Tours from tangier8 Day Trip from Tangier to Marrakech Via Merzouga
Itinerary of the trip from Tangier to Marrakech :
This 8 day trip from Tangier city to Marrakech, the red city, Is a complete tour passing by Chefchaouen in the north, the great Sahara desert in the south, Fez and Meknes and the Middle Atlas and High Atlas Mountains range.
- Visiting the world famous Jamaa El Fna square.
- Spending a night in a desert camp.
- Walking around the Blue Town: Chefchaouen.
- Exploring the historical Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah.
- Visiting the fascinating Todra gorges.
- Camel trekking in the Sahara desert.
- Crossing the Middle Atlas Mountains.
- Wandering through the narrow streets of the Old Medina of Fez.
- Crossing the High Atlas Mountains.
DAY 1 : TANGIER TO CHEFCHAOUEN
To begin our 8 day trip from Tangier to Marrakech, your personal driver will come pick you up from the airport to start your journey through the wonders of Morocco. Our first destination today will be Chefchaouen towns, which we will reach after crossing the magnificent Riff Mountains and Tetouan city. You will get to explore this famous blue town and enjoy its charming atmosphere, before heading to the Riad where we will have dinner and spend the night.
DAY 2 : CHEFCHAOUEN TO FES
On the second day of our 8 day trip from Tangier to Marrakech , we will have breakfast then leave Chefchaouen in the direction of the imperial Fez city. On our way there, we will first drive through the magnificent Riff Mountains, before arriving at Volubilis town, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Volubilis is an important archeological site since it used to be a Roman city back during the 3rd century BC.
After exploring the well-preserved roman ruins, we will move on to Meknes city, where we will have a tour of the city’s finest monuments. This includes the famous Bab Mansour (known to be one of the finest gates in all of Morocco), the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail and the city’s Old Medina district. Finally, we will head straight to Fez which we will reach by the evening.
DAY 3 : FES GUIDED TOUR
For the next day of our 8 day trip from Tangier to Marrakech, we will explore everything that the spiritual capital of Morocco, Fez city, has to offer. Fez was the first imperial city founded by an Islamic dynasty in Morocco, this is why it is considered a spiritual and holy capital. We will walk through the narrow streets of Fez’s old Medina, in order to learn more about the traditions and customs of locals, and discover the wide range of artisanal products displayed by craftsmen.
Our tour will also include, the colorful Chouara leather tanneries, and a variety of buildings showcasing the finest Arabo-Islamic architecture. After we are done with that we will explore the Jewish quarter “Mellah” as well as the modern part of the city, before finally returning to our Riad. If you prefer to start you trip from Fez, Check out tours from Fez!
DAY 4 : FES TO MERZOUGA DESERT
On the fourth day of your 8 day trip from tangier to Marrakech, we will pick you up early in the morning from you accommodation in Fez, in order to begin our journey towards Morocco’s Sahara Desert. Along the way, we will be driving through the Middle Atlas Mountains in our comfortable private car, which will allow you to appreciate all the scenery from mountains to rivers to scattered small villages.
We will stop by the beautiful Ifrane town, known as “the Switzerland of Morocco”, then at the cedar forests of Azrou in order to see the wild monkeys that live there. We will make a stop at the town of Midelt for lunch, then finally head to Erfoud town after crossing the magnificent Ziz valley. At this point, we will reach our final destination, which is the Merzouga town where we will spend the night at a hotel.
DAY 5 : MERZOUGA DESERT TOUR AND CAMEL TREK
After waking in the sunny desert, we will head out to the nearby Khamlia village. Khamlia is important for its rich history, and many people visit it nowadays to get a chance to experience the genuine Gnaoua music played by its masters. After that, we will roam free through the endless desert dunes, meeting Nomad families and spending time with them to learn more about their lifestyle. We will continue exploring all the exciting things that the desert has to offer, such as abandoned mines and green oases. By now it will be time for lunch, so we will return to Merzouga to enjoy and relax at the hotel for a little bit. Then, our fully packed camel caravan will be waiting for us, which we will ride through the sunset and head to the desert camp where we will be spending the night.
Once we arrive at the camp, you might want to climb one of the higher dunes to catch a panoramic picture of the sunset, or to try fun desert activities such as sand boarding. After that you will get back to the camp where a traditional Moroccan tagine will be served, accompanied by the drink of choice: mint tea! Once all of this is over, the real fun can finally begin. Everyone will be gathered around a campfire, where locals will be playing Berber music. You can seize this moment to truly appreciate the desert culture, while you’re sitting under a sky lit up by the shining Milky Way. This will be a perfect ending for your fifth day in your 8 day trip from Tangier to Marrakech.
You will spend the night at a personalized private tent. The tents can vary depending on each client’s preferences in terms of beds, private showers and bathrooms, electricity and air conditioning. Therefore, please make sure to discuss your tent preferences with us beforehand.
DAY 6 : FROM MERZOUGA DESERT TO DADES GORGES
On the sixth day of our 8 day trip from Tangier to Marrakech, we will wake up relatively early in order to go for one last camel trekking ride while the sun is rising, and enjoy the majestic desert scenery. After that we will return to the hotel where you can shower and have breakfast, before we start driving towards the famous Todra Gorges. On the way there we will pass by the towns of Rissani and Tinghir before finally reaching our destination.
The site, where we will also have lunch, is known for its 300 meters high gorges that attract people from all over the world. We can hike around the valley or simply walk along the Todra River, the experience will be just as interesting regardless. Finally, we will head to our final destination of the day: the Dades Valley where we will have dinner and spend the night at a hotel.
DAY 7 : DADES GORGES TO MARRAKECH
After having breakfast while enjoying the landscape at the Dades Valley, we will begin our journey towards Marrakech “the red city”. The seventh day of our 8 day trip from Tangier to Marrakech will start by driving through a road known as the “road of a Thousand Kasbahs”, in which you will get to discover wonderful scenery from the south of Morocco.
The road will lead us to a city called Kalaat Mgouna, situated in the blooming valley of roses. After that, we will visit the famous UNESCO world heritage site: the Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou where many important international movies were shot. Following that, we will drive through the High Atlas Mountains (specifically the Tizin Tichka pass) before finally arriving at Marrakech where you will spend the night at a Riad.
DAY 8 : MARRAKECH GUIDED TOUR
Today will be very eventful, because we will be touring the famous Marrakech. We will start by visiting some very important locations such as, the charming Bahia Palace, the Menara gardens, the Saadian tombs (a dynasty that used to rule Morocco, which took Marrakech as its capital), and the Koutoubia mosque.
At this point during the day, we will return to our Riad to enjoy a traditional delicacy for lunch. Then we will continue our tour, this time hitting the old Medina part of the city with its colorful souks and narrow streets.
We will also explore the famous Jamaa El Fna square and enjoy the traditional street arts there, before finally driving you to the airport after the end of our tour. This day will make your 8 day trip from Tangier to Marrakech an experience worth remembering for the rest of your life! For more on travel experience in Marrakech, check out tours from Marrakech!
TRIP FROM TANGIER TO MARRAKECH INCLUSIONS & EXCLUSIONS
- Pick up and drop off to your accommodation
- 8 days of exclusive services of a vehicle with AC
- 8 days services of an English speaking driver/guide
- 1-night nomad tent under stars
- Camel ride to a nomadic camp
- Entrance/Activity Fees