Journey across the Sahara Desert and Atlas Mountains on this 4-day tour from Fes to Marrakech. Admire the scenery of the untouched landscape, discover the Berber culture, enjoy a camel ride across the sand dunes, and see the famous sights along the way.
What to Expect
On this 4-day tour you will travel from Fes to Marrakech, passing through Ifrane, Midelt, Merzouga, Rissani, Todgha Gorge, Dadès Gorges, Ouarzazate, and Aït Benhaddou along the way. Admire the spectacular scenery of the Atlas Mountains, experience the culture and traditions of the Berber people, enjoy camel rides across the sand dunes in the desert, and explore the historical Kasbahs in the various towns.
Day 1: Fes – Ifrane – Medilt – Merzouga
Departing early from Fes, you will begin your ascent passing through Ifrane, a winter ski resort built in the 1930s to resemble a Swiss village. You will visit the cedars forest in Azrou, see monkeys, and drive across the Middle Atlas Mountains. Most of the day will be spent winding your way through beautiful forests, springs, jagged rock faces, and Berber villages as you cross the Atlas Mountains and begin to descend towards the Sahara Desert. You will stop for lunch in the town of Midelt, famous for its fossils and rocks, before continuing towards Merzouga. Reaching Merzouga in the afternoon, you will stop for some mint tea before taking a camel ride towards to dunes of Erg Chebbi, where you can enjoy the beautiful sunset. After 2 hours of riding, you will reach the desert camp, where you will stay overnight in a Berber tent. After mint tea and a delicious dinner, you can enjoy the camp fire and traditional music of the Berbers.
Day 2: Merzouga – Rissani – Todgha Gorge
Early in the morning, you can walk over the sand dunes to watch the sunrise from just behind the Algerian border, approximately 50 kilometers from Merzouga. You will then take a camel ride back to the hotel, where you can enjoy breakfast. You will then head towards the gorges, stopping off at Rissani along the way, the town where the Alaouite Dynasty was established. Here you will see the historic monument of Sijilmasa, some of the many Kasbahs, the mausoleum of Moulay Ali Cherif, and the large souq. You will then continue passing through the Ziz Valley and walk through Todgha Gorge, where you can admire the stunning rivers and mountains. You will have dinner and stay overnight at a traditional Kasbah.
Day 3: Todgha Gorge – Dadès Gorges – Ouarzazate
After breakfast you will walk around Todgha Gorge before driving towards Ouarzazate. You will stop for lunch at Dadès Gorges before reaching Ouarzazate in the afternoon. Explore the town, see the Kasbah of Taourirt, and visit the Atlas Studios, the largest and most famous film studio in all of Africa. You will then have dinner and stay overnight in Ouarzazate.
Day 4: Ouarzazate – Aït Benhaddou – Marrakech
After breakfast you will explore the rest of the town of Ouarzazate before visiting the historical Kasbah of Aït Benhaddou. From here you will head to Fint Oasis before travelling along the Tizi n'Tichka pass and stopping for lunch in a small village. You will then reach Marrakech in the late afternoon, where the tour ends.
- Breakfast and dinner (vegetarians welcome)
- All transportation and driver guide
- All applicable taxes
What's Not Included
- Travel insurance
- Personal expenditures
- Tips to the driver/ guide
Cancel up to 1 day in advance for a full refund
Know Before You Go
This tour available also for small groups. Please contact us to find out more information.