Morocco is such an incredible and cultural experience. Their culture will make you feel like you've completely left the reality we live in in the United States. Learning about their way of life and religion is incredibly eye opening and interesting.
Immersing yourself in the true culture is the way to travel in my opinion!
I love Morocco so much. And the shopping... oh my goodness the shopping. I usually don't bring home many things when I travel but in Morocco I was in pure heaven!
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DAY1: Tangier Airport – Chefchaouen
Upon arrival in Tangier, after proceeding through immigration customs and collecting your baggage, our representative is waiting for you outside of the terminal then transferring along acrossing the Riff Mountains to Chefchaouen ( the Bleu Pearl). Overnight and dinner at the Riad in the heart of Medina.
Day 2: Free day in the blue city (Exploring the area of the city )
After Breakfast at The riad/Hotel,you will have enough time to explore the city and have a look at different sights of the blue city . You can start with the kasbah, which is a heavily restored walled fortress that now contains a lovely garden, a small ethnographic museum, and an even smaller art gallery. The ethnographic museum contains some fascinating views of old Chefchaouen, including the plaza and the kasbah; the gallery promotes the work of local artists. The views from the kasbah tower over the medina are a delight. And the main square (Outta Hamam) where many restaurants are opening their doors to. Later on, you can also visit Ras El Maa, a beautiful waterfall beyond the gate of the magical blue Chefchaouen Medina. It’s regarded as an authentic source of town and at the same time one of Chefchaouen attractions. In the evening you will also have an amazing sunset view from the Spanish mosque.
Day 3: Chefchaouen - Ouazzane - Fes
After Breakfast at The riad/Hotel, You will start driving to Fes via Ouazzane and different stops where you will have the chance to take pictures and memories of the landscape. In the afternoon you will start cooking class to discover Moroccan cuisine, first of all you will be welcomed by a cup of tea as hospitality, you will learn about Moroccan vegetables and spices that we need in our meals. Also you will prepare the starter of this meal and the main dish of the meal. Overnight at the Riad/ Hotel at the heart of Medina.
Day 4: Fes – Ifrane- Cedar Forest- Midelt – Ziz Valley- Merzouga
After breakfast, you will start your long day where you will see different things in one day. Our day tour will start from the first imperial city of Morocco (Fes) toward the Sahara desert. We will travel through the middle Atlas Mountains. On our way, we will pass through the city of Ifrane which is known as “Moroccan Switzerland” because of its buildings. We will continue to the home of the native barbarian apes which is the cedar forest, the largest and the biggest one in Morocco. After crossing the Middle Atlas Mountains we will see many tents and caves of the nomadic families before stopping at the city of Midelt which is famous for the apples. En route, and before arriving at the camel rides we will have a stop at the palm groves which is an impressive view of the palm trees.
Day 5: Exploring Merzouga Area
After breakfast in the riad/hotel you will start an explorative journey of the area. You’ll visit the Gnawa people, originally slaves brought from Sudan, to experience their music and lifestyle. After that, we will drive to a desert area where you will have the opportunity to meet the nomad families still living in Berber tents and explore their way of life. Today our lunch will be a local meal (Berber pezza) with a local family. You may also visit the souk in Rissani, a traditional town which was the origin of the ruling family in Morocco and the meeting place of the Caravans trading as far as Timbuctou in Mali. Here you will see a lot of men hooded and women veiled. The final stop will be at the camp to another, overnight in the nomadic tent and enjoy the company of a band playing Berber music under the stars in the heart of the desert/ Sahara, This a beautiful experience that you might need to film the desert/ Sahara.
Day 6: MERZOUGA- RISSANI- TOUDRA GORGES- DADES VALLEY
While you were enjoying the sunrise at the heart of the dunes and taking beautiful memories, you will enjoy your breakfast and having a hot shower as well. Later on, we will drive to Dades valley passing through the city of Rissani/Sijilmassa which is one of the main stops of the commercial caravans that come from Africa. On Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday there will be an opportunity to visit the traditional market of Rissani. We drive to Todra gorges as the main place for having a picnic because it is a wonderful view. Arriving at Dades valley where you will have an overnight stay in a hotel that sheds light and has a good view of the valley.
Day 7: DADES VALLEY- ROSES VALLEY – OUARZAZATE - MARRAKECH
Today we travel off-road and explore the region between the Dades Valley and the Valley of Roses. You will encounter the local nomads, some of whom still live in caves and tents. At El-Kelaa M’Gouna up to 4000 tonnes of rose petals are picked every spring to be processed into rosewater or exported for the perfume industry. The Rose Festival is held here in May. As we travel from El-Kelaa M’Gouna towards Skoura you will see Kasbahs set out among the greenery of the Dades Valley. The small town of Skoura is surrounded by an impressive palm grove and the most beautiful Kasbahs in southern Morocco are to be found here. Continuing south we arrive at the Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, probably the most celebrated, filmed, and photographed Kasbah in Morocco. Featured in numerous films (including Lawrence of Arabia, The Sheltering Sky, and Gladiator), it is the best-preserved Kasbah in Morocco and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Crossing the mountains via the Tizi n Tichka pass. then arriving at Marrakech, overnight at the Riad inside Medina.
Day 8: MARRAKECH (city tour by local guide)
You will have to be ready for the hot Air Balloon that will start early in the morning to enjoy this amazing experience. Around 10:00 am you will be at the Riad where the local guide will pick you up to start exploring the city of Marrakech. Today will see the most attractive sights and monuments that Marrakech contains including Bahia Palace, Koutoubia mosque, Jamaa El Fanaa square as well as exploring the traditional Souk of the city. In the afternoon, your driver will take you to visit the famous Majorelle Garden and drive through the new town of Marrakech which we call "Giliz". Later on we will drive back to your riad where you will spend the night.
Day 9: FREE DAY IN MARRAKECH
Today is a day at your leasure or wonder on your owen. Dinner will be at Dar Sokkar
Day 10: MARRAKECH - AIRPORT
Transfer to the airport according to the schedule that interests you and the end of our services.
– Airport Arrival pick up
– National Guide
– Van with Luxury interior and AC
– Chefchaouen visit with a local guide
– Guided visit to Ait Benhaddou–Local guide in Marrakech
– 9 Nights Accommodation including “Dinner, Bed And Breakfast
– Camel trekking “1 Camel P/P”
– 2 Night in Luxury Desert Camp with Special Dinner
– Sandboarding in Dunes
– 4*4 Transportation Around The Desert
– Monuments and Historical Sites Entrance Fees As Per The Itinerary
– Bottle Of Water Everyday
– Cooking Class In Fes
– Special Lunch in Desert
-15 min photo shoot with Angie Monson in the desert
***DEPOSITS ARE NON REFUNDABLE, but ARE TRANSFERABLE.
FULL PRICE: $3,195 ($1,195 will be the deposit due on booking, the rest will be due 12 weeks before departure).
**Private rooms are $895 extra.
Your HOST: Angie Monson (owner of Dérive)
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