12 Days Tour Marrakech via Desert to Imperial Cities
12 Days Tour Marrakech via Desert to Imperial Cities
12 days tour from Marrakech - Imperial Cities & Sahara Desert
During 12 days tour from Marrakech to Imperial Cities and Merzouga Desert including Casablanca – Rabat – Chefchaouen – Fez from Marrakech, you will appreciate the multiple beauties of Morocco from the North to the South and from the West to the East. At first glance you can admire the impressive architecture of the land of the great South, on the slopes of the Mountains and the verdant oasis; you will be taken by the impressive gorges of the Atlas and the austere beauty of the desert areas. Then you will cross the Middle Atlas and its overhanging massifs and you will discover one after the other, the imperial cities of Morocco, witnesses of the splendor of the Royal dynasties. Finally, you will discover Marrakech and its amazing gardens, the Koutoubia mosque minaret, the Saadies Tombs, and the Bahia Palace, many of which will be visited. we will end in beauty with the South Pearl: Marrakech.
12 Days tour Marrakech – Imperial Cities
+ Duration: 12 Days & 11 nights
+ Departure: 08:00 am
+ Starting location: Marrakech
+ Ending Location: Marrakech
12 Days tour Marrakech – Imperial Cities Highlights
+ visit Marrakech
+ Cross the High Atlas Mountains and its Tizi Ntichka pass
+ Visit the UNESCO world heritage site of Ait Ben Hadou
+ Drive to Dades Gorges
+ Visit The Todgha Gorges and drive across Erfoud To Desert
+ Ride a camel in Merzouga while assisting to
+ Sleep under the stars in Erg Chebbi Sahara camp
+ discover Merzouga Desert and get to know nomads people and their cultures
+ drive through the Ziz valley To Fes
+ Visit Fez and get to know the beautiful places
+ Explore Volubilis and Meknes to Rabat
+ drive Through Casablanca and Visit Hassan 2 Mosque
+ Visit Essaouira
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Intinerary 12 days tour Marrakech - Imperial Cities via desert
Day 1: Marrakesh
Pick up at Marrakech airport. Transfer to the Riad. Visit the city and its famous DJeema el Fna square. Dinner and accommodation in Riad
Day 2: The Visiting of Marrakech
In the morning, visit Marrakech, founded by the Almoravids in the 11th century. We highlight the Koutoubia minaret, a symbol of the city and authentic jewel of Almohad art, the Saadies Tombs, the Bahia Palace, the Medina, and the famous Jemaá el Fná square, where a multitude of vendors, acrobats, and storytellers. Free afternoon.
Day 3: Marrakech - High Atlas - Kasbah de Ait Ben Haddou - Ouarzazate - Dadés Valley
Pick up at 8 in the morning in Riad where they are staying in Marrakech to go to the High Atlas mountains, Moroccan Atlas sub-mountain range crossing the Port of Tizi-NTichka, where we will make several stops to appreciate its beautiful panoramic views and take out photos of the Berber villages that camouflage themselves with the color of the earth. Then we go south to reach the fortified town of Ait Ben Haddou or Fortified City, declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1986. In this spectacular setting, countless films have been filmed as well known as Lawrence of Arabia, The Mummy, Gladiator, Obelix, Jewel of the Nile … etc. We will have lunch in the town to continue towards Ouarzazate, known as the great door of the desert, and whose Berber name means without noise or without confusion. It should be noted it’s kasbah or Alcazaba whose name is Tourist. We will continue to the Valley of the Roses passing through the Grand Palm Grove of Skoura where we can admire the more than 700 palm trees and the great concentration of kasbah that spread throughout the oasis and its surroundings, later we will arrive at the Valley of Roses, as its name indicates is a beautiful place where the most beautiful damask roses are grown to make cosmetic products such as the much appreciated rose water. In this Valley once a year and in May the Museum de Las Rosas is held. We will arrive at the Dadés Valley where we will spend the night.
Day 4: Dades Valley - Gorges of Todra - Dunes of Merzouga - Night in the tent
After breakfast, we can enjoy one of the best views of the Dadés Valley. We will do it from one of the most strategic places that the mountains offer us. From there we will be able to observe the amount of kasbah that exists and the picturesqueness of each one of them. After making several stops along the way, we will arrive at the Gorges of Todra. Located near the city of Tineghir, they give way to the desert. Surrounded by a valley full of palm trees and adobe villages, here are the mountains most appreciated by lovers of climbing. These Todra and Dades faults are the best known and also the most impressive in Morocco.
After a walk in the Gorges of Todra and lunch in Tinejdad or Touroug, we leave for the desert to reach the impressive dunes of Merzouga where we will depart in a caravan of dromedaries for a journey of approximately an hour to reach our nomadic Khaimas, Located in the middle of a sea of dunes (Erg Chebbi), we take the opportunity to see one of the most impressive sunsets that you have never seen before. Dinner and night in nomadic Khaimas in the heart of the desert under a spectacular blanket of stars.
Day 5: Merzouga Desert - Nomadic Families - Khamlia Village - Erg Chebbi Tour
Today will be a day of Total Desert. We will wake up before sunrise to watch the sunrise from the Great Dune. Return by dromedaries to the town of Merzouga. After a hearty and rich breakfast, we will circle the dunes of the Erg Chebbi, an extension of the sand desert where the Great Dune of Morocco is located, over 250 meters high, and we will connect by track with part of the route followed by the old Paris -Dakar and the mountains that border Algeria in the background. Stop at the Tissardmin oasis where we can find Fossil races that are still in this region and we will continue towards a nomadic settlement where we will know some of its secrets and customs. Later stop at a panoramic point where we can see the Erg Chebbi as a whole. We will arrive at the village of Khamlia, originally from Mali, where we will relax with a tea while enjoying a small concert of spiritual music from Gnawa. Return to the hotel and free afternoon to stroll through the town or climb the nearby dunes to take advantage of the sunset. Dinner and accommodation in the Hotel.
Day 6: Merzouga Desert - Ziz Valley - Middle Atlas - Cedar Forest - Ifrane - Fez
Once ready, we will head north through the Palm Grove of Tafilalet where, we can see the infinity of palm trees in 20km, making it one of the largest palm groves in the world. Crossing it we will arrive at the Ziz Valley, the name that it receives from the river that comes down from the High Atlas and that feeds the palm grove. Here we will make a stop to observe the Valley from above and see the town of Aoufous. Stop planned in Midelt, right in the heart of the atlas, to rest for a while and have lunch. In the afternoon we will continue our way through the Cedar Forest where if we are lucky, we can find some monkeys, without stopping by Ifrane, located on the most northwestern slope of the Middle Atlas, at 1,630 meters above sea level. The breadth of its avenues, its urban development, its impeccable state of cleanliness, its gardens and green areas and above all its architecture, more typical of an Alpine city, makes Ifrane feel out of place within Morocco and has earned the nickname of (Moroccan Switzerland) where the Michlifen ski slope is located, one of the most important slopes in the world. Arrival in Fes around 6 pm, dinner and accommodation in Riad.
Day 7: Visit of the Medina and the Monuments of Fez
After a rich breakfast in the Riad, we begin our guided tour of the new part of the city of Fes, where we approach the royal palace, Jewish neighborhood (Mellah), then we will go to a viewpoint where we can see all of Medina from the Tower. from the south and the few Mosques. Then we had to walk the medina, declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site. Its labyrinthine alleys structured by guilds of potters, dyers, … etc, the bustle of its people will transport you centuries ago. We will note that it is a medieval city and that time has stopped on the clock la ’la Magana Bounania’ ’1200 years after its construction. A marvel! Dinner and accommodation in Riad.
Day 8 - FES - Volubilis - Meknes - Rabat
Breakfast. Departure to the Roman ruins of Volubilis, continuation to Meknès, visit of the city, linked to the name of Moulay Ismail, the great sultan of the Alouita dynasty. Visit of the walled Medina of the city, the Bab Mansour gate and the Hedim square. Lunch and departure to Rabat, the administrative capital of the country. Dinner and accommodation.
Day 9- Rabat - Casablanca - Marrakech
After breakfast, panoramic tour of the exterior of the Royal Palace and its gardens. Departure to Casablanca. Lunch and panoramic visit of the economic capital of the country, visiting the exterior of the Hassan II Mosque and a short tour to see the most emblematic points of the city, such as the Boulevard de la Corniche, the Park of Nations and the Mohamed square V. Departure to Marrakech. Dinner and accommodation.
Day 10: Marrakech -Essaouira
after our breakfast, departure to Essaouira, a coastal city passing through the Argan valley, arriving at Essaouira. It is full of small squares, walls, fortifications and historical monuments. A nice and strange set, a historical and cultural heritage. The three most characteristic features of the city are crafts, culture and traditions. Its cultural heritage is deeply rooted and turns towards the future, a city where everything mixes and bewitches everyone who visits it. Night in Essaouira.
Day 11: Essaouira - Marrakech
After breakfast Visit Its medina has been listed as a World Heritage Site since 2001, a city of wind and light. Their appearance can bring to mind the image of the “white villages” of Andalusia. Nicknames such as: “The Pearl of the Atlantic”, “Sleeping Beauty” and “The well kept” have been attributed to him. It is a meeting place with inner peace, where for centuries, there has been a crossbreeding of cultures, civilizations and religions, such as Phoenicians, Romans, Berbers, Carthaginians, Portuguese and French. Return in the afternoon to Marrakech.
Day 12 - MARRAKECH
Transfer to the airport depending on the flight time and end of our 12 days tour Marrakech – Imperial Cities.
What's included: in 12 days tour Marrakech to Merzouga desert
+ the hotels/riads
+ transportation with air condition
+ an English guide/driver
+ camel trekking per person & the overnight at the camp with dinner and breakfast
What's not included: in 12 days tour Marrakech to Merzouga desert
– the lunches with the drinks
– entrance fees