If you’re looking for an amazing and unforgettable adventure in Morocco, look no further than this 9 days tour from tangier to Marrakech! You’ll get to experience the best of what this amazing country has to offer, from the bustling city of Tangier to the stunning landscapes of Marrakech. Trust us, this is one trip you won’t want to miss from the list of Great desert tours!
The Ultimate 9 Days Tour From Tangier to Marrakech and Beyond Morocco Itinerary!
The 9 days Morocco tour from Tangier is the perfect itinerary to wander through a Moroccan Souq (Market place), framed by the ancient Kasbahs and walls of the city Medinas, you are sure to think that you have entered another era. Trek through the stunning High Atlas Mountains, Berber village, and Rose valley, camping out under the stars in the Sahara desert while enjoying the Berber music around the fireplace. Enjoy the camel ride and sunrise over the dunes of Erg Chebbi.
Day 1: Tangier to Chefchaouen
This is just the first day of your 9 day Morocco tour from Tangier. Along the way, you’ll see some of the most amazing sights and experience the best of what Morocco has to offer. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride!
Today, our driver/guide will meet you at the airport and then head to admire the Views at Cap Spartel, Hercules Caves, and the Medina of Tangier. Then, we drive you to Chefchaouen where you’ll be exploring the beautiful Blue city of Chefchaouen. This city is unlike any other in Morocco, with its white-washed walls and blue doors and windows.
Since it was occupied by Spain at one point in history, which has led to a significant amount of Spanish influence in the city’s architecture.
You’ll have the opportunity to meet locals and explore the Medina. This is a great opportunity to learn about the culture and get a feel for the city.
Overnight, you’ll be staying in a Riad. This is a traditional Moroccan home, and it’s a great way to experience authentic Moroccan hospitality.
Day 2: Explore Chefchaouen and Volubilis – Fes
Today on the second day of this trip you’ll be exploring the blue city of Chefchaouen, the ancient ruins of Volubilis, and the medieval city of Fes.
After having breakfast, you’ll spend the morning exploring the city’s winding streets and taking in the views and spending time on your own with its distinctive pale blue and whitewashed buildings, winding alleyways.
However, this city is a photographer’s dream since it is surrounded by the Rif Mountains and gives epic view as well. Moreover, you’ll spend the morning exploring the narrow streets and vibrant markets before continuing on to Volubilis a UNESCO World Heritage Site listed in 1997.
Once you reached Volubilis which is an ancient Roman ruins site just outside of Fes, you can see this ancient Roman city which is one of the best-preserved ruins in Morocco, ruins date back to the 3rd century AD and include an impressive basilica, baths, and houses. Also, you can wander among the columns and ruins, learning about the history of this once-great city. From here, we’ll continue on to Fes.
Day 3: Fes sightseeing
It’s the third day and you’re in Fes! After breakfast at your riad, you will meet with your local guide for the tour of the Old Medina, Fes is the oldest of Morocco’s imperial cities and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous because it is the world’s largest walled city.
Today there would be No driving as Fez is the largest medieval city in the world ( car-free urban area), therefore you will have a walking tour of Fes el Bali the “Old” Fes, with explanations of its culture and history, covering its Islamic shrines and former theological institutions.
In the afternoon, you’ll visit the Nejjarine Museum of Wooden Arts and Crafts. This museum is housed in a beautiful 18th-century building and contains a collection of woodworking tools and objects.
Next, you will see the King’s Palace, and workshops for various crafts and goods in the area of the world’s oldest functioning university, the Qaraouïne.
However, you’ll walk through the narrow streets, lined with shops and stalls, and see the beautiful architecture of the buildings to experience the diversity of the souks (markets).
We visit centuries-old tanneries and walk among crumbling ruins. Before dropping you off at your Riad, our driver will take you to see Fes from above to see the ramparts, with the Borj Sud overlook, a visit to the Bou Inania Medersa, and a demonstration at the workshops for pottery and zellige tile mosaic outside the city.
You will spend the night at Riad and get yourself ready for the next day.
Day 4: Fes – Midelt – Ziz Valley – Erfoud – Merzouga
After breakfast in your riad in Fes, you will be picked up by your driver and guide and begin the drive to Midelt through the beautiful Middle Atlas Mountains.
En route, you will pass by the cedar forests of the Ifrane National Park which is also known as the Switzerland of Morocco because of its enchanting beauty, and the Azrou Monkey Forest. Thus you can take photographs on the way to Midelt to capture the natural beauty of these places.
Next, You will arrive in Midelt around midday and have some lunch.
Further, you will continue the journey to the 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.
Meanwhile, you can stop to see the prehistoric fossils in Ziz Valley located between the Sahara Desert and Atlas Mountain.
In the afternoon we started our drive to Merzouga that is a small village located in the Sahara Desert and see the captivating sand dunes of Erg Chebbi and reach the hotel around 6 pm.
In the evening, you will saddle up your camels and begin your trek into the Sahara Desert. You will ride for about 1 and a half hours, crossing sand dunes and dry riverbeds, before arriving at your desert camp.
Then you will spend the rest of the night in a traditional nomads’ tent where you will be served traditional mint tea and meanwhile enjoy the Berber musicians dancing on Djembe drum beat while relaxing in the dunes, watching the sun set and rise, and stargazing. This night will be the most memorable night of this trip where you can experience the true essence of the desert tour.
Day 5: Erg Chebbi – Merzouga – Todra Gorges – Dades Gorge- Rose valley
By spending a night in the cozy nomads’ tents make sure to wake up early in the dunes of Erg Chebbi and avail of the optional camel ride to see the mesmerizing sunrise in a Desert, after that, you’ll be exploring the Tafilalet oasis and the ancient city of Sijilmassa before heading to the Todra Gorges and Dades Gorge and your final stop for the day will be the stunning Rose Valley.
After capturing amazing memories in Merzouga you will begin traveling to Tafilalet oasis which is one of Morocco’s largest and most important oasis located in the southeastern part of the country and is home to a variety of palm trees and other vegetation. Though Tafilalet oasis is also home to a number of important historical sites, including the ruins of the ancient city of Sijilmassa.
Further, Sijilmassa was once the capital of the Kingdom of Tafilalet and was an important stop on the trans-Saharan trade routes. Now the city’s ruins are UNESCO World Heritage Site and are well worth a visit.
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 and continue West to market center Tinghir for a walk through its adobe kasbah above the oasis.
Next we’ll head to the Todra Gorges. These spectacular gorges are located in the High Atlas Mountains and are a popular spot for hiking and climbing. We’ll spend some time exploring the gorges before heading to our final stop for the day, the Dades Gorge and the valley of roses.
The Dades Gorge is another spectacular gorge located in the High Atlas Mountains. It’s famous for its “monkey fingers” rock formations and is a popular spot for hiking and photography. We’ll spend some time exploring the gorge before heading back to Rose Valley which is one of the most beautiful places in Morocco. Thus the valley is home to a huge variety of roses, which bloom in a range of colors. Since the valley is also home to a number of small Berber villages, which are worth exploring.
By the night you will be dropped to the hotel where you will have a night stay and enjoy dinner.
Day 6: Rose valley- Skoura – Ouarzazate – Ait Ben Haddou – Telouate – Marrakech
After a delicious breakfast in rose valley, we will head to El Kalaa Mgouna to take the Road of One Thousand Kasbahs, passing the nearby town of Skoura well known for its palm oasis until Amridil, the South’s largest kasbah (featured on Morocco’s 50-Dirham currency). it is still inhabited in the oasis of Skoura where you can see the traditional way of living inspired with ancient settlements of Morocco.
Next, we will set off towards Ouarzazate a larger town located 95 Km from the Rose Valley. Since Ouarzazate is home to many tourist attractions, including the famous Ait Benhaddou, it is also home to many film studios, making it a popular destination for filmmakers.
Then you get a chance to visit Ait Benhaddou a fortified village located in Ouarzazate. It will excite you as this village is a popular tourist destination due to its well-preserved architecture and it has been used as a filming location for many famous movies, including Lawrence of Arabia, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time The Mummy, and Gladiator…etc.
Afterward, you will stop for the lunch and then drive to another impressive Kasbah in the village of Telouate located near Onilla valley. Telouate is a small town located along the former route of the caravans coming from the Sahara over the High Atlas mountains to Marrakech. Telouate is home to a number of small businesses, as well as a number of mosques. Moreover, this town is also home to a number of small parks so it is perfect for you to relax and enjoy the scenic views.
In the afternoon, we head to the north crossing the High Atlas on the glorious road of the Tizi-n’Tichka mountain pass.
Our driver will drop you off at your accommodation.
Day 7: Marrakech – Essaouira (day trip)
After breakfast, today we’ll be taking a day trip to the coastal city of Essaouira. However, you will be picked up by our driver at 9:00 am sharp and head towards a charming and vibrant port and resort town on the Atlantic Ocean.
On the way to this day trip, we’ll make a few stops to stretch our legs, take in the scenery and enjoy the scenic route. Between the road trip, you will see the world-famous Argan tree and stop there as well to buy fresh Argan oil and also take some snaps.
Anyhow this old city is located on the Atlantic coast, about 2 hours south of Marrakech, and a popular tourist destination for its relaxed atmosphere, beautiful beaches, and traditional Moroccan architecture.
You will explore the city’s Medina, a UNESCO Site, and walk through this historic district which is full of narrow streets, markets, and artisans’ workshops.
Once you explore the Medina, we’ll head to the beach for some relaxation and swimming. Essaouira’s beaches are great for surfing, windsurfing, and kitesurfing.
In the afternoon, we’ll enjoy a traditional Moroccan lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, we’ll have some free time to explore the city at our own pace.
After a day of fun in the sun, we’ll head back to Marrakech, where we’ll enjoy a delicious dinner and some time to relax before bed.
Day 8: Marrakech
Today, we’ll be exploring the city of Marrakech. Marrakech is a city in central Morocco, located at the foot of the Atlas Mountains. The city is known for its markets, museums, and gardens.
After early breakfast at your leisure, you will have part of the day to explore Marrakech, the southern pearl of Morocco.
This is a tour of Marrakech’s prime historical monuments, with explanations on the history of the city and its Berber founders, who made it the capital of the largest empire in the Western world in the 11th and 12th centuries.
In Marrakech, you’ll visit the medina or the old city. This is a great place to shop for souvenirs and try some traditional Moroccan food, make sure to bargain with the shopkeepers at the markets, as is expected. Since Haggling is a part of the Moroccan culture and it is considered to be rude if you do not bargain.
Next, you’ll also visit some of the must-see places including Koutoubia Mosque which is the largest mosque in Marrakech built in the 12th century and its minaret is the tallest in the city, the necropolis of the Saadian Dynasty; decorated with intricate carvings and mosaics, the Bahia Palace; a beautiful palace that was built in the 19th century and the famous Djemaa el-Fna; one of the busiest squares in Africa and the center attractions of Marrakech filled with food stalls, musicians, and snake charmers.
In the evening, you will enjoy a traditional Moroccan dinner before returning to your hotel for a good night’s sleep.
Day 9: Transfer to Casablanca airport
After breakfast at your hotel, you will be picked up and transferred to Tangier via Marrakech or Casablanca Airport
This will be the end of your 9 days Morocco tour. We hope you will enjoy your time in Morocco and have a safe journey home!
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This 9 days Morocco tour from Tangier to Marrakech will take you from the bustling city of Tangier to the stunning city of Marrakech. You will get to experience Morocco’s stunning architecture to its delicious food and friendly people. This tour will take you to some of the most popular tourist destinations in Morocco, as well as some off-the-beaten-path locations. You’ll start in Tangier, where you’ll take a Chefchaouen. From there, you’ll travel to Fez, Merzouga Sahara desert, Gorges, Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou, and Marrakech. Along the way, you’ll see some of the most beautiful scenery in Morocco, as well as experience the country’s rich culture and history.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Tangier – Casablanca|
|DEPARTURE TIME||8:30 AM|
|WEAR||Baggy trousers for camel trekking, Warm clothing for evenings and nights in winter, sunblock, lip balm, UV safe sunglasses, Sneakers, small bag with a water bottle and torch|