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Marrakech to Fes: 3-Day Desert Tour

1. Marrakech to Fes: 3-Day Desert Tour

Discover Fes and Marrakech, Morocco's imperial cities on a 3-day tour. Day 1: Marrakech — Ait Ben Haddou — Tinghir (1st night at Bougafer hotel) Your tour will start with an early pick-up. Meet your driver in the morning at your hotel or riad and start your journey crossing the High Atlas Mountains towards Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou. After a guided walk in the village, continue to Ouarzazate for a leisurely lunch. In the early afternoon, travel northeast to Boumalne Dades. After a drive along the Dades River with the marvelous sunset as your backdrop, reach the gorges of Dades. Make a pit stop to enjoy the amazing scenery. Then continue to a hotel where you will dine and rest for the night. Day 2: Tinghir — Merzouga After breakfast, the day's journey along the road of 1001 Kasbas to Tinghir, a beautiful oasis where you will have the opportunity to enjoy an hour-long walk by the river bank all the way to Todgha Gorges. Here you will have some free time to enjoy the scenery before lunch.  Early in the afternoon, the walk will lead you to Merzouga where your camel caravan will be waiting for you. From here, ride your camel through the sand dunes of Erg Chebbi, while enjoying a mesmerizing sunset. Just before dark, reach your Sahara desert camp nestled between the sand dunes where you will enjoy a Moroccan dinner under the stars, while being entertained by local nomads playing their drums around the campfire. Day 3: Merzouga — Fes  If you wish, your desert camp hosts will wake you up to watch the sunrise. After breakfast, drive along the Ziz River with its amazing oasis lined with palm trees and fortified ksours (castles) all the way to Midelt, a small town in the middle of the Atlas Mountains, where you will stop for lunch. In the afternoon, continue crossing the Middle Atlas Mountains towards Fes. You will notice a dramatic change in the landscape: snow capped mountains, cedar forests, and rich vegetation, a complete 180 from the arid and rocky landscapes of the rest of the tour. Your Marrakech to Fes desert tour will end in the early evening and your driver will take you to your riad or hotel in Fes.

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From Fes: 2-Day Small Group Desert Tour

2. From Fes: 2-Day Small Group Desert Tour

Experience life in the Sahara Desert on a small group tour to the dunes of Erg Chebbi. Ride a camel across the sands and watch the sunset along the way. Drive across the winding roads of the Middle Atlas Mountains and much more. Day 1: Fes - Ifrane - Midelt - Merzouga Depart Fes and pass through the winter ski resort of Ifrane, built by the French in the 1930s to resemble a Swiss village. Continue through the cedar forest of Azrou and look for the resident monkeys before your drive across the Middle Atlas Mountains. Wind your way through beautiful forests, mountain springs, jagged rocks and Berber villages before your descent to the Sahara Desert. Stop for lunch half-way in the town of Midelt, famous for its fossils and rocks. Then, continue towards Merzouga taking in the panoramic views of a huge oasis of palm trees at Ziz along the way. Upon arrival in Rissani, travel by 4WD vehicle into the desert, reaching Merzouga in the afternoon. Here, your guide will be waiting with the camels that will take you across the dunes to Erg Chebbi. Watch the sunset from the back of your camel on the 2-hour trek to a Berber camp. Upon arrival at the desert shelter, your camels will be tethered as you are served a welcome mint tea. Enjoy dinner and relax as you look at the stars in the sky.  Day 2: Merzouga - Tafilalte - Fes Wake early and walk across the dunes to watch the sunrise from just behind the Algerian border, about 50 kilometers from Merzouga. Ride your camel back across the desert sands to take a shower and enjoy breakfast before the drive back to Rissani by 4WD vehicle. Return to Fes, and benefit from comfort stops on the approximate 7-hour journey. 

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3 Days 2 Nights Desert Trip to Marrakech from Fes

3. 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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Imperial Cities: 3-Day Trip from Marrakech to Chefchaouen

4. Imperial Cities: 3-Day Trip from Marrakech to Chefchaouen

Day 1: Marrakech – Béni Mellal – Azrou - Ifran – Fez Depart Marrakech and cross the Atlas Mountains, in a green environment populated by baboon monkeys. Surrounded by colorful fields and hills, the road leads to the dam of Beni Mellal. Stop to make beautiful photos in the cedar forest, then drive to one of the world’s cleanest and most fascinating cities, Ifrane, known in Morocco as “Little Switzerland.” Explore a quick city tour around Fez. Day 2: Fez – Chefchaouen Following breakfast at your hotel, get ready to continue your visit by the labyrinthine streets of Fez and explore the oldest medina of Morocco built from the 7th century with its Souks, palaces, mosques, Koranic schools and Mellah. Travel through the mountains of Rif to the beautiful Berber city of Chefchaouen. Accompanied by your guide, spend your time exploring the whitewashed streets of Chaouen, animated by the beautifully dressed locals. Day 3: Chefchaouen – Rabat – Casablanca - Marrakech Head to Rabat to explore the capital of Morocco and the residence of the king. Visit the Hassan Tower with its mausoleum of King Mohammed V. Then it’s on to Casablanca for a visit to the majestic Hassan II mosque, the largest mosque in the world.

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Fes To Marrakech: 3-Day Desert Tour

5. 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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Marrakech: 3-Day Desert Tour to Fes

6. Marrakech: 3-Day Desert Tour to Fes

Day 1: Marrakech, Ait Ben Haddou, Ouarzazate, and Dades You will meet your guide in Marrakech after breakfast and set off towards the High Atlas Mountains through the Tizi-n-Tichka Pass along a road that climbs the plains to 2,260 meters above sea level. You will pass by small villages and scenic waterfalls, and will also notice the continuously changing landscape and colors of these beautiful mountains. You will then stop in a pass for a cup of refreshing mint tea and to admire the scenery before taking the road to the Ait Benhaddou Kasbah, arriving just in time for lunch. You will then visit the famous Kasbah, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the setting for films such as the Gladiator, Babel, Lawrence of Arabia, the Legionary, the Sheltering Sky, and many others. You will later head through the town of Ouarzazate to check out Atlas Studios, the largest and most famous film studio in all of Africa. Next, you will journey through the picturesque Valley of Roses to reach the Dades Gorges in time for sunset. Once there you can admire the splendid colors of the rock walls illuminated by the last rays of golden sunlight. Your final stop for the day will be to a romantic, traditional hotel for dinner and an overnight stay. Day 2: Dades, Erfoud, Merzouga, and Erg-Chebbi Following breakfast, you will take a scenic walk through the Todra Gorges before hopping into your car to drive along the famous Road of the 1000 Kasbahs. You will travel through Tineghier Village and the Jewish Kasbah before arriving in Rissani, the first capital of the Alaouite Dynasty, for lunch. You will next go on a walking tour through Rissani and check out its large traditional market, and will then head to Merzouga, arriving before sunset. At this stage you will leave the car behind and ride a camel into the Erg Chebbi Dunes for an unforgettable night under the million stars of the desert. Finally, you will have dinner at the campsite and stay in a traditional Berber tent. Day 3: Merzouga, Rissani, Ziz Oasis, Medilt, and Fes You will wake up in time to watch the sun rise over the 300-meter-tall dunes and travel into the dawn towards the border with Algeria. Next, you will return by camel to a hotel for breakfast and a shower. You will then depart for Fes, traveling through the Ziz valley and stopping for lunch in village with plentiful apple orchards. You will later enjoy the journey through mountain cedar forests before arriving to Fes in the afternoon, stopping to take pictures at a panoramic viewpoint.

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From Fes: Private 2-day Sahara Desert Tour

7. From Fes: Private 2-day Sahara Desert Tour

Day 1: Fes - Ifrane - Midelt Zizi Valley - Erg Chebbi Dunes The tour will depart from Fez and head towards the stunning green regions of the Middle Atlas. On the way, you'll get to see some marvellous views of the mountains as well as charming Berber villages. You'll also stop in Immouzer, a little mountain town where you'll have the chance to relax and take in the cool mountain air. Next, continue to Ifrane, sometimes known as ' The Little Moroccan Switzerland.' Admire the tall green trees and beautiful rivers as you relax and enjoy the spectacular calm away from the bustle of the big city.  Stop in a cedar forest where you'll go on tour exploring the forest and perhaps meet some little tricky monkeys. Then, head to Midelt, the city of rocks where you'll get to try a delicious Moroccan Tagine and taste authentic Berber food. Afterwards, start driving through some of the remarkable Middle Atlas villages and watch the mountain landscape gradually morph from rocky formation into speckled sand dunes. The last stop on day one will be Merzouga, the gateway to the Moroccan Sahara. Camels will be waiting for you here. Head out on an inspiring camel trek through the dramatic golden sands and see a beautiful Sahara sunset. You'll spend the night in a cosy desert camp. Gather around the campfire and enjoy a delicious meal before you sleep under the starry night sky. Day 2: Erg Chebbi Dunes - Rissani - Erfoud - Fez Start the day with an early morning camel trek and witness the remarkable beauty of the sunrise in the desert. Next, head back to a deluxe hotel in Merzouga to have breakfast and get some rest. Before heading to Rissani, the old market center, visit its authentic colorful souk and mausoleum of Moulay Ali Cherif, the founder of the Moroccan ruling Alaouite Dynasty. The following stop will be in Erfoud, Morocco's palm date and fossil capital. See the captivating old rocks and learn more about local life. Afterwards, head to Fez and stop in a Berber village on the way and have a delicious local dish for lunch. Once more, you will drive through the stunning landscapes of the Middle Atlas Mountains, before you are dropped back at your accommodation in Fez.

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Fes: Authentic Cooking Class and Old Medina Visit

8. Fes: Authentic Cooking Class and Old Medina Visit

Your culinary adventure begins with a trip to the Old Medina to pickup fresh, local produce. With your expert guide, learn about the ingredients, traditions, and customs related to the Moroccan food culture, while you mingle with the locals at the market. After your shopping trip, head to a nearby restaurant to meet your chefs for the day and get ready to cook up a treat. Working side by side with the chefs, learn about the skills and techniques of Moroccan cooking, as well as gastronomic secrets to produce the very best dishes. Listen to your chef share insight into the customs of their cuisine, as you learn the techniques needs to cook and present gourmet Moroccan dishes. At the end of the workshop, enjoy the fruits of your labor and sit down to taste the meals you’ve made, then receive a certificate of success.

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Fez: Private Moroccan Cooking Class with Local Master Chef

9. Fez: Private Moroccan Cooking Class with Local Master Chef

After pickup from your hotel or riad (house), your private Moroccan cooking experience begins with a discussion of possible menu items with your local master chef. There are many possibilities including tagine, kefta with tomato sauce and eggs, djaj mqualli (chicken with preserved lemons and olives), meshwi (grilled meat), lamb with prunes, couscous, pastilla (meat pie), traditional soups, and local salads. After choosing your menu, head to the local souk (market) with your chef to buy the necessary ingredients and discover famous Moroccan spices like ras el-hanout, cinnamon, saffron, and turmeric. Return to the traditional Moroccan house to cook your lunch, and learn the tips and tricks of Moroccan cuisine. When you finish, sit around the table with your fellow students to enjoy the delicious meal you made.

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Fes: Guided Tour of Ancient Medina with Local Family Lunch

10. Fes: Guided Tour of Ancient Medina with Local Family Lunch

You’ll be picked up at 9 AM from Hotel Riad in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle to start your guided tour of Fes, including a local family lunch. Along the way you’ll get to see many cherished landmarks of ancient Medina, including the gates of the Royal Palace of Fez, the Jewish Quarter, the Janan Sabil Garden, the Merenid tombs, The Bab Abi al-Jounoud and more. Next, you’ll be driven to a local family lunch to escape the usual tourist traps and experience the delights of traditional Moroccan cuisine. During the meal, you’ll get the chance to learn about genuine Moroccan cookery and the culture’s unique dining etiquette, such as washing your hands before the meal with a kettle of water and soap. You'll be served a fine selection of salads with meat and vegetables, couscous, chicken with green olives and lemon, and fruit, followed by Moroccan mint tea after lunch before being driven back to your hotel.

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What people are saying about Fès-Meknès

I had a great time on this trip. The driver and guides were very polite and helpful. They explained a lot about the culture and the people. The tents were far nicer than i had expected, they even had a bathroom and shower in them which made for a nice surprise after being in a car all day. I would absolutely recommended this trip to anyone looking for a quick desert trip, just be aware that the desert is far from Fes so be prepared to be a car so bring a movie or book.

Youssef has been a very kind and thoughtful driver, he made sure everyone of us feel comfortable during the trip. The journey is well-organised in general and the starry night of sahara is something one can not miss!

Both drivers were excellent— Mohamed from Marrakech to the Sahara and Taxi 456 from the Sahara to Fes. We enjoyed the scenery and the well planned stops with cultural experiences and local guides along the way.

This was an excellent trip, very well organized. You get so much for your money. PLEASE tip the local people that give you such an amazing experience!

Very excellent trip with competent and attentive guides listening to all our concerns. I warmly recommend guide Kalidh and driver Adnan