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Get lost in the souks of old imperial cities, stargaze in your luxury camp on the dunes of the Sahara, and trek in the Atlas Mountains. It’s also worth visiting some famous filming locations, including Star Wars and Game of Thrones.
Upon arrival at the airport, you’ll be escorted by car to your accommodation in the city of Casablanca.
Spend the rest of the day eat leisure. Depending on arrival time, visit Hassan II Mosque, the city's greatest landmark, and a truly magnificent building.
Transfer to Fez via Rabat
Today you will be transferred to Fez via Rabat, the capital city of Morocco.
En-route visit Rabat and take a stroll around Blue and Whitewashed Oudaya Kasbah, built in the 16th and 17th centuries on ancient foundations.
Sip a mint tea in from of the Atlantic Ocean before to continue on to the medieval city Fez, Morocco cultural capital, and the most enchanting of the imperial cities.
Check into your chic riad in the heart of the city, and then relax. You might like to indulge in a hammam or spa treatment, participate in a cookery class, or enjoy sundowners on the roof terrace. We recommend sampling your riad's outstanding fine dining restaurants before a busy day of sightseeing tomorrow.
Your stay in Fez begins with a guided tour of the Medina – essential to help you get your bearings in the maze-like souks.
A guided tour will take you through the maze-like souks including a visit to the Zaouia (sanctuary) of Moulay Idriss II. Founder of Fez, he rapidly achieved cult-status after his death. Another Islamic monument that can be seen but not entered is the Kairaouiyne Mosque. It is such an integral part of the city that its shape cannot be distinguished, so many buildings have been built onto its walls.
If you have time, you'll pay a visit to the Moulay Yacoub thermal baths.
Transfer to the Sahara Desert
Today’s journey takes you into the heart of the desert.
After a long but scenic drive, you’ll be transported to a desert camp where you can settle into your tent, which seems to come directly out of ‘Arabian Nights’ with a different setting at every turn.
Explore the area on foot, camel, or donkey and in the evening enjoy uninterrupted views of the night sky.
Transfer to Skoura
Today you’re escorted to Skoura, a flourishing oasis that’s now the region’s commercial center. Here, palm plantations are crisscrossed by paths that run by crumbling pisé walls up to kasbahs in an equally ruinous condition. The whole effect of this is quite beautiful and pervades throughout the town.
Check into the beautiful Dar Ahlam, your retreat for the next two nights. Spend the next two days exploring the crumbling kasbahs and palm plantations or soaking up the atmosphere of your magical accommodation.
Today will be spent at your leisure. Below are some suggestions on what Skoura has to offer:
* Hikes in the palm of Ouarzazate, with or without a guide. Choose to go on foot, by mountain bike, quad, camel, donkey, mule or horse!
* Picnic in the grove! Enjoy a meal in the sun or under the moon and stars
* Traditional Lunch! Enjoy a unique culinary experience, sampling traditional dishes and immersing yourself in local life.
Transfer to Marrakech
Today, a five-hour drive takes you to Marrakech. This unique ride will take from the arid south, across the Atlas Mountains and the majestic Tizi’n’Tchika pass. Admire the ever-changing landscape and spot small villages to better understand what rural Morocco looks like.
On route you will also visit the world-renowned Ksar Aït ben Haddou, a film set for many Hollywood movies from Lawrence of Arabia to Gladiator, as well as for the star TV series Games of Thrones more recently.
Over the next few days, you’ll enjoy tours with an expert guide through the souks in the Medina.
Your guide will be able to steer you in a rough direction preventing you from getting lost down the colorful, never-ending alleys. Every section has its own specialty – the dyer’s area, the carpenter’s corner, spices, and most importantly bags and baskets which you will need to carry all your purchases in.
Continue to enjoy tours with your expert guide.
You’ll also have plenty of free time to explore Marrakech at your leisure. Wander around the maze-like alleyways, visit the Koutoubia Mosque, and explore the Saadian Tombs.
Don't miss the authentic Djema El Fna where you'll find an array of entertainers from jugglers to fortune tellers to snake charmers. Enjoy sampling some local food and freshly squeezed orange juice, and find a rooftop terrace overlooking the square and sit back, relax, and soak up the atmosphere.
For the most active ones, it also is possible to arrange a day hiking in the nearby Atlas Mountains, home to the Berber people tribes.
Today after checking out, you’ll be escorted to the airport for your onward journey
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- Wander around the maze-like souks of Marrakech and Fez
- Spend a night stargazing in a camp in the heart of the desert
- See the varying landscapes from desert oases to the Atlas Mountains
- Visit famous film locations including Stars Wars and Game of Thrones
- Soak up the magical atmosphere of Djema El Fna square with its jugglers, fortune tellers, and snake charmers
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