Overview of 3 Days Desert tour from Ouarzazate to Fes
3 days from Ouarzazate to Fes desert tour is one of our desert tours that give you the chance to discover the south and north of Morocco. In these 3 days, we will explore the ancient village of Ait Benhaddou Kasbah, the landscapes of Todra valley, and the Todra gorges. Experience the magical sand dunes of the Sahara desert, the grove palms of Ziz Valley, and the views of the Middle Atlas Mountains. See the Monkeys in Cedar Forest and stop in Ifrane city “the Switzerland of Morocco”, ending in Fes.
Info of 3 Days from Ouarzazate Desert tour to Fes
+ Duration: 3 Days & 2 nights
+ Departure: 08:00 am
+ Starting Location: Ouarzazate
+ Ending Location: Fes
3 Days Tour from Ouarzazate to Fes Highlights:
+ Visit the Unesco World heritage of Ait ben Haddou Kasbah
+ Visit the Touarirt Kasbah
+ drive via the palms grove of Skoura, Rose valley, and Dades valley.
+ Ride a camel in Merzouga while assisting to a dramatic sunset
+ Sleep under the stars in Erg Chebbi Sahara camp
+ drive through the Ziz valley To Fes
3 days Desert tour from Ouarzazate to Fes - Itinerary
Day 1: Ouarzazate – Ait Benhaddou Kasbah – Roses valley – Dades Valley – Boumalne Dades – Tinghir City.
On the departure of our 3 days Desert tour from Ouarzazate to Fes, our driver-guide will pick you up from your accommodation and drive you to Ait Benhaddou village. This fortified walled city was built right on the caravan path between Marrakech and the Sahara and was once a thriving trading post during the 17th century. Inside the high mud walls are 6 Kasbahs and a small number of homes. Ait Benhaddou has appeared in several movies, including Gladiator & Lawrence of Arabia.
We will have time to visit the Kasbah, after that we will drive back to Ouarzazate where we will stop to visit Atlas Studios and Kasbah Taourirte. Then, continuing our journey to Tinghir city via the palms grove of Skoura, Rose valley, and Dades valley. In the evening we will end our first day of the desert tour in Tinghir city, dinner, and overnight in a Hotel / or Riad.
Day 2: Todra Gorges - Tinjdad - Erfoud - Rissani - Erg - Chebbi Sand Dunes.
After a traditional Moroccan breakfast, we will start another day of our 3 Days from Ouarzazate to Fes desert tour, from Tinghir to Merzouga. In Tinghir we’ll visit Todra Gorge with its orange towering cliffs, the canyons of Todra Gorge are almost 1,000 feet deep, and also it’s a preferred place for climbers. Then, enjoy the green views full of palms and almond trees of Todra Valley.
In the afternoon we continue our road to the Sahara desert along with many Berber villages such as Tinjdad, Melaab, Erfoud, and Rissani. You will have time for lunch on our way. Once you arrive at the sand dunes of Erg-Chebbi, you will start Camel Trekking Adventure, across the beautiful unique orange-colored sand dunes to the desert camp. Spend the great moments in an amazing place where you can feed your soul and enjoy the wonderful sunset from the middle of the dunes. Dinner & overnight will be in camp, music played and you can frolic on the sand dunes under zillions of stars.
Day 3: Merzouga – Valley of Ziz – Middle Atlas Mountains – Midelt City – Forest of Cedar – Ifrane City – Fez
On the last day of 3 days tour from Ouarzazate to Fes, we’ll wake you up early to enjoy fabulous sunrise in the Sahara desert. After breakfast and shower, you will ride a camel back to Merzouga town and get ready for the next destination. Our destination will be started by Errachidia via Erfoud, Aoufous town, and the Valley of Ziz where we’ll make a stop for the panoramic view. Then we will continue to Midelt passing by Tizi N’talghoumte pass (1907), to have lunchtime there.
Finally, we continue our way to Fes via Middle Atlas Mountains and Cedar Forest near Azrou where we can stop to see the barbarian monkeys. Also, we’ll stop for a while in Ifrane city which is referred to as “the Switzerland of Morocco”, in the evening we will arrive in Fes drop you off at your accommodation, and end our 3 days tour from Ouarzazate to Fes.
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3 Days Desert Tour from Ouarzazate to Fes - Reviews
John H wrote a review (January 2019)
3 Days from Ouarzazate to Fes
My family and I spent two weeks in December/ January 2019/20 trips with Hassan. It was an incredible driver and guide and it was really beyond what was necessary. He made sure that all our needs were met and comfortable throughout the trip.
He had extensive knowledge of so many different cities and buildings, and it was very nice to see someone who is proud of their land. His recommendations were always incredible and we never felt pressure to do anything we didn’t want to do. Since this was my first time in Morocco, I can honestly say that this trip exceeded all expectations and could not give a fairly high rating.
We spent unforgettable 3 days from Ouarzazate to Fes.
Wangtimo253 has written a review (January 2019 )
Marrakech Tour Company
My wife and I opted for a 3 days tour Ouarzazate to Fes through the Sahara desert with the Marrakech Tour Company. Our driver was Hassan. After investigating half a dozen other companies, we decided to go with them because they offered a reasonable price and we are quick and professional in their response. For example, they sent me a Word document of our suggested route instead of sending it in writing in an e-mail like other companies. Note also that Marrakech Tour Company also seems to have another name, I think the original tours of Morocco, but there is nothing to fear. It’s the same company. The company was flexible with our request: we booked all the accommodation and we only needed a driver and a car to take us. We finally realized that this option is a bit more expensive than following a route prepared by the company (since we stayed in Riads without working with the company), but it didn’t bother us to be able to control our accommodation. Hassan, our driver, was a fantastic guide, I recommend it if you can.
He was very professional all the time and was very respectful when we wanted some peace and quiet. He was driving safely and stopped every time we wanted to take a break or take a picture. Hassan also gave us some useful tips on buying local souvenirs, especially if the goods were known as poor quality or counterfeit. He didn’t push us to stop buying gifts sometimes, unlike other companies that were much appreciated. He wouldn’t stop until he felt like it. The car they used was also very good – we had a new Ford van that was super spacious and comfortable. Complete, an unbeatable company, and highly recommended.
General comments about Morocco for beginner travelers: Perhaps one thing to consider that is irrelevant to business, is the food situation. Then, in a few days, I found that all the restaurants that serve foreigners outside the big cities (all the guides take tourists for various reasons) have a fixed price between 90 or 100 dirhams/ 9 or 10 euros. So make sure to budget this, because we thought we didn’t need such a high budget for food. As the first traveler to Morocco, it was interesting to see that the total cost of the trip to Morocco is higher than most of Europe. Much of it is structural and not something that tourists cannot do, but something that travelers should bear in mind.
Diana G wrote a review (January 2019)
Hassan was the main guide and the main driver of a track I was on, he was very professional, friendly, well organized, and helpful! He worked with our guide to create a fascinating geological route in southern Morocco, and during the 3 days desert tour from Ouarzazate to Fes he kept us on time, well fed, and well accommodated. He has always considered our needs and our organizational skills have allowed us to fully participate in the geological and cultural wonders that we know. I would love to travel with Hassan again, an expert in his field!
3 days tour from Ouarzazate to Fes.
Places to see in Your 3 Days Desert Tour from Ouarzazate to Fes
Hollywood of Morocco, Ouarzazate
A military post isolated during the years of the French protectorate, Ouarzazate, which means “no noise” in the Berber language Tamazight, has long honored its name. Today, however, the city is Hollywood in Morocco, and in this vast desert crossroads, with wide boulevards lined with palm trees, there are regular filmmakers who open their stores. Brad Pitt, Penelope Cruz, Angelina Jolie, Samuel Jackson, Cate Blanchett, and many others have embellished the suites and streets of Ouarzazate, and a film school offers training in film arts to Moroccan and international students.
However, despite the atmosphere of Tinseltown and the huge series of films open to the public, Ouarzazate maintains a relaxed atmosphere and is an ideal place to sit in a street cafe, have a black coffee and visit celebrities or at least chat with locals who will be happy to share their work as extras on the set (At its peak in the late 1990s, the film industry provided casual employment to almost half of the local population). As might be expected, the main attraction remains the cinematic environment that has made Ouarzazate a pillar for filmmakers: the red and brilliant casbah in Aït Ben Haddou, the snowy High Atlas, and the Sahara with huge ravines, Gullies, and lunar steppes between them.
The town of Tinghir has grown to welcome tourists and locals who pass through the area with their possessions on camels back. Tinghir, home to only 36,000 permanent residents, grew to nearly 90,000 residents during the popular holiday months, according to the 2004 census. An area of Ouarzazate, the city is populated mainly by Amazighs, what many Berbers, the indigenous peoples of North Africa west of the Nile Valley, call themselves. It roughly translates into “free persons” or “free and noble men.”
Merzouga Sahara desert
When we think of Morocco, we think of the Sahara, a huge desert in the south of Morocco. One of the gateways to this desert is the city of Merzouga; Merzouga itself is not very special, certainly no need to stay here for long. However, this is the place from which one visits the desert of Erg Chebbi (part of the Sahara).
In Erg Chebbi you can do some activities. For example, it is possible to spend overnight in the desert while camping in a Berber desert camp. How about a camel ride or exploring the sandy dunes in a 4×4, two-day excursion to the desert, driving Quads in Merzouga?
Ifrane is a city in the north of Morocco. Ifrane was founded in 1929 and is located in the low mountain range of the Middle Atlas (Middle Atlas) and covers the most important winter and summer areas of Morocco in the immediate vicinity. At an altitude of approximately 5,400 feet (1,650 meters) above sea level, this modern city welcomes international tourists. The extinct volcanic craters nearby are covered with cedar wood and equipped with alpine ski slopes. It also houses Al-Akhawayn University (1995), a public college inspired by the American higher education system. Azrou, 11 miles (17 km) southwest of Ifrane at an altitude of about 3,950 feet (1,204 meters), is an ancient Amazigh (Berber) colony that has grown in a complex for all seasons; trout fishing is particularly popular. The local tribe of Beni Mguild grazes sheep and produces high-quality carpets.Pop (2004) 13,074.
Fes or Fez el Bali Morocco
Once you enter the imperial city of Fez, you feel as if you are traveling into the past. Fez was the city where our road trip through Morocco began. The medina, called Fes el Bali, is a UNESCO world heritage site and was found in the 9th century. The medieval medina with more than 9000 small streets and buildings with a mixture of Andalusian and African architecture are very interesting to explore. Donkeys and pedestrians roam the streets of this car-free maze. The city of leather tannery, weavers and impressive tile work is really worth a visit for 2 or 3 days. Most of the activities in Fez take place in the old medina, so you should keep in mind that you have to walk a lot. ¡ Read on if you want to know more about the best activities in Fez, combined with practical photography tips!
3 Days desert Tour from Ouarzazate to Fes ( FAQ )
Is Morocco safe for female tourists?
Morocco is safe country for women traveling alone, but those traveling alone should be careful, as they might be vulnerable to unwanted attention or male harassment.
What is Ouarzazate known for?
Ouarzazate is known for its film studios, which can be visited as part of a guided tour unless a film was being made, Atlas Film Cooperation Studios, For example, is known for producing films such as “Pope,” “Gladiator” and “Mummy.”
How long does it take to get from Ouarzazate to Fes?
It takes about 12h 16m to go from Ouarzazate to Fes, including transfers.
Can I drive from Ouarzazate to Fes?
Yes, the distance between Ouarzazate and Fes is 741 km and it takes about 8h 50m to go from Ouarzazate to Fes.
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