FROM MARRAKECH TO FEZ VIA DUNES, KASBAHS
Marhabibik and welcome to the south - one of the most spectacular Morocco regions! Crossing the overwhelming High Atlas pass Tizi n´Tichka and following the road south will take you centuries back when caravans passed there on their way to Timbuktu to trade metals and jewellery with gold and often also black slaves.
You will explore the ancient ksar and kasbahs, learn about the clay house architecture of the intertwined villages and drive through one of the most spectacular roads in the world.
Finally, after two days of impressions you will arrive in the Merzouga sand dunes, take your camel and ride towards a nomad camp to enjoy the silence, colours and sky full of stars. The last day will take you through oasis and cedar forests to Fez once called “the Athens of Africa” for the numerous mosques and madrassas.
Spending night in the atmospheric UNESCO side Ait Ben Haddou
Drive through Ounila Valley
Exploring of Gorge Dades and Gorge Todgha
Sunrise& sunset in the desert
Night in the Nomad camp in the dessert
Visit and refreshments with Berber families
Licenced English speaking guide
Private 4x4 car with private driver
3 meals per day included
Friendly and authentic accommodations
Lot of interactions with locals
Off the beaten path travel style
Friendly and experienced travel guides
Day 1: Marrakech – Tizi n´Tichka - Ait Ben Haddou (1xL, 1xD)
Leaving Marrakech early morning towards the south, we cross the High Atlas Mountains at an altitude of 2,260m via the spectacular Tizi n´Tichka pass. There are many Berber villages on the way with opportunities for small stops, taking pictures etc. Around lunch time we arrive in Ait Ben Haddou, check in at the hotel and eat lunch. After a visit to the Kasbah Ait Benhaddou, an old fortressed city and once an important crossroad of caravans on their way to Timbouktou. The Kasbah originates from the 11th century and was put on UNESCO list in 1987 as one of the first Moroccan sights. We explore the ksar (village) with its narrowed streets and visit a traditional house.
Later afternoon we walk along the Ounila river with a panoramic view over Ait Ben Haddou, visit the smaller but authentic Kasbah Tamedakhte. If there is interest, alternatively we can visit the film studios of Ouarzazate where many famous movie including Lawrence de Arabia or Cleopatra were made.
Sunset over the city and dinner at the hotel.
Driving time: 4 h
Day 2: Ait Ben Haddou – Boulmane de Dades – Tamellalt - Dades Gorge (1xB, 1xL, 1xD)
After breakfast we drive towards Dades Valley with a short stop in Kelaa Mgouna, the City of the Roses. Around lunchtime we arrive at our accommodation and lunch in Boulmane de Dades. In the afternoon we drive towards the Gorge Dades on one of the worlds most spectacular zik zak roads. In case of good weather there is a possibility to explore part of the Gorge directly through the river water trail. We will walk through the “Monkey Fingers” rock formation of Tamelalt and see the old ksar of Ait Arbi.
Driving time: 3
Day 3: Boulmane de Dades – Merzouga – bivac in Nomad camp in dessert (1xB, 1xL, 1xD)
After breakfast we drive towards Merzouga. We have a short stop and walk in Todgha Gorge, another spectacular river canyon at the eastern part of High Atlas. In February, the river is full of water which makes it even more spectacular. We take lunch in a small town on the road. Around 16 p.m. we arrive in Merzouga and take a short rest in the base camp for desert trips (mint tea, swimming pool, etc.) Around 17 p.m. we start with camels on a. 3 h trip into the heart of sand dunes of Erg Chebbi. Observing the sun set from one of the dunes and arriving in Nomad camp where we relax at the camp fire, eat dinner and enjoy some authentic Nomad music.
Driving time: 3h
Day 4: Merzouga– Ziz Valley – Midelt – Fes (1xB, 1xL)
A very early wake up to see sunrise from one of the higher dunes in area. Ride the camels back to base camp where breakfast is already prepared and a possibility to take a shower. Continuing towards Ziz Valley where we take a small break for taking pictures in the palm lined oasis.. Lunch in Midelt, a small market town at the border between the Middle Atlas and High Atlas. Depending on time we can make a short stop in the forests of Azrou, a region known for the cedar forests and appearance of magots, or Barbary apes.
Around 6-7 p.m. we arrive in Fez.
Driving time: 8 h
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During the whole tour you will be accompanied by a licensed and experienced English speaking guide. Private 4x4 car with driver will be at your disposal during the whole time.
We stay in the cosy hotels and guesthouses which we have the best experience with. In the desert you will spent the night in comfortable Nomad tents and enjoy the well-known hospitality and delicious cookery of Berber people.
This is an easy tour for all fitness level. No extra equipment is needed. The Nomad tents are fully equipped to make your stay comfortable.
season all year
What is INCLUDED in your price?
Camel right into the sand dunes
Visit of Nomad familly
Exploration of UNESCO Ait Ben Haddou
Walk in Todgha Gorge/ Gorge Dades
Licenced English speaking tour guide
Camelier in the desert
3x breakfast (tea, coffee, bread, pancakes, eggs, cheese, jam, butter)
4x lunch in restaurant or guesthouse (usually salad/ starter, vegetable or meat tajine/ couscous/ grilled meat etc., fruit, bread)
3x dinner in guesthouse (usually soup/ starter, meat tajine/ couscous/ grilled meat etc, fruit, tea)
Vegetarian option possible
10x riad od guesthouse with own bathroom -European standard
3x in simple but clean mountains refuges (simple guesthouse) or possibly in a tent (if agreed.)
All rooms are equipped with private toilet (European style) and hot shower.
Only in the Berber camp shower is not available (possible to book luxury camp with bath in the tents)
Accommodation in double rooms (separate beds can be arranged for an additional fee).
Private 4x4 car suitable to drive off-road with driver
Start in Marrakech, End in Fez
Pick up and return at your hotel
What is NOT INCLUDED in your price?
Accommodation in Marrakech and Fez
Not mentioned lunches/ dinners
Bottled water/ soft drinks/ alcohol drinks
Small tip for the local guides and driver (only if you are happy with the services. We mention it because tipping is a very important part of Moroccan culture)
2 person 540 EUR p. P.
3 person 425 EUR p.P
4 person 350 EUR p.P
5 person 320 EUR p.P
6 person 285 EUR p.P
7 person 265 EUR p.P
8person 245 EUR p.P
Please, contact us if your group is bigger.