With our 11 days desert Morocco tour discover Morocco’s diverse traditions combine in the enchanting cities whose very names strike colorful chords in the imagination: Casablanca, Marrakech, and Fes.
From forested High and Middle Atlas Mountains to the Sahara desert, explore the diversity of culture and the famed hospitality. Explore the breathtaking Imperial Cities such as Fes and Marrakech, losing yourself in the sights and smells of these ancient wonders.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Marrakech – Marrakech|
|DEPARTURE TIME||8:00 AM|
What to Bring
|Comfortable clothing and shoes, Sunscreen, Hat, Sunglasses, Water Bottle, camera, and Power bank!|
11 Days Tour of Morocco Highlights
- Day 1: Marrakech – Telouet – Ait Benhaddou
- Day 2: Ait Benhaddou – Ouarzazate – Skoura -Rose Valley – Dades Gorge
- Day 3: Dades Gorge – Todra Gorge – Merzouga – Erg Chebbi
- Day 4: Erg Chebbi – Rissani – Khamlia village- Merzouga
- Day 5: Erg Chebbi – Aouafous– Errachidia – Midelt- Azrou – Ifrane – Fes
- Day 6: Fes sightseeing
- Day 7: Fes – Volubilis – Ouazzane- Chefchaouen
- Day 8: Chefchaoun sightseeing
- Day 9: Chefchaouen- Rabat – Casablanca
- Day 10: Casablanca – El Jadida – Oualidia – Safi – Essaouira
- Day 11: Essaouira to Marrakech
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11 Days Desert Tour Itinerary From Marrakech to discover the best of Morocco
Day 1: Marrakech – Telouet – Ait Benhaddou
Your journey will begin with a drive through the Tizi-n-Tichka pass in the High Atlas Mountains. You will enjoy one of the spectacular drives in Morocco as the road weaves its way up into the High Atlas Mountains, offering stunning views of the rugged landscape. further, This scenic route will take you through Berber villages and stunning mountain scenery.
You will then arrive at the kasbah of Telouet. where you see the imposing kasbah perched atop a hill. This former residence of the Pasha of Marrakech was once one of the most important strongholds in the Atlas Mountains.
Kasbah of Teleout is a large fortress built in the 18th century by the Alaouite sultan Moulay Ismaïl. Since the Pasha was a powerful man therefore his kasbah reflected his wealth and status. You can wander to its many rooms, courtyards, and large central hall. From the top of the kasbah, you’ll have stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.
Anyhow the kasbah is now in ruins, but it is still an impressive sight. Explore the ruins of this grand structure and learn about its history.
Next, you will visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Aït Benhaddou. This fortified city is an excellent example of Moroccan architecture. Wander through the narrow streets and admire the traditional buildings.
This is a fortified city that was once an important stop on the caravan route between Marrakech and the Sahara Desert. The city is made up of mud-brick buildings, and it is one of the best-preserved examples of this type of architecture in Morocco therefore this fortified city has also been used as a filming location for many movies and TV shows, including Game of Thrones.
In last, you’ll spend the night in a traditional riad in Aït Benhaddou with Dinner, giving you plenty of time to explore this fascinating city.
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Day 2: Ait Benhaddou – Ouarzazate – Skoura -Rose Valley – Dades Gorge
After breakfast, you will have a guided tour of Atlas Studio located in Ouarzazate. You will pass through the road of one thousand Kasbahs, on the way to the southeastern you will see the oasis town of Skoura surrounded by palm trees and gardens followed by Amridil a small village in Skoura valley located about 10 kilometers from Skoura town.
Next, you will explore the rose valley which is famous because of its different types of roses that have been cultivated in the valley for centuries and are used to make rose water and rose oil, which are used in cosmetics and perfumes. However, you can buy rose products for yourself and admire the beauty of this valley before heading to Dades valley.
Once you arrive at Boumalen Dades you will take a short drive to Dades Gorge meanwhile you can see strange rock creations of Tamnalt Hills which seem like monkey fingers, made up of red sandstone, and are very unique
You will end your by admiring the sunset from Boumalen Dades, before heading back to your hotel for a well-earned rest.
Day 3: Dades Gorge – Todra Gorge – Merzouga – Erg Chebbi
After a delicious breakfast from the Dades Gorge, you’ll travel to the Todra Gorge – one of the most spectacular gorges in Morocco. Here you can take a hike through the gorge, admiring the towering cliffs and enjoying the fresh mountain air.
Next, you stop at the Tinjdad to visit the Berber Museum, which is a unique museum that displays a wide variety of artifacts from the Berber people. After lunch, pass through Tafilalet oasis. you’ll continue on to Sijilmassa, where you’ll see the ruins of an ancient city that were once a thriving center of trade and commerce
In the evening, you’ll reach Merzouga – a small town in the Sahara Desert. Upon reaching your destination, you will take a camel ride into the desert to watch the sunset over the sand dunes to have a great desert excursion. You will spend the night in a traditional desert camp, under a blanket of stars.
Day 4: Erg Chebbi – Rissani – Khamlia village- Merzouga
Today, on the fourth day of 11 Days Desert Morocco Tour you will be leaving Erg Chebbi behind, and exploring the ancient city of Rissani. This historic market town is the birthplace of Morocco’s Alaouite dynasty, which still rules the country today.
You will explore the souqs of Rissani which is the main market located in the town, near Merzouga Desert. In fact, it is a very big market divided into some souqs: clothes, sweets, dates, species, meat zone, and animals zone (very interesting, especially if you come here with children because they can see donkeys, cows, bulls, goats, chickens and a lot of different other animals).
However, you’ll have time to wander through the bustling souks (markets) and get a taste of traditional Moroccan life.
From Rissani, you have a short drive to Khamlia village. This small settlement is home to the Gnaoua people, originally from Mali; black Africans who were brought to Morocco as slaves centuries ago. Today, the villagers are known for their music, which is influenced by their West African heritage. You’ll have the opportunity to listen to their traditional music, which is said to have therapeutic powers.
Then, you’ll drive to a nearby lake where you can see flamingos in their natural habitat. This is a truly magical experience! After spending some time at the lake, you’ll make your way to Merzouga.
Day 5: Erg Chebbi – Aouafous– Errachidia – Midelt- Azrou – Ifrane – Fes
On the fifth day of our adventure, you’ll be visiting some of the most beautiful and interesting places in the country. You’ll start the day by exploring Erg Chebbi, a stunning natural formation consisting of large sand dunes. Then head to Aouafous to see the beautiful oasis there.
After that, you will continue on to Errachidia, a town known for its traditional architecture and beautiful scenery, where you will stop for lunch. Here you can meet a local family and learn about their traditional way of life. and witness bread and honey making, and how they extract dates from palm trees.
Next, you continue to make your way to Midelt – a small town situated in the Atlas Mountains. From there, you will travel to Azrou – a town in the cedar forest. You will see many Barbary macaques here, as well as other wildlife such as deer and rabbits, and also visit the old cedar forest which is very beautiful.
Then, you will arrive in Ifrane – a picturesque town often referred to as “Little Switzerland” and admire the views.
At last, you’ll take to Fes through National Park where you will get dropped off at your Riad
Day 6: Fes sightseeing
After breakfast at your Hotel, you will get ready to explore the city of Fes known for its medieval architecture and rich cultural heritage. The city has two old medinas (Fes el Bali and Fes Jdid), which are both UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
However, you begin your day by meeting your local tour guide and visiting Medersa Bou Inania, a 14th-century Islamic school. This beautiful building is covered in intricate tilework and has a large central courtyard. Also, see the Royal Palace but unfortunately, it is not open to the public, but you can see it from outside during your tour.
Next, you explore the Fes el-Bali, the old city of Fes. This area is home to many narrow streets and alleyways, as well as historic mosques and madrassas. You will also have the opportunity to see some of the traditional crafts that are still practiced in Fes, such as leatherworking and pottery.
You can also wander around the narrow streets lined with fresh fruit, mounds of spices, intricately woven Berber carpets, and many other art objects of Morocco.
After lunch, you visit the Nejjarine Museum of Wood Arts and Crafts. This museum is housed in a restored 18th-century building and showcases a variety of traditional woodworking techniques and tools.
Next, you will enter the University of Al Quaraouiyine, the oldest continually operating university in the world. It is located in Fes el Bali near Place Seffarine.
You end your day with a walk through the Fez el-Jedid, the new city of Fes. This area was built in the 13th century and is home to the Royal Palace and many government buildings.
Overall, your day in Fes will be fascinating and educational. you will be able to see many different aspects of Moroccan culture, from its religious roots to its traditional crafts. This city is truly a treasure trove of history and culture.
Day 7: Fes – Volubilis – Ouazzane- Chefchaouen
After breakfast, you will leave Fes and head north towards the famous and beautiful blue city of Chefchaouen.
You will have the chance to travel back to the 3rd century by visiting one of the most important archaeological sites in the kingdom of Morocco, and the attractive roman city or what we call the ruins of Volubilis, which was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997.
On the way, you will pass by Ouazzane; a holy city for Jews of Morocco and thus they make pilgrimages there to venerate the tomb of several marabouts (Moroccan saints), particularly moul Anrhaz, the local name for Rabbi Amram ben Diwan, an eighteenth-century rabbi who lived in the city and whose burial site is associated with a number of miracles.
After that, you will enter the small town in the Rif mountains known as Chefchaouen.
Overnight at your hotel/Riad.
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Day 8: Chefchaoun sightseeing
Once you are done with your Breakfast at your leisure you will begin to explore Chefchaoune, the city known for its leather goods, carpets, and pottery, as well as its traditional souks (marketplaces). It is also a popular tourist destination, with many attractions such as the medina (old city), the kasbah (fortified citadel), and the blue-washed houses.
First, you will explore the Grand Mosque, which is one of the largest mosques in Morocco. This mosque was built in the 15th century and is a beautiful example of Moroccan architecture.
Then you will stroll through the blue-washed houses of Chefchaoune. As you walk through the streets, you’ll notice that almost everything is blue – from the buildings to the doors and even the stairs. This is because blue is thought to ward off evil spirits and bring good luck. This picturesque area is full of hidden courtyards and alleyways to explore.
Next, you will visit the Ras el Maa Waterfalls, which are located just outside of the city. These waterfalls are a great place to take a break from sightseeing and enjoy the natural beauty of Morocco.
If you are looking for some souvenirs to take home with you, there are many shops selling traditional Moroccan goods, such as carpets, pottery, and metalwork. You can also find plenty of souvenirs that are specific to Chefchaouen, such as blue-painted pottery and leather goods.
Moreover, you can explore the medina – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The labyrinthine alleyways are lined with shops and stalls selling everything from spices to leather goods. Be sure to haggle for the best prices!
After working up an appetite, enjoy a traditional Moroccan lunch at one of the many restaurants in the city. Try some of the local specialties such as pastilla (a meat pie with phyllo pastry) or couscous.
In the afternoon, visit the kasbah – a fortress overlooking the city. Built in the 18th century, it was once the home of the ruling family. Today it houses a museum with exhibits on local history and culture.
As night falls, head to Place Uta el-Hammam square for dinner and watch as the square comes alive with music and dancing.
Day 9: Chefchaouen- Rabat – Casablanca
After breakfast at the hotel, we will depart from Chefchaouene and drive toward the Atlantic coast to enter
Rabat, the capital of Morocco; is a beautiful city with a lot of history.
Upon arrival in Rabat, you will visit the Hassan Tower, a 12th-century minaret that was part of a mosque that was never completed, and the Mausoleum of Mohammed V. you will also see the exterior of the Royal Palace and drive by the Mechouar, or royal square.
Next, you will explore Kasbah of the Udayas, an old fortress overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
Then you will visit the Ruins of the ancient city of Chellah to see its Roman remains and the intricate necropolis of the 14th Century Merinid Dynasty.
After that, you will also visit some museums, including the Museum of Moroccan Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Royal Armoury Museum.
In the evening you will leave Rabat and continue to travel to Casablanca the economic capital of Morocco, known for its beautiful architecture, its interesting history, and its delicious food.
You will start your day by visiting the Hassan II Mosque. This mosque is one of the largest in the world and it has a stunning view of the Atlantic Ocean. You will then visit the Old Medina, where you will see some of the city’s most historic buildings. As you walk through the city, you will notice the beautiful Moorish architecture. This style of architecture is unique to Morocco and can be seen in many of the buildings in Casablanca. You will also see some French influence in the architecture, as well as in the food.
After that, you will visit the Museum of Moroccan Art. This museum has a collection of art from all over Morocco. You will then have some free time to explore the city on your own. Then you will visit Rick’s Café, which was made famous by the movie “Casablanca.”
Then, you can also visit one of the many markets or malls in Casablanca. The food in Casablanca is a mix of Moroccan and French cuisine. You will find many traditional Moroccan dishes, such as couscous and tagine, as well as French dishes such as croissants and quiche. You can explore the international restaurants in Casablanca, so you will be able to find something to suit your taste but we recommend you try some of the local cuisines.
Finally, you will check in to the Hotel in Casablanca where you will spend your night.
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Day 10: Casablanca – El Jadida – Oualidia – Safi – Essaouira
After breakfast, we drive to El Jadida, a small port city, formerly controlled by the Portuguese, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Furthermore, the town was once home to a significant Jewish population that left its mark in the area.
Then, you will continue your journey up the picturesque coastal road and you will come to Oualidia, a serene fishing village spread along the southern shores of a natural seawater lagoon, flanked by a kasbah built in 1634 by Sultan el Oualidia.
Enjoy lunch while watching the constantly changing coastal views. Beaches offer fine sand, safe surfing, and windsurfing, or take a ride in a small fishing boat. To the south are small sandy coves and rocky cliffs to explore.
You will head to Essaouira via Safi and along the seaside of the Atlantic Ocean. Stop in Safi, a previously Portuguese-occupied town. Famous as the center of sardine exports, Safi is perhaps most well-known for its pottery.
Then, we will travel towards a charming and vibrant port and resort town on the Atlantic Ocean.
Once you arrive in Essaouira, you will be able to relax on the beach, go surfing or windsurfing, or explore the city. There are many shops and restaurants to enjoy, as well as a lively market. You can also visit the old Portuguese fort, which is now a museum.
While this UNESCO World Heritage Site is a beautiful walled city with a long history however you can stroll through the medina, visit the souks, and see the sights. The medina is full of narrow streets and is a great place to find souvenirs and gifts. You can also find plenty of good restaurants here.
At last, you will stay at the Hotel.
Day 11: Essaouira to Marrakech
On the last day of 11 Days Desert Morocco Tour, after breakfast at your hotel, you will leave the coastal town of Essaouira. Along the way, you can make a few stops including one at an Argan oil cooperative and another at a camel farm, and finally head back to your accommodation in Marrakech with a drive of about three hours.