9 Days sahara desert Tour from Fes to Marrakech
DAY 1 : day trip to chefchaouen:
Departure at 8 AM, it’s a full day trip around 3 hours driving through fascinating landscape; green mountains and small villages with stops to admire the view. Within Rif Mountains located the calmest and relax village of Chefchaouen which has multiple nicknames such as; BLUE PEARL, BLUE CITY…
While you get there you will have free time to walk and explore the medina, its walls are washed in blue and white, these colors offer a fantastic place for photography. You will discover many things thant attracted the visiters like old Kasbah, Market, waterfall and Spanish Mosque in the top which offers a unique veiw of the medina.
After doing a complet visit and having your lunch, we will drive back to Fes by the same road, around 7 PM will reach Fes, night in the same Riad.
day 2; FEZ sightseeing;
After breakfast in your riad, you will start exploring Fes the “the Sprititual City of Morocco”. You will spend the whole morning exploring the Medina, visiting most of the sites with cultural and historical interest – including the famous Al Karaouine Mosque and University (the oldest in the world), the Tanneries and the Najjarine fountain. After lunch, we will drive outside the Medina to see the Royal Palace gate, walk through the Jewish quarter “the Mellah”, then to visit the pottery cooperative. Afternoon, we will drive to one of the fortresses to experience an amazing panoramic view of the whole Medina of Fes. Overnight accommodation will be in an authentic riad in the heart of old Medina.
DAY 3: FEZ – ceder forest – MIDELT- sahara
After breakfast, we leave Fes and driving towards the magical Middle Atlas Mountains. We will stop in the charming town of Ifrane; which known as ‘Switzerland of Morocco’, becuase of the weather, architecture and historical events. We will have a short break in order to walk around before we continue to the largest cedar forest of Morocco beside a beautiful town of Azrou, where you will have chance to see Barbary Monkeys living in a wild area. After that, we keep driving between the mountains passing through many Berber villages such as; Timhdit and zaida till we reach Midelt where we will have lunch, then we drive further south crossing the mountains of the High Atlas till we get to Errachidia where the Valley of palm trees appears, these create an Oasis of greenery ideal for growing all kinds of fruit trees and vegetables microclimate. After a while we reach Erfoud; the capital of Fossils, which abound testifying past covered by the sea. From here the asphalt disappears, Saharan tracks adobe till we reach the village of Merzouga; the main town in Sahara Desert. Overnight at the hotel closed to the dunes with dinner and breakfast.
DAYs 4: Sahara sightseeing and camel trekking:
In this interesting day we will explore Erg Chebbi more deeply. We will visit the town of Khamlia, we discover small villages and inhabited houses in unexpected places far from civilization. In addition to that we will visit nomads who feel so happy to share their lifestyle with their visitors. Our journey continue to discover an old mines closed to the borders between Morocco and Algeria, found by French since years ago. Then we go back to the town where we will have a typical lunch especially of the area called ” Berber Pizza”. Afternoon you have a lifetime experience starts by camel trekking; friendly camels guided by a man with experience of many years going up and down on sand with different stops to take pictures of landscapes and amazing sunset, around 1H30 on the camel you get to the camp located in the heart of desert where you will have your dinner and enjoy the Berber music played by locals under a starry sky, you will be welcomed with a cup of mint tea then the workers will show you your tent and luggage. In the morning you will wake up early in order to admire the fascinating view of sunrise before having breakfast and shower. Then back with camels till the same place where you had departure the day before.
DAY 5 : MERZOUGA – TODRA GORGEs – DADES VALLEY
This day you will find your driver waiting for you then departure to Rissani; old Sijilmassa center of ancient caravans from Toumboukto to Marrakech as center market of Salt. After walking aroud the biggest market of the region we continue our trip through a semi-desert landscape till we reach the oasis of Tinghir, one of the wonderful places in Morocco .Then we get to Todra gorges highest and narrowest gorges with 300m which considered an attractive place for climbers. After having lunch, we continue the way until another impressive valley of Dades where we will spend the night in a Hotel with dinner and breakfast.
DAY 6 : dades- city of roses- OUARZAZATe– AIT BENHADDOU- MARRAKECH:
After breakfast we take the road towards city of Roses; the area where the real flower grows called Damskina, short break if you are interested to see how they abstract different products from Roses in one of the cooperatives there. Then, we drive through a famous road known as” road of thousand Kasbahs”, to reach one of the most important cities of southern Morocco Ouarzazate, known for its intense and cinematic activity, having to his credit films like Gladiator, Troy, the Mummy etc made in a big studio Called Atlas Corporation Studios, you can have a visit after we drive to Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah, the queen of kasbahs (UNESCO World Heritage) and walk around. After lunch we continue our way through the port of highest pass in Morocco – Tzin Tichca (2,260 m), where we will have breaks for panoramic views before we reach the imperial city of Marrakech. Overnight at riad.
DAY 7 : MARRAKECH CITY TOUR:
After breakfast we spend full day tour to discover Marrakech with a local guide. Called “the red city” because of the color of its walls and filled with gardens, watered by underground wells (khettaras), which were built by the Almoravids and Saharan nomads in the eleventh century. In this day we will visit Menara, the Saadian Tombs, the Bahia Palace, the Koutoubia, Majorelle Gardens and souks, these are some of the unavoidable visits. A unique experience will be to discover the square of” Djemaa El Fna” where life and activity of the city is concentrated: dancers, storytellers, jugglers, artisans, merchants and snake charmers. While you discover these important places you will have free time to walk by yourselves. Overnight in the same riad.
DAY 8 ; optional day;
Either you want to have one of the famous Marrakech day trip to;
– OUZOUD WATERFALLS.
– OURIKA VALLEY.
Or if you prefer to have relaxing day in Marrakech.
DAY 9 : MARRAKECH – AIRPORT:
Transfer to the airport before your flight departure and this will be the end of 9 Days tour from Fes to Marrakech.
What includes in the Tour:
- Tour in 4×4, vehicle or minibus (with air-condition).
- Driver -guide, fuel.
- Hotel overnight stays (breakfast & dinner).
- Camel ride(1 camel for each person) and night in desert camp.
What is not included: