Check our 3 Days Desert Tour from Fes to Marrakech to enjoy the charm of sahara desert including camping and camel trekking in merzouga sahara erg chebbi dunes
Day 1 : Fes - Ifrane / Atlas Mountains - Mezouga / Sahara Desert.
Day 2 : Merzouga / Sahara Desert - Todra Gorge - Ouarzazate Film Studios.
Day 3 : Ouarzazate Movie Studios - Ait Benhaddou Kasbah - The Red City of Marrakech.
|Transport in a comfortable A/C vehicle (a 4x4 or Mini Van).
|Overnight stay in a berber camp and Kasbah hotel.
|Dinner and Breakfast.
|Pick up and drop off at your accommodation.
|Camel trekking in the Sahara Desert.
|Sightseeing and photo opportunities at the Sahara Desert
|Lunch and drinks.
|Small admission charge for some monuments.
|3 Days Desert Trip
It's an early start after breakfast, as their is so much to pack into three days, memories will be made that will last a lifetime.
7am. in the winter or 8 am. in Morocco's lovely long summer, after your breakfast, your experienced, English speaking Fes Authentic Tours driver will collect you from your accommodation to start your desert trip and drive you up into the heights of the Middle Atlas, Fes being at the foothills of the mountains. It's quite a long journey to the famous sand dunes of the Erg Chebbi, but the transport is comfortable and air-conditioned and there is so much to be seen that the time will just fly by. Your first stop, after passing near to the surprise that is Michliffen, a Moroccan winter sports and ski resort, is at Ifrane, a quaint little town known as "Morocco's Switzerland" due to its Alpine architecture. It was constructed in the 1930s during the French occupation of the country and is quite charming.
A little further on is the beautiful town of Azrou, "The Rock" in the Amazigh language of the native Berber people. In this area are mighty, aromatic cedar forests where you will encounter the legendary 'Barbary Apes', in fact a species of macaque monkey. They can be quite curious and friendly, but be careful they don't run off with your bag!
Heading onwards across the high plateau, the peaks of the High Atlas, said to hold up the sky, will slowly become nearer and then you'll cut through the pass to Midelt, where we will stop for luncheon, and further , along the valley of the Ziz river circumnavigating date plantations and numerous walled kasbahs, to the edge of Sahara town of Rissani. From there, it's a short hop south to Merzouga sahara desert, where the awesome dunes of the Erg Chebbi suddenly appear on the near horizon.
These dunes extend to the east into Algeria and are excellent examples of their type, the highest reaching over 50 metres above the spectacular desert landscape around them.
At Merzouga desert, your camel awaits you, ready to carry you away on an unforgettable evening trek into the Sahara Desert as you watch the gorgeous sight of the sun sinking into the desert sands. Then you will spend the night in an authentic Berber tent in one of their traditional encampments, where your guide will cook you a traditional desert nomad meal and you listen to the local musicians playing sweet melodies as you relax and fall asleep under the universe of twinkling stars and the huge, bright desert moon.
The desert sunrise is just as beautiful as the sunset. so it's a dawn start as you ride your trusty camel back through the dunes casting every changing shadows over the arid landscape. Breakfast is provided at a hotel, and then it's off to Ouarzazate via the impressive Todra Gorge, very popular with climbers who can often be seen, like beetles ascending the shear 300m rock faces. Next it's on to the weet little town of Tinghir, where you can do a spot of hiking or maybe just relax.
The next stop is at Kelaat Mgouna renowned for its May Festival of Roses (though the exact dates can vary depending on the rose petal harvest.) Don't miss out on trying some of the fragrant rosewater on sale here and the rose oils which will leave a delicious aroma on your garments and linen that will endure for weeks.
Following on from this, you will visit Skoura, with stunning vistas of the High Atlas Mountains, it itself being located in a fertile desert oasis full of groves of innumerable date palms.
Finally, it's a short drive to Ouarzazate where you'll spend the night in a comfy hotel after an enjoyable supper.
Following your breakfast, you'll get a chance to have a look around the film studios of Ouarzazate, the so-called "Hollywood of Africa" where many famous movies such as "The Mummy" and "The Living Daylights" as well as TV series like "Game of Thrones" and "Prison Break" were filmed. Take of tour of The Atlas Film Studios' Museum where you can see sets and props from these productions and many others.
When you're finished here, our next stop is at the magnificent hilltop kasbah of Ait Benhaddou, a unique UNESCO World Heritage Site. Climb the narrow streets to the top for stunning views of the surrounding countryside. This ancient wattle and daub village has been used as a location and backdrop for more than twenty movies including the classics "Lawrence of Arabia" , "Gladiator" and the Indiana Jones franchise.
Finally, you'll finish your journey with a drive to the red city of marrakech, the jewel in Morocco's crown, passing through the Tizi n'Tichka Pass, at 2,260 metres altitude, the highest pass in all of Africa, situated at the edge of the Atlas Mountains along winding roads with spectacular views.
Your desert trip will end with your Fes Authentic Tours driver dropping you off at your accommodation in Marrakech.