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4 Days Tour From Fez To Marrakech Via Merzouga

4 Days Tour From Fez To Marrakech Via Merzouga

Overview:

In this 4 days tour, you will have the opportunity not only to explore many famous cultural sites and villages in Morocco but also to experience the life and the hospitality of Moroccan desert people. Starting from Fez, the oldest city of Morocco, we will travel through the middle Atlas to Ifrane, the “Moroccan Switzerland”, Azrou and Midelt, ending up in Merzouga, where the desert experience begins. Your camels will take you to a Berber camp, where you will spend the night, reviving the nomadic Berber lifestyle. The tour continued by visiting Rissani, Erfoud, Tinghir, and Todra Gorges, Dades Gorges, Ouarzazate, “the Hollywood of Africa”, visiting Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, and driving through the High Atlas Mountains, we will reach Marrakech, where the tour will end.

You will travel through the middle Atlas via Ifrane “Moroccan Switzerland” and Azrou. You will have a stop at the cedar forest for a visit to Cedre Gouraud Tree where you will see Barbary apes. From here we drive further south passing by several towns and you will get the opportunity to view nomads living in tents along the way. You will also see the volcanic rocks.

Itinerary:

Day 01 : Fez – Ifrane – Azrou – Midelt – Merzouga

After breakfast in your Riad or Hotel at 08:00 AM, you will travel through the middle Atlas via Ifrane “Moroccan Switzerland” and Azrou. You will have a stop at the cedar forest for a visit to Cedre Gouraud Tree where you will see the Barbary apes in their natural habitat. From here we drive further south passing by several towns and you will get the opportunity to view nomads living in tents along the way. You will also see the volcanic rocks. Our next stop will be in Midelt where you will enjoy your lunch. We will continue our drive by crossing the Tizi N’Talghomt Passageway (1907 m) while enjoying the panoramic view. You will also pass through Ziz Gorge and the tunnel. Near Errachidia, you will see the Barrage Hassan Al-Dakhil which has turquoise blue water. Driving to Erfoud, you will have a stop for a panoramic view of Aoufous palm trees along the Ziz River. You will be amazed by the diversity of the incredible landscapes, from the seductive atmosphere of the infinite desert to the picturesque green valleys and forests. Your journey continues to Merzouga via Erfoud through the oasis of Tafilalet, the largest date palm grove in Morocco. We will reach Merzouga in the afternoon and check in to your hotel. Dinner and overnight in the hotel.

 Day 02 : Merzouga area and the Camel Trek

After breakfast in the hotel, you will start an explorative journey of the area; you will visit the nomads in their goat-hair tent and learn about desert life. Afterward, you will visit the Gnaoua people, originally slaves brought from Sudan, here you will have the opportunity to listen to their music and learn about their culture and lifestyle. Depending on what time of year you visit, you may have a visit to the lake of Merzouga and its bird population such as the “Flamingos”. In the afternoon, the camels will join us on our trek. The camels will take us to a Berber camp in the middle of an oasis amidst the sand dunes of Erg Chebbi. 20 km long and 5 km wide; it is also reputed as the highest sand dunes in North Africa. It is a unique and diverse environment. The camel trek takes about 1hr 30 min to the camp, where we will set up in the Berber’s tents for our magic night in the desert. The camp and the tents are well equipped with all facilities, making you feel at home. In the middle of the desert, as the sun is hiding behind the dunes, you will enjoy your nomadic Berber dinner. After dinner, we will gather around the fire and enjoy the sound of traditional Berber drums under the stars. It will be a night hard to forget.

 Day 03 : Merzouga – Rissani – Erfoud – Tinghir – Todra Gorges – Dades Gorges

Wake up early in the morning to enjoy the sunrise on the top of the dunes in the Sahara desert, then have your breakfast. After these beautiful moments, you will ride your camel back to the hotel where you can shower. We depart towards Tinghir passing by Erfoud and Tinejdad. We will have a break for lunch. In the afternoon, we will continue to Todra gorges via Tinghir. This magic scenery seduces and charms its visitors. We will stop along the way for photos and admire the landscape. Upon arrival to Todra Gorges, we will enjoy its marvelous Canyons views while hiking, and finally, we will arrive in the Dades Valley where we will have dinner and spend the night.

 Day 04 : Dades Gorges – Ouarzazate- Ait Ben Haddou – High Atlas Mountains – Marrakech

After breakfast, we’ll drive through the Dades Valley towards Kelaat Mgouna and Ouarzazate. The route through the Dades Valley, the way of the thousand Kasbahs, will provide numerous photo opportunities. We will visit the Roses valley and Skoura village, then continue to Ouarzazat, “the Hollywood of Africa”. We will have lunch at the famous Ait Ben Haddou kasbah, the largest Kasbah in Morocco. After touring this UNESCO World Heritage sightseeing, our journey will continue through the majestic Tizi n’Tichka passageway, reaching an altitude of 2260m, over the High Atlas Mountains. We will stop to enjoy the impressive scenery and visit the argan oil cooperative. We will arrive in Marrakech late in the afternoon. Drop off at your Marrakech riad/hotel around 17:30/18:00 pm approx, where the tour ends.

Included

  • Private tour & Transportation with A/C and seat-belt.
  • Pick you up from your accommodation in Fez & drop off at your accommodation in Marrakech.
  • Hotels accommodations, dinners and breakfasts (Vegetarians are welcome).
  • 1 night accommodation in desert camp with dinner and breakfast.
  • Experienced driver/guide English speaking.
  • Fuel, tolls and all associated expenses.
  • Camel warden.
  • Camel ride for 1 hour. (If you are not interested to ride the camels, it is possible to drive you to the camp with the 4×4).
  • Sand boards (available in the camp without charge).

Not Included

  • Airfare (Flight Ticket)
    Noon meal. (Possibility of picnic or restaurants).
  • Drinks at meal.
    Tips and personal miscellaneous expenses.
  • Entry fees to Monuments / Museums / Kasbahs
  • Travel insurance
  • Anything not mentioned in the program

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