3 day tour from Marrakech to Merzouga and back to Fez
Take an exciting trip to the desert from Marrakech to Fez and enjoy the chance to combine the imperial cities of Morocco in 3 days in the desert. Spend a night in a Sahara camp in Merzouga and enjoy a camel ride while discovering the secrets of local spots. Booking this 3-day tour will allow you to experience a Berber adventure like a nomad for a short time.
Destination: Merzouga from Marrakech and back to Fez.
Availability: every day
Pickup time: 08 H
Duration: 3 Days and 2 nights
Category: Private tour
Clothing: comfortable clothing, comfortable shoes, hat, jacket and sunscreen.
Payment: Payment upon departure
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Marrakech to Fes desert trip itinerary
DAY 1: MARRAKECH – DADES (7 HOURS DRIVE)
Your Marrakech to Fes Morocco Desert Trip will depart from your hotel or riad at 07h30 AM to Ksar d'Aït-Ben-Haddou through Tizi-ntichka pass and the high Atlas Mountains. Numerous stops will be made along the way. Visit the UNESCO world heritage Ksar d'Aït-Ben-Haddou, which was also served as a set for various Hollywood blockbusters. We continue to Ouarzazate and visit Kasbah Taourirte before lunch (free time). In the afternoon, we drive to Boumalne Dades via the Valley of the Roses before we reach our boutique guest house located in Dades Valley.
Dinner and overnight
DAY 2: DADES – MERZOUGA (4 HOURS DRIVE)
After breakfast, today’s journey will start by driving along the road of 1001 Kasbahs to Tinghir oasis. You will be enjoying the amazing scenery along the way of the remaining of fortified villages that were hosting the caravan roads until the early 2Oth century. Upon arrival at Tinghir, which was a military post during the French occupation, we will deviate into a secondary road to the oasis. Feel free to walk next to the stream and watch the locals farming and herding their cattle. You walk will end at one of the magnificent scenes of your tour: Todgha Gorges. After lunch at one of the local cafés, we continue to Rissani, which is one of the holiest towns in Morocco as the actual dynasty ruling Morocco,The My Ali chrif, and its founder is buried locally. Rissani is also famous as a starting point of the ancient caravan roads crossing the Sahara Desert all the way to Tombouctou.
From here, we will cross some rocky terrain all the way to Merzouga, where our camel caravan will be waiting for us. Enjoy a camel ride over Erg Chebbi dunes to watch an amazing sunset, before we return to our Sahara Desert camp, nestled in the no men's land.
Enjoy dinner under the stars while entertained by our local nomads’ hosts playing their drums all night.
DAY 3: MERZOUGA – FES (8 HOURS DRIVE)
After breakfast at your camp, we depart on a long drive to Fes crossing the Ziz Valley through Errachidia which is the capital of Tafilalt region, and we continue to Midelt where we will have lunch at leisure before we keep driving across the Middle Atlas Mountains with its Cedar Forests and Berber towns of Imouzzar and Ifran. We arrive at Fes late in the afternoon.
Your Marrakech to Fes desert tour will end with a drop off at your Fes riad or hotel of your choice.
What you must remember
Please make sure to bring warm clothing in winter (no sleeping bags required ), light clothing in summer, sunscreen, a hat, good walking shoes, a flashlight, and pants (for the camel trek). Shorts and skirts are not recommended for the trek due to friction with feces that can cause skin irritations.
• Pickup & drop off at your Marrakech accommodation
• Transportation in modern tourism minibus
• English speaking driver during the tour
• accommodation in Dades valley and Merzouga bivouac
• 2 hours camel trek in sand dunes
What's not included?
• Personal Purchases
• Lunch from 2 to 12 euro
• Entrance fees 1 to 5 euro,
• local guide 2 euro