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After breakfast at the hotel, we will visit the Mosque Hassan 2, one of the largest and most spectacular mosques in Africa, with a minaret of 210 meters. We will tour some of the street art along the water in Casablanca. After your visit, we will drive to the capital of Morocco, Rabat, for the second night.
In the morning we will start our Rabat visit with a full morning of sightseeing. Kasbah Of Loudaya is a historic fortified military camp located in Rabat and built in the twelfth century. It is a UNESCO World Heritage. We continue to the Kasbah of Challah, the fascinating site of a Merinid necropolis located on the site of an ancient city in the present city of Rabat. We then proceed to the Hassan Tower. In the 12th century, the tower was intended to be the largest minaret in the world along with its mosque, also intended to be the world’s largest. When al-Mansur died in 1199, construction on the mosque stopped and it remains frozen in time.
After visiting Rabat’s spectacular monuments and taking in some street art, we take the road to Chefchaouen (the blue city), through the scenic Rif Mountains. Your night will be spent in a comfortable riad.
You will spend a full day both inside the old medina and viewing the Fes medina from the hills that surround the old city. A professional guide will be with you to tell you stories of this fascinating medina.
We will depart at 08h00 am from your riad and drive to Merzouga. On the way to the biggest dunes in the world, we will stop by Ifran, a beautiful city constructed by the French before Moroccan independence. Located in the Middle Atlas, at 1713 meters above sea level, Ifran is a ski resort. We then continue through the forest of Azrou where you can see – and photograph – wild monkeys. We then drive to Merzouga, going by way of Morocco’s apple capital, Midelt, where we will have lunch.
The drive from Midelt to Merzouga is a series of fascinating landscapes, with stops for photos. Arriving in Merzouga, you will meet your camel and guide for a one-hour ride through the dunes to your desert camp for the night. Dinner will be served in a large year-round tent, under the stars with local music of the Tuareg people. Accommodations are in luxury year-round tents with full facilities.
In the early morning, we share the sunrise over the top of the dunes, eat breakfast and then head back from the camp by camel. We drive toward Boumalne Dades, stopping by a canal built in the 17 century…which remains in use. We stop in Tinguir for a walk in the Moroccan grand canyon, named Todgua Canyon. The road winds beside the spectacular Todra Valley, before we arrive at your hotel in Boumalne Dades. Your hotel is located in the front of the valley to ensure that you have the best panoramic view of the entire valley.
The departure will be 08h00 am from your hotel. On the way to Marrakech, we will visit one of the most beautiful and famous Ksars (fortified Berber villages) in the south of Morocco. Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah is a ksar (Ighrem, in Berber) listed as a World Heritage site by UNESCO, in the province of Ouarzazate.
You will have enough time to visit the Ksar and have lunch before we begin our drive-through and over the High Atlas mountains. At the top, we will begin our drive down through an incredible mountain landscape with spectacular views – until we arrive at your riad in Marrakech.
After your breakfast in your riad, we will drive for 30 KM into the Atlas Mountains for walking and hiking among the 7 waterfalls of Ourika Valley. The Ourika Valley is primarily populated by people of Berber language and Chleuh dialect. Despite its proximity to Marrakech, it is still considered a relatively preserved valley, both in its nature and in its traditional mountain lifestyle. Our lunch will be served next to the big river so we can enjoy untouched nature and Berber food. In the evening you will be back in Marrakech.
Other options for your day include visiting Marrakech’s wonderful gardens, a Marrakech street art tour, a visit to an hammam, a yoga class, a cooking class. Your day is your choice. Just let us know.
CSA-Morocco provides guests with a complete and authentic cultural experience, including classic monuments, exploring contemporary culture, engaging with art and artisans, tasting unique cuisine, and discovering amazing Morocco cities.
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