This two-week itinerary checks off Morocco's top urban and natural landmarks. See medieval architecture in the capital of Rabat, walk the blue streets of Chefchaouen, and tour 9th-century Al Quaraouiyine University in Fes. Continue to the Sahara for a night of glamping, visit the desert citadel of Ait Benhaddou, and explore colorful Marrakech markets and ornate palaces before ending in the quiet coastal city of Essaouira.
You'll start the day with a second breakfast in the rose field, consisting of tea, bread, olives, cheese, and other local goodies. After your meal, collect rose petals with some local women, then make your way to a cooperative for a demonstration and workshop. You can observe the process of workers distilling the flowers, which takes a long time and requires a lot of petals that first need to be dried before distillation. So, although you'll walk away with your own bottle of rose water, it won't be from the exact petals you picked.
This activity is only available for a couple of weeks each year, typically from the end of April to the beginning of May. This period is when the roses bloom, and the distilleries make rose oil, of which rosewater is a byproduct. Rose oil and rosewater from this region have been sold to perfumeries around the world for centuries.
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Itineraries with Rosewater Workshop in Boumalne Dades
Explore Morocco's cities and desert on this 12-day grand tour. Begin and end in modern Casablanca and travel around to the imperial cities of Rabat, Meknes, Fes, and Marrakech, as well as the hillside town of Chefchaouen. You'll trek into the Sahara, camp under the stars, visit desert towns and kasbahs, and hike the Atlas mountains foothills.
This 13-day tour covers a wide range sites and experiences that, together, provide a well-rounded view of Morocco. The tour begins with the imperial cities of the northern area (Casablanca, Rabat, Tanger, Fez, and Meknes), and also includes the charming blue-painted town of Chefchaouen. The trip continues toward the Merzouga area of the Sahara, with the classic Erg Chebbi sand dunes all around. Then, stop in vibrant Marrakech and experience its lively square before heading back to Casablanca to depart.