Fez to Marrakech Desert & Kasbah
Day 1: Travel Fez to Merzouga
You will be met at your Hotel or Riad by your English speaking Guide with the driver and depart Fes for Merzouga.
Experience spectacular views of cedar forests, visit the Barbary Apes at Ifrane and tour through the beautiful and scenic Midelt on route to the Sahara. Travel through the Ziz valley and view the Efous oasis which offers amazing photographic opportunities. Arrive late in the afternoon for your night in Merzouga, the threshold of the Sahara.
Erg Chebbi is the large sand-sea which effectively marks the start of the real Sahara and some of the dunes in this area rise to over 245 meters. The colors of the rising and setting sun over these dunes make for a truly magical experience.
Enjoy a leisurely morning. Your driver is available for you all day which gives you the opportunity to explore the surrounding desert areas.
In the afternoon your driver will introduce you to your nomad guide for your overnight camel excursion. Your guide will take you into the desert, around a 1½ – 2 hour ride by camel. When you reach your bivouac you can relax, climb the dunes or just star gaze while your guide prepares your evening meal and sets up your campfire for you.
NOTE: You’ll only need essentials in the desert so best to take a small backpack with all you need and you can leave your luggage in your hotel or with your personal driver if you prefer.
Day 3: Merzouga – Roses Valley – Skoura via Todra Gorges
Rise early in the morning to see the amazing sunrise over the dunes then head back to your hotel in Merzouga to re-fresh and take breakfast before departing for Tineghir and Todra Gorge.
One of the highlights of the South is the massive fault in the plateau that divides the High Atlas from the Jebel Sarhro, called the Todra Gorges. The crystal clear river emerging from the deep ochre and pink rock formations offer a dramatic landscape and great photographic opportunities. A lovely place to relax, enjoy and reflect on the surrounding beauty.
Travel through the beautiful Valley of the Roses before reaching La Palmerie Skoura, your destination for the night.
Day 4: Skoura – Marrakech via Ouarzazate & Ait Benhaddou
Home of Morocco’s ’Hollywood’ movie Industry you can choose to stop off at the movie studios and see where films such as Gladiator, Lawerence of Arabia and Babel were filmed.
Explore the city and make a visit to Kasbah Taourirt, once one of the largest Kasbahs of the area, and once home to members of the Glaoui Dynasty, who ruled the vicinity. Parts of this Kasbah have been carefully restored by UNESCO and it is probably the main sightseeing venue of Ouarzazate.
On route to Marrakech is Ait Ben Haddou, one of the most exotic and best preserved Kasbahs in the entire Atlas Region. The Kasbah is now under UNESCO protection and has magnificent views of the surrounding palmeraie and beyond.
After exploring the Kasbah drive through the High Atlas Mountains and some amazing scenery you’ll arrive at Marrakech, your final destination where your driver will escort you to your accommodation before bidding you farewell.
Accommodation, daily breakfast & dinner, transportation in private deluxe A/C Vehicle for the duration of your tour, private English speaking driver/escort available 24 hours for the duration of your tour, camel excursion in the Sahara with expert guide & Berber Bivouac, entrance fees to national monuments
Excluded in Price:
Lunches, personal drinks, snacks & alcoholic beverages, tips for drivers and tour guides, additional activities