Surprising Morocco

Duration

9 Days

Physical rate

Moderate

Starting city

Marrakesh

Available

April 2024 / March 2025

Cities to visit: Marrakesh; Ait Benhaddou; Ouarzazate; Boumalne Dades; ; Erfoud; Fez; Volubilis; Moulay Idriss; Meknes; Rabat; Casablanca

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Detailed day by day description

Introduction

This tour is part of our flexible coach touring range, guaranteed with a minimum of 2 people. Once the tour is booked, it is guaranteed so it will definitely go ahead, and will never cancel.

This tour is guided in English only. Please note if English speaking attendance numbers are low, the tour can become bilingual either accompanied by two tour leaders, one for each language, or a single tour leader providing explanations in both languages.

The tour offers flexibility, allowing you to customize it to your preferences. By clicking 'Quote or Book,' you will have the choice to select your desired start and end dates and destinations within the tour's defined parameters. Given this flexibility, it's important to note that the same people, tour guides or drivers may not be on your entire journey.

Day
Welcome to Morocco! Marrakech. - Transfer to the hotel . - Free time.
19:30 hrs. - In the evening we include a ride in calesas (horse carriages) to see the famous D´Jema Square, full of life at that time. Back to the hotel. Dinner and accommodation.
IMPORTANT: - Remember that hotels check-in time is usually at 14:00 hrs. If you require more hours of room availability, consider booking an additional night at the beginning of your trip.
- IF YOU REQUESTED ADDITIONAL NIGHTS upon arrival at the hotel, you would have your room booked, but your trip guide would normally contact you at the beginning of the included activities. At the reception you can also find an informative sign, indicating the telephone number and hours of assistance of our staff. YOUR TIME THEREFORE BEFORE THIS MOMENT IS FREE. The hotel staff can help you with all the information you need.
Note: The schedules that you will find in this itinerary are indicative. The guide, depending on the situation and in order to improve the development of the trip, may adjust the schedules.
08:15 hrs. - We will have the city tour. Located among hundreds of palm trees and surrounded by ochre walls, this exotic city brims with activity and life. We will get to know the great walls, the Jemaa Square, we will walk through the colorful Medina, see the Koutoubia Tower, as well as visit the Bahia Palace (ticket included). Lunch at the hotel and free time in the afternoon .
In the evening we recommend you the Fantasy dinner show, where you can experience the rich and varied Moroccan folklore.


Total distance covered: 300 km.
Scenery: 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 close. 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 will make a 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 movies have been shot due to its incredible landscape backdrop. Time for lunch and a walk 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. - Boumalne 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 .
Scenery: Extremely beautiful, following the so-called "Valley of the Kasbahs"; and an area with biblical landscapes.
Suggestion: 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. - Boumalne 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 - Todgha Gorge. A deep canyon cuts through the Atlas Mountains amidst one of the most beautiful areas of Morocco. You will have 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. - Todgha Gorge - Departure. The predominance of the desert becomes ever more markable, as we progress along this part of our journey.
10:45 hrs. - Ksar el Khorbat - If the weather does not prevent it (access road), we will make a stop at this adobe/oasis town, which is supported by the Europamundo Foundation. 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 off-road across the Merzouga sand dunes, with dinner included on the dunes: an unforgettable landscape and experience.
Total distance covered: 430 km.

Scenery: Very beautiful scenery of the Atlas, passing into more verdant areas covered by forests.
Note: at this stage we will climb to high areas of the Atlas, where it might be cold. Remember to bring some warm clothes.
08:00hrs. - We will leave Erfoud early, we cross the Atlas between powerful gorges and stunning landscapes. Then we cross a high and cold plateau area inhabited by nomadic pastoralists.
11:30 hrs. - Stop in Midelt , in the center of this region, which is mantained mainly by agriculture, especially apples, and by stone, fossil and mineral crafts. Time for a walk and lunch.
13:00 hrs. - Midelt - Departure. We continue our route to the Middle Atlas observing the complete changes of the landscape. We are in a region with abundant forests, where it snows frequently in winter.
14:45 hrs. - Azrou. We will make a stop in this National Park to visit "the house of the cedars" , a small museum that tells us about the region. We will be amused by the colonies of monkeys that inhabit this area.
15:30 hrs. - Azrou departure.
16:45 hrs. - Bhalil , arrival in a small and quiet town inhabited by Berbers of the Middle Atlas with a very picturesque historic center of colorful streets. Traditionally the population in this city lived in caves, today these caves have been integrated into the houses.
17:45 hrs. - Bhalil - departure.
18:15 hrs. - Fez. Arrival in the spiritual heart city of Morocco, a labyrinth of alleys and souks, doors and smells. Before going to the hotel, we will admire the view of the city from the Saadian tombs. Dinner included.
Total distance: 120 km.

Scenery: nice landscapes of farmlands.
Note: Fez is a very traditional city, and Mulay Idris is a holy city; therefore, we kindly request that you wear proper clothes and respect the local population. We recommend wearing comfortable shoes to visit the archeological site.
In the morning, we include a visit to Fez . We will cross through the Bronze Gates of the Royal Palace, we will visit the Jewish quarter, the lively souks, and the tanners’ quarter. Fez is the cultural capital of the country and home to the oldest university in the world. The city of Fez was established in the 9th century and is known for its breathtakingly beautiful Medina, whose Arab traditional atmosphere is the best preserved in the country. Towards the end of the visit, we will include the lunch in an old palace in the Medina.
15.00h- Fez- departure.
16.30h- Volubilis archeological site . Arrival at the probably best preserved Roman archeological site in the north of Africa, which has been declared a World Heritage Site. Founded in the 3rd century B.C. as the capital of the Mauritania Tingitania province, Volubilis was a relevant military outpost of the Roman Empire where many beautiful monuments were erected. Admission is included .
17.30h- Volubilis- Departure. We resume our journey beside olive plantations.
17.45h- Mulay Idris - located on the top of a hill, we arrive at the principal holy city and pilgrimage destination for Muslims in Morocco. Mulay Idris, great-grandson of Mohamed and founder of the first royal dynasty of Morocco, is buried here. The city was closed to non-Muslims until 1912; until 2005, non-Muslims could not stay overnight here. Free time for walking around.
18.45h- Moulay Idriss- Departure.
19.30 h- Meknes . Arrival, dinner included and lodging.
Total distance: 240 km.

08.30 hrs- After breakfast, visit of Meknes , another fascinating city declared a World Heritage Site, founded for military purposes in the eleventh century by the Almoravids, and was the capital of the kingdom in times of Sultan Muley Ismail (1672-1727), founder of the Alaouite dynasty. This sovereign built an impressive city of Spanish-Moorish style, surrounding it with high walls marked by monumental doors. We will be surprised by the immense gate of Bab el Mansur and the activity in the square el Hedim (reminiscent of the D, Jemaa square of Marrakesh). We include entrance to the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail . Free time.
12.30 hrs- Meknes, departure. Continuation by highway, time for lunch in service area.
15.30 hrs- Rabat. Arrival and city tour of the capital of the Kingdom. We visit the powerful fortress of the Oudaia, the Hassan tower where the mausoleum of King Mohamed V is located, the walls of the Andalusians, the outer enclosure of the Royal Palace and the modern quarters of embassies. After our visit, free time.
18.30 hrs- Rabat, departure. We follow the shores of the Atlantic.
20.00 hrs- Casablanca -Arrival at the end of the day.- Dinner included.
Total distance: 245 km
Scenery: from Atlantic plains of cultivated fields to more arid landscapes reaching Safi.
After breakfast, we include a sightseeing tour with a local guide to get to know the largest city and economic center of Morocco. We will walk through its great avenues, the beautiful square of Mohamed V with its fountain Moorish buildings and palm trees and through the park of the Arab league. We also visit little Medina. We include the admission and visit to the huge mosque of Hassan II (the only mosque in Morocco where non-Muslims are allowed to enter), located next to the sea, with its 210-meter-high minaret with laser lights on top pointing to Mecca. After that we will have free time for lunch in the pleasant maritime area of "la corniche".
15.30 hrs.- Casablanca. Departure towards Marrakech.
18.45 hrs. - Marrakech -Arrival. Dinner included in the hotel.
After breakfast, end of our services.
Note: Remember that hotels check-out time is usually at 10.00 hrs. In most cases, you can leave your luggage at the hotel reception at check-out time, so you can enjoy the city and pick it up at the time you require that same day. If you need more time to use your room, please consider booking an additional night at the end of your tour.

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