This tour lets you experience wonderful scenery, magnificent Kasbahs and a camel trek into the desert. You will travel in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle with a private experienced English speaking driver/guide during the whole road tour. Half-board accommodation is included throughout the whole trip and the camel trek will lead to an overnight camp in the desert. For your convenience, the camp is equipped with western bathrooms. We offer a choice of three itineraries, which cater for different combinations of start and end locations – Marrakech or Fes.
Fes – Azrou – Midlet – Ziz Valley – Merzouga
We will meet you at your accommodation in Fes and start travelling to Merzouga via Ifran and Midlet. During this journey you’ll experience glimpses of the Middle Atlas and Higher Atlas mountains.
Stopping at Azrou, a Berber village in the middle of the famous cedar forest – the largest in Morocco – where you may well sight Barbarian apes. We’ll travel through the Tizi n’ Talghamt Pass to Midelt and along the magnificent Ziz Gorges carved through volcanic rock. Continue along the luxuriant Ziz Valley, stopping for panoramic views along the way.
We will drive through welcoming Berber villages to Erfoud, and then Rissani, before you arrive to Merzouga . You will be welcomed by a glass of mint tea before you check in to your riad. Overnight at Riad Moha yut. Half-board, (HB).
Merzouga area – camel trek and overnight in the desert camp:
After a luxurious breakfast in your riad you will start an explorative journey of the area. You will be visiting the Gnawa people in their village Khamlia , where you will learn about the Gnawa music and their lifestyle. Not far away you will visit the lake of Merzouga, with its bird population, including the flamingos.
Afterwards, you will visit the old city of Rissani – the foundation of the Alaouite dynasty – the current ruling royal family in Morocco. Rissani is surrounded by 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 Timbuctou in Mali.
Here you’ll walk through the souk, selling spices, vegetables and cloths. Drive back to the village of Merzouga. On the afternoon, you will mount your camel, guided by an experienced camel man to explore within the sand-sea of Merzouga. Dinner will be served in front of the tent where you will spend the night. For your convenience, our camp is equipped with western bathrooms. (HB).
Merzouga – Todra Gorges – Dades Valley:
Early in the morning, your camel man will wake you up to watch what well may be the best sunrise of your life. Afterwards, you will peacefully camel-trek back to the village of Merzouga. Enroute you couldn’t fail to appreciate the unique beauty of the spectacular Erg Chebbi dunes – changing with the light as the day progresses.
After breakfast in the riad, you’ll leave for Rissani , Tinghir, and Todra gorges – the highest, narrowest gorges in Morocco. Here you will have the option to hike for an hour within the valley, where you will meet locals and learn about the culture and geography.
After lunch in the heart of the gorge, you will continue to the Dades Valley, where you’ll see the majestic sand castles and the amazing rock formations known as “monkey toes”. Overnight accommodation will be at Xalucadades or similar. (HB).
Dades Valley – Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou – Tiz n’Tichka Pass – Marrakech
After breakfast in your hotel, you will start travelling through the Dades Valley towards ouarzazat and then to Marrakech.
The route through Dades Valley is the way of the thousand Kasbahs – providing numerous opportunities to take some of your best photographic shots of the trip. You will stop at Kalaat Mgouna, “the rose city”, where you will have the option to visit the cooperative for the roses, to purchase the rosewater, which will make your linen smell good a long time after your trip is over.
Continue to Marrakech via the Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah. Built by Et Hami El Glaoui, one of the last Berber chieftains during the 19th century, now the Kasbah is a house of many Glaoui people. Your journey will continue through the majestic Tizi n’Tichka Pass (2260m) over the High Atlas Mountains, before arriving at your accommodation in Marrakech.