Tangier to Marrakech

The Best Priavte tour from Tangier to Marrakech – 11 Days

Overview:

Head out from Tangier to explore the north of Morocco landscapes. Enjoy a drive that takes you along the middle atlas mountains to the blue city (Chefchaouen). Discover the imperial cities: Fes and Meknes and spend a night under stars at a desert camp and much more . Then continue your trip to Marrakech passing through many cities and villages and you will take a day trip to the beach city Essaouira. Your Morocco adventure tour will take place in Marrakech.

 

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Detailed Itinerary :

Day1: Tangier – Tetouan – Chefchaouen

Arrive in Tangier. Transfer to Chefchaouen passing through the city of Tetouan. Reaching Chefchaouen you will relax in your Riad or hotel.

Day2: Exploring Chefchouen

After breakfast, you will explore the city of Chefchaouen, “the blue city. This is a small city situated in the Rif Mountains and dates back to 1471. The name of the city is derived from the Berber name: “Chef Chaouen” means, “look of horns”. Chefchaouen is a quiet place to hike and relax. You will walk inside the old city of Chefchaouen and visit Rass El Ma (The Head of The Water); it is the source of water that is used by the city as an irrigation system. You will find the local woman washing clothes and blankets in this public area. Following the tour of chefchouen you will return to your Riad or Hotel for the night.

Day 3: Chefchaouen – Volubilis –Meknes – Fez

After breakfast, you will leave Chefchaouen behind and begin the journey to Fez, crossing the Rif Mountains and making your way through the Middle Atlas Mountains. Along the way you will visit the Roman ruins of Volubilis, and continuing to Meknes for lunch and exploring its fascinating sites. After lunch your excursion continues to Fez. When reaching Fez you will relax in your Riad or Hotel for the evening.

Day 4: Exploring Fez

Today you will explore Fez, the oldest and largest medieval city in the world. A local licensed historical guide will accompany you as you discover each of the two old Medians; the larger of the two Medians is Fez el Bali. In 1981 it was listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Merinids built Fez El Jedid, in the old city. The former has so many fascinating historical sites such as: Al Qarawiyin, which dates back to 859 AD, and is the oldest continuous functioning madrasa (Old School) in the world. The Ancient Tanneries where you can witness the tanners incredible labor of making Babouches (Moroccan Slippers) as well as wallets, handbags and a host of leather goods. You will have the opportunity to stroll throughout the Soulks (Old Markets) in the old city of Fez.

Day 5: Fez – Midelt – Ziz Valley – Merzouga

Today’s adventure will begin with a drive to Merzouga. You will pass through the city of Ifrane, which is considered the coldest place in Morocco. Ifrane is also known as the Switzerland of Morocco because of the housing architecture and snowfall that drapes the city. Continuing your journey through the Middle Atlas Mountains to the Cedar forest in Azrou, this is 3940 feet high. Here you will have the opportunity to feed the endangered Barbary (Macaque) Monkeys. You will then travel the scenic roads through the Atlas Mountains, stopping for lunch and heading to the Ziz Valley of palm groves. Continuing to the town of Merzouga where you will rest for the evening in your Riad or Hotel.

Day 6: Exploring Merzouga

This morning following breakfast, you will go off-roading to discover Merzouga, the same road used in the Paris-Dakar Rally. One stop you will learn how the locals extract fossils from the heart of the earth. Continuing on you will visit the nomads who still live in tents made of camel wool. Here you will learn about nomad life while sipping on a warm cup of mint tea. After visiting the nomads you will continue crossing the desert capturing the different faces of the dunes and black volcanic rock. You will pass through small villages to the Khamlia Villages, where the locals from Africa practice their musical traditions, Gnawa Music. Following the excitement of the music and dance you will stop for lunch, experiencing Berber Pizza. After you have relaxed and had lunch you will continue to the lake of Merzouga. After enjoying the sites and sounds of this lovely lake, you will return to the Riad or Hotel to gear up for your camel trek to the Berber Camp in the dunes. This exciting ride will take approximately an hour and a half. Here you will spend the night in your tent.

 

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Day 7: Merzouga – Rissani – Ouarzazate

Early this morning your journey will begin with a breathtaking sunrise in the desert. The sun rises just behind the Algerian border approximately 50 km (31.1 miles) from Merzouga. When the sun makes its glorious entrance for the day you will hop back on the amel and ride back to the hotel, where you will have breakfast. After breakfast you will head towards the gorges, stopping off in Rissani, here you will see the historic monument of Sijilmasa. The ruins of Sijilmasa are recognized be the World Monument Fund as an endangered site. However Moroccan Ministry of Culture preserve what remains. Along the way you will visit many Kasbahs, large souk, and Mausoleum of Moulay Ali Cherif, he was considered the founder of the Alaouite Dynasty of Morocco. The drive continues through the High Atlas Mountains to the Ziz Valley and a walk through the extraordinary Todgha Gorge. The rock formations are an invitation for the adventurous rock climbers. Back in the car you will pass through the town of Kelaat Mgouna, also known as the Valley of Roses where the Festival of Roses is celebrated at the end of May each year. Today’s excursion will end in Ouarzazate where you will relax for the evening.

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Day 8: Ouarzazate – Ait Ben Haddou – Marrakech

Following breakfast you will head to the city of Ouarzazate which is known as the Hollywood of Morocco because of the Cinema Studios. Many famous movies where filmed here such as Cleopatra, Kingdom of Heaven, Gladiator, Kundun & Games of Thrones. From here you will drive to the most famous Kasbah in Morocco, Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah. The fortified village an Kasbah is situated in the hills along the Ouila River. Ait Ben Haddou has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987. Many films have been produced in the Kasbah including: The Message, The Mummy, Alexander and Babel. After th Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah tour, you will have lunch while viewing the panoramic backdrop. After lunch the journey continues through the High Atlas Mountains where the altitude reaches 2260 M in Tichka Pass. After a long day you will reach Marrakech to put your feet up for the evening.

Day 9: Exploring Marrakech

After breakfast you will explore the city of Marrakech. The name Marrakech originates from the Amazigh (Berber) words MUR (n) AKUSH which means “Land of God”. Marrakech lies at the foothills of the breathtaking Atlas Mountains. You will visit some of the most fascinating sites of Marrakech, and ending the day in the square of Jamaa Lafna and the Souks. The square of Jama Lafna is overflowing with shops, crafts, entertainment an a host of restaurants.

Day 10: Day Trip to Essaouira from Marrakech

Take a full-day tour to Essaouira from Marrakech. Spend time in a laid-back fishing town. Leaving Marrakech at 8:00 am, you will travel through the vast breathtaking Moroccan landscape, peppered with a few scattered villages, camels, sheep and goats grazing in the meadows. Enter the charming blue and white town of Essaouira, also known as the “Windy City of Africa”, excellent for wind surfing and sailing. You will visit many fascinating sites, including the seaport where the seamen uncover the catch of the day. Stroll the sandy beach that stretches way to the south. The laid-back atmospheres of this town, the dramatic ramparts and sandy beach have together created an attraction for artisans and hippies for years. Essaouira has a bohemian feel quite different from the rest of the country. Back in the 1950’s Orson Wells stayed at the Hotel des Iles during the filming of “Othello”. This picturesque town of Essaouira was the home of many film productions. Jimmy Hendrix’s song “Castle Made of Sand” was written two years prior to his visit to Essaouira. When the tour of Essaouira is complete you will travel back to Marrakech for the evening.

Day 11: Marrakech

According to departure times, airport transport and farewell