Morocco Adventure

From $1,010 PPDO | 5 days / 4 nights | Contact us for customization.

5 days / 4 nights

Your journey will begin in Fes, the best-preserved medieval city in the world.  From Fes, you will travel east toward Midelt.  You will crisscross the Middle Atlas Mountains where you may see Barbary Macaques in the forest.  The Barbary Macaque, an Old World Monkey Species, is found chiefly in the Atlas and Rif Mountains of Morocco and Algeria.

It is near the forest that you will enter the city of Ifrane, home of the world famous Al Akhawayn University.  Nearby Ifrane you may visit Lake Ifrah or Lake Aaoua; both are havens for wildlife, especially birds.  As you near the city of Midelt it will seem as if the eastern High Atlas Mountains have risen out of nowhere.  Midelt lies on the high plains in between the Middle Atlas and the High Atlas Mountains and is a perfect stop over between Fes and the Sahara Desert.  Midelt is known as an agricultural center, as well as a principal city for the mining of minerals.  The first night will be spent at a charming hotel in Midelt.

After breakfast you leave Midelt behind as you begin your journey to the most famous desert in the world, the Sahara Desert.    You will cross the High Atlas Mountains via the N’Talghemt Pass (1,907 m / 6,2,56 ft) and then slowly descend into the Ziz Valley, one of the longest valleys in Morocco.  Flocks of sheep and goats will be grazing alongside the road and up into the hillsides and if you look closely enough, you’ll see the Berber shepherds watching over them.  Later in the day, you’ll make your entry into the city of Erfoud.  Erfoud is the International Capital of Fossils as well as a film site for the recent movies The Mummy and King of Persia.  Each year in October the city hosts the

International Date Festival.  After spending some time in the city known as the “Gate to the Sahara Desert,” you will continue your journey off-road to the impressive Erg Chebbi Sand Dunes.  In a short time, you will arrive at the camp in time to board camels for a leisurely jaunt to the dunes where you will watch the sun sink below the horizon.   Your night will be spent under the stars in a nomad tent.

If you like, you can watch as the sun wakes the day from over the dunes.  After a relaxing breakfast, the journey continues back through the hammada, or rocky desert, past more than 300 ksours to Rissani, home to the Zawiya Moulay Ali ash-Cherif Mausoleum, the founder of the Alawi family dynasty, from which the current king of Morocco has descended. Rissani is also famous for the 3-day weekly market complete with donkey parking for the visiting villagers.  If you visit on a market day, you’ll find yourself surrounded by bustling activity.  Other days are rather easy going and leisurely.  Before the sun climbs too high in the sky, you’ll find yourself back in the 4×4 and driving back through Erfoud and then the town of Tinjdad into the Toudgha Gorges.  You’ll stop for lunch along the way and to stroll through the gorges and then continue onto Tamtattouchte in the High Atlas Mountains, where you’ll spend the night.

After breakfast, you’ll travel through the Todgha Gorges to the small town of Tinghrir.  Here you may stop at a small café for coffee or a snack and then continue through Boumalne and into the Dades Valley and Gorges, where you’ll see some of the most spectacular scenery of the south.   You’ll drive through the Rose Valley where the annual Rose Festival occurs during the first weekend of May.   While stopping to take photos along the way, you’ll make your way into, a fertile oasis lined with palm groves, olive trees and the ruins of kasbahs that date back to the 12th century.   After lunch, you’ll stop to visit the 17th century Kasbah Amridil before ending the day’s journey in Ouarzazate, known as the Moroccan Hollywood for the numerous movies filmed in the city.  You’ll stay in this famous city for the night.

On the far side of Ouarzazate, you will visit Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, an UNESCO World Heritage site, located on the southern slopes of the High Atlas.  After spending time climbing through the Kasbah, you will depart for Marrakech.  The road snakes over the High Atlas Mountains, around hairpin bends, and in and out of canyons.  As you take in the beautiful display of colors and the unmatched panoramas you’ll see why this stretch of road is considered one of the most scenic segments in the entire country.  Just before you start the descent down the other side of the High Atlas, you will cross the famous Tichka Pass (2,260 m / 7,414 ft), the highest paved pass in North Africa.  By the end of the day, you will find yourself in the famous Red City of Marrakech.

What’s Included in Tour

Tour Highlights

  • Experienced Local Moroccan Host

    Fluent in English, Spanish, French, Arabic, and local dialects

  • Private 4x4 Transport

    Spacious, fully-equipped, driver & fuel

  • Handpicked Accommodations: Standard, Comfort, or Luxury

    Ranked by us, based on guest satisfaction and feedback overtime

  • Meals

    All breakfasts included. Dinners included where indicated.

  • Airport Transfers

  • Camel Trek

  • Sahara Desert Camp - Comfort or Luxury

  • Local Encounters

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  • 1 person from $ 1475
  • 2 persons from $ 1010
  • 3 persons from $ 810
  • 4 persons from $ 710
  • 5 persons from $ 650
  • 6 persons from $ 610
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All pricing is per person and based on double occupancy

Children 0-2 are free / Children 2-12 are 50% reduction of adult fee

* Drinks and tips are not included

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