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12 Days From Tangier To Marrakech Via Desert

12 Days From Tangier To Marrakech Via Desert

Overview:

In this 12 days tour, you will have the opportunity to explore a lot of famous cities, cultural sites, and villages in Morocco and also to experience the life and hospitality of Moroccan desert people. Starting from Tangier, we will visit Chefchaouen, the “blue city, Volubilis, Meknes, and Fez, where you will be acquainted with Moroccan history.

Leaving Fez we will head to Ifrane, Azrou, and Midelt, and we will end up in Merzouga. You will visit the village of Khamlia to see the Gnawa musicians, and a nomad family in their tent, and in the afternoon your camels will take you to a Berber camp, where you will spend the night, reviving the nomadic Berber lifestyle. The tour continued by visiting Erfoud, Tinghir, Todra Gorges, Dades Gorges, Ouarzazate, “the Hollywood of Africa”, exploring Ait Ben Haddou village, the UNESCO World Heritage Site and through the High Atlas Mountains, we will reach Marrakech Thereinafter we will make a day trip to Essaouira. Leaving Marrakech we will head to Rabat and Asilah, passing through Casablanca. On the last day, we will drive back to Tangier, where the tour ends.

Itinerary:

Day 01 : Tangier – Chefchaouen

We will meet you at the port or in your hotel and we travel to a small blue town called Chefchaouen ” the blue Jewellery “. Its buildings and houses are all painted in blue and white and it is one of the most beautiful towns in the Rif mountains. You will have free time to explore it by yourself. We will spend this night at the hotel.

 Day 02 : Free day in Chefchaouen

Free day in Chefchaouen to discover the rest of the places. Overnight stay in the hotel.

 Day 03 : Chefchaouen – Volubilis – Meknes – Fez

After breakfast in your hotel, our journey will start towards Volubilis crossing Ouazan and other Rif villages. In Volubilis, we will stop to discover the roman ruins and learn about the archeological site of Moroccan history. After the visit to the ruins, we will head to Meknes city, the 17th-century heritage. Meknès, which is known as “the Moroccan Versailles”, symbolizes the power of Sultan Moulay Ismail with an imposing setting epitomized by the Bab-El-Mansour Gate. We will stop for lunch and hang around the historical huge walls of the medina, Bab El Mansour. Overnight stay in the riad.

 Day 04 : Exploring Fez

After breakfast, you will start exploring the oldest city in Morocco, walking in its alleys and small streets. Fez will enchant you with its mysterious medina, which is part of the World Heritage List. Our visit starts by visiting the Royal Palace gate, the Jewish quarter, the first Mellah ever built in Morocco, constructed during the 14th century. We will ensure that you visit all sites with cultural and historical interest, including the famous Al Karaouine University, which is considered the oldest one in the world, the Tanneries, and the Moulay Idriss mausoleum. After lunch in a traditional Moroccan restaurant, you will visit the tiles cooperative and then experience a wonderful panoramic view over the whole Medina of Fez. Overnight in the riad.

 Day 05 : Fez – Ifrane – Azrou – Midelt – Merzouga

After breakfast, you will travel through the middle Atlas via Ifrane “Moroccan Switzerland” and Azrou. You will have a stop at the cedar forest for a visit to Cedre Gouraud Tree where you will see Barbary apes. From here we drive further south passing by several towns and you will get the opportunity to observe nomads living in tents along the way. You will also see the volcanic rocks. Our next stop is in Midelt where you will enjoy your lunch. Later on, we will continue our trip by crossing the Tizi N’Talghomt Pass (1907 m) while admiring the landscape. We will also pass through Ziz Gorge and the tunnel. Near Errachidia, you will see the Barrage Hassan Al-Dakhil which has turquoise blue water. Driving to Erfoud, you will have a stop for a panoramic view of Aoufous palm trees along the Ziz River. Your journey continues to Merzouga through the oasis of Tafilalet, the largest date palm grove in Morocco. Merzouga is a small enchanting village, considered to be one of the gates of the Sahara. You will arrive in Merzouga in the afternoon and check in to your hotel. Dinner and overnight in the hotel.

 Day 06 : Merzouga area and the Camel Trek

After breakfast in the hotel, you will start an explorative journey of the area; you will visit the nomads in their goat-hair tent and learn about desert life. Afterward, you will visit the Gnaoua people, originally slaves brought from Sudan. Here you will have the opportunity to listen to their music and learn about their culture and lifestyle. Depending on what time of year you visit, you may have a visit to the lake of Merzouga and its bird population such as the “Flamingos”. In the afternoon, the camels will join us on our trek. The camels will take us to a Berber camp in the middle of an oasis amidst the sand dunes of Erg Chebbi. 20 km long and 5 km wide; it is also reputed as the highest sand dunes in North Africa. It is a unique and diverse environment. The camel trek takes about 1hr 30 min to the camp, where we will set up in the Berbers’ tents for our magic night in the desert. The camp and the tents are well equipped with all facilities, making you feel at home. In the middle of the desert, as the sun is hiding behind the dunes, you will enjoy your nomadic Berber dinner. After dinner, we will gather around the fire and enjoy the sound of traditional Berber drums under the stars. It will be a night hard to forget.

 Day 07 : Merzouga – Rissani – Erfoud – Tinghir – Todra Gorges – Dades Gorges

Wake up early morning to enjoy the sunrise on the top of the dunes in the Sahara desert, then have your breakfast. After these beautiful moments, you will ride your camel back to the hotel. We depart for Tinghir passing by Erfoud and Tinejdad. Have a break for lunch. In the afternoon, we will continue to Todra gorges via Tinghir. The journey reveals a diversity of incredible landscapes, from the vastness of the desert to breathtaking mountains, green valleys, and palm trees. We will stop along the way for photos and to admire the landscape. Arrive at Todra Gorges to enjoy its marvelous Canyons view while hiking on foot, and finally, arrive in the Dades Valley where we will have dinner and spend the night.

 Day 08 : Dades Gorges – Ouarzazate- Ait Ben Haddou – High Atlas Mountains – Marrakech

After breakfast, we will drive through the Dades Valley towards Kelaat Mgouna and Ouarzazate. The route through the Dades Valley, the way of the thousand Kasbahs, provides numerous photo opportunities. We’ll visit the Roses valley and Skoura village, then continue to Ouarzazat, “the Hollywood of Africa”. Lunch is at the famous Ait Ben Haddou kasbah, the largest Kasbah in Morocco. After touring this UNESCO World Heritage site, our journey will continue through the majestic Tizi n’Tichka pass, reaching an altitude of 2260m, over the High Atlas Mountains. We will stop to enjoy the impressive scenery and visit the argan oil cooperative. We will arrive in Marrakech late afternoon. Overnight stay in the riad.

 Day 09 : Exploring Marrakech

After breakfast, you are going to discover the red city of Morocco “Marrakech”. With the most visited and superb sites of cultural and historical interest, you’ll see the Saadian tombs, the Majorelle Gardens, the Koutoubia Tower, and the Bahia Palace. Then near the famous square of Marrakech take your delicious traditional lunch and stroll in the local souks to see hundreds of handicrafts. In the afternoon, take your completely free time to wander in the city by yourself through. Overnight stay in the riad.

 Day 10 : Marrakech – Essaouira – Marrakech

After breakfast, we drive to Essaouira, a coastal city and a historically prestigious point in Morocco. Essaouira with crenelated walls and houses with white and blue facades is the “Bride of the Atlantic”. Upon arrival, you will discover the ancient streets, museums and castles, and bronze cannons. In the afternoon we get back to Marrakech and we stay there overnight in a riad.

 Day 11 : Marrakech – Casablanca – Rabat – Asilah

On this day we will head to Rabat, and we will pass through important cities like Casablanca. In Rabat (capital of Morocco) we will visit Hassan II Mosque. Then we drive north till we arrive at Asilah a stylish town on the coast, gleaming with blue color. We stay here overnight in a riad.

 Day 12 : Asilah – Tangier

After breakfast, we will drive to Tangier. At the end of our tour, we will discover some of the attractions and then we will take you to the ferry port or airport according to your scheduled departure.

Included

  • Private tour & Transportation with A/C and seat-belt.
  • Pick you up & drop off at Tangier port/airport.
  • 8 nights hotel accommodation & breakfast in Chefchaouen, Fez, Marrakech & Asilah.
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation, dinner & breakfast in Merzouga & Dades Valley (Vegetarians are welcome).
  • 1 night accommodation in desert camp.
    Experienced driver/guide English speaking.
  • Local guide in Fez & Marrakech.
  • Fuel, tolls and all associated expenses.
  • Camel warden.
  • Camel ride for 1 hour. (If you are not interested to ride the camels, it is possible to drive you to the camp with the 4×4).
  • Sand boards (available in the camp without charge).

Not Included

  • Airfare (Flight Ticket)
    Noon meal. (Possibility of picnic or restaurants).
  • Dinners in Chefchaouen, Fez,
  • Marrakech & Asilah.
    Drinks at the meals.
  • Tips and personal miscellaneous expenses.
  • Entry fees to Monuments / Museums / Kasbahs
  • Travel Insurance
  • Anything not mentioned in the program

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