Fes to Marrakech via Merzouga desert in 3 days

Overview :


3 days desert tour from Fes to Merrakech via Sahara desert offers you the chance to have a real desert experience, ride camels and spend the night in a beautiful desert camp and to discover the most interesting sites in Morocco such as Ifrane, Ceder forest in Azrou, Ziz valley, Gorges of todra and dades, Ait benhadou Kasbahs, Atlas mountains and so many more. This is the best solution to travel between the two imperial cities of Fes and Marrakech while discovering a big part of Morocco and enjoying a life time desert experience on the way.

Itinerary:

Day 1: Fes - Midelt - Erfoud - Merzouga - Erg Chebbi (532km)

At 8:00 a.m we start our 3 days desert tour from Fez to Marrakech via Sahara. We leave for Midelt through the Atlas Mountains and the cedar forests of the middle Atlas. We pass by Ifrane, a charming ski resort and Azrou, an important handicraft centre specialised in the work of cedar wood. We arrive in Midelt for lunch. At the afternoon we will drive to Erfoud and into the desert. Once you arrive to the dunes of Erg Chebbi, a small offroad takes you to the edge of the golden dunes where camels are waiting for you, the luggage will be loaded in an 4x4 car and transported to the camp, and you can enjoy a beautiful camel ride over the sand dunes and watch a majestic sahara sunset on your way to the camp. After reaching your destination, you will be greated with tea and smiles. You will be shown to your beautiful comfortable private tents equipped with ensuite bathrooms and showers to relax and settle before dinner time. After a delicious meal, fire will be lit and a festive ambiance takes over with musical plays by the staff and cameleers under the starry night of the desert !

Day 2: Merzouga - Rissani - Todra Gorges - Dades Gorges (304km)

Wake up for Sunrise lovely pictures, and Breakfast in open air, you will have breakfast in the camp, pack and go back either on camels or by 4x4 leaving the dunes behind. Back on the asphalt roads, we depart to Erfoud which is known by fossils' making. Drive through palm-groves and Savanah like desert. We stop for lunch, then we take a short walk in Todra Gorges. We head to our stoping point Dades Gorge. Dinner and overnight in the hotel.

Day 3: Dades Gorges- Skoura - Ouarzazate- Ait Ben haddou - Marrakech (356km)

After breakfast, we will take a short walk in the gorges before we continue our 3 days morocco desert tour from fes to Marrakech. We will follow the Dades Valley through El Kelaa Magona known as Valley of the Roses and the road of a thousand Kasbahs. We visit of Ouarzazate and stop for lunch in Ait Benhadou village. We will have time to explore the famous protected UNESCO site which is the nest of many films like the Gladiator, lawrance of Arabia and much more. We will drive via Tichka pass to arrive to Marrakech.

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Pricing :



Private tour:

The price varies depending on the number of travelers, the season and accommodation choice, it can start from 195€ per person for groups and families to 350€ per person for couples


Shared group tour:

the price for the shared group tour is fixed at 220€ per person, it might seem a bit higher than some so called "similar" offers in the market but do not be fooled, our groups are limited to 8 people max and require only 4 participants to start. The small number makes the tour quite similar to a private one with flexibility, same quality accommodation choice and attention from the company, hotels and driver.

The price includes :

  • An air conditioned 4x4 or Minivan, depending on the number of the group
  • Fuel
  • English/French/Spanish speaking driver during the tour
  • Pick up & Drop off at your Marrakech & Fes accommodations
  • Overnight in Dades gorges or Skoura in a traditional comfortable Hotel. Possibility to upgrade to a deluxe hotel on a private tour
  • Camel Trek to overnight in Luxury Camp with Ensuite-bathroom and shower
  • Private rooms/tents
  • Dinner and breakfast are daily included
  • Free time to explore the sites such as Ait Ben Haddou kasbah, Walks, Canyons, Breaks for photos,..Etc
  • Local guide in Ait Ben Haddou
  • No forced Shopping
  • No hidden costs

Extra costs to be expected :

  • Lunch (Full Menus cost an average of 10€, and you can order "á la carte" in most places)
  • Drinks ( if you drink a lot of water, you can purchase a package of 6 bottles from a small shop)
  • Entrance fees to optional ouarzazate and Skoura visits:
    • Cinema Museum : 30MAD per person
    • Kasbah Taourirte: 20MAD per person
    • Atlas Cinema studio : 50MAD per person
    • CLA cinema studio : 50MAD per person
    • Amridil Kasbah in Skoura: 20MAD per person
  • Gratuities (optional)

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1. What's the difference between private and shared tour?

The main differences between private and shared tours are the vehicle, you will only be sharing the transportation, rooms and tents are private, and even for meals you can chose to stay separated from the group if that is your preference. The other difference is that private tours are guaranteed, once you confirm your booking, we are commited to offer the tour, however shared tours depend on demand and require a minimum of 4 participants to run, if the minimum number is not met, you have the choice between a free cancellation or negotiate a deal to continue as a private tour.

2. Is it possible to have vegetarian/vegan food ?

Yes it is possile to provide vegetarian or vegan food during the tour, all you need is to let us know during the booking process and maybe remind your driver during the tour.

3. Is it possible to reach the camp without riding the camels?

Yes the camp has a dedicated 4x4 car to transport the luggage and clients who are not interested in riding the camels at all or at least do it only once. If you go on a private tour, you will be traveling in a comfortable 4x4 car that can access the camp if needed.

4. Does the camp have private bathrooms ?

Yes our camp is considered a luxury camp yet we include it in our basic packages without a significant raise in the price, all the tents are equipped with ensuite bathroom and showers

5. Can I take my luggage during the tour?

Yes, you can take your luggage during the tour, the vehicles are spacious enough to hold many big suitecases, and your luggage will be with you at all times so it's safe, even in the desert, your luggage will be transported to the camp with a 4x4 car to the tents.

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How to pay for the tour:

To confirm any tour or activity, we require a small deposit to be paid over PayPal to our account, the balance is due in cash at the pick up, to be paid to your driver in euros or equivalent in dirhams

Credit cards :

Unfortunately we do not accept payments with credit cards because they are not very popluar nor practical in Morocco and they generate so many fees and hold some security risks

Is it possible to pay the total with PayPal:

Normally we ask for the balance payments in cash because paypal also has many transaction fees and operational delays since it's an international institution. We can in some cases accept the full payment via paypal however a 5% fee will be applied to cover the extra transaction charges. In case you are considering this method, it is best to arrange the payment before the tour.

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