Merzouga Expedition

3 days Marrakech to Fes via Sahara Desert

3 days Marrakech to Fes via Sahara Desert


Departure: from Marrakech to Fes via Merzouga desert
Duration: 3 Days/2 Nights

Overview : The 3 days Marrakech to Fes via Sahara Desert is one of the most popular Morocco desert tours that connects the historical imperial cities of Marrakech and Fes. Departure from the Medina of Marrakech, traveling through the traditional South Morocco and all along the road of thousand Kasbah, crossing the High Atlas mountains enjoying wonderful panoramic views of well known and also of hidden landscapes, such as: the stunning gorges, caves, wide rivers, palm groves, oasis, green valleys, authentic villages, etc… Spending the first night in the heart of the Dades valley in a traditional and comfy Berber House.

Second day within this 3 days Marrakech to Fes via Sahara Desert, you’ll be enjoying your Morocco desert time, starting from the lovely golden sand dunes in Merzouga. Among the activities you’ll experience are: the camel trekking, a memorable overnight under the magical starry sky at the Luxury desert Camp (situated at the heart of Erg Chebbi dunes), an amazing sunset and sunrise, and also riding Buggy or an ATV Quad, visiting a Nomadic family, etc …

On the last day and before the end of this desert trip in Fes, the journey will be continued along the enchanting sceneries of the Middle Atlas mountains, stoping at a wide cedar forest where we’ll find wild monkeys waiting you to feed them. 

Desert Trip itinerary
day 1: Marrakech - High Atlas - Ait Benhaddou - Ouarzazate - skoura - Roses Valley - Dades Valley: (330 Km)

We’ll pick you up from your accommodation Hotel/Riad in Marrakech at 8 am, and start the 3 days Marrakech to Fes via Sahara Desert. We’ll be traveling through the High Atlas mountains and ‘Tizi N’tichka’ pass, which is the highest road pass in Morocco at 2260m altitude, where you’ll enjoy various of enchanting panoramic views over the mountains. After that, we’ll arrive to Kasbah Ait Benhaddou, it is one of the 9 sites in Morocco that UNESCO declared World Heritage. 

Ksar or Kasbah Ait Benhaddou is a tribal, traditional pre-Saharan Moroccan concept, consisting of a group of buildings built in 1600 with organic materials, including a rich red mud, enclosed in high walls where some families still live today. Ait Benhaddou was built on a hill in order to dominate the valley along the banks of the Ounila River at the foot of the Atlas Mountains, 30 kilometers from Ouarzazate, is featured many films like Gladiator, Lawrance of Arabia …

After lunch, we’ll head to Ouarzazate, named as The African Hollywood, because of the international movies made at the whole province. After Ouarzazate, the day will be continued along what is commonly known as the “Road of  Thousand Kasbah“, to catch a spectacular view of a vast valley dotted with small oasis and hundreds of ancient fortifications, till we arrive to the Roses valley, the town is called Kalaat M’gouna, it is well known for the “Roses Festival“, a festival that takes place on the city every year in May. 

During the festival, people from all over the country and the world, coming to discover the beauty of the town, try roses products like: rose water, oil, cosmetic products, also to enjoy the traditional handmade clothing. At the evening we’ll arrive to Dades valley, where we’ll stay for the Overnight at dinner at the Berber house.

day 2: Dades valley - Todra gorges - erfoud - merzouga - camel trek & sunset (300 Km)

After breakfast at the Berber house in Dades valley, we ‘ll leave via the Todra gorges, also called the grand moroccan canyon, famous for rock climbing at its rock walls that rises up to 300m in a narrow part. In Todra valley, you’ll have time for walking to smell the adorable nature of green agricultural lands at the middle of a wide river.

Lunch will be in Erfoud: it is a Berber village, which became the destination for filmmakers due to the beauty of the surrounding Sahara desert and the town’s oasis areas. Erfoud has been a filming location for many films, including: The Mummy (1999) Prince of Persia (2010), SPECTER (2015), famous also for its fossilized marbles, where you will have the opportunity to visit a workshop produces marble and fossils. 

3 days Marrakech to Fes via Sahara desert

At the evening, we’ll arrive to Merzouga, you will be welcomed with a cup of tea and have a safe room to be prepared to spend such a romantic overnight at the nomad desert camp. You will have about one hour of camel ride to cross the highest golden sand dunes in the north Africa, while you enjoying the show of the sunset till you arrive to the camp. you’ll have your own private tent, the tents are well equipped with mattresses, blankets, cushions, shower also toilets. You’ll be served a delicious Moroccan dinner, then you will gather around the fire to admire a typical Berber music performed using drums under the magical starry sky.

5 days Atlas and Sahara desert tour
day 3: Camel trek & sunrise - Erfoud - Ziz Oasis - Middle Atlas - Midelt - Azrou - Ifrane - Fes: (480 Km)

Wake up early in the morning to enjoy the view of the sunrise over the golden sand dunes. After freshening up and have your breakfast, ride the camels back to the car, then we’ll leave to Erfoud, it is a Berber village, which became the destination for filmmakers due to the beauty of the surrounding Sahara desert and the town’s oasis areas. Erfoud has been a filming location for many films, including: The Mummy (1999) Prince of Persia (2010), SPECTER (2015), famous also for its fossilized marbles, where you will have the opportunity to visit a workshop produces marble and fossils.

Later, the trip will be continued to Ziz Oasis, where we’ll stop again for those stunning volcanic gorges, close to the largest Palm grove, contains over millions of palm trees, rich of dates fruit. After lunch in Midelt, we’ll drive through the Tizi-N-Talghamt pass (at 1907m altitude) in the Middle Atlas mountains, enjoying the wonderful sceneries, offering numerous occasion to photograph amazing pictures. 

After, we’ll drive via Azrou along the widest cedar forest, where we’ll find wild monkeys waiting for you to feed them. At the evening and before we arrive to Fes, Last break of the day will be in Ifrane , it is an European-style, and it is also called Switzerland of Morocco. We’ll drop you off to your accommodation/Hotel in Fes. End of “the 3 days Marrakech to Fes via Sahara desert”. End of our services.

INCLUDED :
  • Private service (without other travelers).
  • Comfortable transport with Air-conditioned in Wv, 4×4 Toyota or Mercedes minivan.
  • Experienced driver/guide speaking English.
  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom and shower.
  • Accommodation half board (dinner & breakfast) in 3*/  4*/  5*/  Hotels and Riads.
  • Overnight in a traditional Berber tent at the heart of Erg Chebbi dunes (dinner & Breakfast included).
  • Camel trek in Merzouga.
  • From/to your accommodation Hotel transfers.
  • No forced Shopping.
NOT INCLUDED :
  • Lunchs 
  • Drinks.
  • All what is not within the list of “INCLUDED”.

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