Itinerary 5 days from Tanger to Sahara desert and Marrakech


 

Day 1: Tanger-Chefchaouen-Fès

 

We  pick up you from the airport or at your hotel. From there we drive through the Rif mountains and we continue to Tetoun city and stop to enjoy the views of this city and Rif mountains, until we  arrive to the  small town called Chefchaouen. This town is probably the most beautiful mountain town of Morocco.  All buildings and houses are painted in blue and white.  It’s build in a Spanish style. This town is very relaxed with small winding alleyways and market squares, scarfs stores. After our visit to Chafchaouen we’ll continue to Fès.  This city is built in 809. Here you can find the Karaouine university. One of the oldest universities in the world. You can spent the evening in the stretched out Medina of Fès, before you go to sleep at the hotel.

 

Day 2:  Fès.

 

 After breakfast we will guide you through the medina, one of the world’s largest walled-in cities.  In the south west wall of the medieval Medina is a beautiful looking entry, the Bab Bou Jeloud. It gives excess to narrow streets that are lined up with fresh fruits spices, woven Berber carpets etc.  This medina is very large, it is about 3 km. And therefore one of the largest medina´s of the world.   We will visit the El Qaraouiyyin Mosque, the place Nejjarine and the tanneries. At the tanneries you can watch locals work on skins of goat, lamp, camel and cow, in small pits.

 

Dinner and overnight stay at hotel/Riad

  

Day 3: Fès-Merzouga Desert

 

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 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 4: Merzouga – Rissani – Todra Gorges – Dades Gorges

  

Before 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. The riverbed Todra has formed a gorge of vertical walls of enormous proportions and of great beauty; is the paradise of the climbers and a unique place.

 

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 5: 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.