Marrakech to Fes 4 Day Desert Tour – 4 Days Desert Tour from Marrakech to Fes via Merzouga
4 Day Tour from Marrakech to Fes via Merzouga – Marrakech to Fes Desert Tours 4 Days – 4 Day 3 Night Tour from Marrakech to Fes via Desert – Camel Trekking and night in the Desert Erg chebbi
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Morocco Tour
Group Size Small Group
Day 1: Marrakech - High Atlas - Kasbah Ait Benhaddou - Dades Gorge
Depart from Marrakech at the agreed time, we will pick up in your Riad/Hotel and start our route for the Dades Gorges, we cross the high mountains of the High Atlas going through the mountain pass of Tizi n'Tichka at 2260 meters of altitude and enjoy the many nomadic Berber who live in this area. We will continue from Ouarzazate by crossing the valley of Roses also called through Kelaat M'gouna; a surprising contrast of colours and landscapes, on occasions the arid reddish colour of the mountains is interrupted with the intense green of the vegetation, and as the name indicates, very well-known by the massive cultivation of roses for various uses. Our journey continues in the direction of the Dades Valley, also known as the Valley of a Thousand Kasbahs, and although the figure may seem exaggerated, what is certain is that they are very numerous. Dinner and overnight in the Dades Valley.
Day 2: Dades Valley - Todra Gorge - Erfoud - Merzouga
After a good Moroccan breakfast we take the road to the desert of Merzouga, first going by the Palm Grove of Todra and making a stop to enjoy its magnificent views, its abandoned Kasbahs and its houses carved into the rock. We will continue our route toward the Todra Gorge; during the trip you will be able to appreciate how green the valley is, with its houses of mud, and see the working people, we will arrive at the stunning gorges of more than 100 meters of height, where we make a stop to walk around and observe the daily life of the people and how nice the houses are. We will continue our trip in the direction of Merzouga passing through Erfoud; the city of fossils. In the afternoon we will leave the 4x4 and we will be waiting for the camels to traverse the large dunes of the desert, a trip of about two hours that will take us to spend the night in the heart of the desert in a nomad camp (haimas) where we will be able to enjoy the sunset, the stars and the setting of the sun among the dunes; an experience that you will surely never forget. Dinner and accommodation in haimas (an unforgettable night).
Day 3: Merzouga - tour through the dunes of Erg Chebbi
Very early in the morning we will return with the camels to the riad where we can take a shower and have breakfast. We will continue our route to explore the small towns located at the foot of the dunes of Erg Chebbi (Hassi Labiad, Merzouga and Khamlia). In Hassi Labiad we stop where you can visit the system of irrigation channels and the nearby adobe houses. On the road to Merzouga we stop at the lake of Dayet Sriji, in periods of rain it becomes a salt lake and the migratory birds: pink flamingos, wild ducks, the reddish Sheldrake and many other species visit this lake. On the way to Khamlia we hope to be able to show you the foxes of the desert, the reptiles and mammals. We will arrive in Khamlia (known as the village of black people), its inhabitants are ethnic Gnaoua and Berber, brought as slaves from the West and Central Africa, its main source of income is the agriculture, livestock and tourism, its warm and quiet friendly people will welcome us with a cup of tea (Berber whisky) while we enjoy the legendary music of their ancestors and rest in this wonderful landscape that the desert offers us.
Our next stop will be the panoramic view that the gold dunes offer us near the border of Algeria, where we picnic under the shade of a tree and are able to visit a typical nomadic Berber family that surprisingly still live in tents, they take care of the herds of cattle, goats and camels and will host you in their tents to know their way of life while enjoying the flavour of a good cup of tea. Then you will have the opportunity to visit the volcanic black rocks and the panoramic view that the Auberge Yasmina offers us, scenery full of sand dunes and the nearby lake (spring), return to the hotel to spend the night.
Day 4: Merzouga - Rissani - ERFOUD - Errachidia - Ziz Gorge - Midelt - Azrou - Ifrane - Fes
In the morning and after a good moroccan breakfast we will travel to Rissani where we have a short visit to Zawiya Moulay Ali ash-Sharif; a mausoleum that allows entry to non-Muslims and is very interesting for its arcades and its mosaics, we will also have time to wander through the Souk (local market), and the chance to see the foundouks (place where you meet the donkeys). We will continue our route towards Errachidia first going to Erfoud where we will possibly make a stop to visit one of the most important marble fossil carriers. This city is characterized by its traditional and typical house of the area where it is inhabited by the Berber people, also by their short narrow alleys. Certain parts of the landscape were used in some of the movies where the desert appeared, for example; the Mummy, some corners of the villages appeared in this film.
The next stop will be a panoramic view of the Oasis of Aoufous (declared as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, which is highlighted by the desert-Hamada of its surroundings. Between the palm groves and orchards are several kasbahs such as the old Alaouite Palace of Maaka. We pass by Errachidia; a city known as the military town, to 1010 meters of altitude and located in the arid zone at the foot of the Atlas which collects all the water from snow melt forming a marsh that dies in the Sahara. We stop at the dam of Hassan Addakhil, where we can enjoy the contrast of the blue colours of the water with the ochres of the mountains, the greens of the palm trees with the red earth of the mountains. We will continue to follow the Ziz River where you can enjoy the small typical houses of ochre colour that are arranged along this valley forming a spectacular landscape. Passing through the tunnel of a Legionnaire (Zaabal), our journey continues through the Middle High Atlas, crossing by the pass of Tizi n'Talghom (1907m), reaching Midelt where we stop for lunch. After lunch you can enjoy the magnificent view that mountain Jbel Ayachi offers us (one of the highest mountains of North Africa and located 3,747 m above sea level) and surrounded by peaks and passes that often exceed 3,000 meters of altitude. We will continue to Azrou surrounded by hills, is a perfect place to walk and enjoy excellent views, visit cedar forests where you will have the opportunity to see the old tree (800 years old called Gouraud Cedar), continue by the road and make a stop where we will leave the car in order to observe the Barbary monkeys that come to the road to eat. Our trip continues in the direction of Ifrane (Switzerland of Morocco or Chamonix Moroccan), a small village with an air more European than Moroccan, located at 1,650 meters of height, a curious place to see the great difference between the peoples that live there. One of their curiosities is "The Lion of the Atlas," a stone carving and which according to legend was made a Christian prisoner. We will also visit the University of Al Khawayn (Two Brothers), which opened its doors to students in January 1995, its mission is an independent non-profit, public university. We will continue our trip for Fes passing through Imouzzar Kandar which celebrates the market where there are many farmers in the area who offer the products of their crops or work of craftsmanship. We will arrive in Fes in the middle of the afternoon where you transfer to the hotel of your choice and end of our services.
- Pick up at your hotel/airport
- Private Transport in 4x4 / Minibus A/C
- English speaking Driver Guide
- Hotels/Riads in HB
- Night at nomadic or Luxury tent HB
- Camel Trekking (one per person)
- Meals in the middle of the day
- Entrance to monuments