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Highlights of our tour:
Discover the best authentic 4 Days Tour From Fes To Marrakech Via Merzouga Desert. Thus, the trip covers different attractions of the Middle Atlas Mountains, such as Ifrane town and Cedar Forest. Besides, you will experience a nomadic lifestyle in the Sahara of Merzouga. Secondly, there is a chance to enjoy traditional food from one site to another. Finally, you will visit the largest Kasbah in Morocco and the Atlas Studious where many movies Filmed. And then admire the stretching mountains in the High Atlas Mountains on your way to the imperial city of Marrakech. Our desert tours also include pick up and drop off services.
Day 1: Fes – Ifrane – Midelt – Erfoud – Merzouga
4 days desert tours from Fes to Marrakech will depart from Fes to visit Ifrane town. It is a beautiful town built by the French in the French protectorate as a hill station. It is also called the Switzerland of Morocco because it looks like Alpine-style architecture and nature. Thus, there is free time to admire this tome and drive to Cedar Forest. Here, you will enjoy the freedom of apes and enjoy feeding and taking pictures with them. Moreover, we pass by Azrou Village and stop in Midelt for a lunch break. After that, we experience a panoramic view of Ziz Valley and move to Erfoud town. It is famous for fossils and the Date Show that takes place each year. Finally, we will drive to the Merzouga desert and welcomed by mint tea, and you enjoy the night with locals.
2 Day: Desert Tour and Camel Trekking Trip
The 4 days desert tour from Fes to Marrakech will start after breakfast. Hence, we drive to visit Khamlia village. It is a village inhabited by black skin people from Mali. They will entertain you with their lovely music Gnawa. Secondly, there is an experience of off-road driving to the black desert. Here, you will visit nomad families who live in hand-made tents, and you also visit the mines of Mifis. It is an adventure work of Berber in pits more than 3m. In addition, we drive to the desert lake and come back to your accommodation. Finally, your camel guide will lead you through the golden dunes of the Erg Chebbi. You will enjoy the sunset view on your way to the camp. And after dinner, you will enjoy music around the fire under the starry sky.
Day 3: Merzouga – Rissani – Todra Gorges – Dades Gorges
Today, you will experience a significant sunrise view rising over the desert. After shower and breakfast, you will be back to your accommodation by camels or by 4×4. Thereafter, we resume our 4 days desert tour from Fes to Marrakech. We will visit the old market in Rissani and move to explore the old irrigation system. And then we visit cooperative Berber clothes in Touroug village and shift to Todra Gorges. It is a natural oasis that offers high rock and a canyon. You will have free time to walk through the wall rocks and move to visit the Rock Formation( Monkey Finger). Finally, we drive to check into your Raid in Dades Gorges. Overnight.
Day 4: Dades Goges – Rose Valley – Ouarzazate- Ait Ben Haddou- Marrakech
After your breakfast, we will drive along the Thousand Kasbahs Road. Thus, you will expect photographic views of adobe kasbahs on both sides of the road towards Rose Valley. The valley is an ideal site for rose fields where they present rose products in Rose Festival each year. Next, we visit the capital cinema in Ouarzazate where many movies shot, such as Game of Throne and Gladiator. You will discover its Atlas cinema studios and drive to Ait Ben Haddou. It is the largest Kasbah in Morocco that was listed among the UNSECO sites in 1987. Finally, we will drive along the mountains pass of Tizi’ N’Tchika and make a stop to enjoy the High Atlas Mountain views. Then we visit the Argan oil cooperative and move to Marrakech. 4 Days Tour From Fes To Marrakech Via Merzouga Desert ends any place in Marrakech.
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The 4 day desert tour from Fes to Marrakech to Merzouga is full with stunning sights to visit. As a result, we’d like to provide you with an outline of what you’ll see and experience during your trip with us.
Ifrane is a great place to visit if you want to be in both Switzerland and Morocco at the same time. It is Morocco’s cleanest city and the ninth in the world with European architecture. As a result, it is known as Morocco’s “Little Switzerland.” Ifrane is Morocco’s coldest city, with winter temperatures averaging -23°C=-9.4°F. That is to say, it snows a lot there, and many Moroccans go there to snowboard as a result.
Ifrane is notable for the Atlas Lion monument, which was sculpted by a German prisoner during the French occupation in 1912. Not only is Ifrane recognized for having one of Morocco’s greatest and most costly colleges, but it also has one of the king’s palaces.
The forest of Azrou, located not far from the city of Ifrane, is famous for its towering cedar trees that may reach heights of 25 meters. They are also indigenous to the Himalayan highlands and the Mediterranean. This woodland is also home to one of the world’s most unusual creatures, the Barbary apes. That is, the maggots recognized to be the Old World species monkeys. Not to add that they are mostly found in Algeria and Morocco’s Atlas Mountains, with a minor number in Gibraltar.
We come to feed these monkeys, and they typically come in families, not in groups. Actually, they don’t enjoy mixing with other families.
Errachidia is the first settlement after crossing the Atlas Mountains and serves as the gateway to the Sahara desert. It is located in the Daraa Tafilalet area, with the earliest origin name Imtghern and the old name Ksar Souk. Following that, the brother of King Mohamed V, prince Moulay Rachid, dubbed it Errachidia. Not to mention that Errachidia is home to the majority of military bases due to its proximity to Algeria, which has political tensions.
Hassan Addakhil dam:
Errachidia is well-known for the Hassan Addakhil Dam, which provides water to the surrounding areas like as Errachidia, Erfoud, and Merzouga. The Alaouite dynasty had the foresight to create this dam in 1968 in the Atlas Highlands because when it rains in the mountains, everything rushes into the dam.
The Ziz valley, also known as the Ziz river, is a long river that flows from Errachidia to Algeria in roughly 282 kilometers, traversing the Sahara desert. However, the only thing noteworthy about this river is the 30km stretch where there are so many date palm palms. Many people have farms in this region, and they generally cultivate palm trees because the dry weather and soil aid in their growth. When we get to Ait Chaker, there is a panoramic view of the river with its gorgeous and massive palm palms.
Erfoud, sometimes known as Arfoud, is a city in Morocco’s southeast, near the Erg Chebbi dunes. There are two possible explanations for its name. To begin, many people believe that the name is derived from a plant called Ounfoud, which is a Berber plant found in the Ziz River, which flows east of Erfoud. Others claim that the name is derived from “Ar Afoud,” which means “to the knee” in Berber, and refers to a depth measurement taken by two Berbers crossing the river.
Erfoud is well-known for its large international festival, which takes place every October for three days and celebrates the fruits of the date palm. Many people from all over the world come here to celebrate and export dates, as well as to enjoy the concerts, music, and theatrical performances that take place in the city’s central square.
Erfoud is known as the city of mineral fossils in geology. Goniatites, Orthoceras, Trilobites, crinoids (Scyphocrinites Elegans), and corals, for example, may be found in the surrounding mountains. Of course, we can take you to one of the museums to see how those fossils are made, and why not if you want to buy any of them.
According to TripAdvisor, camel trekking is the best thing to do in the world. Visiting Merzouga is thus not just the highlight of our four-day journey from Fes to Marrakech, but also of all of our Morocco desert excursions.
Merzouga lies only around 50 kilometers (30 miles) from Algeria’s borders. It is located in the province of Errachidia, in the area of Daraa Tadilalet. In addition, the word Merzouga is derived from an Arab tribe’s surname “Merzouq.” Some argue that Merzouga means “rich” because of the Erg Chebbi sand dunes, which draw a large number of visitors each year.
You may hear the words Hassi Labied, Takojt, or Khamlia, which relate to the surrounding settlements. Also, you may have heard of Lala Merzouga, the name of Erg Chebbi’s largest sand dune. Not to mention that tourism is Merzouga’s primary source of revenue, so they work hard to keep it clean and safe.
Merzouga is a town where not only Berbers but also Arabs and Gnawa people dwell. Despite the mixed tribes and roots, the huge hamlet stays peaceful and is loved by many tourists for its people’s warmth. Let’s have a look at some of the greatest things to do in Merzouga:
Many visitors remain in hotels and come in the afternoon or early morning to just see the desert ship, the dromedaries. There are other visitors who have more days to ride camels as nomads and wander in the wilderness for a week or two. The camel ride will take place twice throughout our four-day journey, once in the afternoon to the camp and once in the morning leaving the camp. Not to add, if you’re wondering what the difference between a camel and a dromedary is, the camel has two humps while the dromedary only has one. As a result, there are only dromedaries in Merzouga and throughout Africa; camels are often found in Asia.
If you want to truly immerse yourself in the lifestyle of the Berber nomads, the camel ride isn’t complete until you spend the night in a tent. Locals have built up several campgrounds behind the dunes of Erg Chebbi for tourists, both luxury and basic, where they prepare supper, light fires, and play drums. Normally, these tents should be made of goat’s fur, as that is the norm among nomads.
The Srij or Sarij lake is worth a visit since it is where hundreds of camels go herding during the day when they are not working. It is also home to various species, including Egyptian nightjars, desert warblers, and immigrant flamingos.
Merzouga, as previously said, has a diverse population. The dark-skinned people known as Gnawa dwell in Khamlia, and they are also known to have been exploited as slaves. They now reside in this quiet community, and they have a type of music known as Gnaoua. As a result, with our four-day journey, our visitors will be able to see them and learn about their music.
ATVs or quad biking are another worthwhile activity to attempt. This item is not included in our four-day Fes desert trip. You can, however, contact us to get it included.
There are several clays and hay-built Berber castles in Morocco. The Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou, on the other hand, is the greatest and most frequented. This Kasbah was erected in 757 by the Glaoui family. The originator, however, is Benhaddou, one of the major cheikhs at the period.
A sign with the word Ksar will greet you as you enter the Kasbah from the bridge. Ait Benhaddou is normally a Kasbah, not a Ksar, since Kasbah is derived from the term Kasab, which means bamboo, and the roves of the Kasbah are made of it.
This Kasbah is located on the east side of the Atlas Mountains. As a result, some people refer to it as the “gateway to the Sahara desert,” because it begins here. Ait Benhaddou is a historically significant location. As a result, it is a Unesco World Heritage Site.
The most essential thing to know about the Kasbah is that it is well-known for the films that were shot there. They appeared in the British-American play Gladiator and Lawrence of Arabia, for example. As a result, being here is an honor because you are at a location where many renowned films were filmed.
There are several additional attractions that we will see throughout our four-day journey from Fes to Marrakech, including as the enormous gorges of Todgha Gorges and the Monkey Toes in Dades. If you require any further information on other sites along the route from Fes to Marrakech, please email us and we will gladly respond within 24 hours.