Marrakech to Fes Desert Tour

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Marrakech to Fes Desert Tour

City
MARRAKECH
Departure
DAILY
Time
7:00
Duration
3 DAYS
Availability
PRIVATE
Price
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Marrakech to Fes Desert Tour

If you want the best of both worlds, and want to see both the cultural and historic attractions of the most famous of Morocco’s imperial cities and the highlights of the Desert, this three day tour can be tailored to a four day tour if you have a little more time. From Marrakech, you will cross the Atlas Mountains and make your way to the desert, then make the long drive back northwards to Fes.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

 
  • Crossing the high atlas peaks at Tizi Ntichka pass
  • Expedition through the Moroccan fim sets at Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou
  • A trip to the Kasbah of Amridil and Skoura oasis
  • Road drive of 1001 Kasbahs and valley of roses
  • A countryside walk near Todgha oasis and stay at Berber village
  • Visit of Erg Chebbi dunes and the camel rides along with sunset sightseeing
  • A night out at Sahara desert camp right in the middle of the deserts
  • A mountainous drive on the Fez Mountains in the Ziz valley
  • Drive through Cedar forests and Barbary apes watch
  • Visit the winter ski resort of Ifran

Marrakech to Fes Desert Tour Itinerary

 

DAY 1 : MARRAKECH – AIT BEN HADDOU – BOUMALNE DADES ( 7 H DRIVE )

Your tour will usually begin at 7.30am with pick up from your Marrakech accommodation.

You will travel with us up and over the High Altas Mountains on the Tizi Ntichka Pass, enjoying breathtaking views and stops for refreshment and photographs along the way. We will visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah, where a number of famous movies have been filmed before continuing on to Ouarzazate, where you can enjoy lunch at leisure. After lunch, we will drive to the large oasis of Skoura, where you can see Amridil, one of the best preserved kasbahs in the country. From there we will continue on to Kalaa Mgrouna via the beautiful Valley of the Roses. Finally, you will reach your accommodation for the first night – a boutique guest house in the Dades Valley, where you will enjoy some dinner before retiring for a good night's sleep.

DAY 2 : BOUMALNE DADES – TODRA GORGES – MERZOUGA ( 4 H DRIVE )

After breakfast, you will be driven along the Route of 1001 Kasbahs, enjoying amazing scenery and the remains of some interesting fortified villages as we make our way to Tinghir Oasis. These places hosted those on caravan trails until the beginning of the 20th Century. Upon arrival in Tinghir, which was a French occupied military outpost, you will have the opportunity to see local farmers tending their cattle as you walk to the magnificent Toudra Gorges. You will then enjoy a leisurely lunch at a local cafe here before we continue to Rissani. Rissani is one of the holiest towns in Morocco. The ruling dynastry of the country, 'The Alaouites' originated here, and the founder is buried in the local area. Rissani is also well known as the starting point for ancient caravan roads that traversed the Sahara desert. They stretched from here all the way to Tomboctou. Mid afternoon, we will cross a rocky, lunar landscape as we make our way to Merzouga. You will enjoy a camel ride over the Erg Chebbi dunes to watch an amazing sunset before you make your way back to the Sahara desert camp. In camp, you will enjoy a traditional dinner and entertainment from local nomads before enjoying a restful night under the stars.

DAY 3 : MERZOUGA – MIDELT – IFRAN – FES ( 8 H DRIVE )

After an early morning sunrise camel trek over the dunes, you will reach the camp operator's lodge in Merzouga where you can enjoy breakfast and take a shower. (If you upgrade to the luxury option, breakfast will be served at camp and showers will be available at your tent.) You will meet up with your driver/guide and set off on a long but scenic drive to Fes, crossing the Ziz Valley through Errachidia (the capital of this Tafilalt region). Continuing on, you will make your way to Midelt, where you will have lunch at leisure. We will then keep driving through the Middle Atlas Mountains. We will pass through cedar forests (where there is the opportunity to spot some Barbary apes, and perhaps stop to get some pictures), and through the Berber Towns of Imouzzar and Ifran – both famous with Moroccans for offering skiing and other snow sports during winter. Finally, you will arrive in Fes late in the afternoon, and will be dropped off at your hotel or riad.

INCLUDED

 
  • Hotel or riad pick up and drop off (or to closest available point if the place is not car accessible).
  • Travel in an air-conditioned modern 4x4 or van, with English speaking driver/ guide.
  • Accommodation (including A/C, ensuite, dinner and breakfast) on your first night, in the Dades Valley.
  • Sunset and sunrise camel rides at Erg Chebbi.
  • Accommodation in Erg Chebbi Desert Camp, dinner and breakfast, shared facilities. Upgrade to a deluxe (ensuite) camp for 65 Euros per person.

NOT INCLUDED

 
  • Beverages and lunches
  • Entrance fees (if applicable)
  • Local guides (if applicable)

THINGS TO REMEMBER

  • Drive time is rather extensive on a three day trip. Make sure that you understand the distances involved. If you would rather enjoy a more leisurely experience, this tour can be tailored to be a four day adventure if your would prefer.
  • The price for the Marrakech to Fez Desert tour will depend on how many passengers there are in your party.
  • Pick up times can be flexible during spring and summer, though we do recommend starting early.
  • Local guides and entrance fees (if applicable) are NOT included. You pay for these directly to the suppliers.
  • Sunglasses, hats, and sensible footwear would all be a good idea for this safari.

prices for private tours

Private tours are organized in luxury vehicles with your own private driver
NUMBER OF PEOPLE 2 Pax 3 Pax 4 Pax 5 Pax 6 Pax
PRICE PER PERSON 360 € 280 € 230 € 190 € 180 €
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