5 days tour from Tangier to Marrakech via Merzouga desert
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Highlights of our tour:
Explore Morocco on a 5 days tour from Tangier to Marrakech. You will discover The Blue Pearl city and the imperial city of Fes. Also, you travel via the Middle Atlas Mountain to the Sahara of Erg Chebbi for a camel trip. And you visit Atlas Studios and Kasbah of Ait ben Haddou. Finally, you travel along the High Atlas Mountains to the imperial city of Marrakech.
Itinerary of 5 days tour from Tangier to Marrakech:
Day 1: Tangier- Chefchaouen-Fes
We will pick you up from your accommodation and start 5 days from Tangier to MarrakExplore Morocco on 5 days tour from Tangier to Marrakech. You will discover The Blue Pearl city and the imperial city of Fes. Also, you travel via the Middle Atlas Mountain to the Sahara of Erg Chebbi for a camel trip. And you visit Atlas Studios and Kasbah of Ait ben Haddou. Finally, you travel along the High Atlas Mountains to the imperial city of Marrakech.
each. Thus, we will drive to the blue Pearl City of Chefchaouen to visit the main attractions there. For example, you will Kasbah museum that reflects the history of Chefchaouen. Then, you visit the visit Ras El-Ma (Waterfalls). After exploring Chefchaouen, we drive to Fes and check into your Riad.
Day 2: Fes City Tour
Today, you will discover the old Medina of Fes. It is the oldest medina in Morocco and home to medieval attractions. That is to say, you will meet our guide at your Raid and guide to all the historical sites. Therefore, you will visit the blue gate that leads to the heart of Medina. In the Chouara tanneries and mosaic cooperative, you will discover how locals deal with ceramics and leather.
Besides, you will visit the oldest university of Al-Karaouine and visit Bou Inania and Attarine Quranic schools. They all offer Andalusian design. You will also visit Marinid Tombs and Borj Tower and experience a panoramic view of the whole Medina. The guided tour includes all the attractions to explore and then have another night at the same Riad.
Day 3: Fes – Ifrane – Ziz Valley- Merzouga
After breakfast, the 5 Days Trip from Tangier to Marrakech will highlight Middle Atlas Mountains sites. Firstly, we will drive to Ifrane town. It is also called the Switzerland of Morocco. There will be free time to enjoy the landscapes and lion statues. Later, we visit Cedar forest where barbarian apes are. We then stop in Midelt for lunch and move to Ziz Valley. The valley is home to different types of date fruit and mud house to insight. Finally, we drive to Merzouga desert for a camel trip and night in the camp. After dinner, locals will entertain you with music around the fire. And you enjoy your night under the starry sky.
Day 4: Merzouga- Todra Gorges- Dades Valley
Our 5 days from Tangier to Marrakech via desert will be in Rissani town after breakfast and shower. There, you will visit its old and traditional market. Further, we visit the fossil museum in Erfoud and the old irrigation system in Jorf. Next, we head to Touroug Berber village to visit the Berber cloth cooperative. Moreover, we stop to admire the wall rocks and the natural oasis in Todra Gorges. Finally, we visit the Rock Formation and curves of Tissdrine for panoramic views. We then check into a local Riad in Dades Gorges.
Day 5: Dades Gorges – Ourzazate-Ait Bend Haddou- Marrakech
On the last day of our desert tour will travel along the High Atlas Mountains to Marrakech. Yet, we will make stops to visit important places. Firstly, we will visit Rose Valley to explore rose products. In addition, we stop in Ouarzazate. It is the Hollywood of Africa and where Atlas Studios are. This area is the best place for movies, including Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah. It is a UNESCO Heritage site that offers the best adobe design of the southeast of Morocco. Then, we pass Tizi-N-Ticha and insight panoramic views. Thereafter, we visit the Argan oil cooperative and end our 5 days from Tangier to Marrakech to any place in Marrakech.
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The importance of the sand dunes that surround the settlement outweighs that of the village itself. Merzouga is a term that refers to the entire desert region, which includes prominent settlements such Hassi Labied, Takojt, Tanamoust, Tiharyin, Taboumyat, Khamlia, and others. The origins of the village’s name may be traced back to two separate events. To begin, some people say that the word Merzoug comes from a family named Merzoug who lived in the past. Second, because Merzouka means “rich land” in Arabic, some people assume the term came from there.
Another interesting tale that the majority of Merzouga’s Berbers believe in. It is reported that in the distant past, Merzouga was home to a prosperous tribe that coexisted peacefully. They began to combat it after they had completed their meals (mainly Couscous). God punished them with gigantic sand dunes and storms until they were entirely covered in dunes because they were squandering food.
The sand dunes, known as Erg Chebbi, are around 30/15 kilometers long. Other sand dunes, such as those near Znigui, Jdaid, and Ramlia, may be found if you go farther east.
Ait Benhaddou Kasbah:
The little community or Ksar is built by Thami El Gloaui, one of Morocco’s wealthiest Bashas. This modest Berber community is situated in a strategic location, making it one of the most significant communities in the southeast of Morocco. Why not, because the majority of the camel caravan moving from Sijilmassa to Marrakech utilized it as a rest stop or even a storage facility for their goods. At the southernmost extremity of the High Atlas Mountains, Ait Benhaddou is located. On our four-day trip from Marrakech to Fes, it undoubtedly offers some of the nicest vistas. The great wall and towering clay towers are the outstanding examples of Moroccan architecture.
The majority of the residents of the village have relocated to the opposite side of the river. Furthermore, just a few families remain, and tourism is their primary source of income.
Ouarzazate, Oualywood of Africa:
It is known as the “Hollywood of Africa,” and it is located just a few kilometers from Ait Benhaddou town. We’d like to talk about the roots of the city’s name before we get into what this city has to offer. Ouarzazate is a Berber city, like are other Moroccan cities, and the name tells it all. “Ouar” means “without,” while “Zazate” means “noise.” As a consequence, the full name translates as “a quiet location.”
Ouarzazate is well-known for being a favorite location for international filmmakers and directors. Ouarzazate is currently filming the fifth season of Prison Break and portions of Game of Thrones. The Atlas Studios, which are located in the city, provide the greatest designs and vistas that will take you back in time. This city is also regarded as the Sahara desert’s entryway, and in recent years, an international airport dedicated to desert tour fans has been developed.
Rissani and Erfoud
The majority of Sahrawis have erected new contemporary dwellings and streets in two main desert cities. The first destination is Rissani, which is the birthplace of the ALaouite dynasty, as stated in the schedule. It was also the beginning point for the well-known caravan routes that led to Tombouctou. One of the country’s oldest and largest traditional souks is located in Rissani. You should be able to discover the majority of what you need there. On the other side, the souk is only open on three days: Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday.
Rissani is remarkable in that merchants who provide items to the city continue to use traditional forms of transportation. It’s the donkey, therefore don’t be shocked if you see a park full of saddled donkeys on a souk day.
On the other hand, there is the city of Erfoud. It is roughly a half-hour drive from Merzouga, which is the genuine entryway to the sand dunes rather than Ouarzazate. Because Erfoud is the largest city closest to the Merzouga desert, it is more likely to be the desert region’s capital. The fossil workshops, which are many in Erfoud, are among the highlights of a visit to this city. Erfoud is also in charge of the Ziz Valley, Morocco’s major source of dates. Not to add that every year, the city holds or organizes a date festival. People come from all over the world to purchase and sell different sorts of dates from all over the world.
Cedar forest and Ifrane
The 5 desert tour from Tangier to Marrakech includes visits to Ifrane and the Azrou Cedar Forest. On the one side, there’s Morocco’s tiny Switzerland, the cleanest city in Africa and the world’s ninth cleanest. There is a difference when you first visit this magnificent city. Ifrane, in Morocco’s Middle Atlas Mountains, is the coldest city. It boasts a beautiful ambiance, beautiful scenery, gardens, and pure air. Not to mention the fact that it is Morocco’s most popular skateboarding destination.
The Atlas lion monument is unquestionably the primary draw of Ifrane. According to Ifrane inhabitants, the latter was carved in payment for his release by a German prisoner. In addition, Al Akhawayine University, one of Africa’s greatest and most prestigious universities, is located in Ifrane. It offers a wide range of courses that other Moroccan institutions do not.
On the other side, the cedar forest near Ifrane is also worth a visit. It once housed a wide range of creatures, many of which are now extinct. The amiable Barbary macaques now call it home. The atmosphere is comparable to that of a zoo, where you may rest and breathe in some fresh air.