This sample 9 day tour takes in the best of Morocco starting from Tangier where we can meet you at the ferry or the airport, and from there you'll drive onward to the blue city of Chefchaouen, then south to the Volubilis Roman ruins on the way to Fes, then traverse the Atlas mountains into the Sahara desert for an overnight camel trek in Erg Chebbi dunes near Merzouga, and then you'll travel onward through the Sahara to Todra gorge, Dades Valley, Ait Benhaddou world heritage site, and finally to the ancient vibrant city that is Marrakech.
Read the full tour outline below.
Tours can also start or end Fes, Agadir, Casablanca or Rabat.
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We use small hotels and riads that are of interest because of location, excellent food, and unique traditional architecture. The food in Morocco is very fresh and reflects traditional cooking.
Options to upgrade to 4* hotels and 5* luxury desert camp.
SAMPLE 9 DAY ITINERARY TANGIER TO MARRAKECH
Arrive Tangier. Your driver will have a "Morocco Explored" sign, and be waiting upon your exit from the arrivals area. Transfer to Chefchaouen. With wonderful views of the surrounding Rif mountains Chefchaouen is small enough to wander freely and explore on foot through the hilly narrow streets that wind throughout this blue and white medina, especially fascinating in the mid day sunlight. Stay in hotel.
Stay Chefchouen. Explore the charming hillside town of Chefchaouen. This medina is small enough to wander freely and explore on foot through the hilly narrow streets that wind throughout this charming blue and white town, known as the Blue City. Chefchaouen or Chaouen for short is famous for its electric blue that covers it's houses and mosques. The custom dates back to the 15th century when Jewish refugees settled here and brought with them their tradition of painting things blue to mirror the sky and remind them of god. The photographic opportunities are endless, especially fascinating in the mid day sunlight.
Stay in hotel.
Day 3 Fes
Transfer to Fes. Along the way visit the 3rdC ruins of Volubilis. The Romans built this city as a trading doorway into Africa and it was the furthest outpost of the Roman Empire. It's beautiful mosaics and columns to private houses can still be seen. The surrounding land is prized for it's olive trees. Visit Moulay Idriss if you wish. Continue driving to Fes. Stay Fes medina riad.
After breakfast meet your guide*, and explore this fascinating storybook medina. The endless labyrinth of narrow streets is like no other, with hundreds of tiny shops, a dyers souk and craft manufacturers who ply their trade in narrow medieval grottoes. Visit the famous leather tanneries, still using techniques from ancient times to produce fine leather in beautiful colours. Fes is also famous for its robust and beautiful pottery, brass and copper trays and tea services, regional cuisine and ancient medersas (schools of Islam). Stay medina riad as above.
*Fes walking tour is included.
Your driver will meet you at your riad or hotel at 8:00a.m., he'll take you to the 4x4. Depart Fes and transport (8 hours with stops) over the Middle Atlas mountains through the cedar forests of Azrou, Ifrane, Midelt and the Ziz gorges towards Sahara, until the Erg Chebbi dunes appear on the horizon. Your destination is the auberge (small inn) 29km from Merzouga, where you'll meet your camel guide and ride 1.5 hours into the dunes at sunset to the desert camp. Upon arrival, a traditional tagine dinner is prepared and served under the evening stars. Climb the dunes and watch the moon rise before retiring to your bed in the nomad wool tent.
Our desert camp in the north of Erg Chebbi big dunes is far from the crowds coming from Merzouga. It consists of a circle nomad tents that sleeps 2 people on each side. They are equipped with carpets, foam mattresses, wool blankets, freshly washed cotton sheets and pillows - camp also has solar lighting and toilets, kitchen tent and dining tent, and carpeting around the fire. All camel guides are local nomads working to support their families.
This morning you'll wake very early to have tea and get ready to ride the camels by a different route back to the auberge. Stop to watch the sunrise before returning for a leisurely big breakfast and hot shower before going to Tinehir. Along the way you can visit the fossil workshops for a closer look at Sahara's wonderful variety of ancient life. Stop to hunt for fossils in the rocks, explore any local markets at your leisure, and visit a small museum about Berber life in an ancient mud village. Rissani has a lively thrice weekly souk selling many goods, animals and spices brought in from the surrounding villages, and it's fun to explore and people watch. Before arriving in Tinehir, you'll visit the Todra gorge then after a short drive back to town, settle into your room in an old kasbah.
Onwards into the Dades valley you'll stop at an overlook at the Monkey fingers rock formations. Your next destination is Ait Benhaddou. Villages sprinkle the Skoura oasis and the Valley of the Rose, famous for producing elegant Persian rose oil - until Ouarzazate - and continue on to Ait Benhaddou World Heritage site kasbahs. Tour Ait Benhaddou, a UNESCO world heritage site. The village of clustered Berber Kasbahs has been used as a backdrop for more than 20 films and was one of the most important fortress strongholds on the old Salt Road where caravans brought slaves, gold, ivory and salt from Saharan Africa to Marrakech and beyond. After touring the site you'll follow the old Salt Road caravan route toward Telouet. Visit the old Glaoui kasbah. This kasbah has an amazing story behind it, that is intrinsically linked to the formation of Morocco as a country. This once beautiful kasbah now stands crumbling to ruins because no one wants to remember "the vulture" sultan and his son "Thami" who lived here until the 1950's. Back in the car, for Marrakech descending the Tichka Pass (2260m) crossing the High Atlas mountain range.
Arrive Marrakech about 7pm. You will stay in a medina riad this night.
Explore the back street maze of Marrakech with a guide,* visit the Saadian Tombs and the Bahia Palace, or the Ben Youssef Medersa and Quebba, the Koutoubia mosque, or the Marrakech Museum. Afternoon is free to explore the vast souk (market). The Souk is comprised of many specialist areas e.g. metalwork, where crafters ply their trade; dyers workshops are strung with colourful skeins of wool; carpets, and carpet sellers entice you into their shops with a cup of mint tea; tiny shops selling Berber jewelry, old silver, and African beads; spices, olives, fresh herbs; visit traditional apothecaries where you can learn about all manner of potions to heal or cast spells of love or revenge. Stay Marrakech medina riad.
*walking tour included.
Transfer to the Marrakech airport for departure.
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PRAISE FOR OUR TOURS
Dear Robbin and Essalah,
Thank you Morocco Explored! Our visit with you last week was exactly what we were hoping for, and more, and we wanted to let you know that, and thank you for your contribution to it.
All the accommodation you arranged for us was very good, as was the transport (and of course the driver!). We received excellent advice on everything we wanted to do, and were very well looked after throughout.
We are so glad that we persisted with the trip this year after the set-back in May, as we had a great time. So many rich memories of Marrakech and the mountains and desert.
We will make sure that we recommend Morocco explored to all our friends, relatives and passing acquaintences who are thinking of going to Morocco. And I will now say the same on Trip Advisor.
J & S THRELLFALL, UK, 2010