Take the best 3-day Marrakech to Fes desert tour through Morocco Sahara desert. This tour will introduce you to the best Morocco has to offer for its visitors combining the two imperial cities of Marrakech and Fez. On your way from Marrakech to Fes, visit the famous Kasbah Ait Ben Hadou and Dades Valley. Ride a camel on Erg Chebbi sand dunes while admiring a legendary sunset. Spend a spectacular night at your Merzouga desert camp with Bedouin nomads. From Merzouga to Fes, stop for a quick watch of the Barbary Apes in the Middle Atlas Mountains.
Our driver will drop by to pick you up from your Riad at 8:00 am and start traveling to Ouarzazate via the Tichka Pass (2260m) the highest road pass in Morocco.
The panoramic views of the High Atlas Mountains and magnificent landscapes, scenery peppered by small Berber villages typical of the region. We visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ait Benhaddou. This Kasbah is perhaps the most impressive and well-preserved fortress city in Morocco. Built on a hilltop, Ait Benhaddou inspired many movie makers such as the Gladiator or Lawrence of Arabia were filmed here. The view from the upper heights of the Kasbah is awe-inspiring and worth the required climb through winding, narrow streets.
Our travel continues along what is known as the Road of One Thousand Kasbahs passing the Skoura oasis. Then we continue to visit the Valley of the Roses (Kelaa M’Gouna) the center of Moroccan roses and rose products. Acres of Persian roses are grown and harvested here to create rose water, creams, and soaps prized throughout Morocco and the world.
We continue passing the strange rock creation of Tamnalt Hills and arrive in Boumalen Dades, carved by centuries by the Dades River. The natural scenery of red and mauve rocks tower above the road. Overnight in Tinghir, dinner & breakfast – You will have a private room with a private bath, hot water, and the most delicious food,.
We depart Tinghir after a leisurely breakfast and travel to another spectacular Gorge Todra (the highest oasis in Morocco). The gorge is cut into the ochre-colored cliffs of the High Atlas. Its walls are 300 meters high and at their most narrow part are 20 meters apart.
Then we depart Todra Gorge for Merzouga, the doorway into the desert where your guide and camels will be waiting for you to carry you across the sandy dunes of the Moroccan Sahara. Camel trek as the sunset across the desert landscape for approximately 1 to reach your desert camp for the night.
Your guide will prepare for you refreshing mint tea and a dinner of tagine. A romantic night full of stars with Berber music. Overnight in a Nomad Tent, dinner & breakfast
You will wake up to enjoy the sunrise over the dunes of Erg Chebbi, possibly the best moment of the Merzouga desert.
Make your way after breakfast to Fes through the Ziz valley and the cedar forest of Azrou. There you will see a colony of monkeys along the road which will keep you amused.
You will have plenty of opportunities to stretch your legs as you will stop for coffee, lunch, photographs, and more coffee as you travel through these forests, valleys, and mountains. We will reach the Switzerland of Morocco which is Ifrane city. Drop off at your Riad / Hotel at around 6 PM in Fes.
Marrakech to Fes via Merzouga desert 3 days Morocco tour
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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.
Up to 24 hours before the departure free cancellation and full refund,
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.