Fes to Marrakech Desert Tour

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Fes to Marrakech Desert Tour

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Tour Overview

If you are staying in Fes in order to experience all the delights of this imperial city, and yet don’t want to miss out on seeing the Sahara desert and spending some time in Marrakech too, then this 3 days Fes to Marrakech desert Tour could be just what you are looking for.

Tour Highlights

  • Visit the winter ski resort of Ifran, built in the style of a Swiss city
  • Enjoy a camel ride across the desert
  • Admire the sunset by the dunes of Erg Chebbi
  • Experience the Berber culture as you stay overnight at a desert camp
  • Explore the town of Rissani, where the Alaouite Dynasty was established
  • Admire the beautiful rivers and mountains as you walk through the Gorges
  • Explore the town of Ouarzazate, home to the largest film studio in Africa

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 : Fes – Ifran – Midelt – Merzouga ( 8 H Drive )

Pick up from your Fes hotel or riad as early as possible (generally, 7 am in winter and 8 am in summer). This is so that there is enough driving time to catch the sunset in Erg Chebbi. We'll depart on a journey through the Saiss plains, making our way up towards the Cedar forests of the Middle Atlas Mountains. As we pass through the towns of Ifran and Azrou, we'll have the chance to admire the local Barbary apes roaming around the sides of the road. Once we reach Midelt, we'll break for lunch and continue on our journey. In Midelt town, we will stop for lunch. After lunch, we will cross the Ziz River and drive past beautiful palm plantations and amazing historic kasbahs to Erfoud, then continue on to Merzouga and Erg Chebbi. Meeting up with your camel caravan, you will enjoy a camel ride across the dunes and enjoy the shifting colors of the sands under the setting sun. Riding back to your desert camp, you will have a little time to freshen up, then enjoy dinner and some traditional drum entertainment under the stars before spending a tranquil night in your tent.

Day 2 : Merzouga – Toudra Gorges – Dades ( 4 H Drive )

You will enjoy an early morning camel ride before meeting up with your guide/ driver in Merzouga. First, you will be driven to the spectacular oasis of Tinghir, where you can enjoy a walk along the Toudra River to the breathtaking Toudra Gorges, learning a little more about local life along the way, and then enjoy lunch once you get there. In the afternoon, you will be driven along the 1001 Kasbah road to reach the Dades Valley. There, you will have the opportunity to visit one of the fortified kasbahs. We'll then make our way to the boutique guest house in the Dades Valley, where you will have dinner and then spend the night.

Day 3 : Dades – Ait Ben Haddou – Marrakech ( 7 H Drive )

After you have had breakfast, we'll drive along the Valley of the Roses to Kalaa Mgouna. This valley is famous for its roses and rose water production. In Kalaa Mgouna, you will have the opportunity to visit one of the rose water co-operatives to learn more about this local industry, and how rose-scented perfumes are made. Next, the route will take you past Skoura oasis, which is famous for its date palm trees, then on to the UNESCO world heritage site of Ait Ben Haddou kasbah. There, you will have some lunch before taking a look around. You may recognize this well-preserved historic site from a range of Hollywood movies. In the afternoon, you will finally make your way towards Marrakech, making your way through the Atlas mountains on the Tizi Ntichka Pass. Along the way, you will see traditional Berber villages with their homes of stone and mud, and see that life has, in some ways, changed very little here in hundreds of years. Finally, we will continue to Marrakech, where you will be dropped off at your hotel or riad to conclude your tour.


  • The distances covered on a three-day desert tour from Fez to Marrakech are rather long. If you wish, this tour can also be tailored to become a four-day adventure.
  • Pick up times can be flexible during the spring and summer, though we do recommend setting off as early as possible.
  • Winter pickups need to be 7.30 am at the latest in order to catch the sunset in Merzouga.
  • The price for the Marrakech to Fez desert tour will depend on how many passengers there are in your party.
  • Local guides and entrance fees (if applicable) are NOT included. You pay for these directly to the suppliers.


  • Beverages and lunches
  • Entrance fees (if applicable)
  • Local guides (if applicable)

Things To Remember

  • Please note that any driving times you see will be estimates and does not include any time you will have for eating, drinking or leisure time
  • You can keep any luggage you may have on the van, as it will be safely stored while doing any camping Also, due to storage constraints you need to be sure to pack a small backpack or rucksack with your essentials. This is important to have for the camel ride and the overnight stay at the campsite
  • Be sure to bring your own bathroom toiletries and essentials such as towels, toilet paper, and washcloths.
  • Remember that the desert gets cold at night, be sure to bring warm sleeping clothes. Warm blankets are supplied during the winter
  • Please make sure you pack some protective gear.These things include, sunglasses, sunscreen, and good walking shoes
  • You are going to be on a camel for at least an hour at a time so be sure to wear pants or Please wear jeans, trousers or long shorts
  • There are sand boards available for those would want to try out sandboarding in the Erg Chebbi dunes

prices for private tours

Private tours are organized in luxury vehicles with your own private driver
NUMBER OF PEOPLE 2 Pax 3 Pax 4 Pax 5 Pax 6 Pax
PRICE PER PERSON 360 € 280 € 230 € 190 € 180 €
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