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12-Day Trip From Marrakech

Marrakech, Morocco
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Duration

12 days

Tour Type

Private Tour

Languages

English, Multilingual

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For those looking for a complete Moroccan experience, the 12-day trip from Marrakech may be what you are searching for. This package includes Marrakech and its hidden gems, as well as the Atlas Mountains with its undiscovered villages, the South with its vast desert, and the North with its colorful towns, which are among the tour’s highlights.

The journey also includes visiting Rabat, Morocco’s capital. Essaouira, the most picturesque city on the Atlantic Ocean, various villages, and a camel trek for the night in a desert camp under the stars.

The first and second days of the trip will be with a local guide, touring Marrakech. The third day will be traveling to Essaouira, known for its wide beaches and ancient walled medina with cliff-side fortifications. On the fourth day, we will be visiting Casablanca, Morocco’s largest economic city, and Rabat, the Moroccan capital, while the fifth day will be traveling north to Chefchaouen, also known as Morocco’s blue city.

The sixth and seventh days will be exploring Fes with a local guide, while the ninth day will be heading south to the Sahara desert, where you will ride camels and watch the sunset and sunrise from a dune.

On the tenth day, we will go to Dades Valley via various small Berber villages, and on the eleventh day, we will traverse the Atlas Mountains to Marrakech, where you will have free time before your airport transfer the following day.

Brief itinerary of the 12-day trip from Marrakech

DayDepartureArrivalDistance
1stAirportMarrakech8 km
2ndMarrakechMarrakech
3rdMarrakechEssaouira184 km
4thEssaouiraRabat457 km
5thRabatChefchaouen353 km
6thChefchaouenFes197 km
7thFesFes
8thFesMerzouga469 km
10thMerzougaDades266 km
11thDadesMarrakech330 km
12thMarrakechAirport8 km

 

Good to know

  1. The tour includes stops and visits to sights and attractions that may be very touristy in the high season.
  2. You may spend more time in the car than you will be visiting on some days of the tour due to long distances.
  3. You may stop in places and attractions with small local stores, but you are not obliged to buy anything.
  4. We may stop at local restaurants that serve fresh food that can be touristy during peak season. However, you can choose one on your own and have your driver take you there anytime you like.
  5. We don’t recommend riding a camel for people over the age of 70, people with back and leg issues, and pregnant women.
  6. It’s possible to miss the sunset, sunrise, or a part of the camel excursion if there’s a sandstorm.

12-Day Trip From Marrakech Highlights

  • Visit Marrakech
  • Drive across the hight Atlas Mountains
  • Discover Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah
  • Take a walk through the Todra gorges
  • Ride a camel in the dunes
  • Explore Chefchaouen (The Blue City)
  • Enjoy a guided tour of Fes
  • Spend the night in a desert camp

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival to Marrakech

Depending on your arrival time, you may have free time to explore Marrakech after being picked up from the airport or you may need to rest and prepare for the next day.

Day 2: A day to visit Marrakech

Today, you will explore Marrakech with a local guide, and you will get the opportunity to see the Koutoubia mosque, which was erected in the 11th century, as well as the Majorelle Garden. Then we'll go to several monuments, such as the Saadian Tombs, this 16th-century graveyard is full of mosaic tiles, and you will be exploring the fascinating souks (local markets), such as the Babouche (shoes), Chouari (carpenter's) open-air market, El-Attarine (perfume and spice) souk, and the Cherratine (leather) souk, as well as the narrow alleys around the Djemâa El fnaa square. By the end of the day, you can enjoy a tea from your riad or a local restaurant with a view of the medina.

Day 3: Marrakech - Essaouira

Today, we'll go east to Essaouira, a coastal city about two hours and a half drive from Marrakech. On the journey to Essaouira, you'll stop for a short break to see the famous goats, climb Argan trees, and eat Argan seeds. You'll also stop at an Argan cooperative to learn how local women create Argan oil in the traditional way and about the oil's many uses. After that, we'll arrive in Essaouira, where the driver will drop you off at the entrance to the medina (old city), and you'll have free time to wander about and discover the incredibly stunning sights, such as historic stores, narrow alleys, local markets, and craftsmen. You'll also have time to explore the Skala and take in the beauty of the sea from above. After visiting Essaouira, you'll be back at the hotel, where you can enjoy a drink and have a rest before dinner.

Day 4: Essaouira - Casablanca

We'll leave Essaouira in the morning and travel north, stopping in Casablanca to see Mohammed V Square and Hassan II's magnificent mosque. We'll then visit Rabat, the Mechouar (the ramparts and walls surrounding the Royal Palace), the stately Mohammed V Mausoleum, the Hassan Tower, and the Oudaya Kasbah, which overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and features Moroccan artisanal galleries.

Day 5: Rabat - Rif Mountains - Chefchaouen

Departure in the morning for Chefchaouen, going through the Rif Mountains' lush valleys. Chefchaouen is known for its vibrant blue-rinsed houses and is a favorite tourist and Moroccan destination, especially during the hot summer months. Depending on our arrival time, we'll walk through Chefchaouen's winding lanes and narrow alleys, which are home to numerous souks selling cuisine and artisan works such as woolen items, intricate embroidery, and goats cheese, all of which are unique to the North and not found anywhere else in Morocco. Relax in the plaza, go to a nearby farm, or go for a hike in one of the nearby parks.

Day 6: Chefchaouen - Volubilis - Meknes - Fes

Our journey will begin with a lovely drive from Chefchaouen to the Roman Ruins at Volubilis, which will take us past the fertile agricultural hills. Volubilis isn't as impressive as the Roman sites along the Mediterranean coast, but it's still one of Morocco's best-preserved Roman ruins. We'll continue to Meknes, the fourth Moroccan imperial city and a 17th-century cultural site, where we'll have lunch and wander around the old medina's massive walls. Following the launch, we stop by Bab el Mansour and pay a visit to Moulay Ismail's shrine. Following our excursion to Meknes, we will travel to Fes, where we will spend the night.

Day 7: A day to visit Fes

Today, we'll go on a walking tour of Fes with a local guide. This city is the country's former capital and one of four imperial cities. Fez is divided into three sections, the oldest of which is Fes el Bali, which is encompassed by a large wall and contains about 9000 narrow lanes and alleys. Fez-Jdid, or New Fes, is home to the Mellah, or Jewish quarter, as well as the Ville Nouvelle, which was built during the French occupation.
You'll have the opportunity to visit the University of Al-Karaouine one of the world's oldest universities, the Royal Palace's carved brass gates, and meander through the medina's small crowded alleyways, stopping to watch demonstrations of weavers, carpet knotting, brass hammering, and tile and pottery production. After finishing your visit, you'll meet your driver to drive back to the hotel if it is not reachable walking.

Day 8: Fes - Ifrane - Azrou - Medilt - Ziz Valley - Erfoud - Merzouga

After breakfast, we will travel south to the desert, passing through Ifrane, known as Morocco's Switzerland, and stopping in Azrou's cedar forests, where wild monkeys can be found. It'll be a fantastic opportunity to capture the Moroccan countryside. After having lunch in a Berber village in the area, we will continue over the middle Atlas Mountains, passing via Medilt and Rich, with a break in Ziz Valley to take in the beauty of a big valley filled with palm trees, before continuing to Erfoud, where we will notice the start of the Saharan oasis of Tafilalet. After a few kilometers, we will start seeing the Erg Chebbi golden dunes appearing like a mirage in a rocky desert. Our first night in Merzouga will be spent in a hotel.

Day 9: Merzouga - Khamlia - Rocky Desert - Nomad Families - Erg Chebbi Dunes

Today, we'll spend the entire day exploring the desert. Our first stop will be at the seasonal lake of Merzouga, and then we'll drive to Khamlia, which is known for its inhabitants who come as nomads from several African countries. We'll have the opportunity to listen to Gaoua, a type of traditional music from the region, before going off-road on the Paris Dakar rally route, the world's toughest rally.
Our journey continues into the rocky desert, where we will stop for a panoramic view where you can see the Erg Chebbi dunes as a sea of sand. Following that, we'll visit the fossil mines and an old isolated settlement built by the French during their occupancy. Our next stop will be with the nomad families, where we will enjoy a mint tea and learn about their way of life and their daily routine. Before returning to Merzouga, we may stop for lunch nearby or at a local restaurant. After finishing your lunch, we will drive back to Merzouga, where we'll begin our camel ride into the dunes, where we'll watch the sunset and spend the night in a desert camp under a million stars.

Day 10: Merzouga - Jorf - Tenghir - Todra Gorges - Dades

You'll be woken up early in the morning to watch the sunrise in the desert before returning to Merzouga on the camels. After breakfast and shower, we will begin our journey towards Tineghir passing via various Berber villages such as Erfoud, Tinejdad, and Jorf.
We may have a break for lunch in the afternoon, before traveling to the Todra Gorges and Tineghir Oasis, stopping along the way for taking some photos and to enjoy the scenery. You'll have time to walk through the Todra Gorge, one of Morocco's most magnificent and spectacular canyons while enjoying the sound of its streams before continuing to Dades, where we will spend the night.

Day 11: Dades - Roses Valley - Ouarzazate - Ait Benhaddou - Atlas Mountains - Marrakech

After breakfast, we'll travel to Ouarzazate via Skoura, known for its stunning Kasbahs and rose valley. Upon our arrival in Ouarzazate, you will have the opportunity to visit an international film studio that has produced some of the most well-known Hollywood films and series, including Game of Thrones, Gladiator, and Lawrence of Arabia.
We'll next travel to Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou, a historic old palace where you can discover authentic Berber architecture. We'll take a walk through its colorful Souks, its narrow mud streets, and we might stop for lunch in a typical Berber restaurant, where we'll try some of Morocco's most delicious specialties, before taking the adventures road via the high Atlas Mountains, to arrive in Marrakech by the end of the day.

Day 12: Marrakech - Airport

Today, you'll have free time in Marrakech, before the airport transfer.

Included/Excluded

  • Private transportation with A/C
  • Experienced driver (Multilingual)
  • Car fuel
  • Hotels (Half board)
  • Camel excursion in the dunes
  • Sandboarding (Optional)
  • One night in a desert camp (Half board)
  • Local guides to visit Fes & Marrakech
  • Flights
  • Drinks
  • Lunches
  • Entrance fees
  • Travel insurance

Map

Marrakech, Morocco

FAQs About the 12-Day Trip From Marrakech

How much does this 12-day trip from Marrakech cost?
The cost of a trip depends on the number of people traveling and the type of accommodation. Please check the costs section on this page for further information.
Which accommodations are included?
The tour price includes standard accommodation, but you can upgrade to luxury hotels and the desert camp for an additional charge.
Is this a private or small-group tour?
This is a private tour, so you and your group will be the only ones the entire time.
How can I make a reservation and pay?
Deposit:
In order to confirm your booking, a deposit is requested to be paid in advance and the rest of the payment can be paid by PayPal, credit card, Bank transfer, or in cash. We accept PayPal, Bank Transfer, and Western Union for deposits.

Payments and terms of cancellations:
For more information about the payments and cancellations, please check our payments & terms of cancellations page.

Conditions:
Usually, we don’t book any accommodations before your confirmation, thus if the accommodations listed above are already fully booked, we will book another one with the same category and services.
How is the weather in the desert?
Summer is hot from mid-June to September, with temperatures reaching 45°C during the day and 35°C at night. From November to March (winter) it gets cold at night reaching 0°C and warm during the day (26°C). During the rest of the year, the temperature hovers around 24 to 30 degrees Celsius.
What to bring?
Hat or scarf
sunglasses
Jacket & Gloves (If you are traveling during winter)
closed shoes
Flashlight
Backpack
Sunscreen
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