Tour Details: 4-day tour from Fes to Merzouga desert
4-day tour from Fes to Merzouga desert
Monuments of great beauty and fine sand dunes in the heart of the Sahara This is how we could summarize the highlights of this 4-day tour from Fes to the desert, although it includes many other attractions. And you will discover all this with the company of our agency’s staff and a local guide who will show you the most interesting things at every step. undoubtedly a very complete route that will show you some of the most famous and beautiful corners of Morocco.
Fes: every traveler should discover
This 4-day tour that will take us from Fes to the desert begins and ends in this northern Moroccan city. And unlike other tours of shorter duration, in this one, we reserve the necessary time to explore it as it deserves. You will do it with the company of an official guide, which is the best idea to discover all its corners and secrets. In addition, you will have the opportunity to enjoy some free time, which is ideal for expanding your knowledge with new visits or shopping in the prestigious local handicraft establishments.
We made the desert accessible to you
Contrary to popular belief, it is not essential to go to Marrakech or any other city in central or southern Morocco in order to reach the most isolated regions of the Sahara. The 4-day tour from Fes to the desert is evidence of this. From this city, which is situated in the north of the country, you may plan a route by road to the Merzouga desert, which is home to the well-known Erg Chebbi sand dunes.
After leaving in the morning, you can arrive in this wonderful location in the afternoon, where you will also interact with the locals, including nomadic people who are becoming settled and Moroccans of sub-Saharan ancestry who uphold their ancestral culture and way of life. The Middle Atlas Mountains, their protected natural areas, the hamadas in this mountain range’s southern region, and other locations of outstanding beauty can be enjoyed along the journey.
Highlights: 4-day Merzouga desert tour from Fes
Travel itinerary: 4-day tour from Fes
This tour, which goes from Fes to the desert and returns to the same city, lasts 4 days and 3 nights. Here is the detailed program for each day.
Day 1: From Fes to Merzouga desert Via Ifrane and Middle Atlas
Your tour typically starts at the city’s airport or other designated pick-up points, where an English-speaking driver awaits you in a comfortable private vehicle. The journey begins by heading south, with the Middle Atlas Mountains providing a spectacular backdrop. A stop in Ifrane, often called the “Moroccan Switzerland,” showcases its European Alpine charm with green surroundings and gabled rooftops. The tour then takes you to Ifrane National Park, known as the “Park of the Monkeys” or the “Forest of the Cedars.” It’s home to Barbary macaques, the only primate species north of the Sahara, and boasts an abundance of cedar trees, symbolizing Morocco’s lush greenery.
As the landscape changes to arable land, you’ll pass through the Ziz Valley, indicating your imminent arrival in the desert. A visit to Erfoud, famed for its fossil discoveries, including dinosaur fossils, awaits. From Erfoud, the journey continues off the asphalt road as you embark on a camel ride in Merzouga, a town on the edge of the Sahara Desert known for the iconic Erg Chebbi dunes. Your destination is a tented camp, offering a unique and comfortable experience amidst the dunes. Upon arrival at the camp, you’ll be welcomed with traditional Berber tea. The night sky in the desert, free from light pollution, presents a mesmerizing view of stars. Spending the night in cozy Berber tents is a memorable and unique experience.
Summary of the first day
Day 2: Merzouga Desert - Khamlia - Nomads of the desert
On the second day of this 4-day desert tour from Fes, you’ll be treated to a series of unforgettable experiences. The day begins with a breathtaking sunrise over the Erg Chebbi dunes, an awe-inspiring display of light and tranquility found nowhere else in the world. After enjoying the sunrise, a delicious breakfast awaits you at the tented camp. Following breakfast, you’ll journey to Khamlia, known as “the village of the blacks.” Here, you’ll have the opportunity to witness a cherished ancestral tradition: Gnawa music. This soulful music is performed by the descendants of Sudanese slaves who were brought to this region centuries ago. With their heritage, they carry the rhythmic percussion and tribal music that has earned the distinction of being recognized as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. You’ll gain a deep appreciation for this honor when you experience a live Gnawa performance.
Afterward, you’ll hop into SUVs to explore desert tracks once traversed by Paris-Dakar rally racers. Along the route, you’ll pass through deserted French and Berber villages and former kohl mines that once extracted this precious raw material for the cosmetics industry. A stop at a strategic high point will provide panoramic views of the expansive Erg Chebbi dunes. You’ll also have the opportunity to visit a community of desert nomads who, while transitioning to a more sedentary lifestyle, maintain the customs and traditions of their ancestors. You’ll engage with them to learn about their way of life in this challenging environment. As the day concludes, you’ll return to your accommodation, this time at a Merzouga hotel near the dunes. Dinner is included, and you’ll once again be enchanted by the starry desert sky before retiring for the night.
Summary of the second day
Day 3: From Merzouga desert to Fes
On the third day of this 4-day tour, you’ll experience the enchantment of waking up in the heart of the desert in a unique hotel where breakfast is provided. After two unforgettable days in the Erg Chebbi dunes, it’s time to retrace your steps and head back on the same route. You’ll travel from the desert to Fes using the same path as the first day, but this time, a more direct route will ensure you reach this Imperial City as quickly as possible. This will leave you with the afternoon to explore Fes, providing a preview of the guided tour scheduled for the following day. You’ll spend the night in a charming riad nestled in the heart of the city, conveniently located near all the major landmarks and tourist attractions.
Summary of the third day
Day 4: Fes - Airport
One of the highlights of this 4-day tour from Fes to the desert is the ample time it provides for exploring the captivating city of Fes, whose historic medina has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After breakfast, you will meet our official local guide for a guided tour of the city’s historic center. The itinerary may include visits to significant sites such as the Karaouine Mosque and University (one of the world’s oldest), Nejjarine Square with its exquisite fountain, the Bou Inania Madrasa, and various other charming spots. Fes boasts one of the largest medinas in North Africa, with distinct neighborhoods each offering its own unique character. Some additional stops for those with extra energy might include the tanners’ quarter, the Mellah (Jewish quarter), or the Royal Palace, featuring its striking golden bronze doors.
The tour will be adjusted to the group’s preferences and, in particular, to the departure flight time, typically scheduled for the afternoon. At the designated time, our driver will transport you to the city’s airport. While our services conclude at the terminal, we bid you farewell with the hope of welcoming you back on another journey through Morocco, whether commencing in Fes or from other cities like Marrakech, Tangier, or Casablanca.
Summary of the fourth day
A 4-day tour from Fes includes the following Activities
In the 4 days that make up this Merzouga Desert tour, we offer the necessary services to enjoy the experience:
Merzouga desert tour in 4 days: excludes the following activities
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