TOUR IN SAHARA

Your customised tour of Morocco

 

We will show you the real face of Morocco in our tours and excursions, completely customised to your requirements, so that you can experience the wonders of this land.
Aboard a 4×4 off-road and escorted by Berber guides with over ten years’ experience, you will have a chance to commune with the spirit and culture of Morocco, from the silence and fascination of the desert to the liveliness of the imperial cities, through breathtaking landscapes.

 

Welcome to honeymoon couples, groups of friends, families with children or solitary travellers. Find out about our proposals, and do not hesitate to contact us for information!

INFO & SUGGESTIONS

What you need to visit Morocco

You always need to have a valid passport. On arrival at the airport, you will be asked to fill out a form stating your personal details and your address in Morocco. It is therefore essential that you are already booked in accommodation, or else you will be temporarily held by the airport authorities.
A visa is not required for Italian citizens for stays up to 3 months. For minors, please check the Italian Foreign Ministry’s website “Viaggiare Sicuri” here.

There are no special requirements. It is, however, advisable to dress decorously, particularly in the summer months, avoiding very low cuts or short skirts.

During the summer months, temperatures are very high in cities like Marrakech, not exposed to the ocean’s influence, with the mercury column often exceeding 40-45°C, while they are pleasant along the coast.
In winter, it is essential to be equipped with warm clothes, particularly when crossing the high Atlas mountains, where it is all but uncommon to find snow until March. Nights are very cold in the desert, and you need to wear warm clothes if you wish to admire the stars. Almost all riads are not equipped with heating systems, and only utilise heat pumps, so do not forget to pack a warm pyjamas for the night. For ladies, a hairdryer will be helpful.
In spring and autumn, day temperatures are usually very pleasant, while in the early mornings and evenings it can be chilly, so it is useful to bring a coat.

In Morocco, you use dirhams (1 EUR ≃ 11 MAD). Credit cards are accepted almost everywhere in large towns, but if you go to less urban areas it is good to always have cash on you. Almost every riad and hotel has a Wi-Fi network available for guests, so we don’t believe it is actually necessary to buy a local SIM card (though we can direct you where to find them).

There are no mandatory vaccinations. We suggest, however, that you inquire about fecal-oral transmissible diseases with your local vaccination authorities (hepatitis A, typhoid and cholera). The oral anti-cholera vaccine, in fact, will at least partially (about 25%) protect you against traveller’s diarrhea. At any rate, hygienic-sanitary conditions are good.

Absolutely. Even if you are in excellent health conditions, never travel without an adequate private health insurance covering hospitalisation and repatriation with a doctor in attendance, because there are no set agreements between the Italian and the Moroccan national health services, and the expense may be very high (compared with negligible if you are insured).

Morocco is always beautiful (forgive our bias), with flaws and virtues in every season.
If you have problems dealing with cold temperatures indoors, we advise you against winter, because you won’t find traditional heating systems hardly anywhere, and nights are cold. During the day, the temperature is usually agreeable, but this is the rainiest season anyway, and you may be caught in gloomy weather.
If, on the contrary, you are not a lover of heat, avoid visiting towns (especially Marrakech) during summer, when day temperatures are always above 40-45°C.
Other than that, equip yourself with proper clothing and enjoy the trip!

Morocco is a peaceful country where even women can travel on their own without problems, if they are sufficiently adaptable. In essence, it is important to travel the country with some good sense, without getting oneself into unwelcome situations. But aside from this, try and enjoy the excellent Moroccan hospitality, and do not always look at people around you with suspicion – they will often just want to give you a smile.

EXCURSIONS

One-day excursions from Marrakech

Ouzoud Falls (170 km)

OUZOUD FALLS

170 km one-day excursion

Our guide will meet you early in the morning at your riad or hotel, to take you in the direction of Demnate and its century-old olive groves. After climbing the Atlas mountains, we will be faced by a breathtaking sight – the Ouzoud Falls. This is where the water of the Oued Ouzoud plunges down over 100 metres into the canyon of Oued el-Abid in a three-drop fall, shrouded in a subtle rainbow-coloured mist. Because of the greater quantity of water, these waterfalls are more enthralling from March to June, but they preserve their fascination all year round. Lunch at one of the small restaurants or riads in the area.
Return to Marrakech in the afternoon.

Included in the price

  • Transportation as described
  • 4×4 jeep vehicle, air-conditioned; for groups of over 6 people, air-conditioned minibus
  • Driver guide speaking Italian, Spanish, English and French
  • Fuel and transportation costs
  • Exclusive service (not accompanied by other visitors)

Not included in the price

  • Flights from and to Italy
  • Lunch and beverages
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • All that is not included under “Included in the price”

Ourika Valley (140 km)

OURIKA VALLEY

140 km one-day excursion

Departure from your hotel or riad in Marrakech at around 8.30 in the morning, heading for the Haouz Plain, a strategic place to discover the various Berber villages of the region. Going on about 30 km you will reach the Ourika Valley, a unique and characteristic area of the Atlas mountains, inhabited by Berber tribes. The farthest point of this area, Setti Fatma, is 65 km from Marrakech.
The entire Valley is scattered with “douars” (villages) resting on the hills, and, wherever you lay your eyes, you will see streams flowing slowly across meadows, irrigation fields and orchards.
The picturesque landscape and the natural setting make it easy to understand why many Marrakech people have a second home here, or come on summer holidays to enjoy the fresh mountain air. There are many walks you can take from Setti Fatma (1500 m.a.s.l.), even though one of the most typical and appreciated is the one leading to a group of seven waterfalls.
After this short break from the frantic life of Marrakech, our guide will take you back to town, to your riad/hotel.

Included in the price

  • Transportation as described
  • 4×4 jeep vehicle, air-conditioned; for groups of over 6 people, air-conditioned minibus
  • Driver guide speaking Italian, Spanish, English and French
  • Fuel and transportation costs
  • Exclusive service (not accompanied by other visitors)

Not included in the price

  • Flights from and to your country
  • Lunch and beverages
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • All that is not included under “Included in the price”

Ait Ben Haddou and Ouarzazate (420 km)

AIT BEN HADDOU AND OUARZAZATE

420 km one-day excursion

For this beautiful excursion you need to leave early in the morning: our guide will come to collect you at your hotel/riad at 8 a.m. You will head for the High Atlas mountains and, through the Tizi N’Tichka Pass (2260 m.a.s.l.), you will reach the splendid Ksar of Ait Ben Haddou. A beautiful fortified village built in mud and straw, Ait Ben Haddou became part of UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage in 1987. From atop a hill, the village looks over large green expanses of almond trees. Because of its majesty, it was the filming location of several famous movies, including Lawrence of Arabia, The Sheltering Sky and Gladiator. After stopping to enjoy the sight, you will drive on towards Ouarzazate, the “Hollywood of Morocco”, where you can visit the Atlas Studios and the beautiful Taourirt Kasbah.

Useful information

In the event of adverse or exceptional weather conditions, the programme may be subject to change.

Included in the price

  • Transportation as described
  • 4×4 jeep vehicle, air-conditioned; for groups of over 6 people, air-conditioned minibus
  • Driver guide speaking Italian, Spanish, English and French
  • Fuel and transportation costs
  • Exclusive service (not accompanied by other visitors)

Not included in the price

  • Flights from and to Italy
  • Lunch and beverages
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • All that is not included under “Included in the price”

Essaouira (170 Km)

ESSAOUIRA

170 km one-day excursion

Departure from Marrakech immediately after breakfast. Once you have reached this small town, you will be free to explore it on your own, walking among the many crafts shops (Essaouira is famous for its thuja root handicraft and fabrics), the painting and sculpting galleries, and the spice and argan oil markets. Essaouira is only 170 km away from Marrakech, but its uniqueness, colours and peaceful pace of life make it light years distant from the city frenzy of the “red town”. Facing the Atlantic Ocean, it is constantly caressed by the wind all year round (a favourite destination for the lovers of water sports), it is surrounded by powerful ramparts, and encloses in itself a maze of lanes with perfectly white walls and colourful doors, where cats love lying in the sun and being photographed.
In the afternoon, you can visit one of the several female cooperatives of the Essaouira area, where you will have a chance to buy argan-oil products (natural cosmetics and food). For the lovers of photography, a stop will be appropriate to see the famous climber goats climbing on top of argan trees.
Return to Marrakech in the evening.

Included in the price

  • Transportation as described
  • 4×4 jeep vehicle, air-conditioned; for groups of over 6 people, air-conditioned minibus
  • Driver guide speaking Italian, Spanish, English and French
  • Fuel and transportation costs
  • Exclusive service (not accompanied by other visitors)

Not included in the price

  • Flights from and to Italy
  • Lunch and beverages
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • All that is not included under “Included in the price”

MOROCCO TOURS

TOUR FROM MARRAKECH

Scopri il fascino del deserto

A look into the blue (2 days / 1 night or one-day tour)

A LOOK INTO THE BLUE

Marrakech – Essaouira (2 days / 1 night or one-day tour)

1st day: Marrakech >> Essaouira (170 km)

Departure from Marrakech at a time to be agreed. Once you have reached this small town, you will be free to explore it on your own, walking among the many crafts shops (Essaouira is famous for its thuja root handicraft and fabrics), the painting and sculpting galleries, and the spice and argan oil markets.
Shortly before sunset, we then suggest that you go towards Mogador to watch a splendid sunset over the ocean. Dinner and overnight accommodation.

 

2nd day: Essaouira surroundings >> Marrakech

After being awakened by the scent of saltiness and the ever-present seagulls, once back in the car we can stop around Essaouira to see the incredible goats climbing on top of trees and visit one of the female cooperatives processing argan oil, where you can buy cosmetics and food products.
Return to Marrakech.

 

Essaouira is only 170 km away from Marrakech, but its uniqueness, colours and peaceful pace of life make it light years distant from the city frenzy of the “red town” Marrakech.
The tour can be easily done in one day, leaving early from Marrakech and returning in the evening. If you want to enjoy it to the full and admire the beautiful sunset, however, we recommend that you spend a night there.
Facing the Atlantic Ocean, Essaouira is constantly caressed by the wind all year round (a favourite destination for the lovers of water sports), it is surrounded by powerful ramparts, and encloses in itself a maze of lanes with perfectly white walls and colourful doors, where cats love lying in the sun and being photographed.

Useful information

In the event of adverse or exceptional weather conditions, the programme may be subject to change.

Included in the price

  • Transportation as described
  • 4×4 jeep vehicle, air-conditioned; for groups of over 6 people, air-conditioned minibus
  • Driver guide speaking Italian, Spanish, English and French
  • Fuel and transportation costs
  • 1 night accommodation and breakfast (room with private bathroom)
  • Exclusive service (not accompanied by other visitors)

Not included in the price

  • Flights from and to your country
  • Lunch meals
  • Beverages
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • All that is not included under “Included in the price”

A taste of the desert (2 days / 1 night)

A TASTE OF THE DESERT

Marrakech – Zagora (2 days / 1 night)

1st day: Marrakech >> Ouarzazate >> Zagora (356 km)

Early departure from Marrakech, where the guide will pick you up at your riad. We will head for the High Atlas mountains, across the majestic Tizi n’Tichka Pass (2260 m.a.s.l.). After seeing several Berber farms and traditional villages, we will arrive at Ouarzazate, called the “Hollywood of Morocco” because of the many movies filmed in its studios. After lunch, we can visit the Taourirt Kasbah before driving on southbound towards Agdz.
Along the way, we will have a chance to stop in several panoramic places to admire the endless expanse of date palm groves, before arriving in Zagora. From here, a camel ride of about 2 hours will allow us to enjoy the sunset in the desert before reaching the tented camp where we will spend the night.

 

2nd day: Zagora >> Marrakech

For those who wish, it will be possible to wake up early to watch the sun rising, and, after a shower and breakfast, we will take the road back to Marrakech. Along the way, we can visit some Berber shops selling fossils, lamps, leather carpets and other handicraft products that are typical of this area. In the afternoon, we will stop in Ouarzazate (where we can visit the film studios), before driving on to Marrakech.

Useful information

In the event of adverse or exceptional weather conditions, the programme may be subject to change.

Included in the price

  • Transportation as described
  • 4×4 jeep vehicle, air-conditioned; for groups of over 6 people, air-conditioned minibus
  • Driver guide speaking Italian, Spanish, English and French
  • Fuel and transportation costs
  • 1 night in a tented camp (dinner and overnight accommodation)
  • Camel ride
  • Exclusive service (not accompanied by other visitors)

Not included in the price

  • Flights from and to your country
  • Lunch meals
  • Beverages
  • Sightseeing admission tickets (kasbah)
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • All that is not included under “Included in the price”

Mountains, roses and desert (3 days / 2 nights)

MOUNTAINS, ROSES AND DESERT

Marrakech – Dades Valley – Sahara (3 days / 2 nights)

1st day: Marrakech » High Atlas » Kasbah Ait Ben Haddhou » Dades Valley (km 310)

Early departure from Marrakech: our guide will pick you up directly at the riad/hotel where you stay. We will head for Ouarzazate, driving through the High Atlas mountains, across the Tizi’n Tichka Pass (2260 metres), from where you can enjoy a spectacular view (also with the snow, in the winter season). We will stop at the ksar Ait Ben Haddou, declared part of UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage, a beautiful town built in typical Southern Moroccan architecture, lying on top of a hill surrounded by a green valley. We will drive on towards the Dades valley, which, in spring, bursts with colours and fragrances because of its famous rose cultivations, producing perfumes and essences of world renown. Dinner and overnight accommodation in a hotel.

 

2nd day: Dades Valley » Todra Gorges » Merzouga » Camel-ride in the desert (km 250)

After having breakfast and admiring the beautiful views of the valley, we will head for the Todra Gorges, a narrow canyon 300m deep, coloured in incredible red-orange hues, a favourite for rock climbing lovers. Once arrived in Erfoud, we can visit the fossil museum, this area being rich in stunning fossils. After a well-deserved break for lunch, we will continue to Merzouga where the camels will be waiting to take us on a ride to watch the sunset over the dunes, before reaching a Berber-style tented camp. Here you can savour the silence of the desert and, after nightfall, watch the starry sky while sitting by the bivouac-fire. Dinner and overnight accommodation in a tented camp.

 

3rd day: Merzouga » Rissani » Alnif » Draa Valley » Marrakech (km 550)

For those who wish, early wake-up call to wait for sunrise among the dunes.
After freshening up and having breakfast, we will hit the road towards Marrakech, driving through Rissani (the first imperial city in Morocco, hosting a very characteristic market) and the Draa Valley with its palm groves as far as the eye can see. We will cross the High Atlas again to be back in Marrakech in the evening, where we will take you to the hotel you have booked for your stay in town.

Useful information

In the event of adverse or exceptional weather conditions, the programme may be subject to change.

Included in the price

  • Transportation as described
  • 4×4 jeep vehicle, air-conditioned; for groups of over 6 people, air-conditioned minibus
  • Driver guide speaking Italian, Spanish, English and French
  • Fuel and transportation costs
  • 1 night at a hotel with half board (breakfast and dinner); accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • 1 night in a tented camp (dinner and overnight accommodation)
  • Camel ride
  • Exclusive service (not accompanied by other visitors)

Not included in the price

  • Flights from and to your country
  • Lunch meals
  • Beverages
  • Sightseeing admission tickets (kasbah)
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • All that is not included under “Included in the price”
Discovering the desert and the valleys (5 days / 4 nights)

DISCOVERING THE DESERT AND THE VALLEYS

Marrakech – Dades Valley – Merzouga (Erg Chebbi) – Draa Valley (5 days / 4 nights)

1st day : Marrakech >> High Atlas >> Kasbah Telouet >> Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou >> Dades Gorges (310 km)

Early wake-up call to leave at 8.30 directly from your riad in Marrakech, heading for the High Atlas mountains; we will reach the Tizi n’ Tichka Pass (2260 metres), from where you can enjoy a spectacular view (also with the snow, in the winter season). Then we will visit the beautiful Telouet Kasbah, whose audience hall – with wonderful painted cedar wood ceilings and beautiful stuccoes – even outshines the splendid Palais de Bahia in Marrakech. We will go on to the ksar Ait Ben Haddou, a splendid fortified village built with straw and mud, overlooking large green expanses of almond groves from a hilltop. It was the filming location of several movies, including Lawrence of Arabia, The Sheltering Sky and Gladiator, and was declared part of UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage in 1987. We will drive on towards the Dades valley, which, in spring, bursts with colours and fragrances because of its famous rose cultivations, producing perfumes and essences of world renown. Dinner and overnight accommodation in a riad.

 

2nd day: Dades Valley >> Todra Gorges >> Merzouga >> Erg Chebbi (250 km)

After breakfast, we will drive through the Todra Gorges, a narrow canyon 300m deep, coloured in incredible red-orange hues, a favourite destination for rock climbing lovers. After seeing the palm grove of Tinherir, we will arrive at the gates of Merzouga, where you will start on a camel ride over the golden dunes (about one and a half hours). After watching the sunset with your feet in the sand, you will be guided to the tented camp to spend the night. During the evening, you can enjoy the famous Berber hospitality, and admire a beautiful starry sky while sitting by the bivouac-fire. Dinner and overnight accommodation in the camp.

 

3rd day : Merzouga >> Khamlia Village (60 km)

For those who wish, there will be an early wake-up call to watch the sunrise from the higher dunes and breathe more of the solitary peace of the Sahara. Then we will ride back to Merzouga on camelback, where we can have breakfast and take a shower. The day will be devoted to the discovery of the Merzouga region, where we will admire the famous desert fossils and the black expanse of volcanic rocks, and will visit the village of Tissrdmin (the set of several movies) and an authentic nomad family. Later we will head for the Khamlia village, famous for its inhabitants originating from Black Africa and for its typical music – having its ultimate expression in the first week of August during a dance and music festival. Back to Merzouga where you can enjoy dinner and relax in the hotel.

 

4th day: Merzouga >> Rissani >> Tazarine >> Agdz >> Valle del Draa Valley >> Ouarzazate (360 km)

After breakfast we will leave for Agdz, stopping at Rissani to visit the lively local market, and then driving through several Berber villages. We will continue along the splendid and luxuriant Draa Valley, among oases and palm groves all the way to Ouarzazate, a small town mainly famous for being the location of several important film studios. Dinner and overnight accommodation in a riad.

 

5th day: Ouarzazate >> Kasbah Telouet >> Marrakech (210 km)

After breakfast we will visit the famous Taurirt Kasbah; made of mud and straw, as typical of this type of building in Morocco, it was inhabited until 1930, and is currently used as museum and a well-known movie set.
Then we will head for the mountains and, shortly before crossing again the Tizi n’ Tichka Pass, we will stop at Telouet, where we will visit the Pasha Glaoui Kasbah, characterised by beautiful stuccoed halls and wonderful painted cedar wood ceilings.
We will arrive in Marrakech in the afternoon, to allow you an opportunity to enjoy a few more hours in the beautiful “red town”.

Useful information

In the event of adverse or exceptional weather conditions, the programme may be subject to change.

Included in the price

  • Transportation as described
  • 4×4 jeep vehicle, air-conditioned; for groups of over 6 people, air-conditioned minibus
  • Driver guide speaking Italian, Spanish, English and French
  • Fuel and transportation costs
  • 3 nights at a riad/hotel with half board (breakfast and dinner); accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • 1 night in a tented camp (dinner and overnight accommodation)
  • Camel ride to and from the camp
  • Exclusive service (not accompanied by other visitors)

Not included in the price

  • Flights from and to your country
  • Lunch meals
  • Beverages
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Sightseeing admission tickets
  • All that is not included under “Included in the price”
Mankind and sand: a tight line between Marrakech and Fez (5 days / 4 nights)

MANKIND AND SAND: A TIGHT LINE BETWEEN MARRAKECH AND FEZ

Marrakech – Ouarzazate – Merzouga (Erg Chebbi) – Fez (5 days / 4 nights)

1st day: Marrakech >> High Atlas >> Telouet >> Ait Ben Haddou >> Ouarzazate (210 km)

After breakfast, our guide will meet you at your riad in Marrakech, ready to head in the direction of the High Atlas chain. After crossing the Tizi n’Tichka Pass (2260 m.a.s.l.), we will stop at Telouet to visit the Pasha Glaoui Kasbah, characterised by beautiful stuccoed halls and wonderful painted cedar wood ceilings. Lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon we will continue to Ait Ben Haddou; declared part of UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage in 1987, this beautiful fortified village built in typical Southern Moroccan architecture lies on top of a hill surrounded by a green valley. You can visit the ksar of Ait Benhaddou, and then we will drive on towards Ouarzazate. Dinner and overnight accommodation in a hotel.

 

2nd day: Ouarzazate >> Skoura >> Roses Valley >> (130 km)

This morning, after breakfast in the hotel, we will leave for Skoura, where we will visit the Kasbah Amridil. Located in the palm grove of the “Route of a Thousand Kasbahs”, the kasbah was recently restored, and still holds truly suggestive and authentic colours and atmospheres. Later, our journey will continue through the Roses Valley, where we will stop for lunch and, if you wish, you can visit the cooperatives that produce essences and perfumes. Dinner and overnight accommodation in a riad with a view over the valley.

 

3rd day: Todra Gorges >> Erfoud >> Merzouga (200 km)

After having breakfast and admiring the beautiful views of the valley, we will head for the Todra Gorges; here the road from Tinghir meanders through green palm groves and Berber villages until it is closed in by tall, pink rocky walls, forming a narrow canyon 300m deep coloured in incredible red-orange hues, a favourite for rock climbing lovers. Later on, we will drive on to Erfoud, where we can visit the fossil museum, this area being rich in stunning fossils. After a well-deserved stop for lunch, we will continue to Merzouga, where the camels will be waiting to take us on a ride to admire the sunset over the dunes, before reaching our Berber-style tented camp. Here you can savour the silence of the desert and, after nightfall, watch the starry sky while sitting by the bivouac-fire. Dinner and overnight accommodation in a tented camp.

 

4th day: Merzouga >> Gnawa Village >> Hassi Labied

For those who wish, the wake-up call will be before dawn, in time to admire the sun rising. After a shower and breakfast, we will take a drive in the black desert, so called because of the rocky formations of volcanic origin, sharply contrasting with the gold-coloured dunes of the Erg Chebbi, in our 4×4. We will then head for the Gnawa village, inhabited by the descendants of African slaves from Mali, Senegal and Mauritania, mainly known for their sweeping percussion music (this is where – during the first week of August – a dance and music festival of country-wide renown is held). After swinging to the sound of drums, lunch break at Merzouga or Hassi Labied. A relaxing afternoon with a walk in the oasis at the foot of the dunes, before going back to the hotel for dinner and the night.

 

5th day: Merzouga >> Midelt >> Azrou >> Ifrane >> Fez (480 km)

Today we leave early, to start on the long journey to Fez. On the way, we will stop at Rissani, to enjoy the authenticity of the characteristic local market. We will then continue along the Ziz Valley; here we can stop briefly in an oasis, to savour a few dates. Travelling through the Tizi N’talghamt pass, we will drive on towards Midelt, where we will stop for lunch. After a refreshing meal, we will drive on to Azrou, a small town offering ample views over cedar and pine-tree woods and mountain meadows, which fill with colourful flowers in springtime. Built by the French during the 1930s with the declared intent to reproduce an Alpine resort village, Ifrane is a good place for a rest before arriving in the chaotic town of Fez. The arrival is expected in the late afternoon.

Useful information

In the event of adverse or exceptional weather conditions, the programme may be subject to change.

Included in the price

  • Transportation as described
  • 4×4 jeep vehicle, air-conditioned; for groups of over 6 people, air-conditioned minibus
  • Driver guide
  • Fuel and transportation costs
  • 3 nights at a hotel with half board (breakfast and dinner); accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • 1 night in the desert in a tented camp (dinner and overnight accommodation)
  • Camel ride to and from the camp
  • Exclusive service (not accompanied by other visitors)

Not included in the price

  • Flights from and to your country
  • Lunch meals
  • Beverages
  • Sightseeing admission tickets
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • All that is not included under “Included in the price”
The thousand faces of Morocco (7 days / 6 nights)

THE THOUSAND FACES OF MOROCCO

Marrakech – Fez and Meknes – Merzouga (Erg Chebbi) – Dades and Draa Valleys (7 days / 6 nights)

1st day: Marrakech

Transfer from airport to riad depending on the time of your arrival. If your flight lands in the morning, there will be time for a preliminary exploration of the town, otherwise the visit will be postponed until your return to Marrakech at the end of the tour. Unmissable are the Palais de Bahia, the Saadit Tombs, the Jemaa El Fna Square, the Alì Ben Youssef Medersa and – just outside the Medina – the Majorelle Garden. Dinner and overnight accommodation in a typical riad inside the Medina.

 

2nd day: Marrakech >> Meknes (470 km)

After an early wake-up and breakfast, we will leave for Meknes, the smallest of the imperial cities, which lies among fertile plains reaching the slopes of the Mid Atlas, used to grow cereal crops, grapes, citrus fruit and olives. The visit to the town, with a licensed guide, will start from the main square (Place el-Hedim), whose beating heart is the beautiful Bab el-Mansour, Morocco’s most imposing imperial gate. After exploring the heart of the medina, we will first go to the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail (also open to non-Muslims, but where appropriate clothing is required) and then to the Granaries and Stables of Hri Moulay Ismail (also known as Heri es-Souani). This complex of buildings used to host the hay-barns and stables, housing over 12,000 horses, and is, in fact, the most important monument in town; its walls are built of beaten clay mixed with rock and straw (rammed earth). Dinner and overnight accommodation in a typical riad.

 

3rd day: Meknes >> Volubilis >> Fez (125 km)

We will wake up early and, before driving to Fez, we will make a short deviation (about 40 minutes’ driving) to visit Volubilis. This archaeological site, the best preserved in Morocco, was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997; it has beautiful remains of buildings dating back to Roman times, and wonderful mosaics. Arrival in Fez at lunch time. The visit to the old town (Fes el-Bali) and the medina, the largest and most famous in the Arab world, will start by entering through Bab Bou Jeloud and will continue towards Dar Batha, a beautiful Hispanic-Moorish building hosting an interesting popular art museum. We are not going to miss the Medersa of Bou Inania, built in mid-1300 and unanimously recognised to be the most beautiful Koranic school in the city, and the Chaouwara tanneries, one of the main attractions in town (also because of the smells!). Dinner and overnight accommodation in a typical riad.

 

4th day: Fez >> Ifrane >> Azrou >> Midelt >> Ziz Valley >> Merzouga (470 km)

After breakfast, we will head for Ifrane, a very pretty town at 1650 m.a.s.l., nicknamed the ‘’Switzerland of Morocco’’, where you can admire the storks nesting on the rooftops. The first village we will come across along the way is Azrou, of Berber origin, located at the heart of a 53,000-hectare natural park on a calcareous plateau delimited by cedar and holm-oak forests, in the midst of ancient volcanoes. It is also famous for the presence of a great number of monkeys in the surrounding forest. We will then take the road that climbs up the Mid Atlas to the Zad pass and the town of Midelt, at an altitude of 1488 m. Midelt is not particularly touristic, but it is famous from a geological viewpoint for the many amazing and extremely colourful crystal formations in its area. From Midelt the road goes on through the beautiful Ziz Gorges all the way to El-Rachidia and then Rissani, the location of a picturesque market and the last town before the desert. We will arrive in Merzouga in the late afternoon and, before sunset, we will leave the car and continue on camel-back to the tented camp while enjoying the splendid colours of the sun setting over the dunes. A typical Berber dinner, and then partying to the sound of drums and Berber songs, around the campfire. Overnight accommodation in a tent.

 

5th day: Merzouga >> Todra Gorges >> Dades Valley (250 km)

For those who wish, early morning wake-up call to admire the sun rising. After breakfast and a quick shower, we will get into the car again to reach the village of Hassi Labied, driving along a stretch of the Paris-Dakar route and across the “black desert” with its volcanic rocks. We will then reach the Khamlia village, famous for its inhabitants originating from Black Africa and for their music, finding its ultimate expression in the festival that takes place annually during the first week of August. After a stop at the village of Tissrdim, the famous set of many movies, we will then proceed to Rissani, once the point of departure for camel caravans heading for the desert, where we can lose ourselves browsing the colourful and picturesque local market. After refreshing, we will hit the road again towards Boumalne Dadès, where the Dades valley starts displaying itself, full of cultivated fields and orchards, reaching up to the Todra Gorges, where we will stop to stretch our legs. Dinner and overnight accommodation in a typical riad with a beautiful view over the valley.

 

6th day: Dades >> Roses Valley >> Ouarzazate >> Marrakech (320 km)

After breakfast, we will drive through the Roses Valley along the Route of a Thousand Kasbahs, with the option to visit the beautiful Kasbah Amridil and dive into the past by walking its courts and recently restored halls. We will stop in the main town of this valley (El-Kalaa M’Gouna), famous for the cultivation of roses, producing wonderful perfumes and body care products. We will then drive on, first towards Ouarzazate (where you can visit the film studios) and then towards the ksar Ait Ben Haddou; declared part of UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage in 1987, this beautiful fortified village built in typical Southern Moroccan architecture lies on top of a hill surrounded by a green valley. After a stop to admire the ksar and take a few pictures, we will drive towards the Tizi n’ Tichka pass (2260 m.a.s.l.) and, after crossing the Mid Atlas mountains, we will head for Marrakech.
After such an intense day, we suggest that you relax drinking a mint tea on a terrace in Jemaa El Fna Square, watching the sunset. Dinner and overnight accommodation in a riad.

 

7th day: Marrakech

After a well-deserved rest and breakfast, we will visit the Alì Ben Youssef Medersa. Founded in the XIV century, this Koranic school was the largest in Northern Africa for a long time, and still is one of the most beautiful. We will then go on to explore the streets of the Medina and its various souks. An unmissable olfactory experience will be a tour of the Mellah, the old Jewish quarter, where you can buy all sorts of spices for excellent prices. We will also visit the Palais de Bahia, a sumptuous building of late 1800, where you walk through wonderfully decorated rooms and a sequence of courtyards with fountains and orange trees. We will then go to the Saadit Tombs, where you can see the ultimate expression of opulence and magnificence: Carrara marble and pure gold honeycombed stucco decorations set the tone of this palatial mausoleum. We will conclude the exploration of Marrakech in the Majorelle Gardens; inaugurated in 1924, after being donated to the city by Yves Saint-Laurent, these botanic gardens house more than 300 plant species coming from all continents, and the beautiful Villa Majorelle in Art Deco style, with its characteristic blue colour. Free time before dinner and the night.

Useful information

In the event of adverse or exceptional weather conditions, the programme may be subject to change.

Included in the price

  • Transportation as described
  • 4×4 jeep vehicle, air-conditioned; for groups of over 6 people, air-conditioned minibus
  • Driver guide
  • Fuel and transportation costs
  • 5 nights at a riad/hotel with half board (breakfast and dinner); accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • 1 night in the desert in a tented camp (dinner and overnight accommodation)
  • Camel ride to and from the camp
  • Exclusive service (not accompanied by other visitors)

Not included in the price

  • Flights from and to your country
  • Lunch meals
  • Beverages
  • Sightseeing admission tickets
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • All that is not included under “Included in the price”
From desert to ocean (12 days/11 nights)

FROM DESERT TO OCEAN

Marrakech – Dades Valley – Merzouga – Ziz Valley – Fez – Volubilis and Meknes – Rabat – Casablanca – Essaouira (12 days/11 nights)

1st day: arrival in Marrakech

Our guide will meet you at the airport and drive you to the riad. Depending on the time of your arrival, you may have some free time to start getting acquainted with the “red city” and its colours and scents. Dinner and overnight accommodation in a riad inside the medina.

 

2nd day: visit of Marrakech

After breakfast, you will set out to discover Marrakech with a licensed guide. We will start visiting the Alì Ben Youssef Medersa: founded in the XIV century, this Koranic school was the largest in Northern Africa for a long time, and still is one of the most beautiful. We will then go on to explore the streets of the Medina and its various souks. An unmissable olfactory experience will be a tour of the Mellah, the old Jewish quarter, where you can buy all sorts of spices for excellent prices. We will also visit the Palais de Bahia, a sumptuous building of late 1800, where you walk through wonderfully decorated rooms and a sequence of courtyards with fountains and orange trees. We will then go to the Saadit Tombs, where you can see the ultimate expression of opulence and magnificence: Carrara marble and pure gold honeycombed stucco decorations set the tone of this palatial mausoleum. We will conclude the exploration of Marrakech in the Majorelle Gardens; inaugurated in 1924, after being donated to the city by Yves Saint-Laurent, these botanic gardens house more than 300 plant species coming from all continents, and the beautiful Villa Majorelle in Art Deco style, with its characteristic blue colour. Before dinner and the night, you will have time available to continue exploring the “red town”, and possibly savour some excellent mint tea on a terrace in Jemaa El Fna Square, watching the sunset. Dinner and overnight accommodation in a riad.

 

3rd day: Marrakech >> High Atlas >> Telouet >> Ait Ben Haddhou >> Dades Valley (330 km)

We will leave early, after breakfast, heading for the High Atlas mountains, to reach the Tizi’n Tichka Pass (2,260 metres), from where you can enjoy a view of the surrounding peaks, snow-capped in the winter season. We will stop along the way to visit the Telouet Kasbah, whose audience hall – with wonderful painted cedar wood ceilings and beautiful stuccoes – even outshines the splendid Palais de Bahia in Marrakech. Back on the road, we will stop again at the ksar Ait Ben Haddou, part of UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage, a beautiful town built in Southern Moroccan architecture, lying on top of a hill surrounded by a green valley. Finally, we will drive on to the Dades Valley which, in spring, bursts with colours and fragrances because of its famous rose cultivations, producing perfumes and essences of world renown. Dinner and overnight accommodation in a beautiful riad overlooking the valley.

 

4th day: Dades Valley >> Todra Gorges>> Rissani >> Merzouga (260 km)

After breakfast, we will drive through the Dades Valley and continue to the Todra Gorges, a narrow canyon 300m deep coloured in incredible red-orange hues, a favourite destination for rock climbing lovers. Coming through the beautiful palm grove of Tinghir, we will stop at Rissani. Once the point of departure for camel caravans heading for the desert, Rissani now hosts a colourful and picturesque local market, where we can lose ourselves among the spices and fabrics. We will finally reach Merzouga, the door to the desert, where you will take a camel ride over the golden dunes of Erg Chebbi. After watching the sunset with your feet in the sand, you will be guided to the tented camp to spend the night. During the evening, you can enjoy the famous Berber hospitality, and admire a beautiful starry sky while sitting by the bivouac-fire. Dinner and overnight accommodation in the camp.

 

5th day: Merzouga and surroundings >> Khamlia village>> villaggio dei nomadi

For those who wish, there will be an early wake-up call to watch the sunrise over the dunes. Then you will go back to the camp for breakfast and a shower, ready to explore Merzouge’s surroundings, the area where you find the desert fossils, the Berber villages – including Tissrdmin, the set of several movies – and the black desert with its volcanic rocks. We will then visit the Khamlia village, home to the Gnawa, the descendants of African slaves from Mali, Senegal and Mauritania, mainly known for their sweeping percussion music. After dancing to the drums, we will visit a nomad family in their tent, and will enjoy the wonderful Berber hospitality, sipping their fragrant mint tea. Having discovered the Berber rhythms and traditions, we will drive back towards Merzouga for a relaxing afternoon, strolling through the oases at the foot of the dunes. Dinner and overnight accommodation in a hotel at the door of the desert.

 

6th day: Merzouga >> Ziz Valley >> Mid Atlas >> Azrou >> Ifrane >> Fez (470 km)

After breakfast, we will head for the Ziz Valley, where thick palm groves are flanked by high rocky walls dating back to the Jurassic period, until the landscape gives way to the Mid Atlas mountains. Travelling through the Tizi n’Tichka Pass, we will drive on to Azrou, a small town offering ample views over cedar and pine-tree woods and mountain meadows, which fill with colourful flowers in springtime. After a short stop, we will continue towards Ifrane, a village built by the French during the 1930s with the declared intent to reproduce an Alpine resort village. Ifrane is a good spot where to relax from the long drive, before proceeding on to chaotic Fez, arriving there in the late afternoon. Dinner and overnight accommodation in a typical riad inside the medina.

 

7th day: visit of Fez

After breakfast, we will devote the morning to visiting Fez, accompanied by a licensed guide. Fez is the oldest of the imperial cities; it was founded by Moulay Idriss II in 790, and because of its importance it soon became the main religious centre in Morocco. The visit to the old town (Fes el-Bali) and the medina, the largest and most famous in the Arab world, will start by entering through Bab Bou Jeloud and will continue towards Dar Batha, a beautiful Hispanic-Moorish building hosting an interesting popular art museum. We are not going to miss the Medersa of Bou Inania, built in mid-1300 and unanimously recognised to be the most beautiful Koranic school in the city, and the Chaouwara tanneries, one of the main attractions in town (also because of the smells!). We will then go on to visit the Royal Palace and the Jewish quarter (Mellah), the first in Morocco, built in the XVI century. Unmissable are also the souks, among the liveliest and most colourful in the country. At sunset, we can admire a splendid panoramic view of the Fez medina, from the Marinid Tombs or Borj Nord. Dinner and overnight accommodation in a riad.

 

8the day: Fez >> Volubilis >> Meknes (125 km)

After breakfast we will head for Meknes, stopping on the way to visit Volubilis. This archaeological site, the best preserved in Morocco, was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997; it has beautiful remains of buildings dating back to Roman times, and wonderful mosaics. After the visit, we will reach Meknes. The smallest of the imperial cities, Meknes lies among fertile plains reaching the slopes of the Mid Atlas, used to grow cereal crops, grapes, citrus fruit and olives. The visit to the town, with a licensed guide, will start from the main square (Place el-Hedim), whose beating heart is the beautiful Bab el-Mansour, Morocco’s most imposing imperial gate. After exploring the heart of the medina, we will first go to the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail (also open to non-Muslims, but where appropriate clothing is required) and then to the Granaries and Stables of Hri Moulay Ismail. After completing our exploration of the town, we will drive to Fez. Dinner and overnight accommodation. In the afternoon, you will have some free time before dinner and the night in a typical riad.

 

9th day: Meknes >> Rabat >> Casablanca (240 km)

After breakfast we will leave for Rabat, where we will stop to visit the Hassan Tower and to walk around the Merenid necropolis of Chellah: while in a state of neglect and invaded by fruit trees and wildflowers, it retains a relaxed and pleasant atmosphere for a rest. We will then head for Casablanca, where you cannot miss the Hassan II Mosque, one of the few that are open to non-Muslims (appropriate clothing is recommended). Completed in 1993, the mosque stands on a rocky outcrop overlooking the ocean, and its minaret, 210m high, is the world’s tallest. The prayer hall is also majestic, both for its huge size and the elaborate decorations. Dinner and overnight accommodation in a hotel.

 

10th day: Casablanca >> El Jadida >> Essaouira (360 km)

After breakfast, we will continue our trip along the Atlantic coast, stopping in the town of El Jadida. This ancient Portuguese town preserves a somnolent but picturesque medina which is listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site, and beautiful alleyways and ancient ramparts where to breathe an atmosphere of authenticity. Then we will hit the road again towards Essaouira, where we are expected to arrive in the afternoon. You can start to familiarise with the uniqueness of this town, its colours and peaceful pace of life which makes it light years distant from the city frenzy of the “red town” Marrakech. Dinner and hotel accommodation in a hotel.

 

11th day: visit of Essaouira

Today you will be able to explore Essaouira on your own, walking among the many crafts shops (Essaouira is famous for its thuja root handicraft and fabrics), the painting and sculpting galleries, and the spice and argan oil markets. Facing the Atlantic Ocean, it is constantly caressed by the wind all year round (a favourite destination for the lovers of water sports), it is surrounded by powerful ramparts, and encloses in itself a maze of lanes with perfectly white walls and colourful doors, where cats love lying in the sun and being photographed. Shortly before sunset, we suggest that you go towards Mogador to see the sun dive into the ocean. Dinner and overnight accommodation in a hotel.

 

12th day: Essaouira >> Marrakech (170 km)

After being awakened by the seagulls and the scent of saltiness, and having enjoyed an excellent breakfast, we will visit one of the many women’s cooperatives in the area of Essaouira, where you can buy argan-oil products (natural cosmetics and food). For the lovers of photography, a stop will be appropriate to see the famous climber goats climbing on top of argan trees. We will then head back for Marrakech, our final destination, where the guide will take you back to your riad or directly to the airport.

Useful information

In the event of adverse or exceptional weather conditions, the programme may be subject to change.

Included in the price

  • Transportation as described
  • 4×4 jeep vehicle, air-conditioned; for groups of over 6 people, air-conditioned minibus
  • Driver guide
  • Fuel and transportation costs
  • 11 nights at a riad/hotel with half board (breakfast and dinner); accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • 1 night in the desert in a tented camp (dinner and overnight accommodation)
  • Camel ride to and from the camp
  • Exclusive service (not accompanied by other visitors)

Not included in the price

  • Flights from and to your country
  • Lunch meals
  • Beverages
  • Sightseeing admission tickets
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • All that is not included under “Included in the price”

TOUR FROM FEZ

Discovering the beauty of nature

Men and sand: a line running between Fez and Marrakech (4 days / 3 nights)

MEN AND SAND: A LINE RUNNING BETWEEN FEZ AND MARRAKECH

Marrakech – Ouarzazate – Merzouga (Erg Chebbi) – Fez (4 days / 3 nights)

1st day: Fez >> Ifrane >> Azrou >> Ziz Valley>> Merzouga (480 km)

After breakfast, early departure for Fez heading for Ifrane, a village built by the French during the 1930s with the declared intent to reproduce an Alpine resort village. We will then continue towards Azrou, a small town offering ample views over cedar and pine-tree woods and mountain meadows, which fill with colourful flowers in springtime. Travelling through the Ziz Valley, where thick palm groves are flanked by high rocky walls dating back to the Jurassic period, we will reach Rissani, to enjoy the authenticity of the characteristic local market. We will get to Merzouga in the late afternoon. Dinner and overnight accommodation in a hotel.

 

2nd day: Merzouga – Khamlia – Hassi Labied – Erg Chebbi

The day will start with a drive in the black desert, so called because of the rocky formations of volcanic origin, sharply contrasting with the gold-coloured dunes of the Erg Chebbi, in our 4×4. We will then head for the Khamlia village, home to the Gnawa, the descendants of African slaves from Mali, Senegal and Mauritania, mainly known for their sweeping percussion music; this is where – during the first week of August – a dance and music festival of country-wide renown is held. After swinging to the sound of drums, lunch break at Merzouga or Hassi Labied. We will take the road back through the desert in time to watch the sunset among the dunes, before reaching our Berber-style tents on camelback. Once in the camp, you can savour the silence of the desert and, after nightfall, watch the starry sky while sitting by the bivouac-fire. Dinner and overnight accommodation in a tent.

 

3rd day: Erg Chebbi >> Erfoud >> Todra Gorges >> Dades Valley (270 km)

For those who wish, wake-up call before dawn, in time to admire the sunrise. After a shower and breakfast, we will head for Erfoud, where we can visit the fossil museum, this area being rich in stunning fossils. We will continue towards the Todra Gorges; from here, the road from Tinghir meanders through green palm groves and Berber villages until it is closed in by tall, pink rocky walls, forming a narrow canyon 300m deep coloured in incredible red-orange hues, a favourite for rock climbing lovers. Later on, we will drive to Boumalne du Dades or Kalaa M’gouna, and we’ll stop to admire a splendid view of the entire Dades Valley.
Dinner and overnight accommodation in a beautiful riad overlooking the valley.

 

4th day: Dades Valley >> Ouarzazate >> Ait Ben Haddou >> Marrakech (330 km)

After a night’s rest and breakfast at the hotel, we will leave for Skoura, where we will visit the Kasbah Amridil. Located in the “Street of a Thousand Kasbahs”, it was recently restored, and still holds truly suggestive and authentic colours and atmospheres. We will go on towards Ouarzazate, the “Hollywood of Africa”; here we can stop to visit the Taourirt Kasbah. Feeling refreshed after this break, we will drive on and then stop again at the ksar Ait Benhaddou, a wonderful fortified village which was declared part of UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage. Lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, we will head for the High Atlas mountains and, travelling through the Tizi n’Tichka Pass (2260 m.a.s.l.), we will reach Marrakech in the afternoon, where you will be driven to the riad of your choice.

Useful information

In the event of adverse or exceptional weather conditions, the programme may be subject to change.

Included in the price

  • Transportation as described
  • 4×4 jeep vehicle, air-conditioned; for groups of over 6 people, air-conditioned minibus
  • Driver guide
  • Fuel and transportation costs
  • 2 nights at a hotel/riad with half board (breakfast and dinner); accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • 1 night in the desert in a tented camp (dinner and overnight accommodation)
  • Camel ride to and from the camp
  • Exclusive service (not accompanied by other visitors)

Not included in the price

  • Flights from and to your country
  • Lunch meals
  • Beverages
  • Sightseeing admission tickets
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • All that is not included under “Included in the price”

TOUR FROM CASABLANCA

Discovering the life of the cities

Between imperial cities and desert (7 days / 6 nights)

BETWEEN IMPERIAL CITIES AND DESERT

Casablanca – Fez – Merzouga – nomadi – Dades valley – Marrakech (7 days / 6 nights)

1st day: Casablanca >> Rabat >> Meknes >> Fez (302 km)

On the first day, we will meet at the airport or at the Riad/Hotel where you have spent the night. Before leaving Casablanca we will visit the Hassan II Mosque, one of the few that are open to non-Muslims. Completed in 1993, the mosque stands on a rocky outcrop overlooking the ocean, and its minaret, 210m high, is the world’s tallest. The prayer hall is majestic, both for its huge size and the elaborate decorations. After the visit, we will leave for Rabat, where we will stop to visit the Hassan Tower and to walk around the Merenid necropolis of Chellah: while in a state of neglect and invaded by fruit trees and wildflowers, it retains a relaxed and pleasant atmosphere for a rest. Before reaching Fez, we will also stop at Meknes where – with an Italian-speaking licensed guide, we will explore the main square (Place el-Hedim), whose beating heart is the beautiful Bab el-Mansour, Morocco’s most imposing imperial gate. We will then go to the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail (also open to non-Muslims) and to the Granaries and Stables of Hri Moulay Ismail (also known as Heri es-Souani). We recommend appropriate clothing for places of worship. Arrival in Fez in the evening.
Dinner and overnight accommodation in a riad inside the medina.

 

2nd day: visit of Fez

After breakfast we will start exploring the oldest city in Morocco, wandering its streets and alleyways. The visit to the old town (Fes el-Bali) and the medina, the largest and most famous in the Arab world, will start by entering through Bab Bou Jeloud and will continue towards Dar Batha, a beautiful Hispanic-Moorish building hosting an interesting popular art museum. We are not going to miss the Medersa of Bou Inania, built in mid-1300 and unanimously recognised to be the most beautiful Koranic school in the city, and the Chaouwara tanneries, one of the main attractions in town (also because of the smells!). We will then go on to visit the Royal Palace and the Jewish quarter (Mellah), the first in Morocco, built in the XVI century. At sunset, we can admire a splendid panoramic view of the Fez medina, from the Marinid Tombs or Borj Nord. Dinner and overnight accommodation.

 

3rd day: Fez >> Ifrane >> Azrou >> Midelt >> Ziz Valley>> Erfoud >> Merzouga (470 km)

After breakfast we will head for the South, driving first through Ifrane, an unusual looking small town reminiscent of an Alpine village, and then through Azrou, surrounded by a beautiful cedar forest inhabited by monkeys. Travelling through the Tizi Ntalghamt pass, we will then reach Midelt and drive along the Ziz Valley, among the extraordinary landscapes of the Mid Atlas. We will continue until Erfoud, and from here towards Rissani, where we will stop at the picturesque local market, to experience the feel of a true Berber souk. In the afternoon, we will finally reach Merzouga, where the camels will be waiting to offer you the pleasure of sunset among the dunes, and take you to the tented camp. After dinner you can watch the wonderful starry sky or sing to the sound of drums around the campfire, before going to sleep. Dinner and overnight accommodation in a tent.

 

4th day: Merzouga >> Khamlia village >> nomads

For those who wish, early morning wake up to admire the sun rising among the dunes, then breakfast and a quick shower to freshen up and be ready for the new day. Back into the jeep, we will drive our 4X4 in the black desert, so called because of the rocky formations of volcanic origin, sharply contrasting with the gold-coloured dunes of the Erg Chebbi. We will then head for the Khamlia village, home to the Gnawa, the descendants of African slaves from Mali, Senegal and Mauritania, mainly known for their sweeping percussion music; this is where – during the first week of August – a dance and music festival of country-wide renown is held. After dancing to the drums, we will visit a nomad family in their tent, and will enjoy the wonderful Berber hospitality, sipping their fragrant mint tea. Having discovered the Berber rhythms and traditions, we will drive back towards Merzouga for a relaxing afternoon, strolling through the oases at the foot of the dunes.
Dinner and overnight accommodation in a hotel at the door of the desert.

 

5th day: Merzouga >> Todra Gorges>> Dades Valley (270 km)

After breakfast, we are going to leave Merzouga heading for the splendid Todra Gorges, where tall pink cliffs (a favourite for rock climbing lovers) tower over a water stream, forming a narrow canyon 300m deep coloured in incredible red-orange hues. After visiting the gorges, we will go on to the Dades Valley, where you will be captured by the extraordinary landscapes and fairy-tale colours. Here we are going to end our day, spending the night in a beautiful riad with a stunning view of the valley and the mountains.

 

6th day: Dades Valley >> Roses Valley >> Ouarzazate >> Ait Ben Haddou >> Telouet >> Marrakech (340 km)

After breakfast, we will drive along the Dades Valley in the direction of Skoura, where we will visit the Kasbah Amridil. Located in the “Street of a Thousand Kasbahs”, it was recently restored, and still holds truly suggestive and authentic colours and atmospheres. We will go on towards Ouarzazate, the “Hollywood of Africa”, and later on we will lunch in sight of the famous ksar Ait Ben Haddou, part of UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage. After visiting this wonderful site, our journey will continue through the majestic mountain pass of Tizi N’ Tichka, reaching an altitude of 2260 m.a.s.l., among the splendid landscapes of the High Atlas. If time allows, we will also stop at Telouet to visit the Pasha Glaoui kasbah, characterised by beautiful stuccoed halls and wonderful painted cedar wood ceilings. Arrival at Marrakech in the late afternoon. Dinner and overnight accommodation in a riad inside the medina.

 

7th day: visit of Marrakech

After a well-deserved rest and breakfast, we will visit the Alì Ben Youssef Medersa. Founded in the XIV century, this Koranic school was the largest in Northern Africa for a long time, and still is one of the most beautiful. We will then go on to explore the streets of the Medina and its various souks. An unmissable olfactory experience will be a tour of the Mellah, the old Jewish quarter, where you can buy all sorts of spices for excellent prices. We will also visit the Palais de Bahia, a sumptuous building of late 1800, where you walk through wonderfully decorated rooms and a sequence of courtyards with fountains and orange trees. We will then go to the Saadit Tombs, where you can see the ultimate expression of opulence and magnificence: Carrara marble and pure gold honeycombed stucco decorations set the tone of this palatial mausoleum.
We will conclude the exploration of Marrakech in the Majorelle Gardens; inaugurated in 1924, after being donated to the city by Yves Saint-Laurent, these botanic gardens house more than 300 plant species coming from all continents, and the beautiful Villa Majorelle in Art Deco style, with its characteristic blue colour. Before dinner and the night, you will have time available to continue exploring the “red town”, and possibly savour some excellent mint tea on a terrace in Jemaa El Fna Square, watching the sunset.

Useful information

In the event of adverse or exceptional weather conditions, the programme may be subject to change.

Included in the price

  • Transportation as described
  • 4×4 jeep vehicle, air-conditioned; for groups of over 6 people, air-conditioned minibus
  • Driver guide
  • Fuel and transportation costs
  • 6 nights at a hotel/riad with half board (breakfast and dinner); accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • 1 night in the desert in a tented camp (dinner and overnight accommodation)
  • Camel ride to and from the camp
  • Exclusive service (not accompanied by other visitors)

Not included in the price

  • Flights from and to your country
  • Lunch meals
  • Beverages
  • Sightseeing admission tickets
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • All that is not included under “Included in the price”

TOUR FROM TANGIER

Discovering the secrets of Morocco

Blue, gold and red (7 days / 6 nights)

BLUE, GOLD AND RED

Tangier – Chefchaouen – Meknes – Fez – Merzouga – Dades – Marrakech (7 days / 6 nights)

1st day: Tangier >> Tétouan >> Chefchaouen (170 km)

The guide will meet you at the airport or at you hotel/riad. From here we will start the tour, heading for the Rif Mountains and the city of Tétouan. Along the route, we can enjoy the view of these splendid mountains, until we reach Chefchaouen. Stunningly situated at the foot of the steep peaks of the Rif, the “Blue Town” is the delightful result of Moroccan and Andalusian influences; its picturesque medina is an expanse of red-tiled roofs and buildings painted in bright blue. In the afternoon you will be free to wander the narrow streets that converge towards the central square, Spanish style, surrounded by craftsmen’s workshops, shops, restaurants and cafeterias.
Dinner and overnight accommodation in a riad.

 

2nd day: Chefchaouen >> Volubilis >> Meknes >> Fez (265 km)

After breakfast we will head for Volubilis, driving through Wazan and other villages of the Rif. The archaeological site of Volubilis, the best preserved in Morocco, was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997; it has beautiful remains of buildings dating back to Roman times, and wonderful mosaics.
After the visit, we will hit the road again heading for Meknes, the smallest of the imperial cities, which lies among fertile plains reaching to the slopes of the Mid Atlas, used to grow cereal crops, grapes, citrus fruit and olives. The visit to the town, with an Italian-speaking licensed guide, will start from the main square (Place el-Hedim), whose beating heart is the beautiful Bab el-Mansour, Morocco’s most imposing imperial gate. After exploring the heart of the medina, we will first go to the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail (also open to non-Muslims, but where appropriate clothing is required) and then to the Granaries and Stables of Hri Moulay Ismail (also known as Heri es-Souani). After completing our exploration of the town, we will drive to Fez. Dinner and overnight accommodation.

 

3rd day: visit of Fez

After breakfast we will start exploring the oldest city in Morocco, wandering its streets and alleyways. The visit to the old town (Fes el-Bali) and the medina, the largest and most famous in the Arab world, will start by entering through Bab Bou Jeloud and will continue towards Dar Batha, a beautiful Hispanic-Moorish building hosting an interesting popular art museum. We are not going to miss the Medersa of Bou Inania, built in mid-1300 and unanimously recognised to be the most beautiful Koranic school in the city, and the Chaouwara tanneries, one of the main attractions in town (also because of the smells!). We will then go on to visit the Royal Palace and the Jewish quarter (Mellah), the first in Morocco, built in the XVI century. At sunset, we can admire a splendid panoramic view of the Fez medina, from the Marinid Tombs or Borj Nord.

 

4th day: Fez >> Ifrane >> Midelt >> Ziz Valley >> Erfoud >> Rissani >> Merzouga (480 km)

We will leave early in the morning from your riad/hotel and head for the south, driving first through Ifrane, an unusual looking small town reminiscent of an Alpine village, and then through Azrou, across the Mid Atlas mountains. Along the way we will stop in the cedar forests to see the monkeys in their natural habitat and to stretch our legs. Travelling through the Tizi Ntalghamt pass, we will reach Midelt and drive along the beautiful Ziz Gorges, cut into volcanic rock, admiring the extraordinary landscapes of the Mid Atlas, all the way to the desert’s door, as we get closer to the town of Errachidia. After lunch, we will continue our journey through the Ziz Valley down to Erfoud and Rissani, where we will stop at the picturesque local market, to experience the feel of a true Berber souk. Finally, we will reach Merzouga, where the camels will be waiting to take you to the camp among the dunes of Erg Chebbi.
After dinner you can watch the wonderful starry sky and sing to the sound of drums around the campfire, before going to sleep in your tent.

 

5th day: Merzouga >> Todra Gorges >> Dades Valley(270 km)

For those who wish, wake-up call before dawn, to admire the sun rising among the dunes. After freshening up and having breakfast, we will leave Merzouga heading for the Todra Gorges; here, the road from Tinghir meanders through green palm groves and Berber villages until it is closed in by tall, pink rocky walls, forming a narrow canyon 300m deep coloured in incredible red-orange hues, a favourite for rock climbing lovers..
Finally, we will arrive at the Dades Valley, where you can have dinner and spend the night in a beautiful riad with a view of the valley.

 

6th day: Dades Valley >> Roses Valley >> Ouarzazate >> Ait Ben Haddou >> Marrakech (330 km)

After breakfast, we will drive along the Dades Valley and the Roses Valley until reaching the village of Skoura and the Kasbah Amridil. Located in the palm grove of the “Route of a Thousand Kasbahs”, the kasbah was recently restored, and still holds truly suggestive and authentic colours and atmospheres. We will then go on towards Ouarzazate, also known as the “Hollywood of Africa” due to the presence of some important film studios. Later we will arrive at the ksar Ait Ben Haddou, a wonderful fortified village with a typical Southern Morocco architecture, which was declared part of UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage in 1987. We will start driving up the majestic mountain pass of Tizi N’ Tichka (2260 m.a.s.l.), affording a spectacular view of the High Atlas mountains. After stopping to enjoy the landscape, we will continue to Marrakech, and arrive there in the late afternoon.
Dinner and overnight accommodation in a riad.

 

7th day: visit of Marrakech

After a well-deserved rest and breakfast, we will visit the Alì Ben Youssef Medersa. Founded in the XIV century, this Koranic school was the largest in Northern Africa for a long time, and still is one of the most beautiful. An unmissable olfactory experience will be a tour of the Mellah, the old Jewish quarter, where you can buy all sorts of spices for excellent prices. We will also visit the Palais de Bahia, a sumptuous building of late 1800, where you walk through wonderfully decorated rooms and a sequence of courtyards with fountains and orange trees. We will then go to the Saadit Tombs, where you can see the ultimate expression of opulence and magnificence: Carrara marble and pure gold honeycombed stucco decorations set the tone of this palatial mausoleum. We will conclude the exploration of Marrakech in the Majorelle Gardens; inaugurated in 1924, after being donated to the city by Yves Saint-Laurent, these botanic gardens house more than 300 plant species coming from all continents, and the beautiful Villa Majorelle in Art Deco style, with its characteristic blue colour. Before dinner and the night, you will have some free time: we suggest that you watch the sunset from a terrace in Jemaa El Fna Square, sipping some excellent mint tea.

Useful information

In the event of adverse or exceptional weather conditions, the programme may be subject to change.

Included in the price

  • Transportation as described
  • 4×4 jeep vehicle, air-conditioned; for groups of over 6 people, air-conditioned minibus
  • Driver guide
  • Fuel and transportation costs
  • 5 nights at a hotel/riad with half board (breakfast and dinner); accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • 1 night in the desert in a tented camp (dinner and overnight accommodation)
  • Camel ride to and from the camp
  • Exclusive service (not accompanied by other visitors)

Not included in the price

  • Flights from and to your country
  • Lunch meals
  • Beverages
  • Sightseeing admission tickets
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • All that is not included under “Included in the price”
Morocco without secrets (13 days / 12 nights)

MOROCCO WITHOUT SECRETS

Tangier, Chefchaouen, Meknes, Fez, Merzouga, Dades Valley, Ouarzazate, Ait Ben Haddou, Telouet, Marrakech, Essaouira (13 days / 12 nights)

1st day: Tangier >> Tétouan >> Chefchaouen (170 km)

During the first day of the tour, the guide will meet you at the airport or at you hotel/riad. From here you will leave for the Rif Mountains and the city of Tétouan. Capital of the Spanish protectorate from 1912 to 1956, Tétouan has preserved an absolutely unique Hispanic-Moorish atmosphere, particularly in the Spanish section of town, where the whitewashed buildings and large avenues are reminiscent of past times. We will then head for Chefchaouen: the “Blue Town” is the delightful result of Moroccan and Andalusian influences; its picturesque medina is an expanse of red-tiled roofs and buildings painted in bright blue, contrasting sharply with the white colour of Tétuan. In the afternoon you will be free to wander the narrow streets that converge towards the central square, Spanish style, surrounded by craftsmen’s workshops, shops, restaurants and cafeterias.
Dinner and overnight accommodation in a riad/hotel.

 

2nd day: Chefchaouen >> Volubilis >> Meknes (200 km)

After breakfast, and after once again enjoying the splendid view of the Rif’s steep peaks from the Blue Town, we will continue on our journey heading for Volubilis, driving through Wazan and other villages. In Volubilis, we will visit the beautiful Roman ruins of the archaeological site, which was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. After the visit, we will go the city of Meknes, where you will have the afternoon free to explore the medina and experience the feel of the town.
Dinner and overnight accommodation in a riad.

 

3rd day: visit of Meknes >> Fez (65 km)

This day will be devoted to a guided tour of the town. Though being the smallest of the imperial cities, Meknes is particularly charming also due to its position among fertile plains reaching to the slopes of the Mid Atlas, used to grow cereal crops, grapes, citrus fruit and olives.
You will admire the historic and monumental door to the medina, Bab El-Mansour, and stroll in El-Hedim Square, reminiscent of the more famous Jeema El Fna in Marrakech, to then enter the town’s medina with its craftsmen’s workshops and numberless little shops. You will visit the Madrasa Bou Inania, a Koranic school built in around 1350, before moving to the imperial section of the town, where you can visit the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail (also open to non-Muslims, but where appropriate clothing is required) and the Stables of Hri Moulay Ismail, where you can admire incredible water systems, testifying to the ingenuity of the Moroccan people.
In the afternoon, after completing the visit, we will head for nearby Fez, to have dinner and spend the night.

 

4th day: visit of Fez

After breakfast we will start exploring the oldest city in Morocco, wandering its streets and alleyways. The visit to the old town (Fes el-Bali) and the medina, the largest and most famous in the Arab world, will start by entering through Bab Bou Jeloud and will continue towards Dar Batha, a beautiful Hispanic-Moorish building hosting an interesting popular art museum. We are not going to miss the Medersa of Bou Inania, built in mid-1300 and unanimously recognised to be the most beautiful Koranic school in the city, and the Chaouwara tanneries, one of the main attractions in town (also because of the smells!). We will then go on to visit the Royal Palace and the Jewish quarter (Mellah), the first in Morocco, built in the XVI century. At sunset, we can admire a splendid panoramic view of the Fez medina (Marinid Tombs or Borj Nord).
Dinner and overnight accommodation in a riad.

 

5th day: Fez >> Ifrane >> Midelt >> Ziz Valley >> Erfoud (410 km)

After breakfast we will unhurriedly depart from your riad heading south, driving first through Ifrane, an unusual looking small town reminiscent of an Alpine village, and then through Azrou, across the Mid Atlas mountains. Along the way we will stop in the cedar forests to see the monkeys in their natural habitat and to stretch our legs. Travelling through the Tizi Ntalghamt pass, we will reach Midelt and drive along the beautiful Ziz Gorges, cut into volcanic rock, admiring the extraordinary landscapes of the Mid Atlas, all the way to the desert’s door, as we get closer to the town of Errachidia. After lunch, we will continue our journey through the Ziz Valley down to Erfoud, where you will have a chance to taste madfouna (Berber stuffed bread baked in a wood-fired oven) and see the ancient Ksar M’Aadid. Dinner and overnight accommodation in a hotel.

 

6th day: Erfoud >> Rissani >> Merzouga (65 km)

From Erfoud we will drive to Rissani, where we will stop at the picturesque local market, to experience the feel of a true Berber souk. Finally, we will reach Merzouga, where the camels will be waiting, first to let you enjoy the sunset with your feet in the warm Sahara sand, and then to take you to the camp among the splendid golden dunes of Erg Chebbi. After dinner you can watch the wonderful starry sky and sing to the sound of drums around the campfire, before going to sleep in your tent. Dinner and overnight accommodation in a tent.

 

7th day: Merzouga >> Khamlia village >> Hassi Labied

For those who wish, wake-up call before dawn, in time to admire the sunrise. After a shower and breakfast, we will drive our 4×4 in the black desert, so called because of the rocky formations of volcanic origin, sharply contrasting with the gold-coloured dunes of the Erg Chebbi. We will then head for the village of the Gnawa, the descendants of African slaves from Mali, Senegal and Mauritania, mainly known for their sweeping percussion music (during the first week of August, here is where a dance and music festival of country-wide renown is held). After swinging to the sound of drums, lunch break at Merzouga or Hassi Labied. Then a relaxing afternoon, with a walk in the oasis at the foot of the dunes, before going back to the hotel for dinner and the night.

 

8th day: Merzouga’s surroundings >> Todra Gorges >> Dades Valley (270 km)

After breakfast, we will drive through the Berber oases, the palm groves and mud houses to the village of Alnif, mainly known for its supply of fossils. After a break with some unfailing mint tea, we will continue on our journey towards the splendid Todra Gorges, where tall, pink rocky walls close in around a water stream, forming a narrow canyon 300m deep coloured in incredible red-orange hues. After visiting the gorges, we will head for the Dades Valley, to conclude our day. You will spend the night in a splendid riad on top of a mountain, from where you can enjoy a beautiful view of the valley and the mountains.

 

9th day: Dades Valley >> Valley of Nomads >> Roses Valley >> Ouarzazate (140 km)

Departing from your riad, we will have the opportunity to once again delve into the authentic world of Moroccan nomads, visiting the “Valley of Nomads”, so called because you find natural caves at Bouthgrar where some people still live the way they used to centuries ago. After drinking a mint tea with them, we will take the “Route of a Thousand Kasbahs” and continue along the Roses Valley to the village of Skoura, where we will visit the Kasbah Amridil; the kasbah was recently restored, and still holds truly suggestive and authentic colours and atmospheres. We will then go on towards Ouarzazate, the “Hollywood of Africa”, where you can visit the film studios and the historic sights of the Taourirt Kasbah. Dinner and overnight accommodation in a hotel.

 

10th day: Ouarzazate >> Ait Ben Haddou >> Télouet >> Marrakech (210 km)

After breakfast, we will leave for the beautiful ksar Ait Ben Haddou. Declared part of UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage in 1987, this beautiful fortified village built in typical Southern Moroccan architecture lies on top of a hill surrounded by a green valley, and was the filming location of several movies, including Lawrence of Arabia and Gladiator. After the visit, we will head in the direction of the High Atlas chain and, before reaching the Tizi n’Tichka Pass (2260 m.a.s.l.), we will stop at Telouet to visit the Pasha Glaoui Kasbah, characterised by beautiful stuccoed halls and wonderful painted cedar wood ceilings. The day will end with the arrival at Marrakech in the afternoon, with dinner and overnight accommodation in a typical riad.

 

11th day: visit of Marrakech

After a well-deserved rest and breakfast, we will visit the Alì Ben Youssef Medersa. Founded in the XIV century, this Koranic school was the largest in Northern Africa for a long time, and still is one of the most beautiful. We will then go on to explore the streets of the Medina and its various souks. An unmissable olfactory experience will be a tour of the Mellah, the old Jewish quarter, where you can buy all sorts of spices for excellent prices. We will also visit the Palais de Bahia, a sumptuous building of late 1800, where you walk through wonderfully decorated rooms and a sequence of courtyards with fountains and orange trees. We will then go to the Saadit Tombs, where you can see the ultimate expression of opulence and magnificence: Carrara marble and pure gold honeycombed stucco decorations set the tone of this palatial mausoleum.
We will conclude the exploration of Marrakech in the Majorelle Gardens; inaugurated in 1924, after being donated to the city by Yves Saint-Laurent, these botanic gardens house more than 300 plant species coming from all continents, and the beautiful Villa Majorelle in Art Deco style, with its characteristic blue colour. Before dinner and the night, you will have some free time available (we suggest that you watch the sunset while savouring some mint tea on one of the terraces in Jemaa El Fna Square).

 

12th day: Marrakech >> Essaouira (170 km)

After breakfast, we will leave behind the confusion of Marrakech to advance into valleys full of orange groves, century-old olive trees and farms. Heading for the coast, we will stop at Chichaoua for a coffee or a snack. Back onto the road, you will soon sight the first argan trees. These ancient plants are well suited to the climate and environment of Southwestern Morocco and, now being endangered, have been included in UNESCO’s World Heritage list. We will see the goats climbing the trees, and visit one of the women’s argan-oil cooperatives, where you can buy cosmetics and food products. Late in the morning we will finally reach Essaouira, where you will have some free time to wander the ancient streets of this port city founded by the Portuguese in the XVI century. With the passing of time, Essaouira has never lost its fascination, and its uniqueness, colours and peaceful pace of life make it light years distant from the city frenzy of the “red town” Marrakech.
After dinner, you will spend the night here, so that you can enjoy the town’s atmosphere to the full.

 

13th day: Essaouira >> Marrakech

After breakfast, we will head back for Marrakech, where our journey together will end.

Useful information

In the event of adverse or exceptional weather conditions, the programme may be subject to change.

Included in the price

  • Transportation as described
  • 4×4 jeep vehicle, air-conditioned; for groups of over 6 people, air-conditioned minibus
  • Driver guide
  • Fuel and transportation costs
  • 11 nights at a hotel/riad with half board (breakfast and dinner); accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • 1 night in the desert in a tented camp (dinner and overnight accommodation)
  • Camel ride to and from the camp
  • Exclusive service (not accompanied by other visitors)

Not included in the price

  • Flights from and to your country
  • Lunch meals
  • Beverages
  • Sightseeing admission tickets
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • All that is not included under “Included in the price”

FAQ: TOURS

Everything you should know about your adventure in Morocco

"How much does a tour cost?
You will not find prices displayed in the website, because the tours we describe are just proposals, to be customised according to personal requirements, and accommodation can fall within different categories (standard, superior or luxury). For this reason we invite you to let yourself be inspired and ask us for a quote without commitment."

"Is it possible to modify the proposals that appear in the website?
Absolutely! Every tour is a private tour, tailored for you depending on the number of days you want to spend in Morocco, your flight dates and - not least - your desired budget."

"Can we take children?
Sure! We only ask you to let us know at the time of drafting the tour plan, so that we can advise you on how best to make it a good experience even for the little ones."

"How are payments made?
At the time of booking you will be requested an advance payment of EUR 100-200, depending on the length of the tour (payable by international bank transfer, Paypal or Western Union). The balance will be paid cash at the moment of starting the tour."

"Any other queries?
No problem: you can contact us at tourinsaharaa@gmail.com; we will be happy to assist you."

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ABOUT US

Discovering Morocco

Tour in Sahara is a small organiser of private tours in Morocco, in the discovery of the wonders of the desert and the Imperial Cities, travelling through breathtaking landscapes.

 

Managed by Youssef with Elisabetta‘s collaboration, Tour in Sahara is an offshoot of Marruecos Tours Desierto (which received the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for 2018), mainly aiming to address Italian and English-speaking customers.

 

Youssef, born in Merzouga (at the door of Sahara) is proud to be a Berber and calls himself “a man of the desert”. He has been working in tourism since he was 13, first in camel rides and then, for more than 10 years now, as a full-fledged guide. Due to his remarkable experience, he speaks Italian, Spanish, English and French fluently.

 

Elisabetta, on the other hand, is a healthcare professional with an unbridled passion for tours and tour organising.

 

Their encounter in the Sahara desert gave life to a profound friendship and the idea to cooperate and open the door to Morocco for travellers eager to explore this splendid country while living and breathing the authentic Berber spirit.