Marrakech to Fez by Merzuga Desert
Day 1 – Marrakech – AitBenHaddou – Ouarzazate
You will be picked up in the morning from your hotel/riad in Marrakech and depart towards Ouarzazate via the Tickha Pass (2260m) which just so happens to be the highest road pass in Morocco. The anoramic and beautiful views of the High Atlas Mountains and magnificent landscapes, scenery peppered by small Berber villages typical of the region. Visit of Kasbah Telouet – an extraordinary sight of the Atlas, a extravagant residence and headquaters of the powerful Glaoui tribe. Visit Ait Ben Haddou – UNESCO protected city that inspired many movie makers. One of which being the classic Gladiator Then continue on to Ouarzazate. Overnight in Ouarzazate, dinner.
Day 2 – Ouarzazate – Rose Valley – Dades Gorge
In the morning visit the movie studios in Ouarzazate and another impressive Kasbah Taorirt. Continue your journey off road to the palm tree oasis of Finnt. After visit of Finnt follow the road of Thousand Kasbah, passing the Skoura oasis onto Rose Valley. Famous for the production of Moroccan roses, a wide array of rose products available including perfumes, soaps, gels, and creams. Then pass the interesting rock creation of Tamnalt Hills and arrive to Dades Gorge, carved for centuries by the Dades River. The natural scenery of red and mauve rock towers above the road and creates a beautiful site. Overnight in Dades Gorge, dinner & breakfast.
Day 3 – Dades Gorge – Todra Gorge – Merzouga – Erg Chebbi
Depart Dades Gorge and move on to equally impressive gorge of Todra – the highest oasis in Morocco. Then head towards Merzouga, visiting the ancient city of Rissani. Arrive to Merzouga a passage into the desert where your guide and camels will be waiting for you to carry you across the apricot colored sandy dunes of the Moroccan desert. Camel trek as the sun sets across the desert landscape, for about 2 hours and then you will reach your desert camp for the night. Your guide will prepare for you refreshing mint tea and classic Moroccan dinner. Romantic night full of stars. Overnight in Nomad tent, dinner & breakfast.
Day 4 – Erg Chebbi – Merzouga – Midelt – Fes
Awake early to greet your new day, and see the beautiful sun rise over the sand dunes. After breakfast in the desert return to Merzouga to shower and depart. Travel onto Efroud where you will see the sudden change in the scenery. Drastically the desert, dry land will change into the green valley of Ziz, date palms and green gorges. Erfoud is known for having the biggest date festival in all of Morocco. Then continue onto the Middle Atlas Mountains passing Ifrane and Azrou. A forested cedar hillsides where colony of monkeys will keep you amused and entertained.