5 days trip from Fes to Marrakech via Merzouga
Morocco desert tour from Fes to Marrakech will let you discover a big part of the sahara Desert of Morocco. You will enjoy the camel ride and overnight in a berber tent, explore the breathtaking landscape of High Atlas mountains
Fes – Ifrane- Midelt – Erfoud – Merzouga
Pick up in your Riad/Hotel, you will begin toward the Middle Atlas Mountains. Most of the day will be spent winding your way through the beautiful forests of Cedar, jagged rock faces, and Berber villages as you cross the Atlas Mountains and begin to descend towards the Sahara Desert. Half way, you will stop for lunch in the town of Midelt, famous for its fossils and rocks. we continue on mountain roads overlooking the wide flowing Oued Ziz. Passing Kasbahs and palm groves we pass through the adobe colored city of Er-Rachidia and arrive in the late afternoon to Merzouga, city on the outskirts of the Sahara Desert. Overnight in Hotel with dinner and breakfast.
Merzouga – Rissani – Khamlia - 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 er 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 have the opportunity to listen the Gnaoua music. Then later in the afternoon saddle your camels your journey to take you across the desert during a beautiful sunset to reach your camp for the night by the sand dunes of Erg Chebbi. Overnight in the Nomad tent, night full of stars, Berber music. A night that you will not forget.
Merzouga – Tinjdad- Todra Gorges - Dades Gorge- Rose valley.
Wake up early to catch the sunrise over the dunes then take back to 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 Rose valley passing the strange rock creation of Tamnalt Hills. Overnight in the heart of Rose or dades valley with dinner and breakfast.
Rose valley - Hike to visit the nomad living in caves- Rose valley.
After breakfast, we may need to double breakfast or take a snack with us through the mountains. You may want to buy or give some sweets to the nomad once you get there cave. You will meet your local guide who knows the area very well and headed out into the desert Moonscape-like Anti-Atlas mountains outside Kelaat M’Gouna with your guide to visit a nomadic family. The grandparents are likely in their 70s and have been moving between this area for winter and near Ait Bougemez for summer grazing with their three donkeys and some 200 sheep and goats. They sometimes shift locations because there is a wolf in the area which eat some other nomads’ livestock.
Their five-year old grandniece Biya, prefers to live with them and their 15 year old son as a nomad, rather than on a settled farm with her siblings and mother. Biya carries water, collects firewood, cooks and cleans, and herds the animals. She won’t be able to attend school since her labor is needed by the family. The woman doesn’t have any official documents and so cannot go to the hospital. The grandpa often goes into town on Wednesdays (weekly market) to buy needed goods and sell goats if the price is high. He also goes to a mosque to pray on Fridays. They don’t know their age, but the grandpa says he just barely remembers the French Colonial period which ended in 1956 and the Jews leaving Morocco for Israel in 1948, 1956, and 1967. . Late in the afternoon, we walk back to your accommodations with unforgettable memories.
Dades Gorge - Ouarzazate - Marrakech
You will set off towards the High Atlas Mountains via Ouarzazate after breakfast . Tucked away in the High Atlas Mountains is one of the jewels of Morocco... Kasbah Ait Benhaddou. 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, you will head over the Atlas Mountains to Marrakech, where we will drop you off at your Riad/Hotel.