3 Nights in Riad in Fez with Breakfast
1 Night in Kasbah Hotel in the Merzouga Desert with Breakfast and Dinner
1 night in Merzouga Desert Camp (Jaimas) with Breakfast and Dinner
Sahara Camel Trek (one camel per person)
1 night in Merzouga Desert Camp (Jaimas) with breakfast and dinner
Sahara Camel trek (one camel per person)
Transport by air conditioned 4x4 or minibus, fuel included
Guide and Driver
Guided visit of Fez
Tour price is -----€ per person including PRIVATE travel in a 4 x 4 or minibus with driver and guide
You will be greeted by your personal guide upon arrival and escorted to your Riad in the heart of the historic Medina. You will have the rest of the day to settle in and visit Fez on your own.
After breakfast in your Riad, you will 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 stop at Ifran, known as the ''Switzerland of Morocco'' and a huge contrast to some of the other more Arabic feeling cities you'll see in Morocco. The French built Ifran in the 1930s, with the intention of recreating an alpine style resort. Stopping at the Cedar forest of Azrou, the largest one in Morocco, over the Middle Atlas Mountains– where you will have a chance to feed the monkeys of Gibraltar that inhabit the zone. After lunch in Midelt, you will continue through the large open high desert, and notice how the scenery changes to reveal hints of the desert as you approach the city of Er Rachidia. 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.
This is a full Desert day. After breakfast we start our day on the road that was formerly used for the “Paris – Dakar” Rally and ends in the mountains that border with Algeria. Stop at Tissardmin oasis where we can find fossil quarries still present in the area, we continue then by a road where we can see nomad settlements and learn their secrets and customs. Next we will stop at a viewpoint to contemplate the whole of Erg Chebbi. We`ll reach the Khamlia Village, whose inhabitants are direct descendants from the Gnawa tribe, originating from sub-Saharan countries such as the Sudan, Mali and Niger, who were forcibly moved from their homelands across the Sahara to Morocco as part of the worldwide slave trade.
After lunch we transfer to camels (dromedaries) and 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.
“Date with the sunrise” If you are In the middle of the desert, waking up early is a “must do” to contemplate the most spectacular sunrise you´ve ever seen at the top of a dune close to the camp and enjoy this landscape that is a gift of nature. We return to Merzouga on the dromedaries where a heartwarming breakfast is waiting for us. After breakfast we start our last day to the north through the Tafilalet palm grove, the biggest in the world and famous for its dates. You´ll see thousands of palm trees along the 20km of road. This way leads us to the Ziz Valley, which river comes down from the high Atlas and feeds the palm grove. Here we make a stop and from this high viewpoint, enjoy a magnificent view of the valley and the town of Aoufous. A stop in Midelt, in the heart of the Atlas for lunch and rest for a while. In the afternoon we continue, passing once again through the UNESCO Cedar Forest of Azrou. We arrive at Fez late in the afternoon.
Our final stop is Fez. 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, it is also one of the most extensive and best conserved historic towns in the Arab-Muslim world.
After breakfast, our local guide will join us for a tour of Fez. The whole day will be devoted to discovering Fez, a UNESCO World Heritage and the oldest of the imperial cities, and one of the most complete medieval cities in existence. Surrounded by huge defensive walls, it seems suspended in a time warp, somewhere between the Middle Ages and the modern. But it’s more than that, it is a living city almost devoid of tourists, where whilst wandering amongst its amazing 9,000 tiny streets you experience its noisy hawkers selling everything from colorful vegetables, to delicious middle eastern pastries flavored with cinnamon and honey. We’ll take you through the maze-like souks of the old medina including a visit to the Zaouia (sanctuary) of MoulayIdriss II, founder of Fez. Fez served as the capital of Morocco for more than 350 years and is home to the University of Al Karaouine, the oldest operating university in the world. Your guided tour will take you to Moulay Idriss Mausoleum, the Nejjarine Fountains and the Tanneries. After lunch you will also view the exterior of the Royal Palace and walk through the famous Jewish quarter “the Mellah”, where you will have the option to visit one of the few living synagogues in Morocco. Your tour of Fez includes a short visit to a famous ceramic factory, and then you can enjoy a wonderful panoramic view over the whole Medina of Fez.
Dinner and lodging in your hotel or Riad.