Schedule:Pickup point: from your accommodationTime of departure: 7:30 AMDuration: 3 days 2 nightsHighlights of the 3 days trip from Marrakech to Fes via Merzouga Desert: • Drive across the High Atlas Mountains and Tizi N’Tichka pass • Visit UNESCO World Heritage site Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou • Enjoy amazing scenery of the gorges Dades and Todra • Drive along the Valley of the Roses and the road of 1001 Kasbahs • Discover the city of Ouarzazate, considered the gate of the Sahara Desert • Camel trek across the Merzouga Desert • Spend the night in a Berber desert camp • Drive along Ziz Valley • Drive across an amazing cedar forest and the Middle Atlas Mountains • Pass by the ski resort of Ifrane (the Switzerland of Morocco) and the Berber village Azrou
Itinerary:Day 1: Marrakech – Ait Ben Haddou – Ouarzazate – Valley of the Roses – Dades Gorge The trip will begin with an early pick-up from your accommodation in Marrakech, at around 7:30 a.m. The journey will take you over the High Atlas Mountains, where we will cross the Tizi N’Tichka pass (2260 m in altitude). After several stops along the way, you will arrive to an important point of your trip where you will visit the UNESCO World Heritage site Ksar Ait Ben Haddou, which is the location of numerous Hollywood successful movies (Gladiator, Price of Persia, Game of Thrones, etc.) After lunch, we will be heading to Ouarzazate, known as “The Gate of the Sahara”. We continue our trip to the most prominent of the oasis valleys that dominate southern Morocco, Dades Valley or “The Valley of One Thousand Kasbahs”, via the Valley of the Roses and the city of Skoura with its immense palm groves. Day 2: Dades gorge – Tinghir - Todra gorge – Erfoud - Merzouga Desert After having breakfast at the hotel, we will be heading to Tinghir and Todra gorge, at a 45 km distance from Dades gorge, where we will stop so you can enjoy the breathtaking landscapes of the oasis, with beautiful palm groves and amazing images with the Ksar Tinghir, also called the “Jewish Quarter”. We will continue our road by admiring one of the most spectacular canyons in the world, Todra, where you will enjoy a short walk around the area. We continue our road towards the captivating dunes of Erg Chebbi, which are a part of the Merzouga desert. After we arrive at the hotel in Merzouga, you will prepare for a 90 minutes camel trek across the sand dunes, just in time to see how the color of the dunes changes under the fading light of the sunset. After arriving to the camp, where you will spend the night in nomadic tents, you will enjoy delicious traditional Moroccan food, next to a fire camp, while being entertained by local Berbers playing their drums. Day 3: Erg Chebbi (Merzouga Desert) - Erfoud – Midelt – Azrou – Ifrane – Fes After an early wake up so you can watch the sunrise while riding the camels, you will have breakfast at the hotel and leave for Fes, by passing through the Tafilalet palm grove, one of the biggest in the world. You will be seeing thousands of palm trees on a distance of 20 km long. From here we will reach the Ziz Valley, where we will stop in order to admire the magnificent view of the region and the town of Aoufous. Before we arrive at our destination, we will be passing through Azrou, a famous Berber village located in the middle of the largest cedar forest in Morocco and the home of Barbary apes and by the ski resort of Ifrane (the Moroccan Switzerland) built by the French in the 1930's to resemble a Swiss village. The 3 days desert trip will end at your hotel or riad in Fes.