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One-Week in Morocco – A Private Tour for the Intrepid Traveler
Explore Fes, the Great Sahara Desert and Imperial Marrakech in Just One Week
Morocco Tour Description:
Explore Morocco on a Private Tour with Expert Guides and a Tailor Made Tour itinerary. This 8-Day Morocco Private Tour includes visiting the Imperial Cities, Sahara Desert & the Skoura Palm Groves. The One-Week in Morocco Tour can be customized to focus on the Imperial Cities Only upon request.
Tour Name One-Week in Morocco
Places Visited: Imperial Cities, Sahara Desert, Skoura
Duration: An 8-Day Morocco Private Tour
Tour Route: We recommend this Morocco Itinerary start and end in Casablanca. It can also be customized to start and end in Marrakech or be offered in reverse.
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ONE-WEEK IN MOROCCO, PRIVATE TOUR – TRIP HIGHLIGHTS:
►Tour the Hassan II, Grand White Mosque in Casablanca
►3 Nights in Fes – UNESCO World Heritage Site
►1 Night in a luxury bivouac in the Sahara Desert
►2 Nights in Marrakech, in the Paris of Morocco
Day 1: Casablanca Arrival. Visit Meknes & the Roman Ruins of Volubilis en route to Fes (Driving Time: 5 Hours)
Day 2: Fes Guided Historical Tour: Heritage Sites, Souks & Markets
Fes Historical Tour: Islamic Architecture, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Historic Monuments, Jewish Heritage (Synagogue and Mellah), Craft Making and Shopping in the Souks.
Next visit the Jewish Mellah, the name of a Jewish quarters located in the old cities of Morocco, usually with a walled boundary.
Continue onward to visit the Ibn Danan Jewish Synagogue. Fes was once home to a flourishing Jewish community during the 17th century and was also the location of two well-known temples: Rabbi Shlomo Ibn Danan Synagogue was built and founded by the Ibn Danan family and the
Cross the local fruit and vegetable market where you will witness the stalls of local traders and people buying their daily goods.Explore the Dyers souk of silk, wool and cotton.
Visit the following sites in the afternoon:
Mausoleum (Zaouia Sidi Ahmed Tijani)
University of Kairouine
Mausolem (Zaouia Moulay Idriss)
Cross the carpenter area and enter Attarine Street, filled with scents of Fes such as spices and oils. Shop and explore for carpets, scarves, and local handicrafts. Antique and Modern Carpets is one of the places in Fès el Bali where you can see a Berber carpet demonstration. Explore The Bou Inania Medersa. The Madrasa Bou Inania is a madrassa founded in AD 1351-56 by Abu Inan Faris, who also founded the Madrasa Bou Inania in Meknes.
Overnight at a Boutique Riad or Hotel in Fes.
Day 3:Fes Food Tour – Souk Tasting Trails of Fes, Afternoon Palaces & Andalusian Gardens
Visit Majestic Palaces and Andalusian Gardens
Visit Batha Museum and Andalusian Garden.
Next visit the Batha Museum and Andalusian Gardens. he Musee Dar el-Batha offers up a great collection of pottery, leatherwork, wood, books, and manuscripts from the nineteenth century centered around a green spacious courtyard.
Visit Palais Mokri. Palais Mokri, also referred to as “El Mokri Palace”, is a landmark in Fes. Built around 1906 by If Tayeb El Mokri, son of the Grand Vizier (Prime Minister) of the king and himself Pasha of Casablanca, this residence covers about 220 meters of Fasis architecture and a gardens.
Visit Jnane S’bil Garden and Les Jardins De Biehn, an Andalusian Garden (if time allows)
Day 4: Fes, Journey to the Middle Atlas Mountains en route to the Merzouga Sahara Desert (Driving Time: 8 1/2 Hours)
A Journey through the Middle Atlas to the Sahara Desert, Passing Ifrane, known as “Little Switzerland,” Midelt, Erfoud (the Capital of Fossils), and Rissani, Arriving in Merzouga for a Sunset Guided Camel Trek and Arabian Nights in the Great Sahara Desert.
Visit the Musicians of Khemlia in Merzouga, a century-old Gnaoua group that performs ancient trance music. Tea and nuts will be served (if time allows on this day or the following day). Next take the road to Merzouga. Enroute to Merzouga, we will pass Ifrane, stopping to see the cedar tree forest and the local barbary monkeys. We will also pass the American- Moroccan University which was built by the Saudis.
Arrive in Merzouga before sunset and then go by dromedary camel 45-60 minutes, at sunset, into the Erg Chebbi Dunes to camp overnight in our luxury biouvac tent at an oasis.
Overnight in a Luxury Desert Camp in Merzouga.
Day 5: Merzouga Desert Exploration of Flora and Fauna, then Visit Rissani, Alnif and the Berber Village of Ait Ouzzine en route to Skoura
Sahara Desert Visit and then Departure from the Region to the Saghro Mountains for Lunch in a Berber Village Enroute to Skoura.
Walk the desert dunes and explore on your own in and around Merzouga. Take the road to se Merzouga’s Sahara by piste. Enjoy the flora and fauna that is unique to the Sahara. Then visit the Saharan Desert towns of Rissani and the capital of fossils, Erfoud.
After lunch, you can have your hands and feet painted with hennaor your hair adorned with saffron by a local village artist and relax. Experience the tradition of Berber perfume made from musk and amber along with the villages own spices. End the afternoon in Ait Ouzzine with mint tea and almonds.
Drive through the Draa Valley back to Ouarzazate or the Skoura Palmeraie before sunset. The Draa Valley is the road of the old caravans that once traveled to transport dates and other goods from the Draa Region to Marrakech.
Overnight at a Boutique Riad in Skoura.
Day 6: Skoura Departure to Ouarzazate, Visit Ait Benhaddou and Kasbah Telouet en route to Marrakech
Visit the Adobe Village of Ait Benhaddou, Passing via the Tizi-n-Tichka Pass to Marrakech
During the French period, Ouarzazate expanded considerably as a garrison town and became the administrative center of the Zagora region. Ouarzazate became famous when its nearby Kasbah,Ait Benhaddou, appeared in the 1962 film Lawrence of Arabia.
Visit Ait Benhaddou Kasbah.32 km from Ouarzazate lies the picturesque village of Aït Benhaddou,situated in Souss Massa Draa on a hill along the Ouarazazate River. Lawrence of Arabia was filmed here and Orson Welles used it as a location for Sodome and Gomorrah; for Jesus of Nazareth, the whole lower part of the village was rebuilt.
After visiting Ait Benhaddou, continue the road to Marrakech. You will pass the olive groves of the Oued Zat as you ascend onto the Tizi-N-Tichka Pass Road. Built by the French in the 1920’s, the Tizi-N-Tichka Pass can be described as having mountainous barriers, Mediterranean and oceanic influences and desert borders.
Lunch Recommendation:Dine on local Moroccan fare made with fresh, argan oil from the local cooperative run by women.
Visit an argan cooperative where argan oil, butter, and cosmetics are made with the argan nut by hand as Berber women crack the nuts and the grind them one by one. Enjoy a complimentary tasting. This cooperative is run entirely by women. Continue on to Marrakech.
Day 7: Marrakech Guided Historical Tour
Marrakech Historical Tour: The Moroccan Gardens of Yves Saint Laurent and Koutoubia, Historic Sites, Monuments, the Grand Medina and its Lively Souks
Visit the Majorelle Gardens.
The Majorelle Gardens, previously the Jardin Bou Saf, bears its name from its original creator, Jacques Majorelle, the French expatriate artist who was born in Nancy,France, in 1886. Jacques Majorelle was the son of the celebrated Art Nouveau furniture designer Louis Majorelle. In 1947, the son opened his gardens to the public and, during this time, also painted a magnificent ceiling at La Mamounia, a five-star hotel with exquisite gardens and the place where Alfred Hitchcock wrote The Birds.
See the Koutoubia Mosque and Gardens.
The Koutoubia Mosque is the largest mosque in Marrakech.
Experience the Jewish Mellah.
Founded in 1558 by Moulay Abdallah, the Mellah district was designated as the Jewish quarter in Marrakech. Shop in the Old Spice Market.
Explore El Bahia Palace & Saadian Tombs
The El Bahia Palace in Marrakech is a beautiful building and an excellent example of Eastern Architecture from the 19th century and represents trends and standards of the wealthy who lived at that time. Last stop of the day is the Saadian Tombs. The Saadian tombs in Marrakech date back from the time of the Sultan Ammad al-Mansur (1578-1603). The tombs were only recently discovered (in 1917) and were restored by the Beaux-Arts service.
Evening Tasting Marrakech Food Tour – Discover Djemaa El Fna at Sunset.
Get ready for an evening of excitement in the Djemaa El Fna! Your personal guide who will take you on authentic culinary journey of local Moroccan cuisine. Indulge in a a five-course dinner tasting local street food.
You might try head of sheep or snail soup, along with boiled eggs and stuffed breads, simmering hot mint tea or a local sweet. Rest assured Tasting Marrakech will be a memorable dinner in the Djemaa and leave you speaking about your experience for years to come. This Food Tour is for “foodies” and can be tailored to vegetarians and also those with celiac.
Overnight at a Boutique Riad or Hotel in Marrakech.
Day 8: Marrakech Deaprture to Casablanca (Driving Time: 3 Hours)