The 7 days tour to the Desert and Marrakech from Fes offers a great option to meticulously explore the deep south of Morocco, the Atlas Mountains, the Canyons, the Kasbahs and much more.
Day1: Fes – Ifrane – Midelt – Ziz Valley – Erfoud – Merzouga
Early morning pick from your hotel/Riad of Fes to head south with a nice drive through the lush Middle Atlas Mountains with its unique fauna and flaura. We will include a short stop at the beautiful town of Ifrane, known for its unique Eurpoean architecture to the extent that Ifrane has been always called as the Moroccan Switzerland version of Morocco. We will drive through the UNESCO preserved Cedar forest that hosts a colony of Barbary Apes. We will resume our expedition through Midelt, Ziz Gorge, Ziz Valley, Erfoud before reaching our final destination of the day Merzouga that is located at the feet of the Erg Chebbi Sand Dunefield. Dinner and Breakfast will be served at Mohayut Auberge or similar.
Day2: Exploring the area and Camel Trek
Today, we will spend the day exploring the desert area and its adjacent oasis of Tafilalet including the camel trekking experience in the late afternoon. We will make a visit to the traditional system of irrigation known locally as Khettaras or “aqueducts”, which have been in function to this day and have powerfully served into the growth of the local oasis of Tafilalet. We will take the off-road with a drive through the Village of Merzouga to Khamlia Village that is resided by “Black Africans” by origin who were brought as slaves from Sub-Saharan areas. The locals are known for their Gnawa spiritual music, which they always happy to perform to the visitor. Visit the lush Tafilalet Oasis before driving back to the edge of the sand dunes to saddle your camel up for a nice journey through the sand dunes of Erg Chebbi to the camp in the heart of the desert. Dinner will be served at the camp by your camel guide.
Day3: Merzouga – Tinejdad – Todra Gorge – Dades Valley
Eraly morning wake up to attend the majestic view of sunrise over the golden sand dunes of Erg Chebbi. Get back to the Hotel by camel for a nice breakfast before resuming our journey through Jorf, Tinejdad, Todra Gorges or the Canyons of Todra that have attracted mountain climbers from all over the world before reaching the Dades Valley where will spend the night. Dinner and breakfast will be served at XALUCA Dades Hotel.
Day4: Dades Valley – Dades Gorge – Boutghrar Village -Valley of Roses – Skoura – Ouarzazate
After breakfast, we will drive through the spectacular road to the Dades Gorge before taking the offe-road crossing an arid plateau surrounded by mountains to visit the local family still living in caves at the Bouteghrar Village. We will cross the Valley of Roses known for its national festival of Roses that takes place in May before getting the palmeraie of Skoura to visit the well-preserved Kasbah of Amredil to fully form an idea about the style of life of the locals that resided the Kasbah previously. In the late afternoon, we will arrive at the Ouarzazate City. Dinner and breakfast will be served at Dar Chamaa Hotel.
Day5: Ouarzazate – Ait Benhaddou – High Atlas – Ouergane
In the morning, we will make a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ait Benhaddou that has been used as a backdrop for shooting several Hollywood Movies like the Sheltering Sky, Lawrence of Arabia, Gladiator…etc. We will drive through the High Atlas Mountains crossing the Tizi n’Tichka Pass (2260 m). We will take the road at the edge of the High Atlas Mountains through Tahanouet, Asni before getting to the lush Valley of Ouirgane. Dinner and Breakfast will be served at Chez Momo.
Day6: Trekking in Ouirgane
After breakfast, you will be accompanied by a professional mountain guide to spend most of the day trekking around the authentic Berber Villages whom you will come across their unique style of life and hospitality. You will be invited to have lunch with a Berber family before getting back to Chez Momo Hotel in the late afternoon.
Day7: Ouirgane – Asni – Marrakech
After breakfast, we will drive to Marrakech through Asni, Tahanouet to drop you off at your Hotel/Riad in Marrakech.
The 7 days tour to the desert and Marrakech from Fes includes the following:
- Private 4WD or MPV for 7 days including professional English speaking driver/guide and fuel.
- 5 days accommodation in comfortable and nice hotels with half board basis (dinner and breakfast are included).
- 1 night accommodation at the Berber Camp with half board.
- Camel Trekking for a nice journey.
- Trekking in Ouergane including the mountain guide.
The tour to the desert does not include the following:
- Meals except ones mentioned above.
- Beverages including water.
- Tips when appropriate and other extras.