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From Fes: 3 Days and 2 Nights Desert Trip to Marrakech

1. From Fes: 3 Days and 2 Nights Desert Trip to Marrakech

Take a multi-day trip through the Atlas Mountains to the Sahara desert departing from Fes. Admire the beautiful scenery, enjoy traditional Berber culture and cuisine, and visit a variety of charming villages across 3 days. Drive through a cedar forest and see the resident monkeys, before descending to the Sahara Desert. Arrive at the traditional kasbah at the foot of the Erg Chebbi dunes. Enjoy the beauty of the sunset on a camel ride across the dunes. At the Berber camp, enjoy mint tea and dinner, gaze at the stars and spend the night in a tent. On the second day visit Merzouga, Tinghir and Ouarzazate. Head out on the rugged Road of a Thousand Kasbahs along the ancient caravan route. This area has been a popular location for Hollywood films, such as The Last Temptation of Christ and Jewel of the Nile. Stop for lunch and a walk in Todgha Gorges and then travel through the Dadès Valley past dramatic escarpments. Dinner and overnight at a hotel in the Gorges or in Ouarzazate. On the third day, visit the town of Ouarzazate, including the Kasbah of Taourirt and the Atlas Studios – the largest and most famous movie studios in Africa.

From Marrakech 3-Days Desert Trip to Merzouga Dunes

2. From Marrakech 3-Days Desert Trip to Merzouga Dunes

• Day 1: Marrakech - Tizi n'Tichka - Ait Benhaddou - Ouarzazate - Dades Valley - Tinghir Get picked up from your accommodation in Marrakech in the morning. Begin your journey to the Dades in Tinghir via the Tizi n'Tichka Atlas pass. Take in panoramic views across the mountains and traditional High Atlas Berber villages before arrival at Kasbah Ait Benhaddou. After exploring this UNESCO World Heritage Site, enjoy lunch in Ait Benhaddou or Ouarzazate, where you'll visit Kasbah Taourirt . Continue to Dades Tinghir though Roses and Dades Valley. Settle in for the night at a riad/hotel in Dades Tinghir.  • Day 2: Dades - Tenghir - Todra Gorges - Tinjdad - Erfoud - Merzouga  After breakfast, depart for the Erg Chebbi Sahara Desert in Merzouga. Berber villages are scattered along the way, and you’ll pass through Todra Gorges, Tenghir, Tinjdad, Jorf, and Erfoud. Continue Merzouga. After relaxing for a while, take enough luggage for one night with you on a camel trek across the Erg Chebbi sand dunes. Upon arrival at the camp, leave the camels and walk to the highest dunes to watch the sunset. Spend the night in Berber nomad tents under the stars, listening to drum music in the middle of the Sahara.  • Day 3: Camel trek back to Merzouga - Atlas Mountains - Marrakech  Wake up in the early morning to watch the sunrise over the dunes. Ride your camel back to Merzouga to have breakfast. Pick up the rest of your luggage and begin your journey back to Marrakech, this time traveling through different areas and Berber villages. Once in Ouarzazate, take the same road back to Marrakech, arriving in the evening.

Marrakech: All-inclusive 4-Day Private Atlas and Desert Tour

3. Marrakech: All-inclusive 4-Day Private Atlas and Desert Tour

An example of the itinerary you will follow: Day 1: Marrakech, Ouarzazate, Dades Valley Your driver will pick you up from your accommodation and you will set off on your 4 day adventure. Pass through the Tizi n'Tichka pass in the High Atlas mountains and from Marrakech to Ouarzazate you can enjoy the scenic route, the landscapes with changing colors and terrain and the Berber villages along the way. You will have free time to visit the Taourirt Kasbah in Ouarzazate and have lunch on site. Then, on to the green valley of Dadès and the valley of roses by the palm grove of Skoura. You will have dinner and stay overnight at a charming guest house in the valley. Day 2: Dades Valley, Todra Gorges, Dunes of Merzouga After breakfast, you will set off on the road to the 1000 Kasbahs, then check check out Tinghr with its magnificent palm groves. At Todra Gorge, the bravest explorers can trek along the canyon, 300 metres above the ground. Then continue towards Merzouga and the erg Chebbi dune in the Sahara desert. In the largest desert in the world, you can experience the sunset on the back of a camel as you ride towards the oasis where the camp is located. You may spend the night in the nomadic tents or under the stars and play music or sing along with the locals and become immersed in true nomadic culture. Day 3: Merzouga, Tazarine, Agdz, Ouarzazate Watch the sunrise over the dunes of erg Chebbi, followed by breakfast in the camp. Return to a hostel via camel trek for a quick shower then drive to Rissani, a small town in southern Saharan Morocco where you can stop to visit a fossil workshop, before continuing to the junction of the Drâa and Agdz valley. Enjoy a relaxing dinner and hotel stay in Ouarzazate. Day 4: Ouarzazate, Aït ben Haddou, Telouet, Marrakech Go on a tour of the movie sets and studios located in Ouarzazate: the "Hollywood of Africa". Visit the Ksar of Aït ben Haddou, a world heritage site. Aït ben Haddou has been used to date as a backdrop for more than twenty films, including "Gladiator", "Indiana Jones "and" Lawrence of Arabia ". Take advantage of this walk through the area to admire the traditional architecture of the kasbahs. Continue on home to Marrakech through the mountains.

From Fes: 3-Day, 2-Night Desert Trip to Merzouga

4. From Fes: 3-Day, 2-Night Desert Trip to Merzouga

Experience an unforgettable 3-day adventure, as you travel from Fes to the stunning desert of Merzouga, and try once-in-a-lifetime activities like riding a camel, and sandboarding down dunes. Cross the desert of the Erg-Chebbi on your camel, in the company of a professional guide, watching the sunset slowly melt in the distance. Try an authentic Moroccan meal, before camping for the night in the heart of the desert in a traditional Berber tent, with a blanket of stars above. Travel through the breathtaking scenery of the Middle Atlas Mountains, and wind your way past beautiful forests, jagged rock faces, and Berber villages. Watch monkeys playing around in the cedar forests of Azrou, and visit a winter ski resort built by the French in the 1930s to resemble a Swiss village.

Marrakech to Merzouga: 3-Day Private Tour with Camel Riding

5. Marrakech to Merzouga: 3-Day Private Tour with Camel Riding

Day 01: Marrakech - Art Ben Haddou - Ouarzazate - Todra Gorges Start your Marrakech adventure bright and early with a convenient pick-up from your Marrakech located hotel. After a short meet and greet with your driver you will be on your to your first location. Cross the High Atlas Mountains until you reach the Tizi N Tichka's pass (2250 meter altitude). Continue on until you reach the Kasbah of Alt Ben Haddou, here you will marvel at the unique looking desert villages. Visit the magnificent Ksar (selected as a heritage listed site by UNESCO) before continuing on to Ouarzazate. In Ouarzazate you will have the chance to stroll through Taourirt. After your sightseeing you will continue on your travel until you reach Todra Gorges, here you will settle in for a relaxing sleep overnight and enjoy dinner under the stars.  Day 02: Todra Gorges - Erfoud - Merzouga Dunes Depart in the morning for day two of your adventure. Start your day by taking a short drive to the Merzouga dunes and witness an outstanding and picturesque natural occurrence. Enjoy a drive to the Palmeraie area, dotted with thousands of Palm Trees. Visit Todra Gorges and witness the breathtaking, panoramic views of the steep gorges that sweep across the desert landscape. Once you have finished walking amongst the gorges you will pass through Tinejdad and Erfoud until you reach Rissani where you will enjoy a lunch. After lunch you will be taken to visit the tomb of King of Alaouit (belonging to the current royal family).  Next you will visit Merzouga, where an exciting camel ride over the dunes of Erg Chebbi awaits you. Whilst on the back of a camel you will be able to marvel at the Sunset as it falls behind the dunes. Pitch a tent in the evening and spend the night under the desert night sky.  Day 03: Merzouga - Rissani - Nqob - Tammougalte - Ouarzazate - Marrakech After you have enjoyed a delicious breakfast, you will depart back to Marrakech on an alternative route. On the way you will stop by new locations you have not yet seen.  Drive through the Draa valley in Nqob. Pass through a desert landscape that many of the locals consider to be mysterious. As you drive through it you will get to see the beautiful Oases that seem to survive in this harsh habitat. Before reaching your final destination in Marrakech you will stop in Ouarzazate and enjoy a delicious lunch with panoramic views. After your lunch you will be returned to your accomodation in Marrakech. 

From Merzouga: Full-Day Small Group 4x4 Dunes Tour

6. From Merzouga: Full-Day Small Group 4x4 Dunes Tour

Start your visit to the area around Merzouga and the land of the Ait Khebbach tribe with pick-up from your accommodation in a spacious and comfortable 4x4 vehicle. Start your desert exploration with a visit to the village of Khamlia. Here, you'll enjoy the inhabitants' music and dance, and have the opportunity to try their instruments and learn to play some desert music of your own! Cross desert plateaus far away from concrete roads and visit a Berber family in their tent for lunch. Learn how they live in their tents with goats, sheep and working donkeys, as well as how to prepare a Berber pizza on the fire. Enjoy this delicious communal meal in their home. Afterwards, take a 4x4 down a gravel road to the Lake of Merzouga (also named Lake Tamezguida), which appears seasonally from November to May during the rainy season in  Middle Atlas. This is the best spot to see desert birds, and sometimes even flamingos! Return to your accommodation in Merzouga in the late afternoon.

De Casablanca: 7-Days Imperial cities of Morocco

7. De Casablanca: 7-Days Imperial cities of Morocco

Day 1: Casablanca Upon your arrival in Casablanca, You will find your driver waiting for you in front of the airport. Day 2: Casablanca- Rabat - Volubilis - Fes 9:00 am, after your breakfast, you will drive to Rabat. Discover Rabat, one of the four Imperial Cities and the Capital City of Morocco. Visit the Kasbah of Oudayas, the Hassan Tower, the Royal Mausoleum, and Chellah Roman ruins before heading to Volubilis, sitting in the middle of a fertile plain, the ruined Roman city of Volubilis is the best-preserved archaeological site in Morocco and it was declared as Unesco World Heritage site. Reach Fes in the evening to end this day full of surprises, discoveries, and dinner. Day 3: Fes Visit the spiritual and cultural capital of the Kingdom. The city is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, known for its intricate winding architecture of alleys, souks, and courtyards. See the Bouanania Medersa, Quaraouiyine Mosque, and Foundouk Al Najjarrine. After Lunch, you will continue the tour with the famous tanneries. Day 4: Fes - Merzouga Drive through the 4 seasons road. During winter, you will truly experience the four seasons since you will drive across the snowy Middle Atlas mountains before reaching the hot and dry Sahara Desert in less than 4 hours. At your arrival in Merzouga, enjoy the sunset over the endless sand dunes during a camel ride before reaching your camp for a Berber dinner and drums around the fire camp. Day 5: Merzouga - Ouarzazate Explore the surroundings of the sand dunes and visit the Gnaoua (local brotherhood) Village before heading to Ouarzazate. See the amazing Dades Valley with its uniques round rocks that look like they were melted and the Roses Valley before reaching Ouarzazate at the end of the day. Day 6: Ouarzazate - Marrakech Drive to the famous Kasbah Aït Ben Haddou. A UNESCO World Heritage centuries-old fortress where Lawrence of Arabia was filmed. Drive to the Kasbah Telouet, a fortress built at 2000m altitude near the Tiz'n'Tichka pass. Reach Marrakech, the pearl of the South enjoy an afternoon at leisure to recover from this wonderful yet intense adventure. Day 7: Marrakech to Casabanca Visit the most famous of all imperial cities known for their beautiful climate, the charming position at the feet of the high Atlas Mountains. Marvel at the beautiful 12th C Koutoubia mosque, the Menara Garden, the Jamaa El Fna square, and the Majorelle Garden. Head back to Casablanca at the end of the afternoon to end this unforgettable journey.

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Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 250 reviews

Great experience!I booked it after the private guide I hired before became dubious. I don't regret it at all! I have asked to visit Ouzazarte film studios after booking (you need to ask before the trip starts - this is optional) so I had a kind of private tour there with Lahcen, a very kind guide, head of the company. After that I rejoined the group, wonderful people from all over the world. The hotel was above my expectations (pool!). Next day we continued to the desert. Tourguide Houchine and extra guide Ahmad did a a great job. Although the way from Tinehir to Merzouga is not so far, there are a lot of activities before, because it is simply too hot to arrive before evening. The camelride through the dunes was stunning, the camp (basic) also very comfortable, good food, enjoyable music show - don't go to bed early, stars are fantastic! The next day we started very early with the camels. Then a long ride back to Marrakech, but our driver Brahim brought us back very safely.

We had an amazing trip with great people - both fellow travelers as well as guides. It is a touristy trip with quite some stops at souvenir stands, and the hotel wasn’t the most comfortable - yet, it was all 100% worth it. We highly recommend!! Especially the second day is just amazing, we had the opportunity to do quad, camel riding and sand boarding.

Once in a lifetime experience! Our guide Lahcen drove us safely to the desert and back with great music, stops for scenery, delicious food, and insightful commentary/conversation. The staff at the berber camp, live music, and sleeping under the desert stars were particularly wonderful. Highly recommend this tour!

The program was well designed - you get a great mountain & desert experience (all in line with the description in the offer). Some small possible improvements: quality of the guide in Tinghir (below basic English & repeating the same information several times).

Best trip! Highly recommend this tour company. Good communication, great driver Hakim was fun, attentive and accommodating. Easy transfers to desert and the team at the luxury camp were awesome. Comfort, clean and good fun. Hilight of our time in Morocco.