Private 4 days Marrakech to Fes desert trip
Sitting cosily in the northern part of Morocco is the city of Fes, a former capital of the sunny nation. Fes is a living, breathing entity of Moroccan culture in its purest form but also the universal western style of peace and acceptance. Fes is present in UNESCO’s World Heritage for its historic roots. It houses the world’s oldest continuously functioning university, the University of Al Quaraouiyine. It is also a major centre for leather tanning since medieval ages. The practice has not changed much since its evolution. It is said that the creator of this city, Idris I, laid the foundations of this city with a silver and gold pickaxe. Thus, Fes was destined for prosperity right from the time of its creation. The Arab influence on this quaint Moroccan town is easily seen through the buildings and layout
Day 1: Marrakech – Ouarzazate( 4 hours drive )
Your Marrakech to Fes Morocco Desert Trip will depart from your hotel or riad at 07h30 AM to Ouarzazate through Tizi Ntichka pass and the high Atlas Mountains. Numerous stops will be made along the way. Visit the UNESCO world heritage Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, which was also served as a set for various Hollywood blockbusters. We continue to Ouarzazate we reach your small hotel located in Ouarzazate.
Dinner and overnight.
Day 2: Ouarzazate – Dades/ Or Tinghir ( 7 hours drive )
wake early and take breakfast to watch the beautiful sunrise and visit Kasbah Taourirte before lunch ( At leisure ). In the afternoon, we drive to Boumalne Dades via the Valley of the Roses before we reach your small hotel located in Dades Valley.
Dinner and overnight.
Day 3: Dades/Or Tinghir – Merzouga ( 4 hours drive )
After breakfast, today’s journey will start by driving along the road of 1001 Kasbahs to Tinghir oasis. You will be enjoying the amazing scenery along the way of the remaining of fortified villages that were hosting the caravan roads until early 2Oth century. Upon arrival at Tinghir, which was a military post during the French occupation, we will deviate into a secondary road to the oasis. Feel free to walk next to the stream and watch the locals farming and herding their cattle. You walk will end at one of the magnificent scenes of your tour: Todgha Gorges. After lunch at one of the local cafés, we continue to Rissani, which is one of the holiest towns in Morocco as the actual dynasty ruling Morocco ‘’ The Alaouites ‘’ is originated here, and its founder is buried locally. Rissani is also famous as a starting point of the ancient caravan roads crossing the Sahara desert all the way to Tombouctou.
From here, we will cross some rocky terrain all the way to Merzouga, where our camel caravan will be waiting for us. Enjoy a camel ride over Erg Chebbi dunes to watch an amazing sunset, before we return to our Sahara desert camp, nestled in the middle of nowhere.
Enjoy dinner under the stars while entertained by our local nomads hosts playing their drums all night.
Day 4: Merzouga – Fes ( 8 hours drive )
After an hour sunrise camel trek, enjoy your breakfast at the camp operator’s lodge I’m Merzouga, then you will have some time to freshen up before you say good bye to the rest of the group driving back to Marrakech and meet your new driver to Fes. After you’ve installed in your new van ( max of 6 passengers ), depart on a long drive to Fes crossing the Ziz Valley through Errachidia which is the capital of Tafilalt region, and we continue to Midelt where we will have lunch at leisure before we keep driving across the Middle Atlas Mountains with its Cedar Forests and Berber towns of Imouzzar and Ifran. We arrive at Fes late in the afternoon.
Your shared Marrakech to Fes desert tour will end with a drop off at your Fes riad or hotel of your choice.
A/C modern Minivan or 4×4 driven
English / French speaking driver / guide
Overnight at your hotel in dades or Tinghir .
Camel trekking in Merzouga desert
Dinner and breakfast in Merzouga desert camp
Overnight at your Shara desert camp
The road to cross through the atlas mountains is blocked in winter, the other alternative is going via Taroudant, with supplement of 10€ per person, it is mandatory.