This tour would be one of the best travel experiences you've ever had. Everything, from the food, the hotel, camp, the site stops, store recommendations, stories about the culture/sites, and restaurant recommendations, are perfect! Yes, it's a ton of driving but it's an amazing drive where you'll see the entire country and some amazing sights. The Dades Gorge and Ait Benhaddou are gorgeous! You will have the opportunity to see the the nomad's way of life and the amazing changing contrasts of the sahara desert.
Fes – Ifrane – Azrou- Midelt – Erfoud – Merzouga
Today you will be greeted by our driver swing by to pick you up from your accomodation in Fes at 8:00 am. You will head towards the Middle Atlas Mountains to reach the “Switzerland” of Morocco. It is considered to be snowboarding/ skiing destination in winter. Then wind your way through the beautiful forests of Cedar in Azrou with a colony of monkeys that will keep you amused, jagged rock faces, and Berber villages as you cross the Atlas Mountains. Afterwards, you will descend towards Midelt which is situated between the High Atlas Mountains and the Middle Atlas. After lunch, we drive along the stunning Ziz valley passing by Kasbahs and palm groves. You will reach Merzouga around 5 pm. Then drop you off at your accommodation. Overnight in Hotel with dinner and breakfast.
Merzouga – Rissani – Khamlia village - Erg Chebbi
After your breakfast you will discover this beautiful region of the Sahara desert. We visit the fossils center and the ancient city of Rissani. It was once home to the Alawite dynasty as they took power, as well as Moulay Rachid. It is a cultural destination in Morocco boasting beautiful examples of early Moroccan architectural styles and noteworthy palaces and temples, such as Ksar Oulad Abdelhalim. We see men wearing the indigo blue robes distinctive of the Saharan people. We will also visit of Khamlia village where you will have the opportunity to listen to the Gnaoua music.Depending on time, we MIGHT drive to the lake with Flamingos near Merzouga. You will have the opportunity to see the the nomad's way of life and the amazing changing contrasts of the desert. Then later in the afternoon, departure of your caravan on the back of dromedary / camels across the desert during a beautiful sunset moment to reach your desert campsite for the night by the sand dunes of Erg Chebbi, either by Sahara 4x4 or Camels. Overnight in the Nomad bivouac tents, night full of stars, Berber music. A night that you will never forget.
Erg Chebbi- Merzouga – Erfoud - Todra Gorges - Dades Gorge- Rose valley.
Today you will wake up early to catch the sunrise over the dunes in Sahara Desert which probably the best moment in your entire travel experiences. You will once again take your ship of the desert (your camel) and trek back to the hotel on the edge of the sand sea in Merzouga. then start travelling to Erfoud as you set out behind the High Atlas Mountains by passing on nomad people. You will arrive at a spectacular Gorge, where you can take a walk up in the towering Todra Gorges (600 feet high). The picturesque river valleys make for a beautiful journey towards the southeast of Morocco. Then continue your journey towards another impressive gorge Dades passing the strange rock creation of Tamnalt Hills. Overnight in the heart of the Roses and rose products with dinner and breakfast.
Rose valley - Skoura - Ouarzazate – Ait Benhaddou- High Atlas mountains- Marrakech
After breakfast in your gorgeous Kasbah, you will set off towards the High Atlas Mountains via Ouarzazate to Marrakech. Tucked away in the High Atlas Mountains is one of the jewels of Morocco. Kasbah Ait Benhaddou, UNESCO World heritage. In typical Moroccan fashion, the true treasures must be searched out and discovered...usually off the beaten path. In actuality, this setting has been used for more films than any other location in Morocco; films including, Lawrence of Arabia, Jesus of Nazareth, and recently The Gladiator. Lunch can be taken at Ait Benhaddou. In the afternoon,we will head to visit the Kasbah of Telouet which was occupied by the Pacha Glaoui during his reign and is frequented by Moroccan travellers. It was built in the 18th and 19th centuries and sits in the village of Telouet nestled outside the Onilla Valley. The Harem and reception hall areas give one a good idea of the former luxury in which El Glaoui lived, as well as a look at the Andalusian style of decorating. However, the older parts of the Kasbah are in complete ruins, making it difficult to see properly. Walking through the crumbling passageways is like walking through a maze and some have gotten lost exploring the dilapidated Kasbah. you will head over the Atlas Mountains to Marrakech, where we will drop you off at your Riad/Hotel.