DESERT TOUR FROM RABAT IN 11 DAYS

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Tour Duration : 11 Days/ 10 Nights
RABAT
MERZOUGA
Destination Info

Rabat is the capital of Morocco and second largest city in the country, after Casablanca. It is located on the Atlantic Ocean on the south side of The Bou Regreg river. On the opposite north bank of the river lies the city of Salé (Sala). Rabat is one of the fourth imperial cities of Morocco and many parts of the city are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

In the current location of the Kasbah of the Oudayas, the Almoravids had created a fort to fight against the Berghouata tribes. This fort was replaced in 1150 by a Ribat (fortress) under the reign of the Almohad dynasty and became the gathering point for fighters going to Andalusia.
The caliph of Morocco, Yaqub al-Mansur, moved the capital of his empire to Rabat and started the construction of the Hassan tower which was supposed to be the biggest mosque in the world. He also transformed the Phoenician site of Chellah into a necropolis.
The city acquired the title, ‘Ribat al Fath’ (The Fortress of victory), to commemorate the Almohad victories.
At the end of the Almohad Dynasty and especially after Yaqub al-Mansur death (1199), the city began to decline, the Hassan tower construction work were stopped and the power shifted to Fez.

In 1609 the city experienced a significant growth when 13000 Moriscos settled in the city after being expelled from Spain.
The first inhabitants were from the city of Hornachos in western Spain and settled in the Kasbah. One year later in 1610, 10000 Andalusian settled in the low city and built a new enclosure, known as the Andalusian Wall.
The republic of Salé also known as ‘The republic of the Pirates of The Bouregreg’ became a city state from 1627 to 1668. The new inhabitants wanted revenge for their expulsion from Spain and piracy became the main source of income of the city. The pirates made long-distance raids as far away as Cornwall in the UK, Baltimore in Ireland and even Iceland.

The first governor of the city was Ibrahim Vargas. In 1624 Jan Janszoon, a Dutch origin who converted to Islam, became President and Grand Admiral of the Republic.
In the medina you can still find a street ‘Rue des Consuls’ which in where Western embassies used to be.
The republic became weak after many bloody clashes between the inhabitants of the Kasbah from the town of Hornachos, the Andalusians inhabitants of the lower town and the inhabitants of Salé.

In 1668, the Republic became under the control of the Alaouite dynasty.
In 1912, France established a protectorate in Morocco and Rabat became the capital of the country.

Departure & Return Location

Your Accommodation / Airport, Train-Bus Station or wherever you want

Meeting Time

30 Minutes Before Departure

Price Includes

  • Transportation in a private touristic vehicle with driver and fuel
  • Entrance fees for historical monuments with Guide
  • All Hotels with breakfast
  • Camels for the trekking

Price Excludes

  • Lunch
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Tips

Complementaries

  • Water included All Trip days
  • Desert Scarf ( Gift From Our Agency )
Itinerary

DAY 1RABAT ARRIVAL TO CASABLANCA

After your arrival at the international airport in RABAT where you will be welcomed by a member of our team, depends on your arrival time, a visit can take place in the same day to the famous historical sites of Rabat “Kasbah Oudaya and Hassan tower” then we will hit the road to economic capital of Morocco, Casablanca. Overnight with dinner in Casablanca.

DAY 2FROM CASABLANCA TO ESSAOUIRA THROUGH ELJADIDA

After having rest and breakfast, we’ll start our day by going to the most popular place in Casablanca, Hassan 2 Mosque, at that point a journey will take us along the coastal street to the wonderful city of Essaouira counting a visit to El Jadida one of Portuguese previous involved city in Morocco, exceptionally curiously places are worth a visit to such as the Portuguese harbor. Upon your entry within the early evening, you’ll have sufficient time to discover this marvelous town and appreciate the calmness of its shoreline and antiquated harbor. Overnight with dinner in Essaouira.

DAY 3ESSAOUIRA SIGHTSEEING TOUR

Starting our day to explore the medina with a local guide. You will have the opportunity to see the Mellah, the former Jewish quarter and The Medina as a UNESCO World Heritage Site with beautiful arts and crafts to be found, including objects carved out of local Thuya wood. You will enjoy a mint tea in one of the local cafés and explore the Atlantic-facing sandy beach. A night with breakfast at the Hotel

DAY 4FROM ESSAOUIRA TO MARRAKECH VIA CHICHAOUA

Start Our journey from Essaouira to the red city Marrakech. in Road, you will see many Argan trees, important to the region both economically and ecologically. You may also see local goats perched in the trees feeding on the fruit and leaves. At the women’s Cooperative of Argan Oil, there will be an opportunity to learn about the wide-ranging applications of the oil from cosmetics to medicines. After several stops to take photographs, getting to Marrakech, Overnight and dinner at Riad.

DAY 5MARRAKECH SIGHTSEEING TOUR

After breakfast you will be joined by an official local guide to see all the sites with historical and cultural interest, The morning begins with a visit to the magnificent Koutoubia Mosque as the landmark of Marrakech which has inspired other buildings such as the Giralda of Seville and the Hassan Tower of Rabat. Your next stop is the Bahia Palace and the Saadian Tombs. The Saadian tombs in Marrakech date back from the time of the sultan Ahmad al-Mansur. The tombs were discovered in 1917 and were restored by the Beaux-arts service. The mausoleum comprises the interments of about sixty members of the Saadian Dynasty that originated from the valley of the Draa River. After a lunch break, You Continue to the world-famous Jemaa el Fna Square, which houses an array of food, snake charmers, local musicians, and fortune-tellers. There’s nowhere on Earth like the Jemaa el Fna, the square at the heart of old Marrakesh. You will also walk through the souks and view hundreds of handicrafts. A night with breakfast at the Riad/Hotel.

DAY 6FROM MARRAKECH TO DADES VIAHIGH ATLAS MOUNTAINS, AIT BEN HADOU AND OUARZAZATE

Starting afresh day with a drive through the magnificent Atlas Mountains and the pass of Tichka (2260 m), offering an impressive landscape in the middle of the Atlas Mountain chain to Ouarzazate where many famous movies have been shot such Alexander the Great, The Mummy, The jewel of the Nile, Kingdom of Heaven, Gladiator, Operation Red Sea and more…The scenery is absolutely stunning. We stop in the kasbah of Ait Benhaddou one of the most spectacular fortresses in the South of Morocco and a UNESCO world heritage site. Lunch in Ouarzazate as “The Hollywood of Africa” or Desert Door as the Subsaharan call it. We continue our trip to the valley of Roses known for its yearly festival during the roses season in May. Spend the night with dinner in Dades valley.

DAY 7FROM DADES TO MERZOUGA VIA TODRA GORGES AND ERFOUD

After you have your breakfast, we start our day with a drive towards kind of Gorges it is Todra Canyons ( 300 m up narrowest point ) where many rock-climbers come to enjoy their favorite sport. Later we continue our journey, following the ancient Bedouin trading routes parallel with the Middle Atlas, passing a series of the fortified villages with outstanding pre-Saharian architecture. The route to Erfoud is one of the most pleasing of all the Southern routes. The town is in a dry red built of the desert and was built by the French as a central administration town. It is known for its rich black fossils marble. The stone is sculpted to bring the fossils into relief on everything from ashtrays to washbasins and more. We head down to the spectacular Merzouga dunes where sand dunes signify the start of the mighty Sahara Desert. We leave our vehicle and take a camel ride into the desert to a Berber camp. To seal this as an experience of a lifetime, why not surf the Sahara Desert and attempt sand dunes Boarding! After dinner, we gather around the fire and enjoy the desert night with traditional Berber music.

DAY 8FROM ERG CHEBBI TO FEZ VIA ZIZ VALLEY AND IFRAN

In order to attend one of the most beautiful sunrises, you will wake up early before the sunrise, watch the magical view with a cup of coffee, and then getting back with camel to the Hotel where you will have breakfast and shower. After refreshing up a journey will take us toward one of the famous, cultural capital of Morocco, the city of Fes, along the trip we will come across barbarian atlas apes in the huge cedar forest, then passing through the beautiful city of Ifran or Switzerland of Morocco as the Moroccan call it, because of its architecture and cleanness. dinner and breakfast at the hotel.

DAY 9FEZ SIGHTSEEING TOUR

After having rest and take breakfast, an official local guide will be there in the hotel waiting for you to start an explorative journey of the Medina where you will visit the many hidden treasures that only the inhabitants of the place know about. Fes served as the capital of Morocco for more than 350 years and is home to the University of Al Karaouine, the oldest operating university in the world. Your guided tour will take you to Moulay Idriss mausoleum, the Nejjarine Fountains, and the Tanneries. After lunch, you will also view the exterior of the Royal Palace and walk through the famous Jewish quarter “the Mellah”, where you will have the option to visit one of the few living synagogues in Morocco. Your tour of Fes includes a short visit to the famous ceramic factory, and then you can enjoy a wonderful panoramic view over the whole Medina of Fes. Back to Riad.

DAY 10FROM FEZ TO RABAT VIA MEKNES AND VOLUBILIS

After breakfast we will take the road to current capital of Morocco, we will pass by and visit the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis and then continue our way to join Meknes, a former capital of Morocco during Ismailien Dysnaty reign in which also have some very interesting monuments to visit such as Lahdim Square, Qara Prison, Moulay Ismail Tomb. Then we continue via the highway to join Rabat. Overnight with dinner in Rabat

DAY 11RABAT AIRPORT TRANSFER

After having a great time and enjoying with different road and places in Morocco with us, Your driver will take you from your accommodation to RABAT Airport, depending on your flight time, hoping to see you soon

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