Tour from Fez to the Atlas Mountain and Desert
Five-day tour departing from Fez: High Atlas- Telouet Valley- Ksar Ait Benhaddou – Ouarzazate – Skoura Palm Grove – Erfoud – Draa Valley – Dades Valley – Zagora - Erg Chebbi Desert Dunes –Merzouga – Todra Gorge - Anti Atlas
Day 1: Fez – Ifrane – Woods of the monkeys – Azrou - Midelet- Ziz Gorge – Desert
In the early morning we leave Fez and go to the south of Morocco and visit Ifrane, Azrou and the cedar woods where wild Atlas monkeys live! After that, we go to the port of Tizi-N-Talghoumlt, and then, Ziz Valley and the Tafilalet Oasis where you can admire the great extensions of date palm groves. In the evening, we get to the desert in Merzouga. We will stay in a hotel.
Day 2: Merzouga Desert - Rissani- Erg Chebbi
After breakfast, we visit the town of Rissani, which has a special charm and an interesting history. It is considered the heir of the mythical Sijilmassa, former capital of Tafilalet, which had over 100.000 inhabitants. From that splendid time, there are only some traces left near the Oued Ziz. Rissani is, above all, a holy ground, legend has it that in the XII century a tremendous drought hit the Tafilalet and local chiefs asked Hassan el Alaoui, descendant from Mohammed, to come from Arabia and use his influence to provoke rain. And so it happened. Thus, the predecessor of Mulay el Rachid settled down in Tafilalet and gave birth to the dynasty reigning in Morocco. After the visit, we will go back to the dunes. At sunset, an excursion to the heart of the sand sea, on dromedary back and overnight in tents.
Day 3: Erg Chebbi - Erg Ouzina – Plateau of M’ Harech – Alnif – Todra Gorge
It is worth getting up early to admire the sunrise. After breakfast, visit to the town where African musicians from Sudan live. After that, we will go to see the old tracks of the Dakar Rally, passing through some spectacular desert landscapes such as the Ouzina desert and its dunes. Then, we will cross the palm groves of the M'harech Straits, and after that, the Todra Gorge via Alnif. A walk down the gorge and the valley. Overnight in a Riad.
Day 4: Todra Gorge – Ouarzazate - Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou- Kasbah of Telouet - Marrakech
After breakfast, we will pay a visit to Ouarzazate, with the kasbah of Taourirte and the kasbah used for different movies - Ait Benhaddou. Then, we go to Marrakech through the High Atlas. We visit the Kasbah of Telouet and have lunch. In the afternoon, we will continue to the port of Tichka, 2,260 metres. Overnight in Marrakech.
Day 5: Marrakech- Essaouira- Marrakech
Today we will see a different Morocco – the Atlantic coast and Essaouira, "The white and blue town of Mogador”. Free time to relax and enjoy Essaouira’s medina, World Heritage site, and the fishing port. You can contemplate the sunset on the beaches where surfers from all over the world come to practice and enjoy their passion. In the evening, we will go back to Marrakech.
NOTE: This 5-day tour could also star in Marrakech and end in Fez. And it could last 4 days.