Upon your arrival to Mohamed V Airport, you will find your guide waiting for you to greet you and then transfer you to your hotel. In the afternoon you will go on a historic quest exploring Casablanca, "principal city in Morocco, and capital in all but administration." Casablanca is now the largest port of the Maghreb- even busier than Marseille, the city on which it was modeled by the French. Dinner and overnight at the Hotel.
Depart in the morning to Rabat the capital of the nation. This city in many ways is what you would expect: elegant in its spacious European grid, slightly self conscious in its very civilized modern aspect. rich with its ancient legacy of multiple civilizations that have swept through since the earliest historical archives leaving behind a collage of architectural styles, some of them are from the Phoenician and Roman era. Dinner and accommodation in your Hotel.
Travel to Meknes via Volubilis and Moulay Idris, an excursion which embodies much of Morocco's early history: Volubilis as its Roman provincial capital and Moulay Idris in the creation of the country's first Arab dynasty . Continuation to Fez, dinner and accommodation at the Hotel.
The most ancient of imperial capitals, and the most complete medieval city of the Islamic world, Fez is undeniably unique. Sensually stimulating with its haunting and beautiful sounds, infinite visual details, and unfiltered odors, Fez seems to exist suspended in time somewhere between the Middle Ages and today. Besides its electricity it owes absolutely nothing to the Western civilization. As a spectacle, this is an entirely satisfying experience and a learning process about the sophistication of the Moroccan artisan. the whole day will be at the Medina visiting in the morning, lunch in a typical Moroccan restaurant then continue on your quest visiting and shopping for the remainder of the day.
Today we will explore the rural and natural aspect of the Berbers of the Atlas Mountains. The first hills you see of the Middle Atlas seem oddly un-Moroccan. Evergreen pines, tall cedar trees on the peaks and poplars stand copiously on the foot hills, laced with flowing streams. The road across is almost ceremonial. Azrou, the first real town of the Middle Atlas, stands at a major junction of routes, it's an important market center for Berber tribes of the region. The Middle Atlas cease at Midelt, where suddenly, through the haze, appear the much greater peaks of the High Atlas formidably rise behind the town to reach a massive range, the Dgebel Ayashi at over 12,000 ft. The drama of this sight, tremendous in the clear, cool noon, is the most compelling reason to stop over for lunch. Erfoud, one of the most pleasing of all southern routes: a dry, red belt of desert, and then suddenly, a drop into the lush valley of Ziz filled with date palm groves and flowing streams. Dinner in your hotel.
An experience not to be missed is to watch the sun rises from the spectacular Merzouga dunes of the Sahara. So beautiful that no word can describe. Breakfast with the Tuaregs and continue on to explore the holy ancient city of Rissani in your 4X4 Land Rover. Return to your Hotel for a comfortable overnight.
The highest the narrowest gorges in the region are Todras, only 15 km from Tineghir. Traveling through the Dades valley in spring you will find the bloom of thousands of Persian roses filling up the air with an ethereal aroma certainly from heaven - cultivated as hedgerows dividing the different plots. Thousands of Kasbahs scattered in a surreal fashion as sand castles standing erect in the shadow of time along the Dades river. Dinner and accommodation at Hotel Bougafer in Tinghir.
Travel through El Kelaa De Mgouna and Boumalne exploring the Dades Valley unsurpassed natural vistas and unusual rock formations. Continue traveling on to Ouarzazate: one large Oasis intercepting the flow of ages between the Dades, the Draa valleys and the Majestic High Atlas. Dinner and accommodation in the Hotel.
Depart to Marrakech via Taddart and Tizi n’Tishka pass at an elevation of 11,000 ft. in an impressive site dividing these mountains in two distinct aspects one side harsh and stark acts as a shield to protect the hinterland from the Sahara harsh and dry expansion, the other side lush collects the moisture of the Gherbi winds from the Atlantic ocean, soft and evergreen. So is life of the Berber dwellers. Arrival in Marrakech the "Morocco City" as the early travelers called it for it has always been something of a pleasure city, a market place where the southern tribesmen and Berber villagers bring in their goods, spend their money, and find entertainment. For tourists, it's an enduring fantasy - a city of immense beauty, low, pink, and tent-like before a great shaft of mountains, and immediately exciting. Visit of the famous Jemaa El Fna square. Dinner and over night at the hotel.
The morning is devoted to discovering the historical sights. Historic visit of Marrakech will include the Menara, a magnificent pool surrounded by flower beds, reflecting the image of a beautiful Moorish construction built in 1866 for the dignitaries to enjoy glorious sunsets over the snow capped Atlas mountains that provide an ethereal backdrop. The pool is also a unique and functional irrigation system that belongs to an ancient design adapted by life in the desert. The tour will cover several impressive sights: The Koutoubia Minaret (the twin tower of la Giralda in Sevilla, Spain), the Saadian tombs demonstrating Moorish architecture in its perfection. The tombs, consisting of splendid mausoleums built in the sixteenth century, were walled for some time, not to be discovered until 1917. Overnight at the Hotel.
Early morning transfer to Mohamed V Airport, for your connect flight home with a memorable trip of a lifetime.