On this 4-day tour you will travel from Fes to Marrakech, passing through Ifrane, Midelt, Merzouga, Rissani, Todgha Gorge, Dadès Gorges, Ouarzazate, and AïtBenhaddou along the way. Admire the spectacular scenery of the Atlas Mountains, experience the culture and traditions of the Berber people, enjoy camel rides across the sand dunes in the desert, and explore the historical Kasbahs in the various towns.
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Departing early from Fes, you will begin your ascent passing through Ifrane, a winter ski resort built in the 1930s to resemble a Swiss village. You will visit the cedars forest in Azrou, see monkeys, and drive across the Middle Atlas Mountains. Most of the day will be spent winding your way through beautiful forests, springs, jagged rock faces, and Berber villages as you cross the Atlas Mountains and begin to descend towards the Sahara Desert. You will stop for lunch in the town of Midelt, famous for its fossils and rocks, before continuing towards Merzouga. Reaching Merzouga in the afternoon, you will stop for some mint tea before taking a camel ride towards to dunes of Erg Chebbi, where you can enjoy the beautiful sunset. After 2 hours of riding, you will reach the desert camp, where you will stay overnight in a Berber tent. After mint tea and a delicious dinner, you can enjoy the camp fire and traditional music of the Berbers.
Today we will explore a region of desert landscapes, but will start with a visit to the seasonal lake of DayetSrji, where we might encounter pink flamingos.
The desert against the lake provides a beautiful contrast. We will also visit the Khamila village, where we listen to the Gnaoua music, a style typical in the region.
Then, explore the ancient city of Rissani, which thrived from the 8th to 14th century due to the caravan routes. Here you will have the chance to visit the famous market that takes place 3 times a week.
In the afternoon before the sunset we will get set to cross the desert landscape with a camel trek for about 2 hours to reach our oasis in the desert for the night. We will spend the night in the sand dunes of Erg Chebbi in the desert.
After breakfast you will walk around Todgha Gorge before driving towards Ouarzazate. You will stop for lunch at Dadès Gorges before reaching Ouarzazate in the afternoon. Explore the town, see the Kasbah of Taourirt, and visit the Atlas Studios, the largest and most famous film studio in all of Africa. You will then have dinner and stay overnight in Ouarzazate.
After breakfast you will explore the rest of the town of Ouarzazate before visiting the historical Kasbah of AïtBenhaddou. From here you will head to Fint Oasis before travelling along the Tizin’Tichka pass and stopping for lunch in a small village. You will then reach Marrakech in the late afternoon, where the tour ends.
INCLUDED AND NOT
Transportation in 4×4 or minibus
English / French-speaking driver/guide
2 nights of hotel accommodation
One night in bivouc tent in the desert
Dinners and breakfasts
BEVERAGES AND LUNCHES
TIPS and any personal expenses
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