Transfer to/from airport in Marrakech and Fez
Transport by air conditioned 4x4 or minibus, fuel included
Hotel/Riad of your chosen category (Breakfast and Dinner), Breakfast only in Fez and Marrakech
1 night in Merzouga Desert Camp (Jaimas) with breakfast and dinner
Sahara Camel trek (one camel per person)
Tour price is -----€ per person including PRIVATE travel in a 4 x 4 or minibus with driver and guide
After breakfast, we will go on a guided visit of Fez, the oldest of all four of the imperial cities. Fez is a multifarious city renowned for the splendour of its faded glory. The historic city of Fez is divided into three districts. The old medina quarters of Fes el-Bali, the original city founded by the Idrisid dynasty, in the late 8th century, is the site of the famous Qarawiyyin University, the oldest continually-operating university in the world and the Chouara Tannery from the 11th century, one of the oldest tanneries in the world. The smaller Fez el-Jdid, founded in the 13th century, is the site of the enormous Royal Palace and the Mellah, the Jewish quarter, and the modern Ville Nouvelle (new city) constructed during the French colonial era. The Medina of Fez is listed as a World Heritage Site and is believed to be one of the world's largest urban pedestrian zones and considered also one of the most extensive and best conserved historic towns in the Arab-Muslim world.
After lunch we leave towards the southeast following the Caravan roads to Merzouga. During this journey you’ll experience glimpses of the Middle Atlas and Higher Atlas Mountains. Along the way we'll see the town of Ifran, known as the ''Switzerland of Morocco'', the Cedar forest of Azrou, the largest one in Morocco, over the Middle Atlas Mountains. Your journey continues along the luxuriant Ziz Valley and the Tafilalet date palm grove, famous for date cultivation. This area is the foundation of the Alaouite dynasty – the current ruling royal family in Morocco. You’ll arrive at Merzouga at the end of the afternoon – to be welcomed with a glass of mint tea before you check in to your Riad. Here you will have your first contact with the Sahara Desert, where we will climb the nearest dunes and relax while watching the magnificent Sahara sunset.
Dinner and lodging at hotel very near de Erg Chebbi Dunes.
Authentic desert trek, starting with a visit to a fossil quarry and the oases and villages that occupy the Merzouga Desert. Visit to the amazing and wild oases of Safsaf, Azerkam and Laaouina where we will have lunch. After lunch we will drive along one of the old roads that were formerly used for the “Paris – Dakar” Rally. This route will take us to the golden dunes of Erg Chebbi. Here we will take a sunset camel ride through the sand dunes to a traditional Berber camp nestled right on the heart of the dunes. Enjoy some spectacular views over the sand dunes as the sun sinks below the horizon before enjoying a hearty Berber meal and a campfire this evening, often with local musicians helping enhance the atmosphere. You spend this magical night sleeping in comfortable Berber tents (jaima) under a blanket of stars.
After saying farewell to the desert, we will head towards the Dadès Valley, visiting along the way the numerous berber villages that give this area its name, “The Land of a Thousand Kasbahs.” Along the route we will visit one of the best places in the High Atlas, the Todra Gorges. The course of the river has carved out this cliff-sided canyon and because of its beauty and the high rock sides it is very popular among climbers. After a short walk through the sheer cliffs of the Todra Gorge, we will take a short break for lunch. In the afternoon we continue to the Dadès valley, also known as the valley of figs, going through Boumalne Dadés where we’ll stop at the “monkey legs”. Dinner and lodging at the Dadès Gorges.
After breakfast we will head towards Ouarzazate, known as the Hollywood of Morocco. Once in Ouarzazate we will visit its huge Taourirt Kasbah, home to a 19th-century palace, and one of the most well preserved kasbahs in Morocco. We will then visit Ait Ben Haddou, an ighrem (fortified village), and traditional Mud Brick city on the edge of the High Atlas Mountains. It is on the UNESCO World Heritage List and has been featured in many films including Lawrence of Arabia, Gladiator, Game of Thrones and many others. We will then continue our journey to Marrakech, with breathtaking views throughout the High Atlas Mountains via the Tizi n’Tichka Pass (2260m), the highest point in Morocco. Arrival in Marrakech in the evening.
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