3 Days from Fes to Marrakech via Sahara Desert and Atlas Mountains

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Duration

3 days

Overview

n this 3 days sahara desert tour from Fes to Merrakech via Merzouga Sahara desert dunes you will discover some of the best highlights of Morocco. See the real sahara desert dunes in Merzouga ( Erg Chebbi Dunes ), ride camels and spend the night in a beautiful desert camp. Cross the middle atlas and see 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 sahara desert experience on the way.

Tour Plan

Day 01: (Fes -Ifrane-Midelt -Errachidia-Erfoud -Merzouga).

During this Fes to Marrakesh desert tour you’ll experience glimpses of the Middle Atlas and Higher Atlas mountains. Stopping Ifrane and  Azrou, a Berber village in the middle of the famous cedar forest - the largest in Morocco where you may well sight Barbary apes. After sometime within the forest, your journey continues to Midelt along the magnificent hills and mountains of the Atlas, after Midelt town you will be travelling through the fascinating Tiz Ntalghamt pass and the Ziz Gorge, taking in views of the High Atlas plateau, you’ll notice how the scenery changes to reveal hints of the desert as you approach the city of Errachidia. Afterwards, you will travel along the luxuriant Ziz Valley, stopping for panoramic views along the way to Erfoud known for its date festival and fossil mining. Here you can visit a local collective to learn more about the process and meet some local artisans. Continue to Erg Chebbi, an extensive sea of sand dunes covering an area of 13.5 square miles (35 square km). Never stationary, the massive dunes shift and travel depending on the changing wind, upon your arrive at Merzouga you climb atop your camel to ride through the dunes and admiring the sunset before you arrive at the desert camp for a delicious dinner, relaxing by the campfire. And enjoy the stars and the silence of desert.

Day 02 : Merzouga -Tinghir-Todra gorges-Dades valley-Valley of roses-Kalaa Megouna-Skoura Palm oasis Oasis

Waking up before the sun rise gives you a unique treat watching the sun lighting the sand dunes into life. We will return from our oasis in the desert back to Merzouga for breakfast and to shower. Then we reach Tinerhir, where we visit the Todra Gorge. Considered one of the most dramatic sights one can come across in the whole Morocco. The gorge was carved out by the Todra River forming cliff-sided canyons on its final 40 km through the mountains. The final 600m of the gorge are stunning as the canyon narrows to a flat stony track as little as 10m wide in places with sheer and smooth rock walls. Before we drive to take us to the Rose Valley, Kella Mgouna know for this growth of roses, and passing in April, May the whole valley smells of roses. Road of Thousand Kasbahs will take us to the very nice Skoura Oasis for an overnight.

Day 03 : Skoura – Ouarazazate – Ait Benhadou Kasbah – High Atlas Mounatins – Marrakech

Departure from Skoura to Ouarzazate City for a stop to see the Taourirt Kasbah from outside, after we will enjoy a visit to Morocco’s famous Kasbah, a UNESCO World Heritage site, Aït Benhaddou. It is estimated the old ksar (a walled town) dates from the 11th century when it held an important position along the trans-Saharan trade route. Stop and explore the narrow streets and passageways of this traditional mud-brick city. From there, travel the winding road over the High Atlas Mountains, Stop near the top of the Tizi n'Tichka Pass (7,415 feet or 2,260 m) to admire the view over the mountain range. Stop at an Argan Oil Cooperative in Taddert to learn how olives are processed, before making your descent down the High Atlas and into the changing scenery. To end our special Morocco desert Excursion.