Fes To Marrakech
– Atlas and Sahara 5 days private tour

Special Tour 5 Days & 4 Nights Availability: 10/11/2021
Merzouga, Morocco Fes, Morocco medinas, Morocco gardens, Morocco trekking, Marrakech

Ouarzazate

On the road of a 1,000 kasbahs from Marrakech to the Sahara, one pitstop stands out for its movie-star credentials and sunset-soaked citadels. Ouarzazate is Morocco’s desert-based Hollywood. Here’s how to see it.

While there are loads of great things to do in Marrakech many make the popular road trip to the Saharan sand dunes. Heading passed the Ounila Valley & Aït Ben Haddou almost all travellers spend a night in Ouarzazate. It may look like a sleepy town, but under the surface, this dusty road stop has a few surprises up its sleeve.

The first thing you notice as you approach Ouarzazate is a massive shining beacon of light. Radiating from something similar to a modern lighthouse, the world’s largest solar power complex towers above the desert.

But, Ouarzazate is also the leader in another dazzling field. Atlas Studios, just outside the centre of town, has been churning out Hollywood blockbusters since 1983. Over 200 movies have been filmed in this landscape. It has served as everything from biblical scenes to ancient Egyptian fables.

In addition to being the hub of the Moroccan movie industry, the area surrounding Ouarzazate is home to intriguing kasbahs – both decaying and restored – and a hidden oasis making it one of the most interesting places to visit in Morocco.

Ait Benhaddou

Ait-Ben-Haddou in Morocco is a beautiful, fortified village in the southeast of the country and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987. The small town was built around 1,000 years ago and was an important point along the caravan route back then. Today, Ait-Ben-Haddou is one of the most visited attractions in Morocco and probably the most attractive stop on round trips across the country. Due to its unique architecture and incredibly magical ambience, Ait-Ben-Haddou has already served as a movie set for many well-known films. Game of Thrones, Gladiator, and Lawrence of Arabia were all filmed here, for example! Yes, a visit to this pretty village is worthwhile, and so every Morocco traveler should have seen the largest Kasbah in the country.

Merzouga

Located on the edge of the starkly beautiful Sahara Desert, Merzouga is a small, dusty town in eastern Morocco. Although the town itself has little to offer the intrepid traveler (besides a handful of hotels and restaurants), it is famous as the gateway to the vast Erg Chebbi dunes. Here, soaring peaks of sand change color with the shifting light of dawn and dusk. Camel trains create romantic silhouettes, and Berber villages act as remote oases in an environment that has remained unchanged for thousands of years. These are the archetypal Sahara landscapes of which Moroccan dreams are made.

Dadès valley

Situated in central Morocco, the Dadès Gorge should be at the top of the bucket list for adventurous souls in search of astonishing scenery and immersion into authentic Berber culture. The gorge (actually a series of separate gorges) was carved out by the passage of the Dades River and is navigable via a road known locally as the Road of a Thousand Kasbahs.

Those that drive its hairpin bends can expect to discover breathtaking rock formations in colors that range from tan and beige to gold, rust red, and dusky mauve. The historic kasbahs and ksour, or fortified villages, of the Berber people overlook the valley, where the river breathes life into groves of palm and almond trees.

Local people still inhabit some of these villages, while many of the kasbahs have been converted into boutique hotels for Dadès Gorge explorers.

Marrakech

Between tradition and modernity, Marrakech is the promise of unequalled sensations. Strolling the Jemaa El-Fna square and the souks with their shimmering colours and oriental smells, the red city offers you a complete change of scenery. Horse-drawn carriage rides, sunny terraces, travelling artists and other day and night activities will give a tates of wishful comeback.

You will be able to admire all the architectural richness of the Medina, upon visiting one of its many riads, small oriental palaces overlooking a beautiful patio. You can also relax and recharge at the Menara, a vast garden with an emblematic basin. Marrakech shower its visitors by its splendour and its diversity, you just have to leave the ramparts to be immersed in modern Morocco. The districts of Gueliz and Hivernage offer the most modern infrastructures, luxury boutiques and international ready-to-wear stores, airy avenues; which all contribute to Marrakech’s unique offering.

Being a growing economic bustling city, Marrakech has special festive and cultural places, such as the « Palais des Congres » and the splendid Royal Theater. Enjoy Marrakech at night by discovering the many themed venues, trendy clubs and traditional evenings that reflect the lively part of the city.



DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION




AVAILABILITY

This tour runs all year round and can depart at any date of your preference.



DEPOSIT AND PAYMENT

Contact us for actual price for this tour. We require 20 % deposit payment for private tours in Morocco.



INCLUDED


  • Hotel pickup / drop-off
  • Transfer in comfortable vehicle
  • English speaking driver




  • Local guides
  • Meals as per itinerary





NOT INCLUDED


  • Tips and personal expenses



Day 1: Fes – Ifrane – Midelt – Erfoud – Rissani – Merzouga and camel ride

We organize private tour from Fes with depart from your hotel at 8 am and begin your journey. Pass through Ifrane, a winter ski resort built by the French in the 1930’s to resemble a Swiss village. Continue passing through the cedars forest in Azrou where you will see the monkeys then drive across the Middle Atlas Mountains. Most of the day will be spent winding your way through the beautiful forests, springs, jagged rock faces, and Berber villages as you cross the Atlas Mountains and begin to descend towards the Sahara Desert.

Half way, you will stop for lunch in the town of Midelt, famous for its fossils and rocks, then continue towards Merzouga in the road. The Merzouga guide and camels will be waiting to carry you across the sandy dunes of the Erg Chebbi. Enjoy the beauty of the sunset on camel and after 1-hour, you will reach to the desert camp to spend night in a Berber tent.

At your desert shelter, your camels are hobbled and mint tea is served. After a dinner, watch the stars until you fall asleep.

Day 2: Erg Chebbi Desert – Tinghir – Dades Gorges

Perhaps wake early to catch the desert sunrise before breakfast, then visit the holy town of Rissani, the birthplace of Moulay Ali Cherif — founder of Morocco’s ruling Alaouite Dynasty. Hop into your air-conditioned minivan and head to the oasis of Tinghir in the foothills of the High Atlas mountain range.

Take a 1-hour walk along the Todgha River and admire lush palm trees and olive groves growing by the riverbanks. Visit Berber villages with your guide and learn of the locals’ traditional lifestyle, then head on to the magnificent Todgha Gorge for lunch (own expense). In the afternoon, drive out through the Dades Valley along the famous ‘Road of 1,000 kasbahs.’ Visit one of the region’s ancient kasbahs and gain insight into the role it has played in the region’s history, then head on to your guest house in Dades Gorges for dinner and your overnight accommodation.

Day 3: Merzouga and excursion in Erg Chebbi

After Breakfast and rest we will start A visit to Rissani the first capital of Alaouite dynasty ,including some historical kasbahs ,and the The famous Market ,you will have the opportunity to test the local food of the area the Pizza Berber ,then we will explore Sahara desert dunes, passing through small villages, where we will stop to listen to some Saharan Music in El Khamlia, ,you will visit the lake in Merzouga and the oasis.

After rest a mint tea the guide and camels will be waiting to carry you across the sandy dunes, you will enjoy the beauty of the sunset on camel, then take the camel back to the Hotel in the foot of the Erg Chebbi dunes for overnight in local riad with dinner.

Day 4: Merzouga – Dades – Ouarzazate

Get up early, to watch the sunrise . We ride camels back to the village and after shower we’ll drive through the Dades Valley past dramatic escarpments , we enjoy Road of a Thousand kasbahs that rise up like turreted sand castles along this ancient caravan trading route. We visit Ouarzazate area which has long been a popular location for Hollywood films such as The Last Temptation of Christ, Jewel of the Nile. Overnight in local riad with dinner.

Day 5: Merzouga – Dades – Ouarzazate

After breakfast we will start a visit the kasbah of Taourirt ,the Atlas Studios movie studios; the largest and most famous of all Africa. we will visit the kasbah of Ait Benhaddou , declared UNESCO World Heritage and which was the scene of films like The Gladiator, Babel, Lawrence of Arabia,we continue passing through the High Atlas and the Tizi n’Tichka Pass, to Marrakech.

NOTE: This is a Fes to Atlantic coast and nobody else will travel in your private group. If you require any modification for our suggested itinerary please fill up the contact form.

Located on the edge of the starkly beautiful Sahara Desert, Merzouga is a small, dusty town in eastern Morocco. Although the town itself has little to offer the intrepid traveler (besides a handful of hotels and restaurants), it is famous as the gateway to the vast Erg Chebbi dunes. Here, soaring peaks of sand change color with the shifting light of dawn and dusk. Camel trains create romantic silhouettes, and Berber villages act as remote oases in an environment that has remained unchanged for thousands of years. These are the archetypal Sahara landscapes of which Moroccan dreams are made.

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