We will visit Ait Benhaddou and film studios in Ouarzazatte
We enjoy Atlas mountains while passing Tizi n Tichka mountain pass
We explore Dades and Todgha gorges with optional trekking (if time allows)
We will enjoy camel trek in desert
We experience Sahara desert in Merzouga
We will visit Rissani Midelt and Azrou
PROGRAM 5 DAYS TOUR FROM MARRAKECH TO DESERT AND FES
DAY 1 : MARRAKECH – TIZI NTICHKA PASS – OUARZAZATE:
After breakfast , we’ll leave for Ouarzazate via the Tizi Ntichka Pass. Today you will enjoy the beautiful scenery over the High Atlas mountains and appreciate the remarkable Berber villages before you get to Ait Benhaddou Kasbah, the largest Kasbah in Morocco. It was built by the last Berber chieftain El Glaoui Et-Hami in the late 19th century; it is now a UNESCO matrimonial historical site, which today still houses many Glaoui family members. Lunch is by the Kasbah before we continue to Ouarzazate, “ the Hollywood of Africa”. Here you have the option of visiting the studios to see props used in some movies you might have seen, such as “Gladiator”, “Jewel of the Nile” “the last temptation of Christ”and “The Sahara”. Overnight in our fancy riad with dinner and breakfast.
DAY 2 : OUARZAZATE – SKOURA –BOUTAGHRAR - DADES VALLEY:
After breakfast in the riad , we’ll leave to explore the fascinating Dades and Rose Valleys. Our first stop will be at Skoura to walk within the Birds Valley and visit the beautiful and well preserved Kasbah of Ameridil. Then we’ll continue to the village of Kalaa M’gouna, famous for its roses fields and rose products. A rose festival is held here every May each year, when the roses are harvested. Since this is the road of the thousands Kasbahs you’ll have plenty of opportunities to take some beautiful pictures. Our journey continues to boutaghrar area where we can meet Berber families still living in caves with their gaots and sheep . After lunch with Berber family,we continue to the Dades Gorge where you will enjoy seeing the amazing Rock formation called “the monkey Toes” and the still standing Kasbah of Ait yul. Overnight in a traditional Berber guest house with dinner and breakfast.
DAY 3 : DADES VALLEY – TODGHA GORGE – MERZOUGA:
After breakfast , we will drive towards Tinrghir and the Todgha valley enjoying the panoramic views of the old mud Berber villages overlooking the valley. Once at the Todgha Gorge you can walk under the 300 m high red cliff, where many rock-climbers spend their time. After lunch in the way,we will arrive to the village of Merzouga – where your camel will be waiting you. You’ll be welcomed with a glass of mint tea and desert scarf before you ride your camel, guided by an experienced Camel Guide, to explore within the mysterious sand-sea of the Erg-Chebbi. Here you will spend your first night under the stars, or if you prefer, in a traditional Berber nomad tent.
DAY 4 : MERZOUGA AREA AND THE CAMEL TREK. :
After breakfast in the riad you’ll start your explorative journey of the area, starting by visiting the ‘village of the blacks’, originally slaves from Sudan, Mali and Senegal to experience their music and lifestyle. Later , we will drive in the desert area to meet nomad families-living under Berber tents- to explore their way of life . Today our lunch will be a traditional Berber meal (Berber pizza) with a local family. You will have the option also to visit the old city of Rissani - the foundation of the Alaouite dynasty - the current ruling royal family in Morocco. Rissani is surrounded by about 360 ksar (a fortified village with many towers) and has a big souk (an open market), held three times a week. Once called Sijilmassa, this was the meeting place for the salt caravans, coming from Tombouctou in Mali. Here you’ll walk through the souk, selling spices, vegetables and cloths . After that we Drive back to the village of Merzouga. In the afternoon, you will ride your camel, guided by an experienced camel-man to explore what is hidden in the middle of the highest sand dunes in morocco. The camel trek takes about 1hr 30 min to the camp where you will enjoy the sunset and watching stars . Dinner will be served in front of the tent where you will spend the night.
DAY 5 : MERZOUGA – ZIZ VALLEY –CEDER FOREST –IFRANE - FES :
Early morning your camel guide will wake you up to watch what well may be the best sunrise in your life. Afterwards you will camel trek back to your riad in Merzouga. After breakfast and hot shower, you’ll travel to Fes via Midelt and Ifrane. Your journey will continue to Errachidia along the magnificent rich Ziz valley. Here you’ll stop to enjoy the panoramic view over the Ziz Canyon before you get to Midelt by the Tizi Ntgalhamt pass . After enjoying a barbecue in a traditional Moroccan restaurant in the way , our journey continue to Azrou ; a Berber village in the Middle Atlas Mountains. There we stop to see the Barbarian apes in the famous Cedar forest. Then on to Ifrane “the French village”, to stop for some photos or a drink before heading on to your accommodation in Fes where the tour ends.
INCLUDED 5 DAYS TOUR FROM MARRAKECH TO DESERT AND FES
Experienced English speaking driver / guide
Transport in comfortable air conditioned 4x4 vehicle
Pick up and drop off from your hotel
Tips and what's not mentioned
Plane ticket to and from Morocco
Drinks and lunches
1 Night in the Sahara desert dunes with dinner and breakfast
Accommodation in hotel / riad / desert camp in desert tents
Camel trek to reach the desert camp (1 camel per person)
Morocco Tours 4x4 offers affordable private tours from Marrakech that do not compromise on quality service, reliable transport or comfortable accommodation. We do not provide ‘cheap’ tours but we can provide affordable tour from Marrakech for individuals, couples and small or large groups. We have designed our tours for the mid-level budget traveller but can modify some options for those with a limited budget or for those seeking a more luxurious experience.
Let us know what you are looking for and we will be happy to design a tour that best fits your budget and travel style. Your private tour from Marrakech includes travel in an air-conditioned four wheel drive, the services of an English speaking local driver, accommodation and breakfasts and most of dinners. Lunches, drinks and other extras such as entrance fees or tips are not included.
Bookings for tour from Marrakech are confirmed on receipt of a 25 % deposit. At your request, we will send an invoice with payment details for your requested tour from Marrakech.
Deposits can be paid via direct bank transfer or western union . Receipts will be issued on receipt of the deposit. The balance can be paid in cash (Euro or Dollars or Moroccan Dirham) to the driver on commencement of the tour.
You can pay the balance by credit card or direct bank transfer but this will incur a 4% fee.
Please refer to information about tipping when considering the total cost of your tour from Marrakech.