Marrakech – Ouarzazate Day Trip

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La ville s’étend au milieu d’un plateau désertique contrastant avec les reliefs et la végétation du haut Atlas tout proche. Elle bénéficie d’une situation géographique et climatique exceptionnelle, à la croisée des chemins en direction des vallées du Draâ, du Dades et du Souss. Créée par les Français à la fin de l’année 1920 pour servir de garnison, elle est la ville la ville de départ pour les excursions du sud marocain, qui donne déjà un aperçu du monde présaharien des palmeraies, des oasis, des Kasbah, des Regs et des Ergs.

La ville de Ouarzazate en elle-même ne constitue pas le centre d’intérêt plus que ne le constitue la traversée du Haut Atlas par le plus haut col d’Afrique (Tichka 2264 m) et le contraste entre son versant nord avec la plaine du Haouz et ses oliveraies, et les paysages rouge ocre et les Oueds de son versant sud.

Déjeuner devant la Kasbah Aït Ben Haddou, ensemble de kasbahs faisant partie du patrimoine universel de l’UNESCO, et qui a servi de toile de fond pour beaucoup de films célèbres tel THE GLADIATOR.

Continuation vers le centre de Ouarzazate pour visiter la fameuse Kasbah Taourirt l’une des kasbah appartenant au Pacha GLAOUI gouverneur du Sud marocain pendant le Protectorat français. Possibilité de visiter les Studio de cinéma de Ouarzazate et voir l’ “envers du décor” de quelques films connus avant de retourner à Marrakech.

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Day 1 Arrive in Zürich, Switzerland

We’ll meet at 4 p.m. at our hotel in Luzern (Lucerne) for a “Welcome to Switzerland” meeting. Then we’ll take a meandering evening walk through Switzerland’s most charming lakeside town, and get acquainted with one another over dinner together. Sleep in Luzern (2 nights). No bus. Walking: light.

Day 2Zürich–Biel/Bienne–Neuchâtel–Geneva

Enjoy an orientation walk of Zurich’s OLD TOWN, Switzerland’s center of banking and commerce. Then, leave Zurich and start your Swiss adventure. You’ll quickly discover that Switzerland isn’t just home to the Alps, but also to some of the most beautiful lakes. First, stop at the foot of the Jura Mountains in the picturesque town of Biel, known as Bienne by French-speaking Swiss, famous for watch-making, and explore the historical center. Next, enjoy a scenic drive to lakeside Neuchâtel, dominated by the medieval cathedral and castle. Time to stroll along the lake promenade before continuing to stunning Geneva, the second-largest city in Switzerland, with its fantastic lakeside location and breathtaking panoramas of the Alps.

Day 3Enchanting Engelberg

Our morning drive takes us from Swiss lakes to Swiss Army. At the once-secret Swiss army bunker at Fortress Fürigen, we’ll see part of the massive defense system designed to keep Switzerland strong and neutral. Afterward, a short drive into the countryside brings us to the charming Alpine village of Engelberg, our picturesque home for the next two days. We’ll settle into our lodge then head out for an orientation walk. Our stroll through the village will end at the Engelberg Abbey, a Benedictine monastery with its own cheese-making operation. You’ll have free time to wander back before dinner together. Sleep in Engelberg (2 nights). Bus: 1 hr. Walking: light.

Day 4Interlaken Area. Excursion to The Jungfrau Massif

An unforgettable trip to the high Alpine wonderland of ice and snow is the true highlight of a visit to Switzerland. Globus Local Favorite At an amazing 11,332 feet, the JUNGFRAUJOCH is Europe’s highest railway station. Jungfrau’s 13,642-foot summit was first ascended in 1811 and in 1912 the rack railway was opened. There are lots of things to do here: enjoy the ALPINE SENSATION, THE PANORAMA 360° EXPERIENCE, and the ICE PALACE. Also receive your JUNGFRAU PASSPORT as a souvenir to take home with you. The round trip to the “Top of Europe” by MOUNTAIN TRAIN will take most of the day.

Day 5Lake Geneva and Château de Chillon

It’s market day in Lausanne! Enjoy browsing and packing a picnic lunch for our 11 a.m. boat cruise on Lake Geneva. A few miles down-shore we’ll dock at Château de Chillon, where we’ll have a guided tour of this delightfully medieval castle on the water. On our way back we’ll take time to peek into the vineyards surrounding Lutry before returning to Lausanne. Boat: 2 hrs. Bus: 1 hr. Walking: moderate.

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