Tailor-made private tours
The north of Morocco borders the Mediterranean Sea and has many Spanish influences with a Mediterranean character. The west coast, on the other hand, is much quieter and more expansive and here you can enjoy authentic Portuguese harbour towns and unspoilt sandy beaches along the Atlantic Ocean.
The Imperial cities of Rabat, Meknes and Fès are much cooler than their sister city Marrakech, which is located further to the south.
The Imperial cities of Rabat, Meknes and Fès
The Imperial City of Rabat is located by the sea and is the political and administrative capital of Morocco. The historic walled neighbourhood of Le Kasbah is perched on a rock by the sea and contains picturesque narrow alleyways with white and blue painted houses. Within the castle walls you will find the green Andalusian garden and the Musée des Oudaia. There are two main tourist attractions in the Ville Nouvelle; the impressive mausoleum of Mohammed V and the Archaeological Museum with an extensive collection of unique Roman objects. Villa Mandarine is a lovely place to stay.
The Imperial City of Meknes was chosen by Sultan Moulya Ismaïl in the 17th century, as the new capital of his empire. Beautiful buildings were placed under his care and the city flourished like never before. The Medina is surrounded by 45 km long city walls with beautiful city gates and houses a labyrinth of covered streets with shops and workshops. Outside the city walls there are vineyards where excellent wines are produced.
Fès is the oldest Imperial city in Morocco and also an important intellectual, cultural and religious centre. Here traditional crafts are still practiced on a large scale and Fès is well known in particular for its leather work and refined pottery. The walled medina of Fès is known as the most authentic in Morocco and consists of countless districts, each with its own Koranic school, mosque, hammam and bakery and souk.
Under the guidance of a private guide you can explore the city centre during a full day city-tour. Our selected riads in Fès: Ryad Mabrouka, Riad Salama, Dar Al Andalous, Dar Bensouda
Tip: every year the world music festival of the Musiques Sacrées is held in Fès towards the end of May. Musicians from all over the world give open-air performances and and in the evenings there are private concerts given in various riads. See www.fesfestival.com
More to the southeast lies the impressive Atlas mountains with authentic mountain villages and high mountain peaks. On the south side of the Atlas Mountains begins the pre-Sahara, with brightly coloured green oases of the Draa and Dades rivers in contrast with the dry desert landscape. During the spring you often see the snowy peaks of the Atlas Mountains in the background. Spring and autumn are particularly suitable for overnight stays in tents in the desert and a wonderful opportunity to spend the night in a desert-camp.
Our selected accommodations in and around Ouarzazate & the Sahara:
In and around Ouarzazate: Dar Ahlam, Dar Kamar, Ouednoujoum
Kasbah area: Azalai Desert Lodge Zagora, Azalai Desert Camp, Eco-lodge Sawadi,
Riad Ksar Ighnda, Auberge Kasbah Tombouctou, Bab El Oued
It is possible to organise a tailor-made tour for you based on travelling by rental car, train or by 4WD with a driver/guide or a combination of all choices.
Here are a few examples of our private tours by 4WD and driver:
-14-day private journey: Imperial Cities, Kasbahs & High Atlas
– 8-day private trip: Marrakech, Kasbah route & Sahara
-10-day private tour: Marrakech, High Atlas, Anti Atlas and Atlantic coast
– 8-day private tour: Gardens of Morocco
Valerius Reizen is a sponsor of the Sahara-Roots Foundation, founded by our employee Wanda Hebly. With the aim of protecting the beautiful desert landscapes. The foundation helps to create awarness on environmental issues to both local people and visitors to the edge of the Sahara and plant trees to help fight the desertification of the fertile land and the villages found in the oasis.
If you are interested in this project please visit the Sahara Roots Foundation.
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