6 DAYS SAHARA DESERT TOUR FROM FEZ
Highlights The High Atlas- The Sahara Desert - Kasba Ait-Benhaddou- Canyons - Fez old city - Desert Sightseeing - Marrakech Sightseeing
Day 1: Fes – Ifrane – Midelt – Arfoud – Merzouga:
Early Morning, we will meet you in your Riad and start our tour toward Merzouga Desert.
Our first stop will be in Ifrane city. nicknamed as Switzerland of Morocco in the Middle Atlas.
We will drive Few kilometres from the city is where the cedar tree forest of Azrou, hosting a type of Macaque called the Barbary apes. We will have a moment to enjoy with the monkeys before we get back on the road again.
Our next stop will be in Midelt, the country of apples. We will have lunch in this beautiful city and then drive through the Atlas Mountains alongside the Ziz Valley to reach the city of Er-Rachidia which is the gate to the Desert and the southern parts of Morocco.
We will drive more south via the Ziz Oases filed with palm tree groves and Berber villages along the way.
We will reach Erfoud, which is a place of fossils that dates back hundreds of million years, and its is the last city before our main destination Merzouga Desert.
We will reach Erg Chebbi dunes in Merzouga. A pleasant pit stop in our hotel in the dune lines before you start your camel ride adventure to our camp inside the dunes.
Overnight in a desert camp inside the dunes with a traditional local music live show around the fire at night.
Overnight in a desert camp. (HB)
Day 2: Merzouga desert excursion day:
Today, we eill enjoy exploring Merzouga desert and get to know about the nomad's life. After picking you up from your desert camp, we will drive through the Erg Chebbi sand dunes. A dramatic scenery and one of Morocco’s top sights. Our first stop will be at the Nomad’s tent where we will be invited to a traditional cup of tea while chatting with the nomads and discover their culture and their way of life.
We then, move closer to the coal mines located in Mefis village. tunnels and holes wherelocal eople used to work during the French occupation.
Next, we head to Khamlia village, whose inhabitants are believed to be descended from the slave that were escaped from the slave trading caravans. This village is known for their traditional type of music known as Gnaoua. We will enjoy together traditional music live show before we treat ourselves for with a local traditional lunch in a local restaurant specialized in Berber Pizza.
After lunch,we will continues to another hidden treasures of the desert. A surprising lake in the middle of the desert, and a life source for many desert birds such as the desert warblers and flocks of flamingos.
At the end of our excursion, we will take you back to the hotel in the dune lines to rest and enjoy the dunes view from your terrace.
After you rest, a multiple optional desert sports and activities can be arranged for you if you prefer to.
Overnight in a desrt camp. (HB)
Day 3: Merzouga Desert - Rissani - Tinghir - Dades Valley:
Today, a morning walk to the tallest dune nearby to enjoy a spectacular sunrise, then shower and breakfast before we leave the desert camp.
As we leave the desert, our first stop will be in Rissani town which is used to be one of Morocco first trading posts of gold and slaves.
The city also is an important commercial point with its crowded Souks and local markets. We will take a walk in the Souks and enjoy the authentic way of life that this small city offers.
Our way then, continues toward Tinghir, a former trading place for the caravans many hundred years ago. Few kilometres from the city, we will arrive the Todgha Gorges. A natural rock formation of 300 meters canyons forming a limestone path filled with water coming from the roots of the Anti-Atlas Mountains.
Next, we drive through the road of thousands of Kasbahs to reach the country of figs; Dedes. A beautiful scenery filled with different dramatic landscapes along the Dedes valley.
We will spend the night inside the Dades Gorges and enjoy a spectacular view of the green fields filled with a lot of fig, and walnut trees.
Overnight in Dades Valley. (HB)
Day 4: Dades Valley - Ouarzazate - Ait-Benhaddou - Marrakech
After breakfast, we will continue our tour toward Marrakech. We will drive via the Imgoun valley or the valley of roses and Skoura Oases. A pleasant stop in the Oases to visit the famous Amridil Kasbahs from the 17th century, one of Morocco’s most authentic Kasbahs.
Our way continues to Ouarzazate city known as Cinema capital of Morocco since it is a Hollywood backdrop of many international movies and series. We will visit the Touaririrt Kasabah one of the city’s main sights before we drive for more few kilometres to arrive to the famous kasbahs of Ait-Benhaddou. A Unesco-protected red mudbrick village which most of its buildings dates back to the caravans era in the 11th century. This fortified village is also a significant backdrop for many famous films and series such as Gladiator and Game of Thrones.
Next, we will drive to Marrakech crossing the High Atlas Mountains, we will enjoy the dramatic scenery of the Tizi N’tichka pass 2260m.
Once we reach Marrakech, we will drop you at your accommodation inside the old city of Marrakech.
Overnight in Marrakech.(BB)
Day 5: Marrakech Sightseeing:
Our official local guide will meet you at your Riad and start your Marrakech wlking tour.
You will start from the main square Djemaa El-Fna, a Unesco declared sight which represent the true authenticity of Moroccan culture; a drama in progress. The Halqa (street theatre), acrobats, snake-charmers, musical performers, and Henna tattoo artists etc…
Next, our guide will introduce you to Marrakech’s one of the main sights, Kotoubia Mosque; built in the 12th century. Then, to Ali Ben Youssef Madrassa served as a Qur’anic school for over than six centuries ago, Bahia Palace which is a true magnificent Moroccan decoration built in 1908.
A short walk to another Morocco’s top sights Badi Palace; a beautiful ruin from the 16th century.
Our guide then, will escort you to the Saadian tombs. A historic royal necropolis in Marrakech from the 16th century. Then, your tour continues to the Souks; Marrakech’s most colourful markets.
When you are done touring the old city, you will move the new part of Marrakech where we will visit the famous Majorelle Gardens and Yves Saint Laurent museum.
At the end of the tour, our guide will escort you back to your Riad inside the Medina.
Overnight in Marrakech. (BB)
Day 6: Transfer to Marrakech Airport:
We will meet you in your Riad 3 hours before your flight and then transfer to Marrakech airport for your flight back home.
English speaking driver/guide
Overnight in a desert camp dinner (HB)
Recommended accommodations for 5 nights (HB)
Camel ride in the desert
Dinner and Breakfast
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.