Day 1 : Marrakech - The High Atlas and Ait Ben Haddou - Ouarzazate Film Studios
Fes Desert Trips's driver will pick you up at your hotel or riad at 7 am for the fabulous journey up into the High Atlas Mountains. Your journey begins with a breathtaking drive up in between the peaks and then through the astounding Tizi n'tichka Pass, over two and a quarter kilometres above sea-level, along twisting, turning mountain roads, dotted with picturesque Berber mountain villages and crystal clear waterfalls, until you arrive at the area around Ouarzazate where you can take a pleasant stroll to examine the traditional Moroccan architecture that comprises the Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah and it's impressive walls. This central area of the country is vibrant and exciting and surely one of the most romantic regions in Morocco, huddled between fertile green river valleys with their extensive palmeries and burnished mud-brick houses burning under the blazing Moroccan sun in dazzling colours beneath an azure sky.
After the Kasbah, explore the film sets and studios of Ouarzazate, Africa's Hollywood whose astonishing topography and scenery have lured some of the world's leading film-makers and directors to make use of the landscape. These are the largest and most famous film studios in all of the African continent. You may visit the studio museum where you get to see props and other items of interest from films such as Gladiator, The Mummy and Indiana Jones as well as parts of the popular TV series Game of Thrones. Spend the night in comfort at an hotel in Ouarzazate.
Day 2 : Oasis of Skoura - Mighty Mountains - A Night in the Desert
After a hearty breakfast, you will travel to the fertile oasis of Skoura, surrounded by huge groves of palm trees and afforded with stunning views of the mighty Atlas Mountains. The next stop is Rose City; the Berber town of Kelaat Mgouna, where every year, usually in mid-May (though times may vary), at rose harvest time there is a celebration of The Festival of Roses. This provides an opportunity for the local growers to meet up and sell their wares, most notably rose water which will leave your clothes, body and bed linen smelling sweetly long after it is applied.
After this, Fes Desert Trips will drive you through the 300 meters deep canyon of the Todgha Gorges cut through the easternmost tip of the High Atlas Mountains where you can enjoy some hiking around the pretty village of Tinghir. The Tinghir and Todgha Gorges are the highest and narrowest in Morocco and some would say the most beautiful.
Continuing on east, you will be amazed at the startlingly sudden appearance, as if by magic, of the Erg Chebbi sand dunes. These dunes are massive; up to 50 meters in height and extend eastwards all the way into the Algerian Sahara. Then enjoy an unforgettable ninety minute camel trek into the breathtaking sunset as you travel through the shifting sands before you arrive at a traditional Berber desert encampment to spend the night in a charming tent, surrounded by the mountainous dunes. Chill out and enjoy a delicious dinner while listening to the sweet strains of traditional Berber music until it is time to sleep under the myriad glittering stars, so many and so bright that you feel you could almost reach out and touch them.
Day 3 : Desert Dawn - Middle Atlas - Fes
An early start, as you are awoken to experience the sun rising over the sand dunes, then you will ride your camel gently back to a hotel for your 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 to Fes begins with a drive to the important, Sahara's edge town of Rissani and then you'll be passing through the Middle Atlas Mountains that are said to hold up the sky, winding your way through forested peaks, twisting mountain streams and gushing springs, and spectacular, jagged walls of rock until we reach 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 macaque moneys, will try to get a share of your food in the heart of their natural habitat.
Your last stop before journey's end will be at delightful Ifrane, built by the French in the 1930's and known as Morocco's Switzerland because of its Alpine-chalet style of architecture and aspect. And then on to Fes where the tour ends when your Fes Desert Trips driver drops you off safely at you hotel or riad.
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.