A 3-day tour to the desert is the best option for all travelers From Fes and want to go to Marrakech. During this trip, you will travel through all the places of tourist interest in southern Morocco and enter the Sahara to appreciate its wonderful diversity.
- • A/C modern 4×4 or van driven by an English speaking river /guide
- • Pick up from your Fes hotel / Riad
- • Sunset camel ride in Erg Chebbi
- • Overnight at a Saharara desert camp in Erg Chebbi ( Private tent ) with shared bathrooms – Showers available in the morning at the camp operator’s lodge – Dinner and breakfast are included.
- • Sunrise camel trek in Erg Chebbi
- • breakfast at the camp operator’s lodge in Merzouga or at your Sahara desert camp ( Luxury camp upgrade only )
- • Sand boarding
- • Upgrade to a deluxe camp with an ensuite tent available upon booking your desert tour ( €70 per person )
- • Second night at Hotel (Private A/C ensuite room) with dinner & breakfast
- • Drop off at your Marrakech hotel or the closest accessible location to your riad if not car accessible.
Not including :
- • Beverages
- • Entrance fees if any
- • local guides if any
- • lunches on the way
DAY 1 :FES – IFRAN – MIDELT – MERZOUGA DESERT
(8 HOURS DRIVE)
After an early breakfast at your hotel or riad id Fez, your English speaking driver / guide will pick you up as early as possible, 07h00 AM in winter time and 08h00 AM in summer ( that will allow you enough driving time to catch the sunset in Erg Chebbi )
Your Fes to Marrakech desert tour will start crossing the plains of Saiss towards the Cedar forests of the Middle Atlas Mountains past Ifran and Azrou. You can spot Barbary apes on the side of the street and stop for some photos.
Continue to Midelt, where you will stop for lunch. From here you will carry on crossing Ziz River driving past thousands of sky-scraping palm trees and fortified Kasbahs to Erfoud, then to Merzouga and Erg Chebbi, where your camel caravan will be waiting for you to ride your camels like nomads to watch the colour-changing sunset over Erg Chebbi sand dunes.
Drive your camels back to your Sahara desert camp to freshen up before getting ready for your dinner under the stars while entertained by the local nomads playing their drums.
Overnight at your Sahara desert camp.
DAY 2 :
MERZOUGA DESERT – ERFOUD – TINGHIR – DADES VALLEY
(4 HOURS DRIVE)
After an early sunrise camel ride, meet your guide in Merzouga. Today the drive will feature one beautiful scene after another including the stunning oasis of Tinghir where you will be able to take a walk along Todgha riverbank visiting Berber villages and learning about the life style of the local inhabitants before you visit the magnificent Todgha Canyons and have lunch on the spot.
In the afternoon, drive along the Kasbah road to Dades Valley where you will have the opportunity to visit one of the fortified Kasbahs before you arrive to your boutique guest house.
Dinner and overnight in Dades Valley.
DAY 3 :
DADES VALLEY – OUARZAZATE – KASBAH AIT BEN HADOU – MARRAKECH
(7 HOURS DRIVE)
After breakfast, drive along the Valley of the Roses to Kalaa Mgouna where you will have the opportunity to visit one of the Rose water cooperatives and learn how the locals prepare rose scented perfumes based on distilled rose water.
We continue to Ouarzazate past Skoura oasis famous for its date palm trees, then to Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou where you will have lunch before a visit of the Kasbah, a UNESCO world heritage site, that has been used as a set for various Hollywood movies, fashion and commercial shooting. The Kasbah is well preserved and consisted of various Kasbahs packed together and appears as a single unit.
In the afternoon, we begin our descent through the Atlas Mountains past Tizi Ntichka Pass passing by various Berber villages with houses built with stones and mud. You immediately notice that life here never changed centuries ago !! and most of the locals are shepherds.
We arrive Marrakech late afternoon and your driver will take you to your riad or hotel.
End of your Fes to Marrakech desert tour.
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