12 Days tour from Fes
Overview : 12 days tour from Fes to Marrakech and Merzouga desert. This highly recommended tour is long enough to explore Morocco’s amazing cities (Fez, Marrakech, Essaouira…). The chance will be also provided to experience being in the Sahara desert where you can observe nomad’s culture and camp in the golden sand dunes of Merzouga
Tour Brief Infos :
- Duration : 12 Days / 11 Nights
- Departure time : 7:00 – 8:00 Am
- Starting point : Fes
- Ending point : Fes
- Arrival at : 19:00 – 20:00 Pm
- Price : Contact us !!
- Confirmation : You will receive your confirmation at the time of booking.
Day 1 : Arrive at Fez – Airport Transfer
At the time of your arrival, our staff will wait for you at the airport. Transfer to your Accommodation.
Day 2 : Visit Fes with local guide
After breakfast, full-day city tour of Fes. The holy city of Fes is a jewel of the Arab-Spanish civilization. Fes does not reveal its secrets easily: secret, dark, that needs to be discovered little by little, with reverence. Only in this way can the splendor of Medersa architecture be fully appreciated. Only in this way the call of the medina to tempt you. Filled with artisans and merchants, its captivating sounds, fragrances, and colors will amaze the visitor with a constant swirl of activity. The city of Moulay Idriss first, the sanctuary of human and moral sciences. The great Karaouiyne University bas for eleven centuries, the religions and an intellectual center whose influence bas extended far beyond the limits of the kingdom. Leaving the souks through the Boujeloud gate with its green and blue faience decoration, the riches contained in the wonderful Museum of Moroccan Art await an optional lunch in the Medina and shopping in the afternoon. Accommodation at a Riad
Day 3 : Fes – Cedar Forest – ziz Valley – Merzouga
We will leave for the desert visiting various towns among which Ifrane stands out, also known as Moroccan Switzerland for the architecture of its buildings. Located at 1,630 meters above sea level, it has the only two ski resorts in the Middle Atlas. A city founded by the French in the 1920s for their vacations, since then it has maintained its fame as a place of well-off tourism and young university students. Do not forget to take a photo with his “lion of the Atlas”, sculpted in stone by a prisoner of the Second World War. We will continue the journey through the Ziz Valley, with its more than 18,000 palm trees, which flood the path to the desert Erfoud, “the door of the desert” with vegetation. Currently famous for its works with fossils, we will visit a factory where they will explain the origin of these animals of more than 350 million years and we will be able to witness how the stones are treated in a long work of washing, polishing and carving, to create accessories or parts for the home. Finally we will continue to the dunes of Erg Chebbi. Dinner and accommodation at Hotel.
Day 4 : Visit Merzouga – 4×4 desert tour
After breakfast we will visit Khamlia, the so-called “blacks” town, so called because its inhabitants are descendants of the ancient slave trade that came from the Sudan. They are excellent musicians and have made this art their way of life, with them we will enjoy a small concert of Gnawa music. We will return to the 4 × 4 to visit one of the tracks used in the “Paris-Dakar Rally”, visiting the Khol mines and the remains of a French and Berber town. We will make a panoramic stop to contemplate the sandy desert that comprises the Erg Chebbi as a whole. We will visit some nomads of the desert in the process of sedentary lifestyle with whom we can have tea and learn more about their way of life. After passing through the Hassi Labiad garden, we will go to Rissani, the first imperial city, where we will walk through its large African market where nomads and people from nearby towns come to sell their merchandise and buy the items they need. And after lunch we will return to the hotel to rest and prepare to enter the desert. We will leave what we do not need at the hotel and we will ride the dromedaries that will take us through the desert while the beautiful sunset that offers spectacular colors on the sand covers us. Tonight will be special, because we will sleep in a tent camp. Here we will enjoy a wonderful dinner, music and a beautiful starry sky. Dinner and accommodation in a berber nomad tents.
Day 5 : Merzouga – Berber Villages – Todra Gorge – Dades Gorge
You can get up a little early wanting it, to climb the dunes before sunrise, a spectacle like no other. After breakfast, we return by dromedary and then we will leave again in the 4 × 4 to visit the hammada (stone desert), where from time to time dunes and palm trees appear, small oases where life takes shape. In just over 2 hours you reach Tinerhir, the lush oasis in the south, from where you can access the Todra Gorges. Time to walk through the oasis, contemplating its crops and irrigation systems, and to travel part of the Gorges in a unique way. We continue towards the Dades Valley, between the orchards and palm groves that border the river.
Day 6 : Dades Garges – Ouarzazate – Ait Ben Haddou – Marrakech
After breakfast we will continue our way through the Valley of the Roses, named for the abundant cultivation of roses in the area with which they make multiple rose-based products. We will pass through the town of Skoura surrounded by a large palm grove full of abandoned Kasbahs and where the Amerdil Kasbah is also located, which can be visited and understood better as well as how the kasbahs used to be lived in the past. Arriving in Ouarzazate you can enjoy a visit to the film studios and studios located in Ouarzazate which is known as the Hollywood of Africa. We will go to Marrakech through the Tiz-in-Tichka neck (2260m), the “neck of the pastures”. The slope is made by an alternative track with the option of visiting the famous kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou, a castle declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco. We take the road around the curves of the port of Tichkaque that offers a spectacular panorama with a multitude of colors over the Haouz plain. Arrival in Marrakech.
Day 7 : Visit Marrakech with Local guide
After breakfast we will start the tour of the city of Marrakech, accompanied by the hand of a local guide. Another of the 4 imperial cities of Morocco, Marrakech is famous for having numerous monuments recognized as World Heritage. We will visit the famous Jemaa el Fna Square, the main place of life in the city, the scene of endless outdoor activities: jugglers, musicians, fakirs, snake charmers, minstrels … that will awaken all your senses, with its multiple sounds , aromas, flavors and colors that characterize it. It is a very happy and vital place, thanks also to the presence of its great Souk (market). In the center of Marrakech you can take a leisurely walk and from here we arrive at the Saadian tombs that were built at the time of the great Sultan Ahmad I al-Mansur (1578-1603) and used by members of the Saadi dynasty. Interior decorations are the main attraction for travelers. We will find the Koutoubia minaret, one of the most interesting Islamic monuments in North Africa; Its tower shows us different decorations on each side and at its feet we find the gardens. We continue with the Bahia Palace, built in the 19th century (1867), by Sir Moussa, as the residence of the Sultan. Bahia means brilliant and at the time of construction, Moroccans thought they had built the greatest building of all time. Here we can admire a series of wonderful gardens and later we will reach the Majorelle Gardens. The visit will end in the afternoon: free time.
Day 8 : Marrakech – Atlas Mountains – Ouzoud Waterfalls – Marrakech
Depart from your hotel or riad in Marrakech direction Ouzoud. The Ouzoud waterfalls (110m) are the highest in North Africa and among the very best things that Morocco has to offer, located about 150 km from the northeast of Marrakech in the Atlas Mountains and which constitute one of the most spectacular natural spots in this region. The surrounding countryside offers red cliffs, olive groves, tamarisk trees, oleander, apes, and doves. It has given visitors the opportunity to see rural life. Along the road that will take to this attraction, you can treat your eyes by enjoying the beautiful views of the Kasbahs and the olive trees, as well hiking here is so refreshing. You can enjoy the area at any time of year, the hottest season is in months of July and August. Its frostiness refreshes the air around. Warm Sun and the Smell of Hay!
There are a few restaurants where you can enjoy your lunch with a view of the waterfalls from their terraces. And a short walk around the valley will bring you to the top of the falls, where you can have the best view of the falls to the bottom. Thus during your trip to Ouzoud, you get the opportunity to be a part of this rich nature in Morocco.
On the road back to Marrakesh via Demnate, we drive 6 kilometres along S508 to Imi-n-Ifri. Imi-n-Ifri is another wonderful place to visit enroute. It is a natural rock bridge formed over a gorge 1.8 million years ago with an underground cave. Later, we’ll watch as the sun paints the mountains with golden color.
Day 9 : Marrakech – Essaouira
We will start our day trip, from Marrakesh to Essaouira in the Morning. The departure will be after breakfast, this city is situated on the Atlantic coast. Therefore Essaouira has a steady year-round temperature in the C20’s, the incredible golden beach popular with windsurfers, Famous fresh grilled seafood is served at the port. However the medina contain thuja wood carvers and silver craft that work under the old Portuguese ramparts, guarding the city against the sea. In other words Essaouira is One of the most charming walk-able medinas in all of Morocco. Recommended year round, especially in summer when it makes a nice relief from Marrakech heat… Overnight in Essaouira.
Day 10 : Essaouira – El Jadida – Casablanca
After breakfast depart to Rabat and continue your journey up the Atlantic Coast. Pass through El Jadida, a small port city, formerly controlled by the Portuguese, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage site; and stop in Casablanca to visit Mohammed V square and the impressive mosque of Hassan II. Explore the Imperial City of Rabat, including the Mechouar (the ramparts and walls surrounding the Royal Palace), the majestic Mohammed V Mausoleum, the Hassan Tower, and the Oudaya Kasbah, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and offering fabulous views, as well as being home to Moroccan artisan galleries. Overnight in the hotel or riad in Rabat.
Day 11 : Rabat – Chefchaouen
After breakfast. City tour of Rabat including the Oudaya kasbah, Mohamed V mausoleum, Hassan tower. Your journey will take you to the wonderful blue city of Chefchaouen via the Rif Mountains where you will stay the evening.
Day 12 : Chefchaouen – Volubilis – Fes
Morning devoted to discover this magnificent mountain city then you will continue to Volubilis, the ancient Roman city in Morocco. After, in Meknes you will visit the Gate of Bab al Mansour and continue to Fes.
Important Note : Our proposal Morocco Desert Tours from Fes can be modified and designed according to your requirements and needs, so feel free to contact us.