12 Days Morocco grand tour from Fes
Day 1: Airport – Fes
Our grand tour from Fes will start after your local guide comes to pick you up from the airport or from your accommodation. Fez is a beautiful city that doesn´t fall short on the amazing things it has to offer: from artisanal crafts to traditional food, passing by souk markets… etc. You will get to experience a whole new world as you´ve never seen before. Fez is also home to the oldest university in the world, the Karaouine University, which you will visit alongside the rest of the old Medina, a recognized UNESCO world heritage. We will walk around the narrow streets and alleyways of the old medina, as well as visit the Royal Palace and the city´s Jewish district, the Mellah. You will have dinner and spend the night in a local hotel.
Day 2: Fes- Volubilis – Meknes – Fes
For your second day in Fez, you will get to discover more of this city´s breathtaking charm, as you´ll wander around the narrow streets of the old medina. Just like Florence or Athens, Fez is an immensely important imperial city historically and culturally. You will feel like you´ve traveled to a magical place far away, straight out of an Arabian nights´ fairytale. You will have the afternoon for yourself, so you get to decide what you want to do with your time here.
Day 3: Fes – Erg Chebbi
We will start our trip towards the desert by driving past the beautiful town of Ifrane, also called the Switzerland of Morocco for its unique weather and architecture. Our first stop along the way will be to observe wild macaque monkeys in their natural habitat, at the cedar forest in Azrou. We will resume our trip to Merzouga, passing through the valley of Ziz and its impressive palm groves, and the city of Erfoud that´s mostly known for its richness in natural fossils. Finally, we will arrive at Merzouga and the dunes of Erg Chebbi, in which we will be spending the night.
Day 4: Erg Chebbi – Desert Journey
We will start our desert exploration after having breakfast, after which we will head to the Khamlia village. We will be driving through a desert area, which means we will meet many Berber villages along the way, including Khamlia village, the mines of Mifiss, the desert plateau and the Oasis of Tissardmine. When we are done with that, we will continue driving through a path once used by nomad locals, to experience their simplistic lifestyle. After lunch, we will embark on our camel-trekking experience, in which you will get to ride the back of camels that will take you to the desert camp where we will spend the night. You will sleep in a traditional nomad style tent, as you will get to gaze at the starry desert night sky.
Day 5: Merzouga – Todra gorges – Dades gorges
Today we will depart from the dunes, in the direction of Tinghir, through the city of Erfoud, in order to explore the “Fougartas”, which an old watering system of the area. Before arriving at the gorges of Todra, we will first pay a visit to the impressive palm groves of Tinghir. Once we reach Todra, we will have lunch and rest for a little, after which we will take a walk from the gorges to the valley of Dades, reaching the gorges of Dades. You will get to explore the beauty of these rock formations as you wish, then we will have dinner and spend the night in a hotel in the area.
Day 6: Dades – Boutaghrart – Skoura – Ouarzazate
This next day, we will leave Dades in order to head to the fascinating valley of Roses; and then we will pay a visit to a Berber family in the village of Boutghrart, to chat over a cup of tea. We will continue driving through a track known as “The road of The Thousand Kasbah”, which was given this name for containing many old Kasbahs in addition to breathtaking landscapes. We will reach the Skoura village, from which we will continue to the star of the desert: the Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou. This marvelous Kasbah was the filming location for many huge international movies, such as Gladiator, the Mummy, Cleopatra, Game of thrones… We will have dinner and spend the night at a local hotel.
Day 7: Ait Benhaddou – Telouet – Marrakech
Today we will leave Ait Ben Haddou, to head to another fascinating Kasbah called the Kasbah of Telouet. This will be our final stop of the day before finally heading back to Marrakech through the famous mountain pass of Tizi N Tichka, which is as high as 2260 meters. After witnessing those amazing views, we will finally arrive at Marrakech. We will spend the night in a traditional Riad.
Day 8: Marrakech
After breakfast, you will begin your exploration of the red city, Marrakech. This city is home to Jamaa´ El Fna, the busiest and biggest square in North Africa that holds many traditional artisanal sellers and merchants. Marrakech has many other jewels to offer, that you will, of course, get to visit, such as the Majorelle and the Menara gardens, the Saadies tombs, the Bahia Palace, the Koutoubia Minaret and any more. Finally, you will have dinner and spend the night in the same riad as the night before.
Day 9: Marrakech – Essaouira
For this next day, we will head to Essaouira through 2 hours and a half road trip. There’s a lot of activities that you can do during your stay in Essaouira, like visiting the Wood Crafts Museum or getting a panoramic view from the old watchtower at the port. You may also pass through the Puerta de la Marina Gate, which connects the port with the rest of the city, or you can watch a fish auction taking place in the port. However, perhaps the most interesting part about Essaouira would be its old Medina, with narrow alleyways filled with artisanal products displayed for sale. The mix of all the different kinds of craftsmanship gives a unique vibe straight out of a fairytale. Outside the medina, in the upper part of the city, you will find many cannons remaining from the 16th and 17th centuries, great for photographs. Finally, we will head back to Marrakech where we will spend the night at the same Riad.
Day 10: Essaouira – Casablanca
Today will be dedicated to exploring the economic capital of the country, Casablanca. You will have the chance to visit the Hassan II mosque, which is the largest mosque in Africa and the third-largest in the world. We will also discover the old medina, as well as the modern part of the city. Finally, you will be provided with an overnight stay in a local hotel.
Day 11: Casablanca – Rabat – Meknes
After having breakfast, we will begin our road trip to the city of Meknes. On our way there, we will meet the city of Rabat, the capital of the country. Then we will make a stop at Volubilis, which is a city of ruins left by the Great Roman Empire. After a tour of Volubilis, we will continue driving towards Meknes, which we will reach in the afternoon. You will get to explore the city’s most important historical monuments, such as the Moulay Ismail tomb, the square of El Lehdim and the famous gate of Bab Mansour. Finally, you will be provided with an overnight stay in a local hotel.
Day 12: Meknes – Fes
For the last day of our tour, we will drop you off at Fez airport, which marks the end of the grand tour from Fez.
Included in this Tour
- A private and very comfortable air conditioned vehicle
- Private English speaking driver/guide
- Pick up and transfer at your Riad / Hotel / airport
Not included in this Tour
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