Highlights Of Morocco Tour - Tangier to Marrakech. 12 days/11 nights

Day 1: Tangier / Chefchaouen

Upon arrival via ferry in the port of Tangier, you will be met by an Atlas Desert Tours’ professional driver. You will visit the city of Tangiers for a few hours before departing for the blue city of Chefchaouen. Upon arrival in Chefchaouen, you will have some time to settle into your riad. Bed and breakfast included. 

Day 2: Explore Chefchaouen

After a Moroccan authentic breakfast, you will have guided tour of this beautiful blue town. Situated at the footstep of 2 higher mountains, Chefchaouen is a beautiful unique city, with its white washed walls, blue doors and windows. Unlike many parts of Morocco, Chefchaouen was occupied by Spain; therefore there is much influence from the Spanish civilization and Moorish architecture. In the afternoon you will have your own time. This provides the opportunity to wander around and just enjoy sometime to yourselves. Overnight in your riad include bed and breakfast

Day 3: Chefchaouen - Meknes - Volubilis - Fez

After breakfast, you will travel to Fes via Volubilis / Meknes. You will spend the morning exploring the 2000-year-old ruins of volubilis and getting a picture of life during the Roman Empire. Lunch will be taken in Meknes one of Morocco’s Imperial cities. After lunch, your guide will take you on a tour of Meknes, and then you will head off to Fes, the cultural and spiritual capital of Morocco. Overnight in your riad include bed and breakfast.

Day 4: Fez Guided Walking Tour

After breakfast, you will begin your guided tour of the Medina, one of the world’s largest walled in cities. You will explore the narrow streets lined with fresh fruit, mounds of spices, intricately woven Berber carpets and many other art objects of Morocco. The Kings Palace, the tanneries, and pottery shops are just a few places you will experience. For lunch you will eat in traditional restaurant in the heart of the Medina. After lunch you will complete the tour and return to your riad for the evening. Bed and breakfast included.

Day 5: Fez - Merzouga Desert (Erg Chebbi Dunes)

After an early breakfast you will begin your ascent across the Middle Atlas Mountains. Most of the day will be spent winding your way through the beautiful forests, jagged rock faces, and Berber villages as you cross the Atlas Mountains and begin to descend towards the Sahara Desert. Half way, you will stop for lunch in the town of Midelt, famous for its fossils and rocks. On arrival at the Kasbah in Merzouga, a hot shower or dip in the swimming pool (depending on the weather) will be a treat after the drive. Dinner will be served in the Kasbah.

Day 6: Sahara Desert Tour and Camel Trekking.

After breakfast in the Riad we’ll start exploring the area, visiting the Gnawa people, originally slaves brought from Sudan, to experience their music and lifestyle and the lake of Merzouga, with its bird populations. You may also want to see the nomad wire house where many Berber handicrafts are priced lower than in the big cities. In the afternoon you can ride your camel, guided by an experienced camel man to explore within the sand sea of Merzouga, enjoying a wonderful sunset over the golden dunes and an overnight stay at the desert camp, equipped with flash toilets. Dinner, bed, and breakfast included.

Day 7: Sahara - Todgha Gorges - Dades Valley

After breakfast, you will return to the 4x4s and head back to Erfoud. From Erfoud, you will set out behind the High Atlas Mountains on route to Dades Valley! Along the way, you may enjoy a walk in the towering Todra Gorges (600 feet high). The picturesque Dades Valley makes for a beautiful journey towards the southeast of Morocco. Overnight in your hotel overlooking Dades Valley. Dinner, bed, and breakfast included.

Day 8: Dades Valley - Ait Ben Haddou - Marrakech

Today, we will travel to Marrakech 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 before heading to the famous Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah, the largest Kasbah in Morocco. The Kasbah was built by Et Hami El Glaoui, one of the last Berber chieftains during the 18th century, now a house of many Glaoui people. Your journey will continue through the majestic Tizi n’tichka Pass (2260m) over the High Atlas Mountains, before ending at your accommodation in Marrakech. Overnight in our Hotel/Riad. BB

Day 9: Marrakech Guided Walking Tour

After breakfast in the Riad , you can start exploring Marrakech ” the red city of Morocco”. Your guide will ensure that you see the most important places of historical and cultural interest, including the Saadien tombs; the Palaces of El Bahia and El Badi and the Ben Youssef Coranique School. Lunch is at a restaurant near the square. In the afternoon you’ll see the Majorelle Garden, the Menara Mosque, and the Koutoubia Tower. Later on, you will have the opportunity to walk around the ‘Square Jemaa El Fna’ full with magicians, story tellers, snake charmers and food sellers. Overnight in our Hotel/Riad. Bed and Breakfast.

Day 10: Free Day in Marrakech

oday you’ll have a free day on your own. You can explore and feel more of Marrakech. Perhaps, you might want to have a Hamma Spa or a cooking class or any other activity that you might want to enjoy during this day. Overnight in your riad include bed and breakfast.

Day 11: Day Trip to Essaouira Beach From Marrakech

 Today, we will travel to Essaouira from Marrakech. On the way, you will see herds of goats climbing the Argan trees looking for better food they can’t find on the ground. Once we arrive to Essaouira which is only two hours away from Marrakech. You will start exploring the city.  You’ll visit the Skala Fortress, see Thuya wood carved by artisans,  walk through the alleys of the medina where you can see hundreds of handicrafts. Essaouira knew many civilisations – including the Portuguese occupation, which affects much of its architecture – however, it remains a small beautiful town with much history. Because of its size and its characteristic blue doors, washed walls and location, it is also regarded as Morocco’s “Jewel of the Atlantic”. Your visit includes the Mellah – the Jewish headquarter, and the beach. There is an annual festival of “Gnawa music”, where many musical groups come from different parts of Africa and the world. Today you will have lunch in a Moroccan way -fresh bought fishes cooked to order, a very authentic experience. After that you will have some free time before we drive you back to Marrakech where the tour ends either in the square jemaa el Fna or at your accommodation.

Day 12: Departure

You will be taken to the airport for departure. You will have to be at the airport at least 2 hours early so that you have enough time to go through the customs and find your gate. Tour end.

WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE TOUR PRICE:

  • 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 - 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.

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

  • 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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