5 day tour: Marrakech > Boumalne dades > Merzouga > Fez
DAY 1: MARRAKECH – AIT AOURIR – TADART – OURAZAZATE – DADES GORGES
We leave Marrakech in the morning after breakfast and head to the high Atlas mountains where we drive over the Tizi-Ntichka pass (2260 m altitude). We’ll stop in the town of Ouarzazate, where you can visit Kasbah of Taourirt, former residence of Glaoui or Pasha of Marrakech. In the afternoon we continue to your hotel / riad passing the Valley of Roses and Dades Gorges.
DAY 2: DADES GORGES – TINGHIR – TENGDAD – ERFOUD – MERZOUGA
After breakfast, we’ll drive a few minutes and enjoy one of the best views of the Dades Gorges. From there we can see the impressive mountains with a few picturesque Kasbah’s and Berber villages. We’ll continue toward Tinghir, the Todra Gorges. Here you have free time to walk around to enjoy the idyllic gorge river. After we head to Tinjdad for lunch. After lunch we head to Erfoud, the Moroccan fossil capital. We arrive in Merzouga around 16:00 o’clock. where we’ll drop you off at your riad.
DAY 3: MERZOUGA – KHAMLIA – MEFIS – MERDANE – ERG CHEBBI (NOMAD CAMP) – MERZOUGA
Depart from the hotel / riad with our 4×4 and follow the old Paris Dakar rally route. We visit the village of Khamlia, famous for her Gnawa music. After we have to cross a big river to have a break on a panoramic point, from which you can take beautiful pictures of the Erg Chebbi (locally known as Glbnas).
Then we visit an abandoned village where you’ll find Meffis (natural fossils). We’ll continue our exploration and visit a Berber nomad family, we’ll join them for tea in their traditional nomad tents. In addition we’ll visit the old village of Tisrdmen middle in the Erg Chebbi dunes. Around four p.m. we change the 4×4 for dromedaries to cross the great dunes of the desert to your traditional nomad Bedouin camp in the heart of the desert. Here you can enjoy the sunset, millions of stars, the milky way and the magnificent sunrise.
DAY 4: MERZOUGA DESERT > ERRACHIDIA > MIDELT > AZROU > IFRAN > FES
”Date with the Dawn”! A recommended Sahara custom. Wake up early, walk up to the highest dune around and enjoy the magnificent sunrise. After a relaxing start we go back to Merzouga by dromedary. After a delicious breakfast we leave the desert and drive to Fez. We’ll drive through the famous Azrou cedar forest, Ifran (Moroccan Zwitserland), the magnificent Middle Atlas Mountains, wide planes. We’ll pass Berber villages and we’ll stop for lunch in Midelt. We’ll continue and stop on a few beautiful panoramic views, like an overview over the flowing Oued Ziz Valley.
Day 5: Fes city tour
After breakfast we’ll start your tour in imperial Fez with a local guide. We’ll explore the medina of one of the oldest cities in the world, cultural capital and religious center of the western Islamic world and declared UNESCO World Heritage Site.
We’ll head through the labitint of narrow streets, enjoy all the spicy aromas, vibrant colours. We’ll visit the royal palace, the tanneries, potters and other craftsmen of typical Moroccan art and products. We’ll have lunch in a traditional restaurant in the medina. We can visit the Medersas (Koranic schools): Chahrij, Bouinania Attarin. Souks, Fes El-Jedid and the Karaouine Mosque. After the tour we’ll guide you back to your hotel.
- Accommodation in hotel or riad
- Dinners and breakfasts
- Experienced driver and local guide(s)
- Private transport with AC
- Sight seeing
INCLUDED FOR DESERT TOURS
- Camel ride in the desert (one dromedary each)
- Overnight in desert camp (in traditional tents)
- Sandboard (optional)
- Personal travel insurance