9 days Morocco Imperial cities from Fes to Marrakech via Merzouga

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Description

OVERVIEW:
This 9 day Morocco Tour from Fes to Marrakech via Merzouga explores Morocco’s rich geographic and cultural diversity including Morocco Sahara desert trip and Morocco Imperial cities, Atlas Mountains, Berber villages.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Visit Fez, Chefchaoune, Sahara desert of Merzouga, Gorges Dades & Todgha, Ait Ben Hadou, Ouarzazate and Marrakech.
  • Camel Ride in the Sahara Desert of Merzouga.
  • Night in a Berber camp inside the dunes of Erg Chebbi with dinner and breakfast.
DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Fes
DEPARTURE TIME 07:30 AM
RETURN TIME:  Approximately 06:30 PM


INCLUDED:

  • Airport Transfer
  • Pick up from your accommodation
  • A/C modern minibus
  • English / French speaking driver
  • Fuel
  • Accommodation

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Lunch
  • Drinks
  • Tour guide
  • Tickets for monumental entry

PRICE PER PERSON:

2 Pax

3 to 5 Pax

6 to 10 Pax

11 to 14 Pax

14 to 17 Pax

885€

480€

345€

306€

290€

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Day 1:

Arrival at Fes airport. Accommodation in Chefchaoune.

Distance Fes-Chefchaoune 196 km (3h 30 min)
Arrival in Fès. Our local guide will wait for you with the minibus prepared in front of the airport and take the group to Chefchaoune.
Drive through the breathtaking landscapes of the fertile coastal plains. Continue the road until you arrive in the region of the Rif Mountains which is the heart and location of the quiet blue and whitewashed city of Chefchaouen.

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Day 2: Visit Chefchaoune city

After breakfast, visit Chefchaouen, the “blue city”.

Start your tour with the Kasbah museum in the medina. The kasbah of Chefchaouen belongs to the early 18th century and was built by the legendary ruler Moulay Ismail. It is fairly simple without architectural surprises, but it is surrounded by gardens on the interior and exterior. Inside the Kasbah, you can visit the ethnographic museum, which contains antique weapons, musical instruments, and photographs of the old town.

Exploring the Medina

We get lost in the narrow streets of the Medina and we make pictures with all possible blue nuances. You will be fascinated by this small town. Perhaps the most photogenic city, Chefchaouen is much quieter than any other Moroccan town. Instead of vendors inviting you to their shops, you’ll find quiet men waiting for you to ask them about a price. The streets are filled with locals enjoying their days and the echoes of laughter from the children playing ball. You can try to get lost and observe local life and many kittens in Chefchaouen.

Accommodation in Chefchaoune.

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Day 3:

Visit Fes city

Start your visit by losing yourself in the labyrinth of souks, the famous painter Chouara Tannery, the ceramics workshops, and the royal palace.

During this tour of the city of Fez, you will walk in the alleys of the medina of Fez, authentic and traditional, that lives to the rhythm of history, and discover its Koranic schools, its medersas (Attarine, Bounania, etc.), its fountains, its Andalusian style palaces, its mausoleums (Moulay Idriss II, Sidi Ahmed Tijani, etc.), and the Al Karaouiyine University, the oldest in the world.

Visit the many theme souks and numerous craft workshops (the famous tanners’ quarter, the weavers’ quarter, the cabinet makers, etc.), observing the age-old craftsmanship. In the evening, we returned to the hotel.

Here are some places you will see during the visit:

-Andalusian Quarter

Tannery Chouara

-Al Quaraouiyine Mosque

-Bab Bou Jeloud’s door

-Mausoleum of Moulay Idriss

-Seffarin Square

-Madrasa Attarine

The different souks of Fez

-Talaa Kbira and Talaa Sghira

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Day 4:

Fes- Merzouga Distance 480 km- 7 h

After breakfast, depart for the Merzouga desert. We will cross the Ziz Valley and Ziz Gorges in the province of Errachidia. Stopping at the famous and largest cedar forest in Morocco, then your journey continues along with the luxuriant Zis Oasis, stopping for panoramic views along the way and driving through the welcoming Berber villages, getting to Erfoud, then Rissani, the foundation of the Alaouite dynasty the current ruling royal family in Morocco. We arrived in the desert to catch the best light for the photos at sunset. We stop at the traditional clothes store for scarves, and we’ll be teaming up for the Sahara. After relaxing for a few minutes in Merzouga, we ride to the camels who are waiting to take you on an adventure in the dunes of Erg Chebbi. It’s a good opportunity to see a wonderful sunset.

We will spend the night in the desert, admire the sky covered by millions of stars (amazing! ), and dinner will be prepared by a Berber chef. We will enjoy the traditional food and listen to a live special show. We will sing and dance around the fire in the middle of the desert.

At night we sleep in tents, especially Berber tents.

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Day 5:

Merzouga-Todra Gorges And Dades Valley Distance 271 km 3h 55 min

We wake up at 6 o’clock, we take breakfast, we make the most beautiful pictures at sunrise,
We will go on the camel for about 2 hours, then we take the minibus to Dades. We visit Tinghir village and Dades Gorges. The road passes through Tinejdad and the Todra Valley. This stunning area affords plenty of opportunities to walk as long as the rover through the gardens or up the road on the other side of the Gorges. We will take lunch in Todra Gorges. Later we will continue to the Dades Valley and the Dades Gorges before spending the night in a hotel. Accommodation in Gorges du Dades.

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Day 6:

Dades Valley-Rose Valley-Skoura-Ouarzazate-Ait Benhaddou-Atlas Mount-Marrakech Distance 325 km 5h 50 min

After breakfast we will go through the villages of these charming areas, passing fields cultivated by the Berbers women’s, with the peaks of the High Atlas as a fitting backdrop. Our journey will then continue toward Ouarzazate, along the Valley of the Roses and past the Kasbahs of Skoura Oasis. Ouarzazate became famous when it’s nearby Kasbah; Aït Benhaddou appeared in the 1962 film Lawrence of Arabia. This spellbinding quiet town is the perfect home base for exploring the southern region of Morocco which is comprised of ancient Kasbahs. Walk outside the Kasbah’s lush terraced gardens and witness the same desert scenery that used in Gladiator and Alexander the Great of Tamdaght.

Aït Benhaddou is located 32 km from Ouarzazate lies the picturesque village. Orson Welles used it as a location for Sodome and Gomorrah; and for Jesus of Nazareth, the whole lower part of the village was rebuilt. In recent years more controlled restoration has been carried out under UNESCO auspices.

From here start crossing the highest pass in Africa, Tizi n’Tichka. In the evening we will arrive in Marrakech. Accommodation in Marrakech.

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Day 7:

Visit Marrakech city

After breakfast, we will visit the fascinating Marrakech. It’s gorgeous madness all over the medina and the Djemma El Fna Market: from Cobre and coworkers who want to paint with henna to shoppers and dancers. Rarely, do you get together so many flavors and colors? Your guide will then help you navigate through the labyrinth-like streets and alleys of Djemma El Fna Square. Enjoy the aromatic streets, taste the fresh-squeezed orange juice, and venture into the souks (shops) specializing in Berber carpets, silver jewelry, artisan workshops, handmade shoes, tanneries, etc.
Enjoy a three-course lunch consisting of fresh salad, tajine, and fruit at one of Marrakech’s most delectable restaurants.

Accommodation in Marrakech.

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Day 8:

Day trip to Essaouira Distance 191 km 2h 38 min

Essaouira is a small Moroccan port city that conquers you through its simplicity; Essaouria is a fun-filled and relaxing day trip from Marrakech. To the ocean on our way we will see “goats in the tree” we will stop we take pictures, then we start to feel the ocean breeze.

Visit this eighteenth-century seaside medieval town that boasts lovely white-washed and blue-shuttered houses, colonnades, thuya wood workshops, art galleries, and mouthwatering seafood. Place Prince Moulay el Hassan and the Skala du Port, the fishing harbor offers breathtaking views of the Portuguese ramparts. Explore the ramparts and the spice and jewelry souks.

To the ocean on our way we will see “goats in the tree” we will stop we take pictures, then we start to feel the ocean breeze.

Accommodation in Marrakech

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Day 9:

Day 9: Marrakech Airport transfer.

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