Atlas Desert Tours

HIGHLIGHT MOROCCO TOUR. Tangier to Marrakech

12 Days/11 Nights

12 Day Private Morocco Tour starting at the port of Tangiers. Enjoy peace of mind that your tour is being handled by Moroccan experts. Enjoy quick & thorough communication: avoid surprises in Morocco.

Highlights :

  • Immerse yourself in the unique blue color and the uneven cobble-stoned walkway in the Cobblestone Medina in Chefchaouen
  • Relax in laid back Essaouira.
  • Explore the souqs of Marrakesh and Fez.
  • Hike in the High Atlas Mountains.
  • View the Roman ruins at Volubilis.
  • Discover the kasbahs of the scenic south.

Note: Any part of this itinerary can be tailor-made to fit your needs, e.g. tour length, activities, destinations, hotels.

Day 1: Tangier - Chefchaouen

Your driver guide will pick you up from the ferry or the airport in TangierThen, we will drive through the beautiful RIF mountains till we reach Ouazzan, famous with the typical Moroccan coat “JELLABA”. Later, in the afternoon, you will attend the sunset in the outdoors of the blue city Chefchaouen, the icon of the famous RIF mountains. Overnight at your riad in Chefchaouen located in the heart of the old Medina. BB

Day 2 : Chefchaouen – Volubilis – Meknes – Fes

After the breakfast in the Riad our journey will start towards Volubilis crossing Ouazan and other Rif villages, in Volubilis we will stop to discover the roman ruins and learn about the archeological site of Moroccan history , after the visit of the ruins we will shift our way to Meknes city the 17 th century 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 Moulay Ismail’s mausoluem. overnight in your riad located in the Medina of Fez and includes bed and breakfast.

Day 3: Fez Guided Tours

Today, You will have a guided tour to discover the medina and the famous Souks of Fes and its narrow cobbled streets are filled with ancient mosques and towering green-glazed minarets. The tour will include also a visit to the tanneries and the ceramic cooperative to see traditional Moroccan crafts. We will make sure you will visit all the places with cultural and historical interest. Overnight at hotel/riad located in the heart of the old Medina of Fes include bed and breakfast

Day 4 : Fez - Ifrane - Azrou - Ziz Valley - Merzouga

Today, we will leave Fes and head south to Azrou via Ifrane (switzerland of morocco) and then to the Middle Atlas mountains stopping at cedar forest, you will be able to take some fascinating photos with the Barbarian Apes, the drive continue through the Atlas Mountains enjoying the landscapes of Midelt, After lunch we’ll continue our journey through the Ziz Valley to Erfoud, Rissani and Merzouga.On our arrival there will be welcomed by a cup of tea .Overnight at the Hotel/Riad include dinner, bed, and breakfast.

Day 5 : Erg Chebbi Dunes Tour - Camel trekking

After breakfast we’ll start exploring the area, we will begin by visiting the village of Khamlia where people originaly from Mali live, to enjoy their spiritual music and learn about the way they live. After that, we will drive to Miffis Mines to explore how they work over there before getting behind the Dunes in a full desert with charming views. After lunch in a local restaurant, we will be returning back to the hotel. Enjoy a swim and fresh up before your camel trek adventure towards the camp in the middle of the Erg Chebbi dunes. You will be guided by a local Desert camel man, who will be telling you stories about the life in the Sahara and also stop for you to watch and enjoy the sunset. Continue to the camp. Overnight in a traditional Berber tent include dinner, bed, and breakfast.

Day 6 : Merzouga - Todgha Gorges - Dades Valley

Your camel Guide will wake you up early in the morning to watch what well may be the best sunrise of your life. You’ll peacefully camel-trek back to the village of Merzouga. En-route you won’t fail to appreciate the unique beauty of the spectacular Erg Chebbi sand dunes – changing with the light as the day progresses. After breakfast, you’ll leave for Rissani, Tinghir and Todra gorges – the highest, narrowest gorges in Morocco and after lunch in the heart of the gorge we’ll drive through the Dades Valley, where you’ll see the majestic sand castles and the amazing rock formations known as “monkey toes”. Overnight accommodation will be in a fancy hotel overlooking the Dades valley. Hotel Xalucadades. DBB.

Day 7: Dades Valley - Roses Valley - Kasbah Amridil - Ouarzazate

Today, we will venture through the way of the thousand kasbahs; providing numerous opportunities to take some of your best photographic shots of the trip. We’ll stop at Kalaa Mgouna, “the rose city”, to purchase the rosewater, which will make your linen smell good a long time after your trip is over. Continuing onto Skoura and the dirds valley; you’ll visit the Kasbah Ameridil, a well-preserved Kasbah in this area. After some hiking in the valley and a restaurant stop overlooking the whole valley, for lunch, it’s onto Ouarzazate , “the Hollywood of Africa”, whose geography and beautiful landscapes has attracted many world class movie producers. Here you may choose to visit the studios, containing props used in movies such as The Mummy, Gladiator and the Last temptation of Christ. .. Overnight accommodation will be in your hotel. Dinner, bed, and breakfast included.

Day 8: Ouarzazate - Ait Ben Haddou - High Atlas Mountains - Marrakech

After breakfast in your Riad, we’ll head to Marrakech , visiting Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah. The former is the largest Kasbah in Morocco, built by T-hami El Glaoui, one of the last Berber chieftains during the beginning of the XXth Century, it used to be one of his stops during his long travel from the Sahara to Marrakech. Now one of UNESCO’s world heritage sites. Your journey will continue through the majestic Tizi n’tichka Pass (2260m) over the High Atlas Mountains to Marrakech. Overnight in your riad located in the heart of the old Medina. Bed, and breakfast included.

Day 9: Marrakech Guided Tour

You will have a guided tour to discover the most exotic places of Marrakech including the famous Jamaa El fna square, Majorelle Gardens, Saadians Tombs with a stroll in the labyrinth of the narrow streets of the Medina amongst its famous Souks. Overnight at hotel/riad include bed and breakfast.

Day 10: Marrakech - Essaouira

This morning after breakfast, we will leave Marrakech “the red city” toward Essaouira, facing the Atlantic Ocean, is famous for it beautiful fortress, it Gnaoua Music Festival and it Windsurf Championship. With the animation of the port, the colourful stands of the market and all artists who came for it inspiration, Essaouira is full of life, full of light and full of magic. Overnight in your riad overlooking the beach and include bed and breakfast.

Day 11: Essaouira - Chichaoua - Marrakech

In the morning after breakfast we will drive you out of Essaouira about 20 Km toward one of the beautiful and clean beaches in Morocco called "Sidi Kaouki" to enjoy a half day swimming and relaxing .Have delicious lunch there. Later on we drive you back to Marrakech. Overnight with Bed and Breakfast in your Riad.

Day 12 : Departure 

This morning after breakfast and according to your flight details, we will transfer you to the airport in Marrakech or to Casablanca airport.


Included:

  • 12 Days Transportation in private Toyota Prado Land-Cruiser with A/C Or New Mini-Vans with A/C.
  • 11 Nights Accommodation in a Moroccan Authentic Riads.
  • All breakfasts and few dinners as per itinerary.
  • English, French, Or Italian - speaking driver / guide for the entire trip.
  • English - speaking city guides in Marrakech, Fes.
  • Camel trekking to spend the night in a "Berber Tents" in the middle of Sahara desert of Erg Chebbi Dunes.

Not Included:

  • Lunches.
  • Airfare (Flight Ticket).
  • Beverages (Drinks).
  • Tips for guide, drivers.
  • Travel insurance.

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Having recently completed a 14 night and 15 day tour of Morocco with our wonderful, friendly and very knowledgeable guide Hamed and driver Ibrahim (who kept us very safe on the long drives); I could not recommend Atlas Desert Tours enough. Right from the start the company was easy to deal with - assisting us via email to design a tour suited to our needs and budget with exceptional value for money. We chose mid range accomodation which was perfect - the company picked lovely authentic riads for us which were situated in accessible and safe locations. Our transport via mini van was very spacious and clean. Perfect for the longer car trips. 

Willow and Gen Durington

Brisbane, Australia

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My husband and I booked 5 days and 4 nights with Atlas. Our driver Mohammed was wonderful, safe driver who instilled a lot of confidence in me. Our guide Mbark was incredible, filling our days with beautiful sights, incredible history, and great stories. His knowledge of Morocco is a gift to tourists. He does a great job of breaking the day up with stops for the bathroom, food/beverage, and shopping. We were incredibly impressed with the choice of nightly accommodations. We were comfortable, well-fed, and surrounded by the beauty of Morocco. "Camping" (an incredible luxury with indoor plumbing) in the Sahara was so memorable. Do not miss!

We will absolutely be back to Morocco, and when we do, Atlas will be our first call. 

Ilene and Bill Ross

Cincinnati, Ohio

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We took a 6 day, 5 night trip to Morocco using Atlas Desert Tours for our booking. Said was extremely helpful in organizing the trip and made a great itinerary for us! Our guide (Hamid) and driver (Mohammed) were absolutely wonderful! They made sure wet got to see all of the highlights during our quick trip and accommodated our requests along the way. Snow on the mountain pass on one of the days delayed our travel but they still made sure we made it to the desert by sunset! The local guides in Fes and Marrakech were so knowledgeable as well. The luxury desert camp, which is fairly new, surpassed my expectations. Overall, I would highly recommend this trip. The only suggestion I have is to stay longer than we did!

Jennifer Warren

New York City, USA

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