Tour Details: One week in Morocco itinerary from Fes
One-week tour in Morocco, ending in Marrakech: Desert and Kasbahs
Embark on an unforgettable one-week journey through Morocco, immersing yourself in the enchanting blend of cultural marvels and natural wonders. Begin your adventure in Fes, where the ancient medina invites you to navigate its labyrinthine alleys, discover historical treasures like the Bou Inania Madrasa and Al-Qarawiyyin University, and witness the vibrant energy of Bab Bou Jeloud. Transition to Marrakech, where the vivid hues of Jardin Majorelle and the opulence of Bahia Palace captivate your senses. The bustling Djemaa el-Fna square beckons with its lively atmosphere, offering a taste of Marrakech’s vibrant street life.
Then, venture into the Sahara Desert, marveling at the majestic dunes of Erg Chebbi, a surreal landscape that promises awe-inspiring sunsets and a night under the stars. This meticulously crafted itinerary balances cultural immersion, natural exploration, and free time, ensuring you experience the essence of Morocco in just one week. Dare to uncover the allure of this captivating country, where every corner reveals a new facet of its rich tapestry.
Imperial cities and historical treasures
This one-week Morocco tour stands out among our offerings, particularly for enthusiasts of historical monuments. While not as lengthy as some tours, it boasts the distinct advantage of comprehensive guided explorations in both the starting and concluding cities—Fes and Marrakech. These cities hold UNESCO World Heritage status for their exceptionally beautiful historic medinas. Beyond the urban centers, the journey between the two cities and into the desert offers dedicated time for visits to additional monuments of historical and artistic significance. Notably, the itinerary includes a stop at the Ksar of Ait Ben Haddou, accorded the highest recognition by UNESCO. For aficionados of art, history, and culture, this tour promises a rich experience, showcasing fortresses, madrasas, and other symbolic constructions along the route. In essence, it’s a condensed yet captivating immersion into Morocco’s cultural and architectural treasures.
A Week in Morocco: A Journey through Culture and Diverse Landscapes
A week in Morocco promises not just a cultural immersion but a captivating journey through its diverse and contrasting landscapes. The natural wonders of the country unfold in a spectacular display, showcasing the grandeur of the High Atlas Mountains, the delicate beauty of the fine sand dunes in the Merzouga desert, the lush valleys adorned with palm groves in the southern regions, and the enchanting cedar forests in the Middle Atlas.
Throughout this tour, it’s highly recommended to keep your senses attuned to the surroundings, whether you’re traveling in a vehicle or partaking in open-air walking itineraries. The visual feast is not limited to the terrestrial realm; the sky above adds another layer of intrigue. Witness breathtaking moments such as the sunrise and sunset casting their hues over the landscape and the starry spectacle of the desert night. These celestial displays are bound to etch themselves into the retinas and hearts of every expedition member, contributing to the unforgettable tapestry of experiences in Morocco’s diverse and awe-inspiring natural settings.
For you to know in detail the tour of this one-week in Morocco, here we show you how is the program in each of the 7 days that compose it, starting in Fes and ending in Marrakech.
Day 1: Pickup from Airport to your accommodation in Fes
The first day of this one-week Morocco itinerary is designed to facilitate an immersive introduction to the country, beginning with your arrival in the city of Fes, the tour’s starting point. Upon landing, you will be warmly greeted by an English-speaking driver from our agency, who will be at your service throughout the journey. In a comfortable vehicle, you’ll be whisked away to a riad nestled in the heart of the historic center. Depending on the timing of your flight, you’ll have the opportunity for an initial stroll around the city, absorbing the atmosphere and preparing for the guided tour slated for the following day. Following this exploratory period and the requisite check-in procedures, you’ll unwind and rejuvenate at the riad within the bustling medina, preparing for the adventures that lie ahead.
Day 2: Fes
After a restful night and a delightful breakfast at the riad in the heart of Fes’ medina, the day unfolds with an immersive exploration of this captivating city—an integral highlight of your one-week Moroccan tour. Accompanied by our official English-speaking guide, your morning journey will lead you through Fes’ main monuments and the iconic sites within its UNESCO-designated medina. Expect to visit landmarks like the historic Karaouine mosque and university (one of the world’s oldest), the enchanting madrasas of Bou Inania and Attains, vibrant squares such as Nejjarine, and authentic souks showcasing skilled artisans like the tanners. Given the expansive nature of Fes’ medina, the morning may not cover all points of interest, making the free afternoon a valuable opportunity for further exploration.
Consider delving into the Mellah, Fes’ Jewish quarter, exploring the Royal Palace with its spectacular Golden Gates, or immersing yourself in museums like the Borj Nord. Alternatively, meander through the bustling center, exploring popular stores and establishments, as Fes is renowned for its prestigious craftsmanship. With numerous options to choose from, your day promises to be rich and fulfilling, concluding with a well-deserved night of rest at the riad within the medina.
Day 3: From Fes to Merzouga Desert via Ifrane and Monkey Forest
Day 3 unfolds on our one-week Moroccan tour, transitioning from the cultural richness of Fes to the mesmerizing Erg Chebbi dunes. After a delightful breakfast at the riad, our southward journey kicks off, unveiling the beauty of the Middle Atlas Mountains. As we traverse this picturesque landscape, we pause in Ifrane, often referred to as ‘Moroccan Switzerland,’ distinguished by its unique architecture designed to withstand winter precipitation.
Adjacent to Ifrane lies the captivating Ifrane National Park, also known as the Monkey Forest or Cedar National Park, housing the Barbary macaque. Our route then leads us through the Middle Atlas, guiding us into the arid expanse of the Ziz Valley. The transition from riverside palm groves to rocky hamadas signals our approach to the desert.
Erfoud, renowned for fossils and marbles, marks a significant stop. Finally, we reach Merzouga, the gateway to the stunning Erg Chebbi dunes. Here, we exchange our mode of transport for camels, embarking on a journey through the vast dunes. The tent camp in Erg Chebbi becomes our haven for the night, where a warm Berber tea, the silence of the desert, and a magical dinner under the starlit sky await.
Day 4: From Merzouga Desert to Dades Valley via Rissani and Todra Gorges
We will start this fourth day with one of the most beautiful experiences of our one-week stay in Morocco: the sunrise in the dunes of Erg Chebbi, will make it worth waking up very early. After contemplating the sunrise, we will have breakfast in the tents camp and make the return trip by camels to Merzouga. Here, we will pick up our vehicle and return to the asphalt to continue the route. The first stop will be Rissani, with a beautiful medina and scenes that seem to take us back to another era, as its traditional market and its donkey parking.
From here we will continue by road while, on the other side of the glass, there are landscapes full of contrasts: rocky elevations, palm groves, small Berber villages… All this is combined with Tinghir (or Tinerhir), a town that in the Tamazight language means “the city of the mountain” and keeps intact its picturesque atmosphere. And shortly after leaving this beautiful town, we will enter one of the most unique landscapes of this one-week route in Morocco: the Todra Gorges. It is a rocky canyon carved for thousands of years by this humble river, whose water course has created a gorge through which you can walk today. Its views are also breathtaking from the road, which twists and turns in an implausible way.
After that, we enter the Dades Valley and, in the heart of this great natural area, we will arrive at the village where our riad will be located, full of charm: there we will have dinner and spend the night.
Day 5: From Dades Valley to Marrakech via Ait Ben Haddou
On the fifth day of our week-long Moroccan tour, after a hearty breakfast at our riad in the Dades Valley, we continue our journey through the Dades Valley and the Valley of the Roses, renowned for its significant rose production. These valleys are part of the famous Road of the Thousand Kasbahs, marked by numerous Berber fortifications. Our morning stop includes a visit to the Taourirt Kasbah in Ouarzazate, once the residence of the Atlas Sultan and Moroccan Pasha. The kasbah boasts historical significance, with well-preserved original decorations in ceramics, wood, and plasterwork inside, while its exterior retains the authentic adobe construction.
The second fortress of the day is the impressive Ksar of Ait Ben Haddou, a fortified village with towering structures perched on a hill, showcasing picturesque Berber defensive architecture. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it has been a favored location for numerous film productions, including Game of Thrones, Lawrence of Arabia, The Sheltering Sky, and Babel.
Following these visits, we head towards the High Atlas Mountains, their snow-capped peaks visible on the horizon. Crossing through the Tizi n’Tichka pass at an altitude of over 2,200 meters, we enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the mountain range and authentic villages. Descending for approximately 100 km, we reach Marrakech, the final major attraction of our week-tour in Morocco. While the afternoon is free for an initial exploration of the city, the full day will be dedicated to Marrakech the next day. For the night, you’ll rest in a riad within the medina.
Day 6: Marrakech
The lively city of Marrakech, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, takes center stage on the sixth day of this week-long Moroccan tour. After a hearty breakfast at the riad, you’ll be accompanied by an English-speaking guide for a comprehensive exploration of the historic Medina. Iconic monuments like the Koutoubia Mosque (exterior), the Ben Youssef Madrasa, the Saadian Tombs, and the Bahia Palace are on the itinerary. As you wander through squares, neighborhoods, and charming corners, including the vibrant souks and the Jemaa el-Fna Square, a designated Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, you’ll soak in the city’s captivating atmosphere.
The afternoon grants you free time to explore Marrakech’s main museums, such as the Museum of Marrakech, the Yves Saint Laurent Museum, or the Orientalist Museum. Alternatively, you can visit parks and gardens, with the Majorelle Garden being a colorful highlight. Shopaholics can indulge in craft stalls within the medina or explore renowned stores in the Gueliz district. For gastronomy enthusiasts, the city offers a variety of culinary experiences, and leisure activities abound. Regardless of your chosen plan, a well-deserved evening rest awaits you in the central riad.
Day 7: Marrakech Airport
On the last day of your one-week stay in Morocco, you may still have some free time to do some last-minute shopping or sightseeing. Everything will depend on the scheduled time of your return home. In any case, breakfast is included at the riad in the medina, as is the transfer service to the airport. at the agreed-upon time, our driver will pick you up at the hotel in a private vehicle to reach the terminal. And there we will say goodbye with the hope of having fulfilled the expectations and with the illusion of seeing each other again on a new tour of Morocco.
One week in Morocco starting from Fes includes the following Activities:
In the 7 days that make up this one week tour in Morocco, we offer the necessary services to enjoy the experience:
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