3 days tour from Marrakech to Fes via Merzouga
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Our 3 days tour from Marrakech to Fes via the desert will start by visiting the Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou, the city cinema Ouarzazate and Dades Gorges. On the second day, you will experience the Sahara desert of Merzouga by camel trekking and camping at Berber tents. Finally, the tour ends in Fes before we visit the Cedar forest to see the monkeys and also Ifrane.
This tour is customizable from Marrakech to Merzouga and back to Marrakech, if you are interested, please click here!
Day 1:Marrakech to Boumaln
Morning departure at 8 o’clock from your hotel or riad in Marrakesh to cross the High Atlas Mountains. After the Tichka pass, you leave the main road and take a side road to the Telouet Kasbah, which belonged to the Lords of the Atlas, the Glaoui family, and which now stands in ruins after the last Pasha fled the country following the departure of the French. From there you continue along the new and stunningly beautiful connecting road for lunch at Ait Ben Haddou. This is the most famous Kasbah in Morocco and is a UNESCO World Heritage site, which you can visit after lunch. The road past Ouarzazate and to the Skoura Oasis, where numerous ancient kasbahs, some sadly in ruins, stand amongst the palm trees. From here, the route goes through Kela’a M’gouna, the Valley of Roses, with a stop to see cosmetic articles locally-made from the valley’s abundant roses. You stop in the Dades gorge in a guest house there.
Day 2: Bomaln to the Sahara desert of Merzouga
After breakfast, there is time to walk by the river before continuing to Toudgha to the very different gorges there. Lunch will either be here in the gorges or later at the bivouac at the Erg Chebbi dunes.
You drive there via the Ziz Valley, and the towns of Erfoud and Rissani which is where the king’s family originates. In the afternoon after a welcoming glass of tea, you can take a two-hour camel ride in the Sahara. The sunset from the top of the dunes is spectacular (250m) and afterwards there is dinner and the night in a nomad tent at the foot of the dunes.
Day 3: Merzouga back to Fes
On the last day of our 3 days desert tour from Marrakech to Fes, we will leave Merzouga toward Fes. But before, there are some interesting places to visit. First, we will visit the Ziz valley, one of the biggest valleys in Morocco where they get the source of dates fruits. Therefore, you will see many palm trees.
Then, we will cross the Atlas Mountains across some cities like Midelt and Azrou. After that, we will pass by the cedar forest, we will stop to visit the monkeys of the barbary Macque, feed them, and take some photos. Next, we will visit Ifrane, the little Moroccan Switzerland, we will stop to visit the statue of the atlas lion that was curved here for many years. Eventually, we will arrive to Fes, and that”s the end of our 3 days Marrakech to Fes desert tour.
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Ait Ben Haddou
Ait Benhaddou is an incredible site you will visit with our Marrakech desert tour 3 days to Fes. It’s a Berber fortress, a Kasbah built by the Glaoui family in the 11th century. This site is famous for the movies that were shot here. For instance, they shot a part of the British American movie, Gladiator. Also, they shot a part of the famous movie Lawrence of Arabia.
Ouarzazate is a city in Morocco located in the southern part of Morocco. Its name comes from a Berber phrase meaning “without noise” or “without confusion”, a city with a vibrant culture and artistic tradition.
Ouarzazate is a good tourist city in Morocco, which is ideal for tourism, with a large number of hotels. The population is about 38 thousand people. It is often a favorite stop for tourists on their way to the Sahara Desert. Most of them stop here to stock up on provisions for their onward journey to the Great Deserts.
Ouarzazate differs from most Moroccan cities by all standards. Its main attraction is the long and wide avenue Mohammed V, which begins from the beginning of the city and continues along the modern buildings, Kasbah Tifultutte.
Ouarzazate is well established with numerous high-level hotels, but relatively few restaurants and gardens. Another reason for its popularity is the huge Atlas film studios, which are located 6 km from Ouarzazate. It is a huge studio, covering about 30,000 m, you can often see the shooting of some film. Films such as:
- Lawrence of Arabia.
- Star Wars
Be sure to visit the Finnite Oasis south of Ouarzazate, home to the beautiful Piss Ksour. It is also home to the Kasbah of Taurirt, which was built in the 18th century and renovated in 1994.
The famous El Mansour Eddahbi reservoir, built in 1972, which provides constant irrigation of palm groves and agricultural land. It is the main source for the production of electricity.
Ouarzazate has a typical Moroccan market, but products are slightly more expensive than in other cities in Morocco. It is worth a visit at least once in this interesting city.
One of Africa’s top natural attractions, the Sahara is in front of you, not just in a geography textbook. Now you can see the white sun of the desert and the dunes of all shades of yellow, going beyond the horizon. Of course, the scope is impressive: the dunes seem endless.
You can not travel on your own in the Sahara, only with a tour. This is done primarily for the safety of tourists. In the tour you will try the traditional cuisine of the inhabitants of the desert, you will hear the real songs and music of the Berbers, get acquainted with their life and culture. The balloon flight or the ride on the giant dunes on quad bikes, skis or snowboarding will be an unforgettable experience! You can also stay the night in a special tent in the desert, admiring the light of the distant stars.
The best thing you will discover in our 3 days desert tour from Marrakech to Fes is the camel ride. You will be able to experience it crossing the Erg Chebbi sand dunes. You will be able to do it twice when 2 days in Merzouga. First, you will do one in the afternoon to see the sunset and to the camp. Second, you will do it from the camp back to the village.