4-day tour from Marrakech to Fes
This 4-day tour from Marrakech to Fes is the ideal way to experience the sights of southern Morocco, including the enigmatic Erg Chebbi Merzouga. These desert journeys start in Marrakech and end in Fes. Beyond the charm of the Desert and the importance of visiting Morocco’s two royal capitals, the area has plenty to offer.
This desert experience begins in Marrakech and passes via the Dades and Todgha valleys on route to the spectacular dunes of Merzouga in the Sahara, where you can enjoy camel rides, a day of exploration, and a restful night in a luxury camp.
Day 1 : Marrakech - Ait Benhaddou Kasbah - Boumalene Dades
After the pick up from your Marrakech Riad or hotel, your Dades Valley trip will officially begin. In Tizi-n-Tishka in the high Atlas Mountains, our group pauses to admire the spectacular panorama. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ait Ben Haddou is our next destination. Many films, such as “Lawrence of Arabia,” “Gladiator,” and “Alexander,” have used the site, therefore making it famous. Following lunch, we’ll continue seeing the region’s breathtaking beauty and historic attractions, such as the Taourirt Kasbah in Ouarzazate and Roses Valley, site of the annual Festival of Roses.
We visit the little Berber villages of Skoura, El Kelaa des M’Gouna, and Boumalene Dades as we go. Our day will complete at that hour. Our hotel will serve both dinner and breakfast for us throughout our stay.
Day 2 : Dades Gorge - Todra Gorge - Merzouga. Camel ride and night in a camp
We depart Boumalene Dades for Merzouga and the largest windswept sand dunes in Morocco, Erg Chebbi. Via the Berber town of Tinghir, we reach Todra Gorge, where the 600-meter-tall cliffs are just 10 meters apart. We’ll leave Todra and drive through a variety of Berber villages on way to Tinjdad, where we’ll have lunch (or, if you want, you may continue on to Rissani, where you can have the local specialty, Berber Pizza, if you arrive before noon).
After lunch, we go to Merzouga to check into a hotel and store our luggage. We traverse the Erg Chebbi dunes on camels until we reach a Berber camp. These sand dunes are 20 kilometers in length and between 5 and 8 kilometers in breadth, making them the highest in all of North Africa. The setting is unique and diverse. We take a 1 hour and 30 minute camel ride from the hotel to the camp, where we retain our nomadic Berber identity. The dunes themselves offered part of the required infrastructure, so we added a restaurant and kitchen to our three Berber tents. We provide bedding, including beds, blankets, and pillows, for the tents. When the sun sets over the desert, we all congregate around the fire and listen to some music, with Berber drums.
Day 3: Dunes tour and enjoying Erg Chebbi
We plan to spend the day learning about the local nomads, lakes, and wildlife in Erg Chebbi, since there is so much to see and do there. We drink tea and listen to the soothing sounds of Gnawa music in Khamlia, the black community. Perhaps we will have lunch at a hotel or a picnic among some Tamarix trees. In the late afternoon, you may unwind at the campsite while listening to live music performed by local musicians and watching the sun set over the horizon as the stars appear.
Day 4 : Merzouga - Fez
You will be awoken early in order to climb the sand dunes before sunrise in order to take breathtaking photographs. We will return to the hotel for breakfast and showers before to heading on to Fez. We will travel to Fez through Arfoud, Errachidia, the Ziz Valley, Meditlt, the cedar forests and monkey troupes of Azrou, and Ifrane.
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