Marokko

Rock around the Atlas (15 Tage)

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.

Nachhaltig reisen

CO2-Emission
1,43t
CO₂-Emission
entpricht
Regenwald
98m²
Regenwald
Lokaler Verdienst
55%
Lokaler Verdienst
Zusammensetzung der Emission
66%
Flug
10%
Transport
24%
Unterkunft
Regenwaldschutz

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Lokaler Verdienst

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Magische Orte

Reiseroute

Übernachtungen

Highlights

  • Die verwinkelten Souks von Marrakesch
  • Das mittelalterliche Flair Essaouiras
  • Die beeindruckende Todra Gorge
  • Eine Nacht in den Dünen der Sahara

Leistungen

  • Adventure-Trip mit höchstens 16 Gästen
  • Garantierte Durchführung aller Termine
  • Fahrten im Reiseminibus und Zug sowie mit öffentlichen Verkehrsmittels und Taxis
  • 14 Übernachtungen in Hotels und Gästehäusern sowie einem Zeltcamp
  • 14 x Frühstück, 4 x Mittagessen, 5 x Abendessen
  • Aktivitäten laut Tag-für-Tag-Programm
  • 98 m² Regenwald auf deinen Namen
  • Englisch sprechende einheimische Reiseleitung in internationaler Reisegruppe
  • Marokko: Trailer (1:42)
    • Sanddünen surfen | © eyw2008, Pixabay / Chamäleon
      Highlight dieser Reise

      Eine Nacht in den Dünen der Sahara

      In der Sahara teilst du dir den atemberaubenden Sternenhimmel mit Kamelen, Wüstenfüchsen und Springmäusen. Keine Sorge, das von deinen Gastgebern ausgetragene Fest ist für »members only«, es werden dich keine Skorpione besuchen. Zum Sternschnuppenzählen empfehlen wir Wein.

      Reiseverlauf Reisedetails

    Ich seh’ dir in die Augen, Kleines. Das kann nur Casablanca AF-MA-ST-Casablanca1 sein und ist es auch. Der Rest ist ebenfalls wie im Film, und wenn du für den Vergleich zwischen Reichtum von gestern und dem von heute gerüstet sein willst, beginne mit einer geführten Tour durch die Moschee Hassan II. Ein Geschenk des Volkes an seinen König, sagt er. Aber wir mussten es bezahlen, sagen die Bürger. Egal, so oder so passen 25.000 Gläubige in das edelste Gebetshaus der Welt.

    Hassan-II.-Moschee in Casablanca bei Nacht | © Rattham, iStockphoto.com / Chamäleon

    Heute Rabat AF-MA-ST-Rabat2, die jüngste Königsstadt und natürlich Weltkulturerbe wie alle vier deiner Reise. Der Vormittag gehört dir für das Meridische Portal, den Hassan-Turm, die Kasbah des Oudaias mit ihrem Andalusischen Garten. 800 Jahre feinste arabische Kultur. Aber dann folgt auch schon Meknès AF-MA-ST-Meknès2, die zweite Königsstadt, die sich Sultan Moulay Ismail als das Versailles Marokkos vorgestellt hatte. In Volubilis ließ er dafür die prachtvollsten Bauwerke einreißen, um an den Marmor zu kommen. Schweinebacke, aber superschön ist es trotzdem.

    Gasse in Rabat | © Reiner Harscher / Chamäleon

    Sogar die Ruinen von Volubilis sind noch der Hit und deshalb Weltkulturerbe. Die Basilika, der Caracalla-Bogen, das Kapitol, der Tempel des Jupiter. Ein Best-of aus 2.000 Jahren Kultur. Fès AF-MA-ST-Fès3 4, die dritte Königsstadt, ist die älteste, was auch die schönste bedeuten kann, denn hier leben in mittelalterlichen Mauern uralte Traditionen fort. In den Soukgassen wird gewebt, gefärbt, gedrechselt und geschmiedet, was das Zeug hält. Und wenn es verführerisch duftet, ist es bereits Abend und wir sitzen zu Tisch: bei köstlichen marokkanischen Spezialitäten.

    Eingang zur Altstadt von Fes | © Reiner Harscher / Chamäleon

    In den Tälern des Mittleren und Hohen Atlas stehen die Uhren still. Mittendrin
    Midelt AF-MA-ST-Midelt5, vollkommen auf sich allein gestellt. Ein bisschen Landwirtschaft und die Stickereien der Franziskanerinnen in der Kasbah Myriam sichern mit Ach und Krach das Überleben. Ein Plätzchen zum Ruhen. Das könnte Merzouga mit seinen 500 Einwohnern auch sein, aber es liegt zu unserem Glück am Fuß der Dünenlandschaft Erg Chebbi. Nacht für Nacht spielt der Wind mit den 150 Meter hohen Sandbergen und pustet sie zu malerischen Bildern. Der vollendete Platz für einen Wüstenschlaf unter den Sternen der SaharaAF-MA-SO-ErgChebbi6.

    Wüstenfreunde | © Martin Bach / Chamäleon

    Dein Material für die nächsten zwei Tage: gutes Schuhwerk, Sonnenbrille, LSF 50, etwas Kondition, Wasser und Mut. Dann wird alles gut. 300 Meter senkrecht türmen sich im Canyon Todra Gorge AF-MA-SO-TodraGorge7 8 die roten überhängenden Felswände auf, und der Weg hindurch richtet sich danach, wieviel Platz das Geröll freigelassen hat. Hier und dort ein Rinnsal, ein Streifen Grün, eine malerische Palmengruppe – der Rest ist Adrenalin. Lohn gibt’s auch: Hamam auf Berberart wäre mal was Neues.

    Von Frau zu Frau | © Martin Bach / Chamäleon

    »Lawrence von Arabien«, »Jesus von Nazareth« oder »Sodom und Gomorrha« – die ganze Riege der Sandalenfilme wurde hier gedreht, in den Stampflehm-Häusern von Ait Benhaddou AF-MA-ST-AitBenhaddou9, dem Hauptort des Ben-Haddou-Stammes. Es waren immer dieselben engen Gassen, die nur Sonne abbekommen, wenn sie senkrecht drübersteht. Nur die Arena vor den Toren wurde von Film zu Film umgebaut, damit es nicht so auffiel. Gedreht wird nur noch selten, zuletzt »Game of Thrones«, aber in Ouarzazate stehen noch die Atlas Studios und die Poster zeugen von goldenen Oscar-Zeiten. Für uns wird es Zeit, wieder in zivilere Gegenden zu kommen. Wie wär’s mit AroumdAF-MA-ST-Aroumd10? Gute Wahl. Und dann noch die Übernachtung bei einer Berberfamilie.

    Gastgeber in Ait Benhaddouh | © Katrin Hübler / Chamäleon

    Leicht verschlafen, aber blendend weiß, inklusive der 5.000 Möwen über den Netze flickenden Fischern. Und hinter dem gewaltigen Stadttor von Essaouira AF-MA-ST-Essaouira11 12 die schmalen Gassen voll buntem Tand, die Möbelwerkstätten, die Läden und Cafés der alten Medina, wo schon Jimi Hendrix ein Tässchen Arabica getrunken hat. Oder war es Hanftee? Egal, ist jedenfalls Weltkulturerbe  geworden. Was eine Berbermassage eigentlich auch verdient hätte.

    Blick auf Essaouira | © Matej Kastelic, iStockphoto.com / Chamäleon

    Finale in Marrakesch Af-MA-ST-Marrakesch13 14 15. Mit Schlangenbeschwörern, Schneckenköchen, Wahrsagern, Gebissverkäufern, Geschichtenerzählern, Feuerschluckern und Trommlern. Sie verwandeln den Djemaa-el-Fna-Platz und seine ungezählten Imbissstände in einen ohrenbetäubenden Jahrmarkt. Täglich ab 16 Uhr und nahtlos durch, bis es wieder hell wird. Na dann: gute Nacht und bis morgen. Dazwischen hast du die Qual der Wahl und wirst Prioritäten setzen müssen. Jardin Majorelle von Yves Saint Laurent, Marrakesch per Bike, Felsenwüste per Quad, Hamam im Luxus-Spa und so weiter. 19 Highlights insgesamt. Aber wenn du uns fragst, gehe durch die dicken Mauern der Medina in den Souk der 250 Handwerker und betrete eine Welt, die dir den Atem nimmt. Und wenn du die Trommeln hörst: Same procedure as yesterday. Genau wie bei allen Abenteuer-Reisen mit Chamäleon. Immer wieder.

    Nachtmarkt in Marrakesch | © Hannes Schleicher / Chamäleon

    15 Tage Adventure-Trip

    1. Tag -

    Casablanca

    Salaam Aleikum! Welcome to Morocco. Your adventure begins today with a welcome meeting at 6 pm. As there’s little free time included in Casablanca on this trip, to fully explore the city consider coming a day or two earlier. Modeled 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.

    There are no meals included on this day.

    Special Information
    It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting as we will be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this time. If you are going to be late please let your travel agent or hotel reception know. Ask reception or look for a note in the lobby for more information on where the meeting will take place.

    Please be aware that some of our travellers to Casablanca are being approached by locals offering excursions before their trip commences. This has been particularly prevalent in and around the hotels used by us. These guides are in no way connected to us and we cannot guarantee the safety or quality standards of their tours. We strongly advise customers against joining any tour offered by unauthorised guides.

    2. Tag -

    Rabat - Meknes

    Today take an early morning 1-hour 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 many 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. Afterward, continue to Meknes on a 3-hour 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.

    Meals Included
    Breakfast

    3. Tag -

    Meknes - Volubilis - Fes

    This morning is free for you 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. Also, why not try a camel burger for lunch at a friendly local restaurant in the medina? Later, board a private minibus and travel for 1 hour through rolling hills and olive groves to the archaeological site of Volubilis. This 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. Afterward, make the 2-hour 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. It is a feast for the senses, with a huge, well-preserved medieval old city that’s the mother of all medinas.

    Meals Included
    Breakfast, Lunch

    4. Tag -

    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, why not get your group together and try out some Moroccan specialities like harira (chickpea soup) and chicken-stuffed pastilla with couscous.

    Meals Included
    Breakfast

    5. Tag -

    Midelt

    Board a private minibus and leave the intensity of the city behind for the simplicity of the scenic Middle Atlas Mountains (approximately 4 hours). Drive south and inland through a variety of spectacular scenery – fertile valleys and forests contrasted with 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 Berrem and take a closer look at local farming life. You could also check out an optional traditional music performance in Midelt. Tonight, stay at Ksar Timnay. This terrific accommodation is inspired by a traditional kasbah (type of medina or fortress) and is an ideal base for your tour through the Middle Atlas – especially with a large pool to cool off! Relax in the large rooms and be ready for some desert trekking tomorrow.

    Meals included
    Breakfast

    6. Tag -

    Sahara Camp

    Today it’s a long drive towards the mighty Sahara. 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). You may also have the chance to pass by Nomads on their journey – these free-spirited people are born to move with their animal flocks under the open sky, and never stay settled in one place for too long. Continue to 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 in your overnight camp on the edge of the desert and mount a camel for a 1-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 a 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.

    Meals Included
    Breakfast, Dinner

    Special Information
    The camp is a simple, with bedding and basic toilet facilities provided. The blankets provided are usually sufficient for most travellers between April and October, but you may like to bring your own sleeping bag for extra warmth, especially during the months between November and March. Electricity is not available in the camp therefore it’s important to come prepared with phones, cameras, and everything else you may need fully charged.

    If you’d prefer not to do the camel ride, it’s possible to walk alongside the caravan on the sand for about an hour. The walk is not very demanding and you manage with a basic level of fitness.

    7. Tag -

    Todra Gorge

    Walk up the nearest dune for a spectacular sunrise over the Sahara, break your fast with traditional food, 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, 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 the next two nights. This area is best discovered on foot, so you’ll take a short walk through the surrounding farmland.

    Meals Included
    Breakfast

    8. Tag -

    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 is a 10-kilometre circuit that will take around 4 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 moderate 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. The surrounding mountains and the famous Rose Valley in the distance make a sensational setting. To fully enjoy the walk, ensure you have walking boots or sturdy trainers, sunglasses, sun cream, and plenty of water. For lunch, you can join some local ladies in their mudbrick kasbah – a fantastic opportunity to see how people live in this largely unchanged culture.

    Meals Included
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Special Information
    A walk around Todra Gorge is probably the best way to get an insight into local way of living. It is important to note that walk requires a certain level of fitness, takes place over rocky terrain and the first part is more challenging as going to the saddle is over a steady incline. Going back down may be slippery, especially after a rainy day. Please be prepared with good walking shoes or boots if you prefer so.

    There are itinerary changes for this trip effective until further notice: The hike will be included rather than optional today. Breakfast, lunch & dinner will also be included on this day.

    9. Tag -

    Ait Benhaddou

    Today travel south for 4 hours 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 movies such as Lawrence of Arabia, The Sheltering Sky, and Black Hawk Down were filmed. Time permitting, you may also have time to take a tour of the Atlas Movie Studios. Afterward, 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 Morocco’s most famous cuisine: couscous and tagine.

    Meals Included
    Breakfast, Dinner

    10. Tag -

    Ait Benhaddou - Essaouira

    Drive from Ait Benhaddou to spend an additional night in Essaouira (approx 6 hours).

    Meals Included
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Special Information
    There are itinerary changes for this trip effective until further notice to avoid earthquake-affected areas.

    11. Tag -

    Essaouira

    Spend the full day in Essaouira today.

    Meals Included
    Breakfast, Lunch

    Special Information
    There are itinerary changes for this trip effective until further notice to avoid earthquake-affected areas.

    12. Tag -

    Essaouira

    Today, join a local guide for a walking tour through the old medina, Jewish mellah, port, and skala (sea wall). Afterward, use your free time to get under the skin of the town. The narrow streets of Essaouira are ideal for walking. Their size discourages cars, and on a walk through the town, it feels as though little has changed since the days of sea pirates. 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 that 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. For lunch, why not order a freshly cooked plate of the day’s seafood? There are so many places to enjoy this on the seaside. Later on, if you’d prefer to relax, don’t miss the opportunity to indulge in a hammam or local-style bath.

    Meals Included
    Breakfast

    13. Tag -

    Marrakech

    Have a casual chat with locals on a 3-hour 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 into a hive of activity. Henna-painters, performers, and storytellers share the square with a street food bazaar, packed with stalls loaded with Moroccan delicacies, including snail soup! You could enjoy a bite of famous Moroccan pastries with a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice, and then finish your evening with a cup of tea on one of the roof-top restaurants overlooking the square.

    Meals Included
    Breakfast, Dinner

    14. Tag -

    Marrakech

    It’s time to explore Marrakech at your own pace. 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, practice 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. Otherwise, you could 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 wrap up the day!

    Meals Included
    Breakfast

    Special Information
    Some activities in Marrakech may not currently be available. Please speak to your leader for advice on what to do in your free time.

    15. Tag -

    Marrakech

    With no activities planned for today, you are free to leave at any time. Check-out time is usually around midday, however, if you wish to spend more time in Marrakech, we can organise additional accommodation for you (subject to availability).

    Meals Included
    Breakfast

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    Termine & Preise

    Leistungen

    Aufpreis Wunschleistungen

    • Einzelzimmer (außer an Tag 6): ab 355 €
    • Linienflug nach Casablanca und zurück von Marrakesch inkl. Rail&Fly (1. Klasse): ab 500 €
    • Transfer zwischen Flughafen und Unterkunft: ab 15 €
    • Vorübernachtung in Casablanca: ab 30 €
    • Anschlussübernachtung in Marrakesch: ab 25 €

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