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North to South Morocco Immersion

10 Day Group:
Tangier to Marrakech

About This Tour

  • Tour Type: Small Group Tour
  • Starts from: Tangier
  • Ends in: Marrakech
  • Activity Level: Easy to Moderate
  • Maximum Group Size: 12

Tour Highlights

  • Wander through the blue streets in Chefchaouen
  • Uncover the ruins of an ancient Roman outpost
  • Travel back in time in the maze-like medina of Fes
  • Ride through the shifting sand of the Sahara on a shore-footed camel
  • Get off of the beaten path and live like a local in the Valley of Roses
  • Experience breathtaking vistas in the High Atlas Mountains
  • Become acquainted with the excitement of beguiling Marrakech

Inclusions

  • Ground transfers to/from Airport
  • Private transportation
  • English Speaking Tour Manager
  • 9 Nights of Accommodations
  • Meals Included: 9 Breakfasts; 6 Dinners; 1 Lunch
  • Guided Tours of Tangier, Volubilis, Meknes, Fes, & Marrakech
  • Guided Walk in Tinghir Palmeraie
  • Entrance Fees (to sites listed)

Detailed Itinerary

Wonderful time experiencing a whole new world for me. Beautiful vistas, history lessons, stunning architecture, fun activities, lively entertainment, freshest food, all a sensory overload leaving me awash in amazement. Our adventure was carefully guided by Amnay who was patient, informative and at ease keeping our small group intact (like herding cats lol) Our impromptu sing alongs while traveling between cities or a guitar serenade after dinner all added another level of fun and laughter. Great times had by all! 

Morocco - I will be back! And thank you Morocco Immersions, Sharon and Amnay, who have become more like family

Donna Pittman

Day 1: Welcome to Morocco!

Arrival Tangier

Meals: Dinner
Overnight: Tangier
Accommodations: Palais Zahia (or similar)

You can arrive anytime this morning by plane, train, or ferry. Whatever time (and by whatever method), you will be greeted by Morocco Immersion and transferred to your accommodations where you can relax and unwind. At 2 PM, you will meet in the lobby of the riad to embark on a guided tour of the city. Wandering through the whitewashed streets, you'll understand the fascination that the city commanded from artists like Matisse. After the tour, you'll head back to the riad for a welcome dinner and meet & greet.

Tangier to Chefchaouen

Meals: Breakfast
Overnight: Chefchaouen
Accommodations: Casa del Norte (or similar)

This morning, after breakfast, you will transfer to Chefchaouen. You'll arrive around lunchtime and then have the rest of the day free to explore this magical city and discover why it is called Morocco’s Blue Pearl. If you wish, you can head to nearby Akchour for a hike to the waterfall, Cascade d'Akchour.  The hike to the big waterfall is a somewhat challenging 10 miles round trip, but there are several smaller waterfalls along the way, so you can do as much or as little of the trail as you'd like.  If you choose to hike, you'll return to Chefchaouen by late afternoon and have the rest of the evening free to explore on your own.

Chefchaouen to Fes via Volubilis and Meknes

Meals: Breakfast
Overnight: Fes
Accommodations: Riad Al Makan (or similar)

After breakfast, you will depart Chefchaouen and head south towards Fes. On the way, you will stop to visit the ruins of the Roman outpost of Volubilis. Before the Romans came, Volubilis was an Amazigh city known as Oulili (pronounced wa-lee-lee) which dates back to the 3rd century B.C. Although severely damaged by an earthquake in the 18th century and subsequently further damaged by Moulay Ismail’s architects (who used pieces to build the gates of the city of Meknes), it is still “an exceptionally well preserved example of a large Roman colonial town on the fringes of the Empire", according to the UNESCO World Heritage listing. The city was reclaimed by the local Amazigh tribes around 235 AD and it was near here in the 8th Century that Idriss I established the first dynasty of the Kingdom of Morocco. After a guided tour of Volubilis, you will stop for lunch at the nearby sacred city of Moulay Idriss Zerhoun which is home to the Idriss I’s tomb. After lunch, you’ll head to the lessor known imperial city of Meknes. Your visit will begin by entering the old medina through the interesting gate of Bab Mansour, which incorporates marble pillars that were moved from the Roman ruins of Volubilis. Once inside the medina, you will visit the tomb of Sultan Moulay Ismail. It was under this eccentric ruler’s reign from 1672 to 1727 that Meknes served its time as the capital of Morocco. Next you will visit the impressive Agdal reservoir and Heri es-Souani, a former granary and stable that lay alongside the reservoir and which once housed 12,000 horses. After exploring Meknes, you’ll make the short drive to Fes where you will stop for the night.

Full Day in Fes

Meals: Breakfast
Overnight: Fes
Accommodations: Riad Al Makan (or similar)

Today after breakfast, your local guide will meet you at your riad for a guided tour of the city. To start your tour, you will first go to the Royal Palce and then walked through the old Mellah (Jewish Quartier) of the city. From here, you will head to one of the Borj (towers) and get a panoramic view of the entire medina. Next, you’ll head to a mosaic house where you will have a demonstration of the traditional pottery methods utilized by Fassi artisans – you’ll see every step of the process from the formation of the clay to the piecing together of the mosaics. After this, the tour will take you into the medina of Fes where you will discover the ancient streets and neighborhoods, visit the various artisan sections (including the tanneries), and the important historic monuments (including the tomb of Idriss II and the Al-Qarawaiyin University - the oldest continually operated university in the world). Your tour will end after lunch at which time you’ll have the rest of the afternoon and evening free to explore the medina. Don’t worry if you get lost – that is all part of the experience.

Fes to Merzouga

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight: Merzouga Desert
Accommodations: Bouchedor Luxury Camp (or similar)

After breakfast, you will depart from Fes head to the desert. On the way, you will travel through the largest cedar forest in Africa which is also home to the barbary apes (aka Atlas Monkeys) which are sure to entertain. You’ll cross the Middle Atlas Mountains to Midelt located on the high plains between the Middle and High Atlas Mountains where you will stop for lunch before continuing over the High Atlas Mountains via the Ziz River Gorge to the large dunes of Erg Chebbi. You'll arrive before sunset and meet your camels and trek into the heart of the dunes to your luxury camp for the night.  Once you arrive, you can climb the nearest dune to watch the sun go down and the stars come out. Dinner will be served at camp, followed by traditional music, and more stargazing.

Merzouga to Dades Valley

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight: Boumalne Dades
Accommodations: Kasbah Tizzarouine (or similar)

This morning, your camel guide will wake you early so that you can watch the sun rise over the dunes.  After watching the sunrise, breakfast will be served at camp and you’ll have time to shower and prepare for your day before taking to your camels on more time to trek back to the edge of the dunes and transfer back to your more conventional transportation. From here, you’ll head to the breathtaking Dades Gorge.  Along the way, you’ll stop to visit the ancient irrigation system that once brought water to the desert from the distant Saghro Mountains.  After this, you’ll head to the oasis town of Tinghir where you will have a guided walk of the palmeraie and Mellah (old Jewish area). Next, you’ll visit nearby Todgha Gorge where you will walk through the most impressive part of the canyon.  After this, you’ll head to the beautiful Dades Valley to your accommodations for the night.  Dinner will be served here.

Full Day in the Valley of Roses

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight: Boumalne Dades
Accommodations: Kasbah Tizzarouine (or similar)

This morning after breakfast, you’ll make the short drive to the “next valley over” to the heart of the Valley of Roses.  On the way, you can visit a local market and then go to the home of a local family where you can help to prepare lunch (or just relax) and then join the family for a traditional couscous lunch.  After lunch (and a little relaxation), you can explore a little more of the Valley either by car or by foot before heading back to your hotel in time for dinner.

Dades Valley to Marrakech via Ait Ben Haddou

Meals: Breakfast
Overnight: Marrakech
Accommodations: Riad Mabrouk (or similar)

After breakfast, you once again take the road of 1000 Kasbahs on your way to the city of Ouarzazate (pronounced: Wor-za-zet, also known as the Hollywood of Morocco). After passing through Ouarzazate you will make the short drive to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ait Ben Haddou. You’ll have a chance to explore this impressive ksar, before traveling over the High Atlas Mountains via the Tizi n’Tichka path, reaching an altitude of nearly 7500 feet above sea level. There will be plenty of stops for tea and photographs as you take in the breathtaking vistas before arriving in the evening to Marrakech.

Full Day in Marrakech

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight: Marrakech
Accommodations: Riad Mabrouk (or similar)

After breakfast, your local city guide will meet you at your riad and show you all around Marrakech. Your tour will include visits to Bahia Palace, the Saadian Tombs, and Koutoubia Mosque. After you’ve visited these monuments, your guide will escort you to the souks of Marrakech where you'll have a chance to visit the various artisans and to learn about their crafts. Your tour will end by mid-afternoon and you’ll have the rest of the afternoon to explore on your own. You'll regroup one last time this evening for a farewell dinner.

Meals: Breakfast

This morning after breakfast, depending on your departure time, you may have some free time to explore Marrakech on your own before transferring to the Marrakech Airport in plenty of time of your departing flight.

Note: Transfers can be arranged to Casablanca Airport for an additional fee.

Dates & Prices

Please Note: Due to COVID-19, we have suspended group tours until June 2021. These trips are available for private tours at the same price (with a minimum of 2 passengers).

September 2021

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Thurs, Sep 9 - Sat, Sep 188+ Available$1950 USD

Price based on double occupancy. Private room supplement: $360 USD

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Sat, Oct 23 - Mon, Nov 18+ Available$1950 USD

Price based on double occupancy. Private room supplement: $360 USD

Dates
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Thurs, Mar 10 - Sat, Mar 198+ Available$1950 USD

Price based on double occupancy. Private room supplement: $360 USD

Dates
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Sat, Jul 16 - Mon, Jul 258+ Available$1825 USD

Price based on double occupancy. Private room supplement: $360 USD

Dates
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Thurs, Nov 17 - Sat, Nov 268+ Available$1950 USD

Price based on double occupancy. Private room supplement: $360 USD

Frequently Asked Questions

The tour meeting point is your first hotel (listed on your finalized itinerary)  in Tangier. They will be expecting your arrival. We will meet in the lobby at 1:45 PM for our guided tour of Tangier. Look for the Morocco Immersion Sign.

Note: The meeting time may change depending on the arrival time of the majority of the participants. You will receive more details prior to your tour start date.

You can arrive any time on Day 1, but if you would like to join the guided tour of Tangier, please plan to arrive in Tangier by 11 AM.

Remember when you are booking your flights that most flights depart in the evening and arrive the following morning. Double check your flight to be sure that the arrival date is the same as the Tour Start Date.

This tour ends in Marrakech on the morning of Day 10. Since there are no planned activities for Day 10, you can leave anytime.

Note: Transfers to Marrakech Airport are complimentary. Transfers to Casablanca Airport can be arranged for an additional fee.

The tour begins in Tangier and ends in Marrakech, so ideally you would arrive in Tangier on Day 1 (via ferry, plane, or train) and you will depart from Marrakech on Day 10.

Tangier is easy to reach by ferry from Spain which makes this a great tour if you wish to combine these two countries. There is also a high speed train that connects Casablanca and Tangier. And, of course, there is an airport.

Private transfers can be arranged to/from Casablanca Mohammed V Airport for an additional fee. Please note that since it is a bit of a drive to Tangier from Casablanca, if you opt for a private transfer you should plan to arrive at least one day before the tour start date. Contact us for more information.

No problem! We are happy to arrange accommodations and/or transfers if needed. Just let us know!

We are pleased to provide complementary ground transfers from the train station, ferry port, or the airport in Tangier upon your arrival and transfers to the train station or airport in Marrakech.

Transfers to/from other airports can be arranged for an additional fee.

We will operate this tour as long as we have a minimum of 2 participants.

12 participants. We are not a “big bus” tour operator and prefer to keep our group tours small so that you can truly experience Morocco’s rich culture and way of life.

Contact us! Groups of 8 or more qualify for special discounts and groups of 13 or more can be accommodated as a private tour (again, for special pricing).

Simply follow this book now link. We request a 30% deposit at the time of booking. The balance is due prior to the Tour Start Date.

After you book, you will be contacted by the Morocco Immersion Adventure Organizer who will guide you through the pre-Adventure registration process, keep you updated on any tour changes, and answer any questions you might have.

If we must cancel the tour due to a lack of participants, we will give you the following options:

  • Switch to a different tour.
  • Convert your tour to a private tour for an additional fee.
  • Refund 100% of your deposit and any other additional payments made to us.

We will not refund any loss not paid to us such as airfare change or cancellation costs. For that reason, we STRONGLY recommend the purchase of travel insurance.

If you cancel up to 14 days prior to your Tour Start Date, you will receive a credit for your deposit (for use on a subsequent trip) and any additional money paid shall be refunded. For cancellations made 14 or less before the in-country start date, no refund of or credit for the deposit will be given; however, any final payments made will be refunded until 1 day prior to the tour start date. Please refer to our terms and conditions.

If you must cancel your tour, please notify as soon as possible.

No, it is not required, but we strongly recommend it to cover any losses due to trip cancellation or interruption.  Travel insurance that includes medical evacuation is also advised as some areas of Morocco are remote and may lack proper medical facilities. 

Because we do highly recommend it, we have partnered with World Nomads to provide "one-stop-shopping" for your tour. You can check out our travel insurance page for a free quote today.

Yes! We will help you with that during the pre-tour registration process. If we are unable to find a roommate for you, we will ask you to pay a portion of the single/private room supplement (typically 50% roughly $17.50 USD per day) to cover the additional expense.

No vaccinations are currently required for travel to Morocco; however, it is generally advised that you be up to date on your normal vaccinations and consider vaccinations for Hep A and Typhoid to prevent food borne pathogens. For more information, you should contact a travel clinic or review the CDC guidelines for travel to the area.

There may be additional travel requirements due to COVID-19 (such as a negative PCR test prior to arrival). While we will advise to the best of our ability, it is your responsibility to make sure that you adhere to any additional requirements.

US Passport holders currently do not need a visa to travel to Morocco for a duration of less than 3 months for tourism purposes.  If you do require a visa, you are responsible for acquiring it.

It is your responsibility to acquire and bring required travel documents such as passport and visa (if applicable).  Be sure to put that on your packing list!  

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