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, also a great place for skiing. 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. You will stop for lunch and then head to Merzouga. You will travel through the Ziz valley of palm groves, and other interesting sites before reaching Merzouga. When you 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.
Day 2: Exploring Merzouga
Today’s adventure will begin as we hop in the 4x4 to explore villages around Erg Chebbi’s dunes, such as Hassi Labied, Merdani, Khamlia, M’fis. In Khamlia, you will be greeted with a warm cup of tea (aka: Berber Whiskey) while enjoying live, spiritual Gnawa music. Following the excitement of the music and dance you will stop for lunch to experience authentic Berber Pizza. Leaving Khamlia our next stop is a panoramic view of the golden dunes near the Algerian border. Following the golden dunes, you will visit a nomad family still living in the heat and cold of the Sahara. Visiting with the nomads is at times a life changing experience. The peace and love that these wonderful people share will be a highlight of your Moroccan journey. You will be introduced to family members and learn about their way of life, and most likely enjoying another cup of tea and nuts. After this wonderful visit, we will visit the site of black volcanic rocks. Continuing onward we’ll reach the panoramic view near Yasmina Lake. The Lake is an amazing view, especially if it full of water. The dunes will stand in all its glory with a picturesque view of the nearby lake (usually only springtime, if lucky). Then we will drive back to Merzouga. This is a full and exciting day. Don’t forget your camera.
Please note we will visit Yasmina or Merzouga Lake only if there’s water in it. After touring the lake, you will return to your hotel for the evening.
Day 3: Merzouga – Boumalne Dades
Early in the morning, you can walk to the sand dunes to watch the sunrise. After the sun makes its appearance you will enjoy a relaxing breakfast. After breakfast you will head towards the gorges. You will be stopping off in Rissani, to visit the Souk, (my personal favorite) it has many wonderful shops, be sure to stop by the pharmacy and donkey parking lot. Continuing the journey, you will pass through the Ziz Valley and finally stroll the Todgha Gorge. Again, some beautiful photo opportunities in the Gorge. Following the beautiful mountains and rivers of the gorge, Relax in your hotel for the evening.
Day 4: 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. We hope you enjoyed your Fes tour with our travel agency. Until we meet again