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9 days tour from Tangier to Merzouga and Marrakech

9 days tour from Tangier to Merzouga and Marrakech

Overview:

Our Morocco Tours grant you this 9 days desert tour from Tangier to Marrakech so you can visit Morocco from North to Southeast in the Sahara desert. The Tangier desert tour will take you to Chefchaouen, Fes, and Camel trekking which includes an overnight stay in the desert camp. Besides, our 9 days tour from Tangier to Marrakech offers you full-day tours of Fes and Marrakech, and also you will have the chance to travel through the road of thousands of Kasbah, Todgha gorges and Dades gorges. Moreover, the 9 days tour from Tangier to Marrakech goes on to Ouarzazte and the Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou, not missing Berber villages and the high Atlas mountains arriving to Marrakech.

Highlights of the 9 days desert tour from Tangier to Marrakech

  • Known as the “Blue City,” wander through its blue-washed streets, visit local markets, and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of Chefchaouen.
  • Explore the UNESCO-listed Fes Medina, visit historical landmarks like Bou Inania Madrasa, and experience the vibrant culture of the city.
  • Visit the “Switzerland of Morocco” with its European-style architecture.
  • Encounter Barbary macaques and enjoy the scenic beauty of the cedar forest.
  • Experience a camel trek into the Sahara Desert, enjoy a magical sunset, and spend a night in a traditional desert camp.
  • Marvel at the towering canyon walls and take a leisurely walk along the river.
  • Visit the ancient kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou (a UNESCO World Heritage site), and explore the city.
  • Conclude the tour in the vibrant Marrakech city, exploring its bustling souks, historical landmarks like the Koutoubia Mosque, and the lively Jemaa el-Fnaa square.

Suggested itinerary for the 9 days tour from Tangier to Merzouga and Marrakech:

Day 1: Tangier – Chefchaouen

Our 9 days tour from Tangier to Merzouga and Marrakech starts with a pick-up at the airport or the port. Tangier is known as the oldest international city in the north of Morocco. After a short visit exploring places of interest such as; the old Spanish quarter, Dar El Mandoub Museum, the Plaza of April 9, 1947, the American Legation building which was the first American public property outside the United States and the Kasbah of Tangier. Then, we will go to Chefchaouen, the famous city of blue buildings located among the Rif mountains, so between the two, they form a spectacular landscape. After having tea in the riad in Chefchaouen, we will have free time to explore its alleys, squares, souks, and most important monuments such as; the citadel of Chefchaouen built in the fifteenth century… Dinner and overnight at the riad in Chefchaouen.

Day 2: Chefchaouen – Volubilis – Meknes – Fes

After breakfast on the second day of the 9 days tour from Tangier to Merzouga and Marrakech, we will leave for Fes, the traditional capital of Morocco and the spiritual capital of the country. The city treasures the greatest cultural heritage of the entire kingdom. The city was declared a cultural heritage of humanity by UNESCO with a spectacular old medina with different buildings. The city also displays the best and most delicate crafts in all of Morocco. Before reaching our destination, we will visit Volubilis, the ancient Roman capital in North Africa. Then, we will continue our 9 days tour from Tangier to Merzouga and Marrakech to Fes. Dinner and overnight at the riad in Fes.

Day 3: Fes cultural day tour

After having breakfast in the riad, the local guide will take us to discover a much deeper Fes, during our tour of the city, we will visit the Royal Palace, the ceramic workshop and the Borj Nord, from where you can see one of the best panoramic views of the city. We will get to know its old medina, declared a cultural heritage of humanity by UNESCO, with innumerable historical buildings such as the Attarine Medersa (koranic school) built in 1310, the space where skins are tanned called Chouwara in which you can see the medieval system of elaboration of tanning, we will also visit the Bab el Jeloud door (the blue door) and the Jewish quarter. In the afternoon, we will return to the Riad, where we will have dinner and overnight.

Day 4: Fes – Ifrane – Cedar Forest – Valley of Ziz – Merzouga desert

We will have breakfast in the riad and the 9 days tour from Tangier to Merzouga and Marrakech will take us towards the Erg Chebbi desert crossing the Middle Atlas. We will go through Ifrane, a town known as the little Moroccan Switzerland, because the shape of the houses, and the vegetation, are reminiscent of a northern European country. The cedar forests are very beautiful and the exuberant vegetation of that area makes the views of the landscape very beautiful. Also in that area, the population of Azrou is known for its handicrafts. We will make stops for you to enjoy the views and for free food. Then we will continue our trip passing through cultural and Berber towns; Errachidía and Erfoud. We will stop at the Ziz Valley, full of beautiful landscapes that will give you the impression of being inside a biblical-themed movie, with the largest palm grove in the country, that stretches along the Ziz River inside a fabulous canyon. The whole area is full of small towns with great charm. We will arrive in the afternoon night at our destination, Merzouga in the middle of the Erg Chebbi desert. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel in Merzouga.

Day 5: Merzouga desert trip

After breakfast, we will travel by 4×4 to the town of Khamlia, a desert village 7km away from Merzouga to live a special part of our 9 days tour from Tangier to Merzouga and Marrakech.

A different itinerary on this occasion will show us the culture of its inhabitants, the Gnawa, a population of Senegalese and Ghanaian origins, with live performances of their traditional music and dance and a sample of their instruments, mostly percussion with which they dance and accompany each other in their songs. Then, we will visit the town of Rissani, we will know its animal and craft markets. We will have a traditional Berber pizza for lunch and return to the hotel. After a short break, we will ride camels that will take us to a point in the dunes, from which we will contemplate the sunset. We will continue a little more towards the heart of the desert and we will reach the great dune, and shortly to our camp. Dinner and accommodation in that environment give us an unrepeatable starry sky and the tranquillity of the desert.

Day 6: Merzouga – Todgha gorges – Dades gorges

The 9 days tour from Tangier to Merzouga and Marrakech will begin with an early wake-up to be able to witness the sunrise from the great dune after contemplating this wonder, we will have time for our hygiene and once we have breakfast, we will begin our new route, this time towards Dades Gorges. During the trip, we will pass through towns such as Erfoud, Gorf, Tinjdad and Tinghir. Free lunch in the Todgha Valley. In the afternoon, we will continue the trip to the Dades Gorges, where we will have dinner and spend the night.

Day 7: Dades gorges – Ouarzazate – Ait Ben Haddou – Marrakech

After breakfast, we will leave in the direction of Marrakech. This day will be very well used and suggestive since we will travel the route known as the thousand Kasbash (old stately homes built with rammed earth and adobe). To begin, we will stop at Kelaat-M’Gouna, a town specialising in the production of a wide variety of natural cosmetic products from the Damascus rose. Another interesting town that we will visit is Skoura, the town that treasures the largest number of kasbahs. The next town to visit is Ouarzazate with the great kasbah of the Glaoui. Leaving the national highway we will arrive at one of the most interesting places in Morocco, recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, which is the famous Ait Ben Haddou. Fortified town, entirely built on rammed earth, with some restored kasbahs and set for many films such as Gladiator, Lawrence of Arabia, Jesus of Nazareth, etc.

After free lunch, in the afternoon our 9 days tour from Tangier to Merzouga and Marrakech will resume through the great landscapes of the High Atlas. We will arrive in the afternoon in Marrakech. free time to enjoy the tourist capital of the country with a beautiful medina, declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO, surrounded by rammed earth walls. The medina has a great monumental heritage and one of the most famous squares in the world, Jamaa el Fna, an intangible heritage of humanity by UNESCO. There thousands of people from all over the world watch in ecstasy the performances of traditional musicians and dancers, snake charmers, card readers, etc. A show that does not sleep all day. Dinner and accommodation in the riad in Marrakech.

Day 8: Cultural guided tour of Marrakech

This day of our 9 days tour from Tangier to Merzouga and Marrakech will start as follows; the guide will take us to visit the Bahia Palace, the Jewish quarter, the Saadian tombs, the Koutoubia and the Majorelle garden. In the afternoon you will have the opportunity to enjoy this fourth imperial city of Morocco. It is surrounded by a wall of reddish earth that circulates for kilometres and encloses an extraordinary labyrinth of alleys, palaces, madrasahs (Koranic schools), gardens and small squares. Dinner and accommodation take place in the riad in Marrakech.

Day 9: Marrakech – Airport

Breakfast at the riad. We transfer you to Marrakesh airport and your 9 days tour from Tangier to Merzouga and Marrakech finishes.

⇒ For any other service, please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to organise it for you.

Included in the 9 days tour from Tangier to Marrakech

  • All hotel/riad transfers.
  • Private travel from Tangier in a comfortable A/C vehicle.
  • English-speaking driver/guide.
  • All dinners and breakfasts.
  • Camel excursion to Merzouga camp.
  • Comfortable accommodation in riad/hotel and Sahara camp.

Booking Inquiries

Frequently asked questions:

The 9 days desert tour from Tangier to Marrakech takes around 11 hours to reach Merzouga desert, However, we include nights in Chefchaouen and Fes to reduce the driving hours.

  • Pack appropriate clothing for the desert, including lightweight, breathable clothing, a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen.
  • Comfortable walking shoes are essential for exploring desert terrain.
  • Bring a warm jacket or layers for cooler evenings in the desert.

The cost can vary significantly depending on the duration, type of accommodations, and inclusions. Budget options can start at around 400$ per person, while luxury tours can cost several hundred dollars or more.

Yes, a 4×4 car is available to take you to the camp as an alternative to dromedaries.

You will be staying at a private tent in the desert camp and have a private bathroom.

The answer is yes, you can bring your drinks with you to the camp.

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