The 4 days desert tour from Marrakech to Fes is an awesome option to travel between the two imperial cities while exploring the country’s deep south. The 3 overnights allow for more time exploring the sites and less time in the car. Apart from the night stay in the desert and the camel ride, you get to visit so many beautiful places and fascinating scenery: The valley of Telouet, Ait Benhaddou village, Ouarzazate, Valley of roses, Dades valley, Todra gorges, the cedar forest and its playful monkeys, Ifrane town and so much more…
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 we arrive in Dades Gorge carved by centuries by the Dades River. The natural scenery of red and mauve rocks tower above the road. Overnight in Dades Gorge, dinner & breakfast – You will have a private room, with a private bath, hot water, and most delicious food actualités.
Departure will be after breakfast to visit Dades gorges, taking the road of 1000 kasbahs drives around the colorful Berber villages of the Dades valley. to get to Tineghir with its beautiful palm grove. We will continue to the Gorge of Todgha, where we will go on a trek along the canyons of about 300 m high, a preferred place for mountain climbers. Afterward, we will head to Erg Chebbi dunes in the Merzouga Sahara desert, and you will have time for lunch on our way. Overnight in the Hotel in a peaceful setting at the foothills of Erg Chebbi Sahara dunes.
Today we will explore the desert region and the marvel of the Erg Chebbi desert dunes. We will make a circuit of the desert dunes where you will have the opportunity to see the nomad’s way of life and the amazing changing contrasts of the desert. We will visit the village of Khamlia to see the Gnawa musicians. We will have a traditional Berber pizza for lunch in the ancient capital of Rissani. We will ride the camels in the afternoon to see the sunset over the dunes and spend the night in the desert camp. We will have a traditional tagine dinner, drink delicious mint tea, and listen to traditional Berber music while watching the stars and the rising moon in the amazing Sahara desert camp.
Wake early and climb the sand dunes to watch the beautiful sunrise. Pack-up the camels and trek back to duneline, where you will shower and breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Fez passing through Ziz Valley in Errachidia, Midelt. Stop for lunch in Midelt before we continue to Azrou to see barbary macaque and cedar forest. Afterwards we will continue to Fez via ifrane. Our guide will make sure you reach your chosen Riad or Hotel..
Marrakech to Fes via Merzouga desert 4 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.