9 days Tangier desert trip to Marrakech
Day 1: Tangier – Tetouan – Chefchauen
Reception by our guide at the estimated time at Tangier Airport. Departure to Chefchauen, stop in Tetuán, the Spanish city, arrival in Chefchauen. We will leave for a visit to the city of Chefchauen. We will walk through its streets and among its old blue and white houses, and we will also contemplate its panoramic views. Accommodation in hotel / riad with breakfast.
Day 2: Chefchauen – Rabat
After breakfast we will visit Chefchaouen. This city is one of the most particular in Morocco. It welcomed Muslim refugees who fled from Granada in 1492 or after the expulsion from Spain in 1648, therefore, it has many similarities with Andalusian villages, white and blue houses, a steep medina on the back of the mountain and Andalusian patios. Chauen is quiet, we continue to the capital of the kingdom of Rabat. We will arrive at your Riad Accommodation with breakfast.
Day 3: Rabat – Meknes – Fez
After breakfast at the hotel / Riad we set off to visit the city which will include the Mausoleum of Mohammed V and the Hassan Tower, the Kasbah of the Oudayas and Challah. Then we will go to Meknés: Its medina and the vestiges of the royal palace have been the reason for Meknes to be declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A walk through the walls of the medina will allow you to appreciate all its beauty. Later visit to the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis, to continue the road to Fez. Arrival and accommodation in your Riad with breakfast.
Day 4: Visit the Medina of Fez
After a rich breakfast at the Riad, we begin our guided tour of the new part of the city of Fez, where we approach the Royal Palace, the Jewish Quarter (Mellah), then we will go to a viewpoint where we can observe the entire medina from the South Tower and a few Mosques. Then we will have to walk through the medina, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. You will walk through its winding streets in which the only means of transport for cargo are donkeys. You will see up close the work of potters, forgers, tanners, craftsmen of the loom, etc., the bustle of its people will transport us centuries ago. You will find what is considered the oldest university in the world in which the study of Arabic and religion are its essence, as well as buildings so beautiful that you would never think they were in the middle of that world. We will notice that it is a medieval city and that time has stood still. This experience is truly unique. A marvel! Accommodation in Riyadh.
Day 5: Fez – Ifrane – Cedar Forest – Midélt – Ziz Valley – Erfoud – Merzouga Desert
We headed south to cross the Middle Atlas Mountains until we reached Ifrane, called “the little Moroccan Switzerland” because of its great resemblance to that country. One of the animals that formerly inhabited here was the Atlas lion, which is why it has become the symbol of the city and to which they have dedicated a stone statue in the center of it. We will take the opportunity to stop and take some photos. We will cross the famous cedar forests We will be able to admire the Great Gouraud Cedar, the largest thousand-year-old cedar in the region and also feed the hundreds of Gibraltar monkeys that inhabit the area. Lunch in Midélt and from here the land becomes arid and full of spectacular geological formations and deep green valleys, such as the Ziz Valley. We will begin to see the typical adobe architecture, palm trees, some distant Kasbahs … we are at the gates of the desert. After an hour after Erfoud we arrive at the impressive Dunes of Merzouga, Arrival at the hotel at the foot of the dunes, to go out in a camel caravan to enter the heart of the dunes and contemplate an unforgettable sunset. We will arrive with the dromedaries at the camp where we will stay in Jaimas ‘’ Tents made with dromedary hair ‘’ like those used by desert nomads. Dinner and night in Jaimas in the heart of the desert under a spectacular blanket of stars.
Day 6: Merzouga – Todra – Dades Valley
We will wake up early in the morning, to be able to contemplate another great spectacle between the dunes of the Moroccan Sahara: the sunrise. Again you will go up in your dromedaries to make another route back to the hotel. After a hearty breakfast and shower, we continue our way to Rissani. We will walk through what is known as the most authentic and traditional souk in the area, and one of the largest in the south of the country, where all kinds of artisan products, food and animals are traded. We continue to the Todra Gorges, north of Tinghir, where you can take a pleasant walk through its imposing canyon with walls of more than 200 meters of altitude until the source of the Todra River. We finish the day arriving at the Dades Valley. Free time to stroll through the valley gardens. Accommodation in the Dades Valley and dinner at the hotel.
Day 7: Dades Valley – Ait Benhaddou – Marrakech
Breakfast at the hotel and departure to Marrakech. On the way we will cross the Valley of the Roses and the city of Ouarzazate. Spectacular landscape that will take us to the Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou, famous for being the scene of more than twenty films, such as “Babel”, “Gladiator”, “Lawrence of Arabia” … Free visit of this impressive fortified town, where you can wander contemplating the many craft shops (paint with spices, jewelry, rugs) until you reach the barn that crowns the kasbah. We will continue to Marrakech, on the way we will cross the High Atlas Mountains, crossing the port of Tizi n’Tichka, the highest road point in the country (2260m), making our way between numerous villages of Berber nomads that inhabit the mountains. Spectacular landscape that the city of Marrakech will take us. Arrival in Marrakech. and Transfer to your riad in marrakech riad Accommodation with breakfast.
Day 8: Marrakech – Visit of Marrakech
Breakfast in your riad and cultural visit of the city of Marrakech with a guide to discover its fascinating history through the famous Koutoubia (12th century), the Bahia Palace, the Sâadian Tombs (16th century) and Lunch in a typical restaurant in the Medina. Free afternoon to enjoy the Souks and the famous Jmaa El Fna square, Its outdoor activities: jugglers, musicians, fakirs, snake charmers, minstrels … that will awaken all your senses, with their multiple sounds, aromas, flavors and colors that characterize it.
Accommodation in the Riad with breakfast.
Day 9: Marrakech – Airport
Breakfast and free morning until the agreed time, transfer to the airport where we will accompany you to check in your bags and show you the boarding gate, agree that it is advisable to stay 2 hours in advance, our services end here and the end of the trip.
– 4×4 vehicle with air conditioning
– English speaking driver/guide
– Camel trekking
– Night in Desert camp
– Meals (at noon)