14-day tour from Tangier to the Sahara desert
Experience the very best bits and pieces of Moroccan culture through our private guided tours! This tour starts at the city of Tangier, leading to Chefchaouen, Fez, the Sahara desert and Marrakech and much more, for a maximum Moroccan experience. Just like the rest of our tours, it is customizable and can be personalized to fit your plans.
Day1:Tanger – Chefchaouen
Our tour will begin when we pick you up from Tangier, and start driving to the beautiful Chefchaouen town. On the way there, we will get to enjoy the Riff Mountains’ exquisite scenery before we finally arrive at Chefchaouen, also called Chaouen. The majority of the town is painted in blue, hence the name “the Blue Pearl”. To end our day, we will check in at a traditional Riad to spend the night.
Day 2: Free day to explore Chefchaouen
This morning, we will have a nice traditional breakfast before heading to explore “the blue pearl” of Morocco. The majority of the town is painted in blue, hence the name “the Blue Pearl”. The pretty and narrow streets of Chefchaouen’s old Medina are perfect for taking pictures, and its small colorful shops are perfect for souvenir shopping. After lunch at the town’s square, you will have a free afternoon so you adventure through the town and make some special memories.
Day 3: Explore Chefchaouen and drive to Fes via Volubilis
The next day, we will leave Chefchaouen and head to Morocco’s spiritual capital: the city of Fes. On our way there, we have to make a stop at the town of Volubilis (a UNESCO world heritage site) and discover the old Roman ruins it still preserves.
Finally, once we arrive at Fes, we will make our way through the narrow streets of the Old Medina to get to the traditional Riad where we will spend the night.
Day 4: Explore Fes
This next morning, we will start by exploring the old part of Fes (old Medina) with the help of a local guide. Our tour will include the traditional souks, the Royal palace gates, and the Quaraouine University. The Quaraouine is actually the oldest university in the world that still operates to this day. We will have lunch at a traditional Moroccan restaurant, then continue our tour with a visit to the Nejjarine fountain and the Batha Museum. To end our day, we will stop at a café with a terrace to enjoy a panoramic view over the city, before finally returning to our Riad.
Day 5: Fes – Ifrane – Azrou – Midelt – Ziz Valley – Erfoud – Merzouga
This next morning, we will be leaving Fes and heading to the Middle Atlas, to get to Merzouga by the end of the day.
On our way there, we will visit the town of Ifrane, also called the Switzerland of Morocco, before continuing to the forests of Azrou, where we will see wild macaque monkeys. We will then reach Midelt city, considered the heart of the Middle Atlas, where we will have lunch before continuing our journey.
The journey will take us through the beautiful Ziz valley, in which we have to stop to appreciate the view and maybe get some pictures. Following this, we will drive by the desert towns of Erfoud and Rissani before finally arriving at Merzouga, the gateway to the Erg Chebbi desert. This is where we will enjoy the magnificent desert scenery before checking in at the Riad where we will spend the night.
Day 6:Explore Merzouga – Camel Trekking and night in the dunes
For this next day of our tour, we will have a blast exploring Merzouga’s surroundings and learning more about the desert culture. First we will take a small tour through the dunes in a 4x4 vehicle, leading us to the historical Khamlia village. The reason why Khamlia is so important to the area is because the village is home to the masters of Gnaoua music.
After this, we will make a quick stop at the Serji Lake where many seasonal birds live such as pink flamingos; then visit one of the nomad families living in the desert to learn more about their culture and lifestyle.
We will head back to Merzouga for lunch, then go back to the hotel to relax for a little bit. This is where we will get to enjoy the magnificent desert scenery while riding on the back of camels through the sunset. The camel ride will take us to the hidden desert camp where we will have tasty traditional dishes for dinner, then enjoy the rest of the night partying with local musicians; before getting to sleep in fancy, well accommodated tents.
Day 7: Merzouga – Todra Gorge – Dades Gorge
This morning, you will want to wake up early in order to catch the breathtaking sunrise over the desert dunes! After this, we will ride the camels back to the hotel in Merzouga to shower and have breakfast.
Then, we will leave towards the famous Todra gorges, which is a hiking spot that attracts enthusiasts from all over the world. After lunch, we will drive to the valley of Dades and explore the area called “the road of the thousand Kasbahs” before heading to the Riad where we will spend the night.
Day8: Dades – Dades gorges – Skoura – Ouarzazate
For this next day, we will drive through the road of the thousand Kasbahs once more, leading to Kalaat Mgouna, also known as the capital of roses, and the city of Ouarzazate. Ouarzazate is often referred to as “the Hollywood of Morocco”, considering the great cinematographic value it holds. At the end of our day, we will spend the night at a traditional Riad in the city.
Day9:Ouarzazate – Kasbah Ait ben haddou – Marrakech
Today, after breakfast at Ouarzazate, we will drive to the Skoura oasis, where we can enjoy the view of all the huge palm groves. Then, we will continue traveling to one of Morocco’s most important historical monument: the Kasbah of Ait ben Haddou. This Kasbah holds great value in filmmaking history, since it is backdrop where many historical movies were made, such as Gladiator, Lawrence of Arabia and Kingdom of Heaven. The Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah is also a UNESCO world heritage site. To end our tour, we will drive through the beautiful High Atlas Mountains to reach Marrakech city, our last destination of this day.
Day 10: Exploring Marrakech
After breakfast, prepare yourself for a long day, because today we will explore the wonders of Marrakech city through a guided tour. This of course will include some of the red city’s most important historical monuments such as Jamaa El Fna, the Bahia Palace, the Majorelle Garden and the Saadian tombs. We will enjoy our last day full together in city full of culture and history, which you can also freely explore on your own in the afternoon. You can use this time to experience a public steam bath or go shopping in the traditional souks!
Day11: Marrakech – Essaouira
For the last day of our tour, we will go on a private trip to the breathtaking Essaouira city. We will leave Marrakech in the morning and drive through the scenic Argan tree fields. If we’re lucky enough, we can catch a glimpse of the wild lambs climbing the Argan trees to get to their nuts. Finally, we will arrive at Essaouira where we will spend the night.
Day 12: Exploring Essaouira
Essaouira is a charming town that falls along the Atlantic coast, where many people like to go surfing. We will spend our time here exploring this city’s old Medina and its Andalusian/Portuguese buildings which add an irresistible charm. In fact, Essaouira’s Old Medina is considered UNESCO world heritage, so be on the lookout for that! Overall, we will enjoy the town’s atmosphere and its delicious cuisine, before heading back to our accommodation to spend the night.
Day 13: Essaouira – Casablanca – Rabat
For the last full day of this tour, we will leave Essaouira behind and travel alongside the Atlantic coast, to get to the city of Casablanca. We will first be visiting Casablanca’s most important historical monument, the Hassan II mosque, which one of the biggest mosques in the world. After this and more time spent exploring Casa, we will continue our day by going to the city of Rabat next. After lunch at the capital, we will enjoy a small tour of its attractions such as the Hassan tower, the Mohammed V mausoleum, the Kasbah of Challah and more. Finally, we will spend our night at a traditional Riad in the old Medina.
Day14: Rabat – Asilah – Tangier
We will spend our last moment having breakfast in Rabat, then leave towards the town of Asilah. Asilah is also a fishing port located on the Atlantic coast, so it shares a similar vibe to the cities we’ve recently visited. Finally, we will head back to Tangier where our tour started.
Included In this tour:
- Private A/C comfortable Vehicle.
- Experienced English/Spanish speaking driver.
- Pick up & Drop off at your accommodation.
- Accommodation with breakfast.
- Camel trekking and night in the camp (Desert tours)
Not Included In this tour:
- Entrance fees to monuments, studios