Day 1 : Fes – Ifrane – Midelt – Merzouga
Welcome to Morocco!
For the first day of this 4 days Fes desert tours, we will be picking you up from your accommodation (hotel or Riad) and begin our journey to the Moroccan Sahara desert.
The journey will take us through the majestic Middle Atlas Mountains with their fertile green and rocky landscape. Our First stop today will be at perhaps the prettiest village in all of Morocco, Ifrane, nicknamed “The Switzerland of Morocco”. In Ifrane, green parks fill the city alongside chalets and other typical European architecture. After a stroll through the town center, we will be moving forward towards our next destination, the Cedar forests of Azrou. What’s so special about these forests is that they are the natural habitat of the native Barbary monkey species. We can have a refreshing walk through the cedar trees and hopefully get a glimpse of the monkeys (they’re accustomed to visitors!).
Following this, our journey continues crossing the Atlas Mountains, until we start reaching Morocco’s desert with the first desert town: Erfoud. Erfoud is known locally for its high quality marble, fossils, and dates. We will take this opportunity to have a mouthwatering traditional lunch before continuing on to the village of Merzouga. This is where we will spend the night at a local Kasbah, experiencing the true desert culture.
Day 2: Merzouga village – Rissani – night in a Desert Camp
The next day, you will wake up surrounded by fresh air, good vibes, and a tasty breakfast. From here on, we will spend the day explore our surroundings and other desert villages. Starting with Khamlia, we will visit this villages populated by indigenous Gnaoua masters, who are more than happy to share their art and culture with curious visitors.
Next, we will pay a visit to the Rissani village, where we can visit the mausoleum of Moulay Ali Cherif, the founder the current ruling Alaouite dynasty. After lunch, we will return to Merzouga: the gateway to the Moroccan desert. Situated at the edge of the Erg Chebbi dunes, Merzouga is the perfect location for us to begin our camel trekking expedition into the desert.
The end destination of the camel trek is a lovely desert camp neatly hidden away between the dunes, where we will spend the night alongside the beats of Berber drums.
Day 3: Merzouga – Rissani – Tinghir – Todra Gorges – Dades valley –skoura – Ouarzazate
The next day, we will be woken up by the mesmerizing desert sunrise, after which we will camel trek back to Merzouga. Back at the town, you will be able to enjoy breakfast and a warm shower at our hotel.
Following this, we will start heading to the final destination of this tour: Marrakech city. Our journey will take us to the Todra Gorges near Tinjdad, which are mesmerizing rock formations that attract climbers from all over the world. Following the same path, we will arrive at the Dades Valley, where we will make a stop to have lunch and appreciate the scenery.
When we are done with that, we will continue travelling alongside a road nicknamed “the road of the Thousand Kasbahs”, containing places such as the valley of Roses and Skoura. Our last stop for the day will be at Ouarzazate city, where we will spend the last night of this Fes desert tours at a traditional Kasbah hotel.
Day 4: Ouarzazatte– Ait Benhaddou- Tizi N’tichka Pass- Marrakech (Last day of Fes desert tours)
The last morning of our Fes desert tours will be spent exploring Ouarzazate, more specifically its Atlas Studios museums, which will be a blast for every cinema enthusiast. Our next stop will be the Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou, which is an iconic historical monument near Ouarzazate where many big Hollywood movies were shot (Gladiator, Lawrence of Arabia, Kingdom of heaven, etc.). Following this amazing exploration, we will take on a famous mountain pass called Tizin-Tichka, before finally arriving at Marrakech. We can drop you off at your preferred location, after which our Fes desert tours will be over.