2 days tour from Marrakech to Fes
2 days tour from Marrakech to Fes is ideal for those who only have a few days in Morocco but still want to go on a camel trek and spend the night in a Merzouga desert camp. This 2 days tour from Marrakech to Fes begins with Pick up from your hotel/riad in Marrakech at 7:00 a.m. to have enough time to make as many stops along the way as possible and depart to the High Atlas mountains via Tizi N’Tichka pass with stops for impressive panoramic views and taking photos of authentic Berber small villages hidden in the landscapes.
Then we’ll proceed south to Ait Ben Haddou’s ksar (fortified village), where we’ll make a quick photo stop or a short visit if you’re traveling during the summer months and the day is long enough. The well-known Kasbah (declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986). Gladiator, Obelix, The Mummy, The Jewel of the Nile, Sahara with Penélope Cruz, and others have all been filmed in this stunning location. Our 2-day desert journey from Marrakech to Fes continues with views of film studios and the Taourirt Kasbah from the outside in Ouarzazate, as well as photo, stops at other locations. You’ll have some free time for lunch in Tinejdad or Touroug before continuing to the Merzouga desert and the stunning Erg Chebbi dunes.
Before supper, you’ll have the opportunity to watch the sunset from the top of a dune, try sandboarding if you’re interested, take photos, and enjoy the sights… We continue to the camp, where you will be greeted with a cup of mint tea, a great dinner, and traditional Berber drumming music before sleeping in a tent beneath the stars.
After viewing the sunrise over the dune near the camp on the second day, you’ll have a nice breakfast and shower at the camp before riding the camels back to the original starting point or driving if you want. From here, we’ll continue to Fes via the Ziz Valley, Morocco’s second-longest river, crossing the Middle Atlas Mountains for incredible views, free time for lunch at a restaurant, and then in the afternoon, we’ll stop at the Cedar Forest in Azrou to see the wild monkeys and take a short walk through the forest to take pictures… We’ll stop in Ifrane, Morocco’s small Switzerland, before arriving in Fes late in the afternoon and dropping you off at your hotel, bringing our 2 days tour from Marrakech to Fes to a close.
Day 1: Marrakech - High Atlas mountains - Ouarzazate - Merzouga Desert
Your 2 days tour from Marrakech to Fes will begin with your driver from Sahara Camel Trips picking you up from your hotel/riad in Marrakech early in the morning and departing for the High Atlas mountains, passing through Tizi N’Tichka port with stops for magnificent panoramic views and taking photos of Berber villages and their beautiful landscape. Then we’ll travel south to Ait ben Haddou (fortified village), which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1986. Many famous films have been shot here, including Game of Thrones, Gladiator, The Jewel of the Nile, The Mummy, and so on. Our journey continues to Ouarzazate, also known as “The Gate of the Desert,” which means “noiseless” in Berber. The Taourirt Kasbah, one of Morocco’s most beautiful ksars, is located here. We’ll stop for lunch at Rose Valley after passing through the large Skoura palm forest, a magnificent place to contemplate endless palms and various kasbahs built in the surrounding area. We’ll pass through the Dades and Todra valleys, Tinejdad, Touroug, and then on to the desert to reach the stunning Merzouga dunes, where we’ll go camel trekking through the golden Erg Chebbi desert with a stop to watch the incredible sunset over the dunes, try sandboarding if you’re interested, and enjoy the beautiful landscapes… until the sun sets, then continue to Berber Camp Merzouga where you’ll be great.
Day 2: Erg Chebbi - Ziz Valley - Midelt - Middle Atlas – Cedar forest – Fes
You’ll enjoy a nice breakfast and shower at the camp on the second day after viewing the dawn over the dune near the camp. You’ll then ride the camels back to the original start location or we can transfer you in 4WD if you like. From here, we’ll continue on to Fes via the Ziz Valley, Morocco’s second-longest river, crossing the Middle Atlas Mountains for incredible views, free time for lunch at a restaurant, and then in the afternoon, we’ll stop at the Cedar Forest in Azrou to see the wild monkeys and take a short walk through the forest to take pictures… We’ll stop in Ifrane, Morocco’s small Switzerland, before arriving in Fes in the late afternoon and dropping you off at your hotel, bringing our 2 days tour from Marrakech to Fes to a close.
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Marrakech, often called Marrakesh, is the capital of Morocco’s central region. It is located in the center of the rich, irrigated Haouz Plain, south of the Tennsift River, and is the first of Morocco’s four imperial cities. The medina, or ancient part of the city, was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1985.
The kingdom of Marrakech was named after it, and it was the capital for a long time. It was constructed in the mid-11th century by the Almoravid dynasty’s Yusuf ibn Tshufn, and it served as the Almoravid capital until 1147 when it fell to the Almohads. The Marnie took possession of Marrakech in 1269, preferring the northern city of Fès as their capital.
Although Marrakech thrived as the capital under the Sads in the 16th century, subsequent Alawite rulers preferred to live in Fès or Meknès; however, the Alawites continued to use Marrakech as a military base. In 1912, the Islamic leader Amad al-bah conquered Marrakech but was defeated and driven out by French forces led by Col. Charles M.E. Mangin. Marrakech was ruled by the Glaoui family for many years during the French protectorate (1912–56), the last of whom, Thami al-Glaoui, was the main instigator of Muhammad V’s deposition in 1953.
Ait Ben Haddou
Ait Ben Haddou is a village in southern Morocco, approximately four hours from Marrakech and close to Ouarzazate. You’ll have to cross the High Atlas mountains to get there, which is half the fun. The pass, known as Col du Tichka, is 2260 meters above sea level. When I arrived in December, there was some snow on the highest peaks a little further out.
After then, the scenery becomes increasingly desolate. However, communities can still be found. Women were also seen by the side of the road lugging firewood and goat herds.
Merzouga desert tour
The Merzouga desert is perhaps the highlight of the 2 days tour from Marrakech to Fes. Definitely, the camel ride and a desert night in a Berber tent are the most unique and memorable experiences you can have in your lifetime. That is why we do everything we can to make it unique and memorable for you.