All The Dunes Desert Tour From Fes (7 Days)

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Overview:


Embark on this 7 day Fes to Marrakesh desert trip, combining all the most beautiful Saharan dunes; Erg Chebbi in Merzouga, Erg Lihoudi in Mhamid, the vast dunes in Erg Chagaga. Ride camels and take photos wearing blue turbans, admire the spectacle of the sunset from the top of the dunes (300 m). Spend magical starlit nights in a desert camp at the foot of the big dunes of the largest Sahara Desert in Morocco.

Cross the Middle Atlas and stop a while to watch the Barbary apes in the cedar forests. Visit the famous Gorges of Toudgha and hike in the Dades Valley. Explore the Dra’a Valley with its thousands of palm trees, ancient housing, and green oasis. Explore Berber villages where you can meet local people. Visit the two most famous Kasbahs in Morocco, Kasbahs, Ait ben Haddou and Telouet, and cross the High Atlas Mountains.

Experience the trip of a lifetime with our awe-inspiring 7 day Fes Desert Tour from Fes all the way to Ouarzazate, Marrakesh. Book the trip of a lifetime and discover the true beauty and authenticity of authentic Moroccan culture.

Main Highlights:

  • Drive across the Middle Atlas Mountains and take photos of Barbary apes in the cedar forests
  • Enjoy a sunset camel ride in Erg Chebbi dunes and take selfies in blue turbans
  • Enjoy an evening of Berber music and drumming around a fire camp
  • Spend a magical night in a desert camp at the foot of the dunes
  • Walk in the Toudgha Gorges and the Dades Valley along the river, or go for a hike with a local guide
  • Drive off-road through the Valley of the Roses and the Road of 1000 Kasbahs
  • Explore the most famous Kasbahs in Morocco, Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou and Kasbah Telouet
  • Drive through the High Atlas Mountains and over the Tizi-n-Tichka pass enjoying beautiful views

 

What is included:

  • Transport in a private air-conditioned 4×4; Toyota PradoTx or Deluxe Van and fuel
  • Experienced local English/French/Spanish/Italian-speaking Berber and nomad driver/guide
  • Accommodation in air-conditioned rooms/suites with private bathroom
  • Overnight in an authentic camp in Erg Chebbi in Merzouga in private & comfortable nomadic tents equipped with beds, mattresses, sheets, pillows, blankets, carpets with shared toilet and shower facilities or the possibility to upgrade to a luxury camp with private toilet and shower, lamps, more space and pleasanter furnishings at 45 euro more per person
  • Overnight in an Authentic Erg Lihoudi Desert Camp: in private & comfortable nomadic tents equipped with beds, mattresses, sheets, pillows, blankets, carpets with shared toilet and shower facilities or the possibility of a luxury camp in Erg Lihoudi with private toilet and shower, lamps, more space and pleasanter furnishings at 45 euro more per person
  • Overnight in an Authentic Chegaga Desert Camp: in private & comfortable nomadic tents equipped with beds, mattresses, sheets, pillows, blankets, carpets with shared toilet and shower facilities or the possibility of a luxury camp in Erg Chegaga with private toilet and shower, lamps, more space and pleasanter furnishings at 90 euro more per person
  • All meals; breakfast, lunch, dinner – with vegetarian and vegan options available
  • A camel ride of about an hour – an hour & a half with a guide, and free sandboarding, if desired – just ask the camp staff
  • Option to go to and return from the camp by 4×4
  • Luggage service to the camp and all accommodation
  • Berber drumming and music
  • Free time to explore the sites such as Ait Ben Haddou, Ounila Valley, Kasbah Ameridil Skoura, for walks, photos, and tea/coffee breaks
  • The opportunity to ask the driver to stop when and where you wish
  • Entrance fees and local guide
  • Tea, coffee and mineral water in the desert

 

What is not included:

  • Drinks
  • Tips
  • Extras

 

Know before you go:

  • This Fes Desert trip can be customised to be more personal and special
  • You can ask us if others are interested in sharing the tour
  • You can always consult with your driver to skip some places, or spend more time elsewhere
  • We require a 30% deposit of the total price to book the car, while the balance is payable to us in the office in Ouarzazate
  • There is a 25% reduction for children under 12 years old, whilst we do not charge children under 5
  • These prices are liable to fluctuation according to the current exchange rate

 

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Itinerary:


1st day: Fes – Merzouga
Departure from Fes at 8 o’clock, travelling via Azrou, where you can see Barbary apes in the cedar forest of the Middle Atlas. Lunch is in Midelt, “the apple capital”, at the foot of the Ayachi Mountain.

We continue over the Tizi-n-Talremt pass and through the Ziz Valley, which is particularly well-known for its palm trees and the length of the oasis. All along the road, there are innumerable “ksars”, small villages of individual houses.

From here we reach Er Rachidia and then Erfoud, famous for its date festival and fossils. Once you reach the bivouac in Erg Chebbi, you will be greeted with a glass of tea and have time to wander the dunes before the sunset.

You have dinner and spend the night at an authentic nomad camp with shared bathroom facilities and a private tent for each couple or family.

Alternatively, you can choose a luxury camp with private bathroom, king-sized beds, beautiful Moroccan furnishings and lamps tastefully arranged to enhance your enjoyment of the silence and beauty of the dunes.

2nd day: Merzouga – Dades
If you wake up early enough, you can watch the spectacle of the sunrise, when the colour of the dunes and the play of shadows are an awesome sight. After breakfast, you can walk in the dunes before leaving for Tinghir and the Toudgha gorges for lunch.

The road passes through Tinjdad and the Toudgha Valley. Here there are plenty of opportunities to walk, such as along the river through the gardens or up the road on the other side of the gorges. Later the itinerary continues to the Dades Valley and the Dades Gorges for the night in a hotel or kasbah.

3rd day: Dades Gorges – Agdez
After breakfast, we go south, through the Saghro mountain via the village of Tazzarine (featured in the film ‘Babel’), range to the village of N’Qob. We drive along the Dra’a Valley towards Agdez, passing oases and Kasbahs, beside the river.

The oldest kasbah, Kasbah Tamnougalte, in the Dra’a Valley is situated near Agdez, and you will have some time to visit it. Some parts lie in ruins and some parts are still fully occupied. Today you will have time to walk in the Dra’a Valley as well.

4th day: Agdez – Mhamid
After breakfast, a visit to the Kasbah is planned, before driving off-road further down the Dra’a Valley to Zagora for lunch. The road follows the ancient caravan route between the Dra’a River and the mountains and gives a view of the gardens and kasbahs in the valley. Here again, there is time to walk in the oasis if you wish.

South of Zagora you can visit the potteries of Tamgroute which supply many restaurants and hotels in the area. There is also a possibility to visit the underground village and the Koranic school.

In the afternoon, the trip takes us to M’hamid which marks the end of the paved road and the beginning of the desert. A two-hour camel ride takes us to the bottom of the highest dune where the view of the sunset is magnificent.

You have dinner and spend the night at an authentic nomad camp with shared bathroom facilities and a private tent for each couple or family.

Alternatively, you can choose a luxury camp with private bathroom, king-sized beds, beautiful Moroccan furnishings and lamps tastefully arranged to enhance your enjoyment of the silence and beauty of the dunes.

5th day: M’hamid – Chagaga
After breakfast there is an opportunity to visit the old village of Mhamid with its Kasbahs and in the afternoon, the 4×4 takes us to the Erg Chagaga dunes, travelling some 60km off-road. This route passes different features of the desert: ‘erg’, ‘reg’, ‘hammada’, and the Sacred Oasis to dunes far away from civilization, in the desert proper where the silence and the expanse of sand are overwhelming. These are the greatest dunes in Morocco and are approximately 300m high and 35km long.

Dinner and the night will be in an authentic camp in the dunes, or, once again, you can opt for a night in a luxury camp, with all the amenities of the first desert night in Mhamid.

6th day: Chagaga dunes – Ouarzazate
After breakfast, the road crosses another 90km of the desert, passing Lake Iriqui and the mountains as well as fossils, for enthusiasts. The first village beyond the desert, Foum Zguid, is the place for lunch and a refreshing shower.

We travel north past hills and oases of palm trees until we reach the town of Taznakht, a small Berber town famous for its rugs and gelims. You will have lunch here before continuing to Ouarzazate for the night in a riad.

7th day: Ouarzazate – Marrakesh
After breakfast, we leave for to continue to visit the famous Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou. This site has frequently been used as the background for some memorable scenes in many film masterpieces, such as “Lawrence of Arabia” and “The Gladiator”.

We visit the Kasbah and have lunch before driving on to Kasbah Telouet, the palatial residence of the one-time Pasha of Marrakesh, Thami Glaoui. It now stands in ruins after he fled the country following the departure of the French.

After visiting the Kasbah, we drive across the Tizi-n-Tichka pass and back to Marrakesh, which we reach by the afternoon.

Prices per person

No Days Meals
7 All-inclusive
Total price
2 persons
755 € *
1510 € *
3 persons
595 € *
1785 € *
4 persons
495 € *
1980 € *
5 persons
465 € *
2325 € *
6 persons
445 € *
2670 € *
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