discover a wonderful cultural blend in This 7-day vacation from Tangier begins with a breathtaking vista of the Rif Mountains on the way to the blue city of Chefchaouen. navigating Chefchaouen’s blue-painted streets, Travel to Fes, Morocco’s oldest city, to explore the small alleys with an expert tour guide, admire the architecture, and learn about Moroccan history before proceeding to the Sahara desert for a camel ride and a night under the stars in a luxury desert camp.
Explore the Berber lifestyle and eat the Berber pizza. Moving to Ouarzazate for the Atlas Film Studios. Not only will we tour the region, but we will also visit Morocco’s biggest kasbah. You’ll have free time to explore Ait Ben Haddou on your own. Finishing with the nicest view of the high Atlas Mountain before the one-week journey concludes in Marrakech.
Welcome to the vibrant city of Tangier, the starting point of your remarkable 7-day Morocco tour. Upon meeting your knowledgeable tour guide, get ready to embark on a private and comfortable journey from Tangier to the captivating blue city of Chefchaouen.
Our adventure begins in Tangier, and as we drive towards Tetouan, we'll make a brief stop to soak in the surroundings before continuing our scenic route to Chefchaouen. Known as the "Blue Pearl" of Morocco, this charming city will mesmerize you with its artistic display of blue hues adorning the walls, staircases, and narrow streets. Immerse yourself in the local culture, witness the traditional attire of the residents, with men donning "Jellebs" and women sporting vibrant straw hats symbolizing the region's traditions. A delightful lunch awaits us at a local restaurant before we continue our journey to the city of Fes.
En route, we'll visit Volubilis, an ancient Roman city, where we'll marvel at the well-preserved ruins and uncover the rich history of one of the oldest sites in the country. As evening approaches, we'll arrive in Fes, where we'll spend the night in a charming local Riad or hotel, preparing for an exciting city tour the following day.
We will begin our exploration in the UNESCO-listed Fes Medina, a labyrinthine maze of narrow streets, bustling souks, and magnificent architecture. Stroll through the ancient alleyways, allowing the aroma of spices and the vibrant atmosphere to transport you back in time. Marvel at the intricate tilework and ornate wood carvings adorning the stunning mosques, madrasas, and palaces that line the Medina's bustling streets.
One of the highlights of our Fes tour is a visit to the famous Al-Qarawiyyin Mosque, one of the oldest continuously operating universities in the world. Step inside this architectural masterpiece and appreciate its grandeur and historical significance.
As we continue our journey, we will explore the vibrant tanneries of Fes, where traditional methods of leather production have been preserved for centuries. Witness the meticulous craftsmanship as the skilled artisans dye and treat the leather using natural ingredients, creating a mesmerizing visual spectacle.
To further enhance your cultural experience, we will visit the Mellah, the historic Jewish quarter of Fes. Discover the rich heritage and traditions of the Jewish community as you explore the synagogues and interact with the local residents.
No visit to Fes is complete without indulging in its renowned culinary delights. We will savor a delicious Moroccan lunch, sampling traditional dishes bursting with flavors and spices that epitomize the country's gastronomic heritage.
Throughout the day, our guide will share fascinating stories and insights, providing a deeper understanding of Fes' history, traditions, and way of life. After an immersive day of exploration, we will return to our accommodations, filled with unforgettable memories of Fes's unique charm and allure.
After a fulfilling breakfast at our Riad in Fes, we will embark on the next leg of our journey, heading towards an exciting new destination. Our first stop is the charming city of Ifrane, often referred to as the "Switzerland of Africa" due to its cooler climate and unique architecture. Here, you will be captivated by the picturesque landscapes, including lakes, streams, and the enchanting Atlas Mountains. Take your time to explore the city and engage in various outdoor activities that this region has to offer.
Continuing our journey, we will traverse the scenic cedar forest, a magnificent natural wonder in Morocco and North Africa. As we make our way through the Atlas Mountains, you will be amazed by the rugged terrain, striking rock formations, and the presence of Berber settlements, offering a glimpse into the local way of life. Keep your eyes peeled for the macaque monkeys, a rare species that inhabits this area. You will have the opportunity to feed these fascinating creatures and observe them in their natural habitat.
Our lunch break will be in the town of Midelt, where you can refuel and enjoy a delicious meal before we venture onwards to our highly anticipated destination, the Sahara desert in Merzouga. As the day draws to a close, we will arrive in Merzouga and settle into our hotel for the evening. Immerse yourself in the magical ambiance of the desert as you savor a delightful dinner and spend a restful night, preparing for the unforgettable experiences that await you in the Sahara.
Witness the mesmerizing spectacle of the sunrise as it bathes the Merzouga Sahara desert in golden hues, casting a breathtaking glow over the vast expanse of sand dunes. Embrace the tranquility of the morning as you venture out to conquer the majestic dunes, testing your skills in sandboarding or simply relishing the serenity of the desert landscape.
Returning to your desert camp, freshen up with a quick shower and indulge in a hearty breakfast, fueling up for the adventures that lie ahead. We will then set off towards the Todra Gorges, a natural wonder carved by the Todra River over thousands of years. Along the way, we will pass through Rissani, a vibrant town renowned for its traditional souk (market). Immerse yourself in the bustling atmosphere and browse the stalls, offering a plethora of local products, crafts, and spices.
Continuing our journey, we will traverse through a scenic route adorned with several charming Berber villages. These settlements provide a glimpse into the rich cultural heritage and simple yet vibrant lifestyles of the local Berber communities. Take in the picturesque views of the surrounding landscapes and interact with the friendly locals, who will warmly welcome you into their world.
As we reach the Todra Gorges, be prepared to be awe-struck by the towering canyon walls that rise dramatically on either side, creating a breathtaking natural masterpiece. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the surroundings, capturing the essence of this remarkable geological formation. Take your time to explore the area, walk along the riverbank, and appreciate the harmonious blend of nature and human existence.
Leaving Todra Gorges behind, we continue our journey towards Ouarzazate, a city known as the gateway to the Sahara desert. As we drive through the scenic roads, we will be captivated by the changing landscapes, from rugged mountains to vast desert plains.
Upon arriving in Ouarzazate, we will explore the famous Ait Ben Haddou, a UNESCO World Heritage site and an extraordinary example of a fortified village known as a ksar. Its ancient mud-brick buildings and intricate architecture have served as a backdrop for numerous films and TV shows, making it a must-visit destination for movie enthusiasts and history lovers alike.
After immersing ourselves in the rich history and unique atmosphere of Ait Ben Haddou, we will make our way towards Marrakech, the vibrant and bustling city that perfectly encapsulates the spirit of Morocco. The drive to Marrakech will take us through stunning landscapes, offering glimpses of traditional Berber villages and the majestic High Atlas Mountains.
As we arrive in Marrakech, prepare to be enchanted by the city's vibrant souks, lively squares, and stunning historical landmarks. Explore the bustling Medina, where narrow alleyways lead to hidden treasures and where the aromas of exotic spices fill the air. Visit iconic sites such as the Koutoubia Mosque, Bahia Palace, and the vibrant Jemaa el-Fnaa square, which comes alive with street performers, food stalls, and a vibrant atmosphere as the sun sets.
After an exciting day of exploring Marrakech, we will find comfortable accommodations for the night, allowing you to relax and reflect on the remarkable journey from Tangier to Marrakech, enriched by the diverse landscapes, rich history, and cultural experiences along the way.
- Accommodations during the tour
- English or Spanish-speaking driver
- Pick-up and drop-off at your accommodations
- Some complementary dinners