Itinerary 4 days from Marrakech-Merzouga desert- Fès


 

Day 1:  Marrakech -High Atlas -Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah -  Ouarzazate -Dadés Valley

 

From Marrakech we will drive through the dramatic Tizi ‘n’ Tichka pass (2260m), over the High Atlas Mountains. The twisted roads in the Atlas will show you fantastic views  and lead you through Berber villages.  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. You have the lunch by the Kasbah before we continue on to Dades Gorge via Ouarzazate. This is “the Hollywood of Africa” along the “Road of the thousand Kasbahs”- the fascinating “sand castles”, also known as “The gate of the desert” that in Berber language means “noiseless or without confusion”. Here you´ll see the Taourirt kasbah, one of the most spectacular ksars in Morocco. We stop at Kalaat Mgouna, “the rose’s city” known for roses and its annual festival during the roses harvest in May.  Eventually we’ll arrive at our hotel in the heart of the Dades Valley.

 

Day 2:     Dades Gorge – Todra Gorge – 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-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 4:  Merzouga –Fès

 

After breakfast, we’ll departure for 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.