8 Days From Tangier To Merzouga

8 days from Tangier to Merzouga

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Welcome to 8 days from Tangier to Merzouga package! we are happy that you made it to this page. We hope that you will spend a wonderful day in Morocco.
Let us wamlk you through a customized 8 days tour itinerary from Tangier. There are’t only many places you will visit but also activities you will do. With that being said, this tour is a great option because it is a grand tour in Morocco that includes the imperial cities, the coast, and also the desert.
The most beautifuk places you will visit during this trip is Fes, Erg Chebbi dunes, Ait Benhaddou Kasbah and the red city of Marrakech. The best activities you will do are the camel ride, the camping in Berber tents, and a relaxing Hamman in Fes.
Note: trips around Morocco o cn customize your 8 days tour in Morocco from different cities, please contact us for more info.

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Tour itinerary

Day 1: Tangier to Chefchaouen

Our guide will meet you on arrival at either the ferry port or airport. Following a pick up, we will do a guided tour around Tangiers Old Medina, then drive through the magnificent Rif mountains, the peak reaches its highest at 2456m at Jbel Tidighine. We continue cross fertile plains of Tetouan. Evergreen oaks, cork oaks, pines and wild olive trees grow on the limestone cliffs around the stunning town of Chefchaouen, a picturesque town set against the dramatic backdrop of the Rif Mountains filled with white-washed homes with distinctive, powder-blue accents, Chefchaouen medina had a Spanish-style square surrounded by many funky arts and crafts stores, roof-top restaurants and cafes, was painted blue by the Jewish refugees who lived there during the 1930′s. The beauty of Chefchaouen’s mountainous surroundings are enhanced by the contrast of the brightly painted medina (old town). We will spend a night in a nice place to enjoy the breeze, the beauty and the relaxed atmosphere of the this town.

Day 2 : Chefchaouen to Fes via Meknes

After breakfast, our authentic discovery will continue from “Chefchaouen” Chefchaouen to explore the breathtaking archaeological site of Volubilis, was the administrative center of the province in Roman Africa called Mauretania Tingitana, founded in the 3rd century B.C. Nearby, we will include a visit to the charming whitewashed town of Moulay Idriss, a scenically nestled in a fold of the Rif Mountains and considered the holiest town in Morocco and of all lands after Mecca. Then we will shift our way to Meknes. The historical importance of Meknes is reflected in its grand Moorish buildings from 17th century, where we will stop for lunch with mint tea, and hang around the historical huge walls of the medina, Bab El Mansour and enjoy a visit of moulay ismail s shrine . After the visit of Meknes, we will take the road to Fes where you will spend the night.

Day 3 : Total day in Fes

We will enjoy all that Fes has to offer, a guided city tour to visit the old Medina of Fes; a particularly exciting experience because when you enter the sprawling labyrinthine alleys you feel like you have stepped back in time. Donkeys and mules are the only form of transport in these steep, narrow streets. Delicious scents come from the souk, where perfumes and spices are traded. In contrast, however, the most appalling stink emanates from the leather tanneries, where men often stand up to their waists treating leather in noxious baths, in much the same way as has been done for centuries – don’t let this put you off visiting there too; ethnic leather goods make great souvenirs!. Overnight in Fes.

Day 4 : Fes to the sahara desert of Merzouga

After breakfast we will embark on a picturesque journey towards Ifrane, through hills covered in forests of cork oak and giant cedar, home of a few Barbary apes. Crossing beautiful and tranquil passes over both the Middle and High Atlas ranges we will catch a first glimpse of the south’s incredible architecture. Lunch in Midelt, approached through a bleak plain of scrub and desert. The dramatic peaks of the High Atlas, rising behind the town, provide a spectacular background. Crossing Tizi-n-Talremt (Pass of the She-Camel), we will descend into a desert plain along the Ziz valley. We will then head south to Erfoud and Rissani, a huge oasis containing over six million palm trees, edged by many ksours (fortified villages). Continuing along a striking route that marks the transition to desert, when we reach Merzouga we will be greeted with a glass of tea. We have time to relax, then we get ready to ride camels into the pink sands of Morocco’s highest dunes. We will have time to wander the dunes before sunset. Dinner is served, followed by traditional music and the night in a nomad tent.

Day 5: Merzouga to Dades Gorges

If we wake up early enough, we can watch the spectacle of sunrise, when the colour of the dunes combine with the play of shadows to make an awesome sight. After breakfast we ride the camels for a couple of hours (or less; it is up to you) before leaving for Tinghir and Todra Gorges for lunch. The road passes through Tinejdad and the Todra Valley. This stunning area affords plenty of opportunities to walk, such as along the river through the gardens or up the road on the other side of the gorge. Later, we will continue to the Dades Valley and the Dades Gorges before spending the night in a hotel.

Day 6: Dades Gorges to Marrakech via Ouarzazate

After breakfast, we will drive through the villages of this charming area, passing fields cultivated by the Berber women, with the peaks of the High Atlas as a fitting backdrop. Our journey will then continue toward Ouarzazate, along the Valley of the Roses, famous for its Rose Festival in May, and past the Kasbahs of Skoura oasis. then to Ouarzazate, known as Hollywood of Morocco, we will visit the cinematographic museum, Than the Ait Benhaddou Kasbah, a World Heritage site and the backdrop to many Hollywood blockbusters, this is the most famous kasbah in Morocco. From here start crossing the highest pass in Africa, Tizi n’Tichka, was controlled. At late afternoon we will arrive in Marrakech.

Day 7: Marrakech tour

After breakfast, enjoy a morning tour of the city. Visit the Saadian Tombs, dating back to the 16th century, where Saadian royalty found their final resting place. Your tour also includes the Koutoubia Minaret, the beautiful Bahia Palace, as well as the opportunity to shop for Moroccan spices and herbs. Finally, end the tour by walking through the medina, getting a chance to admire all of the different artisans performing their craft before arriving at the Jaama El Fna Square. Spend the afternoon at leisure or choose to take the optional tour where you will have a chance to relax eat a traditional lunch and watch couscous being made as well as visiting the Majorelle Gardens and the Marrakesh Museum. Overnight in Marrakesh.

Day 8 : The Airport in Marrakech

Today we will try to benefit our time as much as we can, maybe wander around Marrakech souks to get some souvenirs for friends…, then transfer to the Marrakech Menara airport.

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Testimonials:

After a long journey, finally, we arrived to Merzouga. There we expect the guys who guides us through the desert .

Around 17:00h we started the route with camels through the desert, where we could enjoy a fantastic sunset. After an hour and a half, we arrived at the camp. It was dark , we leave our things into the "haimas" and then...to dinner! It was delicious, but the best was the animation after the dinner. The guides gave us a concert and later we were taught to play the drums.
Finally, we enjoy the most magical moment of the day, we observed the spectacular sky filled with countless stars.
In short , it was an unforgettable experience with fantastic guides.
I'm going to repeat the experience, for sure!!!

Rime y

February 2017

I arrived in Merzouga in the afternoon to begin the tour through the Sahara with my sister. From the start, the staff were all very welcoming and kind. The Berber camel guides took us through an amazing landscape of the Sahara desert to where our campsite was located. We had some down time to take in the beautiful scenery, golden sands that stretched out for miles upon miles. We sat on top of the sand dunes as the staff prepared a wonderful dinner consisting of vegetable and chicken tagine-a traditional Moroccan dish. After dinner, our Berber hosts invited us to sit around the fire while they drummed traditional Moroccan music under the stars. This was one of my favorite parts of the experience because everyone joined in laughing and dancing amongst the beautiful music. Mustapha, one of the Berbers even came around and taught us each how to drum a few beats, he was so helpful and willing to help us out with anything. In the morning, we rode the camels back as the sun peaked out from the horizon-a beautiful experience.

Romen R

August 2018

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Highlights overview

Fes

For cultural visits, Fes is an example of what an old Medina has been in the culture of Morocco. The best part of visit in Fes is Fes El Bali, which means the old Fes. With that being said, many historical sites are discover here. To start with, Fes is famous for the king’s palace with the 7 golden gates. Fes is a city with pure leather staff, there are three tanneryies where they make it, the best of them all is Chouara. Furthermore, Fes is a home for the oldest existing university in the world, Al Karaouien. Many more you will see with our tour of 10 days.

Marrakech

Marrakech A city in southwestern Morocco, in the foothills of the High Atlas. Founded around 1070 (according to other sources, in 1060 or 1062) by the Almoravids. In the XI-XVII centuries, capital of Morocco. It is a medieval city surrounded by walls with rectangular towers and gates, including the Medina (the old town), the Casbah (fortress) and the Agvedal Gardens with pavilions and pools. Monuments of the medina: Qubba al-Baruddin (domed pavilion, decorated with carvings of stone and stucco, – part of the palace of the unparished Almoravid, first half of the XII century.) Mosques – Qutubiya (concrete, stone, brick, XII century. Kutubiya (concrete, stone, brick, 12th century.); 17 transverse and one longitudinal nave, domes with stalactites, artesonado) with minaret (stone, 1184-99), Ben Salih with minaret (1331), Bab Dukkala (1557; 7 naves); Ben Youssef Madrassah (1565; 8 courtyards, stone carvings, stukkas, painted tiles – zilliji), Zawiya Sidi bel Abbas as-Sabti (16th century cult ensemble, 1184-99, the walls of the mosque were decorated with stone tiles), Zawiya Sidi Bel Abbas as-Sabti (16 naves). , carved stucco); the palace of Bahia (1894-1900; garden). Kasbah monuments: Bab-Agvenau (gate; 12th century, carved stone decoration), mosque (1197), necropolis with sepulchres from second half of 16th century, palaces – Badi (1578-93; in ruins) and Dar el-Makhzen (late 19th century; garden). The modern city was founded in 1913 to the west of the medina. Marrakesh is an old center of carpet-weaving, stone articles, etc. Museums: Museum of Moroccan Art (in the palace of Dar Said, late 19th century.), Museum of Treasures and Ceramics. Ruins of the Tasgimut Fortress (12th century), 30 km south-east of Marrakech.

Holidays in Marrakech

Marrakech is one of the imperial cities of Morocco. Marrakech is famous for its gardens, mosques and ancient buildings of Arab-African architecture. If you buy a tour to Marrakech, you will surely remember the fairy tales of Scheherazade. Majestic palaces, gardens buried in verdure, markets full of colorful products, the atmosphere of the East – this is what to come here for. Marrakech is suitable for excursions. The city is far from the coast, so it is not a beach resort. Typically, tourists from Russia stay in Marrakech for 2-3 nights according to the tour program.

Marrakech Attractions

Marrakech is a Moroccan Cities hardly a vacation destination in the sense that you will be here for the entire trip. Yes, it is a very beautiful city where you can experience a culture shock. You will be struck by the flavor of the place: majestic palaces, gardens buried in verdure, markets abounding with colorful merchandise, mosques, ancient buildings. To visit the sights is enough to go to Marrakech for 1-3 days from the resort, where you are staying.

Meknes

One of the three imperial Moroccan cities. The city is not popular among tourists, as it is not a beach resort. Mostly come to Meknes with a tour. If you have time and want to feel the atmosphere of the Arab East, then go here. Meknes conditionally divided into two parts: in the medina concentrated historical monuments – palaces, mausoleums, ancient buildings, and in the new part of town – cafes, restaurants, souvenir shops. Meknes also attracts tourists with a very luxurious pastime – here you can play golf in the royal gardens. Near Meknes there are also famous Roman ruins of Volubilis, which are included in the list of cultural heritage of UNESCO.

Meknes is one of the three imperial cities of Morocco. The city is not popular among tourists because it is not a beach resort. Mostly come to Meknes with a tour. If you have time and want to feel the atmosphere of the Arab East, go here. Meknes conditionally divided into two parts: in the medina concentrated historical monuments – palaces, mausoleums, ancient buildings, and in the new part of town – cafes, restaurants, souvenir shops. Meknes also attracts tourists with a very luxurious pastime – here you can play golf in the royal gardens. Near Meknes there are also famous Roman ruins of Volubilis, which are included in the list of cultural heritage of UNESCO.

How to get to Meknes?

There are no direct flights from Novosibirsk to Morocco. Tourists from Siberia get to Morocco with a connection in Moscow.

By direct flight to Casablanca, then go to Meknes. The distance between the resorts is 240 kilometers. You can get there by bus, rent a car or pre-book a transfer.

Also from Casablanca and other resorts in Morocco you can get to Meknes by train.

Meknes Attractions

Tours to Meknes are not popular with tourists because there are fewer hotels. It is quieter than other resorts, and you can enjoy the beauty of historical monuments. To visit the sights enough to go to Meknes for 1-2 days along with a tour.

What to do in Meknes?

Take a walk in the medina

Of course, the heart of Meknes is the medina. The main attractions are located here. If you buy a tour to Meknes, be sure to walk through the medina. The old town is an Arab quarter with a lot of intricate streets and fairly dense housing. Along the perimeter of the medina are 10-meter stone walls with corner towers, which were built to protect against Berber raids. You can enter the medina through the Bab el-Mansour Gate. The beautiful gate with its mosaic patterns and fine stucco work is already a tourist attraction. They were built in the 18th century and are still considered the most beautiful gates in Morocco.

Walking around the old city, you will notice that the city has preserved many historical sites. Meknes was once the capital of the powerful Sultan Moulay Ismail. During his reign, many palaces, gardens, and mosques were built. In fact, the large number of mosques contributed to the fact that Meknes is called the “city of a thousand minarets. Recall that non-Muslims are forbidden to enter the mosques, but you can admire the exterior. The most popular mosque in Meknes is the Great Mosque with its majestic carved doors. Not far from the mosque is the Madrasa Bu Inania. It is built in an airy Spanish-Moorish style and is a landmark.

The medina is also home to famous palaces. Dar Jamai Palace was built in the late 19th century in the best Moorish traditions. The building is decorated with mosaic and tile tiles and festooned arches. Next to the palace there is a beautiful garden with cypress and orange trees. Nowadays in the palace there is an ethnographic museum. Visitors can get acquainted with the elements of everyday life, a rich collection of embossing, antique jewelry. Another palace, El Mansour, has become a popular tourist store.

Another of the attractions of Meknes located in the medina is the medieval building complex Kheri es-Suani. It combines stables, grain storage facilities, and an Agdal pond. These stables once housed more than 12,000 horses and the wheels of the waterworks were turned by slaves. After a full day’s sightseeing, you can pause and admire the water of the Agdal Pond.

The center and the magnet of the medina is El Khedim Square. During the day, vendors sell souvenirs, and in the evening the area is transformed into an open-air theater: snake tamers, artists, dancers performing unusual dances, acrobats, fire swallowers and much more. The feeling of plunging into an oriental fairy tale. You can also eat tasty and inexpensive food here – the site turns into a huge food court.

Todra Gorges

Take a trip to the Todra Gorge if you are planning a trip to the Dades Valley in Morocco. As you enter these gorges located in the High Atlas, the rocky masses invade the landscape. Facing the two 300 meters high cliffs that form the highlight of the Todra Gorge, you will feel very small! It is here that the movie Lawrence of Arabia was partly shot. Continue your Moroccan journey by discovering the palm grove of Tineghir, perched at an altitude of 1,350 meters, then the Sagho and Ougnat djebels.