9-Day Cities and Sahara Round Trip Tour from Fez

9-Day Cities and Sahara Round Trip Tour from Fez

Similar to our 7-day cities and sahara round trip from Fez but with a relaxing night spent in the seaside city of Essaouira as well as an excursion up north to the photographer’s dream, Chefchaouen, Morocco’s famous blue city. This tour of Morocco has a little of everything.

Itinerary

Day 1: 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 2: 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 3: 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 4: 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 5: Marrakesh Guided City Tour

Today we will take a break from highway travel and experience a tour of Marrakesh with a local guide. Explore the souk around the famous square of Jemaa el fna with 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. After a day of taking in the city, retire to the riad in the evening for dinner and sleep.

Day 6: Marrakesh – Essaouira

Today we explore the seaside city of Essaouira, a seafood-lover’s paradise. Enjoy the sun and the ocean in this calm and picturesque port city. Spend a relaxing day by the beach or exploring around town. Spend the night in a local hotel.

Day 7: Essaouira-Casablanca-Rabat

After breakfast, we head north up the Atlantic coast to Casablanca, where we will have lunch and then visit a few of the city’s highlights including Mohamed V Square. We will also do an external visit to the Hassan II mosque. Built on the seashore, its minaret is over 200m high and it is the largest functioning mosque on the African continent. In the afternoon we continue to Rabat, the seat of Moroccan government. Rabat is known for its botanical sights such as the Andalusian gardens and historical attractions such as the Hassan Tower. We will explore a little in the afternoon before dinner and a night at a local hotel.

Day 8: Rabat – Chefchaouen

After breakfast we begin to travel to the northern city of Chefchaouen. We will arrive in this picturesque blue city just in time for a late lunch. Chefchaouen medina 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 9: Chefchaouen – Volubilis – Meknes – Fez

We depart from Chefchaouen after breakfast and visit Volubilis, the ancient Roman ruins. After exploring the ruins, we will travel to the imperial city of Meknes. Here we will have lunch and explore the city a little in the afternoon. We will see the Bab Mansour, an elaborately-tiled city gate as well a the city’s great walls. Also recommended is a visit to the mausoleum of Moulay Ismail. Finally, in the evening, we will return to Fez where we drop you off at the airport or another location of your choice if you wish to extend 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

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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