Tour Imperial Cities Berber oases and desert from Casablanca
This trip will take you to a land that combines all landscapes from the high mountains to the desert. Morocco,
this is pure oriental exoticism - a fairy tale of colors, light and scents. In the imperial cities of Fez and Marrakech experience the colorful and mysterious world of the souks, Casablanca; and Rabat are modern,
but in the Berber villages of the High Atlas and in the oases of the Sahara seems frozen in time
to be. We have many extras in this journey, visiting the Roman ruins of Volubilis and a breathtaking sunrise in the sand dunes of the Sahara.
Route: Casablanca - Meknes - Fez Erfud - Tinerhir - Ouarzazate - Marrakech - Casablanca
Day 1: Casablanca home collection from your hotel or airport
Casablanca.wo we will take a panoramic city tour. The Hassan II. Mosque is the main attraction of the city (outside view !!). It is the fifth largest mosque in the world and
can accommodate 25,000 people.
Day 2: Rabat and Meknes
To Rabat, which looks back on a long and varied history.
We see, inter alia, * the mausoleum of Mohammed V, who founded the modern Morocco,
the unfinished mosque with the Hassan Tower, the Archaeological Museum * with all major
finds the country and the Roman ruins of Chella * (forum, temples, shops and baths).
Passing gnarled cork, the route to Meknes, the Sultan Moulay Ismail of residence.
The Sultan had grandiose plans for its capital, many of which began under his rule
Buildings have been preserved, including the most beautiful gate of the country ("Bab Mansour")
and the magnificently decorated mausoleum (260km). (F / A)
Day 3: Excursion in the ancient world: Volubilis
In the morning we take a tour of Meknes. We see, inter alia, the Ville Imperiale (= King City / palace district) of Moulay Ismail, the former. Granary and stables and the Madrasa Bou Inania. Precious materials and sumptuous decor combine to create a harmonious whole. Continue to the holy city of Moulay Idriss, where we see the grave of the first plant Moroccan sultan, Idriss I. (exterior only). By 1917, could not "infidel" enter the place of pilgrimage.Finally, we come to Volubilis *. Provides the capital of the ancient Roman province of Mauretaniaa uniquely beautiful panoramic view of the surrounding mountains and valleys. The Romans sourced from Morocco cereals,
Olive oil and ivory. Your administrative city has among others the forum, Capitol Building, spas and Arc de Triomphe. Among the main attractions are the remains of a Roman oil mill andthe "House of Orpheus" with beautiful floor mosaics.
In the afternoon we arrive in Fes, the oldest and most important of the four imperial cities of Morocco.
Two nights. (130km). (F / A)
Day 4: royal city of Fez Fez is still the religious, political and cultural center of the country. The medina of Fez, was founded in the early 9th century by Idriss I.. This first city is as good as been kept intact, so it is one of the treasures of the world and is under the protection of UNESCO.We walk in the Medina of Old Fez and come into the streets of the dyers, tanners and coppersmiths. In the spice market, the scent of mint, saffron and dozens of other flavors to a delicious mix connects. In Kairaouine district we visit the Koranic school Attarine *, one of the oldest and most beautiful in the Arab world. After lunch we take a tour of New Fez (Fez el Jedid) where we marvel at the portals of the huge palace complexes. (F / A)
Day 5: About the High Atlas to Erfoud In varied route we reach the evergreen cedar forests of the Middle Atlas. Over the Col du Zad pass (2178 m) is about to Midelt before crossing the main ridge of the High Atlas. Through canyons and river oases (stop at the Blue Source of Meski) we arrive to Erfoud,the capital of the oasis Tafilatet (430km). (F / A)
Day 6: Through the desert to Tinerhir. Early in the morning we drive by jeep to the sand dunes of Merzouga *. Erg Chebi is 150 meters high and stretches out for miles. At sunrise, offers us an intense colors. Continue to the southern edge of the High Atlas, in the Karawanenort Rissani where we see the mausoleum of the ancestor of Alawitendynastie and the Ksar (exterior only). In Tinerhir we have the opportunity to marvel at the Todra Gorge. We have time to rest and hiking. Overnight in Tinerhir (80km jeep ride, 215km bus ride). (F / A)
Day 7: The road of Ouarzazate Ouarzazate by Ride through the wild and romantic valley of the Dades, a spectacular highlight of our trip. Here we can admire the countless majestic clay castles of the Berbers who lined up like a string of pearls. Laboriously wrung their residents from the area the space for their gardens and fields. Mini-buses we drive to the spectacular gorge to the landscape better to admire. In the late afternoon we reach Ouarzazate, formerly a military garrison of the French, today a quiet provincial capital. Near Ouarzazate there are several film studios, including the Atlas Corporation Studios. Among the most famous films were shot in Ouarzazate, include numerous Bible and monumental films, including "Gladiator," "The Bible - Joseph" and "Ancient Relic".
Day 8: After Marrakech In the morning we visit the Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou well preserved * (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Then drive over the spectacular mountains of the High Atlas to to Marrakech. At the Tizi - n Tichka we reach an altitude of 2260m and enjoy the breathtaking view. In the afternoon we are already making a first walk through the souks of Marrakech,
see the famous Koutoubia mosque (masterpiece of Moorish architecture), the Menara * and the tombs of the Saadian *. Two nights (270km). (F / A)
Day 9: Tales of 1001 Nights City Marrakech, the oasis town before the impressive backdrop of the High Atlas, is the commercial center of the South with the largest souks in the country. In contrast to the Arab towns of the north Marrakech was founded by the Berber - a fact that in some rectilinear streets the Medina is visible. We visit et al the magnificent Majorelle Garden and the famous Koutoubia Mosque (exterior only).The building is a masterpiece of Moorish architecture. Its minaret, a landmark of the country - projects like a stone monolith in the sky. The window surrounding décor fields are arranged at different heights. Passing the Bab Agnaou (oldest gate of the city wall) we come to the Saadian tombs.
We visit the Dar Si Said Museum *, which is one of the best museums in the country and the Bahia Palace. Built in Andalusian and Moorish style representative building is one of the most beautiful palaces of Morocco.
After lunch we take a walk through the souks to the most fascinating African marketplace, Djemaa el Fna, where there is a hustle and bustle of merchants, storytellers, jugglers and snake charmers from late afternoon. (F / A)
Day 10: Casablanca - The morning is at leisure in Marrakech.In the afternoon drive to Casablanca, chance optional those coming to visit the Hassan II Mosque hammam and library. Dinner together. Transfer to the hotel.
Tour Imperial Cities Berber oases and desert from Casablanca
4 × 4 Jeep,
9 nights half board in Riyadh or 4-star hotel
Prices from 2 participants: from € 1,100.00 / person
Prices from 4 participants: from € 1,040.00 / person
Prices from 6 participants: from € 990.00 / person