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3 Days 2 Nights Desert Trip to Marrakech from Fes

1. 3 Days 2 Nights Desert Trip to Marrakech from Fes

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.

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Fes To Marrakech: 3-Day Desert Tour

2. Fes To Marrakech: 3-Day Desert Tour

Travel between the 2 imperial cities of Fes and Marrakech with a Moroccan desert tour. On this 3-day guided excursion, discover the secrets of the Sahara desert. Day 1: Fes – Midelt – Merzouga You’ll be picked up from your accommodation in Fes and head first to the fertile plains of Sais and to the cedar forests in the middle of the Atlas Mountains. Stop for lunch in Midelt, then continue along the majestic Ziz River, where palms stand in fortified kasbahs. Drive to Erfoud through the oasis and continue on to Merzouga, where you’ll climb onto your camel and follow your guide for a stunning ride through the orange dunes. From the back of these animals, you’ll watch the sun set over the dunes. You’ll then spend the night in a desert camp, to experience the nomad life. If you select the upgrade on checkout, you’ll spend the night in a luxurious en suite camping set-up. Day 2: Merzouga – Tinghir, Dades Wake up early in the morning to watch the sun rising over the desert before breakfast. Your first stop of the day will be to Rissani, known for being the location of the mausoleum of the founder of the Alaouite Dynasty of Morocco. Then, head to Tinghir on the route of the 1000 kasbahs, exploring the kasours and oases in the High Atlas mountain range. Take an hour to explore the Todgha River and admire this beautiful site and the canyons. Before lunch, visit the Berber village of Azrou with your guide to discover their traditional lifestyle. In the afternoon, you’ll drive to the Dades Valley to visit one of the oldest kasbahs in the region. You’ll then be dropped off at your guest house or hotel in Dades. Day 3: Dades – Kelaa Mgouna – Ouarzazate – Ait ben Haddou – Marrakech After breakfast at your hotel, travel to Kelaa Mgouna in the Rose Valley, a famous rose plantation. Visit one of the rose growers’ cooperatives and discover how the workers mix distilled rose water to create scents. Continue along the kasbahs to Ouarzazate, known as the “door of the Sahara”, often used as a filming location. Next you’re off to Kasbah Ait ben Haddou, a UNESCO-listed fortified village. Explore this beautiful site with your guide and learn more about its Moroccan earthen clay architecture. In the afternoon, take the Tizi-n-Tichka pass through the Atlas Mountains, where Berbers have been living for centuries. You’ll arrive back in Marrakech in the late afternoon.

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Private Full-Day Tour in and around Ouarzazate

3. Private Full-Day Tour in and around Ouarzazate

Tour the famous Aït Ben Haddou-Kasbah and Ouarzazate, the «Hollywood of Morocco» on an exciting day trip You will meet your guide in front of your Riad or Hotel in Ouarzazate at 09:00 am. Start the day at the old kasbah of Ouarzazate named Taourirt where you have some time to explore the narrow pedestrian streets on your own and visit the palace with its countless rooms which seem like a labyrinth. Afterwards, you can have a look at the movie museum just on the other side of the road. Continue to the Atlas Corporation film studios, where you can discover the diverse sets and listen to the anecdotes of the multiple movies and actors. Several famous movies like Gladiator, Babel, Prince of Persia, and recently The Physician have been shot in those studios. Now it is nearly lunch time: travel down a gravel road in the direction of Aït Ben Haddou and have a look at a fortified city wall which has been used in the movie Gladiator starring Russel Crowe. The famous Kasbah Aït Ben Haddou, the fortified clay city with its numerous ksars and kasbahs, is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has also been used for many Hollywood movie shoots. From the highest point up the hill, you can enjoy a fantastic panoramic view over Aït Ben Haddou and the valley up to the snow covered High Atlas mountains. Enjoy a guided tour (optional) and have your lunch in an authentic families home after the tour.  Return  to Ouarzazate and drop off at your Hotel/Riad in Ouarzazate in the late afternoon at 4:00 pm.

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What people are saying about Ouarzazate

Overall rating

3.7 / 5

based on 34 reviews

We loved our tour. Mustapher, our driver, our tour guide, is great. He is prompt, knowledgeable, detail in all aspect, and good conservationist. We are a group of 3 friends+ Patrick, who we met in this tour, total 4. We had so much fun, good conversation, good information regarding Morocco, the country, different types of cultures, family etc. We get to see so much of this region, from Fez to Marrakech, different villages, towns, "cities" etc. He made different stops for us to experience the towns, and stretches. It's a lot of car time, but a lot of interesting, fantastic view. The Sahara desert is amazing, sunset, camel ride, Berber tent, dinner, camp fire and dancing. The next morning, we watch the sunrise, yummy breakfast, more camel ride, more sight seeing and learning from Mustapher, until the 2nd night in a beautiful hotel, we loved it. Great hot shower, yummy buffet dinner, great accommodation, and yummy buffet breakfast in the morning. Highlight of our trip. LoveLove

We definitely recommend this experience to anyone visiting Morocco for at least 4 days. There is quite a large amount of time spent in the car, though it is worth the effort and wait. You will enjoy the trip, seeing breathtaking natural landscapes, and the destinations, experiencing true customs as a local. Both drivers (we had Simo and Mohamed) and the guides (at the desert camp and in Rissani market) are well informed, flexible, extremely kind and professional! The hotel and its facilities in ouarzazate were simply perfect.

Great tour in a small group (6-8 people) with Abder, our fantastic driver who took us from Fes to Marrakech, sharing his knowledge and humour on the trip. Highly recommended trip to see the desert and Atlas Mountains if you are going from Fes to Marrakech!

Hicham our guide and driver was excellent, very knowledgeable and got us thru some very long days of driving comfortably. Highlight of our trip across Morocco !

Our guide Mohamed was awesome! In general we loved the trip