Morocco 1 week itinerary from Tangier to Marrakech
Highlights of Morocco 1 week itinerary from Tangier to Marrakech:
- Camel ride in Erg chebbi dunes.
- Overnight in Berber luxury camp.
- Visit the canyons of Todgha.
- visit Ouallywood.
- The Kasbah of Ait ben Haddou.
Morocco 1 week itinerary from Tangier to Marrakech:
Tangier – Chefchaouen :
The first day of our Morocco 1 week itinerary will takes us through the cities of Tangier and Tetouan and ends in the blue city of Chefchaouen.
In the morning in Tangier, we hit the road to the city of Tetouan. This city is called the White Dove for its white buildings and the sculptured dove statue in the city. After a stop in tetouan, we will continue on a picturesque drive over the majestic Rif Mountains to make it to Chefchaouen.
Upon arrival, you will firstly have lunch in a local restaurant and then you can walk through the blue washed alleys of the city to admire the amazing views the city offers and take some memorable photos on its well decorated walls. The visit of Chefchaouen will of course go through the Kasbah or the Ethnographic Museum to gain more sight on the culture and the old customs of the city.
In addition to that, we will also visit the active and main square of the city Place Outa el-Hammam to relax and enjoy the city atmosphere accompanied with a drink in one of the various cafes and restaurants in the square. After that, we will climb up to the Spanish Mosque to enjoy a panoramic view of the whole blue city while the sun sets.
Finally, we will descend and drive to your accommodation to spend this night in a local Chefchaouen hotel or riad.
Chefchaouen – Volubilis – Meknes – Fes :
In the morning of the second day of the trip, we will be departing the blue city and drive towards Fes city. On the way, we will go through the green fields for which the area is known until getting to the Roman ruins in Volubilis.
Serves as the best Moroccan well-preserved Roman ruins, Volubilis is an historical city that was succeeded by two powerful civilizations, including the Mauritanian Empire and then the Roman Empire.
You will have the enough time to explore the huge city and admire the views of the remaining buildings, massive walls, and the well maintained mosaics. Next, we head off to Meknes city which is not too far from the historical site of Volubilis. After lunch in Meknes, we will visit the Mausoleum of Sutan Moulay Ismail who founded the city and fortified it with massive walls around the entire city.
In the extension of these walls and in the entrance to the Medina there is the great gate of Bab Mansour. The gate is the city’s emblem as it is one the best gates in the country. In front of the gate, there is the city’s active square of Lehdim where people gather from all over the city to shop and get pleasure from fun shows that take place in the square.
Behind the gate, and next to the Mausoleum, there is Koubat el-Khayatine which is a building used by the Sultan Moulay Ismail as reception room for foreign official missions and ambassadors. Just under this building, there is the mystery of Qara Prison. It is an underground prison which is still an obscure place in the city.
The tour in Meknes will also take us to the Royal Stables in Heri Es-Souani to visit the granaries and the lake. Eventually, we will head off to Fes and drive you to your accommodation to spend the night in Fes.
Fes sightseeing :
Fes is the cultural capital of the country, as it is the oldest imperial city. Fes’s medina is a UNESC World Heritage Site and home for the world’s oldest university, Al Qarawiyyine University which was founded by Fatima Al-Fihri. Our visit in Fes covers the main monuments and historical landmarks in the city and gets more in details of the city’s culture. Bab Bou Jeloud gate is the main enturance to the medina. Al Attarine Madrasa is an old school we are visiting to admire its perfect style of architecture, layout and its decorative motifs.
A similar Madrasa is Bou Inania in which we will also see the Marinid unique way of decorating and coloring walls and ceilings harmoniously.
After that, we will stop at the golden gates of the Royal Palace to capture some of your amazing shots in front of the coulourful doors of the palace. In the old medina too, we will visit al-Nejjarine Funduq or Fountain to see the old traditional Moroccan way of riad. Al-Nejjarine means carpenters, that is why the building has a museum displaying the wooden crafts and arts. The city is also known for the production and dyeing of leather products.
Our visit in the city will shade the light on the Chaoura Tanneries to collect more information about the process of leather cleaning and dyeing. In the traditional souks, you can see the products made from these leathers such as, bags, shoes and clothes.
In the evening, we will head off to Borj Nord to visit the museum in order to get more insight into the military history and traditions of Fes through different nice collections that are displayed in the museum. From this place as well, we will have a panoramic view of the Fes while watching sunset. Finally, we will drive back to your accommodation.
Fes – Middle Atlas – High Atlas Mountains – Ziz Valley – Sahara Desert :
We start the fourth day of the trip with a long journey towards Merzouga Desert through various stops and transmissions from the humid Middle Atlas atmosphere into the desert dried landscapes.
Ifrane will be the first stop along the way from Fes. The city is usually called ‘Switzerland of Morocco’ due to its style of buildings, as it is visited by huge numbers of locals during winter to enjoy the snow in the area. After a visit to the sculptured lion statue in the city, we will carry on the way to Azrou.
The city of Azrou is known for its big Cedar Forest, in which we will stop to marvel the views of the trees and see the Barbary apes living around. Finishing the drive in the Middle Atlas, we will stop at Midelt city to relax and have lunch. Midelt is known in the country for its first ranking in the production of apples, as well as it it an important place for essential mines. Leaving Midelt city, we will start a picturesque drive over the High Atlas Mountains and stop above the top of Tizi N’Talghemt mountain pass to catch a brilliant panoramic scene.
Tafilalt region starts when we ascend the High Atlas Mountains and cross the city of Errachidia to start driving in the desert dried lands. The next stop among the dried lands and mountains will be at Ziz Valley which a green oasis famous for the production and distribution of dates for every corner in the country.
Erfoud is the last town we will cross to reach the golden sand dunes of Erg-Chebbi. In Merzouga, we will settle in the hotel next to the dunes; relax in the quite quiet desert atmosphere while watching the sunset.
Sahara Desert Safari :
Today in the morning, we will get in to a 4WD vehicle and start a unforgettable desert experience.
We will start by a drive through the sand dunes and make our way to the opposite side of the dunes where the Hamada, harsh desert, starts and stretches to the Algerian borders. In this place, we will stop for a break with the nomad families living in the area.
We will have a nice session with them in their traditional tents to gain more insight on their lifestyle and traditions.
Next, we will drive through the Hamada to an old French Village in M’Fis to see the remaining buildings and the old mines used at that time of French colonization.
After that, we will ascend a mountain to have a clear panoramic view of the Erg-Chebbi sand dunes and the Hamada, in addition to the desert valley underneath. Afterwards, we will get back to the other part of the dunes where the local inhabitants live.
A village named Khamlia is what will be our next stop to have a cup of tea and listen to Gnaoua music. During lunchtime, we will drive back to Merzouga to relax in the hotel and get prepared for the camel ride through the Erg-Chebbi sand dunes.
On the appointed time, we will go for the camel trekking experience. You will attend a magical sunset over the sand dunes and continue your way to the camps. The hosts in the camp will welcome you and serve you dinner followed by drums music to make your stay amazing. Night is spent in your well-equipped tent under the sparkling sky of Sahara Desert.
Merzouga – Rissani – Todgha Gorges – Dades Valley :
In the morning, we will leave the desert and make our way to today’s destination Dades Valley. The first stop of today’s journey will be at Rissani; it is town famous for its traditional market where people from the entire Tafilalt region come for shopping.
Rissani is also known as the birthplace for the Alaouite dynasty that is ruling Morocco to this day. After that, we will continue through the Berber villages to reach Tinghir. It is a city famous for its majestic mountains and a green valley of palm grove.
Todgha Gorges nearby the city is our next stop, where we have the enough time to admire the impressive views of the canyon and have lunch in a local restaurant. The gorge is a nice chance to hike and walk around, as well as capturing some amazing photography shots.
Finally, we will continue to Dades Vally via the green fields of the area and make a stop the geological formation on a mountain known as ‘the Monkey toes’. Then, we will drive above the Tisdrine zigzag way with a picturesque perfectly safe drive to reach Dades Valley where we drop you in your accommodation.
Dades Valley – Skoura – Ouarzazate – Ait Benhaddou – Marrakech:
The last day of our week tour in Morocco will take us to Marrakech via the wonderful city of Ouarzazate and the Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou.
We will leave Dades Valley in the morning and cross the town of Kelaat M’Gouna which is famous for the production of cosmetics produced using the Damask rose that grows in the area.
Skoura is another town famous for its palm grove, where we will stop at the incredible Kasbah of Amridil. It is a charming building used for filming the local cinematic productions.
It also holds a museum with a variety of interesting collections to gain more knowledge in how people lived here in the Kasbah 300 years ago. After that, we will be in Ouarzazate. Also named Hollywood of Africa the city is home for Taourirt Kasbah which is a magnificent building and one of Thami El Glaoui kasbahs.
To collect more information about the situation of the city as a backdrop for international movies and series, we will visit the Atlas Film Studios. The studios are amazing with plenty of cinematic equipment and buildings that have been used in filming various films and series such as Game of Thrones, Lawrence of Arabia, Vikings and the Mummy.
The next stop is at the famous Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou. The Kasbah represents a distinct model of architectural construction in this region of Moroccan south and foothills of the High Atlas Mountain range. It is known for its special defensive fortifications, as it is protected from the scorching heat and the freezing cold. After a visit inside the buildings, climb up to catch an amazing panoramic view of the region.
Next, we will depart the Kasbah and start a fascinating drive over the High Atlas Mountains watching the beautiful views of Berber villages, and stop at top of 2260m in Tizi N’Tishka mountain pass. You can see the distant mountains crossed by the road in a clear panoramic view. Finally, after descending the mountains we will reach Marrakech and drive you to your desired place where the tour ends.
Morocco 1 week itinerary from Tangier to Marrakech: includes and excludes:
- Pick-up service if needed.
- Transfer in a comfortable vehicle.
- English speaking driver/guide.
- Breakfasts and dinners.
- A night in Erg Chebbi desert camp.
- Camel ride in the Sahara desert.
- Berber scarf in the desert.
- Plane tickets.
- Travel insurance.
- Soft drinks.
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