Marrakech 8 days tour to Fes
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The 8 days tour from Marrakech to Fes via Merzouga (Erg Chebbi) allows you to explore the High Atlas Mountains. Pay a visit to Ait Ben Haddou and Telouat Kasbah. Stop at Ouarzazate for photos near the “Atlas studio,” Roses Valley, and the Dades Gorges. Camel ride and overnight stay in the Sahara desert.
Overnight in Berber tents in the heart of the dunes, then back on our route to Fes in a different way. We’ll stop at Rissani’s traditional Market, Erfoud, Errachidia, Midelt, and Azrou. Then we’ll go to Meknes, Volubilis, Chefchaouen, Rabat, and Casablanca before arriving in Marrakech.
Itinerary for 8 days tour from Marrakech :
Day 1: Marrakech to Dades:
In the morning, depart from your hotel or airport on an 8 days tour from Marrakech to Fes via Merzouga and go to Dades Valley. We will go into the High Atlas Mountains, winding around the famed Tizi N-Tichka pass, which is 2260 meters high.
We will stop along the road to see Ait Benhaddou Kasbah, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987. It has appeared in several films, including Lawrence of Arabia, Gladiator, Kingdom of Heaven, and others.
Enjoy breathtaking scenery with a variety of hues and tiny Berber settlements. We’ll stop at several overlooks to look around and take photographs. Then go to Ouarzazate, well known as “the gate to the desert”
Visit the Kasbah Taourirt and Films Studios, then proceed to Dades Gorges along the magnificent route of a thousand Kasbahs, arriving in Boumalne Dades for supper and an overnight stay in a traditional Riad or hotel.
Day 2: Dades to Merzouga:
We will depart Dades after a typical Moroccan breakfast and go to Todra Gorges. Enjoy a stroll within the tight canyon of the Dades gorges and snap photographs along the canyons of around 300m high, a popular location for mountaineers, before traveling the route of 1000 kasbahs towards the village of Tinghir and the Todra Gorge.
After that, the journey continues to Merzouga Sahara Desert, where you will have time for lunch at a local restaurant before arriving late in the afternoon at the Erg Chebbi dunes.
Trek for around 1 hour 30 minutes on a camel to reach to the center of the desert and see the gorgeous sunset from the top of the tallest sand dunes.
Enjoy a wonderful meal accompanied by Berber drum music and dancing, and then spend the night in a Standard or Luxury Desert Camp beneath a beautiful sky filled with magnificent stars.
Day 3: Merzouga desert tour:
Your camel guide will wake you up early in the morning to view and enjoy the finest sunrise of your life. After breakfast, you will return by camel to your Riad or Hotel in Merzouga, where your driver/guide will be ready to begin our off-road adventure excursion across the sand dunes.
Take advantage of this opportunity to learn about the Merzouga area. Begin your exploration of Berber communities with a visit to the Khamlia settlement, often known as the Black People. Warmly welcomed with a cup of tea while listening to their soulful Gnawa music.
Enjoy the stunning panoramic picture of sand dunes and learn about nomad lives as they live under tents and tend to herds of goats and camels.
Visit some abandoned mines and a palm-tree oasis. Return to Merzouga. You have some free time to explore Merzouga’s streets.
Day 4: Merzouga to Midelt:
We are leaving the Sahara Desert today after a fantastic off-road trip and unforgettable nomad encounters.
After breakfast, we will continue our 8 days tour from Marrakech to Fes to Midelt via Rissani and Erfoud, where you will be able to wander around the genuine Souk and shop like a native. We continue on our way to Midelt, pausing along the way to take in the panoramic vistas of palm palms across the Ziz valley.
After Errachidia, we’ll go through the Rich Ziz Gorges, which were carved out of volcanic rock. And then through the Tizi N Talghamt pass to Midelt. Arrive in Midelt and spend the night at your hotel, which includes dinner, bed, and breakfast.
Day 5: Midelt to Fes:
Continuing our 8 days Tour from Marrakech to Fes via Merzouga, we will travel from Midlet to Fes today after breakfast in your accommodation. We will be passing through little ancient mud Berber settlements in the Middle Atlas Mountains.
We stop in the renowned Cedar forest before the little village of Azrou to observe and photograph the Barbarian apes (monkeys). Then go to Ifrane (Morocco’s Switzerland) before landing at Fes. Drop off at your hotel or riad in Fes.
Day 6: Touring Fes:
Exploring Fes’s oldest amazing structures is a must and a thrilling chance not to be missed while in Morocco. Enjoy a half-day walking guided tour of the medina with a local guide, followed by free time in the afternoon to explore more of the city. The Fes medina is the world’s biggest living historic medina and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1981.
You will also see the ancient historical landmarks in the Old Medina (Fes-el-Bali), such as the Nejjarin Museum, Al Quaraouin, Morocco’s oldest university, the Jewish Quarter, and observe Fes’ famed leather tannery from above, among other things. Stay the night in a hotel or riad.
Day 7: Fes to Rabat via Meknes and volubilis:
After breakfast, take the Meknes-Fes route to Rabat. On the route, we’ll stop at the Volubilis archaeological site to learn about Moroccan life during the Roman Empire. In 1997, UNESCO designated this ancient Roman city as a World Heritage Site.
In Meknes, we will see the Bab El Mansour, Africa’s most renowned gate, the Lahdim plaza with its spices Souk (market), and the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail, which was once the only mosque in Morocco that allowed non-Muslims to visit.
Then we will continue our journey to Rabat, Morocco’s political capital and also a seaside city, where we will view the crenelated red ocher walls, visit the Kasbah of the Udayas, the famed Hassan 2 tower, and the Mohamed 5 tomb. At the Medina, spend the night in a hotel or riad.
Day 8: Rabat to Marrakech via Casablanca:
The final day of our 8 days tour from Marrakech to Fes via Merzouga. Depart in the morning from Rabat for Marrakech via Casablanca. After breakfast, we will begin our journey by exploring the magnificent Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca. The mosque is the second-largest in Africa and the seventh-largest in the world. Its minaret, at 689 feet, is the world’s second-highest minaret (210 meters). Before returning to Marrakech, your departure point.
After you arrive, you will have the remainder of the day to yourself. To wander around the famed Djemaa el Fna square, or to do anything you had planned to do in Marrakech before your trip to Morocco.
Then we will bring you to the hotel or riad or to the airport, depending on the time of departure. This is how our 8 days tour from Marrakech to Merzouga and the imperial cities ends.
Reviews about the 8 days tour from Marrakech:
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We took a 8 days/8 nights tour from Marrakech to the desert through Merzouga and ending in Marrakesh. On the first day, we traveled from Marrakech to Dades to see Moroccan nature and wild animals. On the way, they told us that we could do quad biking in the desert on the third day. He took us there before we arrived at the hotel. This was fun! On the second day, after seeing various places around Merzouga, we took a camel ride to the desert camp. We saw the sun set and the sky was full of stars, it was perfect.
The tour is divided into three types depending on the quality of the hotel and meals. This time we went for the mid-range tour, and we were very satisfied with the price and quality. Our guides were hilarious and funny. The driver was the same Hamid for the whole tour, and he was very kind and helpful. He even bought us water and coffee on the way, and he paid the small tip so we didn't have to prepare a lot of coins. He will take you back to your hotel. No problems, nothing to worry about, everything was perfect for the tour. I want to go back! Longer desert camp this time!
The trip is full with breathtaking vistas. As a result, we will strive to make pauses at the greatest panoramic vistas, gardens, and so on. You can request that our driver pull over if you notice anything worth seeing.
Our trip from Marrakech will begin with a pick-up at the airport, where our driver will be waiting with the name of the agency or your name on a card. In addition, the tour includes a drop-off service at the airport at the end of our 8 days tour from Marrakech.
You will be escorted by one of our experienced local drivers who has extensive knowledge of the country. In addition, we will arrange for you to meet a local guide in Fes and Marrakech.
If you are a photographer, Morocco should be on your list because there are so many beautiful spots to photograph. For example, when you tour with us, you will see the Erg Chebbi sand dunes, Morocco’s largest dunes. We will also take you to photograph the desert of Merzouga.
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Overview of the destinations:
With our 8 days tour from Marrakech to Fes through Merzouga desert, you will explore Marrakech, the first city in Morocco, which receives around 3 million people every year. In the 11th century, Abu Bakr ibn Umar established “the Almoravid dynasty.”
Marrakech gets its name from the Berber term Amur N kush. That is to say, the territory or land of God. Marrakech is also known by numerous other names. For example, some people refer to it as the “red city” since the ground color there is red, and the homes are painted red as a result.
In Marrakech, there are numerous things to do and see:
Jemaa El Fna:
When you think about Marrakech, you probably think of the large plaza of Jemaa El Fna. Aside from locals, you may meet individuals from all around the world. They come here to be entertained by seeing the natives play with the monkeys, snakes, and other creatures. Actually, some people refer to them as snake charmers. Furthermore, another thing that they perform here is assemble individuals in a circle and narrate humorous stories or jokes. This has existed for millions of years and is now a source of income for certain individuals. Furthermore, some individuals gamble, and they play other games in which they occasionally employ magic to deceive others.
The Koutoubia mosque is not distant from Jemaa El Fan Square. Actually, it is facing it. As a result, why not walk there once you’ve explored the square? Just be cautious of motorcycles because they do not obey traffic lights and occasionally steal individuals, particularly their phones. Kutubiyya and booksellers alluding to the front yard where they used to sell books are two names for Koutoubia mosque. This mosque is one of the Hassan Tower’s and the Grand Mosque’s sister mosques in Seville, Spain. Not to add that the mosque is 70 meters tall with an 8-meter spire.
You should not visit Marrakech without paying a visit to the garden of French artist Jhon Jack Majorelle. It was erected in 1923 and took the artist over 40 years to complete. After he died, the garden was taken over by Yves Saint-Laurent and Pierre Berge, who erected a museum around it. They are also the ones that opened it to the public with a 70DH ticket. Certain IDs, however, reduce the price.
The garden of Menara, located southwest of Marrakech, is where the majority of the people go to enjoy the view of the lake in front of the lighthouse chamber.
Ait Benhaddou :
Many Kasbahs may be found throughout Morocco, luckily, you will have the chance to visit some of them with our 8 days tour from Marrakech to Fes via Merzouga. The Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou, on the other hand, is the most admired and frequented by visitors. During the reign of the Almoravid dynasty, it was erected by the Glaoui family in the 11th century.
Kasbah is derived from the Berber and Arabic term Kasab, which means bamboo. The word Kasar may be seen inscribed on singing at the Kasbah’s entrance. However, this is incorrect since Ksars or palaces are not the same as Kasbahs, and their rooves are not made of bamboo.
The Berber Touaregs are well-known in this Kasbah, which is a walled hamlet. Those who used to trade from South Africa to Europe around the globe. They used to trade slat mascara cole and other products here at the Kasbah. In the past, the Kasbah housed around 90 households. The number of families has recently dropped to five, with the majority of them now being locals selling goods on the Kasbah’s streets. Since 1987, the Kasbah has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There is a mosque, two Muslim and Jewish cemeteries, and a rubbish collection place beyond the walls.
One of the Kasbah’s families has opened a cafe to give visitors a taste of the Touareg way of life. As a result, we urge that you come there as soon as possible.
Movies made at the Kasbah:
The fortified Kasbah is well-known for the television and film programs that have been produced there. To begin with, many people in Morocco will yell Lawrence of Arabia because the film was filmed in the Kasbah in 1962. The Gladiator, a British-American drama released in 2000, is another film associated with the kasbah. Click here to watch a short video of it on YouTube. Many more well-known films were filmed in this location. Films such as Marco Polo (1982), The Jewel of the Nile (1985), and The Mummy (1999) are examples. As a result, the kasbah is a worthwhile stop on our Morocco 8 days tour from Marrakech.
Ouarzazate is the Sahara’s entrance. In Berber languages, the name Ouarzazate means “city without noise.” The city, on the other hand, does not symbolize tranquility.
If you’re driving from Marrakech to the desert or the other way around, you’ll have to travel through this city. So, why not take a moment to explore it and see what the finest things to do here are?
To begin with, many people come to the city to see the atlas studios. Many actors come here to rent materials for filming at the Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou, as well as the Kasbah of Taourirt, which is located in the heart of Ouarzazate. Many anecdotes about the movies they shot and photographs of them can be found at studios such as the Oscar studio. You’ll also see wooden vehicles and toys that were used in the filming.
Second, Ouarzazate is known for the Kasbah of Taourirt, a maze constructed by the Glaoui Thami during his reign in the 19th century. Because Taourirt requires a ticket to access, it may be the second most magnificent Kasbah to see after Ait Benhaddou. It’s also because Ait Benhaddou is known for a series of films that were filmed there.
Ouarzazate is known for having Africa’s largest solar power plant. Ouarzazate is the gateway to the Sahara, as previously said. As a result, the city’s temperature is extremely hot throughout the summer, and the country took advantage of this by constructing a solar power plant here. That is not to say that Morocco lacks oil; rather, the sun’s force is pure and unrestricted.
The rose valley:
The rose valley, or Kalaat Mgouna, is a lovely city with numerous rose-based cosmetics. As a result, this city is well-known for its international Rose Flower Festival, which attracts a large number of tourists and visitors who come to enjoy the music and shop for merchandise.
With our Morocco tours, we will drive through this lovely city and stop at a rose cooperative where you can buy some items and relax because we will be driving for 2 hours before arriving here.
Dades Gorges "valley":
Dades Gorges is another stunning location that we will visit on our 8-day Morocco tour. As a result, we’ll take you to see the stunningly formed mountains in the gorges. We’ll be going to Dades to spend the night, and we’ll stop to snap some photographs along the route.
The other stop will be around 8 kilometers further, down the same gorges, at the Tissdrine bends. We could either walk if you are not weary or drive if you are tired. The most intriguing aspect of these curves is that they serve as advertising for Cadillac, an American automobile manufacturer. They are hazardous bends that are difficult to drive around, as shown in the accompanying photo. As a result, the Cadillac set a new record by ascending three times in three minutes and 19 seconds.
Morocco is likewise a nation with a large number of canyons. The canyons of Todgha gorges, around 20 kilometers from Tinghir’s center, are the greatest of them all. Many people go there to see the river as it flows through the mountains. That is to say, the force of nature’s “water,” which might surge up and demolish the rocks in its path.
The canyons are approximately 300 meters (984 ft) long. As a result, many people have a strong desire to climb even in perilous situations. The area is worth wandering around, photographing, and maybe having a picnic there.
Merzouga, the Sahara desert:
The Sahara desert is the climax of our 8 days tour from Marrakech to Fes. Merzouga is the name of a local Arabic family; the original name is Marzoug. It’s in the Daraa Tafilalt area of Morocco, in the southeast. It’s also only approximately 50 kilometers from the Algerian border.
Merzouga is a tiny Moroccan town surrounded by the world’s largest sand dunes, the Erg Chebbi. As a result, many tourists flock to the area to partake in its exciting activities.
Camel trekking in Merzouga:
The camel ride or trekking is perhaps the finest thing to do in Merzouga. Many visitors come to witness the sunset and dawn or to spend the night in Berber tents after taking a ride on the dunes. I’ve included a photo.
Camping at Berber tents:
Aside from a camel ride in Merzouga, staying overnight in a Berber tent is the next greatest thing to do. Many visitors choose to spend the night in the dunes glamping. As a result, if you’re in Merzouga Sahara, don’t hesitate to stay the night; it’ll give you a taste of nomadic Berber life.
A visit to Srij lake:
We will spend a whole day at Merzouga during our 8-day stay in Morocco. As a result, we will transport you to Srij Lake. It’s where the camels go herding throughout the day; they’re primarily employed by visitors for dawn and sunset photography. Furthermore, flamingos are migratory birds that can be seen on the lake.
Khamlia, a visit to Gnaoua:
The small city of Khamlia is one of the most fascinating and interesting places to visit. With our Merzouga desert trip, you will get the opportunity to encounter Khamlia’s dark-skinned inhabitants. They are originally from Mali and Gabon’s south, and they have a fantastic sense of playing drams and Krakebs “castanet.”
A visit to a nomadic family:
We will take you on an excursion to see one of the Berber households that live in tents during our Merzouga desert trip. We’ll show you where they live, who they cook for, and how they move their herds from one location to another.
Ziz Valley and Errachidia dam :
Morocco is rich in valleys for agriculture and dams for water restoration. We will drive through the valley of Ziz, one of the largest sources of dates palm trees, on our 8-day vacation schedule. It’s also Morocco’s longest river, with a length of 282 kilometers that goes across Algeria. However, the dates are roughly 50 kilometers (30 miles) away. The flood originates in the High Atlas Mountains.
The Errachidia Dam, which is not far from the valley of Ziz, is the Sahara’s water supply. Actually, it’s proof that the actual monarch was wise to construct those dams, because previously, people in the desert had to rely on wells for water. Hassan Addakhil is the name of the dam, which was named after the Alaouite dynasty’s founder.
Cedar Forest :
The cedar forest is a great spot to stop for a picnic and to interact with the monkeys.
With our 8-day Morocco itinerary, we’ll drive through this cedar forest and stop for a short look at the monkeys who reside there. Barbary Macaques, commonly known as Barbary Apes and Magots, are a kind of Barbary Macaque.
There are a variety of different creatures that call this place home. There are deer, wild pigs, wolves, and many more animals. The monkey, however, is the only animal we will encounter on our trip; they enjoy playing with people and constantly anticipate food and drink.
Ifrane, the switzerland of Morocco:
Ifrane is Morocco’s cleanest city, with European architecture. The term Ifrane comes from the word Ifri, which means caves in the plural. However, there are no caves in the vicinity of the city. It was erected in the 16th century by Sidi Abd al-Salam. The present city, on the other hand, was founded in 1928, when the French conquered Morocco. During the winter, many people, primarily locals, flock to Ifrane to snowboard since the city’s height allows for plenty of snowfall.
Al Akhawayn University, one of Morocco’s greatest and most costly institutions, is located in Ifrane. It was also opened by King Hassan II. It was, however, constructed by King Dhahir. That is why it is known as Al Akhawayn, which translates to “two brothers.” It was also financed by the Saudi Arabian monarch, Fahd bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.
Our first visit in Ifrane will be at the Atlas Lion Statue. It was carved by a German prisoner during the French colonization in exchange for his release.
Fes is one of Morocco’s most popular tourist destinations, because to its several well-known cultural attractions. It was first constructed in 789 by the Idrisid Dynasty. It was also Morocco’s first capital city, preceding Marrakech, Meknes, and the current Rabat. Fes is now classified as one of the country’s fourth imperial cities. The ancient part of Fes, known as Fes El Bali, is where the majority of the tourist attractions are located.
The king’s Palace:
We will transport you to one of the king’s 12 palaces, or Ksars, as part of our Morocco 8 days tour from Marrakech to Fes. Various names for the palace, such as Dar al-Makhzen, may also be heard. It was constructed in the 1960s and features seven golden gates and doors, making it an excellent location for photography.
We’ll take you on a panoramic tour of the ancient Medina from the fort of Borj Nord. It was erected in 1582 by the Saadi dynasty and was based by Portuguese forts in the 16th century.
Poetry “Mosaic” cooperative:
Following our tour to the Nord Borj, we will travel to the Mosaic cooperative. It will be fascinating to watch how they manufacture pottery, and if you want to take any home with you, Fes is well-known for it.
Bab Boujloud, the blue gate:
The old Medina of Fes, also known as Fes El Bali, is encircled by a wall and is divided into 11 gates. Bab Boujloud, or the blue gate, is the primary entrance. Its name comes from Abu al Junud, which means “father of the army.” The gate was constructed in 1913, to boot.
The Attarine Madrassa was founded by the Marinid king Uthman II Abu Said in 1323. Its design made it famous, and it is one of the most important architectural achievements of the Marinid period. The term Attarine comes from the Arabic word Attr, which means “vendor of spices.”
Al Qarawiyyin university:
If you’re in Fes, make sure to pay a visit to Al Qarawiyyin University, commonly known as Al Karaouine. It is both a university and a mosque dedicated to the study of the holy Quran. Al Qarawiyyin is also one of the world’s oldest universities, predating the Alma Mater Studiorum in Bologna, Italy. It was erected as a mosque in 859 by a lady named Fatima El Fihri. Then it was transformed into a university.
Tannery of Chouara:
The leather is manufactured in Fes, and there are three primary tanneries. The Tannery of Chouara, however, is the best and most visited. It was constructed in the 11th century, and it is here that they barefoot tread skins in the dyeing pit.
Rabat is Morocco’s capital and one of the country’s four imperial cities, along with Fes, Marrakech, and Meknes. The Almohad dynasty constructed it in 1146. In addition, with a population of 580,000 in 2014, it is Morocco’s seventh biggest city. Morocco is divided into 12 regions, with Rabat being part of the Rabat-Sale-Kenitra area. There are several places to see and experience when traveling.
To begin, the Hassan Tower Mosque is a popular tourist site. It was erected in 1195 by Yaqub al-Mansur, the third caliph of Almohad. With 86 minarets, this man aims to make it the world’s largest mosque. However, he died in 1199 before completing it. It’s now just 44 meters long, less than half of what he intended, and it’s a UNESCO world historic site.
The second attraction to see in Rabat is the Les Oudayas Kasbah, which was erected in the 12th century. The Arab Andalusians and certain Arab tribes called it home. It’s also one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites.
Casablanca was founded in the 7th century as Morocco’s economic and biggest metropolis, having a total area of 220 km2. It also had a population of 3.36 million people in 2014. Because Morocco was under French authority, the majority of Moroccan cities, including Casablanca, were built in the Morish style.
Casablanca is known for its Hassan II Mosque, which is the largest mosque in Morocco, the second largest in Africa, and the seventh largest in the world. It boasts one of the world’s highest minarets, with a height of 210 meters (690 feet). Bouygues, a French company, erected it in 1989. It was also designed by Michel Pinseau. Furthermore, most Moroccan mosques do not allow tourists to view their interiors. This mosque, on the other hand, welcomes tourists to come in and explore it.
With our 8 days tour from Marrakech to Fes, the final city you’ll see is Casablanca.
Besides the 8 days desert tour from Marrakech to Fes via Merzouga, Morocco provides a variety of tailored tours departing from Marrakech, Fes, Casablanca, and Tangier. Choose from one of them or contact us to create a bespoke itinerary that meets your specific requirements.