Tour itinerary of 9 days in Morocco from Tangier
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Highlights of our tour:
Our 9 days in Morocco itinerary starts from Tangier. There, you will have the chance to see some beautiful and historical attractions of the city such as Hercules caves, the American Legation, and the old medina. After that, we will head to the blue city of Chefchaouen. It is a fascinating and colorful region in the northwest of Morocco. Thereafter, our destination will be the city of Fes. it contains beautiful tourist attractions that are worth a visit. The famous ones of them are the old medina of Fes El Bali, the tanneries, and the university of al-Qarawiyyin.
The next day of our 9 days in Morocco itinerary will be a visit to one of the most beautiful Sahara deserts in Morocco, Merzouga. Not to mention, this place is the highlight of our tours from Tangier. It offers various activities that attract tourists from all over the world. We can mention the camel ride and the camping in the heart of Erg Chebbi, a visit to the lake of Srij, a tour to enjoy the Gnawa music, a visit to a nomadic family who lives in Berber tents, and more.
Later, we will hit the road to discover the Grand Canyons of Dades and Todgha gorges. Then, we will move to visit the city of Ouarzazate. It is famous for its Atlas Film Studios, where a lot of series and movies were filmed such as Prison Break and Gladiator. Afterward, we will visit one of the ancient Berber fortresses and one of the most famous Kasbahs in Morocco, Ait Benhaddou.
Finally, we will go back to the north across the Atlas Mountains to the city of Marrakech. There, you will have the chance to visit the Koutoubia mosque, the square of Jemaa El Fna, the Menara gardens, and more.
Day 1: Arrival to Tangier.
The start of our 9 days in Morocco itinerary will be from Tangier. One of our drivers will come to pick you up either from the airport of Ibn Battuta or from one of the city’s ports. Then, he will take you to your accommodation. If you arrive early at the city and you have enough time, it is possible that he will take you to see and discover the old medina of Tangier.
Day 2: Tangier to Chefchaouen.
On the second day of our 9 days in Morocco itinerary, we will take you to see Tangier’s attractions and historical monuments. First of all, we will walk up to the American Legation, the first American public property outside the United States, and then we will take a walk in the old medina. After, we will visit the caves of Hercules, caverns where the Roman emperor Hercules stayed during his labors.
On the same day, we will head to the blue pearl of Morocco, Chefchaouen. There, we will have the chance to see the beauty of the city from the top and visit the church of the Spanish. At the end of the day, we will take you to your accommodation.
Day 3 : Chefchaouen to Fes.
On the third day of our tour from Tangier, we will discover and enjoy the beauty of Chefchaouen and end up spending the night in Fes. First, we will have a walk around the city to see its marvelous blue walls, and then we will visit the Kasbah Museum, located in the Place of Outa el-Hammam. It is one of the most beautiful Kasbahs in Morocco with a lot of explanations about the city in the Spanish language.
Next, we will head to Ras El Ma waterfalls and then go back to Outa el Hammam to relax and have a cup of tea. Later, in the afternoon, we will drive to the city of Fes and take you to your accommodation to spend the night there.
Day 4: Fes discovery tour.
On this day of our 9 days in Morocco itinerary from Tangier, we will visit the cultural capital of Morocco Fes and discover its beautiful attractions. There, we will start with a visit to the gate of Bab Boujloud, the main western entrance to the old medina of Fes el Bali. After, we will take a walk in the city to visit the Madrassas of Bou Inania and Al-Attarine. Thereafter, we will visit the University of al-Qarawiyyin, the oldest existing, and continually operating university in the world.
Next, we will move to see the tannery of Chouara, the largest of the medina’s several tanneries, and then we will visit the king’s palace. Moreover, we will take a walk to the Borj Nord for a beautiful view from the top, and after that, we will visit the garden of Jnan Sbil. In the afternoon, you are free to try some activities such as massage and Hammam.
Day 5: Fes to the Sahara desert of Merzouga.
Our next destination will be Merzouga, the highlight of all our Morocco tours from Tangier, Casablanca, Marrakech, and Fes. Before that, on our way, we will make a few stops to see the beauty of some places. Firstly, we will visit one of the cleanest cities in the world, Ifrane. There, we will visit the Atlas lion statue, a German prisoner carved it during World War II to earn his freedom. Secondly, we will head to the Cedar forest at Azrou. This place is a home for apes and Barbary macaques. You will have the chance to feed them and take some pictures. After having lunch, possibly in Midellt, we will drive across the high Atlas mountains to arrive at the dam of Errachidia, the main source of potable water for neighboring regions.
Thereafter, we will continue our way to reach the Ziz valley, home to many stunning and marvelous palm groves. It offers a unique and gorgeous panoramic view from the top.
Our next destination will be the city of Erfoud. It is known for its Magdol dates and mineral fossils. We will make a quick stop if you are interested in trying Magdol dates fruit, and another one to visit a museum of mineral fossils. At the end of the day, we will arrive at the Merzouga Sahara desert, and we will take you to relax in your accommodation.
Day 6: Merzouga desert tour.
On the sixth day of our 9 days in Morocco itinerary, we will explore Merzouga, the highlight of all our Morocco tours. It is a beautiful village in the Southeast of the country. To start, we will visit an old car museum called Morocco National 4×4 Auto Museum owned by an Emirati. Then, we will head to a small village called Khamlia. There, we will get to know the Gnaoua people and enjoy their unique music played on drums and castanets.
Thereafter, we will visit an old mine in the region of M’FIS exploited in the period of French colonization. It is from there where Frenchmen got the kohl and the salt. Also, we will have the chance to visit one of the nomadic families who lives in an old tent. We will get to know them and experience their lifestyle. Afterward, we will head to the lake of Srij. It is where people herd their camels and where different types of immigrant birds such as ducks and flamingos.
If we have enough time, we could hit the road to visit the city of Rissani or Tafilalt as it is called by its inhabitants. There, you could experience the pitta bread or the Madfouna as it is called there, and visit the parking of the donkeys where people buy and sell them.
Later, in the afternoon, we will visit the oasis of Hassi Labied and enjoy its calmness and beauty. At the end of the day, you will experience the camel ride in the heart of Erg Chebbi. Your camels will be waiting for you near the dunes. Depending on time and weather, you may make a quick stop to see the sunset. Finally, you will arrive at the camp and spend the night there.
Day 7: Merzouga to Dades gorges.
On the next day of our tour from Tangier, we will take you back to the place where you started. Our driver will be waiting for you there to start the day trip. Firstly, we will visit on our way an old system of irrigation connected to a group of wells watering the oasis of Fazna. After that, we will head to the Grand canyons of Todgha Gorges, high limestone cliffs that seem like a fault created by the river of Todra for millennia, impress by their spectacular cliffs plunging down to the river bed. We will make a stop for one hour there to discover the place and relax.
Later, we will continue our way towards Dades Gorges. There, we will make two stops. On the one hand, we will visit the monkey toes mountains, carved by the wind and the rain. On the other hand, we will drive through the dangerous curves of Tisdrine. They offer a stunning panoramic view from the top. Finally, at the end of the day, we will take you to a Riad or a hotel in the canyons to spend the night
Day 8: Dades gorges to Marrakech.
The next destination of our 9 days in Morocco itinerary will be the red city of Marrakech. Before that, on our way, we will see many sites and attractions that worth a visit. First of all, we will drive across the rose valley, a place that holds its characteristic of the culture of the roses which is practiced there. Roses are planted there by thousands and the flowers are traditionally harvested for the manufacture of rose water, cosmetics, and perfumes. We can make a quick stop there if you want to buy some rose products.
Then, we will head to the Oscar Atlas Studio in Ouarzazate to get to know the movies and the series that were filmed there. After that, we will drive towards the Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou, located in the province of Ouarzazate, it is a striking example of the architecture of southern Morocco. A lot of movies were filmed here such as Gladiator and Lawrence of Arabia.
Later, we will drive across the high Atlas mountains towards the curves of Tizi N Tichka, and we will make a stop at the top of 2260 meters for a panoramic view. Thereafter, if you are interested in buying argan oil, we will make another stop at one of its cooperatives. At the end of the day, we will arrive at the red city of Marrakech and take to your accommodation.
Day 9: Marrakech discovery tour.
The last day of our 9 days in Morocco itinerary will be a discovery tour at the red city of Marrakech. It is one of the best places in Morocco that attracts millions of tourists every year. Also, it contains a variety of sites and attractions that represent a big part of the old Moroccan culture and History.
We will start our tour by visiting the Koutoubia Mosque, the emblematic religious building of Marrakech, it was remodeled by the Almohads in 1162. Then, we will walk up to visit the Majorelle garden, Created by the artist Jacques Majorelle in 1929, it attracts tourists by its Moorish architecture as by its Eden with modern notes.
After that, we will visit the Bahia Palace and the Menara garden. Thereafter, we will head to the most famous place in the city, the square of Jemaa el Fna. Located in the heart of Medina, it is both the geographical center of Marrakech and the city’s major socio-cultural meeting place. During the day, snake charmers, henna tattoo artists, monkey owners who offer photos with their animals, musicians, and acrobats practice their activities there. If we have enough time, we will have the chance to visit other sites and attractions. Later, we will end our 9 days in Morocco itinerary by taking you to your accommodation.
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Our tour of 9 days in Morocco is a chance to see and discover the beautiful sites and attractions of the country. For that, before starting the tour, we want to give you a brief idea of the places we are going to visit.
The city of Tangier is located in the south of Morocco. It is a beautiful city that contains a lot of fascinating and historical sites and attractions. Moreover, it overlooks two seafronts, which has made it a great economic and strategic side in the Moroccan kingdom.
There are a lot of things to do and see in this city. We talk about the American Legation, the first building of the United States outside its soil, the historical Kasbah museum which is a former Palace of the Sultan, and the medina, which contains plenty of streets and narrow alleys that represent the history of the city.
Chefchaouen, Chaouen, or the blue pearl of Morocco is a beautiful city that is located in the Rif Mountains in the northwest of Morocco not too far from Tangier and Tetouan. It is famous for its incredible blue walls and narrow alleys. There are a lot of theories that talk about the source of the blue paint. The most popular one says that Moorish and Jewish people who escaped from Spain built the city in 1471 and painted it blue. The blue color symbolizes the sky.
While walking on its streets, you will be amazed by its architecture, its colorful sides, and its attractions. Its beauty made it one of the most visited places in the whole country.
After a rainy day, the stunning blue walls shine in the sun, and the city seems to glow in different shades of blue. A perfect view that cannot be seen somewhere else.
The rich history of Fes, the ancient capital of Morocco, endowed it with two “old medinas” at once. on the one hand, Fes el-Jedid contains The Royal Palace, Jewish Cemetery, and Boujeloud Gardens. On the other hand, the most confusing medina in the world Fes el Bali, with 14 gates, 6,000 streets, 200 mosques, and 180 hammams.
Fes is not only the oldest of the four imperial cities and the fourth largest city in Morocco. It is also a monument to three eras at once, reflected primarily in the architectural appearance of the ancient city. Like many ancient capitals, Fes is located quite far from the coastline, so the best time to relax there is April-May or October-November. It is when it is not very hot and you can walk around the city to your heart’s content.
Throughout the vast territory of the Fes medina, motorized vehicles are prohibited. Donkeys, carriers, and cyclists are the future.
Merzouga is a small village in the southeast of Morocco. It is for sure the most beautiful desert in this country with mostly dry and soft sand dunes. Moreover, her houses and tents stand at the foot of Erg Chebbi, a huge (50 by 5 km) array of dunes up to 350 m high. There is no developed infrastructure and civilization is limited to a couple of supermarkets, several cafes, and restaurants. Most people come to Merzouga not to soak up the soft feather beds of the hotel suites, but to take part in a camel ride and experience the authentic Berber way of life.
This beautiful village offers many activities to do and many sites to visit. To start, you can try the camel ride in the middle of the desert and spend the night at Berber tents. It is a unique experience that allows you to see the beauty of the Sahara desert. Moreover, you can head to visit the lake of Srij. It is where Migratory birds stay at some periods of time such as flamingos and ducks. Furthermore, you can head to the village of Khamlia to enjoy Gnaoua music and get to know the story of its people. With our 9 days in Morocco itinerary, you will have the chance to try all these activities and many more other things.
Todgha and Dades gorges:
Most of the tourists that come to visit Morocco head to see the two beautiful gorges Todgha and Dades, which were created by the rivers of the same names and which lie nearby. The highest cliffs of Dades Gorges rise to a height of more than half a kilometer, and this is the most beautiful gorge for driving or motorcycle. Also, these gorges contain a bizarre rock formation called “Monkey’s Fingers”, which rises directly from the Dades River and resembles the outstretched hand of the aforementioned monkey.
Todgha Gorges are located about 15 kilometers from the city of Tinghir, the route to it passes along winding roads with the Berber dwellings, built in the shadow of the ubiquitous palmary. The gorges are about 18 kilometers long and are crossed by a fortified road. However, at its narrowest point, the crevice is only a few meters in length, and the rocks above it rise to a decent height. Despite this, adventurous Moroccans can squeeze in with their stalls of various types of goods, and so you can expect small traffic jams on the busiest days.
Ouarzazate is a city located near the Atlas Mountains and the Draa River. It was built in 1928 as the southern military base of the French Foreign Legion. Several centuries earlier, there was an ancient Berber fortress, whose old walls and cannons still remember the fierce battles of the French colonization in the 90s. In the 20th century, the old fortresses around Ouarzazate were declared a heritage of humanity by UNESCO.
Berbers lived in this city a long time ago. In the 11th century, they founded a small fortress near Ouarzazate. The fortress, or Kasbah, was constantly expanding, and in the 17th century, a small community of Moroccan Jews even moved there. Today only 11 families live in Kasbah of Tifoultoute. But it was this fortress that became the main place of pilgrimage for numerous film crews.
Today Ouarzazate and its surroundings have become the center of the thriving Moroccan film industry. Amazing landscapes and still inhabited ruins of ancient settlements attract filmmakers like a magnet. It is in this area where they filmed the 5th season of the American TV show Prison Break and one of Game of Thrones’ final seasons. An international airport was even built in the once-forgotten town.
With its walls and mud towers, its small windows, and its narrow and twisting alleys, the Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou, which was built ten centuries ago, still stands in a village of the same name, thirty kilometers far from the city of Ouarzazate in southeastern Morocco. It clings wonderfully to the slope of a large plateau overlooking the Ounila River.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization “UNESCO” classified the Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou as a world heritage since 1987. It is an architectural edifice and includes a number of floors and vaults. Also, it occupies an area of 1,300 square meters, penetrated by many narrow alleys in length and width, intertwined in a unique geometric shape.
Marrakech is the soul and the heart of the Moroccan East. It was in the past the capital of the country. The city spread out at the foot of the Atlas Mountains with a distance of 3-4 hours drive from Casablanca and Agadir. Tourists from all over the world come here every year. The center of the Medina, Jemaa el Fna, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The entire old part of the city is an open-air museum. Not to mention, the mausoleum of Yusuf Ibn Tashfin, the Golden Apples Mosque, and Bahia Palace are adjacent here. There are many small, extremely cozy cafes and restaurants in Medina. They are very affordable, where you can dine tasty and inexpensive food.
On the streets, you can meet people in fancy costumes, as if they came from an Arabian fairy tale. There, acrobats and snake charmers perform as they did many centuries ago.
The market quarter is equally popular among Europeans and locals alike, everything here is real, authentic. This is not a decoration for tourists, but life itself. An artist can put henna patterns on your hands, thousands of souvenirs in different styles are sold in shops; lamps, carpets, and ornaments.
You should definitely explore the surroundings of Marrakech. To the south of the city, there are Berber villages where the life of the people is the same as it was many centuries ago. The villagers are completely subsistence farming. If you go east from Marrakech, you can see cascades of the stunning beauty of waterfalls.
With 9 days in Morocco itinerary, you will admire the red city of Marrakech and enjoy its great activities. Book with us now and have a full experience all around Morocco.