In this authentic 8-day Morocco tour from Marrakech to Tangier, our specialist team will take you on an adventure to discover the most fascinating places in Morocco, including part of the imperial cities. 8 Days Morocco Road Trip Itinerary: A Journey into the Sahara through a variety of spectacular scenery: Fertile valleys, Grand Canyons, Cedar and pine forests and also barren, rocky landscapes to Merzouga Desert. Moreover, enjoy Camel trekking and spend a night in a traditional Berber camp under an endless canopy of stars. Furthermore, explore the oldest medieval city in the world and visit its Medina – Fes. Finally, discover Chefchaouen, Morocco’s enchanting “Blue Pearl” in the Rif Mountains and Tangier, a fascinating Moroccan city guarding the Strait of Gibraltar.
Today you’ll be met by your personal driver/guide at your preferred location in Marrakech, and then drive for several hours through the winding roads of the High Atlas Mountains. You can take your time as the scenery is magnificent and keen photographers may call for a few photo stops. Marvel at the wonderful Berber villages before you get to Ait Ben haddou kasbah. It is considered one of Morocco’s most iconic sites and a stunningly well-preserved medieval village which has famously featured in many blockbuster movies, including the one who wants to be the king, Babel, the kingdom of heaven, Prince of Persia, … etc.
The kasbah was built in the 17th century, and it’s now a UNESCO matrimonial historical site. Enjoy a stroll through its winding alleyways, making your way to the top of the hill for the great views across the surrounding plains. After a leisurely lunch, we hit the road again to the Hollywood of North Africa – Ouarzazate and also known as the gateway to the Sahara Desert. The city has been used as a filming location for many famous films and famous TV shows, including «Gladiator», «Jewel of the Nile». After checking into your hotel, time to relax before dinner.
◈ Overnight: Ouarzazate
◈ Meals: Dinner
This morning, go on a sightseeing tour of Ouarzazate city. Begin with a visit to the Atlas Studio (Optional). Then Taourirt kasbah, a fortified palace that was once the residence of the local rulers, and it’s an amazing example of Berber architecture which was built in the 17th century and housing hundreds of people. Next, make your lovely way into the Sahara with a medley of palm trees, magnificent oases and also rose fields in Kalaat M’gouna. The city is known for its annual Rose Festival, which takes place every year in May to celebrate the harvest of roses grown in the region.
Carrying on, we continue to the Amridil Kasbah, a historic fortified fortress in the oasis of Skoura. Likewise, it is a popular filming location and has been featured in many famous movies from Ali Baba, The Sheltering Sky to Game of Thrones. Free time to enjoy your lunch at your convenience, later we hit the road again to the canyon of Boumalne dades, and upon arrival enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure. This area offers up scenery like no other – sprawling green valleys give way to otherworldly rock formations carved out by the wind. Your hotel offers a delightful pool and terrace overlooking the valley, so take some time to sit back and soak in the ethereal views.
◈ Overnight: Boumalne Dades
◈ Meals: Dinner & Breakfast
Before saying farewell to Dades Canyon, drive a bit further to Tissadrine to get the panoramic view of the Dades valley, and then the beautiful rocks’ formation called «Monkey fingers». Afterward, depart from Dades gorge on a journey through roads of Thousand kasbahs to Todra gorge. Surrounded by towering vertical limestone cliffs reaching heights of 300 m, it is also known as Morocco’s Grand Canyon. Moreover, it’s a popular destination for hikers, climbers and nature enthusiasts who come to discover the rugged terrain and enjoy the stunning views. There’ll be time to marvel at this sight before you continue your journey to the Erg Chebbi in Merzouga. En route, stop for lunch in the town of Tinejdad.
As soon as you arrive at the popular dunes of Erg Chebbi, one of the world’s iconic landscapes, with towering dunes up to 500ft in height, ride camels to your campsite. Taking in the charming scenery of the sand dunes surrounding you along the way. Make sure to catch the sunset in the heart of the desert. In addition to that, enjoy a nice dinner, listen to traditional Berber music, spend an amazing night under the stars, and digest the desert in all its beauty that will give you remarkable memories of the desert trip exploring.
◈ Overnight: Merzouga Desert
◈ Meals: Dinner & Breakfast
After a truly stunning sunrise, freshen up and breakfast in your camp, then start to discover unexplored sites of Merzouga on the edge of the Sahara Desert. Begin with a visit to the Gnawa tribe in a small village of Khamlia, enjoy the live Gnawa Music, traditionally practiced throughout Morocco and originating from the sub-Saharan regions. Along the way you might see some wild animals such as Fennec fox, …etc. Set off for a breathtaking panoramic view of Erg Chebbi Dunes from the Galb Nass Mountains. From Here, you’ll also start to see your first glimpse of Morocco’s nomadic Berbers – travelling across the desert and often staying in make shift tents as they head to their next destination.
Stopping en route to share tea with some welcoming local families in their handwoven tent while enjoying the silence of the Sahara Desert. After that, drive back to Khamlia village, where you’ll enjoy your lunch in a local restaurant, you may like to try Medfouna (also called “Berber pizza”). It’s traditional stuffed bread prepared with meat, herbs and spices by the nomadic people. The Sahara excursion ends in the Oasis of Merzouga, a small patch of vegetation surrounded by desert, then return to your beautifully decorated riad. This afternoon why not walk to Erg chebbi dunes to witness sunset again or try out Quad Bike Tour or even Dune Buggy Ride, it is a wonderful experience that you should not miss out!
◈ Overnight: Merzouga village
◈ Meals: Dinner & Breakfast
In the morning, the desert adventure from Marrakech to Fes continues toward the north, inland through a variety of spectacular scenery: fertile valleys, cedar and pine forests and also barren, rocky landscapes to the small town of Midelt. After a leisurely lunch, then drive across the Middle Atlas Mountains and Cedar Forest, home to the Barbary Macaque. Next stop in Ifrane, a beautiful town often likened to a Swiss Alpine resort, and also highlighted for its low temperatures and varied outdoor activities such as snowboarding which attract visitors from all over the kingdom. Arrive at the hotel in Fes later in the evening. Check-in and spend time at leisure.
◈ Overnight: Fes
◈ Meals: Breakfast
In the mid-morning, go on a half-day guided tour of the old town, known locally as Fes el Bali. Besides, it’s one of the world’s great centers of education and culture, both Islamic and Jewish. Your local guide will share stories of the city’s history as you walk through the twisting streets and alleyways, passing donkeys piled high with goods, and explore the specialty sections that divide the souk. The tour includes stops at the King’s Palace, the tanneries, Al Qaraouine university and the Attarine Madrasa. As well as a stop at a Mosaic museum to learn more about this unique activity which is famous in the region. Lastly, the panoramic view of the Medina, where you can see clearly how big this Medina is. By the end of the walk, you’ll be at Bab Boujloud, “Blue Gate” and then you have the afternoon at leisure for individual exploration.
◈ Overnight: Fes
◈ Meals: Breakfast
After breakfast, depart Fes for the blue city – Chefchaouen. Nestled high in the Rif Mountains, famous for its buildings washed in bright shades of blue, this is undeniably one of the world’s prettiest cities. Upon arrival, check into your Riad and then enjoy the rest of the day at leisure for individual exploration. Perhaps take a stroll through the ancient medina and its winding alleyways, cobbled plazas and unique doorways, or simply sit at a café and enjoy the pleasure of time passing by. Alternatively, you might prefer to get out of town and enjoy a hike in the surrounding hills and witness the sunset with the view of the Medina.
◈ Overnight: Chefchaouen
◈ Meals: Breakfast
Departing the Blue city this morning, you travel across the Rif Mountains and make your way to your final port of call – Tangier. Located on the coast, where the Mediterranean Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean, it is the gateway between Africa and Europe. Depending on your departure flight time, there’s a possibility of exploring this beautiful city, visiting the Cape Spartel and the Cave of Hercules. Later on, transfer to the airport for your departure flight. Eventually the end of the 8-day tour in Morocco starting in Marrakech. Should you wish to extend your stay in Morocco, please do let us know!
⟐ Meals: Breakfast
The number of days you need in Marrakech is at least 2 days to fully explore and experience the city’s rich culture, history, and attractions. Discover 10 best things to do in Marrakech
It takes around 9–10 hours drive to get to Merzouga desert from Marrakech, approximately 563 kilometers (350 miles). But it’s possible to break up this long journey with overnight stops, either in Ouarzazate or Dades Gorge along the way.
Booking a private tour offers a unique and personalized experience tailored to your interests. You enjoy privacy, comfort, and the freedom to customize the itinerary and pace. With exclusive access and an expert guide dedicated to your group, you gain a deeper understanding of the destinations. While private tours can be more expensive, the benefits outweigh the cost for those seeking an exceptional and unforgettable travel experience.
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.
You don’t need a sleeping bag since there are well-equipped Desert camps provides all the bedding you need including pillows, blankets and even a private bathroom in the tent if you need to take a shower (Luxury camp).
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.
Great Trip and Highlight of our 8 Day Morocco Tour
I travelled with my aunt to Morocco – Mohammed, our driver, has been very accommodating. Besides, it’s very convenient to travel in Morocco with a private car and the price was reasonable. In addition to that, the hotels they picked for us were all lovely, clean, and comfortable. We had wonderful meals as well. Moha was also very generous and invited us to his own house. He also walked with us into the desert and took amazing photos for us. On top of that, we’ve enjoyed the tour very much and would highly recommend it to anyone planning a vacation to Morocco.
We have traveled to many places. This is one of the most enjoyable and also carefree trips we have had. Thanks again.
The Best Morocco 8 Day Tour Package so far!
We booked these 8 days tour from Marrakech through Morocco Tabiarte Tours. The trip was full of incredible things to see and do in Morocco, however, the days and nights just flew by as we were having a great time. Furthermore, what made all the difference was our wonderful tour guide, Moha. While he certainly knew all the historic details of all the attractions, he personalized the experiences of the various groups on the van. His warm nature and attention to details certainly added to our experience. On top of that, it also helped he knew many of the locals, and we were given top notched service I think because of these relationships. We highly recommend this Marrakech Desert tour package and if you won the tour guide Moha like us, this will be an unforgettable experience.