5 Days Desert Tour from Fez to Merzouga and Marrakech
Day 1: Fez - Ifrane - Azrou - Midelt - Ziz Valley - Erfoud - Merzouga (Desert)
Today we will head south, towards the Sahara Desert, crossing the mountains of the Middle Atlas and enjoying the pure air that comes from the cedar forests. We will also stop watch the monkeys and take photographs of splendid panoramic views. We will drive through the Ziz Valley and the palm grove of Tafilalt (great oasis), reaching the dunes of Erg Chebbi, the great dunes of Merzouga. Accommodation in a hostel.
Day 2: Merzouga (Desert) - Khamlia - Merzouga (Desert)
We wake up before dawn to watch the sunrise. We will return to the hostel with the camels. Shower and breakfast. We will then continue to explore the surroundings of Erg Chebbi, an extension of sand desert where we can find the Great Dune of Morocco, of more than 250 meters of altitude, connected with a track which was used by the old Paris-Dakar, with the mountains between Morocco and Algeria in the background. We will stop in the Oasis of Tissardmine and then we will continue to a nomadic settlement where we will learn the customs and way of life of the Berbers. Later, we will stop in a panoramic point where you will be able to contemplate the Erg Chebbi. We will also make a stop in Khamlia village, a town inhabited by natives from Mali, where we can relax with a tea while enjoying a small concert of Gnawa music. We will return to your hostel, have lunch and then you will have a free afternoon to climb the dunes and take advantage of a romantic sunset. After dinner, a Berber show with drums awaits us. Dinner and accommodation.
Day 3: Merzouga (Desert) - Rissani - Todra Gorges - Dades Gorges
You will return to your hostel with the camels for breakfast and shower. Then we will go through the desert to the old town of Rissani and the Todra Gorges (you can walk through the Todra Gorges along the river). We s will also stop to enjoy panoramic views of the ancient, Berber Villages made of mud and with views to the valley. Lunch in a local restaurant, below the high red cliff, where many rock climbers come to enjoy their favorite sport. Later we will continue towards the Dades. Overnight in an hotel in the Dades Gorges.
Day 4: Dades Gorges - Kalaat M'Gouna - Ouarzazate
A panoramic walk awaits you as we go through Kalaat M'Gouna, a city famous for its roses and products, every year the Festival of the Rose is celebrated in May, followed by the route of the thousand Kashbas, Skoura, Ouarzazate and the photogenic Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou, a resting point for caravans in the past, and the scene of many international films (declared World Heritage by Unesco and film location of Lawrence of Arabia, Mummy, Gladiator and Game of Thrones). Food in restaurant overlooking the Kasbah. Night in an hotel in Ouarzazate.
Day 5: Ouarzazate - Ait Benhaddou - High Atlas – Marrakech
This journey is a succession of strengths and today is one of them. The 200 km that separate Ouarzazate from Marrakech runs along the High Atlas. The road must be travelled slowly, not only due to its beauty but also because it is a mountain pass that crosses the Atlas at almost 2,300m. To round off the spectacular of the day, we will follow the path used by old caravans and that linked the two cities through the Ounila Valley, with Kasbahs built in caves, taking us to Telouet. Arrival in Marrakech and end of our services.
Payment TypeVisa, Mastercard, PayPal
Departure TimeEarly departure from your hotel or riad
Dress CodeCasual, comfortable, athletic clothing, hiking shoes, hat, and warm jacket
IncludedAn English speaking driverCamel excursion per personDinner and breakfastLodging-half boardQualified vehicle and gas
Not IncludedAttractionsMidday meals and beverages