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Marrakech to Fes Sahara Desert Camel Treks & Tours

Our 3, 4, or 5 days include a night in our Erg Chebbi camp, plus hotel nights in Ait Benhaddou World Heritage site and Dades Valley and/or Todra gorge.

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4 DAYS itinerary & price

5 DAYS itinerary & price

 

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3 DAYS DESERT TOUR & CAMEL TREK

3 days may not be available due to winter weather delays in the High Atlas Tichka mountain pass.
All 4 and 5 day tours below can depart any day of the year.

camel crossing sign

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PRICE IN MOROCCAN DIRHAMS (MAD)
1 explorer: 6000
2 explorer: 4000 each person
3 explorers: 3500 each person
4+ explorers: 3000 each person

Day 1
Your driver will meet you at your riad or hotel at 8:00a.m., depart Marrakech and transport over the High Atlas mountains Tichka pass. Stop and enjoy impressive landscapes and breaks for coffee and fresh-squeezed orange juice. This afternoon is spent visiting World Heritage Site of Ait Benhaddou, a village of clustered Berber Kasbahs. This site has been used as a backdrop for many films and was one of the most important fortress strongholds on the old Salt Road when caravans brought slaves, gold, ivory and salt from Saharan Africa to Marrakech and beyond. Pass through Ouarzazate and many Berber villages sprinkling the Skoura oasis and the Valley of the Rose, famous for soft Persian rose oil. In the desert barren hillsides are clustered with kasbahs (fortified dwellings that house many families and their livestock). Stay in traditional old kasbah with dinner by the pool. Includes dinner and breakfast.

Day 2
After breakfast and a short drive take a walk through the massive fault dividing the High Atlas mountains. Todra Gorge sheer rock walls rise to 300 m in its narrowest part. Back in the car to head for the Erg Chebbi sand sea. You can stop to visit the fossil sites along the way. After lunch in Rissani your mid-afternoon destination is the auberge (small country inn) 29km from Merzouga, where you meet your camel guide and ride into the bivouac (camp). Upon arrival you will have a tagine dinner served (vegetarians welcome) under the evening stars. Climb the massive dunes and watch the moon rise before retiring to your bed in the nomad wool tent. Includes breakfast and dinner.

Day 3
Camel trekkers return (1.5 hours) at sunrise to the auberge for breakfast and shower. Depart for long days drive (8 hours) to Fes, traveling from the desert through the Ziz gorges of the Atlas mountains. The alpine town of Ifrane is a nice contrast from the desert. You can stop here and visit the cedar forests of Azrou before descending to the hilly lowlands where the ancient city of Fes is situated. You will arrive about 6 or 7pm and need to book a hotel in Fes this night.

 

drummers

 

 


 

4 DAYS DESERT TOUR & CAMEL TREK

What a difference one day makes. You can enjoy off road visiting Nomads and remote Berber villages, take a walk in in Todra or Dades, and arrive early in Erg Chebbi to enjoy swimming and explore the desert on camel trek.
Available year-round.

Erg Chebbi dunes

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PRICE IN MOROCCAN DIRHAMS
1 explorer: 7200
2 explorers: 4800 each person
3 explorers: 4200 each person
4+ explorers: 3600 each person

Day 1
Your driver will meet you at your riad or hotel at 8:00a.m., depart Marrakech and transport to the gateway of Sahara over the Tichka Pass of the High Atlas mountains. Stop to enjoy the impressive views, and break for coffee and fresh-squeezed orange juice. At the height of the pass you will turn off the main road toward Telouet to visit the old Glaoui kasbah. This was once a beautiful palace but now stands crumbling to ruins because no one wants to remember "the vulture" sultan and his son "Thami" who lived here until the 1950's. Back in the cars you'll follow the old Salt Road camel caravan route to Sahara until reaching Ait Benhaddou, a UNESCO world heritage site. This village of clustered Berber Kasbahs has been used as a backdrop for more than 20 films and was one of the most important fortress strongholds on the old Salt Road where caravans brought slaves, gold, ivory and salt from Saharan Africa to Marrakech and beyond. Spend the night in an auberge with views of Ait Benhaddou. Includes dinner and breakfast.

Day 2
After Ouarzazate you'll turn off road through the Valley of the Rose, famous for soft Persian rose oil and head for Dades gorge. The deserts barren hillsides are clustered with kasbahs (fortified dwellings). Along the way visit the red Tamnalt hills, called locally the monkey fingers. Drive to Todra gorges for a walk through a massive fault dividing the High Atlas mountains. Todra Gorge sheer rock walls rises to 300 m in its narrowest part. Visit the night market in Tinehir and old kasbah quarter. Stay in traditional old kasbah with dinner by the pool. Includes dinner and breakfast.

Day 3
After breakfast you can wander with a guide through palmeries, gardens, and kasbahs for a close look at traditional Berber ways of life. Then you'll head deeper into the desert world. Visit any weekly markets along the way. Your mid-afternoon destination is the auberge (small inn) in the Erg Chebbi dunes 29km from Merzouga. Along the way drive through the Saghro volcanic mountains rising out of the Sahara and hunt for fossils. Have lunch in Rissani, the hub of the desert and after lunch continue until the red dunes appear on the horizon. Upon arrival you will meet your camel guide and ride into the camp at sunset where a traditional tagine dinner is served (vegetarians welcome) under the evening stars. Climb the dunes and watch the moon rise before retiring to your bed in the nomad wool tent. Or take your mattress and sleep outside under the stars. Includes breakfast and dinner.

Day 4
Camel trekkers return by camel at sunrise to the auberge for breakfast and shower. Depart for drive to Fes, traveling from the desert through the Ziz gorges to the Middle Atlas mountains. The alpine town of Ifrane is a nice contrast from the desert. You can stop in Azrou cedars forests before descending to the hilly lowlands where the ancient city of Fes is situated. You will arrive about 6 or 7pm and need to book a hotel in Fes this night.

 

camel guide

 

 


 

5 DAYS DESERT TOUR & CAMEL TREK

There is a lot to see in the desert besides touring around to visit sites and camel trekking. Our five days allows time to immerse yourself in the most interesting sites and history of the Old Salt Road, spend more time in the dunes and experience more deeply the culture of desert Nomads and Berbers.
Available year-round.

camels on sahara dunes

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PRICE IN MOROCCAN DIRHAMS
1 explorer:
2 explorer: 5600 per person
3 explorers: 4900 per person
4+ explorers: 4200 per person

Day 1
Your driver will meet you at your riad or hotel, depart Marrakech and transport over the High Atlas mountains Tichka pass. Stop and enjoy impressive landscapes, and break for coffee and fresh-squeezed orange juice. This afternoon is spent visiting World Heritage Site of Ait Benhaddou, a village of clustered Berber Kasbahs. This site has been used as a backdrop for more than 20 films and was one of the most important fortress strongholds on the old Salt Road when caravans brought slaves, gold, ivory and salt from Saharan Africa to Marrakech and beyond. Stay in Ait Benhaddou village.

Day 2
Pass through Ouarzazate and many Berber villages sprinkling the Skoura oasis and the Valley of the Rose, famous for soft Persian rose oil. In the desert, barren hillsides are clustered with kasbahs (fortified dwellings that house many families and their livestock). Visit the Tamnalt hills, and have a short drive to walk through a massive fault dividing the High Atlas mountains. Todra Gorge sheer rock walls rises to 300 m in its narrowest part. After lunch you can wander with a guide through palmeries, gardens, and kasbahs for a close look at traditional Berber ways of life. Visit the night market in Tinehir and old kasbah quarter. Stay in traditional old kasbah.

Day 3
After breakfast you'll head deeper into the desert world. Visit any weekly markets along the way. Your mid-afternoon destination is the auberge (small inn) in the Erg Chebbi dunes 29km from Merzouga. Along the way drive through the Saghro volcanic mountains rising out of the Sahara and hunt for fossils. Have lunch in Rissani, the hub of the desert, and after lunch continue until the red dunes appear on the horizon. Upon arrival you will meet your camel guide and ride into the camp at sunset, where a traditional tagine dinner is prepared (vegetarians welcome) under the evening stars. Climb the dunes and watch the moon rise before retiring to your bed in the nomad wool tent.

Day 4
Camel trekkers return by camel at sunrise to the auberge for breakfast and shower. You can chill out in the dunes or the auberge, or take your car and driver for an off road tour around the Erg Chebbi*. Stop to visit Nomad families for tea if they are in the region, and you can explore as much as you wish. The village of Hamlia is on your route, and is known for Gnaoua music. Stay in desert auberge.

Day 5
Depart for Fes, traveling from the desert through the Ziz gorges of the Middle Atlas mountains. The alpine town of Ifrane is a nice contrast from the desert. You can stop here, and visit the Azrou cedar forest before descending to the hilly lowlands where the ancient city of Fes is situated. You will need to book a hotel in Fes this night.

 

 

 

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PRAISE FOR OUR TOURS

"Amazing desert trek and Moroccan adventure!"
My friend and I traveled through Morocco and used Morocco Explored for the 3 night - 4 day Marrakech to Fes Camel Trek Desert Tour. They were extremely accommodating and listened to our needs so it was easy to plan our trip with them.

Robbin was very efficient, approachable, and responded quickly to any questions or concerns that we had. They also gave us plenty of information about the sights, what to expect, and what to bring.

Our main guide was Essalah, who was very friendly and eager to show us his country. He taught us a lot about Moroccan culture and even helped me climb a sand dune when I thought I was too out of shape to manage to get to the top!! And it was worth it!

The desert guide was also great and we had a wonderful tagine dinner in the Sahara. Throughout our journey from Marrakech to Fes, we were able to see a lot of sights (that we most definitely wouldn't have been able to get to on our own) thanks to Morocco Explored! Essalah also made sure to ask us what we wanted out of the tour so that he could cater the journey to our needs and what we wanted to see (I wanted to see the forest with the monkeys, for example).

I definitely recommend Morocco Explored for your hassle-free, educational, and truly memorable adventure of Morocco!!

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