Atlas Desert Tours

Kasbah Trail and Desert Tour - 4 Days/3 Nights

Marrakech to Fez

4 Day Private Morocco Tour starting from Marrakech. Enjoy peace of mind that your tour is being handled by Moroccan experts. Enjoy quick & thorough communication: avoid surprises in Morocco.

Highlights:

  • Take in views of the High and Middle Atlas Mountains.
  • Explore the oldest kasbahs in Morocco; Ait Ben Haddou and Telouat.
  • Admire the gorges and the valleys of todra in Tinghir.
  • Explore Berber villages and meet the locals.
  • Camel Trek through the beautiful dunes of Erg Chebbi and spend a wonderful starry desert night with a camp fire and Berber drums.


Note: Any part of this itinerary can be tailor-made to fit your needs, e.g. tour length, activities, destinations, hotels.


Itinerary:

Day 1: Marrakech – Ait Ben Haddou – Dades Gorge

With our starting point in Marrakech, we’ll drive to Ouarzazate through the dramatic Tizi ‘n’ Tichka pass (2260m), over the High Atlas Mountains, appreciating the beauty of the landscape on the twisted road through Berber villages. Arriving at the famous Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah, the largest Kasbah in Morocco, now a UNESCO matrimonial historical site and still home to many Glaoui family members. After lunch, we continue on to Dades Gorge via Ouarzazate, “the Hollywood of Africa” along the “Road of the thousand Kasbahs”- the fascinating “sand castles” before stopping at Kalaat Mgouna, “the rose’s city” known for roses and its annual festival during the roses harvest in May. Eventually we’ll arrive at our hotel in the heart of the Dades Gorge. Dinner, bed and breakfast included.

Day 2: Dades Gorge – Todra Gorge – Merzouga

After breakfast in the hotel, we’ll drive back through the valley to see the amazing rock formation known as “the monkey toes” and the still-standing 19th century Kasbah of Ait Yul. Leaving the Dades valley towards Tinrghir and the Todra valley you’ll see panoramic views of the old mud Berber villages overlooking the valley. Once at the gorge we’ll walk under the 300m high red cliff, where many Rock-climbers come to enjoy their preferred sport. We’ll continue on to Erfoud and Rissani where we’ll have lunch before leaving for the village of Merzouga – the home of your guide – and where your camel will be awaiting you. You’ll be welcomed with a glass of mint tea before checking into our Hotel/Riad. Dinner, bed and breakfast included.

Day 3: Merzouga area and  Camel trekking

After breakfast we can start exploring the area, visiting the village of the Gnawi people, originally slaves from Sudan to experience their music and lifestyle. Not far away there’s the lake of Merzouga, with its flamingos. You may also like to visit the nomad wire house where many Berber handicrafts are priced lower than in the big cities. By the afternoon you’ll be ready for your camel ride. Guided by an experienced camel driver, you’ll explore within the mysterious sand-sea of the Erg-Chebbi for 2-3 hrs before spending your first night under the stars, or if you prefer, in a traditional Berber nomad tent. Dinner, bed, and breakfast included.

Day 4: Merzouga – Ziz Valley - Middle Atlas - Fes

Your camel man will wake you up early in the morning to watch what well may be the best sunrise of your life. Afterwards, you’ll peacefully camel-trek back to your Riad appreciating the unique beauty of the spectacular Erg Chebbi dunes – changing with the light as the day progresses. After breakfast in the local guest house we’ll travel to Fes via Errachidia along the magnificent Ziz Gorges carved through volcanic rock and through the Tizi Ntalghamt pass to Midelt. stopping in Zaida to enjoy a barbecue and refresh with a glass of mint tea before continuing on to Azrou, a Berber village in the Middle Atlas Mountains. There we’ll stop to see the Barbarian apes in the famous Cedar forest. Then it’s on to Ifrane – “the French village”, stopping for a picture and drink before arriving at your accommodation in Fes where the tour ends.


Included:

• 4 Days Transportation in private Toyota Prado Land-Cruiser with A/C Or New Mini-Vans with A/C.
• 3 Nights Accommodation in a Moroccan Authentic Riads.
• All breakfasts, and dinners
• English, French, Or Italian - speaking driver / guide for the entire trip.
• Camel trekking to spend the night in a "Berber Tents" in the middle of Sahara desert of Erg Chebbi Dunes.


Not Included:

• Lunches.

• Airfare (Flight Ticket).

• Beverages (Drinks).

• Tips for guide, drivers.

• Travel insurance.

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Having recently completed a 14 night and 15 day tour of Morocco with our wonderful, friendly and very knowledgeable guide Hamed and driver Ibrahim (who kept us very safe on the long drives); I could not recommend Atlas Desert Tours enough. Right from the start the company was easy to deal with - assisting us via email to design a tour suited to our needs and budget with exceptional value for money. We chose mid range accomodation which was perfect - the company picked lovely authentic riads for us which were situated in accessible and safe locations. Our transport via mini van was very spacious and clean. Perfect for the longer car trips. 

Willow and Gen Durington

Brisbane, Australia

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My husband and I booked 5 days and 4 nights with Atlas. Our driver Mohammed was wonderful, safe driver who instilled a lot of confidence in me. Our guide Mbark was incredible, filling our days with beautiful sights, incredible history, and great stories. His knowledge of Morocco is a gift to tourists. He does a great job of breaking the day up with stops for the bathroom, food/beverage, and shopping. We were incredibly impressed with the choice of nightly accommodations. We were comfortable, well-fed, and surrounded by the beauty of Morocco. "Camping" (an incredible luxury with indoor plumbing) in the Sahara was so memorable. Do not miss!

We will absolutely be back to Morocco, and when we do, Atlas will be our first call. 

Ilene and Bill Ross

Cincinnati, Ohio

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We took a 6 day, 5 night trip to Morocco using Atlas Desert Tours for our booking. Said was extremely helpful in organizing the trip and made a great itinerary for us! Our guide (Hamid) and driver (Mohammed) were absolutely wonderful! They made sure wet got to see all of the highlights during our quick trip and accommodated our requests along the way. Snow on the mountain pass on one of the days delayed our travel but they still made sure we made it to the desert by sunset! The local guides in Fes and Marrakech were so knowledgeable as well. The luxury desert camp, which is fairly new, surpassed my expectations. Overall, I would highly recommend this trip. The only suggestion I have is to stay longer than we did!

Jennifer Warren

New York City, USA

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