Marrakesh, Dades gorges, majestic Erg Chebbi, Fes (3 days)

 

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Overview:

Book this 3-day desert tour from Marrakesh to the famous dunes of Erg Chebbi in Merzouga, combining the two imperial cities of Marrakesh and Fes. Cross the High Atlas Mountains with memorial visits to Kasbah Telouet and the Hollywood movie darling, Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou.

Wander Skoura Oasis innumerable palm trees and tour Kasbah Amredhil, and drive along the Road of a 1000 Kasbahs and the Rose Valley of Damascene roses. Take a walk by the river through the Toudgha Gorges or go for a 2-hour hike with a local guide if you wish. Spend an overnight in a beautiful guest-house in the Dades Valley with time to explore the gardens and fields in the morning.

Ride camels to the top of red Erg Chebbi dunes and take photos with the sunset in the background. Sip a glass of tea with the nomads, taste dinner under the starlit sky, share an evening of Berber musical play with the nomads and sleep in your private nomad tent in this magical setting.

Explore the Ziz Valley, stop by Berber villages to get to know about life in the south of Morocco. Drive along the Middle Atlas Mountains and feed Barbary apes in the cedar forest near Ifrane.

Experience the trip of a lifetime with our awe-inspiring 3 day Fes Desert Tour from Marrakesh all the way to Fes. Book your trip now and discover the true beauty and authenticity of Moroccan culture.

 

Main Highlights:

  • Drive through the High Atlas Mountains and over the Tizi-n-Tichka pass enjoying panoramic views
  • Explore the Hollywood movie darling, Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, and Kasbah Telouet
  • Visit the small museum of Kasbah Amredhil and wander Skoura’s green oasis
  • Drive off-road along the Valley of the Roses and the Road of 1000 Kasbahs
  • Hike the Dades Valley or in the Toudgha Gorges with a local guide, or stroll along the river
  • Spend a wonderful night in a desert camp at the foothill of the dunes of Erg Chebbi
  • Share an evening of Berber music and drumming around a fire camp with the nomads
  • Enjoy a sunset camel ride in the Erg Chebbi Dunes and take selfies wearing blue turbans
  • Drive across the Middle Atlas Mountains and watch Barbary apes in the cedar forests near Ifrane

 

What is included:

  • Transport in a private air-conditioned 4×4; Toyota Prado Tx or Deluxe Van and fuel
  • Pick up from your hotel or riad in Marrakesh and drop-off at your hotel or riad in Fes
  • 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 desert camp in Erg Chebbi dunes in private & comfortable nomadic tent equipped with beds, mattresses, sheets, pillows, blankets, carpets with shared toilet and shower facilities or the possibility of a luxury camp in Erg Chebbi with private toilet and shower, lamps, more space and pleasanter furnishings at 45 euro more each
  • 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
  • The 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 Amredhil in 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 Marrakesh desert tour can be tailored to cover your areas of interest
  • You can always consult your driver about skipping some spots to spend more time elsewhere
  • It is possible to do this tour the other way around, starting the tour from Fes
  • Additional activities, such as quad-biking or full-day camel trekking in Erg Chebbi Dunes, can be added to this tour
  • You can choose to go to the camp either on camelback or by the 4×4 (then, you go for your camel ride)
  • You can ask us if others are interested in sharing the car
  • 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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Marrakesh to Fes 3 Day Tour – Itinerary

1st day: Marrakesh – Dades Gorges
Morning departure at 8 o’clock from your hotel or riad in Marrakesh to cross the High Atlas Mountains. After the Tichka pass, you leave the main road and take a side road to the Telouet Kasbah, which belonged to the Lords of the Atlas, the Glaoui family. Each addition to the building now stands in ruins exposed to the wind and the rain, having been abandoned and plundered after the last Pasha fled the country following the departure of the French in 1956. Wait to be pleasantly surprised by the traditional interior decoration as you reach the farthest end of the Kasbah.

From here you drive along the beautiful and awe-inspiring Ounila Valley, full of bends in the roads, surprises at the hues of the rock and soil, Berber villages and gardens, as well as smaller Kasbahs.  Almost at the end of the road, you reach Aït Ben Haddou, where you stop for a tasty lunch. This is the most famous Kasbah in Morocco and is one of Morocco’s seven UNESCO World Heritage sites, which you can visit after lunch. The road passes Ouarzazate and continues to the Skoura Oasis, where olives, almonds, lucerne, barley and fruit trees such as apple, apricots, figs and pomegranates are grown. Here numerous ancient kasbahs, some sadly in ruins, stand amongst the palm trees, but you will visit a very famous kasbah, Kasbah Amredhil, which used to be depicted on the old 50 dirham banknote.  It has been beautifully restored so is intact and well worth a visit.  From here, the route goes through Kela’a M’gouna, the Valley of Roses, with a stop to see cosmetic articles locally-made from the valley’s abundant roses. You stop in the Dades Valley in a guest house there.

2nd day: Dades – Merzouga
After breakfast, you will drive up the valley including some amazing hairpin bends (cf youtube Cadillac brakes test) to reach the Dades gorges, before continuing to Toudgha to the very different gorges there. Lunch will either be here in the gorges or later at the bivouac at the Erg Chebbi dunes. You drive there via the Ziz Valley, and the towns of Erfoud, famous for its fossil finds worked into beautiful artifacts, and Rissani, which is where the king’s family originates.

In the afternoon, after a welcoming glass of tea, you can take a one to one & a half-hour camel ride in the Sahara. The sunset from the top of the dunes is spectacular (250m).

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.

3rd day: Merzouga – Fes
After breakfast, departure for Rissani and Erfoud, where there will be a stop to see how locally found fossils are worked into furniture and artefacts. From there the road leads north to Er Rachidia and the Ziz Valley, remarkable for the extent of its palm trees. Lunch is in Midelt, which is called “the apple capital”, in the Middle Atlas and at the foot of the Ayachi Mountain. We cross the Tizi-n-Talremt pass and reach Azrou, where you can see Barbary apes in the cedar forests looking out for tidbits. We reach Fes at the end of the afternoon.

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Prices per person

No Days Meals
3 Full-board
Total price
2 persons
365 € *
730 € *
3 persons
275 € *
825 € *
4 persons
245 € *
980 € *
5 persons
220 € *
1100 € *
6 persons
220 € *
1320 € *
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