4 Days Morocco Sahara desert tour from Fes to Marrakech

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4-Day Fes to Marrakech Desert Tour

Take the 4-Day Fes to Marrakech desert tour and combine the two imperial cities of Marrakech and Fes with a road trip through the magnificent Morocco Sahara desert. Travel from Fes to Marrakech on a four-day tour exploring the Moroccan desert, ride camels in Erg Chebbi, and spend a night at your Berber Sahara desert camp in Erg Chebbi dunes.

Fes to Marrakech 4-Day Sahara Desert Tour Highlights

  • Capture the essence of Morocco with a tour from Fes to Marrakech through Sahara desert.
  • Delve deep into Erg Chebbi Dunes on the back of your camel.
  • Witness the most spectacular sunset with color changing dunes in the horizon.
  • Spend a night in a Sahara desert camp with crystal clear skies.
  • Discover Adobe Kasbahs and learn about Berbers lifestyle.

Fes to Marrakech 4 Days Desert Tour Itinerary

  • Day 1 : Fes → Midelt → Merzouga

    7 HOURS DRIVE

    After breakfast at your riad or hotel, meet your driver-guide. Start your journey with a drive across the Saiss plains to Ifran, famous for its unique modern architecture and a significant winter holiday destination for the locals. Continue crossing Cedar forests to the Berber town of Azrou, located in the heart of the Middle Atlas Mountains.
    Make a quick stop to watch some Barbary Apes roaming around and taking some photos.
    We will carry on to Midelt, where we will stop for lunch. Midelt is the major commercial and agricultural center in the area: Famous for its mining industry and modern apple farms.
    We descend to Ziz Valley early in the afternoon, well known for its eye-catching oasis full of date palm trees and scattered Kasbah villages. We will feel the desert approaching as we notice a sharp change in scenery from here.
    Late in the afternoon, we arrive at Merzouga and check into your lodge located at the edge of Erg Chebbi dunes.
    Dinner and overnight at your Merzouga lodge.

    Accomodation Details:
    Auberge du Sud
    Xaluca Tomboctou

  • Day 2 : Merzouga → Erg Chebbi Camp

    1 HOUR CAMEL TREK

    After a late breakfast and a lazy morning, meet your guide for a day of adventure in the Merzouga area: Drive to the village of Khamlia and meet the local Berber nomads who will play Gnaoua music and share a cup of mint tea with them. Hunt for some fossils in the area and experience sand bashing with your experienced driver.
    In the mid-afternoon, meet your camel caravan for a unique ride over the color-changing dunes. After stopping at the top of one of the sand dunes and watching the sunset on the horizon, we will continue to Your Sahara desert camp.
    Dinner will be served under the stars (Weather permitting), followed by a Tam Tam drum session entertained by local nomads.

    Accomodation Details:
    Comfortable camp
    Luxury camp

  • Day 3 : Merzouga → Tinghir → Boumalne Dades

    4 HOURS DRIVE

    In the morning, you have the option to wake up early and climb one of the nearby dunes to watch a spectacular sunrise before breakfast. Ride your camel back to the main town and meet your driver.
    Then today’s adventure will commence with a visit to the holy town of Rissani, the birthplace of the founder of the dynasty ruling Morocco until today. While there, you might want to visit the local dates market and learn about the varieties of delicious dates Tafilalet Region is famous for.
    We continue to Tinghir, a former military bastion during the French occupation, and Berber Village inhabited by a big Berber Jewish community until the 1660s before they mostly immigrated. Local Berbers inherited silver jewelry craftsmanship from the Jewish community, and visiting their shops is worth it.
    Meet your local guide and walk along the oasis next to the stream, watching locals herding goats or working in their fields. End your walk with a stunning view of Todgha Canyons, a series of 400m high limestone river canyons.
    Late in the afternoon, continue to Boumalne Dades for dinner and overnight at your hotel.

    Accomodation Details:
    Hotel Panorama
    Hotel Babylon

  • Day 4 : Boumalne Dades → Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou → Marrakech

    6 HOURS DRIVE

    Just outside Boumalne Dades lays the Valley of the Roses. If you are visiting during spring, open your car window, and the Damascus Roses smell will strike you! You can seize the opportunity to visit an artisanal rose water distilling facility. From here, take the road of 1001 Kasbahs to the oasis of Skoura.
    Walk to Kasbah Amridil, one of the best-preserved Kasbahs in Morocco, now serves as a private museum. If you are keen to learn about Berber’s culture, architecture, and amazing irrigation techniques, a guided visit to the Kasbah is worth it.
    Continue to Ouarzazate for a quick stop before reaching the nearby Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou. It is one of the world heritage sites of Morocco and one of the most visited landmarks in the country. Its unique earthen architecture served as a set to various Biblical epics and blockbusters.
    Meet your guide and take a walk across the river to visit the Village.
    After lunch at one of the local cafes, we head towards Marrakech, driving through the High Atlas Mountains and Tizi Ntichka pass.
    By late afternoon, we reach Marrakech, and your 4-day tour from Fes will come to an end with a drop off at your hotel, riad, or a location of your choice.

PS: From March 1st to September 30th, we propose that you kick off your trip by spending the first night at your Sahara desert camp, followed by an overnight stay at Merzouga Lodge. With longer hot days during this season, it’s much more comfortable for travelers who choose this option. You can check-in and relax in your air-conditioned room or take a dip in their swimming pool after 13h00!

4-Day Morocco Desert Tour from Fes to Marrakech Prices

Number of Participants: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7-9 10-13 14-17
Price per person: 875€ 495€ 390€ 340€ 290€ 265€ 250€ 230€ 190€
Number of Participants: Price per person:
1 875€
2 495€
3 390€
4 340€
5 290€
6 265€
7-9 250€
10-13 230€
14-17 190€

Included

  • A/C modern 4×4 or van driven by an English speaking river/guide.
  • Pick up from your Fes hotel or Riad.
  • First night in Merzouga lodge including dinner and breakfast.
  • Sunset camel ride in Erg Chebbi.
  • Overnight at a Sahara desert camp in Erg Chebbi (Private tent) with shared bathrooms – Showers available in the morning at the camp operator’s lodge – Dinner and breakfast are included.
  • Sunrise camel trek in Erg Chebbi.
  • Breakfast at the camp operator's lodge in Merzouga or at your Sahara desert camp (Luxury camp upgrade only).
  • Sandboarding in Erg Chebbi dunes.
  • Upgrade to a deluxe camp with an ensuite tent available upon booking your desert tour ( €70 per person ).
  • Second night at Auberge Panorama or Hotel Babylon (Private A/C ensuite room) with dinner & breakfast.
  • Drop off at your Marrakech hotel or the closest accessible location to your riad if not car accessible.

Not included

  • Beverages
  • Lunches on the way
  • Entrance fees if any
  • Local guides if any

Tour Map

Know Before You Go

  • This tour can be tailored to a 3 or 5 days Fez to Marrakech desert tour if you wish.
  • The tour price is per person and it depends on how many passengers in your party.
  • Driving times above do not include stops for sightseeing, photos, lunch, and cafe.
  • Pick up from Fes can be flexible during spring and summer.
  • Local guides and entrance fees (if any) are not included. You pay for those directly to the suppliers.

Frequently Asked Questions

How far is the Sahara desert from Fes?

The distance from Fes to the Sahara desert (Merzouga dunes) is 463 Km (287 miles). However, the journey is full of amazing sceneries and various stops.

How far is Fes from Marrakech?

The distance between Marrakech and Fes is 520 Km via the motorway through Casablanca and Rabat. If you choose to drive via the Middle Atlas Mountains and Beni Mellal, the distance is 570 Km. The drive through the Middle Atlas Mountains is more scenic, but you need to spare a whole day to enjoy the itinerary. There is an even longer and more popular way to get to Fes from Marrakech: Through Merzouga and the Moroccan Sahara desert. It is 1030 Km, and it requires a minimum of 3 days.

Are there any electricity outlets in Mezouga camp?

There will be electrical outlets in your Merzouga Sahara desert camp public areas, restaurants, and camp courtyard. However, the electric generators are shut down around midnight.

Are there showers in the desert camp in Merzouga?

No, Showers are available at the camp operator’s lodge in Merzouga the following day. However, if you choose to upgrade to the luxury camp, your tent will have an ensuite bathroom with hot showers.

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

Yes, you can. A separate 4×4 can take you to the desert camp with an extra fee of 30 Euros ( Return transfer ). If you choose to upgrade to the luxury desert camp, a 4×4 return transfer will be offered with no extra fee.

Can we hire quad bikes in Merzouga?

Yes, you can. There are plenty of ATV rental companies in Merzouga that supply good quality quad bikes and dunes buggies in Erg Chebbi dunes. Your guide will assist you with that, and you will directly pay the supplier in Merzouga. They cost 50 Euros per quad per hour

We are a couple and we want to join a small group on your private tour. Is that possible?

Unfortunately, it is not. Our private tours are reserved for the party who had booked the tour. The tour price per person depends on how many are at your party. Feel free to join our shared terms if you are on a budget.

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Alexander Reed

Couple Traveller

The desert tour is absolutely incredible! The accommodations at the riad and the desert tent were stunning, and we had a wonderfully relaxing time in the Sahara desert. Our driver, Ali, was extremely friendly and kind. We didn’t just book a desert tour from Fes to Marrakech, but also arranged for a private driver to travel around Morocco, as well as tour guides in Fez and Marrakesh. Our trip was smooth and secure. The driver often shared fascinating insights about Morocco. Marrakech Desert Trips come highly recommended! We fell in love with Morocco!

August 28, 2023

Grace Sullivan

Couple Traveller

My wife and I recently embarked on a 4-day, 3-night Sahara Desert tour from Fes to Marrakech, and it was an absolutely incredible experience! Marrakech Desert Trips went above and beyond to provide us with exceptional accommodations and unforgettable adventures that made our journey truly remarkable. The places we stayed were both clean and comfortable, and the staff members were not only friendly but also incredibly accommodating. The meals were a delightful exploration of local flavors, offering a delicious array of dishes that we savored. The activities and experiences during the tour were nothing short of amazing. We had the chance to ride camels and witness the breathtaking sunset over the dunes. Exploring local villages and learning about the rich Berber culture was enlightening. Spending a night under the starry desert sky at a camp was a dream come true. The tour guides were not only knowledgeable but also incredibly personable, ensuring that everyone had an unforgettable time. In conclusion, if you’re looking for an unforgettable Sahara Desert tour, I wholeheartedly recommend this experience!

August 25, 2023

Samuel Foster

Couple Traveller

We had a fantastic journey. The hotels we stayed in were of high quality, with two of them being truly exceptional. Our driver, Abdul, was incredibly friendly and attentive. He looked after us exceptionally well and was always there for any assistance we required. The desert experience was absolutely breathtaking, and the diverse landscapes we traveled through were truly stunning.

August 24, 2023

Chloe Mitchell

Family Traveller

The 4-day desert tour offers a comfortable experience, particularly the night spent in the Sahara Desert. The tents come equipped with bathrooms and hot showers. You have the opportunity to ride camels across the desert and enter the campsite. You can also enjoy the traditional desert music played by the locals. Apart from the desert experience, the tour allows you to explore numerous stunning locations with remarkable views and gain insights into desert geography.

August 21, 2023

Benjamin Hayes

Couple Traveller

Our driver Ahmed and the Toyota land cruiser in which we were driven left an indelible impression on me. Our luxury desert camp in Merzouga was fantastic, and the service was outstanding. Jamal was really kind, courteous, and professional. He certainly made our four-day trip from Fes to Marrakech an unforgettable experience. Marrakech Desert Trips is fortunate to have him on board!

August 20, 2023
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