Route from Marrakech to Fez

Bellydance and route through the desert

Welcome to our trip from Marrakech to Fez! If you are about to read how is this trip to Morocco is because you are looking for a different trip. Do you join us to discover the red city and do some belly dance classes? Have you ever dance belly dance? You will not regret to try it, it is a very sensual dance, which helps us to control and know our body better and that gives off a lot of magic.

As you can see, our trips are a little away from the traditional concept of travel, we seek to complement tourism with dance, because we know that dance is happiness, it makes our mind to be distracted, generates energy and smiles.

Are you traveling alone or are you few and want to meet more people? Our trips are a meeting point for those who enjoy traveling and dancing! The group is small, so you can meet people with your same interests and with whom to continue sharing them when you return.

If you want to know more about how our trips, here, we tell you in more detail.

Marrakech

Marrakech and Fez are two of the imperial cities of Morocco. Magicals cities, full of markets, palaces, gardens and mosques, through which you can walk and immerse yourself in exploring patios and alleys full of history in the Medina.

For this trip we have prepared an accommodation of the most typical Moroccan, a Riad within the Medina. Riad literally means Eden or Garden. The one typical constructions of Morocco that is characterized by its central patio, in which there are usually fountains and plants. They are very welcoming because they are usually small and all the rooms are located around this patio.

I imagine that you will already be rehearsing the art of bargaining, if not, go for it! The sellers of the souk are specialists in this art and if you do not want to pay more than the articles are worth, you should be patient and enjoy bargaining. The souk stands out for having its sale areas distributed, you will find an area of ​​leather goods, a variety of fabric stores where are the typical carpets and as no metal objects such as lamps, trays or mirrors. You can also get lost among souvenir shops, jewelry, minerals, antiques and food products.

Since dance can not be missed on our trips, get ready to enjoy belly dancing classes. The oriental dance, or Raks Sharki in Arabic, is one of the oldest dances in the world and has influences from other dances from the Middle East and North Africa, so be encouraged to join this trip and come and dance belly dance to Marrakech !

We want you to come back home having enjoyed a unique experience!

 

31 August 2019 - 7 September 2019
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TRIP DETAILS

DAY 1 – MARRAKECH

Upon arrival at the hotel, our tour leader will be waiting for you to check in and give you all the details for time and meeting with the rest of the group. (if arriving on separate flights)

Free time until meeting time for lunch.

Lunch at a local restaurant to start our experience savoring the rich Moroccan food.

In the afternoon, we will enjoy an authentic class of belly dance and will visit the souk of Marrakech.

Free dinner.

Accommodation

 

DAY 2 – MARRAKECH

In the morning we will have a belly dance class with a Moroccan teacher.

Free lunch.

At the agreed time, we will meet in the Riad to begin the tour with a guide, to know the corners of the city and we will end enjoying the sunset from the square.

Free dinner.

Accommodation.

 

DAY 3 – MARRAKECH – ALTO ATLAS – KASBAH AIT BEN HADDOU – OUARZAZATE – PALMERAL DE SKOURA – VALLE DE LAS ROSAS – VALLE DEL DADES

Breakfast at the Riad.

Today we will start our adventure in the south of Morocco. Our first step will be to cross the Moroccan Grand Atlas, a Berber name that means “eye of Heaven”. We will cross mountain Berber villages, where we can see their way of life in the countryside. We will arrive with our 4×4 towards, the port of Tizi-n-Tichka at about 2,260 meters of altitude, which offers wonderful panoramic views over the mountains of the high Atlas. We can make stops along the way to enjoy the refreshing mint tea before continuing the road to Telouet.

We will visit one of the ARGAN oil cooperatives, where we will discover and see live the production process through their women, who perform among the Atlas mountains.

Continue to the south and then turn off on a 6 km track that will take us to one of the most beautiful places in Morocco, the famous Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco. There we will have the time that we need to walk through the Kasbah and make impressive photographs. In this spectacular setting, films of such renown as Gladiator, the Jewel of the Nile or Sahara have been filmed.

We continue the route until the arrival to the city known as the Moroccan Hollywood, ¡Ouarzazate !!, place where they have shot countless movies in their film studios such as Asterix, Sahara, Jewel of the Nile. We can visit the film studios and make a guided tour inside (optional), where we can see parts of scenarios and materials used in these cinematographic works.

Free lunch

We will continue our route towards the interior of the city of Ouarzazate, where we can make a panoramic visit of its famous Kasbah Taourit, and its cinema museum.

We continue our adventure to the South, crossing the famous route of the Thousand Kasbahs, where we can marvel at the charm of old Kasbahs that line the road.

We will leave the road to cross the palm grove of skoura, an immense palm grove surrounded by ancient Kasbahs and its village that lives on its crops. There we can visit his famous Kasbah Amridil, of the few Kasbahs that you can see inside.

We will return to the road of the Thousand Kasbahs, to continue towards the famous Valley of Roses, famous for its cultivation of the rose, where they make Cosmetics products. This place fills with people for its traditional celebration of the Rose during the month of May. We will follow the southern route until we reach the reddish Dades Valley.

Arrival at our accommodation, rest of the free day.

Dinner and accommodation.

 

DAY 4 – VALLE DEL DADES – TODRA’S GIRLS – RISSANI – MERZOUGA – MERZOUGA

After breakfast we will continue our route to the famous Gorges of Todra, a paradise for climbers from all over the world, who come to climb its vertiginous walls, within a beautiful environment of palm trees, local towns and the river that crosses them. Upon arrival, we will meet the famous palm grove of the Todra Valley. We will have free time to walk among their throats, where we can make spectacular photographs of this natural landscape.

We will continue our trip through the palm grove of Tinghir, exit towards Erfoud known as “La Puerta del Desierto”, for being the beginning of adventure routes to the great dunes of Merzouga.

Before arriving in the city of Erfoud, we will pass through the Tinjdad palm grove and the Touroug palm grove.

Free lunch

Our next stop will be the city of Rissani, known for its famous donkey market. Rissani is the ancient capital of Tafilalet. Its location as a crossroads between the north and the south gave the city a certain importance in the earlier times. A former major caravan center, Rissani remains an important commercial center in the region, with a large souk, especially lively on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. It stands out for its trade in goatskin leather.

We will leave the road, to take the old tracks of the Dakar that will take us towards the Dunes of Merzouga. Once arrived at our destination, transfer to your accommodation, where you will have the rest of the afternoon free, to enjoy this impressive and beautiful place, unique in the world!

Dinner and accommodation.

 

DAY 5 – MERZOUGA – KHAMILIA – NOMAD POPULATES AND OASIS – DAKAR PATHS – DUNAS ERG CHEBBI

After breakfast we will enjoy a day in the desert !! We will make a tour through the dunes, passing through many desert towns, one of them is the village of Khamlia, where we will make a stop to enjoy the music of Gnawa. This well-known town like the one of the “negros”, old slaves coming from Mali, that bring from its time of the slavery, its peculiar music, one of the most recognized at present in our country.

We travel the tracks of the Dakar that separate the black desert from the dunes of Merzouga. We will cross oases and nomadic villages that live in haymas, where we will make a stop to contemplate their way of life and have a tea with these Berber nomads always so hospitable.

Free lunch

Return in the afternoon to accommodation to prepare for our next adventure. We will start our camel safari, to the interior of the Erg Chebbi dunes, where we will enjoy one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world, dusk in the dunes.

We will arrive at our campsite, where we will spend the night in authentic Berber haymas where we will enjoy a spectacular landscape.

We will spend the night under a blanket of bright stars, where you can enjoy the Berber atmosphere to the sound of their drums and your typical dinner.

Dinner and overnight in Camp in the Dunes of Erg Chebbi.

 

DAY 6 – DUNAS ERG CHEBBI – GARGANTAS DEL ZIZ – AZROU – IFRANE – FEZ

Today we recommend you get up early to see the sunrise between the dunes, a beautiful scenery that you can not miss. We will have breakfast in the camp and return to the lodging where we can clean up to continue with your trip.

We will continue towards the north, where we will make a panoramic stop to contemplate the Ziz Valley of hundreds of palm trees. This valley crosses the entire Tafilalet region, which joins the Rheris River and extends from the Atlas, crossing the cities of Errachidia to the north until reaching Rissani in the South, where it ends up in the Saharan hammada. During its journey, we find about 50km of palm trees bordering ancient kasbahs, which make it the beauty and authenticity of its landscape.

We will arrive at the city of Errachidia, one of the military cities where we will see its great reservoir. We will pass through the town of Midelt, known for its apple cultivation, where we can contemplate the daily life of the typical villages of southern Morocco.

We will cross the middle atlas, via the Tizi-N-Talghoumlt port where we will cross famous ski slopes.

Free lunch

The next stop will be to visit the friendly macaques, which live in the cedar forest of Azrou.

Before reaching Fez, the cultural capital of Morocco, we will pass through Ifrane (called the Moroccan Switzerland), where we can make a brief stop to visit the sculpture of the famous lion, which they say was the last one that lived in the Ifrane area.

Late in the afternoon, arrival in Fez and transfer to the reserved riad.

Free dinner and accommodation.

 

DAY 7 – FEZ

In the morning we will do a belly dance class with a Moroccan teacher.

Free lunch

At the agreed time, I meet at the Riad to begin the tour with a Spanish speaking guide, to get to know the corners of the city.

Free dinner

Accommodation.

 

DAY 8 – FEZ

Free time until the scheduled departure time to the airport. (depending on the flights of each one)

 

*The detailed program may suffer some variation due to climatic or operational reasons. Due to these reasons, the offered services may suffer a change of day or order, but the provision of them is guaranteed whenever possible.

PRICES

Price per person based in a doble or triple room in bed & breakfast basis.

Supplement to be paid to have a single bedroom: 150€

 

GROUP

Minimum group of 6 people and maximum of 16. In case of not reaching the minimum, a supplement can be paid to make the trip.

 

DEPARTURES

18 – 22 January

31 August -7 September

* Prices may change according to the date, check the trip on the date you wish to travel.

 

INCLUDED

Travel insurance

Transfers airport – hotel – airport.

Six nights of accommodation in double or triple room.

Belly dance classes mentioned in the program.

Visits of the city of Marrakech and Fez.

Lunch day 1

Day 1, 2, 6, 7 and 8 in bed and breakfast.

Day 3, 4 and 5 in half board.

 

NOT INCLUDED

Air tickets

Lunch and dinner not mentioned in the included section, and any personal extra.

Any entrance to night clubs neither any tour not described in the included section.

Transportation to move around the city (subway, taxi, etc.)

Anything that is not described in the section INCLUDED.

 

* If in your free time you want to do some tour not mentioned as optional, tell us about it and we will offer you availability and prices.

** Due to the fluctuation of Dirham, prices may suffer slight variations until 100% of the trip has been paid.

 

DOCUMENTATION

Spanish nationality travelers will need to travel with valid passport with a minimum of 3 months.

If you do not have a Spanish passport, please consult the Moroccan embassy.

 

MINIMUM AGE

18 years

 

VACCINES

No vaccine is mandatory, although tuberculosis is recommended.

For more information we recommend, as in all our trips, that you enter the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and consult the file of the country to visit.

 

WEATHER

The average temperature in February is 13 degrees. Although during the day, we can have pleasant temperatures and be in short sleeves, at night refreshes. Remember that although we expect temperatures more pleasant than in Spain for this time of year, there is also winter, and you will need a jacket.

 

CURRENCY

The national currency is the Dirham. There are no restrictions on the entry of foreign currency, but must be declared. It is advisable to keep the change receipts to avoid difficulties at the time of departure.

In some hotels and restaurants, the payment is accepted with euros, but normally it is not recommended because they apply a very bad change for us. This does not happen if you pay by card. But we recommend that you check with your bank the commissions that apply to use your cards abroad.

 

LANGUAGE

The official language is Arabic, although by its history, they also speak French and in a lower percentage Spanish.

 

ELECTRICITY

In principle the same voltage is used as in Spain and the plugs are similar, so you will not need an adapter.

 

SAFETY

In large cities like Marrakech, attention must be paid to theft caused by carelessness or jerking. So, as in any other place, it is recommended to store the belongings in a safe place and not leave them unattended.

It is convenient to avoid military zones (not programmed in our itinerary), but in case of encountering any, it is important to emphasize that it is forbidden to take photographs.

It is advisable to dress discreetly and without drawing much attention. We also advise that you always carry a scarf or pashmina, because sometimes, especially women, we have to cover our heads to enter a sacred place.

 

TIPS

It is normal to leave a tip, although usually not more than 10%.

 

DANCE CLASSES

Belly dance classes are usually made barefoot. If you’re not comfortable, you can do the class in jazz, ballet or socks.

 

If you are interested in one of our trips and don’t want to run out of place, book now.
You have to make a 150€ payment and we will book you a place in the trip during the next 15 days (in case this period is not incompatible with the remaining time until the trip)

 

 

1. Click on BOOK NOW from the trip you are interested in.

2. Fill in the booking form where you will find the IBAN number to make the bank transfer.

3. In the bank transfer, indicate your name, surname and the booking code.

4. Once we receive the payment, we’ll send you an email with the booking confirmation.

When the group is formed with the minimum of travelers we’ll contact you to make the payment for 50% of the total of the trip. (The 150€ from the booking will be deducted from the amount corresponding to 50%). At this point, if required by the destination, we’ll ask you to send a copy of your passport.

5. 15 days prior to departure we’ll send the travel documentation, itinerary, air tickets in case we have issued them, travel contract and travel insurance.

6.  Let’s travel!

The trip price does not include flights.
We can arrange the air tickets for you, and have to be paid in full before being issued.
No tickets will be issued until the group is confirmed, unless the participants agree to pay the supplement in case the minimum group isn’t form.
We recommend you, as far as possible, to buy your flights in advance to get better schedules and prices.

The 150€ from the booking will be fully refundable during the 15 days of the reservation if you decide not to travel.
The 50% paid at the group confirmation will not be refundable one month prior to departure. At this time you’ll have to make the final payment.
If at this point you decided not to travel, you could still get back 50% if you gave your place to someone who is not already enrolled in the travel group.
In case you can not give your place, we will have to see in each case, with our suppliers in the destination, the services that can be canceled without expenses.
Any cancellation after paying the 50% deposit will have 100€ expenses in concept of bank and management fees.

Air ticket cancellation will always depend on the airline terms and conditions and not from TravelToDance.
For any clarification about the booking process, contact us and we’ll be happy to assist you.Air ticket cancellation will always depend on the airline terms and conditions and not from TravelToDance.
For any clarification about the booking process, contact us and we’ll be happy to assist you.