This 3 days desert tour from Fes is Rich in scenery, you will never be bored as you will be busy admiring one scene after another. The dramatic landscape changes are amazing to the High Atlas Mountains, then to various valley and oases, and at the end, reach the amazing high sand dunes of Merzouga Erg Chebbi.
This is a long driving day, where we will meet different colors of the kingdom by leaving the old Moroccan city of Fes. On the way we will pass through the most modern and clean city in the country Ifran. This Berber name of Ifran means caves and it is nicknamed in Morocco as a little Switzerland since it is a very green town and is a ski resort in the Middle Atlas region of Morocco because of its high altitude at 1665 meters. Ifran is very known as well by The Brotherhood private university, established in 1997 by The king of Morocco Hassan II and the king of Saudi Arabia Fahd. Where all classes are taught in English, it is an international university. Lunch will be scheduled in a Berber village called Midelt which is situated on the foothills of the eastern part of the High Atlas Mountains. From vast plateau we start crossing up those tough mountains which are still settled by a big Berber community. The landscapes here includes palm tree oases at Jbel Ayachi (at 3747 m) before driving down the curves and join the pre-Saharan zone passing first by Errachidia, Goulmima finally arrive to the great canyons of Morocco Todgha Gorges are situated beyond the central high Atlas Mountains. Here, the contrasting landscapes remind visitors of the Colorado, with its high plateau, its gorges and great canyons, and its peaks sometimes splintered by erosion. Several peaks in this area exceed 4000 m, with Jbel Saghro 2500 m and Jbel Mgoun at 4068 m being the highest peak in this part of the High Atlas. The area is populated by Berbers. Here you can enjoy a hike among those fabulous canyons. then check at the hotel there.
Next day departure around 08:30 to Merzouga, visit the local city of Tinghir then keep driving via Erfoud, which is famous for its pottery and the interesting fossil quarries. Fossils are a major industry in Erfoud, some 350 million years ago the region around Erfoud was a part of the huge ocean. Heading up to the red colored sand sea dunes of Erg Chebbi at Merzouga via Rissani, the hometown of the Alaouist dynasty, where Moulay Ali sheriff started to unify Morocco under his red flag in the beginning of the 17th century. From a vast plateau you will get impressed by the huge sand dune of Merzouga appearing from the horizon. in the evening we go on a camel ride about one hour and half to meet one of the most fascinating sight we will ever seen, the superb sunset in the middle of the high sand dunes of Merzouga. Overnight in Berber tented desert camp and enjoy a wonderful stars view.
If you wake up early enough, you can see the spectacular of the sunrise, when the color of the dunes and the play of shadow are awesome. Then taking camel again for going back to the hostel shower then departing to Fez. Via Errachidia. We start again crossing up those tough mountains which are still settled by a big Berber community. The landscapes here includes palm tree oases at Jbel Ayachi (at 3747 m) lunch at Midelt which is situated on the foothills of the eastern part of the High Atlas Mountains.. Then arrive to Fes by the evening drop-off at your hotel or Riad in Fez where your trip will end.
√ Pick-up from your accommodation in Fes.
√ Transport by Air Conditioned Minibus/4WD.
√ Private room with shower and toilet, AC/Heater.
√ Dinner & Breakfast at the hotel in Todra Gorges.
√ Camel ride/4×4 in Sahara Merzouga.
√ Private sleeping camp in Sahara Merzouga.
√ Dinner & Breakfast in Sahara Merzouga.
√ Drop-off at your accommodation in Fes.
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Fes, Volubilis, Meknes, Ifran, Midelt, Risani, Merzouga, Todra Gorges, Dades Gorges, Ouarzazate, Ait ben Haddou, Telouet, Marrakech
Fes, Volubilis, Meknes, Ifran, Azro, Midelt, Errachidia, Arfoud, Risani, Merzouga