14 days-Tangier desert tour is a perfectly well designed itinerary, for whom thinking about to explore Morocco from tangier. you will be picked up from Tangier airport or from the ferry; and begin your Morocco desert tour; starting by enjoyable drive through the Rif Mountains to Chefchaouen.
Besides the “14 days-tangier desert tour”; we do provide wide range of pre-arranged; suitable and affordable Morocco desert tours from Tangier, Marrakech, Casablanca, Fez or elsewhere in Morocco, depending to your Morocco vacations plan.
14 Days-Tangier Desert Tour Itinerary
Day 1: Tangier to Chefchaouen
Greeting by one of our professional driver guides, at Tangier port/airport; immediate transfer by your private car to chefchaouen. You will mostly drive through the green Rif Mountains, and crossing the city Tetouan. Overnight stay in a charming hotel “Riad” located inside the old town.
Day 2: Chefchaouen
Free day for rest and explore “Chefchaouen“, a beautiful city known for its striking blue-washed buildings. You can also spend a lovely day from Chefchaouen to “Akchour waterfalls“, the most famous sightseeing in the region. Let us known in advance, if you are interested to experience these spectacular falls.
Day 3: Chefchaouen to Fes
After an enjoyable 2 nights stay in Chefchaouen; you will then leave straight to the archaeological site and roman ruins of “volubilis“, tour guide included. Late after, drive for 30 minutes to explore one of the fourth morocco imperial cities ” Meknes“which known as the “Versailles of Morocco“. Here you will have enough to discover this beautiful city, home to extravagant palaces; terraced parks and decorated Mosques that overlook the surrounding countryside. It stands in a landscape of outstanding natural and historic beauty that includes the Middle Atlas Mountains and the Roman city of Volubilis.
When your visit is done, continue your way to Fez, for a successive 2 nights at a nice Riad in the medina.
About Volubilis: The ancient city of Volubilis lies a few kilometres North of Meknes on a plateau in the foothills of the Zerhoun Mountains. It is one of the most important archaeological sites in Morocco. As a result, Volubilis was declared a UNESCO world heritage site for its historical interest in 1997.
Day 4: Fes-guided city tour
The whole day will be dedicated for the visit of Fez. Meet your professional local guide; stroll around the royal palace and Jewish quarter, then go for the stunning panoramic view overlooking Fez’s old town “Fez el Bali“. Afterwards, you will see the brilliant cobalt-blue pottery that has been made in Fez since the 11th century.
Craftsmen still making it by hand in workshops; turning pots on a traditional potter’s wheel as has been the practice for centuries. As you wander around the city; your guide will lead you on a walk and navigate through the narrowest labyrinth of Fez’s medina, in order to discover its hidden secrets. At the end of your guided visit; your driver may take you to the new city “Fez jdid“, where big Hotels; chic Restaurants; big Supermarkets and Boutiques are sit.
End of the day, return to your Hotel.
Day 5: Fes to Merzouga
Today, you will be heading South towards the famous Morocco sand dunes “Erg chebbi“; passing by the city “Ifrane” which has one of the coldest climates in Morocco; with regular heavy snowfalls making its slopes a magnet for skiers in the winter months.
It often named as “Morocco Switzerland“. Next is the holm oak cedar forest of “Azrou“, home for huge number of wild monkeys “Macaques“; then to the city “Midelt“known as Apple town. After break for lunch, continue your drive through the middle Atlas Mountains, to Errachidia where you’ll be amazed by its fascinate palm grove oasis “Ziz valley“. This wonderful landscapes leads you along the way to “Erfoud“, famous for dates harvest held annually in October.
Getting to Merzouga, greeting by the locals followed by their welcoming mint tea. Shortly after, get on your camels and venture through the Erg chebbi sand dunes, to witness the magical sunset. Overnight at standard or luxury camp, dinner and breakfast included.
Spending a night under nomadic tent in the desert; undoubtedly it must be your most exciting experience within the “14 days-Tangier desert tour“. You might also enjoy a great evening meal, under starlit sky while the nomads are singing and dancing around big campfire.
Day 6: Merzouga to Dades valley
An early wake up is highly recommended to welcome the first sun rays over the dunes; have your breakfast then get on your camels and ride back to the hotel.
Meet your driver, and get ready for your next journey towards “Dades gorges“. You will first visit “Todra valley“, the astonished green oasis with its magnificent palm groves stretching along the river to the Gorges. The area provides great opportunity, for lovely photos and relaxing stroll to better explore the site with two gigantic mountain walls; with sheer rock faces reaching 300 meters high in places.
Later on, drive for another 2 hours to the next “Dades Gorges” where you will spend a night with amazing views overlooking the valley.
Day 7: Dades valley to Marrakech
Visit the Gorges, and leave through the route of one thousand Kasbah, followed by stops at “Roses valley” where Morocco’s most celebrated Roses used for making rosewater; and “Ouarzazate” nicknamed as Hollywood of Africa.
30 km further is “Ait benhaddou” one of the oldest and finest examples of a fortified city in the world; as a result UNESCO declared it a world heritage since 1987. Here, you’ll be able to walk and discover the site; have lunch then depart to Marrakech through the high Atlas Mountains. Overnight at beautiful Riad near the “square Jemaa El Fna“.
Day 8: Marrakech-guided city tour
Marrakech is one of the fourth imperial cities of Morocco, which have experienced hard times in the past.
These periods have made of Marrakech, a city of great importance in the history of Morocco. So get ready, with an official guide to discover its historical monuments and its unforgettable history.
Marrakech full guided city tour usually starts at 9:30 am; meet your knowledgeable local guide and debut your exploration; by seeing the koutoubia mosque; visit the Saadian tombs and Bahia palace. Thereafter, dive into the medina to discover its numerous secrets, including its huge maze of souks; breathtaking imperial architecture; and absorbing the atmosphere at djemaa el Fna; one of the world’s largest and busiest squares.
End your Marrakech city tour by discovering the Majorelle Gardens (optional visit), then back to your hotel at lite in the afternoon.
Day 9: Marrakech to Essaouira
Departure from your hotel and heading West towards Essaouira. As we approach the town “Ounagha”; you will be greeted by the sight of trees filled with strange dark shapes.
The dark shapes you’ll soon realize are goats; they perch implausibly on the highest and most delicate-looking branches to get at the fruit of the argan trees. This oddity represents the first stage in a process that powers the economy of the region. After they pass through the goats; the fruits are reduced to a hard indigestible core.
This hard nut is taken cracked; crushed; and roasted to extract argan oil, which can be used for everything from cooking to beauty treatments.
Plenty cooperatives are sitting along the way; where dozens of women work to produce oils that are sold throughout Morocco and beyond.
you might be interested to have a look, and learn how argan products are being made here by the locals. Getting to Essaouira and overnight at the hotel or Riad.
Day 10: Essaouira-guided city tour
With an official local guide, yo will explore this charming, colorful fishing town which consist of a heavily fortified 18th century medina surrounded by a very modern, but compact, new town. For thousands years, Essaouira’s harbor attracted invaders from across Europe. Now the pedestrian-only medina is where most of the town’s permanent residents live; it is also home to the majority of Essaouira’s markets, restaurants and hotels. Conclude your visit by a delicious grilled fish; then back to your accommodation.
Day 11: Essaouira to Casablanca
8:00 am departure from you hotel, we will heading towards the city of Casablanca, we will mostly driving along the Atlantic Ocean, and passing by a huge number of small villages built in the middle of green lands of crops, most of those inhabitants living from agriculture and livestock (rearing animals such as goats, cows ,sheep)
Reaching the city of Safi which is the main fishing port for the country’s sardine industry, it also exports phosphates, textiles and ceramics. We will continue along the coast road to the village of Oualidia, which is famous for its oysters, then a pause for lunch in one of its restaurants overlooking the Atlantic ocean. From here we keep driving to the world heritage site of El jadida (short break, and walk around the old medina). This busy city was a 16th century outpost of the Portuguese empire, and the architectural influences of that period are still obvious. The part-fortified city is famous for its old ramparts and bastions and its role in evicting the occupying Portuguese in 1769.then known as Mazagan.
Late afternoon, drive straight to Casablanca to your hotel.
Day 12: Casablanca
Free day for rest and explore the city, overnight in the hotel.
Casablanca which is the city of huge contrasts. This historic and cosmopolitan city and port is the financial, industrial, and commercial hub of Morocco. Casablanca is the largest city in Morocco. Visit the Hassan II Mosque (the fifth largest mosque in the world. It dominates the city skyline. It lies on a 2 ha promontory looking out over Atlantic Ocean; most notably it has the tallest minaret on the planet; which stands 210 m high. Non-Muslims are allowed entry only as part of a guided tour).
Day 13: Casablanca-Assilah
Today, we will be driving on an express route to the city of Rabat which is the current capital of Morocco. visit the Hassan Tower; Kasbah Oudayas; the Mausoleum of Mohamed V and Hassan II and Kasbah Chellah. Getting to Assilah by the afternoon; overnight stay in a Hotel or Riad.
Day 14: Assilah to the port air/port of Tangier
Transfer to the Port or Airport of Tangier, depending the time of your departure.
What to pack for desert tour from Tangier?
• Beverages, Sunglasses, Sun cream and Hat.
• Jeans for camel ride (shorts & skirts are not recommended, as the camel saddles are itchy, and it can cause skin irritation)
• Camera & phone charger.
• Warm cloths during winter season.
NOTE: During the following “14 days-Tangier desert tour”, one more day is highly recommended for relax at Merzouga; enjoying much time by driving around the sand dunes; seeing the nomads living this area, and visiting the Berber musicians playing a kind of African music (Gnawa, also called the pigeons of the desert). Depending on the rain season; you might see the pink flamingo’s birds in a huge natural lake, around the village of Merzouga. Lunch in one of the Berber family’s house (home-stay); and then go to the hotel for a second night.
√ Transportation in a private 4WD vehicle with A/C, Fuel.
√ An English speaking driver.
√ Chefchaouen, Fès, Marrakech, Essaouira, Casablanca, Assilah: accommodations with BB.
√ Desert camp, Dadès valley: accommodations with HB.
√ Fès, Marrakech, and Essaouira: Full guided city tour.
√ Marrakech: Entrances fees to the, Saadian tombs and Bahia palace.
Χ Lunches and drinks.
Χ Entrance fees to the Majorelle gardens.
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