8 DAYS TOUR FROM TANGIER TO MARRAKECH VIA MERZOUGA
DAY 1 : ARRIVE TO TANGIER / DRIVE TO CHEFCHAOUEN
Pick up will take place at port /bus/train station or airport and drive through the Rif mountains and Tetoun city to enjoy the views of the beautiful mountains till we get to Chefchaouan –one of the stunning villages in the feet of Rif mountains Chefchaouen medina had a Spanish-style square surrounded by many funky arts and crafts stores, roof-top restaurants and cafes where you will spend you night in a nice place to enjoy the breeze and the beauty of the nature. Chefchaouen
DAY 2 : CHEFCHAOUEN – VOLUBILIS – MEKNES – FES
After your breakfast in the riad our authentic journey will start towards Volubilis crossing via Wazan and other Rif villages, in Volubilis we will discover the roman ruins and learn about the archeological site of Moroocanhistory ,after the visit of the ruins we will shift our way to Meknes city the 17 thcentry heritage where we will stop for lunch and hang around the historical huge walls of the medina , bab el mansour and enjoy a visit of Moulayismail s shrine. After the visit of Meknes we will drive directly to Fes city where you will spend the night in a fancy riad.
DAY 3 : FES SIGHTSEEING
Your guide will meet you at your hotel at 9am. Explore the cultural and spiritual center of Morocco during this full day tour of Fes. Also known as Fes el Bali, this UNESCO World Heritage Site was founded in the 9th century, and is home to the world’s oldest university. The city of Fes reached its true economic and cultural height in the 13th–14th centuries under the Merinids, when it replaced Marrakech as the capital of the kingdom. Fes has retained its status as the country’s Artisan centre.
Artisan workshops in the medina are as active today as they were 100 years ago, and strongly contribute to the city’s industrial economy. Trades such as blacksmithing, leather working, ceramics, silk, tapestries, and sculpting are still practiced in these workshops today. The original ramparts still protect this ancient city and its estimated 9000 narrow passageways and bustling streets. Your visit includes :The MedersaBouInania, Bab Boujloud, The Splendid fountain at Place Nejjarine, The Mellah – The Jewish Quarter, Souks, The Chaouwara tanneries
DAY 4 : FES – IFRANE – ZIZ VALLEY- MERZOUGA (CAMEL TREK)
After breakfast in your hotel you will travel to Merzouga via Errachidia and Erfoud. You will be travelling through the fascinating TizNtalghamt pass and the Ziz Gorge, taking in views of the High Atlas plateau, you’ll notice how the scenery changes to reveal hints of the desert as you approach the city of Errachidia, here you will have lunch and enjoy the Berber hospitality. Afterwards, you will travel along the luxuriant Ziz Valley, stopping for panoramic views along the way to Erfoud and Rissani. Arrive at Merzouga on the afternoon. You’ll be welcomed with a glass of mint tea before you start your camel ride to spend an over night on the desert camp with Berber music and sand boarding.
DAY 5 : MERZOUGA – TODRA GORGES – BOUMALNE DADES
We will get up early to see the spectacular sunrise over the dunes of the Sahara before making our way back by camels to our guest house for breakfast and shower. Later We’ll drive through the mountains. We will arrive to Todra gorge where we will enjoy a traditional Moroccan lunch and take a short walk through the gorge before arriving at Dades Valley for dinner and accommodation
DAY 6-7 : BOUMALNE DADES – VALLEY OF ROSES – AIT BEN HADDOU – MARRAKECH
After breakfast , we will travel through the Dades Valley towards KalaaM’gouna and Ouarzazate. The route through Dades Valley is the way of the thousand kasbahs – providing numerous opportunities to take some of your best photographic shots of the trip. we will stop at Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah for lunch, the largest Kasbah in Morocco, built by T-hami El Glaoui, one of the last Berber chieftains. It used to be one of his stops during his long travel from the Sahara to Marrakech., now the kasbah is one of the UNESCO heritage sites. after that we will shift the way to cross high atlas mountains full of panoramic views and attractive berber villages all along the way till marrakech . overnight in a fancy riad in the medina. Dades valley After breakfast at you place of stay in Marrakech,
our driver and a licensed English local guided will meet you and take you in a guided tour to explore some of the best monuments and attraction in the city, you will be visiting the 12th century Koutoubia Mosque. One of the most impressive sights in Marrakech, the Koutoubia is one of the largest, most beautiful mosques in the western Muslim world. Its 225 foot tall minaret is a Hispano-Moresque masterpiece that is very similar to the Giralda of Seville. This mosque’s beautiful minaret dominates the skyline of Marrakech and can be seen from almost every approach to the city thanks to a long-standing planning ordinance that forbids any other building in the old city to rise above the height of a palm tree. You will also visit the El-Bahia Palace.
El Bahia Palace was built in the late 19th century in a two acre garden. It is a haphazard arrangement of secret luxury apartments opening to inner courtyards. For seven years around a thousand craftsmen from the Fez region worked on the palace. The only sections open to the public are the apartments of the sultan’s favorite concubine, the council chamber (with tiled walls and illuminated cedar wood ceiling) and the great central courtyard (paved with marble and decorated with zelliges and fountains). This 19th century palace is elaborate in its decoration and was built over a period of seven years for Ba Ahmed, the son of the Grand Vizier Si Moussa.
There are row after row of apartments—that once housed Ahmed’s harem—a trapezoidal garden, a huge tiled courtyard, and many hidden treasures, both in the form of antique objects d’art and the palace’s convergence of Andalusian and Moorish architecture. The Saadian Tombs with their delicate decorations and pure architectural lines are considered by many to be a beautiful feat of architecture. They were first built to house the tombs of the Saadian Sultan, Ahmed el Mansour. In 1591 the first “koubba” of this burial ground was built south of the Casbah. One of most visited sites in Morocco is the Saadian Tombs, were only accessible via the mosque next door. However, in 1917 they were opened to the public and can now be accessed via a narrow passage that leads to an enclosed garden watched over by two mausoleums that include more than one hundred mosaic-decorated tombs.
The Koranic School Medersa Ben Youssef is a Theological college founded by the Merenid Sultan Abu Hassan in the 14th century. It was restored in 1564 by the Saadians who made it the largest theological college in the Maghreb and a rival to the important MedersaBouInania in Fés. Next we will visit Djemaa El Fna. This traditional meeting place for peasants and merchants from the Sous region, the High atlas and the South has become the heart of Marrakech.
In the mornings this large square is crowded with fruit and spice sellers, guerrab with their leather water bottles and metal drinking cups, basket sellers, ironmongers and Barbers. In the afternoons come the Gnaoua dancers descended from former Guinean slaves, musicians, story tellers, snake charmers and entertainers with performing monkeys! Central Souks – The lanes that spool north from Djemaa El Fna sum up this old caravan city’s charm. Scents of cumin and grilled meat intermingle in alleyways where shafts of sunlight strike through palm-frond roofing and hawkers bid you hello in 10 languages. Throw away your map and go get lost in the helter-skelter for a while. Marrakech to Essaouia After breakfast, we will depart to the beautiful seaside town of Essaouira.
Upon arrival, you will enjoy a sightseeing tour of Essaouira featuring its Portuguese harbor that portrays both Moorish and Portuguese art. Highlights will include the fishing harbor and the Skala (the Battery) left by the pirates. Check-in and overnight at your selected accommodation.
8 DAY 8 : TRANSFER TO THE AIRPORT
After breakfast and depend on your flight time, we will arrange a private transfer to the airport ( included) , assist you with all formalities and end of the tour.
- English speaking driver
- Comfy transportation with A/C
- 1 night accommodation in Chefchaouen with breakfast
- Local guides in Fes & Marrakech
- 2 nights accommodation in Fes with 2 breakfast & 1 dinner
- 1 night accommodation in a Luxury Berber Camp with breakfast and dinnerv
- Camel Trek : 1 Camel per person
- 1 night accommodation in BoumalnDades with breakfast & dinner
- 2 nights accommodation in Marrakech with 2 breakfasts & 1 dinner
NOT INCLUDED :
- Personal expenses.