On this journey from Fes to Marrakech 3 days, you will pass through the Cedar Forest, Atlas Mountains, and Deserts. Visit kasbahs, take a camel ride, and sleep in a Berber tent.
Day 1: Fez- Ifrane – Sahara Desert
Your tour begins in the morning when your knowledgeable driver picks you up from your hotel or riad and takes you to Merzouga in the Sahara Desert, where the Erg Chebbi Dunes await, they are spanning eastwards all the way to Algeria. This is one of Morocco’s Must do’ experiences. But first, enjoy the thrill of a trip up into the majestic Atlas Mountains, where your first stop will be in Ifrane, dubbed Morocco’s Switzerland due to its alpine architecture. The next stop is in the fragrant cedar forests around the peaceful village of Azrou, where you can view the Barbary Apes, or Macaque monkeys, contentedly living in their natural habitat and always ready to take your lunch! The lovely trip continues through the mountains until you reach Midelt for lunch (a town known as the apple capital). On route stop for a while to take pictures of the Ziz Valley and its majestic landscapes. Then reach Rissani, the major edge of the Sahara, and then into the desert until the Erg Chebbi Dunes appear out of nowhere, as if by magic. Be ready for the highlight of the day, a ninety-minute camel trek to our Berber tent, which is encircled by huge sand dunes. Relax while listening to traditional Berber music and gazing at the magnificent moon and countless stars that appear to be so close you could touch them. Enjoy your carefully made dinner before going to the spectacular Sahara Desert camp to sleep under the stars.
Day 2: Merzouga-Dades Gorges
The sunrise will be spectacular over the sand dunes. We will return to Merzouga on camels or 4WD as an alternative after a nice breakfast and a hot shower begin your second day.
We’ll leave the Sahara sand and pass by Erfoud (a town very renowned for its fossil production), then travel to Tinghir, “the city of the mountain,” in Tamazight, another lovely Berber settlement where we’ll marvel at the contrast of palm trees and home colors. A route that highlights the landscape’s contrasts.
We are in the Todra Gorges, which are made by 200-meter-high rock walls, and after exploring them, we will travel to the Dades Valley, a Berber settlement known for its steep gorges and vistas of the Atlas ( these gorges are named monkey feet). Dinner and overnight.
Day 3: Dades Gorges, Ouarzazate, Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah, and Marrakech
We will leave Dades Valley and continue to the Valley of the Roses, here you can visit the rose cooperatives that make natural rose water which is very famous in Morocco. Arrive at Ouarzazate, where we will see the Kasbah of Taourirt. After around 25 kilometers on the road, we will arrive to the Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou, which has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has served as the setting for films such as the Oscar-winning “Lawrence of Arabia,” “The Protective Sky,” and “Babel.” Lunch will be there.
We’ll continue on to the “Red City,” Marrakech, over the Tizi N-Tichka pass and the stunning scenery of the High Atlas highlands, where you can say your goodbyes to your driver.