14 Days Morocco Desert Tour from Tangier to Merzouga Sahara Desert

14 Days Morocco Desert

14 days Morocco luxury tour from Tangier to Merzouga dunes & Camel trek, Spend the night in Sahara desert Camp, travel across The Atlas Mountains, explore Marrakech, Essaouira, Casablanca, Rabat, Chefchaouen and Fes.

Moroccan Architectures in Tangier
Moroccan Architectures in Tangier

Day 01: Tangier – Chefchaouen

We will begin our 14 days morocco tour from Tangier; Today, we will explore the gateway between Africa and Europe. Tangier, named for the goddess Tinge and the lover of Hercules. Who mythically pulled Europe apart from Africa to form the Strait Gibraltar. First, we will visit Spartel Cap, Lighthouse, where the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean White sea converged.

After that, we will visit the cave of Hercules. Where we can have much-photographed view from within the mythical dwelling cave of Hercules. Which resembles a map of Africa as it existed since Neolithic period. Next, we will back to the city for the visit of Museum Kasbah of Mediterranean culture. Here we will spend a few hours aliasing down the alleyways, within it’s 15th century Portuguese fortress walls. Then, we can move around St Andrew’s Church for a spot of gravestone reading. And then take in the latest art exhibition at the cultural center of Ibn Khaldoun. Later afternoon, we will move to Chefchaouen city.

Overnight in Chefchaouen

Blue-washed walls in Chefchaouen
Blue-washed walls in Chefchaouen

Day 02: Chefchaouen full day tour

Chefchaouen city has a very distinct pale blue. Buildings and winding alleyways with strong Andalusian connection with blue-washed walls. This city founded in 14th century by African Berbers is a home that attracts tourists from over the world. Our tour in this city will include the visit of Ras el-ma. Where the fresh water head from the mountain to the city. A short hike to explore the ruin of Spanish mosque for a wonderful panoramic view. Next, we will stroll around the Kasbah and gardens. After that, we will head into the city to explore the quieted blue streets. We will enjoy our time and get the chance to picture memories before we head back to our hotel.

Overnight in Chefchaouen

Roman Ruins in Volubilis
Roman Ruins in Volubilis

Day 03: Chefchaouen – Volubilis – Meknes – Fes

Departure from Chfechaouen to Volubilis, this former roman ruins outpost is one of the most preserved archaeological places in morocco and distinct with many mosaics that are still sound for us to behold. Declared by UNESCO as a world heritage place in 1977, and it’s just a short drive to Meknes. Next, we will continue to the versailles of Morocco; Meknes, this city is the first capital of Alouit dynasty under the ruler Moulay Idriss I.

Our visit in this city will include Bab el Mansour as one of the finest ornamented gates in Morocco, the Mausoleum of the king Moulay Ismail in the medina, resting place of admirer and most prolific builder of Meknes. Haras de Meknes the “huge stable complex” underground which used to resort the slave’s army of the sultan. Afternoon we will transfer to Fes city.

Overnight in Fes

Largest & Oldest Tanneries in Fes
Largest & Oldest Tanneries in Fes

Day 04: Fes city tour with official guide

After breakfast in our Hotel or Riad. We will head into the city to explore the medina of Fes with an official friendly guide. Fes is the cultural capital and one of the most complete medieval Islamic cities in the world. We will start our sightseeing with a visit of the Royal palace from the towers of Borj. Then the cemetery Bab Fettouh, the mosaic house for traditional pottery methods used by Fassi artisans. Heading into the medina, passing through the gates and walls into the alleyways beyond transports you back in time.

The streets are just as they were when they were built in the 8th century. We will then pass through Bab Boujloud, the medina entrance to explore the largest famous tanneries in morocco. And the historical monument Idris's II tomb. In addition to the oldest university in the world; Al Qarawayine university. Also, Nejjarine is a place of wooden crafts. And other ancient buildings such as Bou-inania medersa, Al-Karawyn mosque, and then a stroll around al Attarine souk. After that, we close our guided tour with a hammam, or traditional bathhouse to steam away the stresses of life. Later on, we will move to our hotel or riad in the medina.

Overnight in Fes

Camel train in Merzouga Sahara Desert
Camel train in Merzouga Sahara Desert

Day 05: Fes – Ifran – Azrou – Midelt – Erfoud – Merzouga desert

A change of scenery today we will leave the crowded streets of Fez behind and set out across the Middle Atlas Mountains, Passing through the charming Swiss village of Ifrane, called Switzerland of Morocco. Moreover, we will stop at Azrou to view the Atlas cedar-forested hills that are populated with myriad Barbary monkeys. This city is well known for its Atlas cedars forest.

Continue via Midelt, Ziz valley oasis, then we will continue our journey to Merzouga desert. Later on, the scenery will change as well as we start seeing the golden sand dunes from the road. The great sand oasis of Merzouga desert. An amazing area of polite, apricot, colored sand extensions as far as the eye can see. We will then proceed to our hotel to rest. Also, we can go out to enjoy the desert sunset.

Overnight in Merzouga – Hotel

Desert Camp in Merzouga desert
Desert Camp in Merzouga desert

Day 06: Merzouga – Khamlia – Rissani – Camel ride

After breakfast, we will start our explorative desert journey of the area. Morning wake up early to take in the images of the sun rising over the sand dunes which gives the sand an impressive mix of colours. This morning we will explore the area a bit, Besides, we can visit the ruins in Rissani village with local market. And then, we will move to explore Khamlia village where we will listen to the Gnaoua (tuareg) music played by the black men with descendants from Sudan, here we can dance or just relax and listen to music.

Late afternoon, we will head off into the vastness of the Sahara sand dunes. On a camel caravan guided by a local guide. The manly camel was a desert life pole over the centuries. And used to ship precious cargoes from Sub-Saharan Africa to the trading ports of the Mediterranean coast. We can ride or walk alongside as we reach the pace of the caravan led by Berber guides and marvel at the awesome spectacle of the desert and the solitude a silence that comes with it. After that, we will discover the beauty behind this region, and then slowly return back to our camp.

As the sun goes down, we will head to our comfort and luxury private desert camp. To enchanted with the mint tea and dates or nuts. The desert camp sits between the golden sand dunes of the Sahara. And gives the impression of being in solitude in the vast African desert. Again, while enjoying the comforts of Saharan camp. We will enjoy a delicious dinner. Prepared by local people and followed by music and a campfire beneath the starry African sky. Nothing compares to the millions of stars, silence, and peacefulness of the Sahara. Later on, we will go to rest in luxury canvas tents. Feeling like stepping back into one of the stories from the Arabian nights.

Overnight in Merzouga -  Camp

First rays sun in Todra Gorges
First rays sun in Todra Gorges

Day 07: Merzouga desert – Tinjdad – Todra gorge – Dades

Today we will start the day early to enjoy the magnificent desert sunrise before being treated to breakfast. Then we will enjoy time with a shower before starting our trip to Marrakech city. We will continue along the Berber village of Tinjdad. After that, we will set onto Todra Gorge; the spectacular gash in the hills that surrounds Tinghir village. To see the gigantic rock walls that change colors when the sun unfolds. These 300-meter cliffs of limestone that shaped weirdly and 15 meters separated from each other. We can often meet Nomads in the gorge. Many deserted Kasbahs, nomadic brick villages, and green oases. Our last step on this day will be in Dades. We will explore Dades valley and then move to our hotel.

Overnight in Dades

Day 08: Dades – Rose valley – Skoura – Ouarzazate – Ait ben haddou – Marrakech

Ancient street in Ouarzazate
Ancient street in Ouarzazate

Day 08: Dades – Rose valley – Skoura oasis – Ouarzazate – Ait ben haddou – Marrakech

Today we will pick you up in the morning from Dades and start traveling to Marrakech city. Passing over the prodigious rock creation of Tamnalt Hills. Then we will continue to visit Rose Valley, the Moroccan rose's center and products. Where the acres of Persian roses grew and reaped to breed rose water. In addition to creams throughout Morocco and other countries around the world. Next, we will continue along the Road of One Thousand Kasbahs. Heading into the Skoura oasis, continue to Ouarzazate, and stop to visit the UNESCO Heritage Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou.

This Ksar or Kasbah is one of Morocco's most precious and well-preserved strongholds. Built on a hilltop. Kasbah Ait Ben haddou inspired myriad movie makers like Gladiator and Game of Thrones filmed here. The view from the upper heights of the Kasbah. Is fright inspiring and worth the desired mount through the sinuous streets? After that, we will continue our journey to Marrakech via Tizi n'Tichka Pass; the highest road in Morocco. We will stop to enjoy the panoramic views of the High Atlas Mountains. And magnificent landscapes, scenery flavored by small Berber villages exemplarily of the region. Later on, we will reach Marrakech for a restful evening.

Overnight in Marrakech

Piles of Spices in Marrakech Market (Souk)
Piles of Spices in Marrakech Market (Souk)

Day 09: Marrakech city tour with an official guide

After breakfast, we will enjoy a guided tour with an official guide. Our journey in Marrakech will include a visit of antique Moroccan architecture. Koutoubia mosque, built in the 12th century by Caliph Abd al-Mumen with a 77 meters minaret. And the Saadian tomb, Bahia Palace and Badiaa Palace. Then we will continue toward Jama-a el Fna square, the famous world square and the symbol of Marrakech. A charming place with snake charmers, and the tastiest fresh orange juice. Crowding the square to give an exotic impression. Moreover, we will head into the Medina Souk (Market). The main cultural place to explore Morocco's historical culture. With the local artisans and experience the scents of all Moroccan spices.

Overnight in Marrakech

Ourika valley - High Atlas Mountains
Ourika valley - High Atlas Mountains

Day 10: Ourika valley day trip

Today we will have a day trip from Marrakech to Ourika valley. On the way to ourika, we will enjoy an amazing sight of the green valley along the High Atlas Mountains. After we reach Setti Fadma village. We will be met by our local guide who will guide us to explore the Berber villages. In addition to region that still practices a medieval agricultural tradition. This area known for the coolest weather along the year.

After that, we will climb to the first waterfall for a panoramic view of the water stream. And if you are a swimmer, you can enjoy a tick swim in the bottom of the waterfall. Or just relax and relish the fresh air of the valley. Breathing and watching the local monkeys climbing on the walnut trees. If we are lucky enough we will get the chance to watch monkeys throwing nuts on the rocks. And climb back down to share them with us. Here we can have time for picturing beautiful landscapes of the Atlas Mountains. Next, we will back to the village to enjoy traditional lunch in a prestigious restaurant. With a magnificent views of the High Atlas Mountains. Later on, we will back to Marrakech city for the evening.

Overnight in Marrakech

Ouzoud Waterfalls
Ouzoud Waterfalls

Day 11: Ouzoud waterfalls day trip

We will get the chance to visit Ouzoud waterfalls, travelling from Marrakech and head over the Middle Atlas Mountains. Ouzoud waterfalls is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in North Africa, after reaching the Cascade. After that, we will meet our local guide. Who will take us for a hike through the groves olives to reach the top of the waterfalls.

Along the way, we will explore the Berber culture of the town. Then, continue to the top waterfalls to relaxed and refreshed. You can enjoy a swim if you like swimming. Or just settle down and enjoy the amazing view of the cascades. Plunge 110 meters into the pool. After that, we will back to the village for some fresh orange juice. And a short ride on the traditional board-boat at the heart of the waterfalls. And the main point for enchanting with the spectacular view of Ouzoud waterfalls. After that, we will have time for lunch in a Berber restaurant. While we enjoy the splendid view of the Waterfalls that looks like a breathtaking scene. Later on, we will back to Marrakech.

Overnight in Marrakech

Day 12 : Marrakech – Essaouira

Mogador Port in Essaouira city
Mogador Port in Essaouira city

Day 03 : Essaouira – Marrakech

Today we will travel to Essaouira where we will have a stroll around the lively old port - Mogador port - that is full of color and interest and full of visual surprises. This port was the main trade route round the Cape of Good Hope to Western Europe. It later became a free port, when it had a small international community of merchants. The cosmopolitan mixture of different influences makes it a wonderful place to explore. We will head over the smallest streets of the medina that are full of various handicraft Artisans, and visit the largest square of Moulay El Hassan.

Besides, we are going to visit the Berber association where the Argan oil manufactured by the local women. Then, we will proceed to discover the workshop that produces the ornate wood of the local conifer. After that, we will have a fresh fish lunch near the souk (Market). Later on, we will make a stroll around the beach to enjoy the stunning sunset of Essaouira beach.

Overnight in Essaouira

 

Sunset view in Hassan ll mosque
Sunset view in Hassan ll mosque

Day 13: Essaouira – Casablanca

We will move to explore Casablanca. This modern city has the largest airport in morocco. Our tour in Casablanca will include the visit of Mohamed V square. An Airy square built-in 1916 amid French Colonial buildings, with a statue & pigeon-covered fountain. The most visited sight of Hassan ll mosque. Built and Completed in 1993 by Bouygues, and designed by Pinseau.

Hassan ll mosque is an incredible architecture and largest mosque. Which has a second tallest minaret at 210 meters in the world after the Algiers grand mosque. Next, we will have time for lunch and then we continue the exploration of Casablanca city. We will head into the medina to discover the modern culture. Here we can make a stroll around the corniche row and Atlantic boardwalk that shined by many restaurants. We can enjoy dinner in one of these restaurants before we move to our hotel for the night.

Overnight in Casablanca

Moroccan fountain in Rabat
Moroccan fountain in Rabat

Day 14: Casablanca – Rabat – Tangier

On this day we will leave Casablanca and set 1 hour drive toward Rabat, the capital of Morocco. Founded in the 10th century the by Phoenicians and Romans. Our visit in this city will include a visit the Royal tomb of Mohammed V. And Hassan tower; the major minaret of the spectacular Hassan mosque constructed by Almohad Yacoub El Mansour. We will then head into the city to visit Kasbah Oudaya a colonial heritage Kasbah in the city. After the visit of Rabat we will move to Tangier city.

Overnight in Tangier

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