7-Day Ruins and Dunes Tour from Tangier to Marrakesh

7-Day Ruins and Dunes Tour from Tangier to Marrakesh

A diverse journey from the Mediterranean, past ancient Roman ruins, through the medieval medina of Fez, all the way down to the remote saharan sand dunes of Erg Chebbi before continuing on to the lush gardens and bustling markets and squares of Marrakesh.

Itinerary

Day 1: Tangier – Rif Mountains – Chefchaouen

Your tour guide/driver will see you at the Tangier port or another location of your choice in Tangier in the morning. We will travel through the mountains together until we arrive in Morocco’s blue city, Chefchaouen. Here we’ll stop for lunch, possibly tasting the local specialty, goat cheese. In the afternoon, explore the sapphire medina and enjoy Chefchaouen’s laid back, friendly culture. In the evening, we will have dinner and stay at a local riad.

Day 2: Chefchaouen – Volubilis – Fez

On day 2, we will leave Chefchaouen after breakfast and visit Volubilis, the partially excavated Roman ruins, demonstrating just how many different cultures are a part of Morocco’s history. Take in the remnants of the streets, mosaics, columns and Roman baths. Enjoy lunch in a nearby settlement before continuing to the city of Fez, which we will enter through historic gates. Here we will stay the night and have dinner in a local riad.

Day 3: Fez Guided city Tour

After breakfast at the riad we will have a fully guided tour of the old medina of Fez. There are medieval streets, leather tanneries, a thriving ceramics industry and more. Fez is also famous for its historical palaces, schools and ornate mosques. After the tour, we’ll return to the riad for dinner and another night.

Day 4: Fez – Ifrane – Azrou – Midelt

After breakfast we travel through the Middle Atlas mountains. Experience the Swiss mountain style ski village of Ifrane as well as the cedar forests of Azrou. Stop for a lunch break and a chance to interact with the wild barbary monkeys. Finally we continue to the city of Midelt, known as the centre of apple production in Morocco. Here we will have dinner and spend the night at a local hotel.

Day 5: Midelt – Erfoud – Rissani – Merzouga – Erg Chebbi

In the morning, we will have breakfast and then continue our journey towards the Ziz valley which is the beginning of palm groves. Depending on the time of your journey, fresh dates may be available. Erfoud is the fossil capital of Morocco so you will have this chance to visit some of the craft shops of marble workers. And right after that we drive to Rissani for lunch and a visit to the mausoleum of Mouay Ali Chref or else a stop in the market if we are lucky enough to visit on one of the market day. In the afternoon we will arrive in Merzouga village, on the edge of Erg Chebbi, Morocco’s tallest sand dunes. After dropping your luggage at a local hotel and enjoying a cup of Berber tea, your camel guide will introduce you to your dromedaries. Next, he will lead you on a camel ride into the heart of Erg Chebbi to our desert camp. Here you can enjoy a warm, homemade Moroccan dinner and then a campfire under the stars. Try some Berber drumming if you like and then sleep in a traditional nomad tent.

 

Day 6: Erg Chebbi – Merzouga – Khamlia – Todra Gorge

Wake up early if you want to see the sunrise before camel trekking back to Merzouga village. Breakfast awaits at the desert hotel. After you’ve taken a moment to relax and had a shower if you like, we will travel to the nearby village of Khamlia. Here we will take in a short concert, as Khamlia is an important centre of Gnawa music. We’ll have lunch nearby before saying goodbye to the dunes and heading west into rockier landscapes. We will arrive at the steep cliffs of Todra Gorge, a world-famous destination for rock climbers. Here we will have dinner and stay the night at a local hotel.

Day 7: Todra Gorge – Dades Gorges – Rose Valley – Ouarzazate

After breakfast on day 7 we head to Dades Valley to see the peculiar rock formations known as the “monkey fingers.” Next will be the Rose Valley, famous for rosewater, perfumes, skin care, cosmetics, hair care, medicine, etc. Women pick the blossoms in the very early morning. In May locals celebrate the harvest of roses in a festival. We will stop here for lunch. Crossing the old palm groves of Skoura, we will arrive at Ouarzazate, the Hollywood of Morocco, where we will have a little time to check out a local film studio or just to enjoy the scenery in this unique city that marks the gateway between the desert and the mountains. Finally we retire to our hotel for dinner and sleep.

Day 8: Ouarzazate – Ait Benhaddou Kasbah – Marrakesh

After a breakfast in Ouarzazate, we will continue on the Road of a Thousand Kasbahs and today we will really learn why the route has garnered this name. We drive to Ait Benhaddou, the best preserved kasbah in Morocco and a UNESCO world heritage site. This famous village/fortress has served as a backdrop in many Hollywood films including Gladiator and Babel. We will do explore the area on foot before relaxing and having lunch nearby. In the afternoon, we will continue through valleys and over mountains, eventually crossing the spectacular High Atlas Mountains pass known as Tizi N’tichka to arrive in Marrakesh. Here we will end the tour in the evening when we have brought you to the airport or another destination of your choice in Marrakesh.

Includes:

  • Transportation (4×4 SUV or minibus with air-conditioning)
  • English-speaking driver/guide
  • Hotel/riad overnight stays
  • Breakfast & Dinner (except for breakfast on first day and dinner on last day)
  • Local city guides where applicable
  • Camel trekking at Erg Chebbi
  • Accommodation in traditional nomad tent
  • Turbans for protection from sun and sand
  • Sandboarding in The Dunes

Excludes:

  • Flights
  • Lunches
  • Drinks
  • Admittance fees (for optional attractions such as museums and mosques)
NOTE: If the tours that we offer do not match what you’re looking for, contact us and we will prepare a custom itinerary according to your wishes.

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