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Marrakech to Fes: 3-Day Desert Tour

Product ID: 54315
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Combine the 2 imperial cities of Marrakech and Fes with a Moroccan desert tour. This 3-day will allow you discover the secrets of the Sahara Desert.
About this activity
Duration: 3 days
Starting time 7:00 AM
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English, French

Pickup included

Pick-up will be from your hotel or riad in Marrakech.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Admire the amazing scenery of the High Atlas Mountains with a Tizi Ntichka Mountain Pass
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou
  • Drive past the Valley of the Roses and the Road of 1001 Kasbahs
  • Admire the scenery of the high cliffs of the Todgha Canyons
  • Enjoy a camel ride adventure between the hidden sand dunes of Erg Chebbi
  • Spend the night under the stars at a Saharan desert camp
  • Experience an amazing contrast of scenery during your trip
Full description
Discover Fes and Marrakech, Morocco's imperial cities on a 3-day tour.

Day 1: Marrakech — Ait Ben Haddou — Tinghir (1st night at Bougafer hotel)

Your tour will start with an early pick-up. Meet your driver in the morning at your hotel or riad and start your journey crossing the High Atlas Mountains towards Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou.

After a guided walk in the village, continue to Ouarzazate for a leisurely lunch. In the early afternoon, travel northeast to Boumalne Dades. After a drive along the Dades River with the marvelous sunset as your backdrop, reach the gorges of Dades. Make a pit stop to enjoy the amazing scenery. Then continue to a hotel where you will dine and rest for the night.

Day 2: Tinghir — Merzouga
After breakfast, the day's journey along the road of 1001 Kasbas to Tinghir, a beautiful oasis where you will have the opportunity to enjoy an hour-long walk by the river bank all the way to Todgha Gorges. Here you will have some free time to enjoy the scenery before lunch. 
Early in the afternoon, the walk will lead you to Merzouga where your camel caravan will be waiting for you. From here, ride your camel through the sand dunes of Erg Chebbi, while enjoying a mesmerizing sunset. Just before dark, reach your Sahara desert camp nestled between the sand dunes where you will enjoy a Moroccan dinner under the stars, while being entertained by local nomads playing their drums around the campfire.

Day 3: Merzouga — Fes 

If you wish, your desert camp hosts will wake you up to watch the sunrise. After breakfast, drive along the Ziz River with its amazing oasis lined with palm trees and fortified ksours (castles) all the way to Midelt, a small town in the middle of the Atlas Mountains, where you will stop for lunch. In the afternoon, continue crossing the Middle Atlas Mountains towards Fes. You will notice a dramatic change in the landscape: snow capped mountains, cedar forests, and rich vegetation, a complete 180 from the arid and rocky landscapes of the rest of the tour. Your Marrakech to Fes desert tour will end in the early evening and your driver will take you to your riad or hotel in Fes.
Includes
  • Pick-up from your hotel in Marrakech
  • Air-conditioned modern vehicle driven by an English-speaking guide driver
  • Overnight stay at Tinghir 4-star Hotel Bougafer
  • Private ensuite room with dinner and breakfast
  • Camel trekking in Erg Chebbi
  • Overnight at a nomads' desert camp in Erg Chebbi
  • Private standard tent with dinner and breakfast
  • Drop off at your Fes hotel
What’s Not Included
  • Lunches on the way
  • Beverages
  • Personal expenses
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with mobility impairments

Prepare for the activity

Important information
Know before you go
• Standard tents: very basic accommodation, a private tent is not guaranteed (depending on occupancy), and showers not available in the lodge on the following day. There will be a shared room where you can freshen up before breakfast and your long drive back to Marrakech. Toilets available outside your tent. Breakfast is served at the camp operator lodge.
• Luxury tents: located in a more isolated and scenic area. is more comfortable with proper bedding, and guaranteed private tent, there are western flushable toilets. There are hot showers. Dinner and breakfast are rich.
• If the road across the Atlas Mountains is blocked during winter, an alternative route is available via Taroudant. Customers must pay a mandatory supplement of 10€ per person if the alternative route is taken.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 151 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4 / 5
  • Organization
    4.2 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.1 / 5
  • Safety
    4.5 / 5
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Definitely one of the highlights of our trip! Each day is broken up with regular stops either for excursions and photo opportunitues or refreshment and toilet breaks. The bus was comfy and the driver and guides very knowledgeable. There was some pressure to buy a scarf on the 1st day (can buy them for €3-5 elsewhere and later in the trip vs €10-12) but they are very polite if you decline. Great value for money and an amazing experience all round. Would recommend this over the deluxe option.

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March 15, 2020

This tour was an incredible experience, I highly recommend it. Some things to keep in mind to set expectations: You will be in a van quite a bit, the desert is far from Marrakech and Fes. A lot of the roads going through the mountains are under construction and that will slow things down some and make for quite the bumpy ride for sections of the journey. It's 100% worth all the van riding though. My driver Haj was very friendly and made sure everything was as comfortable as possible for everyone along the way. Make sure you bring some Dirhams with you to purchase various little things along the way, like sodas or snacks. I really recommend upgrading to the luxury tent option, I've stayed in hotels in America that weren't as nice as my 'tent' with a hot shower and normal, Western style bathrooms. On this tour you'll get some amazing photos and learn lots of cool things about Morocco and the Berber people.

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March 8, 2020

This tour is exactly as advertised. There is a lot of time spent driving, but the drives are all beautiful and the drivers are very skilled. All of the tour guides were very knowledgable and easy to listen to. The accommodations were above my expectations as well at both the hotel and the campsite. The only caveat was that the third day is mostly spent on the bus driving back to Fès. I would 100% recommend this tour to anyone as an introductory experience to Morocco!

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February 21, 2020

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Ando Travel Ltd

Product ID: 54315