12 Days Grand Tour From Fes to Imperial Cities & Sahara
DAY 1 : Fes
After picking you up at the airport or your hotel , we will visit Fes medina, from there we will go to the city. Fes is one of the oldest imperial cities in moroccan history, founded on the 8th century. The medina is from the 13th century, with its craftsmen grouping the streets. After the visit we will come back to your hotel for the night.
DAY 2 : Fes - Royal Palace
Today you will discover the city of Fes, the spiritual and cultural heart of Morocco; vibrant, noisy, fascinating and overwhelming – a visual and pungent feast for the senses. Head into the old city, known locally as Fes el Bali, arguably the world's most fascinating and confounding old city. Medieval Fes was one of the world's great centres of education and culture, both Islamic and Jewish. Its religious institutions and libraries are legendary, its mosques of great renown. Walk through the twisting streets and alleyways, passing donkeys piled high with goods, and explore the specialty sections that divide the souk. Filled with historic khans, medresses and dye-pits, stalls loaded with fruits, herbs and soups, and where the squawk of chickens, smell of spice and sound of hammering of copper fills the air, it’s not hard to imagine yourself back in the Middle Ages. Spend the day exploring the old city, visiting, Medresse el Attarine, the tanneries and the splendid Fondouk Nejjarine, a beautifully restored 18th century inn. Return to your hotel in the late afternoon and perhaps spend the evening relaxing in this calming oasis, away from the buzz of the medina.
DAY 3 : Fes - Ifrane - Zaida – Erfoud - Merzouga Night in Hotel in Erg Chebbi
After breakfast in Hotel, we will start traveling south to Merzouga desert via Midelt and Errachidia. So, on this Sahara Morocco tours, your first stop will be at Ifrane city, referred to as "the Switzerland of Morocco", and then to Merzouga via Midlet and the Ziz Valley. During this journey you'll experience glimpses of the Middle Atlas and Higher Atlas mountains. Then stopping at the famous cedar forest the largest one in Morocco. There you will have the opportunity to see the Barbarian apes. You'll notice how the scenery changes to reveal hints of the desert as you approach the Er Rachidia city. After lunch in Midelt, continue your Sahara Morocco tours along the spectacular Ziz Valley, stopping for panoramic views along the way. We will drive through Berber villages to Erfoud then to Rissani; the foundation of the Alaouite dynasty - the current ruling royal family in Morocco. Arriving in Merzouga at the end of the day, you'll be welcomed with a glass of mint tea and after you will go to see the sunset in the highest sand dunes in morocco. Overnight at our hotel where you will have your dinner.
DAY 4 : Erg Chebbi Camel Tour - 4×4 Desert Tour
Enjoy a free day until heading out on a camel safari in the late afternoon. Spend the cool morning exploring the undulating golden sand of the dunes or simply relaxing by the pool. Opt to explore the surrounding communities on a 4x4 excursion. In the afternoon, take an overnight bag and set off on a 1-hr camel ride to a desert camp deep in the dunes. Local guides will teach you how to mount and dismount and how to tie a turban to keep the desert sun off your face and add a little flare to your photos. Enjoy a warm welcome at the desert camp followed by a traditional dinner under the stars. There will be time to hear stories about life in this region and perhaps, if lucky, be treated to some traditional music on the drums. Additional Notes: Notes for the Sahara Desert tented camp stay: There will be a chance to repack and take only overnight bags out to the desert. The accommodations are basic, with four people per tent (though feel free to sleep out under the stars). Bathroom facilities are basic and shared. Mattresses with sheet and blanket are provided. For winter months (Nov- April), we recommend bringing a sleeping bag for additional warmth. There will be the chance to shower upon arrival in Merzouga the following morning. Included Activities: Overnight at Tent (Camp) Transport: Camel (1.50 hour(s)).
DAY 5 : Merzouga – Todra Gorges – Dades Gorges
We will leave the dunes behind and head towards Erfoud in order to get to Tineghir where we will visit the “fougartas”, an old sewer system of the 15th century. We will also take a look at the Tinhgir palm grove. After that we will arrive to Todra’s gorges where we will rest and eat. Then we will walk around the city and the Boulmane Dades valley to get to Dades gorges. There the river has eroded the rocks to create a beautiful landscape. Supper and bed in a charming five star hotel.
DAY 6 : Dades – Boutaghrart – Skoura – Ouarzazate
We will start in the morning driving by the track that leads to the rose valley and the magnificent berber village of Boutghrart where we will drink tea with a local family. We will go on along the thousand kasbahs route. Along this route we will stop to observe some kasbahs, landscapes, valleys, nomads living in caves… We will arrive to Skoura and then head towards Ait Benhaddou kasbah where many movies were filmed (Obelix, Gladiator, Sahara…). Dinner and bed a hotel.
DAY 7 : Ait Benhaddou - Telouet - Tizi N'Tichka – Marrakech
After breakfast, we will start our trip by a visit of cinema studios found in Ouarzazate which is regarded as Hollywood of Africa. Subsequently we will visit the all inclusive Heritage Site of Ait – Benhaddou Kasbah as it has been named by Unesco in 1987. Ait Benhaddou is the World Heritage site that has been utilized as a setting for more than 20 movies incorporating “Gladiator” “Indiana Jones” and “Lawrence of Arabia”. Revel in a stroll to investigate the universal Moroccan style of construction modeling in which the Kasbahs are constructed. We proceed our approach to Marrakesh through the High Atlas Mountains and Tizi n’tichka pass. Stop for lunch up the center of the Atlas Mountains. We will spend the night at the same Riad.
DAY 8 : Historical Of Marrakech
After breakfast you will Enjoy the guided city tour of Marrakech. The morning begins with a visit to the magnificent Koutoubia Mosque as the landmark of Marrakech which has inspired other buildings such as the Giralda of Seville and the Hassan Tower of Rabat. Your next stop is the Bahia Palace, and the Saadian Tombs. The Saadian tombs in Marrakech date back from the time of the sultan Ahmad al- Mansur. The tombs were discovered in 1917 and were restored by the Beaux-arts service the mausoleum comprises the interments of about sixty members of the Saadian Dynasty that originated from the valley of the Draa River. After lunch break, You Continue to the world-famous Jemaa el Fna Square. which houses an array of food, snake charmers, local musicians, and fortune-tellers. There's nowhere on Earth like the Jemaa el Fna, the square at the heart of old Marrakesh. You will also walk through the souks and view hundreds of handicrafts. Night with breakfast at the Riad.
DAY 9 : Marrakech – Essaouira - Marrakech
We will start in the morning travelling from Marrakech to Essaouira, which is approx 2 and half hour journey. There we will enter the wooden crafts museum, located in an ancient palace. There is a sentry tower and the harbor’s Skala. From this harbor we will gaze onto the coast, the isles and the city. The Marina’s gate is used to merge the city and the harbor, and there are auctions to buy fresh fish. The narrow streets of the medina show a lot of craftsmen working with jewels and wood… They are installed below the bastions of the city.. We will return to Marrakech to spend the night in the same riad as the two previous nights.
DAY 10 : Marrakech – Casablanca
In the morning after breakfast We will depart from Marrakech towards Casablanca. We will visit the Hassan II mosque, the medina and the new parts of the city and visit Hubbous traditional market if you want to buy some presents before we spend the night in a hotel.
DAY 11 : Casablanca - Rabat – Meknes
After breakfast we will depart towards Rabat to visit Hassan Tower. After visiting Rabat we drive to city of Meknes which has reached its golden age thanks to the sultan Mulay Ismail. There is a roman city, known as Volubilis, 27 kms from Meknes. We will walk around the roman city. After this visit we will arrive to Meknes. There we will take a walk around the city, we will go to Moulay Ismail tomb, El Hedime square and Bab Mansour. We will spend the night in a hotel.
DAY 12 : Meknes - Fes
We will drive you back to Fes to your accommodation or to the airport to catch your flights .
Tour Gallery :
What's Included :
- 11 nights accommodation in the category of hotel/Riad chosen
- Hotel pickup and drop-off where you want
- Hotel/riad overnight stays (Breakfast & Dinner)
- Private English Speaking driver throughout your Journey
- Vehicle air-conditioned luxury and comfort 4*4/minivan
- Service quality
- Camel Trekking & Night in Desert
- Camel Per person
- Fes & Marrakech Sightseeing Tour with a local guide
What's Excluded :
- Air fare travel
- Entrance to monuments
- Ait Ben Haddou Day Trip
- Ouzoud Waterfalls Day Trip
- Imlil Village Day Trip
- Essaouira City Day Trip
- Ourika valley Day Trip
- Day Trip to Fes city Tour
- Fes to Chefchaouen Day Trip
Tours From Fes
- 2 Days Morocco Tour to Merzouga Sahara Desert
- 3 Days Tour to Erg Chebbi Sahara Desert
- 3 Days to Marrakech via Merzouga Desert
- 4 Days Tour to Marrakech via Sahara Desert
- 5 Days Tour to Marrakech via Erg Chebbi Dunes
- 6 Days Tour to Marrakech via Merzouga desert
- 7 Days Trip to Marrakech via Sahara Desert
Important Notes :
The price for the tours will be dependent on numbers, the higher the number of people in your party the lower the cost per person.
All accommodation will be private, you will only share vehicles, if applicable.
We are not liable for personal injury or loss of your own property. You should take reasonable care with your belongings at all times.