Best 12 Days Desert Tour from Tangier to Marrakech
Below here is the program itinerary of 12 days tour from Tangier to Marrakech, and all the information, and the policies that you have to know before booking with us.
Why BOOK this Tangier to Marrakech in 12 days tour itinerary?
This 12 days desert trip from Tangier to Marrakech takes you through Morocco's best cities. Start in the north in Tangier and work your way south to the blue-painted streets of Chefchaouen, passed Roman ruins in Volubilis, and through the medieval medina in Fes. Then carry on the southeast to the Sahara desert, Todra gorges, Kasbahs, and finishing in lively Marrakech.
- Daily departure is available.
- Imperial cities of Meknes, Fez and Marrakech.
- Rif Mountains - Enjoy the wonderful views that this mountain chain has to offer.
- Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ait Benhaddou Kasbah.
- Take a stroll through the breathtaking Dades gorges.
- Camel riding in the Merzouga desert.
- Spending a night in the desert camp under the stars.
- A breathtaking view of the sunset and sunrise over the dunes.
- Sahara Desert - Sleep under the stars against a backdrop of towering sand dunes.
- Todra Gorge - Walk in Morocco's Grand Canyon through spectacular rock formations.
- Drive through the palm groves of Ziz valley.
- Thrilling descent - Enjoy a scenic descent from the stunning High Atlas mountain pass of Tizi N'Tichka.
- Tangier - Explore the historical sites of the city such as Hercules Cave, Cape Spartel, and the old Medina.
- Local drums music around the campfire.
- Drive through the palm groves of Draa Valley.
- The tour is available with an English or Spanish-speaking guide.
- Fes - Explore the vibrant souks and exhilarating atmosphere of this imperial city.
- Fez medina guided tour including artisans' quarter and Fes tannery.
- The Atlas Mountains - Beautiful mountain scenery in the highest mountain range in North Africa.
- Marrakech - Discover Morocco's vibrant Red City, with its atmospheric medina and lively Djemma El-Fna Square.
- Explore the gorgeous town of Chefchaouen, discover its mountainous terrain.
- Volubilis - Witness the glory of the Roman Empire and enjoy the beautiful mosaic in the ruined mansions.
- Ouarzazate - The Hollywood of Morocco, explore the Atlas Cinema Studio: World's largest film studio, where visitors tour the decaying sets that litter the harsh desert environment.
- The tour is at an affordable price and has great quality services.
Best 12 days tour from Tangier to Marrakech - Morocco desert tour
How you will spend these 12 days in Morocco?
Days In Morocco company placed at your disposal this simple suggestion of this tour itinerary to give you the idea about how you will spend your 12 days in Morocco, a day-by-day plan to guide your journey. This tour itinerary can be changed to suit your dream tour, and it will be customized to fit your needs.
Overview: of 12 days tour in Morocco from Tangier to Marrakech
This 12 days Morocco tour from Tangier to Marrakech is for you to spend a great time around Morocco. On this tour itinerary, you are going to visit many attractive cities such as Chefchaouen, Fes, Meknes, Merzouga, Marrakech...etc, also you will see beautiful views in all corners of Morocco like visit Volubilis, hike in Dades Gorges, having Berber lunch in gorges of Todra. In Merzouga, you will try the unforgettable experience of a camel trekking trip over Erg Chebbi dunes, and enjoy the views of the sunset and sunrise, and so many things are included in the program below. You'll discover the best of Morocco with a private English-speaking driver/guide. The end of the tour will be in Marrakech, after visiting all the main attractions in this imperial city.
We hope you enjoy our 12 days tour in Morocco from Tangier to Marrakech.
Tour Itinerary: A day-by-day plan to guide your journey.
- Day 1: Arrival in Tangier - Transfer to the accommodation
Welcome to Tangier - the gateway between Europe and Africa. Located close to the south of Spain.
Today we will pick you up from the port of Tangier or the airport of Tangier or whatever your place to the accommodation. You will have a chance to explore the best city in the North depend on your arrival time. Then, have a full-day guided tour of this mysterious city with a local tour guide. You'll start with a sightseeing tour around Tangier. Here we shall explore the historical sites of the city such as Hercules Cave, Cape Spartel, and the old town (Medina). In the late afternoon, your private guide will escort you to your accommodation.Driving distance Approximately 35.4 kilometersEstimated driving duration 00 hr 55 min (without stops)Accommodation Overnight stay in Tangier.Meals Breakfast
- Day 2: Tangier - Rif Mountains - Tetouan - Chefchaouen
After having breakfast in your Riad or hotel, and visit the rest of the main attractions in Tangier. Today we will start from Tangier and we set off to Chefchaouen by passing through the Rif mountains and the beautiful city of Tetouan. Enjoying the stunning sceneries and small Berber villages in the Rif. Then we will explore Tetouan, where we will have a break for lunch. After lunch, we continue our way to the blue city of Chefchaouen, which is a Berber name meaning "horn", perched beneath mountains of the Rif. Get to see the white Houses built over hills in shades of blue. Overnight stay in Chefchaouen at Hotel or Riad.Driving distance Approximately 128 kilometersEstimated driving duration 2 hr 45 min (without stops)Accommodation Overnight stay in Chefchaouen.Meals Breakfast
- Day 3: Full-day exploring Chefchaouen
Today is dedicated to visiting Chefchaouen's important sightseeing. After your breakfast at your accommodation, you can explore the gorgeous town of Chefchaouen, the most famous touristic attractions in Morocco. Chefchaouen's most striking feature is the blue paint that is coloring the walls of the Medina in different shapes of blue. Once you've entered the Medina of Chefchaouen you should start climbing to "Ras El Maa Waterfall" which is a very famous water source on the top of a mountain, with its panoramic views, from which you can see most of the city and discover its mountainous terrain. On your way to the top, you'll come across the following monuments and symbolic buildings like Place of "Outa El Hamam" which is a square surrounded by cafes and restaurants, a peaceful place to relax. In the square, you'll see the "Kasbah" which dates back to the 18th century, a heavily restored walled fortress that now has a lovely garden on Chefchaouen. However, your tour is incomplete if you don't visit the "Grand Spanish Mosque", which was built in the 15th century. Overnight stay in Chefchaouen.Driving distance NoneEstimated driving duration NoneAccommodation Overnight stay in Chefchaouen.Meals Breakfast
- Day 4: Chefchaouen - Volubilis - Meknes - Fes
On the second day, rise early to snap photos of the people-less streets before leaving for Fes. Depart after having breakfast at your accommodation from Chefchaouen to Fes. On the road, you will visit the Roman ruins of Volubilis, in 1997, the archaeological site of Volubilis was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site List. Wander the complex, temples, and many mosaics on the site. And then continuing to Meknes (Imperial City) that was built by the Sultan Moulay Ismail in the 17th century, for visiting the old Medina, which is surrounded by a large line of the wall. Also, we will visit the famous gates of Bab El Mansour and Moulay Ismail Tombs, and the Royal Stables. In Meknes, you'll also have the opportunity to visit "the square of El Hedim", lunch will be in a restaurant near the square. At the end of the day, we head straight to your accommodation in Fes, where you will spend the night.Driving distance Approximately 256 kilometersEstimated driving duration 4 hr 13 min (without stops)Accommodation Overnight stay in Fes.Meals Breakfast
- Day 5: Fes guided tour, Full-day trip in Fes
Today we will discover the oldest of the imperial cities in Morocco, and perhaps the most interesting and exciting to explore. Before venturing into the medina on foot (the largest urban car-free zone in the world). Meet your local guide to learning more about the history and culture of Fes, and most importantly, to help you navigate the Medina, walk-in its alleys and small streets, and then visit places like Royal Palace gate, the Jewish headquarter, the famous University of Al-Qarawiyyin, the oldest in the region, the Tanneries, the Attarine museum, and Moulay Idriss Mausoleum. After your break lunch, we will drive uphill to the ruins of the Merenid Tombs for an all-encompassing view of the city of Fes. Returning to your traditional riad or hotel for spending the night.Driving distance Approximately 35.6 kilometersEstimated driving duration 00 hr 42 min (without stops)Accommodation Overnight stay in Fes.Meals Breakfast
- Day 6: Fes - Ifrane - Azrou - Medalt - Ziz valley - Merzouga
Today, we start our day bright and early and travel south toward Merzouga. Along the way, you will pass the town of Ifrane which known worldwide as the Switzerland of Morocco; for its alpine-style European houses with sloping roofs, not like the traditional architecture of Morocco, it is surrounded by striking nature due to its height (1630 meters), particularly the National Park which is worth a stop to visit one of the interesting inhabitants, the Barbary Macaque monkeys that live in the extensive cedar tree forest, before stopping for lunch in Midelt ("the apple city'). Then continuing the way over the Tizi N'Talghamt pass into the Ziz Valley, known for its hidden oases and palm trees. Afterward, continue our journey on to Erfoud, known for its date festival and fossil mining, till we arrive at Erg Chebbi, an extensive sea of sand dunes. Upon reaching Merzouga, drop you off in a local hotel or Riad near the dunes.Driving distance Approximately 463 kilometersEstimated driving duration 7 hr 32 min (without stops)Accommodation Overnight stay in Merzouga.Meals Breakfast Dinner
- Day 7: Merzouga desert Area - Camel Trek and Overnight in the Camp
Today is devoted to exploring the sand dunes of Erg Chebbi and the village surrounded. After breakfast, at your accommodation, the journey starts by visiting the nomads that still live-in Berber tents in the middle of the Sahara desert; see how they are living and drink a cup of tea with them. After that, we'll drive to Meffis mines to discover how they work there. Afterward, we'll visit the small village of Khamilia where the Gnaoua people, you'll have firsthand experience with their music and lifestyle. The lunch will be with these black peoples. Later on, we go back to Merzouga, where we'll leave the car, and take the experience of camel trekking over the high sand dunes of the Erg Chebbi desert, your local guides will show you how to mount and dismount and other handy camel-related safety tips. You'll see the beautiful view of the sunset on top of a high dune, then we'll back to your desert camp where you are going to spend your night. After a delicious dinner, time to listen to Berber music played by local nomads under stars, and if you love dancing you can dance on the tones of barbarian music.Driving distance Approximately 86 kilometersEstimated driving duration 01 hr 09 min (without stops)Accommodation Overnight stay in Merzouga.Meals Breakfast Dinner
- Day 8: Merzouga - Rissani - Todra Gorges - Dades Valley
Before returning to your accommodation in Merzouga where you will meet your driver/guide, you'll wake up early to witness the beautiful sunrise over the amazing sand dunes of Erg Chebbi, and cast various shadows and colors over the sea of sand dunes. Then, you'll take a camel ride back to your accommodation in Merzouga, taking a shower and having breakfast. We'll leave the immense desert and travel towards the city of Rissani, a market town, once a major stopping place for the Saharan-caravans route, if the tour coincides with the day markets which take place on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays we will have an opportunity to visit the souk - the largest one in the region. We will have a stop in Erfoud (fossil town), known for its date festival and fossil mining. Here, you will see stalls selling crystals and precious stones as well as fossils. Then drive through a series of Berber villages on the way to Todra Gorges. After lunch in this impressive mountainous place, the journey will continue to Dades Valley where you will see the fascinating rock formation known locally as "monkies fingers" as well as beautiful mud kasbahs. Overnight in a hotel or Riad overlooking the valley.Driving distance Approximately 270 kilometersEstimated driving duration 4 hr 09 min (without stops)Accommodation Overnight stay in Dades Valley.Meals Breakfast Dinner
- Day 9: Dades Valley - Skoura - Ouarzazate - Ait Benhaddou - Marrakech
Today after your breakfast, we leave Dades Gorges towards Ouarzazate through the Valley of a Thousand Kasbahs. Then we'll stop in the roses city "Kalaat M'Gouna", which is known for growing rose and for its Festival des Roses. Continuing to Skoura, you'll visit the Kasbah of Amridil, a well-preserved kasbah in this area. Afterward, we continue our way to Ouarzazate, a gateway to the Sahara Desert made popular by the film industry, we will visit the corporate studios of "Atlas Film". Then we'll leave Ouarzazate towards Marrakech, we'll continue on to Morocco's most famous kasbah and a UNESCO World Heritage site, Ait Benhaddou, stopping to explore the narrow streets and passageways of this traditional mud-brick city. After that, we continue the road to visit Kasbah of Telouet, where you'll have lunch. Before leaving this Berber Village, you will have the opportunity to discover this Kasbah and take pictures to document your trip. From here, you will travel the winding road over the High Atlas mountains, and Tizi N'Tichka Pass (2260 meters), which offers impressive views of valleys, mountains, and many Berber villages nearby. Upon arrival in the Red City of Marrakech, settle into your accommodation.Driving distance Approximately 334 kilometersEstimated driving duration 6 hr 06 min (without stops)Accommodation Overnight stay in Marrakech.Meals Breakfast
- Day 10: Full-day exploring Marrakech - Sightseeing Tour
Today is dedicated to visiting Marrakech's important sightseeing and monuments, after breakfast at your accommodation, you will explore Marrakech which considered ”the red city of Morocco”. We will ensure that you see the most important sites of historical and cultural interest, including "the Majorelle Gardens", "the Menara", "the Koutoubia Tower", "the Saadian Tombs", and "the Bahia Palace". In Marrakech, you'll also have the opportunity to visit the square of Jamma El-Fna. In this large square, visitors see attend dancers, storytellers, jugglers, artisans, and snake charmers perform to entertain. After lunch at a restaurant near the square, you will walk through the souks and see hundreds of handicrafts. In the afternoon, you will have some free time to wander by yourself via the other parts of the city. Dinner and overnight at the Riad or Hotel in Marrakech.Driving distance Approximately 25.6 kilometersEstimated driving duration 00 hr 38 min (without stops)Accommodation Overnight stay in Marrakech.Meals Breakfast
- Day 11: Day Trip from Marrakech to Essaouira
Today after breakfast at your accommodation, you'll travel from Marrakech to the coastal city of Essaouira. We'll reach Essaouira in about 2 hours and a half of driving, then drive to explore the city. The day trip to Essaouira will focus on the old city of Essaouira. You can be accompanied by a local guide when visiting the fascinating corners. You'll visit the Skala du Port, a Fortress in Essaouira; see Thuya wood carved by artisans; walk through the alleys of the medina and view hundreds of handicrafts. This "City of the Wind" attracts surfers from all over the world. Essaouira knew many civilizations including the Portuguese occupation, which affects much of its architecture, it remains also a small village with much history. It is also regarded as "the Atlantic Jewel" of Morocco because of its size and its characteristic blue doors and washed walls. You will also visit the women's co-operative of Argan oil where they extract the oil that is well known for its culinary, cosmetic, and medicinal properties. Your lunch will be done in the Moroccan way - fresh fish "cooked in order" at the fish market. You must not miss the enjoyable fresh air of the beach. After lunch, you will have time to sit on the beach and have a small drink of mint tea. The beach is in front of the Medina and there are plenty of cafes with terraces. In the late afternoon, we will drive back to your accommodation in Marrakech.Driving distance Approximately 386 kilometersEstimated driving duration 5 hr 45 min (without stops)Accommodation Overnight stay in Marrakech.Meals Breakfast
- Day 12: Marrakech - Transfer to the Airport
For the last day of our 12 days tour in Morocco from Tangier, and depending on your flight, our driver will transfer you to the airport to catch your flight home. End of our services: 12 days tour from Tangier to Marrakech via Merzouga desert.
We hope you enjoy your time with our company.Driving distance Transfer to the AirportEstimated driving duration Transfer to the AirportMeals Breakfast
Journey times and distances are estimates and are based on the direct route between the start location and end location for each day of the itinerary, where applicable. They do not include detours or stops for sightseeing.
Tour Map: Here's a map of your travel route.
What's Included: Don't worry, we've got this covered.
- Pick up and drop off (at your accommodation, airport, or any other place);
- Tour Commentary;
- Transport by private vehicle with A/C;
- Experienced English - Spanish - French speaking guide/driver;
- Car Fuel;
- Camel ride in Sahara desert (Camel per person);
- Overnight stay at desert camp (Luxury or Standard);
- 10 nights accommodation at hotel/riad;
- All dinners;
- Turbans for your desert experience;
- Daily breakfast;
- Confirmation at time of booking;
- Plus many surprises stops on the way.
Prices Not Included
- Flights to/from Morocco;
- Meals, drinks & entrance fees;
- Personal travel insurance;
- Tips & Personal expenses.
- Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase);
- Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required;
- Children's must be accompanied by an adult.
What to take on your Morocco Tour?
We strongly recommend using TSA-approved luggage locks on your bags and hand carry valuables on the plane.
Many of our trips require us to move our base several times, so we recommend that you pack as lightly as possible. There will not always be someone available to help you carry your bags so you should only bring as much as you can carry on your own.
We suggest that you bring the following items:Clothing & Equipment
- Season-specific casual clothes (men and women should always dress modestly out of respect for the culture they are visiting- no tank tops, low cut tops, or short shorts. It is not necessary to wear a headscarf.)
- Hiking clothes and shoes (NOTE: They can get quite dirty/dusty).
- Bathing suit.
- A pair of comfortable walking shoes.
- A light jacket/windbreaker (NOTE: It can be very windy in Essaouira).
- A warm jacket (NOTE: It can be quite cold in the High Atlas Mountains from November to March. Please pack appropriately for cold, winter evenings.).
- Power adaptor for 220v, 50 Hz (outlets are two-prong rounded).
- Sunscreen, sunglasses, and hat.
- First-aid kit with lip balm, aspirin, band-aids, cream for sore muscles (e.g. deep heat), Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, any extra prescription drugs you may be taking.
- Passport (with photocopies).
- Travel insurance (with photocopies).
- Airline tickets (with photocopies).
- Any entry visas or vaccination certificates required.
- Credit and/or debit card and/or cash (MasterCard and Visa are the most commonly used; American Express and Maestro cards are difficult to use in Morocco.)
- This document, printed.
In order to protect against any unforeseen circumstances, it is advisable to purchase adequate insurance before your date of departure. Coverage should include baggage damage or loss, flight delays or cancellations, etc. We recommend “World Nomads” for your Travel Insurance.
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FREE! If you cancel at least 3 days in advance of most activities, you will receive a complete refund if you paid all the price.
Tourism Transport in Morocco - Our Cars
It's our goal to make memories that last a lifetime when you visit Morocco. That is we only offer the best at our disposal.
Our vehicles are fully-equipped for your comfort and adventure. Air conditioned and comfortable, these rugged vehicles are built for the road. Our cars have 6 seats. They're clean. The fleet includes the Toyota Prado TX, Toyota Prado VX, and Mitsubishi Pajero Sport.
Our drivers are connoisseurs of their regions. No one knows Morocco better than them. When they bring you on your journey, it will feel like travelling with a trusted friend.
For groups ranging from 7 to 17 in size, we offer minibusses and minivans such as the Hyundai H-1 Minivan, Mercedes Minibus's, and the Mercedes Vito.
Feel free to travel with our guide by your own vehicle, if you have one. Or use our 4-wheeled-drive. The choice is always yours.
Toyota Prado TX (4x4)
- Capacity: 6 Seater;
- Fuel type: Diesel fuel;
- Air-conditioned car;
- Manual / Automatic.
Toyota Prado VX (4x4)
- Capacity: 6 Seater
- Fuel type: Diesel fuel
- Air-conditioned car;
- Capacity: 7/8 Seater;
- Fuel type: Diesel fuel;
- Air-conditioned car;
- Manual / Automatic.