Morocco travel itinerary 1 week
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With our 1 week Morocco itinerary, you will explore the blue city of Chefchaouen and Fes, the cultural city. Then, we will take you across the Atlas Mountains to the Sahara desert. There, you will experience the camel ride and camping at our Berber tents. Afterward, we will take you on an adventure to explore the Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou and the red city of Marrakech.
Itinerary for one week across Morocco desert.
Day 1 : Tangier to Fes.
We will start our one week in Morocco itinerary from Tangier towards the cultural city, Fes. There are many things we will visit and pass through. To start with, we will pass through Tetouan, the dove white dove. Then, we will arrive in Chefchaouen, the blue pearl, it takes almost 3h driving from Tangier. Chefchaouen is a small city. Therefore, we will visit it walking in 2 or 3 hours. Firstly, we will discover the Kasbah at Outaa Lahmam square. Secondly, we will walk to Ras El Ma and around the city. Later, we will drive to Fes after we have lunch in the Rif Mountains. Your accommodation will be booked in Fes if you want to include it.
Day 2 : Fes guided tour.
On this day, we will discover Fes with a local guide from there. To start with, you will visit the old Medina, the entrance is called the blue gate. From there, there are two main streets where people shop and it’s their main souk or souq. Also, there are many attractions to explore. Firstly, you will visit the Uuniversity of Al Qarawiyyin, the oldest and still functionning acording to Unesco. Secondly, you will visit the Madrassas “school” of Al Attarine and Bou Inania. Thirdly, wee will walk to Chouara Tanneries, a place where they make leather. Then, we will head towards Mirinid tombs and Borj nord. Not to mention, we will also visit one of the 12 king’s palaces and Dar El batha, a former royal palace.
Day 3 : Fes to Merzouga Sahara.
Merzouga is the highlight of our Morocco 1 week itinerary. Therefore, we will head there for the camel ride and camping at Berber tents. Before, there are many things to visit between Fes and the Sahara. To start with, we will stop to visit the statue of the Atlas lion in Ifrane. Then, we will visit the forest of cedar trees at Azrou. There, we will feed the Barbary macaque monkeys and take some pictures. After that, we will cross the high and middle Atlas Mountains to arrive at the panoramic view of Ziz valley, the fruits of the dates river. Eventually, we will arrive at Merzouga, where you will do the camel ride and overnight in Berber tents.
Day 4 : Merzouga to Boumaln Dades.
You will do the camel ride back again to the car. Then, we will drive you to Dades Gorges. However, there are some places that we will visit. Firstly, we will drive across Rissani, the capital city of Tafilalet. Secondly, we will stop at the wells of an old system of irrigation. Thirdly, we will visit the canyons of Todgha, they are rocks about 300m height with a thermal water passing. Later, we will take you to a hotel in Dades after we visit the curves of Tissdrine and the monkey toes mountains.
Day 5 : Dades to Marrakech.
On the 5th day, we will keep our Morocco one week itinerary to Marrakech. Before that, we will visit the valley of rose flowers at Mgouna. Then, we will visit Ouarzazate, Ouallywood. There, we will visit one of the museums of the atlas studios, where they make many parts of movies. Thereafter, we will discover the Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou, where they made parts of movies like Lawrence of Arabia and Gladiator.
After lunch, we will drive across the high Atlas mountains. There, we will make a stop at the point of 2260m and at the cooperative of argan oil. Eventually, we will arrive at Marrakech late afternoon and take you to your accommodation.
Day 6 : Marrakech guided tour.
Our one-week itinerary in Morocco includes two local guided tours, at Fes and Marrakech. Therefore, at Marrakech, we will visit the gardens of Majorelle and Menara. Next, we will take a look at the Koutoubia mosque and have a walk in the square of Jamaa El fnna. After that, we will take you to visit Bahia and El Badi Palace. Then, we will visit Saadian tombs and one of the king’s palaces.
Day 7 : Marrakech to Casablanca.
Our Morocco one week itinerary will be over after we take you to discover Casablanca. We will start by driving from Marrakech on the highway. About 3h, we will arrive at Casablanca Hassan II mosque, the only one where none Muslims can enter. Then, we can drive you to your accommodation or to the airport.
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Bucket list check off
7 days well spent!
The main stunning views will be sunrise and sunset at the Erg Chebbi sand dunes.
With our Morocco 1 week itinerary, you can choose to be picked up from the airport or your accommodation. Also, the same thing with the dropoff service.
We will send you a professional driver/guide, local, and multilingual.
If you like taking photos, with our Morocco 1 week itinerary, you will be taken to the most beautiful places for photography purposes. For instance, we will take you to Chefchaouen the blue city, and the Sand dunes of Erg Chebbi.
Morocco 1 week itinerary destinations' overview:
Chefchaouen, the blue pearl:
Chaouen, Chefchaouen, or Iskawen in Berber, it has many different names. However, it is all colored with the blue that makes it attractive to a huge amount of tourists. The city is between two if mountains, they are shaped as two horns of a goat. Therefore, the first original name came from the Berber word Iskawen, which means horns. Then, it changed the name to Chefchaouen and Chaouen after the invasions of the Portugaise. The local people of Chaouen are called the Ghomara, they are famous for the hospitality and the very warming welcome.
Chefchauoen was built in 1471 by Sherif Moulay Ali Ben Rachid, he firstly built a Kasbah for the army to protect the area from the Portugaise. Then, more buildings were built to became what it is now. Chefchaouen wasn’t colored with the blue since it was first settled. However, the locals, Ghomara people, the Jewish and the Spanish turn it into blue in 1492. Some people say that it was colored with the blue because they wanted it to look like the sky, others say that it was to protect it from the mosquitos.
Chefchaouen is a city that is worth to explore, there are many things to see, and to do here:
The ethnographic Kasbah was the first building of Chefchaouen. It’s at the square of Wetat Lahmam, and it is a gallery museum where you can find historical information about the city with many pictures. It has about 11 towers and it’s a great place to climb up for an overview of the whole city.
Wetat Lehmam Square:
Most of Morocco’s cities have a square at the heart of the city, also Chefchaouen represents itself with the square of Wetat Lehmam. Here, you will find people relaxing for a cup of tea after wandering around the city. Also, as there are many restaurants and cafes there, you will find some locals playing different types of music to entertain tourists and to gain some money for a better life living.
Ras El Ma:
Ras El Ma is an Arabic word, it means the head of the water. It is an admired place where to enjoy the view of the waterfalls. Also, it is where some local females wash clothes.
Still, the best thing to do is to wander in the streets of the city, admire the view of the colored walls, and take some pictures.
The cultural, Fes:
Fes is a famous city for its culture and historical old Medina, Fes El Bali. It was founded in 789 by the Idrisid dynasty, the founders of the first Moroccan state.
Many visitors admire Fes for several things to do and see:
Blue gate, Bab Boujloud:
There are 11 gates, Babs, or doors around the old Medina, the old part of Fes. The gate of Boujloud or the blue gate is the main entrance, it was built in 1913, at the beginning of the French colonization. A picture is attached.
Fes is famous for old Madrassas, historic Marinid architectures. There are two that attract many visitors all year around. Here, we speak about Al Attarine, it was by the sultan Uthman II Abu Said in 1323, it is located at the souk of Attarine, spices and leather market. Then, Al Bou Inania school takes the second position, it was founded by Abu Inan Faris in 1351.
Al Qarawiyyin university:
You shouldn’t travel to Fes without visiting the University of Al Karaouine or Al Qarawiyyin. It is the oldest existing and still functioning university in the world. Not to mention, it is older than the university of Italy, Alma Mater Studiorum in Bologna. It was built by a woman, Fatima El Fihri in 859 as a mosque for teaching Quran. After that, it was turned into a university.
There are 3 tannery places in Fes. However, the Chouara is the best and the most visited. Here, people take the leather and put it in bins of water so as to color it and dry it. Then, they make leather stuff like clothes, shoes…
Still, another best thing to do is to hike up to the Borj Nord for an overview of the city.
Ifrane the small Switzerland:
Ifrane, the cleanest city with alpine-style architecture. The name of Ifrane is coming from the Berber word Ifri which means the cave and plural Ifrane. The first settlement of the city was since the 16th. However, the modern city was established by the French in 1928. At that time, Morocco was colonized by the French.
With most of our trips in Morocco, we make a stop here, there are few things to see, among them:
The statue of the atlas lion in the picture. We make a stop with our Morocco one week itinerary to take some pictures. Also, it has a story about a German prisoner who was asked by the French to curve it in order to gain his freedom.
Cedar forest in the atlas Mountains:
The forest of the Cedar tree is located in the middle of the Atlas mountains. Not far from Ifrane, with our Morocco 1 week itinerary, we will be driving across Azrou forest. It’s one of the biggest forests in Morocco where you can meet the Barbary Macaque apes. They are one of the still existing animals in this forest beside the deers, the wolves, and the squirrels. However, when passing by here, we will only be able to see the monkeys, they are there expecting passengers to feed them. Therefore, with our tour, we will make a quick stop to take some photos and feed them.
Errachidia dam and Ziz valley:
There are two main cities that are considered as the gate to the Sahara, they are Ouarzazate and Errachidia. The latter is when coming from the cultural city Fes and the other one when coming from Marrakech, the red city.
Errachidia is a province in the region of Daraa Tafilalet. Its first name was Imtghern, a Berber word that means the homeland. Then, it was called Ksar souk referring to the Village of the market. After that, Prince Moulay Hassan, the brother of the actual king Mohamed V named it Errachidia.
Dam Hassan Addakhil:
Errachidia is famous for the big lake or the water reserved at the dam. It’s is the source of water for the whole region, including the Sahara desert. Also, the dam is named after the founder of the Alaouite Dynasty, Hassan Addakhil.
Ziz river, valley:
One of the biggest rivers in Morocco where the source of dates fruits is coming from the valley of Ziz. It’s a long river full of dates palm trees, it is about 50km long. However, the river is even more longer, it is about 282 km from south Morocco to Algeria.
Erfoud, the city of fossils and dates fruits:
Erfoud is a small city that is famous for the mineral fossils and the festival of dates fruits. The word Erfoud came from the Berber word Onfoud, and that is a plant in the river nearby.
Erfoud can also be written as Arfoud, it was built by the French in 1912 when they colonized Morocco. The Sahara desert of Merzouga is not far from this city. Therefore, many hotels and restaurants are built here.
Erfoud is a city that is surrounded by rich mountains, you can find many mineral fossils like Trilobites that are extinct about 230 million years ago. Also, you can find goniatites, orthoceras, and crinoids, there are many museums of that. with our Morocco travel itinerary one week, we will take you to visit one of those.
Moreover, an international festival of Dates fruits is made here in October. There is a hall where they sell different types of fruits. Also, they sell local stuff, like clothes, fossils…
Rissani, the comercial capital city of Tafilalt:
Rissani, the closest commercial city to the Erg Chebbi sand dunes. During the time between the 8th and the 14th century, Rissani was a kingdom under the name of Sijilmassa. Also, its religion was Shia Islam. Therefore, expect many women wearing all black covers.
The city was a commercial point for the Touareg Berbers who traveled 52 days from Mali to trade. Therefore, Rissani has specified now three days a week as a Souk, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays. These days, the city gets many visitors who are willing to either buy or sell the needs of the house. Actually, there are places where they trade. For instance, they trade the donkeys, the sheep, and the goats. There are yards and parking for that. Afterward, Many people when here they reserve a pitta bread for lunch, it’s one of the best things to try here. You can reserve it vegetarian, with meatballs, almonds, and also with fish.
Moreover, some parts of Rissani geologically, some areas look like the planet of Mars. Therefore, it’s also a place where they find mineral fossils.
The Sahara desert, Merzouga:
Merzouga, known as the Sahara desert or the desert theme park. Also, it’s Erg Chebbi dunes are described as a wonderland of sand. It’s a small town located in the southeast of Morocco. It’s near the border of Algeria, about 50km away.
Merzouga is the favorite place for visitor, it offers many things to experience:
First, camel trekking has to be the best experience that you could try here. Many tourists’ dream is to come here to either trek camel on the dunes to see the sunset or the sunrise. Others like to do it to spend a wonderful night camping at Berber tents.
Second, the experience of overnight camping at Berber bivouacs is a should do, you will have the feeling of living a nomadic life. There are many companies that offer that experience. We would gladly book your experience as well with our one week in Morocco itinerary. Moreover, for a full experience of camping, we will take you on the Merzouga desert tour to those nomads. We will see how they live before you actually feel the experience.
Third, Quad biking is an admired exciting activity to do. You can book an ATV for an hour with approximately 600dh for an hour with a guide. The activity is done on the sand dunes. Therefore, it is better when it’s done on wet sand when it rains.
Fourth, with our tours in Morocco which include two days in Merzouga, we will take you to the Gnaoua people at Khamlia. There, you will enjoy their music playing with iron castanets “Krakeb”
Finally, a visit to the lake of Merzouga is also an interesting thing to do, it’s where the camels go herding. Also, it’s where the immigrant flamingo birds live.
The grand canyons valleys:
Todgha Gorges Canyons:
The canyons of Todgha Gorges is an admired attraction to visit. It is located almost 20km away from the center of Tinghir driving through the road of thousand Kasbahs. Here, the citizens of Tinghir or the other small villages around come to spend a relaxing day. They come to have picnics and also to store water in jug bottles for the nomads who live around.
The canyons are about 300 meters, 984 feet. Therefore, there are many people who come here to hike although it is dangerous. Not to mention, the canyons are divided, the spring river is passing in the middle. That is to say, the power of water could make its own way through the rocks to make a beautiful view.
This is not a far river from the canyons of Todgha. They are where most of the tourists spend the night either coming from Marrakech or Merzouga, it is the in middle way. When there, we recommend making a quick stop to enjoy the view of the mountains that are shaped as the monkey toes. Then, another worthy stop to make is at the curves of Tissdrine. Here, the American company of Cadillac made an advertisement for its car with a record of climbing 3 times up and down in 03:19sec.
Ouarzazate, the city cinema:
If you are interested in cinema and movie making. Then, you shouldn’t miss visiting Ouarzazate. To understand the meaning of its name, we have to divide it into two, Ouar which means without in Berber, and Zazate, and that means noise. However, the city doesn’t represent anything less noisy.
The city is famous for an old Kasbah of Taourirt that was built by Thami El Glaoui as a maze of 300 rooms. This attraction requires a ticket if you want to enter. Therefore, we recommend you visit the Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou, it’s free of charge. Ouarzazate is the city of cinema. Therefore, there are many Atlas studios where they rent and make some parts of movies. The most visited by tourists is the Oscar studio, it’s where actors who made movies like Lawrence of Arabia and Gladiator stayed.
Ouarzazate is also known as the gate to the Sahara. Therefore, they built the biggest solar station in Africa that costs about 9 billion dollars. It’s the best way to generate power, it’s clean and it doesn’t cost oil.
The Berber fortress and Kasbah, Ait benhaddou:
The Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou is a fascinating and worthy attraction to explore. There are tons of Kasbahs in Morocco. Actually, the road where the Kasbah is. They call it the road of thousand Kasbahs. However, the free and most visited is the Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou. The term Kasbah is coming from the Arabic-Berber word Kasab, and that means bamboo. The Kasbah’s proves are built with it. Therefore, it took that name. You may also hear the other term Ksar, which is referred to as other Arabic fortresses such as the king’s palace.
There are two main entrances to the Kasbah. The first one is crossing the Oued El Maleh, and the other one is coming from the bridge. The latter is recommended, it’s easier and safer, the river is flooded sometimes. When here, you will face about 7 floors, many shops, locals selling different stuff, pictures, rugs… Also, there are some uncertified guides who bother tourists to show them around and explain to them, it is recommended to avoid them.
The Kasbah was built by the Pasha Thami Glaoui, the Lord of the Atlas. However, it wasn’t his home for life, it was a home for the Berber caravan Touaregs who used to trade in Africa and Europe. Here, They used to trade mascara, salt, and other goods. Actually, the river in front of the Kasbah is called Ouad El Maleh, which means the salty river referring to where they traded salt.
Movies made here:
- The Gladiator 2000 British-American drama movie.
- Lawrence of Arabia 1962.
- Sodom And Gomorrah in 1963.
- Jesus of Nazareth in 1977
- The Man Who Would Be King in 1975
- Marco Polo in 1982.
There are many other famous movies that were made here. At the Kasbah, there are about 21 movies shot in different areas including Ouarzazate.
Marrakech is the city of tourists. It was built by Abu Bakr ibn Umar in 1062. Marrakech is a Berber word that was pronounced as Amur n Akush which means land of God. Also, it is the fourth largest city in Morocco and it is one of the 4th imperial cities in Morocco.
For traveling purposes, Marrakech is the first city in Morocco that gets about 3 million visitors each year. Therefore, many people call it the tourist city or the red city. There are many attractions that attract those tourists:
Jemaa El Fna:
There are many cities in Morocco where there is a square where they entertain, shop, and make different activities. At Jemaa El Fna, expect snake charmers, those who have flutes and make snakes dance to their instrumental. Also, expect people gambling, Africans from the south wandering around and selling different goods. For instance, they sell glasses, watches, t-shirts… That’s how they maintain their living life as they are immigrants in Morocco. Moreover, there is another entertaining activity that is done here, there are some people who like to do the street performing “Halka”. That is to say, they gather people in a circle, and they either tell stories or perform gymnastics. This activity has been here in Marrakech for a million years.
Koutoubia, Kutubiyya is the largest mosque in Marrakech with a minaret of 77 meters and spire of 8 meters. It was built by Abd al Mu’min ibn Ali in 1147. Moreover, it’s facing the square of Jemaa El Fna with its own square where they used to sell books. Then, the mosque took the name of booksellers besides Koutoubia and Kutubiyya. Moreover, the mosque is constructed as the two other mosques, Hassan Tower in Rabat and the Great Mosque of Seville in Spain.
If you are interested in Art. Then, you definitely should visit the Garden of Jhon Jack Majorelle. This man was a French artist who admired the kingdom of Morocco, and mostly Marrakech. This attraction is located at Gueliz, the new modern part of Marrakech. The garden has opened its door for the public by the French artists Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé. However, that’s after Jack passed away. Now, to enter you will need a ticket of 70Dh=7 dollars or euros to enter and explore the site. That’s because it gets many visitors, it can reach up to 900000 visitors each year. Not to mention, when Jhon Jack was building the garden, it is said that it took him over 40 years to complete it.
Marrakech is the last city we will explore with our Morocco travel itinerary one week. Therefore, we will take you to explore Casablanca the other day and then take you to the airport.
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