Day 1 : Fes - Middle Atlas Mountains - Sahara Desert
Fes Desert Trips's driver, will pick you up from you hotel or Riad at 7 am for the fabulous journey up into the Middle Atlas Mountains and then on to the Sahara. Your first stop will be at the delightful town of Ifrane, built by the French in the 1930's and known as "Morocco's Switzerland" because of it's Alpine chalet-styled architecture and aspect. In the winter it is snow covered and there is a ski resort at Michliffen, nearby. Next, you will travel on through the huge cedar forests around the quaint, peaceful, Berber town of Azrou, "The Rock" in the local Berber dialect, where the famous Barbary Apes, actually a type of macaque monkey, will be eager to share your lunch, in the heart of their natural habitat.
Then, passing through the Atlas Mountains that are said to hold up the sky, winding your way through forested peaks, twisting mountain streams and gushing springs and passing jagged walls of rock, then, continuing on south, you will pass through Rissani, and then be amazed at the startlingly sudden appearance, as if by magic, of the Erg Chebbi sand dunes. These dunes are massive, up to 50 metres in height and extend eastwards all the way into the Algerian Sahara. At the foot of the sand dunes your Kasbah/hotel awaits you, along with a refreshing glass of hot sweet mint tea, where you can chill out after the long journey and enjoy a delicious dinner while listening to the sweet strains of traditional Berber music until it is time to sleep.
Day 2 : Share in the Beauty of the Erg Chebbi Dunes and the Hypnotic Sahara
After breakfast you can choose your own experience; the delights of a walk through the immense dunes of the Erg Chebbi; perhaps a refreshing dip in the hotel swimming pool; or maybe you'd prefer the option of a shopping trip to the nearby villages of Merzouga, only fifty kilometres from the Algerian border, which boasts the largest underground natural reservoir in Morocco, and then the tiny Khamlia, called the village of the black people, as it is inhabited by the descendants of slaves taken from The Sudan who will enthrall you with their performances of their much loved, sacred Gnawa music. At dusk, you will find your camel prepared to carry you off into the glorious sunset for an unforgettable ninety minute trek through the shifting desert sands before you arrive at a traditional Berber desert encampment where you will spend the night in a tent, surrounded by mountainous dunes. Your guide will cook you an authentic Moroccan repast while you just take it easy, watching the stars, so many and so bright you feel you could just reach out and touch them, and listening to the soft sounds of time-honoured Berber music. A truly memorable day.
Day 3 : Desert Dawn - Fantastic Fossils - Gorgeous Gorges
An early start, as you are awoken to experience the splendour of the sun rising over the sand dunes, then you will ride your camel gently back to your hotel for breakfast, during the ride, you cannot fail to notice the shifting and changing of the shadows cast by the dunes, lengthening and shrinking as the day progresses. After breakfast, the journey to The Todra Gorge begins with a drive to the main Sahara's edge town of Rissani, the first capital of the Alaouite dynasty.
Next it's on to Erfoud with it's array of famous fossils, be sure to pick up a beautiful bargain, but don't forget to haggle! You also get to visit the wonderful workshops where men prepare the fossils, removing them from the rocks and cleaning them up with expert skill. The voyage carries on through 300 meter deep canyon of the Todgha Gorges cut through the easternmost tip of the High Atlas Mountains, close to the village of Tinghir where you will get the chance to do a spot of relaxed hiking. The Tinghir and Todgha Gorges are the highest and narrowest in Morocco and, some would say, the most beautiful. Dinner will be served and you will spend a peaceful night deep in the heart of the Todgha Gorge.
Day 4 : Day Four: Desert Dawn – Mighty Middle Atlas Mountains - Fes
An early start, as you are awoken to experience the splendour of the sun rising over the sand dunes, then you will ride your camel gently back to a hotel for breakfast, during which ride, you cannot fail to notice the shifting and changing of the shadows cast by the dunes, lengthening and shrinking as the day progresses. After breakfast, the journey back to Fes through the Mighty Middle Atlas Mountains.
PRICE INCLUDES :
- Transport in a comfortable A/C vehicle (a 4x4 or Mini Van).
- Pleasant overnight accommodation in Kasbahs and hotels.
- Half board (dinner and breakfast).
- Pick up and drop off at your accommodation.
- Sahara Desert camel trekking with an experienced guide and an overnight stay in a Berber camp.
- Sightseeing and photo opportunities in the Middle Atlas mountains, the Erg Chebbi Dunes and more!
PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE :
- Lunch and drinks.
- Small admission charge for some monuments.