5 Days Desert Tour from Essaouira to Fes
5-day desert adventure from Essaouira to Fes. Experience the magic of Morocco's stunning landscapes as you traverse the desert, visit charming villages, and immerse yourself in local culture. This all-inclusive tour offers a perfect blend of adventure and relaxation, making it an ideal getaway for those seeking a unique and enriching travel experience. Book your desert tour now and create lifelong memories in the heart of Morocco.
5 Days Desert Tour from Essaouira to Fes Itinarary
Day 1 : Transfer from Essaouira to Marrakech
Whether you're coming from the airport or your accommodation, after your arrival, take some time to explore Marrakech at your leisure and to spend a comfortable overnight stay.
Day 2 : Marrakech Walking Tour
After breakfast, our local guide will take on a full visit of Marrakech, uncovering the red city's hidden gems and cultural treasures. A knowledgeable local guide will lead us to explore the UNESCO-listed Medina, a maze of narrow alleyways brimming with colorful markets, traditional riads, and architectural wonders.
As we venture through the bustling Djemaa el-Fna square, explore the lively atmosphere, with snake charmers, street performers, and storytellers captivating passersby. Discover the intricate beauty of the Bahia Palace, adorned with stunning courtyards and intricate tilework, reflecting the opulence of Moroccan architecture. Stroll through the aromatic spice markets and browse the vibrant souks, where skilled artisans display their handmade crafts, from leather goods to ceramics and traditional textiles. Engage your senses as you admire the vibrant colors, intricate patterns, and exquisite craftsmanship. Afterward, you will have free time and spend the night in Marrakech.
Day 3 : Marrakech - Boumalne Dades
Pick up from your accommodation in Marrakech. We start by crossing the High Atlas Mountains, passing many charming Berber villages en route, and ascending to the highest peak of Tickha, where there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the stunning and picturesque views of the High Atlas Mountains range.
We will visit the Telouet Kasbah, built in the 18th century. This magnificent stronghold was the residence of the influential Glaoui family, who played a significant role in Moroccan politics. We will also visit the Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah, a famous 17th-century fortress classified by UNESCO, to preserve and protect this renowned site. Over the years, its fame built on its appearances in films such as Lawrence of Arabia, Jesus of Nazareth, Gladiator, Kingdom of Heaven, and Prince of Persia.
You will have lunch at a restaurant near the Kasbah. The journey takes you past Skoura town, through the Valley of Roses towards Kalaat Megouna, and finally, entering Boumalne Dades, where you will have dinner and an overnight stay.
Day 4 : Boumalne Dades - Merzouga
After breakfast, our journey will be scenic toward the picturesque Todra Gorge in Tinghir. The awe-inspiring views of the gorge and its flowing river make it a sought-after destination for hikers. As you continue your journey, you'll pass through the desert towns of Erfoud and Rissani, each offering unique glimpses into the local culture and heritage.
As the drive concludes at the edge of the desert, prepare for an extraordinary experience as you mount your camels or hop into the 4WD vehicle, venturing into the beautiful pink sands of Morocco's highest dunes. Take your time to wander and explore the dunes before settling down to witness the captivating sunset. As the evening sets in, indulge in a delectable Moroccan cuisine dinner and enjoy the melodic tunes of traditional live music around the campfire. Engage in conversations with locals, embrace the rhythmic beats through drumming lessons, or bask in the tranquil ambiance of the desert. You will spend the night in cozy Berber tents, surrounded by the serene silence of the desert. Marvel at the breathtaking sight of the Milky Way stretching across the pitch-black night sky, and if luck permits, you may even catch a glimpse of shooting stars, adding a touch of magic to your desert experience.
Day 5 : Merzouga – Fes
We start our journey to Fes, leading us through Errachidia and the breathtaking Ziz Valley with its difficult passage. Along the way, we pass Midelt, a bustling commercial center surrounded by a vast agricultural landscape. The journey also takes us through the Cedar forests, renowned for being a habitat for the unique sub-population of Barbary macaques known as Macaca Sylvanus.
Our next stop is Ifrane, famous for its alpine-style architecture, nearby ski slopes, and pristine forests. As we continue our journey, you will be captivated by the iconic lion statue. By early evening, we will reach your accommodation in Fez.