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5 days tour from Marrakech to Fes through the Merzouga desert

5 days tour from Marrakech to Fes through the Merzouga desert, departure from Marrakech to the great south east of Morocco, cross the great chain of the High Atlas, visit the kasbah of Ait ben haddou, then explore the palm grove of Skoura and the valley of Dades. visit the Todghra Gorge. Discovery of the sand dunes in Erg Chebbi. end of the tour in Fes.

5 days tour from Marrakech to Fes through the Merzouga desert itinerary

Day 1: Marrakech – Tichka Pass – Ait Benhddou – Ouarzazate

Pick up from your Marrakech hotel and departure to Ouarzazate in the morning. We drive through the high chain of the Atlas Mountains on which the road level rises to 2260m, with snowy peaks on winter and lush valleys on spring. We stop for numerous pictures for the authentic and breathtaking Berber villages. Then we drive to Ait Benhadou to visit the UNESCO protected Kasbahincluding explanation about the sites which was the nest of more than twenty films. After lunch we continue across Ouarzazate to visit the Taourirt Kasbah, the Studio of Cinema.  In Ouarzazate, we check into the hotel.

Stay at Riad Amlal

Day2: Ouarzazate – Oasis Skoura – Valley of roses – Dades valley

We set off for Todgha gorges via Skoura Oasis with its palm groves. This way is called the road of thousand Kasbah. We stop to visit Kasbah Amridil, an exemple of southern habit . We drive to El Kelaa Mgouna where the roses are harvested in May.  Many products are extracted from roses. We continue along the Dades valley enjoying picturesque views of the deep valley.

Day 3: Dades valley – Todgha gorges – Offroad – Ramlia

After breakfast, we depart to Todgha gorges. You enjoy the geological fault of the gorges and enjoy the green valley of toudgha with its million palm groves. Continue the journey to Alnif town and further into the black desert. We enjoy driving on off road meeting nomad people, crossing dried rivers and listening to nothing, just the little birds. Our lunch will be a picnic that we take with us and have it on the go. We reach Ramlia where we meet friendly Berbers with whom we spend fabulous moments.

It is an adventure day and we experience driving on off road and the serenity of the wilderness desert. This road is taken by the famous race of Paris-Dakar.

We reach the village of Ramlia where we spend the overnight stay in a guesthouse.

Day 4: Ramlia – Merzouga

Today’s itinerary reconcile with yesterday quite long drive. After breakfast, we visit the local village of Ramlia with its gardens. We meet Berber families with whom we share a mint tea pot. We drive to Merzouga which is only less than 3 hours from this village, on the famous way of the Paris-Dakar racing. Enjoy amazing views of sands lying on volcano rocky Mountains. We join the way in Taouz from where we move to visit the village of black inhabitants. We listen to felt-hearted gnawa music played by the black descendents of Africa. Then we move to Merzouga for relaxation and for camel trekking preparation. Around 16h00, departure on camel rides to spend the night amid the Erg Chebbi golden and sandy dunes under tent. Comfortable tent.

Day5: Merzouga – Fez

Wake up for spectacular sunrise pictures. Have lunch and then start back the camel trek to Merzouga where we change camels with our car. We start to Midelt via Rissani and Erfoud. Drive to Errachidia along Ziz valley. Lunch in Midelt. A the afternoon, we countinue to Fez via the cedar forest of Azrou and Ifrane. Arrival in Fez in the evening. Check into the Riad. End of 5 days trip from Marrakech to Fes.

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