Yolo Reisen - Rock around the AtlasAngebotsnummer 191570
Wäre das Atlasgebirge nicht, der Atlantik würde in die Sahara schwappen. Wo blieben dann die dramatischen Schluchten, die versteckten lehmroten Berberdörfer, die Kulissen Oscar-gekrönter Hollywood-Schinken? Und was würde aus dem Abenteuer Atlasüberquerung, um nach Marrakesch zu kommen? Denk nicht drüber nach, genieß es einfach.
Tag 1 Casablanca
Salaam Aleikum! Welcome to Morocco. Your adventure begins today with a welcome meeting at 6 pm. Modelled after Marseille in France, the port city of Casablanca is famous for its French-colonial architecture, its old medina and the phenomenal modern-day masterpiece, the Hassan II Mosque. As there’s not much time to explore Casablanca on this trip, we recommend you arrive a day or two early to see the sights. A pleasant way to spend the day is to wander around the old medina and city walls, before jumping in a taxi to visit the new medina of the Quartiers des Habous. Finish the day with a sunset walk along the Corniche, watching the locals playing football on the beach.
Tag 2 Rabat/Meknes
Today take an early morning train to the historical town of Rabat. Rabat’s history is long and colourful, having been host to Roman settlements, pirates and more recently the Moroccan parliament. It contains numerous fine Arab monuments, some dating to the Almohad and Merenid dynasties and others that are far older. The earliest known settlement is Sala, occupying an area now known as the Chellah. Store your luggage and spend a few hours strolling through the city’s old quarter, then walk up to Kasbah des Oudaias and enjoy views over the Atlantic Ocean. Afterwards, continue to Meknes on a train. The imperial city of Meknes was built when Sultan Moulay Ismail (a contemporary of Louis XIV) set out to create his own version of Versailles, using over 25,000 slaves to construct walls, gates and over 50 palaces.
Tag 3 Volubilis/Fes
This morning is free to explore Meknes. Visit Moulay Ismail’s immense Heri es Souani Granary, a mammoth architectural feat, and the city’s now crumbling imperial palaces. The adventurous may want to try a camel burger for lunch at a restaurant in the medina. Board a private minibus and travel through rolling hills and olive groves to the archeological site of Volubilis. World Heritage-listed Volubilis was one of the Roman empire’s most remote bases. The remains make an undeniably impressive sight as they come into view on the edge of a long, high plateau. When it was damaged by an earthquake in the 18th century, much of the marble was taken for construction in Meknes. Enjoy a tour of the ancient hilltop ruins with a local guide. Please remember to pack drinking water, hat, sunglasses and sun cream for this tour as it may get hot and you will be exposed to the sun. And, of course, don’t forget to take your camera as the town is filled with fantastic mosaics along the Decumanus Maximus, many of which remain intact. Discover the sea creature mosaic in the House of Orpheus, and see the exploits and labours of Hercules, which are depicted in stunning detail. Afterwards, make the drive to Fes, where you’ll spend a free afternoon.
Tag 4 Fes
Fes is the most com-plete medieval city in the Arab world. Take a guided group walking tour of the old city, known locally as Fes el Bali. Step back into the Middle Ages in the labyrinth of the Medina, which is alive with craftsmen, markets, tanneries and mosques. Look out for the Medersa Bou Inania, one of the city’s most beautiful buildings, which has recently been restored and is now open to tourists. Visit the Belghazi Museum, Medresse el Attarine and the splendid Funduk Nejjarine, a beautifully restored 18th century inn. You’ll also see the famous tannery, known for the iconic view overlooking its dye pits, and a ceramic factory where you can see potters working in the traditional way. In the evening enjoy a delicious group dinner of Moroccan specialities like harira (chickpea soup) and chicken-stuffed pastilla with couscous. The group may also head to the Palais Jamai for a drink. Watching the sunset over the Medina while a dozen prayer calls vie for attention is an experience you’ll likely remember for a long time. Please note that today’s experience will include shopping in carefully selected places.
Tag 5 Midelt
Board the private minibus and head towards the scenic Middle Atlas Mountains. The area is populated with wandering nomadic shepherds attending to their flocks. Pass through cedar forests which are home to Barbary apes, North Africa’s only monkey, and on to your destination of Midelt. Nestled in a valley, Midelt is surrounded by farmland and orchards. Stretch your legs as you explore the nearby village of Bremmem and take a closer look at local farming life. Visit Kasbah Myriam, an embroidery workshop run by Franciscan nuns with the aim of providing sustainable employment and education to local Berber women. This is the perfect place to pick up a souvenir. You could also check out an optional traditional music performance in Midelt.
Tag 6 Sahara Camp
Today it’s a drive towards the mighty Sahara Desert. Since we’ll have the convenience of our own private minivan, there will be many opportunities to stop and admire views of Kasbahs and palmeries (valleys lush with date palms, fields and orchards) along the way. Pause in frontier towns like Erfoud and Rissani before reaching the end of the road at the small Saharan settlement of Merzouga. Store your main baggage, saddle up your day pack and mount a camel for a one-hour sunset ride into the desert. The Erg Chebbi dunes are the most stunning in the country, with dunes towering as tall as 150 metres. Located just 20 kilometres from the Algerian border, this is true frontier country. Spend the night in a desert camp under the stars. Our local friends will prepare a hearty feast, so all you need to do is sit back and relax.
Tag 7 Todra Gorge
Today it’s a drive through dramatic changing landscapes to Todra Gorge. The gorge is a spectacular canyon with sheer rock walls reaching up to 300 metres high. This area is best discovering on foot, so we will take a short walk through surrounding farmland and a ruined village. The Dades Valley follows the foothills of the Atlas Mountains and is dotted with mud-brick villages perched on hillsides. The remarkable scenery – sprawling green valleys and rocks sculpted into stunning formations by the wind will be our home for next two nights. Our stay is a traditional Berber house.
Tag 8 Todra Gorge
Today visit the oasis museum of El Khorbat and then enjoy free time to explore the Dades Valley. A guided hike through the gorge and over a nearby mountain pass is highly recommended. You might even be lucky enough to meet some local nomads and share a glass of mint tea with them. To fully enjoy the walk, you need a moderate level of fitness, good walking boots or sturdy trainers, sunglasses, sun cream and plenty of water. For lunch you can join some local ladies in their mud-brick kasbah, a fantastic opportunity to see how people live in this largely unchanged culture. Simply lounging by the hotel pool with views over the lush palmeries and soaring cliff faces is also a great way to spend your day here.
Tag 9 Ait Benhaddou
Today travel south to Ait Benhaddou. The scenic drive will take you past ancient kasbah ruins, former colonial military outposts, austere mountains and valleys of palm trees and irrigated fields. Pause for lunch in Ouarzazate, where productions such as Lawrence of Arabia, The Sheltering Sky and Black Hawk Down were filmed. Time permitting, you can take a tour of the Atlas Movie Studios. Make a short visit to Horizon Association for People With Disabilities, an organisation dedicated to the rehabilitation, health and empowerment of people with disabilities. Some of the services they provide include the building and fitting of prosthetic limbs and custom-made wheelchairs, and physio and social therapy for sufferers of accidents and illness. They also train locals in pottery, weaving, metal work and jewellery making. We’re very proud to support this project.Continue on to your destination of Ait Benhaddou. Centuries ago, this was an important stop for caravans carrying salt across the Sahara. Today its grand kasbah, a fine example of clay architecture, has been listed as a World Heritage site. In the late afternoon, why not enjoy a cooking demonstration to learn the secrets behind Morocco’s most famous cuisine: couscous and tagine.
Tag 10 Aroumd
Bid farewell to the Sahara and journey over the spectacular Tizi n’Tichka Pass (2,260 metres above sea level) to Toubkal National Park (around a five-hour drive). At the end of the road in Imlil, store your main luggage and load a daypack onto a pack mule. Take a one-hour trek up to the peaceful village of Aroumd, far from the reach of the modern world. If you don’t feel comfortable with the walk, you can ride a mule instead. Spend the night in a family-run mountain home (gite) in Aroumd. Perched on a rocky outcrop, you’ll be blessed with great views of North Africa’s highest peak - Mount Toubkal. Bathroom and sleeping facilities in the gite are shared, but are cosy, comfortable and a unique experience.
Tag 11 Essaouira
Take a morning walk through the valleys and trails of the stunning Atlas Mountains. Afterwards, head westwards towards the Atlantic Coast and the old fishing town of Essaouira. This laidback artists’ village is a former Portuguese trading colony and was once home to sizeable British and Jewish populations. Surrounded by sandy beaches and dunes, and filled with whitewashed houses, art galleries and wood workshops, it’s a great place to explore. Visitors who have been seduced by its charms include Orson Welles and Jimi Hendrix, who (according to local legend) spent a lot of time here in the 1960s. Spend the night in a restored riad - a traditional nobleman’s house and an oasis of charm and tranquillity away from the bustle of the Medina. The riad features a central courtyard and is beautifully decorated in the traditional Moroccan style. This is likely to be one of the most memorable stays of your journey.
Tag 12 Essaouira
Today, join a local guide for a walking tour through the old medina, Jewish mellah, port and skala (sea wall). Afterwards, use your free time to get under the skin of the town. Everything in the small centre is within walking distance and the beach is clean. Wander the harbour and its adjacent fish markets where you can witness the daily auction. A freshly-cooked plate of the day’s catch is highly recommended. Browse the plentiful shops and intriguing art galleries that make this little town a particularly pleasant place to unwind for a few days. It has a growing reputation for its unique art and is becoming even more famous for its burled Thuya wood - delicately formed and inlaid in tiny shops, which are built into the thick walls of the Portuguese ramparts. The scent from the oils used to polish the richly coloured wood permeates the air and makes walking down the streets incredibly pleasant. If you’d prefer to relax, don’t miss the opportunity to go to a hammam or local-style bath.
Tag 13 Marrakech
Today board a local three-hour bus to Marrakech. Marrakech is a feast for the senses. Join the thronging crowds for dinner at the famous public square of the Jemaa el Fna. Every night the square comes alive with snake-charmers, musicians, story-tellers, fire-eaters and hundreds of small outdoor restaurants. This will be an unforgettable introduction to bustling Marrakech.
Tag 14 Marrakech
Enjoy a free day to discover Marrakech. The monuments of Marrakech are numerous and range from the well-known Koutoubia Mosque and its superb minaret - famous throughout the Islamic world and the ’sister’ to the Giralda in far-away Seville, to the lesser-known tropical gardens of the French painter Jacques Majorelle (now owned by Yves Saint Laurent). There’s the Palais Bahia, a superb example of Muslim architecture, and the ruins of the Palais Badi, reputedly one of the most beautiful palaces in the world in its time. The Saadian tombs are a recently uncovered gem of the Medina. All of the above can be a challenge to locate, but that’s all part of the experience of exploring the phenomenal medinas of Morocco. Explore the amazing Medina and the seemingly endless mosaic of souqs. Each is devoted to a separate trade: pottery, woodwork, copper, leather, carpets and spices. A wander amongst them is a sensory delight. In the evening, perhaps direct your steps yet again to the unforgettable Jemma el Fna for the last glimpse of amazing Marrakech.
Tag 15 Marrakech
Today your Moroccan adventure comes to an end. As there are no activities planned, you are free to depart the accommodation at any time.
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