14-Day Tour » Grand Journey from Marrakech » Morocco

14-day desert tour from Marrakech that takes you to visit amazing places in Morocco such as the Imperial Cities of Marrakech, Fes, Meknes, and Rabat. You will also visit charming coastal cities, like Essaouira, Tangier, Oualidia, Asilah, or El Jadida. Apart from this, you will visit the most known places in Morocco like Ksar Ait Ben Haddou (UNESCO site), Ouarzazate, Todra Gorges, Erg Chebbi Dunes, ruins of Volubilis, and Chefchaouen. This is one of our Marrakech desert tours with airport pick-up and drop-off.

Description

  • Day 1: Arrival to Marrakech – Transfert to the hotel
  • Day 2: Marrakech
  • Day 3: Marrakech – Essaouira
  • Day 4: Essaouira – Safi – Oualidia
  • Day 5: Oualidia – El Jadida – Casablanca – Rabat
  • Day 6: Rabat – Asilah – Tangier
  • Day 7: Tangier – Rif Mountains – Chefchaouen
  • Day 8: Chefchaouen – Volubilis – Meknes – Fes
  • Day 9: Fes
  • Day 10: Fes – Azrou – Ziz Valley – Merzouga (Erg Chebbi Dunes)
  • Day 11: Merzouga
  • Day 12: Merzouga – Erfoud – Todra Gorges – Dades Valley
  • Day 13: Dades Valley – Ouarzazate – Ait Benhaddou – Marrakech
  • Day 14: Marrakech – Transfer to the airport

Detailed itinerary

Day 1: Arrival to Marrakech – Transfert to the hotel

Our driver will pick you up at the airport and transfer to the hotel. You will have the day to relax while exploring the main square Jemaa el Fnaa and the souks.

Day 2: Marrakech

Today you will have an optional private tour of Marrakech Medina with an official guide. You will see the famous Koutoubia Mosque, the Medina, its souks, and explore some more of Marrakech’s secrets: Ali Ben Youssef Koranic school, the Saadian the Bahia Palace and Majorelle Gardens. Night at the Riad in the Medina.

Day 3: Marrakech – Essaouira

Depart Marrakech for the seaside town of Essaouira – UNESCO World Heritage-listed city. A relaxing drive and a visit to argan oil cooperatives. The windswept fishing port, with broad beaches and ancient walled medina with ramparts built into the cliffs, has long been a popular destination. With its relaxed but lively medina, take a stroll along the ramparts or beach, or visit the port to see the daily catch. The Gnaouas Music Festival is held in Essaouira in June. Overnight in Essaouira.

Day 4: Essaouira – Safi – Oualidia

Depart Essaouira for Oualidia. Stop in Safi, a previously Portuguese occupied town. Famous as the center of sardine exports, Safi is perhaps most well known for its pottery. Arrive and relax in Oualidia, a small seaside village with a protected lagoon, estuary, and the wild Atlantic Ocean. Walking, birdwatching (Oualidia is at the center of Morocco’s richest bird habitat, particularly in spring and autumn), fishing, swimming, kayaking, kite surfing, and surfing are just some of the activities you can enjoy in Oualidia.

Day 5: Oualidia – El Jadida – Casablanca – Rabat

Depart Oualidia for Rabat and continue your journey up the Atlantic Coast. Pass through El Jadida, a small port city, formerly controlled by the Portuguese, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Stop in Casablanca to visit Mohammed V square and the impressive mosque of Hassan II. Afterward, explore the Imperial City of Rabat, including the Mechouar (the ramparts and walls surrounding the Royal Palace), the majestic Mohammed V Mausoleum, the Hassan Tower, and the Oudaya Kasbah, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and offering fabulous views, as well as being home to Moroccan artisan galleries.

 Day 6: Rabat – Asilah – Tangier

Depart Rabat for Tangier along the stunning coastal road. Visit Asilah, a beautiful coastal town with its whitewashed houses, blue walls and doors, and many murals. Tangier, the gateway to Africa from Europe, has always been an international melting pot. Take a tour of Tangier and explore the bustling medina, and surrounds. Enjoy the stunning view of the place where the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean meet.

Day 7: Tangier – Rif Mountains – Chefchaouen

Depart Tangier for the enchanting mountain village of Chefchaouen, passing through the green valleys of the Rif Mountains. Chefchaouen is famous for its vivid blue-rinsed houses and is very popular for both tourists and Moroccans, particularly in the hot summer months. Explore Chefchaouen, with its winding lanes and narrow alleys which are home to numerous souks offering cuisine and artisan works, such as woolen items, intricate embroidery, and goats cheese – all native to the North of Morocco and not found anywhere else in the country. Relax in the square, visit a local farm, or hike in nearby parks.

Day 8: Chefchaouen – Volubilis – Meknes – Fes

After your breakfast, we will drive from the Rif Mountains through the fertile agricultural hills to the Roman Ruins at Volubilis. Volubilis is an important part of Moroccan history. We will shift our way to Meknes, the fourth of Morocco’s imperial cities, where we will stop for lunch and hang around the historical walls of the medina. After launch, we take a glimpse of Bab el Mansour and enjoy a visit to Moulay Ismail’s shrine. After Meknes, we will drive directly to Fes where you will spend the night.

Day 9: Fes

Fes is an intellectual capital of the country and is considered Mecca of the west and Athena of Africa. It is the biggest city in the country after Casablanca with a population of approximately 1 million. This city is the former capital and one of the country’s four imperial cities. Fez comprises three distinct parts, Fez el Bali which is the oldest part surrounded by a big wall, where are more than 9000 narrow streets and allies. Fez-Jdid or the New Fes, home of the Mellah the Jewish quarter, and the Ville Nouvelle the newest section of Fes created during the French occupation. Fez el Bali is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its medina is the largest in the world. Among its narrow streets and allies, the oldest university in the world is located; The University of Al-Karaouine, founded in AD 859. This University is still operating nowadays.

 Day 10: Fes – Azrou – Ziz Valley – Erfoud – Merzouga (Erg Chebbi Dunes)

After breakfast, we drive to Merzouga, passing through Ifrane, cedar forests of Azrou where the wild monkeys are spotted. It will be a good opportunity to take photos of the wilderness in Morocco. Lunch in a small Berber village of Zaida. We continue the way through the Middle Atlas Mountains enjoying the landscapes of Midelt. We continue to Merzouga, where we will spend the night in a hotel in Merzouga.

Day 11: Merzouga

After breakfast in the hotel, you’ll start your explorative desert journey of the area, visiting the village of the Khamlia, originally slaves from Sudan to experience their music and lifestyle. Not far away there is the lake of Merzouga, with its bird populations, including flamingos (season dependant). You may also like to visit the nomad house where many Berber handicrafts are priced lower than in the big cities. In the afternoon you will mount your camel, guided by an experienced camel man, to explore mysterious sea of sand of Erg Chebbi Dunes. Dinner and overnight in Berber nomadic tents.

Day 12: Merzouga – Erfoud – Todra Gorges – Dades Valley

Wake up early morning to enjoy the sunrise on the top of the dune in the Sahara Desert. After breakfast, we depart towards Tineghir passing by Erfoud and Tinejdad, where we have a break for lunch. In the afternoon, we will continue to Todra Gorge. Stopping along the way for photos and admiring the views. Arrival to Todra Gorges to enjoy its marvelous Canyon views. Later on, we drive to Boumalne Dades and stopping for a panoramic view of Dades Valley.

Day 13: Dades Valley – Ouarzazate – Ait Benhaddou – Marrakech

After breakfast, we depart towards Ouarzazate via Skoura palm grove. Stopping for a panoramic view of the kasbah of Taourirt then another photo stop near the atlas film studios. After that, you will visit the Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou and stop for lunch in a local restaurant in the village. Afterward, we continue our drive to Marrakech over the mountains of high Atlas passing through the Tizi N’tichka pass (2260 m in altitude).

Day 14: Marrakech – Transfer to the airport

Transfert from the hotel to the airport for your return flight.

Map

Included

  • Private 4X4 vehicle with A/C + fuel.
  • English speaking driver/guide.
  • Airport transfers to & from the hotel.
  • Accommodation with dinner and breakfast.
  • Camel trekking in the desert.
  • Overnight in a traditional nomad desert camp.
  • Adequate time to explore places, stop for photos, and toilet.

Not included

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Lunches
  • Entrance fees to all the sites and monuments
  • Drinks and extra snacks
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Whatever not mentioned as included

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