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Agadir to Ouarzazate also Chegaga desert

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Agadir to Ouarzazate also Chegaga desert

Agadir to Ouarzazate to the desert of Chegaga 4Days

Day 1 : Agadir – Taroudant – Ait Ben Haddou – Ouarzazate
Departure AT 8AM to Ouarzazate, and the South of Morocco, via Taroudant. Taroudant city tour, one of the oldest city of Morocco which has kept intact the character of its past. You can admire in the souk true craftsmanship. Afterwards we continue to Ouarzazate. Before reaching Ouarzazate city we will stop to visit the kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou a UNESCO site, where we are going to have lunch. In the Afternnon we leave to Ouarzazate to visit the city. Dinner and lodging waiting at a hotel in Ouarzazate.

Day 2 : Ouarzazate – Agdez – Zagora – M’hamid.
Morning departure with 4×4 to M’hamid through the Tizi N’Tinifift , the Draa Valley and its many kasbahs, skirting a Palm grove of over 200 km. On the way visit of the Kasbah of Tamnougalt and crossing the Draa palm grove on track, then joining the main road until Zagora. Visit of the Kasbah of Amzrou and the Village of Tamgroute best know by the cooperative of green poets, and its ancient library with books from the 11th century. Road to M’hamid, where the appointment with Dromedary walk to join the camp and to enjoy a wonderful sun set in the desert. Dinner and overnight in Berber nomad tents

Day 3: M’hamid – Chegaga
After breakfast, departure by 4×4 to cross the desert: sand dunes, Oasis, Hamada …until the big sandy dunes of Chegaga, the largest sand dunes . Lunch under the shade of palm trees, tamarisk, and in the company of a nomadic family when possible. In the afternoon, we continue the track to join the camp and have a taste of the real nomadic life, with all its secrets. Dinner and overnight in tents or under the stars.

Day 4: Chegaga – Agadir via Foum Zguid and Taroudant
After breakfast departure to follow the track between Taliouine and Erg Chegaga along the dry bed of the Draa through Lake Iriqui. Then Foum Zguid and onwards by road to Taznakht (optional stop in a carpet shop for a properly see the different kinds of carpets in the region). After lunch we take the road to Taliouine, famous for its safran and then join Taroudant, also known as the small Marrakech with its red ramparts and souks. After then drive back to Agadir.

Morocco Holiday Tour

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Morocco Holiday Tour

Morocco Holiday : 16 days/15 nights

This Tour can be CUSTIOMIZED to fit your schedule from 8 to 16 days.

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Day 1 Casablanca – Rabat – Meknes

Will we collect you from your hotel in Casablanca to visit the Hassan II Mosque before departing to Rabat. In Rabat you can visit to the Mechouar of the Royal Palace, the ruins of Chellah, the Mohammed V Mausoleum and the Hassan Tower. After lunch we will depart to Meknes to arrive early evening.

Day 2 Meknes – Volubilis – Chefchaouen

After breakfast we will depart Meknes to visit the holy city of Moulay Idriss and the Roman ruins of Volubilis. We will drive through the rural areas where we will see the hills full of olive and fruit trees. We will stop for lunch at a local restaurant in Ouezanne before continuing through the Rif mountains to ‘blue town’ of Chefchouen.

Day 3 Chefchaouen

You will have a free day to explore Chefchouen. You can visit the gardens of the Kasbah and their small museum that a modest collection of old arms as well as instruments, textiles and some historical photos of the city lodges; also there is a gallery of art within the walls. You can explore the Medina to see the amazing array of shops or take a walk one of the many walking tracks that depart form the village.

Day 4 Chefchaouen to Fes

You will have the morning to relax or take in more sights of Chefchaouen. We will make an an early afternoon departure to Fes.

Day 5 Fes

You will have a guided tour to discover the the medina and the famous Souks of Fes – its narrow cobbled streets are filled with ancient mosques and towering green-glazed minarets.. You will visit the most beautiful palaces and monuments of Fes. The tour will include a visit to the tannery and the ceramics cooperative to see the traditional moroccan crafts.

Day 6 Fes – Ilfrane – Azrou – Midelt – Merzouga

After breakfast we will depart for Merzouga through the Middle Atlas region. We will drive through Ifrane, the ‘Switzerland’ of Morocco and the cedar forests of Azrou where we can stop to hand feed the monkeys. We will continue to Midelt where we will have lunch. We will then follow the Ziz River through the valley and stop to see the Ziz Gorges on our way to Merzouga.

Day 7 Merzouga – Khamlia – Rissani – Erg Chebbi

Today we will explore the desert region and the marvel that is the Erg Chebbi desert dunes. We will will make a circuit of the desert dunes where you will have the opportunity to see the the nomad’s way of life and the amazing changing contrasts of the of the desert. We will visit the ‘black village’ of Khamlia to see the Gnawa musicians. We will have a traditional Berber pizza for lunch in the ancient capital of Rissani. In the afternoon we will ride the camels to see the sunset over the dunes and spend the night in the desert camp. We will have a traditional tagine dinner, drink delicious mint tea, listen to traditional berber music while watching the stars and the rising moon in the amazing Sahara desert.

Day 8 Merzouga – Todra Gorges – Dades Gorges

We will wake up early to see the spectacular sunrise over the dunes before making our way back to the hotel for breakfast and a shower. We will cross the palm lined valleys of Tourog and Tinjdad to arrive to Todra Gorge. We will take a walk in the Todra Gorges and have lunch in a local restaurant before continuing to our accommodation in the Dades Gorge.

Day 9 Dades Gorge – El Kelaa Magona – Skoura – Ouarzazate

After breakfast we will take a walk in the gorge and then take the off road track to see the nomad caves. We will continue via El Kelaa Magona, Valley of the Roses and the Skoura oasis to arrive early evening in Ouarzazate.

Day 10 Ouarzazate

You will have the day at leisure for shopping or sightseeing. You can visit the Taourirt Kasbah and the “Hollywood of Morocco”, the Atlas film studios.

Day 11 Ouarzazate – Ait Ben Haddou – Telouet – Marrakech

After breakfast we will depart to Ait Benhaddou and visit the World Heritage Site. We will continue with a visit to the traditional High Atlas Berber village of Telouet and the Kasbah el Glaoui. We will have lunch in a local restaurant in Telouet before descending the Tizi-n-Tichka to Marrakech.

Day 12 Marrakech

You will have a guided tour to discover the multiple facets of Marrakech with a stroll in the labyrinth of the narrow streets of the Medina Jamaa El Fna amongst its famous Souks and a visit to the most beautiful palaces and monuments of Marrakech.

Day 13 Marrakech

You will have the day to explore Marrakech or you can take an optional day tour to Cascade d’Ouzoud.

Day 14 Marrakech to Essaouira

We will spend the morning at leisure for shopping or relaxing in Marrakech before departing at your convenience to Essaouira.

Day 15 Essaouira

Enjoy your day wandering the old fortified fishing port of Essaouira on the atlantic coast. See the amazing mixture of Portuguese and Berber architecture. Explore the colourful souks, art galleries, the carpentry workshops devoted to cedar and Thuya wood carving and the fortified harbour with it’s stalls of freshly caught seafood.

Day 16 Essaouira – Marrakech

We will spend the morning at leisure for shopping or relaxing in Essaouira before leaving early afternoon to arrive in Marrakech by 4pm (or if you have a departing flight or want to spend time we can leave Marrakech at your convenience).

This Tour can be CUSTOMIZED to fit your schedule from 8 to 16 days.

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Ait Ben Haddou

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Ait Ben Haddou

Ksar

The ksar, a group of earthen buildings surrounded by high walls, is a traditional pre-Saharan habitat. The houses crowd together within the defensive walls, which are reinforced by corner towers. Ait-Ben-Haddou, in Ouarzazate province, is a striking example of the architecture of southern Morocco.

 

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Kasba

Aït-Ben-Haddou is an outstanding example of a southern Moroccan ksar illustrating the main types of construction to be observed in the valleys of Dra, Todgha, Dades and Sous.

The earthen constructions of southern Morocco are rightly celebrated, for they represent a particular family of pre-Saharan architecture, which is common to all countries of the Great Maghreb, Mauritania and Libya. It is not certain that the introduction of these striking constructions dates back to Islamization and to the foundation of Sijilmassa in 757, but it is probable (although the oldest testimonies do not appear to be from before the 17th century) that their structure and technique were propagated from a very early time in Djebel and in the valleys of the south.

The typology of this traditional habitat is extremely diversified. Large houses, called tighremt in Berber and dar or kasba in Arabic, bring together, around a central rectangular courtyard, four tall fortified wings, topped by angle towers. In some cases they allow entrance to lower connected houses situated around a second courtyard which has an enceinte.

The kasba of southern Morocco is the family unit of the wealthy classes and has varied forms and multiple functions. For the most part, they are country houses; the ground floor is used for agricultural purposes and the upper floors serve as living quarters in winter (upper portion) and summer (lower portion). Adjoining houses are reserved for agricultural workers, as in the Skura Oasis. The kasba can, however, also be a veritable palace-fortress, the seat of local power, as in the ancient region of Glaua, in Taurirt and in Teluet. It then takes on the dimensions of a small village.

In contrast to the kasba, the family unit is the ksar (plural ksour), which is mainly a collective grouping. Inside the defensive walls, which are reinforced by angle towers each with a zigzag-shaped gate, houses crowd together. Some are modest, others resemble small urban castles with their high angle towers whose upper portion presents decorative motifs in clay brick. But there are also buildings and community areas: collective sheep pens and stables, lofts and silos, market place, meeting room for the assembly of family chiefs, mosque, madrasas, etc.

Ait-Ben-Haddou is an extraordinary ensemble of buildings offering a complete panorama of pre-Saharan construction techniques (ramming mass worked into panel brick and bull header, ordinary moulded earth, clay brick, etc.) as well as a striking miniature of the architectural typology of southern Morocco. An astonishing loft-fortress overlooks the mountain against which the ksar is located. The lofts (agadir or ighram) are not uncommon in Morocco, but their defensive character is not always as evident as in the present case by the choice of a site on high and a fortification system linking the loft with the village, conceived as the last bastion of resistance in the event of a siege.

Source: UNESCO/CLT/WHC

 

Kasbah Slideshow

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Kasbah Slideshow

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Sunset Camel Tour

Posted by on Apr 24, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off on Sunset Camel Tour

Sunset Camel Tour

Travel the Sahara Desert on Camel through the Erg Chebbi Dunes

The Sunset tour begins around 5:30pm. It takes almost half an hour to reach the sand dunes of Erg Chebbi riding on top a camel. Then, we will leave the camels, travel by foot about 80 meters to reach the highest dune of Merzouga.

For those who want to see a panoramic view they must climb to the top, it will take them another 10 minutes. If you prefer not to hike up the highest dunes, the area around the camel “parking” is perfect to watch the sunset.

After having enjoyed this short time we travel back to the village before dark. This tour includes a stop at the garden where you will have a short explanation about the canal system of the desert.

SUNSET TOUR

Best of Morocco

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“Best Morocco – Best of Morocco”

5 of 5 stars  Reviewed September 9, 2013 via mobile

We had an excellent 16 days trip starting from Casablanca going out as far as Merzouga, the dessert kingdom, and then down south to Ourzazate & to Marrakech and back to Casablanca along the coast line. it was our customized itiniery just to experience a true moroccan culture.
And we got ut from Best Moroccan Tour!!
Thank you for all the beautiful riads, the great food & activities!! And also our guide driver, Mr.Hassan, for his hospitality.

It was definitely the trip of year so far.

Cheers,

Niksanuman
Visited April 2013