5 Days Desert Tour and Marrakech, exploring Fes Merzouga desert, discover nomadic life, visit Todra gorges, Dades gorges, end tour in Marrakech
5 Days Desert Tour and Marrakech
Day 1: Fes – Ifrane – Midelt – Erfoud – Merzouga
5 Days Desert Tour and Marrakech, we will depart from Fes (after the breakfast) to Merzouga through the Middle Atlas region passing through Ifrane, the ‘Switzerland’ of Morocco and the cedar forests of Azrou where we can stop to feed some monkeys. We will continue to Midelt where we will have lunch. Then, we will follow the Ziz River through the valley and stop to see the Ziz Gorges before continuing to Merzouga for dinner and night in a hotel via Erfoud.
Day 2: Merzouga – Erg Chebbi – Merzouga
Today we will explore the desert region and the marvel that is the Erg Chebbi desert dunes. We will will make a circuit on the desert dunes where you will have the opportunity to see the nomad’s way of life and the amazing changing contrasts of the desert. We will visit the ‘black village’ of Khamlia to see the Gnawa musicians. We will have the chance to taste a traditional Berber pizza for lunch in the ancient capital of Rissani. Then, we will return in the afternoon to ride the camels to see the sunset over the dunes and spend the night including dinner in the desert camp and listen to traditional berber music while watching the stars and the rising moon in the amazing desert dunes.
Day 3: Erg Chebbi – Rissani – Todra Gorges
After eating in the bivouacs, we will go on a camel trek back to the hotel in Merzouga for a quick shower. We leave the Sahara desert dunes of Erg Chebbi via an off-road drive across the hamada (black Desert) to get to the Sahara town of Rissani with an optional visit the animated local market. Afterwards, we drive to Erfoud that is known for its fossils. Here, we can stop to visit a fossil workshop before we continue to the impressive Todra canyons, known for rock climbing, where you can hike before we go to the hotel for dinner and to rest.
Day 4: Todra Gorges – Dades Valley – Skoura – Ouarzazate
After the breakfast at the hotel we begin our journey along the road of a Thousand Kasbahs via Dades valley where there are enormous kasbahs on both sides of the road. Some of these kasbahs are old fortified houses that have been restored but unfortunately a lot of them are still in ruins. We will pass the valley and go up to the mountainous area through an off-road trail where many Berber villages but few nomads live in caves. Here we will have the chance to visit one of these families and take a look at their daily life and their main activities which is looking after herds of goats and sheep. You will be impressed by the landscapes of the colorful rose valley as we continue our journey to Ouarzazate via Skoura for the dinner and night in a hotel.
Day 5 : Ouarzazate – Ait Benhaddou – High Atlas – Marrakech
After breakfast we will visit Taourirt Kasbah before departing to Ait Benhaddou to visit the World Heritage Site. We will continue our journey to Marrakech which includes a visit to the traditional High Atlas Berber village of Telouet and the Kasbah Glaoui where we will have lunch in a local restaurant before descending the Tizi-n-Tichka back to your hotel in Marrakech or airport (according to your flight details ).
Tour includes: 5 Days Desert Tour and Marrakech
→ Tour 4×4 / minibus with AC and driver
→ Camel rides