3 Days Tour Desert Tour From Fez To Marrakech

Fes to Marrakech in 3 Days / 2 Nights

Fes to Marrakech in 3 Days the Sahara Desert: from Fes to Marrakech This tour is the ideal way to visit the Sahara Desert on the way from Fes to Marrakech, crossing the Middle and High Atlas Mountains as you go. It takes over 3 days, If you would like some activities such as sand-boarding or quad-biking in the desert, or hiking in the Atlas Mountains, we can include these for you too.

Trip Itinerary Fes to Marrakech in 3 Days

Day 1: Over the Middle Atlas to the Sahara Desert
Fes • Middle Atlas • Ifrane • Azrou cedar forests • Midelt • Rissani • Sahara Desert • camel trek • luxury camp in Erg Chebbi dunes

From your hotel in Fes, we head up into the Middle Atlas. The road takes us past beautiful waterfalls, cedar forests and rock formations to the pretty town of Ifrane, with its Swiss-style chalets, Royal Palace and university. There are wonderful views as the road winds up to Azrou, and if you are lucky you might see some Barbary apes in the woods! We pass through Midelt, where massive peaks of the High Atlas (over 3700m) tower beyond the town, and travel on through the green Ziz Valley and its dramatic Gorge, carving its way through the mountains. We continue through palm oases and Rissani, with its lovely antiques market, to the town of Merzouga on the edge of the Sahara Desert in time for afternoon tea. From here you will mount your camels and trek out with your camel-driver into the heart of the desert for about 2 hours in the setting sun* – an unforgettable adventure! This brings you to a luxury desert camp, with beautiful private tents, where you can relax, have dinner, listen to traditional music around the camp fire, wander into the sands and marvel at the stars…

*Guests who wish to take a shorter camel ride or do not wish to ride camels can be transferred all or part of the way to the desert camp by 4×4 this evening and the next morning.
Day 2: Across the High Atlas to the Dades Gorge
Merzouga • Erfoud • Goulmima • Amellago • Tamtattouchte • Todhra Goge • Dades Gorge

Wake up early to see the sun rise over the dunes – it’s fun to climb the nearest dune to do this! Then have breakfast in your camp before a 45-minute camel ride back to meet your TourGuide , which awaits you at a hotel. We go first to Erfoud, with its spectacular Fossil Museum (shown in the first two episodes of David Attenborough’s Life on Earth), then head off-road for a very scenic journey into the High Atlas. The winding track takes us through traditional Berber villages with its palmery and kasbahs, set opposite dramatic rock cliffs, and stunning mountain landscapes. After, the road descends through the famous Todhra Gorge, where you can stroll between its towering cliffs. Beyond the Gorge, we pass through the lovely palm oasis of Tineghir, and head to the Dades Valley across the plain, with views of the Jebl Sahro mountains as sheep, goats and even camels graze near the road. We arrive at the Dades Valley in the late afternoon, the best time of day as the sun lights up the spectacular red rock formations of the ‘Monkey’s Fingers’ and the mountains beyond. We spend the night in the lovely Dades Gorge.
Day 3: The Ancient Caravan Route to Marrakech
Dades Valley • Ouarzazate • Ait Ben Haddou • Telouet Kasbah • Tizi-n-Tichka Pass • Marrakech

We descend the lush green Dades Valley, known as ‘the valley of a thousand kasbahs’, passing the spectacular rock formations of the ‘Monkey’s Fingers’, and head towards Ouarzazate, the provincial capital, with views of the M’Goun Massif in the distance. Not far beyond Ouarzazate, we visit the spectacular hillside town of Ait Ben Haddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where over 20 major films have been made, from Lawrence of Arabia to Gladiator and Game of Thrones. It has the largest and best-preserved collection of kasbahs in Morocco. The journey continues on the ancient caravan route that brought goods from the South of Morocco to the cities of the north. We pass through wonderful scenery, mountains, gorges and traditional Berber villages, to visit the Kasbah of Telouet, former stronghold of the famous Glaoui tribe who ruled Morocco in the 19th century. This impressive fortress has a fine interior, decorated with ornate plasterwork, painted wooden panels and ceilings, and beautiful silks. We re-join the main road just before the Tizi-n-Tichka Pass (2260m), and enjoy the mountain scenery in the afternoon light, to arrive at your Accomodation in Marrakech in the early evening.

Tour Included

  • Fully private tour
  • Collection from and drop-off at your hotels at the start and end of the tour
  • All travel in comfortable air-conditioned 4×4 Toyota Landcruiser or equivalent, fully licensed and insured for tourist transport, including fuel
  • Services of an experienced local driver-guide (speaks English, French, Arabic, Berber)
  • Half board accommodation in the Sahara Desert and the Dades Gorge (i.e. dinner, bed and breakfast)
  • Services of an expert local hiking guide if required
  • Camel trek

Tour not included

  • Lunches and drinks
  • Entrance fees to heritage sites (usually around 50Dh-130Dh per person)
  • Local fees for desert activities e.g. sand-boarding, quad-biking
  • Tips (if you choose to give them)
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