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.
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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