Our 4-day trip from Fes to Merzouga Desert and return home from Marrakech. Our journey go through the Middle Atlas Mountains by passing Ifran and Azrou. On the way we will stop at the cedar forests is the home of Barbarian Apes in their natural habitat. Then we drive through the Tizi Ntalghamt pass to Midelt. Wich is in the Middle Atlas and is called “the apple capital”. We drive along the magnificent Ziz Gorges carved through volcanic rock. The Middle- Atlas offers some beautiful views. When we approach Errachida you’ll see the scenery is changing to a dessert environment. Whene you arrived to Merzouga you are going to spend night in a Berber Camp and next day we will discover the region of Sahara Desert visit the Gnaoua people, originally slaves from Mali localed in a small town Khamlia, and visit local Nomad famillie to live the nomad's lifestyle. The next day we will drive to Errisani. This silent town was the ancient capital of Tafilalet and its location as a crossroads between north and south brought the city to an important estatus of a former major caravan center, the continue o the great canyons of Morocco Todgha Gorges situated beyond the center Hight Atlas Mountains, afterwards we head to the Valley of Dades. Next day we start our journey to the roed of 1001 Kasbahs and Valley of Roses the Romantic city as is perfectly covrrd with fragrant pink roses and visit the Hollywod of Morocco in Ouarzazate and visit the Ksar Ait ben Haddou a true hertitage wich is part of the UNESCO World Heritage. Then we drive through the Atlas Mountains will show you fantastic views and lead you through Berber villages. Then we’ll drive back over the winding Tizi-n-Tichka, and finally in afternoon we will arrive at Marrakech.
Day 1: Fès - Ifrane - Midelt – Ziz Gorges - Erfoud - Rissani –Merzouga
We will pick you up from your riad / hotel, then drive south to Ifrane and Azrou through the Middle Atlas Mountains. On the way we will stop at the cedar forests, hopefully we’ll see the Barbarian Apes in their natural habitat. Then we drive through the Tizi Ntalghamt pass to Midelt. Wich is in the Middle Atlas and is called “the apple capital”. We drive along the magnificent Ziz Gorges carved through volcanic rock. The Middle- Atlas offers some beautiful views. When we approach Errachida you’ll see the scenery is changing to a dessert environment. We will have lunch here and after that we’ll continue our journey to Erfoud, Rissani and we end our drive in Merzouga. After a glass of mint tea, you will leave the luggage in a safe room and then take a camel ride to a Berber camp in the middle of the Erg Chebbi Sad Dunes. You'll soon feel like a real nomade when you enter the amazing Merzouga Dunes. These are the highest sand dunes in North Africa. The camel trek to the camp takes about 90 minutes *. Here, in the middle of the desert, we spent the night in a Berber tent. The tents are equipped with mattresses, blankets, and cushions. You will see one of the most beautiful sunsets in your lifetime and after that you'll see thousands of stars in the sky. You will spend the night in a camp (Berber nomad tents) where you have dinner and life music in the middle of the Sahara.
* If you don't want to go on a the camel ride: that is not a problem. At an additional cost we will drive you with by a 4 wheel drive vehicle to the camp (return).
Day 2 : Merzouga-Khamlia-Nomade Families-Merzouga
We wake up early for to see the Sunrise over the dunes. We return by camels to the hotel. Here you'll have a lovely breakfast and you can take a shower. After this we get on the road to discover the region of Merzouga. We start in Khamlia. Here we visit the Gnaoua people, originally slaves brought from Mali. You'll get the opportunity to listen to their Gnawa music and learn about their culture and lifestyle. With the 4x4 car we will discover the nomad's lifestyle. We will visit local nomad families who live in tents around the Erg Chebbi dunes. You’ll have lunch with locales in Berber village. After this we bring you to your accommodation where you can spent the free afternoon on your own. You can explore the town or the dunes next to the hotel to see the sunset. Dinner and the night are in the hotel.
Day 3: Merzouga – Rissani – Todra Gorges – Dades Gorges
Before the sunrise, you will wake up for climb the sand for take some fantastic photos opportunities , and then make our way back to the hotel on the camel. In the hotel you’ll have a lovely breakfast and you can take a shower. Then, we depart to Erfoud, which is known by fossils preparation. We drive through palm trees groves. After the lunch stop we take a short walk in Todra Gorges. In the last part of the day we will drive to Boumalne de Dades, where we have dinner and the night in the hotel.
Day 4: Dades Valley - Skoura - Ouarzazate- Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah - High Atlas Mountain - Marrakech
In the morning, after a stroll through the impressive Dades Gorge, we drive to Ouarzazate passing by the valley of the Roses, where an annual festival is held in the month of May to celebrate the pink roses. There is the possibility to see local products made from the roses. We continue along the road of thousand Kasbah to the oasis of Skoura to visit the kasbah of Amredil. Before we arrive in Quarzazate we will visit the famous Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah, this is the largest Kasbah in Morocco, now a UNESCO matrimonial historical site and still home to some Glaoui family members. Plenty of noted films are taken in Ait Ben Haddou, like The Gladiator, Lawrence of Arabia, Astérix, The Mummy. Ouarzazate is home to Atlas Film studios. At the end of the day you arrive in Marrakech via the High Atlas Mountains.