Travel on the Road of One Thousand Fortresses and explore a multitude of Kasbahs, check out the Roman ruins of Volubilis and venture into its surroundings experience luxury dessert camping, and sleep under the pitch dark sky sprinkled with shimmering stars. Take a camel ride and enjoy the sand dunes in the Sahara Desert.
Explore the medinas and alleys of some of the most famous Moroccan cities like Marrakech and Fes. Visit the countryside in the exciting 4X4, Visit Morocco, and find true enchantment!
Today, you will have the entire day to explore Marrakech. You can visit Djema El Fna, Ali Ben Youssef Medersa, Bahai Palace, the gardens of famous French architect Jardin Majorelle, and the famous Saadian Tombs. Don’t forget to eat the local cuisines around Djema El Fna. A lively, colourful city, Marrakesh is defined by its old medina and souqs, which lattice the centre and resound with the hum of craftsmanship and the tantalising aroma of exotic spices.
At the heart of the medina is the Djemaa El Fna, an open space which comes alive at night with entertainers and soothsayers amid the food stalls. Over its turbulent history the city has fallen in and out of favour with the ruling sultans, but its function as a trading place has continued regardless. Rising above this activity are proud reminders of the city’s past in the towering minarets, ornate tombs and cavernous palaces. These are encircled by ochre ramparts, shaded beneath palms and framed by the distant backdrop of the Atlas Mountains. Marrakesh’s many gardens offer a haven of tranquillity in this busy city. The best known of these is the Majorelle Garden, where vibrant plants surround a striking cobalt-blue Art Deco pavilion.
Visit Ouarzazate, Ouarzazate boasts a significant role in the history of the south of Morocco, lying as it does at the confluence of the three major southern oasis valleys – the Draa, the Dades and the Ouarzazate. Extensive fortifications built by successive sultans trying to dominate and control this traditionally subversive region have come and gone, the pisé walls washed away in sporadic rains. The only lasting impression has been left by the French, who made Ouarzazate their southern garrison town, and laid out a grid of streets and built modern buildings to line them.
There are, however, a couple of well-preserved kasbahs in and around the town, and Ouarzazate is a great base for exploring the surrounding scenery: steep desert valleys filled with palms, leading into rocky desert plains. Close to Ouarzazate lies the spectacular ancient ksar town of Ait Ben Haddou, an extraordinary example of traditional clay-brick dwellings in the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains.
Today we will head towards Dades Valley and Skoura lies astride the route from Ouarzazate to the Sahara and is a town typical of those in the Dades Valley. The modern town offers little to detain the visitor, but the palm plantations are criss-crossed by paths that run by old pisé walls, starting to crumble, up to kasbahs in equally ruinous condition. The whole effect is quite beautiful and if you are going to break your journey anywhere in the Dades Valley, Skoura is a good place to do so. The Dades Valley is the principal route between the desert and the ancient trading oasis of Tifilalt.
The main High Atlas are to the north, but at Todra the valley descends to a dramatic gorge that cuts through the mountains. It’s one of Morocco’s greatest natural sights, completed by a gently burbling stream and a welcoming cafe to rest at. At its eastern end, the valley joins that of the Ziz River, where towering palms threaten to spill over the canyon edge into the valley hundreds of metres below.
Merzouga is the doorway to Erg Chebbi sand dunes. You can explore this desert region in a 4X4. It is also famous for desert birds, and at times flamingoes! Erg Chebbi is the most accessible dunes of the Sahara in Morocco. The best times to see them are at sunrise and sunset, when the changing light subtly alters their color with each passing second, from butter yellow to gold, ochre, and honey. A night camping in the desert is a special experience; the deep tranquillity seemingly a million miles away from Morocco’s hectic cities, and the perfect, clear night skies displaying a vast curtain of stars.
Fes is an important city, situated at the crossroads of other important towns like Tangier, Marrakech, and Rabat! There’s a lot to do, and during your first day here you can explore the Mausoleum of Moulay Idriss II, and the Royal Palace of the King of Morocco.
On your second day, you can take a walk to the city’s fortified entrance, explore the famous tanning industry of Fes, and visit the renowned medinas that make Fes the best destination in Morocco. Despite the modernization, what will enchant you is the old-world architecture that still prevails in different parts of the city. There are wonderfully designed mosques such as MedersaBouInania and Medersa el-Attarine, that even though don’t open their door to non-Muslims, can be seen from outside. The complexly done tile work is an absolute artistic delight.
The King’s Palace, Saadian Tombs, and Jewish quarters are other well-known places of interest that one can explore. The King’s Palace is open only to the members of the Royal family. Others can enjoy viewing it from outside. Another noteworthy thing is that the city is full of fountains, just like important kingdom cities used to be way back in time. And given that it is still traditional, both men and women should cover themselves well when they are exploring the city. Contrary to what the world believes, the world’s oldest university is not anywhere else but at Fes. The University of Al-Qarawiyyin is supposed to have been established in 859 AD
Visit the Roman Ruins of Volubilis and the Historic Capitol of Meknes. Only a short distance west of Fes, the fortunes of the small market town of Meknes took a dramatic turn when Sultan Moulay Ismail assumed power in the 17th century and chose it for his royal court. Huge palaces, harems, and miles of walls pierced with arched gates were constructed. After his death, the city’s influence seeped away, and earthquakes and rain reduced his massive works to subsiding mud-bricks: only the monumental gates hint at its former glory. A different period of history awaits at nearby Volubilis, one of the Roman Empire’s key Moroccan settlements. Among the remains of buildings and streets, the colorful and vivid mosaic floors are the real highlights.