FES - MERZOUGA - MARRAKECH

Day 1 : Fes – Erfoud – Merzouga 490 km

After breakfast we head through the Middle Atlas Mountains towards the picturesque village of Midelt. We travel through beautiful landscapes to the foot of Jbel Ayachi. We continue our way towards Errachidia, one of the most beautiful palm oases of Morocco. Then to Erfoud, the largest oasis in the region, surrounded by sand dunes of the Sahara and thousands of palm trees.

 

Then we go to Rissani. On Thursdays and Sundays there is a donkey market in Rissani, something definitely worth a visit.

After we move towards Merzouga. Merzouga is at the foot of the impressive sand dunes of the Sahara Desert (Erg Chebbi). There we will exchange the car for camels and make a camel tour to the camp in the dunes of Erg Chebbi. There will also be at a nearby hotel time and opportunity to take a shower and relax before we go to dinner. After watching a beautiful sunset in the sand dunes, in the evening there will be a campfire and music created by a group of traditional musicians.

 

We sleep in a tent in the sand dunes.

 


Day 2 : Merzouga - Todra & Dades Gorge 264 km

In the morning you can enjoy the sunrise in the sand dunes.

After breakfast we depart through a desert steppe and beautiful oases towards Tinerhir. We pass the village Fezna. Just outside are some nomad tents. Here is an ancient waterground drainage system (watersupply) to visit.

 

We can take our lunch at a traditional family in a nomad tent.

 

In Tinerhir we visit the Todra gorges, with an impressive natural gorges up to 250 meters high and at its narrowest point only 10 meters away.

 

We sleep in a nice hotel in Dades Gorge.

 


Day 3 : Dades Gorge – Ouarzazate 133 km

After breakfast we head towards Ouarzazate via the dadelroute (Boumalne du Dades) and the roses valley (the Kelaa M'Gouna). This is the route along the thousand kasbahs. Just before Ouarzazate we can visit the Kasbah of Aït Benhaddou. This kasbah is like a beautiful sand castle and was the setting for many films and is on the UNESCO list of world monuments.

 

Dinner and overnight in Ouarzazate / Aït Ben Haddou.

 


Day 4 : Ouarzazate - Marrakech 210 km

After breakfast we depart to Marrakech via the pass Tizin-Tichka (the highest peak in Morocco). A beautiful route through the Atlas Mountains with spectacular views.

 

Dinner and overnight in Marrakech.

 

 


Day 5 : Marrakech

The last day we explore the city of Marrakech.

Think of the Menara, the Majorelle Garden, the Koutoubia, some palaces and last bot not least the medina with its lively souks and the famous Jemaa-el-Fna. Especially at night is the Jemaa-el-Fna square a lively place with acrobats, storytellers, snake charmers, fortune tellers, belly dancers, herbalists, merchants and several eateries.