this 3 days desert tour from fes is Rich in scenery, you will never be bored as you will be busy admiring one scene after another. The dramatic landscape change is amazing to the High Atlas Mountains, then to various valley and oases, and at the end, reach the amazing high sand dunes of Merzouga Erg Chebbi.
By leaving the old Moroccan city of Fes we will go back on time to 3th century by visiting the most important archaeological site in Morocco Volubilis, which features the best preserved Roman ruins in this part of Northern Africa. So it is not by chance this Roman ruins in 1997 were listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. A 45 minutes guided tour is scheduled here. From Volubilis we go on our way to Meknes that was named after a Berber tribe which was known as Miknasa in the medieval North African sources. Meknes was the capital of Morocco under the reign of Moulay Ismail (1672–1727). He built in the ingeniously designed granaries, really fascinating architecture of tiny windows, massive walls where he used to store grain and hay to feed his 15.000 horses not food for humans. We will stop as well to get pictures of the Bab AL Mansour the Great gate built in the 11th century by the King AL Mansour Adahbi.
We continue our journey to the most modern and clean city in the country Ifran. This Berber name of Ifran means caves and it is nicknamed in Morocco as a little Switzerland since it is a very green town and is a ski resort in the Middle Atlas region of Morocco because of its high altitude at 1665 meters. Ifran is very known as well by The Brotherhood private university, established in 1997 by The king of Morocco Hassan II and the king of Saudi Arabia Fahd. Where all classes are taught in English, it is an international university. After we go via Azro to see the park of monkeys, then keep driving through the stunning mountains to Midelt which is situated on the foothills of the eastern part of the High Atlas Mountains. From vast plateau we start crossing up those tough mountains which are still settled by a big Berber community. The landscapes here includes palm tree oases. Arrive to Midelt by the evening then check to our hotel.
Next day departure around 08:30 to Merzouga, driving down the curves and join the pre-Saharan zone passing first by Errachidia and Erfoud, which is famous for its pottery and the interesting fossil quarries. Fossils are a major industry in Erfoud, some 350 million years ago the region around Erfoud was a part of the huge ocean. Heading up to the red colored sand sea dunes of Erg Chebbi at Merzouga via Rissani, the hometown of the Alaouist dynasty, where Moulay Ali sheriff started to unify Morocco under his red flag in the beginning of the 17th century. From a vast plateau you will get impressed by the huge sand dune of Merzouga appearing from the horizon. in the evening we go on a camel ride about one hour and half to meet one of the most fascinating sight we will ever seen, the superb sunset in the middle of the high sand dunes of Merzouga. Overnight in Berber tented desert camp and enjoy a wonderful stars view.
If you wake up early enough, you can see the spectacular of the sunrise, when the color of the dunes and the play of shadow are awesome. Then taking camel again for going back to the hostel shower then departing to Fez. Via Errachidia. We start again crossing up those tough mountains which are still settled by a big Berber community. The landscapes here includes palm tree oases at Jbel Ayachi (at 3747 m) lunch at Midelt which is situated on the foothills of the eastern part of the High Atlas Mountains.. Then arrive to Fes by the evening drop-off at your hotel or Riad in Fez where your trip will end.
√ Pick-up from your accommodation in Fes.
√ Transport by Air Conditioned Minibus/4WD.
√ Private room with shower and toilet, AC/Heater.
√ Dinner & Breakfast at the hotel in Midelt.
√ Camel ride/4×4 in Sahara Merzouga.
√ Private sleeping camp in Sahara Merzouga.
√ Dinner & Breakfast in Sahara Merzouga.
√ Drop-off at your accommodation in Marrakech.
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Fes, Ifran, Merzouga, Todra Gorges, Dades Gorges, Ouarzazate, Ait Ben Haddou, Telouet, Marrakech
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