6 days desert tour from Marrakech to Fes
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Highlights of our tour:
We have put together the best and most appropriate 6 days tour Marrakech to Fes desert tour for you. However, you can always modify it to meet your specific requirements. For instance, if you want to start your 6 days in Morocco in the city of Fes, we have prepared a special itinerary for you; check it out now. Our tour will generally begin when you arrive at the airport, where we will greet you and transport you to your hotel.
If you arrive early, we may go sight-seeing in Marrakech depending on your arrival time. The second day will be spent entirely in Marrakech, with the assistance of a local tour guide. Third, on the other day, we’ll travel to Boumalne Dades, passing through Aitbenhaddou and Ouarzazate. On the fourth day, we’ll travel to the Merzouga desert, where we’ll spend the night in a Berber camp under the stars. We’ll go on an exploration excursion on the fifth day to learn more about the desert and its surroundings. Finally, on the final day, we will travel to Fes, passing through several beautiful areas, including Midelt, Morocco’s small Switzerland, and the lovely cedar forest.
Day 1: Pick up from the Airport
On the first day of our 6 days tour Marrakech to Fes desert tour package, we will meet you at the airport and transport you to your hotel. However, if you arrive early, we may be able to take you to some spectacular locations, such as the Jamaa el-Fna area. We might take you there and spend the evening because it’s even more beautiful at night. You will spend the night at your lodging.
Day 2: Marrakech guided tour
Marrakech, also known as the Moroccan city of light or the city that never sleeps, is one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations. The red city offers its visitors a plethora of interesting sights and places to visit that will undoubtedly astound them. For these reasons, we decided to devote an entire day to touring the city’s main attractions, even if it was insufficient. Marrakech is Morocco’s fourth largest city, so you’ll need a local guide to show you around. Traveling In Morocco offers the best Marrakech local guides to help you fully explore the city’s main sights and attractions.
So, on the first day of our 6 days Marrakech to Fes desert tour package, a tour guide will show you around Marrakech. We usually start with a visit to Majorelle Garden, which is widely regarded as one of Morocco’s best and most beautiful gardens. The history of this location begins in 1923, when a French orientalist artist arrived in Morocco and opened a shop. As a result, this establishment has a distinct French flavor. Following that, we’ll go to Menara Garden, which is yet another beautiful garden in the city. This one is located west of Marrakech, close to the High Atlas Mountains.
In a moment, we’ll take you to Bahia Palace, one of the interesting monuments that showcases wonderful Moroccan architecture. Following that, we’ll travel to a number of other locations. Finally, in the evening, you’ll go to the beautiful Jamaa el Fna square.
Day 3: Marrakech to Boumalne Dades:
On the third day of our six-day desert tour from Marrakech to Fes, we’ll drive to Boumalne Dades. The High Atlas Mountains are our first stop. The road we’ll be taking is called Tizi Ntichka Pass, and it’s a 200-kilometer curved route. Many Berber tribes live along this route, and their primary source of income is from tourists, Argan oil, or owning a portion of the herd. We’ll take you to some cooperatives that specialize in the production of Argan oil so you can see how traditional cosmetics are made. We’ll return via Tizi Ntichka Pass and the High Atlas Mountains.
Our next stop will be Ait Benhaddou, a spectacular fortress at the very tip of the High Atlas Mountains. You’ll have to cross the Ouad El Maleh River to get to the Kasbah. It’s a lovely stroll. With its towering walls and towers, this settlement is a perfect example of Moroccan clay construction.
Ait Benhaddou, a Unesco World Heritage Site since 1987, is located in the Sahara Desert. After a short break, we’ll travel to Ouarzazate, a beautiful Moroccan city. It is known as Morocco’s “Ouallywood” because it has a major international airport and the world’s largest solar energy facility. Ouarzazate is also well-known for its suitability as a location for filming movies and television shows. It is also home to two of Morocco’s top studios for filming and renting out equipment. Our final stop is Boumalne Dades, where we usually spend the night.
Day 4: Boumalne to the desert of Merzouga:
Today, after breakfast, we will continue our 6 days tour from Marrakech to Fes. We’ll stop at Todra Gorges, also known as Toudgha Canyons, on the way. We’ll stop here for a short break and go for a walk around the canyons. This site provides some of the most beautiful and picturesque vistas in the country due to its 300m-high canyons and a river that runs through them.
Our next stop will be in the Sahara Desert, where we will visit numerous magnificent Berber villages as well as the cities of Tinegher and Tinjedad. Finally, we arrive at our final destination for the day. Camel rides and the magnificent sand dunes of the desert are widely regarded as the highlights of any Moroccan vacation. When we arrive, the camels and camel drivers will be waiting for us, ready to make your desert trip unforgettable. Camels will transport you across the dunes, with photo stops along the way to capture images of you riding a camel and surrounded by desert.
We’ll eventually arrive at the desert camp. Because most of us arrive late at night, most tourists climb the dunes to catch the sunset while touring and exploring the camp. Other options include sandboarding and skiing. Later in the evening, a traditional Moroccan dinner will be served. Meanwhile, our campers will be practicing their drumming skills and performing music for you. After dinner, you’ll gather around the campfire to listen to Berber music beneath the stars.
Day 5: Merzouga desert tour:
The 6 days desert tour from Marrakech to Fes includes a slightly different fifth day. The rest of the time, we’ll be taking a desert tour. But first, you should get up early and watch the sunrise. It’s a lovely sight. After breakfast, you will explore the desert by camel or 4×4 vehicles in the morning. Most people choose a car because it allows them to explore and visit more places. However, if you prefer a traditional camel tour a la Lawrence of Arabia, we can also arrange that for you.
Your first stop will be at a Berber Nomad village where people still live in tents. The majority of them are home to 7 to 10 people who rely solely on what nature provides. They make the majority of their money by eradicating goats and sheep to sell in nearby towns like Erfoud and Rissani. The friendliness and generosity that these people have in their hearts are unquestionably what distinguishes them. Following a relaxing stay, we will travel to one of Merzouga’s most beautiful viewpoints, “Galb El Nas,” which translates to “people’s heart” in English.
Day 6: Merzouga to Fes:
The sixth and final day of our 6 days tour from Marrakech to Fes will be spent driving to Fes. We’ll start by driving through Erfoud and stopping in the Ziz Valley, Morocco’s largest date-producing region. A trip to Midelt and Zaida, where we’ll have lunch, is also on the agenda. We’ll spend some time in the Cedar Forest learning about the Barbary Macaque.
Following that, we’ll continue our exploration of Morocco’s Switzerland, Ifrane, the world’s eighth cleanest city, before returning to Fes. We’ll take a walk around town after stopping by before visiting the Atlas Lion statue. In exchange for his freedom from the French, a German prisoner built the latter.
- -Pick-up and drop-off service.
- -English-speaking driver/guide.
- -Overnight stay in a camp in Erg Chebbi with a private bathroom and shower.
- -Mint tea at the camp.
- -Sandboarding in the camp.
- -Berber music in the camp.
- -The flexibility to stop when and where you want.
- -Stops for panoramic views and free time for lunch.
- -Private and comfortable 4×4 vehicle with fuel and air conditioning included.
- -Camel for each in the desert for 1h30m.
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The Merzouga desert has played an important role in Moroccan tourism and industry in recent years. As a result, it has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in Morocco. Despite its location in Morocco’s deep southeast, only 50 kilometers from Algeria, it is far from isolated. Many tourists travel long distances just to spend the night in a Berber tent. Others take public transportation, while others drive long distances to reach the desert.
There was a family called “Merzoug” who used to live in the area, and the name was derived from them. As a result, tourists are the primary source of income in the area. Agriculture, on the other hand, is the primary source of income in other communities.
To get to Khamlia from Tighmert, you must cross the Erg Chebbi desert, which is 30 kilometers long. Traveling to Rmlia and Jdaid, on the other hand, will provide you with the opportunity to see many more deserts. Znigui, Merzouga’s most famous desert, is visited by approximately 10% of tourists.
Camel rides and glamping in the middle of the sand dunes are what made the Merzouga desert famous. Aside from that, the sunrises and sunsets can be spectacular.
Ait Benhaddou Kasbah
During our 6-day desert tour from Marrakech to Fes, we will visit the fortress of Ait Benhaddou. It is located near Ouarzazate at the very tip of the High Atlas Mountains. The fortified town was designated a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1987 and remains so to this day.
To me, Ait Benhaddou is the pinnacle of Moroccan architecture. Furthermore, the fact that it was founded by Berbers, but with a Berber twist, distinguishes it. Towers and walls as tall as the sky surround the city, which was built as a defensive fortress. Its towers are decorated in a unique way with Moroccan clay art.
To tell the truth, it is said that this mansion was built in 11th-century Morocco by a wealthy family member named Thami el Glaoui. Despite the fact that many of its residents have left, the building has stood for many decades. The village’s population has shrunk to just 40 people. In fact, the majority of them now live in a settlement on the other side of the river from where they previously lived. They must have a large number of visitors in order to survive. Every year, approximately 130,000 people visit the area.
The Kasbah is a popular filming location in addition to attracting tourists. As examples, consider Gladiator, Lawrence of Arabia, and many others. Without a doubt, the generosity of the locals and Moroccans in general draws visitors from within and outside of Morocco to this area.
The Sahara Desert’s entrance is a must-see. On your 6-day desert tour through Morocco’s Saharan desert from Marrakech to Fes, you’ll pass through the picturesque city of Ouarzazate. It is popular with tourists looking to participate in desert expeditions, in part because of its airport. Because it is home to the world’s largest solar power station, Ouarzazate may be the most important city in the world when it comes to solar energy. Both are only open to the public when they are being used to make the films and television shows for which this city is famous.
It is located in the middle of both the Merzouga and the Sahara deserts, roughly halfway between the two. As a result, it is a well-known tourist destination. Its ancient Berber name refers to a peaceful city or location. Even if there isn’t much noise, it is well-known all over the world.
Atlas Studios is a well-known tourist attraction. When you first enter the city, you’ll have a choice between two Atlas Studios. The Oscar Studio is, of course, the most well-known. It is approximately 5 kilometers from downtown. This is a place where you can see some of history’s most beautiful works of art. CLA Atlas Studio, located a little further away from the Oscar Studios, is an alternative. Despite being the city’s oldest studio, it receives little attention from tourists.
Apart from being a popular tourist destination, Ouarzazate is also an excellent location for filming movies and television shows. The fifth season of Prison Break is a good example of what I’m trying to say.
Valley in Morocco
The majority of the routes on our 6-day desert tour from Marrakech to Fes pass through picturesque valleys. They all have one thing in common: breathtaking scenery. Some are more important than others, so they are presented in ascending order of importance.
It’s a valley called Draa or Dra in the southeast region of the High Atlas mountains. It’s a lovely place to visit and explore. It is Morocco’s longest river and valley, stretching for approximately 1,100 kilometers. Many palm and olive groves can also be found in the surrounding area. Two major cities benefit from the valley’s products: Agdz and Ouarzazate. However, some Berber groups who live along the river rely solely on this type of funding.
Dates, on the other hand, are abundant in Ziz Valley, the country’s largest date-producing region. As a result, the name has been changed to “Erfoud.” As a result, each year, the city of Erfoud holds an annual festival to commemorate the valley and its dates.
Between Marrakech and the Merzouga desert, the majority of the other major valleys are located. The fortress of Ait Benhaddou is located in the Ounila valley, which also runs in front of the stronghold. Maleh refers to a salty river, and this section of the Oued is known as Out of the Maleh. It got its name because it used to be a salt market. There is a third valley in the Rose Valley, which is well-known for its cosmetics. Dades is one of Boumalne’s smaller valleys.
Rissani, the capital of Tafilalt, is the first stop. Tafilalt, when translated from Berber to English, refers to a jug of some kind. This was the main stopping point on the Niger-Morocco caravan route from Sijilmassa. As a result, it rose to fame and fortune. The Alaouiet dynasty and the current royal line are actually descended from the Alaouiet family, which was founded here.
Tafilalt, one of Morocco’s largest Oasis, is home to one of the world’s largest palm groves. Rissani also has the largest traditional Souk in the Southeast, if not the entire country. Locals rely on traditional methods of moving and selling their belongings. Donkeys and horses are also the primary modes of transportation for citizens and merchants. Rissani provides a significant amount of dates to Morocco while also contributing to the development of the desert region.
Every Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday, a large crowd gathers here because it is the only time when a wider variety of goods is available to the public. Rissani has a large number of buyers, so it is a very busy city.
Cedar Forest and Ifrane
We will accompany you to Ifrane and the cedar forest as part of the 6-day desert tour from Marrakech to Fes.
Ifrane, also known as Little Moroccan Switzerland by locals, is a lovely place. Temperatures and weather conditions are extreme in Morocco’s Middle Atlas Mountains. It means “cave” in Berber. It is Africa’s cleanest metropolis and ranks eighth globally. Also, it is known as Morocco’s “Switzerland.”
As a result of this, the ski resort has grown in popularity. During the winter, the city draws a large number of visitors from both inside and outside the country. Al Akhawayn, one of Morocco’s most prestigious universities, is located in the heart of Ifrane. This location attracts visitors from all over the world, including Moroccans. Because of its location on the mountain range, the city’s famous Atlas Lion statue is a major draw for tourists. It was allegedly built by an escaped German prisoner in order to gain his freedom.
On your way to Fes, you’ll pass through a magnificent cedar forest. In addition to being known as Gouraud Forest. This area used to be home to a wide variety of critters, but they’ve all vanished. Nowadays, people only go to see the Barbary macaque.