AUTHENTIC MOROCCO
In the Trail of Ancient Caravans

Marrakech & Aint Ben Haddou & Ourzazate & Zagora & Sahara Desert & Skoura& Kelaat Mgouna

December 30 - January 6, 2022

• Marrakech • Atlas • Aint BenHaddou • Ourazazate • Draa Valley • Date gardens • Zagora • Sahara • Charming oasis • Dades Valley • Todra Gorges • Skoura • Kelaat Mgouna

MOROCCO - a labyrinth of stories, dreams, and contrasts. A maze of secrets and myths. Here, at night, the hot African nights pulsate with the enticing power of Arabic jasmine. And in the hours between dusk and dawn – the lyrical beauty of the call to prayer momentarily brings serenity to the sensory, bustling passageways of the city.

Far from the hubbub of the city, our tour across Morocco includes a stay in the desert giving you the opportunity to find tranquillity, harmony and inspiration amongst the mysteries of the sand. Beauty is everywhere here in the Sahara.

Wherever you are in Morrocco, your senses will find release. On the noisiest square in the world, you will find a sacred space of silence and see the beauty that fills you from the inside. You will touch the silence. You will understand yourself as you discover symbols and reignite the enchantment of creation with a renewed trust that the magic comes from you.

And in a single moment, hugged by Morocco, beguiled by the breathtaking beauty that surrounds you; you will understand the infinite creative energy within all of us. You will allow yourself to welcome it and acknowledge that we are its source.

Adventure begins at Djemaa El Fna

Day 1 ~ Arrival to Marrakech

Fflight to Marrakech. The first touch with the country, where our senses are stronger thanks to its colours, tastes, and scents. We are going to remember them long after our return home. Transfer to the hotel, check-in.

Exploring the beauty of Marrakech

Day 2 ~ Berber markets, Palace Bahia, Koutoubia, souks

The Red city, the Daughter of the Desert, the Gate to the Mountains, the Pearl of the south and Baghdad of the west. This all is Marrakech.The city of miracles. We will have enough time for the local markets since everything we will find here will exceed our expectations. Everything you could think of can be found here- beautiful Berber jewels, fragrant spices, hand-made clothes like from One thousand and one night stories, typical Moroccan shoes from babouche, leather hand bags, hand-made baskets, embossed oil lamps, alabaster sculptures, precious stones and crystals, traditional Berber carpets. In the afternoon we will visit Palace Bahia (meaning BEAUTIFUL) with beautifully decorated harem, which is more than 8 hectares. It used to be the home of 4 wives and 24 concubines of Grand Visier. It is a gem of Moroccan architecture, which was built by the most skilled Moroccan architects for more than 14 years. Ceiling zellige mosaics painted in gold, painted stucco; decoration softer than French needlework, spectacular gardens. Beauty that awakens the soul. In the evening, return to the hotel.

An oasis of beauty and authenticity

Day 3 ~ Ourika Valley and Berber village

After breakfast we set off to Ourika. The valley, which is only 40 minutes away from MARRAKECH. However, a new world appears in front of us. In spring, the world blossom with cherry and almond trees; in autumn, spectacular views of the snowy peaks of the hills in the High Atlas. Easy trekking, lunch. On the way back we will stop at Cooperative, where you can see and buy some of the most beautiful and quality carpets in Morocco. Transfer to the Berber museum, where we will learn how similar and alike our countries are.Return to the hotel, dinner, free program.

The adventure begins

Day 4 ~ Tizi n Tichka, Atlas mountains, Kasbah Telouet, Aint Ben Haddou

In the morning, we will stop at a local cooperative where a rare and unique, dark aromatic honey made from local Berber herbs, originating in the ZAT Valley, is stored. We will taste the honey, flavoured with verbena, wild thyme, sage, and nuts before being transferred across the Atlas (Legend has it that these mountains were held up by the hands of Atlas, a Titan, condemned to hold up celestial heavens for eternity.) Our goal will be Kashbad Telouet, known as the palace of the El Glaoui family, where we will stop for lunch. Once the center of the trans-Sahara trade empire, a significant market place specialising in salt is a gem of Moroccan architecture. The story goes that 300 workers worked for three years to decorate the ceilings and walls. These are made of stucco, zellige and cedar paintings for the ceiling. In the afternoon - AIT BED HADDOU- we will explore the most significant example of Moroccan earthen clay architecture the old Berber fortified village, Ksar, the Berber castle, Taourit and the movie Mecca. The ancient town on the top of the hill appeared in films like Lawrence from Arabia, The Mummy, Gladiator, Alexander the Great, and the beautiful film Seherezade. A visit to the film studios is a highlight of today. ATLAS, check-in in a hotel, dinner.

The secret gem in SAHARA with one million stars

Day 5 ~ Ourzazate, Draa Valley, Agdz – Kasbah Tamnougalt, Zagora, M´Hamid, Sahara desert

After breakfast, we will set off to M`Hamid. The last stop before we enter the desert. On the way there, we will take time out to taste the best dates and date syrup as certified by the prestigious, ‘Slow Food’ organization. Passing through the Valley of Draa, palm trees will line your path. Kasbah Tamnougalt, lunch and transfer to the city of M`Hamid, where we will saddle a camel and ride it to a place in the desert Chegaga, known only to our tour guide. Once there, only our small group and millions of stars will bring sound to the mystique. We will be accommodated in Berber tents in the desert.

Valley of a thousand Kasbahs and green pottery village with 1000 shades of green

Day 6 ~ Dades Valley, Caravan trade route, Tamgroute, Tazarine, N´kob

Breakfast, transfer on camels to the city of M`Hamid where we left our cars and then to the Dades Valley, or "Valley of a thousand Kasbahs" as named by the locals; beautiful views of nomadic crossroads, date gardens - palms. On the way we will stop in Tamgroute - the city of pottery known as 100 shades of green pottery. The old town arose in the 6th century and is one of the oldest towns in Morocco. It was last stop for the well-known trade caravans who travelled across the desert to Timbuktu with their camels. Passingg Tazarine village and N´kob village. A stunning experience for all of us. Lunch, transfer to the hotel, dinner and free time.

Nomads continue south

Day 7 ~ Dades, Todra Gorges, Skoura, Kelaat Mgouna, Marrakech

After breakfast at the hotel, a light foray into the famous Todra Gorges through a narrow corridor bordered by 300m high cliffs: one of the most impressive curiosities in southern Morocco. Continuation to the small town of Kelaat Mgouna, the rose capital of Morocco, where the rose festival is organized, each year at the beginning of May. Then drive to the palm grove of Skoura and its beautiful Kasbahs. Lunch in Ouarzazate and departure for city near Marrakech. Accomodation at the hotel, dinner.

Farewel and return trip

Day 8 ~ Departure from Marrakech

Transfer to the airport, fly back to reality after a week, with stunning experiences that will last a lifetime.

Prices and conditions:  This 8-day retreat is curated and fully guided to allow you to enjoy your traveling and trip to the fullest, not having to worry about any details. Our beautiful hotels, exquisite local food and hand-picked experiences are tried and tested by Aromi Travel to give you the best authentic Moroccan experience.

Price from 1199 Eur in shared double occupancy room.

Included in the price of the trip:All private transfers during the stay, accommodation in a 4*hotel in 2 or 3-bed rooms, in Berber tents in SAHARA, breakfasts and dinners during the stay, full board in days 4, 5, 6, 7, Marrakech - a tour around the city with a tour guide according to the program., a guide during the whole stay.

Not included in the price of the trip: Flight ticket,travel Insurance (mandatory), local fees 2 Eur/person/night, lunches, dinners, tours taken during your “free” time, all your shopping and cost of shipping if applicable, alcohol outside of planned dinners, staff gratuities.

To reserve your place please call Adina at +421 902 918 832 or send an e-mail to adina@aromitravel.com. Number of participants is limited so reserve your place and date as soon as possible.

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