Explore the treasures of Morocco, its rich culture, the striking Sahara desert, the Imperial cities, history, landscapes, architecture, Mediterranean & Atlantic coasts, inspiring UNESCO listed sites and more on this 13 days Morocco tour from Tangier.
This epic 13 days Morocco tour from Tangier, north & south Morocco, will kindle your historic and cultural spirit. Visit the captivating cities of Tangier, Asilah, Lixus, the legendary Caves of Hercules and the promontory of Cap Spartel at the entrance to the Straights of Gibraltar. Admire the blue pearl city of Chefchaouen, the world’s 6th most beautiful city.
During this Morocco tour from Tangier, be enchanted by the beauty of Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. Visit the ancient Moroccan Imperial Cities of Fes, Meknes and Marrakech, also the Roman ruins of Volubilis. Observe the uniquely modern architecture of the largest Mosque in Africa, Hassan II Mosque.
Embark on a monumental camel trek into the iconic Sahara desert where you will relish a starry sky overnight in a Berber desert camp and may avail yourself of sand boarding and quad bike riding the golden orange Sahara dunes. Witness the mountain peaks of the Rif Mountains and the awe-inspiring Atlas Mountains with its world of beautiful Berber folk, as you continue to explore the deep gorges, luscious oases, valleys, cedar forests and unique landscapes, all of which Morocco has to offer.
Observe the UNESCO site of Ksar ait Benhaddou, the most intriguing of the red earth castles and one of the most eye-catching filming locations in Africa featured in Game of Thrones, Gladiator & more.. Meet the nomads of Sahara and share a cup of tea with them.
Witness the beauty of the UNESCO protected Oasis of Skoura and the iconic 17th century Kasbah of Amridil. There will be adventures through ancient cities, their Medinas showcasing a labyrinth of exciting alleyways crammed with markets, souks and craftsmen, all pulsating with colour and rich culture.
View the processing of Morocco’s famous Argan Oil. Discover the magnificent cities of Fes and Marrakech in a full day guided city tour through each UNESCO listed Medina and other historic sites. Enjoy a hot air balloon flight over the spectacular Marrakech and visit Ourika Valley to enjoy the majestic panoramic views and wonderful nature of the High Atlas mountains.
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Day 1: Arrival in Tangier Airport or Port :
• Arrive in Tangier and meet your Grand Morocco English speaking driver guide at Ibn Battouta international airport or Tanger Med Port and get to know the cultural, historic and the nearest North African gateway city to Europe.
• Tangier is a captivating city from which to begin your 13 days Morocco Tour from Tangier, by experiencing an insight into the city’s history and heritage from your guide/driver. Check into your accommodation and enjoy the afternoon to relax and recover from your journey.
• Depending on your flight arrival & if time permits, explore the sites of the stunning Mediterranean city of Tangier and its surroundings including the old Medina, complete with its hand craft shops and the Grand Mosque’s magnificent Minaret. Visit Cap Spartel (where the Atlantic and Mediterranean coasts meet) and from where you will observe exceptional views of both the strait of Gibraltar and the Atlantic Ocean. Explore the Kasbah district and the legendary archaeological Cave of Hercules.
• Greek Legend alleges that when Hercules (God of war & power in ancient Greek mythology) was in need of a place to rest between two of his labors, he swam across the Strait of Gibraltar and ripped the cave from the side of the cliff with his hands creating a huge shape of the African continent.
• You will have the opportunity to pass by the Grand Socco, where multiple small hotels have previously accommodated famous artists and writers such as Henri Matisse, Camille Saint Saens and Paul Bowles.
• You will then be transported to your Riad/Hotel for your first night. (Overnight in Tangier).
Day 2: Tangier » Asilah » Lixus :
• On the 2nd day of your Morocco tour from Tangier and after breakfast, you will travel along the magnificent Atlantic coast to visit the nearby town of Asilah.
• Explore Asilah, one of the most beautiful and well-preserved old towns in Morocco. Discover the beauty of its ancient architecture, pristine beaches and crystal clear waters. Visit the Raisuli Palace in the mid-northern part of the medina, alongside the sea walls. Witness the charming and historic medina which is enclosed by well-preserved 15th-century ramparts and gates, built by colonial Portuguese.
• You will notice Roman, Portuguese and Spanish influences from the town’s architecture. The laid-back town of Asilah is well-known in Morocco for its many artists, ramparts and whitewashed houses with blue and green shutters, forming a delightful seaside walk. Visit the Souks before heading to a local restaurant where you can taste one of the seafood specialties for which Asilah is known.
• After lunch, head down the coast to explore the ruins of Lixus with a private local guide. This ancient city was established by the Phoenicians during the 7th century BC as confirmed by archaeological discoveries. After coming under Carthaginian domination for a period of time, Lixus became an Imperial outpost of the Roman settlement in north Africa and was an important city during the reign of Emperor Claudius I in the early 1st century AD.
• Return to Tangier in the evening. (Overnight in Tangier).
Day 3: Tangier » Chefchaouen :
• On the 3rd day of your Morocco tour from Tangier and after breakfast, travel into the stunning Rif Mountains to the blue pearl city of Chefchaouen. Embark on a private guided tour of the exotic and vibrant blue city, exploring in-depth, the rich cultural heritage, and antiquity of this charming town and stroll the blue narrow alleys with your Grand Morocco expert local guide. A beautiful mountain town you will admire while on your 13 days Morocco tour from Tangier.
• Known as the blue pearl and ranked sixth of the most beautiful cities of the world. Chefchaouen is an artsy, blue washed mountain village which was founded in the 15th century and was populated by Jewish and Muslim refugees fleeing from the Spanish Inquisition in 1478.
• You will be enchanted to learn of the rich heritage and visit architectural treasures such as Ras el-Maa, the Kasbah Museum, the Spanish Mosque, Plaza Uta-Hammam and more.
• Chefchaouen was isolated until early 20th century but has preserved a Moorish way of life and is regarded as the prettiest town in Morocco.
• Chefchaouen presents glorious photo opportunities and walking here will make you feel as though moving through a dreamland, an alluring and unique town which will make your Morocco tour from Tangier a memorable experience.
• The town buildings are painted blue and white, so the entire village appears to be wonderfully drenched in many hues of glorious blue leaving the traveler with a surreal impression. (Overnight in Chefchaouen).
Day 4: Chefchaouen to Fes via Volubilis & Meknes :
• On the 4th day of your Morocco tour from tangier, after leaving the beautiful Chefchaouen, you will head south via the stunning Rif Mountains towards the Roman ruins of Volubilis, where you will undertake a guided walking visit of the ruins.
• Morocco has one of the richest histories and cultures globally, influenced by centuries of diverse rulers which includes Roman rule. Explore the ancient Roman city of Volubilis. Dating back to 3rd century BC, Volubilis is home to some of the most impressive Roman ruins in North Africa.
• During Roman occupation of Morocco, Volubilis was the powerful ancient capital and administrative centre of Roman Africa and prospered economically. Among the most famous of the ruins are the luxury villas with their water tanks, large courtyard beautiful mosaic floors, various pavilions, Basilica, Triumphal Arch built in 217 A.D and more than 300 temples. Volubilis was UNESCO World Heritage listed in 1997.
• Depart to the Imperial city of Meknes. Visit the 18th century Bab Mansour gate which is the most exquisite of its kind in North Africa and one of the 4 most beautiful gates in the world, Lahdim square, the incredible Bassin Souani and the Royal stables. Film makers have marveled at this amazing structure, which led to scenes for the movies Ishtar, The Jewel of the Nile being filmed here.
• Visit Moulay Ismail’s shrine (Sultan of Morocco from 1672–1727) to gain insight into his interesting life and everlasting achievements.
• Departing the city of Meknes and continuing your 13 days Morocco tour from Tangier, you will travel towards the ancient and vibrant UNESCO listed Imperial city of Fes. This city is a north eastern Imperial Moroccan city referred to as The Mecca of the West or The Athens of Africa, also being the country’s capital of knowledge and culture.
• Fes is renowned for its exciting and colourful Fes El Bali walled Medina, its medieval Marinid architecture, vibrant souks and old world atmosphere and charm. (Overnight in Fes).
Day 5: Sightseeing guided day tour of Fes :
• Today, on the 5th day of your 13 days Morocco tour from Tangier & after a tasty Moroccan breakfast in your charming Riad, you will begin a full day Heritage guided tour of Fes, with your expert Grand Morocco local guide. (Walking tour with some transportation between sites).
• Begin with a visit to the 12th century “Bab Boujloud” or “blue gate” with its stunning blue and green ceramics.
• Visit the largest royal palace in Morocco, Dar el Makhzen, exhibiting its seven golden doors and marvel at its wonderful golden gate, made of marble, copper and glorious mosaics.
• Stroll through the Mellah or Jewish quarter of old Moroccan Jewish heritage, built near the Royal residence for protection in 1438.
• Experience the panoramic view of the city from Borj Sud, an ancient fortress on a hill, from where you can view the UNESCO listed ancient Medina of Fes.
• Visit the amazing pottery factory and observe how the unique pottery of Fes is made with its intricate mosaics, which adorn half of Morocco.
• Visit the 14th century Madrasa Bou Inania religious school and be delighted by the Marinid architecture.
• Discover the holy school and historic University of Al-Qarawiyyin, the world’s oldest working educational institution, i.e. University, as stated by UNESCO and the Guinness World Records. Founded by a woman, Fatima al-Fihir in 859 AD.
• Visit the famous 11th century iconic Chouara tannery, the oldest leather tannery in the world.
• Explore the narrow streets lined with shops selling fresh fruits, spices, intricately woven Berber carpets, silk weavers and numerous other art and craft items from Morocco, a must-do while on your 13 days Morocco tour from tangier.
• Lunch in an authentic Moroccan restaurant in the Medina of Fes.
• Visit Madrasa Al-Attarine, Nejjarine Museum, Moulay Idriss Mausoleum (founder of Fes).
• While negotiating the narrow alley-ways, your local guide will instruct you about Moroccan history, culture and the Moroccan Berber way of life, especially around Fes. (Overnight in Fes).
Day 6: Fes » Ifrane » Middle Atlas » Ziz valley » Sahara desert :
Today, you will begin your spectacular journey towards the magical and legendary Sahara Desert, the largest hot desert in the world and where the undulating golden dunes glisten like gold in the sunlight. Travel dreams do come true and this visit to the desert may be one of yours.
• Travel to Ifrane known as the Little Switzerland of Morocco and stop for a break to enjoy its marvelous landscapes.
• Here in Ifrane, you will become aware that this magical mountain town is one of the most beautiful cities in Morocco and features in the top 10 cleanest cities of the world. A beautiful place you will admire while on your 13 days Morocco tour from tangier.
• Navigate the superb Middle Atlas Mountains, marvel at the largest Cedar plantations in Africa and be captivated by the antics of the Barbary Apes. This species of Apes is found only in Morocco, Gibraltar and Algeria.
• Stop in Zayda town for lunch and enjoy a Moroccan tajine or some fresh barbeque. Drive through the scenic Middle Atlas Mountains and the striking Ziz Valley oasis, containing the largest palm grove oasis in Morocco.
• Observe a dense canopy of palms between ancient striated cliffs dating back to the Jurassic period.
• Continue travel to the eminent sand dunes of Erg Chebbi and experience the glory of the Sahara Desert. Erg Chebbi is regarded as the gateway to the Grand African Sahara and has some dunes considered the highest sand dunes in north Africa at 350 M elevation.
• Meet your Camel caravan and the experienced camel man, who will guide your trek to explore the mysterious Sahara sand sea, an alluring and unique trek that will make your Morocco tour from tangier a memorable experience.
• Enjoy a charming sunset over the Erg Chebbi dunes and spend the night in a Berber desert camp. The evening will include dinner, followed by entertainment around the campfire, listening to traditional Berber drum music, having the experience of a lifetime under the milky way stars. This will captivate your heart and soul, not for a night but forever. “Sand boarding is available in the camp”. (Overnight in Sahara Desert).
Day 7: Full day of sightseeing in Sahara desert :
On the 7th day of your Morocco tour from Tangier, you may climb the sand dunes for a fantastic view of the amazing sunrise in the Sahara Desert, followed by a typical traditional Berber breakfast.
• Begin your day with a 1 hour Quad excursion through the Sahara Desert. Enjoy the exhilaration of speeding through the sands and up the dunes, where you will stop to enjoy a peaceful moment with just sky and sand for as far as you can see. You will have a professional guide to ensure your safety!
• Explore the Berber farms and fields of Merzouga and marvel at the ingenious underground water and irrigation system, for family agriculture and for spectacular date palms.
• Visit Dayet Srij Salt Lake or “Flamingos Lake”. During Spring the lake attracts many species of birds e.g. amazing colony of Greater Flamingos, desert Warbler, Egyptian Nightjar, Falcons, desert Sparrows and many more. Several species reside at the lake all year round. Other wildlife to be spotted at the lake are lizards, hedgehogs and desert foxes.
• Visit the Black Village of Khamlia, a little village with a big story. This village has a population of 390 of Black African families and Berber ethnic groups and it is located at the foothills of Merzouga dunes, doors to the great Sahara Desert.
• For centuries black Africans from the Gnawa tribe, originating from sub-Saharan countries such as The Sudan, Mali and Niger, were forcibly moved from their homelands across the Sahara to Morocco as part of the worldwide slave trade. Shackled in chains as they crossed the desert, they sang to soothe their pain and found a mindfulness in the rhythmic chanting and clanking of the chains.
• Today Khamlia’s inhabitants are direct descendants of these slaves. We will visit one of the music associations, have a cup of tea and listen to the Gnawa inspirational African music which is legendary from their ancestors, preserved from their original homeland and still played in a traditional manner.
• Partake of a delectable lunch of Berber Pizza which is a food specialty of the desert town of Merzouga.
• Visit a desert nomadic Berber family, share a cup of tea with them and be totally captivated by their life style, their traditional tents and the harsh desert environment in which they live.
• Head to your Riad/Hotel in front of the sand sea for a rest or a swim at your leisure. (Overnight in Sahara).
Day 8: Merzouga » Rissani » Todgha gorges » Dades valley :
• On the 8th day of your Morocco tour from Tangier, After breakfast and having experienced 2 memorable nights in the spectacular sand sea desert dunes of Sahara, you depart for the town of Rissani.
• This town was an ancient strategic cross roads destination on the trans-Saharan trade route linking Western Africa with Europe and Asia. It was a major camel caravan and commercial centre which gave great importance to the city from the 8th to 16th centuries.
• Caravans of up to 200,000 camels would arrive in Rissani each year, from many sub Saharan African countries, e.g. Mali, Ghana, Senegal, Niger, Sudan, all trading gold, ivory, local crafts, slaves and most importantly salt, which was sometimes used as trade currency and more valuable than gold at that time. Camels were first domesticated by the Native Berbers in north Africa, c.300 A.D. and the camel caravans traveled vast distances for long periods, up to 100 days to reach Rissani. They rarely traveled faster than the camel man’s walking speed and their ability to withstand hard conditions made them ideal for communication and trade.
• Rissani is renowned for its cultural diversity of Berber, Arab and desert communities, all recognisable and differentiated by their clothing style and colours worn. Also, it is a diverse city and well known for its traditional markets / Souks, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, being the busiest shopping days for souvenirs, gifts, spices, crafts and jewelry such as silver. There is a live stock market for sheep, goats, donkeys and trade in local fresh produce such as dates, olives, vegetables and many traditional items. It might be possible to stop here to explore these traditional markets and maybe taste some Moroccan sweet dates.
• Departing Rissani and continuing your 13 days Morocco tour from Tangier, you will travel towards Tinghir, where you will deviate to a minor road following the river of Todgha Gorge. Contemplate the scenic panoramic views of the old Jewish and Berber mud villages, overlooking the valley. Some time at leisure to enjoy the immensity of the huge red cliffs, 400M elevation, where many international rock climbers come to enjoy their preferred sport.
• The Todgha Gorge is recognised worldwide for being one of the most spectacular rocky canyons. No wonder this place has been used for filming many movies due to its magnificent natural setting, one of the most famous movies being the “Mummy”.
• In this area, lives a large community of Berber nomads. Sometimes, you can sight Berber nomad women, who have Berber tattoos on their faces. They may be seen herding their goats to drink water at the river’s edge and collecting their own water which is carried by their mules back to the caves where they live.
• After lunch, continue your journey towards one of the most beautiful valleys in the Kingdom and enjoy colourful Berber mud villages overlooking the amazing Dades Valley. You will drive along the spectacular Dades Valley to discover the amazing rock formations known as monkey toes or sometimes monkey fingers.
• The Dades Valley prides itself for the extensive production of roses, wall nuts, groves of palm and almond trees. It was the site of ancient nomad crossings and the valley is dotted with Oases and mud brick palaces known as kasbahs which gives the region its fairy tale nickname. (Overnight in Dades valley).
Day 9: Dades valley » Rose valley » Ouarzazate » Ksar Ait Benhaddou » High Atlas mountains » Marrakech :
On the 9th day of your Morocco tour from Tangier, after spending the night in the heart of the beautiful Dades Valley and having breakfast, you continue driving through the Rose valley and Kalaat Mgouna, known as the Rose Capital and known for Damaskina Roses. It is also known for the annual festival during the rose harvest in May to choose Miss Rose of Morocco.
• Continue through the “Road of the thousand Kasbahs”, the iconic Berber mud brick villages and earth castles to the “Oasis of Skoura”.
• This oasis is UNESCO protected and is famous for its numerous Majestic Kasbahs and here you will stop to visit the iconic 17th century Kasbah of Amridil, an ancient fortification providing visitors with a glimpse into life in rural southern Morocco. A unique mud Kasbah you will admire while on your 13 days Morocco tour from Tangier.
• Visit the city of Ouarzazate known as the “Hollywood of Africa” and the spectacular UNESCO listed Ksar Ait Benhaddou, the most intriguing of the red earth castles and one of the most eye-catching filming locations featured in Game of Thrones, Gladiator and more.
• Travel over the wilderness and natural beauty of the High Atlas Mountains, through the exceptionally scenic Tizi n Tichka Pass and witness the production of the world famous Argan Oil on the way to the magic city of Marrakech. (Overnight in Marrakech).
Day 10: Marrakech day sightseeing guided tour :
Today, you will embark on a full-day guided city tour of exotic and vibrant Marrakech, exploring in-depth, the rich cultural heritage and antiquity of this enchanting city.
• Your Grand Morocco expert local guide will lead you through the UNESCO World Heritage listed, ancient walled Medina, which dates back to the ancient Berber inhabitants which extends back to more than 1700 BC.
• Visit Bahia Palace, a masterpiece of Moroccan and Andalusian architecture and a major monument of Morocco’s heritage. This 19th-century palace was built by “Ba Ahmed”, the grand vizier of Marrakech & named after his favorite wife “Bahia”. Craftsmen worked on this palace for fourteen years. The tiles were imported from Tetouan, the marble from Meknes while the cedar wood used for the painted and shimmering ceilings came from the Atlas Mountains.
• Stop at a Berber Apothecary shop, learning of the medicinal uses of many of the common spices and herbs that are still used across Morocco to treat common illnesses.
• Visit Ben Youssef Madrasa, a 14th-century school founded by the Moroccan Monarch “Abu el Hassan”, another beautiful example of Moroccan and Andalusian architecture. The Saadian dynasty enlarged and redecorated the building in 1570 and it became the largest Islamic college in north Africa.
• Observe the 12th century and largest mosque in Marrakech, “Koutoubia Mosque” and its 77 meter high minaret. It was completed during the reign of the Berber Almohad caliph Yaqub al-Mansour (1184-1199), and inspired other buildings such as the Giralda of Seville and the Hassan Tower of Rabat. Local laws restrict any new building projects from exceeding the height of the minaret, providing a focal point for all to enjoy.
• Visit Saadian tombs, the only remains of the Saadian Dynasty which ruled Marrakech in 1524 to 1659.
• Explore the world famous UNESCO site of Djemaa el Fna plaza in the heart of Marrakech, a magical destination you will admire while on your 13 days Morocco tour from Tangier. Marrakech, a symbol of the ocher (red) city, where you will find a different and a unique atmosphere like snake charmers, storytellers, dancers, traditional musicians to mention just a few… (Overnight in Marrakech).
Day 11: Hot Air balloon flight & High Atlas mountains excursion :
• On this special day of your Morocco tour from Tangier, you will enjoy an early morning breathtaking adventurous Hot Air Balloon flight, revealing stunning aerial views of Marrakech environs and the spectacular High Atlas Mountains. Then post-flight, partake of a traditional Berber breakfast.
• Journey into the hidden world of Berbers, the stunning Imlil village in the High Atlas mountains and where the famous Seven Years in Tibet was part filmed. From here, you will meet with the local mule team which will take you to explore Imlil stunning waterfalls, enjoy the amazing view of ancient irrigation fields which are surrounded by cherry, walnut, apples and almond trees. Take in the amazing mountain views and valleys. Discover the authentic life of the Berber people and their culture and see the highest peak in North Africa and 2nd highest in Africa, The Toubkal Mountain at elevation of 4167 metres (13,665) feet.
• Head to a typical Berber family guesthouse to feast on a traditional family meal, situated in a charming panoramic landscape with views towards the High Atlas Mountains. Learn how those rural Berber families live, their lifestyle and learn how Moroccan mint tea is made. (Lunch ncluded).
• After lunch head to the stunning Ourika Valley and witness one of the best preserved valley landscapes in Morocco. Enjoy panoramic views by passing through several authentic, traditional Berber villages built from Adobe clay and stones, at an elevation of 2400 metres. You will enjoy the dramatic and breathtaking views of The Atlas Mountains, mostly covered in snow all the year. A beautiful nature you will admire while on your 13 days Morocco tour from Tangier.
• Return to Marrakech at approx 18h00 PM. (Overnight in Marrakech).
Day 12: Marrakech » Casablanca :
• Today you will travel north to Casablanca along the Atlantic coast via splendid landscapes and fascinating Moroccan villages.
• Upon arrival, you will visit the iconic and 5th largest mosque in the world Hassan II Mosque. This mosque is the largest in Africa and 5th largest in the world. Its minaret is the world’s second tallest minaret at 210 M. A beautiful coastal modern edifice you will admire while on your 13 days Morocco tour from Tangier.
• This mosque was designed by French architect Michel Pinseau and completed in 1993, and building the Mosque was estimated to have cost 585 million Euros. It straddles the land site and the Atlantic Ocean with a capacity of 105,000 worshipers. Historically, the venture was the ‘brain-child’ of King Hassan II, to honor the memory of his father King Mohammed V.
• Stroll along the Habous Quarter which is one of the most picturesque places in Casablanca with its small squares and narrow arcade streets, a fine example of successful adaptation of modern town planning in style of a Moroccan traditional Medina. Later, visit the Mohammed V Square, Mahkama du Pacha, the elegant Notre Dame de Lourdes Cathedral in the residential area of Anfa.
• Visit the famous Rick’s Café and the largest Mall complex in Africa (Morocco Mall). Take a leisurely wander along the seaside of la Corniche in Ain Diab before heading to your accommodation. (Overnight in Casablanca).
Day 13: Airport Transfer :
After breakfast, we will collect you from your accommodation and transfer you to Mohammed V international airport in Casablanca, for your on-ward flight. Now ends your 13 days Morocco tour from Tangier.
NOTE: We recommend arriving at the airport 3 hours before your departure time, as the airport can get very busy.
What is included
in this 13 days Morocco tour from tangier
- Travel in a private air-conditioned 4WD or Minivan, with a professional, licenced English speaking driver/guide.
- Airport/Port Pick up and drop off.
- WiFi hotspot in the car + 2 bottles of water each per day during this 13 days Morocco tour from Tangier.
- 13 days / 12 nights accommodation with breakfast in beautiful 3, 4 or 5 star hotels / riads as you request.
- Hot Air Balloon in High Atlas Mountains.
- Official local guides in Lixus, Chefchaouen, Volubilis, Meknes, Fes & Marrakech.
- Dinner in (Day 6/7/8).
- Turbant (head wear) each for the camel trip in Sahara.
- Camel ride, Quad bikes, Sand boarding in the Sahara desert.
- Overnight stay in a Desert luxury camp.
- A visit to a local nomad family in Sahara.
- All taxes and entrance fees to all included sites and monuments during this Morocco tour from Tangier.
What is not included
in this 13 days Morocco tour from tangier
- Travel insurance.
- Flight ticket.
- Snacks, drinks and incidentals.
- Hotel services, such as room service or laundry service during this 13 days Morocco tour from Tangier.
- Tips and gratuities.
- Personal expenses.
- Meals not noted as included in this 13 days Morocco tour from Tangier.