8 Days - Tour from Fes to Marrakech via Merzouga
- 8 DaysTour from Fes to Marrakech via Merzouga
Take this 8 days tour from Fes to Marrakech via Merzouga. Your adventure unfolds with a warm welcome, inviting you to explore the ancient wonders of Fes and traverse the enchanting landscapes of the Middle Atlas Mountains, Sahara Desert, and picturesque valleys. Discover the allure of Ait Ben Haddou, the cinematic history of Ouarzazate, and the vibrant energy of Marrakech. Engage in camel treks, encounter nomadic communities, and immerse yourself in the cultural heritage of Morocco. From the bustling markets of Fes to the lively Djemaa El Fna square in Marrakech, each day unveils new facets of this captivating journey, leaving you with a mosaic of cherished memories.
- Explore Fes’s history and vibrant culture.
- Discover Middle Atlas charm and scenic towns.
- Explore Morocco’s cinematic landscapes.
- Uncover Berber villages in a picturesque valley.
- Experience Merzouga’s surreal Sahara dunes.
- Immerse in luxury with Berber music under the stars.
- Ride through Merzouga’s golden dunes.
- Savor exquisite desert cuisine under the night sky.
- Discover Marrakech’s vibrant markets and historic sites
Day 1: Arrive in Fes
Begin your extraordinary 8-day journey with a warm welcome as our seasoned tour guide collects you from either the airport or your Fes accommodation. From this point onward, delve into the captivating landscapes and rich culture that Morocco has to offer.
Day 2: Explore Fes
Enjoy a delightful breakfast at your riad before embarking on an immersive exploration of Fes, often referred to as “the Spiritual City of Morocco.” Wander through the lively Medina, uncovering its cultural and historical gems, including the renowned Al Karaouine Mosque and University, the Tanneries, and the Najjarine Fountain.
Following a satisfying lunch, venture outside the Medina to discover the Royal Palace gate, traverse the Jewish quarter “the Mellah,” and visit the pottery cooperative. Ascend to one of the fortresses for a panoramic view of Fes. Conclude your day in the same riad, seamlessly connecting with the city’s rich heritage.
DAY 3: FES – IFRANE – AZROU – Merzouga Desert:
Bid farewell to Fes as the sun rises, venturing on a scenic journey towards the magical Middle Atlas Mountains. Pause in the charming town of Ifrane, often referred to as the ‘Switzerland of Morocco,’ and meander through its unique charm. A brief stop allows you to encounter Barbary Monkeys in the vast cedar forest of Azrou.
Wind through Berber villages such as Timhdit, Zaida, and Medilt as you traverse the Atlas Mountains. Observe the landscape’s transformation as you approach Errachidia and the Valley of palm trees. Pass through Erfoud, the capital of Fossils, and finally, arrive in Merzouga, the gateway to the Sahara Desert. Your overnight stay, nestled close to the dunes, promises an immersive experience in the heart of the desert.
DAY 4: Merzouga Full Day Tour:
Tackle on a day filled with exploration in the beautiful Erg Chebbi. Visit the town of Khamlia, encounter nomadic communities, and explore the history of old mines near the Morocco-Algeria border. Indulge in a typical lunch, known as “Berber Pizza,” before an unforgettable camel trekking experience.
Skilled handlers guide your friendly camels through mesmerizing dunes, with stops for photography and a breathtaking sunset. Arrive at a desert camp for a night under the starry sky, filled with Berber music and a delicious dinner. Wake up to the ethereal sunrise before returning to the hotel by camel for breakfast and a refreshing shower.
DAY 5: MERZOUGA – TODRA GORGE – DADES VALLEY – OUARZAZATE:
Following breakfast, depart for Rissani, a historical center for ancient caravans. Explore the largest market in the region before continuing through a semi-desert landscape to reach the oasis of Tinghir and the dramatic Todra Gorge. After lunch, venture into the Dades Valley, stopping at the city of Roses for a glimpse into the cultivation of Damask roses. Journey along the famous “road of thousand Kasbahs” to reach Ouarzazate, renowned for its cinematic history. Spend the night in a hotel with dinner and breakfast.
DAY 6: OUARZAZATE – AIT BENHADDOU -MARRAKECH:
Venture on a scenic route to Ait Ben Haddou, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and explore the mesmerizing Kasbah. Continue the journey to the stunning Kasbah of Telouet, an ancient palace boasting rich history. Traverse the Tzin Tichca pass, the highest in Morocco, with breaks for panoramic views and lunch. Finally, arrive in the imperial city of Marrakech for an overnight stay in a riad.
DAY 7: MARRAKECH “Red CITY” TOUR:
After breakfast, spend the entire day exploring Marrakech with a local guide. Known as “the red city” for its distinctive walls and adorned with gardens watered by underground wells (khettaras), explore Menara, the Saadian Tombs, the Bahia Palace, the Koutoubia, Majorelle Gardens, and souks.
A unique experience will be to discover the square of “Djemaa El Fna,” where life and activity of the city are concentrated: dancers, storytellers, jugglers, artisans, merchants, and snake charmers. Enjoy free time to explore these iconic sites at your leisure before retiring for the night in the same riad.
DAY 8: MARRAKECH – AIRPORT:
As your memorable journey comes to an end, we’ll arrange a seamless transfer to the airport, ensuring a stress-free departure. This concludes your 8 days tour from Fes to Marrakech, leaving you with cherished memories of Morocco’s diverse landscapes and rich culture.
- Private comfortable vehicle
- Private driver/guide during the tour
- Pick up / drop off from Marrakech
- Accommodation in hotels
- Sleeping in the desert in Desert Camp
- Camel ride in the desert
- Dinners and breakfasts
- Plane ticket
- Lunches and drinks
- Entrance fees