If we think strictly of the desert of dunes, one of the best points to enjoy it is Merzouga.
Fez - Ifrane - Cedros Forest - Middle Atlas - Ziz Valley - Merzouga Desert
Departure from the hotel or Riad where they are staying in Fez at 8 o'clock. to cross the Middle Atlas Mountains until you reach Ifrane, called "the little Moroccan Switzerland" because of its great resemblance to that country. One of the animals that once inhabited here was the Atlas lion, which is why it has become the symbol of the city and to which a stone statue has been dedicated in the center of it. We will take the opportunity to stop and take some photos. Later we will cross the famous cedar forests, the largest millenary cedar in the region and also feed the hundreds of Gibraltar monkeys that live in the area. Lunch in Midélt and in the afternoon we will pass through the Ziz Valley. More than 20 km of palm grove and 10 million palm trees makes it one of the largest in the world. Arrival in the desert of Merzouga enjoying tea hospitality in our Hotel, to then enjoy our first contact with the desert, climbing the nearest dunes and relax with a spectacular sunset. Dinner and overnight in hotel very close to the dunes of Erg Chebbi.
Merzouga Desert - Nomadic Families - Night in Haimas Nomads
Today will be a day of total desert. After an abundant and rich breakfast, we will go around the Erg Chebbi, an expanse of sand desert where the Great Dune of Morocco is located, of more than 250 meters of altitude, and we will connect by track with part of the route followed by the old Paris-Dakar and with the mountains that border with Algeria in the background. Stop at the oasis of Tissardmin where we can find fossils race that is still in this region and we will continue route to a nomadic settlement where we will know some of the secrets of their life and customs. Later stop at a panoramic point where we can contemplate the Erg Chebbi as a whole. We will arrive at the village of Khamlia, originally from Mali, where we will relax with a tea while we enjoy a small concert of spiritual music from Gnawa. Return to the hotel to go out in a caravan of camels to enter the heart of the dunes and watch an unforgettable sunset. We will arrive with the dromedaries to the camp where we will stay in Haimas, tents made with dromedary hair, like those used by desert nomads. Dinner and night in Haimas in the heart of the desert under a spectacular blanket of stars.
Merzouga Desert - Ziz Valley - Middle Atlas - Midelt - Fez
'' Appointment with the Sunrise '' since they are in the desert it is recommended to get up early to walk to the highest dune that is around the camp to enjoy the sunrise and this relaxing landscape that nature offers us , we will return in camels to the village of Merzouga for breakfast. Once ready, we will head north through the Palm Grove of Tafilalet where, we can see in 20 km infinity of palm trees, which makes it one of the largest palm groves in the world. Crossing it we will arrive at the Valley of Ziz, name that receives from the river that comes down from the High Atlas and that feeds the palm grove. Here we will make a mandatory stop to observe the valley from the top and see the town of Aoufous. Stop planned at Midelt, right in the heart of the atlas, to rest awhile and have lunch. In the afternoon we will continue our way going through the Forest of Cedars again. Arrival in Fes around 6pm. approximately, transfer to the hotel and end of trip.
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- Private vehicle with AC
- Driver and guide at your disposal during all days of the trip
- Lodging with dinner and breakfast in Merzouga
- Dromedary tour
- Evening in typical Berber Haimas with dinner and breakfast
- Bed and breakfast in Fes
- Airline tickets
- Lunch and drinks during meals
- Entrances to museums or monuments not specified