3 Days shared desert tour from Fes to Marrakech through Merzouga

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3 Days shared desert tour from Fes to Marrakech


Our agency offers Shared tours around attractive Moroccan places. In these 3 days of the shared tour from Fes to Marrakech, we will explore the views of Middle Atlas, which has Berber Villages with panoramic sights and forests with different kinds of trees. There are also the most popular Ziz Valley and Merzouga Dunes. In addition, you have a chance to live unforgettable moments in Golden Sahara and Kasbahs on the road to Marrakech.

Tour highlights:

  • Magical Ifrane
  • Cedar Forest
  • Middle Atlas Towns and Villages
  • Panoramic Ziz Valley
  • Golden Dunes of Merzouga
  • A Unique Night in Berber Camp
  • Experience of Camel Trek
  • Todra and Dades Gorges
  • Ouarzazate and Ait Ben Haddou
  • Tizi N’Ticheka Pass with wonder views

Itinerary of 3 Days Shared Desert tour from Fes to Marrakech:

Day 1: Fez to the Sahara desert for camel ride to the camp.

Our meeting point will be beside Batha fountain in front of Boutique heritage hotel in Fes.  We start our 3 days shared desert tour from Fes to Marrakech by driving few miles to have the first stop in Ifrane a modern and fresh city that is nicknamed as the Switzerland of Morocco based on its form of building and the weather. It always the last place where they found the last lion in the country. 

Only few minutes we will get to the Cedar forest of Barbarian monkeys. You will have a pause at this forest to play and feed the monkeys. After this we will cross the Middle Atlas mountains with its beautiful landscapes until we get to  Midelt for lunch. Next we drive towards the Sahara desert but before we will have a stop in Ziz valley as it is one of the longest valleys in Morocco. You will enjoy the panoramic view of the valley full of palm trees. Passing by Erfoud the city of dates and fossils. Also described as the gate to the Sahara desert.

Once we arrive to the Sahara you will get prepared for the camel ride.  You will ride your camels with a local camel guide  crossing the golden dunes of Erg Chebbi towards your camp in the heart of the desert. Before getting to the camp you will have a stop to watch and enjoy the sunset in a high dune. This night will be special because you will disconnected from the noisy world. After lunch the locals will prepare the fire and the set up for playing the drums for you. Dancing and learning how to play the drums will be part of the night also. You will enjoy also the incredible lights of the stars.

Day 2: From Sahara of Merzouga to Boumalne Dades

You will get up early to see the spectacular desert sunrise. After breakfast you will be back by 4×4 car crossing the dunes to your car to start driving on the second day of the tour.  We will pass by El Jorf palm grove. We will pass by a Berber cooperative of traditional clothes. You will have the chance to dress them and take pictures for free. 

Next stop will be lunch somewhere on the way. After lunch we will get to Tinghir, the location of the Todra Gorges. We will walk under this high canyon of 400 meters, enjoying the views and the sound of the river. On our way to the hotel inside the Dades valley we will stop by a rock formation that is called as the finger monkeys. Dinner and overnight in Dades valley.

Day 3: From Gorges Dades to Marrakech via Tizi N’Ticheka

The last day of our 3 days shared  desert tour from Fes to Marrakech starts by having breakfast. We take the road and pass by Kalaat Magouna, the roses valley, and  come across some Kasbahs. Driving long the road of thousand Kasbahs to reach Ouarzazate, the Hollywood of Africa, which is also home to the largest solar energy station in all Africa. In this city we will pass by the Kasbah of Taourirte that was used to be the palace of the Glaoui.

The next place to visit is Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987 and the most well-known Kasbah in Morocco. It has unreal architecture and is a stunning and amazing Kasbah. There, actors like Penélope Cruz and Gladiator shot their international films like Obelix, The Mummy, The Jewel of the Nile, and not to miss the famous serie of Game of Thrones. We will visit this old Kasbah to explore the facts and the views of this stunning old buildings. lunch can be before or after the visit of the Kasbah.

After we will cross the the High Atlas Mountains via Tizi N’Ticheka, the highest altitude of 2260 meters. Where you will have a quick stop to stretch your legs and for some photos. finally we will reach Marrakech and drop you off in the square of Jemma El Fenna. End of 3 days shared desert tour from Fes to Marrakech.

Tour includes:

  • Pick up/drop off at your accommodation in Marrakech.
  • Private A/C transport during the tour.
  • Camel ride per each in Merzouga desert.
  • Overnight stay in Dades and the Merzouga desert camp.
  • Dinner and breakfast.

Not included:

  • Lunches and soft drinks.
  • Entrance fees to monuments.
  • Other personal expenses.

Important note

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Frequent Asked Questions

Both Zagora and Merzouga are popular tourist destinations in Morocco, known for their desert landscapes and opportunities for camel trekking and experiencing the Sahara Desert. However, determining which one is better depends on your personal preferences and what you are looking for in your desert experience.

Zagora is located in the Draa Valley region and offers a more accessible desert experience compared to Merzouga. It is closer to major cities like Marrakech, making it a convenient option for travelers with limited time. The desert in Zagora is still impressive, with beautiful dunes and picturesque sunsets. However, the dunes in Zagora are smaller compared to those in Merzouga.

On the other hand, Merzouga is renowned for its stunningly large dunes, including the famous Erg Chebbi. These dunes are among the highest in Morocco and offer a more dramatic and immersive desert experience. Merzouga is located in southeastern Morocco, close to the Algerian border, and a bit farther from major cities. This can make it a slightly longer journey to reach, but many travelers consider it worth the effort for the breathtaking dunes.

Can you do a day trip to the Sahara Desert from Marrakech?

Yes, it is possible to do a day trip to the Sahara Desert from Marrakech, but it is a long journey and involves a significant amount of travel time. The Sahara Desert is located quite far from Marrakech, so keep in mind that it will be a long day with limited time to spend in the desert itself.

Yes, Merzouga Desert is indeed part of the Sahara Desert. The Sahara Desert is the largest hot desert in the world, covering a vast expanse of North Africa.

Merzouga is a small village located in southeastern Morocco, near the border with Algeria. It is renowned for its towering sand dunes, including the famous Erg Chebbi dunes. These dunes are part of the larger Sahara Desert, which extends beyond Merzouga into other parts of Morocco, Algeria, and neighboring countries.

The desert landscape in Merzouga showcases the typical characteristics of the Sahara, with its golden sand dunes, vast open spaces, and arid climate. It offers visitors an opportunity to experience the beauty and tranquility of the Sahara Desert in Morocco.

Can you camp in the Sahara desert?

Yes, camping in the Sahara Desert is a popular and memorable experience for many travelers. There are several options available for camping in the Sahara, including both organized camps and independent camping.

Whether you choose an organized camp or independent camping, spending a night under the starry desert sky is a unique and enchanting experience. The silence, vastness, and beauty of the desert make it a memorable part of any journey to Morocco. Just remember to follow guidelines and respect the environment to minimize your impact on the delicate desert ecosystem.

The Merzouga Desert, located in Morocco, is generally considered safe for visitors. 

It’s recommended to hire a local guide or join a reputable tour company when exploring the desert. They are familiar with the terrain and can provide valuable guidance. Or travel in groups: If possible, travel in a group, especially when venturing into remote areas of the desert. This can enhance safety if any issues arise.

The desert environment can be challenging, with extreme temperatures during the day and potentially cold nights. Be prepared with appropriate clothing, sun protection, and sufficient water supplies.

We have extensive knowledge of the destination you’re visiting. We can provide valuable insights, recommendations, and access to hidden gems that you might not discover on your own. Our expertise can enhance your travel experience and help you make the most of your trip.

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