Discover the secrets of the Sahara Desert and the beauty of southern Morocco on this 3-day desert tour from Marrakech to Fes. You drive through the stunning landscapes of the Atlas Mountains and visit ancient Kasbahs: Telouet & Ait Ben Haddou. Then, you get a deep insight into the life of the Berber people in the mountains and the nomads in the Sahara Desert.
Get ready for scenic hikes in the rocky landscapes of Dades Valley and the massive Toudgha Gorges. Afterwards, hop on the back of a camel to trek across the windswept dunes of Erg Chebbi and spend an evening under a star-studded sky in a nomadic luxury desert camp. You then travel over the Middle Atlas Mountains and get your camera out to photograph barbary apes in the Azrou cedar forest. Finish off your adventure as you arrive in Fes.
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Morning departure at 08:30 from your riad or hotel in Marrakech, as you set out south on your 3-day desert tour from Marrakech to Fes. You travel through the high Atlas Mountains, enjoying panoramic views of impressive landscapes, beautiful Berber villages and snow-topped mountain peaks.
After the Tizi-n-Tichka pass, a side road leads you to Kasbah Telouet which used to be the palatial residence of the Lords of the Atlas, the Glaoui Family. The Kasbah now stands in ruins after the last Pasha fled Morocco following the departure of the French in 1956. But, wait to be pleasantly surprised by the architectural marvel of this historic home.
From here, your 3-day Marrakech to Fes desert tour continues along the fascinating Ounila Valley, full of bends in the roads, beautiful Berber villages as well as fortified Kasbahs. You arrive at the Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, which you visit after lunch. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a backdrop for many Hollywood blockbusters, including “Gladiator,” “Alexander,” and some scenes of the famous TV series “Game of Thrones.”
In the afternoon, we drive past Ouarzazate to the Skoura Oasis, where you stop to visit the Kasbah Amredhil, which used to be featured in the old 50 dirham banknote. The Kasbah has been beautifully repaired and is well worth the visit.
From here, you travel through the Road of a Thousand Kasbahs and then the beautiful Valley of the Roses as far as Kel’aa M’gouna. Here, you can visit a local cooperative manufacturing cosmetic articles from the abundant roses of the valley.
By the end of the day, you will arrive at the Dades Gorges, where you spend the night with dinner and breakfast in a guest house overlooking the valley.
After breakfast, you continue your adventure southeast. In Toudgha Gorges, there will be plenty of opportunities to walk alongside the river through the gardens or up the road on the other side of the gorges. You could have lunch either here in the gorges or later in Erfoud. Between Tinjdad and Erfoud, you can stop to go down into “Khettara”, a fascinating underground water channel deep below the earth, always cool and preventing the evaporation of water.
In Erfoud itself, you can stop at the local workshop to see the workings of thousands of fossils made into all sorts of artefacts. There is no obligation to buy anything, but the workshops are well worth a visit! From here, you continue driving further east as far as Merzouga where sand dunes alongside the road indicate the begining of the mighty Sahara Desert.
At the campsite, you check in to your tent and enjoy a relaxing glass of tea and Moroccan biscuits. Then, you take a camel ride to the summit of the Erg Chebbi dunes (250 m). You will enjoy the sunset from the top of the dunes!
Back at the camp, dinner is served, followed by an evening of nomad music and drumming around a campfire. You spend the night in your tent, equipped with a private toilet & shower, king-sized beds, mattresses, sheets, pillows, blankets & carpets, lamps and beautiful Moroccan furnishings, all tastefully arranged to enhance your stay.
If you get up early in the morning, you will be rewarded by the amazing spectacle of the sunrise, when the colour dunes and the play of shadows are an incredible sight. You will also have some free time to wander the dunes and experience moments of pure peacefulness.
After breakfast, experience a scenic drive through the sand dunes of Erg Chebbi. Once you are back on the paved road, you travel up north to Errachidia, along the Ziz valley, very remarkable for its huge palm groves and the extent of its green oases. Lunch will be in Midelt, nicknamed “the apple capital”, and is situated at the foot of the Ayachi Mountain.
In the afternoon, you drive over the Middle Atlas Mountains and via the Tizi-n-Talremt pass, travelling along a beautiful road bordered by green oaks and cedar trees to reach Azrou, where you can see Barbary apes looking out for tidbits.
From here, you travel across Ifrane, where the houses have sloping roofs, very remarkable and unusual in Morocco. We reach Fes at the end of the afternoon. Finish off your 3-day Marrakech to Fes desert tour as your driver takes you to your riad or hotel in Fes.