DAY 1 MARRAKECH – DADES ( 7 HOURS DRIVE )
Your 3 DAYS SHARED MARRAKECH TO FES DESERT TOUR will depart from your hotel or riad at 07h30 AM to Kasbah AiT Ben Hadou through Tizi Ntichka pass and the high Atlas Mountains. Numerous stops will be made along the way. Visit the UNESCO world heritage Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, which was also served as a set for various Hollywood blockbusters. We continue to Ouarzazate and visit Kasbah Taourirte before lunch ( At leisure ). In the afternoon, we drive to Boumalne Dades via the Valley of the Roses before we reach our boutique guest house located in Dades Valley.
Dinner and overnight
DAY 2 DADES – MERZOUGA ( 4 HOURS DRIVE )
After breakfast, today’s journey will start by driving along the road of 1001 Kasbahs to Tinghir oasis. You will be enjoying the amazing scenery along the way of the remaining of fortified villages that were hosting the caravan roads until early 2Oth century. Upon arrival at Tinghir, which was a military post during the French occupation, we will deviate into a secondary road to the oasis. Feel free to walk next to the stream and watch the locals farming and herding their cattle. You walk will end at one of the magnificent scenes of your tour: Todgha Gorges. After lunch at one of the local cafés, we continue to Rissani, which is one of the holiest towns in Morocco as the actual dynasty ruling Morocco ‘’ The Alaouites ‘’ is originated here, and its founder is buried locally. Rissani is also famous as a starting point of the ancient caravan roads crossing the Sahara desert all the way to Tomboctou.
From here, we will cross some rocky terrain all the way to Merzouga, where our camel caravan will be waiting for us. Enjoy a camel ride over Erg Chebbi dunes to watch an amazing sunset, before we return to our Sahara desert camp, nestled in the middle of nowhere.
Enjoy dinner under the stars while entertained by our local nomads hosts playing their drums all night.
DAY 3 MERZOUGA – FES ( 8 HOURS DRIVE )
After breakfast at your camp, drive to Rissani ( 30 min ) where you say good bye to your group who will drive back to Marrakech and meet your new driver. After you’ve installed in your new van ( max of 6 passengers ), depart on a long drive to Fes crossing the Ziz Vlley through Errachidia which is the capital of Tafilalt region, and we continue to Midelt where we will have lunch at leisure before we keep driving across the Middle Atlas Mountians with its Cedar Forests and Berber towns of Imouzzar and Ifran. We arrive at Fes late in the afternoon.
Your shared Marrakech to Fes desert tour will end with a drop off at your Fes riad or hotel of your choice.
A/C modern minibus ( no more than 17 passengers for day 1 & 2 and no more than 6 on day 3 )
English / French speaking driver
First night at hotel Kasbah Dades including dinner and breakfast
Camel trekking in Erg Chebbi
Overnight at a Sahara desert camp in Erg Chebbi including dinner and breakfast
Drop off at a location of your choice in Fes.
Lunches on the way
Local guide in Kasbah Ait Ben Hadou ( 2 Euros per person – Optional )
What to pack for the tour:
Jeans for the camel trekking ( shorts & skirts not recommended, as the camel saddles are itchy, and can cause skin irritation )
Camera & phone chargers.
Warm clothes in winter