Morocco Splendid Tours

Discovering Morocco in 10 Day tour from Tangier to Imperial Cities and Merzouga Sahara Desert

tour description

Embark on a captivating 10 days tour through the heart of Morocco with our meticulously crafted tour. Beginning in Tangier, our adventure unfolds as we traverse the breathtaking landscapes and historical wonders of this enchanting country. From the captivating blue-hued alleys of Chefchaouen to the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis, every step is a discovery of Morocco's diverse tapestry. As we explore the imperial city of Fes, the oldest in the country, and wander through its bustling medina, a rich blend of cultural and historical experiences awaits. The scenic drive from Fes to Merzouga reveals the changing landscapes, leading us to the majestic Sahara Desert. Camel trekking, Berber encounters, and an overnight stay in a desert tent under the stars promise an authentic desert experience.

Continuing our journey, we witness the sunrise over the Sahara before venturing through the Todgha Gorges and Dades Valley, each offering unique geological wonders. The ancient kasbahs and panoramic views along the way create a visual feast for travelers. Our route takes us to the iconic Ait Benhaddou Kasbah, a UNESCO World Heritage site, before crossing the High Atlas Mountains to Marrakech. In the "Red City," a guided tour unfolds the treasures of Majorelle Gardens, Koutoubia Tower, and the vibrant souks. A day trip to the coastal gem of Essaouira adds a touch of the Atlantic breeze to our Moroccan odyssey.

The tour concludes with a return to the bustling energy of Marrakech or Casablanca, leaving travelers with indelible memories of Morocco's rich history, diverse landscapes, and warm hospitality. From the blue-painted streets of Chefchaouen to the golden sands of the Sahara, this immersive 10-day adventure offers a comprehensive exploration of Morocco's enchanting beauty and cultural heritage.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Tangier Port/Airport - Chefchaouen

Your Moroccan adventure begins as we meet you at the port or airport in Tangier. From there, we embark on a picturesque journey through the Rif mountains and Tetouan city, reveling in the scenic views of the beautiful mountains. Our destination is Chefchaouen, a breathtaking village nestled at the foot of the Rif mountains. The medina of Chefchaouen welcomes you with its Spanish-style square, adorned with funky arts and crafts stores, rooftop restaurants, and cafes. Enjoy dinner and an overnight stay in the enchanting blue-hued city of Chefchaouen.

Day 2: Chefchaouen - Volubilis - Meknes - Fes

After a delightful breakfast at the riad, our authentic exploration takes us to Volubilis, passing through Wazan and other charming Rif villages. At Volubilis, we discover the Roman ruins, delving into the archaeological site's rich history. Moving on, we journey to Meknes, a 17th-century stronghold where lunch awaits, accompanied by exploration of the historical medina walls, Bab Mansour Gate, and Moulay Ismail mausoleum. Our day concludes in Fes, where you'll spend the night in a traditional riad.

Day 3: Fes Sightseeing

Begin your day with breakfast at the riad, setting out to explore Morocco's oldest city, Fes. Meander through its alleys and narrow streets, starting with a visit to the Royal Palace gate and the Jewish quarter, EL-Mellah, built in the 16th century. Explore cultural and historical landmarks such as the Al-Qaraouine University, the tanneries, the Attarine museum, and Mulay Idriss mausoleum. Post-lunch, visit a tile cooperative and enjoy a panoramic view of the entire Medina of Fes.

Day 4: Fes - Ifrane - Midelt - Ziz Valley - Erfoud - Merzouga

Following breakfast, the journey to Merzouga unfolds via Errachidia and Erfoud. Traverse the Tizi-N-talghamt mountain pass and Ziz Gorge, witnessing the transition from the High Atlas plateau to the desert surroundings. Lunch in Errachidia allows a taste of Berber hospitality before continuing through the lush Ziz Valley, with panoramic views on the route to Erfoud and Rissani. Arrival in Merzouga promises a warm welcome with mint tea before checking into the riad for the night.

Day 5: Merzouga - Sahara Desert - Camel Trek

After breakfast, explore the local area before embarking on a camel ride. Visit the Gnawa people in their village of Khamlia, delving into their music and lifestyle. Drive to meet nomad families, experience a traditional Berber meal, and opt to visit the old city of Rissani. Afternoon camel trekking with an experienced guide unveils the hidden sides of Morocco's highest sand dunes. Dinner and an overnight stay in a tent provide a magical desert experience.

Day 6: Sahara Desert - Todgha Gorges - Dades Valley

Early risers are treated to a sunrise spectacle over the Sahara dunes before returning by camel to the guesthouse for breakfast and a shower. Drive through Rissani and Erfoud towards Todgha Gorge, exploring captivating landscapes and rock formations. A short walk through the gorge precedes an arrival in Dades Valley for dinner and accommodation.

Day 7: Dades Valley - Ouarzazate - Ait Benhaddou - Marrakech

Following breakfast, journey through the Route of One Thousand Kasbahs, capturing photographic moments along the Dades Valley. Lunch at the Ait Benhaddou Kasbah – Morocco's largest – offers a glimpse into its historical significance. Continue over the High Atlas Mountains, passing through Berber villages en route to Marrakech. Spend the night in a riad within the medina.

Day 8: Marrakech City Tour

Explore Marrakech on a guided tour, starting with breakfast at the riad. Visit key sites like the Majorelle Gardens, Koutoubia Tower, Saadian tombs, and Bahia Palace. After lunch, wander through the bustling souks, experiencing the vibrant handicrafts. Enjoy some free time to explore the city independently.

Day 9: Day Trip to Essaouira

Embark on a day trip to the coastal city of Essaouira, exploring its Skala Fortress, Thuya wood crafts, and the medina alleys. Essaouira, known as the "City of the Wind," offers a coastal retreat and cultural history influenced by Portuguese occupation. Visit the women's cooperative of Argan oil and savor fresh fish at the market. Return to Marrakech for an overnight stay.

Day 10: Marrakech - Airport

Transfer to Casablanca or Marrakech airport, marking the conclusion of your unforgettable Moroccan journey.

Tour Inclusions

  • Transportation: Comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle for the entire journey.
  • Professional Guide: Knowledgeable English-speaking guide to enhance your experience.
  • Accommodation: Overnight stays in selected hotels or riads, and a night in a desert camp in Merzouga.
  • Camel Trek: Experience a camel trek into the Sahara Desert for a sunset and sunrise adventure.
  • Activities: Guided tours in Fes and Marrakech with a local guide of historical and cultural sites.
  • Daily Breakfast: Start each day with a hearty breakfast to fuel your adventures. Dinner is included during your nights in the Sahara Desert and Dades Valley.

Tour Exclusions

  • Lunch and Beverages: Not included in the package.
  • Personal Expenses: Any personal spending during the trip is not included.
  • Travel Insurance: It is recommended to have travel insurance to cover unexpected events.
  • Tips: Gratuities for guides, drivers, and camp staff are not included but greatly appreciated.
  • Optional Activities: Any optional activities or excursions not specified in the itinerary.

NB: This 10 days tour from Tangier will take you through Morocco's historical, cultural, and natural wonders, ending with an enchanting Sahara Desert adventure. For the optimal experience, it's advisable to verify details with the tour operator.

Need Help?

Please feel free to contact us at any time, whether you have already found the trip and activities that perfectly suit your needs and interests, or if you would like us to customize an itinerary tailored to your preferences. At Morocco Splendid Tours, we are genuinely enthusiastic about the opportunity to contribute to making your journey in Morocco the most fortuitous and enjoyable experience possible. Your satisfaction is our priority, and we are here to assist you in creating a travel adventure that not only meets your expectations but also exceeds them. Our team is ready to answer any questions, provide expert advice, and ensure that every aspect of your Moroccan adventure is finely tuned to your desires. We look forward to helping you craft an extraordinary and personalized experience that will leave you with lasting memories of Morocco.

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