Towards the Sahara

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12-day/11-night journey

Start from/return to Fes 

Fes, Middle Atlas, Midelt, Rich, Ziz Valley, Haroun, 3-day route in the desert, bike ride from Haroun to Rissani, Todra Gorges, Tinrhir, Dadès Gorges, Ait Benhaddou, Tizi n’ Tichka, Marrakech, Ouzuod Falls, Fes.

Day 1: arrival to Fes; night stay at a *** hotel at the gates of the ancient Medina

Day 2: we visit Fes, its ancient Medina and dine there; night at a *** hotel.

Day 3: we leave from Fes to cross the Middle Atlas and visit the Cedar Forest, where is not uncommon some Barbary apes that live in the area; dinner and overnight stay in a kasbah-hotel along the road.

Day 4: we leave in the morning and reach Haroun going along the amazing Ziz Valley; we visit the fossils manufacturing workshops and, upon request, take a ride on the quad through Haroun dunes; night in Haroun.

Day 5: departure for a three – day route in the desert; we leave from Haroun on a 4X4; while driving on a track we head to the Safsaf Oasis; we have a picnic at the oasis; we reach the Erg Chebbi where we take a ride on the dromedaries for a trip on the dunes until sunset; we spend the night in a berber tent bivouac at the dunes feet.

Day 6: after breakfast we head to L’Bega where we visit the mines; we go back to the Erg Chebbi bivouac, where we start a route on a dromedary’s back or by feet, crossing the dunes to reach Hassi Labied; there we spend the night at a maison d’hote.

Day 7: in the morning we visit the Merzouga lake and its surroundings; then we get to el Khamlia by track; in the village we have the chance to listen to the Gnawa music players, visit an interesting rock-carving site and see the mines dug in the mountains, from which minerals and fossils are extracted; we return to Haroun and spend the night there.

Day 8: bike ride: we leave from Haroun for a bike ride to discover the ksours around Rissani; we pay visit to some ksours families and have a tea with them; we have lunch in a ksar’s house; return to Haroun and night there.

Day 9: we leave Haroun crossing the Todra Valley, we call at the village of Tinrhir and visit the Todra Gorges. Then we travel through the Dadès Valley, the Valley of the Roses and finally stop in Ouarzazate; overnight at a *** hotel.

Day 10: we leave from Ouarzazate and, crossing the Tizi n’Tichka pass, we arrive in Marrakech; dinner in Jemaa el Fna Square and overnight at a *** hotel.

Day 11: we leave from Marrakech, visit the Ouzoud Falls and head to Fes; we spend the night at a *** hotel.

Day 12: departure from Fes.