Marrakech to Fes via Desert 4D

Overview

The 4 days trip from Marrakech to Fes via Merzouga is one of our best seller tours. On the 1st day, we will drive about 200km with many stops to take photos in the high Atlas Mountains, visit the Telouate Kasbah, drive along Ounila valley to reach the famous fortified village of Ait Ben Haddou, and spend the night in Ouarzazate city known as the Hollywood of Africa. However, our 2nd day will give us time to discover both gorges Dades and Todra and do some hiking to enjoy the gardens. Moreover, after the night in the Todra gorges, we will head to the fabulous dune of Merzouga where you will ride the camels to watch the sunset and reach the camp for your last night. Finally, on our last day, we will head to Fes, during our journey we will do stops in the cities of Midelt,Azrou, and Ifrane


Itinerary

  • Departure at 09:00 am from your hotel or Riad in Marrakech to the High Atlas Mountains across the Tizi-n-Tichka pass (2260 m), we reach the other side of the Mountains, to the traditional High Atlas Berber villages passing by the kasbah Telouate (visit the kasbah) and lunchtime. We drive along Ounila Valley and arrive at the UNESCO World Heritage site, Ait Benhaddou Kser, which is the most famous of all Moroccan villages, largely due to its appearance in many Hollywood blockbusters. After the visit to the Kser, we continue to Ouarzazate for an overnight in a nice Riad.

     

     

    desert tour mealsIncluded meals:Dinner,
    desert tour accommodationAccommodation: Riad Boucheddour
    Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4

Included

  • An air-conditioned 4x4 or Minivan,
  • English-speaking driver during the tour
  • Pick up & Drop off at your accommodations
  • Overnight in Ouarzazate comfortable Riad.
  • Overnight in Todra comfortable guest House
  • Overnight in Merzouga luxury camp
  • Camel Trek to overnight in Luxury Camp
  • Private rooms/tents with private bathroom and shower
  • Dinner and breakfast are daily included
  • Free time to explore the sites such as Ait Benhaddou kasbah, Walks, Canyons, Breaks for photos… Etc
  • Local guide in Ait Benhaddou

Not Included
  • Lunch
  • Drinks
  • Entrance fees to optional visits

Frequently Asked Questions

A frequent and definitely good question, if you are not well-prepared, you might not enjoy your time fully in the desert due to the extreme weather conditions. Deserts get super hot in summer, in Morocco, August is the hottest month of the year, with temperatures reaching 50 °C—122ºF, you can literally cook eggs on the asphalt (great for a TikTok clip). With this said, if you can't take that much heat, please avoid visiting the deserts during July and August. If you are okay with this kind of temperatures; it is still highly recommended to come prepared with good sunscreen, sunglasses, a wide hat, light but covering pieces of clothing and some insect repellent, you can also purchase all these items in Morocco. And let's not forget winter days, starry nights are freezing. The mountainous parts of the roads are usually snowy, but all our vehicles are equipped with A/C for that matter, so make sure to bring warm clothes if you take this tour during December-January.

With the rise in interest in vegan and vegetarian food, all our partners are now accommodating this need and offer completely vegan and vegetarian meals. However, this needs to be communicated in advance, either when booking or when meeting your driver for early preparation purposes.

Yes, you will have your own private hotel rooms and camp tents in all our tours, you can choose between different combinations of twin/triple/quadruple (separate beds) or double (single large bed) rooms and tents depending on your number and preferences but you will never share them with other travelers. All rooms/tents are equipped with private bathrooms and showers with hot water.

Arriving at the edge of the dunes, there is a meeting point where camels from different camps in the area are waiting for us, we will get out of the car, put on a scarf if you have one (the cameleer or your driver can help you properly install it) and then you will be introduced to your camel. Once your caravane is ready and onboard, you can take pictures or stories to memorize the moment, then take off and travel on the golden sands to see the sunset on high dune before continuing to the camp. Next morning, you can take the camels again on your way back to the meeting point or take a 4x4 . If a member doesn't want or cannot take the camel ride, the camp is accessible by 4x4 vehicle and it will get you there.

This once was a hustle indeed but no more, all camps nowadays have dedicated 4x4 vehicles that can transport your luggage from your tour car to the camp directly, so you don't have to carry anything during the camel ride. However, we highly recommend you only pack the things you will need for the desert night and transport it to the camp, while leaving the rest of the luggage with your driver.