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 protective material and safety to help avoid the spread of Covid-19.
|Adults||Children between 2 and 10 years old||Children under 2 years old|
US$ 299 US$ 263.20
US$ 382.80 US$ 323
AdultsUS$ 299 US$ 263.20
Children between 2 and 10 years oldUS$ 131.60
Children under 2 years oldFree
AdultsUS$ 382.80 US$ 323
Children between 2 and 10 years oldUS$ 161.50
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?
Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.
Bookings are permitted up until 12 hours before the activity as long as there are still places.
We will send you a voucher that you can show on your phone to take part in the activity.
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.
If you need help to book an activity or have any enquiries, please contact us.
No (not suitable for people with reduced mobility).
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.