DAY 01: Arrival to Casablanca / Rabat (100 km)
Arrival in Casablanca, meeting your driver at the airport; assistance and drive to Casablanca city for tour orientation. As you drive through this lively city, you’ll view United Nations Square, the Royal Palace, the Medina and the Corniche. Continue past the impressive seaside Hassan II Mosque. Optional lunch. Drive to Rabat.
This afternoon tour in Rabat includes the Kasbah of the Oudayas; the walls of the Mechouar and Hassan Tower, the city’s invariable symbol. Visit Mohammed V’s Mausoleum, housing the tomb of the late King Hassan II.
Dinner and overnight in Rabat (HB).
DAY 02: Rabat / Meknes / Volubilis / Chefchaouen (250 km)
09:00 o’clock departure from Rabat to Meknes, surrounded by 25 miles of triple walls. See the monumental gates of Bab Mansour and the Mellah (Jewish Quarter), (optional lunch). Drive to the holy city of Moulay Idriss. Stop at the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis before continuing to Chefchaouen. Check in to your hotel for dinner and overnight. (HB).
DAY 03: Chefchaouen / Fes (200 km)
Morning visite of Chefchaouen, known as the blue city, this small city has a history of Spanish-influence and is located in the heart of the Rif Mountains, where surrounding trees, hills, springs, and wildflowers. In the 1600s, Moulay Ismail built Chefchaouen as an Arab fortress. In the centuries that followed, Chaouen saw itself transformed from a Spanish prison to what it is today.
After lunch, drive to Fes. Dinner and overnight. (HB).
DAY 04: Fes
Full-day sightseeing in Fez acquaints you with the oldest Imperial City. Visit the quaint medieval Medina, the Karaouine Mosque and the splendid Nejjarine Fountain. In the afternoon, walk along the lanes of the bustling souk. Stop to see the ancient Tanneries; the view is quite memorable! Dinner at the hotel. (HB).
DAY 05: Fes / Ifran / Midelt / Erfoud / Merzouga Dunes (447 km)
Depart Fez at 08 o’clock a.m. Begin your journey back in time today on “The Kasbah Trail!”. Drive through the Middle Atlas region via Imouzzer, at the edge of magnificent cedar forests,via moroccan swiss village of Ifran, to the nature reserve of Midelt, with spectacular views of the High Atlas Mountains. Optional lunch in Midelt. Continue via Ziz vally and gorges to the desert village of Erfoud.
Arriving to Erfoud around 4 p.m, and starting the excursion into the great sand dunes of the Sahara journey (40 min drive) by 4-wheel drive vehicle into the desert to witness one of the world’s majestic sights — the towering sand dunes of Merzouga as the sun sets on the Sahara. Return afterward to the tent beneath the stars for dinner and overnight (HB).
DAY 06: Merzouga Dunes / Todra Gorges / Dades / Ouarzazate (300 km)
Depart Erfoud via the sacred small town of Rissani, the starting point of the Alaouite dynasty, the royal family still in power. Drive through dense palm groves to the inspiring Todra Gorges, the Moroccan grande canyon, where we stop for lunch. An optional walk in the palm groove of Todra Vally is recommended. Continue along the Route of a Thousand Kasbahs and the Dades River and Valley where everything is calm, beautiful; the image of the authentic south of Morocco where time has stood still for centuries. Continue to Ouarzazate via Boumalene Dades , Kelaa de Mgouna, and the palmgrouve of Skoura. Dinner and over night in Ouarzazate (HB).
DAY 07: Ouarzazate / Casbah Ait Ben Hadou / Marrakech (220 km)
After breakfast, continue along the Route of a Thousand Kasbahs and the Dades River and Valley Stop in the rose village of El Kelaa, before arriving in Ouarzazate, the center of Morocco's film industry; many major motion pictures were filmed nearby. Visit the Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou, a UNESCO Heritage Site, which you'll recognize from numerous films. Then, depart via the Tizin Tichka Pass (2260 m high) of the Atlas Mountains to exotic Marrakesh, situated at the gateway to the high Atlas Mountains. Overnight in Marrakech. (HB)
DAY 08: Marrakech
Sightseeing in this beautiful city includes the 16th-century Saadian Tombs, Menara Gardens, the Koutoubia Minaret and the magnificent Bahia Palace with its extraordinary tiles, opulent courtyards and fountains. Lunch at the hotel. Then, on to Djemaa-el-Fna Square, the heart of Marrakesh, where fortune-tellers, acrobats, vendors, snake charmers and magicians put on a never-ending show. Over night in Marrakech. (HB).
DAY 09: Marrakech / Essaouira (170 km)
Departure in the morning by a private minibus to get to the beautiful costal city of Essaouira. A lovely excursion to the Atlantic coast, which will enable you to visit and know this charming multicoloured city.
The old MOGADOR is a city that put several personalities up like Orson Welles, Jimmy Hendrix and Cat Stevens.
You can go for a walk at the Squala, the famous Portuguese fortress which dates from the XVIII century or admire the trawlers at the characteristic port that is surrounded with typical white houses with blue decorations. Optional Lunch in the restaurant. Continuation with the visit to the souks and the possibility to buy the local crafts products.
Dinner and overnight in Essaouira (HB).
DAY 09: Essaouira / Marrakech (170 km)
Morning at leisure in Essaouira , afternoon departure back to Marrakech.
Over-night in Marrakech (BB)
DAY 11 to 14: Trekking Adventure
Day 11: Departure from Marrakech to Aguerssioual trek 1650 m height to pass through the village of Matât and cross the Tizi Oudid pass 2000 m, and then down on the Azaden valley to the village Id Issa. Meal midday. Afternoon , continue to the villages Tahliouine, Tiziane and Tizi Zgharne before climbing to the village Tizi Oussem night at the lodge 1850 m stage. 5h30 walk. (night in cottage)
Day 12: Climb by the sheepfolds of the village to the forest and the sheepfolds of Tamssoulte 2100 m visit the waterfall and return to Tamssoulte. Stop for lunch, afternoon climb the pass Mziq 2640 m and down the valley Ait Mizian night in a cottage. Step to Imlil 1740 m.(night in cottage).
6 hours of walking.
Day 13: Climb through the villages Targa Imoula, Tagadirte and Armed before climbing to the Toubkal refuge go through the Marabout Sidi Chamharouch (lunch), afternoon climb to the Toubkal refuge 3207 m, 5h walk. (night in cottage).
Day 14: Departure in the morning at 5am for the summit 3h to go up and 2h to go down to the refuge, lunch and continue down; arrive to Imlil 3h30 pm. Take transport back to Marrakech. (the last night in Marrakech).
DAY 15: Departure from Marrakech hotel / Airport.
After breakfast, departure to the airport to take the flight back home.
End of our services.
2. What are dinners like/include? The dinners will serve typical Moroccan food: vegetables, tajines (slow cooked stews) of beef or lamb or chicken, couscous, brochettes, etc.
3. Can we get the kms of walking for the 4 day trek?
Day12:~ 10km tough
Day13: ~20km tough
4. Is the elevation gain something that will require acclimatization?
The elevation requires that the trekkers should be in good health, and have no breathing / heart conditions - no acclimatization is required. The highest summit will be approx. 3,207 m high. The last two days of the trek are at the highest elevation.
5. Is something carrying our gear? You will have mules to carry all of the gear.
6. Can we ride camel instead of a buggie? Camel ride is included upon request once the clients arrive to Merzouga Dunes.
7. During the overnight tent sleep, do we need to bring extra blankets and sleeping bags?
No it’s not necessary. You will be provided with blankets and everything you need for camping.
8. It gets cold in the desert at night - It is cold at night in winter (December to march), otherwise, the weather is either good or hot.
9. How does gratuity work in Morocco? As for tips, they are always welcomed and expected.. The amount differs from service to service, and depend on how highly the client is satisfied. In good conditions, $10 per day for the driver of the tour, is correct - this can be split among the group. Same thing for the mountain guide. In restaurants, between 5% to 10 % of the amount of the bill, is good.
10. Are there options for homestays? During the trekking part, the accomodation is either in tents or homestays. If you would like more homestays throughout the experience we can look into options.