From the legendary Caves of Hercule in Tangier to the verdant pastoral landscapes of Chefchaoun and the High Atlas mountains; from the soaring High Atlas Mountains to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ait Benhaddou Kasbah, Telouate Kasbah and the imperial city of Marrakech, Great Desert Tours provides an opportunity for its guests to experience the magical Erg Chebbi dunes of Merzouga in this amazing trip of 4 days Morocco Tour From Tangier.
You will see many places during this trip with the highlight being the one-hour camel ride at sunset in the desert and spending the night at the desert camp.
4 Days Morocco Tour From Tangier to Marrakech Itinerary
If you’re looking for a comprehensive tour of Morocco, consider a 4 days Morocco Tour From Tangier to Marrakech. Highlights of the itinerary include a visit to the Chefchaouen, the ancient city of Fez, the spice-filled city of Marrakech, Erg Chebbi Dunes, and the stunning Sahara Desert. You’ll also have the opportunity to experience the country’s vibrant culture and stunning landscapes.
- Day 1: Tangier – Chefchaouen – Fes
- Day 2: Fes – Ifrane – Azrou – Midelt – Ziz Valley – Erg Chebbi Dunes
- Day 3: Erg Chebbi – Merzouga – Todra Gorges – Dades Gorge – Rose valley
- Day 4: Rose valley – Skoura – Ouarzazate – Ait Ben Haddou – Marrakech
Day 1: Tangier – Chefchaouen- Fes
After breakfast, our driver/guide will drop by to pick you up from your accommodation. Then drive to Chefchaouen, you will start the day by exploring the Medina. Chefchaouen has white-washed walls, blue doors, and windows. It is a stunning and unique city that was occupied by Spain. Therefore there is much influence from Spanish civilization and architecture.
You will have the opportunity to meet local people buying food and fresh fruits. You will enjoy the stroll in this beautiful Medina. After lunch, we will head south to the cultural and spiritual capital of Morocco, Fes. Overnight in Riad with breakfast.
Day 2: Fes – Ifrane – Azrou – Midelt – Ziz Valley – Erg Chebbi Dunes
Our driver will swing by to pick you up from your hotel/Riad in Fes at 8:30 am and depart south into the Middle Atlas via mountain station Ifrane, known as the Switzerland of Morocco to enjoy its beauty and to have memorable photos.
You will travel through this National Park on your way to Midlet. On the way, you will meet a troupe of Barbary Macaques at the side of the road obviously waiting for people to feed them.
You carry on driving through the Middle Atlas Mountains and see the native Atlas cedar trees which are used for the roofs and screens of the country’s mosques and palaces.
You will stop in Midelt for lunch, then continue South over the multi-hued expanses of the Eastern High Atlas until the desert regions, following the palm-filled valley of the Ziz to Erfoud.
From there we follow a track into the Sahara until Merzouga where you will see the captivating dunes of Erg Chebbi.
Arrive at the hotel with estimated arrival around 6 pm and get ready for a camel trek for an hour and a half to enjoy the sunset. While on the back of your dromedary, you will continue to the camp for an overnight in a traditional nomad tent.
You will be welcomed with some mint tea. You will have a delicious dinner followed by a visit from some Berber musicians dancing and playing Djembe drums.
The desert is breathtaking and the camp makes you feel like royalty – sitting by the fire under the stars. A night you will not forget.
Hints and Tips:
- Baggy trousers are essential for riding a camel. Warm clothing for evenings and nights in winter when the temperature drops. In summer, use strong sunblock, lip balm, and UV-safe sunglasses. A scarf or hat will be helpful to protect your face against wind and sun.
- Buy bright scarfs for pictures in the Sahara
- Bring an aux and dongle for your phone so you can play music in the car!
- Pack some toilet paper with you, not all the places you’ll stop will have it available. And hand sanitizer
- Bring layers in case of colder evenings
- The upgrade to a luxury camp is great… hot showers and comfortable beds in a lovely setting.
- If you like to drink, stock up at the grocery store, and if you need to keep things cold, see if they have a bucket and ice for a makeshift cooler!
- Sneakers are preferred over hiking boots (avoid heavy trekking shoes on camels), and extra socks.
- You can leave your luggage with your driver – it will be safe. Only carry the essentials in a small bag. A torch is a useful addition, as well as water. Buy some in Merzouga to make it sufficient for your personal needs and always carry water with you when you go climbing the dunes.
- Alcohol (beer and wine) can be purchased en route from supermarkets and taken with you on the camels.
Day 3: Erg Chebbi – Merzouga – Todra Gorges – Dades Gorge- Rose valley
Wake up early with an optional camel excursion on the Erg dunes to see the sunrise over the Sahara, possibly the best moment of the Sahara desert.
Then we begin our travel tour of Tafilalet oasis, Morocco’s largest (120,000 date-bearing palms), with a visit to the ruins of Sijilmassa in Rissani, Africa’s 2nd largest city in the 10th century.
Then turn West through typical desert scenery and the volcanic mountain, stopping to admire a millennium- old vast network of underground aqueducts, until Tinjdad. There we will visit the unique Berber Museum and enjoy lunch.
Continue West to market center Tinghir for a walk through its adobe kasbah above the oasis, followed by a drive up the Todgha Gorge, Morocco’s “Grand Canyon” (600 feet high). The picturesque river valleys make for a beautiful journey towards the southeast of Morocco.
Then we drive up the Dades Valley, the South’s most picturesque, with its varied orchards guarded by adobe forts and its odd rock formations, passing the strange rock creation of Tamnalt Hills.
Then off to the heart of Rose valley where you will overnight with dinner and breakfast.
Day 4: Rose valley- Skoura – Ouarzazate – Ait Ben Haddou – Marrakech
After breakfast, we will head to Qelaat M’Gouna a town known for the production of Persian roses via the Road of One Thousand Kasbahs, passing the Skoura palm oasis until Amridil, the South’s largest kasbah in Morocco (featured on Morocco’s 50-Dirham banknote). Amridil is still inhabited, a chance to see traditional ways of life in these ancient settlements.
After that, we will set off towards Ouarzazate passing the international filming center en route to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ait ben Haddou Kasbah, a hillside assembly of several multi-storied adobe granaries.
In actuality, this setting has been used for more films than any other location in Morocco; films including, Jewel of the Nile, Lawrence of Arabia, Game of Thrones, Jesus of Nazareth, and recently The Gladiator.
You will have lunch then drive to another impressive Kasbah in the village of Telouate nestled outside the Onilla Valley. Kasbah Telouate was occupied by the Pacha Thami Glaoui during his reign and is frequented by Moroccan and tourists.
The Harem and reception hall areas give one a good idea of the former luxury in which the El Glaoui family lived, as well as a look at the Andalusian style of decorating. However, the older parts of the Kasbah are in complete ruins, making it difficult to see properly. Walking through the crumbling passageways is like walking through a maze letting the imagination go wild.
In the afternoon, we head north across the High Atlas on the spectacular road of the Tizi-n’Tichka pass, with vistas on deep dales and their adobe hamlets.
Drop you off at your accommodation. of Nazareth, and recently The Gladiator.
Lunch can be taken at Ait Benhaddou.
In the afternoon