Imperial cities, Marrakech and Fez
A contrast of landscapes and colors
Visit the two most famous imperial cities of Morocco, Marrakech and Fez on a 3 day trip via the Merzouga desert which will give you the possibility to discover the fabulous landscapes of the Grand and Anti Atlas mountains, the breathtaking views of the valleys of Toudra and Dades and the secrets of the lifestyle of the Berber nomads of the Sahara Desert.
Marrakech > Ait Ben Haddou > Vallée du Dadès
Meet your driver in the morning at your hotel or riad and prepare yourself to cross the High Atlas mountains towards the Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou.
After a guided walk in the village, continue to Ouarzazate for a quiet lunch. In the early afternoon, we go northeast to Boumalne Dades. After a walk along the Dades river with the amazing sunset in the background, you arrive at the Dades gorges. Make a pit stop to enjoy the incredible scenery. Then continue to a hotel where you will have dinner and rest for the night.
Vallée du Dadès > Merzouga
After breakfast, you go from the 1001 Kasbahs to Tinghir, a beautiful oasis where you can go on an hour-long walk by the river to the Todgha Gorges. Here you will have free time to enjoy the scenery before lunch.
In the early afternoon, the ride will take you to Merzouga where your camel caravan will be waiting for you. From there, ride a camel through the dunes of Erg Chebbi, while enjoying a bewitching sunset. Just before nightfall, join your Sahara desert camp nestled between the sand dunes where you can enjoy a Moroccan dinner under the stars, while being entertained by local nomads playing drums around the fire of camp.
If desired, your hosts at the desert camp will wake you up to watch the sunrise. After breakfast, you will follow the Ziz river with its incredible palm-lined oasis and fortified ksours (castles) to Midelt, a small town in the middle of the Atlas Mountains, where you will stop for lunch. In the afternoon, continue crossing the mountains of the Middle Atlas to Fez. You will notice a dramatic change in the landscape: snow-capped mountains, cedar forests and rich vegetation, 180 degrees from the arid and rocky landscapes of the rest of the circuit. Your tour of the desert from Marrakech to Fez will end in the early evening and your driver will drive you to your riad or hotel in Fez.