Unforgettable 3 days tour from Marrakech to Fes

3 days tour from Marrakech to Fes via Merzouga desert

Book the best 3 days tour from Marrakech to Fes via the Sahara desert of Merzouga.

Note: You can end this tour in Marrakech instead of Fes, pleach check out an itinerary here.

Main info:

Departure location:

Marrakech

Return location:

Fes

Departure time:

08:00 AM

Itinerary duration

3 days/ 2 nights

Highlights of our tour:

Tour overview:

Travel from Marrakech to Fes in 3 day desert tour. The tour travels from Marrakech via the Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah and Ouarzazate. Secondly, it visits Todra Gores that is known for rock climbers. Then, you pass by Berber villages and great landscapes to the desert. You will experience a camel trekking trip in the Sahara of Erg Chebbi. Finally, you discover Ziz Valley, Ifrane, and Cedar Forest. And you end the tour in Fes at your Raid or airport.

Itinerary:

Day 1: Marrakech- Ouarzazate- Ait Ben Haddou-Dades Valley:

The first day of 3 day desert tour from Marrakech to Fes will be in Dades Valley. But, we will pass by the main tourist attractions of the High Atlas Mountains. Firstly, we will visit the Argan oil cooperative run by local women. Besides, there is a chance to enjoy the landscapes of the mountain ranges in Tizi-N-Tick. Secondly, we stop at the UNESCO Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou. It is an earthen architectural castle and the largest Kasbah in Morocco. Also, we will visit Ouarzazate town. It is the capital cinema where Atlas Studios are. Many movies filmed there, such as Gladiator and the Game of Throne. And then we visit the Rose valley to explore rose products. Finally, we arrive in Dades valley for a night.

Day 2: Dades Valley- Todra Gorges- Merzouga:

After breakfast, we continue our Marrakech to Fes 3 Day Desert Tour to Todra Gorges. There, the high rocks and the canyon offer a wonderful view for pictures and to admire. Thereafter, we head to Touroug to visit the Berber cloth cooperative. And we drive to visit the old irrigation system in Jorf. Secondly, we move to the date city of Erfoud and reach Merzouga. Finally, your camel guide will guide you to the camp and enjoy a magical sunset view. After dinner at the camp, you will enjoy music around the fire. And you spend a great night under the stars.

Day 3: Merzouga – Ziz Valley – Ifrane- Fes:

The last day of our Marrakech to Fes 3 Day Desert Tour will experience different areas and views. After shower and breakfast, we resume our desert tour. Thus, we drive to visit the traditional and old market in Rissani. Late on, you enjoy a significant panoramic view of palm tree groves in Ziz Valley. Secondly, we take a journey into the Middle Atlas Mountains. We will visit Cedar Forest to enjoy barbarian apes. Moreover, we visit Ifrane. It is the Switzerland of Morocco that presents Alpine-styles design and slopes. Finally, we end 3 day desert tour from Marrakech to Fes in Fes.

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Testimonials:

3 days tour from Marrakech:

We were a group of 10 family and friends who had an amazing tour. I wrote this review on behalf of the group to thank Hassan and Hamid for all of their efforts in allowing us to enjoy this unforgettable trip. Their English was flawless, and they sounded like natives.

We were all confused at first about what kind of car Youssef would provide before being surprised by a very comfortable Mini-van that included Wi-Fi! Yes, we were surprised. Youssef booked the hotel in Boumalne Dades, which was very fancy for a four-star hotel.

I'd also like to thank the camp's staff for being so generous and amusing. Thank you for putting on the show.

On the last day, we saw the Barbary monkeys in one of the forests; it was my first time seeing one, and I even fed them. Thank you; we'll be back with more friends.

Peter D

Camel Ride at Merzouga

My wife and I traveled to Morocco and had an excellent tour with Hamid, our guide. This travel agency came highly recommended by a friend who had previously used them. We just wanted to thank Youssef for this incredible itinerary full of exciting destinations. Thank you, Hamid, for being our cheerful, knowledgeable, and patient tour guide. We will remember everything you told us, including the riddles.

The camp was fantastic! Everything was as expected, from the staff to the luxury tents.

If you only have a few days in Morocco, we recommend taking the three-day desert tour from Marrakech to Fes.

Patricia L

3 days desert tour from Marrakech to Fes

I contacted Youssef after hearing about him and his travel agency from some friends. We took a dream trip to the Merzouga desert, visiting Dades, Ouarzazate, and Ait Ben Haddou... There are numerous impressive locations that Aziz makes you appreciate even more. Thank you for your stories and explanations.

Everything went as planned, from the airport pick-up to the excursions, including taking us to eat traditional foods like Berber pizza; words cannot express how pleased we were. We will definitely contact Youssef if we return to Morocco. An unforgettable adventure

Hannah R

Excellent trip:

Youssef organized a fantastic trip for us, and it was a success despite the fact that it was Ramadan and there was an unexpected heatwave. He drives very well in a country where driving is dangerous due to poor driving. The restaurants he took us to were excellent, especially the Berber pizza in Merzouga, and he was always considerate of our plans and schedules.

He is accountable and delivers on the promises he makes. The night in the desert in the luxury tents was fantastic. From Merzouga, some traveled by camel, while others by 4x4. I am grateful for his efforts, which enabled everything to go smoothly.

Nicolas H

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Highlights overview:

Ait Benhaddou:

Ait Ben Haddou is known as Morocco’s most fascinating Ksar. It’s also known as the Palace of Glaoua. This group of earthen buildings is located in the High Atlas range, surrounded by high walls. The Glaoua tribe built their Kasbah, where they used to stay, between the 18th and 19th centuries. Every tribe has a leader, and theirs was Ben Haddou. He used to stay in his own vast room at the top of the Kasbahs. According to popular belief, Ben Haddou was a wealthy leader who had the support of the French government.

The Kasbah is now visited by thousands of tourists who come from Marrakech to explore the desert. The captivating views of this old Kasbah even drew archaeologists to learn more about its history. They also claim that its structure dates back to the eleventh century, during the reign of Thami El Glaoui, the Pasha of Marrakech.

The Tizi N Tichka p31 road now makes it easier to visit the Kasbah.

Using the excursions we organize, you will travel from Marrakech to Ait Ben Haddou, where your knowledgeable guide will tell you about its history. You will reach the top by taking the stairs. Along the way, you’ll be amazed at how the painters draw the Kasbah with tea and sugar, followed by fire. From there, climb to the top for some panoramic shots.

Not to mention that Ait Ben Haddou has recently resembled a movie studio. The Gladiator, Alexander, The Bible, and other well-known films and television shows were filmed at the Ksar of Ait Ben Haddou.

Ouarzazate:

Using the excursions we organize, you will travel from Marrakech to Ait Ben Haddou, where your knowledgeable guide will tell you about its history. You will reach the top by taking the stairs. Along the way, you’ll be amazed at how the painters draw the Kasbah with tea and sugar, followed by fire. From there, climb to the top for some panoramic shots.

Not to mention that Ait Ben Haddou has recently resembled a movie studio. The Gladiator, Alexander, The Bible, and other well-known films and television shows were filmed at the Ksar of Ait Ben Haddou.

The opulent Cla hotel is located right next to the Atlas Studios. The hotel has a very traditional design and visitors can stay and explore all of the studio’s areas.

Another well-known attraction in Ouarzazate is the Kasbah of Taourirt, which has about 300 rooms and is known as the Ouarzazate Maze. To discover this hidden area, it is unquestionably best to hire a local guide. It belongs to the Thami El Glaoui and is very well preserved and important at the moment.

Kalaat Magouna:

Back on the road, we head toward El-Kelaa M’Gouna and the Valley of the Roses. The winding dirt road zigzags between red, arid, and folded cliffs. The Bou Thrarar pass provides one of the most beautiful views, dominating the village of Tamalout towards which the track descends in twists and turns. Some children scale the cliffs, demonstrating that these villages are not deserted. At an altitude of 1,400 meters, we are in the heart of the Valley of the Roses, which leads to El-Kelaa M’Gouna.

The queen of the flowers, cultivated and distilled for the production of rose water, blooms only in April and May. Meanwhile, the flowering laurels are in the spotlight, brightening the landscape. A few steps away, black-clad Berber women wash their clothes in the stream. When they notice the cameras, they trot away.

During our three-day desert tour from Marrakech to Fes, you will have the opportunity to visit this city and even purchase some rose water products.

Todgha Gorges and Tinghir:

The Gorges of Todra are one of the most popular stops on our three-day tour from Marrakech to Fes and the desert, and many compare them to those of Dadès.

The Todra gorges are located 15 kilometers from Tinghir and are the gateways to the high Atlas Mountains, with their massive limestone cliffs. Apart from any symbolic significance, these Gorges are important for the population because they feed the large palm grove of Tinghir. The Todra Gorges, located 15 kilometers from Tinghir, provide a stunning natural representation.

You can walk through the gorges for a few hours, go hiking, or even trek.

Tinghir is a city in southeastern Morocco that is part of the Ouarzazate region. Tinghir, whose suffix “IGHIR” means “shoulder” in Tamazight, has been absorbed by all the surrounding villages that bear the suffix “ghir” at the end, so it is no longer unique. Tinghir’s palm grove is, of course, another distinguishing feature! It is one of the most beautiful palm groves in the region, stretching for a little more than 30 kilometers. And it’s not your average palm grove in Marrakech.

Merzouga Erg Chebbi desert:

This impressive set of dunes, known as Erg Chebbi, is located 35 kilometers from Rissani, 50 kilometers from Erfoud, and 130 kilometers from Errachidia.

It is a climate and desert landscape made up of sand “erg” and stone “hamada.” There are oases on the dry rivers where various population centers that were originally nomads have settled. Today, only a small portion of them remain.

This dune complex (ERG) is 22 kilometers long from north to south, 5 kilometers wide, and has dunes with a maximum height of 150 meters.

Three villages are located next to the dunes, surrounded by palm trees. Hassi labied to the east, which is notable for its palm grove. Merzouga is 5 kilometers to the south and has grown in recent years as a result of the development of this type of tourism and agriculture. Khemliya, 6 kilometers south of the previous one, is notable for its old black African population. The Stony Hamada continues east of Erg Chebbi and reaches Algeria.

Although rain is brief and infrequent, flooding along the dunes in 2006 destroyed many buildings and killed three people.

Ifrane:

Ifrane was the final stop on our three-day tour from Marrakech to Fes and the Merzouga desert. Like in Switzerland, the houses here have sloping roofs, and the palm trees have given way to plane trees, whose leaves fall on the sidewalks.

Despite the fact that the site had been inhabited for centuries, the town of Ifrane as we know it was built during colonization by the French. It was a small winter sports resort as well as a hiking destination.

The town was dubbed “Morocco’s Little Switzerland.” The architecture is distinctive not only because of the climate (we are at 1600m altitude), but also because the desire of the time was that no Frenchman should feel disoriented there, which is why we can see typical roofs from various French regions. A half-timbered house with a stork on the roof, for example, is more reminiscent of Alsace than Morocco.

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