This 3 days/2 Nights’ trip will give us a taste of the Sahara Desert. From Fez to Marrakech via Merzouga, we will explore beautiful landscapes. Ifrane, Dades Valley, Ouarzazate, Ait ben Haddou Kasbah will be the highlights of this mesmerising trip along with a camel trek in desert sand dunes to sleep in a nomadic desert camp under the Milky Way enjoying a nomad dancing party around fire.
Early in the morning after breakfast, our journey to uncover the hidden mystics of the Sahara desert begins. Our road trip starts from Fez. We will head south to Merzouga via Ifran and Midlet. This journey will give us glimpses of the Middle Atlas and Higher Atlas mountains. In Azrou, we will have a close look at Barbarian apes. The natural scenery of the Atlas compounds of lakes, high cedar forests and the white peeks of the Atlas Mountains. Through the Tizi n’ Talghamt Pass we will reach to Midelt for lunch. Then we will continue along the Ziz Valley to appreciate the panoramic views along the way. This valley encloses the biggest oasis all of North Africa. The welcoming Berber villages of Erfoud and Rissani will be our last stops before arriving to Merzouga. Upon our arrival to the edge of the Erg Chebbi dune line we will meet our desert guide. Atop his camel friends, he will carry us across the sand dunes to experience a captivating view of the sunset. Overnight will be under the Poles Stars and The Milky Way in a deep desert camp attending a party around a fire camp.
Early in the morning, our Camel man will wake us up to not miss another fascinating view of a desert sunrise. Then we will camel trek back to take breakfast in our Riad in Merzouga. Then, we will proceed to Tinghir via the towns of Rissani and Erfoud. In Rissani, we will walk within the genuine Souk, a mixture of vegetables, spices and dates. In this souk, we will witness a wave of sounds smells that will tease all our sensations in a traditional scenery of hooded men and veiled women negotiating prices as they did for centuries ago. We will have lunch in Tinghir and Todra gorges; we will discover the highest, narrowest gorges in Morocco. After lunch in the heart of the gorges, we will proceed to the Rose’s valley where we will see the majestic sand castles and the amazing rock formations known as “monkey toes”. The youth in the region believe that these castles inspired Jimmy Hendrix during his trip to Morocco in the 60s; he wrote, “Castle Made of Sand”. We will stop at Kalaa M’gouna in the Roses Valley to purchase the rosewater and appreciate the heavenly like atmosphere in the region. Then, we will arrive in Sakura Oasis to spend our night in an attractive Riad in the midst of Skoura palm grove. For comfort purposes, this trip offers two options to spend night either in a hotel/Riad in Ouarzazate or in lovely Riad at Ait Ben Haddou.
Early in a blue-skied morning and after breakfast, we will proceed to Marrakesh. Our first stop will be in Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, the largest Kasbah in Morocco. Et Hami El Glaoui, the founder of this Kasbah, was one of the last Berber chieftains during the 19th century. UNESCO classifies it as a world heritage site. Families still live in fortified Kasbahs around it. Many movies were filmed in this attractive area like “Lawrence of Arabia”, Babel, “The Mummy “, “ Jesus of Nazareth” and many others. Then, we will stroll and cross a dried river to discover the majestic Kasbah for its authentic vibe. Then we will cross the High Atlas Mountains to enjoy the refreshing air. In Tizi Ntichka on top of the Atlas, we will have lunch in a local restaurant. Our last stop will be in Marrakesh where will have a sight on the famous square of Jamai’ ElFna.