This 3-day from Fez to Marrakech desert tour, Morocco, takes you through the Middle Atlas, Sahara Desert, Todra Gorge, Ouarzazate, and Ait ben Haddou, and ends in Marrakech. The first day of the tour begins with a pickup from your Fez accommodation, a drive through the Middle Atlas, and a stop at Ifrane and the Cedar Forest in Azrou. You will then go to Merzouga and spend the night in a Berber tent. On the second day, you will travel from Merzouga to Ouarzazate via the Road of a Thousand Kasbahs, stopping at Todra Gorge. The last day of the tour is spent visiting Ouarzazate and Ait Ben Haddou, with a drive through the High Atlas Mountains to Marrakech.
Your journey will begin by picking you up from your accommodation in Fez at 8:00. The ride will take you through the fascination of the Middle Atlas, passing by Ifrane, a winter ski resort in an un-Moroccan style built by the French and resemble a Swiss village. Then you will stop at the cedars forest in Azrou to enjoy nature and feed the monkeys.
Most of the day will be spent winding your way through the beautiful forests, springs, jagged rock faces, and Berber villages as you cross the Atlas Mountains and descend toward the Sahara Desert. Halfway, you will stop for lunch in the town of Midelt, famous for its fossils and rocks; then, we will continue towards Merzouga on the road. We will stop in panoramic views to see the vast Palm Trees oasis.
We reach Merzouga in the afternoon, Depending on your arrival, to the traditional Kasbah on the foot of the dunes of erg-Chebbi. After rest and a mint tea, the guide and camels will be waiting to carry you across the sandy dunes of the erg-Chebbi, you will enjoy the beauty of the sunset on camel, and after 1 hour, you will reach the desert camp to spend the night in a Berber tent.
The night will be delightful when you have time to unpack and have dinner while you enjoy the campfire and listen to Traditional Music.
The second day will start. After a Delicious Breakfast, You will depart from Merzouga towards the day destination Ouarzazate, traveling the rugged Road of a Thousand Kasbahs that rise like turreted sand castles along this ancient caravan trading route.
This area has long been a popular location for Hollywood films such as The Last Temptation of Christ, Jewel of the Nile, and, most recently, Hideous Kinky. The central region is one of Morocco’s most exciting and romantic destinations, nestled along rich river valleys, palmer and burnished mud-brick homes ablaze in vibrant color under the shelter of the blue desert sky.
We stop for lunch, walk in Todra Gorge, and travel through the Dadès Valley past dramatic escarpments; we reach our destination for today in the afternoon, have Dinner, and overnight.
On the last day of the journey, after breakfast, visit the town of Ouarzazate and its monuments, including the Kasbah of Taourirt and the Atlas Studios movie studios, the largest and most famous in all of Africa.
From here, we head to the Fint Oasis, near Ouarzazate. We check in at Ait Ben Haddou to have lunch. Then visit the famous Kasbah, declared a UNESCO World Heritage and which was the scene of films like The Gladiator, Babel, and Lawrence of Arabia; we continue passing through the High Atlas and the Tizi-n-Tichka pass, along a road that climbs from the plains up to 2260 m above sea level passing through small villages, small waterfalls, through the continuously changing landscape and colors of these beautiful Mountains. We reach Marrakech in the afternoon for the end of the trip.
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Fez to Merzouga via Merzouga desert three days Morocco tour
People that possess the US, Canadian, UK, Australian and Europian nationalities do not require a visa to enter Morocco as a tourist.
– You can wear clothes that are adequate for each season in Morocco. – You can check the information about the weather in Morocco.
Yes, you will have the chance to see monkeys in the cedar forest in Azrou.
In the comfortable desert camp ( already included in the tour price ), bathrooms are shared. Luxury camp bathrooms are private inside your tent.
Roughly 1 hour sunset camel ride from Mezouga to your Sahara desert camp in Erg Chebbi and an hour morning sunrise camel ride.
Please bring your towels and shower condiments if you choose the comfortable desert camp. Towels and shower condiments in the luxury camp are available in your tent.
Yes, you can. A separate 4×4 can take you to the desert camp if you choose to skip the camel ride.
Yes you can. Your guide will assist you with that, and you directly pay the supplier in Merzouga.
Yes, in public areas ( Restaurant )
Yes, sand boards are available at the camp operator’s lodge in Merzouga at leisure. You can take a set with you to the desert camp. Sand boards are available at leisure at the luxury desert camp as well.
No, Showers are available the following day at the camp operator’s lodge in Merzouga. If you choose to upgrade to the luxury camp, your tent will have an ensuite bathroom with hot showers.
Unfortunately, that is not possible. Our private desert tours are solely reserved for the party booking one. The price per person depends on how many participants in your private party.
The distance between Marrakech and Fes is 520 Km via the motorway through Casablanca and Rabat. If you choose to drive via the Middle Atlas Mountains and Beni Mellal , the distance is 570 Km. The drive through the Middle Atlas Mountains is more scenic, but you need to spare a full day to enjoy the itinerary. There is an even longer and more popular way to get to Fes from Marrakech: Through Merzouga and the Moroccan Sahara desert. It is 1030 Km, and it requires a minimum of 3 days.
You mainly need 2 days in Fes Morocco in order to fully explore it. A full-day guided tour of the Medina of Fes will introduce you to discover the hidden gems of the ancient Medina, and an extra day to explore the Souks on your own. Now, with the nearby blue city of Chefchaouen becoming more and more popular, you could add an extra day to do a full day trip of Chefchaouen from Fes ( 200 Km each way )
Fes is considered the Athens of Morocco: It is the oldest Medina in Morocco. It is also the intellectual, cultural, craftsmanship, and culinary capital of Morocco. Its narrow streets and centuries-old Medina is amazing. Fes is heaven for historians, archaeologists, and intellectuals from all over the world. The oldest university in the world ( Al Quaraouiyine) is located in the center of Medina. Fes used to be the capital of various Moroccan dynasties who ruled North Africa, actual Spain, and sub-Saharan Africa all the way to the Niger River and Sudan for centuries.
Fes is as safe as any other city in Morocco. It is even safer than most touristy cities in Europe. Police are now patrolling the Medina and they are visible everywhere. You just need to take the common. precautions like anywhere else in the world: – Avoid empty Medina streets, especially unlit narrow alleyways of Fes at night – Women traveling alone need to dress moderately. The less attractive you dress, the less attention you get. – Do not carry a lot of cash on you. – Be prepared to be annoyed by touts and fake guides every now and then. Just ignore them, and a firm ”NO” would keep them away. – A local licensed guide hired by your riad or tour company would be of great efficiency in the Medina of Fes. Not only by explaining a big deal of history, architecture, religion, etc but also by keeping you safe all the time. – very rare pickpocketing cases were registered recently in Fes. Keep your valuables, passports, and jewelry at your hotel safe. Physical aggression is very rare.