8-Day Souqs and Sahara Tour from Tangier to Marrakesh

8-Day Souqs and Sahara Tour from Tangier to Marrakesh

This tour packs in a lot – Morocco’s famous blue city Chefchaouen, Medieval Fez, ancient Roman ruins, camel trekking at Erg Chebbi, lush valleys and rocky gorges all before concluding with a fully-guided tour of Marrakesh. 

Itinerary

Day 1: Tangier – Chefchaouen

During the first day of your trip we will meet you at the port and have a quick look at the lighthouse of Cape Spartel and explore the nearby Cave of Hercules. After lunch, we drive through the Rif mountains to enjoy the beautiful views until we get to Chefchaouan, one of Morocco’s most picturesque cities. Chefchaouen medina is nearly all blue and it has a Spanish-style square surrounded by many funky arts and crafts stores, roof-top restaurants and cafes. In this friendly and laid-back centre, you can explore a little on foot in the evening before we have dinner and spend the night in a local riad.

Day 2: Chefchaouen – Volubilis – Meknes –Fez

After your breakfast in the riad our authentic journey will start towards Volubilis crossing via Wazan and other rif villages. At Volubilis we will discover the Roman ruins and learn about this archeological site of Moroccan history. We will then make our way to Meknes, a city with much 17th-century heritage, where we will stop for lunch, hang around the historical walls of the medina, see the bab el mansour and enjoy a visit of Moulay Ismail shrine. Finally, our journey takes us to Fez where we will spend the night at a traditional riad.

Day 3: Fez

Today we will start exploring the oldest city in Morocco, walking in its alleys and small streets. Our visit starts by visiting the Royal Palace gate, the Jewish quarter, the first Mellah ever built in Morocco, built during the 16th century. We will ensure that you visit all sites with cultural and historical interest including the famous Al Qaraouine University, which is the oldest in the world, the tanneries, the Attarine museum and Moulay Idriss mausoleum. After lunch, you will visit the tile cooperative and then experience a wonderful panoramic view over the whole Medina of Fes.

Day 4:  Fez – Ifrane – Azrou – Midelt

Your driver/guide will pick you up just after breakfast in Fez. We will travel through the mountains, passing through Ifrane to arrive to the cedar forests of Azrou where the wild monkeys live. It will be good opportunity to take photos of wilderness in Morocco. Take a break for lunch in one of the small Berber villages. We continue our journey through the Atlas Mountains until we reach the apple city of Midelt where we will enjoy dinner and stay overnight in a local hotel.

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

Enjoy breakfast before starting the trip to the Sahara. Travel through the beautiful Ziz river valley, arriving at Rissani where we may be able to see cloth, spices and livestock for sale if we’re lucky enough to visit on a market day. Enjoy lunch here before continuing farther into the desert to the village of Khamlia. This village is famous for its rich musical culture and we will enjoy a performance by a group of local musicians. Afterwards, we will travel to another village at the edge of the Erg Chebbi dune formation, the tallest in all of Morocco. You can leave your luggage at a local hotel here and stop to enjoy a cup of mint tea while you meet your camel guide. In the late afternoon, you’ll hop on the caravan and your camel trekking guide will lead you deep into the heart of the sand dunes to our desert camp. The camel ride is 1.5 to 2 hours during which you’ll see a spectacular desert sunset. At the camp, enjoy a traditional Moroccan meal and drumming around the campfire before you sleep under the stars or in a classic wool nomad tent (khaima).

Day 6: Erg Chebbi Merzouga – Todra Gorge – Dades Gorges – Ouarzazate

Wake up early if you want to see the sunrise over the dunes of Erg Chebbi and return by dromedary to the inn, where breakfast is waiting. Your driver will then ferry you to the steep cliffs of Todra Gorge where you can explore a little on foot before continuing to the Dades Gorges where we will stop for lunch and have an opportunity to see the famous monkey fingers rock formations. In the afternoon, we continue to Ouarzazate, the centre of Morocco’s film-making industry. At this gateway city between the desert and the mountains, we will settle in for dinner and a night spent in a local hotel.

Day 7: Ouarzazate – Ait Benhaddou – Marrakesh

Today we travel through the valley of a thousand Kasbahs. In particular, we’ll stop at Ait Benhaddou, the UNESCO heritage site. This well-preserved fortress takes you back in time to the days of the ancient trade routes between Moroccan cities and the whole of the African sahara. Enjoy lunch nearby before continuing on to Marrakesh. We’ll check into a local riad in the city and enjoy dinner there before getting a good rest this night.

Day 8: Marrakesh Guided City Tour

On our final day together, we will have a tour of Marrakesh with a local guide. Explore the souk around the famous square of Jemaa el fna where acrobats, story-tellers and henna artists all work at the base of the iconic Koutoubia Mosque tower. Our Marrakesh tour offers the opportunity to see many noteworthy sites, including the Bahia Palace and the Menara with its lush olive groves. Near the city square, there are souks with various craftspeople, producing woodwork, iron goods, woven baskets, leather and jewellery. In the late afternoon we drop you off at the airport or at another location of your choice in Marrakesh if you wish to continue your stay.

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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