Find yourself in the tranquility of the Sahara with Berber Morocco Tours. Uncover the abundant imprints left by ancient civilizations. Immerse yourself in the rich history, culture, and geography of Morocco. Breathe the fresh air of the oases, explore mystical Berber villages, and lose yourself in fascination with each Kasbah as you let the spectacular gorges and serene dunes become backdrops for your memories of Morocco. Berber Morocco Tours combine the best of ancient yet flourishing Imperial cities with the magic of the desert and Spectacular Mountain with ideal beaches.
After an early breakfast, your tour of Casablanca includes a visit to the port; the old medina; Place Mohamed V, a busy shopping street lined by residential blocks dating from the 1930s; United Nations Square, designed by French architect Joseph Marrast; the League of Arab States Park, which was built in 1925 and offers a large area of greenery with palm trees, arcades, pergolas and cafés with shady terraces. Then visit the impressive and newly built Hassan II Mosque (closed to tourists on Fridays), the second largest mosque in the world.
In the afternoon, we will have a 1⁄2 hour drive to Rabat, capital city of Morocco. See the old medina; the picturesque Kasbah of the Oudayas and the Oudaya Gate, built during the Almouahad dynasty. Also see the well-preserved Hassan Tower and the Chellah, which were built by the Merinids in the 12th and 13th centuries. Walk into the Mohamed V Mausoleum, the burial place of the present King’s father.
Next, drive to Meknes, founded in the 9th century by Zenata Berbers. A visit of this former Imperial City of Morocco includes the old ramparts; the Agoudal Basin, once used to water the royal gardens and amuse the favorite concubines; and the Moulay Ismaïl royal stables, granaries and House of Water (Dar El Ma), built in the 17th and 18th centuries to house, feed and water the sultan’s twelve thousand horses. Finally, see Bab El Mansour, one of the most beautiful gates in Morocco; and the Moulay Ismaïl Mausoleum, one of the very. Then departure to Meknes via volubulis.
A full day tour of Fes, the religious capital of Morocco, includes the old and new medinas, and visits to the 14th century religious schools (medersas) of Bou Inania and Attarine. Explore the impressive labyrinth of souks in Fes, declared by UNESCO to be one of the world’s cultural treasures.
The tour also allows photos stops at the imposing gate of Bab Boujloud, the splendid fountain at Place Nejjarine, the ancient ramparts, and the beautiful façade of the Royal Palace. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
Start early morning with a full day drive across the cedar forests and picturesque scenery of the Middle Atlas Mountains to Erfoud. Stop at Ziz Gorge and Er Rachidia for a typical lunch en route (included in tour). Arrive Erfoud, situated amongst the impressive sand dunes of the Sahara Desert, is one of the largest oases in Morocco. From Erfoud, travel approximately 11⁄2 hours to Merzouga and from Merzouga, a short drive will take you to your Berber camp on the edge of the Sahara Dunes. After settling in to your bivouac tent, you will have the opportunity to explore the area further. Experience Berber life firsthand as you pass the night under the vast Saharan sky.
Dinner and overnight at your camp.
End your first hand Bedouin experience with a camel trek to see a fantastic sunrise over the dunes. After breakfast, we will stop at a hotel for a quick shower before departing for Tineghir through the beau-tiful 1,000 Kasbah Valley. Arrive Tineghir, a former mili-tary outpost built on terraces above a magnificent palm grove, and the gateway to the awesome Todra Gorge.
A little further on, pass a holy spring believed to cure sterility in women and continue into the gorge. After lunch depart to Boumalne du Dades, a large town and local administration center at the foot
Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Gorge Dades.
After breakfast depart to Boumalne du Dades, a large town and local administration center at the foot of the gorge, followed by a series of kasbahs, El Kelaa des Mgouna and Skoura. After Skoura, the Palm trees are replaced by orchards and irrigated gar-dens. Roses for making perfume are the specialty of El Kelaa des Mgouna. Paris, the famous perfume by Yves Saint Laurent is made from the extract of these roses. You will find some nice shop-ping here for rose products such as rose water, body milk, dried petals etc… Continue to the film industry center at Ouarzazate. An afternoon tour of Ouarzazate includes the 17th century Kasbah Taourirt, which served as the home of the Pacha Glaoui.
Drive to the ancient Kasbah complex of Ait Ben Haddou, an impressive 11th century structure that has been declared an historical treasure by UNESCO. A photogra-pher’s wonderland, Ait Ben Haddou remains home to five families.
Next, set out through a mountainous and semi-desert landscape and continue over the High Atlas Mountains at Tizi N’Tichka Pass (7,400 feet). Proceed across the fertile countryside of the Haouz Plain to the pink city of Marrakech for overnight.
A half-day tour of Marrakech begins with Menara Gardens. See the small Saadian pavilion mirrored in still water with the Atlas Mountains and olive groves in the background. This pavilion was used by sultans for romantic interludes.
Next, enter the old Medina, buried within the imperial walls. Stop at the foot of the famous Koutoubia Minaret, a masterpiece of Islamic architecture. Continue to the Kasbah, the 16th-century monument site of the Saadian tombs. Notice the wonderful Hispano-Moorish architecture surrounding the burial grounds of the royal family. Afterward, visit the aristocratic Bahia Palace with its lush Moorish-style courtyard garden and beautifully painted residential rooms.
Finally, stroll through the famous Jemaa El Fna Square, the ancient meeting place of tradesmen in Northwest Africa. Enjoy a three-course lunch at one of the city’s fine restaurants (included in tour). The afternoon is at your leisure. You may want to relax by the pool, return to the souks for shopping, or visit the interesting Dar Si Said Museum.
Departure to Marrakech airport for your departure flight.
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