IMPERIAL CITIES AND DESERT

FROM CASABLANCA

IMPERIAL CITIES AND DESERT

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11 DAYS / 10 NIGHTS
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Day 1

Upon arrival inA�Casablanca, the economic capital of Morocco, you will be met and transferred to yourA�Casablanca hotel, where you will check in and relax for the afternoon. Depending on time, you could choose to have an optional tour of theA�Hassan II mosque, or take a stroll through the medina andA�Mohammed V Square.

Day 2

After breakfast, you will leave towardsA�Fes. On route, you will stop atA�Rabat, the capital city and residence of the King, for lunch and some time to enjoy the beautiful coastal city. After lunch, you will continue on toA�Fes, the spiritual capital of Morocco. Overnight in hotel/riad.

Day 3

After breakfast, you will begin your guided tour of the medina, one of the worlda��s largest walled-in cities. You will explore the narrow streets lined with fresh fruits, mounds of spices, intricately woven Berber carpets and many other art objects of Morocco. A visit to theA�Kinga��s Palace, the tanneries, and potters are just a few places you will experience. For lunch, you will eat in a traditional restaurant in the heart of the medina. After lunch, you will complete the tour and return to your hotel/riad for the evening.

Day 4

After an early breakfast, you will begin your ascent across theA�Middle Atlas mountains. Most of the day will be spent winding your way through beautiful lush forests, jagged rock faces, and Berber villages as you cross the Atlas mountains and begin to descend towards theA�Sahara desert. Half way, you will stop for lunch in the town ofA�Midelt, famous for its fossils and rocks. We continue on mountain roads overlooking the wide flowingA�Oued Ziz. Passing through kasbahs and palm groves we head towards the adobe colored city ofA�Er-Rachidiaand thenA�ErfoudA�(famous for its date festival and fossils). From here our trip continues to theA�dunes of MerzougaA�for a walk in the dunes ofA�Erg ChebbiA�(250m). From the top of the dunes the sunset is spectacular. Here, atA�Erg Chebbi dunes, we will have dinner and spend the night in aA�nomad tentA�under a night sky full of stars. A night you will not forget.

Day 5

In the morning, aA�three-hour camel rideA�across the great sand dunes and through the stony Sahara, is scheduled, stopping to prepare lunch among the dunes. In the afternoon, a camel ride for another two hours is programmed to reach the high dunes (Erg Chebbi). From here, at 250m, the sunset is a spectacular sight. Dinner and the night are in aA�bivouacA�at the foot of the dunes. Purchase fucidin prospect

Day 6

After breakfast, you will return by camel to the 4A�4 and head back toA� buy celexa overnight. RissaniA�andA�Erfoud. FromA�Erfoud, you set out behind theA�High Atlas mountainsA�on route to theA�Todra gorgesA�for lunch. In the afternoon, you will take a walk up in the toweringA�Todra gorges, with sheer cliffs ofA�985 feet high. The picturesque river valleys make for a beautiful journey towards the southeast of Morocco. Then continue your journey towards another impressiveA�DadesA�gorges, passing by the strange rock creation ofA�Tamnalt Hills. Overnight right in the heart ofA�Dades gorgesA�lined by the red and mauve rocks. Overnight in hotel.

Day 7

After breakfast a walk in theA�Dades gorgesA�is scheduled. Back at the car, the trip toA�OuarzazateA�continues, goingA�off-roadA�along theA�Boutarar pisteA�to visitA�Berber nomadsA�in their caves and partake of a glass of tea with them. From here we continue through theA�valley of the roses, famous for its Rose Festival in May, and past theA�kasbahs of Skoura. InA�Ouarzazate, you stay in a riad.

Day 8

After breakfast, the route goes on toA�theA�kasbah of AA?t Ben Haddou, a World Heritage site and the backdrop for many Hollywood blockbusters. It is the most famous kasbah in Morocco. From there the road continues along theA�Ounila valleyA�to theA�kasbah ofA�Telouet. This kasbah is set right in the midst of the mountains and was once the seat of the lastA�Pasha of Marrakesh, El Glaoui, from where the highest pass in Africa,A�Tizi-n-TichkaA�was controlled. At the end of the afternoon we arrive inA�Marrakesh, dinner and night in a riad.

Day 9

After breakfast, you will have a guided tour ofA�Marrakech, the southern pearl of Morocco. You will discover theA�palace of Bahia, theA�Majorelle garden, theA�Saadian tombs, and many other hidden treasures. After lunch, you will continue the tour to the magnificentA�Koutoubia mosqueand the famousA�square Djemaa el-Fna, one of the spectacular attractions ofA�Marrakesh, dinner and night in a riad.

Day 10

You will travel today to the seaside gem of Morocco. Situated along theA�Atlantic Coast, theA�medina of GnaouaA�(formerly a�?Mogadora�?), is a UNESCO World Heritage city and one of the most enchanting places in Morocco. ExploreA�Essaouiraa��s old medina and surroundings which boasts impressive examples of Moorish and European architecture, or take the opportunity to relax by the beach, dinner and night in a riad.

Day 11

Transfer fromA�EssaouiraA�to theA�airport of Casablanca.