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Marrakech To Fes Desert Tour

  • 2 Days 1 Nights
  • Max Guests : 34
  • Wifi Available
  • Jun - Oct

3 Days Private Desert Tour from Marrakech to Fes via Erg-Chebbi

Experience the magic of Morocco on an impressive 3 day desert tour from Marrakech to Fes. Discover iconic sites like Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, Dades Valley, Tinghir Oasis, and Erg Chebbi dunes. Embark on a thrilling camel ride, stay in a luxury or authentic Berber desert camp, witness the sunrise over the Sahara Desert. and observe the fascinating Barbary Apes in the Middle Atlas Mountains before continuing your journey to the vibrant city of Fes. On this unforgettable tour, immerse yourself in Moroccan culture and discover its hidden treasures.

What’s included in 3 days desert tour from Marrakech to Fes

  • Private Modern Transport AC Minibus or 4×4 with English speaking guide/driver
  • Pick up & Drop from your Marrakech hotel / Riad. At your accommodation.
  • First night in Dades Valley at the hotel / riad (Private A/C ensuite room) with dinner & breakfast
  • Second night at Sahara desert camp in Erg Chebbi. Sunset, camel treks breakfast and dinner are included 1 night at the desert camp
  • ​Showers available at Sahara desert camp operator’s lodge
  • Upgrade to an exclusive camp with an ensuite tent available upon booking your Marrakech to Fes desert tour ( €70 per person )
  • Drop off at your Fes hotel/riad or the closest accessible location.

What’s exclude in 3 days desert tour from Marrakech to Fes

  • Lunches and Beverages
  • Tips (Ait Ben Haddou usually 3 eur)
  • personal purchases and gratuities
  • Entrance to Monument fees (optional)

Marrakech to Fes Desert Tour Highlights:

  • Drive through the majestic High Atlas Mountains and Tizi Ntichka Pass.
  • Visit Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, the UNESCO World Heritage.
  • Explore the magnificent Valley of the Roses and walk in Tinghir Oasis to Todgha Gorges.
  • Experience the beauty of a sunset while riding a camel in the Merzouga Desert.
  • Experience a magical night under the sparkling stars at your luxury Merzouga desert camp.
  • En route to Fes, Enjoy Panoramic view of Ziz Valley and it's palm groves and Observe Barbary Apes in cedar forests near Ifrane.

Itinerary of the 3 Days Tour from Marrakech to Merzouga Desert

Day 1: Marrakech → Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou → Boumalne Dades

Your Marrakech to Fes desert tour will begin at 8:00 AM. Our guide will pick you up from your hotel or riad according to your accommodation. Our journey begins by traversing the captivating High Atlas and the Tizi N’Tichka pass (2260 meters high). Along the way, you will be captivated by the picturesque scenery of mud-brick Berber villages and encounter shepherds tending their flocks amidst verdant plateaus framed by snow-capped peaks. Numerous stops will be made to allow you to capture these mesmerizing vistas, stretch your legs, and savor a refreshing cup of coffee.

By noon, you will arrive at the UNESCO World Heritage village of Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou (six are within a walled city). This village has graced the silver screen in iconic Hollywood blockbusters such as Game of Thrones, Gladiator, and Lawrence of Arabia. Here, you will feel almost like you have returned to the days of gladiators, desert nomads, and ancient trading markets. After a guided tour through this enchanting labyrinth of narrow pathways and towering structures, you will continue your journey to Ouarzazate, often called “The Gateway to the Desert,” also known as The Hollywood of Africa. This city is home to the largest film studios in Africa.

After a leisurely lunch, you’ll have the opportunity to visit the enchanting oasis of Skoura, home to one of Morocco’s most remarkably preserved kasbahs, Amridil. After your visit, you will travel to Kalaat M’gouna, passing through the Valley of the Roses, before arriving at your relaxing and unwinding private guesthouse in Dades Valley with an en-suite. You can savor a delectable dinner and a restful night’s sleep here.

Day 2 : Dades Valley → Tinghir → Todra Gorge → Merzouga Desert

After breakfast on the second day of your Marrakech to Fes Sahara desert tour, you will embark on a scenic drive along the road of 1001 Kasbahs to Tinghir Oasis. Along the way, you can witness the remnants of fortified villages that served as caravan roads until the early 20th century.

Upon arrival at Tinghir, formerly a military post during the French occupation, you will take a secondary road to the oasis. You can walk beside the stream and observe the locals tending to their farms and livestock. Your walk culminates in one of the most spectacular sights of your tour: Todgha Gorges.

Following a relaxed midday meal at one of the nearby cafes. You will continue your journey to Rissani – one of the holiest towns in Morocco. It is the birthplace and burial site of the founder of the ruling dynasty of the Kingdom, “The Alaouites”. Rissani is also renowned as the starting point of the ancient caravan roads that crossed the Sahara desert to Tombouctou.

In the afternoon, you will traverse some rocky terrain to Merzouga, where your camel caravan will await you. Before reaching your Sahara desert camp, You can experience a breathtaking sunset while enjoying a camel ride over the Erg Chebbi dunes. Overnight Stay in a Desert Camp

On the final night of our Marrakech to Fes Sahara tour, you will be served dinner under the stars while being entertained by local nomad hosts playing drums all night. Finally, you will spend the night in Berber desert tent accommodation. The clean air will ensure you sleep peacefully at your Sahara desert camp.

Day 3 : Merzouga → Midelt → Ifran→ Fes

On the last day of your Marrakech to Fes desert tour, you will have a mesmerizing sunrise camel trek across the breathtaking dunes of Erg Chebbi. Then, you will arrive at the lodge of the camp operator in Merzouga to have breakfast and a refreshing shower. (If you upgrade to the luxury camping, breakfast is served at the camp, and showers can be found at your tent).

On the next leg of our adventure tour, we will drive to Fes, crossing the picturesque Ziz Valley through Errachidia, The capital of the Tafilalt region.
Continue to Midelt, where you will enjoy a leisurely lunch before driving through the Middle Atlas Mountains. Marvel at The Cedar Forests and explore the renowned Berber towns of Imouzzar and Ifran, both popular winter ski resorts for Moroccans. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the landscape as you make your way to the enchanting.

On the way, your skilled driver may encounter some Barbary apes, providing you with a perfect photo opportunity. Our journey and fascinating adventure tour culminates with the road to Fes and the drop off at your hotel or riad.


Know Before You Go

  • This 3-day Sahara desert tour from Marrakech to Fes can be tailored to a 4-day Marrakech to Fes desert tour if you want to spend extra time exploring the Sahara Desert.
  • Pick-up can be flexible during spring and summer. We encourage you to depart no later than 08h00 AM in the wintertime to arrive at Merzouga by sunset.
  • Local guides and entrance fees are not included. You pay for those directly to the suppliers.
  • The tour price is per person, depending on how many travellers are. However, we offer a shared Marrakech to Fes desert tour with fixed rates.
  • Maximize your tour comfort with a hat, sunglasses, comfortable walking shoes, and wet napkins are good to use during this tour.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Fes, Morocco safe?

Rest assured, Fes boasts a safety profile on par with any Moroccan city and surpasses the security of many famous European tourist destinations. Enhanced police presence in the Medina ensures visible patrols throughout the city. While Fes remains secure, it’s advisable to adopt standard precautions, much like anywhere in the world. Exercise caution by avoiding unlit narrow alleyways within the Medina, especially during nighttime strolls. Explore Fes confidently, prioritizing your safety amidst its captivating streets.

How far is Fes from Marrakech?

Marrakech to Merzouga desert is a distance of 560 Km and takes approximately 8 hours. However, it will be split into two days. On the way in, you will stay in a hotel in Dades Valley and continue to Merzouga the next day. Then, you will drive directly to Marrakech on the way back.

How far is Merzouga from Marrakech?

We have you covered! We will email you as items in your order ship, or if there are updates on the status of your order. Can’t find the email?Click here to check the status of your order.

How far is the Sahara desert from Fes?

Fes is 463 Km (287 miles) from the Sahara desert (Merzouga dunes). Delight in the enchanting landscapes and numerous stops, transforming your travel into a scenic adventure filled with unforgettable moments. Explore the beauty of each mile on this extraordinary trek to the heart of the Sahara.

Erg Chebbi Camel Ride Duration?

We have you covered! We will email you as items in your order ship, or if there are updates on the status of your order. Can’t find the email?Click here to check the status of your order.

Is there a Privacy of Bathrooms in Merzouga Desert Camp?

Depends on what you choose. If you choose the Luxury camp, the bathrooms are private inside your tent, and if you choose the shared camp, The bathrooms are shared and located outside your tent.

Can we skip the camel ride in Erg Chebbi to the desert camp?

Of course, you can. A comfortable 4×4 vehicle will transport you to the desert camp if you want to skip the camel ride (but An extra fee of 30 Euros/return transfer will apply). If you book the luxury desert camp, no additional fees apply to a 4×4 vehicle in the return. Your satisfaction is our priority!

Can we hire quad bikes in the Merzouga Desert?

Yes, of course. You can rent high-quality quad bikes. Many ATV quad biking and buggy tour companies exist in Erg Chebbi dunes Merzouga. Supply good quality quad bikes and dunes buggies in Erg Chebbi dunes. Your guide will facilitate the process. Payments are made directly to the supplier in Merzouga. They cost around 50 Euros per quad per hour.

Are there showers at the Sahara desert camp?

How many days do I need in Fes, Morocco?

Unlock the treasures of Fes, Morocco, in just two days. Immerse yourself in a guided full-day tour through the enchanting Medina, uncovering its hidden gems. Reserve an additional day to wander the vibrant Souks at your own pace. For those seeking extra adventure, consider extending your stay to include a full-day excursion to the nearby blue city of Chefchaouen, a rising star in popularity. This optional journey spans 200 km, providing a seamless blend of cultural richness and scenic exploration from Fes.

What is Fes famous for?

Fes, often dubbed the “Athens of Morocco,” stands as the country’s oldest Medina, a hub of intellectual, cultural, craftsmanship, and culinary excellence. The city’s narrow streets and centuries-old Medina exude an unparalleled charm, making it a haven for historians, archaeologists, and scholars worldwide. At its heart lies the Al Quaraouiyine, the world’s oldest university. Once the capital of influential Moroccan dynasties, Fes commanded territories stretching from North Africa to present-day Spain and as far south as the Niger River and Sudan for centuries. Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Fes, where history, knowledge, and cultural legacy converge.

Are there any electrical outlets in Merzouga camp?

Yes, of course. The camp in your Merzouga Sahara desert camp is equipped with electricity. However, the electric generators are turned off around midnight.

How long is the camel ride in Erg Chebbi?

The camel ride in Erg Chebbi takes around 2 hours. One hour for sunset and another hour for sunrise the following day. It depends on the season, Daylight saving time, and sunset/sunrise time.

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