5-Day Desert Tour From Tangier to Marrakech
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Explore Morocco’s best in 5 days: Start your journey from Tangier and meander through the captivating blue streets of Chefchaouen. Stroll the enchanting alleys for about 3 to 4 hours, discovering treasures like the Kasbah Museum and the Ras El Ma waterfalls. Your adventure continues as we venture to the culturally rich Fes, where historic gems like the Tannery Chouara and the world’s oldest university, Al Qarawiyyin, await your exploration.
On day three, we journey across the Saharan sands of Merzouga, making delightful stops at places like the Swiss-like town of Ifrane and the Azrou forest, home to Barbary Macaque monkeys. As you delve into the heart of the Sahara, experience the thrill of camel trekking on the grand Erg Chebbi sand dunes, followed by a night of enchantment at a Berber tent camp.
The fourth and fifth days are reserved for the awe-inspiring Todgha and Dades Gorges and a visit to the UNESCO-protected Berber fortress of Ait Benhaddou. Finally, traverse the majestic High Atlas Mountains at Tichka Pass to reach the vibrant city of Marrakech. Join us on this remarkable 5-day Moroccan journey, filled with unforgettable sights and experiences.
5-Day Tangier to Marrakech Desert Tour Itinerary
Day 1: Tangier to Fes across Chefchaouen
Embark on an unforgettable 5-day desert journey through Morocco, beginning with your pickup in Tangier. Our first destination is the captivating blue city of Chefchaouen, where a world of discovery awaits. Explore the Kasbah Museum, adorned with intriguing art and informative exhibits about Chaouen. Take a leisurely stroll along the iconic blue walls, leading you to the tranquil Ras El Ma river with its charming small waterfalls and breathtaking views. In Chefchaouen, immerse yourself in the sheer beauty of the blue-hued buildings, perfect for capturing unforgettable moments. Concluding our day, we drive to Fes, where a traditional Riad welcomes you for a restful night.
Day 2: Fes city tour
Embark on a thrilling journey as we delve into the wonders of Fes. Our day is filled with captivating visits and experiences. Our first stop is at one of the royal palaces, boasting seven magnificent golden gates that make for stunning photo opportunities. Following this, we’ll whisk you away to the breathtaking Borj Nord for panoramic views over Fes.
If you’re intrigued, we can venture to the mosaic cooperative, an area Fes is renowned for. The heart of our day takes us into the enchanting labyrinth of the old Medina, known as Fes El Bali. Our gateway is the iconic Bab Boujloud, or the blue gate, opening into the medina. Inside, we’ll explore the world’s oldest existing university, the Al Qarawiyyin mosque, alongside the awe-inspiring Madrassa of Attarine and Bou Inania, both impressive schools displaying exquisite architecture.
For a unique glimpse into the city’s craftsmanship, we’ll visit one of Fes’s three tanneries, with Chouara Tannery being the most famous for its leather production. As our remarkable day comes to a close, we’ll return you to your Riad, where some even offer a soothing SPA experience. Unwind from your adventures with a relaxing Hamam or a rejuvenating massage.
Day 3: Fes to Merzouga Sahara desert
Continuing on our 5-day Moroccan journey departing from Tangier, we venture toward the crown jewel of Moroccan travel experiences – Merzouga, the desert destination that leaves a lasting impression on all who visit. The drive from Fes to Merzouga is an adventure in itself, lasting approximately 7 hours, inclusive of delightful stops along the way.
Our initial pause lands us in Ifrane, affectionately referred to as Morocco’s “Little Switzerland.” Here, we pay homage to a symbol of valor and freedom: the magnificent Atlas statue of the lion, meticulously carved by a German prisoner during the French colonization.
Further enriching our journey, we make a compelling stop at the cedar forest in Azrou. In this idyllic setting, we encounter and engage with the resident Barbary monkeys, offering them nourishment, capturing memorable photographs, and leaving with hearts full of these encounters.
Continuing our quest, we reach the enchanting Merzouga after several captivating stops, including a visit to the Errachidia dam and the breathtaking Ziz Valley. As you arrive at the edge of the mesmerizing sand dunes, our skilled camel leaders await. These desert experts will guide you on a mesmerizing camel excursion across the awe-inspiring Erg Chebbi. This unforgettable journey will include a strategic pause to behold the desert’s transformation under the hues of a captivating sunset. Finally, your guides will accompany you to our desert camp, where you’ll spend the night under the star-studded Moroccan skies.
Day 4: Merzouga to Dades Gorges
As we venture on our 5-day Moroccan trip from Tangier, our next destination beckons – the captivating Dades Gorges. En route, we will embark on several enriching stops, each with its unique charm and intrigue. First, Erfoud awaits, and for the curious traveler, a visit to one of the fascinating mineral fossil museums is a memorable option.
Continuing our journey, not far from Erfoud, we’ll uncover an ancient irrigation system that unveils the ingenious methods of oasis watering employed in times past. This immersive experience provides a glimpse into the heritage of these lands.
Our path leads us to the majestic Todgha Gorges, the grand canyons of Morocco, where nature’s spectacle takes center stage. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the lush surroundings with a leisurely stroll alongside the winding river that meanders through these towering mountain formations.
As the day matures into late afternoon, we’ll navigate the charming Dades town and ascend to the Gorges. Along the way, a stop at the mesmerizing “Monkey Toes” mountains, shaped over time by the elements, offers a remarkable sight. Our journey continues with a drive to the captivating curves of Tissdrine, a place that witnessed Cadillac’s record-setting achievement, memorialized in an iconic advertisement.
To conclude this eventful day, we will accompany you to your lodging, nestled amidst the enchanting Gorges, where you will spend a tranquil night. With this, the fourth day of our comprehensive 5-day Morocco itinerary reaches its fulfilling conclusion.
Day 5: Dades to Marrakech across Ait Benhaddou Kasbah
Following our exploration of the captivating Todgha and Dades Gorges, our journey leads us to Marrakech, a route adorned with an array of noteworthy sites and encounters.
Our first stop unfolds in Kalaat Mgouna, just 40 kilometers from Dades. Here, we take a pause to immerse ourselves in the artistry of rose flower products, a specialty of the region. The river’s gentle flow through this landscape has aptly earned it the name “Rose Valley.”
Next, our path guides us to Ouarzazate, renowned as the “City of Cinema.” This cinematic hub boasts numerous Atlas studios, offering a fascinating glimpse into the world of film production. For those with an avid interest, a visit to one of these studios provides insight into the cinematic arts (please note that an admission ticket is required).
A highlight of our journey emerges in the form of the Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou, a Berber fortress celebrated for its distinctive bamboo-like construction. The term “Kasbah” traces its roots to the Berber word “Kasab,” signifying bamboo. This historic site has witnessed the creation of iconic cinematic moments, serving as the backdrop for renowned films such as “Lawrence of Arabia” and the British-American epic “Gladiator.” Visiting here is not merely a sightseeing endeavor but an opportunity to step into the realm of cinematic history.
Continuing onward, our route carries us through the picturesque Tichka Pass, where a brief pause at the summit, soaring at 2260 meters above sea level, grants breathtaking vistas.
A visit to an argan oil cooperative awaits those eager to explore this fascinating industry. In the cooperative’s embrace, you’ll discover the secrets of crafting this precious liquid gold.
As the sun dips below the horizon, we culminate our 5-day Morocco tour from Tangier in Marrakech by seamlessly delivering you to your chosen accommodation. This marks the completion of our immersive and enriching itinerary.