3 Days Sahara Desert Tour From Marrakech To Fes
Day 1 – Marrakech – Ait Benhaddou – Dades Gorge
This morning after breakfast we set off in a comfortable private A/C Vehicle; for our circular 4 days Marrakech Desert Tour journey through the Saharan landscapes of both the Hamada (stone desert) and Erg (dune desert). Our first visits include Ait Benhaddou, Ouarzazate&SkouraPalmerie, where an ancient Kasbah once held treasures of the silk route in desert oasis terrain, followed by a visit to the spectacular Todra Gorge where steep walls hundreds of feet high tower above. A relaxing and highly scenic tour day with stunning views of this mystical land. Cozy accommodation in a comfortable hotel with optional ‘Hammam’ bathhouse experience this evening. Overnight in a Hotel.
Day 2 – Dades Gorge – Todgha Gorge – Erg Chebbi dunes
Day 2 of our Saharan exploration as we make our way through the far reaches of Morocco’s eastern perimeter to within 20km of Algeria’s border where we encounter the magnificent Erg Chebbi dune landscape. Morocco’s most famous Saharan dune is just breathtaking and transforming to the soul. On foot or camelback, you have the option to travel into the remote dunes until our Nomadic style camp hidden in the dunes. An evening sunset climb to one of the higher dunes is customarily followed by dinner and perhaps a campfire experience and Berber songs and storytelling can be arranged. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included. Accommodation in a desert camp.
Day 3 – Merzouga – Ziz valley – Ifran – Fez
Early in the morning, enjoy the sunrise from the dunes of Erg Chebbi at 20 km away of Algeria, breakfast in the camp and camel ride back or walk with the caravan to the hotel at the dunes line for a shower. We drive afterward across zip valley, second largest date palm valley, enjoy beautiful canyons of zip, lunch in a restaurant before arriving in the Middle Atlas forests, break to see macaque monkeys and continue to fez, was the capital of Morocco for 4 centuries and Fez el Bali the old Fes, is possibly the oldest and largest medieval cities in the world and one of the best preserved.
Fez is the cultural and religious center of Morocco together with being home to Morocco’s oldest university.
The medieval city of Fez is a real art city, where craftsmen use techniques which may not have changed for many centuries.
There is an important tannery area in Fez where animal skins are cured and dyed together with a wool dying quarter. These areas and the methods used will certainly not have been changed by modern technology.