10 Days from Fes to Merzouga Desert

Day 1 : Arrive to fes airport.

Meeting you in the airport and then drive to your hotel

DAY 2 : EXPLORING FES:

Today private  tour continues visiting the medina (the old city). We walk inside its alleys and we visit the Jewish Quarter and the Royal Palace. We will visit the famous tanneries in Fez, worth to experience. Then we visit the Quaraouine mosque which is considered the first university in the world . We will stay for dinner and overnight in local riad/hotel.

Day 3: Fes – Ifrane – Midelt – Ziz valley – Erfoud – Rissani – Merzouga (Erg Chebbi).

After breakfast. we will embark on a picturesque journey towards Ifrane,. through hills covered in forests of cork oak and giant cedar,. home of a few Barbary apes. Crossing beautiful and tranquil passes over both the Middle and High Atlas ranges we will catch a first glimpse of the south’s incredible architecture. Lunch in Midelt, approached through a bleak plain of scrub and desert. The dramatic peaks of the High Atlas, rising behind the town, provide a spectacular background. Crossing. Tizi-n-Talremt (Pass of the She-Camel), we will descend into a desert plain along the Ziz valley. We will then head south to Erfoud and Rissani, a huge oasis containing over six million palm trees, edged by many ksours (fortified villages). Continuing along a striking route that marks the transition to desert, when we reach Merzouga we will be greeted with a glass of tea. We have time to relax, then we get ready to ride camels into the pink sands of Morocco’s highest dunes. We will have time to wander the dunes before sunset. Dinner is served, followed by traditional music and the night in a nomad tent.

DAY 4 : MERZOUGA DESERT CAMEL TREK AND OVERNIGHT IN MERZOUGA CAMP

Today we explore Merzouga Sahara desert in 4×4 tour. We will visit the Khamlia village where we meet and listen to local Gnawa people , musicians and we will learn about their traditional music. We visit and have some tea with local Nomad families living in the Merzouga desert. We will drive in desert dunes to explore large desert of Erg Chebbi. We also visit city of Rissani which is a fortified village and we explore traditional souk. We enjoy camel ride in desert in Merzouga with local Merzouga camel guide to explore sand dunes in Morocco. We reach Merzouga desert camp where we will have berber dinner ,we enjoy Berber music and we stay this  night in desert tents in Merzouga.

Day 5: Merzouga – Todra Gorges – Dades valley and gorge.

If we wake up early enough, we can watch the spectacle of sunrise, when the colour of the dunes combine with the play of shadows to make an awesome sight. After breakfast we ride the camels for a couple of hours (or less; it is up to you) before leaving for Tinghir and Todra Gorges for lunch. The road passes through Tinejdad and the Todra Valley. This stunning area affords plenty of opportunities to walk, such as along the river through the gardens or up the road on the other side of the gorge. Later, we will continue to the Dades Valley and the Dades Gorges before spending the night in a hotel.

Day 6: Dades Valley – Rose Valley – Skoura – Ouarzazate – Ait Benhaddou – Atlas Mount – Marrakech.

After breakfast, we will drive through the villages of this charming area, passing fields cultivated by the Berber women, with the peaks of the High Atlas as a fitting backdrop. Our journey will then continue toward Ouarzazate, along the Valley of the Roses, famous for its Rose Festival in May, and past the Kasbahs of Skoura oasis. then to Ouarzazate, known as Hollywood of Morocco, we will visit the cinematographic museum, Than the Ait Benhaddou Kasbah, a World Heritage site and the backdrop to many Hollywood blockbusters, this is the most famous kasbah in Morocco. From here start crossing the highest pass in Africa, Tizi n’Tichka, was controlled. At late afternoon we will arrive in Marrakech. Night in a nice riad/hotel

Day 7 : Visit of Marrakech

After breakfast, you will have a guided tour of Marrakech, the southern pearl of Morocco. You will discover the Palace of the Bahia, the Saadian Tombs, and many other hidden treasures. After lunch, you will continue with the tour on to the magnificent Koutoubia Mosque and the famous Djemaa el-Fna, one of the center attractions of Marrakech. The tour will conclude with an exploration of the souk (market) lined with fresh fruit, mounds of spices, intricately woven Berber carpets and many other art objects of Morocco. night in a nice hotel/riad

Day 8: Marrakech – Rabat

Breakfast and departure towards Casablanca, the economic capital of Morocco and the mythical city on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean with a charming architecture. We visit its famous beach La Corniche and the Hassan II Mosque, the second largest mosque in the world after Mecca. and departure to Rabat. Visit the capital of Morocco, the Royal Palace, the mausoleum of Mohammed V, the Hassan Tower and night in the hotel

DAY 9: Rabat – Meknes – Volubulis – Fez

After breakfast depart for Meknes, the capital of Ishmael, famous for its 40 km long walls, the Bab Mansour, the royal palaces and the Jewish Quarter. Visit the city and then departure to Fez and stop to visit the Roman ruins of Volubilis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Volubilis was founded by the Carthaginians in the third century A.C. and dominated by the Romans in 40 A.D. until the arrival of the Berbers in 280 A.D. Continuation to Fez, accommodation in riad, dinner and overnight.

DAY 10: Fes Airport

After breakfast drive to the airport for the flight. End of services.