5 days tour from Fes to Marrakech
The 5 days tour from Fes to Marrakech allows you to see a large section of the Sahara Desert through the Atlas Mountains, Valleys, and Kasbahs. In the Sahara, go on a camel trip and spend the night camping. Two nights are spent in the Merzouga dunes, one in Dades Valley, and the last night is spent in Ouarzazate.
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5 days tour from Fes to Marrakech overview:
A desert camp and Camel trekking in Merzouga is included in 5 days tour from Fes to Marrakech package. In the Middle Atlas Mountains, you’ll see Ifrane, Cedar Forest, and Midelt on your Morocco desert tour. Second, you will go to Ziz Valley, Erfoud, and participate in a camel trek and a 4×4 desert excursion in Merzouga. In addition, you see Tafilalet’s oasis and a traditional irrigation method. Then you’ll go to Tinghir, Dades Valley, Skoura, and Ouarzazate to see all they have to offer. Finally, you will go to Marrakech, Moroccan, to visit the High Atlas Mountains.
Highlights of our 5 days tour from Fes to Marrakech:
- Stop at panoramic vistas to take in the views of the valleys and Berber communities.
- Crossing the High Atlas Mountains is a must-do.
- Visit Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Visit the city of Ouarzazate and the film studios.
- Discover the Dades and Todra Gorges.
- Enjoy the palm groves of Draa Valley.
- In the Merzouga dunes, take a camel ride.
- Take a Camel ride to see the sunset and dawn.
- Spend the night in a desert nomad tent.
- Sandboarding is a fun activity to try.
- Ziz, Skoura Oasis, and Roses Valley are also worth seeing.
- Take unforgettable photos with the Nomads.
The Itinerary of our 5 Days tour from Fes to Marrakech
Day 1: Fes to Merzouga
We pick you up from your Riad on the first day of your 5 days tour from Fes to Marrakech. The Middle Atlas Mountains and tourism cities are visited on this Morocco trip. To begin, you will go to Ifrane. It is known as the Switzerland of Morocco due to its alpine environment and European elegance. Ifrane is well recognized for its ski resorts and large national park. It’s also the second cleanest city on the planet. We also go to the Cedar Forest near Azrou, a Berber settlement. It is the country’s oldest and biggest forest, home to a variety of wild creatures. There, you may take a stroll in the forest and take in the stunning views of tall Cedar trees. You may also enjoy observing the local monkeys.
Second, on the way to Midelt, we pass through nomad tents and animals on the side of the road. Midelt is one of Morocco’s industrial centers. It is well-known for its apple crop as well as fossils. We’ll stop for lunch before driving across the Tizi-N-Talghamt pass and the Zabel Tunnel. Following that, we make a pit break at Ziz Valley for a panoramic view of the Valley of Dates. After that, we travel through the palm oasis on our way to Erfoud. In Erfoud, you may visit a typical market where you can buy a variety of date fruits as well as local items like fossils and wildlife. Finally, we travel down the mountainside, where residents go fossil hunting. These mountains also host geological excursions. You stay in a Riad/hotel in Merzouga for one night. Dinner and breakfast are included.
Day 2: Merzouga: camel trekking and 4×4 desert adventure
This is the most memorable day of the 5 days tour from Fes to Marrakech itinerary. Merzouga is a little town surrounded by golden dunes on the Erg Chebbi. There are numerous desert things to do in Merzouga, but you will be doing the most of them today. The first stop will be at Sahrij Lake, which is located west of Merzouga. During the spring, flamingos, desert sparrows, and other species migrate to the lake in large groups. In addition, you will visit Khamlia or Gnawa villages. You will meet the Gnawa musical ensemble and get the opportunity to witness them perform. You may also explore the dark desert and take in the whole vista of the sand dunes. Meet nomads in traditional tents near the Algerian border and have lunch with them. After that, you’ll see a difficult piece of mine.
Second, you will go on a camel trekking excursion. You can ride camels and watch the sunset in the midst of the dunes on this camel tour. In the program, you will also get the opportunity to try sandboarding. Following supper, there will be drum music around the campfire. Then, on top of the dunes near the camp, you may gaze at the stars and the Milky Way. Finally, you spend the night in a tent to get a feel for nomad life.
Day 3: Merzouga to Dades Goges/Dades Valley
A must-do experience moment is waking up early to view the dawn. You will return to your hotel after a hot shower and breakfast at the camp. Then, after a 5 days tour from Fes to Marrakech, we will go to other places. As a result, we’ll make a pit stop at Rissani. It is a commercial hub in this area, with a bustling market three days a week. There are several sectors in this market, such as dates, vegetables, animals, clothing, handicrafts, and so on. We travel from Rissani to Jorf and Fezna towns, passing through the Tafilalete oasis. We go to Khettarrat, or the subterranean system channel, which is a historic irrigation system.
Second, we’ll visit a Berber clothing cooperative in Kasr Touroug. You’ll learn about Berber clothing and get the opportunity to try it on and photograph it. After that, you go to Tinghir town to see Todra Gorges. It’s a magnificent river that runs 300 meters through towering red cliffs. Later on, you’ll come across Rock Formations in the form of Monkey’s fingers. Then you have another panoramic perspective of the Tissdrine road’s bends. Finally, we arrive at a Riad in Dades Valley that overlooks the mountains. Dinner and breakfast are also included in the price.
Day 4: Ouarzazate to Dades Valley
Today, we’ll begin our 5 days tour from Fes to Marrakech by seeing the Dades Valley. After that, you travel down the route of Thousand Kasbahs. On the sides of the road, there are several kasbahs. Rose Valley may be found in Kalaat M’Gouna. The valley blossoms with roses in April and May, and ladies harvest them to make rose goods. In addition, the Rose Festival is held in May to commemorate the rose harvest season. The Rose Festival is a seven-day event that lasts seven days.
The final day, however, is when the Miss roses are chosen. After that, you go to the Skoura oasis to see Amridil. It is one of Morocco’s historic kasbahs, dating from the 19th century. Second, you’ll go to Ouarzazate, Morocco’s film capital. In this city, you may visit the Atlas Movie Studios, which houses film equipment. You’ll also go to another historic Kasbah in Taourirt. Finally, you stay in Riad for the night. This Raid includes both dinner and breakfast.
Day 5: Marrakech to Ouarzazate
We will go high into the High Atlas Mountains on our last day. As a result, we’ll leave Ouarzazate for Ait Ben Haddou Kabash. It is a 17th-century clay kasbah with outstanding architecture. The kasbah served as a trade route between Morocco and the Sahara at one time. In 1987, this brick town was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can admire architectural homes and corner towers in this Kasbah. Because most of the population migrated to the new village, just a few people remain in this kasbah. The kasbah is presently utilized as a film location for films like Gladiator, Alexander, and Game of Thrones, among others.
Following that, we’ll go down Tizi n’ Tichka Road. It’s a curvy mountain trail that runs across the High Atlas Mountains’ lowlands. We’ll come to a halt there to take in the panoramic view of the mountain ranges. Second, you’ll go to an Argan oil cooperative to learn about local Argan goods. You’ll also learn about the manufacturing process for these items. Then we travel to Marrakech, the royal city, and drop you off at your Riad. Finally, the 5 days tour from Fes to Marrakech comes to a close.
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The 2 days desert tour from Fes to Merzouga is full with stunning sights to visit. As a result, we’d like to provide you with an outline of what you’ll see and experience during your trip with us.
Fes, the cultural capital of Morocco, is the first stop on the 5 days desert tour from Fes to Marrakech. It is the second biggest city in Morocco and one of the country’s imperial cities.
The following are the most popular tourist attractions in Fes:
Madrasa Bou Inania is one of the most popular Madrasas (ancient schools) in Fes’ cultural district. It is unique in that non-muslims are permitted to enter and explore its architectural walls. It was also built by Abou Inan Faris between AD 1351 and 1356. Thousands of children from Fes were formerly gathered to study the Quran and other religious topics. Visitors are also awestruck by the courtyard, which is a masterwork of intricate zellige tilework. It has should be noted that it is closed during prayer times.
Fes El Bali:
Known for its luxurious Riads and baths, Fes El Bali is considered Morocco’s most intriguing ancient city. Bab Boujeloud, often known as the blue gate, is the major entrance to the Area.
This historic city is also known for its traditional souks, leather artisans, and pottery. As a result, think about paying a visit.
Mellah, Jewish District: The Mellah is the most well-known Jewish quarter of Fes, where the Jewish community formerly resided. It exhibits the historic Jewish culture with its old-style buildings and dwellings.
The biggest in Fes, Chouara Tanneries attracts thousands of visitors each year to purchase leather items. Shoes and coats, for example. It’s also more popular at the end of the day when the ground holes are dry and the leather is bright.
In the region, there are several artisan stores. As a result, it is advised that you choose the appropriate roofing for your needs. Furthermore, if you are a photographer, the latter may provide you with some fantastic images.
During our Fes to Marrakech 5 days tour through Merzouga desert, we visited Ifrane for the second time. It is known as “Little Switzerland” since it is Africa’s best city and the seventh best city in the world.
The residents of this city provide a variety of activities, and it receives a lot of snow in the winter. With a temperature of -23, it is the coldest place in Morocco. Skiing is available, and there are several ski clubs in the vicinity (tourists can try it too).
The beautiful city, famed for the white lion monument, is a stop on our Fes to Marrakech itinerary.
Ifrane served as a military camp during World War II. As a result, a German soldier created the monument in order to gain his release.
Another feature is that the Moroccan monarch owns a palace in the city, one of 12 in the kingdom.
Ziz valley is one of the most important dates sources in the Draa Tfilalet area of the High Atlas mountains. The majority of the time, it is visited for the purpose of photography. The little village of Aoufous is located not far from the valley. Agriculture is the main source of income for the majority of the population. That is to say, each of them has arrived in Ziz Valley and is watering his plants and palm groves with the flowing river (Ziz).
When it comes to the Ziz river, it is one of the country’s longest (about 200km). The valley is around 50 kilometers long.
You will be escorted by one of our experienced guides to show you around the Merzouga desert on our Fes to Marrakech 5 day trip through Merzouga. Furthermore, if you are a photographer, we would be honored to accompany you to breathtaking locations.
Erfoud is a Moroccan city in the south known for its fascinating history including fossils and social inequalities. The Rissani, Merzouga, and Erfoud Saharas were once the bottom of a vast ancient ocean. As a result, a large number of international and local enterprises gather key kinds of fossils from the mountains surrounding Erfoud. It will be optional for you to visit a highly popular firm there in the presence of our advisors. They will demonstrate all of the processes that rocks go through to become soft. You may also receive items that can be utilized around the home, such as tableware…
This city is also known as the Date City. Every year, they have a festival in the city, attracting thousands of people who come to sample the finest dates and celebrate the seasons. Jewish visitors flock to the city because it is home to one of the oldest Jewish cemeteries in the country.
Another interesting fact is that it is named after the Oxford plant.
The Merzouga desert, Morocco’s first explored desert, is the centerpiece of our Fes to Marrakech 5 days itinerary. Camels rides and glamping in Berber camps are popular attractions. You will arrive at this magnificent site in the presence of our guides, where our team will be ready to welcome you.
After a lengthy trip, you’ll relax with some fresh mint tea before riding camels across Erg Chebbi. You’ll get the greatest shots during the route to the camp with our local photographer/camel guide. In addition, when you arrive, you may attempt Sandboarding, which is one of Merzouga’s most popular sports. Quads may also be hired to view the sunset from one of Merzouga’s highest sand dunes.
During Moroccan Desert Tours, the night at the camp is said to be one of the nicest. Nighttime Berber music and stargazing are two amazing experiences you will have with us.
The Merzouga desert’s charms attract a large number of people. As a result, we include a visit to the letters in some of our trips.
Tourists in Merzouga go to places like the National Auto Museum to see historic autos. An Emirati auto enthusiast owns the latter. After that, go to the Gnaoua people before seeing the nomads and learning about their lives.
Many others would enjoy a dessert picnic near the Algerian border, where they might sample Berber pita bread.
Rissani and the Souk:
Following our visit to the Merzouga desert on our Fes to Marrakech 5 days itinerary, we will travel to Rissani to explore the Souk. Erg Chebbi is 30 minutes away from the city. Rissani used to be known as Sijil Massa, and it was a major caravan route between Southern Mali and Gabon.
You will be accompanied by a local guide who will show you through the whole souk. The first section is well-known for selling spices, and it has information on all of them.
In the second section, you will see a donkey market where hundreds of these creatures are traded every day.
The rest of the area is where they sell and purchase various varieties of meat imported from the north.
This city is famed for its delicious pita bread, or Medfouna, which has lately gained popularity.
Fezna Irrigation System: Originally located in Fezna’s town, the most intriguing subterranean water canals in the south of Morocco. Tourists come to see how the natives use subterranean water to irrigate their crops. More than 30 water wells are linked together.
Citizens of Fezna work on agriculture. As a result, they irrigate their farms using these water systems. During our 5-day Fes to Marrakech desert trip, we will visit these wells and learn about how water moves through them.
Because of the heat, the wells are semi-dry in the summer and full in the winter, drawing water from nearby rivers.
There is legislation that states that everyone must pay a charge and only use the water on particular days.
Todgha and Dades Gorges:
Morocco’s most renowned and frequented gorges, its beauty attracting climbers, motor car divisions, and others.
When we speak about Todgha Gorges, we’re talking about a limestone river canyon not far from Tinghir, or the city of dates. The latter contains a valley known as Todgha, which is densely forested with towering palm palms. There is an underground river in these canyons that supplies water to the whole valley.
You’ll be amazed at how high the canyons are when you visit them (about 500m). Climbers have designated places for this sport.
There are other additional events taking place in the region. Picnics with the family and school festivities, for example.
Boumalne Dades is known for being Morocco’s longest street, stretching from Kalaat Megouna to the gorges’ end.
With far-reaching vistas of the High Atlas mountains and snow in the winter, the city is fascinating.
Boumalne was formerly regarded as a tribal city, with about 12 people living in the vicinity. The city also boasts a rich history and customs. For example, during weddings, everyone dresses up in special attire to commemorate the occasion. Not only that, but the grooms’ families plan the weddings…
The Boumalne Gorges are a must-see destination known for their amazing records. Get more information about our 5-day Fes to Marrakech journey.
Kalaat Megouna and the Roses Valley:
With our skilled staff providing the finest Moroccan tours, Kalaat Megouna and the Roses Valley is a vibrant must-see site. It is distinguished by the pink tint of its buildings, stores, taxis, and so on.
Every year, hundreds of different species of roses are cultivated in the valley, and residents utilize them to manufacture rose water products. These cosmetics are mostly for women and are used for cosmetic reasons. Rose creams, lipsticks, and a variety of skincare goods are available.
Every year, a celebration commemorates the rose-growing seasons. In 2015, more than 300,000 individuals from various nations attended.
If you are interested, you will have the opportunity to visit one of the prominent boutiques on our 5 days tour from Fes through the Merzouga desert.
Ouarzazate and Atlas Studios:
Ouarzazate is recognized as the gateway to the Sahara desert and the start of the trail of a thousand kasbahs. The city is known for its humid climate. As a result, a solar energy organization created a project named Nour(light) for solar energy. It has four stages and generates 580 MW at its peak. In addition, the last listed costs $9 billion to operate.
The Atlas studios, which are perhaps the country’s largest, are another well-known site in Ouarzazate. Many films have been filmed there, including Gladiator, Prison Break, Cleopatra, and Sodom & Gomorrah…
When discussing these studios, we must emphasize the cinematic space on the premises, where you can view a number of famous films. During our Fes to Marrakech 5 day desert trip, you will be accompanied by our local guides to visit this site.
The Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou
The Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou, also known as Ben Haddou’s Ksar, is Morocco’s most visited landmark and oldest historical Kasbah. Tourists are enamored by the mud-brick walls and bamboo-roofed buildings.
Ait Ben Haddou was erected in the seventeenth century, according to certain accounts. Although many archeologists believe it was established by Ben Haddou in the 18th century, many archeologists believe it was founded in the eleventh century. Thami El Glaoui, a member of the Glamour tribe, was the one who erected the Kasbah and resided on top of the hill. Because the tribe was made up of people of all faiths, there is a mosque for Jews behind it.
To get to the Kasbah, take the steps up and enjoy the walled settlement and the Ounila River. You’ll see how they use tea and indigo to paint the Kasbah along the way.
Ait Ben Haddou was formerly a stopping point for caravans traveling to Marrakech and Europe from nations such as Mali and Mauritania. In other words, they chose the Kasbah because it had a large area for resting.
When discussing Ait Ben Haddou’s Ksar, we should also note the television programs that are filmed there. Lawrence of Arabia, Game of Thrones(yunkai), and other shows come to mind.
To acquire broad, gorgeous images, we suggest hiking a hill near to the Kasbah for photography. Book our 5 days desert tour from Fes to Marrakech and marvel at the grandeur of this Kasbah with local guides.
Argan oil cooperative: Morocco is well-known for its native Argan oil. It thrives in the country’s northwest, where it may be found on the road to Essaouira. On the 5 days tour from Fes to Marrakech, you have the option of stopping at one of the Argan oil cosmetics cooperatives for women. A family from Essaouira owns the latter. Furthermore, as a lunch meal, you may try some dishes prepared with Argan or Amlou.