Fez to Marrakech (5 days)
Day 1:Fez – Ifrane – Midelt – Erfoud – Merzouga Dunes
We will depart mid-morning from your Riad or Hotel in Fez, traveling through the Middle Atlasmountain region of Morocco to reach the Saharan desert town of Merzouga. Alongthe way we’ll pass through a couple points of interest: Ifrane, considered the“Switzerland” of Morocco, and Azrou, a forested area where you can feed thelocal monkeys. From here we’ll continue to Midelt for lunch and thenfollow the Ziz River through the valley, passing the Ziz Gorge on our way.
Once in Merzouga we’ll get you settled in the hotel andenjoy a Berber style dinner.
Day 2: Merzouga – Erg Chebbi – Merzouga
Today is our day to adventure into the Erg Chebbi Saharan sand dunes. Duringthe day we will travel to visit different points in the dunes, letting youexperience the nomad’s way of life and see different vistas of the ever-changingsand dunes. We will visit the ‘black village’ of Khamlia to see the Gnawamusicians and then have a traditional Berber pizza for lunch in the ancientcapital of Rissani.
In the afternoon, it is time for our camel trip. Our guidewill take you on camel out into the Sahara desert. Along the way you’ll stop towatch the sunset, and then we’ll continue on to your desert tent where you’llbe staying for the night. Once you are settled in, we’ll serve you atraditional tajine dinner. To finish the evening, our guides will play Berbermusic around the fire while you watch the stars over the incredible desertlandscape.
Day 3: Erg Chebbi – Rissani – Todra Gorge
We will take breakfast at the desert camp, and then ride camels back to thehotel for a quick shower. From here we leave the Saharan dunes of Erg Chebbiand drive in 4×4 across the hamada (black desert) to get to the Saharan town ofRissani where you can visit the famous local market. Next we head north toErfoud to visit a fossil workshop before we continue to the incredible TodraGorge. Here you’ll have the option for hiking, exploring, or just relaxing inyour hotel before we enjoy dinner.
Day 4: Todra Gorge – Dades Valley – Skoura – Ouarzazate
After breakfast we begin our journey along the road of One Thousand Kasbahs,named as such due to the enormous kasbahs on both sides of the road, some ofwhich are restored and some in ruins. We pass through the beautiful Dadesvalley and go into the mountainous area through an off-road trail. Here you’llhave the chance to visit a local nomad families in one of the many Berbervillages. You’ll even get to experience their daily routine of goat herding!
On the lastleg of the day, we will take you through the rose valley and Skoura palm grove,and then we reach Ouarzazate for the dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 5:Ouarzazate – Ait Benhaddou – High Atlas – Marrakech
After breakfast we will visit Taourirt Kasbah in town. Then we’ll depart to AitBenhaddou to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site where your guide will tellyou the history of the site. From here we make a visit to the traditional HighAtlas Berber village of Telouet and the Kasbah el Glaoui. We will have lunch ina local restaurant in Telouet before descending the Tizi-n-Tichka to Marrakech,where we say goodbye at your Riad or hotel in Marrakeche.
and thank you for letting us take you on this tour!
§ Departue of the tour: from your Riad in Fez
§ the Tour end at: your riad or airport in Marrakech