Best 12 Days desert tour from Tangier to Marrakech. Tour to discover Chefchaouen, Fes, Merzouga, Marrakech.
Best 12 Days desert tour from Tangier to Marrakech
Day 1: Airport Tangier
Our team will greet and meet you at the Airport in Tangier. Afterward, we will drive you through the second commercial capital in Morocco, Tangier. Here we shall explore the historical sites of city such as, Hercules Cave, Cape Spartel and the old town (Medina). Later on, we will drive you to your accommodation. You are going to accommodate in your first night in Morocco.
Day 2: Tangier – Chafchaouan
Your second day in your 12-Days Tangier to Marrakech, will start from Tangier and we set off to Chafchaouan. Crossing the Rif Mountains, enjoying the stunning sceneries and small Berber villages in the Rif. And then arrive we arrive at the beautiful pearl of Morocco, Chefchaouen. Overnight in a Riad.
Day 3: Chefchaouen Sightseeing
After breakfast, we will start exploring Chefchaouen (known as the blue city ). It is a small charming, clean and fresh town. You’ll stroll around the old Medina with its old restored kasbah. Plaza Uta Hammam. The square at the heart of the town is really an ideal place to relax, with its steep, narrow cobbled streets and whitewashed walls. Blue doors, windows and mountains as a backdrop makes from Chefchaouen a wonderful place for fascinating pictures. After lunch, you will see the natural spring water of Ras Elma. Unlike other parts of Morocco, this town was occupied by Spain. Therefore, there is much influence of the Spanish and Moorish culture. You will have an opportunity to meet with locals, wander in the souks (markets) and enjoy this amazing town. Overnight in a Riad.
Day 4: Chefchaouen – Volubilis – Meknes – Fes
After breakfast, we leave Chefchaouen. Then cross the Rif mountains to arrive at the ancient Roman town. (Unesco World Heritage Site). We will discover its mosaic floors, basilica, temple and triumphal arch. We then head to the Holy town of Moulay Driss ( pilgrimage for Moroccans ). After Lunch in the town. We continue our journey to Meknes where you will explore: The huge gate of Mansour. The Granary. The Swani basin. The old medina with its souks and Lahdim square. You will relax in one of its coffees. In the late afternoon, We set off for Fes. Overnight in a traditional riad in the Medina.
Day 5: Fes Sightseeing
After breakfast, you will be met with a local guide. You will start your city tour by visiting first the outside part of the Medina ( old city ). Including The Royal Palace Gate, the Jewish Quarter ”Mellah ” – dates back to 14th Century. You will also visit the ceramics Cooperative to see traditional Moroccan crafts. Afterwards, you will cover the most important sites inside the medina. (With a cultural and historical interest including the superb architectural masterpiece of Bou Inania Medersa. Blue gate. the Karaouiyine Mosque. The Big Chouara Tanneries . Medersa Seffarin where people work on metal and make beautiful ( lamps , teapots..). And other decorated architectural masterpieces like Attarin Medersa and the Najarian Fountain. In the afternoon, we will take you to the tombs of Merenids. Admire a beautiful panoramic view of the medina. Overnight in your Riad.
Day 6: Fes – Ifran – Cedar Forest – Midelt – Ziz Valley – Sahara Desert
After breakfast, your 12-Days Tangier to Marrakech continue to desert, through the middle atlas mountains. On the way, we will stop at Ifran, a small charming, clean town, known as ” Switzerland of Morocco ” because of its similarity to a Swiss alpine resort. We continue south passing through the largest cedar forest in north Africa and home to barbary monkies, we will have a chance to take fascinating pictures and feed the monkies. After lunch in Midelt, we head south via Talghomt pass admiring the beautiful views and landscapes that nature offers us. We arrive at the region of Ziz valley where we will stop for a breathtaking panoramic view for this hidden oasis filled with palm groves. Within around one hour.
Merzouga Sahara Desert:
We will arrive Sahara desert where your camels are waiting for you. After a rest, accompanied with a guide you will ride the camels and cross the high dunes of Erg Chebbi desert, see a magnificent sunset on top of a high dune, then continue trekking towards your camp where you will sleep ( tents like the nomads use). After dinner, you’ll enjoy Berber music played by nomads around the fire and under a starry sky.
Day 7: Tour of The Dunes – Visit Nomad Families – Merzouga
Waking up early morning is ” a must to ” to see one that could be the most beautiful sunrise in your life. After breakfast, we will begin our desert excursion in the Sahara desert to explore the different parts of the desert. First, we will see the lake of Merzouga that is home to exotic birds, then head directly to the middle of Sahara desert where nomads with their animals still live a traditional life, we will sip a cup of tea with them and see how they live. Afterwards, we take the route where Rally Paris Dakar used to race, then we get to Mifis mines that once used to be exploited by France, time to visit them.
We continue our journey by heading directly to Khamlia village that is inhabited by black Berber people originally from Mali, Niger …We will have a chance to listen to their music and dance. Lunch in the village ( Berber Pizza). Then, we set off to visit an impressive oasis on the edge of sand dunes before we end up our day in your hotel.
Day 8: Merzouga – Rissani – Arfoud – Todra Gorges – Dades Valley
After breakfast at your hotel. your 12-Days Tangier to Marrakech our continue. we’ll leave the immense desert and travel towards the city of Rissani, once a major stopping place for the Saharan-caravans route; if it coincides the day markets which take place on Thursday, Thursdays and Sundays we will have an opportunity to visit the souk – the largest one in the region. We then set off to Erfoud – fossil town. Here, you will see stalls selling crystals and precious stones as well as fossils. The workshop using Marmar is open to visitors. We then continue our journey to Dades valley passing through villages such as Millab, Tinjdad, Ait Isa to arrive later to Todra valley which is a green one surrounded by mud villages and mountains.
Todra and Dades valley visit:
Driving around 30 min we get to Todra gorges: a narrow vertical passage with vertical cliffs 300m high rising dramatically on each side, they are a popular destination for climbing lovers. Lunch in the town, continue to Dades valley where you will see the fascinating rock formation known locally as ”monkies fingers” as well as beautiful mud kasbahs. Overnight in a hotel overlooking the valley.
Day 9: Dades Valley – Rose City – Rose Valley – Ouarzazate – Ouzoud Waterfall
After breakfast, our 12-Days Tangier to Marrakech continue for Ouarzazate. then crossing the plains of Skoura, continuation to Ouarzazate, and the famous Kasbahs of Ait Ben Haddou. A UNESCO World Heritage site that has served as a backdrop for famous Hollywood movies, lunch break in Ait ben Haddou. After lunch, we shall continue through the High Atlas Mountains passing via a dramatic pass called Tizi N’tishka that is surrounded by stunning landscapes and beautiful views overlooking to small Berber villages. Once we get to our destination,the Ouzoud Waterfalls which is the second tallest waterfall in Africa, the most visited and photographed natural sites in Morocco . Overnight in a hotel or a Riad.
Day 10: Ouzoud Waterfalls – Marrakech
After lunch and strolling in this beautiful site, we shall set off to one of the greatest cities in Morocco, Marrakech. Upon arrival, we will head directly to the famous garden in Marrakech called Majorel Garden, which has a beautiful bleu walls and different types of trees collected by the owner of the garden, Jackes Majorel. Thereafter, we shall drive you to your accommodation and spend the night.
Day 11: Marrakech Sightseeing
After breakfast, you will start your city tour exploring Marrakesh ( the red city of Morocco ). The guide will ensure that you see the most important spots with historical and cultural interest including The Bahia Palace, the Saadian tombs, Ben Youssef Koranic school as well as the largest traditional souk in Morocco. After lunch in one of the local restaurant near the main square, you can visit the Koutoubia tower. Overnight in your riad.
Day 12: Transfer to the Airport
After breakfast in your lodging, we shall get ready to drive to the airport either your flight takes place in Marrakech or Casablanca. End of our Best 12 Days desert tour from Tangier to Marrakech.