Sahara desert tour Fes to Marrakech:
- We enjoy Middle Atlas mountains around Azrou
- Experience Sahara desert in Merzouga and camel trek in desert
- We explore Dades and Todra gorges
- Visit Ait Benhaddou and film studios in Ouarzazate
- We enjoy High Atlas mountains around Ouarzazate
- We will visit Ait Benhaddou and film studios in Ouarzazate
PROGRAM FOR 7 DAYS Sahara desert tour Fes to Marrakech
DAY 1 : FEZ:
On this Sahara desert tour Fes to Marrakech, we will transfer you from the airport to your hotel in Fez and then we visit the new part of town. In the first place, we will see craft and religious capital of Morocco. In fact Fez was founded by Idris 1 in the twelfth century and was for years, cultural capital and focus of the Almohad . So it is one of the imperial cities with more interest in history and crafts. Moreover, it is one of the largest medina in the Arab world. Containing Madrasas, the souk (spectacular by the amount and variety of spices ), Karauin, the oldest university in the world , mosques , plazas, neighbourhood Andalusians and potters, palaces and museums. Hence, Fez is the artisan capital of Morocco. Finally after dinner we stay overnight at the riad .
DAY 2 : FEZ – MERZOUGA :
After breakfast we continue our Sahara desert tour Fes to Marrakech. Hence departure to the Middle Atlas Mountains . We stop in the charming town of Ifrane , also called as Switzerland of Morocco. Then we cross the great cedar forests. Further south, we will pass the mountains of the High Atlas. Then we arrive to Errachidia, where the first big trip palm appear. In fact these create an oasis of greenery ideal for growing all kinds of fruit trees and vegetables microclimate. Later on we reach Erfoud, the economic capital of the Tafilalet region . In this area, the fossils abound testifying past covered by the sea. From here the asphalt disappears, Saharan tracks adobe reach the village of Merzouga. Finally dinner and overnight at the hotel, enjoy your Fes Sahara Desert Tour.
DAY 3: MERZOUGA:
So today we explore Erg Chebbi more deeply. So on this Sahara desert tour Fes to Marrakech, we visit the town of Khamlia, we discover small villages and inhabited houses in unexpected places, far from civilization. We also visit nomads who are there and we will take you with them in the evening and leave the 4×4 camel ride to spend the night in the desert under the sky. Then overnight in nomad tents in desert.
DAY 4 : MERZOUGA – TODRA GORGE – DADES VALLEY – OUARZAZATE :
After breakfast we depart to Risani , old Sijilmassa , sourcing center of ancient caravans from the Sahara. So we continue our journey of Sahara desert tour Fes to Marrakech, through a semi-desert landscape, we reach the oasis of Tinghir- possibly one of the most beautiful places in Morocco. Then we pass the Todra river, impressive gorges to reach over 300m. in addition we visit the village, we take the road of a thousand Kasbahs to Ouarzazate, to reach one of the most important cities of southern Morocco , known for its intense and cinematic activity, having to his credit films like Gladiator , Troy, the Mummy etc . Then a visit of the kasbah of Taurirt . Finally, we will enjoy dinner and we stay overnight at the hotel.
DAY 5 : OUARZAZATE – AIT BENHADDOU -MARRAKECH :
After breakfast we take the road towards Ait Ben Haddou, the queen of kasbahs (Unesco World Heritage). Later we will visit one of the most beautiful tracks of Morocco, Kasbah of Telouet , ancient palace Glagui , Pacha Marrakech. Afterwards we continue our Sahara desert tour Fes to Marrakech, passing through the port of highest mountain in Morocco – Tzin Tichca (2,260 m) to reach the imperial city of Marrakech. Finally we stay overnight at riad .
DAY 6 : MARRAKECH CITY TOUR:
After breakfast we spend full day tour to visit Marrakech. In fact, the stories tell that city was inhabited by a tribe on the other side of the Atlas , with large supplies of dates, and bones , born a palm . Called ” the red city ” because of the color of its walls and filled with gardens, watered by underground wells (khettaras), which were built by the Almoravids and Saharan nomads in the eleventh century We will visit Menara , the Casbah, the Saadian Tombs , the Bahia Palace , the Koutoubia. Moreover, Majorelle Gardens and souks, are some of the unavoidable visits. Later on a unique experience will be to discover the square ” Djemaa El Fna ” where life and activity of the city is concentrated : dancers , storytellers , jugglers , artisans , merchants, and snake charmers . Then we stay in Marrakech overnight in local riad. ending our day of this Sahara desert tour Fes to Marrakech.
DAY 7 : MARRAKECH – AIRPORT:
Free time until we transfer you to the airport before your flight departure. Hence this will be end of our Sahara desert tour Fes to Marrakech.
Some info Before visiting the Moroccan Desert and before our Sahara desert tour Fes to Marrakech:
The immensity for horizon, silence for background music, nature in its raw state for only companion… Staying in the desert is one of those fascinating experiences that we all (or almost) want to live a day. But what is the reality of this dream? How, very concretely, does such a journey unfold? Answer to all the questions – the practices and the others – on the return from Sahara desert tour Fes to Marrakech, in the Agafay desert, in the south of Morocco.
The desert, is it far for a Sahara desert tour Fes to Marrakech?
Yes, normally the desert is far away. Very. In Morocco, to reach the first dunes of the Sahara from Marrakech, it takes 8 hours by road, some of which on tracks. From the international flight to Morocco, then from Marrakech to the camp, the journey is long. Even if there are some air connections from Casablanca to Zagora, one hesitates to spend “just” a weekend under the tent.
This is one of the reasons why the Agafay desert is on the rise. One hour from Marrakech, this desert of rocks – this reg, more precisely – offers the same type of change of scenery, but more accessible. Framed by two large wadis, N’fis and Tensift, this geographical area extends over more than 20 km and benefits from a microclimate where it hardly ever rains: its climatic conditions are close to those of the Sahara. The more adventurous will be disappointed, but many will be delighted to be able to live this experience and, once convinced, try their luck again in the heart of the dunes of the Sahara… this time taking more time. Another advantage: the Agafay desert unfolds splendid landscapes, whose ocher hills look like the spectacle of sandy dunes. In the background stand out the snow-capped peaks of the Atlas chain… Grandiose!
In the heart of this desert, the Sahara desert tour Fes to Marrakech tents (including “Suites”) furnished in a traditional spirit, with local craftsmanship, impeccable comfort, Berber cuisine and exemplary service. Installed since 2002 in southern Morocco (especially towards M’hamid el Ghizlane, at the gates of the Sahara), Vincent Jacquet was one of the pioneers of high-end bivouacs: he has concentrated here more than 15 years of know-how in the field. .
Under the tent, practical questions about Sahara desert tour Fes to Marrakech:
Is there electricity? Some water ? Should I bring a flashlight? We imagine the desert, we dream of immensity, then… we forget all the practical details, and we panic. No need to be alarmed, in fact, everything is planned. Whether it seems inconceivable, reassuring or disconcerting – depending on the person – the camp is totally autonomous energetically. That means yes, there is electricity in the tents – although we appreciate the candlelight that lights up the camp after dark. That yes, there is water: even a shower, a sink and real toilets. In fact, everything is brought together like in a classic – and refined – hotel room with double bed, sofa, desk, etc. – except that the walls are canvases. The only concession to modernity that you will make is the absence of Wifi… But it is at least the guarantee of being face to face with yourself, your other half and/or your family!
Keep in mind, however, that the desert is an extreme environment, especially with regard to temperatures: excessive during the day, they drop drastically at nightfall. Each tent is equipped with a wood-burning stove, which will be lit for you each evening… Remember to maintain this fire as much as possible, in order to prolong the hours of heat, without which the mornings can be icy. But don’t worry we at Sahara desert tour Fes to Marrakech have all what it needs to keep you warm.
And the desert with the family?
Everything that we have just described will be more or less suitable for parents, in particular depending on the age of their children. Everyone will deduce or not that the place is suitable for their family. Once again, the desert climate is an extreme environment – even if we have provided all the comforts desired. For the youngest, do not underestimate the power of the sun’s rays during the day, nor the cold that can fall at night.
On the camp side, the tents are sufficiently spaced from each other to respect everyone’s privacy and the reception is totally open to families. All can be arranged with an extra bed and the “Suites” can accommodate up to 4 people. Even, for sufficiently “big” children, small tents can be set up next to that of the parents: adventure guaranteed! we guarantee the satisfaction to all your family members and kids with our special Sahara desert tour Fes to Marrakech.
What exactly is the desert experience?
Since ultimately this desert is easily accessible and almost all modern comforts can be found there… One could rightly ask: what makes this experience still authentic, still extra-ordinary? Mmmm… Of course. But, imagine, in the middle of the night, the wind comes to caress your frail tent canvas and whispers to you to go out for some fresh air. There, an absolutely gigantic sky catches your eyes and loses you in the infinity of its lights… In the distance, the cries of some wild animals rise. No light, no sign of civilization on the horizon and this immense world of which you suddenly take the measure – and, at the same moment, of yours, a measure, so tiny, almost insignificant. In the half-light, you can make out the silhouette of the neighboring tents and the latter, in fact, reassure you a little. At dawn, you contemplate this horizon line more serenely… Last night, you had an appointment with the world, you made peace with yourself. For sure Sahara desert tour Fes to Marrakech will make you satisfied.
The desert ok, but what do we do there?
You can do nothing about it. You have the right to do nothing about it. Perhaps – without doubt – this is the most beautiful experience to have with Sahara desert tour Fes to Marrakech. And far be it from us to explain to you what this may consist of. Because, in the end, it’s like when in yoga we seek “total relaxation of the body”: it is the exercise that seems the easiest that is actually the most difficult.
On the other hand, do not think that you are forced to do so. Or that we could get bored there! Among a range of activities, from morning to evening, here is what can await you. A gentle awakening with a yoga class facing the snow-capped Atlas Mountains. A Berber breakfast served around an elegant table set under the tent. A hike through spectacular landscapes, along rocky paths. A chic picnic in the bed of a wadi, with a table set as if by magic by turbaned men. A horseback excursion to gallop through the dunes. A discovery of the ravines by quad for thrills. A camel ride to feel the soul of a Bedouin. A massage session to evacuate the residues of stress of this Sahara desert tour Fes to Marrakech. Soon even a dip in the pool since the project is underway. And, for those that this program would not be enough, it is also possible to reach, 14 km away, Lake Lalla Takerkoust where you can practice… nautical activities! Finally, Marrakech being 30 km away, it is also possible to spend the day there.
At sunset, we settle down near a wood fire, to share an aperitif on a background of traditional music. At nightfall, you can also take part in a star observation session in the company of an astronomer: in the heart of the desert, the sky is so exceptionally pure that you can observe planets, constellations or nebulae. Served under the tent, dinner will make you discover the flavors of Berber cuisine, simmered over a wood fire for hours (and using products mainly from permaculture). We’ll make sure at Sahara desert tour Fes to Marrakech that you will be able to experience every possible experience in the desert.
You thought you would spend a calm, silent, almost boring evening in the desert? It is to misunderstand the hospitality, the joy of living and the spellbinding rhythms of Berber customs! Impossible to resist the rhythms and sounds of the bendir (kind of drum), the Imzad (kind of fiddle), the tamja (flute) or the azamar (clarinet)… And if unfortunately some Moroccan dancers enter the track, you are lost! Farewell to loneliness and contemplation, you will be forced to participate in the celebration. And again, be on your guard, a fire-eater could soon subjugate you with its flames!