A Moroccan friend highly recommended that I travel from Fes to Merzouga. He said I would really enjoy a sunset or sunrise camel ride in the desert and stay in a Berber tent followed by a trip past the Dades Gorges and other places on the road to Ouarzazate terminating in Marrakech. This sounds like a fascinating idea but I'm not sure how to do this trip right. I'm a single male traveler with very broken French.
Do any reliable travel agencies offer packaged 3 or 4 day tours like this? If not, would it be best to have an agency arrange a custom tour. As for trying to get there on my own, I have heard there are Supratour buses from Fes to Merzouga but that these buses are overnighters. I don't really like the idea of traveling at night - I wouldn't want to miss the scenery and I don't think I would sleep. Are there any affordable alternatives to the bus that would get me to the desert during daylight? My budget is not particularly tight but I don't want to blow $1000 on this either.
Let me know what you know about this. Thanks in advance!