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One Week in Morocco Itinerary Fez, Desert, Marrakech

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7 days 6 nights

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Overview

One Week in Morocco takes you on an adventure from Fez to Marrakech via the desert and some interesting cities along the way.

During the tour, you will see the diverse geography of Morocco. Between the deserts and mountains, you lose yourself in its history or let yourself tossed around in its majestic present incarnation.

The tour mixes culture with adventure and exotic mystery with magic locations. In one week, you will round in the narrow twist of Fez discovering an old culture that dates back to 11th century, you will see wild monkeys in the jungle of Azrou, you will trek camels and camp in the Desert, and last not least, you will witness the strange, yet alluring shows in the Jamaa El Fna Square.

Why you should book one week in Morocco from Fez to Marrakech?

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There are several tours that link between Fez and Marrakech via the Desert, so why exactly do you need to book a one-week itinerary?

The most important factor to consider is your time. If you have more time, you can extend the tour to include other destinations like Essaouira, Meknes, Rabat, and Casablanca. However, if you only have 7 days, a 7 day tour from Fez to Marrakech via the desert is the best choice.

Why?

Because the Sahara includes several treasures that you would admire. You will experience life differently and discover another part of you that has been consumed by technology. What do I mean by that?

Let me explain!

In the desert, you will disconnect from the modern world. I’m sure you check your mobile thousands of times every day – like all of us. Sometimes you feel enslaved by Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or other social networks.

In the desert, there isn’t even reception. Though it seems strange now, believe me, in the desert, you will think differently. The desert will offer you peace of mind; you will reconnect to yourself, to your soul,  you will stop and admire where you are.

By disconnecting from technology, you will connect with nature and the people around you.

The Sahara Desert is made up of majestic dunes that form waves of sand like an ocean frozen in time, casting shadows to the sun and the moon in an endless play of light.

In its majestic silence, you can find new perspectives and a glimpse of who you are and what you want. Climb a high dune, watch your breath, and let your mind go blank.

As you go on endless adventures during the day, the night isn’t less charming. You will see more stars in the sky than ever; looking at the bright constellations remind you that we live on a planet traveling in space!

Indeed, if there is something that this one week in Morocco can teach you, it is how the Berbers live together. Unlike the western world, where individuality is the supreme value, in the desert, the community prevails. Each member is dedicated to serving the community. Let yourself discover how!

When is the best time to book this tour?

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One week in Morocco itinerary that links between Fez and Marrakech is available all year round. However, we suggest that you avoid a few months to get the most out of it.

January and February are not suitable for booking this tour because it runs during these two months. The journey, therefore, becomes stressful, and more likely, you will spend your time at the hotel.

However, if you just need a break in Marrakech or Fez, it is possible to arrange a quick visit after the weather consultation.

In addition, June, July and August are also the worst months to travel to the desert. You will not resist heat as it becomes extremely hot. It is, therefore, better to avoid organized tours during these periods.

Other than that, your timing is perfect. Autumn and spring are good seasons for traveling to Morocco and exploring the desert. Fortunately, during these two seasons, ticket prices in Morocco become cheaper. So you can steal bets from Fez in good condition.

Top Places to see in one week

Marrakech, the city of one thousand nights

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As always, Marrakech offers surprises to its visitors. Recently it has been selected as the 6th best destination you must visit in 2020 by Forbes.

Marrakech offers all what is exotic and oriental based, Belly dancers, romantic nights, and much more than you can imagine.

Besides, during the day, it offers a lot of treasures that you can discover with our guide. That includes Majorelle Garden, Bahia Palace, Saadian Tombs, and others.

Why is it TOP?

  • It’s a place where traditionalism and modernity meets
  • Magic and strange shows
  • Gratify your sense of adventure

Fez, the old surviving Medina

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What attracts tourists to this city is its authenticity and unique architecture that reflect the glory of the past. Fez is a city that stepped back in time and watches the world change.

It will impress you by its old, narrow, twisty itineraries. Moreover, artisans transporting their craft on donkeys adds the charm to this magical city.

During the tour, you will discover that Fez is an authentic medina, not a fake city constructed to attract tourists.

Why is it TOP?

  • Reflect true culture of Morocco
  • Authentic and exotic
  • Take you back to the old ages

The High Atlas and its Berber villages

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Berber villages at the foothills of High Atlas mountains

Less than an hour’s drive from Marrakech, discover the splendors of the High Atlas range: snow-capped mountains (in winter), mountain lakes, and Berber villages.

Whether you choose to stroll in the marvelous Tizi n’Tichka pass and its famous terraced crops between the small villages perched on the hills, or even the “Pure Atlas” outing which will take you to meet the Berber populations, you will inevitably take full the eyes !!

Why is it TOP?

  • Breathtaking landscapes, mostly inhabited by Berbers.
  • Terraced crops and magnificent valleys.
  • Authentic villages.

Merzouga Desert

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Merzouga Desert is the most impressive part of the Moroccan desert. You discover the typical image that you have of the desert in your imagination. Even if the dunes of other countries such as Algeria and Libya are more popular, the dunes of Erg Chebbi, south of Merzouga are 150 meters high and have nothing to envy.

A distance of 477 kilometers separates Fez from Merzouga and the journey time is just over 7 hours. One Week in Morocco is enough to discover this amazing place.

Why is it TOP?

  • Ride camels in camp in the heart of the. desert
  • Eat Berber food and meet locals
  • Different activities performed by nomads including music and dancing
  • Discover the primitive, yet authentic life in Morocco

Ait BenHaddou, a UNESCO site

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One week in Morocco wouldn’t be perfect if you didn’t visit Ait Benhaddou.

It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the ksar of Aït Ben Haddou is located in the province of Ouarzazate. This traditional caravan crossing point sits south of Telouet, in the Ounila valley. And it’s also a great example of Moroccan architecture.

The village of Aït Ben Haddou consists of a number of earthen buildings, nestled on the side of a hill. At the top, there is what is called an Agadir, which is a kind of collective granary. Surrounded by walls, the ksar is an emblematic cultural site of Morocco.

The ksar of Aït Ben Haddou is, therefore, a traditional pre-Saharan habitat. The defensive walls of the village protect the houses, and complete the corner towers of the city. Several dwellings are reminiscent of constructions similar to castles.

Small villages come together and form a heap of dwellings at the foot of the hills. In the past, the inhabitants of these small villages were nomads. The latter then opted for a sedentary lifestyle and settled in these traditional dwellings. Since 1987, the ksar of Aït Ben Haddou has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Many emblematic films and series have been filmed there since 1962. This site is also known for having housed bald ibis. Visiting Aït Ben Haddou is, therefore, a cultural and really interesting excursion that will punctuate your stay in Morocco!

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Ouarzazate, impressing locations for Hollywood movies

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Cinema Studio of Ouarzazate. It called also Hollywood of Africa

Ouarzazate is located at the foot of the Atlas, in the valley where the Drâa and Dadès rivers join, at the crossroads of Saharan paths. It is the provincial capital of the Sous-Masa-Drâa region as well as a tourist, commercial, and military center.

All the traditional architecture of these pre-Saharan valleys is based on the principle of fortification.
The Kasbah is a multi-story building with surveillance towers at each corner and a central patio.
The Alcazar (ksar or Ighrem) is a small village surrounded by walls with surveillance towers at various points and one or more monumental entrances. Inside, in addition to the houses, there is always a mosque, a space for parties and, sometimes, a pension (fonduk).

Though Ourazazate is interesting, Atlas cinema studio adds extra sparkle to this humble city.

The studio attracted many international filmmakers over the years. The top historical movies and series have been shot here. The customs are left behind so that many tourists find it amazing to take pictures around.

Indeed, one week in Morocco itinerary that links between Fez and Marrakech doesn’t include only the cited places. Also, you will enjoy visiting other cities like Azrou, Rissani, Midelt, Ifran, and all cities along the way.

Dades Valley

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Discover the arid landscapes of Dades valley: red earth as far as the eye can see and rivers that wind between the cacti. A typical Moroccan landscape, off the tourist trail, to see absolutely once in a lifetime!

And if you are lucky enough to be there when the snow melts (spring), you can even go canyoning!

Why is it TOP?

  • A valley located in the heart of the Berber country
  • Beautiful landscapes and scenery

One week in Morocco alternatives

This itinerary includes amazing places like Fez, Marrakech, and the Desert. However, if you need to explore more cities, it is advised to proceed to some changes that we suggest here.

Add 1 day to the tour

One week in Morocco is interesting, however, if you could add an extra day, you can plan an excursion to Essaouira on the last day.

By doing so, you will cover all the Game of Thrones locations in Morocco. Essaouira is featured as Astrapor in the Game of Thrones where Daenerys Targaryen bought Unsullied army.

The most awesome part of the show in Essaouira is when Daenerys released her newly bought slaves and killed the slaves master.

Many people don’t know that the fictional cities of Astrapor and Yunkai are real cities of Morocco, namely Ait Benhaddou and Essaouira.

Morocco itinerary one week from Marrakech

Morocco itinerary one week from Marrakech offers the same privileges as the tour that starts in Fez. Therefore, instead of starting from Fez, you start from Marrakech following the same itinerary.

The tour includes the same activities and some places.

Please check Morocco itinerary one week here.

Morocco itinerary 7 days from Casablanca

Another interesting alternative of One week itinerary from Fes to Marrakech is 7 days itinerary from Casablanca.

The itinerary that starts in Fes doesn’t include the 2 other imperial cities of Morocco, namely Rabat and Meknes. Therefore, the itinerary of Casablanca is made to facilitate the task.

Nonetheless, the tour from Fez has its advantages, one of which is to squize the distance to the desert if you have a short time.

Therefore, if you need to visit Meknes and Rabat, please check Morocco itinerary 7 days from Casablanca.

Customize your own itinerary

There are several choices to spend one week in Morocco, either you start from Casablanca, Marrakech or another city, the choices are multiple.

If you are not satisfied with what we presented, you can contact us and we will do our best to help you customize your perfect itinerary. (there is no extra charge for this service).

Conclusion:

One week in Morocco allows you to see the best attractions in the south of Morocco. The itinerary starts in Fez and ends in Fez. The drive is not direct between cities but often includes multiple stops to see the hot spots and to take pictures.

We stop at Tizi N’Tichka, Ait Ben Haddou, Cinema Studio, Dades Valley, and Todra Gorges before you arrive to Merzouga. 

Along the way, you will meet great people who will teach you many things about life, collaboration, and love. Berber people are the most amazing and kind people you will have ever meet. 

As far as hotels are concerned, we deal only with hotels and riads that meet the international standards. Both lux and standard hotels are comfortable and clean. 

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Day 1: arrival to Fez
  • Day 2: Wondering in Fez with a local guide
  • Day 3: Wild monkeys, camels trekking & camping in the desert
  • Day 4: Hiking in Todra Gorges & visiting the cinema studio
  • Day 5: Visiting Hollywood movie locations & Game of Thrones sites in Morocco
  • Day 6: Guided Marrakech visit
  • Day 7: End of one week in Morocco

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival to Fes
Day 1: Arrival to Fes

In the first day of your tour, our driver will pick you up from the airport. He will check for your accommodation.

Day 2: Fes City Tour (guided tour)
Day 2: Fes City Tour (guided tour)

In the second day of your one week in Morocco, you will explore the cultural city of Morocco. In the morning, you will visit the old medina of Fez, the Royal Palace, the Mellah (Jewish quarter), and Bab Boujloud entrance. Fes medina, in fact, is rich in monuments, it is the oldest surviving city in the world. Fez, for sure, will charm you.

In addition to the above-mentioned monuments, you can explore Fes el-Bali. You will see also the madrassa, or the Quoranic school built in the 17th century. You can visit Al Quaraouine university, which is the oldest university in the world. After that, you will have free time to enjoy lunch in one of the traditional restaurants in the area.

After lunch, you will explore other interesting places in the city. Overnight at your Riad to prepare for another traveling journey.

Day 3: Fes –Ifrane- Azrou- Midelt- Erfoud- Merzouga desert – Erg Chebbi
Day 3: Fes –Ifrane- Azrou- Midelt- Erfoud- Merzouga desert – Erg Chebbi

In the second day, you wake up at 8:00. Then you start your journey. You travel to Merzouga via Ifrane, Azrou, and Midelt. You stop in the first destination, Ifrane, to see this beautiful city and take pictures. Then, you head to the Cedar forest of Azrou. You stop there to watch the wild monkeys. You can even feed them and take pictures. After that, you travel to midelt where you will have lunch.

After lunch, you travel to Merzouga. You pass through the beautiful gorges of the Ziz, a wonderful geological structure. Then, you cross Errachidia, a main city in the southeast, to arrive to Rissani. On the way, you will be impressed by the panoramic view of Ziz valley before you arrive to Merzouga.

when you arrive to Merzouga, you start another journey. If you have never tried a camel ride, your travel to Morocco will be a good opportunity to experiment this adventure. In Merzouga, you trek camels, with the camel guide, for almost one hour. The camels will take you into the heart of the Sahara desert. You will enjoy Erg Chebbi dunes along the ride. In addition, you will watch the most beautiful sunset in the Sahara. Overnight at your lux camp in the heart of the Merzouga desert. You spend your night under the starry sky. After dinner, you will enjoy the sings and dances of berbers.

Day 4: Merzouga- Toudra gorges – Dades Gorges- Ouarzazate.
Day 4: Merzouga- Toudra gorges – Dades Gorges- Ouarzazate.

Your 7 days Fes desert tour includes seeing the most beautiful destinations in the desert. In the third day, you will wake up early to watch the sunrise. After that, you will have your breakfast and you start your new adventure.

At about 8:00 a.m in the morning, you leave your lux camp riding camels back to Merzouga. After that, you travel to Ouarzazate. However, before you arrive to Ouarzazate, you will see the most beautiful places in the Shara Desert. You start by visiting Erfoud; a city famous for its fossilized marbles. There you will visit the workshop production of marble fossils. After that break, you travel to the Todra Gorges which is an ideal place for walking and exploring on your own. You will have lunch there before you drive through the town of Roses, Kelaa Mgouna. You continue your way across the Road of a Thousand-Kasbahs passing the Skoura palm grove until you arrive to Ouarzazate; a place named “Hollywood of Morocco.” Overnight at your hotel/riad.

Day 5: Ouarzazate – Ait Ben Haddou – Marrakech
Day 5: Ouarzazate – Ait Ben Haddou – Marrakech

In the fourth day of your one week in Morocco, you will see one of the best places to visit in Morocco. it is the village of Ait Ben Haddou and its Kasbahs. The village of Ait Ben Haddou is a famous village known of its beautiful architecture. Located in a magic place, Ait Ben Haddou served as a background for several Hollywood movies. Gladiator, Lawrance of Arabia, the mommy,…etc. In addition, this village assigned as a worldwide Heritage site by UNESCO. The village is situated along the former caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakech. Its place at the hill along the Ouarzazate River makes it as one of the best tourist attractions in Morocco.

You will explore this village and its Kasbahs before you leave. In the afternoon, you travel to Marrakech via the famous road of Tizi N’tichka. Overnight at your hotel in Marrakech.

Day 6: Marrakech guided Tour
Day 6: Marrakech guided Tour

If you travel to Morocco, you must see Marrakech. Morocco Travel operator is pleased to show you this enchanting city. Marrakech is one of the best Morocco cities. It is a former imperial city and one of the most popular cities for tourists in the Maghreb.

Marrakech incarnates the beauty of Morocco. It holds the most beautiful monuments. Starting from beautiful mosques, palaces and gardens, exotic markets, and the famous Jemaa el-Fnaa square. With plenty of things to do and see in both the medieval and modern parts of town, Marrakech is a captivating city. The Morocco Travel guide will show the can’t-miss attractions every traveler needs to do in Marrakech.

Your journey with the guide will start in the morning after breakfast. you will visit Medersa Ben Youssef, Saadian Tombs, Bahia Palace, Koutoubia Mosque, Majorelle Garden…. etc. You will have lunch is one of the restaurants of the old medina. After that, you will explore the rest places. At night, you can go back to Jemaa el-Fnaa square to witness the activities of artists, snack charmers, clowns…..

Indeed, Marrakech, for sure will captivate you, be ready to explore a whole new dimension of life. The “7 days Fes Desert Tour and best morocco cities” allows you to see the Sahara Desert and also to explore the most beautiful cities in Morocco.

Day 7: End of one week in Morocco
Day 7: End of one week in Morocco

Unfortunately, your one week in Morocco comes to the end. We hope that you loved Morocco and you enjoyed our company.

Depends on your flight details, our driver will pick you up from the hotel or Riad to the airport. If you fly from Casablanca, we will transfer you there.

Happy memories!

Included/Excluded

  • Hotels & accommodtaions
  • Comfortable air-conditioned 4×4/minibus vehicle
  • Multilingual driver/guide
  • Fuel & parking
  • Local guides
  • Pick up and drop off from Airport/Hotel/Riad
  • 2 dinners in the desert
  • Breakfasts
  • Flight tickets & visa
  • Entrance tickets to monuments and museums
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips to guide and driver

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