Marrakech to Fez – 4 days – Including
|Day 1 – Marrakech – Ait Ben Haddou – Ouarzazate – Roses Valley – Dades Valley |
We will collect you from your riad in Marrakech and start the journey by heading to the Atlas Mountains through the Tizi n‘Tichka pass. This is a spectacular and dramatic road providing amazing views of the snow covered peaks of the Atlas mountains. You will see Berber villages and people living a very traditional way of life.
We then arrive in the UNESCO World Heritage cultural site of Ait BenHaddou. It was once an important stop along the caravan routes that from the Sahara. An important site this is the best preserved Kasbah in Morocco. We then move onto Ouarzazate, which is the film capital of Morocco with one of the largest film studios in the world.
Famous for Lawrence of Arabia, Asterix and Obelisk and Babel amongst many others. The studios are open to the public or if you prefer we can visit Amridil Kasbah, the 17th-century living museum featured on the 50-dirham note.
We will drive through the Valley of the Roses, filled with wild Damask rose trees, a very important crop to the local population. Finally onto the wild landscape of Dades Valley known as the Country of the Figs.
Overnight in Dades Gorge with breakfast and dinner
|Day 2 – Dades Valley – Todra Gorge – Merzouga – Erg Chebbi |
After breakfast we will depart to explore the Dades Valley before arriving at the charming oasis city of Tineghir with its 2000 year old mellah (Jewish quarter). Continuing on to Todra Gorge we have free time to trek the 300m canyons before lunch.
After visiting the fossil workshop, we will head for the Erg Chebbi sand dunes, indisputably one of Morocco’s most stunning sites. Enjoy the adventure of a camel ride to the oasis where our camp is located and after a moonlit dinner and drumming around the camp fire, sleep in Berber tents or perhaps star gazing under the magical Saharan night sky.
Overnight in Berber Camp (upgrade available to Luxury Desert Camp) dinner and breakfast
|Day 3 – Merzouga – Midelt – Azrou – Fez |
After seeing the sunrise and enjoying breakfast , we will retun by camel to our hotel on the dune line where you can shower before we depart to Fes along the scenic Ziz Valley Gorge to Midelt. In the cedar forests of Azrou we will hopefully we will get to see the wild Barbary Apes, a species of macaque. Stretch your legs here and enjoy the chance to photograph the macaques.
Arrival late afternoon in Fez.
Overnight in Fez
|Day 4 – Dades – Ouarzazate – Ait Ben Haddou – Telouet – Marrakech |
After breakfast our journey will continue to Ouarzazate. On the way we will visit the Berber villages and shops. We will also have the opportunity to visit the spectacular Taourirt Kasbah and museum or alternatively the Hollywood of Africa and UNESCO Site of Ait Benhaddou, famous for the filming of Lawrence of Arabia, Gladiator and Indiana Jones amongst many others.
There will be time for a walk to explore the traditional Moroccan architecture of the Kasbahs. We will take the highest mountain pass in North Africa, the Tizi n Ticka pass reaching altitudes of 2260 meters above sea level as we make our way to Marrakech.
Overnight in Marrakech