GARDENS OF MOROCCO TOUR

10 DAYS / 09 NIGHTS

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Day 01: CASABLANCA ARRIVALS – RABAT (90 km) :

Arrival at Casablanca airport Assistance and welcome by our qualified English speaking guide, Transfer  by A/C bus to Rabat Settling in the rooms, Dinner & Overnight at the hotel
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DAY 02: RABAT :

After breakfast, enjoy a city tour, including the Oudayas, full with charm, that of the necropolis of Chellah, romantic...  And like a crown around Rabat , the splendid sites:  long gilded sand beaches, the noble forest of oaks cork of Mamora, the Royal Golf Dar-be -Salam, one of the most beautiful courses of the world.

  • LA CASBAH OUDAYAS

History stops in Rabat and does not leave. It appears on the corner of an alley, in a stall of oriental slippers and poufs fragrant with the scent of leather, in a carpet auction. It impregnates every stone of the Oudaya Kasbah, fortress of indomitable Andalous Corsairs of XVII century. Nothing is more pleasurable than imagining their exciting lives, delightfully installed at the Moorish coffee, savoring gazelle horns (Moroccan cake) with a mint tea, looking at the boats which dance in the Bou Regreg river at the bottom of the Sale city ramparts.

  • GARDEN D’ESSAI

The garden d’Essai , experimental garden as its name indicates it, gathered in the beginning more than two hundred and fifty different varieties of fruit trees and ornaments, coming from all the corners of the ground.  "Maintained" by the school Agriculture which is next to it

  • THE NECROPOLIS OF CHELLAH

Situated on the site of the ancient city of Sale, the Necropolis is located 2 km from the city center. Passing through the lovely door, you will discover a site overtaken by an exuberant vegetation. You can distinguish tombs and a stone basin where there are fish and sacred turtles. It was fed by a miraculous source where, according to legend, a golden fish lived. Further on, a minaret has partly maintained its multicolored decor. It is occupied now by storks.

  • THE ROYAL PALACE

Known as Dar El-Makhzen, the edifice dates back to 1864 when it was built on the ruins of the former Royal Palace constructed by Sultan Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah, at the end of the 18th century. It stands at one end of an immense walled Mechouar and comprises a modern palace, a large Mosque (Ahl-Fas) and a racetrack, as well as miscellaneous official buildings including the Government Headquarters, the Prime Minister’s Offices and the Supreme Court. Surrounded by a large garden with different plantations This is the main residence of His Majesty the King and his entourage of some 2000 persons

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DAY 03: RABAT - MEKNES - FES (200 km)

Breakfast and departure to Meknes, It is impossible not to be captivated by the Mamora Forest. The songs of thousands and thousands of migratory birds fill the air of the 134,000 hectare cork-oak forest dotted with wild pear trees, fragrant pine groves and plantations of acacia and eucalyptus. Continuation to Meknes with a short  visit of Moulay Idriss a sacred Islamic town, going through the Roman Ruins of Volubilis.

Sightseeing of Meknes Town founded in the 17th century by king Moulay Ismael. El Hajeb is a small town near the urban center of Meknes, situated in the heart of the Middle Atlas mountain region of Morocco. The kasbah, built at the end of last century by Moulay Hassan (partially destroyed) is in the medium of sources, cascades and caves of which some were inhabited. Continuation to Fes , Visit of the botanical gardens of Jnan Sbil. Dinner and overnight at the hotel

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DAY 04: FES - IMMOUZER - IFRANE - AZROU (85  km) :

Visit of Fès the oldest imperial city, Visit of the medieval Medina and religious Islamic centres and university namely the Medersas, the Karaouine Mosque and University (The oldest in the world) as well as the Nejjarine Fountain. Lunch at local restaurant.

On the road you will appreciate the lakes with clear water, forests of a major green, imposing mountains of the Means-Atlas:  the area of Fès reveals unusual, ignored, and sublime Morocco.  It is enough to traverse a few kilometers to pass from the rumours of the city to calms great spaces.  To start with the splendid golf of Fès, concentrate of nature strongly put in scene by Cabell B Robinson.  To follow, the monkeys play the acrobats in the immense secular cedar plantation of the Atlas which shelters the last mottled panthers.  Every season, every hour has their color and their vibration:  pure whiteness of the winter, green tenderness of spring, bluish paddle, blazing twilight.Visit of Sefrou « Important agriculture center », Sefrou is a small city to the east of Fes. It's famous for its annuel festival "la fete des cerises“ (in June). The majority ofd the inhabitants are Amazigh Since Koubba de Sidi Ali Bou Serghine, we proceed to  the plain, broad and green.  Sources, rivers, cascades involve you here in the kingdom of waters running. Continuation to Imouzzer Kandar, This Berber village breathes a major peace, except for Monday, day of the souk.  Visit the curious underground dwellings of the kasbah of Aït Serghouchen.  Leave for excursions to discovered sources which spout out near the village.  Climb until the djebel Abad, 1768 meters, the climax of Kandar.

Departure to Ifrane built at 1650 m altitude, Ifrane is charming with its houses with the pink tiles and its small gardens.  It was thought in its least details so that its visitors benefit the maximum of the joys of nature: ski in winter, trout fishing and with crayfish in summer, Continuation to Azrou, Dinner and overnight

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Day 05: AZROU - MIDELT - ERFOUD - MERZOUGA (460 km)

Visit of Azrou, stands on the edge of the most beautiful and best preserved of Morocco’s cedar forest, there are few impressive architectural sights in Azrou; of the kasbah, constructed in 1684 by Moulay Ismaîl. Only ruins remain, but the town is worth a visit for its peaceful atmosphere, its fresh air and its traditional houses, built chiefly in wood, Lunch en route to Errachidia through the ZIZ vallée. The Ziz Valley runs from the town of Rich to the edge of the Sahara Desert at Merzouga, It was once a passage for the caravans that crossed from sub-Saharan Africa to the Mediterranean.

The valley has an abundance of palm and date trees and contains what is probably Morocco's most important oasis, Tafilalet, an enormous palm grove fed by the waters of the Ziz.

The Ziz makes its mark in numerous places on its journey south, before disappearing into the sands of Taouz. First there is the impressive Wadi Ziz, carving out of the limestone a long corridor lined with tall palm trees that shade the ksour and kasbah of Ifri. Then, held back by the Hassan Addakhil dam, it forms a vast emerald lake. Women do their washing in it crouching on its red-ochre shores, cooled by the shade of the apricot trees.

 At the Source Bleue de Meski, a natural spring that spills into a pool, the river has a reputation for encouraging fertility. Young women bathe by candlelight in the waters of this grotto. Continuation to Erfoud

Transfers by 4x4 to Merzouga, Visit of the lake Dayet Srji which attracts hundreds of pink flamingos from November to March. Dinner and overnight in bivouac under tents in the most beautiful  dunes of Morocco

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DAY 06 : MERZOUGA - EL KELAA MGOUNA (168 Km) :

Early wake up call to witness the spectacular sun-rise, Breakfast.

Departure by 4x4 to Erfoud, and continuation by bus to El Kelaâ Mgouna, the Todra and Dades rivers rise in the central part of the High Atlas. They pass through impressive gorges and irrigate lush, green valleys. The Dadès gorge has many local fortified villages (kasbahs), and the Drâ valley is lined with one of the nicest palm-groves in the country. This beautiful landscape is worth visiting in itself and is a odd example of the habitats to be found in the valleys of the southern foothills of the High Atlas

The road leads to the pinks, the thousands and the thousands of pinks of El Kelaa MGouna, known especially for the production of "the water of pinks", a perfume extracted the distillation of the petals of the pinks which are abundantly cultivated here, and which gives the name to the valley where we are:  "the valley of the pinks" and which is the origin of one of the most significant popular festivals of all Morocco:  "the Festival of the pinks" which is held in May. Dinner and overnight at the hotel

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DAY 07: EL KELAA MGOUNA - OUARZAZATE - MARRAKECH (320 km)

Breakfast , Departure to Ouarzazate the town in the middele of an arid plateau that contrasts sharply with the slopes and vegetation of the nearby High Atlas. It enjoys an exceptional climate and occupies a geographic location Taourirt, this former Glaoui residence considered to be one of the most beautiful in Morocco It consists of a maze of luxury apartments, simple pisé houses and crenelated towers which are lavishly decorated with geometric motifs Tiffoultout lies about 3 miles north of ouarzazate, this beautiful structure, built about 250 years ago, used to belong to the Glaoui. Lunch in la Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, the fortified village of Ait Benhaddou has bee classified by UNESCO as one of the world’s cultural treasures , Continuation to Marrakech though  Tizi-n-Tichka pass ( 2260 m). Dinner and overnight at the hotel .
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DAY 08:  MARRAKECH 

sightseeing tour around the city. Marrakech is the “pearl of the south” founded by the Almoravides dynasty at the end of the 12 Century.

Morning visit of Saadyines Tombs, the Koutoubia, and the Bahia Palace and Agdal Gardens « Created during the reign of the 'Alawid ruler 'Abd al-Rahman b. Hisham (r. 1822-1859), the garden is divided in two by a long avenue. It contains two large artificial pools and is planted with olive groves and various fruit trees ». Lunch at hotel.

Sightseeing of Marrakech, the mountains, with their imposing mass and their covered peaks with snow, seem an unreal and fabulous decoration.  It is however enough to traverse 20 km to start unforgettable excursions and to discover the size, the strangeness and the splendor of the  Atlas.  In the south-east of Marrakech, to cross hospital Berber villages, Aghmat, Dar Caïd Ouriki.  follow the road, flanked gardens in terraces, along the Ourika wadi until Arhbalou.  And there, that choice!  Full south, new decorations.  To 47 km from  Marrakech, on the road of Taroudannt, in the typical Berber village of Asni, barter is practiced every saturday, day of the souk.  Towards Ouirgane, the landscapes evoke the American canyons.  Splendid throats lead to- Imlil, charming hamlet of mountain.

Optional fantasia dinner in Chez Ali. Overnight  at the hotel

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DAY 09: MARRAKECH

Breakfast , Departure to Ourika at the end of October until the gathering, proceeds in Tnine Ourika, 34 km of Marrakech, it safranière , lunch at the hotel. PM : Visit of Majorelle Gardens  (optional by horse carriage) Majorelle Garden, an oasis of calm and cool, fresh air in the heart of the city of Marrakech. The garden has gained in notoriety over the last few years, and it was about time! The garden is named after its designer, Jacques Majorelle, a painter and amateur botanist. He came to sunny Marrakech in 1917 because he had tuberculosis. He planted his garden around his studio. It's the ideal spot for lovers of cacti and rare essences. The garden's beautiful bougainvilleas make the entire property smell heavenly.Les The Ménara Gardens The Menara garden was drawn around the year 1200 and was extended during the 19th century. An adobe wall surrounds the olive groves. With its pavilion and its ornamental basin, it has become one of the most famous postcard of Morocco. The small pavilion with its green pyramid-like roof was supposed to be Sultan Sidi Mohamed's bachelor flat. Transfer by horse carriages for optional dinner - Al Anbar - Dar Fes - Overnight at the hotel
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DAY 10:  MARRAKECH - CASABLANCA DEPARTURE
Breakfast, Transfer to Marrakech airport ( 15 min ) Or Casablanca airport (3h30) Assistance and departure

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