Imagine experiencing Morocco in just one week, journeying from north to south. This 7-day Morocco tour, commencing in Tangier and concluding in Marrakech, offers a comprehensive exploration. Carefully maximizing each of the seven days, this itinerary allows ample time to visit cities, landmarks, unique natural landscapes, and, notably, the Sahara Desert. It is undoubtedly a well-rounded tour, brimming with diversity and allure, providing a thorough introduction to the most significant facets of the country.
Fes and Marrakech take center stage in this 7-day Morocco tour. Both cities, acknowledged as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO, offer guided tours that delve into their attractions and hidden gems. Beyond the structured exploration, you’ll have free time to indulge in local gastronomy, shop for handicrafts, and immerse yourself in the unique atmospheres of Fes and Marrakech. The itinerary also includes visits to other captivating locations, including Chaouen, renowned for its picturesque charm, as well as Berber fortresses such as Ait Ben Haddou and Taourirt, situated south of the Atlas Mountains.
In this 7-day Morocco tour, you’ll not only have the opportunity to explore historic cities and bustling medinas, but there will also be days dedicated to experiencing the opposite: tranquil natural landscapes where you can find harmony with the surroundings and within yourself. This is exemplified by the Sahara Desert as we venture to one of its most iconic locations, the Erg Chebbi dunes near Merzouga. The Moroccan mountains are also on the itinerary, traversing the High and Middle Atlas and passing through protected areas like the National Park of Cedars. As we cover the miles on the road, you’ll encounter palm groves, rugged canyons, and cultivated regions, providing a glimpse into the diverse landscapes of Morocco.
You may traverse Morocco in a week using this itinerary from north to south. In the Strait of Gibraltar, Tangier serves as its starting point. After traveling over the desert and arriving in the southernmost region of the country, it will end in Marrakech. Day by day, this is how each day is described.
On the initial day of the 7-day Morocco tour, Tangier welcomes you along with our agency’s staff. Your private vehicle and English-speaking driver will be ready at the airport or port as you embark on this weeklong journey from north to south in Morocco. If the ferry or flight is punctual, Tetouan becomes the first destination. Explorers venturing into this city, also referred to as the “White Dove” due to the color of its historic medina, will encounter a delightful surprise. Tetouan boasts ancient and grand structures, earning it recognition as a World Heritage Site. Additionally, it retains traces of its Spanish history, having served as the capital during the Protectorate era in the 20th century.
The latter part of the day will be dedicated to Chaouen (or Chefchaouen), renowned for its vibrant colors, particularly the “blue city,” where every corner of its medina is painted in shades of light blue. Regardless of the duration of the Tetouan visit, Chaouen takes center stage in the latter part of the day. The focus of the leisurely stroll will be the city’s winding, steep, and charmingly narrow streets. Moreover, the viewpoints offer stunning panoramic views of this town nestled within the Rif Mountains. You will conclude the day by retiring to a delightful riad in the medina.
After enjoying breakfast at the riad in Chaouen, we’re set to continue this 7-day Morocco tour. A dedicated day to Fes is a must, and that’s precisely what we have planned for this second day. Departing from the Rif Mountains, we’ll reach Fes in the morning. Once the former capital of a kingdom that once exerted significant control over present-day Morocco, Fes holds the esteemed title of one of the country’s imperial cities. The Karaouine Mosque, home to a renowned and pioneering university, stands as an iconic landmark from the Middle Ages. Throughout the tour, a local guide will lead us through its medersas and bustling sections of the medina, including the tanners’ district. The guided exploration might also encompass a visit to the Mellah and the Royal Palace’s golden gates.
In the afternoon, you’ll have free time for cultural visits to monuments or indulging in shopping at the medina’s numerous handicraft stores, offering high-quality items. As evening approaches, you’ll be accommodated in a riad within the medina.
The third day of this 7-day Morocco tour kicks off with breakfast at the riad in Fes. This day’s journey will take us to the far south, requiring a crossing of the Middle Atlas Mountains. Before that, we’ll take the opportunity to explore two unique places. First is Ifrane, often referred to as the “Moroccan Switzerland” due to its elevation exceeding 1,700 meters above sea level. The gabled roofs of its buildings hint at frequent snowfall in the winter, providing a distinct perspective compared to what we’ve seen and what lies ahead in Morocco this week. The Ifrane National Park, located near Azrou, is the second attraction, known as the Park of the Cedars or the Monkey Forest due to its abundance of cedar trees and a significant population of critically endangered apes.
On the other side of the Middle Atlas, a scenic drive through the Ziz Valley awaits, leading first to Erfoud, renowned for its fossils and marbles, and then to the Merzouga desert. In this town, named after the adjacent portion of the Sahara, we’ll switch our mode of transportation to camels (or a 4×4 if preferred) for an excursion through the dunes of Erg Chebbi, reaching the tented camp. A traditional Berber tea will welcome us, followed by dinner in the camp, set beneath a captivating starry sky. Undoubtedly, the camp offers an unparalleled setting to spend the night in comfortable Berber tents.
The fourth day of the tour offers early risers the chance to witness the sunrise over the dunes, a singular and unforgettable experience. After enjoying the first rays of sunlight and breakfast at the bivouac, we’ll travel back to Merzouga by camel or 4×4 to continue the journey. Back on the road, other must-see places await on this 7-day Morocco tour. Berber villages, extensive palm groves, and adobe fortresses make up the renowned Road of the Thousand Kasbahs. Tinghir (or Tinerhir) is one of the stops in the first part of this day, a place that precisely encapsulates all these attractions.
The Todra Gorges are another essential stop. This rocky gorge, with cliffs as high as 200 meters in some places, creates a scene that will leave a lasting impression. It serves as a precursor to the Valley of the Roses and the Dades Valley, both of which we’ll explore on this route. In the afternoon, time permitting, we’ll reach Ouarzazate, a city famous for its film studios. The Kasbah of Taourirt, situated in this city, is worth a visit to observe how it was once a fortress-residence of the ‘Pasha’ of Marrakech. Its essence has been preserved not only externally but also internally, with certain chambers featuring lavish decorations. As a final chapter to the day, dinner and a night’s rest await in a hotel in Ouarzazate.
On the fifth day of this 7-day Morocco tour from Tangier, we’ll visit several World Heritage Sites, starting with the ksar of Ait Ben Haddou after breakfast at the hotel in Ouarzazate. This substantial fortified settlement, just a few kilometers outside the city, feels like a place where time has stood still. Constructed in adobe centuries ago by the Berbers, it is still inhabited by families today. Moreover, it has served as a backdrop for numerous big-budget productions, featuring in movies and television shows such as Game of Thrones and Lawrence of Arabia.
Following the visit, our vehicle will transport us to the High Atlas, a formidable mountain range that we’ll traverse through the Tizi n’Tichka pass, soaring to an altitude of over 2,200 meters. The ascent and descent by road will offer views of traditional villages and panoramic landscapes, providing opportunities to capture photographs and rest. In the afternoon, we’ll reach Marrakech, the final destination of this one-week Morocco tour. This is your chance to have an initial exploration of this vibrant city through a leisurely walk. In the evening, a charming riad in the heart of the medina will welcome you.
Certainly, any 7-day tour in Morocco deserves a dedicated day to explore Marrakech, a city declared a World Heritage Site. After having breakfast at the riad, an official guide will join you to embark on a journey through the attractions of this Imperial City. This guided tour will unravel the fascinating history of Marrakech, showcasing its impressive past as the capital since the 11th century with the Almoravids and, centuries later, with the Saadids. Additionally, you will immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of its streets and bustling souks. Notable landmarks on the tour include the Koutoubia Mosque, the Bahia Palace, the Ben Youssef Medersa, and the lively Jemaa el-Fna square.
The afternoon will be yours to explore, whether you choose to shop in the stalls of the square and medina souks, visit museums, or engage in other activities of interest. Once again, you will spend the evening in the same charming riad.
The last day of the tour commences with breakfast at the riad, followed by the check-out process. Whether you choose to embark on a final stroll through the city depends on your return flight’s timing. Regardless, our driver will be ready to pick you up at the designated time, transporting you in a private vehicle to the airport. At this point, our 7-day Morocco tour concludes, and we bid farewell with the anticipation of having explored a unique and hospitable nation.
In the 7 days that make up this Morocco tour from tangier to Marrakech we offer the necessary services to enjoy the experience:
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