10 Days from Tangier to Marrakech via desert

Day 1 – Tangier – Tetuan – Chefchaouen

Arrival in Tangier and pick you up at the port or airport of the same city. Departure to Chefchaouen making a stop in the city of Tetuán, called the Spanish city. In the afternoon, we will be arriving to the small blue city of Chefchaouen, named for its buildings and houses painted in blue and white colores. this make it one of the most beautiful cities in the Rif Mountains. You will have free time to explore on your own Chefchaouen, stroll through its narrow streets and between old houses.

Accommodation at the hotel located in Chefchaouen square.

Day 2 -Chefchouen- Volubilis- Meknes- Fez :

After breakfast, we will continue our way to the archaeological site of Volubilis where you can explore the famous Roman ruins. Then we go to Meknes to visit the imperial city and its most interesting monuments.  In the afternoon we will arrive at Fez, one of the imperial cities in Morocco, which considered as the religious and cultural center of the country.

Night in Riad or hotel.

Day 3- Discover Fes with a local guid:

This day will be very cultural, a whole day dedicated to the discovery of the intellectual city with an official guide. He will show you the most interesting places, such as: Visit the Golden Gates of the Royal Palace, the wall that encloses an impressive and ancient medina, will be toured Walking to feel the spiritual beauty. We will also discover mosques and medersas, caravansarais and religious places until it flows into the village of tanners where we can appreciate this artisan work. After lunch you will tour the artisans neighborhood.

The overnight in your accomodation.

Day 4 – Fez- Ifrane- Midelt- Merzourga:

After breakfast we will leave from Fez heading to Merzouga desert through the Middle Atlas mountains. we will a stop to visit Ifrane, known as the Switzerland of Africa. The next stop will be in the old cedar forest in Azrou, where the Atlas monkeys live. lunch time will be in Midelt, the important population in the Atlas. We will follow the path by the Tizi N Talghemt or “neck of the camel” at 1,907 meters high. The relief is impressive, the mountains are completely bare, typical high mountain landscape. then, we will cross the Tafilalet massif, descending through the Ziz valley, with breathtaking views of the palm grove that forms, until we reach Erfoud “the door of the desert”.  We will continue towards the desert until we reach the incredible sand dunes of Erg Chebbi next to Merzouga, where you will find your camelman waiting for you. we will enter the desert by camels to be able to contemplate a magnificent sunset. The night will be unique, since we will stay in desert camp, like the Berbers, where we can enjoy music and a stary sky that will dazzle you.

Dinner and overnight in camp

Day 5 – Merzouga-Erg Chebbi – Merzouga:

After waking up early and watching the sunrise in the desert, we will have breakfast and travel one of the routes used in the “Paris-Dakar Rally” , visiting desert nomads with whom we can taste a delicious tea. There we will see the Oasis where some films such as “Sahara” and “Aladdin” were recorded among others. We will visit the village of “the blacks”, named for the slave trade they brought from the Sudan.
We will have time to relax in our hotel, take a dip in the pool or climb the dunes and see a sunset again.

Dinner and overnight at hotel at the foot of the dunes.

Day 6 – Merzouga- Todra Gorges- Dades Valley- Ouarzazate:

After breakfast, departure to Risani, old Sijilmassa, supply center for the old caravans of the Sahara. We continue traveling through a semi-desert landscape, we reach the oasis of Tinghir- one of the most beautiful places in Morocco. Next we pass the Todra river, impressive gorges to reach more than 300 m. We visit the town, we take the road of thousand Kasbahs to Ouarzazate, to reach one of the most important cities in southern Morocco, known for its intense activity and cinematography, having its films credit as Gladiator, Troy, the Mummy etc. and Visit the Kasbah of Taurirt.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

 

Day 7- Ourzazate- Ait Ben Haddou- High Atlas- Marrakech:

After breakfast,  we will visit the Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou, a true jewel of the region, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. where multiple films have been recorded such as “Lawrence” “ Babel ”and“ Gladiator ”. Then, we will go to Marrakech over the High Atlas Mountains via the Tizi N´Tichka Pass. Along the way we will observe Berber villages and farms.

Arrival in Marrakech in the afternoon, you can see the magical evening of this city.

Hotel / riad accommodation

Day 8: Guided tour in Marrakech:

After breakfast we spend full day excursion to discover Marrakech. The stories tell that the city was inhabited by a tribe on the other side of the Atlas, with large amounts of dates, and bones, born from a palm. Called “the red city” due to the color of its walls and full of gardens, watered by underground wells (khettaras), which were built by the Almoravids and Saharan nomads in the 11th century. We will visit Menara, the Kasbahs, the Saadi Tombs, the Bahia Palace, the Koutoubia, the Majorelle gardens and souks, most of the unavoidable visits places. A unique experience will be to discover the “Djemaa El Fna” square, where the life and activity of the city is concentrated: dancers, storytellers, jugglers, artisans, merchants and snake charmers.

We will stay in Marrakech overnight in local Riad.

Day 9: Excursion to Essaouira- Marrakech

We will leave early after breakfast at 8am. We will go to Essaouira, a perfect city for adventurers.We will observe their factories where wood is worked, Argan oil cooperatives and carpets. We will visit women’s cooperative. There they will show us how they make Argan oil. Upon arriving in the city, we will visit the incredible Medina of Essaouira, where we will also pass through the port. You can enjoy a lunch of fresh grilled fish in the typical restaurants of the port.

In the afternoon we will return to Marrakech, the overnight in Riad.

Day 10. Marrakech – Airport

In the morning and depending on the time of your flight, transfer to Marrakech airport. End of the circuit

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