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Marrakech Fes Merzouga Camel trek desert tours.

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Paris, France
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Marrakech Fes Merzouga Camel trek desert tours.

Hello !

We want to visit Marrakech, the sahara desert (Riding a camel in desert) and fes after looking on google we find 2 difrent itineraries .

1°: Marrakech - Merzouga - Fes

Day 1: Marrakech - Tizi -n-Tichka - Ait Benhaddou - Ouarzazate - Dades Valley/Gorges

Depart at 08:00 from Marrakesh to dades valley via the High Atlas mountains Tizi n'Tichka pass throughout the high Atlas Mountains we will have time to stop and enjoy impressive landscapes and Berber hamlets, we will get the chance the visit the universal Heritage Site of Ait Benhaddou Kasbah as it has been named by UNESCO in 1987. This Berber Kasbahs which has been used as a very important destination for international filmmakers for more than 20 films was also one of the most important fortress strongholds on the old Salt Road where caravans brought slaves, gold, ivory, salt and silk from sub-Saharan countries to Marrakech and beyond. We'll pass through Ouarzazate, or what we call Hollywood of africa since it's has been as well a very famous destination for filmmakers, after ouarzazate we will continue to dades valley , trough the megoun ,skoura (berber villages around the valley) we will spend the night in dades valley

Day 2: Dades Gorges - Tenghir - Todra Gorges - Tinjdad - Erfoud - Merzouga(Night in desert)

After the breakfast, we go from Dades gorges to the erg chebbi Sahara desert in Merzouga. Berber villages are scattered along the way, we’ll pass through Tinjdad, Jorf and Erfoud in which we’ll feel the beginning of the Saharan oasis of Tafilalet, and the we continue to Merzouga,after relaxing few minuts in Merzouga,we go to ride the camels who are waiting to take us on an adventure in the sand dunes. we will spend the night in an camp(Nomad berber tents) with drums music in the middle of the Sahara,this is a great opportunity to take lovely pictures of the sunset and sunrise,when we arrive at the camp we go to a high dunes to see the sunset , we will spend the night in nomad tents .

Day 3: Erg Chebbi Desert - (Merzouga) - Ziz Valley - Medilt - Ifrane - Fes

After an early sunrise ,we ride the camels backing to Merzouga, after take shower an breakfest we'll start our tour backing to fes. We stop on the road to enjoy having tea with a nomadic family before we passing through the High Atlas mountains again. We stop by a town called Midelt where we'll have lunch. This town is a very impressive mountain city at 1488 meters of altitude, well situated lower down the Jbel Ayachi (3737 m). In the afternoon we'll continue to the legendary city of Fes. Arrival to Fes which is the end of the trip.

Here is the full itinerray: morocco-excursion.com/Marrakech-to-fes-3days…

2° : FES - MERZOUGA - MARRAKECH

Day 1: Fes - medilt - Azrou - Ziz Valley - Merzouga (Camel Ride & Night in Desert)

After the breakfast Leaving Fez and going to Todra Gorges , passing through Ifrane to arrive to the cedar forests of Azrou where the wild monkeys are located. It will be good opportunity to take photos of wilderness in Morocco. Lunch in a small Berber village of Zaida. We continue the way through the Atlas Mountains enjoying the landscapes of Medilt to arrive to the small town of Rich,Erfoud in which we’ll feel the beginning of the Saharan oasis of Tafilalet.And then continue to Merzouga, after relaxing few min.. you'll ride the camels to spend the night in desert. night in berber nomad tents

Day 2: Merzouga - Rissani - Erfoud - Tinghir - Todra Gorges - Dades - Ouarzazate

After seeing the sunrise in desert we go back on camels to Merzouga , after the breakfast and take shower in the Hotel then we start our journey to Ouarzazate ,on the way; we will visit the Berber villages containing, todra gorges..then we drive to ouarzazate trough dades, roses valley skoura..we will arrive to ouarzazate in evening

Day 3: Ouarzazate - Ait Benhaddou - Tizi -n- Tichka - Marrakech

Leaving Ouarzazate in the Morning ,we will visit UNESCO protected site of Ait Ben Haddou., a most impressive Kasbah and well-preserved fortress in Morocco. Many movies were filmed here such as the Gladiator. Leave Ait Ben Haddou and start heading towards the majestic Atlas Mountains. Cross the High Atlas Mountains via the highest road pass in Morocco Tizni Tichka 2260m high offering impressive views of valleys, mountains and many Berber villages nearby. arrive to Marrakech in evening

Here is the full itinerray :http://morocco-excursion.com/Fes-to-Marrakech-desert-trip.htm

I want to know if it's better to start the tour from Marrakech and end in Fes, or start friom Fes and end in Marrakech ?

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1. Re: Marrakech Fes Merzouga Camel trek desert tours.

There's dozens of companies offering this type of tour, nothing special about the one you mention or the itinerary they offer. Which way round the journey is done doesn't make much difference.

However... any responsible company will suggest this is done as a four or five day trip, three days is just too much of a rush and you will spend ten hours in the Fez-Merzouga or Merzouga-Fez segment.

Companies that try to do this in three days drive far too fast for the Moroccan road conditions.

Buckhorn, Canada
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2. Re: Marrakech Fes Merzouga Camel trek desert tours.

I agree! We did it in 6 days, including Taroudannt and Meknes, so could have been 5 days comfortably. I can't imagine doing it in 3! We would have spent most of the days in the car. This was the best part of our Morocco trip so , IMO, don't spoil it by rushing.

Paris, France
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3. Re: Marrakech Fes Merzouga Camel trek desert tours.

Hello !

Thank you so much, i didn't ask about the company, i just find this links on google, and we are interested in the same itineraries.

Edited: 11:02 am, March 21, 2013
Paris, France
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4. Re: Marrakech Fes Merzouga Camel trek desert tours.

this itineraries are not possible ? or it's dificult ?

Stockholm, Sweden
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5. Re: Marrakech Fes Merzouga Camel trek desert tours.

This itinerary is not difficult and it is possible to do it, only not in 3 days, it is to rushing. And in Erg Chebbi stay 2 nights, not only one night. One night is not enough, you come late and only sleep over and next day continue, it is only the waste of time and money too I can say. You go far so you have to enjoy it also in that case, or?

Paris, France
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6. Re: Marrakech Fes Merzouga Camel trek desert tours.

Yes, but we are traveling in May, so we think one night in desert it's enough (becouse it's hot) no ?

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7. Re: Marrakech Fes Merzouga Camel trek desert tours.

The 'desert' (semi arid) area of Morocco covers the area south and east of the High Atlas and is generally at an altitude of between 800m and 1200m above sea level. The only difference is that in a couple of places the ground is sand dunes, otherwise it's mainly rock/earth.

There's little difference in the climate, temperature, etc. in all the region. Weather varies in Morocco as much as anywhere else in the world and whilst May is likely to be hot, it could be 'very hot', it could also be cool.

Stockholm, Sweden
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8. Re: Marrakech Fes Merzouga Camel trek desert tours.

right, and sometime I saw in Marrakech is more hot than in the desert where it is open area, blowing a little (or more :)) , and even in Atlas can be hot in May or summer as Tim said once So it is only to hope it will not be so hot or resist the hot :),

Casablanca
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9. Re: Marrakech Fes Merzouga Camel trek desert tours.

I agree with all has illustrated above, as Tim has suggested and Khamlia, there is a dozen of tours offering good tours, you just need to check the link of Tour companies Guides on the right side of your screen under Top Asked Questions about Morocco.

You can do more than 3 days, as you will suffer from long drives by the 3 days, at least 6 hours a day, and the 3rd day will be at least 10 hours driving in the very warm time which will make your trip uncomfortable.

take your time and travel slow in Morocco.

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10. Re: Marrakech Fes Merzouga Camel trek desert tours.

go slower and enjoy all that morocco has to offer..we stayed an extra day near the ziz valley and explored there. there is so much to see, and even with 4 days, the driving is long...