10-day route Fez to desert and Marrakech

Discover the Tour from Fez: 10-day route Fez to desert and Marrakech expedition. Immerse yourself in the rich history, diverse landscapes, and unparalleled hospitality of this captivating country. Unravel the essence of Morocco in a meticulously crafted odyssey. Join us on an extraordinary adventure where each day will unfold a new chapter in Morocco's enchanting story. Prepare yourself for an experience that goes beyond the ordinary and invites you to discover the extraordinary facets of this North African gem. 
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Discover the Tour from Fez: 10-day route Fez to desert and Marrakech expedition. Immerse yourself in the rich history, diverse landscapes, and unparalleled hospitality of this captivating country. Unravel the essence of Morocco in a meticulously crafted odyssey. Join us on an extraordinary adventure where each day will unfold a new chapter in Morocco’s enchanting story. Prepare yourself for an experience that goes beyond the ordinary and invites you to discover the extraordinary facets of this North African gem. let’s start our tour 10-day route Fez to desert and Marrakech

Day 1: Airport – Fez

The first day of this 10-day Morocco tour will be used to arrive in Fez and get acquainted with the city and the country. Our English-speaking driver will pick you up at the city’s airport to transfer you to your central accommodation, which will be a riad in the medina. From then until the time of your night’s rest, you will enjoy as much free time as your flight arrival time allows.

Day 2: Fez – Visit

Fez, an Imperial City of Morocco and former capital, boasts a UNESCO World Heritage Site in its historic medina. Start your 10-day journey with a guided walking tour through the city’s historical center, exploring iconic sites like the Karaouine Mosque, one of the world’s oldest universities, Bou Inania and Cherratine Madrasahs, the Mausoleum of Moulay Idris, the traditional tanners’ quarter, Mellah (Jewish quarter), and the Royal Palace with its dazzling Golden Gates.

The afternoon offers free time, perfect for indulging in Fez’s renowned craftsmanship. From wooden furniture to ceramics, leather goods, and traditional jewelry, the city’s markets provide unparalleled quality. Alternatively, delve into the city’s history and culture at museums like Dar Batha or Borj Nord. Don’t miss the chance to savor local cuisine.

Retreat to your charming riad in the medina for the night, bringing all these experiences within easy reach. This immersive day sets the tone for the rest of your unforgettable 10-day Morocco tour.

Day 3: Fez – Ifrane – Ziz Valley – Merzouga desert

Day three of your 10-day Morocco tour kicks off with breakfast at your Fez riad before our driver takes you south to explore the enchanting Sahara. The journey unfolds leisurely, allowing for stops at captivating sites along the way.

First on the list is Ifrane, often dubbed Africa’s Switzerland. Situated at an altitude exceeding 1,700 meters, Ifrane’s distinctive gabled roofs attest to frequent snow and rain during the colder seasons.

Continuing, we venture into the national park between Azrou and Ifrane, known as the monkey forest due to its lively Barbary macaque inhabitants. These sociable primates thrive in the cedars of this forest, and you’ll have the chance to observe them.

As we traverse the Middle Atlas to enter the Ziz valley, a dramatic change in landscape occurs. The valley, breaking up the arid surroundings, fosters lush palm groves, exemplified by the Tafilalet palm grove, which we’ll explore.

The final leg of the day brings us to Merzouga, the gateway to the mesmerizing Erg Chebbi dunes in the Moroccan Sahara. Your night’s accommodation, conveniently close to the dunes, awaits for dinner and a restful stay.

Day 4: Merzouga Desert – Oasis Tissardmine – Oasis Saf Saf – Erg Chebbi Dunes

After breakfast at the lodge in the desert of Merzouga, we have ahead of us a day dedicated to exploring this unique ecosystem, which also brings together local traditions of great interest.

The first experience that awaits us on this day is the visit to the village of Khamlia, which receives the nickname ‘village of the blacks’ because its inhabitants have this color of skin. The reason is that their ancestors were slaves who came from the other side of the Sahara and brought with them a very precious asset: their love for Gnawa music. Today, this folkloric genre has been declared Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Day 5: Merzouga Desert – Rissani – Ouzina Desert

The fifth day of this 10-day route Fez to desert and Marrakech of Morocco will allow us to see other areas of interest in the Sahara. To do this, after breakfast in the tents camp we will move to Rissani, a small but surprising city. It is considered the first imperial city of the country for being the cradle of the Alaouite dynasty. Its beautiful medina is in tune with its long history and in it we will discover corners full of authenticity, such as its traditional souk under red arcades, its ksours or its donkey parking.

After visiting Rissani we will continue our route, but not on asphalt, but on dirt tracks used long ago during the Paris-Dakar rally. This route will make us feel the adrenaline of that mythical motor race but will also make us discover the natural beauty of the hamadas and the arid elevations through which we will circulate.

This 4×4 route will end in the palm trees of the town of Ouzina, in the desert of the same name. There a local family will be waiting for us with a Berber tea, as tradition dictates, demonstrating the hospitality of its people who still maintain their residence in this village as small as far from civilization. Also in Ouzina is the hotel where we will have dinner and spend the night, with all the comforts.

Day 6: Ouzina Desert – Ramlia Oasis – El Mharech Pass – Todra Gorges

On the sixth day of our excursion through the Ouzina desert and beyond, our trusty 4×4 will prove invaluable once again in uncovering the wonders of the Moroccan desert. This marks the culmination of our 10-day route Fez to desert and Marrakech journey through the most remote reaches of the desert’s heartland. The terrain we’ll explore consists of rocky desert landscapes, which impart an extraterrestrial aspect to the region. Consistent with our daily routine, we will partake of breakfast at our overnight lodging, before embarking on a guided tour of the surrounding area.

Our path leads through Berber settlements where the residents reside in genuine nomadic tents. We will proceed towards the Ramlia oasis, which presents a stark contrast with its abundance of humidy and lush greenery amidst the desert. In stark contrast, Lake Maider is an extensive arid lake that offers a glimpse of the Sahara’s distant past.

A proficient driver shall navigate us through the El Mharech pass. This is a direct route to Mcissi, where we will reconnect with the tarmac road. We will then proceed through Tizi n’Tifrkhin and towards the Todra Gorges – a magnificent canyon carved out by the erosion of the river, also named Todra. It is highly recommended to stop and witness the river’s spectacular twists and turns, both on foot and from the road.

Day 7: Todra Gorges – Dades Valley – Valley of the Roses – Ouarzazate

After breakfast at the riad in the Todra Gorges, we will enter several valleys of unique beauty in this southern region. The first is the Dades Valley, which is part of what is called the Route of the Thousand Kasbahs, since along this road there are numerous Berber defensive fortresses.

There are many examples of this, such as Ait Youl, which is striking for the symmetry of its volumes and the good preservation of the whole, surrounded by vegetation and arid hills. From here there is a track that will take us directly to the Valley of the Roses, so called because this flower represents the raw material that moves the economy of the area. This can be seen in Kelaa M’Gouna, which also organizes its own festival of roses in May.

The palm groves are also abundant in this section of the route, as evidenced by Skoura, which we will cross with our vehicle on our way to the goal of this seventh day: Ouarzazate. Here is our accommodation, integrated in a kasbah, where you will have dinner and sleep at night.

Day 8: Ouarzazate – Ait Ben Haddou – Kasbah de Telouet – Marrakech

Day eight of your 10-day Morocco tour is packed with visits to remarkable fortresses. After breakfast at your hotel in Ouarzazate, start your day at the Kasbah of Taourirt, the former residence of the Pasha of Marrakech and Lord of the Atlas. Marvel at its original interiors. Time permitting, explore the famous film studios that have earned Ouarzazate the nickname ‘Morocco’s Hollywood’.

Then head to the iconic Ksar of Ait Ben Haddou, a fortified village known to Game of Thrones fans for its role in season three. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was an important stop on the caravan routes between Marrakech and Timbuktu.

Take a scenic drive through the High Atlas via the Tizi n’Tichka pass at 2,260m. On the way up, discover the Telouet kasbah, another residence of the Pasha of Marrakech. On the descent, you will pass through Berber villages and enjoy panoramic views. Visit an argan oil cooperative, an ancient tradition recognised as part of the intangible heritage of humanity, to learn about traditional oil production.

In the afternoon, you will arrive in Marrakech, your final destination. Although a detailed exploration awaits you the following day, you will have free time to soak up the city’s atmosphere, shop or sample local delicacies. Your riad, located in or near the historic centre, provides easy access to these experiences.

Day 9: Marrakech

As at the beginning of this 10-day tour of Morocco, the penultimate day is devoted entirely to an Imperial City declared World Heritage by Unesco. We are talking about Marrakech, a major tourist destination in the country for its many attractions, both monumental and popular. You will discover it after breakfast and from the moment you will walk with our official local guide

With him you will make a guided tour of the historic medina, which will pass through the most emblematic places of the ‘Red City’, so called because of the predominant color of its monuments. For example, the Kutubia Mosque, whose minaret is one of the most photographed elements of Marrakech and served as inspiration for other great monuments, such as the Giralda of Seville. But the beauty of this city is also in its interiors, such as the Saadian Tombs, the Ben Youssef Madrasa or the Bahia Palace.

Any self-respecting tour can not overlook the souks and artisan neighborhoods of the medina, nor the Jemaa el-Fna Square, whose bustle of vendors and passersby was itself declared Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The afternoon can be an ideal time to stroll and browse around, or to visit the Marrakech Museum, the Majorelle Gardens, the Menara Gardens, the El Badi Palace or other cultural sites in the center. To rest, the riad will be your home again on this last night of the Morocco tour in 10 days.

Day 10: Marrakech – Airport

This 10-day Morocco tour comes to an end on this day, which will begin with breakfast at the riad in the medina of Marrakech. After check-out you will see if there is time available for a last walk around the city or proceed with the transfer to the airport. Our driver will pick you up at the indicated place and time, to arrive in time for boarding. This will conclude our services, which we will have offered with the desire to have fulfilled the expectations placed in us … and to see us again in a next tour. it’s the end of the Tour Fez: 10-day route Fez to desert and Marrakech

Including:

  • Pick up and drop off at the airport 
  • Comfortable private transportation with air conditioning
  • English speaking driver / tour guide 
  • Sandboarding in the desert
  • Camel ride

Not includeing:

  • Plane tickets
  • Drinks
  • Tickets

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