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From Fes: 3 Days and 2 Nights Desert Trip to Marrakech

1. From Fes: 3 Days and 2 Nights Desert Trip to Marrakech

Take a multi-day trip through the Atlas Mountains to the Sahara desert departing from Fes. Admire the beautiful scenery, enjoy traditional Berber culture and cuisine, and visit a variety of charming villages across 3 days. Drive through a cedar forest and see the resident monkeys, before descending to the Sahara Desert. Arrive at the traditional kasbah at the foot of the Erg Chebbi dunes. Enjoy the beauty of the sunset on a camel ride across the dunes. At the Berber camp, enjoy mint tea and dinner, gaze at the stars and spend the night in a tent. On the second day visit Merzouga, Tinghir and Ouarzazate. Head out on the rugged Road of a Thousand Kasbahs along the ancient caravan route. This area has been a popular location for Hollywood films, such as The Last Temptation of Christ and Jewel of the Nile. Stop for lunch and a walk in Todgha Gorges and then travel through the Dadès Valley past dramatic escarpments. Dinner and overnight at a hotel in the Gorges or in Ouarzazate. On the third day, visit the town of Ouarzazate, including the Kasbah of Taourirt and the Atlas Studios – the largest and most famous movie studios in Africa.

From Marrakech: 3-Day Desert Tour to Fes

2. From Marrakech: 3-Day Desert Tour to Fes

Discover Fes and Marrakech, Morocco's imperial cities, on a guided 3-day tour. Day 1: Marrakech — Ait Ben Haddou — Dades (1st night at Kasbah Amazigh) Your tour will start with an early pickup. Meet your driver at your hotel or riad in the morning and start your journey crossing the High Atlas Mountains towards Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou. After a guided walk in the village, continue to Ouarzazate for a leisurely lunch. In the early afternoon, travel northeast to Boumalne Dades. Take a drive along the Dades River with the marvelous sunset as your backdrop. Reach the way to Dades valley and make a pit stop to enjoy the amazing scenery. Then continue to a hotel where you will dine and rest for the night at Kasbah Amazigh. Day 2: Dades — Merzouga Start the day with breakfast at your hotel. Set out on a journey along the road of 1001 Kasbahs to Tinghir, an oasis where you will have the opportunity to enjoy an hour-long walk by the river bank all the way to Todgha Gorges. Here, get some free time to enjoy the scenery before lunch.  Early in the afternoon, walk to Merzouga, where your camel caravan awaits. From here, ride your camel through the sand dunes of Erg Chebbi while enjoying a mesmerizing sunset.  Before dark, reach your Sahara desert camp nestled between the dunes, where you will enjoy a Moroccan dinner under the stars while being entertained by local nomads playing their drums around the campfire. After the campfire, relax in your standard or luxury tent, depending on which one you choose. The standard tents are basic accommodation, while a private tent is subject to availability. The toilets are right outside, with facilities to freshen up in a shared room. If you choose the luxury tent, it is located in a more isolated and scenic area, providing extra comfort with proper bedding, and a guaranteed private tent with flushable western toilets, hot showers, and a rich dinner and breakfast. Day 3: Merzouga — Fes  Your desert camp hosts will wake you up if you wish to watch the sunrise. After breakfast, drive along the Ziz River with its amazing oasis lined with palm trees and fortified ksours (castles) all the way to Midelt, a small town in the middle of the Atlas Mountains, your lunch stop for the day. In the afternoon, continue crossing the Middle Atlas Mountains towards Fes. Notice a dramatic change in the landscape: snow-capped mountains, cedar forests, and rich vegetation, a complete 180 from the arid and rocky landscapes of the rest of the tour.  End your Marrakech to Fes desert tour in the early evening as your driver takes you to your riad or hotel in Fes.

From Fes: 2-Day Small Group Desert Tour

3. From Fes: 2-Day Small Group Desert Tour

Experience life in the Sahara Desert on a small group tour to the dunes of Erg Chebbi. Ride a camel across the sands and watch the sunset along the way. Drive across the winding roads of the Middle Atlas Mountains and much more. Day 1: Fes - Ifrane - Midelt - Merzouga Depart Fes and pass through the winter ski resort of Ifrane, built by the French in the 1930s to resemble a Swiss village. Continue through the cedar forest of Azrou and look for the resident monkeys before your drive across the Middle Atlas Mountains. Wind your way through beautiful forests, mountain springs, jagged rocks and Berber villages before your descent to the Sahara Desert. Stop for lunch half-way in the town of Midelt, famous for its fossils and rocks. Then, continue towards Merzouga taking in the panoramic views of a huge oasis of palm trees at Ziz along the way. Upon arrival in Rissani, travel by 4WD vehicle into the desert, reaching Merzouga in the afternoon. Here, your guide will be waiting with the camels that will take you across the dunes to Erg Chebbi. Watch the sunset from the back of your camel on a one-hour trek to a Berber camp. Upon arrival at the desert shelter, your camels will be tethered as you are served a welcome mint tea. Enjoy dinner and relax as you look at the stars in the sky. Stay overnight in your choice of a shared, private standard, or private luxury tent. Day 2: Merzouga - Tafilalte - Fes Wake early and walk across the dunes to watch the sunrise from just behind the Algerian border, about 50 kilometers from Merzouga. Take a shower after and enjoy breakfast before the drive back to Fes, and benefit from comfort stops on the approximate 7-hour journey. 

From Marrakech: 3-Day Desert Tour with Accommodation

4. From Marrakech: 3-Day Desert Tour with Accommodation

Day 1: Marrakech, Ait Ben Haddou, Ouarzazate, Dades or Tinghir You will meet your guide in Marrakech after breakfast and set off towards the High Atlas Mountains through the Tizi-n-Tichka Pass along a road that climbs the plains to 2,260 meters above sea level. You will pass by small villages and scenic waterfalls, and will also notice the continuously changing landscape and colors of these beautiful mountains. You will then stop in a pass for a cup of refreshing mint tea and to admire the scenery before taking the road to the Ait Benhaddou Kasbah, arriving just in time for lunch. You will then visit the famous Kasbah, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the setting for films such as the Gladiator, Babel, Lawrence of Arabia, the Legionary, the Sheltering Sky, and many others. You will later head through the town of Ouarzazate to check out Atlas Studios, the largest and most famous film studio in all of Africa. Next, you will journey through the picturesque Valley of Roses to reach the Dades Gorges in time for sunset. Once there you can admire the splendid colors of the rock walls illuminated by the last rays of golden sunlight. Your final stop for the day will be to a romantic, traditional hotel for dinner and an overnight stay in the Hotel in Dades or Tinghir . Day 2: Dades or Tinghir , Erfoud, Merzouga, and Erg-Chebbi Following breakfast, you will take a scenic walk through the Todra Gorges before hopping into your car to drive along the famous Road of the 1000 Kasbahs. You will travel through Tineghier Village and the Jewish Kasbah before arriving in Rissani, the first capital of the Alaouite Dynasty, for lunch. You will next go on a walking tour through Rissani and check out its large traditional market, and will then head to Merzouga, arriving before sunset. At this stage you will leave the car behind and ride a camel into the Erg Chebbi Dunes for an unforgettable night under the million stars of the desert. Finally, you will have dinner at the campsite and stay in a traditional Berber tent. Day 3: Merzouga, Rissani, Ziz Oasis, Medilt, and Fes You will wake up in time to watch the sun rise over the 300-meter-tall dunes and travel into the dawn towards the border with Algeria. Next, you will return by camel to a hotel for breakfast and a shower. You will then depart for Fes, traveling through the Ziz valley and stopping for lunch in village with plentiful apple orchards. You will later enjoy the journey through mountain cedar forests before arriving to Fes in the afternoon, stopping to take pictures at a panoramic viewpoint.

Marrakesh: 3-Day Tour to Fez with Overnight Desert Camping

5. Marrakesh: 3-Day Tour to Fez with Overnight Desert Camping

Dive deep into the Sahara Desert on a 3-day trip from Marrakesh to Fes with accommodation included. Immerse yourself in the local culture and scenery as you visit quaint villages, spend a night in the desert, and embark on a camel trek through the dunes. Day 1: Marrakech - Tizi n'Tichka - Ait Ben haddou - Ouarzazate - Rose Valley - Tinghir Begin early in the morning with a pickup from your Marrakech hotel or the nearest meeting point. Drive east past quaint villages to reach the High Atlas Mountains. As you drive through the mountains, occasionally stop for scenic photos, stretch your legs, and have a quick cup of coffee. After driving through the famous Tizi Ntichka pass, stop at the Berber fortified village, Ait Benhaddou Kasbah. See the filming locations of the Gladiator, Lawrence of Arabia, and the Kingdom of Heaven as you spend about 2.5 hours exploring this famous UNESCO sight with a local guide (guide fees not included). Purchase a delicious lunch before continuing to Tinghir, driving past Ouarzazate, Skoura Oasis, Klaa Mgouna, and Dades. Reach your hotel late in the afternoon. Relax with dinner in Tinghir before retiring for the night. Day 2: Tenghir - Todra Gorges - Tinjdad - Erfoud - Merzouga DunesAfter breakfast, depart for the Erg Chebbi Sahara Desert in Merzouga. Pass through the many Berber villages scattered along the way, including Todra Gorges, Tenghir, Tinjdad, Jorf, and Erfoud. Relax in Merzouga, then pack a small overnight bag to take on your camel trek across the Erg Chebbi sand dunes. Arrive at a traditional Berber camp, leave the camels and walk to the highest dunes to watch the sunset. Spend the night in Berber nomad tents under the stars, listening to drum music in the middle of the Sahara.  Day 3: Camel trek - Sunrise -Errachidia - Medilt- Atlas Mountains - Ifran- Fes Get up bright and early to see the stunning sunrise over the desert. Enjoy breakfast before hopping back on your camel. Once your reach Merzouga, begin your drive to Fes crossing the Ziz Valley through Errachidia. Around midday, stop in Midelt to buy lunch. Continue to Fes via Ifran Imouzzar with its Cedar Forests and Berber towns, which are both famous as winter ski resorts for Moroccans. Your driver might spot some Barbary apes on the way and seize the opportunity to take some pictures. Arrive at Fes late in the afternoon and end your tour with a drop-off at your accommodation

From Fez: Middle Atlas Day Trip with Ifrane National Park

6. From Fez: Middle Atlas Day Trip with Ifrane National Park

Discover Middle Atlas on a day trip from Fez. Visit a Berber family living in a traditional cave house, explore Azrou, see the Berber shepherds with their flocks, and marvel at the endangered Barbary Macaque monkeys. Begin your tour with a pickup from your hotel in Fez. Enjoy a comfortable, air-conditioned ride to Immouzar. Learn about the town's famous September Apple Festival and see the cave homes of the local Berber community. As you drive towards Ifrane, stop to admire the hills of Ain Vital and capture the perfect Instagram photo. Stop in Ifrane, a charming village founded in 1930 by French immigrants. See Al Akhawaine, the local university, and marvel at the massive stone lion in town. Stroll along alleys lined with French-inspired architecture before heading to Ifrane National Park. Drive through the cedar forest to see the endangered Barbary Macaque apes. After leaving the park, stop for lunch (not included). Next, drive to Azrou, a Berber village at 4,100 feet in the center of the Middle Atlas region. See the traditional houses of the Berber community and pass Berber men with their flocks, grinding flour, and practicing their trades, especially carpentry. Finish your tour with a visit to a Berber family living in a traditional cave house to enjoy a cup of Moroccan tea. Learn about the Berber culture and traditions while sipping a steaming tea before returning to your Fez hotel.

From Fes: 4-Day Trip to Marrakech via Merzouga with Lodging

7. From Fes: 4-Day Trip to Marrakech via Merzouga with Lodging

Day 1:Fes / Ifrane /Medilt/Merzouga Depart from fez We pass through Ifrane, a winter ski resort in a totally un Moroccan style built by the French in the 1930's to resemble a Swiss village; we continue passing throughthe cedars forest in Azrou you will see the monkeys , drive across the Middle Atlas Mountains and begin to descend towards the Sahara Desert. Half way, you will stop for lunch in the town of Midelt, famous for its fossils and rocks, then we continue towards merzouga in the road we will stop in a panoramic views to see the a huge oasis of palm tree we reach Merzouga,Dinner & Overnight in the Hotel . Accommodation : Kasbah Mohayut or Similar Day 2 :Merzouga / Erg Chebbi In the Morining visit approximately half day in the desert to see the different faces of deser, villages, stop to listen to some Saharan Music in El Khamlia, the oasis ,you will have a small visit to Rissani the first capital of dynasty alouite ,including some historical Kasbahs ,and the The famous Market ,you will have the opportunity to test the local food of the area the Pizza Berber , we continue to Merzouga ,. the guide and camel will be waiting to carry you across the sandy dunes of the erg-chebbi,you will enjoy the beauty of the sunset on camel, after 1 hou reach to the Camp in the Foot of the Dunes , After a wonderful Dinner, watch the Stars,and overnight in the Tent . Accommodation : Standard Desert Camp (Tent with Private Ensuite Bathroom ) Day 3 :Merzouga / Gorges Todra / Ouarzazate Get up early, to watch the sunrise which just behind the Algerian border, which is about 50 km from Merzouga. After Breakfast & shower, You’ll depart for Ouarzazate, traveling the rugged Road of a Thousand Kasbahs that rise up like turreted sand castles along this ancient caravan trading route. This area has long been a popular location for Hollywood films such as The Last Temptation of Christ, Jewel of the Nile, and most recently Hideous Kinky. The central region is one of the most exciting and romantic destinations of Morocco nestled along rich river valleys, palmeries and burnished mud-brick homes ablaze in vibrant color under the shelter of the blue desert sky. We stop for lunch and walk in todragorges , We’ll travel through the Dadès Valley past dramatic escarpments Dinner & Overnight . Accommodation : Hotel La Perle Du Sud or Similar Day 4 :Ouarzazate / Ait ben haddou / Marrakech After breakfast we visit Ouarzazate ,including the Atlas Studios movie studios, the largest and most famous of all Africa. From here we head to visit the famous Kasbah, declared UNESCO World Heritage and which was the scene of films like The Gladiator, Babel, Lawrence of Arabia,wecoutinue passing through the High Atlas and the Tizi-n-Tichka pass, along a road that climbs from the plains up to 2260 m above sea level passing through small villages & Panoramic Views .we will drop you off in your Hotel in Marrakech for the End of the Tour .

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What people are saying about Fes

We had a great time on our 3-day desert trip. Even though it was exhausting at times because you spend a lot of time driving, it is a great way to see a lot of Marocco in a short time. Our driver Abdou was friendly, helpful and drove safe. He was always ready for short breaks if there were interesting things to see. When we crossed the Atlas, we stayed at an Hotel run by a Berber (amazigh) Family. We got a very interesing history lesson about the amazigh people, that really opened our eyes. The only two negative things are: The guides we had in some of the Towns along the way always brought us to shops to get us to buy something. Thats expected, but it sometimes felt like it was the main purpose of the visit. Secondly, even though the food in the desert was great, lunch in other places we stopped at was bland and a little overpriced. But the Dromedar ride (no camels in Marocco! ;-)), the sunset and campfire with music in the desert made it worth it! We would recommend this to anyone!

Unfortunately the day we chose to do this trip it was raining. Our driver Saidi Mohammad was excellent, very friendly and tried very hard to make our trip as enjoyable as possible due to the weather. The visit to the Burber cave was a hidden gem. We did the whole tour, but due to very low cloud and rain missed the spectacular panoramic views of the Middle Atlas Mountains, which gives us an excuse to return to Fez.

I am pretty sure this is the best company who does tours to Merzouga. The travel was well structured and managed and to be honest I didnt feel i travelled so much distance. There were enough stops to relax. I would like to mention Hamza , he was a superb driver cum guide. The food was nice and the rooms were clean and had all facilities. Highly recommended

The Magic of the Sahara Desert I had an amazing trip, Hacem was our tour guide and he is very knowledgeable about the history of the different sports that we visited and he is also a very fun guy to be around. He also know a lot about the best places to eat traditional food. I highly recommend this trip.

The drive is very long but not tiring at all, since they make many stops to do to the toilet, take pictures, as well as the scheduled tours. Hakim and Ali were extraordinary and the drive was very safe. the tour in the first day is not included (20dirham - 2€ per person).