Cultural Basecamp

Fez, Sahara and Marrakech

Fez, Morocco

Prices From: $1,788 per person

This tour is a spectacular option for a shorter trek from Fez to Marrakech via the Sahara Desert. This particular route allows you to depart Fez and venture through the Sahara Desert, and continue through the Dades Valley and Todra Gorge. It also allows you to enjoy the scenery of Skoura, known as the Valley of Kasbahs, along with Ait Ben Haddou, Ouarzazate, until you cross over the High Atlas Mountains for a drop off in Marrakech.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - Fez - Erfoud

You will depart from Fez around 9am and head for Ifrane before continuing onward through Midelt and onto Erfoud for the night. In Erfoud, you will stay in a beautiful boutique hotel. Total travel time today is 7 hours.

Overnight: Xaluca Erfoud (Breakfast, Dinner included)

Day 2 - Erfoud - Ziz Valley - Sahara Desert

In the morning, our guide will take you to visit his small village in the Ziz (Tafilalet) Valley, Morocco's largest date-producing region. Before lunch at his family's home, you can enjoy a short walk through the date palms and farms. Afterward, it's off to Merzouga, the Erg Chebbi region of the Sahara Desert. Prepare for a memorable night under the stars and sleeping in a Bedouin-style tent. Total travel time today is 3 hours.

Overnight: Kasbah Tombouctou (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

Day 3 - Rissani - Dades Valley

This morning, you'll be able to rise with the sunset to grab some photos before hopping back onto the camels for the short ride back to the hotel. You'll then head through Rissani, before continuing on the road to Tinjedad for lunch. En route to Skoura, you can choose to drive up into the Dades Valley. Total travel time today is 5 hours.

Overnight: Xaluca Dades (Breakfast, Dinner included)

Day 4 - Dades Valley - Marrakech

After leaving Skoura, you can visit Ouarzazate and the Taorirt Kasbah once owned by the Glaouis family. You will also be stopping at the UNESCO world heritage site at Ait Ben Haddou. Then, you'll head over the Tiz n Tichka pass, which goes over the High Atlas Mountains and to Marrakech.

Accommodation Information

Xaluca Erfoud

Kasbah Hotel Xaluca is located in Erfoud, a city known as "the Door to the Desert". The Kasbah is listed as unique in Morocco due to its distinctive characteristics. It was built with adobes, the traditional Moroccan building bricks, and it is a great place to relax and enjoy the moment.

Xaluca Erfoud offers 134 spacious rooms decorated with regional materials, as well as 8 bungalows. It combines tradition with modern amenities, where installations are adapted to the stringiest standards. It is a fantastic place, situated among the dunes and palms, where you will be able to enjoy unique emotions.

Kasbah Tombouctou

Kasbah Hotel Tombouctou has become the most prestigious establishment in the Erg Chebi Desert. Its majestic structure and its privileged location make Kasbah Hotel Tomboctou a compulsory stop for any traveler in the south of Morocco.

Kasbah Hotel Tomboctou offers 72 rooms that, in keeping with the essence of traditional construction, have been designed with natural materials, warm colors, and walls covered with "tadalaket" a typical Moroccan lime plaster coating.

Xaluca Dades

At an altitude of 1612m, surrounded by majestic mountains at the very spine of the Atlas range, whose impressive ravines sketch out to the winds in the sky, the Xaluca Dades Hotel, enjoys a panoramic view of the Dades Valley, sprinkled with friendly Berber villages and snowy peaks.

Hotel Xaluca Dades offers 110 beautifully designed, welcoming rooms, exquisitely decorated with materials from different African countries. It is a true paradise in the middle of the mountains.


Region: Africa - North, West and Central



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General Information

Price Includes

  • All accommodation as mentioned
  • Daily breakfast
  • All other meals as mentioned
  • Tours/activities as mentioned
  • Professional Englishspeaking guide during tours
  • All transport as mentioned
  • Full support before, during & after your trip

Price Excludes

  • International flights
  • Taxes and fees
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
  • Entrance visas when applicable
  • Other services not mentioned
  • Tips and gratuities to guides, drivers
  • Expenses of a purely personal nature