Fes – Merzouga – Marrakech
6 days, 5 nights
Day 1: Fes – Ifrane – Azrou – Midelt – Errachidia – Ziz Tal – Erfoud – Merzouga
Early in the morning you will be picked up at your hotel / riad. The trip goes through the red-brown Middle Atlas Mountains toward the desert oasis of Merzouga. You will pass tall cedar trees along the way to the pretty towns of Ifrane and Azrou. These are the most important craft centers of the region, specializing in wood and cedar creations. In these surrounding mountains there live many monkeys. With luck you may see them along the way.
After the Zad pass (2,178 m) you will reach the mining town of Midelt. Here you will have a choice of lunch. In the afternoon we travel on through the magnificent canyon of Ziz and arrive at Errachidia. You then drive along the deep green palm oasis of the Ziz valley, and on to the caravan city of Erfoud. Next we continue on to the sand dunes of Erg Chebbi. You then spend the night at an auberge in the dunes, with dinner provided.
Day 2: Merzouga – Erg Chebbi (Camel Trekking)
After breakfast, your camel will be waiting! You should take with you only the bare essentials you need for a night under the stars. After a two-hour ride, there is a lunch break under a shady tamarisk, if one can speak in the desert of shade. We then continue by “camelback” to build a bivouac area for a romantic evening desert night. You will sleep in a real nomad’s tent, which is hand-woven from the thick hair of goats and camels. Your camels are left to find their own food, while you will be served real mint tea! Your food is then prepared and served under the stars. After dinner, the camel guides will usually play their drums and sing old traditional songs.
Day 3: Merzouga – Erfoud – Amellago – Tamtatouchte
This morning you get up early, so you may watch the sunrise from the top of a dune. You will then ride back to the hotel. There, after breakfast, you will return via Rissani to Erfoud. On the way you will have a chance to visit a workplace, where age-old fossils are found and preserved. We then continue driving through the palm oasis of Touroug to Goulmima. From there, we take a very charming, but little-known route, leading to Amellago. We pass through Rheris Gorge, and on to the picturesque mountain town of Tamtatouchte. There you will have the opportunity to take an interesting walk with a local guide. Dinner and your overnight stay here will be in a typical and comfortable guesthouse.
Day 4: From Todra to Dades Gorge
After breakfast you will walk down through the canyon into the Todra. In Tinerhir, you reach the roadway of Ouarzazate, which is one of the most scenic routes in Morocco. In Boumalne, the Dades Valley begins, along with its beautiful gorges and famous Monkey Rock.
At the Dades Gorge there will be a lunch break, at a beautiful kasbah. You will have the opportunity to take a hike in the canyon, along with a local guide. Dinner and overnight will be here at the hotel.
Day 5: Dades Gorge – Rose valley – Ouarzazate – High Atlas
After breakfast in the Dades Gorge we head back to Youl Kasbah. Here we will drive on an inconspicuous trail that leads to the Rose Valley, with its mud kasbahs and ksour. This trail passes through a very beautiful landscape. It is most spectacular in late April. At that time the fragrant roses bloom, from which the well-known rose water is obtained. In Kelaa Mgouna you return to the road of Ouarzazate, then on to Skoura with the Kasbah Amerhidil and up to Ouarzazate. There you will have an opportunity for a lunch break and a chance to visit the historical Kasbah Taourirt.
In the afternoon, we continue to Ait Benhaddou, classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. This 16th-Century fortified village is one of the best preserved and most spectacular kasbahs in Morocco. It has been used for many international films. In 2000, the blockbuster „Gladiator“ was filmed here.
You will spend the night in the beautiful country house Irocha, on the slopes of the High Atlas. The terrace offers an incredible view of the valley. This is then topped off by a delicious dinner.
Day 6: High Atlas – Telouet – Marrakech
In the morning you enjoy a nice breakfast and then cross the spectacular Tizi-n-Tichka (2,260 m) over the mountains of the High Atlas. You can enjoy passing on the landscape and built of stone and mud Berber huts on steep mountain slopes. Goats and sheep are led to the spring flowering meadows, mountain streams roar. Even before the summit make a detour to visit the historical and Telouet Kasbah. Lunch there.
Back to Marrakech, where you arrive in the evening. There, end of the tour.
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