Merzouga Expedition

5 days Atlas and Sahara desert tour

5 days Atlas and Sahara desert tour


Departure: from fes to marrakech via Merzouga & Ouzoud waterfalls
Duration: 5 Days/4 Nights

Overview : This 5 days Atlas and Sahara desert tour is an awesome combination of Morocco Sahara desert tour and hiking at the Atlas mountains, which connects between the two major imperial cities of Fes and Marrakech. Along the road trip from Fes to Marrakech, you ‘ll be crossing wonderful panoramic views of well known and also of unique hidden landscapes at the both High and Middle Atlas mountains, such as: the stunning gorges, caves, wide rivers, palm groves, oasis, green valleys, and authentic villages, etc…

Within the 5 days Atlas and Sahara desert tour, you’ll be enjoying your Morocco desert time, starting from the lovely golden sand dunes in Merzouga. Among the activities you’ll experience are: the camel trekking, a memorable overnight under the magical starry sky at the Nomadic desert Camp (situated at the heart of Erg Chebbi dunes), an amazing sunset and sunrise, visiting a Nomad family, riding Buggy or an ATV Quad, etc … 

You’ll be also traveling along the traditional road of thousand Kasbahs, exploring and visiting the historical Kasbahs in Ouarzazate province, includes the famous Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou, The one which became the main site for the production of international movies. After the South Morocco, the 5 days Atlas and Sahara desert tour will be continued for an overnight at the middle Atlas mountains in the village of Ouzoud waterfalls, which is considered as the highest waterfall in North Africa at 120m. 

Note: Feel free to contact us and start this combination of 5 days Atlas and Sahara Desert tour from/to any of your preferred city around Morocco.

5 days Atlas and Sahara desert tour

Atlas & Desert Trip itinerary
day 1: Fes - Ifrane - azrou - Midelt - Middle Atlas - Ziz Oasis - Merzouga - Camel Trek & Sunset: (480 Km)

We’ll pick you up from your accommodation Hotel/Riad at 8 am, and start the 5 days Atlas and Sahara desert tour from Fes to Marrakech. Travelling towards south Ifrane, a stop at the town, which is an European-style city called the Switzerland of Morocco. After, we’ll head via the Middle Atlas mountains, enjoying wonderful landscapes, offering numerous occasions to photograph amazing pictures. There we’ll stop at the cedar forest,  to see the Wild Monkeys at their natural habitat, waiting for you to feed them.

Later on, we drive via Tizi-N-Talghamt road pass (at 1907m altitude) to the city of Midelt; It is the province of the middle Atlas region, lunch will be in Midelt (the city is producing a wide quantity of apples). After Lunch, the journey will be continued to Ziz Oasis, where we’ll stop at the stunning volcanic gorges, situated near to the largest Ziz palm grove, contains over millions of palm trees, rich with its variety of dates. After, we’ll drive along a striking way that shows the transition to the desert till we arrive to the city of Errachidia

3 days Marrakech to Fes via Sahara desert

At the evening we’ll arrive to Merzouga, you will be welcomed with a cup of tea and have a safe room to be prepared to spend such a romantic overnight at the nomad desert camp. You will have about one hour of camel ride to cross the highest golden sand dunes in the north Africa, while you enjoying the show of the sunset till you arrive to the camp. you’ll have your own private tent, the tents are well equipped with mattresses, blankets, cushions, shower also toilets. You’ll be served a delicious Moroccan dinner, then you will gather around the fire to admire a typical Berber music performed using drums under the magical starry sky.

5 days Atlas and Sahara desert tour
day 2: Camel Trek & Sunrise - Merzouga - Rissani - Erfoud - Todra Gorges - Dades Valley: (300 Km)

Wake up early in the morning to enjoy the view of the sunrise over the golden sand dunes. After freshening up and have your breakfast, ride the camels back to the car, then we’ll leave to Rissani , the town is considered as the largest and the most crowded weekly Market in the South of Morocco. Walk to see craft stores, date market, animal trades, such as: goats, sheep, donkeys, Camels and cows.

After the Souk visit, we’ll head up to Erfoud: a Berber village, which became the destination for filmmakers due to the beauty of the surrounding Sahara desert and the town’s oasis areas. Erfoud has been a filming location for many films, including: The Mummy (1999) Prince of Persia (2010), SPECTER (2015), famous also for its fossilized marbles, where you will have the opportunity to visit a workshop produces marble and fossils.

Lunch will be in Touroug at a local restaurant, then the journey will be continue to the Todra gorges, also called the grand moroccan canyon, known for rock climbing at its rock walls that rises up to 300m in a narrow part, there you’ll have time for walking to smell the real nature of green agricultural lands at the middle of a wide river. At the evening we will arrive to Dades valley. Overnight and dinner at the Berber house.

day 3: Dades Valley - Roses Valley - Road Thousand Kasbah - Skoura - Ouarzazate: ( 180 km)

After a delicious breakfast at the Berber house, we’ll drive to the Roses valley town, called Kalaat M’gouna, it is well known for the “Roses Festival“: a festival that takes place on the city every year in May.  During the festival, people from all over the country and the world, coming to discover the beauty of the town, try roses products like: rose water, oil, cosmetic products, also to enjoy the traditional handmade clothing.

4 Days Marrakech to Fes via Sahara desert

Later, we’ll be driving along what is commonly known as the “Road of  Thousand Kasbah“, to catch a spectacular view of a vast valley dotted with small oasis and hundreds of ancient fortifications. We’ll stop in Skoura, in this quiet little village speckled with palm tree groves, you’ll find one Kasbah that stands out from the rest, “the Kasbah Amridil”, originally built in the 17th century, is one of Morocco’s most iconic living museums. 

Here, you’ll see special tools, that were used in the area generations ago, and some that are still used today in southern Morocco, eg: ancient wells, the olive-oil press, the bread ovens, and the happy goats meandering in the courtyard, …

Climb also the stairs to the top of the fortification to get a stunning view of the surrounding Skoura palm grove. After lunch, we will continue to Ouarzazate, named as The African Hollywood, because of the international movies made at the whole province. there you’ll visit Atlas Studios of cinema and Taourirte Kasbah.  Overnight and Dinner at the Riad.

day 4: Ouarzazate - Ksar Ait Benhaddou - Telouat - High Atlas - Ouzoud Waterfalls: (300 Km)

After breakfast at the Riad, we will drive to visit one of the oldest village in South Morocco, that is called Kasbah Ait Benhadou, it is one of the 9 Morocco’s sites, that UNESCO declared world heritage. Kasbah ait benhaddou is a tribal, traditional pre Saharan moroccan concept, consisting of a group of buildings built in 1600 with organic materials, including a rich red mud, enclosed in high walls where some families still live until this day.

The Kasbah was built on a hill in order to dominate the valley along the banks of the Ounila river at the foot of the high Atlas mountains. The Ksar is featured many films like Gladiator, Lawrence of Arabia, Game of thrones, and so many others… After that, we’ll drive via the Berber village of Telouet,  which rises on a colorful plateau between cultivated fields and small berber countryside villages. The inhabited center is surrounded by high rocky walls, that let you glimpse the fortified walls of dwellings between the earth. Before leaving the village it is worthy to visit the Glaoui Kasbah: the Sultan’s Palace, with the finely decorated rooms and a beautiful courtyard.

After lunch, we’ll be crossing the High Atlas mountains and ‘Tizi N’tichka’ pass , which is the highest road pass in Morocco at 2260m altitude, where you will fresh up and enjoy various panoramic views over the mountains, to take beautiful pictures. At the evening we will arrive to Ouzoud waterfalls. Overnight and dinner at the Kasbah.

day 5: Ouzoud Waterfalls Sightseeing - Marrakech: (180 Km)

After breakfast at the Kasbah, Today you’ll have a full day exploring the Ouzoud waterfalls region, which is considered as the highest waterfall in North Afrika at 120m. The word ”Ouzoud” is originally Berber, it means ”The act of grinding grain”, due to this, it seems to be confirmed by the frequent mills that exist at the whole region. There you’ll be walking around the adorable waterfalls, starting from the top side, and then you’ll be crossing a wide valley of olives, with the option of finding wild monkeys at their natural habitat, waiting for you to feed them. 

After taking pictures with the monkeys, the journey will be continued down to the falls to admire the impressive landscape views of the the green cultivated valleys and also of natural pools, where you’ll enjoy your swimming time. Lunch will be at a local restaurant in front of the main waterfall, you will be served delicious berber food. 

After lunch, we’ll leave to Marrakech. we’ll drop you off to your accommodation. End of “the 5 days Atlas and Sahara desert tour from Fes to Marrakech”. End of our services.

INCLUDED :
  • Private service (without other travelers).
  • Comfortable transport with Air-conditioned in Wv, 4×4 Toyota or Mercedes minivan.
  • Experienced driver/guide speaking English.
  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom and shower.
  • Accommodation half board (dinner & breakfast) in 3*/  4*/  5*/  Hotels and Riads.
  • Overnight in a traditional Berber tent at the heart of Erg Chebbi dunes (dinner & Breakfast included).
  • Camel trek in Merzouga.
  • From/to your accommodation Hotel transfers.
  • No forced Shopping.
NOT INCLUDED :
  • Lunchs 
  • Drinks.
  • All what is not within the list of “INCLUDED”.

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