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Dunes Of Sand, River Gorges & Kasbahs

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Dunes Of Sand, River Gorges & Kasbahs

Dunes Of Sand, River Gorges & Kasbahs

Dunes Of Sand, River Gorges & Kasbahs

Dunes Of Sand, River Gorges & Kasbahs

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Dunes Of Sand, River Gorges & Kasbahs (9 Days)

Dunes Of Sand, River Gorges & Kasbahs

You will find in this tour that Morocco delivers everything you expect. You will be able to take in the vivid, noisy markets and warm hospitality from a culture accustomed to the diversity of Berber, Arab, Jewish, African and Mediterranean influences. You may also be surprised to know that the climate is moderate; this is the coolest and most welcoming of the African nations.

Dunes Of Sand, River Gorges & Kasbahs

Dunes Of Sand, River Gorges & Kasbahs (9 Days)

Day 1: Fes
After arriving at your hotel in Fes, you will depart for a visit to the ceramic district where artisans show us how they create fine tiles, mosaics and ceramics. You will also visit a 16th century fortress featuring a number of pieces from the Stone Age, as well as a 19th century palace that is now an arts and crafts museum. Later today, you will be able to relax before gathering for a typical Moroccan dinner. 

Day 2: Fes
Today, you will up in royal splendour - literally. You will join your guide for a memorable morning walk in the countryside surrounding Fes. You will start from a Berber village and first follow a forested footpath. You will most probably encounter locals carrying wood on their donkeys before your views expand to include apple orchards and olive groves. Along the way, you'll pass ochre-coloured villages before we arrive late morning at the home of Berber friends who will welcome you into their home for tea, fresh almonds and local pastries. Midday, you will have lunch at a friend's farm before continuing back to Fes to enjoy its mystical splendor. Your afternoon will start with a guided exploration of the largest Medina, the old walled part of the city, in the western part of the Islamic world. A highlight of the tour will be wandering through the labyrinthine streets and visiting the stalls and workshops that pop up around every corner. This part of town dates back to the 9th century, and you will be able to watch craftsmen create their wares with techniques that haven't changed since then. Tonight, you will dine at La Maison Bleue, one of the finest restaurants in Morocco, where the specialties are centuries-old recipes prepared nowhere else in the country. The elaborate building is a perfect example of Arabo-Andalusian architecture with intricate floral and geometric patterns carved on plaster and beautiful fountains laid with colorful mosaics. 

Day 3: Middle Atlas Mountains
Today, you will depart from the hotel to journey through the Middle Atlas Mountains. Today is also one of two days that combines a fairly long drive with walks and visits. An hour outside of Fes, you will take a walk of almost a couple of hours to view the cedar forests up close; Barbary apes and shepherds will likely be your companions along the way. As you move into the High Atlas, the scenery shifts to tall peaks, deep gorges, and pre-Saharan hills and sand dunes scattered with medieval Kasbahs and clay villages. In the afternoon, you'll drive across the canyons of the Ziz River between Midelt and Errachidia, which will offer you an opportunity to enjoy the stunning variety of the Moroccan countryside. Your home for the night will be a restored medieval Kasbah. 

Day 4: Merzouga
Nearby is the medieval city of Risani. Your explorations today will start with a morning walk through the 17th century walled city, pausing to talk with locals and meandering the various districts. Late morning, a stop will take you into the home of Blue Man family. After your visit, you will have lunch in Land Rover to explore an unparalleled sight-the soaring red sand dunes of Merzouga, the highest in the world. In time to see the sunset over the dramatic landscape, you will climb aboard camels for a memorable ride to the dunes before continuing back to our own private Berber encampment. The Berbers are the indigenous people of Morocco who have inhabited North Africa from as early as 3000 B.C. We are staying in the home of the Blue Men, an ethnic group whose tribal territory stretches over a large part of the western edge of the Sahara. The camp consists of large nomadic tents made of hand-woven camel and goat hair, which make the tents cool and waterproof. Each tent is decorated with mattresses and colorful fabrics and carpets from different tribal origins. The area between the tents is covered with Berber kilims and decorated with lanterns-creating the feeling that we have entered a magical world from another time. 

Day 5: Tineghir, Todra Gorge
When you wake up you will be fascinated to see how stunning the desert setting truly is. You can sleep in if you'd like, or join your guide for a second camel ride, this time to see the sunrise over the dunes. After an open-air breakfast, you will return to paved roads for an hour-long scenic drive along the mountainous edge of the desert to Tineghir where your morning walk will lead you past fields of alfalfa, henna, barley and mint in the shade of palm and almond trees.This afternoon, you will continue on your way to Ouarzazate, stopping for a scenic walk through one of Morocco's most magnificent natural sights, the 900-foot deep Todra Gorge. On a walk of a couple of hours you will follow along the crystal-clear river, enjoying the lush greenery-including oleander, laurel, and fig trees-that flourish in this lovely oasis. Finally, you will finish the afternoon with a drive to Ouarzazate. 

Day 6: Ouarzazate, Ait Ben Haddou
A morning walk today will lead through a nearby oasis, full of palm and almond trees. On your way, your guide will share with you stories and anecdotes of the people and cultures that have lived in the area. Late morning, you will make a short transfer to Ait Ben Haddou, one of the most exotic and best-preserved Kasbahs in the Atlas region. This Kasbah may seem vaguely familiar to you. It has been used for scenes in almost 20 films, including Lawrence of Arabia, Jesus of Nazareth and Romancing the Stone. The fortress has also played an important part in Moroccan history; it served as a rest area during medieval times for the caravans that traveled from Marrakesh to Timbuktu. After lunch in the Kasbah, you will return to your hotel in the mid-afternoon, where you will have some time at leisure to explore the ancient city, visit the Turkish baths or arrange a massage. 

Day 7: Ourika Valley, Marrakesh
Marrakesh is four hours drive away! 've broken it with a memorable walk that lasts two to three hours. On the way to your walk, your drive will take you through Tizi n' Tichka, the highest mountain pass in Morocco. Driving into the Ourika Valley, you will be surrounded by the High Atlas Mountains. The scenery is amazing, and the waterflow from the mountains makes the valley lush and fertile, with a number of rivers and waterfalls. You will reach the Berber hamlet of Tamzenddirt where you will start your walk, first following the river and then up along a winding hillside path surrounded by fields of corn toward the village of Anins. Throughout the walk, you will enjoy scenic views that include meadows with poplars and weeping willows, and perched villages constructed from the local clay. As you complete your final countryside walk of the week, you will cross back over the Ourika River to the village of Aghbalou, where your vehicle will meet you.
Your home for the next two nights will be a beautiful in the Menara district. As the sky darkens, the tinkling fountains and coconut trees of the Andalusian gardens are illuminated against the night sky. Tonight you can dine on your own at one of several excellent restaurants in Marrakesh, and then relax in the hotel. 

Day 8: Marrakesh
The fourth of Morocco's imperial cities, Marrakesh, has long been a center of African Islamic civilization. The most famous scholars and philosophers in the world converged in Marrakesh in the Middle Ages, and the wealth that flowed into the city helped create outstanding architecture and public gardens. After breakfast, you will visit the Djemaa el-Fna square. This is the heart of Marrakesh-an exhilarating mix of snake charmers, monkey tamers, storytellers, magicians, acrobats and other performers. We've saved the remainder of the last day for a guided tour of the Souks, which is where you'll be able to shop for Berber carpets, tribal jewelry, or other Moroccan crafts. Tonight, you will have farewell cocktails and dinner. 

Day 9: Marrakesh
You will end your journey through Morocco after an early breakfast and you will be transferred to the airport.

 

Dunes Of Sand, River Gorges & Kasbahs

BERBER PALACE  »  OUARZAZATE HOTELS

Only 5 minutes from the famous Kasbah de Taourirt, the Berbère Palace is located in central Ouarzazate and it offers an outdoor swimming pool and a Spa center with a hammam, sauna and Jacuzzi. The Berbere features 3 restaurants that serve French, Italian and traditional Moroccan cuisine. Breakfast is served on the terrace and guests can enjoy a cocktail at the piano bar.

KASBAH XALUCA  »  ERFOUD HOTELS

Kasbah Xaluca is 4 star hotel located at the entrance of the Sahara Desert. It offers 2 swimming pools and a spa with a hammam and 10 massage rooms, a 45-minute drive from Errachidia Airport. An American-style buffet breakfast is served every morning on the terrace or in the dining room. There is also a bar and 2 restaurants, where you can enjoy the international or Moroccan buffet.

RIAD JAOURARA  »  FES HOTELS

A traditional Moroccan riad, Riad Jaouhara is just 200 metres from the Blue Gate in Fès. It features a swimming pool and a rooftop terrace with panoramic views of the city. A traditional-Moroccan décor and a separate seating area feature in the suites at Riad Jaouhara. A continental breakfast is served every morning and Moroccan cuisine is offered in the traditional restaurant. Guests can also relax on the rooftop terrace with a drink from the bar and admire the views.

RIAD MADU  »  MERZOUGA HOTELS

Located in Merzouga, Riad Madu offers a 24-hour front desk, a garden and a terrace. Other facilities offered include shared lounge and a tour desk.The property offers free parking. A breakfast and Moroccan cuisine can be sampled on site.

RIAD MOUCHARABIEH  »  MARRAKECH HOTELS

Only 1 km from Jamaâ El Fna Square and featuring a rooftop terrace with views over Marrakesh, Riad Moucharabieh offers an interior courtyard with a hot tub and a swimming pool. Accommodation is located in 2 separate wings and decorated in a traditional Moroccan-style. Regional cuisine is served at breakfast, lunch and dinner in the elegant restaurant. Guests can also relax in the several seating areas or in one of the two onsite bars and browse the free Wi-Fi.

Dunes Of Sand, River Gorges & Kasbahs

Dunes Of Sand, River Gorges & Kasbahs (9 Days)

INCLUDES
+ First class accommodation
+ All breakfasts and lunches, and 7 dinners
+ Full-time experienced guide(s) who are with you throughout the trip
+ Support vehicle(s)
+ Admissions to historic sites and other scheduled events in the itinerary
+ Gratuities for hotels, meals and baggage
+ Trip literature
+ All land transportation during the trip 

EXCLUSIONS
+ Tips

 

Dunes Of Sand, River Gorges & Kasbahs

Dunes Of Sand, River Gorges & Kasbahs (9 Days)

Please note that the prices below are for per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling and sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travelers who require their own room and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price. If you are happy to be paired up with another single traveler of the same sex on your tour, this can be arranged, thus avoiding the single person supplement. All our scheduled tour departures are guaranteed subject to a minimum of 2 travelers.  

DEPARTURE       TWEEN          SINGLE
DATE                    PRICE            PRICE     

04 Oct 2014       $4275          $5465

01 Nov 2014       $4275          $5465

28 Dec 2014       $4833          $5575

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Highlights

Fes, the Middle Atlas Mountains, Risani, Merzouga, Tineghir, Ouarzazate, Todra Gorge, Ait Ben Haddou, Tizi n' Tichka, the Ourika Valley, the Berber hamlet of Tamzenddirt, the Ourika River, village of Aghbalou, Menara district,the Djemaa el-Fna square.