9 Days Imperial Cities and Desert Tour from Tangier

9 Days Imperial Cities and Desert Tour from Tangier Overview:

Embark on an extraordinary journey to uncover the wonders of Morocco's four Imperial Cities - Fez, Meknes, and Marrakech - during this exclusive eight-day private tour. Immerse yourself in the captivating history, architectural marvels, and rich cultural heritage of this enchanting country. Explore ancient medieval medinas, visit impressive monuments, mausoleums, and bustling souks brimming with vibrant colors and traditional Moroccan hospitality.

At Authentic Sahara Tours, we understand that every traveler is unique, and that's why we offer the flexibility to tailor your itinerary according to your preferences, budget, and timing. Our expert team is ready to customize every aspect of your journey, whether you wish to extend your stay, adjust the route, or shorten the trip to suit your desires. Let us create a personalized experience that will leave you with cherished memories of Morocco's imperial splendor. Start your adventure today!

Imperial Cities and Sahara Desert Tour in 9 Days Itinerary:

Day 1: Tangier to Chefchouen

Upon your arrival in Tangier, you will be warmly greeted and welcomed by our team. We will then embark on a captivating journey to Chefchaouen, a charming town with a fascinating history. Originally founded as a secretive and mysterious location to launch attacks against the Portuguese on the north coast, Chefchaouen remained strictly off-limits to Europeans until the arrival of Spanish troops in 1920.

As we reach Chefchaouen, you will have the opportunity to make your first acquaintance with this enchanting city. Nestled amidst the Rif Mountains, Chefchaouen boasts an alluring blue-painted architecture, creating a captivating and unique ambiance.

After a day of exploration and discovery, we will provide you with comfortable accommodations in Chefchaouen, where you can relax and rejuvenate, enjoying a hearty half-board meal. Let the charm of Chefchaouen leave a lasting impression on your heart as you unwind in this tranquil and picturesque setting.


Day 2: Chefchouen to Fez via Volubilis and Meknes

Embark on a captivating journey as we set off towards the ancient Roman city of Volubilis, located approximately 166 kilometers away, a delightful two-hour drive awaits us. Volubilis is nestled at the foot of the majestic Jebel Zerhoun, and its history dates back to the prehistoric Meolithic period. Over the centuries, it witnessed the presence of Carthaginians and later the Romans, leaving behind a treasure trove of historical significance.

Within this awe-inspiring historical site, you will have the opportunity to explore remarkable landmarks, such as the House of Orpheus, the grand Decumanus Maximus, and the impressive Triumphal Arch. Don't miss the chance to visit the renowned House of Dionysus and the captivating 'Four Seasons' mosaic, among other intriguing discoveries.

After immersing ourselves in the ancient Roman wonders of Volubilis, our journey continues to the captivating city of Meknes. We will arrive around 4:00 pm, offering you a glimpse of this fascinating city before we proceed to our final destination, Fes.


Day 3: Fes Sightseeing Tour

After a delightful breakfast, our day will be filled with exploration as we embark on a captivating journey through "the oldest living Medina in the world," accompanied by an experienced local tour guide. Our first stop will be the bustling "souks" (markets) of the Medina, where we will immerse ourselves in the vibrant atmosphere and rich cultural tapestry.

As we continue our tour, we will visit some of the most iconic landmarks in Fes. Our itinerary includes a stop at the majestic gateway of the Royal Palace, followed by a visit to the esteemed 9th-century Karouine Mosque and University, an architectural marvel steeped in history and learning.

A moment of reverence awaits us as we pay homage to the tomb of the city's founder, the esteemed "Moulay Idriss II," a revered figure in Moroccan history.

For a taste of authentic Moroccan cuisine, we will indulge in a delectable lunch at one of the traditional restaurants nestled within the charming old Medina.

After lunch, our journey continues to discover more hidden gems of Fes. We will visit the splendid Nejjarine Fountain, a stunning showcase of Moroccan craftsmanship, followed by a stroll through the old Harem Garden and the captivating Batha Museum, where the region's rich cultural heritage is preserved.

As our day draws to a close, we will make a stop to savor a panoramic view of the city, allowing you to take in the enchanting sights and colors that make Fes a truly remarkable destination.


Day 4: Fes - Middle Atlas - Cedar Forest - Merzouga

Start your day with an early breakfast as we embark on a mesmerizing journey to the enchanting Merzouga desert. Our first stop is the picturesque town of Ifrane, often referred to as the "Switzerland of Morocco," where you'll have the opportunity to capture some beautiful photos of this charming destination.

Continuing our adventure, we head towards Azrou, known for its scenic cedar forest, where we might encounter playful monkeys in their natural habitat. Our journey then takes us to the Berber village of Midelt, where we'll make a delightful pitstop for lunch at a local restaurant.

As we resume our travel, we'll pass through the breathtaking landscapes of TIZI N TALGHAMT and Errachidia, with scenic views of the Ziz gorges and the lush Ziz Oasis. The drive will lead us to the heart of Merzouga, passing by fascinating places like Aoufous, Erfoud (famous for its fossils), and Rissani (famous for its dates).

Upon arriving in Merzouga, you'll be greeted with a refreshing mint tea, and our experienced guide and camels will be ready to take you on an extraordinary camel trek across the golden sand dunes of the erg-chebbi. Witness the captivating beauty of the desert as the sun sets on the horizon during this magical one-hour camel ride.

At dusk, we'll arrive at the desert camp, where you'll be embraced by the warm hospitality of the local people. Experience the captivating rhythm of Saharan drums, marvel at the twinkling stars above, and savor a delicious dinner served in traditional Berber style.

As the night unfolds, you'll retire to the comfort of your tent, drifting off to sleep with the tranquility of the desert surrounding you. This extraordinary desert experience promises to be a memorable highlight of your Moroccan journey.


Day 5: Merzouga - Todra Gorge - Dades Gorge

Rise early to witness the mesmerizing desert sunrise as you embark on a serene camel ride back to the hotel. Enjoy a hearty breakfast and a refreshing shower to energize for the day ahead. Our journey continues towards Erfoud, where we'll have the opportunity to explore some of Morocco's fascinating paleontological wonders.

Driving through picturesque palm tree groves, we'll indulge in the taste of our renowned sweet dates when they're in season. A delightful lunch break awaits us before we embark on a captivating walk through the magnificent Todra Gorge, surrounded by stunning natural beauty.

As the day unfolds, we'll make our way to Boumalne de Dades, where we'll settle in for dinner and an overnight stay in a comfortable hotel. Rest assured, this day promises to be filled with unforgettable sights and experiences that will leave you in awe of Morocco's natural wonders.


Day 6: Dades Gorge - Skoura - Ouarzazate - Ait Ben Haddou

Start your day with a delightful breakfast, and soak in the morning sun as you embark on a leisurely walk through the enchanting Dades Valley, surrounded by breathtaking landscapes that are sure to leave you mesmerized. After savoring the beauty of the valley, we'll set off for the vibrant city of Marrakech, taking in the scenic route through El Kelaa Magona, the captivating Valley of the Roses, and the famous road of a thousand kasbahs.

Our journey will lead us to the historical city of Ouarzazate, where we'll have the opportunity to explore its rich heritage. For lunch, we'll make a stop at the charming village of Ait Benhaddou, a UNESCO World Heritage site that has served as a captivating backdrop for numerous iconic films, including Gladiator and Lawrence of Arabia.

Take your time to immerse yourself in the allure of Ait Benhaddou as we explore its ancient kasbahs and unique architecture. Later, we'll continue our adventure towards a traditional kasbah, where you'll spend a relaxing evening with a delicious dinner and comfortable accommodations. Embrace the charm of this magical journey that blends natural beauty, historical wonders, and cultural treasures.


Day 7: Ait Ben Haddou - Telouet - Marrakech

Embark on an unforgettable journey after a hearty breakfast as we make our way to Marrakech, traversing the majestic Atlas Mountains. En route, we'll be treated to the stunning vistas of the picturesque Pink Valley and the lush Skoura Oases.

Our first stop will be at the renowned Atlas Film studio, where you'll get a glimpse of the behind-the-scenes magic of the movie industry. From there, we'll proceed to explore one of the most beautiful Kasbahs in all of Morocco, the magnificent Kasbah Aït Ben Haddou, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Immerse yourself in the rich history and unique architecture of this remarkable fortress.

Continuing our journey, we'll arrive in the vibrant city of Marrakech, where a world of charm and excitement awaits. Enjoy a delicious dinner and settle in for a comfortable night's rest in Marrakech, as you prepare to discover the wonders of this enchanting city on the following days. Let the allure of the Atlas Mountains and the magic of Marrakech leave you with unforgettable memories to cherish.


Day 8: Marrakech Sightseeing tour

Start your day with a delicious breakfast, followed by an exciting morning tour of the vibrant city of Marrakech. Immerse yourself in the rich history and culture as you explore some of the most iconic landmarks.

Our first stop will be at the Saadian Tombs, a historical site that holds the remains of sultans from the Saadian dynasty. Next, marvel at the magnificent Koutoubia Minaret, a masterpiece of Islamic architecture.

Continue your journey to the elegant Bahia Palace, known for its stunning courtyards and intricate mosaics. Take a moment to stroll through the enchanting Majorelle gardens, a botanical paradise created by the French painter Jacques Majorelle.

Next, venture into the heart of the Medina of Marrakech, where you'll discover the rich tapestry of Moroccan culture. Visit a traditional Coranique School to learn about Islamic teachings, and explore Berber arts and crafts, showcasing the skills and traditions of local artisans.

Immerse yourself in the bustling atmosphere of the colorful Souks, where you can find an array of unique treasures and souvenirs. Visit a Museum to delve deeper into Morocco's fascinating history and heritage.

As the day draws to a close, enjoy a breathtaking sunset drink overlooking the iconic Jamaa El Fna square, where the city comes alive with vibrant street performances and bustling markets.

Savor a delightful dinner at a nice restaurant, savoring the flavors of Moroccan cuisine. Finally, retire to the comfort of your Hotel or Riad, where you can unwind and reflect on the wonderful experiences of the day. Get ready to embrace the magic of Marrakech and create memories that will last a lifetime.


Day 9: Transfer to the airport

After a delightful stay in our wonderful city, it's time to bid farewell. In the morning, we will arrange a comfortable transfer for you to the airport, ensuring you reach your departure point with ease and in a timely manner.

We sincerely hope that you had a memorable and enjoyable time during your stay with us. As you depart, take with you the cherished memories of the experiences and adventures you had in our beautiful destination.

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