Fes to marrakech desert tour

Morocco desert tour from Fes to Marrakech

OVERVIEW

Many of our guests staying in Fes and willing to travel to Marrakech fancy an overland trip through Morocco Sahara desert in a 3 days Fes to Marrakech. For that reason, we’ve tailored a private Fes to Marrakech desert tour to accommodate your need to combine Fes and Marrakech with a all of the amazing scenery and sightseeing behind.

Here are the 3 day Fes to Marrakech desert tour highlights :

  • Visit the winter ski resort of Ifran and the Berber village of Azrou
  • Cross the Middle Atlas Mountains with its cedar forests
  • Drive along Ziz Valley
  • Ride a camel in Erg Chebbi assisiting to a dramatic sunset and sunrise scene
  • Spend the night in a Berber desert camp in the middle of nowhere
  • Walk in Tinghir oasis and visit the Gorges
  • Drive along the road of 1001 Kasbahs and the Valley of the Roses
  • Visit Skoura oasis
  • Visit the UNESCO world heritage site of Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou
  • Cross the High Atlas Mountains & its Tizi Ntichka pass

This is the itinerary of Fes to Marrakech desert tour :


  • Day 1 :
    Fes – Ifran – Midelt – Merzouga Desert
    (8 HOURS DRIVE)

    After an early breakfast at your hotel or riad id Fez, your English speaking driver / guide will pick you up as early as possible, 07h00 AM in winter time and 08h00 AM in summer ( that will allow you enough driving time to catch the sunset in Erg Chebbi )
    Your Fes to Marrakech desert tour will start crossing the plains of Saiss towards the Cedar forests of the Middle Atlas Mountains past Ifran and Azrou. You can spot Barbary apes on the side of the street and stop for some photos.
    Continue to Midelt, where you will stop for lunch. From here you will carry on crossing Ziz River driving past thousands of sky-scraping palm trees and fortified Kasbahs to Erfoud, then to Merzouga and Erg Chebbi, where your camel caravan will be waiting for you to ride your camels like nomads to watch the colour-changing sunset over Erg Chebbi sand dunes.
    Drive your camels back to your Sahara desert camp to freshen up before getting ready for your dinner under the stars while entertained by the local nomads playing their drums.
    Overnight at your Sahara desert camp.

    Accomodation details:

  • Day 2 :
    Merzouga Desert – Erfoud – Tinghir – Dades Valley
    (4 HOURS DRIVE)

    After an early sunrise camel ride, meet your guide in Merzouga. Today the drive will feature one beautiful scene after another including the stunning oasis of Tinghir where you will be able to take a walk along Todgha riverbank visiting Berber villages and learning about the life style of the local inhabitants before you visit the magnificent Todgha Canyons and have lunch on the spot.
    In the afternoon, drive along the Kasbah road to Dades Valley where you will have the opportunity to visit one of the fortified Kasbahs before you arrive to your boutique guest house.
    Dinner and overnight in Dades Valley.

    Accomodation details:

  • Day 3 :
    Dades Valley – Ouarzazate – Kasbah Ait Ben Hadou – Marrakech
    (7 HOURS DRIVE)

    After breakfast, drive along the Valley of the Roses to Kalaa Mgouna where you will have the opportunity to visit one of the Rose water cooperatives and learn how the locals prepare rose scented perfumes based on distilled rose water.
    We continue to Ouarzazate past Skoura oasis famous for its date palm trees, then to Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou where you will have lunch before a visit of the Kasbah, a UNESCO world heritage site, that has been used as a set for various Hollywood movies, fashion and commercial shooting. The Kasbah is well preserved and consisted of various Kasbahs packed together and appears as a single unit.
    In the afternoon, we begin our descent through the Atlas Mountains past Tizi Ntichka Pass passing by various Berber villages with houses built with stones and mud. You immediately notice that life here never changed centuries ago !! and most of the locals are shepherds.
    We arrive Marrakech late afternoon and your driver will take you to your riad or hotel.
    End of your Fes to Marrakech desert tour.


    Know Before you go
    • - This tour can be tailored to a 4 days Fez to Marrakech desert tour if you wish
    • - 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.
    • - Winter season pick ups need to be at 07h30 the latest to catch sunset in Merzouga

    Included
    • A/C modern 4×4 or van driven by an English speaking river /guide
    • Pick up from your Fes hotel / Riad
    • Sunset camel ride in Erg Chebbi
    • Overnight at a Saharara 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 )
    • Sand boarding
    • 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
    • Entrance fees if any
    • local guides if any
    • lunches on the way

    Price per person

    Number of Participants2345678-1011-1314-17
    Price per person365€285€235€195€185€175€165€155€145€
    2345
    365€285€235€195€
    678-1011-1314-17
    185€175€165€155€145€

    In the comfortable desert camp ( already included in the tour price ), toilets are shared. Luxury camp bathrooms are private inside your tent.

    It is roughly 1 hour for sunset and an other hour for sunrise the following day. Time depends on season, Day light saving time, and sunset / sunrise time.

    If you choose not to upgrade to the luxury desert camp, yes please. Towels and shower condiments in the luxury camp are available in your tent.

    Yes you can. A separate 4x4 can take you to the desert camp if you choose to skip the camel ride for an extra fee of 30 Euros ( Return transfer ). If you choose to upgrade to the luxury camp, there will be no extra fee for a return or one way 4x4 transfer.

    Yes you can. Your guide will assist you with that, and you directly pay the supplier in Merzouga. quad bikes cost 50 Euros per quad bike per hour.

    Yes, in public areas ( Restaurant )

    There will be a few sand boards available at the camp operator's lodge to use at leisure ( Availability not guaranteed ). You can ask for one to take to the camp with you. For the luxury desert camp, sand boards will be available to use at the camp. They are free of charge in both cases.