Day 1: Fes – Ifrane – Azrou – Midelt – Merzouga
In the riad, after breakfast, we’ll depart for Merzouga via the Middle Atlas region, where we’ll spend 6 days traveling from Fes to Marrakech via the desert. We’ll go to Ifrane, Morocco’s Switzerland, and the cedar forests of Azrou, where we’ll be able to feed the monkeys by hand. We’ll travel on to Midelt for lunch. On our route to Merzouga, we’ll travel down the Ziz River through the valley, stopping to admire the Ziz Gorges.
Day 2: Merzouga – Khamlia – Rissani “ Erg Chebbi”
Today we will explore the desert region and the marvel that is the Erg Chebbi desert dunes. We will make a circuit of the desert dunes where you will have the opportunity to see the nomad’s way of life and the amazing changing contrasts of the desert. We will visit the black village of Khamlia to see the Gnawa musicians. We will have a traditional Berber pizza for lunch in the ancient capital of Rissani. In the afternoon we will ride the camels to see the sunset over the dunes and spend the night in the desert camp. We will have a traditional tagine dinner, drink delicious mint tea, listen to traditional Berber music while watching the stars and the rising moon in the amazing Sahara desert.
Day 3: Merzouga – Todra Gorges – Dades Gorges
We will wake up early to see the spectacular sunrise over the dunes before making our way back to the hotel for breakfast and a shower. We will cross the palm lined valleys of Tourog and Tinjdad to arrive at Todra Gorge. We will take a walk in the Todra Gorges and have lunch in a local restaurant before continuing to our accommodation in the Dades Gorge.
Day 4: Dades Gorge – El Kelaa Magona – Skoura – Ouarzazate
After breakfast, we will take a walk in the gorge and then take the off-road track to see the nomad caves. We will continue via El Kelaa Magona, Valley of the Roses, and the Skoura oasis to arrive in Ouarzazate.
Day 5: Ouarzazate – Ait Ben Haddou – Telouet – Marrakech
breakfast, we will visit Taourirt Kasbah before departing to Ait Benhaddou to visit the World Heritage Site. We will continue with a visit to the traditional High Atlas Berber village of Telouet and the Kasbah el Glaoui. We will have lunch in a local restaurant in Telouet before descending the Tizi-n-Tichka to Marrakech.
Day 6: Marrakech – Essaouira
Driving to Essaouira which is 170 km from Marrakech where you will get the chance to see goats climbing the Argan trees looking for better food they can’t find on the ground. as along the way, it’s possible to visit the women’s co-operative of Argan oil before you get to Essaouira this town remains one of Morocco’s best-kept secrets. complete with a bustling historical center and surrounded by ancient city walls…, it continues to be a traditional fishing port at its heart to this day. Back to Marrakech in the evening.