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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 Marrakech. 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-Day Desert Trip to Merzouga

2. From Marrakech: 3-Day Desert Trip to Merzouga

• Day 1: Marrakech - Tizi n'Tichka - Ait Benhaddou - Ouarzazate - Dades Valley Get picked up from your accommodation in Marrakech in the morning. Begin your journey to the Dades Gorges 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 and the Atlas Cinema Studios. Continue to Dades Gorges though Roses and Dades Valley. Settle in for the night at a riad/hotel in Dades Gorges.  • Day 2: Dades Gorges - 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, Tenhir, Tinjdad, Jorf, and Erfoud. Continue to a hotel in 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 for sand boarding and 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.

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

3. 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 Erg Chebbi

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 2,231 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.

Fantastic service start to finish. Hachem took great care of me the last two days of the trip. Fantastic experience to see a nice piece of Morocco. Desert experience was amazing and the entire team from camel rides, to food and entertainment were done very well. I'd highly recommend this for anyone wanted to get a feel for the desert, but not commit to a longer stay, or for someone/family limited by time.

Our 3 days desert experience from Fes to Marrakech was excellent. The Sahara experience especially was a bucket list experience and one we’ll never forget! A special thanks to Hachim our driver who drove us around Morocco for 3 days! His positive energy and enthusiasm made the journey very enjoyable! I highly recommend this desert experience!

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.

It was a very enjoyable experience except for the long ride back on the third day. The stay at the desert and the camel ride was great.