Depart from Fes and travel to Ifrane, the Swiss mountain village, and the cedar forests of Azrou where you will have the opportunity to wander amongst the famous Moroccan monkeys in their natural environment. You’ll then pass through the Middle Atlas Mountains and the only tunnel in Morocco, and through the Valley of Ziz with miles of palm trees and high cliffs. Your excursion will take you deeper south to the Sahara Desert for a camel trek into the beautiful Erg Chebbi dunes where you will spend the evening in a Hotel Kasbah, enjoy a Moroccan dinner.
Here in the Erg Chebbi sand dunes, the largest in Morocco, enjoy the panoramic scene of black n volcanic rock on the plains, the bright blue sky, the green palm trees, white salt beds, mirages of water, and golden shifting dunes. Visit Rissani for the weekly markets where Nomads come to sell. Pass the lake in Merzouga to see the flamingos. Have lunch with our Berber family and friends before beginning your camel trek into the beautiful Erg Chebbi dunes. You will spend the evening in a bivouac (camp), enjoy a Moroccan dinner, and sleep in a traditional Nomad camel hair tent.
Wake-up to a spectacular sunrise in the desert and enjoy breakfast. Bivouac trekkers will return by camel, and then travel to Tinerhir for lunch and to visit the dramatic Todra Gorges. Next you will continue through the Dades Valley to the spectacular “Valley of a Thousand Kasbahs” and on to the former French Foreign Legion outpost of Ouarzazate where you will spend the evening.
Enjoy breakfast and continue the journey to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Aït Benhaddou that is situated on a hill along the Ouarzazate River. This beautiful example of southern Moroccan architecture has been used as a backdrop for over 20 films including Lawrence of Arabia, Jewel of the Nile, The Mummy, and Gladiator. You will then continue to Marrakesh over the Tizi N’ Tichka Pass while enjoying superb views of the High Atlas Mountains and of the Berber villages.