4 days from Fes to Merzouga desert itinerary:
1st Day: FES – IFRANE – AZROU – MIDELT – ZIZ VALLEY – ERG CHEBBI DUNES(DESERT):
Today early morning, we will pick you up from your hotel in Fes. We will travel through the middle Atlas via Ifrane “Moroccan Switzerland” and Azrou. You will have a stop at the cedar forest for a visit to Cedre Gouraud Tree where you will see Barbary apes. From here we drive further south passing by several towns and you will get the opportunity to view nomads living in tents on the way. Our next stop is in Midelt where you will enjoy your lunch. Later on, continuing our drive by crossing the Tizi N’Talghomt Pass (1907m) while enjoying the panoramic views. You will also cross Ziz Gorge and the tunnel. Near Errachidia, you will see the Barrage Hassan Al-Dakhil which has turquoise blue water. Continuing our drive to Erfoud, you will have a stop for a panoramic view of Aoufous palmeraie along the Ziz River. Arriving Erfoud and crossing the off-road to reach the hotel located on the foot of the dunes. Dinner and overnight in an Auberge (hotel).
2nd day: MERZOUGA – HASSI LABIED – KHAMLIA – NOMAD FAMILY – FOSSIL SITE – TOUR OF THE DUNES:
This morning after breakfast in the hotel. You will have a tour of the dunes on 4×4 allowing you to visit the black volcanic rocks of fossils, visit a nomad family living in a tent, visit Khamlia village and entertainment of their spiritual music of Gnawa, and visit the lake Dayate Sarji that forms in springtime which attracts pink flamingos and wildlife you will have a break for lunch in Merzouga or Hassi Labied. After lunch, you will see the canal irrigation system and have a walk on the oasis located on the foot of the dunes Continue to your hotel to relax. Arrive at the hotel and get ready for a camel trek for an hour and a half to enjoy the sunset. While on the back of your dromedary, you will continue to the camp for an overnight in a traditional nomad tent. Dinner and spend the night in a bivouac(Berber tents) in the middle of the dunes.
3rd Day: ERG CHEBBI – RISSANI – ERFOUD – TINEJDAD – TINEGHIR – TODRA GORGES:
Waking up by the call of your guide very earlier to watch the sunrise then enjoying breakfast. You will trek back to your hotel where you can have a hot shower and get ready for the new journey. We will depart to Rissani, you will have a visit to Zawiya Moulay Ali ash-Sharif and you may also investigate the Souk (local market) with the opportunity to see the Fondouks where donkeys gather.
Continuing on our drive toward Tinjdad passing by Erfoud “the capital of marble fossil”. You will view the Khatarat (Canal irrigation system) on our route. Our next stop is in Tinejdad where you will have lunch. Later on, you will have the chance to stop for a panoramic view of the river Continuing on the road alongside the river to reach the gorges where you will hike/Walk on foot through this stunning place while enjoying the views of high rock walls (up to 300 meters) Dinner and overnight stay in a Kasbah hotel.
4th Day: TODRA GORGES TO FES:
Today we are going to travel back to Fes on a different road till Midelt while enjoying the landscapes and Berber villages through the Atlas Mountains, you will have a stop for lunch on the way. Contact us for more details;