Head into the immensity of the desert and enjoy a unique adventure visiting locations as beautiful as Ouarzazate and the Erg Chebbi duens with this Merzouga to Fez Trip: 3 Days.
Merzouga to Fez Trip: 3 Days
Day 1: Marrakech - Ait Ben Haddou - Ouarzazate - Dades Valley
After meeting at 8 am, we'll leave Marrakech and set off for Ouarzazate. During the journey, which takes approximately 4 hours, we'll enjoy the spectacular landscapes of the Atlas as we cross the Tizi n'Tichka pass, which is over 2,000 metres high.
At the halfway point of our journey, we'll stop at the Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou, which you might recognise from films such as Gladiator or The Kingdom of Heaven. After the brief stop, we'll resume our journey to reach the town of Ouarzazate, to be amazed by the impressive Kasbah of Taourirt.
Finally, we'll set off again to travel along the Thousand Kasbahs Road towards Skoura until we arrive approximately 30 minutes before sunset at the Roses Valley. We'll end the day in the Dades Valley, a unique spot where we'll enjoy our first night's accommodation (it's possible that, on some occasions, we'll stay at Skoura).
Day 2: Dades Valley - Todra Gorges - Merzouga
With the first rays of light shining on the Dades Gorges, we'll have breakfast and head towards the Dades Valley. Once there, we'll go through the spectacular Todra Gorges and walk around them while being surprised by the incomparable panoramic views of this valley.
We'll then resume our journey towards Merzouga by crossing the Jorf Palm Grove, famous for having the best dates in Morocco. Would you like one as an aperitif on the way to Erfoud? Just before we arrive in this small village we'll enjoy a relaxing break to enjoy a traditional Moroccan meal.
After visiting the fossil remains in Erfoud, we'll continue our journey to Merzouga. Once there, we'll change our vehicle to go up on the back of a camel and head into the desert to the camp where we'll sleep.
Once settled in, we'll let the darkness of the night and the silence of the desert surround us while eating an authentic Moroccan dinner in Erg Chebbi under the stars - one of the most unforgettable experiences of your trip!
Day 3: Rissani - Ziz Valley - Middle Atlas - Fez
Can you think of a better plan to start the last day than witnessing the sunrise in the desert? After enjoying an unforgettable experience and being fascinated by the reddish tones of the sun on the desert dunes, we'll ride our camels to a hotel, where we'll be able to take a shower and have breakfast (depending on the option chosen, breakfast and shower can be taken before the camel ride).
Then we'll set off for Fez, passing through Tafilalet and Rissani, the ancient capital of the Alaouite sultans and the birthplace of this famous dynasty that still reigns in Morocco today.
The tour will continue through Azrou and Ifrane, where we'll stop at the monkey forest to respectfully admire these beautiful animals and even feed them.
After our meeting with the friendly primates, we'll resume our journey to arrive in Fez approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes later, around 6 pm. The journey can be made by taxi with a English, Spanish or French speaking driver, depending on availability.
The first night we'll stay in Dades and the accommodation will be the same for the standard and superior options. Some options are Dar Essyaha, Hotel Babylon, Hotel Le Vieux Chateau or Kasbah Tifawen.
The second night will be spent in a haima camp in Merzouga. The difference between the standard and superior category (Azawad Luxury Desert Camp or similar), is that in the standard category the bathrooms and showers are located in common tents, and the superior category has a private bathroom with shower in each haima.
Rooms are double or, if you prefer, triple or family rooms.
All of our providers comply with local legislation and applicable health recommendations regarding protection and safety, to help avoid the spread of Covid-19. Specifically, the provider of this tour will apply the following measures:
- Tours or activities will not consist of more than 25 people per group.
- A safe distance of one metre between clients will be maintained whenever possible.
- The use of masks is obligatory. The client must bring their own mask.
- Alcohol gel will be available before, during, and after the service.
- All those running the service (guide, driver etc...) will wear a mask throughout its duration.
- All those running the service (guide, driver etc...) will wear gloves throughout its duration.
- Handing out of printed material such as maps or brochures will be avoided.
- The temperature and wellness of all those taking part in the service will be monitored daily, excluding and maintaining in quarantine any who display fever or symptoms.
- The temperature of all attendees will be taken, and admission will be denied to those with a temperature of more than 37 degrees Celsius (99 Fahrenheit), and a full refund applied.
- The transport used will be disinfected before and after each service and deep-cleaned every 24 hours.
- The capacity of all means of transport will be reduced to 75% of their maximum capacity.
- Showing your voucher on your phone will be enough, and it is not necessary to print anything.
|Adults||Children between 2 and 10 years old||Children under 2 years old|
US$ 304 US$ 267.60
US$ 389.20 US$ 328.40
AdultsUS$ 304 US$ 267.60
Children between 2 and 10 years oldUS$ 133.80
Children under 2 years oldFree
AdultsUS$ 389.20 US$ 328.40
Children between 2 and 10 years oldUS$ 164.20
Children under 2 years oldFree
* A reservation for one person will include a supplement.
The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in english, although it may occasionally be done in two languages.
Pick up and drop off for hotels outside the Medina of Marrakech.
Transport in Toyota Landcruiser 4x4 or high
English speaking driver.
Two nights accommodation (hotel and Berber tent).
Dinner and breakfast.
Camel ride at sunset and sunrise.
12% discount on the official ticket price.
Lunch and drinks.
Guide in Ait Ben Haddou: € 2 (US$ 2.40) per person.
When to book?
You can book up until 12 hours before the activity as long as there are still places. Book now to guarantee your spot.
Show the voucher on your phone to take part in the activity.
No, not suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Frequently asked questions
Q - Which hotels have the free pick-up service available?
A - We'll contact you to specify and agree on the exact time and place of collection.
Q - Can we take suitcases?
A - Yes, you can take luggage.
Q - How to book?
A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.
Q - Is a minimum number of participants required?
A - This activity requires a minimum of 4 participants. Should this number not be reached, we'll get in touch with you to offer alternatives.
If you have any other questions please contact us.
If you're staying in the Medina you should go to the restaurant Café de France, in the Plaza Jemaa el Fna. If you're staying outside the Medina we'll pick you up at the hotel free of charge.