Chefchaouen Trekking Trip

Morocco Historic Tour

Start Tangier
Finish Marrakech
Days 11
Theme Trekking
From $2499 USD
Group Min 4
Group Max 16
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This Morocco small group Tour is a discovery to trace the footprints of Paul Bowles, a great traveler, adventurer, explorer and famous writer who documented one of his best adventure trips in Morocco in a book he entitled “The Sheltering Skies”. For the curious Traveler, Morocco remains one of North Africa most rewarding with its geography, culture, and social diversity. A Destination that encompasses all aspects of an inclusive, tolerant and, open-minded ways of life. A historic and hub of Moorish Heritage of once a civilization that thrived between, Cordoba, Granada, Fez, and Marrakech. An Islamic Heritage is still alive in major old cities like Rabat, Meknes, Fes, Marrakech, and Essaouira. For nature enthusiasts, Morocco possesses some of the highest mountains laced with fertile plateaus and plains giving way to the Atlantic Ocean. Morocco is also home to the rare red cedar forests of the Atlas Mountains and argan trees unique to south-west regions of Morocco. All are included in this discovery tour to Morocco 2019.

An amalgamation of cultures, including African, Berber, Middle-Eastern, and European, is added to the influences of the early Egyptians, Phoenicians, Carthaginians, and Romans, making the history and culture of Morocco undeniably fascinating and remarkably exceptional.

Our visitors will enjoy this historical Morocco tour in the memory of Paul Bowles bestseller “The sheltering Skies” incorporating some of the most distinctive and diverse areas, studying the history, art, music, and crafts with the most qualified, well-known indigenous experts guides. Trips to private palaces, homes, and traditional markets and workshops. Calligraphy Arts collections will be combined with major cultural attractions, as well as the opportunity to study and purchase Moroccan crafts, which have been famous for their diversity and creative good quality for centuries.

Join us in this Morocco group tours 2019/2020 as we venture amongst the mosaics of the Roman city Volubilis, the ancient Medinas, the Medersas of Fez, and the Mosques and scented gardens of Marrakech. Morocco is a kaleidoscope of sights, sounds, and cultures. Visiting Morocco is an experience not to be missed. Join this thoroughly Halal trip designed for discovery and knowledge.

An Adventure as lovely as it gets

  • Offering Morocco tour Packages is easy, but opening opportunities for travelers to immerse in the culture by visiting highly regarded sacred places like an overnight visits to Moulay Idriss were prohibited to non-Muslims until 2005. Experience a home stay with a charming local family; spontaneous opportunity can be created right on the spot when often you are invited to a cooking demonstration by the ladies of the house.

  • You have time to explore the exotic day market, or simply enjoy plenty of time to practice your photography among the vivid blue and bright whitewashed houses of Chefchaouen and other northern villages

  • Enact a glorious medieval era still in full function today in the Medina of Fes and explore the magic of a place suspended in time. Enjoy walking cobbled stone small streets of the medina like Paul Bowles did with best of local guides to show you the way while others are completely lost or visit the strict minimum of this mysterious Medina of Fez.

  • Contemplate under the African skies over the dunes of Merzouga, an ocean of sand under your feet and an ocean of bright stars at the tip of your fingers. This is Magic of The Sahara Desert and the sheltering Skies of Morocco.

A year around tour roaster works for you?

  • This Morocco adventure tour is running even in Ramadan which will take place from 4 May to 3 June 2019. This is a special time to explore Morocco with a different perspective unique to this Sacred month for Muslims around the world. The Ambiance is unique. The schedule might be a little different, mornings are a bit slow but everything is open for you to visit adding night activities special for this month. Markets and streets entertainments could not be better. Pubs are the only places that close for Ramadan, however, bars in hotels serve drinks to non Muslims.

  • On this Morocco adventure last day of your trip, we offer you an overnight ride to Tangier on the legendary Marrakech Express train.

  • There are some steep steps up to walk to the old city of Moulay Idriss and Chefchaouen on Day 2 of your trip, but your guide will take the easiest alleys to visit these two cities completely nestled on hilltops of the Atlas Mountains. If you need assistance to walk up we can hire a mule for you so you will not miss this experience in your tour.

  • Best cost and best services guaranteed compare with all other tour planners in Morocco. All hand-picked, top notch guides to give the best Morocco Historic tour experience.

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Fri 1 May 2020 Tue 12 May 2020 Available $2499 INQUIRY
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Itinerary

Our Tour Manager will be waiting for you at Tangier airport right after custom services gate to greet and then take you on a historical tour of Tangier, home of Paul Bowles for over fifty years. Later in the afternoon, we will transfer you immediately to check-in to your guesthouse in Chefchaouen. This is a wonderful short drive of about 45 miles through the lush farms and nurseries of exotic plants. Chefchaouen is the quintessential Mediterranean city. White and Blue are the main colors, a sense of cleanliness is the aura this city and its people project. Adding to that a sublime Moorish architecture makes from the city one of most picturesque cities in Morocco. Enjoy a walking tour of Chefchaouen with your local guide in the afternoon.

After breakfast, we will proceed on an excursion for the day traveling east in the hinterland covering most of the Moroccan ancient history highlights. The first stop will be the ancient Roman city of Volubilis the place where Islam was introduced at first hand to Berber native. Volubilis was a critical city in the imperial Roman department of Mauritania (modern-day Morocco, and the western Sahara) during the reign of Caracalla. Volubilis is impressively well preserved and the genius of Roman urbanism is still intact. The two central integral streets in every roman castrum, the cardo, and Decumanus, are prominent. The cardo is the boulevard which runs north-south and the Decumanus, east-west. The intersection of the two is the heart of every Roman city. There you will find the ruins of the ancient forum.

In the neighboring hills of the vicinity, the holy citadel of Moulay Idris is nestled. Founded in the 8th century by Moulay Idris al Akbar, grandson of the prophet Mohamed (s.a.w.s), this citadel is considered to be both the cradle of Sufism to Moroccan society as well as the first Islamic capital for the premier Arab dynasty. The city was created primarily for the indigenous population that migrated with Moulay Idris from the middle east. Your guide will take you around the narrow streets of this ancient hill town to explore a 13 hundred years old city that still keeps its lively existence like a medieval city inside its walls.

After breakfast, we will continue our quest for traveling to Fez. Eventually, you have reached your destination, the eighth-century city of Moulay Idriss or City of Islam as it is referred to. In the evening, you will get a taste of the greatest of well preserved ancient cities of Morocco and first Islamic of Morocco. You will visit the sights on the outside of the ancient walled city, including the ramparts, the gates, and the panoramic views of this mountain town.

Our specialized guide will take you on a monumental discovery of Volubilis just one mile away from Moulay Idriss. Volubilis is a very interesting archeological site of the ancient Roman capital of Mauritania Tangitana. Our Morocco adventure trip will proceed to Fez where we will overnight and get ready for an in-depth-cultural tour of the city. Most of our Morocco tours go through Fez as it is the heartbeat of this nation spiritually, intellectually and historically.

The full day will be devoted to historic visit of Fez ancient Medina. Extremely enthralling, Fez is a feast for the senses with its haunting yet beautiful sounds, visual splendor, and evocative smells. Fez is most ancient of the imperial capitals and the most complete medieval city of the Islamic world. Time spent in Fez will reveal much about the sophistication of the Moroccan artisan, providing an unparalleled experience to all visitors. Your morning will be devoted to visiting historical sites in the medina. Drive down the hills to the gate of Bab Guissa where you will leave your vehicle and walk to enter an ancient world. Fez has preserved its medina as it was centuries ago. Not even a bicycle is able to be used as a tool of transportation. Only donkeys, mules and horses are able to help to move all that the city produces and needs as supplies.

Your local guide will take to all the Islamic highlights you must visit and give an overview of the historic and cultural aspect of these sites. Walking also in the narrow medieval streets of Fez is an experience in itself among guilds and markets of all colors and sounds. You will end your walking tour and retreat to your hotel for dinner and other accommodations.

You will spend your day discovering the rural environs of the Atlas Mountains’ Berbers. Covered with evergreen pines, tall cedar trees, and poplars, and laced with flowing streams, your first view of the Middle Atlas Mountains will appear oddly un-Moroccan. Passing by Imouzzer, with a quick stop at the Swiss-like town of Ifrane, you will soon come across the first real town of the Middle Atlas, Azrou.

Azrou is an important market center for the region’s Berber tribes, located at a major junction of mountain routes. Your driver will take a little detour in a cedar forest to introduce you to one of the oldest inhabitants of this region, the Berber apes. This may also coincide with the encounter of a nomadic family in its temporary encampment while you are trekking the Atlas Mountains. As nomads are very hospitable people, whenever we encounter them we are all invited at least for a mint tea under their tents. At Midelt, the Middle Atlas ranges give way to the High Atlas Mountains, whose peaks are visible through the haze, soaring to over 12,000 feet. You will stop in Midelt for lunch, enjoying the dramatic sight before you. After you arrive in Erfoud, you will leave your vehicle and ride your camel over the dunes of the Sahara. You will conclude your day in your camp over the dunes of Merzouga where tents are pitched for you to enjoy a night under the African Skies. After dinner, the Rokba drummers will illuminate your night with their lively dances and moving chants. Enjoy this encounter of Man and nature at its best. ll then continue your overland trip to Erfoud, one of the most delightful southern regions consisting of a dry, exploring the red belt of the desert with a sudden drop into the lush valley of Ziz, with copious date palm groves and flowing streams. Visit the gorges of Ziz and some of the oases and natural sites before you reach the magnificent oasis of Erfoud.

You will wake up early to reach the highest peak of the dunes and watch the sun rise over the spectacular Merzouga dunes. This is an experience that should not be missed. Afterward, you will eat breakfast with the Tuaregs and continue onward hiking and trekking peaks and valleys that highlight your Morocco tour. You will leave Erfoud traveling west toward the Valley of Todra, which lies right between the Atlas Mountains and the Sahara Desert. You will reach Tinghir, the town where we will be spending the night. Only 15 kilometers from Tinghir inside the Valley of Todra, you will find the Todra's highest and narrowest gorges in the region.

Next, you will travel through the Dadès valley, wherein the spring, thousands of Persian roses bloom in hedgerows, filling the air with their heavenly perfume. You will also be trekking trails of the thousands of Kasbahs scattered along the Dadès River, majestic sandcastles with a visually appealing, timeless beauty. You will continue to explore the Dadès Valley, traveling through El Kelaâ De Mgouna and Boumalne to view the inimitable natural vistas and unusual rock formations. You will then continue onward to Ouarzazate, which is one large oasis that intercepts the flow of water between the Dadès, the Drâa valleys, and the majestic High Atlas Mountains. This is an ideal place to stop for the night. You will conclude your day with dinner and other accommodations in your hotel.

Following our adventure on the footsteps of Paul Bowles our great explorer traveled through, we will overland to Taroudant, stopping at the village of Taznakht and Taleouine the Zafran growing capital where you will feast on a typical Berber tagine lunch. You will pass through forests of the indigenous argan and thuya trees, where you may see the region notorious tree-climbing goats. Finally, you will conclude your day with dinner and other accommodations.

You will spend your morning touring the city of Taroudant with our special guide. Surrounded by red ochre walls, Taroudant is one of south Morocco most ancient cities, with its rich bazaars reflecting a strong tradition of arts and crafts, spices and leather goods trade. Visiting Taroudant, this elegant imperial city is like discovering the classic Marrakech of the 1940s, beautiful, exotic, and laidback walled oasis. You will conclude your day with a festive dinner at your hotel.

You will begin your day by traveling to Essaouira (Mogador), a picturesque city with a rich history. With fascinating antiquity, Essaouira was occupied by the Phoenicians and Carthaginians, supplied essential purple dyes to the Romans, absorbed the sophisticated arts of the silversmith, and spent centuries as a Portuguese enclave. Despite the obvious influence of these civilizations, Essaouira has managed to remain a small, authentic Berber town. Alive with the breath of fresh air provided by the Atlantic, Essaouira is a jewel nestled in the rugged coast, with a vast expanse of empty sands trailing back along the promontory towards the south. After an introductory tour of Essaouira, you will conclude your day with dinner and other accommodations in your Luxury hotel.

After breakfast, you will descend the atlas mountains finally arriving in the foothills which overlook the magnificent oasis city of Marrakech Alhambra. Some of the aforementioned stops will include visits to Berber villages, scenic views, and traditional markets. You will devote your afternoon to the exploration of Marrakech many historical sites, starting at the Menara, a magnificent pool surrounded by flowerbeds, reflecting the image of an exquisite Moorish edifice. It was constructed in 1866 for dignitaries, who enjoyed glorious sunsets with the ethereal atlas mountains as a backdrop. The pool also functions as an innovative irrigation system that is serving dry life in the desert.

Your walking tour of Marrakech will cover many impressive sites, including the Koutoubia minaret (which is identical to la Giralda, a tower found in Sevilla, Spain), and the Saadian tombs, which demonstrate Moorish architecture at its best. The tombs consist of sixteenth-century mausoleums, which had lain walled-in and undiscovered until 1917. Next, you will explore the gardens of then the Majorelle. Finally, you will return to your hotel for a halal dinner and other accommodations.

In the morning, you will venture into the high-atlas mountains, to visit the Telouat fortress. The fortress is what remains of a stronghold belonging to the Berber chieftain El Glaoui (the lord of the Atlas). You will stop for lunch in Taddert, eating at the highest pass in Morocco, Tizi n'Tishka. In the afternoon, you will return to Marrakech. A Farewell Dinner will be offered at a Typical Moroccan Restaurant with a Berber show.

You will depart for the Casablanca airport early in the morning. There you will catch a flight connecting you to your next destination with a lifetime's worth of memories packed neatly into your suitcase. Another option if you are leaving from Tangier is to take the overnight Marrakech Express Train.

Inclusions

  • Eleven-night accommodation in 4-star hotels
  • Breakfast and dinner daily
  • Ground transportation in chauffeured vehicles
  • The services of best Morocco tour guides
  • Entrance fees to monuments and museums
  • Hotel taxes and service charges
  • Chefchaouen: hotel Casa Hassan or similar, one night
  • Moulay Idriss: Hotel Volubilis or similar, One night
  • Fez: Hotel L'Escale or similar, 2 nights
  • Erfoud: Kasbah Leila, one night
  • Ouarzazate: Tichka Salam, one night
  • Taroudant: hotel Tafoukt, two nights
  • Essaouira: hotel Riad El Madina, one night
  • Marrakech: Hotel El Andalous, 2 nights