The 4- day Desert Tour from Marrakech to Fez allows you to see: The High Atlas Mountains, The Middle Atlas Mountains, The Famous Kasbahs of the south of Morocco, The Sahara Desert of Merzouga where you will experience camel trekking with overnight on the Camps (Berber Tents).
Morocco Sahara Desert Tour : 4 Days / 3 Nights
Day 1 : Marrakech, Tizi N Tichka pass, Telouet Kasbah, Ait Ben Haddou Village, Skoura, Overnight in Kelaa Magouna.
Meet you at your riad, where you will be picked up, then depart Marrakech and transport over the High Atlas mountains Tizi N Tichka pass, taking time to stop and enjoy impressive landscapes.
Arrive in Telouet and enjoy a tour of the Kasbah of el Glaoui, former Berber War Lord and Pasha of Marrakech. Telouet also was once an important stop on the Southern Caravan route for traders carrying spices, slaves and other commodities. After over half a century of decay this kasbah’s interior still stands out with its painted salon walls, the bright Zellij(tiles) and labyrinth of locked doors with dangling silver knochers. Continue your tour by heading to the picturesque village of Ait Ben Haddou, this Kasbah has featured in more than 20 films, including Gladiator and Lawrence of Arabia which was the first to be filmed here.
After lunch, you will continue on to El Kelaa Magouna( known by roses) via the beautiful oasis of Skoura with the exotic Kasbah Amerhidil.
Day 2 : Kelaa Magouna, Valley Dades, Todra Gorge, Arfoud, Merzouga Village for overnight.
Following breakfast, you depart for the Dades Valley, where you’ll see the majestic sand castles and the amazing rock formations known as “monkey toes”. stop to enjoy the spectacular scenery, then continue to Tinghir and 20km after, its fabulous canyons, the Gorges Todra Canyons. Free time to walk around the Todra Gorges , enjoy the river and the fabulous views.
Lunch at a local restaurant. Then drive to Tinjedad, with its old underground irrigation system, and Touroug Palm Plantations, reaching Erfoud town for a visit of a local fossil craft workshop. Continuing to the fascinating dunes of Erg Chebbi, also known as the Dunes of Merzouga.
Day 3 : Merzouga village, Rissani, Camel Trekking, Over night in a Nomadic Tents.
After a luxurious breakfast in your riad you will start an explorative journey of the area. You will be visiting the Gnawa people in their village Khamlia , where you will learn about the Gnawa music and their lifestyle. Afterwards, you will visit the old city of Rissani – the foundation of the Alaouite dynasty – the current ruling royal family in Morocco. Rissani is surrounded by 360 ksar (a fortified village with many towers) and has a big souk (an open market), held three times a week. Once called Sijilmassa, this was the meeting place for the salt caravans, coming from Timbuctou in Mali. Here you’ll walk through the souk, selling spices, vegetables and cloths.
Afternon drive back to the village of Merzouga, and After a rest of 30 minutes, you ride Camels directly to the midle of the dunes where you will enjoy the night with dinner and entertainement under the Nomad tent ( Camps ) . For your convenience, our camp is equipped with western bathrooms.
Day 4 : Merzouga, Arfoud, Ziz Valley, Midelt, Azrou, Ifrane, Fes (The end of our service).
After an unforgettable quiet night among the sand dunes of erg chebbi and in nomad’s land, you will admire the sunrise upon the dunes, then return back with camels to the hotel where you have breakfast and shower, then leave to Fes.
During this journey you’ll experience glimpses of the Middle Atlas and Higher Atlas mountains.
Along the way you will pass through luxuriant Ziz Valley, stopping for panoramic views along the way, and the magnificent Ziz Gorges carved through volcanic rock. Then you continuing travel through the Tizi N’ Talghamt Pass to Midelt, where you will have optional lunch.
After lunch, you will continuing to fes through Azrou, a Berber village in the middle of the famous cedar forest, the largest in Morocco, where you may well sight Barbarian apes.
Note : This itinerary can also be adapted to start from Fes.