From Marrakech: 3-Day Desert Trip to Fes with Luxury Camp

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Discover the edge of the Sahara Desert on a 3-day budget tour from Marrakech, and explore the dramatic landscapes of the Dades Valley and Kasbah of Ouarzazate.

Highlights

  • Cross the majestic Tizi n'Tichka Pass, the highest road in North Africa
  • Visit the splendid Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage
  • Enjoy a Berber dinner and music at night in a Saharan desert camp
  • Have fun in the Sahara desert and spend a night under a starry sky
  • Drive from Merzouga to Fes past the Middle Atlas Mountains and cedar woods

Description

Discover the edge of the Sahara Desert on a three-day budget tour from Marrakech, and explore the dramatic landscapes of the Dades Valley and Kasbah of Ouarzazate. Ride across the dunes of Erg Chebbi by camel and sleep at a desert camp under the stars. Begin your journey by crossing the High Atlas Mountains past one Berber village after another to the UNESCO world heritage site of Ait Ben Haddou. This village is famous for its kasbah and fortified village and has been used as a set for some famous Hollywood epics and magazine photo shoots. After some leisure time, enjoy lunch in a local restaurant and continue your drive through Ouarzazate, known as the Gate of the Sahara. Continue to Boumalne Dades, admiring the scenic drive along the Dades Valley, where you can enjoy dinner and rest for the night at Kasbah Amazigh or Hotel Chems. Following breakfast, depart your hotel and drive to Tinghir and its dramatic Todgha Gorges, pausing for some free time to explore the canyons. Enjoy lunch at a local cafe and continue to Merzouga to meet your camel caravan. Experience the Erg Chebbi dunes on camelback and watch the sunset set. Reach your desert camp before nightfall and enjoy an authentic Moroccan dinner under the stars. Local nomads will provide entertainment and show you how to play the traditional Tam Tam drums. Enjoy dinner and an overnight stop. Get up bright and early to see the stunning sunrise over the desert. Enjoy breakfast before hopping back on your camel. Once you 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 you can 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.

Includes

Pick up from your Marrakech riad / hotel on the tour day Air-conditioned transportation in a minibus or minivan Driver-guide 1-night accommodation at hotel 1-night accommodation at desert camp Luxury private tent (if option selected) 2 dinners 2 breakfasts (vegetarian options available) Local guide in Kasbah Ait Ben Hddou (if option selected) Camel ride in the sunset and sunrise ( One Camel each ) Entry/Admission - Merzouga Desert Drop off at your Fes hotel or the closest accessible location to your road if it's not car accessible

Important Information

  • Please prepare a small backpack or rucksack for the camel ride and overnight in the camp Warm blankets are supplied during the winter, but please bring warm sleeping clothes as temperatures can reach 0°C The final day from Merzouga desert to Fes is approximately 9 hours The drive on day 3 from Erg Chebbi to Fes is quite long so please be prepared Your luggage is welcome on this trip and it will be safely stored in the van while camping in the desert

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