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Best 12 Days Morocco grand tour from Fes

Overview

Your 12 days Morocco grand tour from Fes, a tour of the imperial cities, the great Sahara desert, and coastal cities begin. You will visit the four main imperial cities, the sand dunes of Merzouga, ride camels and sleep in a desert nomadic camp, travel through the Atlas Mountains, visit the beautiful beaches of Morocco in Essaouira and Agadir, explore the old medinas of Marrakech and Fes, and enjoy the beautiful gardens of Marrakech.

Learn about the local people’s culture and traditions.

12 days morocco grand tour from fes

Day 1: Airport – Fes

Our 12 days Morocco grand tour from Fes will start after your local guide comes to pick you up from the airport or from your accommodation. Fes 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.

Fes 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, Fes 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´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 is 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 for 2 hours and a half road trip. There are 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 Fes airport, which marks the end of the 12 days Morocco grand tour from Fes.

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

  • Lunch
  • Drinks
  • Tips

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When is the best time to visit Morocco?

There is really no time of year where you wouldn’t enjoy your trip to Morocco; although you should keep in mind that it tends to get a little too crowded with tourists during the winter holidays season. Then it’s up to you to decide what season suits you the best to come visit, according to your schedule and preferences. The weather in Morocco is more on the mild side during Spring and Autumn (from March to May and from September to November respectively).

For these seasons the temperatures could be ranging anywhere from 11° to 32°C. Winter usually lasts from December to February, with a relatively low temperature range (7° to 21°C). You should also expect to see snowfall in Morocco’s mountainous regions. As for Summer (from June to August), temperatures can land anywhere between 19°C and 40°C in the middle of the day.

When is the peak season to visit Morocco?

The tourist flow in Morocco reaches its peak during December and April of each year, for these are the holiday seasons. The emerging high demand for accommodations during these months makes the prices go up very significantly in comparison to other months, and all of the best accommodations get booked up very early on.

Therefore, if you’re thinking of coming during one of these seasons, we suggest you start looking in advance, in order to have enough time to find an accommodation that suits your needs. We would also suggest you avoid these months altogether, so that you’ll be able to get the best out of your Morocco experience.

Are the tours private?

Yes! The tours our company offers are all completely private. This will allow to experience Morocco the way YOU want to. In addition to that, you will of course be always welcome to request stops along the way during the tours, in order to take memorable photographs (or whatever other reason you want!).

In case you are interested in booking a group desert tour, please go ahead and contact us and we will make you a suitable group tour.

Will the price be the same if we are 2, 3 or more persons?

The price for each individual person participating in the tours goes lower the more people there are in the group participating.

Will the price be cheaper for last minute booking?

Actually, it could be quite the opposite. Our team makes sure to select the best quality accommodations for our clients, and those tend to get booked full pretty quickly, that’s why it’s not always easy for us to accommodate last minute bookings.

Therefore, you shouldn’t expect a lower price for such inquiries, but instead a higher one maybe. To avoid such incidents, we strongly advise you to book your tour with us early on, so that we will be able to pick out the best accommodations for you, and offer you an unforgettable Morocco experience.

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