10 DAYS GRAND TOUR FROM MARRAKECH

OVERVIEW: 10 DAYS GRAND TOUR FROM MARRAKECH

The 10 Days Grand Tour from Marrakech offers a captivating journey through Morocco’s diverse landscapes and vibrant culture. From the historic charm of Essaouira to the majestic dunes of the Merzouga Desert, and the blue-hued streets of Chefchaouen, this itinerary promises an unforgettable immersion into Morocco’s enchanting beauty and cultural heritage

HIGHLIGHTS: 10 DAYS GRAND TOUR FROM MARRAKECH

  • Explore vibrant markets of Marrakech
  • Wander historic streets of Essaouira
  • Marvel at panoramic views of Essaouira’s coastal beauty
  • Visit UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites like Ait Ben Haddou
  • Traverse through Todra Gorges and witness its towering red cliffs
  • Immerse in Merzouga Desert magic with camel rides
  • Experience traditional Berber hospitality in the Merzouga Desert
  • Discover Fes’ rich history with a local guide
  • Explore picturesque blue city of Chefchaouen

ITINERARY: 10 DAYS GRAND TOUR FROM MARRAKECH

DAY 1: AIRPORT PICK UP –  ACCOMMODATION

On the first day of the 10-day Grand Tour from Marrakech, our driver will meet you at the airport in Marrakech or Casablanca and transfer you to the hotel.

DAY 2: MARRAKECH – ESSAOUIRA

Our journey takes us from Marrakech to the enchanting coastal city of Essaouira. we’ll make stops to observe the famous Argan tree goats and enjoy panoramic views of the surroundings. Essaouira is surrounded by 15th century Portuguese forts. This lively fishing town offers a mix of colour, surf and historical charm. Whether you want to bask on sunny beaches or wander the UNESCO World Heritage-listed medina with its lively markets and artisan workshops, Essaouira guarantees a delightful experience.

The medina, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its blue doors and window frames, is a treasure to navigate through any of the city gates, ensuring you don’t get lost. The fascinating beach is surrounded by a medina, which provides the ideal combination of relaxation and cultural inquiry. There are several cafes in the vicinity with attractive terraces that are perfect places to spend your leisure time.

Delve into the artistic atmosphere as you explore the Medina and the woodcarving workshops and artists. Essaouira is a rich tapestry of history, creativity and beach bliss that invites you to enjoy every moment. In the late afternoon, we will drive back to Marrakech.

DAY 3: GUIDED TOUR IN MARRAKECH

Today After breakfast at your Riad,  you will explore Marrakech, the “Red City of Morocco,” with a local  guide. Your guide will lead you to various sites of historical and cultural significance, such as the renowned Jemaa El Fna square, the Koutoubia Mosque, and the Saadian tombs. In the afternoon, visit the Majorelle Gardens and take a brief tour of the new city of Marrakech, including the Koutoubia tower. Finally, take you to your accommodation. You will be free to wander Jemaa El-Fna on your own.

DAY 4: MARRAKECH – KASBAH OF AIT BEN HADDOU – OUARZAZATE – DADES VALLEY

After breakfast, drive to the desert through the fascinating High Atlas Mountains, and over the Tizi-N-Tichka pass in the Atlas Mountains. There will be stops along the way to view the breathtaking landscapes from a panoramic vantage point.

Our next stop is the famous Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou, which is a must-see on this tour. The UNESCO has designated this fortified village as part of the World Heritage List as a World Heritage Site. In addition, the Kasbah has been featured in several films, including Gladiator, Alexander, The Mummy, etc.

After that, we continue to Ouarzazate and visit the film studios where many famous films were shot. We’ll have some time to eat lunch, then we’ll go see the Rose Valley, driving through a big group of palm trees in Skoura. Lastly, we’ll go to Boumalne Dades to sleep for the night.

DAY 5 : DADES VALLEY – TOUDGHHA GORGES-  TINJDAD – MERZOUGA DESERT

After breakfast, we’ll drive through the Dades Valley. We’ll stop at a place where we can see the valley from above and enjoy the amazing view of the Dades gorges. Then, we’ll continue to Todra Gorges. The Todra River has carved a big canyon in the mountains, making tall red cliffs on both sides. You can walk around and enjoy the beautiful scenery there. After that, we’ll drive through areas with lots of palm trees called Touroug and Tinjdad. You’ll have some time to eat lunch on the way.

Finally, we arrive at Erg Chebbi’s Merzouga Dunes, where you’ll check into your hotel, where a magical dinner awaits, accompanied by traditional Berber music. The hotel provides unique and comfortable accommodations, allowing you to fully embrace the serene beauty of the desert night.

DAY 6: AN EXPLORATIVE JOURNEY OF THE DESERT – VISIT NOMADS – CAMEL TREKKING – OVERNIGHT DESERT CAMP

Following a delicious breakfast, we drive to Khamlia village, where you will be treated to the enthralling rhythms of real Gnawa music. Then we’ll go off the usual route, exploring the dunes on an unpaved road and stopping for tea with nomads in traditional Berber tents. This immersive experience gives you a glimpse into a different way of life, and you’ll even get to eat Berber pizza for lunch.

In the late afternoon, after relaxing at the hotel, you’ll prepare for an incredible camel ride into the heart of the dunes to view the breathtaking sunset. When you arrive at the camp, you’ll be greeted with mint tea before settling into your comfy tents with ensuite bathrooms and showers as the Sahara presents its stunning evening hues. Dinner is ready, and as you eat, a musical performance by the group around the fire adds to the allure of the starry Sahara night.

DAY 7: MERZOUGA – RISSANI – ARFOUD – ZIZ VALLEY – AZROU – IFRANE – FES

Today, make sure to wake up early to witness the breathtaking sunrise, as the dunes come alive with a mesmerizing display of colors and shadows, so you will not miss an awe-inspiring spectacle. After breakfast, you will ride your camel back to Merzouga, meet your driver and head to Fes.

Along the way, we will stop at Rissani’s bustling traditional market. If you visit on a market day—Sundays, Tuesdays, or Thursdays—you’ll be greeted by a vibrant display of colors, fragrances, and sounds as you stroll through its bustling streets. Afterward, we drive to Arfoud, where you’ll have the opportunity to visit a workshop showcasing fossilized marble. The journey continues through the picturesque palm groves of Ziz Valley and the middle Atlas Mountains. We will have to stop by Azrou’s cedar grove, which is home to some playful monkeys. Then drive to Ifrane, often referred to as Morocco’s Switzerland, where you can take magnificent images and observe the town’s splendor. Drop you off t your accommodation in Fes.

DAY 8: EXPLORE FES WITH A LOCAL GUIDE

After breakfast at your Riad, you meet our local guide and immerse yourself in the rich history and culture as you navigate the winding, narrow streets of Fes medinas.

The explorative journey starts in Fes el Bali (789 ACE) at the well-known Bab Boujeloud gate and goes to Talâa Kebira’s major boulevard. Admire the Spanish and Tunisian-influenced architecture as you go past stores and souks (markets) looking for presents and souvenirs. Witness the traditional procedures in action at the 11th-century Chouara Tannery. Before proceeding to the “new city” of Fes el Jdid (13th century), see the elaborate zellij tile work of the 14th-century Al Attarine Madrasa.

Enjoy panoramic views of the city from the Mellah, the old Jewish area, and the cemetery. Explore Ville Nouvelle if time allows to see the tremendous shift in architecture.
We will conclude the day by allowing you free time to explore Fes at your leisure before heading to your accommodation.

DAY 9 : FES – MEKNES – VOLUBILIS- RIF MOUNTAINS – CHEFCHAOUEN

After our driver picks you up from your location, we will head to Meknes, an imperial city with a rich history dating back to the Alawite dynasty. Explore the grand Babb el-Mansur gateway, the Sahrij Souani Basin, and the Moulay Ismail Mausoleum, adorned with sumptuous decorations. After a satisfying lunch, continue your adventure to Volubilis, Morocco’s renowned Roman site dating from AD 24-285.

Next on the itinerary is Moulay Idriss, a city built dramatically on the rocky spurs of the Khyber and Tazga hills. With buildings cascading down the slopes, this city holds great significance for pilgrims, hosting an annual religious festival in August. To conclude this exciting day, embark on a scenic drive through the Rif Mountains to reach Chefchaouen, the blue city, where you’ll spend the night.

DAY 10 : EXPLORE THE BLUE CITY OF CHEFCHOUAEN – TANGIER

Today, you will be free to explore the city’s enchantment. Explore the town’s maze-like streets, which are decked with mesmerizing tones of blue. Navigate the Medina’s winding alleys, where each corner reveals a new magnificent scene. Immerse yourself in the vivid ambiance of the busy souks (markets), which showcase the workmanship of local artisans and provide one-of-a-kind treasures Alternatively, unwind at a charming cafe or restaurant while indulging in authentic Moroccan cuisine that will tantalize your taste buds with delectable treats.

Afterward, we head to Tangier through the Rif mountains. We drop you off at your accommodation in Tangier or drop you off at the airport, depending on your flight departure.

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Info: 10 DAYS GRAND TOUR FROM MARRAKECH
what Included
  • Private A/C Vans or 4×4 vehicles
  • Fuel
  • English speaking driver.
  • Pick up & Drop off at your accommodation
  • Typical hotels, Kasbahs, Riads
  • Camel ride Per each
  • Overnight in a traditional nomad tent
  • All breakfasts
what Excluded
  • Lunches
  • Drinks
  • Entrance fees
  • Tipping Driver and Guides
Amar Amraoui

Moroccan Trips stands as a beacon of excellence in the realm of travel, founded in 2012 by the distinguished tour operator, Amar Amraoui. With a childhood spent amidst the awe-inspiring landscapes of the Sahara Desert, Amar possesses an unparalleled depth of knowledge and profound affinity for Morocco’s diverse terrain and cultural heritage.

Drawing from years of hands-on experience as an esteemed in-country agent for esteemed national and international travel entities, Amar has honed his craft in guiding discerning travelers across Morocco’s captivating landscapes. His career in the tourism industry began in 2007, and he has since remained steadfastly committed to promoting eco-friendly travel strategies.

A graduate with a Bachelor’s (BA) degree in Sustainable Tourism and Languages, Amar Amraoui embodies a blend of academic prowess and practical expertise. At Moroccan Trips, Amar’s mission is to transcend mere travel and curate transformative experiences that resonate with the soul of Morocco, offering bespoke journeys that blend cultural immersion with unparalleled adventure.

Experience the epitome of professionalism and personalized service with Moroccan Trips. Allow us to be your trusted partner in crafting bespoke travel experiences that leave an indelible mark on your heart and mind, as we invite you to discover the true essence of Morocco’s boundless beauty and timeless allure.

Note:

Important! This is a proposed tour schedule; if it doesn’t suit you, please contact us. A customized itinerary will be created based on your interests and stay duration. We provide personalized Morocco tours.

As more people join the trip, the price drops. If the payment is fixed, transportation costs will be proportionate to the number of people. Cost depends on accommodation quality. Please contact us for a quotation.

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