Landscapes of Morocco Active tour

Morocco Trip

elcome to this Morocco cultural and active overland tour. Morocco offers the ultimate quest for those in search of new horizons. To discover Morocco is to take a fascinating journey that will forever change one’s perspectives and perceptions. With its ever-changing natural beauty and intricate, rich history, Morocco is the ideal catalyst for the curious and open-minded active traveler.


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This Morocco overland adventure tour is a great introduction to the diverse landscapes that Morocco has to offer through walking, hiking, camping over the dunes in the Sahara Desert, as well as stays in deluxe green hotels and riads. You will start your Morocco overland adventure tour in Casablanca then travel to Marrakech, across the great farming plains. From there, you will travel through the pastured hills to the best man-made oasis on earth, Marrakech the Red City.

Traveling these enticing vistas on this small group active expedition across Morocco, you will reach higher snow-capped peaks in the High Atlas Mountains which eventually lead to the expanse of the Sahara Desert. Throughout your active tour to Morocco, you will explore the major historic Imperial Cities, Berber villages, and wards cultural encounters. Strat your active day from Merzouga Dunes and travel north to Fez. Start climbing towards the peaks of the evergreen Middle Atlas Mountains covered with the unique red cedar forest home to lots of Berber nomadic tribes. The natural landscapes and architecture are so un-Moroccan that you might feel almost in the Alps of Switzerland. After Fez, you will reach Chefchaouen, one of the best white towns in the Mediterranean nestled in the peaks of the Rif Mountains. Join us on this overland small group adventure tour to Morocco on our fixed departures or call on us for a private customized trip just for you in 2021 - 2022.

DAY TO DAY ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival to Casablanca Airport or Tangier

Once you land at the Mohamed V Airport in Casablanca, your tour leader will meet you at your arrival gate to take you to Marrakech. This is a wonderful short drive of about 125 miles. You will arrive in Marrakech, where your adventure tour begins. Marrakech is a city of pleasure for both visitors and locals, southern tribesmen and Berber villagers bring their goods to market and find a variety of entertainment. To tourists, the city is a feast for the imagination, full of incomparable beauty, situated before the towering mountains that provide a thrilling backdrop. After a visit to the bustling Jemaa El Fna square, you will conclude your day with dinner and other accommodations at your hotel.

Day 2: Marrakech guided tour

You will devote your morning to the exploration of Marrakech’s many historical sites, starting at the Menara, a magnificent pool surrounded by flowerbeds, reflecting the image of an exquisite Moorish edifice. It was constructed in 1866 for dignitaries, who enjoyed glorious sunsets with the ethereal Atlas Mountains as a backdrop. The pool also functions as an innovative irrigation system that is serving dry life in the desert.

Your tour will cover many impressive sites, including the Koutoubia Minaret (which is identical to la Giralda, a tower found in Sevilla, Spain), and the Saadian tombs, which demonstrate Moorish architecture at its best. The tombs consist of sixteenth-century mausoleums, which had lain walled-in and undiscovered until 1917. Next, you will explore the gardens of the Agdal then the Marjorelle. Finally, you will return to your hotel for dinner and other accommodations

Day 3: Travel from Marrakech to Ouarzazate

You will spend most of your day en route to Ouarzazate, exploring the legendary Kasbah of Aït-Benhaddou, a renowned architectural marvel classified as UNESCO world heritage. Your journey will lead you to the highest pass in Morocco, the Taddart, and Tizi Tishka pass, at an altitude of 11,000 feet. This pass divides the mountains into two distinct facets: the harsh, stark side acting as a shield that protects the hinterland from the harsh, dry expansion of the Sahara, and a lush side, soft and evergreen, which collects the moisture from the Gherbi winds of the Atlantic Ocean.

Day 4: Trek to Merzouga Dunes

Your Morocco cultural tour proceeds on with unsurpassed natural landscapes and vistas. You will travel to explore the Dadès Valley, traveling through El Kelaâ De Mgouna and Boumalne to view the inimitable natural vistas and unusual rock formations. You will then continue onward to Ouarzazate, which is one large oasis that intercepts the flow of water between the Dadès, the Drâa valleys, and the majestic High Atlas Mountains.

Next, you will travel through the Dadès valley, wherein the spring, thousands of Persian roses bloom in hedgerows, filling the air with their heavenly perfume. You will also see the thousands of Kasbahs scattered along the Dadès River, majestic sandcastles with a visually appealing, timeless beauty. You will leave the Valley of Todra traveling west toward the Erfoud, which lies right on the edge of the Atlas Mountains and the Sahara Desert. You will reach Tinghir, the town where we will be spending the night. Only 15 kilometers from Tinghir inside the Valley of Todra, you will find the Todra’s highest and narrowest gorges in the region.

After you arrive in Erfoud, you will leave your vehicle and hop into the 4-Wheel Drive cruiser which takes you to meet a caravan of camels that you will ride to camp. You will conclude your day in your camp over the dunes of Merzouga where tents are pitched for you to enjoy a night under the African Skies. After dinner, the Rokba drummers will illuminate your night with their lively dances and moving chants. Enjoy this encounter of man and nature at its best.

Day 5: Travel across the Atlas Mountains to Fez

You will spend your day discovering the rural environs of the Atlas Mountains’ Berbers. Covered with evergreen pines, tall cedar trees, and poplars, and laced with flowing streams, your first view of the Middle Atlas will appear oddly un-Moroccan. Passing by Imouzzer, with a quick stop at the Swiss-like town of Ifrane, you will soon come across the first real town of the Middle Atlas, Azrou.

At Midelt, the Middle Atlases give way to the High Atlas Mountains, whose peaks are visible through the haze, soaring to over 12,000 feet. You will stop in Midelt for lunch, enjoying the dramatic sight before you. You will then continue to Erfoud, one of the most delightful southern regions consisting of a dry, red belt of the desert with a sudden drop into the lush valley of Ziz, with copious date palm groves and flowing streams. Visit the gorges of Ziz and some of the oases and natural sites before you reach the magnificent oasis of Erfoud.

Azrou is an important market center for the region’s Berber tribes, located at a major junction of mountain routes. Your driver will take a little detour in a cedar forest to introduce you to one of the oldest inhabitants of this region, the Berber apes. This may also coincide with the encounter of a nomadic family in its temporary encampment. As nomads are very hospitable people, whenever we encounter them we are all invited at least for a mint tea under their tents. You will reach Fez in the afternoon.

Day 6: Fez Medina Historic Guided tour

Are you ready for the most interesting walking tour? Well, here you are with a local guide stepping back in time to the 8th century when this city was founded. Its wall city has not changed since. Remnants of antiquity are in every step you take. Fez is a UNESCO World Heritage site and the largest exclusively pedestrian area in the world. Cars, bicycles motorcycles, and the like are strictly prohibited within the walls of the Medina. Mules are the only permissible form of transportation and are known as the “taxis of the Medina.” Today, you will add to your most authentic encounters an immersion with most Moroccan cities in the kingdom of Morocco. The entire day will be devoted to exploring the city. You will begin with the Mellah, followed by the King’s palace and the Bat’ha Museum of Moroccan Arts. The remainder of your morning will be spent on a walking tour of the Medina, a walled city with a maze of medieval twisting alleys, blind turns, mosques, shrines, fountains, workshops, and numerous markets. Enjoy a typical Fes Tagine for lunch at a typical Moroccan restaurant. After lunch, you will continue to explore the Medina and shop for the remainder of the afternoon, ending with a farewell dinner at your hotel.

Day 7: Excursion from Fez to Chefchaouen

Travel to Chefchaouen visiting Souk Larbaa and Kasar el Kebir. Chefchaouen is considered to be one of the best and most authentic white towns in the Mediterranean, Nestled on the peaks of the Rif Mountains. On your way to Chefchaouen, you will visit the Ancient town of Moulay Idriss and the Roman Ruins of Volubilis. The afternoon will be devoted to a historic tour exploring the blue city of Chefchaouen with your local guide.

Today is the day of time travel! This journey will take you from imperial Rome to the ninth century A.D. Unlike the movies, this temporal voyage will take almost the entire day. (Of course, there will be stops along the way.) The first stop will be the ancient Roman city of Volubilis. Volubilis was a critical city in the imperial Roman department of Mauritania (modern-day Morocco, and Western Sahara) during the reign of Caracalla. Volubilis is impressively well preserved and the genius of Roman urbanism is still intact. The two central integral streets in every Roman castrum, the Cardo, and Decumanus, are prominent. The cardo is the boulevard which runs north-south and the Decumanus, east-west. The intersection of the two is the heart of every roman city. There you will find the ruins of the ancient forum.

Jumping forward in time and just a few minutes away is the venerated citadel of Moulay Idris, founded in the 8th century by Moulay Idris Al Akbar, grandson of the Prophet Mohamed (s.a.w.s). This citadel is considered to be both the cradle of Sufism to Moroccan society as well as the first Islamic capital for the premier Arab dynasty. The city was created primarily for the indigenous population that migrated with Moulay Idris from the Middle East. You will drive around 15 miles to the next stop, the imperial city of Meknes. Meknes is a 17th Century city built by Moulay Ismail to rival Fez. It is also considered to be the Versailles of Morocco.

Day 8: Travel from Chefchaouen to Casablanca

You will reach Rabat, a city styled in a spaciously elegant European grid, yet slightly aware of its modernity. Rabat and its twin city Sala Colonia are separated by only a river but are historically worlds apart. They have an ancient legacy that spans hundreds of generations. Each civilization that has inhabited each of the cities has left its mark, resulting in a wide variety of architectural styles, including those from the Phoenician and Roman eras. You will spend your day discovering the delights that Rabat has to offer. Your guide will take on a historical and lively tour of the Jewish quarter, the Mellah in the Heart of the city starting at Place Sidi Makhlouf. The 12-century ramparts are best seen from this landmark. Walk up to Bab Chellah in the medina and cross Sidi Fateh St. This will lead you to the traditional Souk Laghzel (Yarn market). Your guide will introduce you to the importance of this guild on the textile role in Moroccan society.

Later, you will cross to the citadel of the Oudaya Kasbah entering from its 12th-century main gate to explore an extraordinary Medieval Moorish marvel overlooking the delta of Bourgreg River. You will have the opportunity to visit the old-fashioned Moorish gardens, stop in a traditional coffee house for mint tea, and in between explore the Oudaya museum of tribal arts and crafts. A docent will introduce you to traditional Berber Textiles. You will continue your quest by exiting the Oudaya Kasbah and up the hill to visit the Hassan Tower and Mohamed the V Mausoleum, an emblem of the real Moroccan architecture at its finest. You will reach the Royal Palace and the Necropolis of Chellah at the end of your tour. Finally, you will return to the hotel for dinner and other accommodations.

Day 9: Transfer to Casablanca Airport

In the morning, your driver will meet you at your hotel to assist you with your luggage and transport you to Mohamed V Airport. Your guide will assist you with your check-in and bid you farewell. we hope you had a great time on this MOrocco natural, cultural and adventure expedition. Come back for more travel enticements.

What is included:

  • Services of local guides
  • Hotel taxes and service charges
  • Transportation in 4X4 vehicles
  • Breakfast, and dinner daily
  • Fees to Monuments and Museums
  • Camp over the Sahara dunes

Hotels Used:

  • Marrakesh: Hotel El Andalous, 2 nights
  • Ouarzazate: Hotel Tishka Salaam, 1 night
  • Merzouga Dunes: Kasbah Leila Bivouac
  • Fez: Hotel L’Escale, 2 nights
  • Chefchaouen: Casa Hassan Riad, 1 night,
  • Casablanca: Hotel Oum Palace Spa, 1 night
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