Morocco

The Land of God


from 23 March to 6 April

“If Africa is a peacock, Morocco is its tail”. Thus he recites an ancient Moroccan proverb to describe the many nuances of the ancient kingdom of Mur-Akush, the Land of God. True gateway to Africa, Morocco welcomes us with its deep diversity, including legendary mountain ranges, ancient cities and endless deserts. The precious influence of the sun in this piece of Africa gives life to everything and beauty is truly everywhere.

Pilot fee € 2,280.00
Passenger fee € 2,080.00

23 March – Genoa > Barcelona

Boarding in Genoa with GNV to Barcelona where we will disembark tomorrow at 9:00

March 24 – Barcelona > Valencia

Breakfast on board. Our descent into Andalusia begins today. Obviously we will do some motorway sections but we will still take advantage of the beautiful state roads that Spain offers. Immediately after Barcelona we will enter the Garraf Park heading south-west until we reach the N-340. After Tarragona we will enter the hills where we will stop for lunch. We will continue inland until we return to the coast about 70 km before Valencia where we will arrive in the late afternoon.

March 25 – Valencia > Almeria

Breakfast at the hotel. We will leave by taking the Autovia Mediterranea southwards for a hundred km until Caudete. We will stay in the interior north of Murcia continuing towards Barranda where we will stop for lunch. In the afternoon we will reach the Velefique Pass at 1800 m.s.l. The road is beautiful with incredible views. In the late afternoon we will reach Almeria where we will stay overnight.

26 March – Almeria > Tarifa > Tangier

Breakfast at the hotel. 4 hours drive to reach the port of Tarifa where we will embark towards Tangier. An hour and a half by ferry and we will be in Morocco. We will reach the hotel and then visit the city.

27 March – Tangier > Fes

Breakfast at the hotel. Today we will reach the first of the four imperial cities of Morocco: Fez, Marrakech, Rabat and Meknes. They owe their name to the work of the various dynasties of rulers who, at different times, chose them as residences, increasing their charm during their reign through important architectural interventions.

28 March – Fes > Midelt

Breakfast at the hotel. Direction IFRANE Perched at 1,650 meters above sea level, the city contributes to the wealth of experiences that can be experienced in Morocco. There, lakes with calm waves, waterfalls pouring their cold waters into the valleys. All around, the largest cedar forest in the world. MIDELT is a popular tourist destination due to its ideal location for mountain hiking, hiking and outdoor sports. The city itself is quite small and quiet, with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. There are numerous traditional markets and local craft shops where you can buy typical Moroccan products, including clothing, carpets, ceramics and spices.

29 March – Midelt > Merzouga

We will descend from the Atlas to the Ziz Gorges. The red cliffs that run along the Ziz gorges are amazing, and give rare images. The roads thus intersect between the cliffs and along the Ziz live the nomads, the Berbers.  These nomads are there to exploit the water of the Ziz, which allows the cultivation and breeding of small animals. In the late afternoon we will reach Merzouga. The attraction of Merzouga is one, but alone is worth a trip to Morocco: the desert, and to be precise Erg Chebbi. It is an expanse of dunes that stretches for almost 30 km from north to south and reaches the maximum height of 160 meters.

March 30 – Merzouga > Rissani > Tented camp in the desert

Rissani is the last major settlement in south-eastern Morocco, in the province of Errachidia, in the region of Meknès-Tafilalet. It is located near Erfoud on the edge of the Erg Chebbi, the largest sand desert in Morocco. The current town retains some evidence of its glorious past as capital and holy city: the Mausoleum of Moulay Ali Cherif, closed to non-Muslims, was quickly rebuilt after its destruction in 1955 following a flood of the river Ziz. Absolutely not to be missed is its Souk organized in sectors (clothing, objects, cattle, spices, dates…). The market is held on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, a market for locals and not just for tourists.

March 31 – Merzouga > Boumalne Dades

Breakfast at the hotel. First destination Tinghir, a small village inhabited by Berber tribes located in a beautiful oasis between two mountain ranges, the High and the Small Atlas. The village is a privileged starting point for a visit to the spectacular Todra Gorges, with rocky walls, in some extremely narrow points, reaching the height of 300 meters. A canyon that the Todra River has carved over the millennia, whose precious icy waters flow towards Tinghir through impressive red rocks.We will then continue to the Dadès Gorges where both the Todra and Dadès rivers have carved a canyon on the cliff side in their last path, 40 kilometers long, through the mountains, leaving behind a series of reliefs and incisions in the rock. The Dades Valley rises to the mountains and offers enchanting landscapes with rocks of changing colors and the vision of strange rock formations known as the fingers of monkeys. Then along the river Dades and its crops and productions of damskine roses will meet true tributes to the ingenuity of man with the kasbahs built of clay and straw, decorated with the simplicity and austerity of the Berber style. Boumalne-Dadès is a town in Morocco, located in the region of Souss-Massa-Drâa, 50 km from Tinghir, capital of the province. Located at 1560 meters above sea level, it is located on the Atlas mountain range and its little more than 2000 inhabitants are mostly of Berber origin.

1st April – Boumalne > Ait-Ben-Haddou > Marrakech

Ait-Ben-Haddou is a fortified city – or ksar – built along the caravan route between the Sahara Desert and the current city of Marrakech.Partly dating back to the 12th century, and partly to 1740, it is one of the most complete examples of pre-Saharan architecture in the world. From a distance it appears as a sand castle with red ochre pisé walls and crenellated towers. The name of the mountain pass comes from the Berber language: “Tizi” means “mountain pass” and “Tichka” means “pastures”.  So, literally, the English name will be “pass of the pastures”. The road was built during the French colonization of Morocco.  It was built in 1936 by the French army to have direct access from Marrakech to Ouarzazate.

2 April – Marrakech

Day dedicated to the visit of the city, always one of the most fascinating of North Africa and where two faces coexist seemingly irreconcilable. The tradition that sinks its customs and customs in ancient times and a more western lifestyle that is breathed in many neighborhoods of Marrakech.

3 April – Marrakech > Rabat

Much more relaxed and quiet than other cities in Morocco, Rabat manages to combine a cosmopolitan atmosphere with historical and architectural elements of great interest. Phoenician, Roman, Almohad and Berber Marinid monuments tell the story of Rabat. Amazing the Andalusian Wall that protects the southern area of the Medina, built in 1600 in clay, and the old city, more schematic than the other Medinas, where the rue Souika, leading to the Great Mosque and the souq of footwear of Es Sebat, is the nerve center.

April 4 – Rabat > Chefchaouen > Tangier

Breakfast at the hotel. Penultimate stop of our tour that will take us to the beautiful Chefchaouen where we will have lunch. In the afternoon we will reach Tangier Med where we will embark for the return to Italy. Also known as the “Cobalt Blue City” Chefchaouen, it is located in the Rif Valley, the crescent-shaped region in northern Morocco. A hidden jewel entirely colored blue. All his houses, walls, doors, windows, fountains and even streets are colored in this shade. Chefchaouen, founded in 1471, was considered for many centuries an inviolable and sacred place, which was forbidden to foreigners. The ancient part of the city is reminiscent of the typical style of Andalusia, as originally its population was composed of Andalusian exiles, Muslims and Jews who arrived here in search of a safe place to put roots. Most of its inhabitants still speak Spanish. We will leave in the late afternoon to reach Tangier Med where we will embark for the return to Italy.

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7 April

Disembarkation in Italy, end of services