Imperial cities and desert

Imperial cities and desert

1st day: Marrakech – Rabat via Casablanca

Departure from Marrakech at 7:30 am, after two and a half hours of road we will visit the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, a superb building whose 201 m high minaret is the highest in the world. A nine-hectare religious and cultural complex comprising a prayer hall, an ablutions room, baths, a Koranic school (madrasa), a library and a museum. 5th great mosque in the world. After this beautiful stop we will cross the economic capital of the kingdom and we will continue the road to Rabat(Administrative capital of Morocco and 3rd imperial city of Morocco after Marrakech and Fez), visit the Mausoleum Mohamed V and Hasan II, the Hassan Mosque and stop in the square of the Grand Palais Royal. Arrival at the hotel, in the evening we will enjoy the city by taking a nice walk in the city.

 

2nd day: Rabat – Fez via Meknes and Volubilis (240 km)

Departure from Rabat at 9:00 am we will take the highway to the city of Meknes. We will make a stopover to visit monuments of the Ishmaelian capital and we will continue the road to the ruins of Volubilis (ancient Berber city, the archaeological site of Volubilis is a UNESCO World Heritage Site). After this beautiful stop we will continue the road to Fez where we will spend the night.

 

3rd day: Visit of Fez – Azrou via Imouzer Kandar & Ifrane (80 km)

After breakfast, guided tour of the medina of Fez. We will leave the town of Fez by the RN 8 to climb the Middle Atlas through the town of Imouzer Kandar et the city of Ifrane, two small towns created by the French during the period of the protectorate. We will cross a beautiful region known for its cedars, cherry trees, apple trees, fish farming, Cedar Gouraud and monkeys. We will stop in Azrou to spend the night in a beautiful guest house.

 

4th day Azrou – Merzouga (460 km)

Departure from Azrou after breakfast, crossing the Middle Atlas through the Zad pass 2178 m altitude to cross the junction of the two mountain ranges the town ofMidelt and then we will cross the High Atlas East through the Talghoumte pass 1907 m altitude. We will descend into the gorges of Ziz and walk along this beautiful and arid valley to the town of Errachidia. Then we will continue the road along a whole series of palm groves to Merzouga near the Erg Chebbi “sand desert where are located the largest and tallest sand dunes in Morocco and the highest sand dunes in Morocco. it is one of the most famous sites in North Africa “Arrived in Merzouga you will have to choose between taking a room or going for a camel ride to see the sunset on the dunes. Or leave on a camel back to the bivouac and spend the night under a tent in the middle of an ocean of dunes.

 

Day 5: Merzouga – Todgha Gorges – Dades Valley (300 km)

9:00 am departure to the town of Rissani “formerly Sijilmassa, formerly a large caravan port and great shopping centre in northern Africa” and cradle of the Cherifian dynasty Alaouite where we will stop to visit one of these ancient Ksars and the Mausoleum of the ancestor of the dynasty and visit its typical souks “back to the Middle Ages. ! ». After this beautiful stop, we will take the road back to the gorges of Todgha by crossing across the palm grove of Tafilalet “the largest palm grove of Morocco” and a whole series of other palm groves and Regs “desert stony” up to the city of Tinerhir where we will visit one of the last Kasbah inhabited “Ephrem n’ Ait Ali, 16th century “We will continue towards the gorges of Todgha where we will stop to take the road back to the Dades valley.

 

6th day: Dades Valley – Ouarzazate – Marrakech (380 km)

Departure at 8:30 am, destination the gorges and we will continue along the valley of Roses, the stony desert and palm grove of Skoura and Ouarzazate. Photo break in the Kasbah de Taourirte. After this little stop we will take the road back to Kasbah the rare pearl of Morocco “ancient and exceptional ksar, Kasbah of the Ait Ben Haddou, listed World Heritage Site of Humanity by UNESCO “We will continue the road to cross the High Atlas by the beginning of its central part and by the pass of Tichka” 2260m of altitude “, contrasting landscapes and beautiful panoramic views up to the city of Marrakech.

 

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