The Highlights of Morocco in Music and Dance

Overview

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!

Itinerary

Day 1 – Marrakech

Arrive at any time, transfer to the hotel and meeting with your guide, after which we enjoy dinner around Jemaa el-Fna while listening to the many musicians of the square.

Day 2 – Marrakech to Boumalne Dades

We leave Marrakech and drive over the spectacular Tizi ‘n Tichka pass before arriving at the village of Aït Ben Haddou with its UNESCO heritage listed kasbah. Visit of Ait ben Haddou. Continue to Ouarzazate via the ‘Road of a 1000 Kasbahs’ and on to the Dades Valley. 

Day 3 – Boumalne Dades to Merzouga

We drive from Dades to the Todgha Gorges, where you will enjoy a walk through this spectacular canyon. Continue to Merzouga, where you head out to the dunes to enjoy a camel ride and overnight in the desert camp. Tonight we hear different type of music, called Gnawa, slave music.

Day 4 – Merzouga to Midelt

We drive up to Midelt situated in the Middle Atlas, known by its apple trees. Midelt is very famous by its Berber singers playing an old instrument called lotar. We will be joining a band composed of chikhat (dancers) and musicians playing traditional Berber instruments and music.

Day 5 – Fes

We continue our journey further north to Fes via Azrou, where we can have an idea about how lotar is made. An optional dinner tonight in a grand old Fes riad that has been converted into a spectacular restaurant. You will not only enjoy a delicious meal of local specialities, but also an evening of entertainment, such as singing, music and belly dancing.

Day 6 – Midelt to Fes

Today we enjoy a half-day city tour, after which you will have some free time. We explore the medina’s many artisans’ quarters and the famous tanneries. We’ll also get to see its religious and historical heart when we visit Moulay Idriss II’s Mausoleum, the fourteenth-century Bou Inania Medersa and the ninth-century Al-Qarawiyyin mosque.

Day 7 – Fes to Ben el Ouidane

Drive via the Middle Atlas Mountains and its small Berber towns to the beautiful Ben el Ouidane dam in the High Atlas mountains. You will enjoy a night next to the lake in the mountains.

Day 8 – Ben el Ouidane to Marrakech

Drive from Ben el Ouidane to Marrakech, via the Ouzoud waterfalls. Arrive in Marrakech in the afternoon, enjoy a free afternoon.

Day  9 – Marrakech

Departure day! Leave at any time of the day. Transfer to the airport of Marrakech by your driver. 

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Details

Inclusions:

  • – Private certified English- / French- / Spanish- / Italian-speaking guide;
  • – Private certified driver and air-conditioned transportation;
  • – 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.

Exclusions:

  • – International flights;
  • – Travel insurance;
  • – Optional activities;
  • – Additional meals and drinks not listed;
  • – Tipping and souvenirs.

Prices

2-3 Persons 12.000 MAD / € 1.100
4 Persons 8.700 MAD / € 795
5 Persons and Up 7.700 MAD / € 700
Note :

Prices are per person and depend upon group size. They are based on standard accommodations, an upgrade to comfort/deluxe (3 to 4 star) boutique hotels is possible, just contact us for a detailed itinerary and pricing!

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