11D/10N Hercule Tour
Day 1: Casablanca – Rabat – Meknes :
Airport pick-up: Casablanca Mohamed V airport.
In Casablanca we will visit the Hassan II mosque, the largest mosque in North Africa and the third-largest in the world. It is situated on a headland on the Atlantic Ocean. The minaret is 210 meters. This makes the mosque visible from the outskirts of Casablanca. Another amazing place to visit is the Old Medina where you will enjoy everything traditional. On the other hand, there is the New Medina which is a wonderful mix of French and Moroccan inspired architecture.
We leave then to Rabat, the administrative capital of Morocco and the modern, spacious and wonderful city. In this imperial city, we will visit the Hassan Tower, Chellah, the Oudaya Kasbah and the art galleries.
We eat lunch in Rabat then later in the afternoon we drive to Meknes. We spend the night in a riad.
Day 2: Meknes – Fez:
Meknes is one of the four imperial cities of Morocco.It is a city with a lot of historical monuments and natural sites. The two sides of Meknes are connected by a bridge over the Boufekrane River. Our visit will, of course ,include the best and main sites of the city. We will go to Volubilis, Morocco’s most famous Roman site. As well as touring the Volubilis ruins outside of Meknes, we will also visit the superbly decorated mausoleum of Sultan Moulay Ismail, the vibrant Old Medina, the Museum of Moroccan Art, BouInania Medersa, Bab al-Mansour at Place el-Hdim and certainly the Ville Nouvelle. After a wonderful journey, we stay in a luxurious riad to rest and spend the night
Day 3: Meknes – Fez:
Fez is the first Moroccan imperial city. It holds a wealth of attractions and is described as the spiritual city of Morocco. Our visit includes the Karaouiyin University which is one of the oldest universities in the world. The other attractive places include the tanneries, Jardin Jnan Sbil and the lively old Medina where you will admire gardens, fountains, walkways and the crowded streets that are full of shops and bazaars,
After an active day, we take you back to your hotel.
Day 4: Fez – Merzouga:
After breakfast, we depart to Merzouga. On the road we cross several Berber towns such as Imouzzer Kandar (a small town in Sefrou Province), then Ifrane (a summer resort town in the Middle Atlas Mountains). We move on to Azrou cedar forest to watch monkeys and take pictures. Then we head to Midelt where we will have lunch. In the afternoon, we carry on to Merzouga through Errachidia, Erfoud and Rissani. We spend the night in the hotel.
Day 5: Merzouga:
Here, we will explore Merzouga and its suburbs. We tour the sandy dunes of Erg Chebbi which stretches on an area of 50 kilometers from north to south and up to 5–10 kilometers from east to west lining the Algerian border. This natural gift inspires locals and guests with its 150 meters high dunes. You will enjoy the beautiful sunrise and sunset.
In the same day, we meet nomad families who take care of their sheep and camels. They live in tents and they depend on grazing to win a living. We head, then, to Rissani to visit the local market and to explore the ancient villages. Nearby Merzouga, we listen to Gnawa music. We drive back to the hotel to start the camel trekking. You ride your camel to the bivouac where you will have a chicken Tajine and you sleep under wool tents. Meanwhile, you will enjoy the Berber music with our team and a superb view of the starry sky.
Day 6: Merzouga – TodghaGorge:
Every tourist who comes to Merzouga makes sure to seize the opportunity of being here to wake up in the morning to enjoy the spectacular sunrise. The sun rises on the golden sandy dunes in a wonderful view which is certainly agreat chance to take some impressive pictures. You, too, will live and enjoy this lovely experience. After this great moment, you take a camel ride to your hotel where you take a refreshing shower and a mouth-watering breakfast. We, then ,leave to Tinghir. We cross the villages of Rissania and Erfoud . Rissani is a cultural destination in Morocco with beautiful examples of early Moroccan architectural styles and noteworthy palaces such as Ksar Oulad Abdelhalim and Ksar Aber.We continue to Tinjdad where we stopover to have lunch. In the afternoon, we continue our way to Tinghir .The Todgha Gorge, which is a great attraction for mountain climbers and hikers ,is a few kilometers away from this town. Along the Todgha River, palm trees groves stretch in a unique and panoramic view. We spend the night in a hotel nearby.
Day 7 : TodghaGorge – Ouarzazate:
After having breakfast, we will drive through the Atlas Mountainsenjoying the beauty of the nature and the Berber villages. You will meet the locals who have arestruggling to earntheir living, but always keeping a smile on their faces and welcoming you with unprecedented hospitability and generosity. We arrive to Kelaa Mgouna,the town of the famous Festival of Roses which takes place at the end of April.When we arrive to Skoura, we will visit Amridil Kasbah, which is built in the 17th century andit is nowa museums where you will be able to see some tools that were used in the region in the past and also some that are still in use. We depart, then, to Ouarzazate wherewe will have dinner and stayina hotel.
Day 8: Ouarzazate – Marrakech:
Today, after breakfast, we drive to Ouarzazate, the Hollywood of Morocco. We visit the Taourirt Kasbah and, then, we drive to Ait Ben Haddou village which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and which holds the most impressive Kasbah in Morocco. Filmmakers have flocked here in recent years to film blockbusters such as Game of Thrones, Gladiator, Kingdom of Heaven and many other movies. After lunch, we drive to Marrakech through the high Atlas Mountains. We spend the night in a riad.
Day 9: Marrakech sightseeing:
Today is devoted to explore the red city of Marrakech. We will visit the Souks and Markets which can be the best experience you could ever have in the city. Djemaa el Fna is the popular city square in Marrakech, often known as the heart of Marrakech. It attracts tourists from all over the world. The Saadian Tombs are grandly decorated with vibrant tiles, intricate carvings and Arabic scripts. They have been restored and designed lavishly. You’ll be amazed at the beauty of these tombs, the magnificent arched ceilings, marble and mosaics carvings. On our tour, we will also visit the Koutoubia Mosque, the Bahia Palace, and the busiest streets of the Medina. In the afternoon, you might go for a walk and enjoy the open spectacles of the Djemaa el Fna where you attend nonstop performances of musicians, acrobats, story tellers, snake charmers and more. We spend the night in a riad.
Day 10: Marrakech – Essaouira – Marrakech:
This extraordinary itinerary combines two of the most tourist attractions in Morocco. From the charm of “the red city” to the vibrant“windy city” of Essaouira, you will take a trip of your dreams. After breakfast in Marrakech, we will drive to Essaouira, a port city on the Atlantic coast.The Medina of Essaouira was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001.It is small but that means it’s perfect for exploring. Shops are lined along the streets. They are full of colourful blankets and rugs, wooden handicrafts and other masterpieces of artisanal work. We will go to see the port and spend some time at the wonderful beach. You will enjoy all that ,We take our dinner and stay in riad.
Day 11: Essaouira –Casablanca :
After Breakfast and at the appropriate time we transfer you to the airport. Far well!