Highlights of 5 Days tour from Marrakech to Fes:
- Camel ride in Erg chebbi dunes.
- Overnight in Berber luxury camp.
- Visit the canyons of Todgha.
- visit Ouallywood.
- The Kasbah of Ait ben Haddou.
5 Days tour from Marrakech to Fes itinerary:
Marrakech sightseeing tour :
Our 5 Days tour from Marrakech to Fes Given the priority to be the most visited city in Morocco and Africa, Marrakech is a heaven for history and culture lovers. For this reason, the first of the 5 days tour will be devoted to discover the city and visit its mosques, museums, gardens, palaces and of course the walled medieval medina.
There cannot a better start to this tour, but a visit to the magnificent palace of El Bahia, built by “Ba Hmad” or “Ahmed Ben Moussa”, in which you will obviously see and like the old Moroccan way of building and decorating. Dar Si Said was founded by “Said Ben Moussa” who is the brother of “Ba Hmad” the founder of “El Bahia Palace”. Dar Si Said now is an interesting museum where you can see different types of carpets and a lot of other items exhibited in the museum.
Another significant palace is El Badi Palace that dates back to the 16th century. The name of the palace means ‘incomparable’, with its Moorish style of Architecture, it was at that time the diplomatic palace of the Saadians. On the mention of the Saadians, we will make a visit to their majestic tombs. About gardens, we won’t miss the chance to visit the blue Majorelle Gardens to capture some of the best photography shots.
Menara Garden is also an amazing public garden for photography as the lake is surrounded by plenty of olive trees and the distant views of mountains. Finally, the tour ends with a walk in Jemaa el-Fna square to see the place where people gather in the evening to see the shows of the magicians, snake charmers, storytellers and so many others. Over the terrace of café next to the square, have a drink and enjoy the sunset.
Marrakech – Ait Benhaddou – Ouarzazate – Dades Valley:
In the morning, we will depart Marrakech and start today’s journey towards Dades Valley via the High Atlas Mountains. We will surely stop at the panoramic view of Tizi N’Tishka mountain pass above the High Atlas Mountains to see the beautiful scenery from the top.
After that, we finish our scenic drive in the mountains and arrive to famous Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou which is a massive fortified residence and one of the best tourist attractions in the country as it is a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Next, we reach Ouarzazate, Hollywood of Africa, where we stop to visit the Atlas Film Studios in order to gain more insight on the films and series that were filmed in the area such as Game of Thrones, Vikings, Lawrence of Arabia and the Mummy.
In the same city, we also visit Taourirt Kasbah which adorns the city with its special Moroccan architecture attracting international movies to film some scenes in the Kasbah including Gladiator and Prince of Percia.
At the end of the day, we continue our way via the road of Thousand Kasbahs past the green palm grove of Skoura and through the Valley of Roses in Kelaat M’Gouna town and finally arrive to Dades Valley. Dinner and overnight stay in the hotel in Dades Valley.
Dades Valley – Todgha Gorges – Sahara Desert:
In the morning, we will be departing the beautiful lands of Dades and drive straight way to Tinghir city which is known for its green valley of palm trees. Before getting to the city, we will firstly make an interesting stop at the magnificent gorge of Todgha.
Needless to say that Todgha Gorges is one of the most interesting tourist attractions in the country. It is visited by both local and foreign tourists to enjoy the amazing views the place offers, climb the gorge, hiking and take amazing photography shots. Lunch on the gorge, you will have enough time to explore the area properly.
On the way to the desert, we will pass by various villages and towns such as Tinejdad to finally reach Merzouga. Once in the desert of Merzouga, you will be welcomed with a cup of tea in the hotel to rest before heading off to the edges of the dunes to go on an unforgettable experience. Camel trekking through the golden sand dunes of Erg-Chebbi is surely one of the best experiences you will have.
Above the sand dunes, enjoy the magical sunset of Sahara Desert and descend for the camp to have dinner and listen to some Berber drums music. In a quiet clear desert atmosphere, don’t miss the chance to enjoy the brilliant views of Milky Way and its bright stars. Overnight stay in your well-equipped tent.
The fourth day of the tour is specialized in exploring the desert and discovers all sides of Erg-Chebbi golden sand dunes.
After a shower and breakfast, we go back to the hotel where a 4WD vehicle will be waiting for you to get prepared and begin the desert adventure. Driving through the desert off-roads, we will drive to the other side of the dunes where nomads live in their nomadic tents. We will have a break in their tents and discover their way of life and how they survive in this harsh desert side.
After that, we take an off-road through a valley to get to a mountain offering an impressive panoramic view. In the mountain, you will clearly be able to see the transition from the harsh desert to the sand dunes. Next, we descend to an old French village in M’Fis to see the old buildings of the French army of that time and discover the mines in the area.
Back from the other side of the desert, we will rest in “Khamlia” village which is known for its inhabitants who the majority came from the Sub-Saharan countries and settled in various places in Morocco including the village. The inhabitants now serve an amazing musical art of their legacy presented in Gnaoua music.
Also in the village, we will have a tasty lunch before driving back to Merzouga. Depending on your choice, the rest of the day will be free for you to enjoy a swim and a drink or drive out to discover the surrounding villages such as Hassi Labied.
Merzouga – Rissani – Ziz Valley – Cedar Forest – Fes:
The fifth and last day of the trip will start from the desert and end in the city of Fes. Leaving Merzouga in the morning, we drive for only 36km to our first stop of the day in Rissani town, which is known for its amazing gate and traditional market.
After a quick tour in the town, we continue the road to Ziz Valley, a famous oasis known as the first producer of dates in the country, where we stop to see a wonderful panoramic view of palm trees. During lunchtime, we would be in Midelt city, which is known in Morocco as the apple city, to rest and have a delicious lunch.
Then, we start driving in the Middle Atlas villages until reaching the Cedar Forest of Azrou in which we will stop to see the Barbary apes play on next to road and sometimes fed by the passengers.
Ifrane or ‘Switzerland of Morocco’ is a nearby city to the forest, where the next stop is to be in order to see a totally different Moroccan city and visit the famous carved lion statue. Finally, through Imouzzar Kandar town, we will make it to Fes city where the 5 days tour ends.
5 Days tour from Marrakech to Fes includes and excludes:
- Pick-up service if needed.
- Transfer in a comfortable vehicle.
- English speaking driver/guide.
- Breakfasts and dinners.
- A night in Erg Chebbi desert camp.
- Camel ride in the Sahara desert.
- Berber scarf in the desert.
- Plane tickets.
- Travel insurance.
- Soft drinks.
Great tour to round off a perfect visit to Marrakech! Rachid and Mohammed are very helpful and open-minded! You are well looked after all around and the tour is well organized.
The highlight is the short but impressive desert tour. The starry sky in the cool night was wonderful! The locals absolutely lived up to their hospitable reputation with their warmth. Gladly again.
For our 5 days -long trip from Marrakech, this trip was the highlight. Our driver Mohammed and tour guide Rachid guided us safely through half of Morocco. Ait Ben Haddou and the time in the desert were breathtaking impressions. An absolute must for people who want to experience Morocco in a short time