The 4 days trip from Marrakech to Fes via desert is a nice option to closely explore both the High and Middle Atlas Mountains, the Canyons, the Palm Oases, to experience the camel trekking, the spend the night under the stars, the forests with its varied flaura and fauna.
Day 1: Marrakech – Ait Benhaddou – Valley of Roses – Dades Valley
We will begin our expedition of the day by a nice drive through the High Atlas Mountains over the Tizi n’Tichka Pass (2260m). Berber Villages can be seen from afar at the edge of the mountains forming a nice panoramic views. We will then visit the Village of Ait Benhaddou that has been preserved by the UNESCO since 1987 and since then a serious efforts to maintain its existence because of its importance both historical as well as because it has been used as a backdrop for shooting several Hollywood Films like the Sheltering Sky, Gladiator…etc. We will drive through Ouarzazate, the Valley of Rose to end our day at the Dades Valley where we will enjoy a nice dinner at the hotel.
Day 2: Dades Valley – Todra Gorge – Erfoud – Erg Chebbi Sand Dunes
After breakfast, we will drive to the Gorge of Todra with its high cliffs that have attracted mountain climbers from all over the world. The Gorge is penetrated by the Todra River and has been an escape from the heat by the locals as well as people living in the desert. After that, we will drive through the lush palm oasis of Tafilalet before arriving to the Erg Chebbi sand dunes where you will experience the camel trekking to the camp that is located in the heart of the desert. Dinner will be served at the camp with entertainment before enjoying a nice sleep in the tent under the stars.
Day 3: Exploring the area
Early wake up in the morning to attend the panoramic view of the sunrise over the sand dunes. After breakfast, get back to the hotel by camel for a nice shower and spend most of the day exploring the desert and its oases. We will first visit the acqeducts “Khettaras”, which is a traditional system of irrigation and which is still in function. We will also visit the Khamlia Village that is resided by people from sub-Saharan countries and have become famous because of their spiritual Gnawa Music. We will then visit the Tafilalet Oasis with its busy and traditiona souks before driving back to the hotel that is located at the feet of the sand dunes in the late afternoon.
Day 4: Erg Chebbi Sand Dunes – Ziz Valley – Midelt – Ifrane – Fes
After breakfast, we will head north driving through the lush valley of Ziz and the Ziz Gorge. We will cross the Middle Atlas Mountains that is preserved by the UNESCO and which hosts a colony of Barbar Apes. Stretch your legs at the clean and beautiful city of Ifrane before getting back to Fes in the evening.
The 4 days trip from Marrakech to Fes via the desert is the following:
- Private 4WD or MPV for 4 days from Marrakech to Fes including a professional driver/guide and fuel.
- 2 nights accommodation in comfortable and nice hotels with half board basis (dinner and breakfast are included).
- 1 night accommodation at the camp with half board option.
- Camel Trekking in the desert.
The tour does not include the following:
- Meals except ones mentioned above.
- Beverages including water.
- Tips when appropriate and other extras.