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Morocco- Endless Magic

4x4 Self Drive Tour | 16.03.16 - 27.03.16

A Tour of Fata Morgana

Morocco is an exhilarating sensory experience. The country’s powerful flavors and aromas are evident in every corner, from the golden dunes in the Sahara, past the towering Atlas ridges, to every perfume and spice market. 

With our capable vehicles, we will reach the most remote corners, breathe in all the aromas, and do our best to sample the numerous flavors and feel Morocco’s endless magic. 

12
Tour Days
Self Drive 4x4 Tours
Welcome to Casablanca!
  • The adventure starts with your arrival in Casablanca, where you rendezvous with tour guides and other travelers at a specified hotel in the city.
  • All travelers must meet at the hotel before 5pm (local time).
  • We enjoy an overnight stay before hitting the road early in the morning.
Meknes: The Jerusalem of the Maghreb
  • Our Moroccan experience begins with a tour bus journey towards the city of Meknes.
  • This lengthy journey takes in hilly landscapes and interesting block-built villages.
  • We arrive in the walled city of Meknes, a locale loaded with fascinating history.
  • During our visit we take in the lovely market adjacent to the King’s Palace.
  • We explore the Jewish Quarter and learn about the city known as ‘The Jerusalem of the Maghreb’.
  • Our journey continues onward to Fes, Morocco’s third largest city, for an overnight stay.

 

Fes: Exploring ‘The Mecca of the West’
  • After breakfast, we will spend some time exploring Fes.
  • Along the way we will stop to admire views of the most beautiful ‘state’ in Morocco.
  • Our explorations bring us to the Royal Palace of Fes – Dar el Makhzan – and though the Mellah (Jewish Quarter).
  • We take in synagogues and cemeteries as we continue to explore.
  • We enter the Old City with its thousands of alleyways and try not to get lost in the labyrinth-like settlement.
  • Along the way we visit the Tanners’ Quarter, the Carpenters’ Guild and blacksmiths’ shops.
  • We visit a local Madrasa (religious school) and riad (house with interior courtyard).
  • Our explorations take us to the most famous ceramics and mosaics factories in Morocco.
  • We wrap-up our on-foot tour with a trip to the city’s Southern Fortress with its stunning views of the surrounding vista.
  • We enjoy a delicious dinner and stay overnight in Fes.

 

Central Atlas Mountains and Beyond
  • The morning commences as we collect our 4X4 vehicles.
  • Our mountainous journey begins with a trip along a winding road to the top of the Central Atlas.
  • Here we’ll discover beautiful snow-capped peaks.
  • Our journey includes a visit to Ifrane – the vacation resort of Morocco’s royal family.
  • Our drive continues through the Central Atlas landscape towards the High Atlas.
  • We descend for a short while until we reach the rift from where the Atlas again rises.
  • We ascend once more, arriving at a Kasbah above the city of Beni-Mellal.
  • The Kasbah provides a superb panorama over the Atlantic plains.
  • We stop at a hotel located between the mountains and the plain.
  • We enjoy dinner at the hotel before spending the night.

 

Rivers, Clay Villages and Berber Lands
  • Our morning begins with a climb to the snow-capped peaks of the Atlas Mountains.
  • As we drive up the mountain we’re presented with magnificent Berber villages built from clay and mud.
  • Our descent takes us towards the wondrous Ait Bogoumez Valley.
  • We visit the Amazigh (Berber) people, who take the time to play host.
  • We visit a number of graves dedicated to Jewish saints idolized by the locals.
  • Our journey takes us across a beautiful mountain pass which has desert on its east side and green fields to its north.
  • We gently glide down the mountain to the fascinating village of Ahansal, which was built entirely with clay.
  • We spend the night as guests in a local home.

 

The Blossom of the Kokliko
  • In the morning we drive past Berber villages in the heart of the Atlas.
  • We follow the course of the El-‘Abid River, using its bridges to cross.
  • We once more ascend toward the high peaks in this part of the Atlas.
  • We pass through the village of Tagleft, where there is often a busy market.
  • Our journey takes us through a forest of Juniper trees on our way to Tasraft Valley.
  • We continue on a magnificent road, through high valleys towards Imilchil.
  • The route takes us past Imilchil Lake on the way to our hotel in the village.
  • We enjoy dinner and stay overnight in the high valley.

 

Rivers, Desert and the Great Canyons
  • In the morning we cross the Atlas’s watershed, heading south.
  • Our journey takes us through a beautiful region, taking in magnificent villages and scenery.
  • We descend toward the channels of the Todra River.
  • Our descent follows the channels of this great canyon – the Todra Gorge.
  • We stop to enjoy a walk in the canyon, making sure to visit the nearby oasis.
  • We recommence our descent, following the river to a vista point over the Todra villages.
  • Upon arrival in the town of Tinghir, we get settled into a hotel.
  • We enjoy dinner at the hotel.

 

Valley of Draaa, Oasis & 1000 Palm Trees
  • In the morning we set out for the granite Sahro Mountain on the Anti Atlas ridge.
  • Our travel route offers stunning scenery as we move on towards the impressive Tzazert pass.
  • The pass itself will offer an incredible southern view.
  • We stop for coffee/tea near the mountain pass.
  • We descend to the exorcism site, ‘Bab n’Ali’.
  • We learn of the ‘Zayaras’ (pilgrimages) to this special place.
  • Our journey continues along the Oasis of Nkob before we depart toward the Draa Valley.
  • Our drive takes us along the magnificent Draa Valley, which is adorned with thousands of palm trees.
  • Along the way we meet Draa tribes, witness Kasbahs and visit villages.
  • We reach the city of Zagora where we settle into our hotel.
  • Our stay in Zagora gives us a chance to explore this wonderful city, including its impressive palm tree area.

 

 

Camel Caravans, Dunes and the Sahara!
  • n the morning we visit the synagogue in Amazrou.
  • From here we visit the local ceramics factories in Tamegroute.
  • We cross the desert near the gates of the Sahara and descend to the Saharan village of Mhamid.
  • We eat lunch in the village and depart toward the Sahara.
  • A quick drive takes us across small dunes before we reach the open desert.
  • Our next stop is a beautiful oasis, adorned with palm trees and a spring, in the heart of the desolate desert.
  • We continue on towards the enormous dunes of Shegaga.
  • Upon reaching a tent camp within the dunes, we head out on a drive in the sea of dunes.
  • We stop, and on foot climb the highest dune of them all, taking in the magnificent vista.
  • We return to the campsite for dinner, enjoying a bonfire and singing beneath the star studded sky.

 

 

Forests, Lakes and Desert
  • In the morning we cross an amazing desert forest full of red apple Sodom bushes.
  • We continue to the Iriki Lake where we will see the Fata Morgana phenomena.
  • We cross a magnificent desert plain up to the gate of the Sahara – Zguid.
  • Our journey returns to the paved roads, where we start climbing toward the Anti-Atlas ridge.
  • We traverse the ridge, the lofty heights offering stunning views of the snow-capped High Atlas.
  • We continue towards the city of Ouarzazate, where one of the world’s largest movie studios is located.
  • We check-in at hotel in the city, before enjoying a walk to the Kasbah within the city’s ancient quarter.
  • Our day closes with dinner and an overnight stay in our Ouarzazate hotel.

 

 

Marrakech: The Big Kasbahs
  • In the early morning we find ourselves overlooking the magnificent ‘Aït Benhaddou’ Kasbah, in which many movies have been filmed.
  • We ascend along the salt axis towards the Telouet Kasbah, which we take time to explore.
  • We speak with the El Glaoui family, who are among those who established these Kasbahs.
  • Our journey continues towards the Tichka Atlas pass, before we begin the descent to Marrakech.
  • Upon entering the city, we return our 4x4 vehicles and check-in to a hotel before immediately heading out on an excursion within the city.
  • The rest of the day is spent enjoying an adrenaline-filled tour of the hectic city, taking in the sights, the sounds, the smells and the hustle and bustle.
  • Our tour takes in the city square and the food market, before we head out for a night on the town.
  • We spend one last night at the hotel.

 

 

Returning Home
  • We take advantage of the time we have left to go out for a spot of last minute shopping.
  • Travelers head for Marrakesh-Menara Airport to begin their journey home.

 

Important Information

Meals

Breakfast: at the hotels

Lunch: at nature or at local restaurants

Dinner: some at restaurants, most dinners at the hotels

 

Program

Program may change from time to time according to terrain conditions (floods, snow etc.), instructions of the local authorities (road renovations) or safety reasons

 

Hotels

In Fes: 4 stars hotel

In Afourar: 4 stars hotel

In Ahsansal: with the locals, in a clay house

In Imilchil: a small, basic hotels, with 4 bathrooms outside the room (the best in town..)

In Tinghir: 3 stars hotel

In Zagora: 3 stars hotel

In the Sahara: a well-equipped camp with beds and mattresses

In Ouarzazate: 4 stars hotel

In Marrakech: 5 stars hotel

 

Insurance

Travel insurance (health and baggage) is compulsory for everyone travelling with us. The insurance must cover all medical expenses and Emergency Repatriation in the event of illness or injury.  Please make sure that  the policy covers you fully for all activities you’re planning on taking part in on your holiday (such as water-sports or hiking) and that a 24-hour contact telephone number for your Insurance Company is written on your documentation in case of an emergency. You will need to confirm to your Tour Leader that you are covered by a travel insurance policy at the start of the tour. Our office will be happy to help you find travel insurance should you need it.

 

Flights

The price does not include flights. Our office will be happy to offer you attractive flight options. Try us!

 

Self-Driving

Please send us a copy of your passport and driving license. Please make sure that they are both valid to the tour dates.

 

4X4 vehicles

  1. The car rental is directly between you and the rental company
  2. In any case of damage or theft to the vehicle, a non-waivable excess will apply of maximum 1250€ + taxes. Our office can provide you with a supplement of insurance that will revoke the responsibility in case of car theft or damage. For 20€ per day per vehicle, the penalty will be only 33€
  3. This insurance and the supplement do not cover any damage to the glass, tires and lower side of the car.
  4. In any case of any damage, Tripology is not a party between you and the rental company.
  5. Any charge that the rental company will charge you is between you and the rental company.
  6. Each driver and participant must check before you rent the car that there is no damage, scratch or defect with the vehicle, to avoid any unjustified charges.

 

Payment conditions

  1. To secure a booking we require a non-refundable deposit of 10% of the tour price.
  2. A final invoice will be sent to you ten weeks before departure. This must be paid no later than 60 days before departure, in case you booked the tour less that 60 days prior departure- a full payment will be needed to register the tour.
  3. Payments can be made with credit cards (Visa and MasterCard) or bank transfer
  4. Bank transfer details you can find on the registration form or on our website. Please send us the swift confirmation when its done
  5. A credit card fee of 1.48% is payable on all transactions.

 

Cancelation fees

  1. 60 and more days before tour start date – retention of deposit
  2. 59-42 days before tour start date – 30% or retention of deposit if higher
  3. 41-28 days before tour start date – 60%
  4. 27-14 days before tour start date – 90%
  5. Less than 14 days before tour start date – 100%
Pricing
Tour Price - Price per person, based on 2 persons sharing a room and 4 persons sharing a vehicle
$3485
Single room supplement
$550
Discount for third person in a double room
$120
Child (2-12) in parents room reduction
-$210
Additional vehicle cost (3 persons in a vehicle, per person)
$180
Additional vehicle cost (2 persons in a vehicle, per person)
$525
Additional cost for transfers (from and to the airport for Max 4 passengers)
$212
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