The Higlights of Morocco will make you experience the rich cultural life in Morocco, with a focus on music and dance. You will travel the Middle Atlas Mountains, where you may see how the famous lotar (Berber guitar) is made and the legend who played it so perfectly lived (Mohammed Rouicha). Go down south to the edge of the Sahara and experience Gnaoua desert music as you sit around the campfire and under the stars or you visit a Gnawa family. After this, you will continue to Fes, the imperial city, and the beautiful lake of Ben el Ouidane in the High Atlas Mountain. Then last but not least, Marrakech, the Berber capital. On the famous Jemaa el-Fna square, you can watch the snake charmers and drum players!
If you come in June, you can visit the famous Gnaoua music festival, but on other times this town also is a come and go of musicians and artists. Jimi Hendrix lived here for a while in the seventies, and still hippies and musicians are drawn to this inspiring little town. If you like to enjoy your time, make an extraordinary trip and a big fan of world music, this is your kind of trip!
WHY BOOK THIS TOUR?
Enjoy traveling through Morocco with a focus on music and dance.
Combine the Sahara desert and remote regions with imperial cities such as Marrakech and Fes.
Visit the Middle Atlas Mountains and Azilal province, more traditional and rural regions.
Don’t worry: if you are not a specific music fan, this is your trip as well, allowing you to travel along the highlights of Morocco with a focus on culture and local customs and people!
– Private certified English- / French- / Spanish- / Italian-speaking guide. – Private certified driver and air-conditioned transportation. – 1 7 Overnights in standard accommodations (2 stars) and based on double/twin —rooms (comfort/deluxe upgrade possible). – 1 Overnight in desert camp with standard facilities (comfort upgrade possible) – Dinner on day 3 in desert camp. – All activities listed in the itinerary. – All breakfasts, excl. day 1. – Full-day city tour of Fes and half-day city tour of Marrakech. – Transfers to and from the airport in Marrakech.
– International flights. – Travel insurance. – Optional activities. – Additional meals and drinks not listed. – Tipping and souvenirs.
Your adventure tour in Morocco truly begins with a jump-start today. After your breakfast you’ll be picked up by your personal driver, then head to Tetouen, less visited but has a lot of to offer. If you like fish , there are many fisher villages. Then you will travel to Chefchaouen, or ‘Chaouen’ as it’s known locally. This town is a visual delight in blue; walls, doors, windows; stairways, alleyways and archways – everything is a combination of soft pastel sky blue and deeper, more powerful hews. Overnight in Chefcheouen.
Day 3: Chefchaouen Breakfast, home hosted lunch
Today, you are free to explore at your own pace or simply relax. Outa el Hammam is the main square, and the place to watch the world go by. Walk up the tiny higgledy-piggeldy alleys away from the more tourist orientated areas and you will find the every-day life of the town. We leave for Houmer village for lunch with a local family, then back to our Riad around 4:00 PM..
Your guide will work with you to decide when to leave for Volubilis/Meknes. Tour Volubilis, the most important and extensive remains of a Roman city in Morocco. Once one of the most important regions producing grain to feed the voracious Roman appetite, and wild animals to keep the crowds entertained as they tried to devour gladiators in the arena, this prosperous provincial city was home to some 200,000 residents at the height of its glory. The importance of the city is reflected in the Capitoline temple, the Basilica, said to be one of the most beautiful in Africa in its day, and its 1,300 square meter Forum, with sumptuous mosaics still to be seen in some of the most luxurious homes then continue to Meknes to see the sites including the grand stables – the immensity of which is breath-taking and makes for beautiful photos.
Day 5: Fez Breakfast, Full Day Private Guided Tour of Fes
After breakfast your local tour guide will meet you in your hotel. The maze of arms-width alleyways and donkey-width roads of the UNESCO protected Fez medina – said to be around nine-thousand of them, (although no-one says who counted them) – are confusing even to those who have spent years living in this delightful city. Your Fez born-and-bred guide will unfold the hidden stories and tucked away corners, the minutiae of daily life and the magnificence of its madersas and palaces.
Day 6: Fez – Midelt - Erfoud - Merzouga Transportation (7,5 hours), Breakfast, dinner Accommodation: Hotel Madu
Drive from Fes to Midelt, the Apple City situated in the heart of the Berber Middle Atlas Mountains. You travel via Azrou and Ifrane with its cedar forests and Berber villages. Continue from Midelt to Erfoud via Errachidia town. Arrive to the hotel in the early evening.
Day 7: Merzouga Breakfast, dinner Accommodation: comfort camp with private facilities.
Visit of the Khamlia village with your driver to learn about Gnawa music, relax by the pool before you enjoy your camel ride for the sunset.
Day 8: Merzouga - Khorbat museum - Todgha Gorges Transportation: (4 hrs)-Breakfast, dinner Accommodation: Auberge Le Festival
Leave the Sahara for the stunning Todra Gorge. Wedged between massive cliff walls, the gorge is filled with a green oasis of palm trees. This serene spot is great for hiking, relaxing on the edge of the river or sampling some local Berber delicacies. (3,5 hours drive)
Day 9: Todgha- Dades -Ait Ben Haddou Transportation (4 hrs), Breakfast- dinner Accommodation: Riad La Caravane
Today we travel along the Dades and Rose Valley to Ait ben Haddou a UNESCO world heritage site, which, as well as being the best extant example in the area of a walled town protected by Kasbahs, the homes of the wealthy and powerful, has been the backdrop to many Hollywood blockbusters and major historical television programs, including Gladiator and Lawrence of Arabia. If you are a fan of A Game of Thrones you will recognize Ait Ben Haddou from the final scene of series three. (The series has used a number of locations around Morocco.
Day 10: Ait Ben Haddou - Marrakech Transportation (5 hrs), Breakfast Accommodation: Riad Adore
Free morning to enjoy Ait Ben Haddou. The last leg of today’s journey is over the High Atlas Mountains on the impressive zig-zag of Tiz n Tichka pass, eventually to arrive in Marrakesh where you explore the city with your local guide for 3hours.
Day 11: Marrakech Breakfast, Free time or Guided tour
This is your discovery day in the Red City, aided by your private guide who will meet with you in the morning at your riad to discuss the day’s possibilities. Leave the everyday behind as you dive into the souks, the markets that have provided Marrakschis with all their needs for over one thousand years. Vibrant colors, rich aromas, cat-calls and music, merchants in djellabas, street chefs in white hats, whatever your image of the exotic is you will find it in Marrakech. A visit to the Museum of Photography or the Majorelle Gardens are also highly recommended.The tour lasts from 9:30am until 4:30pm and includes lunch.
Day 12: Marrakech - Essaouira Transportation 3 hrs- Breakfast, lunch Accommodation: Dar Lucia
We drive from the mountains to the Atlantic coast, to the port town of Essaouira. This charming little town has a relaxed vibe and interesting history that will steal your heart! You will have an orientation walk in Essaouira and free time for exploration.
Day 13: Essaouira Breakfast
You have plenty of time to relax today so there is no need to rush. Whether you are a surfer (including kite surfing) or would like to feel a board beneath your feet for the first time, there are some world-class surfing schools to get you onto the Atlantic waves – or maybe you just want to stretch out on the sands and watch. Various locations around the ramparts were used as backgrounds for scenes in the third series of Game of Thrones.
Day 14: Essaouira - Casablanca Transportation: 6 hrs Breakfast Accommodation: Hotel Gauthier
We’ll travel through Morocco by a different countryside route than the one we took on our way to Essaouira. The landscape will shift on this coastal road between sweeping views of the sea and remote fishing villages. We'll stop in the small fishing village of Oualidia, bordered by the Atlantic Ocean on one side and a saltwater lagoon on the other. Locally, Oualidia is known for their oyster farms and is referred to by many as "Morocco's oyster capital. you will drive to Hassan II mosque before you check in.