Upon your arrival at the Mohammed V airport, your personal designated driver from Morocco Travel Land will meet you to pick you up and explain to you the itinerary for this trip. You will spend the night at hotel in Casablanca.
After a lovely breakfast at the hotel, we will start our journey to the city of Marrakech. We will go on a guided tour of the city with the help of a local guide, starting at the magnificent Koutoubia mosque, then the Bahia palace and the Saadian tombs. We will spend the rest of our morning at the Jewish Quarter, home to the Slat El Azama synagogue. After that, we will stop for lunch at a local restaurant to try out more traditional dishes, then continue our tour of the Old Medina and Jamaa El Fna Square. The Square of Jamaa El Fna is the beating heart of Marrakech city, and a UNESCO world heritage site. It beats at night with the sounds of drum players, storytellers, and the laughter of visitors. We will enjoy a view of the lively square from the terrace of a café, before finally heading to our Riad to spend the night.
For this next day, we will head to one of Morocco’s most iconic monuments, not far from Ouarzazate, the Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou. This Kasbah was used many throughout the years as a historical background for big movies such as Gladiator, Lawrence of Arabia, The jewel of the Nile, the mummy and more. Following a tour of this breathtaking place, we will head to the Dades Valley and Kalaat Mgouna. Then, through Kalaat Mgouna city, we will reach another important town for Jewish heritage called Tillite, which was rules by the Spanish Jewish family of Perez during the 15th and 16th centuries. Finally, we will return to the Dades Gorges to spend the night.
The next morning, we will have breakfast then begin our trip to the Todra gorges. We will arrive at the breathtaking Todra gorges where we can hike or walk along the refreshing Todra river. Following this, we will cross the great palm groves of Tinghir before finally arriving at the town of Merzouga. At Merzouga, you can relax for a bit while enjoying a glass of mint tea, before we meet up with our camel caravan which will take us camel trekking. With the help of an experienced desert guide from Morocco Travel Land, you will get to enjoy the vastness of the Moroccan desert, while the sun is casting its red and orange colors on the golden and endless Erg Chebbi dunes. Finally, we will reach our camp that’s hidden in the dunes, away from the noise and business of the city, where we will have dinner around a campfire and get to sleep in luxury desert tents.
When waking up today in the middle of the Sahara desert, surrounded by nothing but the soft sand dunes, you will get to witness one of the most magical sunrises in your life (a must see!). We will have breakfast at the camp, before heading out to explore the desert and the surroundings of Merzouga. We will start by a 4×4 ride through an extension of the Erg Chebbi, where the sand dunes are as high as 250 meters. Next, we will drive through a road that was featured on the Paris-Dakar rally, which also falls along the Algerian border, before reaching the Tissardmine Oasis and stopping to rest at a café. Following this, we will learn more about the nomadic desert lifestyle by visiting a nearby nomad settlement, before heading to the famous Khamlia village next. Khamlia is the village that the spiritual Gnaoua music originated from, where some of its original masters still live today. Finally, we will get to try one the area’s specialty meals : the Medfouna, also called Berber Pizza, before heading back to Merzouga and spending the night at a local Riad.
Today, we will be leaving the desert and heading north to the city of Fez. For starters, we will drive through the impressive Tafilalt palm groves, then the breathtaking Ziz Valley with its rock formations. Next on our journey, we will be entering the Middle Atlas region, starting with the city of Midelt where we will stop for lunch. Midelt city is located at the heart of the Middle Atlas Mountains, which means it offers breathtaking views of the surrounding Mountains. After lunch, we will head to the Cedar forests of Azrou, which are inhabited by the wild Macaque monkeys. Next, our journey will take us through the town of Ifrane. Ifrane is nicknamed the Switzerland of Morocco, for having architecture and nature that resembles that of European cities. After this exciting road trip, we will finally arrive at Fes where we will spend the night.
Today, we will be exploring all that the city of Fes has to offer with the help of a Morocco Travel Land guide. Fes is home to the oldest Mellah in Morocco, giving it great spiritual value among the Jewish community. Many important Talmudic scholars have lived in Fes, such as Rabbi Isaac Alfasi and Moses Ben Maimon. We will visit Fes’s most prominent Synagogues, alongside a visit to its old Medina. This will take us through the Quaraouine University (the oldest still operating university), the Medersa Bou Inania, the Nejjarine Quarter, and many more monuments. The Old medina id also the liveliest place in Fes, where many small shops specialize in the making and retail of artisanal products and handicrafts. In the evening, we will enjoy a panoramic view of the city from a café terrace, before finally heading back to the Riad to spend the night.
This next morning, we will be leaving Fes in the direction of the city of Meknes, previously named “le petit Paris” by the French colonizers. Meknes is actually one Morocco’s main imperial cities, since it used to be the capital during the 17th century, under the reign of Moulay Ismail. Our tour of this city will take us through some of its main historical monuments, such as the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail, the Bab Mansour gate, and the Lhdim square. Next, we will discover Meknes’ Mellah, the Jewish quarter, which is home to many historically important Synagogues. Some of the synagogues we are going to visit are Talmud Torah and Rabbi Meir Toledano. Of course, we cannot skip a visit to the important tomb of Rabbi David Benmidan, before heading for lunch. After lunch, we will continue to a nearby town named Volubilis, where lay the ruins of the Roman civilization that once occupied the area. Volubilis holds great archeological value, which can be seen in its Roman monuments that are still standing today.
Following this, we will head to Rabat city where we are going to have a small guided tour. The first thing we will do in Rabat is visiting the Chellah Necropolis, the Oudaya Kasbah and then the city’s Mellah. You will notice how in the Mellah quarters, some businesses held by the few local Jewish families left are still flourishing and true to their roots. Following this is a visit to Sale, where we will find the birthplace of Rabbi Hayyim Ben Moses Attar. Finally, we will return to Rabat to spend the night.
Today, we will head back to Casablanca where we started. After dropping you off at the airport, your tour with Morocco Travel land would reached its end.