Fes to Marrakech or Marrakech to Fes
Via the Sahara Desert for a starry night
Diverse Scenery, Wild Macaques, Kasbahs, Film Studios, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Berber Towns and a chance to explore the Sahara by camel and spend the night under the stars in a Nomad Fire Camp or Luxury Desert Camp. This tour offers huge variety and a whole world of experiences in just 3 or 4 days.
Day 1 – Marrakech – Ait Ben Haddou – Ouarzazate – Dades
We will collect you from your riad in Marrakech and start your Morocco Tour from Marrakech to Fes by heading to the Atlas Mountains through the Tizi n‘Tichka pass. This is a spectacular and dramatic road providing amazing views of the snow-covered peaks of the Atlas mountains. You will see people living a very traditional way of life. in the Berber Villages we pass.
We then arrive at the UNESCO World Heritage cultural site of Ait BenHaddou. It was once an important stop along the caravan routes that from the Sahara and is the best preserved Kasbah in Morocco.
We then move onto Ouarzazate, which is the film capital of Morocco with one of the largest film studios in the world. Famous for Lawrence of Arabia, Asterix and Obelisk and Babel amongst many others. The studios are open to the public or if you prefer we can visit Amridil Kasbah, the 17th-century living museum featured on the 50-dirham note.
We will drive through Skoura Oasis and The Valley of the Roses, filled with wild Damask rose trees, a very important crop to the local population. Finally onto the wild landscape of Dades Valley, an area of outstanding natural beauty and unusual rock formations.
Overnight Dades Valley
Day 2 – Dades – Todra Gorge – Merzouga
After breakfast, your tour of Morocco continues and we will depart the Dades Valley before arriving at the charming oasis city of Tineghir with its 2000-year-old mellah (Jewish quarter).
Continuing on to Todra Gorge we have free time to trek the 300m canyons before lunch. After visiting the Nomad / Berber museum or fossil workshop, we will head for the Erg Chebbi sand dunes, indisputably one of Morocco’s most stunning sites. Enjoy the evocative adventure of a sunset camel ride to the oasis where our desert camp is located and after a moonlit dinner and drumming around the camp fire, sleep in Berber tents or perhaps star gazing under the magical Saharan night sky.
Overnight in Berber Camp (Standard Camp and Luxury Camp available)
Day 3 – Merzouga – Ziz Valley – Midelt – Azrou – Ifrane – Fes
We recommend rising early to watch the sunrise over the dunes after which we will depart to Fes along the scenic Ziz Valley Gorge to Midelt.
In the cedar forests of Azrou we will hopefully get to see the wild Barbary Apes, a species of macaque. Stretch your legs here and enjoy the chance to photograph the monkeys before we reach Ifrane, famous as a Moroccan Ski resort and more reminiscent of a Swiss Village.
Arrival late afternoon in Fes
As with all our tours, this is just an example and can be customised to fit your requirements –
Price will vary dependent on;
- The number of people in the party
- The number of days (3, 4 or 5 for this trip)
- The standard of accommodation required.
- The activities required
- Starting and ending points
- Room configuration
- Children’s ages if applicable
- High / Low season
- Airport Transfers required