4-Day Small-Group Tour from Marrakech to Fez via the Desert
After meeting at your hotel in Marrakech, depart through the High Atlas through the Tizi-n-Tichka pass, along a road that climbs from the plains up to 2260m above sea level passing through small villages. You can to make a stop on the pass for a cup of refreshing mint tea and admire the scenery before taking the road to the Ait Benhaddou Kasbah. Here you can visit the famous Kasbah, declared a UNESCO World Heritage site and was the background of films like The Gladiator, Babel, Lawrence of Arabia, The Legionary and The Sheltering Sky.
After a lunch break continue to Ouarzazate to visit the Kasbah of Taourirt, the Atlas Studios for movies, the largest and most famous of all Africa. Continue through the famous Valley of Roses and the Dades valley, reaching the Dades Gorge in time for a sunset dinner and overnight.
Accommodation : Auberge Panorama or similar
Day 2: Gorge dades / Gorge Todra /Merzouga
In the morning, after breakfast, you will take a walk through the Dades Gorges, and then take a car to drive the road of the 1000 Kasbas, going through Tineghier village and Historical Kasbahs arriving to the Todra Gorges in time for lunch. Take a walk in the Gorges before taking the road to the Merzouga desert by way of Erfoud arriving before sunset. From here you will have a hotel accomidations overnight and dinner with Saharan drums.
Accommodation : ksar Merzouga or similar
Day 3: Merzouga / Rissani / Erg Chebbi
After breakfast visit the desert, passing through small villages, where you will stop to listen to some Saharan music in El Khamlia, the oasis. You will have a small visit to Rissani, the first capital of dynasty alouite, including some historical Kasbahs, and the the famous market. You will have the opportunity to test the local food of the area, the Pizza Berber.
Head back to Merzouga and relax with a mint tea. The guide and camels will be waiting to carry you across the sandy dunes of the Erg-Chebbi. Enjoy the beauty of the sunset on camel and after an hour you will reach to the desert camp to spend night in a Berber tent. At your desert shelter, your camels are hobbled and mint tea is served. After a wonderful dinner, watch the stars and enjoy your evening.
Accommodation : Standard Desert Camp
Day 4 : Merzouga / Medilt / Ifran / Fes
In the morning wake up early and take a walk over the sand dunes to watch the sunrise from just behind the Algerian border, which is about 50km from Merzouga. Take the camel back to the hotel and after shower and some relaxation, begin heading back to Fez through Ziz Valley, Berber villages, Middle Atlas Mountain and Cedars Forest. You will arrive to Fez in the afternoon were you will be returned to your accommodations.
- 3 nights accommodation
- Local taxes
- Dinner - 3-course dinner
- Professional Driver speaks English
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Transport by air-conditioned minivan or 4x4
- Entrance fees (5 Euros for the Atlas studio
- Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
- Wheelchair accessible
- Infant seats available
- Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
- Children must be accompanied by an adult
- A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
- A maximum of 6 people per booking
- Dress code is casual. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
- Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
We signed up for the Small Group Tour From Marrakech to Fes via Desert 4 days 3 nights. Our driver/guide was Hassan....he is a remarkable fellow and we thoroughly enjoyed our long days with him in the company's SUV. Over this time we gained so much respect for him and his purposeful, yet quiet manner. He's only 27 and oh so knowledgeable. Along the way, Hassan became our good friend as he delighted in sharing his world with us....and boy, are we grateful. We peppered him with questions about Moroccan and Muslim customs and traditions. His commentary was always thoughtful and considerate.....and very funny as well!! Enjoying his smile and laughter made the trip all that much better for us.... We were also fortunate that our tour group of no more than six was in fact, two....just us another plus in off-season tourist-ing. We had Hassan, and the SUV all to ourselves....a neat deal for us!! All total, we covered 1200 kilometers about 800 miles during the tour. We started in the foothills outside of Marrakech heading west through the renowned High Atlas mountains.....7500 feet at their peak. Hassan would stop along the way so many times for us with what he would call a Panoramic....time for stunning photos of the Moroccan countryside!! The hotels and meals were fine....not great mind you, but OK for what we expected. On our last day into Fes, Hassan not only offered to take us to the train station to secure tickets for us, he went inside to help with the communications....an invaluable assist for us. All in all....ours was a wonderful experience. Hassan is the best!!