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Day 1: Arrive in Casablanca
Arrive at Mohammed V Airport in Casablanca, where you are met and transferred to our hotel. Our tour leader will greet you at a welcome meeting before our group dinner.
Day 2: Casablanca and Rabat
Before departing Casablanca, we visit the Hassan II Mosque (one of the largest in the world). We drive from Casablanca to the imperial city and capital, Rabat. Here we visit the Mausoleum of Mohammed V and enjoy a walk in the old Medina which was founded in the 12th century as a military town.
Day 3: Medieval City of Fes
Fes, the oldest of the imperial cities, is the symbolic heart of Morocco and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We explore the medieval Medina, where narrow winding alleys and covered bazaars offer every conceivable type of craft workshop, markets, restaurants and mosques, all surrounded by magnificent old stone walls. Our stroll through this ancient labyrinth highlights the color and activity of Moroccan souks (markets).
Day 4: Roman Ruins of Volubilis and Meknes
We begin our day exploring the 1,700 year-old site of Volubilis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the best preserved complex of Roman ruins in Morocco. One of the Roman Empire's most remote outposts, Volubilis was actively inhabited until the 18th century. With its House of Orpheus, Basilica, Forum and Tri Arch, Volubilis is a splendid reminder of the vast impressive legacy left by the Romans.
Day 5: Traverse the Mountains to the Sahara
Our day begins with a morning trip across the Middle Atlas Mountains and the beautiful cedar trees that cover their slopes. In the afternoon, we reach the Ziz Valley with its magnificent gorges.
Day 6: Erfoud, Camel Safari, Berber Experience & Overnight in the Sahara
The region of Erfoud is famous for the petrified remains of plants and animals. In the morning, we visit a local workshop to learn about the fossils and watch them being made into everything from jewellery to furniture. We also explore an ancient ksar (a fortified village) and if he is home, we'll visit a local man who still lives there.
Day 7: Golden Saharan Sunrise, Todra Gorge
We wake up early to watch a spectacular golden sunrise over the Merzouga Dunes. Following breakfast, we travel in 4x4 jeeps across the desert landscape and we meet up with our bus before our departure northwest towards the striking Todra Gorge. This gorge lies at the end of a lush valley filled with mud-brick villages and palm groves. Hemmed in by barren, craggy mountains, it is one of Morocco's most magnificent natural sights. The natural walls are 1,000 feet high and a river runs through the bottom of the gorge that narrows to a width of only 30 feet.
Day 8: Ouarzazate
We travel west along the "Road of a Thousand Kasbahs", stopping to explore Kasbah Ait Youl (Saad), which is 200 years old. After exploring, we join a local family for mint tea.
Day 9: To Taroudant
This morning we visit the legendary kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou (the location used in the filming of "Lawrence of Arabia" and "The Last Temptation of Christ"). Leaving the rugged scenery of south central Morocco behind, we head west toward the Anti-Atlas region. Enroute, we see our first Argan trees. We stop and sample saffron tea in Taliouine and drive through the fertile Sousse Valley, known for its orange groves.
Day 10: Taroudant
We spend the morning in the fortified Berber town of Taroudant, which is known as "Little Marrakech". The absence of foreign travelers makes it the perfect place to see everyday Moroccan life in a relaxed atmosphere. Our first visit is to its charming souk and we finish our tour with a coffee in the local square. We will have lunch in the small village of Tiout where we will sample the delicious local bread and famous goat tagine. Your afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the surroundings.
Day 11: Coastal Drive to Essaouira
We travel along the western part of the high Atlas Mountains as we set our sights on the Atlantic Ocean again, stopping for lunch by the beach in Agadir.
Day 12: Essaouira, Fortress on the Sea
Essaouira is a quaint, historic town filled with interesting streets, a colorful harbor home to hundreds of fishing boats, Portuguese ramparts and fortifications, as well as miles of white sand beaches. Essaouira also offers some of the best seafood in all of Morocco, which may be why it was a favorite hideaway for Orson Welles.
Day 13: The Road to Marrakech
This morning we visit a local woman's Argan Oil Cooperative to see how this precious oil is produced before we travel to Marrakech.
Day 14: Marrakech Sites
In the morning we set out to discover the fabulous 11th century city of Marrakech. Marrakech is steeped in history and tradition! We stop at the city's famous landmark, the Koutoubia Mosque before visiting some of Marrakech's beautiful palaces.
Day 15: Hike in the High Atlas Mountains
Today we hike through the beautiful valleys of the High Atlas Mountains with the majestic Toubkal Mountain as our backdrop. Standing at over 4000 ft/ 1200 metres, it is the highest peak in the Atlas Mountains, North Africa and the Arab world. We glimpse the local culture as our scenic walk takes us close to Berber Villages. We will enjoy a picnic lunch enroute.
Day 16: Return to Casablanca
Today we will drive back to Morocco's largest city, Casablanca. Tonight we enjoy a Farewell Dinner, reminiscing on all of the wonderful encounters and experiences during our Moroccan adventure.
Day 17: Depart Casablanca
The trip concludes with a transfer to the airport for departing flights.
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