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Tangier to Casablanca: Private 12 Days Imperial Cities, Mountains & Desert-Tour

This is your perfect private tour to visit all the highlights of Northern Morocco and the Desert - from Tangier to the Rif Mountains, the Imperial Cities and the desert - continue over the Atlas Mountains to the famous cities of Marrakech and Casablanca - such a lot to see and discover!

Get lost in the small streets of Tangier Medina
Enjoy Chefchaouen, the "Blue City" in the Rif mountains
Explore the Imperial cities Fes, Meknes and Marrakech
Visit a local Berber family and learn about Nomadic life in the southern Morocco
Ride a camel in Erg Chebbi to reach your desert camp
Spend the night at a Luxury Desert camp
Explore Todra Gorges and Dades Gorges
Visit the legendary world heritage site of Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou and Taourirt Kasbah
Explore the old Telouet Kasbah together with a local guide
Cross the fantastic Views of High Atlas Mountains with its pass of Tizi N'Tichka
Visit the fantastic Hassan II mosque at Casablanca's oceanside

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  • What's included :
    • 11x Breakfast
    • 3x Dinner
    • Accommodation included: 12 nights
    • Camel ride to the desert camp
    • Overnights and meals for your driver-guide
    • Private guided tour in Fes (7 h)
    • Private guided tour in Marrakech (7 h)
    • Private guided tour in Meknes (3 h)
    • Private guided tour in Tangier (5 h)
    • Private guided tour at Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah (1 h)
    • Private guided tour at Telouet Kasbah (1 h)
    • Private Tour with local driver-guide
    • Parking Fees
    • Private transportation
    What's excluded :
    • City taxes/tourist taxes in the cities
    • Flights
    • Lunches, drinks
    • Entrance fees for museums and monuments
    • Dinners in Tangier, Chefchaouen, Fes, Marrakech and Casablanca
    • Personal expenses
    • Gratuities
    • Entry/Admission - Musee de la Kasbah
    • Entry/Admission - Moise Nahon Synagogue
    • Entry/Admission - Tangier Casbah
    • Entry/Admission - Hercules Cave
    • Entry/Admission - Volubilis
    • Entry/Admission - Museo Nejjarine
    • Entry/Admission - Kasbah Amridil
    • Entry/Admission - Atlas Film Studio
    • Entry/Admission - Telouet Kasbah
    • Entry/Admission - Palacio da Bahia
    • Entry/Admission - Saadian Tombs
    • Entry/Admission - Jardin Majorelle
    • Entry/Admission - Hassan II Mosque

  • Day 1: Arrival in Tangier

    Stop At: Tangier, Tangier, Tanger-Tetouan-Al Hoceima
    Pick up at the airport of Tangier or at Tangier port and transfer to your Hotel or Riad in the Medina of Tangier. Free time for the Rest of the day.

    Duration: 12 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Overnight in a Riad in or Hotel in Tangier

    Day 2: Full Day City Tour of Tangier

    Stop At: Tangier, Tangier, Tanger-Tetouan-Al Hoceima
    After breakfast in your Riad we'll meet the local city guide at 9:30 am
    for your walking tour in Tangier Medina and Kasbah.

    Duration: 7 hours

    Stop At: Musee de la Kasbah, El Casbah Square, Tangier Morocco
    Museum about the historical role played by Tangier in linking Africa and Europe due to its strategic geographical location.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Pass By: Place du Grand 9 Avril 1947, Tangier 90000 Morocco
    The Place du 9 Avril 1947 is named after the momentous speech of independence of King Mohamed V.

    Stop At: Moise Nahon Synagogue, Rue de la Synagogue, Quartier Beni Ider, Tangier 90000 Morocco
    Constructed by Moise Nahon from an important bankers family
    Duration: 20 minutes

    Pass By: Petit Socco, Tangier Morocco
    Petit Socco was once one of the greatest souks of Morocco, home to many artists, businessmen, diplomats and bankers. Located around the square are cafes, hotels and casinos.

    Stop At: Tangier Casbah, Place de la Kasbah, Tangier 90000 Morocco
    A complex of castles on top of the hill overlooking the city built by Sultan Moulay Ismail. The gardens are part of his 17th century palace called Dar el Makhzen.
    Duration: 45 minutes

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight in a Riad or Hotel in the Medina of Tangier

    Day 3: Tangier - Tetouan - Chefchaouen

    Stop At: Hercules Cave, Cap Spartel, Tangier Morocco
    After Breakfast we'll have time to visit the fantastic Hercules caves before we drive to Tetouan and further to Chefchaouen.
    This popular tourist attraction is situated 14 km west of Tangier, just next to the King's Palace. The cave is part natural and part man-made, and the entrance to the sea has the shape of the continent Africa.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Tetouan, Tetouan, Tanger-Tetouan-Al Hoceima
    We'll continue our drive along the Mediterranean Ocean for about 2 h until we reach Tetouan, where we'll stop for lunch. Before the city's foundation in the late 13th century, small fortifications existed here with the name Tittawin. You can have a short stroll around the city centre before we continue in direction Chefchaouen.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Chefchaouen, Chefchaouen, Tanger-Tetouan-Al Hoceima
    Chefchaouen, the "blue city" in the Rif mountains, is famous for its photogenique Medina with the houses in all shades of blue. Stroll around the small alleys and discover this little jewel.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight in a Riad in the Medina of Chefchaouen

    Day 4: Chefchaouen - Volubilis - Meknes - Fes

    Stop At: Volubilis, Morocco
    After breakfast in your Riad we head in direction of the Roman Ruins of Volubilis. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is the largest of its kind in North Africa and very well preserved. It lies in a strategic position about 33 km north of Meknès and is famous for its mosaics.
    The best time for a visit is in springtime, when the wild flowers are in full bloom among the old stones. The roman city is over 2'000 years old and was destroyed in 1755 by an earthquake. You can explore this fascinating site by your own or with a local guide (not included). There is also a museum on site.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Meknes, Meknes, Meknes-Tafilalet Region
    After the visit of Volubilis we continue about 30 min to Meknes, which is famous for its luxurious palaces and beautiful mosques as well as one of the most important souks of Morocco. Enjoy a guided tour here together with a local city guide.

    Meknès, once capital of Morocco is a historic city full of life. The souks are spacious and ideal to explore. See the beautiful gate of Bab el-Mansour at the Place el Hedim, maybe the most beautiful of all the gates of the imperial cities. Visit the mausoleum of Mulay Ismail and his corn attics and stables that are called Heri es-Souani, which once accommodated up to 12,000 horses.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Stop At: Fes, Fes, Fes-Meknes
    After the city tour in Meknes, we continue our trip to Fes, where we'll stay for the next 2 days.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight in a Riad in the Medina of Fes

    Day 5: Full Day City Tour of Fes

    Stop At: Royal Palace of Fez, Avenue Omar Ibnou Khattab, Fes 30004 Morocco
    Today we'll spend the whole day exploring the impressive city of Fez with its huge Medina «Fes el-Bali» together with a local guide.
    Outside the medina lies the Royal Palace with its large plaza lined with palm trees.

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Pass By: Bab Bou Jeloud, Fes Morocco
    Bab Boujloud is one of the gates which leads into the Medina. Here, we'll start our walking tour together with the city guide.

    Stop At: Museo Nejjarine, Pl. Nejjarine, Fes 30030 Morocco
    Visit the Nejjarine Museum of Wooden Arts and Crafts and discover traditional tools, carpets, furniture and musical instruments in a beautifully restaurated caravanserai.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Chouara Tannery, Hay Lablida Chouara, Fes 30030 Morocco
    After lunchbreak in one of the hunderts of restaurants in the medina, we continue our tour to the famous tanneries, where the leather is processed still the same as hunderts of years ago. You can observe the workers from a lookout and they will be glad to explain you the different workings steps if you are willing to bargain for a bag or new belt afterwards. But be aware of the bad smelling of the furs and coloring goods!
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Medina of Fez, Fes 30000 Morocco
    Last but not least we will drive up a hill to the cementary where we'll enjoy the panoramic view over the white sea of houses of the Medina.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight in a Riad in the Medina of Fes

    Day 6: Fes - Ifrane - Midelt - Erfoud - Merzouga

    Stop At: Ifrane, Ifrane, Meknes-Tafilalet Region
    We start our journey in the morning and head for the Middle Atlas Mountains. Stop for a coffee in Ifrane, also known as «Switzerland of Morocco» with its chalet like houses.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Pass By: Middle Atlas, Skoura M'Daz Morocco
    From here we are heading south through several typical villages and you will have the opportunity to spot nomad families living in their tents along the road.

    Stop At: Midelt, Midelt, Meknes-Tafilalet Region
    After lunch in Midelt we continue our drive and enjoy panoramic views crossing the Tizi N' Talghoumt pass.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Erfoud, Erfoud, Meknes-Tafilalet Region
    In Erfoud, you can enjoy a fantastic view of the valley of the river Ziz lined with thousands of date palms.
    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Hassilabied, Hassilabied, Merzouga, Meknes-Tafilalet Region
    Now we’re almost at the dunes! After arriving in Merzouga, we will enjoy dinner in the desert lodge where we'll spend the night.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight in a Riad in the Village of Merzouga or Hassilabied

    Day 7: Merzouga - Erg Chebbi 4x4 Dunes Tour

    Stop At: Erg Chebbi, Erg Chebbi, Meknes-Tafilalet Region
    Today will be devoted entirely to enjoy the desert. We'll cross the dunes with our 4x4, visit nomads for tea in their tents, explore an oasis and ride through the dunes of Erg Chebbi.
    Duration: 6 hours

    Stop At: Khamlia, Khamlia, Meknes-Tafilalet Region
    Visit the famous village of Khamlia and enjoy its folk music.
    Duration: 45 minutes

    Stop At: Erg Chebbi, Erg Chebbi, Meknes-Tafilalet Region
    After arriving back in Merzouga in the late afternoon, you will experience a one hour camel ride to reach the desert camp while the sun sinks down behind the dunes. Enjoy your evening dining in a berber tent, look for shooting stars at the camp fire and sleep in a nomad tent!
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight in a private tent in a desert camp in the Dunes of Erg Chebbi, Merzouga

    Day 8: Merzouga - Todra Gorges - Dades Gorges

    Stop At: Erg Chebbi, Erg Chebbi, Meknes-Tafilalet Region
    Wake up by the first strays of light to watch the sunrise over the Sahara before you enjoy your typical breakfast. We return on the camel's back or 4x4 to the village of Merzouga.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Rissani, Rissani, Meknes-Tafilalet Region
    In Rissani we will have the opportunity to visit the local market with the «donkey parking» and have a look at some fossils outside the city.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Gargantas del Todra, Tinerhir 45800 Morocco
    After lunch break, we will follow the road along the river to reach the gorges of Todra, where you can take a short but spectacular hike between the up to 300 m high rock walls.
    Duration: 45 minutes

    Stop At: Boumalne Dades, Boumalne Dades, Souss-Massa
    Before arriving at our Riad for the night in the Dades valley, we head to Boumalne Dades where you can make some nice pictures of the special rock formations which look like monkey hands.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight in a Riad in the Dades Valley

    Day 9: Dades Gorges - Ouarzazate - Ait Ben Haddou - Marrakech

    Stop At: Kasbah Amridil, Ouled Bourasse, Skoura Ahl El Oust 45502 Morocco
    Today we will see a lot of different landscapes on our way to Marrakech. Admire the views of the Valley of a thousand Kasbahs (Skoura Valley) and the famous Valley of Roses along the road. Visit the historic Amridil Kasbah, one of the biggest and most important Kasbahs in Southern Morocco.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Atlas Film Studio, Km 5, road of Marrakech BP 28, Ouarzazate 45000 Morocco
    In the desert city Ouarzazate, also known as «Hollywood of Morocco», we start our visit at the old kasbah of Ouarzazate named Taourirt where you have some time to explore the narrow pedestrian streets on your own and visit the palace with its countless rooms which seem like a labyrinth. Afterwards, you can have a look at the movie museum just on the other side of the road. Continue to the Atlas Corporation film studios, where you can discover the diverse sets and listen to the anecdotes of the multiple movies and actors. Several famous movies like Gladiator, Babel, Prince of Persia, and recently The Physician have been shot in those studios.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Ait Ben Haddou, Ait Ben Haddou, Souss-Massa
    A little outside of Ouarzazate lies Aït Ben Haddou, the fortified clay city with its numerous ksars and kasbahs, where several famous movies such as Gladiator, Kingdom of Heaven and Prince of Persia have been shot. This photogenic city is also listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site.
    Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

    Stop At: Telouet Kasbah, Telouet Morocco
    Continue through the breathtaking landscape to Telouet. This fortress was occupied by Thami el Glaoui before he was expelled by independence efforts. One section has unfortunately disintegrated into red sand, but you can still visit the beautiful rooms with mosaic tiles and wood carvings.
    Duration: 45 minutes

    Pass By: High Atlas Mountains, 40000 Morocco
    After the visit, we pass the High Atlas mountains over the Tizi n’Tichka pass with scenic views along the road and many opportunities to take photos. Evening arrival in Marrakech.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight in a Riad in the Medina of Marrakech

    Day 10: Full Day City Tour of Marrakech

    Stop At: Marrakech, Marrakech, Marrakech-Safi
    Today we’ll spend the hole day in the beautiful red city of Marrakech together with a guide.
    Duration: 7 hours

    Stop At: Palacio da Bahia, 5 Rue Riad Zitoun el Jdid, Marrakech 40000 Morocco
    In the morning, you’ll visit the famous Palais de Bahia, with its fantastic courtyards and mosaic walls built for Bou Ahmed.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Mellah, Marrakech Morocco
    Stroll through the Jewish Quarter and notice the difference in architecture in this district.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Saadian Tombs, Rue De La Kasbah, Marrakech 40000 Morocco
    Visit the hidden Saadian tombs built during the reign of Sultan Ahmed El Mansour in 1557.
    Duration: 40 minutes

    Stop At: Jemaa el-Fnaa, 38 Jemaa el-Fna, Rue El Ksour, Marrakech Morocco
    You’ll arrive at the Koutoubia mosque and the Djemaa el Fna-square, where you can drink some fresh pressed orange juice while observing the bustle of the snake charmers, henna tatoo artists and water sellers.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Jardin Majorelle, Rue Yves Saint Laurent, Marrakech 40090 Morocco
    After lunch in a restaurant overlooking Jemaa el Fna, you’ll visit the beautiful Majorelle Garden. This botanical garden is a quiet oasis and the former home of the famous french designer Yves Saint Laurent. Nowadays, the bright blue villa contains a Berber Museum
    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight in a Riad in the Medina of Marrakech

    Day 11: Marrakech - Casablanca

    Stop At: Casablanca, Casablanca, Casablanca-Settat
    After breakfast in your Riad in Marrakech we continue in direction Casablanca over the highway.

    Duration: 3 hours

    Stop At: Hassan II Mosque, Blvd Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdallah, Casablanca 20450 Morocco
    We start with the visit of the spectacular Mosque of Hassan II situated directly at the ocean. A must see for every visitor of Casablanca!
    There is the possibility to join a 1-h guided tour inside the mosque.
    Continue to the Corniche, Casablanca's famous Boulevard along the beach with its numerous restaurants and bars as well as shopping centers.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight in a Hotel in Casablanca

    Day 12: Casablanca - Airport or Port or Trainstation

    Pass By: Casablanca, Casablanca, Casablanca-Settat
    Free time in Casablanca and depending on your departure time, transfer to either Casablanca Airport, Casablanca Port or Casablanca Train station.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: No accommodation included.
  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Please wait in the reception area of your accommodation in Tangier. Pick up at Tangier Ibn Battuta Airport (arrivals) or at Tangier Port also possible.Pick ups at AirBnB's/private residences not possible - in this case, your meeting point will be in front of the train station of Tangier.Airports
    • Tangier Ibn Battuta Airport, Aéroport Tanger-Ibn Batouta, Tanger, Morocco
    • Port de Tanger Ville, Blvd. Mohamed VI, Tanger, Morocco
    Return Detail :
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 3 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
    • Infant seats available
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
    If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.


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Organised by Explore Morocco Travel SARL

Activity ID: V-33279P41

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