Embark on a captivating 4-day desert tour from Fes to Marrakech, an epic journey that will take you through some of Morocco’s most enchanting landscapes, ancient cities, and fascinating cultural experiences. This unforgettable adventure promises glimpses of the Middle Atlas and Higher Atlas Mountains, encounters with the warm Berber communities, and a mesmerizing camel trek through the awe-inspiring Erg Chebbi dunes. Join us as we delve into the details of this remarkable expedition, which will leave you with cherished memories and a deeper appreciation for the wonders of Morocco.
The first day of our grand desert odyssey begins as we pick you up from your accommodation in Fes. Our first stop takes us to the captivating town of Azrou, nestled within the expansive cedar forest – the largest in Morocco. Here, keep an eye out for the playful Barbarian apes that inhabit the area, offering a delightful glimpse into their natural habitat.
Continuing our journey, we traverse the Tizi n’ Talghamt Pass, a route that treats us to scenic views of the Middle Atlas and Higher Atlas Mountains. Our drive takes us along the breathtaking Ziz Gorges, a spectacle carved through volcanic rock, before leading us into the luxuriant Ziz Valley. As we pass through charming Berber villages, we reach Erfoud and Rissani, two towns rich in history and culture. Finally, the day culminates in the awe-inspiring Merzouga, where you will be warmly welcomed with a refreshing glass of mint tea before checking into your comfortable riad or hotel.
Awake to the promising rays of the rising sun and enjoy a scrumptious breakfast at your riad or hotel in Merzouga. Today, you will embark on an explorative journey of the area, immersing yourself in the local culture and natural wonders.
The first stop takes us to the village of Khamlia, home to the Gnawa people, where you’ll learn about the vibrant Gnawa music and their unique way of life. Next, you’ll visit the picturesque Merzouga lake, adorned with various bird species, including graceful flamingos. A visit to the historical city of Rissani follows, known as the foundation of the Alaouite dynasty, the ruling royal family of Morocco. Stroll through its bustling souk, where you’ll find an array of spices, vegetables, and fabrics.
In the afternoon, it’s time for a once-in-a-lifetime experience – a camel trek into the mesmerizing sand-sea of Merzouga. Guided by experienced camel handlers, you’ll journey through the ever-changing dunes of Erg Chebbi. As the sun sets over the desert, you’ll be treated to a sumptuous dinner in front of your traditional Berber tent, where you’ll spend the night under the stars, serenaded by the gentle whispers of the desert breeze.
Awake early and witness the magical sunrise over the Erg Chebbi dunes, an unforgettable sight that will etch its beauty into your memory forever. After a leisurely camel trek back to Merzouga, enjoy a hearty breakfast at your riad or hotel.
Our journey continues towards the stunning Todra Gorges, the highest and narrowest gorges in Morocco. Here, you’ll have the option to hike through the valley, immersing yourself in the culture and geography of this remarkable region.
After a delightful lunch in the heart of the gorge, we head to the Dades Valley, known for its majestic sandcastles and peculiar rock formations referred to as “monkey toes.” Tonight, you’ll find comfort and tranquility in a charming riad or hotel within the valley, setting the stage for a restful evening.
With the morning sun casting its gentle glow upon the Dades Valley, enjoy a delicious breakfast in your riad or hotel before setting out for another day of adventure.
Our route takes us through the “Way of the Thousand Kasbahs,” a scenic road that offers countless opportunities for breathtaking photography. Stop at Kalaat Mgouna, known as “the rose city,” and visit the cooperative where you can purchase rosewater, a fragrant reminder of your journey.
Continuing onward, we arrive at the iconic Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah, a UNESCO World Heritage site and a remarkable testament to Berber architecture and culture. Here, you’ll have the chance to explore the kasbah’s fascinating history and appreciate its intricate details.
The final leg of our journey takes us through the majestic Tizi n’Tichka Pass, crossing over the High Atlas Mountains at an elevation of 2260 meters. Bask in the breathtaking views before finally reaching Marrakech, where you’ll settle into your accommodation, bringing this unforgettable 4-day desert tour to a satisfying close.
The fee includes the following for the whole tour:
Where appropriate, the fee also includes:
During the tour, you will need to pay for Lunches. Drinks. Tips.
We are flexible and all the tours can be modified to suit your specific needs and interests. If you have a different route in mind please let us know and we will offer a tour tailored to your specific requirements.
Please contact us by e-mail or telephone as detailed on the page. We will then be able to discuss and agree on an itinerary that suits you. When you wish to confirm the booking a 20% deposit will be required at least two weeks before the start of your tour.