Team Desert Safari to Morocco prepared 7 days Imperial Cities and Sahara tour. On this tour you will see Fes, Volubilis, Meknes, Sahara desert, Erfoud, Ouarzazate and Marrakech.
Here is description of Imperial Cities and Sahara tour:
Day 1: Fes
On the first day you will arrive at Fes Airport, where the guide will wait for you. Then you will be taken to your Riad, that is located in the heart of the old Medina. The diner and breakfast are provided, so after night here, your journey around the imperial cities will begin.
Day 2: Fes
Seeing Fes as it is, you will have to spend at least day or two in it.
At 8am, morning will start with exploring ancient Fez Medina, Royal Palace, and short drive through Mellah (the old Jewish quarter). Royal Palace is covered with high privacy so you will be able to admire it from the outside. Bab Boujloud, gives some other impression of a bit modern style.
The day is long but there are many things to be seen. Fez El-Bali, the whole labyrinth of narrow streets with shops. Nejjarine and Sefarine squares, with fountains and University of Al Quaraouiyine.
Except monuments, be sure to try some of traditional Moroccan food, as Tajine and Couscous. For the real surprise we won’t tell you how it’s made.
Day 3: Fes – Volubilis – Meknes
On a third day, journey will continue in the direction of Meknes city.
But before that you will visit Moulay Idriss Mausoleum, dedicated to the founder of Fes in the 6th century.
Volubilis ruins, left on the road from Fes to Meknes, witness the ruling of Roman hand in this area. It represents archaeological site that show human traces even from Neolith. However, Roman civilization appeared here around 40th year, and made important city for trading. It was home of olive oil and wheat producing. It was several times destroyed by earthquake or simply human hand, but it remained as the legacy and remainder. Volubilis has truly long history which is worth researching.
This is the moment were we approach other imperial city Mekes. It will offer you nothing less than the parts of its own history. Its own Royal palace, from the outside, Moulay Ismail Mausoleum and huge gateway-Bab Mansour. You won’t know where to look. But that’s how appearance of one imperial city should affect you!
You can take a rest and enjoy a little bit more on Elhdim square, where you can find various entertainments.
Mekes will offer you place for diner, breakfast and sleeping, too.
Day 4: Sahara desert
Early at the morning, we are taking break from greatness of the cities. We will boldly set our course to the desert and surroundings. In Middle Atlas Mountains, by Azrou you will see beautiful Cedar Forest.
Here you will be welcomed in a bit different way. Not by humans, but by Barbary Monkeys! They are friendly and playful, and you will for sure have fun being around them.
Auberge at Errachidia lunch will be waiting for us, but we won’t stay here for a long time. The immense desert and its landscapes are expecting us!
Therefore, towards the Ziz Valley and its gorges, and to the Erg Chebbi dunes.
Arrival time should be at 5pm, just on time to start trip around hot Sahara.
Saddle up your camel for a long journey towards the encampment in the heart of the desert. You will be introduced to unreal views and friendly people. Don’t refuse drinking a cup of traditional mint tea with them, and you could get closer to their culture.
By waiting for the sunset in this place you will know-it would be a pity to spend this moment somewhere else. And with other people. Berber culture is unique and they will gladly represent you their music and crafts. Maybe right before the diner, under the clear sky, so you can go to bed in that special mood!
Day 5: Sahara desert – Erfoud – Ouarzazate
Waking up at 5am won’t be problem on a place like this!
You can take your slide that are available in the camp if you want to have an experience of Sand Boarding. After that you can have breakfast and have a hot shower.
Roaming through the desert for a day may leave some special effects on you. Erfoud city would after that look like hard sculpture created from densed and stoned sand! Here you will even see he Fossil excavation and tireless work of paleontologists and archaelogists. This place is like true work of art made simply from the gifts of desert!
Something different waits on the west. Todra Gorge in Dades Valley will add majestic description to this day. And then everything will be smoothed by lovely Country of Roses.
Overnight in Ourzazate Kasbah with dinner and breakast.
Day 6: Ouarzazate – Marrakech
Being town of movies and commercial, Ourzazate simply won’t hold back in showing you secrets of Atlas Studios. It will as well offer the good rest into the shadows of Taourirt Kasbah, residential palace of Galoui family.
Driving directly to Marrakech, through High Atlas Mountains, you can stop several times just to make some picture and take it as a souvenir! Everyone here understands that art of nature can not be ignored just like that.
You will be, also, able to pay tribute to Ksar of Ait Ben Haddou and Pacha Glaoui Telouet Kasbah, before getting to Marrkech.
Day 7: Marrakech
Palace of the Bahia just waits to first win your attention. There where everthing is challenging, you will know that you are in Marrakech. This will be the last imperial city to visit on this trip.
Inside of big red walls you can see Saadian Tombs, resting in some mystic shadows.
Another thing, to see after lunch, will be Jemaa el-Fna, the old city. It’s impossible not to enjoy this big pieces of some big art. Those kind of things can be made just by the joined hands of its people.
For the end, Koutoubia Mosque will take your breath even remained little bit hidden under its veil.
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Team Desert Safari to Morocco, wishes you happy holidays!