Cultural Basecamp

Marrakech, Sahara to Fez

Marrakech, Morocco

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Prices From: $2,112 per person

This route takes you from Marrakech, over the High Atlas Mountains, through Ouarzazate, Ait Ben Haddou, and Skoura (Valley of Kasbahs), to the Sahara Desert for a camel ride and camp out. The latter part of the itinerary then takes you through Rissani and Erfoud before entering the Middle Atlas Mountains and going through Midelt, Ifrane, and finally to Fez.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - Marrakech - Ouarzazate - Ait Ben Haddou - Dades Valley

Today, you will depart from Marrakech at 9 am. After passing over the Tizi n Tichka Pass of the High Atlas Mountains. Along the way you will stop for lunch and have the opportunity to visit the UNESCO world heritage site at Ait Ben Haddou. You might also enjoy exloring Ouarzazate. This relatively new city is home to the Kasbah once owned by the Glaouis family, who ruled Morocco. You will spend the night in the naturally beautiful Dades Valley. Total travel time today is 5 hours.

Overnight: Xaluca Dades (Dinner included)

Day 2 - Dades Valley - Merzouga

Today, you will be taken to Merzouga. En route, you can stop at the Todra Gorge. Following, you'll choose your camel and head about one hour into the desert to our private tent area. The night is spent dining alfresco under the stars followed by a night in a Bedouin-style tent. If you prefer not to camp out, simply ride the camel for one hour to view the sunset and spend the night at the kasbah hotel. Travel time today is 5 hours.

Overnight: Kasbah Tombouctou (Breakfast, Dinner included)

Day 3 - Rissani - Ziz Valley - Erfoud

After rising early, you will be able to ride the camels back to the hotel where you can take a shower, have breakfast, and then venture into the lush Ziz Valley. There, you will meet your local guide who will take you on a light walk through the surrounding farms, explaining the areas produce and farming techniques. Following, a popular stop is lunch with the guide's family. The night will be spent in Erfoud. Total travel time today is 3 hours.

Overnight: Xaluca Erfoud (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

Day 4 - Midelt - Ifrane - Fez

Today, you'll head north through the Middle Atlas Mountains through Midelt, Ifrane (the "Switzerland of Morocco"), and finally be dropped off at your hotel or guesthouse for the evening in Fez. Total travel time today is 7 hours.

Accommodation Information

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.

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 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.

Location

Region: Africa - North, West and Central

Address:
Marrakech
Morocco

Amenities/Activities

GBC Staffpick GBC Staffpick

Breakfast Breakfast

Day Tours Day Tours

Ecologically Responsible Ecologically Responsible

Archeology Indigenous Archeology Indigenous

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