3 days tour from Fes to Marrakech
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Highlights of our trip:
The best 3 days tour from Fes to Marrakech via Merzouga is a popular desert tour from Fes to Marrakech. That is to say, it covers the best sites and views in both the Middle Atlas Mountain and Hight Atlas Mountain. Thus, you will visit Ifrane town, Cedar Forest, and Ziz Valley. Then it experiences a camel trekking trip in the Sahara of the Erg Chebbi. Secondly, it highlights old towns on your way to Todra Gorges and Dades Valley. Besides, you visit adobe Kasbahs and Atlas Studious. Finally, 3 days desert tour from Fes to Marrakech travel via the Tizi’N’Tichk and ends in the imperial city of Marrakech. Our Morocco tours from Fes include pick up and drop off services.
Day 1: Fes – Ifrane – Midelt – Erfoud – Merzouga
Our 3 days in Morocco, tour from Fes to Marrakech departs at 8 am. We leave Fes to drive through the Middle Atlas Mountains views and towns. Firstly, we visit Ifrane town. It is one of the most beautiful cities that is called the Switzerland of Morocco.
We then drive to Cedar Forest and have free time to enjoy long tress and barbarian apes around. Secondly, we keep our way to Azrou, Midelt, and stop in Ziz Valley. Here, you will enjoy the panoramic view of the palm tree groves. Thereafter, we visit the dating market in Erfoud city and head to the Merzouga desert. Finally, you will start your camel trekking trip to the camp. After dinner, you will enjoy music around the fire and have a great night under the starry sky.
Day 2: Merzouga – Rissani – Todra Gorges – Dades Valley
Our staff will wake up you early to watch the magical sunrise on the top of the dune. After a shower and breakfast, we continue our 3 days tour from Fes to Marrakech to Rissani to visit its old market. Besides, we drive to Todra Gorges to discover its canyon between high rocks. It is also an ideal site for rock climbers. Finally, you visit the Rock Formation that is known as Monkey Fingers. And then we drive to Dades Valley to check into your Riad for a night.
Day 3: Dades Gorges - Ouarzazate - Ait Ben haddou - Marrakech
After breakfast, we keep our tour to Rosa Valley. Here, there will be a visit to the rose cooperative to explore rose products. In addition, we drive to discover the Kasbah of Skoura and the Atlas Studios in Ouarzazate. Many movies filmed here, such as Gladiator, Game of Throne, and others. Secondly, you admire the famous kasbah of Ait Ben Hadou. It offers the best architectural design of adobe houses. Later on, we make a stop in the mountain pass of Tizi n’Tichka (2,260). Finally, we visit the oil cooperative and then drive to Marrakech where our 3 days tour from Fes to Marrakech ends.
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The 3 days desert tour from Fes to Marrakech is filled with beautiful sights and activities. As a result, we try to list the best of them for you so that you can get a sense of what you will see with us.
Our 3 days desert tour from Fes to Marrakech is packed with breathtaking sights. As a result, we’d like to provide you with an overview of what you’ll see and experience during your trip with us.
There are many places that we haven’t written about below; if you want more information, please contact us.
It is the first city we will visit, and here are some facts about it:
Ifrane is a Berber word for caves, and they are located in the Tizguit Valley. Ifrane was founded in 1929, about 65 kilometers from Fes, and is located in the Atlas Mountains at an elevation of about 5,400 feet (1,650 meters). It is Morocco’s cleanest city and home to Al Khawayen University, one of the best and most expensive in the country. In Morocco, the king has about 12 palaces, one of which is here in Ifrane, facing the university.
During our journey, we will make a stop to see the Atlas lion statue in the center. This lion represents the Moroccan national team; during the French colonization of Morocco, a German prisoner was forced to carve this statue in order to be released. Since then, many tourists have come to take pictures with it and read about it.
The Moroccan football team comes to Ifrane to train because the high elevation benefits their performance.
This forest is about 24 kilometers from Ifrane and is home to the most unusual animal, the Barbary macaque ape.
This is the second listed attraction on our 3 days Sahara desert tour from Fes to Marrakech itinerary. This forest in Morocco’s Atlas Mountains is one of the largest, with cedar trees native to the Mediterranean and the Himalayas. There are many cedar trees in this area.
The cedar trees are very tall, reaching up to 40 meters in height, and they are home to the monkeys, the magots. These creatures are indigenous to Africa, Morocco, and Algeria. Some of them, however, can be found in Gibraltar. Furthermore, these animals live in families, with not only the mother caring for the babies, but also the father. Not to mention that they are extremely strict; if another monkey attempts to join their family, they attack it. Actually, we sometimes find wounds on these animals as a result of fights between them.
Many other animals, such as squirrels and deer, are said to live in the forest. However, across the street is only the monkey, who expects passengers to feed him.
Ziz valley & Errachidia:
Errachidia is a city in the southeast, near the Atlas Mountains. As a result, some refer to it as the “gateway to the Sahara desert.” It is the city where residents of the desert apply for a variety of government licenses, passports, and driving licenses… Errachidia is a province; its original name was Imtghern or Ksar Souk, which means “market village.” Our next stop is at the Hassan Addakhil Dam, a large lake where the Sahara region gets its water from a tap.
Errachidia is also known for the Ziz River. Actually, it is a massive valley that stretches for about 280 kilometers from Morocco to Algeria. However, the one you’ll see on our three-day tour is only 30 kilometers long.
Erfoud, also known as Arfoud, is the capital of dates, fruits, and mineral fossils. Arfoud was built during the French colonization in 1912 and is named after the plant “Ounfoud.” However, some claim that the name was given by two Berbers who were crossing the river, and one asked the other about the river’s level, and he replied, “Ar Afoud,” which means “to the knee.”
Erfoud hosts one of Morocco’s largest international festivals, a three-day carnival featuring music, theater, and the sale of local products. If you’re interested, we can go to the market for date fruits while we’re here.
In addition, we can go see one of the fossils.
Merzouga is the highlight of our 3 days tour from Fes to Marrakech. There are two theories about the name Merzouga. The first is that it is a family name “Merzoug,” and the second is that it is wealthy, as evidenced by the Erg Chebbi sand dunes, which attract many visitors each year.
Merzouga attracts a large number of tourists each year due to its large sand dunes, which are about 5 km/3 miles wide and 23 km/14 miles long. Furthermore, some of the Erg Chebbi dunes reach heights of 500 feet=150 meters. Some people wonder why these dunes are located here rather than elsewhere. They say there was a lake here, and because it gets very windy in the Sahara during the summer, it blew on the lake. Not to mention another theory about Sandher’s existence: some people believe that God sent the storm to punish a tribe that was fighting with couscous.
Merzouga is a large village with a diverse population of Arabs, Berbers, and Gnaoua. For example, in Merzouga’s center, there are Berbers and some Arabs; in Hassi Labied, there are usually only Berbers; and in Khamlia, there are Gnaoua.
There are many incredible activities to do in Merzouga, and the best of them are included in our 3 days tour from Fes to Marrakech.
Top things to do:
Camel trekking: The best experience you will have with us is the camel tour on Erg Chebbi dunes, which will last an hour and a half and will include quick photo stops.
Camping in Berber tents: Following the camel ride, you will arrive at the nomad camp behind Erg Chebbi. Berbers serve dinner, light fires, and play drams for the hosts’ entertainment.
ATVs: Our 3 days tour from Fes to Marrakech does not include quad bikes. You can, however, contact us to have them included. They are well worth the ride on the dunes, especially when the sand is dry.
Srij Lake: This attraction is not included in this tour; however, it is included in our other tour available here. Because camels are not used for work, they spend the day herding in this lake. Furthermore, it is the location of the flamingos’ migratory birds.
Ait Benhaddou is a Berber fortress near Ouarzazate, another city on the Atlas Mountains’ southwestern tip. The Glaoui family has owned this small village since the 11th century, and it was designated a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1987.
At-ben-Haddou (or At Benhaddou) is a small Moroccan town in the province of Ouarzazate, approximately 190 kilometers from Marrakech.
The Kasbah is a city in southern Morocco with traditional architecture, located on the edge of the High Atlas Mountains. It is made up of a collection of mud-brick buildings, and contrary to popular belief, it is not a Kasbah, but a Ksar (fortified village). It is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
What is in Aït-ben-Haddou?
The town as a whole deserves to be admired for its beauty. The sunlight on the fortified village provides stunning colors; it is a visual treat. The ksar is built on the slopes of a hill, which adds to the beauty of the scene. Inside, it’s like walking through an open-air museum! Because admission to the fortress is free, avoid people who try to charge you to enter their home.
The collective attic (agadir) at the top of the hill is impressive and well worth the climb. Just be wary of small “entrepreneurs” who want to assist you in getting upstairs in the attic. They wait until you turn your back before removing the small makeshift staircase that allowed you to ascend.
Don’t forget to visit the Ben-Haddou mausoleum at the foot of the hill on the other side of the village.
Other great places you will see on our 3 days desert tour from Fes to Marrakech. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require additional information about any of the places we did not mention; we will gladly respond within 24 hours.