Belt Leather Workshop

Proposed Itinerary

Day 1: Airport transfer

Departure from the airport in Fes – Arrival at the hotel-riad and relaxation.

Day 2: Fes guided tour

Completely private city guide who speaks English leads a day-long guided walking tour of Fes, El-historic Bali’s medina, the Zaouia Moulay Idriss, the Bad Boujloud ornate gate, the Al-Kairaouine Mosque, the oldest university in the world, the Al-attarine Medrasa, the Nejjarine Fountain, King’s Place and the Jewish district, often known as “Mellah,” are all places worth seeing. Going back to the riad for a nightover stay.

Day 3: Chefchaouen excursion 

We will depart for Chefchaouen around 8:00. We’ll drive for three hours to reach the blue city and three hours to return to Fes. Due to its close vicinity to Tangier and the Spanish colony of Ceuta, Chefchaouen, or Chaouen as it is commonly known among Moroccans, is a well-liked tourist destination. The name alludes to the town’s surrounding mountains’ shape, which is reminiscent of a goat’s two horns. Additionally, Chefchaouen is a well-liked shopping destination since it provides various local products that are unique to Morocco, such as wool clothing and handmade blankets, and also a locally produced goat cheese.

The town is home to a variety of unique mosques. In addition to the mosque at Place Uta Hammam in the medina, the Jebalah district of Northern Morocco’s Moulay Abdeslam Ben Mchich Alami has its own mosque. 

After exploring the city we will go back to Fes.

Day 4: From Fes to Erfoud 

The journey from Fes to Erfoud, the fossil capital of the world, will take the entire day as we cross the Middle Atlas Mountains. As you leave Fes, the road steadily ascends through the beautiful, contrasting scenery. breathtaking panoramas of the Middle Atlas. It is here in these highlands where the indigenous Berber tribes of Morocco still maintain their culture and traditions. We walk through the Azro cedar trees along the way, stopping occasionally to look at the local Barbary apes. Our halfway point and lunch stop is the rural community of Midelt, known as the capital of apples. Driving across the Ziz Valley and Gorges after crossing the Tizi N’Tairhemt Camel Pass and the Col du Zad. Finally, before reaching Erfoud, also known as the “gateway to the desert,” we will pass the Meski Oasis on the verge of the vast Sahara. We’ll spend the night in our first fictitious kasbah, which is designed to resemble the ancient Berber and Touareg tribal strongholds and provides comfort and breathtaking views right on the edge of the desert. 

Day 5: Desert excursion

We officially entered the Sahara today. Since the trip just takes a couple of hours, you can relax at your hotel in the morning. After lunch, we continue along the River Ziz through the Tafilalt Oasis in the direction of Rissani, the last sizable market town before the Saharan deserts. The gold and commerce caravans that fueled Sijilmassa’s wealth allowed it to once be the richest city in all of North Africa. A touristique that takes a detour through decaying mud-built towns, kasbahs, and palm groves also has an archaeological museum. You might also have time to stop at the Zaouia of Moulay Ali Shereef, which is located outside of Rissani. You arrive in the desert at Merzouga, a little community on the edge of the Erg Chebbi sand dunes, by the end of the afternoon. You can book a room in a hotel with kasbah-style decor, a traditional riad or auberge, or even an eco-lodge made of mud near the dunes. We advise setting up camp in the desert to fully experience its unique ambiance, watch the amazing star constellations, and witness the stunning dawn over the sand dunes. The final step of your journey is by camel if you choose to experience the peace of the dunes! Bed, dinner, and breakfast beside a typical Berber campfire.

Day 6: The way to Dades

An early wake up to catch some beautiful sunrise pictures, as you leave the glorious beauty of the desert behind you, the journey takes you west towards the famous Todra Gorge. The landscape begins to change as you move towards the open countryside. Nomadic lives of the people in this region is evident and there is a chance to observe the lives of these travelers. The final destination of the day will be Dades Gorge.

Day 7:  From Dades to Ouarzazate 

After breakfast, our trip continues to Ouarzazate passing by Dades Valley, with its dramatic rock formations and ancient Kasbahs, and then on to the Rose Valley, known for its damask roses that are harvested in April, then we will head to Ouarzazate, known as African Hollywood, where you can see the Taourirt Kasbah and tour the movie studios and we will get the chance to visit  the Ait benhaddou Kasbah, where a lot of famous series and movies where filmed.

Night Over stay in the hotel.

Day 8: Tazenakht, Taliouine, Taroudant, and Ouarzazate

Before we head out on the road once more in the morning, visitors can have time for a guided tour of the restored Atlas Film Studios. The settlement of Tazenakht is on our journey through the dry Anti-Atlas Mountains. After traveling for around two hours, we will stop there for lunch. We can visit one of the cooperatives selling the hand-woven carpets for which this area is renowned. The journey takes us through Taliouin, famous for its saffron cultivation, for almost 4 hours before arriving in Taroudant, a small walled city in the rich Souss Valley, which previously served as the Saadian empire’s capital before they moved to Marrakech. and is referred to as “Marrakech’s granny.” 

Day 9: From Taroudant to Essaouira

As we travel north along the rocky Atlantic coastline from Taroudant city to the port city of Essaouira, we pass via Agadir, Morocco’s main beach resort. You’ll pass by sunbathers, surfers, fishermen, and some of the best bananas Morocco has to offer while traveling. You will witness both populated beaches with Moroccan families and desolate beaches if you travel during the summer. Argan oil, known as “Berber gold,” is produced by women’s cooperatives that harvest this priceless oil from the argan nut kernels in these protected forests of prickly argan trees. On the way, we’ll make a brief lunch stop. When we arrive in Essaouira, we offer a variety of traditional riad accommodations within the UNESCO-designated 18th-century medina or you can choose a luxurious boutique hotel near the beach.

Day 10:  Time to explore Essaouira

You have all day to discover the Medina, the ramparts and taste the cultural wealth of the city and its many art galleries. Admire the architecture of old, well-preserved buildings and enjoy magnificent views of the Skala on the Atlantic coast. Overnight stay in Essaouira,

Day 11: The way to Marrakech 

We set out early in the morning on our last adventure, to the intriguing and busy “red city” of Marrakech. The tour’s final stop will be one of the four Moroccan imperial cities. You have the afternoon free once we have checked into a traditional riad in the historic Marrakech medina, which is about a three-hour drive from Essaouira. We recommend going to the popular Place Jemaa El Fna to grab lunch at one of the café restaurants with a beautiful roof terrace view of the afternoon activities there, including acrobats, snake charmers, musicians, juice vendors, and henna painters. For the remainder of the afternoon, you can browse the largest covered market in the world and choose from one of Marrakech’s many restaurants for dinner. You can also visit the Place Jemaa el-Fna at night to sample the incredible variety of food being grilled outside.

Day 12: Marrakech guided visit

Following breakfast, a guided tour of Marrakech, The excursion includes: 

– A stop at the Saadian tombs, which date to the reign of Sultan Ahmad al-Mansur (1578-1603), – By the Sultan “Abou el Hassan,” Ben Youssef Medersa was founded (1331–49), 

-El Bahia Palace, a stunning structure and a prime example of 19th-century Eastern architecture, -The Koutoubia mosque, the largest mosque in Marrakech, has a minaret that was built under the rule of the Almohad Caliph Yaqub al- Mansur (1184-1199) and served as a model for the Giarlda in Seville and the Hassan Tower in Rabat.

-Jacque Majorelle created the magnificent garden estate known as The Majorelle Gardens, and Yves Saint Laurent looks after it. 

In the medina district of Marrakesh, there is a market and square called Jemaa el-Fnaa. It continues to be Marrakech’s most important and well-known square. Spending the night in Marrakech.

Day 13: Kasbah Ait Benhaddou excursion

Today we will drive to Kasbah Ait Benhaddou passing by Atlas mountains to enjoy beautiful landscapes with local villages and elevated scenery of the surrounding areas during our journey. It’s one of the most unreal places you’ve ever seen. It feels like you stepped out of reality and you are in a movie. No wonder, why so many great movies and series were made there such as Game of Thrones, Gladiator, and Lawrence of Arabia. After exploring this wonderful place we will drive back to Marrakech.

Day 14: Airport transfer

Transfer at the airport depending on your schedule and preference.