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7 Days From Fez To Marrakech Via Merzouga

7 Days From Fez To Marrakech Via Merzouga

Overview:

On this 7 days tour, you will have the opportunity to explore a lot of famous cities, cultural sites, and villages in Morocco and also to experience the life of Moroccan desert people. Starting from Fez, we will visit Chefchaouen, the “blue city”, Volubilis, Meknes, and Fez, where you will be acquainted with Moroccan history. Leaving Fez we will head to Ifrane, Azrou, and Midelt, and we will end 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 Erfoud, Tinghir, and Todra Gorges, Dades Gorges, Ouarzazate, “the Hollywood of Africa”, exploring Ait Ben Haddou village, the UNESCO World Heritage Site and through the High Atlas Mountains, we will reach Marrakech, where the tour will end.

Itinerary:

Day 01 : Fez to Chechaouen via Ouazzan

After breakfast in your Riad or Hotel at 08:00 AM, you will start your day trip toward Chefchaouen, which is a popular tourist attraction and a welcoming town nestled in the Rif Mountains just south of the Mediterranean coastline in northwest Morocco. Chefchaouen is known as the “blue city” due to its traditional buildings. You can enjoy a walk to explore the white and blue-washed walls of the medina and the markets, which offer some unique native handicrafts. Chefchaouen is a fantastic destination for photography with its wonderful view of the Rif Mountains. You will stay overnight in a hotel.

 Day 02 : Chefchaouen to Fez via Volubilis and Meknes

After your breakfast in the riad, our journey will start towards Volubilis crossing the Rif mountains via Wazan and other Rif villages. In Volubilis we will discover the Roman ruins and learn about the archeological site of Moroccan history; after the visit to the ruins, we will shift our way to Meknes city, the 17th-century heritage. Meknès, which is known as “the Moroccan Versailles”, symbolizes the power of Sultan Moulay Ismail with an imposing setting epitomized by the Bab-El-Mansour Gate. We will stop for lunch and hang around the historical huge walls of the medina, bab el Mansour and enjoy a visit of Moulay Ismail s shrine. After the visit to Meknes, we will drive directly to Fez city where you will spend the night in a traditional riad.

 Day 03 : Exploring Fez

After breakfast, you will start exploring the oldest city in Morocco by walking in its alleys and small streets. Fez will enchant you with its mysterious medina, which is part of the World Heritage List. Our visit starts by visiting the Royal Palace gate, the Jewish quarter, the first Mellah ever built in Morocco, constructed during the 14th century. We will ensure that you visit all sites with cultural and historical interest including the famous Al Karaouine University, which is considered to be the oldest one in the world, the Tanneries, and the Moulay Idriss mausoleum. After lunch in a traditional Moroccan restaurant, you will visit the tiles cooperative and then experience a wonderful panoramic view over the whole Medina of Fez. Overnight in the riad.

 Day 04 : Fez – Ilfrane – Azrou – Midelt – Merzouga

After breakfast, 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. Our next stop will be in Midelt, where you will enjoy your lunch. We will continue our drive by crossing the Tizi N’Talghomt Pass (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 Palme trees along the Ziz River. Your journey continues to Merzouga through the oasis of Tafilalet, the largest date palm grove in Morocco. Merzouga is a small enchanting village, considered to be one of the gates of the Sahara. We will reach Merzouga in the afternoon and check in to your hotel. Dinner and overnight in the hotel.

 Day 05 : 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 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 06 : 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. 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. The journey reveals a diversity of incredible landscapes, from the vastness of the desert to breathtaking mountains, green valleys, and palm trees. We will stop along the way for photo and to admire the landscape. Upon arrival to Todra Gorges, we will enjoy its marvelous Canyons view, and while hiking, and finally, we will arrive in the Dades Valley where we will have dinner and spend the night in the hotel.

 Day 07 : Dades Gorges – Ouarzazate – Ait Ben Haddou – High Atlas Mountains – Marrakech

After breakfast, we will drive through the Dades Valley towards Kelaat Mgouna and Ouarzazate. The route through the Dades Valley, the way of the thousand Kasbahs, provides numerous photo opportunities. We will visit the Roses valley and Skoura village, then continue to Ouarzazat, “the Hollywood of Africa”. You will have lunch at the famous Ait Ben Haddou kasbah, the largest Kasbah in Morocco. After touring this UNESCO World Heritage site, our journey will continue through the majestic Tizi n’Tichka pass, 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.
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation & breakfast in Chefchaouen & Fez.
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation, dinner & breakfast in Merzouga & Dades Valley (Vegetarians are welcome).
  • 1 night accommodation in desert camp.
  • 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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