This desert round trip allows you to explore amazing sceneries and breathtaking landscapes. Our tour will take you through the picturesque Ouzoud Waterfalls, Marrakech with its world largest square of Jemaa el fna, Ait Ben haddou (a world heritage site 1987).
You will probably enjoying a drive through the High and Middle Atlas Mountains, seeing amazing oases, deep gorges and astonishing old buildings (Kasbahs) dating between 11th century and 18th centuries, without forgetting the enjoyable camel ride through the Erg chebbi sand hills, sunset and a memorable overnight under nomadic tent.
Day 1: Fes-Ifrane-Beni Mellal-Ouzoud Waterfalls
7:30 in the morning, pick up from your hotel/riad, we will drive for around 330 km towards Ouzoud waterfalls, through the city of Ifrane which has one of the coldest climates in Morocco, with regular heavy snowfall making its slopes a magnet for skiers in the winter months, it often called: the Moroccan Switzerland.
Continue driving and crossing the cities of (Azrou, Khenifra, Beni Mellal). The landscape is truly unique, beautiful middle atlas mountains with its green plains, large fields of olive trees. Late afternoon, arrive to the picturesque village of Ouzoud, overnight in the hotel.
Day 2: Ouzoud waterfalls to Marrakech
Waking up quietly, have breakfast, and then meet your guide which is going to lead you for a walk to explore the area.
At the end of your visit, meet your driver and drive straight to Marrakech via the city of El Ataouia, which is better known for its large olive farms. Afternoon, arrive to Marrakech, accommodation in the hotel or riad.
Ouzoud is a series of spectacular stunts that have become one of the most popular tourist destinations in the region. The waterfalls include three levels of rock, where water falls from a height of about (110 m) in a lake, sending a fine spray that fills the air and creates a rainbow effect almost permanent. It is a few steps from the village at the foot of the falls along a pleasantly shady olive groove. The hike to the top of the fall, however, is a little more difficult, but You will be rewarded with a panoramic view, and possibly even an observation of a rare Barbary macaques living locally.
Day 3: Marrakech-Guided city tour
9:30 am you will meet your guide, get on the car and begin your Marrakech city tour, by seeing the koutoubia mosque, visiting the Saadian tombs and Bahia palace, after that dive into the medina to discover its numerous secrets, including its huge maze of souks, breathtaking imperial architecture, and absorbing the atmosphere at djemaa el Fna, one of the world’s largest and busiest squares.
End your day tour by visiting the Majorelle Gardens (optional visit), then back to your hotel around 3:00 pm.
Day 4: Marrakech to Ouarzazate
Pick up from your hotel, and then drive South East of Marrakech, heading to the Atlas Mountains, via the city of Ouarzazate, through many small sleepy Berber villages at the foot of the high Atlas. There will be few stops for photos, breaks, and absorbing the atmosphere once we reach the highest pass (Tizi Tichka, 2260 meters above the sea level).
From here, we will drive down hill and deviate left to reach the Kasbah Telouet, by the ancient caravan route that connected the North Africa and Northern Morocco. Telouet Kasbah can still be visited, but it is steadily becoming more damaged and is slowly collapsing.
We will continue our drive and following the Ounila valley until we arrive to Ait benhaddou (UNESCO heritage site since 1987), we will pause here, have lunch and visit. Late afternoon, we will drive straight to the city of Ouarzazate, (known as the gate way to the desert, and Hollywood of Africa because of many movies were filmed in site), overnight in a hotel or riad with.
Day 5: Ouarzazate to Todra gorges
After you leave your hotel, our journey will starts exploring the city of Ouarzazate by seeing one of the oldest building(Kasbah Taourirt) dating from the 18th century and remodeled in the 19th century.
Next, we will drive East, on the road of thousand Kasbahs, passing by Skoura valley, then Roses valley(kelaa M’gouna) where Morocco’s most celebrated roses, used for making rose water-grown in huge numbers. Each May 3000-4000 tons of roses may be gathered in a single week. When the harvest is over, the town hosts the rose Moussem festival, there is music, dancing, and exhibitions of local crafts and women are only too happy to demonstrate how they distill the rose water. From here we drive left and join the track road(15 km) which links Rose valley and Dades valley, and where you will have a chance to visit one of the caves occupied by Berber nomads.
Continue driving on the track until we get to Dades valley which is blessed with rich agricultural fields, and an astonishing numbers of Kasbahs and amazing landscape along the way to the gorges, (time for visit & lunch).
Afternoon, drive straight to the city of Tinghir, where we will be greeted by several villages clustered around an oasis on the banks of the Oued Todra river. The road leads us to visit its deep gorges carved out of the limestone over the millennia by the region’s rivers. The gorges has some particularly spectacular terrain, with sheer rocks faces reaching 300 meters high in places, overnight in a hotel.
Day 6: Todra gorges to Merzouga
We will start our new day here, and drive straight to the dunes of Erg chebbi in Merzouga, crossing the city of Tinjdad, then get a pause at Touroug for lunch.
Getting to Erfoud, and continue to enter the town of Rissani, through a large gate, then heading to the place where camels are waiting to carry you on their backs, (about 1 hour and half for the ride) to the camp, time to watch sunset before reaching your camp. At night, diner will be served to you outside, under an clear and starry sky, while setting around a campfire, enjoying the silence of the desert, relaxing and stargazing, while the nomads are playing on their drums, overnight under nomadic tent with diner & breakfast.
Day 7: Merzouga to Fes
Your journey will start by an early wake up to watch the sunrise, have breakfast, then get on the camel and ride back to the hotel(quick shower is highly possible before leaving the desert).
Meet your driver, and then heading towards the city of Fes, through Errachidia where we join the beautiful oasis (Ziz valley), with several small Berber villages made from mud and straw, built on the edge of this huge oasis of palm grooves.
From here, we keep driving to reach the apple town (Midelt), pause and have lunch. Afternoon, crossing the huge forest of Azrou, through the Middle Atlas Mountains, which is home for an impressive range of birds and wild, monkeys (Macaques).
The next city, must be Ifrane which has one of the coldest climates in Morocco, with regular snowfall making its slopes a magnet for skiers in the winter months, it often called the Moroccan Switzerland. Our Fes Round Trip ends in Fes with a drop off at your hotel/riad, or at the airport.
What to pack?
• Sunglasses, Sun cream and Hat.
• Jeans for camel ride (shorts & skirts are not recommended, as the camel saddles are itchy and it can cause skin irritation).
• Camera-phone charger.
• Warm cloths in winter months
√ Transportation in a private 4WD vehicle with A/C, Fuel.
√ An English speaking driver.
√ Ouzoud waterfalls: accommodation/ 1N in a Riad with (HB).
√ Marrakech: accommodation / 2N in a Hotel or Riad with (BB).
√ Ouarzazate: accommodation /1N in a Hotel or Riad (HB).
√ Toudra valley (Tinghir): accommodation /1N in a Hotel (HB).
√ Merzouga (Desert camp): Accommodation /1N under nomadic tent (HB) and camel ride.
Χ Lunches and drinks.
Χ Entrances fees to historical sites.
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