Embark on a 5-day Morocco desert tour from Tangier to Marrakech, exploring the coastal city, Tangier, the Blue Pearl of Chefchaouen, and the imperial city of Fes. Traverse diverse landscapes—lush valleys, ancient kasbahs, grand canyons, cedar and pine forests, and rugged terrains to the Merzouga Desert. Experience camel trekking and a night in a nomadic tent under the stars. Encounter the Todra Gorge’s grandeur and wander the UNESCO-listed kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou, an ancient desert village along the caravan route. This journey promises a captivating blend of culture, history, and the mesmerizing beauty of Morocco’s desert landscapes.
Welcome to Morocco! Upon arrival at Tangier Airport or Port, your own Driver/Guide will warmly greet you. Then get ready, for an introductory tour of this captivating city nestled between the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. Tangier serves as a gateway connecting Africa and Europe. Begin your journey by visiting Cape Spartel and exploring the Cave of Hercules.
Next head towards the city called Chefchaouen. It is perched in the Rif Mountains. Recognized worldwide for its mesmerizing blue colored buildings. Chefchaouen stands out as one of the world’s most picturesque cities. Additionally, The name “Chef chaouen” comes from a Berber phrase that means “look at the horns”.
On arrival at the destination, settle into your Riad and take some time to explore on your own. You might want to wander through the Medina with its winding streets, lovely squares and unique doorways. Alternatively, you can relax at a café. Enjoy watching time pass by. Besides, for those seeking adventure, a hike in the surrounding hills to a former mosque offers a breathtaking view of the Medina nestled between two mountain peaks, providing a perfect vantage point for witnessing the sunset.
◈ Overnight: Chefchaouen
Bid farewell to the enchanting hues of Chefchaouen as you embark on your journey to the captivating city of Fes. Upon arrival, delve into a half-day guided tour of the ancient city, locally known as Fes el Bali. This area is a haven of local craftsmanship, adorned with vibrant Moroccan styles, showcasing the artistry of leather-work and metalwork. Fes stands as a global hub for education and culture, encompassing both Islamic and Jewish influences. Your knowledgeable local guide will weave tales of the city’s rich history as you navigate the winding streets and epic alleyways, encountering donkeys laden with goods. Dive into the specialty sections that intricately divide the bustling souk.
Highlights of the tour include visits to the King’s Palace, the tanneries, Al Qaraouine University, and the Attarine Madrasa. Explore a Mosaic museum to gain insights into this unique regional art form. Conclude the journey with a panoramic view of the expansive Medina, offering a clear perspective of its vastness. As the walking tour concludes at Bab Boujloud, the “Blue Gate”, you’ll have the afternoon at your leisure for personal exploration.
◈ Overnight: Fes
◈ Meals: Breakfast
Commence a scenic journey across the Middle Atlas Mountains, where towering pine trees grace your route, guiding you past olive groves and shepherds tending to their flocks. Traverse the Cedar Forests, a captivating landscape along the way. En route stop in Ifrane, an enchanting ski resort nestled in the mountains. Later on, continue towards Midelt through the Cedar Forest, offering a chance to encounter Barbary macaques foraging in their natural habitat.
The journey then unfolds towards the Erg Chebbi dunes near the remote town of Merzouga, showcasing iconic landscapes with towering dunes reaching heights of up to 150 meters. Approaching Erfoud, witness the remarkable Ziz Oasis and expansive valleys.
Upon reaching your destination, set off on a camel ride into the Sahara Desert, leading you to a spectacular camp hidden amidst the dunes. Immerse yourself in the magic of desert life, surrounded by the timeless beauty of the landscape. Don’t miss the mesmerizing sunset in the heart of the desert. Indulge in a delightful dinner, accompanied by live Berber music around an open fire, culminating in an unforgettable night under the expansive Saharan stars. Absorb the beauty of the desert, creating lasting memories of this remarkable desert exploration.
◈ Overnight: Merzouga Desert
◈ Meals: Dinner & Breakfast
Following a breathtaking sunrise, refresh and enjoy breakfast at your camp. Subsequently, depart from the Erg Chebbi dunes and embark on the Road of a Thousand Kasbahs towards the Todra Gorge. Encircled by towering vertical limestone cliffs, soaring to heights of 300 meters, the gorge of Todra stands as one of Morocco’s most dramatic and spectacular natural wonders. Its allure is heightened by the ever-changing colors as the sun gracefully transitions from east to west. Take ample time to marvel at this awe-inspiring sight before continuing your journey to the picturesque Dades Valley.
The Dades Valley unveils scenery unlike any other – vast green valleys yielding to otherworldly rock formations sculpted by the persistent winds. Additionally, your hotel, boasting a delightful pool and terrace overlooking the valley, provides an ideal setting to unwind and absorb the surreal views. Take a moment to relax and appreciate the ethereal beauty of this unique landscape.
◈ Overnight: Boumalne Dades
◈ Meals: Dinner & Breakfast
This morning, set out on a journey along the scenic route of The Rose Valley and the Thousand Kasbahs, heading towards Ouarzazate – often hailed as the Hollywood of North Africa. Midway through your route, make a stop in the Rose Valley in Kalaat M’gouna, where an abundance of roses bloom in spring. Take a moment to explore the variety of rose products crafted by the locals.
Later-on, continue the expedition to Ouarzazate, renowned as the gateway to the desert and a prominent filming location for numerous Hollywood blockbusters and acclaimed TV shows. Upon arrival, consider an optional visit to the Atlas Studio, one of the largest studios globally.
Next, resume the journey to Ait Benhaddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a remarkably preserved medieval village that has graced the screens of blockbuster movies such as Gladiator and The Living Daylights. Following lunch and the exploration of Ait Benhaddou Kasbah, traverse the majestic High Atlas Mountains. Additionally, ascend over the Tizi N’tichka pass, reveling in panoramic views of the mountains and expansive valleys as you continue towards Marrakech. Your Private 5-day Morocco desert tour from Tangier concludes here, leaving you with enduring memories of this enchanting journey. Additional accommodation can be pre-booked if you wish to explore Marrakech.
⟐ Meals: Breakfast
Generally, 1 to 2 days are sufficient to explore the main attractions of Tangier. However, your ideal duration may vary based on personal preferences and travel plans.
Merzouga Desert is approximately 670 kilometers (416 miles) southeast of Tangier. Travel time by car or bus is around 10 to 11 hours.
Some highlights include the Kasbah, Medina, Hercules Cave, and the American Legation Museum. Don’t forget to explore the vibrant markets and enjoy the coastal views.
Spring (March to May) and fall (September to November) are ideal for Tangier. Merzouga is best visited during the cooler months of October to April to avoid extreme desert temperatures.
It’s recommended to pack comfortable clothing suitable for warm weather during the day and cooler temperatures at night. Essentials include sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, a scarf for protection from the desert wind, comfortable shoes for walking, and a small backpack for personal items. It’s also advisable to bring a camera to capture the stunning landscapes and memorable moments.
The camel trek is about an hour, with a break in the heart of the desert in order to witness the sunset. If you prefer to walk, then you can walk alongside our camel caravan, but bear in mind that walking in the sand can be tiring.
Whether you choose to embrace the adventure of a camel ride or opt for the convenience of a 4×4 transfer, the choice is yours. Erg Chebbi’s enchanting desert camp awaits, promising an unforgettable getaway amidst the breathtaking dunes.
Wi-Fi availability in the desert camps can vary depending on the specific camp you choose. Some desert camps may offer Wi-Fi access to their guests, while others may not have this facility available.
Delighted with Our Amazing 5-Day Morocco Tour from Tangier
Our experience with Morocco Tabiarte tours was superb in every aspect. Our group of three enjoyed private transport for a 5-day tour from Tangier to Marrakech. Communication with Moha via email was effortless and transparent. Moha’s warmth and attentiveness to our needs stood out. He assisted us in tailoring a 5-day Travel itinerary based on our preferences, offering honest recommendations and valuable local tips for our journey.
The highlight of this fantastic tour was our driver, Mr. Said. His pleasant demeanor and dedication to our satisfaction were exceptional. Mr.Said impressed us with his extensive knowledge, kindness, honesty, flexibility, and professionalism. Moreover, his driving skills were outstanding, and his modern and comfortable Prado Land Cruiser added to the overall experience.
MTT is undoubtedly a reliable and exceptional tour company, and we are thoroughly satisfied with their service. Thank you for everything.
Experience of a Lifetime: 5 Days from Tangier to Marrakech!
Impeccably arranged to suit our preferences. Our tour guide/driver was not only friendly and knowledgeable but also seasoned. Additionally, the hotels were superb. We highly recommend the MTT agency.
Dream Trip: 5-Day Morocco Tour Itinerary
The Tangier tour proved to be excellent value, skillfully organized by Moha. Opting for upgraded accommodations, we enjoyed stays in fantastic hotels and Riads conveniently located near the city center. Our journey included visits to the Blue Pearl of Morocco, the cultural city of Fes, a camel ride in Erg Chebbi dunes, and the highly recommended activity of spending a night in a nomad tent in the Sahara Desert. Our tour guide and driver, Hmad, brought history and facts to life with knowledge, friendliness, and an enjoyable approach. Additionally, the convenience of being picked up and dropped off for tours and transfers between hotels and the airport added to the overall positive experience. The team from the company during the tour was exceptionally helpful, and I wholeheartedly recommend their services.