Avoid the hassles of doing your own DIY trip to Morocco’s Erg Chebbi desert with this shared-group 2-day trip from Fez. Cross the Atlas Mountains, pass through palm-filled oases and forests; and ride a camel over the sands to Erg Chebbi’s dunes. Then, enjoy optional sports (own cost), dine under the stars, sleep in a tent, and watch the desert sunrise before returning to Fez. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
Stay overnight in a tent in the Erg Chebbi desert on a 2-day tour from Fez
Cross the Atlas Mountains to the desert with ease, by air-conditioned minivan
Head for the dunes by camel, try optional sports, and wake to a desert dawn
Relax with dinner, breakfast, and hotel pickup and drop-off included
The hotel pick-up and drop-off ruined the trip for me
, Nov 2018
The actual trek into the Sahara on the camels didn’t start until sunset due to the driver making a 1-hr stop for breakfast and another 1-hr stop for lunch then another 30 min stop at some random panoramic viewpoint. The driving was scary at best—and keep in mind it was raining nearly the entire drive. Then on the morning trek, we all thought we’d ride our camels to see the sunrise in the Sahara. That didn’t happen. We were told the sunrise happens at 7:30am and breakfast would be served at 8:30am. We basically had to walk out to the dunes to see the sunrise. Then we were rushed to eat breakfast so we could ride the camels back to the 4x4 that took us to our final ‘minivan’ back. Neither the van to or from had air conditioning. If it did, both drivers had us keep the windows down because of condensation on the windows. So we’d either be freezing or burning up to/fro. Last, on the return each passenger was dropped off at their hotel/train station EXCEPT for me. We were at the blue gate and the driver first tried to tell me to get out and pay for a cab to my hotel (Ibis Hotel). Then I advised I didn’t have any cash on me and the $250 I paid was supposed to include hotel pick up AND drop off. He then took my bags out the van and claimed he paid to have a cab take me to my hotel. The cab driver, who didn’t speak any English, took me to the wrong hotel and when I showed him on the map where my hotel was he demanded more money—which I didn’t have. By the end of it, I had to pay the driver the only money I had on me ($10 Euros) to take me the additional 5 mins drive). I was in tears, scared and mistreated. I would NEVER do this again nor would I ever recommend using this vendor. Everything was rushed, running behind or unsafe and dangerous. I want a refund of the amount I was forced to pay the cab driver to get back to my hotel.