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7 Days Tour from Tangier to Marrakech via Merzouga Desert - Chefchaouen and Fes

7 Days Tour from Tangier to Marrakech via Merzouga Desert - Chefchaouen and Fes
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Day 1: Tangier - Chefchaouen

One of our team will be in Tangier to meet you, either at the port or airport. Tangier is the gateway from Europe to Africa and has a cosmopolitan feel alongside its old medina with interesting history. Leaving the city, we head south east passing through some beautiful scenery, forest, fields and rivers to reach the elevated location of the blue city of Chefchaouen. Overnight in a typical local guesthouse or riad. We recommend going to the square for dinner to soak up the ambience.

Day 2: Explore Chefchaouen and drive to Fes via Volubilis

You will have the morning free to explore this colourful medina with its narrow streets, stairways and shops. Famous for its blue colours; you will want to take a lot of photographs. After lunch, we depart for the ancient medina of Fes. On the way, we will stop to visit the 2nd century Roman ruins at Volubilis. This strategic metropolis was once a very busy city; you can still see some impressive buildings and mosaics. In the afternoon, we arrive in Fes where you will overnight in a riad with dinner and breakfast.

Day 3: Explore Fes with local guide

After breakfast a local city guide will come to your riad to meet you and explain what you will be doing for the day. Artisan workshops are plentiful in Fes; leather, ceramics, rugs, weaving, metalwork, leatherwork and dying can all be found here. Each neighbourhood has a school, a fountain, a bakery, a mosque and a hammam; you will be visiting a few of these too. Fes has some 9000 streets in its car free medina; easy to get lost, so a guided tour is a great way to get deep in the heart of the city and to learn about its past and present.

Day 4: Fes - Ifrane - Azrou - Midelt - Ziz Valley - Erfoud - Merzouga

Leaving Fes, we continue southwards to the great cedar forests of Ifrane and Azrou where you likely will see the indigenous apes swinging in the trees. You will also see nomadic families living in rustic shelters with their flocks of animals. The landscapes change many times on this journey south and you will get a sense of the diversity of this country. In Midelt, we take a lunch break and then continue following the river and passing colourful mountains. The Ziz Valley will be the first palm grove you will see in a gorge below you. The fossil capital of Erfoud has many interesting workshops and museums dedicated to the fossils and minerals found locally including dinosaur bones. Then, you will see the dunes in the distance… you have entered the Sahara Desert, once in Merzouga, you will be welcomed at your accommodation with a glass of mint tea. Overnight in Merzouga.

 

Day 5: Explore Merzouga with 4x4 - Camel Trekking and night in the Desert

Today, after breakfast, you will start your desert adventure exploring this amazing landscape. The golden dunes, the black hamada, mines, oases, villages and nomads can all be found here as well as rock art, the old Dakar rally trails and the village of Khamlia. Sudanese slaves once worked the mines and now, their descendants play Gnaoua music for visitors. In the afternoon, you will meet your camel team for the trek across the dunes at sunset. They will take you to your nomadic camp for the night, dinner is prepared onsite and music played under the stars. A memorable experience and a wonderful adventure.

Day 6: Merzouga - Rissani - Todra Gorge - Dades Gorge

If the night with the stars wasn’t amazing enough, you should get up early enough to experience the predawn and sunrise; it is very special, peaceful and beautiful. We pack up and return by camel to the hotel for breakfast and a shower. Leaving the dunes we travel north to the market town of Rissani; last trading post before the desert. We pass through small adobe villages and towns to reach Tinghir and the Gorge at Todra. This 300 metre fault in the mountains was carved out by the crystal clear waters of the river and is a haven for international rock climbers. The Dades Valley is one of the longest in Morocco and has another amazing gorge to visit; the Dades Gorge has some unique rock formations and many hidden kasbahs. We will spend the night in this location in a local guesthouse.

Day 7: Dades Gorge - Rose Valley - Ouarzazate - Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah - High Atlas - Marrakech

After breakfast, time for some photos and back down to the valley, this is called the route of a thousand kasbahs, you will see many as we drive through. This is also home to the Damascus rose which is grown around the fields and harvested for its precious oil. Leaving these fertile fields, we pass the palm brove of Skoura and arrive in the cinema city of Ouarzazate. We can stop to visit one of the kasbahs here before continuing to the ksar of Ait Benhaddou, made famous by the Gladiator movie as well as dozens more. After a lunch break, we continue crossing the High Atlas Mountains, over the highest drivable pass at Tizi n´Tichka at 2260 metres above sea level. Winding our way down, we pass through many Berber villages to emerge on the plains below and the medina of Marrakech.

 

What is included:

• Private A/C Vehicle+ fuel

• English speaking driver during the tour

• Pick up & Drop off at your accommodation or airport

• Accommodation with dinner and breakfast

• Camel Trek to overnight in nomad desert bivouac with a guide (Private tents)

• Free time to explore the sites such as Ait Benhaddou, Kasbah, Walks, Canyons, Breaks for photos,...Etc.

Not included:

• Flights

• Drinks

• Lunch's