5 days desert tour from Marrakech to Fes itinerary
Morocco Expedition offers 5 days desert tour from Marrakech to Fes itinerary
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Trip from Marrakech to Fes in 5 days includes and excludes the following activities:
On a 5 days excursion, these are the top points of the itinerary:
5 Days trip from Marrakech to Fes itinerary's overview :
Come along on our Marrakech to Fes, Morocco desert tour and see all the top sights in just 5 days. On day one, we often travel past the High Atlas Mountains and Ait Benhaddou en route to our overnight stop in Ouarzazate. On day two, we’ll take you to the desert, the crown jewel of any vacation to Morocco. Traveling into the desert and seeing some Nomad Berbers will take up the entire third day. Yet on the fourth day, we’ll take a different route to Midelt. On the final day of the journey, we’ll transport you to Meknes before bringing you back to Fes.
The schedule for a 5 days excursion from Marrakech to Fes:
Trip Day 1: Marrakech to the Dades Gorges
You’ll be picked up from our Marrakech meeting place on the first day of the 5-day desert excursion that ends in Fes. First, we’ll cross the 2260-meter-high, 200-kilometer-long Tizi Ntichka pass. We plan on stopping by an argan oil cooperative to take it easy and learn about the process of making argan oil for cosmetics. After there, we’ll go to the kasbah of Ait Benhaddou, stopping briefly at a number of other kasbahs along route, including Telouet.
Ait Benhaddou, a Unesco Globe Heritage Site, has attracted visitors from all over the world, including those in the film industry. The next stop on the journey will take us to the heart of Morocco’s film industry, Ouallywood, where we will explore the legendary Atlas Studios. The region around Ouarzazate has been used to film several movies, including some of the most well-known TV shows in the world, such Game of Thrones and Prison Break. We’ll be stopping here for lunch before continuing on to Dades Gorges for the night.
Dades Gorges to Merzouga Desert on Day 2:
The first day of our 5-day desert excursion from Marrakech to Fes begins today. On the approach to our first stop, the Todra Gorges, we will drive through a number of breathtaking valleys. We planned to spend some time in the latter to explore the local culture and take a stroll around the well-known canyons of Todra. One of the greatest places for climbers and photographers in Morocco, the canyons here are up to 300 meters high. After that, we’ll continue our journey by the quaint Berber towns until we reach Tinghir or Tinjedad, where we’ll break for lunch.
We’ll finish our dinner and then go to our last stop. The Merzouga desert is the focal point of most visitors’ Morocco itineraries. In most cases, we will begin our desert trip with a camel ride through the sand dunes. But we’ll take a break along the route to take in the scenery and watch the sun set. In the end, we’ll reach the desert camp where the Nomads have been living. To kick off the evening, we will serve a typical Moroccan dinner. After that, we’ll build a fire and jam out to the drums beneath the twinkling stars.
Third day in the desert/Merzouga:
Our exploration of the desert will take place on the third day of our five-day journey from Marrakech to Fes. Visits to the Nomads, the country’s indigenous inhabitants, are often the first stop on desert excursions in Morocco. In their company, you will experience genuine Moroccan culture. So, the Berber Nomads are still keeping the country’s traditional customs and values alive and well. Following our time with the Nomads, we’ll make our way to Glb Nass (the people’s heart in English), where we’ll take in the stunning panorama of the Sahara and its sand dunes.
The next stop is to a kohl mine in M’Ifiss that was formerly owned and used by the French colonial empire. After that, we’ll hit the road towards Khamlia, where we’ll have lunch and mingle with the local Gnawa. As a whole, they are mostly Mali and Gabonese immigrants. they made Morocco their home and spread out to many other areas, including the one we’re in right now, the village. You’ll get to experience their music and dance styles firsthand. In the end, the remainder of the day will be spent seeing additional locations, such as the Oases of Hassi Labied.
Day 4: From the Merzouga desert to Midelt.
The next morning, after breakfast at your desert hotel, we’ll check out and go to Midelt. First, we’ll make our way to Rissani, where we’ll explore one of the largest traditional marketplaces in all of southeast Morocco. Second, we’ll make a pit stop in Erfoud so you may participate in some fossil workshops there. Various fossils are unearthed in the region, and you may examine them up close. Afterward, we’ll go off to explore Ziz Valley, Morocco’s primary date-producing region.
Next, we’ll make a pit break at one of the most panoramic spots in Morocco, above the pass of Ait Chakr, from where you can overlook the Ziz valley’s hundreds of palm palms. After that, we’ll carry on our journey to Midelt. Our next stop will be at the Errachidia dam. A government-established location where residents may get tap water from the national supply. We will complete our fourth day of your five-day desert vacation from Marrakech to Fes when we arrive in Midelt, where you will spend the night.
5th Day: Midelt to Fes
Our 5 day desert journey from Marrakech to Fes follows a different schedule on the last day than the others. We’re going to explore one of Morocco’s royal cities today. Our first stop, though, will be at a cedar grove in the High Atlas Mountains. We shall soon be in the city of Meknes. We’ll begin our tour in Sahrij Souani, a lake right in the middle of the action. Following that, we’ll proceed with the rest of our Meknes exploration.
Now we’re going to go check out Lhdim square and the Bab Mansour. After that, we’ll go out of town to check out the nearby ancient Roman remains of Volubilis, the once-major city of the Kingdom of Mauritius. Then we shall hurry to Fes, where our mission will officially come to an end.
Reviews for a 5 days trip from Marrakech to Fes :
Fabulous sightseeing! Very suggested.
For five days, I traveled across Morocco. Hussein, our tour guide, was fantastic and gave us a thorough rundown of the day’s events. My favorite parts of the vacation were the camel ride and the desert. Upon our arrival to the camp, the sky was ablaze with stars, and we were greeted by music. In overall, I appreciate their assistance, and I would suggest them to anybody planning a trip to Morocco.
Wonderful five days!
Traveling with my family from Marrakech to Fes over the Sahara was an unforgettable experience. To put it simply, we had a fantastic time. Arriving in the desert was a high point of the trip for me. My family and I went to see the nomads, and it was an incredible experience. I know that I will eventually do this again. Until then, I’d want to express my gratitude to everyone responsible for arranging our vacation and bringing joy to my loved ones.
Youssef is the best! i like my experience with this travel company, it was the best of my tours. Our guide and driver Youseef took care of us and made sure that we have the best time. he is funny and very knowledgeable. I had a fantastic experience for me and I recommend everyone! thank you touring in Morocco
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In this article, we will provide an outline of the stops along the route from Marrakech to Fes that will take you across the desert over the
The Desert of Merzouga
The desert of Merzouga has become more important to Morocco’s tourism and economy in recent years. In recent years, the stunning golden sand dunes there have made it one of Morocco’s top tourist attractions. Despite its location far to the southeast of Morocco, just around 50 kilometers separate it from the Algerian border. Travelers travel for many days only to spend the night in a tent with a Berber family. The desert may be a long distance off for some, so they choose to drive there.
Trips to the desert are not the only destinations available to visitors who book trips. Tours in Morocco often revolve on the desert of Merzouga and the many activities it provides. When the Merzoug family settled in the area, they gave the region its current name, Merzouga. Tourist dollars are the region’s primary economic driver. Some communities, though, can’t survive without agriculture. From the town of Tighmert to the city of Khamlia in the desert of Merzouga, the distance is around 30 kilometers (km).
The desert is known as Erg Chebbi. Many more deserts may be seen, though, if you go far enough towards Rmlia and Jdaid. About ten percent of visitors to Merzouga go to the Znigui desert, which is the most well-known of the region’s deserts. Travelers go to the Merzouga desert for the camel rides and glamping amid the dunes for which it is known. Not to mention the breathtaking sunrises and sunsets.
This is the Ait Benhaddou Kasbah.
On our five-day desert trip from Marrakech to Fes, we want to stop at the ancient stronghold of Ait Benhaddou. It is located on the very point of the High Atlas Mountains, some 30 kilometers from the city of Ouarzazate. In 1987, this town was included to the list of Unesco World Heritage Sites because of its historic significance as a walled settlement. One of the best examples of excellent Moroccan architecture, Ait Benhaddou is still standing and being used today.
The fact that it was constructed by Berbers yet inspired by Islamic design further adds to its singularity. Big fortifications like walls and towers were built there for defense. Authentic Moroccan clay art is used to decorate its towers. One of the wealthiest families in Moroccan history, the Thami el Glaoui, is rumored to have constructed it in the 11th century. Although its residents have long since abandoned it in favor of greener pastures elsewhere, the structure itself has remained standing for millennia.
There are now just approximately 40 families left in the area, and most of them don’t even reside in the main village proper; instead, they’ve moved over the river. Because of the large number of visitors that visit the region each year—over 130,000—tourism is the primary source of revenue. In addition to being a popular tourist attraction, this kasbah is also often used as a location in films. Citing several works, including “Gladiator,” “Lawrence of Arabia,” and others, as examples. The warmth and friendliness of the locals, and of Moroccans more generally, is undoubtedly the main draw for visitors from both within and outside the country.
It’s imperative that you visit the entrance to the Sahara. On the five-day desert journey from Marrakech to Fes, the stunning city of Ouarzazate will serve as a stop along the way. Because of its proximity to an international airport, it is a popular starting point for desert vacations in Morocco. Since Ouarzazate is home to the world’s largest solar power facility, it may be the most significant city in this field. This latter is off-limits to the general public except when used in the filming of Hollywood productions.
Halfway between the city of Merzouga and the Sahara Desert. Thus, it has become one of the most popular attractions. Its Berber origins indicate that “the city without noise” is implied by its name. Indeed it doesn’t have much noise but well-known internationally. Atlas Studios is the main reason people visit. There are really two Atlas Studios in this city, which you will discover when you arrive. As a primary example, there is the most popular studio, the Oscar Studio.
It’s around 5 kilometers north-northwest of the downtown area. Incredible vistas of historic architecture may be seen here. In contrast, the CLA Atlas Studio is located farther away than the Oscar studios. In fact, despite being the city’s oldest studio, it receives less visitors than other attractions. Additionally, Ouarzazate is not only a great place to visit, but also a great place to film television shows and movies. There’s Prison Break Season 5 as an example.
Trip to the Sand Dunes
On day three of your five-day desert journey from Marrakech to Fes, you’ll see a wide variety of fascinating locations. The excursion will take you into the heart of the desert, where you’ll meet local Berbers and learn about their way of life. As a first stop, we often pay a visit to some nomadic Berber families. These folks still choose the nomadic life in tents. The majority of today’s residents of Merzouga and the surrounding villages were formerly nomadic people.
That is to say that everyone who now lives in a home in Merzouga was a nomad at one time, and that they all lived in tents before settling down. These nomadic people we are about to meet rely on the traditional markets of Rissani and Erfoud, respectively, to provide for their families. The simple and unique lifestyle of the desert inhabitants and Berber Nomads, who are famed for their kindness and generosity, is clearly what makes these people worth the visit. Secondly, the desert excursion enables you to see the Gnawa tribe. People from several other nations, including Niger, Gabon, and Mali, were represented.
Khamlia, located approximately 4 kilometers from Merzouga’s city center, is currently home to Berbers who speak the Tamazight language. They assimilated into Berber culture and emerged as pivotal figures in the development of modern-day Merzouga. Since they’ve become so popular, they’ve constructed a mansion and called it Dar Gnaoua; it’s where they record albums and put on events. Visitors from all over the world, as well as local Moroccans, go there to experience an authentic slice of Moroccan culture. Also, the Moroccan National Automobile Museum is included in the trip.
Beautiful valleys line the majority of the routes we travel on on our five-day desert trip from Marrakech to Fes. All of them have one thing in common: stunning beauty. Due to the vast differences in size and significance amongst them, we will be discussing them in order of significance. To begin, there is the Draa (sometimes spelled Dra) valley, which may be found in the southeastern High Atlas Mountains. After flowing for almost 1,100 kilometers, it is the longest river and valley in Morocco.
Indeed, vast palm and olive groves flourish there. Agdz and Ouarzazate are the primary urban areas that profit from the valley’s produce. Many Berber settlements, however, are located along this river and rely on this latter as their primary source of revenue. The Ziz valley is the second largest producer of dates in the nation. Its location between Erfoud and Errachidia makes it convenient for both. The city of Erfoud celebrates the valley and its dates with an annual celebration. Between Marrakesh and the Merzouga desert is where you’ll find the most of the other major valleys.
The first is the Ounila valley, which is also the valley in front of the Ait Benhaddou citadel. The name of this section of the river, Oued El Maleh, comes from the Arabic words for “salty river,” referring to its characteristically briny taste. The name comes from its previous life as a marketplace for salt. The second is the Rose Valley, which is widely used in the cosmetics industry. Lastly, Boumalne is home to a number of smaller valleys, including the Dades.
The Works of Erfoud and Rissani
There are a few cities in Morocco, particularly in the southeast, that have played significant roles in the development of the nation. A 5-day desert journey from Marrakech to Fes will undoubtedly take you to some of the most significant desert cities in the nation, including Rissani and Erfoud.
Rissani, capital of the Tafilalt area, is the first place to look at. The Berber term for “jug” is “Tafilalt.” It was the primary station for caravans traveling from Niger to northern Morocco, thus its other name, Sijilmassa. That led to its eventual fame and decades of success. The present royal family and the Alaouiet dynasty may trace their roots back to this same city. One of the reasons Tafilalt is considered one of Morocco’s largest Oases is because of its extensive palm grove. Moreover, in Rissani sits the greatest traditional Souk in the Southeast if not in the entire nation.
The locals still rely on time-tested methods of transporting and selling goods. The majority of people and goods are still transported by donkeys and horses. The Rissani region contributes to the growth of the desert and the economy of Morocco by harvesting a large quantity of dates. On Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, the souks are busier and more goods are on display, so the community gathers here often. Rissani and Erfoud account for the vast majority of purchases, indicating that they are a bustling commercial hub.
Alternatively, the picturesque city of Erfoud may be found around 50 kilometers from the Merzouga desert. There are several small workshops in the region that generate a wide variety of fossils all through the year, making the Southeast the region’s primary supplier of fossils. Erfoud also has an annual festival dedicated to celebrating and showcasing various types of dates. Since people from all over the world, not only those interested in Moroccan dates, visit this festival, it serves as a showcase for cuisines from all over the world.
Forests of Ifrane and Cedar
The cedar forest and Ifrane will be included in your Marrakech to Fes desert journey that lasts for five days. The city of Ifrane, sometimes known as “Little Switzerland of Morocco,” is the first stop on any tourist’s itinerary. The Middle Atlas Mountains, where it is situated, boast one of the world’s most pleasant climates. The Berber origin of the word Ifrane is etymologically linked to the concept of caves.
It is the cleanest city in Africa and the sixth cleanest city in the world, earning it the nickname “the Switzerland of Morocco.” Its prominence as a popular skiing destination is undeniable. During the winter months, it is swamped with visitors from all over the world. And Ifrane is home to Morocco’s finest academic institution, Al Akhawayn University. Many people from all over the world, not only Moroccans, go to this latter location. It is also notable as the location of the Atlas lion statue, which is a major draw for visitors.
Supposedly, this later was constructed by a German prisoner in attempt to secure his release. On the road to Fes, you’ll also be able to stop by a cedar grove. Located close to the city of Azrou, this forest is also known by the name Gouraud Forest. Several species that were formerly common in this area have now perished. The Barbary macaque is all that draws tourists these days.
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