Overview: 10 days Imperial Cities from Marrakech to Fes
Who hasn’t dreamed of having the full 10 days when it comes to vacation? Our 10-day tour to the imperial cities of Marrakech and the desert in Morocco will take you on an incredible journey to explore the history of many ancient sites of the Red City (Marrakech), the city of Fez, and the ancient village of Kasbah Ait. Ben Haddou. You can also enjoy the magnificent landscapes of the Atlas Mountains, the Todra Valley, the Todra Gorges, and the palm grove of the Ziz Valley. Experience the magic of the Sahara Desert, including camel trekking and sleeping in nomadic tents. Discover the fascinating cities of Ifrane, Chefchaouen, Volubilis, and Meknes that end in Fez. Use your 10 days to spend the best time of your life in the most beautiful and magical country, Book now.
Day 1: Arrival in at Marrakech Airport.
Upon your arrival at Marrakech International Airport, you will meet your private driver-guide waiting for you holding a sign to “Real Morocco Adventures”, in the front of the Airport with a private air-conditional vehicle and begin your 10 days Marrakech imperial cities & Desert excursion in Morocco, he will takes you to the Riad / or Hotel in the heart of the medina in Marrakech to relax and overnight.
day 2: Day of sightseeing in Marrakech.
Marrakech is undoubtedly a city that shows all the exotic culture and charm of Morocco. With one of our native guides, you can visit the Koutoubia mosque built in the 11th century, the Majorelle garden full of cacti, palm trees, and ferns, the work of the painter Jacques Majorelle.
Then we will visit many monuments such as the Saadian Tombs This 16th-century cemetery is full of mosaics.
After a lunch break. You may have time to explore the fascinating souks (indigenous markets), it is the main attraction of the city, you should not miss the Babouche (shoes) souk, the Chouari (carpenter) open air market, the El-Attarine souk ( perfumes and spices) and the Souk Cherratine (leather) and the narrow streets around Djemâa El-Fna square, where at night, you will be enchanted by snake charmers, singers, acrobats, dancers, storytellers and storytellers, passing a group to another. , Night at the riad. end of 3 days of your desert trip from Casablanca.
Day 3: Marrakech – Kasbah Ait ben Haddou – Ouarzazate – Dades Valley.
The tour starts from Marrakech at 8:00 am to pick you up from your hotel/riad or airport, we will cross the Atlas Mountains through the Tizi N Tichka pass, stopping to take photos of the Berber villages (you can take a tour in some villages to see Berber villages); after breakfast. Then we will visit the 17th-century kasbah in the town of Telouet.
We will drive towards Ouarzazate, where we will visit the Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou and the Kasbah Taourirt, protected by UNESCO, one of the most impressive kasbahs in this region. Then we will drive to Skoura, a town that overlooks several different kasbahs, in particular the 18th century Kasbah of Ameridhil, then we will arrive in KalaatMgouna, visiting the beautiful Valley of Roses.
Continue to the Dades Valley, where you will enjoy seeing many Berber villages and the unique rock formation “monkey’s toes”. and the incredible gorges of the fathers and their crazy road (Tissdrine) where you will see the sunset. Dinner and accommodation in a very local riad.
Day 4: Dades Valley – Todra Gorges – Merzouga Desert – Camel trek to the camp.
Today will be the epic day of this 10-day tour. After breakfast at the riad, we will head to the Todgha gorges, where you will have free time to enjoy the panoramic view of the Berber villages overlooking the valley and walk under the 300m high cliff. Then your journey continues to Merzouga (where camel trekking awaits you) passing through Tinjdad (lunch) Erfoud and Erissani while enjoying the great landscapes of the Sahara oasis.
After a nomadic welcome in a glass of mint tea, you will ride your camel, guided by a qualified camel-driver to explore the mysterious Erg-Chebbi sand sea and enjoy the beauty of the Sahara desert while riding camels.
In your nomadic tents, you will have time to relax and enjoy the sunset over the golden dunes, one of the best sunsets in the world. and finally, you will have dinner before camp, where you can spend your first night in a tent or under the stars. Please note that at your request we can bring nomadic Berber musicians to play traditional music with drums and dance around the campfire. For your comfort, our camp is equipped with western-style toilets and showers.
Day 5: Desert tour – Lake Merzouga – Village of Khamliya – Nomadic family – Camel ride and overnight in the desert camp.
After breakfast, The journey will bigan around the Erg-Chebbi sand dunes. We will explore many interesting places in the area, such as Lake Merzouga (not always full of water) to see the types of birds (ducks and flamingos) that come to live in this lake, especially in the spring. We will visit the village of Khamliya where you will hear African music (Gnawa) performed by people from black Africa, then we will continue our off-road desert tour to the black desert behind the sand dunes of Erg-Chebbi. We will visit an abandoned village where working mineral fossils are found, then drive to visit a nomadic Berber family to see their way of life.
Later we are returning to Khamliya to enjoy a delicious lunch at the local restaurant. In the afternoon, you will start the adventure of camel trekking, through the beautiful and unique orange sand dunes to the desert camp. A great experience where you can feed your soul, enjoy the beautiful sunset in the middle of the dunes. Dinner and overnight will be at the camp, music will be played and you can have fun on the sand dunes under billions of stras.
Day 6: Merzouga Desert – Tafilalt Oasis – Ifrane – Fez.
On the next day you wake up early in the morning to see one of the world’s top-rated sunrises that will be ingrained in your mind. Then, you will return to the village of Merzouga admiring the unique beauty of the spectacular sand dunes of Erg Chebbi.
Right after breakfast at the Riad, you will leave for Fez via the Ziz valley, first known for its fossils. Then the Ziz gorges offer a rocky passage and the Oued Ziz leads to the oases of Tafilalt. Passing through Errachidia (you will have lunch and enjoy Berber hospitality beyond the borders), our journey continues along the rear edge of the cedar forest to Azrou, which in local Berber means “rock”, located on a steep hill of cedar forests. . inhabited by endangered Barbary apes.
The next stop is Ifrane, a neat, orderly, and modern town, which is more like Switzerland displaced in the Middle Atlas. At the end of the afternoon, you will be driven to FES to spend the night in our hotel / Riad.
Day 7: Fez – Discovery of Chefchaouen:
The following morning you will be taken to the Blue City with our local guide. It is one of the most beautiful in Morocco. Small and uncrowded, it’s easy to explore, with enough winding trails to divert you first from the Kasbah, a heavily restored fortified fortress that now contains a pretty garden, a small ethnographic museum, and an even more art gallery. part or wall of the city is an attraction. Then we will head to our foray for the night.
Day 8: Chefchaouen – Volubilis – Meknas – Fez.
Our journey to Volubilis via many Rif villages such as Ouazzan and several other beautiful Rif villages. The first stop at Volubilis is one of Morocco’s best-preserved Roman ruins. We will explore and discover this archaeological site of Moroccan history which offers an impressive display of columns, abandoned buildings and beautiful mosaics dating from the 3rd century BC.
After visiting the ruins, we will continue our drive to Meknes, the Ismaili capital and one of the four imperial cities of Morocco, where we will stop for lunch and then start exploring interesting places in the city such as the fascinating gate Bab Mansour built by Sultan Moulay Ismail, discover the quiet courtyards of the mausoleum of Moulay Ismail and Sahrij Swani used for irrigation and planting. Stroll through the old medina of Meknes and soak up the charming hubbub of El Hedim Square. In the afternoon, we head to Fez to relax, have dinner and spend the night in a traditional Riad / or Hotel in the heart of the medina.
Day 9: Explore Fes.
On the following day you will start to discover the most historical and cultural city in Morocco. In Fez “the spiritual city of Morocco”, you will visit the medina – the old city, with its architecture. Our guided tour in Fez includes many monuments such as the Jewish quarter (Mellah) and the Dar El Makhzen or Royal Palace with its colorful mosaic architecture and golden doors. The famous Tanneries Chaouwara the largest leather workshop in the city built in the 11th century. The Kairaouine Mosque (the old school of Islamic learning), and also one or the oldest universities in the world, while non-Muslims cannot enter but you can admire the courtyard of the mosque from the gates. The marble fountain of Najjarine and the Al-Attarine madrassa are some of the most remarkable religious schools of Islamic architecture. The Medersa Bou Inania is one of the most beautiful theological colleges in Fez from an architectural point of view.
You will have time to have lunch in a local Moroccan restaurant. After discovering the arch of Bab Boujloud, its mosaics change color from blue on the exterior wall to green on the interior wall to identify the sacred color of Islam. Stroll through the streets and markets of the medina. Later we will take you to the panoramic plaza to have a breathtaking view of the sprawling medina of Fes El-Bali, dinner, and overnight in the same Riad in the medina.
DAY 10: Marrakech – Airport Transfer.
Today, depending on your departure time, we will drive you to the airport for your departure flight or any other place you choose.