The riad arranged our 4 day trip from Fès to Marrakech with Mohammed Masrour as our guide and driver. We left Fès at 9 a.m. by car, crossed the Middle Atlas (photos on the "Mountains" section") and arrived at Merzouga by 7 p.m. on Christmas evening.

We stayed at Ksar Sania, located at the edge of the dunes and owned by a french family. In the morning we took our first walk into the desert to feel the sand and take photos. In the afternoon "Le Prince du Desert" - the guy that manages the camel rides- came to take us to our overnight trip to the Great Dune. We were glad we made it, despite the cold weather at that time of the year. Yes, it was a bit touristy, but a very unique experience.