Marrakesh is possibly the most important of Morocco’s four former imperial cities. The region has been inhabited by Berber farmers since Neolithic times, but the actual city was founded in 1062, by Abu Bakr ibn Umar, chieftain and cousin of Almoravid king Yusuf ibn Tashfin. In the 12th century, the Almoravids built many madrasas (Koranic schools) and mosques in Marrakesh that bear Andalusian influences. The red walls of the city, built by Ali ibn Yusuf in 1122–1123, and various buildings constructed in red sandstone during this period, have given the city the nickname of the “Red City” or “Ochre City”. Marrakesh grew rapidly and established itself as a cultural, religious, and trading centre for the Maghreb and sub-Saharan Africa; Jemaa el-Fnaa is the busiest square in Africa.
Marrakech – Ourzazate – Zagora – Chegaga Taroudant – Essaouira – Marrakech
Program for 6Days:
Day 1: Marrakech – Ouarzazate through Ait Ben Haddou
Day 2 : Ouarzazate – Zagora
Day 3 : Zagora – Chegaga
Day 4 : Chegaga – Taroudant through Taliouin
Day 5 : Taroudant – Essaouira
Day 6: Essaouira – Marrakech
Detailed program Tour from Marrakech for 6 days:
DAY 1: MARRAKECH – OUARZAZATE THROUGH AIT BEN HADDOU
Departure in the early morning towards Ouarzazate. After Tizi n’Tichka (2260 m) we take the road of Telouet Kasbah (Visit to Glaoui Kasbah). We continue on the ancient road of the caravans (32Km), to join the Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou passing by small Berber villages. After we visit the kasbah we continue on road to arrive in Ouarzazate. Accomodation and dinner tonight are in a hotel.
DAY 2: OURZAZATE – ZAGORA
Departure towards Zagora by the Tizi-n-Tinififft (1660 m), short stop in Agdz, and then we continue to Zagora along Draa Valley side with its daty palm oasis and ancient Kasbahs. Lunch in Tamnougalt Kasbah. Accomodation and dinner tonight are in a hotel in Zagora.
DAY 3: ZAGORA – ERG CHEGAGA DUNES
After your breakfast, we leave Zagora at 10am, heading to M’hamid. We stop in Tamegrout to visit the Koranic library, the underground kasbah and the local pottery. In Tamgroute we take another road across Draa Valley to pass by the oasis of Ouled Brahim with its beautiful Kasbah to join the road on the other side of the valley. Lunch in the dunes of Erg Lihoudi then an hour camel ride in the dunes, and we continue by off-road (64Km) to Chegaga; the highest dunes in southern Morocco (300m high), passing by sacred oasis. Dinner and overnight in a camp with Berber tents.
DAY 4: CHEGAGA – TAROUDANT THROUGH TALIOUIN
After your breakfast we leave to Taliouin taking the off-road between Erg Chegaga and Lake Iriqui, then we reach Foum Zguid. We continue on road through Taznakht, we make a pause to visit the cooperative carpet. After lunch we take the road to Taroudant, Just like a little Marrakech with its red walls, the judgments will be made in different villages like Aoulouz. Lunch in Oulad Berhil, and after the visit to Taroudant city with its walls and others interesting sites, we join the hotel for dinner and accomodation.
DAY 5: TAROUDANT – ESSAOUIRA
After your breakfast we leave Taroudant to Chichester for lunch, then we continue to Essaouira to explore the Mogadore Skala, the medina souks and of course the beach. Accomodation and dinner tonight are in a hotel.
DAY 6: ESSAOUIRA – MARRAKECH
After your breakfast, we leave Essouira to Marrakech taking a short road, we will make some stopping for the forest of argan trees and small Berber town
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