Fes - Merzouga - Boumalne Dades - Marrakech
Day 1: Fes – Merzouga
Today will begin with a drive to Merzouga. You will pass through the city of Ifrane, which is considered the Switzerland of Morocco because of its housing architecture and snowfall. Ifrane is also the coldest city in Morocco. You will continue your journey through the Middle Atlas Mountains and through the Cedar forest of Azrou, which is 3940 feet in elevation. Here you will have the opportunity to feed the endangered Barbary (Macaque) Monkeys. Try to remember a snack for the monkeys and have your camera ready. After you are done monkeying around you will continue to travel the scenic roads through the Atlas Mountains. We will stop for lunch and then head to Merzouga. We will travel through the Ziz valley of palm groves, and other interesting sites before reaching Merzouga. When we reach Merzouga, you will meet your next mode of transportation, a camel. You will take a gentle, peaceful ride on your camel for approximately an hour and a half, to the Berber Camp, situated in the dunes. Here you will experience the life of a nomad. After a fine Moroccan dinner, enjoy the sound of cultural Berber music and a campfire. The music, the sky and the company are the perfect combination to rank this adventure #1. Your tent is equipped with comfortable beds, blankets, and pillows.
2: - Merzouga – Boumalne Dades
Early this morning your journey will begin with a breathtaking sunrise in the desert. The sun rises behind the dunes on the Algerian border. When the sun makes its glorious entrance for the day you will hop back on the camel and ride back to the hotel, where you have breakfast. After breakfast, your excursion will begin by exploring fortresses, the Valley of Palmeries and gorges. You will visit the wells that were used as an irrigation system in the 17th century and Todra Gorge. You will travel through the highest Oasis in Morocco, with mountains 300 M (1000 feet). This drive delivers many beautiful photo opportunities. If you enjoy taking photos (as I do) Morocco provides endless opportunity. From here you will travel through the city of Tinghir as you make your way to Boumalne Dades where you will stay for the night.
Day 3: Boumalne Dades – Marrakech
Following breakfast your excursion will begin by traveling through the Valley of Roses where the festival of Roses is celebrated at the end of May each year. Stop and Smell the Roses, as the old saying goes. Many little shops line the street with a wide selection of rose infused beauty products. You will continue onward through Skoura, oasis of palm groves as we head to the city of Ouarzazate. The Hollywood of Morocco, Ouarzazate showcases the Cinema Studios and museums for the abundance of movies filmed here. Not far from the Cinemas you will stop by the Kasbah of Taourirt and the most famous Kasbah in Morocco, Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah. Lace up your sneakers, get the camera ready for a little climb to the top of the Kasbah. The Kasbah is situated on the hillside along the Ounila River. Ait Ben Haddou has been an UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987. Many films have been produced in the Kasbah including: Gladiator, The Message, The Mummy, Alexander and Babel. After the Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah tour, you will have lunch and continue to travel to the city of Marrakech crossing the Tizi n Tichka in the High Atlas Mountains. The pass was built by the French Military in 1936. It lies between Marrakech and the Sahara. Tizi n Tichka is the highest mountain in Northern Africa. Reaching Marrakech, you will unwind in your hotel for the evening and we bid farewell.