3 days desert trip from Marrakech to Fes via Merzouga
This is one of the most recommended desert tour. It connects two imperial cities Marrakech and Fes. allows you to discover a real Morocco. We will drive through the Atlas mountains and enjoy beautiful sceneries on the curvy roads overlooking berber villages blending to the famous kasbahs in the south; Dades Gorge, Rose valley, and Todgha gorge. Once in Merzouga, you will be amazed by its fascinating dunes. You will ride the camel and go deep in the desert to spend a night in a nomad berber tents to enjoy a starry night under a clear and peaceful sky. Enjou your time with 3 days Morocco Desert Tour from Marrakch to Fes
Marrakech- Atlas mountain- Aitbenhaddou–Kellaa Mgouna -Rose valley
We depart Marrakesh at 8:00 am and start our desert tour to Dades Gorges. We cross the high Atlas Mountains to reach Tizi-n-Tichkawhich is one of the highest road pass in Morocco (2260m). Here you will have the opportunity to take some perfect photos in this breathtaking view. We will drive through small berber villages and beautiful landscapes to reach the Kasbah of Telouet. The building was home to T’hamis El Glaoui, the governer of Marrakesh and his family in the early 20th century. It is now frequented by Moroccan travellers and tourists. It sits in the village of Telouet nestled outside the Onilla Valley. The Harem and reception hall areas give one a good idea of the former luxury in which El Glaoui lived, as well as a look at the Andalusian and a berber style of decorating. However, the older parts of the Kasbah are in complete ruins, making it difficult to see properly. Walking through the crumbling passageways is like walking through a maze and some have gotten lost exploring the dilapidated Kasbah. After that, we will visit the Ait Ben Haddou village. The kasbah is recognized by UNESCO world heritage site as a world patrimony. Many movies were filmed in this village such as Gladiator, Lawrence of Arabia, Babel, Queen of the desert, Kingdom of Heaven, Game of thrones, the Mummy… etc. We will contiue our adventure to Ouarzazate or what is called the Hollywood of Morocco. You can visit the film studios, the old villge of kasbah Taouirirt.
Our travel continues along what is known as the Road of One Thousand Kasbahs passing the Skoura oasis. We stop to visit Kasbah Ameridil and have time for pictures. Then we continue to visit the Valley of the Roses (KelaaM'Gounawhich is known by Festival of roses) the center of Moroccan roses and rose products. Acres of Persian roses are grown and harvested here to create rose water, creams and soaps prized throughout Morocco and the world. As soon as you get to your accommodation, you will be led through tiny family farm plots where you will see the locals picking figs for dinner and wandered along the stream. The roses wouldn't be in bloom until April and May but we can't stress enough how crazy gorgeous this place is and how lovely the Mud houses are “Heaven”. Overnight in Rose valley, dinner & breakfast - You will have private room, with private bath, hot water, Berber music and most delicious food in the area.
Rose valley-Dades Gorges- Todgha gorge-Tinjdad- Jorf- Arfoud- Erg Chebbi.
After breakfast at your magical Kasbah in the rose valley, you will head towards another absolutely gorgeous valley which is Dades gorge. It’s in this ridiculously idyllic setting.We continue passing the strange rock creation of Tamnalt Hills and we arrive to Dades Gorge carved by centuries by the Dades River. You will enjoy the natural scenery of red and mauve rocks tower above the road. We depart Dades Gorge and travel to another spectacular gorge Todra (the highest oasis in Morocco). The gorge is cut into the ochre-colored cliffs of the High Atlas. Its walls are 300 meters high and at their most narrow part are 20 meters apart. You might want to climb the gorge because it is a great place to learn to climb. The area is absolutely beautiful and the sky is so blue. There are some great climbing areas geared towards beginners with good bolt and anchor placement with moderate grades. It is easy to find climbing at all grades. After lunch, you will make our way towards Tinjdad to see underground canal system which is called Khettara. It is an old irrigation system.
We reach Merzouga which is known for the highest sand dunes in North Africa. It is called Erg Chebbi Sahara desert. On our way, we will have the chance to see many oasis such as the oasis of Tinjdad. After we arrive to Rissani, we will continue our way enjoying the green oasis of palm trees of Ziz –Tafilalet and the Hamada before arriving to Merzouga. There you will ride camelas an amazing adventure in the sand dunes. We will spend the night in an equipped desert camp in the middle of the Sahara dunes! This is a great opportunity to take lovely pictures of the sunset and sunrise. At this time, we will explore the secrets of the Sahara and its unlimited horizons.Overnight in a Nomad private Tent, dinner & breakfast
Erg Chebbi – Merzouga – Fes
You will wake up to enjoy the sunrise over the dunes of Erg Chebbi, possibly the best moment of the Merzouga desert. Make your way after breakfast to Fes through the ziz valley which has an amazing view of palm trees that worths a stop for pictures. Then, we drive to the cedar forest of Azrou. There you will see a colony of monkeys along the road which will keep you amused. You will have plenty of opportunities to stretch your legs as you will stop for coffee, lunch, photographs, and more coffee as you travel through these forests, valleys and mountains. We will reach the Switzerland of Morocco which is Ifrane city. It considered to be the cleanest and the best city in Morocco. We will then drop off at your Riad / Hotel at around 6PM in Fes. That Will be the end of our Marrakech to fes desert tour.