11-day special Morocco tour, traversing from the enchanting city of Tangier to the vibrant Marrakech. Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Morocco's culture, history, and breathtaking landscapes. From the historic streets of Tangier to the bustling markets of Marrakech, every day promises a new adventure. Indulge in the unique blend of tradition and modernity, savor local flavors, and create lasting memories on this carefully curated journey. Join us for an unparalleled exploration, where each day unfolds a new chapter of discovery and wonder.
Upon your arrival at Tangier airport, we will provide a personal pick-up service, ensuring your convenience and comfort, and proceed towards the historic city of Tangier. Our Morocco tour will encompass a visit to the prominent sights and landmarks that Tangier has to offer, including the renowned Hercules Caves and the significant confluence of the Atlantic and Mediterranean seas. Subsequently, we will proceed to the captivating old Medina of Tangier, where you will have the opportunity to partake in a memorable stroll through its labyrinthine streets. At the conclusion of the day's exploration, we will ensure your return to your accommodation within the captivating Tangier old city.
Today, we will start our journey departing from Tangier, making our way towards the enchanting town of Chefchaouen, with a brief stop in the city of Tetouan, renowned for its immaculate white-washed walls and streets. Our route will take us through the awe-inspiring Rif Mountains, offering captivating vistas, before arriving at the picturesque and widely acclaimed "blue city" of Morocco, Chefchaouen, a picturesque city nestled beneath the peaks of the Rif Mountains, known for its blue-washed houses and streets.
We will drop you off at your accommodation, where you can rest before treating yourself to a memorable walk through Morocco's prettiest town.
Today, enjoy a full day at leisure in Chefchaouen, the Blue City. It is recommended to take a morning walk to fully appreciate the charm of this small, uncrowded city. Most of its buildings are painted in blue, giving them a clean and fresh appearance.
The city also has several interesting sights, including the Jewish Mellah, the 14th-century Kasbah, the Ras El-maa waterfalls, and the Spanish mosque on a hilltop not far from the Medina.
In the evening, gather with locals at the small square near the Kasbah, which is full of local restaurants, shops, and entertainment. If you're an avid trekker, there is an optional trekking activity to the Akchour waterfalls, a green national park located 40km from Chefchaouen. We will drive there and meet with a local guide to escort you on this magnificent trek through ranges, gorges, and valleys, with forests of cedar trees.
At the end of the day, we will drive back to the Blue City and drop you off at your accommodation.
Today, our destination is Fes, the most historical and culturally rich city in Morocco.
As we depart from Chefchaouen, we will drive through the Rif Mountains to the Roman ruins of Volubilis, an archaeological site dating back to the 3rd century BC.
After visiting the Roman site, we will drive a few kilometers to the whitewashed town of Moulay Idriss, one of Morocco's most important pilgrimage sites.
Next, we will continue our journey to Meknes, a UNESCO site and Morocco's most fortified imperial city. We will visit its highlight sites, including the famous Bab Mansour gate, the Qara prison, L'hdim square, and Sehrij E'ssouani.
At the end of the day, we will arrive in Fes and drop you off at your accommodation in the heart of the old city.
Today, we will embark on a full-day walking tour of the historic city of Fes with an experienced local guide. As we explore the ancient streets of Fes, it will feel like stepping back in time to a world of traditional charm and heritage.
We will visit the famous Blue Gate, known as Bab Bou Jloud, which serves as the entrance to the Medina from the west. Our next stop will be the Quaraouine Mosque, one of the oldest universities in the world. After that, we will visit the Madrassa Bou Inania, one of Fes's finest theological colleges.
We will then stroll through the Medina Souks, the oldest marketplace in Fes, where you can find unique handcrafted goods and souvenirs. Our tour will continue to the Tanneries, one of Fes's most iconic sights, where you can witness the traditional process of producing high-quality leather that has remained unchanged since medieval times.
Our guide will be there to assist you should you wish to see or discover anything else in the city. At the end of the tour, our guide will escort you back to your Riad in Fes.
Early in the morning, we'll meet you at your Riad and set off for the Merzouga Desert. Our first stop will be in Ifrane, known as the "Switzerland of Morocco" due to its clean, modern, and well-ordered appearance. A few kilometers from the city is the cedar tree forest of Azrou, home to the Barbary apes, a type of Macaque. We'll take some time to observe these fascinating creatures before we hit the road again.
Our next stop is Midelt, the "country of apples," where we'll have lunch before heading towards the Atlas Mountains, following the Ziz Valley. We'll arrive at the city of Er-Rachidia, which is the gateway to the desert and southern Morocco.
We'll continue driving south, passing through the Ziz Oasis, filled with palm groves and Berber villages along the way, until we reach Erfoud. This city is famous for its fossils that date back hundreds of millions of years, and it's the last stop before our final destination, the Merzouga Desert.
When we reach the Erg Chebbi dunes, we'll take a pit stop at our hotel in the dune line and then start your camel ride adventure to the Desert camp within the dunes. The night will be spent in a desert camp, where we'll enjoy a traditional local music performance around the fire.
Join us on a mesmerizing journey through Morocco's Erg Chebbi sand dunes and the Merzouga Desert, one of Morocco's most stunning attractions. We'll pick you up from your desert camp and set out to explore.
Our first stop is at a Nomad's tent, where you'll enjoy a traditional cup of tea and learn about their rich culture and way of life. Then, visit one of the oldest coal mines in Mfis village, a remnant from the French occupation. Next, discover the Khamlia village, home to descendants of escaped slaves and famous for their traditional Gnaoua music. Enjoy a live show before a delicious lunch at a local Berber Pizza restaurant.
After lunch, continue your desert excursion to one of the most incredible sights, a seasonal lake in the middle of the desert, a haven for desert birds like desert warblers and flamingos. At the end of the day, relax at your hotel in the dune lines and enjoy the breathtaking dune views from your terrace.
For those seeking additional adventure, there are plenty of optional desert sports and activities to choose from. So, rest and rejuvenate, and we'll be ready to take you on another exciting adventure tomorrow!
Begin your day with a sunrise hike to the tallest nearby dune in the desert and follow it up with a shower and breakfast at the desert camp before departing.
As you leave the desert, your first stop will be in the historic town of Rissani, once one of Morocco's earliest trading posts for gold and slaves. Today, it is a bustling commercial center, boasting crowded souks and local markets. Take a stroll through the souks and experience the authentic local way of life in this small city.
From there, continue your journey to Tinghir, a former trading hub for caravans, where you will visit the breathtaking Todgha Gorges, a 300-meter deep canyon formed by limestone rock formations and water from the roots of the Anti-Atlas Mountains.
Next, drive through the road of thousands of Kasbahs and reach the scenic countryside of Dades Valley, known as the "country of figs." Admire the diverse and dramatic landscapes of the Dades valley as you drive through.
Spend the night in the Dades Gorges and enjoy a magnificent view of the green fields filled with fig and walnut trees.
Overnight in Dades Valley. HB
After breakfast, we will continue our tour and head towards Marrakech. On the way, we will drive through the Imgoun Valley or the Valley of Roses and Skoura Oases, making a stop at the latter to visit the historic Amridil Kasbahs, dating back to the 17th century and considered one of Morocco's most authentic Kasbahs.
We will then proceed to Ouarzazate, known as the Cinema Capital of Morocco due to its frequent use as a Hollywood backdrop in international movies and series. Here, we will visit the Touaririrt Kasbah, one of the city's main attractions, before continuing a few kilometers to the famous Ait-Benhaddou Kasbahs, a UNESCO-protected red mudbrick village dating back to the 11th century caravans era. This fortified village is well-known for being a backdrop in popular films and series such as Gladiator and Game of Thrones.
We will then cross the High Atlas Mountains, taking in the dramatic views of the Tizi N'Tichka pass (2260m), before arriving in Marrakech and dropping you off at your accommodation within the old city of Marrakech.
Your Marrakech adventure begins with a local guide who will meet you at your Riad. Your walking tour will kick off from the renowned Djemaa El-Fna square, a UNESCO-declared site that embodies the true essence of Moroccan culture, complete with street theatre, acrobats, snake-charmers, musical performers, and Henna tattoo artists.
Your guide will then take you to some of Marrakech's most iconic sights, starting with the Kotoubia Mosque, a 12th-century marvel, followed by the Ali Ben Youssef Madrassa, a former Qur'anic school that dates back over six centuries. You will then visit the magnificent Bahia Palace, renowned for its intricate Moroccan decoration, and the ruined but beautiful Badi Palace from the 16th century.
The tour continues with a visit to the historic Saadian Tombs, a 16th-century royal necropolis, and Marrakech's vibrant Souks, the city's most colorful markets.
Next, you will move to the modern part of Marrakech, where you will admire the famous Majorelle Gardens and Yves Saint Laurent Museum.
Your guide will escort you back to your Riad in the Marrakech Medina after the tour.
As the day unfolds, you'll find yourself with some leisure time, allowing you the freedom to explore and absorb the captivating atmosphere at your own pace. The duration of this free time is flexible, accommodating your flight departure schedule. Take advantage of this opportunity to immerse yourself in the vibrant local culture, perhaps exploring the bustling markets, savoring the unique flavors of Marrakech, or strolling through the historic streets. Later, we will arrange a seamless and comfortable transfer for you to Marrakech Airport, ensuring a stress-free journey as you bid farewell to the enchanting city. Depart with cherished memories of Morocco, and let the experiences of this extraordinary trip linger as you embark on your flight back home.