Morocco, the exoticism next door with António Pedro Moreira

Morocco

Morocco, officially Kingdom of Morocco, is the most western country in the Muslim world, with a rich history of cultures berber, arab, african and european.

For westerners this has an immediate and lasting fascination, where travel between the present and past are a constant!

From the tranquility of the mountains to the dunes of the Sahara Desert, we are presented with simple breathtaking pleasures! In the frenetic cities, we breath a mixture of exotic and familiar, where we mingle with a crowd following the tradition of nomadic and traders with centuries of history.

The diversity of landscapes, the contrasts between the old medina and the Ville Nouvelle, its great architectural diversity, the intense smells, the colors, the traditional costumes and the people, all add up to make Morocco an intense and rewarding experience that assaults our senses every second!

The trick, is to see the world going by with the locals, while enjoying various activities, sleeping in the famous riads and relaxing on the panoramic terraces and large squares.

Highlights

  • Experience the medieval city of Fez;
  • Dazzle with the panoramic views of High Atlas Mountains;
  • Go camping on the sandy dunes of the Sahara;
  • Explore the fortified city of Aït Ben Haddou;
  • Bargain in the souks of Marrakech;
  • Climb to the highest peak in North Africa – Mount Toubkal

Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrival in Fezsee

Salaam Aleikum! Welcome to Morocco!

Fez, the oldest of the imperial cities and the intellectual and cultural capital of Morocco, is where your adventure begins. Once checked in, you can rest from the hours of your flight or choose to take a stroll along the busy streets of the medina until the famous and majestic Bab Boujeloud.

Accommodation: dar (traditional Moroccan family house found in the medina with a courtyard in the centre)

Meals: -

Day 2 - Fezsee

This consists of Fez el-Jedid, the imperial city of the Merinids and Fez el-Bali the historic centre. Fez el-Bali, built in the 8th century on the right bank of the Wadi Fez, remains intact and is the most populated area of the world free of cars, having been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

The city is vibrant and fascinating with numerous passages, staircases and courtyards that lead us to exotic and busy streets, full of jewelry sellers, trays, painted pots, multicolored djellabas, honey cakes, lamb kebabs, grilled almonds and mint tea.

Accompanied by a guide, we roam by the maze of Fez el-Badi, visiting the various souks and cultural icons of the city.

In the afternoon you will have time to explore the medina on your own or to go to Fez el-Jedid. At night, we go to the square next to the Bab Boujeloud for dinner and we pause in a typical moroccan cafe for a mint tea, one noss moss (coffee with milk) or one qahwa hahla (black coffee).

Accommodation: dar

Meals: breakfast

Day 3 - Chefchaouensee

In the morning, after a bus ride of about four hours, we arrive in Chefchaouen, surely the most charming mountain town of Morocco.

Chefchaouen is located between two mountains of the Rif, ech-Chaoua "The Horns", to which it owes its name. It was founded in 1471 as a small fortress which still exists today, to fight the north Morocco Portuguese invasions.

The best way to discover this city is to get lost in the streets of the medina, letting yourselves be seduced by its charm, enjoying and soaking up its atmosphere. Therefore, in a casual stroll, we, vibrate with its souks and marvel with the beautiful whitewashed houses of blue and white, with carved and decorated doors. Starting in the Place Uta el-Hammam, that’s precisely what we are going to do.

Accommodation: dar

Meals: breakfast

Day 4 – Chefchaouen and return to Fezsee

Still in the morning, we keep exploring this enchanting city, the destination is one of the nicest districts of Chefchaouen with waterfalls, houses and coffees.

After lunch, we catch the bus that will take us to Fez, arriving on time to enjoy this city that takes us to a medieval Morocco and to buy some food for our next day pic nic.

Accommodation: dar

Meals: breakfast

Day 5 - Agoudalsee

Early in the morning we travel south by 4x4 (jeep) through the beautiful Middle and High Atlas Mountains. It is time to dazzle with the stunning panoramic views that this journey, of about 7 hours, offers up till Agoudal, a typical Berber village located in the High Atlas Mountains.

The evening will be spent here visiting the small village and enjoying the unique lifestyle of the people from the mountains who live mainly from agriculture and livestock.

Accommodation: hostel

Meals: breakfast and dinner

Day 6 - Todra Gorges, Merzouga, Erg Chebbi (Sahara Desert)see

Today, in the morning, I suggest you to visit the impressive cave Akhiam, at about 9 km from the village, under a waterfall. An excellent choice for those who like to explore geological curiosities.

After lunch, still traveling by jeep, we head to Todra, with its impressive gorges capable of taking your breath away! Steep cliffs, 300 meters high- rise separated by a narrow corridor of approximately 20 meters, forming the gorge. This is a must see for those seeking unique landscapes!

We continue to Merzouga, a small Saharan oasis. It is time to relax after the long journey or take a short stroll through this Berber village and sight the dunes of the desert.

By late afternoon we follow a caravan of camels to the famous dunes of Erg Chebbi. These are the two major ergs (dunes) in the Sahara Desert of Morocco. Risen from the sand and rock desert, reaching a height of 150m. After about one hour and half, we arrive at our camp in time to see the sunset, surrounded by the dunes. We have dinner with our guide under a starry sky, walk through the dunes and hear his stories. We sleep in a small oasis in a Berber camp, under a starry black velvet blanket.

Sweet dreams!

Accommodation: Berber camp site in the Sahara Desert

Meals: breakfast and dinner

Day 7 - Erg Chebbi (Sahara Desert), Merzouza, Aït Ben Haddousee

We wake up with the desert to see the sunrise from the top of the dunes. Later, we return with our camels to Merzouga, with time to wander around a little more in the village or enjoy the swimming pool. As the hot weather demands!

After lunch we go to Aït Ben Haddou, located in the former caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakech. This fortified city has one of the finest and best preserved Kasbahs, still inhabited by 10 families, being a World Heritage Site since 1987. It was also the setting for numerous films such as Gladiator, Lawrence of Arabia, Babel and most recently Game of Thrones.

Accommodation: riad (traditional Moroccan family house found in the medina with a garden in the centre)

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 8 - Aït Ben Haddou, Marrakechsee

The Ksar of Aït Ben Haddou is a fantastic walled city built on clay, located on the left bank of the Wadi Mellah, a beautiful valley.

Today you have the opportunity to wander the streets of this quaint town, enjoying their buildings, where you are able to meet the few families that live there and envision the landscape that extends beyond the Kasbah.

After lunch we continue to Marrakech, where we arrive in the mid- afternoon.

Marrakech is so important that it named Morocco! It's more than just a city. It is a pearl polished by history and tradition of hospitality that, for centuries, has been able to welcome visitors. For those who want to discover and meet people, this is the ideal place to enjoy simple pleasures.

Life in Marrakech does not stop at nightfall! The real start of the journey through time, impossible to witness elsewhere, starts with a ride to the Place Jemaa El Fna. Here, the exotic and medieval past appears as storytellers, street performers, snake charmers, musicians and small outdoor restaurants.

Accommodation: riad

Meals: breakfast

Day 9 - Marrakechsee

Today the day will be entirely devoted to exploring this wonderful city. In the medina, we visit the various souks, where the art of bargaining is always present, the Ben Youssef Medersa, the Museum of Marrakech and Palais Bahia.

In the afternoon you have time to enjoy everything at your own pace. You can visit the Majorelle Gardens, the Menara Park or just a plain sit down on a terrace overlooking the Place Jemaa El Fna, to drink tea and watch the world going by as the sun sets.

In the evening we return to the epicenter of the city for dinner in typical restaurants and vibrate with its nightlife.

Accommodation: riad

Meals: breakfast

Day 10 – Return from Marrakech or Trekking in Mount Toubkal - Extensionsee

For those who leave us today, it's time to say goodby. However, I bet you're already feeling sorry about trekking on Mount Toubkal, but for sure you're still full of good memories of this trip. Have a safe flight and see you soon!

For those who seek adventure, early in the morning, we set off for what will be the real adventure of this trip - climb Mount Toubkal, the highest point in North Africa!

In 4x4 jeeps we head to the village of Imlil. Here, we leave the vehicles behind and in the company of an expert guide, we begin our trek of about 5 hours up to our mountain refuge, about 3206 meters of altitude.

By the way, enjoy the fresh air and the landscape of valleys and mountains dotted by Berber villages and the uniqueness of life of those who inhabit.

Once at the shelter, it is time to relax and recover for the big day ahead.

Accommodation: mountain refuge

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 11 – Trekking in Mount Toubkal and return to Marrakech - Extensionsee

Today is the day to reach the summit of Toubkal. The walking is relatively straightforward, but the altitude will make the going quite difficult in parts. However, the views along the way, on a rocky carpet, make the journey more than worthwhile.

In the summit, the scenery is simply breathtaking! The view of 360 ° C will leave you with goosebumps of so fascinating and today, we bet you shall sleep in the clouds after this experience.

Fully appreciated this achievement, it is time to return to Imlil and finally Marrakech.

Accommodation: riad

Meals: breakfast and lunch

Day 12 - Return from Marrakech - Extensionsee

Last day in Morocco!

According to the time of flight, you will be transported to the airport. Here you’ll return back home.

ave a nice flight and shukran!

Accommodation: -

Meals: breakfast

What is included?

  • Days: 10
  • Accommodation: 4 nights in dar, 3 nights in riad, 1 night in hostel, 1 night in a Berber camp site in the Sahara Desert
  • Transports: 3 journeys by 4x4, 2 camel journeys, 2 bus journeys, all the transfers on the dates of the program
  • 13 Meals: 9 breakfasts, 1 lunches, 3 dinners
  • All the activities mentioned on the itinerary
  • Travel insurance on the dates of the program
  • Monitoring and guidance throughout the whole trip by António Pedro Moreira
  • Group size: 5 (minimum); 9 (maximum)

What is not included?

  • International airfare
  • Visa
  • Single supplement: 150€
  • Mount Toukal Extension: 190€
  • Unspecified meals
  • Extra activities
  • Unspecified visits
  • Expenses of personal nature
  • Tips

Next Dates

5 to 14 May 2018 900€ Available
1 to 10 September 2018 900€ Available

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