Fès to Marrakech – four day Sahara Desert tour

Tour Reference DV-FM4/127

This four-day tour that starts in Fès is a perfect introduction to authentic Morocco. From the drama of mountain scenery to spectacular valleys and vistas, your journey includes a special night in the Sahara Desert before concluding your tour in Marrakech.

The tour includes visits to Aït Ben Haddou, the Dadès Valley and the Todra Gorge.

Category Desert Overland Tour
Duration 4 Days
Starts From Fès
Returns to Marrakech
Group Size 2 - 6
Prices from €290

Tour itinerary

Day 1

Fès | Midelt | Erfoud | Erg Chebbi

 

After an early breakfast, we collect you from your hotel or riad in Fès in preparation for our ascent across the Middle Atlas Mountains.

 

 

 

 

Except for the summer months, you’ll catch imposing views of the snow-capped High Atlas Mountains in the distance.

 

 

Once through the mountains, we wind our way through beautiful, lush forests, jagged rock faces and Berber villages. After stopping for lunch at Midelt – famed for its rocks, fossils and apples – we continue on mountain roads that afford spectacular views of countless villages, Kasbahs and palm groves through the Ziz Valley.

Passing through the adobe coloured city of Er-Rachidia, by late afternoon the terrain has changed dramatically. With the slopes behind us, we’re now in what is best described as a lunar landscape as we head for Merzouga – a small town of the edge of the Sahara where we will spend the night in a hotel.

Meals included / not included
Breakfast Not included
Lunch Not included
Dinner Included

Day 2

Merzouga | Rissani | Erg Chebbi

 

After a relaxing breakfast we set out to discover more about this beautiful region of the Sahara Desert.

We begin with a visit to the ancient city of Rissani, an important fossil centre and home to the Alouite dynasty in the 13th century. This is of special significance to Moroccans as the lineage from the Alouites, principally Moulay Ali Cherif, carries through to our present king, Mohammed VI. Rissani is also an important cultural destination in Morocco, boasting many beautiful examples of early Moroccan architectural styles and notable palaces and temples such as the Ksar Oulad Abdelhalim.

Expect to see many of the local Moroccan men wearing their brightly coloured indigo robes – distinctive of the Saharan people. Depending on the timing of your tour, you may be lucky to catch one of the three markets held every week in the town.

 

This part of your tour also includes a visit to the village of Khamlia where you will have the opportunity to listen to (and perhaps join in with) traditional Gnaoua music. Later in the afternoon, we return to Merzouga and an auberge, from where we prepare to climb on to our camels for a trek into the desert, accompanied by Berber guides who will be our hosts for the evening.

 

Against the backdrop of Erg Chebbi and the impending sunset, we wend our way through the peace and natural beauty of the Saharan dunes until we reach our bivouac camp where you will stay in a Nomad tent.

Our guides will not only prepare a sumptuous, traditional meal but also invite you to join in with their special brand of music and entertainment, until the final embers of the campfire fade away under the canopy of stars.

Meals included / not included
Breakfast Included
Lunch Not included
Dinner Included

Day 3

Merzouga | Todra Gorge | Dadès Gorge

 

After an early start to catch the sunrise over the dunes, your camels will be waiting to help you return to the auberges at Merzouga where you can shower, change and take breakfast.

We depart for the Todra Gorge, en route passing the most sought after dates in Morocco, which are grown between Rissani and Erfoud.

 

As we climb into the High Atlas Mountains and through Tinghir we begin our approach to the gorge. There will be ample time to explore and take photographs, as well as enjoying a drink or lunch at one of the restaurants that is squeezed in to the jaws of the gorge. Refreshed and inspired, we set off for more of nature’s wonders in the Dadès Gorge, including the mind-boggling rock creations of the Tamnalt Hills.

Overnight in the heart of the Dadès Gorge.

Meals included / not included
Breakfast Included
Lunch Not included
Dinner Included

Day 4

Dadès Gorge | Aït Ben Haddou | Ouarzazate | Marrakech

A traditional Moroccan breakfast will set you up for the journey through the Rose Valley (most fragrant in April and May) and the town of Kella M’gouna an important centre for the rose growing cooperatives throughout the valley.

With Ouarzazate – the doorway to the desert - firmly established as the centre of Morocco’s film industry, it’s appropriate that our first stop on this final tour day is another great movie location. Aït Ben Haddou.

The historic ksar is one of the iconic images of Morocco and, not surprisingly, the backdrop for countless well known movies including Lawrence of Arabia, Gladiator, The Jewel of the Nile and Cleopatra. With the Kasbah that evolved around it, Aït Ben Haddou’s commanding position in the Ounila Valley served as an important trading post along a former caravan route from the Sahara to Marrakech and beyond.

 

We enjoy lunch amid the spectacular scenery of the High Atlas Mountains before heading through the Tizi n’Tichka Pass for our descent to Marrakech where we arrive late evening and your hotel and riad for the night.

Meals included / not included
Breakfast Included
Lunch Not included
Dinner Not included

Pricing

2 Persons €480 pp
3 Persons €440 pp
4 Persons €350 pp
5 Persons €320 pp
6 Persons €290 pp

Solo travellers are always welcome. Please ask for details and availability. Vegetarian options available. For groups of more than 6 guests, please ask our Reservations Team for more information about availability and prices. Reductions apply for children accompanied by adults. No charge for children under 5 years. All local taxes, state taxes, parking fees, tolls and fuel charges are included within the price. Please see below for more information.

Accommodation

Except for the Berber camp, the inclusive prices for accommodation are based on staying at a 3 or 4 star riad or hotel. Your accommodation can be upgraded to 5 star for part or all of your tour if you wish. Just ask our Reservations Team. Unless specified, your accommodation is inclusive of an evening meal and breakfast. Prices based on two people sharing a room. Single supplements may apply.

Inclusive and Exclusive

What is included

  • Accommodation in Berber tent at desert camp
  • All fuel, travel taxes and tolls as per itinerary
  • Breakfast at auberge in Merzouga
  • Camel trek and guides
  • Collection from your accommodation *
  • English/French/Spanish speaking driver
  • English/French/Spanish speaking tour guides
  • Evening meal and entertainment at desert camp
  • Half board accommodation inc. breakfast
  • Return to your accommodation *
  • Transportation in air-conditioned 4x4 or people carrier

What is not included

  • Airport-train-seaport transfers to accommodation
  • Entrance fee to attractions or events en route
  • Flights or travel to and from Morocco
  • Gratuities at your discretion
  • Lunches, snacks and drinks
  • Incidental expenses and souvenirs
  • Personal travel and health insurance
  • Any other items or services not shown as inclusive

Notes:

* Within 5kms of tour start and return points

Upgrades and changes to your itinerary

We’re more than happy to alter this itinerary to suit your individual requirements prior to booking. Just let us know what changes you would like and we will advise. And if you would prefer to travel throughout in a luxury limousine or have any special requirements you would like arranged for your tour, please ask us for details.

Other information

As with many of our tours, this itinerary involves a certain amount of travelling and walking, often on uneven surfaces. Please think carefully about the personal mobility (especially young children) of those in your group and the suitability of this tour for them before booking. Our Reservations Team will be happy to advise you on this.

Contact Us

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Contact information

Phone (office): +212 524 433 513

Fax: +212 524 433 513

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Email: tours@magnificentmorocco.com

Address: Angle Rue Tarik Ibn Ziad & Ibn Aicha Résidence Excel Sior

Imm. 18 No 6 Gueliz

Marrakech

Morocco