Fes to Marrakech Desert Tour

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3-Day Fes To Marrakech Desert Trip

Travel from Fes to Marrakech on a 3 days desert tour crossing the Atlas Mountains and Morocco’s vast Sahara desert. the 3-day private Fes to Marrakech Desert tour is the perfect road trip to explore the best Morocco has to offer: The Middle Atlas Mountains with its cedar forests, lush green oases, sand dunes, canyons, and adobe Casbahs. Although this Fes desert tour covers a vast area of Morocco in a relatively short time, the amazing scenery will captivate your senses!

Fes to Marrakech 3-Day Desert Tour Highlights:

  • Cross the Middle Atlas Mountains with its cedar forests.
  • Drive along Ziz Valley dotted with palm trees.
  • Ride camels in Erg Chebbi dunes assisiting to a dramatic sunset scene.
  • Spend the night in a Berber desert camp in Merzouga.
  • Walk in Tinghir oasis and visit the Gorges.
  • Drive along the road of 1001 Kasbahs and the Valley of the Roses.
  • Visit Skoura oasis with its most famous Amridil fortified village.
  • Walk to UNESCO world heritage site of Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou.
  • Cross the High Atlas Mountains & its Tizi Ntichka pass to Marrakech.

Fes to Marrakech Sahara Desert Trip 3 Days Itinerary:

Day 1: Fes - Ifran - Midelt - Merzouga

After an early breakfast at your hotel or riad in Fez, your English speaking driver/guide will pick you up as early as possible, 07h00 AM in wintertime, and 08h00 AM in summer ( that will allow you enough driving time to catch the sunset in Erg Chebbi ). Your Fes to Marrakech desert trip 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 road and stop for some photos.
Continue to Midelt, where you will stop for lunch. From here, you will carry on crossing the Ziz River. Continue driving past thousands of sky-scraping palm trees and fortified Kasbahs to Erfoud, then to Merzouga,
After a quick rest, get ready for a spectacular sunset camel ride across Erg Chebbi dunes. get the chance to admire the long-talked-about color-changing sunset before continuing to your Sahara Desert camp. Freshen up before you get ready for dinner served under the stars while entertained by the local nomads playing their Tam-tam drums.
Overnight at your Sahara desert camp in Merzouga.

(8 Hours Drive)
Accomodation Details:

Day 2: Merzouga - Rissani - Tinghir - Boumalne Dades

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 with the Todgha riverbank, visit Berber villages, and learn about the lifestyle of the local inhabitants. Continue your walk to the magnificent Todgha Canyons, and treat yourself to a delicious lunch at a local cafe.
In the afternoon, drive along the road of the Casbahs to Dades Valley before you arrive at your boutique guest house.
Dinner and overnight in Dades Valley lodge.

(4 Hours Drive)
Accomodation Details:

Day 3: Boumalne Dades - Skoura oasis - Kasbah Ait Ben Hadou - Marrakech

After breakfast, drive along the Valley of the Roses to Kalaa Mgouna. You might visit one of the Rosewater 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 visiting the Kasbah. This UNESCO world heritage site served as a set for various Hollywood movies, fashion, and commercial shootings. The Kasbah is well preserved and consists of various Kasbahs packed together and appearing 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 in Marrakech late afternoon, and your driver will take you to your riad or hotel.
End of your private 3 days Fes to Marrakech desert tour.

(6 Hours Drive)

3-Day Fes to Marrakech Desert Tour Price:

Number of Participants: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7-9 10-13 14-17
Price per person: 665€ 365€ 285€ 235€ 195€ 185€ 175€ 165€ 155€
Number of Participants: Price per person:
1 665€
2 365€
3 285€
4 235€
5 195€
6 185€
7-9 175€
10-13 165€
14-17 155€

Tour Map

Map of Fes to Marrakech Desert Tour
Map of Fes to Marrakech Desert Tour

What is included in this Fes to Marrakech Sahara Desert Tour:

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 Sahara desert camp in Erg Chebbi (Private tent) – 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

Know Before You Go:

  • This tour can be tailored to a 4-day Fes to Marrakech desert tour.
  • The tour price is per person and it depends on how many passengers are at 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 08h00 at the latest to catch the sunset in Merzouga.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • 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 showers at your Sahara desert camp?

    Not in the comfortable Merzouga desert camp. Showers will be available at the camp operator’s lodge in Merzouga the following day before departure to Fes. Only shared toilets are public at the comfortable camp. If you choose to upgrade to a luxury desert camp, you will have a private shower and toilet inside your deluxe tent.

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

    Yes, you can. A separate 4×4 can take you to the desert camp if you choose to skip the camel ride ( An extra fee of 30 Euros/return transfer will apply ). If you decide to upgrade to the luxury desert camp during your Fes to Marrakech desert tour, no additional fees apply to a 4×4 return transfer.

  • 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 Fes to Marrakech guide will assist you with that, and you will directly pay the supplier in Merzouga. They cost 50 Euros per quad per hour.

  • How many days do i need in Fes, Morocco?

    You mainly need two days in Fes Morocco to explore it fully. A full-day guided tour of the Medina of Fes will introduce you to discover the hidden gems of the ancient Medina and an extra day to explore the Souks on your own. Now, with the nearby blue city of Chefchaouen becoming more and more popular, you could add an extra day to make an entire day trip to Chefchaouen from Fes. The distance between Marrakech and Chefchaouen is 200 km (each way)

  • What is Fes famous for?

    Fes is considered the Athens of Morocco: It is the oldest Medina in Morocco. It is also Morocco's intellectual, cultural, craftsmanship, and culinary capital. Its narrow streets and centuries-old Medina is amazing. Fes is heaven for historians, archaeologists, and scholars from all over. The oldest university in the world ( Al Quaraouiyine) is located in the center of Medina. Fes used to be the capital of various Moroccan dynasties that ruled North Africa, Spain, and sub-Saharan Africa to Niger River and Sudan for centuries.

  • Is Fes Morocco safe?

    Fes is as safe as any other city in Morocco. It is even safer than most touristy cities in Europe. Police are now patrolling the Medina, and they are visible everywhere. It would be best if you took the standard precautions like anywhere else in the world: Avoid empty Medina streets, especially unlit narrow alleyways of Fes at night Women traveling alone need to dress moderately. The less attractive you dress, the less attention you get. Do not carry a lot of cash on you. Be prepared to be annoyed by touts and fake guides now and then. Just ignore them, and a firm ”NO” would keep them away. A local registered guide hired by your riad or tour company would be of excellent efficiency in the Medina of Fes. Not only by explaining a big deal of history, architecture, religion, etc. but also by keeping you safe. Sporadic pickpocketing cases were registered recently in Fes. Keep your valuables, passports, and jewelry at your hotel safe. Physical aggression is very rare.

  • 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 get turned down around midnight.

  • 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.

Reviews

Fantastic 3 days tour from Fes to Marrakech

Jayne D – Apr 2021:

The entire tour from Fes to Marrakech was fantastic. Everything went well and was pleasant. It's a great enjoyable experience to have, and you get a lot for your money. Hicham, our driver, has been an excellent travel companion. In every way, he exceeded our expectations. He's a great driver, a laid-back man who's receptive to local customs and has a great sense of humour. Throughout the tour, we felt as though he was simply another member of our group. We wholeheartedly recommend him and the entire tour!

Excellent fes to Marrakech tour by Marrakech Desert Trips

Katt N – Nov 2020:

The most of it has already been said. Marrakech Desert Trips provided excellent 3-day desert tour from Fes to Marrakech. The pricing is reasonable and accurate for 3 amazing days with exceptional service, particularly from Jalil, our driver. Very competent and meticulous in their attention to detail in order to make the lengthy travel as pleasant as possible. In Marrakech, I also had the pleasure of attending a fantastic birthday dinner.

Better than expected Fes to Marrakech Sahara desert tour

Rom F – Mar 2020:

The 3-day desert tour from Fes to Marrakech was fantastic; our driver Ibrahim (who was a wonderful man) was a good driver; generally, I suffer motion sickness, especially in the highlands, but not this time. We took stops along the journey to view some of Morocco's incredible natural and cultural wonders. Breakfast and dinner were included in the sleeping arrangements, which was better than expected. After the journey, we got to ride camels and overnight in a desert tent. The folks were all quite kind and interested in us, and they were able to share information about their culture with us. Everything went just as promised on their website, and it was much better than I had hoped

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