10 Day Grand Tour of North Morocco from Rabat to the Desert

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10 Day Grand Tour of North Morocco from Rabat to the Desert

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On this 10 Day Grand Tour of North Morocco from Rabat to the Desert, you will get the chance to see the most beautiful cities in Morocco. 10 Day Grand Tour of North Morocco from Rabat to the Desert is best for those who want to explore the northern cities of Morocco and also the Sahara Desert. This tour is one of the most popular tourist circuits in Morocco.


What is included in the tour price:

    • Pick up at your hotel/airport.
    • Transport in 4×4 / minibus A/C
    • Fuel
    • English speaking driver-guide
    • Sightseeing
    • Hotels/Riads in half board
    • Camel Riding in the Sahara Desert
    • Night in a private luxury or standard tent in the Sahara Desert
    • Sandboarding in the Sahara Desert

Key Details of 10 days Trip:

    • Duration – 10 Days And 9 Nights
    • We explore Chefchaouen and Fes medina
    • Camel ride in Merzouga desert
    • A night in desert camp
    • Excursion to Dades valley
    • Visit Ait Benhaddou

Remember, you can customize your trip!

We at Morocco First Gate can customize your private Rabat to desert tour based on your budget and attentiveness. We also offer group discounts for your private Sahara Desert trip. The price for this desert excursion depends on the season you want to travel and on the accommodation you require – budget/standard / high class. your morocco tours provider


What you can expect from your 10 Day Grand Tour of North Morocco from Rabat to the Desert:


Day 1: Pick up from Rabat Airport or Hotel

– Transfer from the airport to a hotel in Rabat
– Overnight stay with breakfast


Day 2: Rabat to Chefchaouen

– Visit Hassan Tower and Oudaya Kasbah
– Drive to Chefchaouen through the Rif mountains
– Explore Chefchaouen Village and its unique Spanish style square


Day 3: Chefchaouen / Meknes / Fez

– Depart for Fez via Meknes and the Rif Mountains
– Explore Meknes, including its medina and historic architecture
– Continue to Fez for overnight stay


Day 4: Fez Guided City Tour

– Sightseeing in Fes, exploring historic buildings and souks
– Visit Qarouiyine Mosque and university
– Overnight in a Local Riad with breakfast


Day 5: Fez / Ziz Valley / Ziz Gorges / Merzouga

– Travel to Merzouga via Ifrane and Midelt
– Lunch in Errachidia and enjoy views of the High Atlas Mountains
– Arrive in Merzouga for overnight stay with dinner


Day 6: Merzouga Erg Chebbi Tour / Meet a Nomad Family / Camel Riding in the Sahara Desert

– Visit nomadic families and Merzouga Palm Tree Oasis
– Enjoy a Gnawa music concert in Khamlia
– Camel excursion in the desert with sunset viewing and overnight stay in nomadic tents


Day 7: Camel Riding Desert Tour / Rissani / Todra Gorges  / Ouarzazate

– Return from desert camp for breakfast
– Explore Rissani and Todra Gorges
– Drive to Ouarzazate for overnight stay with dinner and breakfast


Day 8: Ouarzazate / Ait Ben Haddou / High Atlas Mountains / Marrakech

– Discover Ouarzazate and Ait Ben Haddou
– Visit Taourirt Kasbah and explore film locations
– Drive to Marrakech for overnight stay


Day 9: Marrakech Guided City Tour

– Explore Medina, including Jemaa el-Fnaa and Saadian Tombs
– Visit Koutoubia Mosque and Majorelle Garden
– Lunch in the medina and return to hotel for overnight stay


Day 10: Marrakech / Casablanca / Rabat

– Travel back to Rabat via Casablanca
– Visit Hassan II Mosque, Corniche, and Mohammed V Place
– Tour concludes in Rabat

10 Days / 9 Nights
6+ Age
  • Departure
    Tour From Rabat
  • Departure Time
    Please arrive by 08:00 AM for a prompt departure at 08:30 AM.
  • Return Time
    Approximately 18:30 PM.
  • Included
    10 Day Grand Tour of North Morocco from Rabat to the Desert
Day 1: Rabat Airport to your hotel in Rabat
Welcome to your 10-day adventure with Morocco First Gate! Let's kick off your journey from Rabat. After landing, we'll whisk you away from the airport straight to your cozy hotel in Rabat. Picture this: settling into your room, anticipating the delights of the days ahead while savoring a hearty breakfast to fuel your exploration. Ready for the ride?
Day 2: Rabat to Chefchaouen
Set your alarm for 9 a.m.! We'll swing by your hotel to kick-start your day. First stop: the iconic Hassan Tower and the charming Oudaya Kasbah. Then, buckle up for a scenic drive through the picturesque Rif mountains as we make our way to Chefchaouen. This gem, known as the Blue City, is tucked away at the base of the Rif Mountains. Imagine strolling through its Spanish-style square, adorned with quirky arts and crafts stores—it's a sight to behold!
Day 3: Chefchaouen - Meknes - Fez
Rise and shine! We're hitting the road at 8:00 a.m. Our journey to Fez takes us through the enchanting Rif Mountains and the historic city of Meknes. Meknes boasts an imperial grandeur with its stunning architecture, including the ornate Dar Jamai Palace Museum within its bustling medina. Don't miss the lively El Hedim Palace, also known as "the square of destruction," near Bab Mansour—it's a hub of activity and ripe for exploration. As we continue onward to Fes, get ready for an overnight stay in this vibrant city. Once home to a bustling plaza akin to Marrakech's Jamaa el Fna, Fez promises a rich tapestry of culture and history, just waiting for you to unravel its secrets.
Day 4: Fez Guided City Tour
Day 4 of your epic 10-day adventure from Rabat brings us to the captivating city of Fes—a true journey back in time, immersing you in the essence of the Middle Ages. Wander through its labyrinthine streets, marveling at the countless historic gems clustered around the iconic Qarouiyine Mosque and bustling souks. Did you know? The Qarouiyine University, established in the 9th century, stood as a beacon of learning in the Arab world, its influence flourishing over the centuries with the Marinids' addition of majestic colleges or Medersas. By the 11th century, the Almoravids melded the two sections of Fes el Bali, propelling the city into the spotlight as one of Islam's paramount centers. As night falls, retreat to the cozy embrace of a local riad in Fes, where you'll wake up to a delightful breakfast—ready to seize the wonders that await on your journey.
Day 5: Fez - Ziz Valley - Ziz Gorges - Merzouga
After breakfast, our exclusive Rabat tour ventures onward, tracing a path through Ifrane and Midelt en route to the majestic Erg Chebbi Dunes and Merzouga. Picture this: as you near Errachidia, a sumptuous Berber lunch awaits, extending a warm welcome amidst the captivating scenery of the Tiz Ntalghamt pass and the Ziz Gorge, where the grandeur of the High Atlas plateau unfolds before your eyes. Keep watch as the landscape subtly transforms, hinting at the vast expanse of the Sahara Desert on the horizon. Next stop: Erfoud, known as the capital of fossils, via the verdant Ziz Valley, where panoramic vistas beckon at every turn. By afternoon's embrace, we arrive in Merzouga, where a refreshing mint tea awaits to invigorate your senses. As evening descends, settle into your cozy Merzouga accommodation and savor a delectable dinner, marking the perfect end to an unforgettable day of discovery.
Day 6: Erg Chebbi Tour - Meet a Nomad Family - Camel Riding In Merzouga Sahara Desert
Today's adventure unveils a glimpse into the nomadic lifestyle as we venture to meet some local families amidst the Merzouga Palm Tree Oasis. Prepare to be enchanted as we journey to the vibrant town of Khamlia, where the rhythms of Gnawa music, performed by talented artists hailing from Mali and Sudan, will stir your soul, accompanied by the soothing embrace of Moroccan mint tea. Back at the hotel, our trusty camels await to embark on a 40-minute desert odyssey, weaving through majestic dunes to witness a breathtaking sunset—a sight to behold. As night blankets the desert, immerse yourself in the vast expanse of stars above, nestled snugly in nomadic tents nestled behind the Great Dunes. Indulge in a traditional Moroccan Berber dinner, savoring every bite as you sip on aromatic mint tea, a perfect end to a day filled with enchantment and wonder.
Day 7: Camel Riding Desert Tour - Rissani - Todra Gorges - Ouarzazate
As the sun graces the horizon, we bid adieu to the desert camp, heading back to the hotel for a well-deserved breakfast and a refreshing shower. Our journey today leads us to the historical treasures of Rissani and Sijilmassa, once the bustling Berber capital of the Tafilalet region and a thriving commercial hub. Founded in 757 by Arab chieftain Mousa ben Nasser, Sijilmassa's strategic location along the Sahel to Europe trade route fueled its prosperity, attracting traders from afar. Among the remnants of its glorious past lie the ruins, a testament to its former glory. Though ravaged by the Atta tribe in 1818, the legacy of Moulay Ismail's monumental Kasbah still echoes through the ages. After lunch amid the majestic Todra Gorges, we'll meander through picturesque villages, finally arriving at our evening sanctuary. Here, nestled amidst the whispers of history, you'll be treated to a cozy overnight stay and a hearty dinner. As the stars twinkle above, ponder the rich tapestry of the Alawite dynasty, whose roots stretch back to the 13th century, laying the foundation for Morocco's vibrant heritage.
Day 8: Ouarzazate - Ait Ben Haddou - High Atlas Mountains - Marrakech
Today marks the start of our exploration of Ouarzazate & Ait Ben Haddou—a place affectionately dubbed the Moroccan Hollywood. Picture this: iconic movies like Hideous Kinky, Gladiator, and Babel gracing its landscapes, leaving behind a cinematic legacy that beckons to be explored. As we wander through this cinematic wonderland, you might catch glimpses of various film sets, each telling its own captivating story. But there's more to discover than just the glitz and glamour of the silver screen. The Taourirt Kasbah stands as a testament to Ouarzazate's rich history, its walls whispering tales of a bygone era. Built primarily in the 19th century, its glory days unfolded in the 1930s, when it served as the bustling epicenter of the Glaoui chief's domain—a bustling hub teeming with life, from extended family to devoted followers. Join us as we step back in time, unraveling the mysteries of this enchanting place where history and Hollywood intertwine.
Day 9: Marrakech Guided City Tour
When it comes to exploring the vibrant city of Marrakech, forget the museums and historic buildings—it's the bustling streets and lively souks of the Medina that steal the show. So, throw caution to the wind and lose yourself in the maze of narrow alleys and bustling marketplaces. Take your time, savoring every moment—whether it's pausing for a refreshing mint tea or simply embracing the joy of wandering aimlessly. Kickstart your adventure with a revitalizing organ juice in the bustling plaza of Jemaa el-Fnaa—a perfect launching pad for your journey through Marrakech's royal treasures. Marvel at the opulent Dar Sidi Said and Bahia Palace, each offering a glimpse into Morocco's regal past. Don't miss the Saadian Tombs, though be prepared for crowds eager to witness their splendor. Before heading north to the majestic Koutoubia Mosque (note: non-Muslims can't enter), recharge with a savory bite to eat. While you can't step inside the mosque, the Koutoubia Garden offers a tranquil oasis, perfect for a leisurely stroll with stunning views of the towering minaret. Prepare yourself for the sensory overload of Marrakech's vibrant souks, where every corner holds a treasure waiting to be discovered. Once you've had your fill of shopping, escape the hustle and bustle with a visit to the serene Majorelle Garden. Lose yourself in its colorful flora and tranquil atmosphere before indulging in a leisurely lunch in the heart of the medina. As the sun begins its descent, bid farewell to Marrakech's bustling streets and retreat to your hotel for a well-deserved rest, reflecting on the day's adventures and eagerly anticipating what tomorrow holds.
Day 10: Marrakech - Casablanca - Rabat
After a hearty breakfast, we embark on our journey back to Rabat, passing through the iconic city of Casablanca. Don't miss the chance to marvel at the majestic Hassan II Mosque, a true masterpiece of Moroccan architecture. Take a leisurely drive along the picturesque Corniche and soak in the vibrant atmosphere of Mohammed V Place. As the day unfolds, we'll find ourselves back in Rabat by afternoon—a fitting conclusion to your memorable 10-day tour from Rabat. Reflect on the adventures, sights, and experiences that have filled your journey as you bid farewell to this enchanting land. Until we meet again, may the memories of Morocco linger in your heart.


Value For Money

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
    • Please note: due to the long distances, approximately 8 hours will be spent driving each day
    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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