Three day tour from Fez to Marrakesh
Description of the tour
This route through Morocco is full of contrasts in its landscapes; the ochre, russet and emerald green predominate all the way, changing continuously according to your height or proximity to the desert.
Tall cedars and mountains capped with snow in winter, with wild animals that live in an ideal habitat for them, make a pleasant distraction for your route through Morocco.
The desert is never far, waiting for the arrival of visitors to enjoy the sensation of freedom and its silence, that traps us, gets into the soul leaving an unforgettable mark as we encounter the ocean of sand with the sound of the dunes that remind us of the waves of the sea below which this land lay eons ago.
Palm groves and oases invite a closer look and lure into the imposing Kasbahs that open their doors and welcome us as we enjoy the renowned hospitality of the Berbers.
Day 1 Fez - Ifrane- Midelt - Ziz Valley - Merzouga
Departure from Fez early in the morning. Today we will pass through the mountains of the Middle Atlas, where the city of Ifrane, known as "the Switzerland of Morocco", is located - a mountain settlement with alpine style houses and with a European touch. The route continues through the Ifrane National Park that runs through the forest of Azrou, where imposing Cedars, Walnut trees and holly oaks abound. Expect to see troupes of wild monkeys, accustomed to people, as they go in search of food. We will then follow the route through the mountain pass of the Middle Atlas (Timahdit), until Midelt, where we stop for lunch in an excellent local restaurant. Our route then leads us through the through the fantastic Ziz Valley, an extension of palm groves, which spreads further than the eye can see. Arrival in Merzouga, in the Sahara at Erg Chebbi, where the caravan of dromedaries awaits you, to enter the dunes and marvel at the sunset.
A magical night in our camp, sleeping in the typical Khaimahs nestled by the dunes.
Day 2 The desert (Erg Chebbi) – Palm groves of Jorf - The Todra Valley- The Dadès Gorges Desert excursion in 4x4
A morning stop at Rissani, to see its market, (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays) unique in the area, which attracts numerous nomads.
The route continues until we reach the Gorges of Todra, where we will stroll a while by the banks of the river and enjoy the views of the magnificent rocky canyon, a favorite spot for climbers and a favorite tourist destination in Morocco.
We take the road once again, passing through immense palm plantations until we reach Boumalne Dadès. The Dadès Valley offers a variety of landscapes of gorges and canyons, dotted with small villages with their plantations of olive and almond trees overshadowed by the geological formation called "The monkey’s fingers".
Overnight in the Gorges of Dadès
Day 3 Gorges of Dadès- Valley of the Roses- Ouarzazate- Aït Ben Haddou- Marrakesh
Departure from the Gorges of Dadès, towards the Valley of the Roses, also called the "Route of a Thousand Kasbahs". It passes through the Skoura Valley, where you can visit the beautiful Kasbah of Amridil, one of the most scenic in this area and best preserved. The road continues to Ouarzazate – film location capital, where the studios "Atlas" are based and where movies such as; Gladiator, Asterix and Cleopatra, The Jewel of the Nile, and many other titles were recorded.
Afterwards we will visit the Kasbah of Aït Ben Haddou, which is located a few kilometers from Ouarzazate. The Kasbah is a World Heritage Site and a tour will be done with a guide of the area.
Once over, we will head up into the High Atlas to reach Marrakesh and pass through the Tizi'n Tichka mountain pass (2260 meters), which is the highest in Morocco. We will stop to rest on the way, where you can enjoy a mint tea and visit a cooperative of women producing Argan, where they prepare all kinds of cosmetics.
Afternoon arrival in Marrakesh.