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MOROCCO – Marrakech to Fez via the Desert Tour
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Morocco has been a jet-set favorite for decades now since luminaries like Winston Churchill and Charlie Chaplin roamed the halls of La Mamounia. These days, you’re likely to see Usher and David and Victoria Beckham roaming the country’s souks. Luckily, there are plenty of great reasons other than celebrity stalking to put Morocco on your map.

First, the much-anticipated Yves Saint Laurent Museum opened its doors in Marrakesh this year with a fabulous exhibit devoted to the designs of the fashion icon; it’s adjacent to the city’s historic Jardin Majorelle botanical garden, where Saint Laurent’s ashes were scattered. The city is home to some of Africa’s finest luxury hotels, including the Amanjena, the Royal Mansour and a Mandarin Oriental that opened in 2015. It will welcome new hotels including an Oberoi and a W (opening at the end of 2019).

Up on the country’s northern Mediterranean coast, the beach towns of Tamuda Bay have heated up thanks to the recent openings of new resorts such as the Banyan Tree Tamouda BaySofitel Tamuda Bay Beach Resort and Spa and an upcoming Ritz-Carlton Reserve. In Fez, the al-Qarawiyyin Library, which was originally founded in 859, was restored and reopened to the public at the end of 2016, so you can now stop by to peruse the 4,000-plus rare manuscripts and books as well as the elaborate original architecture and mosaics.

On the Atlantic Coast, meanwhile, the whitewashed town of Essaouira has some of Morocco’s sleepiest souks for souvenir shopping, elegant riads tucked away down hidden lanes, and impressive Portuguese ramparts. For a taste of the mountains and life along the old caravan trails, stop in the famous blue town of Chefchaouen, or consider a sojourn in the holy village of Moulay Idriss in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, which only opened to non-Muslim visitors in the past few years.

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Marrakech to Fez Desert Tour

Take a 4-day tour through the High Atlas Mountains from Marrakech to Fez with a small group. Visit many attractions along the way including the Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou, the Rose Valley, the Dades and Todra Gorges, and an overnight tent stay in the Sahara Desert with a camel ride. Enjoy a more personalized experience with a small group of no more than 6 guests.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Discover the best of Morocco on a 4-day tour from Marrakech to Fez
  • Visit many attractions on the way such as Ait Ben Haddou and the Rose Valley
  • Spend the night in a tent in the Sahara Desert
  • Experience the Ship of the Desert on your Camel ride
  • Enjoy a personalized experience with no more than 6 guests
 

 

REVIEWS

Sherry H, ***** Nov 2017

We signed up for the Small Group Tour From Marrakech to Fes via Desert 4 days 3 nights. Our driver/guide was Hassan….he is a remarkable fellow and we thoroughly enjoyed our long days with him in the company’s SUV. He’s only 27 and oh so knowledgeable. Along the way, Hassan became our good friend as he delighted in sharing his world with us….and boy, are we grateful. His commentary was always thoughtful and considerate…..and very funny as well! All total, we covered 1200 kilometers about 800 miles during the tour. We started in the foothills outside of Marrakech heading west through the renowned High Atlas mountains…..7500 feet at their peak. Hassan would stop along the way so many times for us with what he would call a Panoramic….time for stunning photos of the Moroccan countryside!! The hotels and meals were fine….not great mind you, but OK for what we expected.  All in all….ours was a wonderful experience. Hassan is the best!

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Day 1
Day 1: Marrakech / Ait Ben Haddou / Ouarzazate / Gorges Dades

After meeting at your hotel in Marrakech, depart through the High Atlas through the Tizi-n-Tichka pass, along a road that climbs from the plains up to 2260m above sea level passing through small villages. You can to make a stop on the pass for a cup of refreshing mint tea and admire the scenery before taking the road to the Ait Benhaddou Kasbah. Here you can visit the famous Kasbah, declared a UNESCO World Heritage site and was the background of films like The Gladiator, Babel, Lawrence of Arabia, The Legionary and The Sheltering Sky. After a lunch break continue to Ouarzazate to visit the Kasbah of Taourirt, the Atlas Studios for movies, the largest and most famous of all Africa. Continue through the famous Valley of Roses and the Dades valley, reaching the Dades Gorge in time for a sunset dinner and overnight. Accommodation: Auberge Panorama or similar

Day 2
Day 2: Gorge dades / Gorge Todra /Merzouga

In the morning, after breakfast, you will take a walk through the Dades Gorges, and then take a car to drive the road of the 1000 Kasbas, going through Tineghier village and Historical Kasbahs arriving to the Todra Gorges in time for lunch. Take a walk in the Gorges before taking the road to the Merzouga desert by way of Erfoud arriving before sunset. From here you will have a hotel accomodations overnight and dinner with Saharan drums. Accommodation: Ksar Merzouga or similar

Day 3
Day 3: Merzouga / Rissani / Erg Chebbi

After breakfast visits the desert, passing through small villages, where you will stop to listen to some Saharan music in El Khamlia, the oasis. You will have a small visit to Rissani, the first capital of dynasty alouite, including some historical Kasbahs, and the famous market. You will have the opportunity to test the local food of the area, the Pizza Berber. Head back to Merzouga and relax with a mint tea. The guide and camels will be waiting to carry you across the sandy dunes of the Erg-Chebbi. Enjoy the beauty of the sunset on a camel and after an hour you will reach the desert camp to spend the night in a Berber tent. At your desert shelter, your camels are hobbled and mint tea is served. After a wonderful dinner, watch the stars and enjoy your evening. Accommodation: Standard Desert Camp

Day 4
Day 4 : Merzouga / Medilt / Ifran / Fes

In the morning wake up early and take a walk over the sand dunes to watch the sunrise from just behind the Algerian border, which is about 50km from Merzouga. Take the camel back to the hotel and after a shower and some relaxation, begin heading back to Fez through Ziz Valley, Berber villages, Middle Atlas Mountain and Cedars Forest. You will arrive in Fez where the afternoon continues you will be returned to your accommodations.

INCLUSIONS

  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Local taxes
  • 3-course dinner
  • Breakfast
  • Professional Driver speaks English
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Small-group tour
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan or 4x4

EXCLUSIONS

  • Entrance fees (5 Euros for the Atlas studio )
  • Drinks
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities (optional)
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DEPARTURE POINT

Your Hotel /Riad or the address you will provide in Marrakech ** Availability Departure Time 9 am ** Hotel pickups commence prior to this time ** Return Details ** Tour ends with drop-off at your Hotel/Riad or other accommodations in Fez

Hotel Pick-up

Hotel pick-up is offered for this tour. Note: if you are booking within 24 hours of the tour/activity departure time, we cannot guarantee hotel pick-up. Once your purchase is complete, we will send you complete contact information (phone number, email address, etc.) for our local operator to organize pick-up arrangements.

Cancellation Policy

If you cancel at least 14 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 25% cancellation fee. If you cancel between 8 and 13 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel within 7 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

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Price From USD$549 USD$500/person
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Total $ 500 USD

Trip Facts

  • Morocco - Marrakech, Fez
  • Marrakech Hotel
  • 4D/3N
  • Max. 6 persons
  • Tour through the Sahara Desert
  • on Request
  • As per Itinerary
  • As per Itineray
  • Included

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