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4 Days Tour From Fez To Merzouga Desert

4 Days Tour From Fez To Merzouga Desert

Overview:

In this 4 days tour, you will have the opportunity to visit traditional villages, admire the natural beauties of Morocco, and also experience the life and hospitality of Moroccan desert people away from the noisy cities, surrendering yourself to the magical atmosphere of the Sahara Desert. Starting from Fez we will travel through the middle Atlas to Ilfrane, Azrou, Midelt, and Todra Gorges and we will arrive at Merzouga, where the desert experience begins. The camels will take you to a Berber camp, where you will spend the night, reviving the nomadic Berber lifestyle. The next day we will explore the area, and visit Khamliya and a nomad family. On the last day, we will return to Fez, where the tour ends.

Itinerary:

 Day 01 : Fez – Ifrane – Azrou – Midelt – Todra Gorges

After breakfast, we will start our 4 days Tour from Fez to Merzouga Desert. You will be amazed by the diversity of the incredible landscapes, from the picturesque green valleys and forests to the imposing mountains.  Passing through Ifrane, we will arrive at the cedar forests of Azrou, where we will have the chance to see the wild monkeys, the Barbary apes, in their natural habit. We will continue our journey, we will stop for lunch at Zaida, a small Berber village, and then through the Atlas Mountains enjoying the landscapes of Midelt, we will arrive in the small town of Rich. Here, we turn right to pass through the famous town of Imilchil before arriving at Todra Gorges in the evening.

 Day 02 : Todra Gorges – Tingher – Tinjdad – Rissani – Erfoud – Merzouga

Today we will head to Merzouga. Berber villages are scattered along the way. We’ll enjoy the road pass through Tinjdad, Jorf, and Erfoud until we arrive at Merzouga, where the desert experience begins. Merzouga is a small enchanting village, considered to be one of the gates of the Sahara. We’ll have lunch in Khamlia, the village which appears unchangeable for several centuries. After lunch, the camels will join us on our trek. They 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 Berbers’ 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 – Khamlia – Nomad Visit – Merzouga

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 and we will start an explorative journey of the area; you will visit the nomads in their goat-hair tent and learn about the 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, we will drive you back to the hotel, where you will have dinner and an overnight stay.

 Day 04 : Merzouga – Ziz Valley – Midelt – Azrou – Ifrane – Fez

After breakfast, we will take our way back to Fez city via Ziz Valley and the Middle Atlas mountains. We will turn back through the cedar forests of Azrou and stop to watch the beautiful views and the Barbary Monkeys. Today we will have the opportunity to explore Ifrane, the “Switzerland of Morocco”. We will arrive at Fez late in the evening, when the tour ends.

Included

  • Private tour & Transportation with A/C and seat-belt.
  • Pick you up & drop you off at your accommodation in Fes.
  • Berber tent accommodation in the desert with enough blankets. No need to bring your sleeping bag.
  • Experienced driver/guide English speaking.
  • Fuel, tolls and all associated expenses.
    Dinners and breakfasts (Vegetarians are welcome).
  • A room where you will leave your luggage while you ride the camel to the camp.
  • It is possible to take a backpack with you on the camel.
  • Sand boards ( available in the camp without charge).
  • Camel warden.
  • Camel ride

If you are not interested to ride the camels for 1 hour. It is possible to ride the camel for a short time and take the 4×4 to the camp.

Not Included

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

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