MOROCCO ITINERARY 6 DAYS DESERT & NORTH

Morocco itinerary 6 days is your gateway to visit the enchanting Sahara Desert and discover the beauty of south Morocco. Explore dirt roads, oases, green valleys, gorges, kasbahs, picturesque mud-brick villages, the blue city and the impressive Hassan II mosque.

TOUR OVERVIEW

On this epic Morocco itinerary 6 days tour from Marrakech, you will travel through the stunning High Atlas Mountains and be inspired by the grandeur and breathtaking landscapes, as you journey to the famous UNESCO listed Ksar Ait Benhaddou and visit the remarkable “Hollywood of Africa”, the quaint city of Ouarzazate.

You will be captivated by the sensational Atlas Mountains, Morocco’s beautiful valleys e.g. Dades valley and Rose valley, wondrous landscapes, unique rock formations. deep gorges such as the Todgha gorge, soaring cliffs, valleys, luscious oases, notably the UNESCO protected oasis of Skoura, the historic Kasbah of Amridil and many ancient Kasbahs.

On this Morocco itinerary 6 days from Marrakech, you will visit the Sahara Desert where you will undertake exhilarating activities in the Sahara environs, Camel trek in the golden dunes and experience a superb starry night under the stars in an awesome Berber desert camp. Ride quad bikes and sandboard in the magical Sahara dunes. Visit the desert nomads and enjoy a welcoming cup of mint tea.

Witness the production of the wolrd famous Argan oil and journey through the impressive Rif Mountains to the Blue city of Chefchaouen to wander the alleyways and examine the exquisite souks. Take a journey back in time with an exceptional visit to Morocco’s spiritual city of Fes. Visit Casablanca and discover the outstanding Hassan II Mosque in the Atlantic coast.

TOUR ITINERARY

Please click on each section bellow so that the details of each day will appear 

Day 1: Marrakech » Ksar Ait Benhaddou » Rose valley » Dades valley :

 After breakfast, your Grand Morocco English speaking Guide/Driver will pick you up from your accommodation, to start your Morocco itinerary 6 days tour from Marrakech. You will begin the journey through the dramatic landscape of the High Atlas Mountains, passing through the mountainous Berber villages and over the 2,260 M altitude, Tizi n Tichka Pass.

• In the High Atlas Mountains, you will stop for a short visit to a women’s Cooperative, to observe the production of the world famous Argan Oil. This will enrich your minds more re this wonderful and treasured Argan tree, which grows only in Morocco and has many benefits. The Argan tree is registered as Bio-patrimony Heritage by UNESCO.

Desert Tour from Marrakech to Fes• Driving down from the High Atlas Mountains, you will be enchanted by the spectacular scenery of mud-brick villages and green valleys en route to the famous earthen fortified, Ksar Ait Ben Haddou, one of the most eye-catching filming locations in Africa.

There will be a stop for a walking visit to explore the 17th century UNESCO World Heritage site of Ksar Ait Benhaddou, listed in 1987. This Ksar or village is one of the most intriguing of the red earth castles lining the ancient road of the camel caravans and it is the oldest mud village in Morocco. It was once a commercial hub for trans Saharan caravan traders and has been the back-drop for many international movies, such as Gladiator, Game of Thrones, Prince of Persia, Indiana Jones, Kingdom of Heaven and many more.

After lunch, you will drive to Ouarzazate city, known as the “Hollywood of Africa” and the gateway to the Sahara Desert. It was a former caravan town on the silk and salt route in the eastern foothills of the High Atlas Mountains. There may be an opportunity for photo stops and visiting one of the many Atlascinema studios.

• Continue through the “Road of the thousand Kasbahs”, the iconic Berber mud brick villages and earth castles to the Oasis of Skoura. This oasis is UNESCO protected and is famous for its numerous Majestic Kasbahs and here, you will stop to visit the iconic 17th century Kasbah of Amridil, an ancient fortification providing visitors a glimpse into life in rural southern Morocco.

Amridil Kasbah was founded over 300 years ago and is largely unchanged today. It is one of the living museums of Morocco and is the ancestral home of the Nasiri family. The present generation of the family live on site, have a museum of ancient Moroccan artifacts as part of the Kasbah. In ancient times camel caravans of gold, spice, slaves, salt and other cargo off-loaded in Skoura, after many weeks trekking across the desert from several sub Saharan countries e.g. Mali, Senegal, Ghana and sudan…

Morocco itinerary 6 daysFrom here, you journey through the stunning valley of roses in Kelaat Mgouna. This town is known as the Rose Capital for the famous Damaskina roses, also known for the annual festival during the rose harvest in May each year, when Miss Rose of Morocco is chosen.

Continuing your Morocco itinerary 6 days, you journey towards one of the most beautiful valleys in the Kingdom and enjoy colourful Berber mud villages overlooking the amazing Dades Valley. Here there is a stop to discover the amazing rock formations, known as “monkey toes” or sometimes monkey fingers. These extraordinary rock formations are metamorphic rock, which has been severely eroded by rain, water, wind and possibly sand storms over thousands of years.

The Dades valley prides itself for the extensive production of wall nuts, groves of palm and almond trees. It was the site of ancient nomad crossroads and the valley is dotted with oases and mud brick Kasbahs which gives the region its fairy tale nickname. (Overnight in Dades Valley).

Day 2: Dades valley » Todgha Gorges » Sahara Desert :

After breakfast in your accommodation, you depart the spectacular Dades valley, and move on towards Tinghir, where there will be a deviation to a minor road following the river of Todgha Gorge. Contemplate the scenic panoramic views of the old Jewish and Berber mud villages, overlooking the valley. Some time at leisure, to enjoy the immensity of the huge red cliffs of 400 M, where many international rock climbers come to enjoy their preferred sport.

The Todgha Gorge is recognised worldwide for being one of the most spectacular rocky canyons. No wonder this place has been used for filming many movies due to its magnificent natural setting, one of the most famous movies being the “Mummy”.

 In this area, lives a large community of Berber nomads. Sometimes, you can sight Berber nomad women, who have Berber tattoos on their faces. They may be seen herding their goats to drink water at the river’s edge and collecting their own water which is carried by their mules back to the caves where they live.

 After lunch, you will continue the trip to Erfoud, known as the capital for dates(fruit) and a global entity for fossil stones, famous for amazing fossil beds and Paleozoic Strata, where ancient ‘Trilobite’ fossils are found, 505 – 570 million years old. An intriguing visit to a fossil museum is possible where you will witness some of the ancient specimens.

Morocco itinerary 6 daysContinue travel to the eminent sand dunes of Erg Chebbi and experience the glory of the Sahara Desert. Erg Chebbi is regarded as the gateway to the Grand African Sahara where some dunes are considered the highest in north Africa at 350 M elevation.

• Meet your Camel caravan and the experienced camel man, who will guide your trek to explore the mysterious Sahara sand sea, an alluring and unique trek which will make your Morocco itinerary 6 days desert tour from Marrakech a memorable experience.

• Enjoy a charming sunset over the Erg Chebbi dunes and spend the night in a Berber desert camp. The evening will include dinner, followed by entertainment around the campfire, listening to traditional Berber drum music, having the experience of a lifetime under the milky way stars. This will captivate your heart and soul, not for a night but forever. “Sand boarding is available in the camp”. (Overnight in Sahara Desert).

Day 3: Full day of sightseeing in Sahara desert :

On the 3rd day of your Morocco itinerary 6 days desert tour from Marrakech, before sunrise, on waking, you may climb the sand dunes for a fantastic view of the amazing sunrise in the Sahara Desert, followed by a typical traditional Berber breakfast.

Morocco itinerary 6 days Begin your day with a 1 hour Quad excursion through the Sahara Desert. Enjoy the exhilaration of speeding through the sands and up the dunes, where you will stop to enjoy a peaceful moment with just sky and sand for as far as you can see. You will have a professional guide to ensure your safety!

• Explore the Berber farms and fields of Merzouga and marvel at the ingenious underground water and irrigation system, for family agriculture and for spectacular date palms.

• Visit Dayet Srij Salt Lake or “Flamingos Lake”. During Spring the lake attracts many species of birds e.g. amazing colony of Greater Flamingos, desert Warbler, Egyptian Nightjar, Falcons, desert Sparrows and many more. Several species reside at the lake all year round. Other wildlife to be spotted at the lake are lizards, hedgehogs and desert foxes.

• Visit the Black village of KhamliaFor centuries black Africans from the Gnawa tribe, originating from sub-Saharan countries such as The Sudan, Mali and Niger, were forcibly moved from their homelands across the Sahara to Morocco as part of the worldwide slave trade. Shackled in chains as they crossed the desert, they sang to soothe their pain and found a mindfulness in the rhythmic chanting and clanking of the chains.

Morocco itinerary 6 daysToday Khamlia’s inhabitants are direct descendants of these slaves. You will visit one of the music associations, have a cup of tea and listen to the Gnawa inspirational African music which is legendary from their ancestors, preserved from their original homeland and still played in a traditional manner.

Visit a desert nomadic family, share a cup of tea with them and be totally captivated by their lifestyle of traditional tents and the harsh desert environment in which they live.

• Partake of a delectable lunch of Berber Pizza which is a specialty of the desert town of Merzouga.

• Head to your Riad/Hotel in front of the sand sea for a rest or a swim at your leisure

• (Overnight in Merzouga).

Day 4: Sahara Desert » Ziz valley » Middle Atlas » Ifrane » Fes :

Today, on the 4th day of your Morocco itinerary 6 days desert tour, you will start your journey to Fes, after breakfast and having experienced 2 memorable nights in the spectacular sand sea desert dunes of Sahara.

Morocco itinerary 6 daysLeaving the Sahara, you will drive through Erfoud and make a stop in the impressive Ziz Valley Oasis, the largest oasis in Morocco, consisting of 18 species of date palms, totaling approximately 1 million palm trees and observe a dense canopy of palms between ancient striated cliffs dating back to the Jurassic period.

Stop in Zayda town for lunch and enjoy a Moroccan tajine or some local fresh barbeque.

Stop at the largest Cedar forest in Africa, in the Middle Atlas region, altitude 1,278 M, to witness the sublime views of Cork and Cedar forests. You may be able to glimpse and feed the Barbary Macaque Apes in their Cedar forest habitat and hopefully observe their antics. This species of macaque found only in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco and Algeria along with a small population in Gibraltar.

• Travel to Ifrane known as the Little Switzerland of Morocco and stop for a break to enjoy its marvelous landscapes.

• Here in Ifrane, you will become aware that this magical mountain town is one of the most beautiful cities in Morocco and features in the top 10 cleanest cities of the world. A beautiful place you will admire while on your Morocco itinerary 6 days.

Ifrane is known for its mountainous terrain, altitudes to 1,664 M, and cold winter temperatures, -24 degrees C, measured in 1935, the lowest temperature in Africa. Skiing is a popular winter sport in Ifrane. it’s charms never cease to amaze its visitors with the calm waves of its lakes, and the waterfalls pouring cold waters into the green valleys.

Morocco itinerary 6 days• Continue your journey to the ancient, vibrant UNESCO listed city of Fes. This city is a north eastern Imperial Moroccan city referred to as The Mecca of the West or The Athens of Africa, also being the country’s capital of knowledge and culture. Fes is renowned for its exciting and colourful Fes El Bali walled Medina, its medieval Marinid architecture, vibrant souks, old world atmosphere and charm.

• This UNESCO heritage imperial city is the custodian of 13 centuries of Moroccan history. It is the cultural and spiritual capital of Morocco, as a result of many mosques, ancient religious schools, historic gardens, fortified walls, gates, palaces, squares and souks, all left by the fingerprints of successive states and races from Berbers, Arabs, Andalusians and Jews. (Overnight in Fes).

Day 5: Fes » Rif mountains » Chefchaouen (blue city) :

• After breakfast, you travel into the stunning Rif Mountains to the blue pearl city of Chefchaouen and spend time exploring this charming blue washed town which has preserved the Berber, Arab-Andalusian traditions and arts for centuries. En route, you will pass through the Dam Sidi Chahed and the Rif range, stopping to enjoy the landscape, the green countryside, cool air and capture photos of a life time.

Morocco itinerary 6 daysExplore in-depth, the rich cultural heritage and antiquity of this exotic and vibrant town and stroll the blue narrow alleys. A beautiful mountain town you will admire while on your Morocco itinerary 6 days.

• Known as the blue pearl, ranked sixth of the most beautiful cities of the world and is regarded as the prettiest town in Morocco. Chefchaouen is an artsy, blue washed mountain village which was founded in the 15th century and was populated by Jewish and Muslim refugees fleeing from the Spanish Inquisition in 1478.

• You will be enchanted to learn of the rich heritage and visit architectural treasures such as Ras el-Maa, the Kasbah Museum, the Spanish MosquePlaza Uta-Hammam and more.

• Chefchaouen was isolated until early 20th century but has preserved a Moorish way of life. This town presents glorious photo opportunities and walking here will make you feel as though moving through a dreamland, an alluring and unique town which will make your Morocco itinerary 6 days a memorable experience.

• The town buildings are painted blue and white, so the entire village appears to be wonderfully drenched in many hues of glorious blue leaving the traveler with a surreal impression.

• (Overnight in Chefchaouen).

Day 6: Chefchaouen » Casablanca » Hassan II mosque guided tour » Marrakech :

Today, your Morocco itinerary 6 days tour will continue towards the city of Casablanca, Morocco’s economic centre and where you will stop for a guided tour to admire the most iconic landmark of the Kingdom, which is the 5th largest mosque in the world, the Hassan II Mosque.

Morocco itinerary 6 daysThis mosque is the largest mosque in Africa and 5th largest in the world. Its minaret is the world’s tallest minaret at 210 M. This coastal modern edifice, was designed by French architect Michel Pinseau and completed in 1993, and building the Mosque was estimated to have cost 585 million Euros. It straddles the land site and the Atlantic Ocean with a capacity of 105,000 worshipers, 25,000 inside & 80,000 in the outer courtyards. Historically, the venture was the ‘brain-child’ of King Hassan II, to honor the memory of his father, the deceased King Mohammed V in 1961.

The building started in 1986 and completed in 1993 and was the blending of designs, Islamic architecture, Moroccan elements and Moorish influences giving rise to an amazing beautifully decorated structure.

Its earthern ware floor, the decorated arches, engraved wooden doors and the green tiled roof, will fascinate your curiosity. Lunch in Casablanca, then you will journey on to Marrakech.

Your amazing Morocco itinerary 6 days journey through part of Morocco will end in Marrakech and you will be transported to your Riad / Hotel or Airport.

NOTE : For alternative arrival and departure locations for a Morocco tour or a Sahara Desert tour with us, please view our range of Morocco private tours departing from Casablanca, Fes and from Tangier.

What is included

  • Quad bikes and Sand boarding in Sahara.
  • Travel in an air-conditioned 4WD or Minivan, with a professional, licenced English speaking driver/guide.
  • Pick up / drop off from and to your Hotel/ Riad/ Airport in Marrakech. 
  • Entrance to all included sites and monuments during this Morocco itinerary 6 days.
  • Wi-Fi hotspot + 2 water bottles for each per day during this Morocco itinerary 6 days.
  • 6 days / 5 nights accommodation with Breakfast/Dinner while on tour (except dinners in Fes & Chefchaouen).
  • Turbant (head wear) for each for the Camel trip in Sahara.
  • Overnight stay in a Desert camp and Camel trek.
  • A visit to local nomad family in Sahara.
  • Private guided tour of Hassan 2 mosque in Casablanca.
  • All Attractions fees and Taxes.

What is not included

  • Travel insurance.
  • Flight ticket.
  • Meals not noted as included in this Morocco itinerary 6 days.
  • Snacks, drinks and incidentals.
  • Hotel services, such as room service or laundry service.
  • Tips and gratuities.
  • Personal expenses.

PLEASE NOTE

This Morocco itinerary 6 days from Marrakech is customised by Grand Morocco LLC. If our set itineraries do not match what you are looking for, please Contact us and we will tailor-make an itinerary to suite your requirements.

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