On the most enjoyable experience, Fez Trips invites you to a memorable Fes Desert Tours 2 Days enjoying the magic of the sunrise and the exciting camel trekking.
What to Expect
Day 1: Fes – Volubilis – Meknes
The first day after breakfast we will pick you up from Hotel/Riad in a comfortable -air-conditioned vehicle to start the journey from Fes to Volubilis.
Volubilis (UNESCO world heritage)
Once an important Roman trading city, nowadays the best preserved ruins of North Africa. Archaeological site Volubilis is historically an interesting part of Morocco. Volubilis is 28 kilometers from the city of Meknes. The ruins are based on a plateau between cereal fields, cacti and olive groves.
Volubilis included more than 10.000 inhabitants around the second and third century after Christ. It was one of the most important cities at the western side of the Roman Empire. In the surrounding fertile land, the Romans produced cereals and oil.
By the end of the third century, the Romans retreated from Morocco. However, Volubilis remained inhabited. During Roman rule, Roman aswell as Amazigh, the original inhabitants of this area, lived in Volubilis.
A specialized professional guide from Volubilis can assist you and explain if you like. The tour takes about 45 minutes. Its also possible to make the tour without a guide and follow the signs.
Then, we will visit Moulay Idriss tomb, the founder of the dynasty Idrisside. We will stop for a break to have Lunch. After, we drive to Meknes to visit the most important monuments like: Palais Dar El-Makhzen, Bab-Mansour, Bab El Berdaine, Bab El-Khémis, Sidi Saïd mosque, Jardin Lahboul and wonderful Golf royal.
Your tour finishes when we drop you off at your (Riad /Hotel in Meknes).
Day 2: Meknes – Rabat – Casablanca
After breakfast time, we travel to Rabat, the capital city of Morocco.
After lunch we visit interesting sights as the Royal Palace, Tour-Hassan ( museum), Kasbah Oudaya Challah
Casablanca is a commercial-industrial city overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. We visit the religious center Hassan II Mosque and the most important attractive and interesting sights in this city.
Overnight in Riad.
Day 3 : Casablanca – El Jadida – Oualidia – Essaouira
As we continue our journey, we drive from Casablanca city to El Jadida city. El Jadida is a stylish and beautiful town, retaining the lanes and ramparts of an old Portuguese Medina. It was known as Mazagan under the Portuguese who held it from 1506 until 1769, when it was taken by sultan Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdullah. Moroccan Mazagan was renamed El Jadida – ‘The New’ –
Under the French, it grew into a quite sizeable administrative centre and a popular beach resort.
Today it’s the beach that is undeniably the focal point. Moroccans from Casablanca and Marrakesh – even Tangier or Fes – come here in droves in summer and there’s an unusual feeling of openness. The bars are crowded, there’s an almost frantic evening promenade and – as in Casa – Moroccan women are visible and active participants.
El Jadida’s Medina is the most European-looking in Morocco: a quiet, walled and bastioned seaside village with a handful of churches scattered on its lanes. It was found by the Portuguese in 1513 and retained by them until 1769 and is still popularly known as the Cite Portugaise.
Then, we’ll visit Oualidia, a hill side village overlooking the sea that is often chosen by tourists for its cool atmosphere. For lunch you can enjoy fresh delicious fish and have a walk on the beach.
Then we’ll drive to continue our wonderful journey to Essaouira where we’ll have overnight in Riad/hotel.
Day 4: Essaouira – Marrakech
Often covered by fog the city of Essaouira offers a unique beauty. From the port to the squares, from colorful shops of marquetry wood, ebony and cedar. This day you can enjoy in this beautiful town. Essaouira is a coastal city in Western Morocco, located on the Atlantic Ocean southwest of Safi and Casablanca. Essaouira has many nicknames such as ‘ the Pearl of the Atlantic ‘ and ‘ sleeping beauty ‘, these nicknames makes the city more than true. The city is a UNESCO World Heritage site and has the charm and authenticity of yesteryear retained.
A visit to Essaouira is an unmissable part of a trip to Morocco. The hospitality will make you stand out, which is not surprising given the city is since centuries a melting pot of peoples, cultures and religions.
Essaouira has always attracted artists in the past, such as poets, musicians, but also painters, such as the contemporary painter Hussein Madhukar, which the daylight in Essaouira was made. The city is best known for a naive, tribal art, inspired by the Gnaoua-culture. The most famous artist is Mohamed Tabal, winner of numerous international exhibitions.
Essaouira is recognized by Gnaoua Music Festival that takes place every year in the month of June.
After lunch we leave for Marrakech. On our way we will stop at a cooperative where women produce the argan oil . The women can inform you about all the different products they have.
In the late afternoon, we’ll reach our Riad in Marrakech.
Day 5: Marrakech
The fifth day after breakfast at your Riad/Hotel we start our tour heading to the square Djeema el Fna . Djemaa el Fna (Arabic: جامع الفناء) is a central square in the Moroccan city of Marrakech. In the morning a market is held where all kinds of authentic Moroccan products are sold.
Among the thousands of visitors are various curiosities to see, such as snake charmers, people with monkeys, storytellers, acrobats, water vendors in traditional costumes and musicians and women decorating your hands with henna. There are a lot of restaurants and hotels at and around the square. The food trucks with fresh orange juice you can not miss. There is a souk on the northeast side of the square.
The Djemaa el Fna square was added to the List of Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity of UNESCO in 2001.
Together we visit most important sites of historical and cultural interest, including Majorelle Gardens, the Koutoubia Tower, Saadian tombs and Bahia Palace.
After lunch at a beautiful restaurant near the square you will have some freetime.
We will spend the night in a Riad.
Day 6: Marrakech
Because almost all tourists like to visit Marrakech for two days, we give you the opportunity to stay in Marrakech for another day. Maybe you like to go back to one of the historical sites you saw yesterday.
The driver can take you anywhere you like. He will also accompany you if you like and escort you to the hotel/Riad.
Day 7: Ait Ben Haddou – Ouarzazate – Dades
The seventh day after breakfast we head to Ouarzazate which is very famous for The Atlas cooperation Studio’s/ CLA studio’s. The studios were important in the making of many famous movies such as Gladiator, Cleopatra , Kingdom of heaven and Game of Thrones. It is possible to make a tour inside the studios with a special guide.
After lunch, we’re going to pursue our journey to Dades where we stop in the Valley of the Roses to enjoy a cup of tea and maybe visit the local handicraft factory for making the rosewater and all kinds of perfumes made of roses. A specialist will explain the process of making rosewater and rose-oil out of the leaves of roses.
But first along the way we can stop at the panoramic view of Ait Ben Haddou.
Aït-Ben-Haddou (آيت بن حدو) is a medieval, fortified city in the Moroccan region of Souss-Massa-Daraâ along a river. The city is known for the beautiful Kasbahs, which are built against a hill. These are made of clay and are called the Ksar together. The kasbas are reinforced by walls with corner towers with narrow alleys in between, and thus a typical example of South Moroccan architecture. The city was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1987 and annually attracts some 25,000 tourists.
In Ouarzazate it is also possible to visit Tifoultout Kasbah,the kasbah of Taourirt.
In the evening we reach Dades to spend the night.
Day 8: Dades – Gole Del Todra – Tingdad – Erfoud – Merzouga
The next day after breakfast, we initiate our journey into Dades Valley, having a short stop at wonderful spots from where you can make the best photographs. We cross together Todra valley to arrive to a famous climbing place.
At the end of the afternoon , the most unbelievable red dunes arise at the horizon. Erg Chebbi Sand Dunes look mysterious and majestic. Some of the dunes reach the highth of 150 metres.
After a refreshing break in the hotel, we go into the desert by camels to stay overnight in a Nomad camp. We share dinner at the Nomad campside ( equipped with private tents and a toilet) and you can enjoy a relaxing evening with traditional Gnawa music drums. There you will experience the most wonderfull sunset and sunrise you have ever seen. Far from the business of every day life in the cities you will experience the silence of The Sahara.
Day 9: Merzouga – Erfoud – Errachidia – Midelt – Azrou – Ifrane – Fes
The last day of our journey, we visit Rissani to stroll in the local market (Souk). Next, we will drive to Errachidia city passing Erfoud town, Aoufous, and valley of Ziz . We make brief breaks to enjoy the beautiful panoramic view of oasis Aoufous in the Tafilalte district. As we continue driving to Midelt city across Tizi N’talghamt( a famous pass) we will have a break for lunch. After that, we pursue our way to the imperial city of Fez via the Cedar forest near to Azrou & Middle Atlas Mountains, and have a short pause to watch the Barbary monkeys.
We also visit Ifrane city before reaching Fes. Ifrane is known as the Moroccan Switzerland. In winter season there are possibilities for skiing . Ifrane also has a famous private university.
In the evening we will drop you off at your Hotel/Riad in Fez.
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