12 Days Tangier To Desert To Marrakech

Join All Morocco Tours for a journey from Tangier through Chefchaouen, Fes, Sahara Desert, Marrakech, Essaouira, and more on this 12 day tour from Tangier and ending in Tangier.

DAY 1 : TANGIER

Your driver will pick you up from the port or airport and transfer you to your riad or hotel. You will have free time for the day plus dinner and the overnight stay. 

DAY 2: TANGIER – CHEFCHAOUEN

After breakfast,  we’ll begin the drive through the Rif mountains and Tetoun city before arriving to the blue city of Chefchaouan. Enjoy the beautiful blue medina and unique shops and street performers in the evening. Dinner and overnight in a riad.

DAY 3 : CHEFCHAOUEN – VOLUBILIS – MEKNES – FES

After breakfast in the riad, we begin our trip to Fes. In Volubilis, we will discover the Roman ruins and learn about this archeological site. After the visit, we will drive to Meknes where we will stop for lunch and visit the 17th century medina and Bab el Mansour and Moulay Ismail  shrine. In the late afternoon, we will drive to Fes where you will enjoy dinner and spend the night in a local riad.

DAY 4 : FEZ

After breakfast, a knowledgeable guide will meet you at your riad in the morning for an incredible cultural and historical tour of Fes. You will visit the medina (the old city) and it’s labyrinth of alleys, the Jewish Quarter, and the Royal Palace gate in the morning before enjoying lunch. In the afternoon, we will visit the famous tanneries and the Quaraouine mosque — the first university in the world — before driving to the top of the city for a wonderful panoramic view of the city. If you wish, we will also visit the pottery cooperative. You will have free time in the evening, enjoy dinner, and stay overnight in the same riad.

DAY 5 : FEZ – IFRANE – AZROU – MIDELT – ERFOUD – MERZOUGA

Your guide will pick up from your hotel in Fes in the morning after breakfast and depart for the south of Morocco. You will stop in Ifrane, known as the Switzerland of Morocco, before reaching Azrou to see the playful monkeys in the cedar forest. We will continue to Midelt and stop for lunch. In the afternoon, we will cross the pass of Tizi n Tighamt to reach Errachidia while admiring the views of Ziz Gorge. We will stop for a panoramic view of Ziz valley, will pass through Erfoud (the Moroccan capital city of fossils), and  then arrive in Merzouga for dinner and our stay.

DAY 6 : MERZOUGA – ERG CHEBBI CAMEL TREK

In the morning, we start our tour around the dunes of Erg Chebbi. We will visit a berber house and listen to some Gnawa music originally from Ghana and Sudan. We will visit some deserted mines, Berber nomads, and oasis of palm trees. For lunch, we will head back to Merzouga. After relaxing for a time we will go for the camels that are waiting to take us on an adventure in the sand dunes.

Before we leave for the desert, the camels will be packed with water, food, blankets, and everything else which we will need for the trip. Each person will have their own camel and the ride will take 1.5 hours to reach the inside the dunes.

You will arrive to your own private tent, and then you can walk in the dunes to watch the beautiful sunset and try sand boarding on the sand dunes. After seeing the sun set, you will go down back to the camp to enjoy mint tea (what we call Moroccan Berber Whiskey!). Then you will have your meal of delicious Moroccan Berber tagine in the camp. After dinner, the party will start. Local Berber nomad musicians will play traditional music with drums and dancing. Afterwards, you will watch the magical sky full of stars and enjoy the peaceful desert. Dinner and overnight in nomad camp.

Tents have various amenities depending on your selection including beds, electricity, private bathroom with shower, and air conditioning (please let us know which amenities you would like for an accurate quote).

DAY 7 : MERZOUGA – RISSANI – ALNIF – TODRA GORGES – DADES GORGES

Awake in the morning to the gentle calling of your guide to see the sun rise over the dunes of the Sahara. We will ride camels back from the desert to Merzouga for breakfast and showers. Leaving for Todra Gorge, we will drive off-road drive across the hamada (black desert) and arrive in Rissani to visit the animated local market before we continue to the impressive Todra canyons. Rock climbing (additional reservations may be required) and hiking is available in the canyons before heading to the hotel for dinner and our overnight stay in Dades Gorge. 

DAY 8 : DADES GORGES – AIT BEN HADDOU – MARRAKESH

After breakfast in the hotel, we begin our journey along the road of Thousand Kasbahs, viewing the enormous kasbahs on both sides of the road. You’ll enjoy the impressive landscapes of the Valley of the Roses before we reach Skoura palm grove. We will visit Taourirt Kasbah before departing to UNESCO World Heritage Site Ait Benhaddou, famous for films such as The Man Who Would Be King, Jewel of the Nile, Jesus of Nazareth, The Message, Lawrence of Arabia, The Mummy, and Gladiator. We will continue with a visit to the traditional High Atlas Berber village of Telouet and the Kasbah el Glaoui. We will have lunch in a local restaurant in Telouet before descending the Tizi-n-Tichka to Marrakech. You will arrive to Marrakech in the evening for dinner and your stay in the riad.

DAY 9 : MARRAKESH CITY TOUR

The next day you will enjoy a tour of Marrakech with a private guide. Our first half of the tour will include a visit to the famous Palais de Bahia, a beautifully decorated palace full of enchanting inner rooms and elaborate mosaic walls. Then we will walk through the Jewish Quarter, with distinctly different architecture from the rest of the medina, and also discover the incredible Saadian tombs. We’ll visit Medersa Ben Youssef, an old school of Quranic study with beautiful Arabian-Andalucían architecture, and see the Koutoubia Mosque, an icon of Marrakech and a point of orientation for tourists. Lastly, we’ll head to the world-famous Jemaah el Fna square with its countless orange juice stands, snake charmers, traditionally-garbed water sellers and henna women. Enjoy a refreshing midday pause on one of the terraces with a panoramic view and take in the sights of the colorful crowds below.

We will then continue on to the incredible Majorelle Gardens and you will make your way through the oasis of calm in the midst of the bustling city at your leisure. Visit the Berber Museum housed in the bright blue villa and learn about the history and traditions of Berber people and see some of their beautiful traditional clothing.

Today after breakfast we drive to Essaouira, a coastal city and a historically prestigious point in Morocco. After arrival , you’ll discover the ancient streets ,museums and castles and the bronze cannons. In the afternoon we get back to Marrakesh and we stay here overnight in the same riad.

DAY 10 : MARRAKESH – ESSAOUIRA

After breakfast, we will leave Marrakech for Essaouira, the old Portuguese city. On the way, you may visit the Argan oil women’s cooperative and learn about the process of making Argan oil. Arriving in Essaouira in the early-afternoon, you will explore the port of this beautiful coastal town. For lunch, you can enjoy fresh seafood in the medina. The afternoon is at your leisure for personal exploration –you can swim and relax on the beach or wander the medina. Dinner will be served at your riad.

DAY 11 : ESSAOUIRA – CASABLANCA – RABAT – ASILAH

After breakfast, we will drive through Casablanca and visit Hassan II Moque, through Rabat,  and arrive to Assilah — a stylish coastal town with beautiful shades of blue —  in the evening. You will stay overnight in a hotel and enjoy dinner. 

DAY 12 : ASSILAH – TANGIER

After breakfast, we will drive to Tangier to and see highlights of the city before taking you to the port, airport, or another destination. Thank you for choosing All Morocco Tours!

INCLUDED :

  • Private tour for up to 6 people
  • Morocco culture Tour in 4×4 vehicle with A/C
  • Experienced driver / experienced guide
  • Hotel accommodations and desert camp
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Camel trek into desert camp and back next morning

NOT INCLUDED :

  • Flights to and from Morocco
  • Lunches, drinks
  • Entry fees to historical sites and additional excursions

MAP OF TOUR :

 

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