Fes: Private Hiking Experience Along the Zalagh Hillside
- Private group
- Duration: 3.5 hours
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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.
Really, really great experience. The tour that is described is the tour you will go on. Our hotel room the first night was much much better than we had expected based on the other reviews that we read before the excursion. It had really beautiful furniture and a nice balcony. The standard camping accommodations also exceeded our expectations. There were 2 clean twin beds in a warm tent with warm blankets. We had a really great dinner at the camp site as well. The only thing that could have been made more clear was that the third day of the tour is really only an 8 hour long bus ride from the camping site to fes. It is a beautiful drive though. Also the guides are partnered with local businesses and will take you to tourist traps. There are much cheaper places to buy scarves and lunches. Our driver Haaj was the best! The tour guides were funny and smart. Would definitely recommend this tour.
Everything was better than my expectation. Hassan, our driver was very friendly and professional. He picked us up at the hotel on time and also drop us to our hotel in Fez. He helped us a lot and very flexible. The car was comfortable and we were very lucky to get kind of a private tour because no other tourists booked the same date as us. The hotel was very nice and clean. The landscapes along the way is incredible and our driver showed us local restaurants for lunch. The highlight was the sunset in the desert and riding the camel. Simply unforgettable. It's a very long journey with the car but I loved it and already used to this kind of trip. The camp in the desert was also clean, we got our own bathroom. But it could be very cold at night (we visited in February) so bring warm clothes!
This was a great tour to the Merzouga desert, easily the highlight of my trip to Morocco! A special mention goes to Reda, our tour guide, who was very friendly and did an amazing job! The minibus picked us up in Marrakech and stopped in different landmarks on the way to the desert. We stayed in a nice 4 star hotel in Tinghir the first night, and in a camp in the desert (A lot nicer than what I was expecting) the second night, where a group of locals entertained us around a campfire in the evening. On the way back there weren't enough people going to Fes (most of my group was going back to Marrakech), so a car ride with just 4 people was arranged instead (at no extra cost), to drive us to our destination. I'd totally recommend this tour!
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.