Yolo - Rock around the Atlas

  • Yolo
  • Veranstalter: Yolo
  • Angebotsnummer: 191570
  • Reisedauer: 15 Tage
  • Reise Land: Marokko
  • Termine: 17 Termine im Zeitraum vom
    02.02.2020 - 20.03.2020
  • Teilnehmerzahl: min. 1 max. 16
  • ab € 999
  • zur Buchungsanfrage
Wäre das Atlasgebirge nicht, der Atlantik würde in die Sahara schwappen. Wo blieben dann die dramatischen Schluchten, die versteckten lehmroten Berberdörfer, die Kulissen Oscar-gekrönter Hollywood-Schinken’ Und was würde aus dem Abenteuer Atlasüberquerung, um nach Marrakesch zu kommen’ Denk nicht drüber nach, genieß es einfach.

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Verlauf

Tag 1 Casablanca
Salaam Aleikum! Welcome to Morocco. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm – check with hotel reception to confirm the time. As there’s little free time included in Casablanca on this trip, to fully explore the city consider coming a day earlier. Modelled after Marseille in France, the city is famous for its art deco buildings and the modern-day masterpiece, the Hassan II Mosque. A pleasant way to spend the day exploring Casablanca is to wander the old medina and the city walls, then jump in a taxi to visit the Quartiers des Habous, the new medina. Finish the day with a walk along the Corniche, watching the locals play football on the beach, or take it easy with a glass of sweet mint tea in one of the many great cafes.

Tag 2 Rabat/Meknes
Today take an early morning train to the historical town of Rabat. Rabat’s history is long and colourful, having been host to Roman settlements, pirates and more recently the Moroccan parliament. It contains numerous fine Arab monuments, some dating from the 10th to 15th century Almohad and Merenid dynasties, and others that are far older. The earliest known settlement is Sala, occupying an area now known as the Chellah. Store your luggage and spend a few hours strolling through the city’s old quarter, then walk up to Kasbah des Oudaias and enjoy views over the Atlantic Ocean. Afterwards, continue to Meknes on a train. The imperial city of Meknes was built when Sultan Moulay Ismail (a contemporary of Louis XIV) set out to create his own version of Versailles, using over 25,000 slaves to construct walls, gates and over 50 palaces.

Tag 3 Volubilis/Fes
This morning is free to explore Meknes. In the 17th century Sultan Moulay Ismail turned Meknes from a provincial town to a spectacular Imperial city – visit his immense Heri es Souani Granary, a mammoth architectural feat, and the city’s now crumbling imperial palaces. Try a camel burger for lunch at friendly local restaurant in the medina. Later, board a private minibus and travel through rolling hills and olive groves to the archaeological site of Volubilis. World Heritage-listed Volubilis was once a provincial Roman capital, a distant outpost of the empire, and the remains make an undeniably impressive sight. Upon arrival, take a tour around the ruins with a local guide. Please remember to pack drinking water, hat, sunglasses and sun cream for this tour as it may get hot and you will be exposed to the sun. And, of course, don’t forget to take your camera as the town is filled with fantastic mosaics along the Decumanus Maximus, many of which remain intact. Afterwards, make the drive to Fes, where you’ll spend the next two nights. Fes is the spiritual and cultural heart of Morocco; vibrant, noisy, fascinating and overwhelming – a visual and pungent feast for the senses – with a huge, well-preserved medieval old city that’s the mother of all medinas.

Tag 4 Fes
Take a guided group walking tour of the old city, known locally as Fes el Bali. Step back into the Middle Ages in the labyrinth of the Medina, which is alive with craftsmen, markets, tanneries and mosques. Pass donkeys piled high with goods (this is one of the largest car-free urban zones in the world) and explore the specialty sections that divide the souk. Look out for the Medersa Bou Inania, one of the city’s most beautiful buildings, which has recently been restored and is now open to tourists. Visit Medresse el Attarine and the splendid Funduk Nejjarine, a beautifully restored 18th century inn. You’ll also see the famous tannery, known for the iconic view overlooking its dye pits, and a ceramics factory where you can see potters working in the traditional way. In the evening, perhaps enjoy a delicious group dinner (at your own cost) of Moroccan specialities like harira (chickpea soup) and chicken-stuffed pastilla with couscous.

Tag 5 Midelt
Board the private minibus and leave the intensity of the city behind for the simplicity of the scenic Middle Atlas Mountains. Drive south, inland through a variety of spectacular scenery – fertile valleys, cedar and pine forests and barren, rocky landscapes. The area is populated with wandering nomadic shepherds attending to their flocks. Pass through cedar forests which are home to Barbary apes, North Africa’s only monkey, and on to your destination of Midelt. Nestled in a valley, Midelt is a market town, originally built as a base for mining in the area, and surrounded by farmland and orchards. Stretch your legs as you explore the nearby village of Bremmem and take a closer look at local farming life. Visit Kasbah Myriam, an embroidery workshop run by Franciscan nuns with the aim of providing sustainable employment and education to local Berber women. This is the perfect place to pick up a souvenir. You could also check out an optional traditional music performance in Midelt.

Tag 6 Sahara Camp
Today is a drive towards the mighty Sahara Desert. Since we’ll have the convenience of our own private minivan, there will be many opportunities to stop and admire views of Kasbahs and palmeries (valleys lush with date palms, fields and orchards) along the way. Drive through changing scenery, from barren mountainsides to fertile valleys, pausing in frontier towns like Erfoud and Rissani, before reaching the end of the road at the small Saharan settlement of Merzouga. With a backdrop of the orange-coloured Erg Chebbi sand dunes, the charming Saharan village of Merzouga feels wonderfully isolated, like the modern world has left it behind. Store your main baggage, saddle up your daypack and mount a camel for a one-hour sunset ride into the desert. The Erg Chebbi dunes are the most stunning in the country and an essential part of any visit to Morocco. An erg is a vast sea of shifting wind-swept sand that’s formed into picturesque, undulating crests and valleys. Located at the end of a sealed road and just 20 kilometres from the Algerian border, this really feels like frontier country. Spend the night in a desert camp under the stars. Our local friends will prepare a hearty feast, so all you need to do is sit back and relax.

Tag 7 Todra Gorge
Return from the desert and begin the drive to Todra Gorge. On the way visit the oasis museum of El Khorbat, before continuing on to the beautiful Todra Valley, which follows the foothills of the Atlas Mountains and is dotted with mud-brick villages perched on hillsides. The remarkable scenery – sprawling green valleys and rocks sculpted into stunning formations by the wind – will be your home for next two nights.

Tag 8 Todra Gorge
Today enjoy free time to explore the Todra Valley. A guided hike through the gorge and over a nearby mountain pass is highly recommended. There are a couple of circuits to choose from, but the most popular choice, and the one we recommend, is a 10 kilometre circuit that will take about four hours. Accompanied by a local guide, you’ll walk a trail that undulates slightly here and there, but isn’t too challenging if you have a basic level of fitness. On the walk you’ll pass Berber villages, meeting local Berbers along the way and perhaps having a chance to share a cup of mint tea with some of them. The surrounding mountains and the famous Rose Valley in the distance make a sensational setting. To fully enjoy the walk, you need a moderate level of fitness, good walking boots or sturdy trainers, sunglasses, sun cream and plenty of water. For lunch you can join some local ladies in their mud-brick kasbah, a fantastic opportunity to see how people live in this largely unchanged culture. Simply lounging by the hotel pool with views over the lush palmeries and soaring cliff faces is also a great way to spend your day here.

Tag 9 Ait Benhaddou
Today travel south to Ait Benhaddou. The scenic drive will take you past ancient kasbah ruins, former colonial military outposts, austere mountains and valleys of palm trees and irrigated fields. Pause for lunch in Ouarzazate, where productions such as Lawrence of Arabia, The Sheltering Sky and Black Hawk Down were filmed. Time permitting, you can take a tour of the Atlas Movie Studios. Make a short visit to Horizon Association for People With Disabilities, an organisation dedicated to the rehabilitation, health and empowerment of people with disabilities. Some of the services they provide include the building and fitting of prosthetic limbs and custom-made wheelchairs, and physio and social therapy for sufferers of accidents and illness. They also train locals in pottery, weaving, metal work and jewellery making. We’re very proud to support this project.Continue on to your destination of Ait Benhaddou. Centuries ago, this was an important stop for caravans carrying salt across the Sahara. Today its grand kasbah, a fine example of clay architecture, has been listed as a World Heritage site. In the late afternoon, why not enjoy a cooking demonstration to learn the secrets behind Morocco’s most famous cuisine: couscous and tagine.

Tag 10 Aroumd
Bid farewell to the Sahara and journey over the spectacular Tizi n’Tichka Pass (2,260 metres above sea level) to Toubkal National Park. At the end of the road in Imlil, store your main luggage and load a daypack onto a pack mule. Take a one-hour trek up to the peaceful village of Aroumd, far from the reach of the modern world. If you don’t feel comfortable with the walk, you can ride a mule instead. Spend the night in a family-run mountain home (gite) in Aroumd. Perched on a rocky outcrop, you’ll be blessed with great views of North Africa’s highest peak - Mount Toubkal. Bathroom and sleeping facilities in the gite are shared, but are cosy, comfortable and unique experience.

Tag 11 Essaouira
Take a morning walk through the valleys and trails of the stunning Atlas Mountains. Afterwards, head westwards towards the Atlantic Coast and the old fishing town of Essaouira. This laidback artists’ village is a former Portuguese trading colony and was once home to sizeable British and Jewish populations. Surrounded by sandy beaches and dunes, and filled with whitewashed houses, art galleries and wood workshops, it’s a great place to explore. Visitors who have been seduced by its charms include Orson Welles and Jimi Hendrix, who (according to local legend) spent a lot of time here in the 1960s. Spend the night in a restored riad - a traditional nobleman’s house and an oasis of charm and tranquillity away from the bustle of the Medina. The riad features a central courtyard and is beautifully decorated in the traditional Moroccan style. This is likely to be one of the most memorable stays of your journey.

Tag 12 Essaouira
Today, join a local guide for a walking tour through the old medina, Jewish mellah, port and skala (sea wall). Afterwards, use your free time to get under the skin of the town. Everything in the small centre is within walking distance and the beach is clean. Wander the harbour and its adjacent fish markets where you can witness the daily auction. A freshly-cooked plate of the day’s catch is highly recommended. Browse the plentiful shops and intriguing art galleries that make this little town a particularly pleasant place to unwind for a few days. It has a growing reputation for its unique art and is becoming even more famous for its burled Thuya wood - delicately formed and inlaid in tiny shops, which are built into the thick walls of the Portuguese ramparts. The scent from the oils used to polish the richly coloured wood permeates the air and makes walking down the streets incredibly pleasant. If you’d prefer to relax, don’t miss the opportunity to go to a hammam or local-style bath.

Tag 13 Marrakech
Chat with locals on a shared bus ride to Marrakech, an ancient, exotic city wrapped in European modernity. Marrakech is a feast for the senses. Be enticed by the alluring scents and brilliant colours of the spice markets, the sounds of the musicians, the rich folds of carpets, delectable foods, acrobats and perfumed gardens. Perhaps join the thronging crowds for dinner at the famous Djemaa el Fna, one of the largest public spaces in the world and unique to Marrakech. When night falls on this square it transforms in to a hive of activity. Snake-charmers, henna-painters, performers and storytellers share the square with a street food bazaar, packed with stalls loaded with Moroccan delicacies, including snail soup! Perhaps enjoy a bite of famous Moroccan pastries with a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice, and then maybe finish your day with a cup of tea on one of the roof-top restaurants overlooking the square.

Tag 14 Marrakech
Today is free for you to explore. Explore the Medina for some last-minute shopping, where every step brings a new smell, a new sight or a new gift to buy. In the seemingly endless mosaic of souqs, each is devoted to a separate trade: pottery, woodwork, copper, leather, carpets and spices. Watch skilled artisans perfect their craft, practise your haggling skills or take a break from the hustle to sip on tea or share a tajine, filled with the pure scent of Morocco. Perhaps visit the well-known Koutoubia Mosque and its 12th-century minaret, which was the famous prototype for the Giralda tower in Seville. Take a wander through the tropical gardens of the French painter Jacques Majorelle (now owned by Yves Saint Laurent). You might like to check out the Palais Bahia, a superb example of Muslim architecture, or the ruins of the Palais Badi, reputedly one of the most beautiful palaces in the world in its time. The Saadian tombs are a recently uncovered gem of the Medina. All of the above can be a challenge to locate, but that’s all part of the experience of exploring the medinas of Morocco. This evening you will likely be drawn back to the Djemaa el Fna, and its surrounding medina. Eating out at one of the many outdoor restaurants lining the square is a great way to finish your adventure.

Tag 15 Marrakech
Your Morocco adventure comes to an end today. Check-out time is usually around midday and you are free to leave at any time. Additional accommodation can be pre-booked if you wish to spend more time exploring here. Speak to your leader about the wealth of extra activities to do around Marrakech.

Leistungen:
 
  • Abenteuerreise mit maximal 16 internationalen Teilnehmern (Der Altersdurchschnitt ist auf dieser Reise erfahrungsgemäß höher als bei anderen Reisen!)
  • Durchführungsgarantie aller Termine
  • Englisch sprechende Reiseleitung in internationaler Reisegruppe
  • Unterkunft: 8 x Hotel, 2 x Pension, 1 x Wüstencamp, 1 x Gite, 2 x Riad
  • Transport: privates Fahrzeug, Zug, Taxi, Reiseminibus, öffentlicher Bus
  • Mahlzeiten: täglich Frühstück, 2 x Mittagessen, 4 x Abendessen
  • Aktivitäten laut Tagesprogramm
  • EIntrittsgelder
  • 100 m² Regenwald 4 you (Jedem Gast schenken wir im Regenwald von Ecuador ein Grundstück, das Jahr für Jahr den CO2-Ausstoß seiner Reise kompensiert. Eingetragen auf seinen Namen und auf ewig seins.)
  • Highlights: Die Aussicht vom Atlasgebirge. Die verwinkelten Souks von Marrakesch. Das mittelalterliche Flair Essaouiras. Die beeindruckende Todra Gorge. Eine Nacht in den Dünen der Sahara.


Nicht eingeschlossene Leistungen:
 
  • Einzelzimmerzuschlag: 335 € (kein Einzelzimmer an Tag 6 und 10 möglich)
  • Langstreckenflug Frankfurt - Casablanca, zurück ab Marrakesch: z.B. mit Royal Air Maroc, Air France, Lufthansa oder TAP Portugal ab299 € 
  • Rail & Fly innerhalb Deutschlands (2. Klasse): 89 €, auf Anfrage
  • Flughafentransfers im Zielland: Hintransfer vom Flughafen Casablanca zum ersten Starthotel 30 € pro Auto (bis zu 3 Personen), Rücktransfer vom letzten Rundreisehotel zum Flughafen Marrakesch 13 € pro Auto (bis zu 3 Personen)
  • Taxis von Flughafen fahren etwa 25 km in die Innenstadt von Casablanca zum Starthotel. Taxis sind große Mercedes Fahrzeuge und haben in Marokko keinen Taxameter, der Preis muss also vor Fahrtantritt verhandelt werden. Angemessen für die Strecke sind etwa MAD 250 (25 €) tagsüber und MAD 300 ab 20 Uhr. 
  • Vor- bzw. Anschlussübernachtung im Tourhotel Preise pro Nacht und Person (exkl. Frühstück): Vorübernachtung 28 € im DZ , 40 € im EZ ; Anschlussübernachtung 21 € im DZ, 42 € im EZ
  • Bitte beachten: Bei Vor- und Anschlussübernachtung ist ein halbes Doppelzimmer nicht buchbar


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