Fes to Marrakech via Merzouga 5D

Overview

5 Days tour from Fes to Marrakech is the perfect way to explore Morocco’s desert and high atlas Mountains. Starting with a stone statue of a lion, and a cedar forest in Azrou ; the unique place where wild monkeys come down the trees to grab food from tourists. Not to mention the camel trek experience and overnight stay at the desert camp with its magical sunrise/sunset views over the golden dunes. This 5 days tour will give you the opportunity to spend more time in the Sahara, explore the merzouga area, visit Berber nomad families in their camps and tents, walk around in local traditional weekly markets, explore the palm fields of ziz valley and the fossil exhibitions of Arfoud and many more sites.


Itinerary

  • Day 1 : Fes-Ifrane-Azrou-Midelt-Ziz Valley-Erfoud

    The tour starts At 8 a.m, we drive to Ifrane short stop to visit swizrland of Morocco, and then through Azrou where you can watch wild monkeys in the woods of the middle Atlas mountains, next we head to Midelt. It is widely known  for apples farming. We stop for lunch there. later, we take back on the road  by the pass of Tizi-n-Talremt through the Ziz Valley. The valley is famous for its large oasis of Palm.  Along the way, we will enjoy views of many palaces, small traditional villages until we arrive in Er Rachidia and we continue to Erfoud, which is famous for fossil bazars and  festival of Dates. We spend the night and dinner in a traditionally –designed hotel.

    desert tour mealsMeals included : dinner,
    desert tour accommodationAccomodation : No Accomodation.
  • Day 2 : Erfoud-Rissani-Khamlia-Merzouga

    Morning at your leisure in Erfoud, then we will head to the village of Merzouga via the holy city of Rissani, a site where the ancestors of the Alaouite Dynasty are buried in the Mausoleum of Moulay Ali Sherif. Visit of the ruins of Ksar Abbar, a Kasbah that dates from the 17th century. Continuation to the village of Khamlia known for its Jazz and Gnawa music before we arrive to the auberge close to the dunes, we will then have lunch, relax for couple hours before we start the Camel adventure for an hour seen the sunset over the Golden dunes of Erg Chebbi and arriving to the camp for the overnight.

    desert tour mealsMeals included : Breakfast, dinner,
    desert tour accommodationAccomodation :
    • Sahara stars camp --
  • Day 3 : Merzouga-Erfoud-Todra Gorges-Dades Gorges

    An early morning to see the beautiful sunrise, a delicious breakfast in the middle of the dunes, followed by a camel ride back to the same point of departure. Trade your camels and get into your private vehicle departing to Dades Gorge, where we have a scheduled overnight. The trip is about 5 hours, but we will divert to visit Todra Gorge (this would add an additional 2h onto the trip). En route, we will visit the Todra, where you will experience the unbelievable glory of the massive canyon walls reaching some 300 meters (900 feet) high and continuing for some 100 meters (300 feet). We will make a few stops along the way as we drive through various small Berber villages and the town of Tinjdad, and we can even schedule a short walk through the Todra Valley.

    desert tour mealsMeals included : Breakfast, dinner,
    desert tour accommodationAccomodation :
    • Babylon Dades or similar --
  • Day 4 : Dades Gorges-Rose Valley-Skoura-Ouarzazate

    Have breakfast, get ready, then we go for a walk through the  Dades valley by the river. After the walk we continue our journey driving to Ouarzazate, we will drive along the Rose Valley to the village of Kelaa M’gouna where ‘Festival of Roses’ is held in May every year. Here you can visit shops with all products made from the roses such as rose water and oils. After a tour in klaa, we carry our journey along the kasbahs of Skoura to Ouarzazate where we will have dinner and spend the night in a Riad.

    desert tour mealsMeals included : Breakfast, dinner,
    desert tour accommodationAccomodation :
    • Riad Bouchedour or similar --
  • Day 5 : Ouarzazate-Ait Benhaddou- Tichka-Marrakech

    Leaving after leisurely breakfast to Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, a UNESCO world heritage and the backdrop for many Hollywood films such as Lawrence of Arabia and Gladiator. From there we continue our Journey via the Ounila Valley is stunning and features some of the most photogenic Berber Villages in an idyllic setting. After about 1 hour you reach the Glaoui (who was known as Lord of the Atlas) inspired Kasbah of Telouet, featuring some magnificent tile and zellij (woodwork) craftsmanship. The adjacent café serves a very tasty fig tajine. After more magnificent scenery you join the main road to Marrakech via the Tiz n’Tichka pass over the High Atlas. The driving time is about 4 hours.

    desert tour mealsMeals included : Breakfast,
    desert tour accommodationAccomodation : No Accomodation.

Included

  • Comfortable transportation + fuel
  • English speaking driver
  • Overnight in Erfoud with dinner and breakfast
  • Camel ride in the dunes
  • Overnight in Merzouga luxury camp with dinner & Breakfast
  • Overnight in Dades with dinner & breakfast
  • Overnight in Ouarzazate with dinner & breakfast
  • Flexible pauses and breaks
  • Guided visit of Ait benhaddou village

Not Included
  • Lunch meals
  • entrance fees to optional visits of Ouarzazate
  • Extra drinks on included meals
  • Gratuities ( optional )