Itinerary 3 Days Marrakech-Merzouga Desert- Fès


 

Day 1: Marrakech-Ait Ben Haddou-Dades Gorges

 

In the morning we’ll pick you up from your Hotel in Marrakech. Then we depart to the High Atlas mountains. We go through Tizi N´Tichka port and stop several times so you can take photos of the panoramic views.  On the way we will see many Berber villages. Then we continue to the south and detour to take 6 km of another road that will take us to 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. We will visit this Kasbah, where films  like the  Gladiator, Obelix, The Mummy, The Jewel of the Nile have been shot. We have lunch near the Kasbah before we continue to the Dades Gorges. On the way you’ll enjoy the beautiful natural landscapes and historical monuments of Taourirt Kasbah in Ourzazate and the Valley of the Roses, famous for its annual Festival of Roses. We’ll also pass through the Berber villages of El Kelaa des M'Gouna and Boumalene Dades where we will spend the night at the hotel.

 

Day 2:             Dades Valley-Todra Gorges-Merzouga

 

After having breakfast at your hotel we’ll head to a lookout point and enjoy a wonderful view of the Valley of Dades. Because these sceneries are so spectacular we'll make a couple more stops to take some pictures until we reach the  Todra Gorges.  You’ll have some time to walk by yourself and interact with the local people before we head to Touroug for lunch. After lunch we head on the road to Merzouga.  You'll soon feel like a real nomad when you enter the amazing Merzouga Dunes, where the camels  are waiting for us to take you to the Erg Chebbi 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 3:  Merzouga- Ziz Valley-Azrou-Fès

 

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.  After this we will drive to Rissani and Erfoud, where there will be a stop to see how locally found fossils are worked into furniture and artefacts. From there the road leads north to Er Rachidia and the Ziz Valley, remarkable for the extent of its palm trees. Lunch is in Midelt, which is called “the apple capital”. Midelt is in the Middle Atlas and at the foot of the Ayachi Mountain. Then we cross the Tizi-n-Talremt pass and reach Azrou. If we are lucky, you’ll see some monkeys. The next place we´ll visit is the city of Ifrane, situated in the northwestern slope of the Middle Atlas, and we will drive directly to Fès to get you to your accommodations at a reasonable hour so you can explore the large Medina on your own in the evening.