10 DAYS TOUR FROM TANGIER TO MARRAKECH AND DESERT
Brief Itinerary of Tangier Desert Tours via Marrakech
*We explore blue city of Chefchaouen on Tangier Desert Tours via Marrakech
*We visit Fes – most important cultural city in Morocco
*Experience Sahara desert in Merzouga
*We ride camels to reach desert camp
*Explore Dades and Todra gorges with optional trekking (if time allows)
*We will visit Ouarzazatte and kashab of Ait Benhaddou
*Explore Marrakech city tour
*we will visit Essaouira in a day trip from Marrakech
DAY 1: MEET YOU IN TANGER PORT AND DRIVE TO CHEFCHAOUEN:
In the first day of your Tangier Desert Tours via Marrakech, our driver will meet you at the airport or the port of Tangier to start your Morocco attractive tours. First, you will pass into the Rif Mountains specifically Tetouan city in order to enjoy the awe-inspiring views of the mountains. Thereafter we will arrive to Chefchaouen, the stunning village at the feet of the Rif Mountains. This city is the blue pearl of Morocco and it has a beautiful Spanish style, especially the Medina square surrounded by numerous crafts stores which have funky arts, in addition to roof-top cafes and restaurants where we will enjoy the beauty and the breeze of nature and spending an enjoyable night in one of the traditional riads.
DAY 2 : CHEFCHAOUEN – VOLUBILIS – MEKNES – FES:
After breakfast start your authentic Morocco attractive tours to Volubilis. First pass by Wazan and other beautiful Rif villages. Then your next stop will be in Volubilis ﹙UNESCO World Heritage Site﹚. On this Tangier Desert Tours via Marrakech, you will glimpse the most wonderful Mosaic pillars and walls developed in the 3rd century BC. After an escorted tour you will learn more about the archeological history of the roman empire, we will head to Meknes the 17th-century heritage. There we will have lunch and stroll around the huge historical walls of the city, especially the Medina which includes Bab El Mansour. Furthermore, enjoy a visit to the shrine of Moulay Ismail. Finally, we will arrive to Fes where your driver will drop you to your riad in Fes. Overnight will be in a traditional riad in Fes
DAY 3: FES SIGHTSEEING:
This day on Tangier Desert Tours via Marrakech, is dedicated to exploring the spiritual city of Morocco Fes. Most of your day will be in discovering the Old Medina of Fes, which is a huge maze that never ends. First, visit the royal palace with its big arched seven doors. Next to it, there is Mellah ﹙the Jewish Quarter built in 16th-century﹚. After that, you will stroll in narrow alleys, discovering the historical sightseeing, like AL-QUARRAOUINE university(the oldest one in the world). Then, visit the Chouara Tanneries,the dramatic area of tanning leather. In addition, to some other local artisanal places, such as Seffarine and Attarine and Moulay Idriss mausoleum. After lunch visit the tiles workshop and go outside the old town to watch a spectacular view of the whole city. Finally, drop off to the riad you slept in the other night.
DAY 4: FES – IFRANE – MIDELT – ZIZ AVALLEY – ERFOUD – MERZOUGA:
Next morning after breakfast, your driver will pick you up from your accommodation then drive to south Morocco. In the first place, passing by Ifrane (Morocco’s little Switzerland) and Azrou through Middle Atlas Mountains. On our way you will stop to visit the Cedar forest and see the Macaque apes leaping upon the trees. Then, we will continue to Midelt through Tizi Ntalghamt pass and along the picturesque Ziz Gorges which is carved upon a volcanic rock, from there you will glimpse beautiful views of the Middle Atlas mountains and the changing scenery that reveals hints of the Sahara desert as you get closer to the town of Errachidia where you will have lunch and enjoy the hospitality of Berber.Then, after lunch we continue your Morocco attractive tours to merzouga through Erfoud and Rissani. After being welcomed with a warm mint tea glass, you will check in your accommodation.
DAY 5 : MERZOUGA – SAHARA DESERT – CAMEL TREK :
The next day, you will start your journey by visiting Khamlia village, its people are originated from Sudan. In the first place, you will discover their way of life, and their unique Gnawa music. Then, we will go to the desert, in which you will discover the traditional way of life in the desert. People who live in nomadic berber tents, furthermore, you will enjoy with them a special berber pizza meal called Medfouna. Later, you will visit Rissani, a fortified place surrounded by 360 castles. They also have a traditional open market for selling clothes, vegetables and spices, if you like we can help you to buy some of the products, so as, to save them as souvenirs. In the afternoon, we will drive back to Merzouga, we will ride our camels for an 1h to the heart of the desert, reaching the high dunes to watch the spectacular sunset. Finally, we will ride back the camels with our experienced camel man. Dinner will be in berber tents in the desert, in addition you will spend the night there under the magical sky.
DAY 6: SAHARA DESERT – TODRA GORGES – DADES VALLEY:
Today your Tangier Morocco tours, continue early morning we will wake you up early to see the magnificent Merzouga desert sunrise on the top of the sandy dunes.Then, we will have another camel ride to Merzouga hotel. After a refreshing breakfast and shower we will leave Merzouga to Rissani and Erfoud. Then, we will arrive at Todra gorges which are the narrowest and the highest gorges in Morocco, there you will have lunch and walk through this amazing rock canyon. Finally, we will arrive to the Dades valley where you will dine and spend the night.
DAY 7 : DADES VALLEY – OUARZAZATE – AIT BEN HADDOU – MARRAKECH :
In the morning, we will leave the Dades valley to Kalaat Mgouna and Ouarzazate. Specifically, this road through the Dades gorges is the way of thousand Kasbahs providing many incredible photo opportunities. Lunch will be at the prominent Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou which is the largest one in Morocco. The kasbah is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and it was used as a stop for Thami El Glaoui who built this kasbah. After spending time in Ait Ben Haddou we will continue our Morocco desert tours to the Atlas Mountains. There you will have a full visison of the attractive Berber villages and the panoramic views. Finally arriving to Marrakech, your driver will drop you off to your accommodation in Marrakech.
DAY 8 : MARRAKECH CITY TOUR :
This day on Tangier Desert Tours via Marrakech, you will discover Marrakech, one of the imperial cities in Morocco. You will explore the unavoidable sightseeing, including Koutoubia mosque the Saadian tombs, next to the Kasbah Mosque, where you will find the tomb of the Sultan Ahmed al-Mansour ﹙the ruler of Marrakech﹚. Then, you will discover the grandeur Bahia palace, with the intricate and fancy decoration. Next, visit the french botanical orchard, The Majorelle Garden, a beautiful garden of all the exotic plants, Majorelle garden is a great place to relax. After lunch, continue your tour in the Ancient Medina, where you will find the handicrafts masterpieces. Hence, in the afternoon you will have some free time to stroll by yourself and visit other parts of the town. You can finish your Morocco desert tours by discovering the beguiling “Jemaa El Fna” the bustle part in Marrakech, where snake charmers, jugglers , artisans, dancers and storytellers meet. Overnight will be in Marrakech.
DAY 9 : DAY TRIP TO ESSAOUIRA :
After having breakfast in the riad. On this day before the last one on Tangier Desert Tours via Marrakech, we will journey to Essaouira the coastal city. After driving for 2h and half we will arrive in Essaouira, First visit the Skala Fortress overlooking the seaport. In addition, to Thuya wood which is carved by artisans. We will also stroll in the alleys of the ancient Medina and glimpse hundreds of hand-made crafts. Essaouira is named the windy city because of the intense winds that strikes most of the year and make the city the main attraction of surfers. Essaaouira passed by many civilization, especially, the Portuguese which influences most of the architecture. Furthermore, Essaouira is also known as “the Jewel of Atlantis” because of the blue color that covers its doors and walls. Our visit also includes the women’s co-operative of Argan oil which is famous and unique for the cosmetic, medical and culinary properties. Today, your lunch will be a special one with grilled fishcooked in order at the fish souk (Market). In the afternoon driving back to Marrakech, for an Overnight in your riad.
DAY 10 : MARRAKECH – AIRPORT:
This day depends on your flight time, your driver will pick you up from your accommodation and transfer you to the airport of Marrakech or Casablanca. End of Tangier Desert Tours via Marrakech.
*Pick up and drop off from your hotel
*Transport in comfortable air-conditioned 4×4 vehicle
*Experienced English speaking driver/guide
*Camel trek to reach the desert camp (1 camel per person)
*Accommodation in hotel / riad / desert camp in desert tents
*1 Night in the Sahara desert dunes with dinner and breakfast
*Drinks and lunches
*Plane ticket to and from Morocco
*Tips and what’s not mentioned