4-Day Fes to Marrakech Sahara Desert Tour
4-Day Fes to Marrakech Sahara Desert Tour
Embark on a captivating 4-day desert expedition from Fes to Marrakech, unveiling the enchanting beauty of the Moroccan desert. Immerse yourself in an extraordinary desert odyssey, traversing quaint desert settlements, journeying amidst the breathtaking Atlas mountains, indulging in a mesmerizing camel ride across the remarkable dunes of Erg Chebbi, and residing in an alluring and strategically positioned camp amid the undulating sands. Discover the allure of Ziz Valley, Todgha Canyon, Dades Valley, and the renowned Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou in Ouarzazate. This meticulously curated itinerary promises an unforgettable exploration of Morocco’s desert landscapes, combining adventure with the comforts of charming accommodations.
4-Day Fes to Marrakech Sahara Desert Tour itinerary
Day One: Journey from Fez to the Enchanting Merzouga Desert
Embark on an exhilarating Moroccan adventure, transitioning from the lush plains of northern Morocco to the mesmerizing arid landscapes of the renowned Merzouga desert. The day kicks off with a delightful breakfast, setting the stage for an unforgettable journey to the remote eastern gem, Merzouga, via the charming town of Ifrane. Pause at Ifrane’s lion statue, allowing time to stretch your legs amidst the picturesque gardens that characterize this unique city.
As our expedition progresses through a sprawling cedar forest, be prepared for an encounter with the amiable Barbary apes. Traverse the Tiz Ntalghamt pass and Ziz Gorge, soaking in the breathtaking views of the High Atlas plateau. The scenery subtly transforms, offering glimpses of the impending desert as we approach Errachidia. A delectable lunch awaits in this hospitable town, showcasing the warmth of the Berber people.
The afternoon unfolds along the lush Ziz Valley, with stops for panoramic views en route to Erfoud and Rissani. The day concludes with your arrival in Merzouga, greeted by the warm embrace of a Moroccan mint tea before settling into your riad for the night.
Day Two: Merzouga Desert Discovery
Embark on a captivating exploration of Merzouga and its surrounding villages as your guides pick you up at 9 am. Venture to Khamlia, the home of liberated Sudanese slaves, where the echoes of Gnawa music and spirited dancing will captivate your senses. A thrilling off-road tour awaits, leading to remote desert villages, abandoned mines, and a nomadic Berber encampment. Immerse yourself in their lifestyle, welcomed with tea and insights into their nomadic traditions.
After a fascinating morning, return to Merzouga for lunch, indulging in the traditional Berber “pizza” cooked over an open flame. In the late afternoon, embark on a 90-minute camel ride aboard dromedaries to our camp in the Erg Chebbi dunes. Marvel at the sunset and, if inclined, partake in a dune sandboarding adventure. The evening is adorned with traditional mint tea, dinner, and musical performances beneath the dazzling Milky Way, providing an enchanting desert experience.
Note: Optional ATV rides can be arranged for dune exploration and photography, with rental fees not included in the tour.
Day Three: Merzouga to Boumalne Dades via Todgha Gorge
Awaken to a spectacular desert sunrise over the Erg Chebbi dunes, followed by a hearty breakfast. Bid farewell to the majestic dunes as you return to civilization via dromedaries, stopping in Rissani to explore the vibrant local market. Continue the journey to Erfoud and the awe-inspiring Todgha Gorge, where a scenic walk through the rock canyon awaits, complemented by a traditional Moroccan lunch.
The day unfolds as we drive to Boumalen Dades, with landscapes adorned by Kasbahs lining the mountains. Marvel at the intriguing Monkey’s Fingers rock formation, capturing countless memories along winding roads. Pause for a panoramic view of the Dades Gorges before settling into a charming hotel at the canyon’s base for the night.
Day Four: Scenic Drive to Marrakech via Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah
After a delightful breakfast, traverse the Skoura Valley and Kelaa Mgouna, known as the rose city, en route to Ouarzazate. The route through the Skoura Valley, dubbed “the way of the thousand Kasbahs,” offers countless opportunities for capturing the essence of Morocco in your photographs.
A highlight of the day is a stop at the Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah, the largest in Morocco and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Wander through narrow alleys to the hilltop granary, enjoying panoramic views of the village. As we journey on to Marrakech, relish the changing landscapes, from flat desert terrain to hills and mountains, crossing the High Atlas Mountains with picturesque Berber villages lining the route. The day concludes with an overnight stay in a luxurious riad within the historic medina of Marrakech.