Day 1 – Departure from Canada.
Day 2 – Arrive at Casablanca airport and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day will be at your leisure. The port city of Casablanca has a unique blend of European and Moorish architecture including the Hassan II Mosque, the largest in Morocco.
Day 3 – After breakfast, you will be driven to the sixth largest city in Morocco: Meknes. Meet your local guide there who will take you for a guided tour around the medina. From the northern gate of Bab Berdaine walk to the shrine of Moulay Ismail, who turned Meknes from a provincial town to an imperial city in the 17th century.
Drive afterwards to the archeological site of Volubilis. Discover the sea creature mosaic in the House of Orpheus, and see the exploits and labours of Hercules, which are depicted in stunning detail. Continue afterwards to Fes and spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Day 4 – This morning meet your local guide of Fes and set up for a full day tour of the old medina of Fes: the spiritual and cultural heart of Morocco. You will first head to old city, known locally as Fes el Bali, one of the world’s most fascinating old cities. Medieval Fes was one of the world’s great centers of education and culture, both Islamic and Jewish. Walk through the twisting streets and alleyways, passing donkeys piled high with goods, and explore the specialty sections that divide the souk. Visit the well-known tanneries and walk through souks and markets.
Later, you will be taken to learn more about Fes signature dish: the sweet and salty pastilla.
Day 5 – Today, leave Fes and drive to Ifrane. In Moroccan berber language, Ifrane means caves. The town is well known for its natural caves dug into the Jurassic carbonate layer in the form of go-karts, it is nicknamed Little Switzerland in relation to its winter beauty and its ski resorts which attract fans of winter games.
Join your leader for a visit cedar park where you will discover the oldest tree in the cedar forest in the middle Atlas, continue for 1 hour walk where you can discover flora and fauna of the region including the famous barbary macaque. Afterwards, continue the drive to Midelt.
Day 6 – Leave Midelt where we will drive to probably the highlight of your trip: the orange-coloured Erg Chebbi sand dunes. The Erg Chebbi is one of the world’s iconic landscapes, with towering dunes up to 150 meters in height. Located at the end of a sealed road and just 20 kilometers from the Algerian border this really feels like frontier country.
You will leave your gear at a simple auberge and then ride camels into the edge of the Sahara Desert, enjoying a spectacular sunset along the way. The dunes are stunning, especially as the evening light plays across them and sets off the colours. Tonight, you will camp out in traditional style, with the chance to try some fantastic local cuisine while you sit around an open fire, enjoying lively music and dancing under the stars.
Day 7 – Leave the desert today and drive to Todra. a massive trench that rises over 250 meters to form one of the most dramatic and spectacular natural sights in Morocco. We will stop for a walk there before we continue back to your home for the next 2 nights: Mgoun valley.
Day 8 – Meet your leader today for a full day hiking to explore the beauty of this largely untouched Moroccan backcountry. On foot is the best way to discover the natural and man-made landscape and the rural way of life. You’ll walk a trail that undulates slightly here and there but isn’t too challenging if you have a basic level of fitness. On the walk you’ll pass Berber villages, meeting local Berbers along the way. The surrounding mountains and the famous Rose Valley make a sensational setting.
Day 9 – Drive to Ait Benhaddou, an ancient fortified village. Enjoy lunch in a beautiful kasbah. This place has a long list of film and TV credits, including Lawrence of Arabia, Game of Thrones, Gladiator and The Mummy. Enjoy a walk to the top of the hill followed by a lunch overlooking the kasbah before continuing to Marrakesh.
When the night falls, you will be taken to a delicious dinner in of the stalls of Jamaa el fna square.
Day 10 – This morning, you will have the chance to see the sights of Marrakech from a different perspective – on two wheels. We’ll start this laid-back tour at the AXS headquarters and travel through the King’s palace, the Medina, and the Djeema-El-Fna, where we will stop to drink some of the best fresh squeezed orange juice in the world. Soak up some all-natural Moroccan medicinal recipes and sample some of the spices that feature so heavily in Moroccan cuisine. It’s interesting, educational, eco-friendly, and most importantly, fun. The rest of the day will be at your leisure.
Day 11 – Departure from Marrakesh airport.
- transfers and transportation throughout
- full time tour director
- entrance to all sites
- medical insurance