3 day desert tour from Marrakech to Fes

The desert trip from Marrakech to Fes will take us three days. First night we stay at a private guesthouse with your own en-suite bathroom and the last will be spent sleeping under the stars in a Berber desert camp .

  • Departs from: Marrakech
  • Airport Pick upFREE Marrakech Airport pick up upon arrival and transfer to your hotel in Marrakech city.
  • Hotel pick upFREE Pick up from your hotel on the morning of the tour.
  • Cost per Adult: €135 per person, contact us for group pricing.
  • Veggie friendly: Yes
  • Child age till: 12·= 50% discount
  • Start time: Before 8:00
  • Departs daily: Yes, daily departures guaranteed.·
  • Availability: All year round. Shared tour or private tour.
  • Solo Travelers: Solo travelers are welcome!

What's included:

  • Pick up from your hotel in Marrakech
  • Modern air conditioned Minibus from Marrakech to Merzouga.
  • Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou visit, Dades Gorge Valley, Todra Gorge
  • First night in Dades Valley hotel including dinner and breakfast
  • Second night at Erg Chebbi dunes desert camp including camel treks, dinner and breakfast
  • Free Marrakech Airport arrival transfer to your hotel on the day that you arrive in Marrakech
  • Taxi transfer from Merzouga to Fes.

What is not included:

  • Drinks, Lunch, personal purchaces, tips (Ait Ben Haddou usually 3 eur)
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Itinerary

Day One

On share tours you should expect to be picked up from 7.00 a.m. You will be picked up from your hotel (or airport) just before 8.00 a.m. for private tours and on our first day we will travel by air-conditioned modern minibus to Telouat before arriving for a magical stop at the Kasbahs at Ait Ben Haddou.

The Marrakech to Fes desert trip then takes onto the city of Ouarzazate. This place is often hailed as the Gateway to the Desert and the landscape around the city is spectacular and resembles a film set. This is because the many Hollywood blockbuster movies have actually taken place around here and there is a film studio centre used as a base by large production companies.

After lunch, which can be taken at any café, we head deeper into the Dades Valley. At Boulmalne Dades we stop off at a town which is right at the edge of the desert. We will stay over for the night at a comfortable guest house where we’ll have an evening meal and breakfast the next morning before continuing through the Dades Valley for Todra Gorge.

Day Two

This amazing desert trip from Marrakech to Fes now sets us up in the jaw-dropping landscape of the Todra Gorge. It is a well maintained area with asphalt roads guiding tourists around this vast canyon. You’ll witness rock climbers, people trying to see the top of the cliff face and occasional flooding from the Dades River.

After lunch on day two – and our midday meal can be taken at any one of the many cafes – we head off to Merzouga. This will be our final destination of the day, but the best desert adventure part is yet to come.

Riding on camels through the golden sands of the desert is like something you’ll have only ever witnessed on films like Lawrence of Arabia, but we will hop on a dromedary for the final leg of today’s journey up to the Berber desert camp.

The camels will transport us through the Dunes of Erg Chebbi. If you prefer to walk along with the guides, you can. However, you’ll quickly realise the camel ride is the easiest and most exciting experience of desert travel there is.

Overnight Stay in a Desert Camp

On the final night of our Marrakech to Fes desert tour we will be sleeping in Berber desert tent accommodation. The tents are traditional and there will be a feel of the desert at night as you enjoy your evening meal under the stars and with the sound of gentle Moroccan drums to help you unwind.

The clean air, jet black skies and occasional sound of the camels breathing will ensure most sleep peacefully through the desert night. In the morning, you will remain in the camp and sample a filling breakfast and prepare for the final day’s push to Fes.

Day Three

Our camels will transport us back to Merzouga, where we will then drive to one of the world’s cleanest and most fascinating cities. Ifrane is known in Morocco as a “Little Switzerland” as it lies high up in the Atlas Mountains and it is known to snow here during the winter season.

It is possible for you to find somewhere to enjoy lunch in Ifrane, or it might be easier (depending on the schedule) to stop over in the Ziz Valley. This beautiful inland Moroccan route is filled with photographic opportunities and stunning landscape scenery.

Our modern air-conditioned minibus (minivan for shared tours) will take us through the beautiful Ziz Valley. Here you will see a number of dramatic gorges, reddish gold dunes and a number of astonishing oases within the Tafilalt. Here you will see the thick, lush canopy of palm trees blooming out from the sides and bottoms of cliff faces, truly spectacular sights of the rose-tinted golden sandstone buildings and the deep gorges that meander throughout this picturesque valley.

Our journey and fascinating adventure culminates with the road to Fes and the drop off here that see you arrive at this vibrant city around 5.00 or 6.00 p.m. Here you shall be dropped off at your hotel or Fes riad.

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Highlights

  • Marvel at the beauty of the high Atlas Mountains and Tizi n'Tichka.
  • Explore the fortified Ait ben Haddou village.
  • Visit Ouarzazate with its Taourirt Kasbah.
  • Ride camel in Erg Chebbi sand dunes to enjoy the panoramic view.
  • Drive to Dades Valley and spend night in a guest house.
  • Walk in Todra Gorges and Oasis 
  • Spend night in a Bedouin tent surrounded by Erg Chebbi dunes 
  • Enjoy an Authentic Moroccan dinner under the stars with bonfire and music entertainment.
  • Drive to Fes through the Middle Atlas Mountains with its cedar forests along Ziz Valley.

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Nice!

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    The 3 day desert tour from Marrakech to Fes was a great experience and I would recommend this to anyone who wants to see a decent amount of Morocco in a relatively short space of time. The Sahara was really incredible and worth the money/long drive.

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  • Guest - LARA PORETTI

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    grazie di tutto, tour perfetto, niente è andato storto, e c'è stata attenzione in ogni dettaglio. Grazie davvero per la bellissima esperienza da Marrakech a Fes. Consigliatissimo.

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  • Guest - Farrukh

    Rated 1 out of 5 stars

    I DON'T recommend this tour at all!!

    I must say all the places I have seen on this tour were beautiful, Morocco is beautiful nobody can take that away.
    But this tour, they will tell you that they will show the places but every stop is 5 mins. Come-on you can't possibly admire beauty of such places in 5-6 mins and take pictures, everything was just run-run-run. Driver kept on giving us order to move quickly, I'm not saying top for an hour every where but 5-6 mins is definitely not enough.
    Going to Sand dunes, come-on it was just one the camel ride to our camp where we reached after sunset, so dark desert you can't see much and we started for sunrise and saw sunrise at the border of desert. We never got a chance to climb or expirence sand dunes.

    Last day for Fes... It was two stops only and driver just rushed us to Fes, though there were many beautiful spots in between for amazing view and we saw many tour buses were stopped at those points. He didnt stop even when we asked.
    Driver was not giving us any information about where we are, what is the name of this place, etc. only the couple sitting in front were getting information from him and we sitting on back seat were sitting like we dont exist. All he would say is, we stop here and you have 5-6 mins to take pictures and then run-run-run...

    I'm sure other tour providers are much better than this one...
    Please book 3 days tour to Fes but not from them... you'll regret!!

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