FROM FEZ: 4 days trip No. 402: Erg Chebbi dunes – Dades Gorge – Ouarzazate – Marrakech
On this trip you will experience the contrasty Morocco.
From the ancient and holy city of Fez – through cedar forests and ski resorts in North Morocco – to pitoresque valleys with Kasbahs and canyons in the south – to Erg Chebbi dunes at the edge of Sahara – to the red city of Marrakech.
We start in Fez which is the medieval capital of Morocco founded in 789, and a holy Islamic city. Fez is the best-preserved old city in the Arab world with buildings like Medersas, Palaces, Mosques, Fountains and Fondouks. The labyrinthine medina of Fes el-Bali is listed on UNESCO and is beleived to be the world’s largest car-free urban zone. Here the goods are transported by donkeys, mules and handcarts.
- From Fez to Marrakech
- Start/stop: At your hotel or riad
- Duration: 4 days
- Transport: Landcruiser 4x4 car with aircondition
- Language: Driver/guide speaks English and French
Day 1: Fez – Ifrane – Azrou – Midelt – Errachidia – Ziz Valley – Erfoud – Merzouga
Morning departure from your hotel or riad in comfortable 4×4 car. We leave Fez and head towards Merzouga. The journey takes us through the red-brown mountains of Middle Atlas, passing Ifrane, a well-known ski resort, also called the Switzerland of Morocco. We continue to Azrou, famous for its berber carpets, passing views of cedar and pine forest and high meadows filled with flowers in springtime. Lunch in the town Midelt before we continue to Erfoud via the Ziz valley and Errachidia. The landscape changes along the way and we now pass by palm trees, berber villages and ksars.
We visit the small desert towns of Erfoud and Rissani, before we head to Merzouga and the Erg Chebbi sand dunes in magical Sahara desert. From the highest sand dune you can watch an amazing sunset and the night is spent in a berber tent in an oasis.
Day 2: Merzouga – Erfoud – Todra Gorge – Dades Valley – Dades Gorge
Wake up early to watch the sunrise over the dunes before we return by camels to Merzouga.
We continue on our adventure trip through the High Atlas mountains to the spectacular canyon Todra Gorge. The massive canyon is breathtaking with gigantic rock walls that change colours all through the day. During the drive from Tinerhir to the gorge there are thick passages of palmeries, pink rose gardens and Berber villages.
After visiting Todra Gorge, we continue on the snaking road down to Boumalne Dades.
We drive through the red Atlas mountains, B erber villages, red mud Kasbahs and green vallyes with palm groves and pink rose gardens. The Dades Gorge is amazing with its finger-formed rock formations. The night is spent in a typical riad in Dades.
Day 3: Dades - Kelaa Mgouna – Rose Valleys – Skoura Oasis – Ouarzazate
After breakfast there is time for a walk in the Dades Gorge, before we head towards Ouarzazate. We turn off the road and drive along the Bou Tharar piste to visit a berber family who live in their caves and here we are served a glass of tea. From here we continue through the Valley of Roses and the town Kelaa M’Gouna, famous for its sea of pink Persian rose landscape and each year they celebrate a Rose Festival. We continue through the valley of a thousands kasbahs and the beautiful oasis of Skoura with all its kasbahs situated among palm trees. We stop for a visit at Kasbah Amridil, the most well-known.
Arrive in Ouarzazate, the city which is nicknamed the door to the desert, Morocco’s Hollywood and the capital of the Ouarzazate Province. We spend the night in a hotel or guest house here.
Day 4: Ouarzazate – Kasbah Ait Benhaddou - Atlas Mountains – Marrakech
After an early breakfast we start our way towards Marrakech. Our first stop is Kasbah Ait Benhaddou, a fortified town of earthen buildings and listed on UNESCO World Heritage site. The Kasbah is a traditional pre-Saharan habitat surrounded by high walls. It is the most famous Kasbah in Morocco which has served as location for many famous Hollywood films, including «Lawrence of Arabia», «The Gladiator» and «Alexander».
We continue into the High Atlas mountains, along the former route of the caravans until we arrive at Kasbah Telouet. This kasbah lies at an elevation of 1,800 metres (5,900 ft) and was once the seat of the El Glaoui family’s power. It was built in the 1800’s and inside it has stunning mosaics and intricate wood carvings similar to the Bahia Palace in Marrakech, with an incredible attention to details. From the roof terrace there is an amazing view of the mountains and the valley below.
From here we drive to Marrakech through the stunning Tizi-n-Tichka mountain pass, the highest in North Africa. This drive provides a dramatic panoramic view of the Atlas mountains. Arrive in Marrakech late afternoon.
The starting price is EUR 570 per person when 2 persons are travelling together on a private basis and transport in 4×4.
Upon request we can upgrade your hotel at an additional cost.
For bigger groups, please contact us for price.
All transportation, guide/driver, 1 night in desert camp, 2 nights in riad/hotel, 3 dinners, 3 breakfasts, camelride, sandboarding
Lunches, drinks, tip
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