Marrakech To Fes Desert Tour Via Erg Chebbi Dunes In Merzouga Desert


Tour Code: MDT14-16

Itinerary

  • Day 1 Marrakech - Tizi n'Tichka Pass - Telouet - Ait Benhaddou Kasbah - Ouarzazate - Skoura - Dades Gorge
  • Day 2 Dades Gorge - Todra Gorge - Rissani - Erg Chebbi Desert Camp
  • Day 3 Erg Chebbi Desert Camp - Errachidia - Midelt - Azrou - Ifrane - Fes

Accommodations

  • Night 1 Dar Essyaha or Auberge Panorama in Dades Gorge
  • Night 2 Erg Chebbi Desert Camp
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    Travel From Marrakech To Fes With A Break Nights In Erg Chebbi Dunes In Merzouga Desert

    Erg Chebbi dunes in Merzouga desert is the best desert destination to choose if you are planning to travel from Marrakech to Fes. It's perfect location made it easy to put in a Marrakech to Fes itinerary. This private desert tour will give you the exact same desert experience as the classic Marrakech desert tour to Erg Cheebi. Instead of driving back to Marrakech, you will continue to Fes.

    You will spend the 1st night en route in Dades Gorge in order to allow you to have breaks and photo stops all along the way. The next day you will drive to Erg Chebbi dunes where you will spend few magical nights with the Berber people. The Erg Chebbi desert camp is comfortable and will make your guest experience unforgettable. You will have a private Berber tent with everything you will need for a great night sleep. The Chebbi desert camp in Merzouga desert has toilets and hot water showers. The food is typically Moroccan and locally cooked by our Berber team.

    Your stay in Erg Chebbi desert camp will be full of desert activities like camel trekking, sandboarding, Berber music around the fire under stars at night. You will also assit to sunset and sunrise from the top of the dunes. It's a breathtaking and unique moment.

    What's Included?

    • Private Transportation aboard a comfortable and air conditioned vehicle
    • Pick up from your Hotel/Riad in Marrakech (or from the airport)
    • Drop off at your Hotel/Riad in Fes (or at the airport)
    • English speaking Berber nomad driver
    • Fuel for entire Chebbi travel desert package
    • All nights accommodations
    • Camel trekking in Erg Chebbi dunes
    • Sandboarding in Erg Chebbi dunes
    • Berber music at night around the fire under stars in Erg Chebbi desert camp
    • Free stops when you want

    What's Not Included?

    • Lunches
    • Drinks
    • Tips
    • Extra
    Tour Map

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    Tour Itinerary

    • DAY 1 Marrakech - Tizi n'Tichka Pass - Telouet - Ait Benhaddou Kasbah - Ouarzazate - Skoura - Dades Gorge

      Accommodations: Dar Essyaha or Auberge Panorama in Dades Gorge

      Meals: Diner

      Distance: 330 KM (205.05 miles)

      Departure Time: 8am

    • DAY 2 Dades Gorge - Todra Gorge - Rissani - Erg Chebbi Desert Camp

      Accommodations: Erg Chebbi Desert Camp

      Meals: Breakfast + Diner

      Distance: 290 KM (180.20 miles)

    • DAY 3 Erg Chebbi Desert Camp - Errachidia - Midelt - Azrou - Ifrane - Fes

      Meals: Breakfast

      Distance: 490 KM (304.47 miles)

      Arrival Time: 6pm

    Interesting Places On Your Itinerary

    You will pass by a lots of Berber villages during your luxury tour. This will make you discover an other aspect of Morocco.

    Tizi n'Tichka is a mountain pass in Morocco, linking the south-east of Marrakesh to the city of Ouarzazate through the High Atlas mountains. It lies between the great Marrakech Plains and the gateway of the Sahara Desert. From November - March, snow can often fall on the pass, but it can be warm all year round in the strong sun. It reaches an elevation of 2,260 m above the sea level and is the highest major mountain pass of North Africa. The road was constructed by the French military in 1936, and is now part of National Route 9 in Morocco.

    Telouet is a Kasbah along the former route of the caravans from the Sahara over the Atlas Mountains to Marrakech. It lies at an elevation of 1,800 metres (5,900 ft) and was the seat of the El Glaoui family's power. The palace can still be visited but it is steadily becoming more damaged and is slowly collapsing. In 2010, work was underway to restore the property.

    Thami El Glaoui or El Haj T'hami el Mezouari el Glaoui (1879 - 23 January 1956), better known in English-speaking countries as T'hami El Glaoui or Lord of the Atlas, was the Pasha of Marrakech from 1912 to 1956. His family name was El Mezouari, from a title given an ancestor by Sultan Moulay Ismail in 1700, while El Glaoui refers to his chieftainship of the Berber Glaoua (Glawa) tribe of Southern Morocco, based at the Kasbah of Telouet in the High Atlas and at Marrakech. He became head of the Glaoua upon the death of his elder brother, Si el Madani, and as an ally of the French in Morocco conspired with them in the overthrow of Sultan Mohammed V.

    Ait Benhaddou Kasbah is a fortified city, or ksar, along the former caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakech in present-day Morocco. Most citizens living in the area now live in more modern dwellings in a nearby village, although there are 4 families still living in the ancient city. This giant fortification, which is made up of six Kasbahs and nearly fifty ksars which are individual Kasbahs, is a great example of earthen clay architecture. Which is also use in Moroccan architecture.

    Aït Benhaddou has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987 and several films have been shot there, including:

    • Lawrence Of Arabia (1962)
    • Sodom And Gomorrah (1963)
    • Oedipus Rex (1967)
    • The Man Who Would Be King (film) (1975)
    • The Message (1976)
    • Jesus of Nazareth (1977)
    • Time Bandits (1981)
    • Marco Polo (1982)
    • The Jewel of the Nile (1985)
    • The Living Daylights (1987)
    • The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)
    • The Sheltering Sky (1990)
    • Kundun (1997)
    • The Mummy (1999)
    • Gladiator (2000)
    • Alexander (2004)
    • Kingdom of Heaven (2005)
    • Babel (2006)
    • One Night with the King (2006)
    • Prince of Persia (2010)
    • Son of God (film) (2014)
    • Also used in parts of the TV series Game of Thrones.

    Ouarzazate nicknamed The door of the desert, is a city and capital of Ouarzazate Province in Drâa-Tafilalet region of south-central Morocco. Ouarzazate is at an elevation of 1,160 metres (3,810 ft) in the middle of a bare plateau south of the High Atlas Mountains. To the south of the town is the desert.

    The town is chiefly inhabited by Berber-speakers, who constructed many of the prominent kasbahs and buildings for which the area is known. Ouarzazate is an important holiday destination in Morocco, as a base for excursions across the Draa Valley and into the desert. The fortified village (ksar) of Ait Benhaddou west of the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Atlas Studios is one of the largest movie studios in the world, in terms of land area. Several historical movies were shot here, including The Living Daylights, Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra, Lawrence of Arabia, The Man Who Would Be King, Kingdom of Heaven and Babel. It was also the location of an episode of the television series The Amazing Race 10 and Game of thrones: Season 3.

    Skoura is a town in Ouarzazate Province, Drâa-Tafilalet, Morocco. According to the 2004 census it has a population of 2,808. Skoura is a fertile oasis lined with immense palm groves. The Kasbah Amerhidil is part of Skoura palm grove.

    Dadès Gorges is a canyon of the Dadès River and lies between the Atlas Mountains and the Jbel Saghro of the Anti-Atlas mountain range, in Morocco.

    Berbers built many kasbahs in vicinity of gorges with defence purposes. These many kasbahs together with the natural beauty of the place have contributed to make it a tourist attraction in recent years.

    Todgha Gorge is a canyon in the eastern part of the High Atlas Mountains in Morocco, near the town of Tinghir. Both the Todgha and neighbouring Dades Rivers have carved out cliff-sided canyons on their final 40 kilometres (25 mi) through the mountains. The last 600 metres (1,969 ft) of the Todgha gorge are the most spectacular. Here the canyon narrows to a flat stony track, in places as little as 10 metres (33 ft) wide, with sheer and smooth rock walls up to 160 metres (525 ft) high on each side.

    Erfoud is an oasis town in the Sahara Desert, in the Drâa-Tafilalet region in eastern Morocco. It is divided into several districts: Hay Salam, Hay Jdid, Hay Ziz, Hay el Bathaa, Hay Annahda, and Hay el Hamri.

    Due to its proximity to Merzouga desert village in the Erg Chebbi Dunes, Erfoud has developed tourist-related infrastructures such as hotels and restaurants.

    Rissani is a town in Errachidia Province in eastern Morocco, located near Erfoud. It is the closest town of significant size to the Erg Chebbi, one of the largest sand desert in Morocco. Its population in 2004 was 20,469.

    The mausoleum of Moulay Ali Cherif, third great-grandfather of Moulay Cherif, founder of the Alaouite Dynasty of Morocco, is located on the southern edge of town.

    Erg Chebbi is one of Morocco's two Saharan ergs – large seas of dunes formed by wind-blown sand. The other is Erg Chigaga near M'hamid.

    The dunes of Erg Chebbi reach a height of up to 150 meters in places and altogether spans an area of 50 kilometers from north to south and up to 5–10 kilometers from east to west

    The nearest sizable town is Erfoud, about 60 kilometers further north. One other city is Rissani, around 40 kilometers from Merzouga, and from the 8th to the 14th century there was a separate kingdom, known as Sijilmassa, which was prosperous owing to former caravan routes.

    Errachidia is a city in the south Morocco, located in the province of Errachidia, in the region of Drâa-Tafilalet. Its name is derived from the Arabian . tribe which majorily inhabit the city. It was formerly known as 'Ksar es-Souk'. is a majorilly Arabic speaking town in eastern Morocco. Israeli politician Meir Sheetrit was born in this city in 1948. He immigrated to Israel in 1957.

    The Ziz River is a river in the south of Morocco and Algeria. It has its source in the Middle Atlas Mountains of Morocco and flows 282 kilometers (175 mi) into the Sahara Desert in Algeria. Although water flow is intermittent along the Ziz riverbed, its watercourse has long been used to facilitate human transit through the mountainous region.

    Midelt is a town in central Morocco, in the high plains between the Middle Atlas and High Atlas mountain ranges. With an estimated population of 44,780, Midelt serves as the commercial center of a large agricultural hinterland. It is also one of Morocco's principal cities for the mining of several minerals.

    The city of Azrou is located at a strategic crossroads between the Middle Atlas and the High Atlas between Meknes, Fez, Ifrane, Midelt and Khenifra. The N13 road connects Azrou to Meknes in the north and Timahdite in the south. The National Route N8 comes from Sidi Addi in the west and continues to Taounza and Ifrane in the north-east.

    Ifrane is a city in the Middle Atlas region of Morocco (population 73,782 in November 2014). The capital of Ifrane Province in the region of Fès-Meknès, Ifrane is located at an elevation of 1,665 m (5,463 ft). In Tamazight, the regional Berber language, 'ifran' means caves.

    The modern town of Ifrane was established by the French administration in 1928 during the protectorate era for their administration due to its Alpine climate. Ifrane was conceived as a 'hill station' or colonial type of settlement. It is a resort town set high up in the mountains so that Europeans can find relief from the summer heat of tropical colonies. Ifrane is also a popular altitude training destination.

    Travel Experiences & Activities

    Tour Code MDT14-16
    Duration 3 to 9 Days
    Level Standard
    Starts From Marrakech
    Ends At Fes
    Physical Demands 1/5

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