Merzouga desert tour our most popular Morocco desert tours, makes live an experience rich in landscapes in the Sahara. Departing from Fez across the high atlas mountains and during 6 days, among the Merzouga desert tour from Fez you will never get bored because you will be busy admiring one scene after another.
Day 01: ARRIVAL at Rabat airport
Arrival at Rabat airport, reception and transfer to Fes, dinner and lodging
Day 02: FEZ – UNESCO HERITAGE SITE
Today and after a good Moroccan breakfast you will have the day free to visit this great city, the oldest, richest, cultural, religious, spiritual and mysterious of the four imperial cities of Morocco, where you can see that much of it has not suffered the passage of time.
The views that define Fes are:
Chouara Tannery: it is the most extensive and best known of the four traditional tanneries that are still alive in the heart of the medina of Fez.
Karaouine Mosque: The most important and one of its greatest architectural complexes.
Bab Boujloud; the most important gate to the Medina, the oldest and most charming in the entire city.
The Royal Palace of the 14th century is one of the largest and most ancient in Morocco, although you cannot visit inside; it is worth visiting to contemplate its seven gates.
Mausoleum of Moulay Idriss: A shrine dedicated to Moulay Idriss, king of Morocco between the years 807 and 828, one of the founders of Fez.
Seffarine square: located in the heart of the Medina, and where one of the oldest professions of Fez still continues; the craft of metalworkers.
Madrassas; Old Koranic schools, which sometimes house resident students, in Fez there are three, the only one that can be visited is the Medersa Cherratine, which is different from the others because its functional style is a little ornate.
Dinner and lodging.
Day 03: FEZ – CEDAR FOREST – Ziz VALLEY – MERZOUGA DESERT – CAMEL TREKKING AND NIGHT IN THE DESERT
Today we leave Fes and will travel in the direction of Ifrane, one of the most curious towns in Morocco because of its alpine architecture and European ambience. In Ifrane is one of the most famous universities in the country and is the preferred destination of wealthier Moroccans. We will also visit the cedar forest of Azrou, famous for its large cedar named Gouraud; the largest ancient cedar of the region. This forest is home to hundreds of Barbary monkeys which you may feed if you wish. Our route will continue through the Middle Atlas Mountains and enjoying the landscapes that this route offers us.
The next stop will be in Azrou (The Rock), surrounded by hills, is a perfect place for walking and enjoying the excellent views of the city and its environs. The main interests of the city are is its cooperatives where women weave carpets and men carve cedar wood. We will continue to Midelt, where we will stop for lunch, via the pass of Tizi Talghemt, which means: Neck of the Camel, at 1907 meters of altitude with its impressive mountain landscapes. Our route continues in the afternoon to Erfoud and Errachidia along the Ziz Valley; a beautiful landscape with its red gorges that contrast with the green of the valley. The combination of the beautiful palm groves with the impressive gorges result in the traveller being in absolute tranquillity, its long belts of oasis flooded palm groves, its majestic adobe kasbahs and its fortified towns make it a landscape worth admiring.
We will arrive at the door of the desert in the middle of the afternoon, where we will wait for the camels to take us across the great sand dunes of the desert for about two hours. We will stop to enjoy the sunset in the middle of the dunes and then continue our camel ride to arrive at the camp. Everything will be ready for you to enjoy an unforgettable night; the welcome tea, a nomadic lifestyle and dinner, for one night in a haima surrounded by the idyllic silence that the heart of the desert offers us with its miles and miles of sand. The sky above so filled with stars that it seems you can reach up and touch with your hand and wonder at the intense light of the full moon.
Dinner and overnight in a haima.
Day 4: DESERT – RISSANI – TODRA GORGE – DADES GORGE
After a good breakfast we depart for Rissani to visit the market and its famous donkey parking area. It is a unique place, where all the tribes and nomads of the desert come to stock up on goods. After Rissani, we will go to Erfoud, where we will visit one of the fossils workshops, some of which are from 380 million years ago. We will continue to reach the famous Todra Gorge; a favourite canyon of rock climbers and lovers of trekking. We end our tour in the Dades Valley. Dinner and accommodation.
Day 5: DADES GORGE – VALLEY OF ROSES – OUARZAZATE – AIT BENHADDOU – MARRAKECH
We will travel to the Dades Valley along the “Route of the Thousand Kasbahs”. We will pass through the Valley of the Roses where its inhabitants develop creams, soaps and rose water from the many Damascus Roses that are grown here. The route is lined with adobe kasbahs and follows the river, making it a very picturesque region. As the landscape changes, we will pass through Ouarzazate and visit the famous Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou (declared a World heritage site by UNESCO). In this spectacular location many movies have been filmed, e.g. The Gladiator, Obelix and Western Sahara with Penelope Cruz. Our journey then takes us up into the High Atlas Mountains and across the pass of Tizi n’Tichka (2.260m of altitude) and winds its way down to the plains and the red city of Marrakech. Dinner and lodging
Day 6: MARRAKECH WITH LOCAL GUIDE
Today you will have the day free to discover for yourself this wonderful city: these are some of the interesting sites of this city:
The Menara Gardens; a mirror of the Muslim Paradise on earth, this peaceful garden is special for walking and its charm is located in the central area around a huge artificial pond, the legend tells that these gardens were used by the sultans for their dating.
The Saadian Tombs; one of the most visited places of Marrakech, were opened to the public in 1917, the year in which they were discovered. In the same garden you can see more than 100 tombs decorated with mosaics, in them are buried the bodies of the servants and warriors of the Saadian dynasty.
The Bahia Palace; a palace and gardens built with the intention of being the biggest palace of all times and residence of the former Vizier, it includes a patio decorated with a central basin and surrounded by rooms.
The Koutoubia Mosque; one of the most representative monuments of the city, it stands out because of its 69 metre high minaret making it the tallest building in the city and a recognisable landmark.
Djemaa El Fna Square; you will be surprised by its enormous dimensions in spite of being placed in the centre of the Medina with a maze of narrow streets and alleyways leading off. You will also be surprised when the square completely changes its scenery by day as a fabulous souk and at night it turns into a swarm of food stalls where people gather around for dinner and accommodation.
Day 7: MARRAKECH – AIRPORT
Transfer to the airport at the appointed time of the flight and the end of our trip and services.