9 Days Travel from Fes to Marrakech via the Sahara desert

Day 1: Airport – Fes:

Upon arrival, we will pick you up and drive you to your riad a the heart of the Medina. Dinner and Overnight in the riad.

Day 2: Exploring Fes:

After breakfast , you will start exploring the oldest city in Morocco, walking in its alleys and small streets. Our visit starts by visiting the Royal Palace gate, the Jewish quarter, the first Mellah ever built in Morocco, built during the 14th century. We will ensure that you visit all sites with cultural and historical interest including the famous Al Qaraouine University, considered the oldest one in the world, the Tanneries, and Mulay 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 Fes. Dinner and overnight in the riad.

Day 3: Fes – Ifrane – Azrou – Midelt – Ziz Valley – Merzouga:

Today early morning, you will travel through the middle Atlas via Ifran “Moroccan Switzerland”and Azrou. You will have a stop at the cedar forest for a visit to Cedre Goraud 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 alongside the way. You will also see the volcanic rocks. Our next stop is in Midelt where you will enjoy your lunch. Later on, continuing our drive by crossing the Tizi N’Talghomt Pass (1907m) while enjoying the panoramic views. You will also cross Ziz Gorge and the tunnel. Near Errachidia, you will see the Barrage Hassan Al-Dakhil which has turquoise blue water. Continue our drive to Erfoud, you will have stop for a panoramic view of Aoufous palmeraie along Ziz River. Arriving Erfoud and crossing the off road to reach the hotel situated on the foot of the dunes. Dinner and overnight stay in a Hotel.

Day 4: Erg Chebbi – Khamlia – Rissani – Merzouga (desert ):

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 the desert life, afterwards you 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”. On the afternoon, we will drive you to the desert camp, to explore within the mysterious sand-sea of the Erg-Chebbi. You will enjoy the beauty of the Sahara desert and the sunset over the golden dunes. After the sunset you will enjoy your dinner in front of the camp where you will spend your first night under, or if you prefer, under the stars. Our camp is equipped with western bathrooms.

Day 5: Merzouga – Rissani Market – Erfoud – Todra Gorges – Dades Gorges:

Waking up by the call of your guide very earlier to watch the sunrise then enjoying breakfast. You will trek back to your hotel where you can have hot shower and get ready for the new journey. We will depart to Rissani, you will have a visit to Zawiya Moulay Ali ash-Sharif and you may also investigate the Souk (local market) with the opportunity to see the Fondouks where donkeys gather. Continuing on our drive toward Tineghir passing by Erfoud “the capital of marble fossil” .You will view the Khatarat (Canal irrigation system) on our route. Our next stop is in Tinejdad or Tineghir where you will have lunch. Later on, we will continue on the road alongside the river to reach the gorges where you will hike/Walk on foot through this stunning place while enjoying the views of high rock walls (up to 300 meters). Afterwards, we head to Boumalne Du Dades then to the gorges where you will have time to explore Dades gorges and see its rock formations “human bodies, fingers of monkeys”. Dinner and overnight stay in a Hotel.

Day 6: Dades Gorge – Dades Valley – Valley of the Roses – Kelaa M’gouna – Skoura – Ouarzazate:

After breakfast, you will start your journey with a short exploration of Dades gorges and see its rock formations “human bodies, fingers of monkeys”. Later on we will cross Boutghrar trail that leads to El-Kelaâ M’Gouna. Stopping to visit one of the Nomad families that live in caves, you will be introduced to family members and getting to know about their way of life while enjoying the taste of a nice cup of tea. After these we will continue our off road to reach El-Kelaâ M’Gouna where you will enjoy your lunch. Later on, continuing our drive to Ouarzazate while enjoying the views of Valley of Roses, the Valley of one thousand Kasbahs and Skoura palmerie. You will visit the incredible Kasbah of Amerhidil located in Skoura Oasis where you will be mesmerised with the immense Palm Groves and beautiful sights of the Atlas Mountains. Finally you will arrive to Ouarzazate, you will admire the view of Taourirt Kasbah that was built by the Glaoui dynasty. Dinner and spend the night at the Hotel.

Day 7: Ouarzazate – Aït Benhaddou – Telouet – Tizi N’Tichka – Marrakech:

This morning after breakfast you may want to visit the Atlas films Studios before we head to the village of Aït Benhaddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where you will visit this exotic Kasbah. This Kasbah is situated on a hill along the fertile river of Ounila; it becomes famous due to its role in hosting numerous films such as: The Man Who Would Be King, Jewel of the Nile, Jesus of Nazareth, The Message, Lawrence of Arabia, The Mummy, and Gladiator. Later on, continuing our road drive to Telouet. You will have a break for lunch then visit the incredible Kasbah of Telouet .Afterward we continue across the Tizi-n-Tichka Pass (2260m). Stopping along the way for photos and enjoying the panoramic views of High Atlas Mountains along with Berber villages located alongside the road. Dinner and overnight in Riad.

Day 8: Exploring Marrakech:

After breakfast in the riad , you can start exploring Marrakech ” the red city of Morocco”.  We will ensure that you see the most important sites of historical and cultural interest, including the Majorelle Gardens, the Koutoubia Tower, the Saadian tombs, the Bahia Palace. After lunch at a restaurant near the square, you will walk through the souks and view hundreds of handicrafts. In the afternoon, you will have some free time to wander by yourself through the other parts of the city. Dinner and overnight in riad.

Day 9: Marrakech – Airport:

After breakfast in the riad, we will drive you to the airport for your departure flight, tour ends at Marrakech airport.

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