Best 7 days Marrakech to Fes desert tour
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Highlights of our tour:
Contact us for the best 7 days desert tour from Marrakech to Fes. Thus, you will discover the old Medina of Marrakech with our official guide. You then travel via the High Atlas Mountains to visit Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah and Ouarzazate. Secondly, you visit Rose Valley, Todra Gorges, and arrive in Merzouga. We offer a desert tour by 4×4 and camel trekking with a night in the desert camp. Finally, we move to the Middle Atlas to visit Cedar Forest and Ifrane Town. We also offer a guided tour in Fes to explore all the tourist attractions and end our tour there.
Day 1: Arrive in Marrakech
We will start our 7 days desert tour from Marrakech to Fes by pick up you from the airport. We will discover some areas in Marrakech according to your arrival time. Overnight is in a local Riad in the old Medina.
Day 2: Marrakech Guided Tour
A guided tour is included in your desert tour. Marrakech is one of the best tourist destinations in Morocco. Most of its tourist attractions reflect Morocco’s history. Thus, our local guide will guide us to explore the most important sites. For example, you will visit Jardin Majorelle. It is one of the relaxing and beautiful gardens in Morocco designed by the French artist. Besides, you visit Menara, Bahia Palace, and Koutoubia Mosque. It is the largest mosque in Marrakech that Almohad built during the 12th century. The square time of Jamaa El-Fnaa and Saadian Tombs will be the next sites. You will explore all the important attractions and then have another night at the same Riad.
Day 3: Marrakech- Ait Ben Haddou- Dades Valley
The second day of our desert tour covers the high Atlas Mountains attractions. Firstly, you will visit the Argan oil cooperative and experience a panoramic view of the Tizi-N-Ticka path. Besides, you explore the Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou. It is the largest Kasbah in Morocco and the UNESCO site. Later on, you visit the Atlas Studios in Ouarzazate. It is an ideal site for movies, such as the previous movies, Gladiator and Game of Throne. Finally, we head to Rose Valley and then spend a night in Dades Valley.
Day 4: Dades Valley – Todra Gorges – Merzouga
Today, we will drive to Merzouga and visit tourist sites on our way. We firstly visit the Rock formation or Monkey Fingers site. Then, you explore the natural oasis of rocks and canyon in Todra Gorges. You will also visit Touroug village. It is a Berber village that offers authentic Berber cloth cooperation. Further, we move to the old irrigation system that locals use to water their palm groves. And then we drive to Erfoud and reach Merzouga desert. Overnight is in Raid or Hotel.
Day 5: Desert Tour and Camel trekking Trip
Today, you will have the best experience on 7 days desert tour from Marrakech to Fes. That is to say, you will explore desert areas with 4×4, including a camel trip. Thus, we will drive to Khamlia village to enjoy authentic Gnawa music of black skin people who came from Mali. Thereafter, you discover Mifis where Berber work to get mines.
Also, we shift to the nomad area visit nomad families in hand-made tents. Here, you will have Berber pizza and then visit the desert lake.
Finally, you go for a camel trekking trip to spend a night in the heart of the desert. You will have diner at camp and enjoy music around the fire and under the starry sky.
Day 6: Merzouga- Ziz Valley- Ifrane- Fes
Today, you will wake up early to admire the sunrise view. After that, you have a shower, breakfast and we resume our desert tour. So, we visit Rissani town, the drive to Ziz Valley. There, you will experience a panoramic view of adobe buildings and green valleys. Secondly, we stop in Midelt for lunch and go deep into the Middle Atlas Mountain. There, you visit Cedar forest where there are long trees and barbarian apes around. You will enjoy feeding and taking pictures with them. Finally, our tour will be in Ifrane. It is a modern town that presents Alpine-style houses and climate. There is enough time to admire this town and visit its lion statue. Later, we en move to Fes and check into a local Raid in the old Medina
Day 7: Fes City Tour
The last day of our desert tour includes a guided tour. Fes is o the oldest city in Morocco that offers an old atmosphere. Besides, it is a cultural and scientific city. Thus, our local guide will lead you to discover the tourist sites. The city tour includes the oldest university of Al-Karaouine and Chouara Tannery. Next, you visit Mellah to learn about the Jewish community in Morocco. And you visit some religious schools, like Bou Inania and Al Attarine. They are designed with cedar carvings and tile work. After you explore all the attractions, we will end our desert tour by transferring you to the airport or accommodation.
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The Merzouga desert is unquestionably the highlight of the seven-day Marrakech to Fes desert tour. The majority of tourists who book our Morocco tours consider the camel ride through the dunes to be the best attraction and activity of their trip. To begin with, the name Merzouga is derived from one of the first Nomad families to settle in the desert area, the Merzoug family. Others claim that the word derives from the Arabic word “Mrzouqa,” which means “rich” or “blessed.” Merzouga is well-known for its golden dunes, which stretch for about 30 kilometers from Tighmert to Khamlia village.
Instead of Merzouga, you might hear Hassi Labied, Takojt, Tanamoust, or any of a number of other places that are all part of the main town. The desert is known as Erg Chebbi, which refers to the entire area of Merzouga’s golden dunes. However, if you travel further south, you will find many other, less-visited deserts. On the one hand, there is the Znigui desert, which is about 10 to 15 kilometers from Merzouga. Still, if you travel deeper into the desert to Ramlia and Jdaid, you will find other deserts with picturesque views because they are surrounded by mountains.
Above all, the Merzouga desert is the most visited in the country for a variety of reasons. For example, it has one of the highest dunes in the world, allowing people to participate in a variety of activities such as sandboarding. Furthermore, the Erg Chebbi desert has the best golden dunes for a variety of activities such as camel riding and watching the sunset or sunrise. You can also rent a quad or buggy and cross the dunes, or spend the night with the Berbers in a desert camp.
Marrakech, the red city
Marrakech, Morocco’s “City of Light” or “Red City,” is the country’s most popular tourist destination. In other words, 99 percent of tourists who visit the kingdom never miss out on visiting Marrakech and exploring its streets. The name of the city is derived from the Berber phrase “Amur N Ukosh,” which means “God’s Land.” The city was first settled by various small Berber tribes before it became an important location and took control of the entire country as its capital around the year 1147.
Marrakech is a wonderful place where many different cultures and colors collide. You will discover many unique places and attractions on the Marrakech to Fes desert tour: Marrakech one week itinerary via Merzouga. First and foremost, there is Jamaa El Fna Square, which was once a gathering place for people to gather, form circles, and tell stories. Nowadays, as the square has grown in popularity around the world, people from all over Morocco visit it, whether to demonstrate their skills or to sell various products. The best thing to do in this area is to go upstairs to a cafe and look down on the square from above; the views are spectacular with lights and different shows.
Second, as is well known, Morocco has some of the best mosque towers in the world. The Koutoubia tower in Marrakech, founded in 1147 by Almoravids, is one of the best examples of Moroccan architecture. Furthermore, both the Majorelle and Menara gardens are worth a visit because they tell different stories. The Majorelle garden, for example, is owned by Jacques Majorelle, who spent 40 years creating this masterpiece.
The Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou
When most people think of Morocco, they think of mud architecture. Kasbahs are unquestionably the best examples of this type of architecture. The Kasbahs of Ait Benhaddou are without a doubt the best and most visited of all. When taking this desert tour from Marrakech to Fes, you will arrive at this spectacular ksar shortly after crossing the High Atlas mountains. To begin with, the Kasbah is owned by Thami EL Glaoui’s family.
This latter is a well-known family that used to own a variety of properties in Morocco, and some studies claim that they were one of the wealthiest families in the country’s history. They have many other properties besides Ait Benhaddou, such as Telouet and Tamdaght kasbahs.
The Ait Benhaddou ksar was built in a specific way to serve as a defense castle and to protect the inhabitants, who are mostly traders. Not to mention that the kasbah was once a major trading hub in the Southeast. Camel caravans that used to make the 52-day journey to Toumboctou usually come here to sell salt, which is the main good that they bring. That is why the small river in front of the kasbah is known as “Ouad Lmelh,” and Lmelh means salt in Arabic.
Ait Benhaddou’s unique design with great towers and high walls is gaining popularity year after year. Indeed, it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. Furthermore, many well-known films and television series have been shot in Ait Benhaddou, including parts of Gladiator and Lawrence of Arabia.
After visiting the beautiful Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou, we drive 30 kilometers to the city of Ouarzazate. To begin discussing the city and its history, it is necessary to define the term Ouarzazate. The word is made up of two parts: “Ouar” and “Zazate.” The first part means “without,” and the second means “noise,” so it is a place or city without noise. Many people have started their Morocco desert tours from this city in recent years because it is the only one in the south with an international airport. Because it is halfway between Marrakech and the Sahara desert, many refer to it as the “Gateway to the Sahara.”
When visiting Ouarzazate, you should not miss one of the city’s two main attractions, the Atlas Studios. The Oscar and CLA Atlas studios are located approximately 7 kilometers (5 to 7 kilometers) from the center of Ouarzazate. They are the primary locations where movies are shot or materials are rented for the staff. The Oscar studios, on the other hand, are more popular with tourists because there are more things to see there, such as cars made of wood and huge statues that make you feel like you’re in Egypt.
Many people are unaware that Ouarzazate is home to the world’s largest and most powerful concentrated solar power plant station. This reflects Morocco’s importance of solar and nonpolluting energy. Furthermore, Ouarzazate is home to one of the best and largest Kasbahs, which is shaped like a maze. Despite the fact that it is less visited by tourists, it provides beautiful views with its great walls, towers, and approximately 300 rooms.
Merzouga desert tour.
The 7 days desert tour from Marrakech to Fes is the best way to explore the Merzouga Sahara. Obviously, on the fifth day, you will travel through the desert surroundings and discover the main attractions and secrets of the Moroccan Sahara. To begin, you will learn about the lifestyle of the Berbers, the original inhabitants of Morocco and Merzouga. In fact, 90 percent of the people who live in Merzouga are originally Nomads, which means that they used to live in tents and herds in the past. After Merzouga became one of Morocco’s most visited places and deserts, people began to settle down and build travel agencies, hotels, and riads.
Second, we will introduce you to a new way of life. Merzouga desert is unique because of the Gnawa people. According to history, these people were brought from countries such as Gabon and Mali. Some claim that the word Gnawa is of Berber origin. According to legend, these Gnawa tribes used to celebrate and make noise all the time, so Berber used to tell them to go to sleep and they said, Gen Awa, as a result, they took the name since then. Others claim that the word was originally Agnawa and meant “slave.”
On the desert tour, you will also pass by a small museum in Tanamoust, a small village. You will see various 44 cars owned by an Emirati who owns a Ksar next to the museum. In addition, the tour takes you to some of the area’s oldest Oases, which are located in Hassi Labied.
Atlas mountains, Tichka pass, Toudra Gorges
The 7-day (one-week) itinerary from Marrakech visits and passes through one of the world’s longest mountain ranges. Some prefer not to refer to them as mountain chains because they are separated by large distances. These chains are divided into three sections in Morocco: the High, Middle, and Anti Atlas mountains. The Algerian and Tunisian countries are separated by the High Atlas Mountains. When taking the 7-day desert tour, you will first drive through the High Atlas mountains and some of the Anti. Then, on your way to Fes, you’ll pass through the Middle Atlas Mountains.
It used to be difficult for people to cross the mountains and travel from Marrakech to the Southeast or vice versa. However, in 1936, the French and Moroccans succeeded in constructing one of Morocco’s longest curved roads. The 200km pass is home to many different villages and kasbahs; for example, on this tour, you will take a break to discover an Argan oil cooperative. In addition, you will make another stop at the pass’s highest panoramic peak (2260m), where you will be able to enjoy breathtaking views of the Atlas Mountains.
Toudra or Toudgha Gorges are located on the route from Boumalne Dades to Merzouga desert. This location is well-known for its 300m canyons. Toudgha is unquestionably one of Morocco’s best climbing destinations. Having a spout in between the canyons clearly enhances the beauty of this location. Nomads and Berbers from the surrounding area bring their herds here to drink, and you can even find some of them selling goods such as carpets.