desert tour from fes to marrakech

3 Days Sahara Tour from Fes to Marrakech

Overview:

3 days desert tours from Fes to Marrakech include camel excursion and overnight in deep desert camp, Azrou, Ifrane, cedar forests where Macaque monkeys live, Ziz gorge, Todra gorge, Dades gorge, Rose Valley, Skoura Palmerie, Ouarzazate, World Heritage Site of Ait Benhaddou.

Highlights:

  • Cross the High Atlas Mountains
  • Enjoy the beautiful landscapes between Fes and Merzouga
  • See the barbary Monkey in the Cedar forest of Azrou
  • Drive through Ziz gorge and its palmgroves
  • Take a short walks in Dades and Todra Gorges
  • Drive the Tizi n Tichka Pass of the High Atlas Mountains
  • Visit the UNESCO worlde heritage site of Ait Ben Haddou
  • Pass Ouarzazate and visit Film Studios and Taourirt Kasbah
  • Cameld rides, overnight in Tents

Pricing

  • 2 pax : 350€ pp
  • 3 pax : 265€ pp
  • 4 pax : 220€ pp
  • 5 pax : 200€ pp
  • 6 pax : 190€ pp

FES TO MARRAKECH TOUR ITINERARY:

Day 1: Fes - Ifrane - Azrou - Midelt - Errachidia - Erfoud - Merzouga

Pick up from your hotel in Fes at 08:0 am and departure for the south of Morocco. You will have a stop in Ifrane, known as the switezland of Morocco to enjoy its beauty and to have a memoriable photos. After that you will head toward Azrou to see the monkies in the cedar forest. Continuing to Midelt for a lunch meal in a restaurant. In the afternoon, we will cross the pass of Tizi n Tlghamt to reach Errachidia while admiring the views of Ziz gorges. Later on, you will have a stop for a panoramic view of Ziz valley. The drive continues to Erg Chebbi Dunes passing by Aoufous and Erfoud (the last is famous with fossils and dates) where you may want to visit a local fossil craft workshop. After that you will continue to the captivating dunes of Erg Chebbi, these dunes are called also Merzouga Dunes. Arrive to the hotel and get ready for a camel trek for an hour and half to enjoy the sunset. While on the back of your dromedary, you will continue to the camp for an overnight in traditional nomad tent. Dinner and spend the night in a bivouac in the middle of the dunes.

Day 2: Merzouga - Errisani - Todra Gorge - Dades Gorge

After breakfast and shower to dust off, we will drive from Merzouga to Rissani, Erfoud and Tinghir, where we will stop for lunch and a short walk in Todra gorges and its magnificient palmeraie and old ruins blinding perfectly with the scenery. In the afternoon, we will continue to Boumalen dades and take the detour to the north through the curvy road of the Dades gorges, stop for a couple pictures at the monkey feet, a rock formation that looks like fingers (probably formed from lava thousands of years ago), then continue to see the infamous gorges at the top portrayed in many travel flyers as one of the most beautiful pieces of roads before heading back to our hotel at the foothills of the gorges, where we will enjoy a nice dinner and occasionnaly a musical play with the staff and other clients before going to bed.

Day 3: Dades Gorge - Skoura - Ouarzazate - Ait Ben Haddou - Marrakech

This morning after breakfast in the hotel, We depart to Ouarzazate via Skoura . Stopping for a panoramic view of the kasbah of Taourirt then another photo stop near the atlas film studios. After that you will visit the Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou and stop for lunch in a local restaurant in the village. In the Afternoon we will drive to Marrakech over the mountains of high Atlas passing through the Tizi N’tichka pass (2260 m in altitude). Drop off in Marrakech.

What's included in Fes to Marrakech desert Tour:

  • Pick up and drop off at your hotel/airport
  • Pick up and drop off at your hotel/airport
  • Private trip in 4x4 air conditioned car
  • English/French/Spanish speaking driver
  • Dinner & breakfast are included
  • Maximale group size: 6 people to ensure more personalized attention from your guide
  • Cameld rides & overnight in a nomad traditional tent
  • Overnight in a traditional Kasbah in Skoura
  • Duration: 3 days

Extra costs to be expected:

  • You will pay for your lunch and drinks
  • Entrance fees during the optional visits to Ouarzazate attractions
  • Pick ups or drop offs outside Marrakech (more than 5km outside)

Exceeded our expectations!

When we planned our trip, we started out booking the 3 day 2 night trip from Fes to Marrakech through the Sahara desert. We wanted to explore the north of Morocco before heading to the desert and decided to ask Marrakech Day Trips regarding a driver hire so we could have transportation to explore the north. The manager Lahcen was very prompt in his replies and was able to accommodate our requests and our itinerary. Our driver Hakim, picked us up from the airport and drove us to the cities we wanted to visit before taking us on the tour through the Sahara. Throughout the trip, we heard about more places to visit along the way and Hakim was kind enough to accommodate our requests and took us on side trips to visit the places we requested to see. The night in the Sahara was unbelievable and we really enjoyed the camel trek, we wished we booked a longer tour of the desert after we left. We will definitely come back for a longer experience in the desert and we would definitely go with Marrakech Day Trips again.

~ Brian

†Fes‡ to the Desert to Marrakech - It was an amazing trip!

My wife and I has a wonderful time on our 3 day trip from Fes to Marrakech, spending one night in the desert. Booking this from Canada ahead of time was simple and smooth. Lahcen is very prompt with emails, which is one of the main reasons we picked this company. There are ton's of companies offering this kind of experience, but these guys are the most responsive, which made us feel more comfortable booking it. Our driver Ismail was amazing. He showed up exactly when indicated and was a pleasure to speak with. The trip is very long, so it was great to have someone to entertain you with stories and life advice on the trip. You will not regret booking this trip. Stop looking and just book it now.

~ Kareem

Don't Just See Morocco - Live it!

After two days battling the hagglers in Marrakech, we "got out of town" and saw the rest of Morocco. Our driver, Aziz, turned our journey into a fantastic experience! He knocked on our riad door promptly at the scheduled time, and we rode safely over spectacular Atlas mountain passes to the Sahara desert. Most itineraries are similar among Moroccan tour companies, but Aziz makes the difference. First, I believe he fluently speaks more languages than what you hear in the hallways of the United Nations (English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Berber, and most likely Camel!!). Then he shares stories of the Moroccan culture sure to keep you interested for the many miles and hours you are on the road. MDT offers several tours, but I recommend one that overnights in a Bedouin tent following a sunset camel ride into the Sahara dunes. You arrive on the dromedary just in time to climb the highest dune and watch the sunset from the peak of the dune. The climb is similar to a "Stairmaster" in the gym, as your feet push down the sand, but the descent is totally awesome - run, ski, or roll back down to camp. And then repeat the next morning, as you rise early enough to catch the sunrise, looking eastward this time, of course. The nights are fun and you'll meet new friends as you dine on tagines of original Moroccan food cooked over the stove in camp. Then, the camel guides turned into cooks become singers and drummers for an hour of entertainment before crashing for the night in the blanket tents. With Marrakech Day Trips, you will have your own tent and comfortable bed, but the walls are thin (shoot, they're made of wool!) so bring a pair of ear plugs. The makeshift camp biffy isn't the greatest experience, but our entire group found that the Sahara works well as a human cat box in the dark. With that said, the camel trip is a bucket list item, and if you ever travel to Morocco, this will be your highlight! Booking the trip was easy with MDT - go to the website and pick your tour, then email your request, and company manager, Lahcen will respond within 24 hours. He is great, and will answer any questions you have. Our trip from Marrakech to the Sahara and ending in Fes was incredible. But here is my best tip - don't think if you see Casablanca, you've seen the entire country and its culture. You'll miss the mysterious, wonderful country that lies outside it's biggest city.

~ Thomas

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