- Start Date01/14/2019
- TypeDesert tours
- Departure CityMarrakech
- End CityFes
- Contact nameAbdou tours
- Contact phone+212 619 30 52 68
- Cancellation policyCancel up to 48 hours
- Contract Single
- LocationMorocco / Merzouga Desert
- Group TypeAdult groups, Student groups
- Durations 3 days 2 nights
- LanguagesEnglish, French
A trip from Marrakech to Fes via Merzouga desert in 3 days can prove to be sufficient enough for an all-time thrilling experience around the Morocco desert if you know where to go and who to guide you. But not to worry, we are here for you. We will ensure you have a nice time exploring, and discovering the secrets of the great Sahara Desert by getting to tour around, admiring the landscape and the wide views that comes with it. The view stretches across the road to the High Atlas Mountains, passing by the Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou, all the way to the valleys of Dades and Draa until the Middle Atlas chain.
Taking off from Marakech, and following the paths of the former caravan route together with the tour team, crossing the High Atlas Mountain and its Tizi N’tichka pass (which is approximately 2,260 metres high), about one hour’s drive from Marakech. Lying ahead is the Ourika valley with its picturesque view, which is situated at the foothill of the High Atlas Mountain. It begins with straight roads that lead in to a dry forest landscape with winding roads. Here, you begin to see the Berber villages, with mud-brick walls cratered down the side of the mountains and in the dams below you- a beautiful and rare sight to behold! While observing and also exploring the broad view of the valleys and lush orchard with view of Mount Toubkal.
From here, we continue to Ait Ben Haddou, a fortified village which is situated along the former caravan route. It is a village which is very rich in culture and has also been a UNESCO world heritage site since 1987, it is a great example of Moroccan earthen clay architecture. It is famous for its Kasbahs (or Merchants house), here you get to visit explore some special areas which has always been a location for shooting blockbuster movies, as well as a backdrop for commercial and modelling photo shoots, especially with beautiful scenery such as the palm grooves of Tafilalet.
The trip continues through to the historic city of Ouarzazate, situated south of the High Atlas Mountains which is also known as the gateway to the Sahara Desert. Its huge Taourirt Kasbah, home to a 19th century palace with a panoramic view over the landscape which stretches at a distance. The city is well known for roses and it is said to be one of the most beautiful and fragrant cities of the world. Ouarzazate is home to the roses supplying majority of the world’s perfume needs, the city itself smells like roses. Here you get to enjoy a nice tour and also visit the film studios.
After sometime, we arrive at the valley of Dades – a series of rugged canyons carved out at the root of the Atlas Mountain, the gorge with a depth of about 200-300 metres, varying in colour, and then further ahead through the mountain route passing through the valley of Todra – a splendid and natural site with a high cliff of about 300m, while exploring the canyon around the river that flows down the gorge into the palm groove of the Todra valley. Heading past the Tamnalt hill and its bizarre rocks, lies Erfoud, an oasis town in the Sahara Desert famous for its fossils and dates, where you will enjoy the stunning views, then we head on to Merzouga.
Upon reaching Merzouga– a small town in the Sahara Desert which is referred to as a gateway to Erg Chebbi, its prominent feature is a huge expanse of sand dunes, you also get to enjoy a nice camel ride on the huge golden dunes of Erg Chebbi under the light contrast of an amazing sunset in the middle of the desert. Just as its about to get dark, a campfire will be set and private tents made available for your comfort. The local delicacies are made and served- the food of Berber locals is famous for being good for health, and you also get to enjoy the night under a cool and clear sky.
The journey continues through the scenic mountain roads along the Ziz river and its Oasis which is adorned with the palm grooves and the fortified Kasbah (also a world heritage site of UNESCO) to the Middle Atlas Mountains, then pass through Midelt – a city well known for its beautiful stones and historic fossils, which punctuates the winding Oued Ziz, then head towards the city of Fes through the snow-capped mountains and lush forest.
- Easy cancellation Yes
- Hotel Pick-up Possible Yes
- Instant confirmation Yes
- Skip the line Yes
- Wheelchair Accessible Yes
- Audio guide
- Entrance fees
- Food and drinks
- Hotel pick-up and drop off
- Private tour
- Professional guide
- Special activities
- Transport by air-conditioned minivan
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