4 Days/3 Nights DESERT TRIP from Fes to Marrakech

4 Days/3 Nights DESERT TRIP from Fes to Marrakech

Overview and Itinerary :

Don't miss your opportunity to explore our 4 Days Desert Tour. Sahara dunes, The atlas mountains, Berber villages, kasbahs and film studio await you at an amazing price!

Day 1: Fes - Ifrane - Merzouga Desert

Your day starts at 7:00 am when your knowledgeable, English speaking guide and driver from Fes Authentic Tours picks you up from your hotel or riad. Then we depart for Merzouga where the magnificent Erg Chebbi Dunes await you. These dunes are known for their great size and height, reaching up to 50 metres and rolling away eastwards all the way into the Algerian Sahara.

But the first section of your memorable journey takes you to the quaint town of Ifrane, built by the French during their colonial rule of the country in the 1930's and known as Morocco's 'Switzerland' due to the quaint Alpine style of its architecture. During the winter months the area is snow covered and it's a surprise to many to discover that nearby is the fully equipped ski-resort of Michliffen. Then you will head for the richly fragrant Cedar forests around Azrou in the Middle Atlas Mountains where you will encounter the famous Barbary Apes, actually a type of macaque monkey, but beware! They may try to steal your lunch! You'll continue on through the clear, fresh air of the mountains until you reach Rissani, the main town on the edge of the Sahara Desert. Afterwards, continuing South, suddenly the dunes of the Erg Chebbi will appear as if out of nowhere. You'll then reach your Kasbah/ hotel situated at the foot of the sand dunes. Relax after your long drive, have dinner and stay overnight, while listening to the traditional strains of time-honoured Berber music.

Day 2: Experience the Magic of The Sahara Desert

After breakfast, you can enjoy some hiking in the awesome dunes of the Erg Chebbi. Cool off with a swim in the hotel pool, use your free time to just chill out and enjoy the desert your way. Or there is the option of a shopping trip to Merzouga city and the town of Khamlia, known as "the village of the black people" as it's friendly inhabitants are descendants of slaves brought from the Sudan. They will need no encouragement to play you their delightful brand of Gnawa music on traditional instruments.

At dusk, your camel awaits you to take your on an amazing ninety minute trek into the desert where you will enjoy the sunset over the dunes.

Spend your second night in a tent in a Berber encampment, surrounded by towering dunes, where your guide will cook you an authentic Moroccan meal. Doze off whilst listening to the sweet sounds of the Berber music and watch the moon rise among the myriad stars, so close you will feel you could almost reach out and touch them and then sleep in the sublime Sahara.

Day 3: Erg Chebbi Dunes - Todra Gorges - Ouarzazate

Wake up to a breathtaking sunrise over the dunes and ride your camel back through the ever shifting desert sands and shrinking shadows to your hotel where you have breakfast. Then, it's off through the Todra Gorges, a 300 m high metre high canyon cut through the eastern flank of the High Atlas Mountains near to the town of Tinghir. Then head to Skoura, a fertile oasis lined with immense palm groves that provide great panoramic views of the Atlas Mountains.

Afterwards, visit the Kasbah of Taourirt. This is one of the most attractive and beautiful sites in southern Morocco, and has been awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site status. Go for a stroll and explore the kasbah, noted for it's traditional Moroccan style of architecture. Then you'll continue your trip until you reach Ouarzazate for dinner and spend the night in an hotel.

Day 4: Ouarzazate - Ait Benhaddou - Marrakech

After breakfast you begin with an enjoyable visit to the cinema sets and studios located in Ouarzazate which is known as "The Hollywood of Africa". Afterwards, we will visit another UNESCO World Heritage Site ; the Ait Benhaddou Hasbah. This is a very old village that has been used as the backdrop for over twenty films including "Gladiator", "Indiana Jones" and "Lawrence of Arabia". Enjoy a walk to explore the local ancient style of architecture in which the kasbah's are built.

Finally, we will continue on our way through the snaking mountain roads and through the breathtaking Tizi n'Tichka pass, wind among ancient Berber villages perched on sheer mountainsides surrounded by beautiful landscape. The end of your journey is when you reach Marrakech, where your Fes Authentic Tours driver will drop you off at your accommodation.

4 Days Desert Tour Inclusions :

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

Exlusions :

Lunch and drinks.
Small admission charge for some monuments.
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