Fes to Marrakech 5 days tour via Merzouga desert
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With our tours from Fes, you will enjoy a 5 days journey to the Sahara desert of Erg Chebbi and end in Marrakech. The first day, our staff will come at the arrival time to pick you up and transfer you to your accommodation. The following day, you will visit all the important attractions of Fes. For instance, the Madrasa Bou Inania, the Chouara Tanneries, and the blue gate of Boujloud.
On the third day of our tour, we will drive to Ifrane. Famous as little Switzerland. After that, drive all the way to the Sahara desert of Erg Chebbi. Before arriving, you will enjoy the far-reaching views of the Atlas mountains, Ziz valley, and more.
When arrived at Merzouga desert, you will enjoy the comfortable camel ride through the sand dunes of Merzouga. Your camel leader will get you the best photos of the sunset and the sunrise on the camels. After a 1hour and a half camel trekking, we will arrive at the beautiful well-equipped camp to spend the night.
On the fourth day, we will start from the camp to arrive at Boumalne Dades. A place attracted tourists by its Gorges, the snake road, and the valley.
Eventually, we will conclude the 5 days tour from Fes to Marrakech with a transfer to the red city of Marrakech.
Note: you are allowed to choose between getting transferred to your accommodation or the airport.
Fes to Marrakech tour in 5 days via the desert of Merzouga itinerary :
Day 1: Arrival and pick up service to the accommodation:
On the first day of our 5 days tour from Fes to Marrakech, you are going to be picked up at the arrival time. Your driver/guide will come to the airport and drive to your local accommodation in Fes. In the hotel/Riad you will enjoy the fresh tea to restore from the flight and relax.
Day 2: Visiting Fes attractions:
Our one day visit of Fes during the 5 days tour from Fes to Marrakech will start in the morning from your accommodation. To start with, your local Moroccan travel guide will come to pick you up to visit the Madrasa Bou Inania. an old architectural school founded in AD 1351–56 by Abou Inan Faris. One of the religious monuments in Fes that non-Muslims can enter. It is Also known as a place where they taught kids the Quran and other religious things.
Secondly, we will visit the Fes El Bali, translated as the old city of Fes. There you can find most of the local Riads/hotel. To get there, you can take the main gate “Bab Boujloud”. The place is home to several famous Souks and old Moroccan monuments. For example, the mosque of Al-Andalus, Medersa Sehrij, and more.
Thirdly, you and the guide will ahead to visit the Chouara tanneries, famous as the largest in the cultural city. Home to many handmade leather products. The artisans paint the leather using only special spices and get the wholes dry by the end of the day. To get the best views, it is recommended to get at the nearby rooftops owned by the shop’s owners.
Another visit is going to be for the Jewish Quarter or Mellah as it’s called. A very famous place situated in Fes El Jedid, it expresses how was the Jewish community in Fes by its early 20th-century houses.
As a conclusion, we will visit the ceramic artistry of Fes, a place where you can watch Men & Women chip mosaic tile pieces, paint fanciful designs on plates.
Day 3: From Fes to Merzouga & camel trekking & night at the camp:
On the third day of our Fes to Marrakech 5 days desert tour, you will be picked up from the hotel/Riad in the morning. A journey to some of Morocco’s special destinations. For a start, we will cross the Middle Atlas mountains together and enjoy the green agricultural lands to arrive at Ifrane. The latter is called little Switzerland by the Moroccans. The reason is that it is the finest city in Africa and the eighth worldwide and it is characterized by the triangle rooftops. Not only this but, it is the coldest in Morocco. During our visit to this city, we will see the famous city’s garden. It has a popular white lion statue most of the time visited by tourists.
During the second world war, Ifrane was a camp for soldiers. That is to say, the reason behind the carved lion is a German soldier that wanted his freedom.
After visiting Ifrane, we will continue to the magnificent Ziz valley. A valley with a passing river for about 200kms long. It attracts by its palm grooves thousands of tourists to discover how they run the water system for all those palm trees. It is also a great place for some desert and green lands shots. Not to mention, they consider it the biggest dates source in the region of Draa Tafilalet.
Subsequently, we will pass by Erfoud to arrive at Merzouga desert where they will welcome you with a warming tea. After relaxing a bit, we will drive to where you will ride the lovely camels through Erg Chebbi sand dunes. After 1 hour and a half, we will arrive at the camp where you can try different activities.
As a conclusion, you will enjoy the campfire and the Berber music show under the stars.
Day 4: Merzouga desert to Boumalne Dades via Tinghir :
The fourth day of our Fes to Marrakech 5 days desert tour via Merzouga desert will start after breakfast at the hotel or at the camp. A journey to the lovely Boumalne fades. Before we reach there, we will visit the souk of Rissani. Famous for the festival of donkeys whenever it is the day of the market. It is also where the caravans coming from Mauritania, Southern Mali used to stay and take breaks. Next, we will drive to visit Fezna’s Irrigation system, a land of wells of water passing to the agricultural lands. Our visit to the place will be to discover the underground water’s canals and how they transfer it. Thereafter, we will visit the Todgha Gorges, enchanted many climbers to come to try this activity there.
It is a limestone river canyons about 250m high and characterized by underground water year-round. In addition, citizens from Tinghir go there for family picnics and celebrations.
After visiting the canyons, we will continue to Boumalne Dades to spend the night at a local hotel with views of the valley.
Day 5: Boumalne Dades to Marrakech via Ouarzazate :
Our Fes to Marrakech 5 days tour via Merzouga desert’s last day will start after breakfast at Boumalne Dades. To begin with, we will see the city of Kalaat Megouna, famous for the name of the capital of Roses. Every year, they organize a festival to celebrate the seasons of roses. More importantly, it reached 500 000 people in 2015. Even taxis in the cities are painted in pink. It is optional for you to visit one of the cooperatives for shopping purposes.
After visiting the city of roses, we will resume the tour to ascertain the Atlas studios of Ouarzazate. Many movies were shot there, such as the Gladiator, Alexander, the Message, and Cleopatra.
We will continue to reach the Gorgeous Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou. They call it also the Ksar of Glaoua, founded by Ben Haddou in the eighteenth century. The Glaoui family, personally Thami El Glaoui was the leather of the tribe who made the Kasbah.
It is made out of wheat bales and mud that can afford the cruel weather.
To visit the Kasbah, you need to take the stairs where you will meet some special painters. Further, they use indigo and green or black and then heat it to get a gorgeous painting, tourists also take it as a souvenir.
When talking about Ait Ben Haddou, we should mention the movies that were shot there. For example, the TV series Game of Thrones and Lawrence of Arabia…
After visiting the Kasbah, we will cross the High Atlas mountains in an altitude of 2260m at Tizi Ntichka and visit one of Argan’s cooperatives.
Eventually, get to Marrakech where our Fes to Marrakech 5 days tour ends.
Fes to Marrakech 5 days tour via Merzouga desert customer's reviews:
Best 5 days trip ever!
I and my boyfriend wanted to visit Morocco, I talked to some friends who had already gone and directly passed me the contact of Youssef. we contacted him and I explained the type of trip we wanted to do. He organized everything very quickly and smoothly. We arrived in Fes and there Hassan was waiting for us, it was greatly shared the experience with him. Further, from the first moment, we connected and it was super well. we have heard jokes and laughed all the way. Even more, we have known a lot about their culture and their country.
We want to highlight the day we went to the desert, the camp, camels, and food were all excellent. We want to thank also Ahmed the camel driver for the beautiful pictures he took. In addition, the Riad in Boumalne Dades was very fancy on top of a hill. Highly recommended the 5-day tour from Fes to Marrakech via the desert.
Best Morocco Attractions in Only 5 days!
A wonderful and unforgettable experience, I am super proud to have chosen Touring In Morocco make this 5 days trip from Fes to Marrakech. We have met wonderful guides who have taught us their culture and way of life, especially Hamid, super friendly, attentive, helpful and kind, more than a guide has become a friend. 100% recommended.
Merzouga is lovely!
I can only thank Hamid and Youssef for organizing this incredible 5 days trip, thanks to them we have discovered a wonderful country and we have left behind all the stress we could have. Undoubtedly, It has been the best experience I have lived in my life. A journey that fills you, leaves a mark on you, that touches your heart. It has been amazing all the places we have been able to visit, with the best company, spending a night in the desert surrounded by that special magic. It has been unsurpassed. Be with people, feel their love and feel at home, surround yourself with people who without knowing anything give you everything. A great discovery, an experience that gives you more than you can ever imagine. Morocco will always occupy a special place in my heart. Highly recommended the trip from Fes to Marrakech.
Lovely camel ride and road trip!
We decided to travel to Morocco to make our end-of-career trip and we got it right. I definitely recommend this experience to 200%!!! The treatment we have received has been excellent, seeing how people try to always feel at home, how they give you everything they have. Surely, it has been something we did not expect. Visit Ifrane, Fez, the desert, Tinghir, the Dades Valley...
They are all beautiful places that we will remember forever!! But for us the best experience has been to spend a night in the desert, people there worried that we were comfortable at all times and spent a dream night and so it was!!! Watch the sunset, spend the night under the stars singing and dancing around the fire, watch the sunrise, the camel ride, the quads, the 4x4 through the dunes... Definitely amazing!!! We also had the great luck to live all these moments with Aziz, our guide. I really recommend the experience and I can't wait to repeat it!!!
With our Fes to Marrakech 5 days tour via Merzouga desert, we will take you to stunning views. For instance, we will enjoy the views of the High/Anti Atlas mountains. Also, we will stop at the panoramic view of the Ziz…
Our service includes a pickup service from the airport to your accommodation. Also, a dropoff if needed to the airport. Moreover, with our 5 days tour from Fes to Marrakech via the Sahara desert of Merzouga, you can choose to be dropped off or picked up from the hotel you are staying in.
We will send you a professional driver/guide to explain to you anything concerning our Fes to Marrakech 5 days trip attraction.
In our trip, you will be taken to the best places for photography. Like, Merzouga, Ziz valley, Todgha Gorges…
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Fes to Marrakech 5 days tour via Merzouga desert destinations:
The cultural Fes:
Fes is the first visited city during the 5 days desert tour to Marrakech. It is one of the imperial cities city of Morocco and the second largest in the country.
These are the important visited attractions in Fes:
Madrasa Bou Inania :
One of the most visited Madrasas or old schools in the cultural city of Fes. What makes it special is that non-muslims are able to enter and discover its architectural walls. In addition, it was in AD 1351–56 by Abou Inan Faris. They used in the past to collect thousands of Kids from Fes to learn the Quran and other religious things. Not to mention, visitors get amazed by its courtyard, the masterpiece of elaborate zellige tilework. Note: it gets closed during praying time.
Fes El Bali :
Fes El Bali is considered the most interesting old city of Morocco, famous for the fancy Riads and spas. The main gate through the Area is via Bab Boujeloud or the blue gate.
Also, this old city is famous for the traditional souks, leather craftsmen, and ceramics. Therefore, consider a visit there.
Mellah, Jewish Quarter :
The Mellah is the most famous Jewish quarter in the gorgeous Fes, a place was inhabited by the Jewish community. By its old-style buildings and houses, it represents the old Jewish culture.
Chouara Tanneries :
Chouara Tanneries are the largest in Fes, attracts thousands of tourists every year to come to buy leather products. For instance, shoes and jackets. Further, it is visited more at the end of the day when the ground holes are dry and the leather is colorful.
Many craftsmen have shops in the area. Therefore, it is recommended to choose the right rooftop for you. Furthermore, if you are a photographer, you may get some great shots from the latter.
Ifrane is the second visited destination during our Fes to Marrakech 5 days tour via Merzouga desert. Famous as little Switzerland as it is the finest city in Africa and the eighth worldwide.
In this city, many activities are offered by the citizens, it gets a lot of snow in the wintertime. That’s is to say, it is the coldest in Morocco with a degree of -23. Skiing is offered and many ski clubs are in the area(tourists can try it too).
The visited place with our Fes to Marrakech tour is the garden city famous for the white lion statue.
During the second world war, Ifrane was a camp for soldiers. Thus, for a German soldier to get his freedom, he carved that statue.
Another thing is that the king of Morocco has a palace in the city, among 12 ones in the country.
Ziz valley :
One of the biggest dates’ sources in the region of Draa Tfilalet, situated in the High Atlas mountains. It is visited most of the time for photography purposes. Not very far from the valley, there is the small town of Aoufous. Most of the citizens do agriculture for living. That is to say, each one of them has landed in Ziz valley and uses the passing river (Ziz) to water his plants and palm grooves.
When talking about the Ziz river, it is one of the longest in the country(about 200km). And, the valley is about 50kms long.
With our Fes to Marrakech 5 days tour via Merzouga desert, you will be accompanied by one of our professional guides to show you this attraction. In addition to this, if you are a photographer, we would have the honor to take you to magnificent views
Erfoud is a city in the south of Morocco, very famous for its old interesting history concerning fossils and social inequality. Million years ago, the Sahara of Rissani, Merzouga, and Erfoud were a floor of a large prehistoric ocean. Thus, many foreign companies and local ones extract important types of fossils from the mountains nearby Erfoud. In the company of our guides, it will be optional for you to visit a very popular company there. They will show you all the operations rocks pass through to get soft. Even more, you can get things that can be used in the house, such as plates…
This city is also called the city of dates. Every year, they make a festival in the city where thousands come to taste the best quality of dates and celebrate its seasons. The city is visited by Jewish tourists because it has one of the oldest Jewish cemeteries.
Another thing is that its name refers to a plant called Onfoud.
Merzouga desert is the highlight of our Fes to Marrakech 5 days tour, it is the first visited desert in Morocco. Many admire the camel rides and camping in Berber camps. In the company of our guides, you will arrive at this beautiful destination with our staff waiting to host you.
After a long drive, you will get fresh mint tea to restore, then ride camels in the heart of Erg Chebbi. With our local photographer/camel guide, you will get the best photos along the way to the camp. In addition, when arrived you can try Sandboarding which is one of the best activities to do in Merzouga. You can also demand Quads to watch the sunset in one of the tallest sand dunes in Merzouga.
The night at the camp is described as one of the best during Morocco tours. The Berber music at night and watching the starry sky are an unforgettable experience you will enjoy with us.
Many visitors get attracted by the attractions in the Merzouga desert. Therefore, in some of our tours, we offer a visit to the letters.
In Merzouga, tourists visit destinations like the National auto Museum for old cars. The latter is owned by an Emirati car lover. Subsequently, move to see the Gnaoua people and end by visiting the nomads and discovering their life.
Many others would love trying a desert picnic that and taste the Berber pitta bread close to the Algerian borders.
Rissani and the souk :
After visiting Merzouga desert with our Fes to Marrakech 5 days tour, we will move to visit the Souk of Rissani. The city is 30mins from Erg Chebbi. Rissani was called in the past Sijil Massa and it was known as a route for the caravans coming from Southern Mali and Gabon.
With us, you will get a local guide to see all the parts of the souk. The first part is popular for selling spices where you will get information about all of them.
In the second part, you will admire where they trade donkeys, hundreds of these animals are sold there every day.
The other parts are where they sell and buy types of meet brought from the north.
This city is known for making the tasty pitta bread or Medfouna and it has become very popular recently.
Fezna’s Irrigation system :
The most interesting underground water canals in the south of Morocco, originally situated in Fezna’s town. Visited by tourists to discover how locals water their lands with underground water. More than 30 wells of water connected to each other.
In Fezna, citizens work with agriculture. Therefore, they use these water systems to water their lands. In the 5 days Fes to Marrakech desert tour, we will visit these wells and discover the operations of how the water passes.
The wells are semi-dry in summer because of the heat and full in the wintertime getting the water from the passing rivers.
For watering the lands, there is a law that every person should pay a fee and only use it on specific days.
Dades and Todgha Gorges :
Todgha and Dades gorges are the most famous and visited in Morocco, their beauty attracted climbers, motor car divisions, and more.
When talking about Todgha Gorges, they are a limestone river canyons not so far from Tinghir or the city of dates. The latter has a valley called also todgha, full of very tall palm trees. In these canyons, there is an underground river that gets the water to all the valley.
In the canyons, you will admire how high they are(about 500m). Climbers have specific areas where they do this activity.
Many other activities are going in the area. For example, family picnics and school celebrations.
For Boumalne Dades it is famous for the longest street in Morocco, from Kalaat Megouna to the end of the gorges.
The city is really interesting with far-reaching views of the High Atlas mountains and snow in winter.
Boumalne was known as a tribal city in the past, above 12 ones were living in the area, the city has also a deep culture, traditions. For example, for weddings, they all wear specific clothes to celebrate. Not only that but, the marriages are arranged by the family of the grooms…
The Boumalne Gorges are a must-visit attraction, it is popular for the record of cadillac. Book our Fes to Marrakech tour in 5 days and get more information.
Kalaat Megouna and Roses valley :
With our professional team offering you the best Moroccan tours, Kalaat Megouna and the roses valley is a must-visit colorful destination. It is characterized by the pink color for, houses, shops, taxis…
In the valley, hundreds of types of roses are grown every year, citizens use them to make products of the rose water. These cosmetics most of them for women as they are used for beauty purposes. You can find, roses creams, lipsticks, and a lot of skincare products.
Every year, there is a festival to celebrate the seasons of roses. In 2015 it has reached above 300 000 people coming from different countries.
During our Fes to Marrakech 5 days tour via Merzouga desert, you will have the chance to visit one of the popular shops if interested.
Ouarzazate and Atlas studios :
Ouarzazate is known as the gate to the Sahara desert and the beginning of the thousand kasbah’s route. The city is characterized by its hot climate. Therefore, an agency of solar energy made a project called Nour(light) for solar energy. It has about 4 phases and produces 580 MW per peak. In addition, 9 billion dollars are spent to run the last mentioned.
Another famous attraction in Ouarzazate is the Atlas studios, probably the biggest in the country. It is where a lot of movies are shot including the Gladiator, Prison Break, Cleopatra, and Sodom & Gomorrah…
When talking about these studios, we need to mention the cinematic area inside, where you can watch several popular movies. Accompanied by our local guides, you will discover this attraction during our Fes to Marrakech 5 days desert tour.
Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou :
The Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou or Ben Haddou’s Ksar is the most visited monument and old historical Kasbah in Morocco. Undoubtedly, tourists fall in love with its mud made walls and bamboo rooftops.
According to some sources, Ait Ben Haddou was built at the eighteenth century. Although, many archeologists say that it was back in the eleventh century and founded by Ben Haddou in the 18th century. The Glaoua’s tribe and officially Thami El Glaoui was the one who built the Kasbah and lived atop of the hill. Behind it, there is a mosque for Jewish as there were different religions in the tribe.
To get to the Kasbah, you need to go up by the stairs to admire the fortified village and the river of Ounila. On the way, you will ascertain how they paint the Kasbah using tea and indigo.
Ait Ben Haddou was in the past a place for the caravans coming from countries like Mali, Mauritania to trade in Marrakech and Europe. In other words, they selected the Kasbah as it is wide a place for breaks.
When also talking about Ait Ben Haddou’s Ksar we should mention the Tv series that are shot there. Such as Lawrence of Arabia, Game of Thrones(yunkai), and more.
For photography purposes, we recommend to hike a hill next to the Kasbah to get wide beautiful shots. Reserve our Fes to Marrakech 5 days tour via desert and enjoy the beauty of this Kasbah with local guides.
Argan oil cooperative :
Morocco is very famous for Argan oil that is endemic to it. It grows more in the Northwest of the country and can be seen in the way of Essaouira. With the 5 days tour from Fes to Marrakech, you can choose to stop at one of the feminine cooperatives of Argan oil cosmetics. The latter is owned by a family from Essaouira. Even more, you can try some food cooked using Argan or Amlou as a dish for lunch.