trip around Morocco from Marrakesh 10 days overview:
trip around Morocco from Marrakesh allows you to enjoy a cultural journey and an exciting adventure to the best places in Morocco. This varied itinerary takes you to the dunes of Erg Chebbi and includes an off-road dunes drive into the Sahara Desert with a short camel trek to your secluded desert camp, followed by a trip through the countryside to visit Fes, the most ancient of Medina towns. You will end your journey on the wide, sweeping beaches of the Atlantic Coast at Essaouira before returning to Marrakesh.
trip around Morocco from Marrakech 10 days highlights :
Visit the Roman ruins of Volubilis.
Visit the bustling souks and medinas of vibrant Fez and Marrakesh.
Visit the ruins of one sultan’s Versailles dreams in Meknes.
Dive across an amazing cedar forest and the Middle Atlas Mountains.
Camel trek across the Merzouga Desert.
Spend the night in a Berber desert camp.
Drive along the Valley of the Roses and the road of 1001 Kasbahs.
Enjoy amazing scenery of the gorges Dades and Todra.
Discover the city of Ouarzazate, considered the gate of the Sahara Desert.
Visit UNESCO World Heritage site Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou.
Visit the Medina of El Jadida, registered as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
10 days trip around Morocco from Marrakesh program :
Marrakesh Airport to the city
Trip around Morocco from Marrakesh will start by the assistance of an English-speaking driver at the airport, who will transfer you to your accommodation where you will spend the night. If it is a case that you arrive in the morning, your driver will take you to visit the best places in the city. This tour is a unique opportunity to penetrate the heart and soul of Marrakech and to learn how to bargain for a good deal and worthy stuff, dinner and overnight at the hotel .
Marrakech City Tour « Full Day »
Discover the city of Marrakech in this sightseeing full day tour. After breakfast, you will meet with a local guide who will take you to explore all of the sights of Marrakech. First, you will start with the square Jemaa El Fna – the traditional meeting point for peasants and merchants from the High Atlas and the South of Morocco. Now has become the center of Marrakech. In the mornings this immense square, surronded by the souk district and bordered by shops and workshops, is crowded with fruit and spice and plants sellers, story tellers, snakecharmers and many more! You will then head to Iben Youssef Medersa, which was built in the 14 th century. You will enjoy seeing the beautiful motifs and architecture. After that you will go to visit the Bahia Palace, El Badi Palace, the Saadian Tombs and the main souks. Ideally placed on the Saharan trade routes, Marrakech was a convenient place for caravans and soon developed into a major craft and trading centre. You will have lunch here in a local restaurant and then continue to visit the famous Jairdin Majorelle. In 1917 the famous French artist Jaques Majorelle moved to Marrakech and created these gardens. After this, you will take a tour around the new part of the city and then your driver will drop you off at your riad or in the square.
Marrakech to Dades valley via Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou and Ouarzazate
Today we will pick you up from your hotel in Marrakech and driving towards Ouarzazate through the Tizi Tichka pass at 2260 m over the High Atlas Mountains, you will enjoy the landscapes while passing through Berber villages. You will also have the chance to explore the process of producing the argan oil by Berber women in their cooperative. We will visit the Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou, which is the largest Kasbah in Morocco, and it is a UNESCO historical site. We will have lunch at the Kasbah before we continue to Dades valley via Ouarzazate, called the Hollywood of Africa. We will pass along the Road of the thousand Kasbahs, before stopping at Kalaat Mgouna which is well-known for roses and its annual festival during May. We will spend this night in the heart of the Dades Gorge in local riad with dinner and breakfast
Dades Valley to Merzouga dunes & Camel trekking via Todra Gorges
After breakfast, we’ll drive through the valley to see rock formation process called “the monkey toes”. Leaving the Dades valley towards Tinghir and the Todra valley we’ll see the panoramic views of the old mud Berber villages overlooking the valley. Arriving at the Gorge you’ll walk under the 300 m high red cliff, where many Rock-climbers come to practice their favorite sport. We will continue to Erfoud and Rissani where we’ll have lunch and then leave for the village of Merzouga, where your camel will be waiting for you. You’ll be welcomed with a glass of mint tea and a desert scarf before your camel-ride starts heading into the mysterious sand-sea of the Erg-Chebbi, guided by an experienced camel guide of course. Here you will spend your first night under the stars, or if you prefer, in a traditional Berber nomad tent.
Explore the desert with a 4 WD, off road Sahara tour
After breakfast, you will drive around the desert to explore and look for fossils. First, you will start by visiting with the Khamlia tribe, where music known as Gnawa music is played by these dark skinned people originally from Sudan. After spending some time here with them, listening to music and dancing, you will drive through the desert to see some nomads, who live here in their simple tents, tending animals like goats, sheep and camels. You will stop to spend some time with them, learning about their way of life and sharing tea. You will then continue driving to a rocky plateau where you will stop to look for fossils, ammonites, trilobites, nautiloidea and others. For lunch, you will drive to a local restaurant to try some Berber pizza! After lunch, you will return to the hotel for
some time to relax and get ready to go camel trekking through the sand dunes of the Sahara – you will spend the night in a Berber tent in the desert.
Merzouga Desert to Fez via Ziz Valley and Ifrane
In the morning, amongst the sand dunes, you will be given an early wake-up call to give you the opportunity to climb the sand dunes and watch the most beautiful Saharan sunrise. You will trek back to the hotel on the camels than you will begin your journey from the golden sand dunes of Merzouga toward Fes. The drive today will be a long one – it takes about 8 hours to get to Fes from the Sahara Desert, including stops for photos, lunch and rest breaks. Along the way, you will drive through many towns: first, we will cross the pre-Saharan plateau of the peaks of the middle Atlas and Errachidia, through the Ziz Valley – here, we will stop for some pictures of the Ziz Gorge. We will reach Midelt where you will stop for lunch in a local restaurant there. After lunch, ou will drive through the cedar forests of the Middle Atlas, stopping to see the Barbary Apes climbing up and down the trees. We will continue on to Ifrane which was built as a mountain health resort (5,400ft) in 1929. With the tiled roofs of its chalets giving it a distinctly European appearance, it is often called ‘Moroccan Switzerland’ – it also often gets covered in snow from December to March. After one hour driving from Ifran, we will reach Fes where you will be dropped off at your accommodation.
Fez City Tour « Full Day Fez sightseeing »
At 9.30am, a local guide will come to greet you at your riad to begin your exploration of the oldest of Morocco’s Imperial Cities. Fes was an important religious, intellectual and cultural centre. It is still renowned for its traditional crafts and because of the particularly high reputation of its university, it is known by many as the ‘Athens of Africa’. You will start your tour at the royal palace with its ‘tightly closed doors, eggshell façade and pine-green Saracen tiles’. You will visit the Mellah (the Jewish Quarter), the Blue Gate and next you will visit the Fes El Bali (the old Medina). Here you will explore the Andlous Quarter to see the Andalous Mosque (which was built in the 9th century) and then the Kairouyiene Mosque (built in 857). As you walk through the tiny streets of the medina you will see a lot of shops and workshops, where merchants and craftsmen are grouped according to speciality. You will visit also the Merinid Medersa (Bou Inania Mederssa) – another mosque. Afterwards, you will go to the tanneries to see where leather – used in the making of jackets, bags, shoes, etc… – is made. You will get to see the process by which the animal skins are rendered supple and rot-proof. You will have lunch in a local restaurant somewhere in the medina. After lunch, your driver will meet you again to drive you around so you can have the opportunity to see stunning, panoramic views of the city from uphill. Finally, you will get to see the pottery of Fes – tin-glazed earthenware, decorated with predominantly cobalt-blue designs. You will be returned once again to your riad in the city.
Fes to Chefchaouen via Meknes and Volibilis
In the morning, your journey to the Blue City will begin. The trip will take about 7 hours (including stops to see the attractions and breaks for lunch and to use the bathrooms!). First, you will stop at the Roman ruins of Volubilis, which was inhabited during the Neolithic Period, was occupied by the Carthaginians and then by the Romans, developing a thriving oil trade around 40 BC. At this historical place you will have a local guide to discover the house of Orpheus, the house of Dionysus and others. Lunch will be at a local restaurant and then we will begin our drive to Meknes. This city was founded in the 9th century and it was the last architectural project undertaken on the orders of Moulay Ismail. You will get to see the Moulay Ismail Mausoleum, the Medina, the Great Mosque and the Moulay Ismail Granaries. After your visit to Meknes is over, we will drive straight to Chefchaouen. You will stay overnight in a riad in the old Medina.
Chefchaouen to Casablanca via Rabat
The Blue City deserves time spent walking through its blue streets, so after breakfast you will have approximately 3 hours to walk around, take some pictures and enjoy this unique blue city. You will visit the fortress, Plaza Uta Hammam and the Medina. Your journey to Casablanca will then begin, taking you through Ouzzane and Rabat. We will travel first to Rabat – when you get there your adventure will begin in the challah territory (Bad Challah), where the first settlement was founded in the 3rd century BC. We will continue to a minaret known as the Hassan Tower and the Mohamed V Mausoleum, which were built to commemorate the sultan who enabled Morocco to achieve independence. The Mausoleum was built between 1961 and 1969 by the Vietnamese architect Vo Toan. After spending some time walking in this beautiful historical place, you will head to the Kasbah of the Oudayas, which stands on the south bank of the Bou Regreg estuary. When your visit to Rabat has come to an end, your driver will be waiting to take you to to Casablanca the economic capital of the Morocco. Overnight at the hotel in Casablanca
Casablanca to Marrakech
This day will start by a tour around Casablanca to visit of Mosque Hassan II , the Cornish or the Coastal part of the city before driving to Marrakech,and overnight at the riad in Marrakech