Embark on an adventure into the vast Sahara desert! Explore the wonders of Southeast Morocco, from the bustling city of Marrakech to the cultural hub of Fes. Delight in an incredible 3-day Marrakech to Fes desert tour, where you will journey through the magnificent landscapes of the High Atlas mountains and visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah. Marvel at the Hollywood of Africa, Ouarzazate, and unwind in the serene Boumalne Dades valley for a night. Witness awe-inspiring sights like the majestic Todra canyon and an oasis in Tinghir.
The highlight of your desert tour will be the unforgettable experience of riding a camel through the golden dunes of Erg Chebbi and spending a magical night in a desert camp under a blanket of billions of stars.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE 3-DAYS MARRAKECH TO FES DESERT TOUR:
• Drive through the High Atlas mountains.
• See some beautiful and traditional Berber villages in the High Atlas mountains.
• Explore the historic Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah.
• Drive along the road of 1000 kasbahs.
• Experience the desert on a camel ride.
• Watch spectacular and glorious sunset & sunrise over Erg Chebbi.
• Spend a memorable night under a magnificent and colorful night sky.
• Get to see some Barbary apes in the forest of the Middle Atlas.
DAY 1 : MARRAKECH —> HIGH ATLAS MOUNTAINS —> AIT BEN HADDOU —> OUARZAZATE - BOUMALNE
Your journey begins with a pick-up at 8:00 AM from your hotel/riad or any location in Marrakesh. As you leave the city, you'll be treated to breathtaking views of traditional Berber villages as you make stops at various panoramic sights for pictures. Lunchtime takes you to the charming Ait Ben Haddou village, where you'll visit the ancient and illustrious Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah. The fortified village has been safeguarded by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site since 1987 and is a location where many famous movies, such as Lawrence of Arabia, Babel, and Gladiator, have been filmed. Afterward, you'll drive to Ouarzazate and pause to see the largest studio in Africa. You have the option to take a tour inside. Then continue on to Boumalne, passing through the Valley of Roses. You can choose to visit the stunning rock formations, known as "monkey fingers," in Dades Valley before heading to your accommodation or visit them the next day.Total driving distance: Around 353 km. Total driving time: Around six and a half hours.
DAY 2: BOUMALNE —> TINGHIR OASIS —> TODGHA CANYON —> MERZOUGA
Indulge in a delicious breakfast, and then we'll set off to Tinghir, where we'll pause at a magnificent viewpoint to take in the incredible oasis brimming with palm trees and numerous kasbahs. You'll have the opportunity to stroll beneath the towering Canyon of Todgha, carved out by the Todgha River. The gorge plummets to a depth of 300 meters. Upon arrival in Merzouga, your luggage will be transported to your campsite by a 4x4 vehicle, while you embark on a camel trek. Witness the spectacularly fiery red and orange hues of the sunset over the Erg Chebbi. Spend an unforgettable evening in the Sahara desert with the locals, playing drums, swapping stories, and gazing at the starry sky.Total driving distance: Around 275 km. Total driving time: Around 4 hours.
DAY 3: MERZOUGA —> ZIZ VALLEY —> MIDDLE ATLAS —> IFRANE —> FES
You'll start your day early and witness a breathtaking sunrise before enjoying a delicious breakfast at the camp. Following that, you can choose to depart from the campsite either by camel trekking or a 4x4 vehicle. Your journey to Fez will take you through some stunning sights, including a stop at the panoramic view of Ziz Valley, which is filled with palm trees and quaint villages. You'll also have the opportunity to spot Barbary Apes, one of the few species that can survive in cold climates, in the Cedar forest of the Middle Atlas. Take a break in Ifrane city, also known as the Switzerland of Morocco, for a cup of coffee. The tour will come to an end at your accommodation in Fez in the late evening, after covering a total driving distance of around 500 km and spending approximately seven and a half hours on the road.