8 Days Royal Horse Riding Holiday Morocco

Wonderful Morocco Horse Riding Holiday

Join Lifetime Experience and allow yourself to feel the real freedom of sitting on a horseback to enjoy the beauty of Morocco. You will spend unforgettable days with horses on the Moroccan trail. Your adventure in the royal cities will start from Meknes to Fez. These journeys on horseback will take you through natural environments and stunning panoramic views will help you get back into contact with nature so you can feel the beauty of this wonderful country. Discover Morroco off the beaten track!

Key information

  • Horse Breed: Arabian-Berber horse

Highlights

  • Horse riding toward Oued Mikkes
  • Approximate daily riding time: 5 hours
  • Sidi Ali and Moulay Idriss horse riding
  • Rif and Zerhoun mountain range horse riding
  • Horse riding to Death Valley, Moulay Yakoub, and Fez
  • The old university, souk, and mausole tours
  • Karaouin and tannerie visits
  • 7 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


6 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Accommodation

You will be accommodated at a hotel in Rabat on day one, seven, and eight. Meanwhile, on day two, you will sleep close to the Roman ruins beside a small river. Later, you will sleep in tents under olive trees in Nzala Des Ben Ammar. On day four, you will have a camp in a mountain range of Rif area. Thereafter, you will stay in Fez on day five and find the camp on day six.

Lifetime Experience Holiday in Morocco Program

Itinerary

Day 1

Your arrival can either be at Mohammed V International Airport (CMN) or Rabat-Salé Airport (RBA). Meanwhile, the individual arrival has to be at the hotel in Rabat. This already will give you a first impression of the rich diversity of the Moroccan country. If you have the time, you can visit Rabat (the medina) which is very close to the hotel or a short walk to the garden of Oudaiya or the Hassan Tower. You will meet the guide and have dinner at the hotel.

Day 2

A private car will take you early in the morning to the city of Meknes. There, your horse will await you. They are berber - Arab, small but very strong and with a lot of stamina. A first trip will take you to the foot of the mountain range of Zerhoun. The road will wind through many small villages with clay houses and olive trees, sunflowers, and cornfields. You will follow the direction of a small river with beautiful flowers just up to the village of Sainte de Sidi Ali.

From here, you will have a splendid view of Meknes and the surroundings. Lots of sandy fields will offer many chances to gallop before you meet Volubilis, an ancient Roman city with houses like the ones found in Pompei with ancient temples, bathing houses, and a palace. Beautiful mosaics will give you a picture of what life was like in those days. You will then eat and sleep close to the Roman ruins beside a small river.

Day 3

Today, the road will take you to Moulay Idriss across olive tree forests up to the peak of the Zegota. You will have a magnificent view of the Rif mountains up to the sources of Nzala Des Ben Ammar. The rocky ground does not allow many crops to grow here - only a few olive trees can grow in a rare open space. Before you will arrive at the sources, you will travel through a country that it is so devoid of human life and completely deserted that it is hard to believe. A few human beings can be found in a water well where animals will drink. These places are very important to talk and discuss rumors. You will sleep in tents under olive trees.

Day 4

Today, you will ride across the white mountain range of the Rif. Here and there, you will see a small village at the very bottom of a valley or small houses made out of clay. Agriculture here is done in the old-fashioned way that is with bare hands and you will see many women doing hard work in the fields. After the picnic, you will descend towards the Oued Mikkes. You will follow this stream with many small windy roads and cross many Arab villages. Finally, you will climb up a mountain where you will reach the camping place for tonight. A fantastic view shows over the Rif Mountain.

Day 5

Today, you will enter the 'Death Valley' which got its name because there is a river that is so salty that it cannot water the fields or refresh animals or human beings. To get water in this area, the local people are forced to go fetch water at places that are up to three hours walking away from here. The land here in the 'Death Valley' is completely sterile and the color is changing between yellow, white, and beige.

The road will take you through many small Berber villages via sandy fields from Moulay Yakoub up to Fez. The horse will wait at the gates of the city and a car will take you to Fez to the hotel. In the afternoon, you will visit Fez (the medina), the old university, the souk with its small shops, the magnificent mausole of the founder of Fes Moulay Idris II, the huge mosque of Karaouin, and the tannerie. Dinner will be in the medina.

Day 6

After a huge breakfast in the riad, you will leave the royal city. You will ride through the fields on top of hills with beautiful views in the desert valleys. Long canters over the mountain ranges are unforgettable. After the lunch, you will ride in the salt valley. In dry weather, the salt crystallizes and the whole valley is shining in white. In the middle of the valley, there stands an impressive, black mountain. The salt valley is surrounded by rose mountains. A way goes in the middle of the salty plane. However soon, you will arrive at the blue shiny lake. On the border, you will find the camp. Dinner and overnight will be in the camp.

Day 7

Today, you will ride on soft ways along a little river which is curving through the valley. Bushes and trees grow beside the water. The farmers are planting vegetable in small well-kept fields. Many little creeks are running along the way and crossing over the way so that the horses will jump the water. You may enjoy this lonely valley with sheep herd grazing. Long canter will bring you back to the riding stables by noon. After an emotional goodbye with the horses, a private car will take you to the medina of Meknes where you will have a short time to go through the souks. Afterwards, the car will bring you back to Rabat where you will spend the night in the hotel.

Day 8

You will return by train to Casablanca and then the flight home.

Note: The meeting point will be at a hotel in Rabat on Sunday at 20:00.

Conditions

You should be able to ride five hours a day and you need some experience in outside riding.

Horses

The horses are small but very sure footed Arabian - berber horses. Mare and stallions go together on the ride. You should always ride attentive and taking care of distance between the stallions.

Included excursions

You will have a tour in Fez (the medina) to visit the old university, souk with its small shops, magnificent mausole of the founder of Fes Moulay Idris II, huge mosque of Karaouin, and tannerie.

Location

The horse riding holiday will take place in Rabat, Fez, and Meknes in Morocco. It covers several places such as the mountain range of Zerhoun, village of Sainte de Sidi Ali, Volubilis, Moulay Idriss, the peak of the Zegota, Nzala Des Ben Ammar, mountain range of the Rif, Oued Mikkes, 'Death Valley', and Moulay Yakoub.

Things to do (optional)

  • Rabat (the medina) tour
  • Short walk to the garden of Oudaiya or the Hassan Tower

What's included

  • Horse riding sessions in Meknes and Fez areas
  • The old university and the souk visits
  • The magnificent mausole of the founder of Fes Moulay Idris II tour
  • The huge mosque of Karaouin and the tannerie visit
  • Use of Berber-Arab horse
  • 7 nights’ accommodation

What's not included

  • Individual arriving and returning from the airport to the hotel in Rabat
  • Entrance in sightseeings (1 to 2 EUR each place)
  • All drinks at the hotels and alcoholic drinks in the camp
  • Tips for porters (5 to 10 AED)
  • Restaurants at the hotels (at least 10 AED each rider)
  • Tips for grooms (50 EUR for 1 week)

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at at Mohammed V International Airport (CMN) or Rabat-Salé Airport (RBA).

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
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Pricing information
Accommodation

If you want to have your own room or come with a larger group, the followings are the prices:

  • Single supplement: 100 EUR (Royal Cities Camp) / 150 EUR (Royal Cities Komfort)
  • 5 to 9 persons: 963 EUR per person (Royal Cities  Camp) / 1125 EUR per person (Royal Cities Komfort)
Transfer

Please note that at the end of the ride, it´s individual departure from the hotel. If you want to use a taxi, the prices are as follows:

  • Rabat Hotel to Mohammed V International Airport (CMN): 70 EUR
  • FesHotel to Fès-Saïs Airport (FEZ): 25 EUR
  • Agadir Hotel to Agadir-Al Massira Airport (AGA): 22 EUR
  • Ouarzazate Hotel to Ouarzazate Airport (OZZ): 10 EUR
Sunday June 3, 2018
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