5 DAYS SAHARA DESERT TOUR
Highlights The High Atlas- The Sahara Desert - Kasba Ait-Benhaddou- Canyons - Fes Old Medina.
Day 1: Marrakech – High Atlas Mountains – Ait-Benhaddou – Ouarzazate – Dades Valley:
Pick from your accommodation in Marrakech and drive into the High Atlas Mountains.
We will arrive the Kasbah of Ait-Benhaddou; a fortified village classified by UNESCO as one of the world’s cultural treasures, a backdrop for many Hollywood Movies and series such as Game of Thrones, Gladiator, and Lawrence of Arabia. Besides, the kasbah used to be an important fortress stronghold on the old Road caravan routes from The Sub-Saharan Countries to Marrakech. Continue to the city of Ouarzazate, visit the Touarirt Kasbah and Cinema studios if you prefer to.
We continue then across the road of thousand Kasbas to reach the Dades Valley via Skoura Oases, the city of roses, and Berbere villages along the way.
Overnight in Dades Gorges. (HB)
Day 2: Dades Valley – Tinghir – Todgha Gorges – Arfoud – Sahara Desert:
After breakfast, we drive to Tinghir; one of the most trading positions for the caravans in the past, inside the old city still the Jewish quarter and cemetery. We then continue to Todgha Gorges; a 300m canyons towered by rocks. A short walk inside the canyons before we drive to Arfoud, the city of dates and fossils. We will reach Merzouga Desert before the sunset and a quick stop in the hotel at the sand dunes where you will switch the car for the camels. The camel ride to your desert camp will take 1h30 with stops for pictures in the middle of the dunes.
When you arrive the camp, hot shower, and dinner followed by a traditional music live show around the fire.
Overnight at a desert camp inside the dunes. (HB)
Day 3: Sahara Desert excursion – Merzouga life and traditions
After you enjoy the stunning views of the dunes at the sunrise, you will be served your breakfast and then start our journey discovering the Sahara Desert. We will go in 4x4 off-Roading tour visiting Merzouga Oases, Nomadic family in their berbere tent, visit the Gnawa Black people’s village, originally slaves brought from black Africa, to listen to their spiritual music, and after we have lunch in a traditional restaurant, we go visit a fossil place where animal water fossils can be seen in the surface of the volcanic rocks. At the end of the day, we will take you to your hotel in the dune lines, relax by the pool and rest.
Overnight at a hotel in the dune lines Merzouga. (HB)
Day 4: Sahara Desert – Ziz Oases – Midelt – Azrou forest – Ifrane – Fes:
Today, you will return to the hotel by camels or a 4x4 car if you prefer.
We will meet in the hotel and drive to Arfoud city where we change direction toward the Ziz Oases.
A short break in panoramic view of the Oases and we continue our way toward Midelt where we will stop for lunch. Then, drive to Azrou Forest where we will visit the Macaque Barbary Monkeys inside the forest. Next, we move to Ifrane city nicknamed as a Switzerland of Morocco.
A pet stop in Ifrane before we drive to Fes; one of the oldest medieval cities in the world.
When we arrive, we will drop you at your accommodation in Fes. (BB)
Day 5: Fes city tour & Sightseeing
Today, you will have a guided city tour of the old Medina of Fes. We will visit all what Fes medina offers; we will explore the handicrafts of Fes, the tanneries, the oldest university in the world Al-Quaraouine, the Madrasas, and the narrow crowded local markets of the old city of Fes. However, this tour is open for customization if you have any preferences.
At the end of the day, our local city guide will accompany you to your accommodation and evening at leisure.
Overnight at a traditional Riad in the old city of Fes. (BB)
English speaking driver/guide
Overnight in a desert camp dinner (HB)
Recommended accommodations for 4 nights: (3 HB and 1 BB)
full day tour of Fes with a local guide
Drinks and personal items
Entry fees to monuments and sites.
The minimum travelers that can be in this tour is Two travelers.
Our tours are open for further customization, contact us to help you design your tour.