3 Days Tours From Marrakech To Fez via Merzouga

Marrakech to Fes via Merzouga in 3 Days

Marrakech to Fes via Merzouga in 3 Days this is the ideal journey from Marrakech to Fes, visiting the Sahara Desert and the Atlas Mountains on the way. Visits the Dades Gorge and the Todhra Gorge. The tour can be taken over 3 days 2 nights. 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 Marrakech to Fes via Merzouga in 3 Days

Day 1: The Ancient Caravan Route to the South
Marrakech • High Atlas • Tizi-n-Tichka Pass • Telouet Kasbah • Ait Ben Haddou • Ouarzazate • Skoura • Dades Gorge

From Marrakech, your Atlas Holiday Tours driver-guide will take you up into the mountains of the High Atlas and over the Tizi-n-Tichka Pass (2260m), amid traditional Berber villages and dramatic peaks that are often capped with snow. Just beyond the pass, we turn off the main road onto the Ancient Caravan route which brought goods from the south of Morocco to Marrakech and the cities of the north, stopping to visit the beautiful 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. The route continues on through spectacular scenery, mountains, gorges and traditional Berber villages with houses built from the local earth, to the hillside town of Ait Ben Haddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where many 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. From here we head across the plain to the lush and peaceful Dades Valley, with views of the M’goun mountain range in the distance. Late afternoon is the best time to arrive, as the sun lights up the spectacular red rock formations of the ‘Monkey’s Fingers’ and the mountains beyond. You will spend the night in the lovely Dades Gorge.
Day 2: From the Dades and Todhra Gorges to the Sahara Desert
Dades Valley • Todhra Gorge • Erfoud • Merzouga • Erg Chebbi dunes • camel trek • luxury desert camp

We set off down the Dades Valley to the provincial centre of Tineghir, and detour here to visit its extensive palm oasis and stroll through the famous Todhra Gorge – an unmissable sight in this area. Then we head out towards the Sahara Desert, past stunning kasbahs, stopping at Erfoud to visit its renowned Fossil Museum, featured in David Attenborough’s BBC TV series about the origins of life on earth. We continue on to arrive for tea in the late afternoon at the foot of the golden dunes of the Erg Chebbi in the Sahara. 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, where you will stay in a beautiful private tent – all have comfortable beds and en suite bathrooms with hot showers. Here 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 3: Over the Middle Atlas to Fes
Merzouga • Midelt • Middle Atlas • Azrou cedar forests • Ifrane • Fes

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 Atlas Holiday Tours vehicle, at a hotel. Today’s journey will first stop in Ziz gorges and Palm Valley; take you up through Midelt into the beautiful mountains of the Middle Atlas. The route then winds down through the mountains to Azrou, with wonderful views in all directions. Descending to the pretty town of Ifrane, with its Swiss-style chalets, Royal Palace and university, the road takes us past beautiful waterfalls, cedar forests and rock formations. If you are lucky you might see some Barbary apes on the way! In the early evening, we arrive at the Imperial City of Fes, where your Atlas Holiday Tours driver-guide will drop you off at your hotel.

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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