25 Days Tour from Tangier Highlights of Morocco

 An expedition of this magnitude is what we call a Morocco Discovery. Trekking, hiking, exploring, discovering, camping, visiting all over Morocco from high north to deep south, from the farthest point east to extreme west of this marvelous and naturally endowed destination. Morocco has fascinated world trotters since the dawn of time. If you like ancient history, archaic societies, cultural encounters, active and adventure discoveries, exotic explorations, off the beaten paths, all in most diverse and beautiful natural setting then this tour is for you. This is a journey in the hinterland of Morocco, so keep it a discovery.

                                               Proposed itinerary

Day 1: Arrival to Tangier

Arrival at Boukhalef Airport in Tangier or one of its ports, Your guide will be waiting for you to greet you then transfer to the hotel. Morning will be at leisure, the afternoon will be devoted to explore the marvels of Tangier. Time mostly will be spent in the Kasbah and El grand Soco. Merchan old city and Msella quarter. Dinner and overnight are at Solazure Hotel.

Day 2: Tangier Asilah Larach

Today we will take you to the picturesque city of Asilah, then Larach to explore the marvels of white towns of Morocco, traditional fishing ports, Rif Mountains evergreen red cedar forests, Berber villages unique in this undiscovered region, Overnight stay at a beauty and charm Hotel in Larach.

Maison d'hotes Berbari

Day 3:  Larach to Chefchaouen

After breakfast transfer to the blue town Chefchaouen, crossing the Rif mountains. Chefchaouen is one of the most beautiful towns in Morocco. It is a typical Berber Village. A tour of this blue and white village includes the famous square ‘Uta Hammam’ and the medina, and also the waterfalls of ‘Ras El Ma’ Ect .free time and overnight in Chefchaouen.

Accommodatin : Hotel Ziryab or similar

Day 4: Chefchaouen - Fes

After an breakfas drive to Fes via Volubilis and Meknes.

The first stop will be Volubilis, to explore a large Roman ruin where your local guide will lead you through the history of the n ruins and the mosaics that date back to the 2nd century B.C.
Then it’s on to Meknes, which was the capital during the 17th century and one of the Imperial cities of Morocco. You’ll see the famous gate of Bab Mansour, the Sahrij, the Souani basin used for irrigation and the Mouly Ismail mausoleum.
After lunch overlooking the medina, we’ll head to Fes and overnight at  Riad Ahlam in the heart of the medina.

Hotel in fes : Riad Ahlam or similar

DAY 5: City Tour of Fes

After breakfast in your riad, our local guide will pick you up to start an explorative journey of the oldest medina in Morocco that dates back to the 9th century.

You’ll explore the narrow winding cobblestone streets of the medina, where donkeys are the main mode of transportation.
Your tour will include historical sites of the medina, including the University of Al Karaouine, the oldest university in the world started in 851 by a woman (Fatima Fhriya), the Moulay Idriss mausoleum, the Nejjarine fountains, the famous (and odiferous) tanneries, as well as the King’s Palace and the Jewish quarter where, if you like, you can visit a synagogue in the mellah.

Lunch will be in the medina. The tour ends around 3-4 p.m. at your riad.

Day 6: Fes Sefrou - BHallil Fes

We will start the day with an excursion to the ancient city of Sefrou. The city that has thrived in the Phoenician and Roman time, an outpost that has linked Africa to Europe as trade Caravans use to meet there to exchange goods and Vehicle from camel to mule. An old trade outpost of sub-Saharan, it is also a three thousand years old spiritual center with a lot of Judaic roots. Shrines and notable places around the city are pilgrimage sites to Moroccan Jews today. After a little Middle atlas hiking to explore these landscapes we will proceed to Bhallil to visit the troglodyte dwellings that have existed from Neolithic time and still serve the purpose. Return back to fez for dinner and accommodation.

Day 7: Fez Azrou Midelt Erfoud

The first hills you see of the Middle Atlas seem oddly un-Moroccan. Evergreen pines, tall cedar trees on the peaks and poplars stand copiously on the foothills, laced with flowing streams. The road across is almost ceremonial. Azrou, the first real town of the Middle Atlas, stands at a major junction of routes, it's an important market center, and it has long held a strategic role in controlling the Berbers of the mountains. The Middle Atlas cease at Midelt, where suddenly, through the haze, appear the much greater peaks of the High Atlas formidably rising behind the town to reach a massive range, the Djebel Ayashi at over 12,000 ft. The drama of this sight, tremendous in the clear, cool noon, is the most compelling reason to stop over for lunch. Erfoud, one of the most pleasing of all southern routes: a dry, red belt of the desert, and then suddenly, a drop into the valley filled with date palm groves. Dinner accommodations in Erfoud.

Hôtel Palais du Désert & Spa

Day 8: Erfoud to Merzouga

After breakfast leave Erfoud and continue to Merzouga desert visiting Rissani.  Camel trek or 4x4 to your desert camp – timing prior to sunset to enjoy the glorious view – exploring the dunes, dinner, camp fires, traditional local music, free time and overnight stay in your private desert tent .

Desert camp : Tiziri Camp

Day 9: Merzouga, Todra Gorges, Dades Valley

In the morning, your camel guide will awaken you to enjoy the beauty of the sunrise over the sand dunes. This experience is considered one of the trip’s highlights.
After your breakfast in the middle of the Erg Chebbi dunes, you’ll ride your camels back to the village of Merzouga.
Our next stop will be at the city of Erfoud, known as the Paradise of Geology. If you are interested, a tour can be arranged to one of the fossil factories and showrooms before heading out to the Todra Gorges and Todra Valley
Once in the Gorges, you can hike around old kasbahs and then enjoy lunch by the Gorges, considered the highest and narrowest gorges in the country where rock climbers from all over the world come here to test their skills.

You’ll spend the nigt at Dar bleus Dades.

DAY 10 : Dades Valley, Rose Valley, Ouarzazate

After breakfast at your riad, we’ll drive to Marrakech via the Dades Valley, with its dramatic rock formations and ancient kasbahs, and then on to the Rose Valley, known for its damask roses that are harvested in April.
Continuing on our journey, we’ll head to Ouarzazat, known as African Hollywood, where you can see the Taourirt Kasbah and tour the movie studios.
You will get to see the Ait benhaddou Kasbah and then check into your accommodations at Hotel : Le Petite Riad ouarzazate

Day 11: Ouarzazate to Zagora

Travel in the morning to Zagora exploring the marvels of the Anti Atlas mountains and the beauty of the Draa valley oases and Kasbahs, stop in Agdez and other sun-baked mud hamlets of small villages among this largest belt of continuous oases in the world. Dinner and lodging at Tinsouline Hotel.

Day 12: Zagora -Tamegroute to M'Hamid 

A very interesting full day's excursion to the real gateway of the Moroccan Saharan Desert. We will drive through the lowlands and then along the mountain passes to Tamegroute. There, we will stop to visit the famous Moorish Koranic Library, with rare books and documents, some are written on gazelle hide from the 13th century. continue to Mhamid desert , Dinner and overnightstay in the desert camp in Egr Lihoudi.

Camping of La caravan du Sude.

Day 13: Mhamid to Foum Zguid Tala Oasis

Travel between the Sahara and the Atlas mountains across some of the most remote and breathtaking landscapes in the Sahara desert to reach the Oasis of Foum Zguid where the horizons stretch the imagination to a feeling of vastness and isolation of the Sahara desert. After lunch, we will cruise to Tata where we will enjoy a night in a typical Kasbah raised from the ground to challenge the tallest palm trees.

Day 14: Tata Oasis to Guelmime

After breakfast, we will travel Bedouin Caravan Trails west to Guelmime, an ancient trade outpost, the exotic oases of Goulimine. Caravans still gather once a year to buy, sell and barter from major sub-Saharan countries of the Sahel and West Africa. Sometimes even from East Africa, a journey that takes months to sail the vast desert of the Sahara.

Day 15: Goulimine to Tiznit

Travel in the morning from the best oasis of Goulimine to the Jewel of southwestern Morocco, the magnificent Tiznit. Named after a woman who has marked the Moroccan myths, the Seductive, Tiznit still lives up to the reputation of its founder. Lunch on the road in some of the best eateries this well-cultured region of Souss has to offer in its varied staples of Berber tagines cooked as in earthen pots in the same way ancient ancestors did. Dinner and accommodation are at hotel Tiznit.

Day 16: Tiznit toTafrout 

Travel from the stark desert to the lush plateaus of the High Atlas Mountains where this ancient village is nestled among groves of almond groves. The afternoon will be devoted to the natural sites and Neolithic rock carvings this region is so known for. A natural library scattered all over these slopes with a rich collection of archives of mankind ancient history. Dinner and Lodging are at hotel Les Amadiers. Zguid Tala Oasis

Day 17: Tafrout to Taroudant

We will travel to great Berber villages known for their distinguished beauty, especially Through Ait Baha that overlooks a valley with the unique rock formation. Reach the walled medieval city of Taroudant at the gate of the rich valley of Souss. Dinner and accommodation at a dignitary dwelling converted in our days to an atmospheric and intimate guesthouse Riad Ennakhil.

Day 18: Taroudant

Explore the city surrounded by regal, red-ochre walls, often referred to as Little Marrakech. With its authenticity and conservative style, today Taroudant surpasses the charm and beauty of Marrakech in the eyes of many discoverers, a day to enjoy the colourful pallets of a typical Moroccan city.

Day 19: Taroudant Imilil

Depart to Imlil via Asni and Tizi nTest pass at an elevation of 11,000 ft. in an impressive site dividing these mountains in two distinct aspects. One side acts as a shield to protect the hinterland from the Sahara harsh and dry expansion, the other side collects the moisture of the Gherbi winds from the Atlantic ocean, soft and evergreen. Such is the life of the Berber dwellers, a day of mountain hike through the high peaks and deep valleys. This is an experience to treasure for a lifetime. Overnight and dinner will be at a guesthouse.

Day 20: Imilil Marrakech

The morning will be devoted to trekking in the Toubkal plateau. After lunch, we will proceed to Marrakech visit cliff-hanging villages and wards like Asni and Tahnaout. Arrival in Marrakech the "Morocco City" as the early travelers called it for it has always been something of a pleasant city, a marketplace where the southern tribesmen and Berber villagers bring in their goods, spend their money, and find entertainment. For tourists, it's an enduring fantasy - a city of immense beauty, low, pink, and tent-like before a great shaft of mountains, and immediately exciting. Visit of the famous Jemaa El Fna square. Dinner will be in a typical Marrakesh restaurant, Overnight at the hotel.

Riad 107 or similar

Day 21: Marrakesh guided tour

Morning devoted to discovering the historical sites, visiting at the Menara irrigation pools, Bab Agnaw Gate, the Saadian Tombs, the Bahia Palace, the Badia Palace, Dar Si Said museum. Explore the vibrant souks of Marrakech in the afternoon. Dinner Fantasia will be at Jamaa El Fna Square at the stand of your choice.  All kinds of night attractions and music are at your disposal at the square. Overnight will be at the Hotel.

Day 22: Marrakesh Essaouira 

Travel to Essaouira (Mogador), apart from the immediate impact of sea air and the friendly animation of the town, the predominant images of Essaouira are of the Atlantic - of the rugged coast and offshore islands, the vast expanse of empty sands trailing back along the promontory to the south, and the almost Gothic scenery of the eighteen century fortifications. Lunch will be at Chalet de la Mer restaurant overlooking the ocean. Dinner and accommodations are at Hotel.

Riad Kafila or similar

Day 23: Essaouira Casablanca

Travel to Casablanca via El Jadida with a stop at El Oualidia for a seafood lunch. Drive along the coastline to El Jadida to visit the citadel, a vestige of the Portuguese occupation during the 11th century. Continuation to Casablanca with an accomplished feeling that you have traveled in the same footsteps of antiquity, leaving you with an immediate nostalgia for this hospitable land. overnight at the hotel.

Avenue Suites Casablaca or similar.

Day 24: Casablanca and Rabat visite

After breakrast , Visit of Casablanca and Rabat ( Mohammed 5 mausoleum and Hassan tower), Casablanca, visit of Mohammed 5 square, Hassan 2 Mosque, drop off at your accommodation. : Avenue suites Hotel Casablanca or similar

Day 25: Transfer

Transfert to Tangier or Casablanca airport according to your flight timing and preference.

What is included:

Travel in a new air-conditioned private vehicle with a professional English-speaking driver/guide

All accommodations  mentioned above including breakfasts and
Dinners
All entries during the trip.

What is not included:

Lunches

Drinks and tips

                                                 The tour can be adjusted to your preference