4 Days desert tour from Marrakech to Fes – Merzouga Sahara Desert Tours
Description of Tour:
- Private tour + experience panoramic mountain pass, crossing the High Atlas Mountains via Tizi N’Tichka pass, 2260m altitude.
- Visit of the kasbah Ait Ben Haddou (World Heritage site of Unesco since 1987)
- Visit Atlas studio in Ouarzazate city.
- Pass by Berber villages and see Berber lifestyle.
- Night in Dades valley + walk in Todra gorges.
- Experience camel trek in Merzouga Erg Chebbi and watch the beautiful sunrise and sunset.
- Magical night, around fire at the camp after a traditional dinner and berber drums music.
- Experience Anti Atlas Mountains + Ifrane stop (Moroccan Swizerland)
Day 1: Marrakech – Ait Ben Haddou – Ouarzazate – Dades Gorge
Today morning is the first day of 4 days trip from Marrakech to Fes. After leaving the city of Marrakech behind, we head south over the Tizi n’Tichka Pass (2260m). In this pass we enjoy superb views of the mountains and of the Berber Villages. We stop for lunch in a traditional restaurant and visit the Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou. It is a World Heritage site since 1987. This famous kasbah has been used as the backdrop for more than 20 films.
After lunch we continue through Ouarzazate, which is the gateway to southern Morocco. Later continue towards the Skoura oasis, which is a fertile area lined with immense palm groves. Following on from Skoura we arrive at the Valley of Roses.
Roses are a very important crop booster to the local population. The rose season, begins around 10 April and ends around 20 May, depending on climate conditions. The Rose Festival or Moussem of Roses takes place on the second weekend in May and lasts for two days. Many festivities take place, including performances by folk groups and the Miss Roses contest, whose winner then takes part in a procession on a decorated float. Traders from all over the region come to sell their specialities and handicraft products.
Finally on this day we arrive at the spectacular Dades Gorge and this is where you will have dinner and spend the night in your hotel.
Day 2: Dades Gorge – Todra Gorges – Merzouga
After breakfast at the hotel we depart Dades Gorge and head towards Todra Gorges: a massive fault, rising to 300m in a narrow valley. Thickly dotted with palm groves and Berber Villages. After lunch in the gorge, we go further into the Sahara to Merzouga which has the largest natural underground body of water in all Morocco and stands on the edge of the great sand dunes of Erg Chebbi.
Dinner and overnight in hotel in Merzouga.
Day 3: Merzouga – Merzouga Dunes – Merdane Oasis
After a leisurely breakfast and after visiting the Merzouga oasis, you drive to the village of the Negroes, Khamlia. These people came from Sudan and were originally brought north as slaves. You will meet some families and enjoy mint tea with them and listen to traditional gnaoua music.
Our next stop will be at Mfis, a small village to the south-east of the dunes, close to the coal and copper mines. It is where most of the people in Merzouga used to make their livings.
Then, after a further stop in Merdane village we carry on to meet Berber families before driving back to Merzouga to check-in at your hotel.
In the afternoon, you will mount your camel to cross the dunes and discover one of the secrets of the ‘sea of sand’. Our stop will be in a virgin oasis. Enjoy the silence of the desert, appreciate the natural beauty surrounding you and watch the majestic sunset.
Spend the evening under a canopy of stars, twinkling with an intensity you may never have seen before. Sleep in traditional Berber tents, jaimas.
Day 4: Merzouga – Rissani – Ziz Valley – Fez
After breakfast in the desert, we depart to Rissani where we visit the traditional Berber suq. Leaving Rissani we travel through the Ziz Valley and Errachidia. We will stop en route for lunch before reaching Azrou. There is a cedar forest which is home to a troupe of Barbary apes then heading to Ifrane which locals call the Switzerland of Morocco, we may have stop or continue to Fes and drop you off in your Riad/Hotel. End of our 4 days trip from Marrakech to Fes.