9 days tour From Marrakech to Merzouga
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Day 1: Arriving in Marrakesh
Transfer to your accommodation from the airport depending on your arrival.
Day 2: Marrakesh – Ait Ben Haddou – Ouarzazate
After breakfast in your riad, you will leave Marrakesh traveling towards Ouarzazate via Tizi n Tichka pass, along the magnificent hills and mountains of the Atlas. There will be breaks for photos. Then, we will take an off-road to Telouet to visit its wonderful Kasbah called Glaoui. After you visit the Kasbah, you will have the opportunity to walk by the beautiful villages on the Atlas hills and crops. Then, we will continue our drive to Ait ben Haddou Kasbah.
The fortress is marked as a world heritage site by UNESCO. After lunch by the kasbah, we will continue our way to Ouarzazate” or “Hollywood of Africa”, whose geography and beautiful landscapes have attracted many world-class movie producers. Here, you may choose to visit the studios, containing props used in movies, such as The Mummy, Gladiator, and The Last Temptation of Christ. Then, we will visit Kasbah Taourirt, another Kasbah of the Glaoui family who served as the governor of Ouarzazate, before check in to your Riad or Hotel.
Day 3: Ouarzazate – Skoura – Dades Valley – Todra Gorges – Erfoud – Sahara desert
After Breakfast, we will travel to Tundra Gorges via the palm grove of Skoura. However, before the gorges, we will cross through the Roses valley. Then, we will continue to visit the Dades Valley. Then, via Dades valley to Tinghir, a much-renovated town located at the foot of the Anti Atlas Mountains before reaching the Todra gorges. After lunch, we will drive to Merzouga passing through a number of towns and villages including Tinejdad, Touroug, Erfoud. Before reaching Erfoud, you will see the ancient irrigation system locally called” Khettarat”. Later, we will continue to the fascinating dunes of Erg Chebbi. Next, we now switch from our vehicle to camels. Here, you will be taken on a camel ride around the sand dunes. After that, we will enjoy the sunset before arriving at the Berber camp. Dinner then entertainment show on drums then overnight in Sahara Camp.
Day 4: Sahara desert – Ziz Valley – Midelt – Azrou – Ifran – Fes
After breakfast, we will leave via Rissani, where you will stop to visit the local Souk (market). After that, we continue through the vast Ziz valley that contains millions of palm trees all the way to Errachidia. Further, we drive on crossing the Ziz gorges and then the middle Atlas Mountains with their beautiful views. Thereafter, we will stop in Midelt for lunch. After lunch, we will head to Fes crossing the cedar forest of Azrou. Clearly, the largest one in Morocco; stopping for photos with the Barbary monkeys. Then, continue to visit Ifrane referred to as the “small Switzerland of Morocco” because of its European shape of buildings; we arrive in Fes by afternoon. Finally, check in the riad.
Day 5: Visit Fes
In the Mooning we start visiting its main monuments and historical sites; like Medersa Bouaananiya, Karaouiyine University labeled the oldest Arabic university.
Day 6: Fes – Meknes – Volubilis – Chefchaouan
Firstly, we depart early after breakfast towards Meknes; one has a magnificent view of the Medina. Afterward, the tour begins with a tour of the walls with monumental gates dating from the seventeenth century Berdaine Bab, Bab Khemis. Thereafter, we continue exploring the city by the stables (Rua), attics (HERI), and Stud. Next, a stop is needed at the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail was for a long time the only mosque that non-Muslims could visit in Morocco. It then exits through the famous Bab Mansour El on the vast square of Him. Later, we will continue to the ancient Roman ruins Volubilis. Afterward, we will spend a little time exploring the 2000-year-old ruins and getting a picture of life during the Roman Empire. Finally, we will move to the blue city, overnight in Chefchaouen.
Day 7: Chefchaouan – Tetouan – Tangier
After breakfast, you can take free time to walk around the blue city on your own until 12.30 PM. Moreover, we will pass by Tetouan city with its houses view on the hills. Furthermore, we will pass by the mountains of the Rif with the green sight of its green trees, overnight in Tanger.
Day 8: Tangier – Asilah – Rabat – Casablanca
After breakfast, the day dedicated to visite Tanger city. Firstly, you’ll go on both a bus and a walking sightseeing tour. Next, you’ll visit Cap Spartel, the impressive Palace of the sultan, the Necropolis, the caves of Hercules. Here, you’ll have free time to visit Asilah its color and aroma-filled streets, and pick up a souvenir. After that, we will drive you to Rabat. Then, we visit the Kasbah of the day as erected by a terrible tribe of predators in the twelfth century. Further, we visit Hassan 2 tower, where 4 facades are decorated different from each other, three in shades of pink and one in gray because of the sea breeze, you will discover the remains of the old mosque, and the Mohamed 5 mausoleum next to the tower. Next, we reach Casablanca in the late afternoon. Finally, diner and overnight in the hotel.
Day 9: Casablanca – Marrakesh
After breakfast. Firstly, we will visit Casablanca where we have a guided tour around the impressive Hassan II Mosque and transfer to Marrakesh depending on your flight. The end of the 9 Days From Marrakech Merzouga Desert Tour.
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Destinations overview of our 9 days tour from Marrakech to Merzouga:
Selecting 9 days tour from Marrakech to Merzouga leads you to Marrakech. Thus, the city is one of the imperial and touristic cities in Morocco. Marrakech’s name originates from the Amazigh words “Amur n Kush” which means God’s land. The city also named the Red City because the majority of its buildings are built on red mud and bricks. Historically speaking, Marrakech was established in 1062 under Yusuf Ben Tashfin. He was the leader of the Amoravids Empire in Morocco. At that time, the city was the capital city of Amoravids. However, the city passed through empires, like Saadian, Moravids. All these experiences have given me what Marrakech is today. On such tours from Marrakech, a guided tour is planned to discover all the historical sites of Marrakech.
Traveling through the High Atlas Mountains, it is very important to visit Ouarzazate. Thus, the town is a popular tourist stop where tourists pass by towards the Merzouga desert. That is to say, Ouarzazate is the Atlas gate to the Sahara to Merzouga or Zagara desert. In addition to that, the town is home to essential and historical tourist attractions. On this tour of 9 days trip from Marrakech to Merzouga, you will discover the best that Ouarzazate has to offer. The Atlas Studios of Ouarzazate is what makes it more famous. It is an ideal film location thanks to ancient kasbahs and oases that offer great sceneries for movies. Two of these Kasbahs is Ait Ben Haddou Kabah and Taouirte Kasbah. They both present the best and authentic adobe buildings in Morocco.
Erfoud is also a traditional town in the eastern on Morocco. Even though the town is a small town, it has several neighborhoods. Therefore, the town is home to palm tree groves with different types of date fruits. Each year, locals of this town organize a Date Show, presenting all agricultural products. Regardless of that, the town is also called the fossil town. It is a great place for hunting fossils outside the town in the mountains. 9 days desert tour from Marrakech to Merzouga highlights a visit to one of the Fossil museums in Erfoud. In these museums, there are all kinds of fossilized materials, like tables and fountains. This desert region was under the sea around 380 million years ago. All the different natures become fossilized now in the surrounding Mountains. people hunt these fossils and use them for marble designs.
Fes city is another imperial city of Morocco. Being in Fes city means you are experiencing the atmosphere of the oldest Medina in Morocco. Fes el Bali is the first Medina established in Morocco. It is home to culture and science. Besides, it is home to the oldest university in the world, Al-Kaouine University. All the best and oldest attractions are in the old Medina of Fes, Fes El Bali. For example, there are tanneries, museums, and Quranic schools that date back to the 14tyhe century. While Fes El Jaddi, the new media of Fes, is a new part in Fes where there modern things. Hence, Fes is one of the main tourist destinations in 9 days from Marrakech to Merzouga desert tour.
With 9 days Marrakech to Merzouga desert tour, you will travel to Meknes. It is also another Moroccan imperial city in the northern center of the country. Historically speaking, Meknes is the city of the 17the century when the Sultan of Moulay Ismail made it his capital city. The sultan took the materials in Marrakech that belonged to the previous dynasties and moved them to Meknes. Hence, with all these materials, he made Meknes city an impressive city. He built great and high walls surrounding the city with huge gates. Moreover, there are old monuments that belong to him such as Qara prison, Shrij Swani, Moulay Ismail Mausoleum… All that makes the city one of the main tourist destinations in the Moroccan country.
Cefchaouen must be your reason for choosing 9 days tour from Marrakech to Merzouga desert. Therefore, Chefchaouen or Chaouen lies in north Morocco. It is surrounded by the breathtaking landscapes of the Rif Mountains. It is also the Peal pearl city known for striking blue-washed alleys of the old Medina. Its narrow streets smell of delicious baked bread and well-prepared and spicy tagines.
In addition to that, the town is home to traditional crafts lined in each corner of the Medina. In terms of attractions, the town also offers popular sites that tourists visit. Kasbah Musem is one of the main tourist attractions one should visit. The kasbah sheds light on the history of the town. Moreover, you can visit the Spanish Mosque on a hill where you catch a wonderful sunset view, going down the green mountains. Missing the square time of Utah El Hamma is impossible. It is the perfect place to enjoy local food during the Grand Mosque’s praying call.
Rabat is the last imperial city you can visit in Marrakech to Merzouga 9 day desert tour. Therefore, Rabat is the capital and administrative city in Morocco. In addition to that, it is the 7th largest city in the Moroccan country. Rabat was founded as a military location in the 12th century by the Almohad leader, Abd Al-Mumin. Yet, when the French administration created its protectorate over Morocco in 1912, and they made Rabat their administrative base. In 1956, Morocco gained independence from the French and Rabat turned to be the capital city of Morocco. Hence the history of Rabat and Morocco, in general, is observed in all the landmarks of Rabat. That is why is a great destination for tourists.
Ending Marrakech to Merzouga 9 days desert tour in Casablanca is a great achievement. That is to say, you will finish your desert tour in the largest city in Morocco. Thus, Casablanca is an economic city in western Morocco. The city is also where many Moroocc tours start, especially grand Morocco tour via the desert of Merzouga and the imperial cities. Furthermore, the city is famous for the Hassan II Mosque. It is the largest mosque in Africa. It is open to non-Muslims as well. Hence, it is a great chance to enter one of the Islamic religions. In addition to that, the city overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and offers great monuments in the old Medina. For this reason, 9 days tour from Marrakech to Merzouga includes Casablanca on this program.