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12-Days Tour From Marrakech

12-Days Tour From Marrakech

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Overview

Travel on an extraordinary Marrakech desert tour in 12 days. This captivating itinerary will guide you through the country’s most renowned and sought-after destinations. You’ll traverse the northern reaches, venturing to Tangier and Chefchaouen, where the charming blue streets await. Then, delve into the enchanting landscapes of the southern and western regions, setting your sights on the captivating Merzouga desert. Finally, return to the vibrant embrace of Marrakech, the “Red City.”

With an array of spellbinding experiences awaiting you, this comprehensive itinerary ensures you encounter the heart and soul of Morocco. Prepare to immerse yourself in the colors, culture, and natural wonders that define this captivating nation. Say goodbye to passive travel and embark on an active exploration of Morocco’s treasures.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival Marrakech

Upon your arrival, our dedicated driver will be awaiting you at the airport, signaling the commencement of your 12-day Marrakech excursion. The initial day is yours to unfold at your own pace, granting you the freedom to wander through the lively streets of Jemaa el Fnaa and the bustling nearby souks. Immerse yourself in the vibrant tapestry of Marrakech, savoring the sensory delights and cultural richness that the city has to offer. This is not just a guided tour; it's a unique opportunity to tailor your Moroccan adventure according to your preferences and desires,  accommodation in Riad.

Day 2: Explore Marrakech

In the morning will start our day of 12 days Marrakech Desert Tours, visit Marrakech, founded by the Almoravids in the 11th century. We highlight the minaret of Koutoubia, a symbol of the city and true jewel of Almohad art, the Tombs of the Saadia, the Bahia Palace, the Medina, and the famous Jemaá el Fná square, where a multitude of sellers, acrobats, and storytellers. overnight at the hotel/riad

Day 3: Marrakech - Essaouira

Leaving Marrakech, your next destination is the coastal resort of Essaouira, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed city. The journey is both scenic and educational, as you’ll pass by argan oil cooperatives and have the opportunity to witness the famous Argan tree-climbing goats. Essaouira, known for its windswept fishing harbor, boasts expansive beaches, an ancient walled medina, and fortifications integrated into the cliffs.

 Embrace the serene atmosphere as you explore the lively yet compact medina, take leisurely walks along the beach and ramparts, or visit the bustling port to observe the day’s fresh catch. If your visit coincides, you may even enjoy the Gnaouas Music Festival held every June. You’ll spend the night in the enchanting city of Essaouira, a perfect blend of history, culture, and coastal beauty.

Day 4: Essaouira - Casablanca - Rabat

Following breakfast, your 12-day journey from Marrakech continues with a scenic route along the Atlantic coast. You’ll travel through El Jadida, once under Portuguese dominion and now a UNESCO World Heritage site. In Casablanca, visit Mohammed V Square and the magnificent Hassan II Mosque, a true architectural marvel. The tour then proceeds to the Imperial City of Rabat, where you’ll explore notable landmarks including the Mechouar (the Royal Palace’s ramparts and walls), the splendid Mohammed V Mausoleum, the historic Hassan Tower, and the picturesque Oudaya Kasbah, perched by the Atlantic Ocean, offering breathtaking vistas and hosting Moroccan artisan galleries. The day culminates with an overnight stay in a comfortable Rabat hotel or riad, enriched with cultural experiences and architectural wonders.

Day 5: Rabat - Chafchaouen

Journey through the lush valleys of the Rif Mountains as you travel from Tangier to the picturesque mountain enclave of Chefchaouen, also known as Shawen in Berber. Chefchaouen is celebrated for its distinctive blue-washed houses, making it a cherished destination among both tourists and Moroccans, especially during the scorching summer season. Stroll through Chefchaouen’s labyrinthine streets and slender alleyways, teeming with vibrant souks offering delectable local cuisine and exquisite handicrafts such as intricate embroidery, woolen goods, and unique goat cheese, all originating from the North of Morocco and found nowhere else in the country. You can unwind in the town square, pay a visit to a nearby farm, or embark on a hiking adventure in one of the neighboring nature reserves. Conclude the day with a comfortable overnight stay in the enchanting surroundings of Chefchaouen, a city where culture and natural beauty harmoniously coexist.

Day 6: Chafchaouen -Volubilis Fes

Following your morning repast in the riad, your authentic journey commences with a picturesque drive that traverses the lofty Rif Mountains before descending into the verdant, agriculturally rich hills. You’ll journey to the Berber Roman Ruins at Volubilis, an open-air museum that vividly reflects a significant chapter of Moroccan history. While not as spectacular as the Berber Roman sites along the Mediterranean rim, Volubilis offers a serene opportunity to envision Morocco’s ancient past. From there, our path leads us to Meknes, the fourth of Morocco’s imperial cities, steeped in 17th-century heritage. We pause for a delightful lunch and explore the medina’s historic colossal walls. Following our midday meal, we encounter the grandeur of Bab el Mansour and bask in the lively ambiance of Lhdim Square. Our journey continues with a visit to Meknes before a direct drive to the enchanting city of Fes, where you will spend the night, immersing yourself in its timeless allure.

Day 7: guided tour sightseeing Fes

On the seventh day of your 12-day tour from Marrakech, you’ll explore the ancient imperial city of Fes, once revered as the Mecca of the West and the Athena of Africa. With a population of approximately 1 million, it holds the distinction of being Morocco’s secondlargest city, surpassed only by Casablanca. Fes, an erstwhile capital and one of the country’s four imperial cities, comprises three distinct sections. Fes el Bali, the oldest part, is enclosed by formidable walls and boasts over 9,000 narrow streets and alleys. Fez-Jdid, often referred to as “the new Fes,” is home to the Jewish enclave of Mellah and the most recent addition, Ville Nouvelle, which was established during the French occupation. Of particular note, Fes el Bali has earned UNESCO World Heritage status, featuring the world’s largest medina. Nestled within its labyrinthine lanes lies the University of AlKaraouine, founded in AD 859 and renowned as the world’s oldest operating university. This historic institution continues to shape young minds in its intimate quarters, a testament to its enduring legacy

Day 8: Fes - Ziz Valley - Merzouga Desert

Following breakfast, we departed from Fes and embarked on a journey that led us through Ifrane and into the cedar forests of Azrou, where you’ll encounter wild monkeys, providing a splendid opportunity to capture Morocco’s untamed landscapes through your lens. Our lunch break was enjoyed in Zaida, a charming Berber village, after which we continued our ascent through the Atlas Mountains ,savoring the breathtaking panoramas of Medilt. Our route unfurled towards the quaint town of Rich and eventually Erfoud, marking the commencement of the Saharan oasis of Tafilalet. From there, our path led us onward to the enchanting destination of Merzouga. Here, we found respite and shelter for the night in a hotel or riad, nestled amid the mesmerizing landscapes of this desert town.

Day 9: Merzouga Desert Tour

Today, as part of your 12-day desert tour from Marrakech, we delve into the heart of the desert. Our journey commences with a visit to the village of Khamlia, home to the descendants of Sudanese slaves. Here, you’ll gain insights into their way of life and enjoy their mesmerizing music.

Exploration continues as we may venture to Berber Nomad tents, offering an opportunity to acquire Berber crafts at favorable prices compared to urban centers. In the afternoon, the thrill of your adventure peaks as you mount a camel, guided by an experienced camel handler, for an unforgettable journey across the enigmatic Erg-Chebbi sand sea. For the night, you have a choice – sleep beneath the celestial canopy of stars or opt for the comfort of a traditional Berber nomad tent. Whichever you prefer, an authentic desert experience awaits, complete with a tent for rest and a delectable dinner under the vast desert sky. This enchanting night includes both dinner and breakfast.

Day 10: Merzouga Desert - Gorges Todra - Boumalne Dades

As the 12-day expedition unfolds, on the tenth day, you’ll have the opportunity to savor the mesmerizing spectacle of a Sahara Desert sunrise from the pinnacle of a dune. Following this, a hearty breakfast awaits you. Then, you’ll gracefully journey back to the hotel atop your trusty camel. Our route leads us to Tineghir, guiding you through the captivating landscapes of Erfoud and Tinejdad, where we’ll pause for a delightful lunch. In the afternoon, we’ll continue onward, traversing the path to Tineghir, where the awe-inspiring Todra Gorges  await. Along the way, we’ll make stops to capture photographs and immerse ourselves in the breathtaking scenery. Once we arrive at Todra Gorges, prepare to be enthralled by the stunning canyons as you embark on a leisurely hike. Our journey then proceeds to Boumalne-Dades, where a pause is made to admire the panoramic vista of Dades Valley from a lofty vantage point.

Day 11: Boumalne Dades - Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou - Marrakech

Following a delightful breakfast at your hotel, our journey continues, carrying us to Ouarzazate through Skoura. Along the way, prepare to be captivated by the awe-inspiring sights of the Kasbah of Taourirt. A second photo stop beckons, providing the perfect opportunity to immortalize the Atlas Film Studios in your memories. Our adventure then leads us to the mesmerizing Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou, an architectural gem nestled in a charming village where you’ll relish a delectable lunch at a local restaurant. Afterward, we commence our return to Marrakech, embarking on a remarkable journey that traverses the lofty Tizi N’tichka pass, traversing the high Atlas Mountains, where we’ll reach an elevation of 2260 meters. The vistas along this route are nothing short of breathtaking

Day 12: Transfer To The Airport

Your memorable journey through Morocco culminates with a seamless transfer from your Riad to the airport. The choice to be dropped at the airport is yours to make. It marks the conclusion of our enriching Morocco itinerary, a 12-day tour from Marrakech that has unveiled the captivating beauty, culture, and history of this remarkable land. We trust that your adventures have left you with indelible memories and a profound connection to the splendors of Morocco. Until we meet again on another extraordinary journey, farewell and safe travels!

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