11 Day Private Tour from Fes - Imperial Cities & Desert
Discover the wonders of Morocco on our 11-day private tour from Fes, exploring the enchanting Imperial Cities and captivating desert landscapes. Immerse yourself in the rich history and vibrant culture of Fes, Marrakech, Rabat, and Meknes. Journey through the stunning Atlas Mountains, traverse the golden dunes of the Sahara Desert and experience the thrill of camel trekking. Indulge in authentic Moroccan cuisine and relax in luxurious accommodations.
11 Day Private Tour from Fes - Imperial Cities & Desert Itinarary
Day 1 : Fes - Ifran - Merzouga Desert
Early departure from your accommodation, and we'll travel through the beautiful Middle Atlas Mountains, with our first stop being Ifrane, often referred to as "Little Switzerland" due to its unique alpine architecture and cool climate. Take a stroll through its pristine streets and soak in the tranquil atmosphere. We continue our journey and traverse the scenic landscapes of the Middle Atlas, passing through cedar forests and picturesque valleys. Keep an eye out for Barbary macaques that inhabit the area. As we approach the magnificent Merzouga Desert, the scenery will transform into rolling dunes that seem to stretch to the horizon. Upon reaching Merzouga, you'll be captivated by the golden beauty of the desert. Embark on a two hours camel trek into the heart of the dunes as the sun sets and paints the sky with vibrant hues. Arriving at our luxurious desert camp, you'll be welcomed with warm hospitality, enjoy a traditional Moroccan dinner, and experience the magic of the desert night, filled with starry skies and Berber music.
Day 2 : Offroad Discovery Tour + Tea with Nomads
Upon your request, our attentive staff will wake you up at dawn, ensuring you don't miss the mesmerizing spectacle of the desert sunrise. Watch in awe as the vibrant colors of the sand create a stunning contrast against the dunes, painting an incredible palette of shadows. You will have breakfast after experiencing this magical moment. Following breakfast, take some time to relax and unwind before embarking on a thrilling 4WD off-road tour, offering you an immersive desert experience. Begin by meeting and interacting with desert nomads in their traditional tents, gaining insight into their unique way of life. Next, drive across the high plateau of the rocky desert, enjoying panoramic views of the dunes and diverse desert landscapes. Your journey will lead you to the captivating "Ghost Town" of Mifis, an abandoned mining village where ancient eye cosmetics like Kohl and quartz were once excavated. Here, you may also spot fascinating fossils of turtles, trilobites, ammonites, and orthoclase, remnants of the creatures that inhabited this ancient sea millions of years ago. Continue your exploration from geology to music as you visit Khamlia Village, a town inhabited by darker-skinned Berbers. Immerse yourself in the unique sounds of Gnawa music, performed by local people who are descendants of ex-slaves that migrated to Morocco from Senegal and Sudan via the Salt Route. Enjoy a live show of Gnawa spiritual music and savor a delightful homemade Berber pizza for lunch. Your journey continues to the oasis of Merzouga, where you can explore the community gardens and visit the nomadic depository. We drive to the Riad for the overnight stay.
Day 3 : Merzouga Desert - Todgha Gorge - Dades Valley
Witness the awe-inspiring sunrise over the desert dunes. Watch as the golden rays of sunlight paint the sky with vibrant hues, casting a warm glow over the vast desert landscape. After breakfast, we'll depart for Todgha Gorge, known for its towering canyon walls and crystal-clear river. Take a walk through the narrow gorge, marveling at the sheer beauty and immensity of the surroundings.
We continue our journey to Dades Valley, a paradise of stunning rock formations, verdant oases, and picturesque villages. As we drive along the scenic route, enjoy the panoramic views of the valley and its fascinating geological formations, such as the Monkey Fingers and the Dades Gorges. We'll stop for an overnight stay in an authentic riad in Dades Valley.
Day 4 : Dades Valley - Ouarzazate - Ait Ben Haddou – Marrakech
After breakfast, our journey begins at the renowned Atlas Studio, where you'll step into the world of cinema and get a behind-the-scenes look at the film industry. Discover the sets and props used in famous movies and TV shows, immersing yourself in the magic of filmmaking.
Next, we'll visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah, a fortified village that has served as the backdrop for numerous films and series. Marvel at the intricate mud-brick architecture and wander through the labyrinthine streets.
Continuing our journey, we'll continue to the historic Telouet Kasbah. Admire the grandeur and opulence of this former palace, which showcases the region's rich architectural heritage. Explore its beautifully decorated rooms, intricately carved ceilings, and vibrant tile work, gaining insights into the area's fascinating history.
The drive continues to Marrakech via the High Atlas Mountains, where the road winds through picturesque villages, offering glimpses of traditional Berber architecture and terraced fields clinging to the mountainsides. The scenery changes as you pass through lush green valleys dotted with walnut and apple orchards, providing a refreshing contrast to the arid landscapes of the desert regions.
Day 5 : Marrakech Walking Tour
After breakfast, our local guide will take on a full visit of Marrakech, uncovering the red city's hidden gems and cultural treasures. A knowledgeable local guide will lead us to explore the UNESCO-listed Medina, a maze of narrow alleyways brimming with colorful markets, traditional riads, and architectural wonders.
As we venture through the bustling Djemaa el-Fna square, explore the lively atmosphere, with snake charmers, street performers, and storytellers captivating passersby. Discover the intricate beauty of the Bahia Palace, adorned with stunning courtyards and intricate tilework, reflecting the opulence of Moroccan architecture. Stroll through the aromatic spice markets and browse the vibrant souks, where skilled artisans display their handmade crafts, from leather goods to ceramics and traditional textiles. Engage your senses as you admire the vibrant colors, intricate patterns, and exquisite craftsmanship. Afterward, you will have free time and spend the night in Marrakech.
Day 6 : Marrakech – Essaouira
After breakfast, we will depart from Marrakech to Essaouira, passing through the Argan forest. You will have a free day to discover the coastal winds of Essaouira. The city attracts plenty of windsurfers between April and November. Essaouira is famous for its fortified medina, art galleries, and boutique shops. You can also observe the port's fishing nets and traditional boats, which have a very atmospheric feel. The city has a diverse cultural mix. You will spend the night in Essaouira.
Day 7 : Essaouira – Casablanca
We leave Essaouria and journey back to Casablanca, continuing up the coastline. Overnight stay in Casablanca.
Day 8 : Casablanca - Rabat – Tangier
Our journey begins with a visit to the majestic Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, an architectural marvel that reflects the country's Islamic heritage. Next, we'll continue to Rabat, where the historic Hassan Tower awaits, offering a glimpse into Morocco's rich past. Explore the enchanting Oudaya Kasbah, with its charming streets and picturesque views, before we head to Asilah for a walking tour. Discover the town's vibrant art scene, adorned with captivating murals and a bohemian atmosphere. Finally, we'll reach the city of Tangier for an overnight stay.
Day 9 : Tangier – Chefchaouen
The journey starts with free time in Tangier Medina, and then we visit Hercules caves & Cap Spartel. The final stop is Chefchaouen, the blue-washed buildings of its old town. Its shady main square of Place Outa el Hammam is known as the red-walled Kasbah, a 15th-century fortress and dungeon, Ethnographic Museum, and the octagonal minaret nearby. Free time and overnight stay in Chefchaouen.
Day 10 : Excursion to Akchour Waterfalls
On this day, we will have an excursion to Akchour Waterfalls, known for its natural beauty and cascading waterfalls. As we hike along scenic trails, surrounded by lush greenery and rugged terrain, you'll be captivated by the mesmerizing sights and sounds of the cascading waterfalls that await us. Feel the refreshing mist on your face as you stand in awe of nature's power and beauty. Take in the tranquility of the surroundings, listen to the soothing sound of rushing water, and breathe in the fresh mountain air. During the excursion, there will be opportunities to relax and enjoy the serene atmosphere. Take a dip in the crystal-clear pools beneath the waterfalls, or find a peaceful spot to sit and appreciate the natural wonders surrounding you. Our knowledgeable guide will be there to provide insights into the area's local flora, fauna, and cultural significance. We will drive back to Chefchaouen for the overnight stay.
Day 11 : Chefchaouen - Volubilis - Meknes – Fes
Our journey will continue through Morocco's heart, visiting Volubilis, a UNESCO World Heritage site that showcases the impressive Roman ruins. Walk among the well-preserved mosaics and marvel at the grandeur of ancient Roman architecture.
Next, we'll journey to Meknes, a former imperial city adorned with magnificent palaces, grand gates, and sprawling gardens. Explore the historic medina, visit the impressive Bab Mansour gate, and discover the intricate beauty of the Moulay Ismail Mausoleum.
Finally, we'll arrive in Fes. Free time & overnight stay in Fes.