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Highlights of our tour:
Book the best 7 days tour from Marrakech with a 100 % local travel agency based in Morocco. The first two days will be spent touring and discovering Marrakech with a local guide. The third day will take you through several lovely cities, villages, and Kasbahs like Ait Benhaddou and Ouarzazate before arriving in Boumalne and spending the night.
The desert of Merzouga will take up half of the fourth day and the entire fifth day. You will ride a camel, go camping, and enjoy the Berber music. More significantly, you will embark on a discovery desert excursion and meet Berber Nomads and Gnawa people.
You will drive to Fes in the last days of our tour passing by many other lovely places discovering the main attractions on the way.
Day 1: Arrival in Marrakech
The 7 days tour from Marrakech starts when you arrive at the airport. We will pick you up and drive you to your hotel so you can rest. We will go to few places in Marrakech if we have time and you came early in the day.
Day 2: Marrakech guided tour
We will visit and discover the main sites in the red city on the second day of our 7 days tour from Marrakech to Fes. After breakfast, our local guide will arrive to pick you up and take you through the downtown streets. We usually begin by visiting Majorelle and Menara’s gardens. You will learn about the history of these lovely sites where most residents go to rest. Majorelle, for example, was created by a French artist who opted to live and work in Morocco.
Next, we will take you to Bahia and El Badi Palace, where you will witness some of the best representations of Moroccan architecture. Furthermore, because the city was formerly populated by Saadian, we will take you to see how they were able to construct a type of unique Tombs to protect their victims. Following that, we will visit the Koutoubia mosque, which has one of Morocco’s oldest and tallest towers. Finally, we’ll spend the entire evening touring Jamaa El Fna’s wonderful square.
Day 3 : Marrakech to Boumaln Dades
Today, after breakfast, we’ll go off on the route to Boumalne Dades. First, we’ll take a trip across the High Atlas Mountains. Morocco has succeeded in building a pass that allows you to reach the southeast and travel to the desert despite the fact that the road is all mountains. This pass is about 200 kilometers long and follows a curving path until it reaches the top of the High Atlas mountains. As you drive through the Tichka pass, you will come to a stop at the highest point of this curving road ( about 2260m).
It has one of the finest views of the Atlas Mountains. In a few moments, we’ll continue our journey to the southeast, passing through Ait Benhaddou. You’ll have some time here to cross the river and visit the huge Ksar, which was once a vital stop for traders and camel caravans.
Later in the day, we’ll visit Morocco’s Ouallywood, Ouarzazate. It is the only city in the Southeast with an international airport. Here, we will take you to the Atlas studios, which are the city’s primary attractions. They are the locations where films are shot and where filmmakers sometimes rent equipment. After that, we hit the road again, with the next stops being Rose Valley and the city of Kalaat Mgouna, both of which are known for their cosmetic products.
Finally, we’ll make our way to Boumalne Dades, passing through some local Berber towns and valleys along the way. We will spend the night there.
Day 4 : Boumalne Dades to Merzouga
On the fourth day of our 7 days tour from Marrakech passing by Merzouga, we will visit the tour’s highlight, and perhaps the highlight of all Morocco desert excursions. But first, we’ll go to some interesting places, such as the Toudgha or Toudra canyons, which are around 300 meters high and ideal for climbers. Furthermore, we will go through cities such as Tinghir and Tinejdad. If we have enough time, we may visit Erfoud or Rissani.
Finally, we’ll arrive in the Merzouga desert. We’ll go straight to the camels, which will be waiting near the dunes. Our camel experts will assist you in riding the camel safely. In a pleasant atmosphere, we will walk through the golden dunes. We usually watch the sunset from the desert camp, but if we are running late, we will see it on the way to the camp. When we arrive at the camp, you can enjoy sandboarding. You’ll be served a delectable Moroccan dinner and entertained with Berber drums music under the starry sky.
Day 5: Merzouga discovery tour
The fifth day of our 7 days tour from Marrakech will be entirely dedicated to exploring the desert environs. To begin, before embarking on the journey, you can get up early and climb the sand dunes to witness the breathtaking sunrise. When you return, you can take a shower and then eat breakfast at the camp. You will eventually take the 4×4 car and travel through the desert to encounter the Berber Nomads and the original inhabitants of Merzouga. These people continue to live in tents and earn a livelihood by raising goats and sheep and selling them in nearby souks, primarily in Erfoud and Rissani.
Following that, we will go to M’Ifiss, where you will uncover one of the area’s oldest kohl mines. Next, we’ll take you to Glb Nass, which translates to “the people’s heart.” It’s one of the unique panoramas that allows you to enjoy the desert’s lovely vistas from a new angle.
We’ll leave in a few minutes for Khamlia village, which is around 4 kilometers from Merzouga’s city. You will find a different way of living there. Definitely, the Gnawas are one of the primary reasons to visit Merzouga’s desert. Every year, these people arrange a three-day event known as the Gnawa festival. They display their culture and perform various rhythms these days. When we get there, we’ll go to a location called Dar Gnaoua. You will learn about their story and listen to their music there. Following that, we’ll head to the Moroccan National Auto Museum, which is owned by an Emirati and displays several antique 4×4 cars.
Day 6: Merzouga desert to Fes
On the sixth day of our 7 days tour from Marrakech itinerary, we will drive to the cultural city of Fes where the tour will end.
To begin, after breakfast in the camp or hotel, We will take the vehicle and drive to Erfoud, which is just around 30 to 40 minutes away from the desert. In this city, we will see many types of fossils that the area is famous for. We will eventually continue the journey to the Errachidia dam. It is the primary supply of water for the whole arid region and Errachidia province. Following that, we will continue on our way to Fes, passing via the two lovely cities of Midelt and Zaida. Lunch will be served at any of these two locations.
Day 7: Departure to the airport
This will be the end of our 7 days tour in Morocco from Marrakech to Fes via Merzouga Sahara desert, we will drop you off at the airport.
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The Sahara desert of Merzouga
The stunning Merzouga and the majority of our Moroccan trips will undoubtedly amaze you. Before we begin discussing the important attractions in this charming village and the primary activities to do, it is recommended to first discuss the history and the origins of the village’s name. Two distinct stories are given to explain the origin of a name. To begin with, some believe that Merzouga was called after the Merzoug family, who settled in the desert long before the arrival of tourists.
Originally, the Berber Nomads made up the majority of the population of Merzouga’s desert. In other words, the majority of the inhabitants first lived in tents and used to take care of sheep, and camels.
The origins of the name in the second story are Arabic, because Merzouka is the rich, wealthy nation in the latter.
The desert of Merzouga is a haven of peace and tranquillity. You simply wish to spend a wonderful evening in Erg Chebbi’s golden and peaceful dunes, riding a camel to the Berber nomads beneath the starry sky. If you have enough time in Merzouga, you may do many more things than the desert trip, buggies, and quads.
The red city of Marrakech
One of Morocco’s most appealing cities is Marrakech, which is regarded as the country’s top tourist destination. It’s impossible not to fall in love with it because it’s so beautiful, exotic, and full of red brick structures.
It is known as the “Red City” because of the color of its buildings. It’s vibrant and exciting. When you arrive in Marrakech, you could begin your journey by visiting the region’s main mosque, Koutoubia Mosque. Visit Bab Agnaou, one of the city’s 19 doors built by Almohad Yacube Almanssour during the reign of the Caliph. Aside from the Saadian cemeteries, there are graves of 60 members of the dynasty.
The attraction that will entice you to visit one of Morocco’s most famous cities is Jemaa el-Fna Square, a Unesco Intangible Heritage site. There are various stalls selling a variety of items and acts. A lot of acrobatics and music. It’ll all be included in your 7 days tour from Marrakech and much more.
Fes, the cultural city
Among the country’s imperial cities, Fes is well-known for its historical preservation. Because it has preserved old structures and buildings, it is undoubtedly one of Morocco’s most important destinations. Put on some comfortable shoes because there are a lot of beautiful sights to see.
The Moulay Idriss II Mausoleum, the Bab Bou Jeloud gate, and the magnificent Al Karaouin Mosque are all worth seeing. As an example, This is the world’s oldest university, which was founded by a woman, Fatima al-Fihri. It was originally built as a mosque and served as a gathering place for students from many countries. It was, in fact, one of Morocco’s most effective spiritual schools throughout its history.
We’ll make sure you get a tour of the town’s tanneries and check out the sites where the hides are prepared. We’ll certainly take you to Choura’s largest tannery. Because of the leather scent, the space is a little moldy smell. You’ll witness how locals manufacture leather items and paint them in various colors, sometimes with spices. You will undoubtedly capture stunning photographs of Fes, Morocco’s cultural capital.
Beautiful landscapes abound in the small hamlet Tinghir! The beauty of its buildings, which are encircled by palm palms, draws visitors’ attention, but it is nature that truly impresses. The most important is Todra Gorges, a red mountain complex that merges with huge palm trees. Tinghir is a hefty meal for those looking to climb. The rivers, which originate in the spring, are separated by a river about 300 meters. The ambiance here is simply fantastic. Here are a few small shops that sell a variety of leather products, such as Djellabas and tapestries.
One of the most popular activities is trekking across these regions. You may trek down the river to the Gorges du of Todgha Pass, which is a massive canyon. You’re completely free. Visit the natural reserve as well as the Tinghir Valley, which is densely forested and lush.
Ouarzazate, the cinema city
Ouallywood, the gateway to the Sahara Wilderness, and Ouarzazate are various names for a large city in Morocco’s southeast. The original name was made up of two words. First and foremost, it implies “ouar” which means without in Berber, whereas “zazate” is another word meaning noise. That makes Ouarzazate the city without noise.
Ouarzazate has two major film studios (Atlas and CLA Cinema) that may be visited and are attracting more and more substantial American films. The area has been nicknamed “Moroccan Hollywood.” Ouarzazate’s huge success can be attributed to the location’s low cost, as well as the sun shining 300 days each year. To say nothing of the Moroccan people’s security, kindness, and excitement. It is also, without a doubt, one of the world’s most distinctive and beautiful dry locations.
The city offers visitors the option to visit the Museum of Cinema, the Taourirt Kasbah, and the studios. The museum, which opened in 2007, was created to preserve Ouarzazate’s film memory while also encouraging tourism in the city. The Museum is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day.
Skoura is a must-see in Marrakech since it serves as the gateway to the Erg Chebbi desert area. Although it is not one of Morocco’s most well-known towns, it has outstanding attractions. It has beautiful architecture, pleasant streets, beautiful castles, and spectacular monuments. Thami El Glaoui’s historic Kasbah Amridil Castle, built on red land, is worth a visit.
Erfoud and Tafilalte
Whether you’re coming from Marrakech or Fes, you’ll pass through these two desert communities on your way to the Merzouga Sahara Desert. First and foremost, Erfoud is the largest city near the Merzouga desert. Every year, it hosts a festival that attracts visitors from all over the world. Not to state that Erfoud is the primary city responsible for Morocco’s most important dates source, the Ziz valley. In addition to that, Erfoud is a significant town with an abundance of fossil stores, and its surrounding area is well-known for its fossil work.
Rissani, on the other hand, is Tafilalte’s capital city. This location is known to be the starting point for Morocco’s present Alauite dynasty. The city is home to one of Morocco’s oldest traditional souks, where most desert dwellers buy and sell goods. One of the city’s distinguishing features is that it has a designated parking area for donkeys, thus anyone possessing a donkey should park it there.
The Atlas Mountains are distributed in different North African countries: Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia. We can divide the High, Anti, and Middle Atlas mountains into three sections. As many people believe, these areas should not be called chains because they are separated by lengths known as plateaus in some places.
Your 7 days vacation from Marrakech will take you through the Middle Atlas, with the main station being the village of Irfane.
Ifrane, Morocco’s little Switzerland, is located on the road from Fes to the desert of Merzouga. Just in the Middle Atlas highlands. Because of its location, it is Morocco’s coldest town, and it attracts a huge number of tourists, both Moroccans and foreigners, who come to snowboard. Not to mention that the buildings of Ifrane are vastly different. In fact, it has a European flavor.
With its unique and excellent weather, Ifrane is home to a number of major investments. Consider Al Akhawain University, which provides high school education and is available to students from all around the world. There is also Lmaamoura, where the national soccer team frequently trains.
Ifrane is also home to the Atlas Lion Statue, one of Morocco’s rare sculptures of a German prisoner. This statue depicts the narrative of Morocco while it was under French domination. France established a military base in Ifrane during the time, and numerous convicts were detained. According to legend, France promised him freedom if he achieved something unique and inventive among the prisoners. Then he created the Atlas lion statue.
Ait Benhaddou Kasbah
The stunning city of At Ben-Haddou, with its numerous Kasbahs, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Ounila River surrounds the city, and the hamlet must cross it. Movies and tv series set at At-Ben-Haddou have included The Bible, Cleopatra, The Mummy, the Gladiator, Prison Break, and The Game of Thrones, as well as many other ones.
It should be mentioned that The Clone, produced by Rede Globo from 2001 to 2002, included sequences shot in the cistern of El Jadida in Portugal, a medieval medina in Fes, and the At-Ben-Haddou market in Marrakesh.
All of these Moroccan sites are now part of the UNESCO World Heritage List and are well worth a visit! Because it is the village itself, the Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou is exempt from admission fees. In essence, you climb through the entire hamlet to reach the peak, from where you get a 360-degree view of the surrounding region. Along the way, you will see terroir houses, businesses, and numerous artisans.
It is for sure one of the best sites to visit during the 7 days tour from Marrakech.