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3 Days 2 Nights Desert Trip to Marrakech from Fes

1. 3 Days 2 Nights Desert Trip to Marrakech from Fes

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.

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

2. 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.

Marrakesh: 3-Day Desert-of-Merzouga Experience

3. Marrakesh: 3-Day Desert-of-Merzouga Experience

Day 1: Depart from Marrakesh at 7:00AM, before crossing the beautiful Tichka Pass. Sitting at 2,260 meters, this is the highest pass in North Africa. You then descend to Telouet and its beautiful Kasbah of Pacha el Glaoui, before continuing on to the Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Receive a guided tour of the beautiful ksar, after which you head to the movie studios of Ouarzazate - considered the "Hollywood of Morocco". You then cross the Valley of Roses, after which you arrive to Dades Gorges. Finally, travel to Dades to overnight in a hotel. Day 2: Your second day begins early in the morning as you travel to admire the fantastic Dades Gorge and Todra Gorge. From there, continue onward to Tinghi, stopping for lunch along the way. Drive to Erfoud and Rissani before joining the dunes of Merzouga, where you ride a camel whilst watching the sunset in the middle of the Sahara. Accommodation is provided that evening in a Berber tent, and dinner is enjoyed around a campfire under the stars in the sand dunes of the Sahara. Day 3: Enjoy the sunrise in the desert before returning to the village by camel. After breakfast, head in the direction of Rissani, discovering the valley of Ziz and the mountains of the Massif du Saghro en route. Following your arrival in N'Koub, explore the Drâa Valley - complete with thousands of palm trees, a kasbah, and a ksour. That evening, your tour results in Marrakesh, marking the conclusion of your 3-day experience.

From Marrakech:Morocco imperial cities & Sahara Desert

4. From Marrakech:Morocco imperial cities & Sahara Desert

Day 1: Marrakesh, Ait Ben Haddou, Ouarzazate, and the Dades Gorges You will be picked up from either the airport or your accommodation, from where you will go to the High Atlas region. You will cross the port of Tichka from where you will be able to see the kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou, the famous site where several well-known movies were filmed. You will enjoy lunch there, before continuing on your way to the palm grove valley of Skoura and the Valley of Roses. After arriving at the valley of Daded, you will enjoy dinner before spending the evening in a hotel. Day 2: Dades - the Todra's Gorges - Erfoud - The Desert of Merzouga Your day will begin as you cross the Valley of the Dades, making panoramic stops to take pictures of the landscape before passing by the famous gorges of the Todra. You will take a short tea break before continuing your way to Erfoud, where you will turn off the track towards the dunes of Erg chebbi Merzouga. Once there you will enjoy an excursion on camels to contemplate the wonderful dunes of Erg Chebbi as the sun sets. You will arrive at the camp where you will enjoy dinner to the rhythm of drums and Berber music, as you spend an unforgettable night in the middle of the desert. Day 3: Merzouga, Midelt, and Fez Following breakfast, you will depart to Fez via Rissani, the former economic capital of Morocco. You will continue to the palm valley of Ziz, passing through Tafilalt and enjoying its panoramic views. You will later arrive to Azrou, contemplating the wonderful landscapes of the Middle Atlas and the forest of the pig, with an obligatory stop to see the monkeys that live there in the wild. Following this, you will pass through Ifrane (which is referred to as Moroccan Switzerland), before arriving in the afternoon to Fez. Day 4: Fez Following breakfast, you will leave to visit the old Medina of Fez, the cultural capital and the oldest of the imperial cities of the country. You will explore the impressive Medina, with its typical shops and artisan quarters, before sitting for lunch in a typical restaurant. That afternoon, you will drive to Meknes. Day 5: Volubiles and Rabat Your day will begin as you depart to the Roman ruins of Volubiles. Once there you will visit the walled Medina of the city, the Bab Mansour Gate, and the Hedim Square. You will later enjoy lunch, before departing to Rabat, the administrative capital of the country. You will visit its leading monuments, before continuing your journey to Casablanca where you will spend a night in a hotel. Day 6: Casablanca and Marrakesh Following breakfast, you will make a panoramic visit to the exterior of the Mosque of Hassan II. There you will enjoy a small tour to learn of the most emblematic points of the city, such as the Boulevard de la corniche, the Park of Notions, and Mohamed V. Square. You will then depart for Marrakesh, where you will receive a guided tour of the city before staying for the night. Your tour will then conclude the following day, as you depart back home.

From Marrakech: 4-Day Trip to the Sahara Desert

5. From Marrakech: 4-Day Trip to the Sahara Desert

Discover life in the Sahara Desert on an immersive 4-day (3 nights) tour from Marrakech. Enjoy a variety of desert activities such as a camel ride across the dunes from Erg Chebbi. Cross the High Atlas Mountains on a breathtaking road, experience the "Route of 1,000 Kasbahs," pass through the impressive Draa Valley and more. Day 1: Marrakech - Ait Ben Haddou - Dades Gorge Meet at 08:00 and escape the hustle and bustle of Marrakech as you head over the High Atlas Mountains on the Tizi n'Tichka mountain pass. Get far-reaching views of the mountains and valleys and see Berber villages on the way to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou. Stop for lunch in Ouarzazate and experience the "Route of 1,000 Kasbahs." Continue through the Valley of the Roses, with a short rest stop at Et Kella M'Gouna. Then, go to the Boumalne Dades, where you will leave the main road and travel along the valley gorge. Pass hilltop kasbahs and the Tamnalt Hills before spending the night at the Auberge Chez Pierre (www.chezpierre.org) just below the Dades Gorge. Day 2: Dades Gorge - Todra Gorge - Merzouga Depart at 09:00 and return along the gorge to Boumalne Dades. Visit the Todra Gorge and continue to Merzouga. Break for lunch at the Erg Chebbi dunes. Arrive at the edge of the Sahara Desert and meet your desert guides. Then, ride into the desert at a leisurely pace on a camel trek with an experienced guide. Watch the sunset at Erg Chebbi en route to a tented nomad camp inside the desert dunes (note: there are no facilities as water cannot be pumped here). Alternative accommodation can be arranged at a camp or hotel on the dune line where facilities can be provided (www.aubergedusud.com). Enjoy an evening meal under the desert sky. Day 3: Merzouga - Rissani - Alnif - Tazarine - Draa Valley - Agdz - Ouarzazate Depart in the early morning and watch the sun rise over the Sahara Desert. Ride your camel back to the hotel where the vehicle is parked. Enjoy a reviving breakfast and then head to the Palm Plantation of Tafilalet, passing the old Alaouite Sahara capital of the Alaouite Sultans at Rissani. Take the road to Alnif and enjoy lunch before the drive to N'Kob via the Tazzarine Oasis. Next, head towards Ouarzazate, passing the impressive Draa Valley and the Berber town of Agdz. Admire the high pass of Ait Saoun at 1,660 meters altitude before your arrival in Ouarzazate at approximately 18:00 to check into your hotel (www.darchamaa.com). Day 4: Ouarzazate - Marrakech Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before the drive to the film studios where movies such as Gladiator and Kingdom of Heaven were shot. Stop for lunch in the High Atlas Mountains, and then continue to Marrakech via the Tizi n'Tichka mountain pass. Get a breathtaking view of Marrakech before the end of the tour services.

Marrakech to Fès-Meknès: Sahara Desert Trip 3 Days 2 Nights

6. Marrakech to Fès-Meknès: Sahara Desert Trip 3 Days 2 Nights

See all that Morocco has to offer over 3 days of adventure between Marrakech and Fès-Meknès. Learn about life in remote Berber camps, see the luxury of historic Kasbahs, try local cuisine, and visit unique areas like Kalaat Mgouna and Rissani on this scenic trip. Day 1:Get picked up from your Marrakech accommodation bright and early to drive towards Ouarzazate, known as the gateway to Morocco's Sahara Desert. Pass through the dramatic landscape of the High Atlas Mountains and Tizi n’Tichka before stopping at Ait-Benhaddou Kasbah, a fascinating red earth fortress. Break for lunch and continue to Dadès Gorge via Ouarzazate, famous for its rugged landscape often featured in films. Visit the vibrant city of Kalaat Mgouna and learn about the annual rose harvest festival. Enjoy dinner at your Dadès Gorge hotel and rest-up for the day of traveling ahead of you. Day 2:Fill up with breakfast before the drive back through Dadès Gorge, past the Monkey Toes rock formation and the 19th century Ait Yul Kasbah. Cross Todra Gorge for panoramic views of the old Berber villages. Break for a stroll under the 300-meter-high cliff, loved by rock-climbing tourists. Reach Rissani for a traditional meal and continue to Merzouga village where your camel awaits. Ride around the camp before settling in for an evening of entertainment. Enjoy the rhythm of Berber drumming under the star-filled sky, making for a perfect ending to an action-packed day. Day 3:Rise early to the sunrise over Erg Chebbi, a massive dune of Saharan sand. Camel-trek back to a Merzouga hotel for breakfast and freshen up before your journey to Fès-Meknès. The final stretch includes stops at Tafilalet, Ziz Gorge, and Ifran, with plenty of views of desert and mountains along the way. Get dropped off at your accommodation in Fez in the early evening.

Kasbahs and Desert in a 4X4 - 8-Day Private Tour

7. Kasbahs and Desert in a 4X4 - 8-Day Private Tour

Experience the majestic scenery and wonderful culture of Morocco on this adventurous private 8-day trip from Marrakech, trekking through the Atlas Mountains and desert landscapes. Day 1: Marrakech Today we will pick you up at the airport, with a transfer to Riad Palais des Princesses. Day 2: Marrakech Today includes a full-day tour of Marrakech, the ancient imperial city founded in 1062. Marvel at the majestic profile of the Kutubia mosque towering up above the red houses. Visit the Saadian tombs and the Bahia Palace, seat of the Grand Vizier Ba Ahmed dating back to the late nineteenth century. After a break for lunch we continue to Jemaa el Fna market place, the heart of Marrakech. Visit the spice souk as well as the dyers' souk, where artisans dye leather and other fabric. Overnight at Riad Palais des Princesses. Day 3: Marrakech/Dades Gorge After breakfast we travel in the direction of the High Atlas Mountains through the pass of Tizi-n-Riad, using a road that climbs from the plains up to 7,400 feet (2,260 meters) above sea level. On the way we will pass small villages, waterfalls and watch the landscape change color as we head deeper into the mountains. We will stop along the pass for a refreshing glass of mint tea and admire the scenery before taking the road to the Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou, arriving in time for lunch. Here you can visit the famous Kasbah, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, which has been the set for the shooting of films such as Gladiator, Babel, Lawrence of Arabia and The Legionary. From here we drive through Ouarzazate, the famous Valley of Roses and the Dades valley leading to the Dades Gorge in time for sunset where we will stop Xaluca hotel for dinner and overnight. Day 4: Dades Gorge / Merzouga Desert In the morning, after breakfast, you will have the opportunity to take a walk through the Dades gorge. We then take a drive to the valley of a 1000 kasbahs, through the village of Tineghier and the Jewish Kasbah, arriving at Todra Gorge in time for lunch. After lunch you can take a walk into the gorge before going back on the road, heading through the wilderness of Erfoud and Merzouga Rissani where we arrive at sunset. From here we continue our journey by camel to the dunes of Erg Chebbi to spend an incredible and unforgettable night in a Berber tent. Have dinner to the rhythm of drums and songs of the Touareg people under a star-filled sky. Day 5: Erg Chebbi - Tafilalet Region Today the camels will wake you up in time to reach a large dune to admire the sun rise towards the border with Algeria. After breakfast in the Berber tent, you will return by camel to the hotel Auberge du Sud in Erg Chebbi. After a refreshing dip in the hotel pool we will take a 4x4 tour to the caves where natural fossils such as ammonites and trilobites can easily be observed. We will then travel to the small and ancient village of Tissrdmin where many films were shot, taking the road which passes through the Paris-Dakar rally route. We continue through the desert with its black volcanic rocks and stop for tea with a Touareg family. From here we journey on to the village of Kamla, famous for its local population’s African influenced music. Then, return to Rissani for some local pizza with a Touareg family, followed by a visit to the Kasbah of this town. We then return to the Auberge du Sud hotel to relax. Day 6: Merzouga - Draa-Vallee - Ourazazate In the morning we visit the vast palm grove of Tafilalet passing through the city of Rissani, capital of the dynasty of the ancient Sultans of Alaouite. We continue towards Alnif where we have lunch. In the afternoon we take the Tazarine and Nkob route, on a track through the magnificent Draa Valley with its palm trees. Overnight at hotel Dar Chamaa in Ourazazate. Day 7: Ouarzazate / Marrakech After breakfast we depart for the day. We will visit the Kasbah of Taourirt, film studios and the Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou. After some free time on your own for lunch, we proceed to Marrakech where we will spend the night at the Riad Palais des Princesses. Day 8: Marrakech After breakfast, we will transfer you to the airport for your return flight home, or onward travels.

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What people are saying about Dadès Gorges

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 144 reviews

When you book a tour anywhere it can be hit or miss. Especially when you are two girls travelling alone. But this one was DEFINITELY a HIT. Hachem, our driver was AMAZING. Super knowledgeable about the history and customs and all too happy to share. In multiple languages! He made sure that everything ran smoothly and we felt safe and looked after. We did not need to worry about or think about ANYTHING. He took us to all the best places and advised what to buy and where so that we only got the best things at the best prices. The more we asked, the more we learnt and unravelled stories. The tour itself was incredible. I did not expect the extent of the change in the landscape and the vastness of the space. I won't ruin it for you with too many details. Food and accommodation were fabulous. We were a bit worried about travelling in Ramadan, but this was not an issue at all. The added quad biking was super cool. The strangers who met in the car became a family. And THAT was AMAZING.

Bei unserer 4 tägigen Tour mit unserem Guide Hassan hatte wir die Gelegenheit die Kultur Marokkos von innen kennen zu lernen. Unser Guide war immer sehr fürsorglich und hat sich sehr bemüht für uns eine unvergessliche Tour zu gestalten. Neben der Tour durchs Atlasgebirge, dem Kamelritt durch die Wüste und den einzigartigen Unterkünften, gab es jeden Tag unzählige Fotostops und diverse Möglichkeiten für eigenständige Besichtigungen. Wer in kurzer Zeit möglichst viel von Marokko sehen möchte dem legen wir diese tolle Tour sehr ans Herz. Vielen lieben Dank nochmal an Hassan für ein unvergessliches Erlebnis!

Fantastic trip! Great tour guides, who showed us breath taking places. We discovered the amazing diversity of Morocco in 4 days. Our guides were lovely and ever so caring. As well as giving a guided tour, they shared their knowledge of the sights and places we saw which was highly interesting. I highly recommend this tour as it was very personable and memorable

Very well received by Lahcen and who speaks French very well. Comfortable vehicle adapted to our family of 6. We had an excellent stay on this private 4-day tour, of which we will keep memories forever, of very good times spent together. Once again, thank you very much Lahcen for your kindness, you were in our care. Steve and his family.

The trip from Fez to Marrakech was extremely well organised. Our guide Hassan was of exemplary professionalism and showed us much more than we expected.