Itinerary for a 5 days desert journey in Morocco, from Tangier to Marrakech.
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About This Tour
Trip from Tangier to Marrakech in 2 days includes and excludes the following activities:
On a 5 days excursion, these are the top points of the itinerary:
5 Days trip from Tangier to Marrakech itinerary's overview :
Itinerary for 5 days in Morocco includes the greatest places to see in Morocco. Our voyage will begin in Tangier, in the north, and continue via Chefchaouen, the blue city. Here, we will spend between three and four hours walking about the city and seeing various landmarks. We will visit, for instance, the Kasbah Museum and the Ras El Ma waterfalls. The day will conclude with a drive to the cultural city of Fes.
The next day, we will tour Fes, which is home to several renowned sites. For instance, we will visit the Tannery Chouara and Al Qarawiyyin, the world’s oldest university. After that, on the third day, we will travel across the Merzouga Sahara desert. Prior to that, we will travel via the little Switzerland of Ifrane and halt at the Azrou forest to see the Barbary Macaque monkeys.
In the Sahara desert, we will go camel trekking over the largest sand dunes in Morocco, Erg Chebbi. In addition, we will take you Berber tent camping for the night.
The fourth and fifth days will be spent exploring the Todgha and Dades Gorges. Not to mention, we will visit one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Ait Benhaddou, “a Berber stronghold.” Eventually, we will arrive in Marrakech by traveling via the High Atlas Mountains through Tichka Pass.
The schedule for a 5 days excursion from Tangier to Marrakech:
First day: Tangier to Fes via Chefchaouen:
We will begin our five-day Morocco desert trip by picking you up in Tangier. We shall visit Chefchaouen’s blue pearl. Here, there are several things to uncover. For instance, we will visit the first structure, a Kasbah art museum with images and information about Chaouen. In addition, we will take a stroll along the blue walls to reach the river of Ras El Ma and its breathtaking waterfalls. Overall, photographing and admiring Chefchaouen’s blue buildings is the greatest thing to do there. After that, we will go to a historic Riad in Fes, where we will spend the night.
Day 2 city trip of Fes:
On this day, we will take you on a day trip to Fes, where we will see, see, and do several activities. To begin, we will visit one of the king’s residences, which boasts seven photo-worthy gilded gates. Then, we will drive you to a scenic overlook in Borj Nord. Here, you may see Fes from its highest point. If you are interested, we may then go to the mosaic cooperative, for which Fes is renowned.
Then, we will tour the ancient Medina, popularly known as Fes El Bali. There, we will enter the medina via Bab Boujloud, often known as “the blue gate.” From there, we will visit the world’s oldest university and mosque, Al Qarawiyyin. Also, we will visit the Madrassa of Attarine and Bou Inania, two schools whose architecture merits a visit. In addition, we will visit one of the three leather-producing tanneries in Fes, the most renowned of which is the Chouara Tannery.
The day will conclude with a ride back to your Riad, some of which have a spa. To unwind after an arduous day, you may thus enjoy a warm Hamam or massage.
Day 3: Fes to Merzouga Sahara desert:
Our five-day itinerary in Morocco will continue towards Merzouga, the crown jewel of all Morocco excursions. Including pauses, the journey from Fes to Merzouga takes over seven hours. As a result, our first visit will be at Ifrane, the little Switzerland of Morocco. There, we shall see the lion-headed Atlas monument carved by a German prisoner during the French colonization in exchange for his release.
We shall make a second halt at Azrou’s cedar grove. Here, we will learn how Barbary monkeys “apes” live, feed them, take photographs, and then go for the desert.
Merzouga will be reached after a few stops at the Errachidia dam and the Ziz valley. At the tip of the sand dunes, our camel guides will be ready to take you on a camel ride over Erg Chebbi. A halt will be made for the sunset before to transporting you to the campsite.
Fourth day: Merzouga to Dades Gorges
We will make a few stops on route to Dades Gorges as we carry on with our 5-day schedule. If you are interested, we will visit one of Erfoud’s museums of mineral fossils while passing through. Second, not far from Erfoud, we will visit a historic irrigation system to demonstrate how oasis were irrigated in the past. Then, we will go to the Todgha Gorges, the largest canyons in Morocco. Here, we will take you on a stroll by a river that flows through the mountains.
In the late afternoon, we will travel via Dades town and take the Gorges’ pass. Then, we will halt at the monkey toes, which are mountains with this form due to wind and rain. Then, we will travel to the Tissdrine bends, where the American automobile Cadillac set a record and an advertising. Eventually, we will transport you to your overnight accommodations in the Gorges. This concludes the fourth day of our five-day Morocco trip.
Fifth day: Dades to Marrakech via Ait Benhaddou Kasbah:
After seeing the Gorges of Todgha and Dades, we will travel to Marrakech by way of a number of renowned locations. We will first visit Kalaat Mgouna, around 40 kilometers from Dades. There, we will visit one of the cooperatives where rose-based items are manufactured. Actually, the name of the nearby river is Rose Valley. Second, we will stop at Ouarzazate, a city renowned for its film industry. Consequently, there are several Atlas studios; if you are interested, we will visit one of them; a ticket is necessary.
The main site we will see on this day is the Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou, a Berber castle whose bamboo construction is shown. Therefore, they refer to it as a Kasbah by the Berber term for bamboo, Kasab. There, several film segments were produced. They contributed to Lawrence of Arabia and the British-American drama Gladiator, for instance. This is not merely a tourist attraction, but also a location where historical films were produced.
We will continue our journey across the Tichka Pass, stopping at an elevation of 2,260 meters. If you are interested, we will make a second trip to the argan oil cooperative. Eventually, we will transport you to your lodging in Tangier to conclude our 5-day trip of Morocco.
Reviews for a 5 days trip from Tangier to Marrakech:
Incredible trip in Morocco
The contact with the Sahara Desert is a spectacle and an adventure in and of itself, but having been escorted by professionals who love their job, appreciate their environment, and know how to convey this love for their surroundings is a true reward. I can only say that due to Yusuf and his whole crew of wonderful Berber connoisseurs of the Sahara, we enjoy this gift of nature, they educated us in their passion for their traditions, and we come home with one of the greatest and most memorable experiences of our life. Trip in Morocco is without a doubt a traveler’s delight and highly recommended…. I give it a MILLION STARS! I wish to propose Touring in Morocco for those who are willing to use a travel agency, they will not disappoint. Thank you for the VIP service.
An wonderful experience, Excellent service. The adventure you have always envisioned. Youssef and Hassan are excellent hosts in their nation. Without a question, they are the ideal managers for customizing a vacation according to your desired budget and specific instructions. It was a privilege to learn about Morocco for the first time via them. Visits to all imperial cities with Youssef, an expert driver, and the enchantment of the desert with Hassan make Morocco an irresistible visit. Moments lived are always present in recollection. Looking forward to returning and suggesting to those of you who are still interested in finding new areas.
A lifetime experience
We booked a 5-day, 4-night tour from Tangier to the desert of Merzouga. The entire trip is very interesting, from crossing the Atlas between mountains of 4000 meters, to the contrasts in the Dades, Draa, and Ounila valleys, arid in the mountains and green palm groves in the river bed, to the route of the Kashbas and the highlight of the journey, the Erg Cherbbi desert with its dromedaries, night in haimas, and Berber songs under the night sky. As significant as the terrain are the travelers on the path. Our guide, Hamid, was affable and spoke flawless Spanish; he was an outstanding driver in whom you can have entire trust. The minivan was really pleasant, as were the riads in Dades and Ourzazate. Lunch in a desert café in Erfoud, A lifetime experience,memorable.
There are many kilometers of driving, but the journey goes well. Everything is properly arranged and executed with impeccable timeliness. To further illustrate a point, maybe add a little more historical background. A highly recommended excursion to Morocco.
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Sites summary of our 5-day journey in Morocco:
Chefchaouen, the gem of blue:
Chefchaouen is one of the first magnificent and lovely Moroccan towns to visit. Moulay Ali Ben Rachid erected it in 1471 as a Kasbah to defend against the Portuguese invasion. Chefchaouen is situated in the Rif Mountains between two large mountains resembling goat horns. Therefore, Chaouen’s name derives from the Berber term Iskaouen, which signifies horns. There are several explanations for why Chefchaouen is blue. Some individuals assert that the Ghomara, Jews, and Spaniards painted the sky blue on the building. Others claim that the blue hue was added to repel mosquitoes. Remember that Chefchaouen was not dyed blue until 1492.
Chefchaouen has a lot to offer, a number of excellent sites to visit:
The Kasbah museum:
This website is now an art gallery where you may discover several images of Chefchaouen. In addition, it is where you will discover historical facts about the city, particularly on the Portuguese invasion, Jewish settlement, and Spanish occupation.
Wetat Lhmam Square:
Cities in Morocco are notable for their squares. There is a plaza in Chefchaouen named Wetat Lhmam, which translates to “dove’s nest.” It is where the majority of restaurants and cafés are located. Also, since it is a tourist destination, many residents do entertainment to earn money.
Ras El Ma:
The Ras El Ma waterfalls are also an excellent place to visit and snap photographs. The meaning of Ras El Ma is “water’s head.” This is because the Akchour’s waterfalls travel through these Rif mountain peaks on their way to the Mediterranean Sea.
The Spanish church or mosque, as they refer to it, is not a destination worth seeing. Nonetheless, if you have the time and the desire to hike, this is an excellent spot to visit, since you can overlook Chefchaouen from the top of the mountains with a breathtaking perspective.
The cultural capital of Morocco is Fes. In 789, the Idrisid dynasty constructed it as the first capital of Morocco. Then, as new dynasties seized control, Marrakech became the capital, followed by Meknes and ultimately Rabat. In addition, Fes is one of the four imperial cities designated in Morocco. The historic area of the Medina in Fes, known as “Fes El Bali,” is where the majority of tourist attractions are located.
Dar El Makhzen:
Two of the approximately 12 palaces owned by King Mohammed V are located in Fes. Near the Jewish district of Mellah, one of the Ksars was constructed in 1960 with seven golden gates that attract a large number of visitors due to its stunning architecture.
Fes is renowned for its mosaics and poetry; if you are interested, we may visit one of them during our journey.
Attarine and Bou Inania Madrasa:
Madrassa is the Arabic or Berber word for school, and both Attarine and Bou Inania are schools where the Quran was traditionally taught. They are quite ancient, and their exquisite architecture attracts many people. Al Attarine derives from the Arabic term Attar, which translates as “spice merchant.” It was constructed in 1323. Bou Inania was constructed in 1351, and its name derives from its architect, Abu Inan Faris, a Marinid prince of Morocco.
Al Qarawiyyin college:
You cannot visit Fes without seeing the Al Karaouine mosque. Built by Fatima bint Muhammad Al Fihriya AlQurashiya in 859, it is the world’s oldest university currently in operation. Originally, this institution was a mosque for teaching the holy Quran; it was later transformed into a university. You may believe that the world’s oldest university is. Not to add, this institution is much older than Bologna, Italy’s Alma Mater Studiorum.
Leatherwork of Chouara:
There are around three tanneries in Fes, which is renowned for them. However, the Chouara Tannery is the finest and most appreciated. It was constructed in 11th century to manufacture leather goods, such as coats and clothing… The method involves walking skins in a dye pan barefoot. In addition, they use several chemical agents to alter their hues. Therefore, you should anticipate a stinky environment; mint tea will be supplied as you attempt to enter.
Massage and Hammam:
After an arduous day, the greatest thing to do in Fes is to take a hot Hamam, where you may enjoy the Moroccan sauna. Additionally, if you choose, you may have a soothing massage.
Ifrane, the most attractive and tidiest city:
Ifrane is nicknamed “the small Switzerland of Morocco” because to its architecture in the European alpine style. Therefore, it is the cleanest city in Morocco and the twelfth cleanest in the world. It was erected in the sixteenth century. However, the present section was constructed by the French during their colony in 1928. Not to add that Ifrane derives from the Berber term Ifri, which means a cave and Ifrane in the plural. Due to the city’s high height of around 5,460 feet (1,665 meters), it snows often here. Therefore, many residents spend the weekend here snowboarding throughout the winter months. Additionally, the weather greatly aids training. The Atlas Lions, the Moroccan national football team, thus trains here.
Our five-day itinerary in Morocco will include a trip to the Atlas Lion Statue. It depicts the extinct wild atlas lion in the cedar tree woodland. During the French colonization, a German prisoner was requested to construct something exceptional for the nation. Consequently, he sculpted the lion seen in the image.
Ifrane is also renowned for other noteworthy attributes. For example, the most costly university is a global institution that faces one of the king’s palaces.
The cedar forest in the Atlas Mountains is a great spot to find Barbary apes (sometimes known as “monkeys”) and other wildlife. Here in the cedar forest, you will be astonished by the Barbary Macaque monkeys, who are one of the rarest mammals in Africa, particularly Morocco and Algeria. They are sociable and always cross the road in search of food and drink from passing motorists. Keep in mind that they are not as dangerous as the other species of monkeys found in Asia, who nonetheless steal from humans and may attack them. They are photogenic if you treat them with kindness and make them feel secure. In addition, these creatures live in families and do not let others to join them; the parents are equal, so they both care for and feed their young.
Here in the cedar forest, there are several other species. However, they do not venture out to meet others since they fear and are unfamiliar with people. There are wild pigs, deer, wolves, and a great number of other species living there. In addition, the Atlas lion was one among the unusual species that formerly lived here. However, it could not adapt to the local environment and is now gone.
Errachidia, the Dam, and the valley of Ziz:
Errachidia, in Berber Imtghrn and Ksar Souk in Arabic. Hassan, the brother of King Mohammed V, changed its name to Errachidia in 1975. Culturally, Errachidia was a Dakar Rally route in 2006 and 2007. In addition, since the French colonialism, Errachidia has been home to the majority of military outposts that monitor the borders between Morocco and Algeria. Furthermore, it is where some Qataris own property, where they holiday, and where they hunt birds such as the Houbara bastard.
The dam of Errachidia, which is the source of water for the Sahara desert, will be visited during our 5-day excursion. Additionally, several locals fish there. Hassan Addakhil, the founder of the Alaouite dynasty, constructed and gave his name to the dam.
The Ziz valley, one of the largest in Morocco that extends into Algeria, is about 282 kilometers long. However, the river we will be traveling on our excursion is just approximately 50 kilometers long, and it is the largest source of dates.
Erfoud, the city of fossils and dates:
Erfoud or Arfoud is a city in the southeast of Morocco that is renowned for its dates and fossilized minerals. There are two legends around the name Erfoud. Some claim that as two Berbers were travelling by the river, one questioned the other about its depth, and the response was “Ar Afoud,” which means knee-deep. Others suggest that it was called after the riverside plant Onfoud. In addition, the city was constructed by the French in 1912.
Erfoud is notable for its fossils, since trilobites, ammonites, and several other forms of mineral fossils may be found in the surrounding mountains.
Arfoud is renowned for its date fruits. Therefore, they host a three-day international festival of dates in September. People from many areas and nations come to purchase date varieties and other items associated with Saharan culture.
Desert of Merzouga in the Sahara:
Merzouga is the pinnacle of our Morocco travels. Merzouga is derived from the family name Merzoug, which is an Arabic name. Additionally, others claim that Merzouga is derived from the Arabic term Mrzouq, which signifies affluent. This refers to the Erg Chebbi sand dunes, which are a year-round tourist destination. Merzouga is situated in the south-east of Morocco, and Algeria is just around 50 kilometers away from the town and dunes (30feet). Merzouga is the greatest spot to experience nomadic life since it is the home of the Sahara. There are numerous activities to do here, and we have compiled a list of the top ones for you.
Camping and camel ride:
Fortunately, with our 5-day trip, you will have the opportunity to participate in the greatest Merzouga activities. Our Berber staff would be delighted to lead you on a camel journey over the Erg Chebbi sand dunes; the camels will have saddles on them. Once atop the dunes, one of the finest activities included in the camel ride is watching the sunset and taking photographs before returning to camp. There, the majority of visitors stay the night in order to experience nomadic, Berber life. Throughout addition, the lifestyle of the Touaregs who used to trade in Africa and Europe.
Activities not included in our tour:
There are other things to do in Merzouga. However, they are not included in our five-day itinerary in Morocco. If you are interested, we may create a customized 6-day itinerary for you.
ATV riding in the desert is such a humorous and enjoyable experience that many locals provide the service. Don’t hesitate to rent a quad and drive on the sand dunes if you’re in the desert. Actually, this sport is most enjoyable when it rains, since the sand dunes become dry and rideable.
Srij lake visit:
The lake of Srij, located around 5 kilometers from the city of Merzouga, is where the camels get their sustenance. During the day, camels are not employed for tourist purposes. Therefore, they go herding in this lake, therefore if you visit, expect to see a large number of camels and a stunning scenery. In addition, there are many flamingo migrating birds at this lake.
Todgha and Dades Gorges are two of the most impressive gorges in Morocco.
On the fourth day of our five-day tour in Morocco, we will explore the Todgha Gorges. They are about 300 meters (984 ft) tall, and a river flows through them. The river’s water is a spring, the force of nature that might naturally find its way through the rocks. During the trip, you will have around forty minutes to stroll and take photographs.
Dades lies close to Todgha, where the mountains resemble the toes of a monkey. Additionally, here is where Cadillac advertised their automobile on the treacherous bends of Tissdrine.
Dades is located between the Merzouga Sahara desert and Marrakech. Consequently, the majority of travelers spend the night here.
Ouarzazate is the city of film:
Ouarzazate is the city of film production and film studios. If you are interested in learning about history notable films, you should stop here. The term Ouarzazate is derived from two Berber words: ouar, which means “without,” and zazate, which means “noise.” There are no legends about the origin of the name, but it has nothing to do with silence. Ouarzazate is the gateway to the Sahara, located at the foot of the Atlas Mountains, and the Saharan region begins here.
There are a few activities available here. We will provide you with a list so that if you ever visit to Ouarzazate, you can easily find them.
These are the Atlas Studios:
Perhaps the first thing to do in Ouarzazate is to visit one of its film studios. The Cla and Oscar studios are the most popular and most frequented, since they provide all the necessary equipment for filming. For instance, the studio has dolls, wooden automobiles, and several other items. Not to add, if you like to tour these studios, you must purchase a ticket for 70dh (7 USD). However, admission prices vary throughout peak and off-peak tourist seasons.
The Taourirt Kasbah:
It was constructed in the 19th century by the family of Thami Glaoui. It is a 300-room Kasbah, making it an ideal area for walking. However, a ticket is required to visit this attraction or facility. Therefore, on our typical trip, we do not stop here, but rather in the Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou.
Away from the visitable tourist sites. Here in Ouarzazate is Africa’s largest solar facility. As stated before, Ouarzazate is located on the Sahara side. Therefore, the climate is very hot, and the government capitalizes on this by installing solar panels.
In addition, the Alaouite family possesses an incredible golf club location in Ouarzazate next to the dam.
Ait Benhaddou Kasbah:
Ait Benhaddou is a Kasbah, also known as a ksar, which is a stronghold. However, the correct term is Kasbah since it derives from the Berber word Kasab, which means bamboo, and the roves of this stronghold are made of bamboo. And the majority of Ksars are Arabic. For instance, the king’s palaces are known as Ksars. To differentiate between the two words, you will discover a sign with the word Ksar instead of Kasbah at the entrance to the Kasbah. It was constructed by Glaoui Thami during the Almoravid dynasty in the eleventh century.
Ait Benhaddou is a tiny walled town that formerly housed 90 Touareg households. Typically, they stopped here while trading, since it served as a conduit for African caravans before they traveled to Europe for a second grade. You may have heard about Toumboctou and the 52 days it takes them to reach their trade destinations in Morocco over the Sahara desert. Approximately five families now reside in the Kasbah, the most of whom are shopkeepers. Actually, one of the families built a café there to provide travelers with Touareg experiences. Therefore, if you visit Ait Benhaddou, request a tour.
The Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou has been featured in around 21 well-known films.
The Legend of Lawrence of Arabia:
In 1962, a portion of the renowned British film Lawrence of Arabia, which is about combat and the military, was filmed here.
This tragic British-American film is especially well-known in the Kasbah, since a portion of it was filmed there in 2000. If you have seen the film, there is a scene in which Russell, the protagonist, wins and dumps sand into the yard.
There are plenty additional films produced here. Such as Marco polo, The Jewel of the Nile…
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