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Private Desert tours: Marrakech to Fez
Marrakech To Fes 5 Days & 4 Nights Desert Tour
Private Desert tours: Marrakech to Fez
- Tours detail
Day 1: Marrakech / ait Ben hadou kasbah / Dades gorges
We will meet you at your riad or hotel at 8:30a.m., depart Marrakech, and transport over the High Atlas mountains Tizi nTichka pass. We will have time to stop and enjoy impressive landscapes, and break for coffee and fresh-squeezed orange juice. We spend the afternoon visiting the World Heritage Site of Ait Benhaddou. This village of clustered kasbahs has been used as a backdrop for more than 20 films and was one of the most important fortress strongholds on the old Salt Road where caravans brought slaves, gold, ivory and salt from Saharan Africa to Marrakech and beyond. We pass through Ouarzazate, and the Valley of the Rose, famous for soft Persian rose oil. The deserts barren hillsides are clustered with kasbahs (fortified dwellings). Stay in Dades upper gorge hotel with dinner on the terrace overlooking the gorge.
Day 2: Dades gorges / todra gorgres
After breakfast we'll visit the Tamnalt hills, and have a short drive to walk through a massive fault dividing the High Atlas mountains. Todra Gorge sheer rock walls rises to 300 m in its narrowest part. After lunch you can wander with a guide through palmeries, gardens, and kasbahs for a close look at traditional Berber ways of life. Visit the night market in Tinehir and old kasbah quarter. Stay in traditional old kasbah with evening Moroccan dinner by the pool.
Day 3:Todra gorges / Merzouga
Our mid-afternoon destination is the auberge (small inn) in the Erg Chebbi dunes 29km from Merzouga. Along the way we'll off-road into the Saghro Massif deeper into the desert landscape, until the dunes appear on the horizon. Upon arrival you will meet your camel guide and ride to the bivouac (camp) at sunset, where a traditional tagine dinner is prepared (vegetarians welcome) under the evening stars. Climb the massive dunes and watch the moon rise before retiring to your bed in the nomad wool tent.
Day 4: Merzougua
Bivouac trekkers return by camel at sunrise to the auberge for breakfast and shower. You can chill out in the dunes or the auberge, or take your car and driver for an off road tour around the Erg Chebbi. We'll stop to visit Nomad families for tea if they are in the region, and you can explore as much as you wish. The village of Hamlia is on your route, and is famous for Gnaoua music. Stay in desert auberge with swimming pool. Includes breakfast and dinner.
Day 5: Merzougua / Fes
Depart for drive to Fez, traveling from the desert through the Ziz gorge to the Middle Atlas mountains. The alpine town of Ifrane is a nice contrast from the desert. You can stop here, before descending to the hilly lowlands where the ancient city of Fez is situated. You will need to book a hotel in Fez this night or we can book a medina riad including breakfast.
FIVE DAYS / FOUR NIGHTS
There is a lot to see in the desert and besides touring and camel trekking, our five days allow time to immerse yourself in the most interesting sites and history of the Old Salt Road, spend more time in the dunes and experience the culture of desert Nomads and Berbers.
NB : Each one of our offers can be adapted to suit individual needs. The Sahara is a mysterious, magical and powerful experience. You will be accompanied by local and experienced nomad guides as well as knowledgeable drivers who can increase your enjoyment in gaining a feel for this special place.
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Includes: Transport by 4x4; experienced driver; ensuite rooms with air conditioning, breakfast and dinner (vegetarians welcome); swimming stops (April to September); personalised extended walks and exploration of oasis palmeries and kasbahs, markets and medinas; camel trek to overnight in nomad desert bivouac with guide and camels of course…
Private A/C Vehicle, 4WD Toyota Land Cruiser or Deluxe Van for 5 days + fuel
English speaking driver during the tour
Pick up & Drop off at your Marrakech accommodation
Ensuite rooms with A/C in typical hotels, Kasbahs & Riads with dinner and breakfast (Vegetarians are welcome)
Camel Trek to overnight in nomad desert bivouac with guide (Private tents)
Free time to explore the sites such as Ait Benhaddou, kasbah, Walks, Canyons, Breaks for photos,..Etc