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8 Days Tour from Marrakech to Tangier via Merzouga Desert- Fes and Chefchaouen

8 Days Tour from Marrakech to Tangier via Merzouga Desert- Fes and Chefchaouen
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Day 1: Pick up in Marrakech airport - Overnight in Marrakech

Our driver will meet you at the airport in Marrakech and take you to the medina where a porter will take your luggage to the riad where you are staying. The rest of the day is free to explore.

Day 2: Explore Marrakech with Local guide - Overnight in Marrakech

After breakfast, your local guide will come to meet you and tell you about the walking tour, the places you will visit and its history. Marrakech has palaces, old schools for studying the Quran, gardens, souks, mosques and many more interesting places to visit. The rest of the day is free for shopping or resting in your riad. Overnight in Marrakech.

Day 3: Marrakech - High Atlas - Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou - Ouarzazate - Rose Valley - Dades Gorge

After breakfast, we leave the plains and wind our way up into the High Atlas Mountains. Here you will pass many Berber villages and catch a glimpse of their lifestyle. At 2260 metres above sea level, we cross Tizi n´Tichka; the highest drivable pass in Morocco. On the way down we stop to visit the Ksar Ait Benhaddou; this UNESCO site has been the location for many movies including Gladiator and Prince of Persia. After a lunch break, we continue to Ouarzazate; the cinema capital. You will see many kasbahs as we pass the palm grove of Skoura and enter the Dades Valley. Kelaat M’gouna is the Roses capital where fragrant pink roses are grown around the fields and harvested for their oils and perfume. In Boumalne Dades, we take the road up into the gorge where we spend the night.

Day 4: Dades Gorge - Todra Gorge - Merzouga - Camel Trekking and night in the desert

After breakfast, you will be stopping to photograph the amazing rock formations in this gorge and the hidden kasbahs. Returning to the valley we continue to Tinghir and drive up to visit the Todra Gorge. This natural fault was created by the crystal waters in the river, some 300 metres high, it is very popular with rock climbers looking to make new routes. The landscapes start to change as more palm groves appear as we travel south eventually reaching Merzouga in the Sahara. Your camels will be waiting to take you across the dunes to your camp for the night under the stars. Dinner and music around a campfire are on the menu.

Day 5: Explore Merzouga with Jeep - Overnight in a Hotel

An early start is recommended to watch the first light of the day emerge on the horizon; a special time when the silence and colours are breath-taking. After breakfast, you ride the camels back to meet your driver and start your desert adventure. Khamlia is a village inhabited by descendants of Sudanese slaves that once worked the mines. Now they play a soulful Gnaoua performance which you will visit. In the afternoon, your driver will drop you off at your hotel where you can relax and enjoy the views.

Day 6: Merzouga - Erfoud - Ziz Valley - Midelt - Azrou - Ifrane - Fes

Today we drive all the way to Fes crossing mountains and passing many different vistas. In Erfoud, we stop to visit one of the fossil workshops to see the amazing products made from the ancient finds. The Ziz Gorge is a sunken palm grove and very impressive as it heralds the end of the desert regions. Next stop is Midelt for a lunch break. In the afternoon, you will see nomadic families living in tents and taking care of their animals. The giant cedar forests lay ahead, indigenous Barbary monkeys live in these trees and you will likely see them as we drive through. The architecture is noticeably alpine in this region and is named Little Switzerland. With the forest behind us, Fes is ahead and we will arrive in this medieval medina where you spend the night in a traditional riad.

Day 7: Explore Fes with local guide and drive to Chefchaouen - Overnight in Chefchaouen

After breakfast, your local guide will arrive to take you on a walking tour of this car fee maze of some 9000 streets. He will show you some of the more amazing sights and artisan workshops in the souks.in the afternoon, we drive north to the blue city of Chefchaouen through beautiful woodland scenery with mountains and rivers. Overnight in Chefchaouen.

Day 8: Explore Chefchaouen and driver to Tangier

In the morning you have free time to explore and take photographs in this colourful medina. Discover its narrow streets full of little shops, galleries and craft workshops. Wander the alleys and stairways to discover its secrets. We then take the two hour drive to Tangier for the end of your tour.

What is included:

• Private A/C Vehicle+ fuel

• English speaking driver during the tour

• Pick up & Drop off at your accommodation or airport

• Accommodation with dinner and breakfast

• Camel Trek to overnight in nomad desert bivouac with a guide (Private tents)

• Free time to explore the sites such as Ait Benhaddou, Kasbah, Walks, Canyons, Breaks for photos,...Etc.

Not included:

• Flights

• Drinks

• Lunches