Marrakech to Fes 5 day desert tour
Marrakech to Fes 5 Day Desert Tour, Presented to you by Prime Morocco Tours.
Day1: Marrakech – Atlas Mountains – Ait Ben Haddou – Ouarzazate – Skoura – Dades
The tour will start from Marrakesh where we will meet first time; this city was an old capital of Morocco’s ancient monarchs, and it is named to be the capital of the Maghreb Union. At 8 am we will drive through the High Atlas Mountains that is known by the highest top in Morocco 4,167m named Toubkal go Through the Tizi N’Tichka passage on the mountain and enjoy the various landscape views. On the route we will have a break for a tea with mint or coffee at one of the Amazigh Hamlets. The next break will be at Ait Ben Hadou village to visit the Kasbah of Ait Ben Hadou; an old building that is for collective living, this Kasbah is nominated as a UNSCO heritage in 1987. This Kasbah and the region in general is very important for the industry of film making (famous movies like the man who would be king in 1975 and many others) it is also a fortress on the Salt Road where caravans from different regions came to buy slaves, gold, ivory and salt. Here we will enjoy the lunch time special food of the region. Then we will continue the path towards the Dades Valley, through the Kalaat Magouna; a town known by it’s thousands hectares of roses you can admire on May, Skoura Amazigh villages surrounding the valley of Dades; this valley which is shaped in a form of gorges long time ago, here we can spend the first night.
Day2 : Dades – Todra Gorges – Jorf – Er rissani – Erfoud – Merzouga
The following day after your breakfast meal. The caravan will continue the road through the valley admiring the amazing rock formation ( the monkey toes) and the integration of the of Kasbahs within the beautiful nature to name but a few the amazing Kasbah of AitYul from the 19 century. Entering Tinrghir region and the Todra Valley and its panoramic landscape view and surrounding Amazigh villages. In the Todra valley we will have a walk through the river with it’s amazing 300m high red cliff which a favorite destination for many rock-limbers to practice this sport. Lunch time will be served either in Rissani or Erfoud; two town oasis in the sahara, before leaving to merzouga the village of the golden sand where you will be welcomed with a tea with mint then checking in a Hotel
Day 3: Merzouga – Nomad Families – Black Desert – Merzouga (Camel Ride & Night in Desert)
The next day will start at the place of your stay in Merzouga with a breakfast then go towards the Algirian borders to visit to the villages surrounding Erg Chebbi dunes such as: Hassi Labied, Merdani, Khamlia andM’fis. We will meet locals on the way to Khamlia who will show you their desert fausses. On the sand you will probably encounter desert reptiles and mammals. Arriving to khamilia known as the Gnawi village, black people coming from southern countries of Africa as slaves in the past, who get integrated to the Moroccan society. The people there will be welcoming you very hospitably with a cup of tea made in the desert manner (Amazigh whiskey) and listning to their lovely spiritual Gnawi music. Leaving khamilia we will go towardsthe Algerian borders to have panoramic view to the golden dunes before having a picnic lunch under the shadow of a tree. The ride will continue visiting nomads of the region living under an Amazigh tent and taking care of their herds. On the way back to Merzouga to have dinner and sleep the night at the hotel, you will come across the volcanic rocks and the Yasmina Lake where you will be surprised with the natural postcard of the dunes surrounding the lake ( in spring). Here you will spend your first night under a traditional Amazigh tent watching the stars after a delicious dinner and fun time with drum music.
Day 4: Merzouga – Erfoud – Er rachidia – Ziz Valley – Middle Atlas – Midelt
In the morning of the 4th day you will wake up and have your breakfast at the hotel. Then the tour will continue to Midelt. Before you will be taking a shower and breakfast, we are going to cross Errachidia the capital of the Daraa Tafillat Region, we will enjoy the Ziz gorges along the way and pass through Tunnel Zaabal which is if we can say the border to start a new landscape view. 30 minutes from the city of Midelt; there is the Tizi N’talghamt or the passage of the camel in the Middle Atlas Mountain, we will find Midelt city which is known by its apple production and old Plumb mines of Minladen and Ahouli. After lunch you will be having a tour in Midelt’ most known places and go back to the hotel where you will overnight.
Day 5:Medilt – Azrou – Ceder Forest – Ifrane – Fes
Before checking out you will have a tasty breakfast at your hotel in Midelt. The tour then will continue to its last point Fez City ; the old capital of Morocco known as the scientific capital of Morocco because of its old Karawiyin Madrassa or the oldest University in the world recognized; the city as a world heritage by UNSCO in 1981, going through the middle Atlas Mountains you will come across the forest Of Azrou city where you will stop for lunch after feeding Monkeys next the forest. Leaving Azrou you will Pass via Ifran City known as a Eurpran city in Morocco because of it beautiful architecture. At the end you will finally arrive to Fez where our driver will take you to your place of stay.