Embark on a remarkable 16-day journey from Tangier to Marrakech, immersing yourself in the captivating beauty and culture of Morocco. This comprehensive itinerary takes you through enchanting cities, picturesque landscapes, and historic sites, providing an unforgettable experience that includes everything from the charming blue streets of Chefchaouen to the bustling markets of Marrakech.
Day 1: Arrival in Tangier – Chefchaouen
Upon your arrival at Tangier Port, our friendly team will welcome you. You’ll then embark on a scenic journey to Chefchaouen, passing through Tetouan, known for its renowned Artisanal School. Witness master craftsmen passing on traditional arts to apprentices. Continue through the picturesque Rif Mountains before arriving in Chefchaouen, where you’ll stay in a carefully selected riad.
Day 2: Chefchaouen Exploration
After breakfast, your exploration of Chefchaouen begins with a knowledgeable local guide. This charming blue city is a true Moroccan gem, offering winding streets, a historic Kasbah, a small ethnographic museum, and more. Every corner and wall here is a work of art. The day concludes with a relaxing evening at your riad.
Day 3: Chefchaouen – Volubilis – Meknes – Fes
Start your day with breakfast at the riad, followed by a journey to Volubilis, home to Morocco’s famous Roman ruins. Marvel at the impressive columns and temple fragments dating back to AD 24-285. Continue to Moulay Idriss, an important pilgrimage center, and then to Meknes, an imperial city filled with historical landmarks. The day ends with your arrival in Fes, where you’ll check in at your chosen Hotel/Riad.
Day 4: Fes Sightseeing
In the morning, explore Fes, the country’s spiritual capital, and its historic medina. Visit the Royal Palace gate, the Jewish quarter, the first Mellah in Morocco, and iconic sites like the Al Qaraouine University and Tanneries. After lunch, delve into the UNESCO-listed Fes el Bali, known for its exotic atmosphere and local crafts. Enjoy a drink in the new city before retiring to your Hotel/Riad.
Day 5: Fes – Ifrane – Ziz Valley – Merzouga
After breakfast, depart for the High Atlas Mountains, a stunning natural region. Explore Ifrane, often compared to Switzerland for its tidiness, and the cedar forests inhabited by Barbary Apes. Journey through the picturesque Ziz Gorges, stopping for lunch in Errachidia. Continue to Merzouga, where you’ll be welcomed with a refreshing glass of mint tea and enjoy a mesmerizing Sahara sunset at your riad.
Day 6: Merzouga Desert Exploration – Camel Trek – Campfire
Witness a breathtaking desert sunrise, followed by breakfast at your riad. Embark on a desert exploration, visiting the nomadic depository and Khmilia village to experience the Gnawa culture. Later, explore the vast dunes of Erg Chebbi on a camel trek, ending the day with a campfire dinner and traditional Berber music in nomad tents.
Day 7: Merzouga – Todgha Gorge – Dades Valley
Wake up early to witness a captivating desert sunrise, then return to your riad for breakfast. Begin your journey to Todgha Gorge, passing through Rissani, Erfoud, and Tinghir, with stunning views of the Ziz Valley along the way. Explore Todgha Gorge, known for its impressive rock formations, before reaching Dades Valley. Spend the night in your chosen Hotel/Riad.
Day 8: Dades Gorge – Rose Valley – Skoura – Ouarzazate
After breakfast, drive through the Dades Valley, renowned for its “monkey toes” rock formations and Berber villages. Stop at Kalaa-Mgouna, the “rose city,” famous for its rosewater production. Continue to Skoura, home to the impressive Kasbah Ameridil, and then to Ouarzazate, known as “Hollywood of Africa.” Explore Kasbah Taourirt before checking in at your riad.
Day 9: Ouarzazate – Taroudant Sightseeing
Depart for Taroudant via Taznakht, the carpet village, and stop at Taliouine to visit the Saffron co-operative. Explore Taroudant, often called “the little Marrakech,” known for its well-preserved walls and souks. Discover the city’s rich history and architecture, then spend the night in a local Riad.
Day 10: Taroudant – Essaouira via Agadir
After breakfast, head to Essaouira via Agadir. Enjoy a stroll along Agadir’s pristine shoreline and admire its beautiful beaches. Continue to Essaouira, known for its Argan culture and vibrant markets. Witness goats climbing Argan trees and discover the production of Argan oil. Spend the night in a Riad within the Medina.
Day 11: Essaouira Exploration
Explore Essaouira’s charming streets and UNESCO-listed seaport fortifications. Visit Skala Fortress, the Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdullah Museum, the Jewish quarter, and the beach. Savor fresh seafood for lunch and enjoy free time in the afternoon. Experience the magic of Essaouira at your own pace before spending the night in your Riad.
Day 12: Essaouira – Marrakech Arrival
After breakfast, depart for Marrakech, with a stop at the women’s co-operative of Argan oil along the way. Arrive in Marrakech, where you’ll have your first taste of the city’s vibrant atmosphere. After dinner, explore Jemaa El Fna Square, filled with magicians, storytellers, musicians, and snake charmers. Overnight in a Riad in the Medina.
Day 13: Marrakech Sightseeing
Explore Marrakech’s cultural treasures, including the Koutoubia Mosque, Majorelle Garden, Saadian Tombs, and Bahia Palace. After lunch, wander through the bustling Souks, known for their crafts and local products. In the evening, enjoy the lively atmosphere of Jemaa El-Fna Square before spending the night in your Riad.
Day 14: Marrakech – Imlil Day Trip
Embark on a day trip to Imlil, in the heart of the High Atlas Mountains. Enjoy scenic views, hike in Berber villages, and experience authentic Berber culture. Visit Kasbah Toubkal for lunch and savor breathtaking mountain vistas. Return to Marrakech for overnight accommodation in your Hotel/Riad.
Day 15: Free Day in Marrakech – Hammam and Shopping
Enjoy a free day to explore Marrakech at your leisure. Consider a visit to a traditional hammam for relaxation and indulgence. Explore local markets and shop for souvenirs or simply unwind in the city’s enchanting atmosphere. Overnight in your Riad.
Day 16: Departure
Depending on your departure time, we will arrange your transfer to the airport or your chosen destination, concluding this unforgettable 16-day journey through the best of Morocco.