12 Days Morocco Tour from Marrakech
The best 12 Days Morocco Tour from Marrakech begins in the red city of Marrakech and heads to the Dades valley, then across the High Atlas mountains with their fascinating landscapes and Berber villages. Continuing south you will arrive at the Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, probably the most celebrated, filmed, and photographed Kasbah in Morocco.
Day 1: Arrival at Marrakech:
Will pick you up at the airport and you’ll have the day to relax while exploring the main square Jemaa el Fnaa.
Day 2: Marrakech guided sightseeing tour:
Today will have an optional private Guided Tour of Marrakech Medina with an official guide from Marrakech. You will see the famous Mosque of Koutoubia, the Medina, and souks, and explore some more of Marrakech’s secrets: Ali Ben Youssef Koranic school, the Saadian the Bahia Palace, and Majorelle Gardens, night in Riad.
Day 3: Marrakech – Essaouira:
Depart from Marrakech for the seaside town of Essaouira. A relaxing drive lined with argan oil cooperatives will take you to this UNESCO World Heritage-listed city. The windswept fishing port, with broad beaches and an ancient walled medina with ramparts built into the cliffs, has long been a popular destination. With its relaxed feel, take in the small but lively medina, 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 – Casablanca – Rabat:
Continue our 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; and stop in Casablanca to visit Mohammed V square and the impressive mosque of Hassan II. 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 home to Moroccan artisan galleries.
Day 5: Rabat – Chefchaouen:
Depart to 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 goat’s cheese; all native to the North and not found anywhere else in Morocco. Relax in the square, visit a local farm, or hike in nearby parks.
Day 6: Chefchaouen – Fes:
After your breakfast in the riad, our authentic journey will start with a scenic drive that will take us from high in the Rif Mountains through the fertile agricultural hills to the Roman Ruins at Volubilis, an open-air museum. Volubilis is not as spectacular as the Roman sites on the Mediterranean rim but it is still a relaxed way of envisaging an important part of Moroccan history. We will shift our way to Meknes, the fourth of Morocco’s imperial cities and the 17th-century heritage where we will stop for lunch and hang around the historical huge walls of the medina. After the launch, we take a glimpse at Bab el Mansour and enjoy a visit to Moulay Ismail’s shrine. after the visit to Meknes, we will drive directly to Fes city where you will spend the night.
Day 7: Fes City Tour:
Today, we embark on a fully guided tour of the city of Fes. Explore the tanneries, souks, potteries, and the Medina, and learn the fascinating history of the city. We’ll later return to the hotel to get ready for an optional night of Moroccan entertainment and food at a restaurant in town. Overnight in Fes.
Day 8: Fes – Ifrane – Ziz Valley – Merzouga:
After breakfast Leave Fez and go to the Merzouga desert, passing through Ifrane to arrive at the cedar forests of Azrou where the wild monkeys are located. It will be a good opportunity to take photos of the wilderness in Morocco. Lunch in the small Berber village of Zaida. We continue the way through the Atlas Mountains enjoying the landscapes of Medilt to arrive at the small town of Rich, Erfoud in which we’ll feel the beginning of the Saharan oasis of Tafilalet and then continue to Merzouga. we will spend the night in a hotel in Merzouga.
Day 9: Merzouga – Nomadic families – Erg Chebbi:
After breakfast, you’ll start your explorative 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. You may also like to visit the Berber nomad wire house where many Berber handicrafts are priced lower than in the big cities. In the afternoon you will ride a camel, guided by an experienced Camel man, to explore the mysterious sand sea of the Erg-Chebbi. Here you’ll spend your first night under the stars, or if you prefer, in a traditional Berber nomad tent. Dinner will be served in the tent where you will spend the night.
Day 10: Merzouga – Todra Gorges – Dades Valley:
Wake up early morning to enjoy the sunrise on the top of the dune in the Sahara Desert then have your breakfast. After these beautiful moments, you will ride your camel back to the hotel where you can shower. We depart towards Tineghir passing by Erfoud and Tinejdad. Have a break for lunch. In the afternoon, we will continue to Todra gorges via Tineghir. Stopping along the way for photos and admiring the views. Arrive at Todra Gorges to enjoy its marvelous Canyons views while hiking on foot. Later on, we drive to Boumalne du Dades and stop for a panoramic view of Dades valley
Day 11: Dades Valley – Ouarzazate – Marrakech:
This morning after breakfast in the hotel, We depart to Ouarzazate via Skoura. 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. In the Afternoon we will drive to Marrakech over the mountains of high Atlas passing through the Tizi N’tichka pass (2260 m in altitude) after we will drive directly to Marrakech city where you will spend the night.
Day 12: Marrakech Airport:
Transfer to Marrakech Menara airport for your departure flight. End of our 12 Days Morocco Tour from Marrakech.