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Day 1 Casablanca

Arrive at any time.

You are welcome to arrive in Casablanca at any time, as today is a designated arrival day with no planned activities. Please note that there will be an important welcome meeting this evening at our joining hotel. Please check the hotel notice board for more information on the location of this meeting or ask at reception. Please bring your passport and travel insurance documents to this meeting, as you will be required to fill out some important pre-trip admin documents. After learning more about our tour and plans for the following day, you are welcome to join the CEO and your travelling companions for an optional dinner. Please note, this tour does not spend any time in Casablanca. You may wish to come a day early in order to explore Casablanca's small medina, beachfront and classic examples of Art Deco architecture. Be sure to visit the spectacular Hassan II mosque. Entrance is only permitted via guided tours which operate from Saturday to Thursday (closed Fridays) at 09h00, 10h00, 11h00, and 14h00. Please refer to optional activity section of these notes for prices. These times are subject to change (particularly around Ramadan) please double check these times with your hotel.

Day 2 Tangier (1B)

Travel up the coast to Tangier. Get lost in the winding streets and alleyways of the medina, and take a beachfront stroll. Be sure to sample some Moroccan mint tea.

Travel up the coast to Tangier. Get lost in the winding streets and alleyways of the medina, and take a beachfront stroll. Be sure to sample some Moroccan mint tea. Setting out by foot is the best way to see Tangier. Walk through the medina (only accessible by foot), and a stroll along the beachfront boulevard. Nearly every stop on this tour is great for shopping, so a visit to the souk in Tangier is a great place to start to get a feel for prices and bargaining. Tangier is an exotic mix of influences, located at the northern tip of Morocco. With culture, cuisine and language coming from North Africa, Spain, Portugal and France, this bustling port city is unique and fascinating. Estimated travel time: 5 hrs

Day 3-4 Chefchaouen

Explore this beautiful mountain town with white-washed buildings and blue accents. Opt to hike the Rif Mountains, take a traditional hammam or visit a local weavers' cooperative.

Explore this beautiful mountain town with white-washed buildings and blue accents. Opt to hike the Rif Mountains, take a traditional hammam or visit a local weavers' cooperative. Chefchaouen is a gorgeous mountain town in northern Morocco. It is often skipped when travelling the standard route around Morocco but is truly one of the most special places to visit. Set in the Rif Mountains, this town's white-washed buildings with blue accents make it one of the most picturesque places in the country. Known as the Blue City, the distinctive blue colour was added by the city's jewish population who lived as refugees in the 1930s. The main square is lined with cafés and shops selling a multitude of handicrafts, often not available elsewhere in the country. Estimated travel time: 2 hrs

Day 5-6 Fes (2B)

Free time to shop in the world's largest medina, visit a Berber pharmacy and take in the many colours of an ancient tannery.

Free time to shop in the world's largest medina, visit a Berber pharmacy and take in the many colours of an ancient tannery. The Fes medina is the world's largest medina with over 9,000 winding streets lying within 365 hectares. Buildings within the medina date back to the 9th century, during the 11th century Fes was the largest city in the known world. There are 350 mosques in the medina where the locals can enter to pray, which devout Muslims do five times a day as part of the five pillars of Islam. Explore the medina's many artisans' quarters, such as the brass, copper and wedding adornment souks. The carpenters, bakers, butchers & spice sellers also have their area of the medina that they call home. A highlight is a visit to the famous Fes tannery, where you have great views from a panoramic viewpoint looking over the men hard at work treating and dying the different hides. Opt to check out Moulay Idriss II's Mausoleum (the founder of Fes), the 9th century Al Karaouine University and one of the many Medersas (Koranic school). This evening, why not head off for a Moroccan feast at one of the many restaurants and finish off the night with some famous Moroccan mint tea? Estimated travel time: 4 hrs

Tag 1 Marrakesch

Ankunft zu jeder Zeit möglich.

Travel across Morocco to the bustling city of Marrakech. A great place to start your adventure is Djemaa el Fna square, in the heart of the medina. The square changes its offerings throughout the day. In the morning you can wander past the fresh orange juice stalls, water sellers in colourful costumes with traditional leather water bags, brass cups, and snake charmers reminiscent of an era past. As the day progresses the snake charmers are replaced by Chleuh dancing-boys, story-tellers, magicians, and peddlers of traditional medicines. As the sun sets, the square fills with dozens of food-stalls, packed with locals and the entertaining chefs and waiters. Grab a spot on a bench with the other diners and try the tanjia (slow cooked lamb), harira soup, grilled seafood, famous Moroccan couscous, tajine, snails or even sheep's head for the truly adventurous, and wash it all down with some spiced tea. To really get a taste of everyday life in Marrakech, head into the maze of tiny streets and alleyways of the ancient medina. Tourists and locals alike will find everything they desire in the souks, whether it's spices, traditional jalabas and slippers, or famous Moroccan lanterns, the selection here is exhaustive, and don't forget to bargain, it's definitely part of the fun. Perhaps end the day like a local with an optional group dinner in the famous food stalls of Djemaa el Fna. Estimated travel time: 8 hrs

Tage 2-3 Nkob/Merzouga (1A)

Reise nach Westen in die Wüste, begib dich auf einen Kamelritt zwischen die Dünen und verbringe die Nacht in einem Berber-Camp.

Drive to Ouarzazate via the ‘Road of 1000 Kasbahs' (approx. 30mins driving). From Ouarzazate, travel through the Draa Valley to Nkob, stopping occasionally along the way. On Day 3, travel east to the edge of the Sahara, passing through the village of Tazzarine and Alnif before stopping off at the town of Rissani where you'll have some time to explore the town. Afterwards, head out to the dunes and to the auberge where you'll prepare for a night at a Berber camp in the sand dunes. Day 9 Estimated travel time (including stops): 9 hours Day 10 Estimated travel time (including stops): 7 hours

Tag 4 Todra-Schlucht (1F)

Spaziere durch das Ackerland in der Umgebung von Todra und lerne das Leben der Einheimischen in den Dörfern kennen.

We depart early from the camp to our first stop for the day at Tineghir where we visit the town and go for a walk through the palm groves. From here we make our way on to the breathtaking Todra Gorge where we spend the night nestled between the sheer cliff walls among the palm trees and gurgling river. The Todra River has carved out cliff-sided canyons through the mountains with the final 600m of the gorge being the most spectacular as the canyon narrows to a flat stony track as little as 10m wide in places with sheer and smooth rock walls up to 300 m high on each side. Today the Todra river looks more like a stream as it runs its way through the gorge, with hotels and restaurants huddled against the steep walls. Walk though local village farmland near Todra to learn about the local way of life. The hike in the gorge is an easy one-there is a well-maintained dirt road to walk along. The scenery is spectacular. Nestled in between the sheer cliffs of the gorge, you will have the chance to enjoy a relaxing evening indulging in local Berber cuisine and maybe even listening to the beats of the African drum. Please note that in Todra Gorge we utilise a simple, family run hotel. As with all accommodation located within the gorge itself, electricity is supplied via a generator. Whilst this does mean that there is no electricity available between midnight and 7am, we find that the experience of staying in such a beautiful location more than makes up for it! Estimated travel time: 4hrs

Tag 5 Aït-Ben-Haddou

Verbringe den Tag mit der Erkundung dieser Kasbah im Atlasgebirge. Optionaler Tagine-Kochkurs.

We travel along the "Route of a 1000 Kasbahs", passing through Kelaa M'Gouna where rose oils and rose water are produced before stopping in Ouarzazate for a short visit of this former Foreign Legion stronghold and site of the Atlas Film Studios before heading on to the village of Aït Benhaddou. Aït Ben Haddou is a wonderful example of a kasbah, a type of fortress. Carefully restored over the years and now classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site it is now considered to be one of the best preserved kasbahs in Morocco. A few families still call the kasbah their home, but the majority of locals have gradually moved to the nearby settlement. During our visit to the Kasbah, lose yourself in the narrow, winding passageways and feel the magical atmosphere of this incredible structure. Opt to take a tagine cooking course in your free time. Estimated travel time: 5hrs

Tage 6-7 Essaouira

Orientierungs-Spaziergang durch die Stadt. Genieße das entspannte Flair dieser Küstenstadt.

Orientation walk through the city, then you are free to explore Essaouira's funky coastal ambience. In the morning, don't miss the colourful and lively spectacle of the return of the boats to the port, with their baskets full of fish. Afterwards, head up to the ramparts on the old city wall for a great view over the city and out to sea. Browse the shops and art galleries or take a stroll along the long, sandy beach. This is the perfect place to unwind and relax with a cold beer or shisha pipe (waterpipe). The active might choose to take a surfing or windsurfing lesson, hire a fishing rod or just take a long walk on the beach. In the evening, head to one of the local barbeque fish cafes where you can pick out the catch of the day and have it cooked to perfection for the perfect sea food dinner. Essaouira is also famous for its music scene and a great chance to check out a live performance.

Tag 8 Marrakesch

Weiterfahrt nach Marrakesch, wo der Trip mit der Ankunft am Mittag endet; bitte buche eine Weiterreise erst ab 14 Uhr.

Continue onto Marrakech where the tour ends upon arrival at approximately 12pm; please book ongoing travel after 2pm.

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