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This 2 days desert tour from Marrakech to Fes via Merzouga is excellent for visitors who arrive in Marrakech with little time in Morocco but want to complete the camel trek and spend the night at a desert camp. During the 2 days desert tour from Marrakech to Fes, you will pass the high Atlas highlands, see film studios and the Taourirt Kasbah in Ouarzazate, make several brief photos stops, go camel trekking in Merzouga, and spend the night in the Erg Chebbi desert. The next day, travel to Fes through Ziz Valley, the Middle Atlas, Azrou Forest, and Ifrane. Upon arrival in Fes, our Marrakech to Fes 2 day Sahara Desert trip concludes.
Day 1: Marrakech - High Atlas mountains - Ouarzazate - Merzouga Desert (550 km)
Your 2 days desert tour from Marrakech to Fes via Merzouga will begin with your driver from Sahara Camel Trips company picking you up at your hotel/riad in Marrakech early in the morning and departing to the High Atlas mountains, passing through Tizi N Tichka port with stops for magnificent panoramic views and taking photos of the Berber villages and its beautiful countryside. Then we will travel south to Ait ben Haddou (fortified village), which has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1986. Many famous films have been shot in this amazing location, including Game of Thrones, Gladiator, The Jewel of the Nile, The Mummy…our journey continues to Ouarzazate, also known as “The Gate of the Desert,” which means “Noiseless” in Berber. Here we will view the Taourirt kasbah, one of Morocco’s most magnificent ksars.
The next destination is Rose Valley, where we will stop for lunch after passing through the large Skoura palm forest, which is a lovely location to ponder the endless palms and several kasbahs that have been erected in the surrounding region. We’ll pass through the Dades and Todra valleys, Tinejdad, Touroug, and then continue to the desert to reach the stunning dunes of Merzouga, where we’ll experience Camel trekking through the golden Erg Chebbi Sahara desert with a stop to watch the incredible sunset over the dunes, try Sandboarding in the sand dunes if you’re interested, and enjoy the wonderful scenery… Continue to Moroccan Desert Camp Merzouga, where you will be greeted with a drink of mint tea and relax until dinner time, after which there will be some traditional Berber drumming music around the fire, view a beautiful starry sky, and sleep nomad tented camp.
Day 2: Erg Chebbi - Ziz Valley - Midelt - Middle Atlas – Cedar forest – Fes (470 km)
Awake with the sun to see the sun begin its daily arc with a cold blue morning sky, illuminating the desert shadows before transforming into a brilliant ball of fire. You’ll be dropped off at a nearby hotel, where you’ll be greeted with a hot shower and breakfast. Following that, we’ll go to Fes through Errachidia, across the beautiful Ziz Gorges formed from volcanic rock, and via the Tizi Ntalghamt Pass to Midelt.
Arrive at Zaida for a BBQ and a drink of mint tea before continuing on to Azrou, a Berber town in the Middle Atlas Mountains, where we will view the Barbarian apes in the famed Cedar forest. On to Ifran, “the French village,” for a photo or a drink before continuing on to Fes, where your 2-day desert adventure from Marrakech to Fes will come to a conclusion. We sincerely hope you had a good time with our group!
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Marrakech, sometimes known as the “Red City,” is one of Morocco’s royal cities. Yusuf ibn Tashfin, the ruler of the Moroccan Almoravid dynasty, discovered it in 1062. Following that, it became the imperial capital of the Almoravid Empire. Within the twelfth century, the Almoravids erected several Quranic schools and mosques in Marrakesh with Andalusian influences. It has become a major tourist destination due to its rich history and historic architectural treasures. It is the busiest city in Morocco as a cultural and economic center.
Tourists, on the other hand, cannot visit Marrakesh without discovering the city’s depths and secret treasures. The wide-open space in the center of the medina is known as Jemaa El-Fna. It is also one of Marrakech’s most popular attractions and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, including snake charmers, street entertainers, and overzealous henna painters. Furthermore, El-Badi Place is the site of Sultan Ahmed el-ruins. Mansour’s It is surrounded by subterranean gardens and majestic ramparts, with decaying towers offering panoramic views of the medina. Furthermore, the Bahia Palace is one of the most intriguing locations in Marrakech.
It was constructed in the late nineteenth century as Grand Vizier Bou Ahmed’s private home. It has beautiful works of art and architecture, such as painted ceilings, zellige tiles, and a marble patio. Furthermore, Jardin Majorelle is a renowned Marrakech attraction designed by French artist Jacques Majorelle. It is a public villa that houses the Islamic art museum as well as the Berber museum, which has a collection of North African textiles.
Explore the Medina with 2 Days tour from Marrakech to Fes
Medina is a journey through tiny alleyways and classic Moroccan buildings with massive walls and gates. Then there’s the Koutoubia Mosque, which is one of the greatest places to visit. It is also Marrakech’s largest mosque. It is built in the classic Almohad style, with painted walls, arches, carved windows, and pointed merinos. In addition, the Almoravid Koubba is a historic building built by the Almoravid dynasty. You may also come across various names for the mosque. For example, Koubba Ba’adiyn is one of the most intriguing sites to visit in Marrakech.
Merzouga desert is a popular tourist destination in Morocco desert tours. Tourists that take excursions from Marrakech may expect to have a different experience in the desert. Tourists ride camels across the dunes to the camp to get a taste of Berber life. However, before arriving at the camp, the camel guide stops in the midst of the dunes to see the breathtaking sunset from the top of the dunes. The vistas of dunes and the stillness of the desert are pleasant moments that one may appreciate on the approach to the camp.
Furthermore, after dinner at the camp, locals will entertain the guests with drum music around a campfire beneath the starry sky. In addition, travelers in Khamlia hamlet love the music of black people. The locals came to Mali with their traditional gnaoua music, which they performed for the tourists. Another tourist draw is the nomadic family. Tourists, on the other hand, visit the Mifis mine in the dark desert and see nomadic tribes who live in hand-made tents with their herds. It provides an opportunity to learn about Berber customs and the intricacies of desert life, including living with sheep and goats and working donkeys.
A national museum dedicated to off-road vehicles is also one of the most bizarre sights in Merzouga. This free attraction features a modest fleet of 44 vehicles, including Jeeps, Fords, Land Rovers, Range Rovers, Toyotas, Moroccan army vehicles, and some more bizarre displays, such as a single-seater buggy and an amphibious vehicle. The Erg Chebbi dunes on the Moroccan-Algerian border evoke everyone’s most romantic image of the Sahara.
Ait Benhaddou Kasbah:
Discover the Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou on our 2 days tour from Marrakech to Fes via Merzouga. It is Morocco’s biggest Kasbah. It is also a collection of Kasbahs and adobe buildings where many people continue to live in a traditional manner, with tourism serving as the principal source of income for the majority of them. Furthermore, it is the greatest example of southeast architectural building design and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987.
Since 757, Ait-Ben Haddou has been a town. Furthermore, it used to be the caravan route between Sudan and Marrakesh. It is still a station where travelers stop to see this ancient UNESCO monument in the High Atlas Mountains towards the desert. Furthermore, this Kasbah was and still is an ideal location for numerous films. As a result, several notable films were filmed here. For example, they created the dramatic picture ‘The Jewel of the Nile’ in 1985, ‘The Living Daylights’ in 1987, ‘Kundun’ in 1994, ‘The Mummy’ in 1999, and more recently, ‘The Mummy’ in 2000.
Being in this old Kasbah means not only admiring its lovely architecture but also exploring an attraction where your favorite movies were made.
Ouarzazate served as a modest crossing place for African traders traveling to northern Morocco and Europe. This city is known as the “Gateway to the Sahara” since it is located on the other side of the high Atlas Mountains to the southeast. The Berbers and nomads who live in these Moroccan regions refer to this area as Hamada, which means “desert scrubland.” The name “Ouarzazate” means “noiseless” in Tamazight, evoking the region’s isolated and peaceful environment. Furthermore, thanks to its well-known movie studios, it is Morocco’s cinema capital.
Ouarzazate, with its historic Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou, was chosen as the ideal site for Hollywood film production due to its stunning vistas of old architectural mud-brick Kasbahs and locales. The films Game of Thrones, Gladiator, and others were shot here. Furthermore, mountains and valleys with stunning windswept formations roll, concealing palm groves, and gorgeous vistas making it one of the most worthwhile locations to visit. In addition, the city is a typical shopping destination with a plethora of souks, souvenir shops, cooperatives, and marketplaces. In addition, the world’s largest solar power plant looms above the desert in Ouarzazate.
Cedar forest and Ifrane
Cedar Forest is a forest area near Azrou, which is located in the Middle Atlas Mountains. It is the habitat of numerous wild creatures, but the majority of them have vanished. As a result, it is a tourist attraction where visitors may admire and feed the barbarian apes. It is also a picnic spot where tourists come to relax under the towering threes surrounded by apes. The most enjoyable activities are feeding the apes and taking photographs with them.
In addition, Ifrane is one of Morocco’s most attractive cities in the Middle Atlas. Because of its resemblance to Alpine-style homes, the city is known as Morocco’s Switzerland.
Because of its magnificent landscape, temperature, and gardens, the city attracts people from all over the world. Furthermore, the Lion, which was built in the 1930s, is one of Ifrane’s most photographed monuments. During World War II, a German soldier sculpted the resting lion. According to local tradition, the sculpture is dedicated to the last wild Atlas lion, which was slain near Ifrane a few years before the statue was erected.
Rissani and Erfoud:
2 days tour from Marrakech to Fes via Merzouga emphasize the cities of Erfoud and Rissani in southeast Morocco. We travel through Erfoud, famed as the fossil city and date capital, on our route to the desert. It is the primary supplier of Moroccan fossils, exporting and distributing various sorts of ornamental fossils, including tables, sinks, fountains, kitchen, and bath design components, as well as hospitality and hotel surroundings. Furthermore, the town has a dating show every year, which draws local farmers, producers, and visitors. Furthermore, after a camel trekking excursion, the 2 days desert tour from Marrakech to Fes via Merzouga to Rissani.
Visitors have the opportunity to see one of Morocco’s oldest and most authentic souks. Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays are the busiest days for residents and visitors to shop for spices, handicrafts, and jewelry.
Furthermore, mules and donkeys are used by locals to deliver products to this market. The town is particularly well-known for its Madfouna pizza, which tourists may pair with mint tea at local restaurants.