most notably religion since then. Fes is comprised of the “new” city, established in the 12th century, and the 2,000-year-old medina, where donkeys and mules laden with goods still trawl alongside buyers through the ancient market, itself a fascinating maze of lanes, blind alleys and bustling souks assaulting the senses with spices and exotic delicacies..

Day 4
INTO THE DESERT

Depart from Fes. Today is a big driving day, about 6 hours total. The trip will take longer however, given some interesting stops along the way. We’ll stop in Ifrane, have lunch in Midelt, then another stop in Erfoud before arriving at night to Merzouga, Morocco’s gateway to Sahara.

Day 5
DISCOVER ERG CHEBBI

After the breakfast, we will go to discover Erg Chebbi sand dunes at 4x4 vehicle, ride camels and have a picnic with local nomads. Before sunset, you will saddle up your camel and trek into the great sand of the Sahara to arrive in the camp situated in the quiet and idyllic sand dunes of the desert. Here, you will be entertained by traditional fold dances while listening to the intoxicating beat of Berber drums.

Day 6
ROAD OF A THOUSAND KASBAHS

Today is another big driving day, 4h30min total in the car, but again with many interesting stops. This morning you depart from the desert camp back to Merzouga to travel along the rugged Road of a Thousand Kasbahs that rise up like turreted sand castles along this ancient caravan trading route. Further on you will reach the Dades Valley, one of the most picturesque places in all of Morocco. Finally we will reach Skoura and check you into a luxury Riad.

Day 7
SKOURA

Enjoy a full day to relax and do some exploring from your base in Skoura. Enjoy a lovely breakfast in the magnificent garden that features a number of different trees and fragrances, and then decide how you would like to spend your day, relaxing in the oasis, or venturing out to explore other sights in the area that include the Rose and Draa Valleys.

Day 8
OUARZAZATE & MARRAKECH

This morning you depart from Skoura to continue your journey across Morocco and the Atlas Mountains, where as always, remarkable sights exist for you to discover along the way. The first of today’s highlights is just outside the town of Ouarzazate, where you will find the fabulous UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou. In the afternoon, we’ll reach Marrakesh and after the check in in your riad, you will start a discovery of the city, visiting the famed square of Djemaa el-Fna, where delectable fare is grilled over coals in bustling torch-lit open-air markets. Mystical snake charmers, hustlers and mischievous monkeys are part of the nightly drama that unfolds, as Berber acrobats, fortune tellers, musicians and engaging storytellers seduce rapt crowds.

Day 9
MARRAKECH

For your final day, we will discover Marrakesh. An enchanting palm oasis set against the snow-capped peaks of the High Atlas Mountains, Marrakech is Moroccoʼs second oldest majestic imperial city and retains the splendor of its ancient past. Buildings are blushed in hues of rosy earth, and horse-drawn carriages clip along broad avenues lined with palm, lime and orange trees. In the afternoon, you will wander through the souks of Marrakech enjoying shopping of beautiful artefacts and decorative objects. Whether or not you are a big shopper, going to a Souk is a cultural experience that should not be missed on a trip to Morocco.

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