Atlas, Sahara

Duration

7 Days

Physical rate

Moderate

Starting city

Marrakesh

Available

April 2022 / March 2023

Cities to visit: Marrakesh; Ait Benhaddou; Ouarzazate; Boumalne Dades; ; Erfoud; Fez; Tanger

Detailed day by day description

Introduction

This tour is a flexible, guaranteed escorted coach tour, guided in English only.

Once the tour is booked, it is guaranteed so it will definitely go ahead, and will never cancel.

The tour is flexible so you can tailor it to suit your needs. By clicking ‘Quote or Book’, you will have an option to choose your start and end date and destinations within the tour parameters. As these tours allow for such flexibility, the same people, tour guides or drivers may not be on your entire journey.

Day
08:15 hrs We start with a sightseeing tour of the city . Located among hundreds of palm trees and surrounded by ochre walls, this exotic city brims with activity and life. We return to the Jemaa El Fna square, Koutoubia Mosque, the Saadian tombs, the Jewish Quarter and the Bahia Palace. Lunch at the hotel and free afternoon. At night, we recommend attending the Fantasia dinner show where you can experience the rich and varied folklore of Morocco.
Total distance travelled: 300 km.
 
Landscapes: Incredibly beautiful. We cross the Atlas mountains and pass by beautiful villages perched on the mountainsides. 
Please note: Do not forget to keep your camera handy. We also recommend warm clothes for the mountains. 
08:00 hrs - Marrakech - Departure. We begin a beautiful part of the journey, crossing the high mountains of the Atlas, a natural barrier of the Sahara desert. En route, we stop at a high mountain village. 
13:30 hrs - Ait Benhaddou - Arrival in this fortified adobe-built town, which is a World Heritage Site, where many films have been shot due to its incredible landscape backdrop. Time for lunch and a stroll among its mud houses. 
15:00 hrs - Ait Benhadou -Departure- 
15:30 hrs - Ouarzazate A desert city with an imposing fortress, whose oldest part is also a World Heritage Site. 
16:30 hrs - Ouarzazate- Departure. We continue through desert plains and valley oases. 
18:00 hrs - Boulmane Dades . You can enjoy the facilities at our hotel. Dinner and accommodation. 
Please note: In very exceptional cases, it may happen that, due to bad weather, the road through the Atlas is cut off (with snow or flash floods). In this is the case, Europamundo will arrange the following alternative route: FRIDAY: Marrakech-Essaouira / SATURDAY: Essaouira-Safi-El Jadida-Meknes / SUNDAY: Meknes-Fez.
Distance traveled: 280 km.
 
Landscapes: Extremely beautiful, following the so-called "Valley of the Kasbahs"; and an area with ??biblical landscapes. 
Tip: Wear comfortable footwear. Are you carrying a book you have finished reading? Maybe you would consider donating it to the library that we are creating in Tinejad? 
07.15 hrs - Boulmane Dades - Departure. We follow the Valley of the Kasbahs; adobe fortresses that protected the crops and villages from attacks from other nomadic tribes. Breathtaking oases and palm groves, where we glimpse delightful adobe-built villages. 
09.00 hrs - Todra Gorge. A deep canyon cuts through the Atlas Mountains amidst one of the most beautiful areas of Morocco. We include free time to enjoy this beautiful landscape (sometimes, following intense rain, we cannot access the gorges due to flooding of the rivers). 
09.45 hrs Todra Gorge -Departure-. The predominance of the desert becomes ever more marked as we progress along this part of our journey. 
10.45 hrs - Ksar el Khorbat -If time does not prevent it (access road), we stop at this adobe/oasis town with which the Europamundo Foundation has collaborated. You will be able to learn about the lives of the desert peoples in these impressive fortified villages. 
11.45 hrs Ksar el Khorbat -Departure-. 
14.00 hrs - Erfoud -Arrival-. Lunch at the hotel. Relax in the gardens and pool at this desert hotel. Our tour guide will propose an optional excursion in all-terrain vehicles across the Merzouga sand dunes, with dinner included on the dunes: an unforgettable landscape and experience.
Total distance covered: 425 km.
 
Landscapes: Very beautiful scenery of the Atlas, passing into more verdant areas covered by forests. 
08:00 hrs - Erfoud - Departure. We recommence crossing the Atlas, and follow the extremely beautiful Ziz Valley (with gazelles), which is the world´s largest oasis and includes 1.5 million date palms. We continue upstream until we reach the cool highlands where it often snows in wintertime. Stop en route for lunch. Arrival in Fez at about 16:00 hrs.
 Then we have a visit that includes the Jewish quarter, the bronze doors of the Royal Palace, and a panoramic view to take wonderful photographs of the old city. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.    
214 Total distance covered: 315 km.
 
Landscape: Attractive green and hilly landscapes. 
08:00 hrs -Leave the hotel to begin the tour of the medina in Fez with a local guide. After the visit, we enjoy a lunch of Moroccan food in the beautiful old Medina Palace. 
14:00 hrs -Depart Fez through olive groves and wheat fields in the Rif Valley. Fertile areas of sugar cane and fruit. 
19:15 hrs - Tangier - Arrival. Free time. Dinner and accommodation.
After breakfast, end of our services.

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