Day 1 : Casablanca Mohammed V airport Transfer to (Hotel)
Upon arrival in Casablanca (the largest city in the country) you will be welcomed and transferred to your hotel to take a short break. If there is time according to your arrival time, you can take advantage of the afternoon to visit the Mosque of Mohammed V. the third largest mosque in the world and the only one that allows entry to non-Muslims.
Day 2 : Casablanca - Rabat - Fez
After breakfast we will depart to Rabat, where we will see the Kasbah Oudaya and its beautiful gardens, this Kasbah is located on the river Abou Regreg. It was built during the reign of the Almohad dynasty in 1150 BC the Mausoleum of Mohammed V and Tower of Hassan II, which is the minaret of an incomplete mosque in Rabat built in 1195. The tower was destined to be the largest minaret in the world together with the mosque. After finishing our sightseeing tour in Rabat, we will head to Fez on the fast track. On the way you will be fascinated by thousands of olive trees and farmland. Upon arrival in Fez, we will accompany you to the Riad to spend the night.
Day 3 : Fez (Through the city with your guide, Fez Medina)
Here we go for another adventure through the intellectual capital of Fez that was considered the Mecca of the West and the Athenas of Africa, it is the second largest city in the country after Casablanca with a population of approximately 1 million inhabitants, this city is one of the four imperial cities of Morocco. Fez is made up of three distinct parts, Fez el Bali, which is the oldest part surrounded by a wall, where there are more than 9000 narrow streets and their allies. Fez-Jadid or the new Fez is home to the Mellah, the Jewish quarter and the Ville Nouvelle (the newest section of Fez) Created during the French occupation. Fez el Bali is a World Heritage Site Declared by UNESCO. His medina is the largest in the world. Among its narrow streets and alleys is the oldest university in the world. And the first University of Medicine too. The University of Al-Karaouine was founded in the year 859 and continues to function today. After an incredible day for the best preserved medieval city in the world. Night in Fez.
Day 4 : Fez - Moulay Driss- Volubilis - Meknes
After breakfast we will go to Meknes to go back in time to the 3rd century visiting the most important archaeological site in Morocco, Volubilis. These Roman ruins were cataloged as World Heritage by UNESCO in 1997. From Volubilis we will take the road to Meknes named after a Berber tribe known as Miknasa in the medieval fountains of North Africa. Meknes was the capital of Morocco under the reign of Moulay Ismail (1672.1727). We will also stop to get images of Bab Al Mansour, the great gate built in the 11th century by King Al Mansour Adahbi.
At nightfall we will stay in your Riad.
Day 5 : Meknes - Midelt - Ziz valley - Erfoud - Merzouga (hotel)
Today will be a long day of travel, where we will find different colors of the kingdom leaving the old Moroccan city of Meknes. On the way we will pass through the most modern city of the country, Ifrane. This name Beréber de Ifrane means caves and is nicknamed in Morocco like the small Switzerland, since it is a very green city located in the region of the Middle Atlas of Morocco, due to its great height in 1665 meters. Ifrane is known as such by the private university Brotherhood, established in 1997 by the King of Morocco Hassan II and King Fahd of Saudi Arabia. All classes are taught in English and receive international students. Lunch will be scheduled in a Berber village called Midelt which is located in the foothills of the eastern part of the Middle Atlas mountains. From this plateau we begin to cross over the mountains. The landscapes here include the Oasis palm groves in Jbel Ayachi (at 3747 m). We will cross the curves next to the Oasis Valley to join the pre-Sahara area, passing through Errachidia and Erfoud, a city famous for its pottery and fossil quarries. Fossils are an important industry in Erfoud, about 350 million years ago; from there we will depart to the biggest dunes of the planet located in the Erg Chebbi in Merzouga, through Rissanni one of the most important commercial towns in Africa, the hometown of the Alaouit dynasty, where Moulay Ali Sheriff began to unify Morocco under his Red flag at the beginning of the 17th century. Dinner courtesy and night at the hotel at the foot of the dunes. complimentary dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 6 : Merzouga - Erg Chebbi (Exploration desert, camel trek for sunset)
After breakfast we will go through the dunes that offer fabulous landscapes at the edge of the Erg Chebbi, we will see a lot of nomadic black shops in the middle of nowhere. We will go to meet a nomadic family and have tea. after discovering the nomadic life of the Tuareg visiting Khamlia, a town in which nothing has changed over the centuries. We can have lunch here in the village of Khamlia or return to our hotel and have lunch there whatever you like. After a short break we will take a camel ride to see one of the most fascinating places I have ever seen, the magnificent sunset amid the high sand dunes of Merzouga. Tonight we will stay in a Berber tent camp (if desired) in the heart of the desert and enjoy a wonderful view of the stars with drum music (Berber). courtesy dinner (unforgettable night).
Day 7 : Merzouga - Rissani - Todra Gorges
After breakfast we will visit Rissani and the mausoleum of the founder of the Alaouite dynasty of Morocco, this silent city was the ancient capital of Tafilalet and its location is at a crossroads between north and south, which took the city to an important state of an old caravan center important. Until now Rissani continues to be an important commercial center in the region, with a large souk (market). It is characterized by its trade in leather and goat leather in ancient times. 127 km from Rissani are the great canyons of Morocco Todra Gorges which are situated beyond the high mountains of the central Atlas. Here, contrasting landscapes remind visitors of the Colorado, with its high plateau, gorges, large canyons, and its peaks chipped by erosion. Several peaks in this area exceed 4000 m, with Jbel Saghro 2500 m and Jabel Mgoun at 4068 m is the highest peak of this part of the High Atlas. This area is populated by Berbers, here you can enjoy a walk among the fabulous canyons. Courtesy dinner and night at a hotel in the same area.
Day 8 : Todra Gorges - Dades Valley - Ouarzazate
After breakfast we will depart from the great canyons of Todra and take the road of the 1000 kasbahs. There are huge kasbahs on both sides of the road. Some of those old fortified houses are restored but unfortunately many of them are ruins. A visit to one of those kasbahs is planned to visit, the Kasbah Amarhidil. We went to a town called Boumalne, located on the edge of the Dades Valley that rises in the High Atlas Mountains, giving life to a huge Berber community for its rich agriculture. Along this valley, there is another valley called "valley of roses" appears with the green colors of alfalfa plants, olive trees, fig trees and grapes. This valley gives birth to the damask rose, which gives rise to the rose water and the most coveted in cosmetics of all time, here are produced different cosmetic products such as soaps, perfumes and creams for the skin. The local people celebrate the rose danacena by organizing a national festival at the end of April. We will go to Ouarzazate city where the Hollywood of Africa is located, (Atlas Studios) This is a city located in the middle of a bare plateau, south of the High Atlas Mountains. It is inhabited mainly by Berbers, who built many of the prominent kasbahs and buildings for which the area is known. One of the buildings is the Kasbah Taourirt created in the seventeenth century, this city is nicknamed as the Hollywood of Africa, since it has been designated as a filming location for many Hollywood films, the Atlas Studios are the largest studios in Africa, who invite many international film companies to film their films like Lawrence of Arabia (1962), The Living Daylights (1987), The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), The Mummy (1999), Gladiator (2000), Kingdom of the cielos (2005), by Martin Scorsese Kundun (1997) and Babel (2005).
Courtesy dinner and overnight in Ouarzazate.
Day 9 : Ouarzazate - Ait Benahddou - Taroudant
After breakfast, 35 km from Ouarzazate, you will find the fortified Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou, which was built in the 11th century. On the way to this Kasbah was the old caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakech. It is located on a hill along the Ounila River and has some beautiful examples of kasbahs, which unfortunately suffer damage during each rainstorm and sandstorms. Most of the villagers now live in a more modern village on the other side of the river; however, around five families still live within this Kasbah. After the visit Ait Ben Haddou we will go through the city of Taroudant to stay in a hotel or Riad in the locality.
Day 10 : Taroudant - Agadir - Essaouira
Near Taroudant, there is the city of Agadir. The capital of Berbers since it is the largest city of the Berber Kingdom. Agadir is also a very modern city that lies on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, near the foot of the Atlas mountains. Agadir is the most important commercial port in Morocco, unlike Tanger which is the most important to import, Agadir ranks first in export of sardine in the world, cobalt, manganese, zinc and citrus are not the exception of export. It also has a large spa and sandy beaches. Agadir is not a typical traditional Moroccan city, but it is a modern, dynamic city and very famous for its marine food.
Along the ocean we will drive for almost 200 kms towards Essaouira in the Atlantic Ocean, this town has white painted houses with blue windows and doors, a well designed image since the 16th century Essaouira has also been known by its Portuguese name of Mogador The name Beréber means the wall, a reference to the walls of the fortress that originally surrounded the city.
Accommodation in a Riad in Essaouira.
Day 11 : Essaouira (Essaouira Explore at your own pace)
A day of leisure. You can explore and enjoy Essaouira which is well known for its kitesurfing and windsurfing, with its great local trade, you can ride a horse or camel on the beach, or ride quads are activities that can be enjoyed during your stay in Essaouira. It is also noted for its marine cuisine. In Essaouira, there are several small art galleries scattered throughout the city. Since 1998 Essaouira is known for its Gnaoua Festival of World Music, normally scheduled in the last week of June. It brings together artists from all over the world. Although focused on Gnawa music, which includes rock, jazz and reggae. In early 1952, the film director and actor Orson Welles made his film Othello. Now there is a square with his name Orson Welles.
You can spend the rest of the day resting in your hotel. Accommodation in Riad in Essaouira
Day 12 : Essaouira - Marrakech
Around half the way between Essaouira and Marrakech you will see huge argan trees along the road. These argan trees are frequently devoured by goats. Argan oil is marketed by several women's cooperatives and is used to prepare couscous (typical Moroccan food) salads, and is used ancestrally as a treatment for skin diseases. A stop at one of these cooperatives is worth visiting to appreciate how the Berber women press the argan fruits between their hands and mills to extract this precious oil. We will arrive at our accommodation in Marrakech.
Day 13 : Marrakech, guided tour of the city
In the morning we will take a guided tour to discover Marrakech known as the Red City. Marrakech is the most important ancient imperial city in the history of Morocco, located near the foothills of the snow-capped Atlas. Like all ancient cities, Marrakech comprises both an old fortified city, La Medina, and a very modern city called Gueliz, built during the French occupation. Marrakech has the largest traditional market in Morocco and also has one of the busiest squares in Africa and the world, the Jamaa el Fnaa is full of storytellers, water sellers, dancers, snake charmers and musicians. During the night the square becomes a great open-air restaurant. During our visit we will see the Koutoubia Mosque, built in the 12th century.
in the reign of the Almoravid dynasty. We will take a tour through narrow streets and alleys of the ancient city. We will pass by the tombs of several renowned figures who were moved to Marrakech to attract pilgrims.
We will walk back to the Riad to take a break, if there is time we can go out for a walk to the famous Jemaa el fnaa.
Day 14 : Marrakech (Marrakech Explorer Markets at your own pace)
After breakfast, there are several options to choose from, such as knowing the gardens of Marjorelle house of Yves Saint Lauren, inside the garden is the museum of Berber culture that protects invaluable pieces of this ancestral African culture. In the afternoon you can go shopping (if you wish) on your own in a local market and shops scattered around the square or spend your last afternoon enjoying a massage with roses and argan in the SPA of your Riad or enjoy the hammam (steam bath) optional.
Accommodation in traditional Riad in Marrakech.
Day 15 : Marrakech - Casablanca Mohammed V Airport
Private transfer from Marrakech to Casablanca Mohammed V airport according to the schedule of your flight.
End of the Golden Sand Experience.
- Transportation In 4x4 Vehicle With Air.
- Free private travel when you want to stop to take pictures, etc.
- Guide at your disposal during all the days of the trip.
- Vehicle fuel.
- Breakfast included.
- Excursion on dromedaries through the desert and sleep in a Berber tent in the desert. (One per person)
- Transfer to airports
- Airline tickets.
- Drinks at the courtesy dinners.
- Entrances to the monuments.