Fes to Marrakech Desert Tour

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Private Fes to Marrakech Desert Tour

Experience the best of Morocco with our 3-day Fes to Marrakech Desert tour! You’ll traverse the majestic Atlas Mountains and Moroccan Sahara desert, immersing yourself in stunning scenery along the way. This road trip is a must-do for anyone seeking an unforgettable adventure filled with excitement.
Led by a knowledgeable English-speaking guide, this private tour guarantees personalized attention as you explore some of Morocco’s most iconic landscapes. You’ll enjoy two nights’ accommodation complete with dinner and breakfast – one night under starry skies at a Merzouga Camp nestled within the heart of the Sahara Desert after experiencing an enchanting sunset camel ride, followed by another night spent amidst Dades Valley‘s picturesque scenery at your lodge.

3 Day Fes to Marrakech Desert Tour Highlights

  • Drive across the Middle Atlas Mountain Cedar Forests and watch Barbary Monkeys.
  • Take a camel ride in Erg Chebbi dunes, witness a beautiful sunset, and stay in a desert camp.
  • Discover hidden gems in Tinghir oasis and its gorges, and continue to Skoura Oasis along the road of 1001 Kasbahs.
  • Visit the UNESCO world heritage site of Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, where you can glimpse ancient ruins and history.
  • Cross over the High Atlas Mountains via Tizi N'tichka Pass on your way to Marrakech.

Itinerary of the 3 Days Tour from Fes to Marrakech

  • Day 1 : Fes → Ifran → Midelt → Merzouga

    8 HOURS DRIVE

    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.

    Accomodation Details:
    Comfortable camp
    Luxury camp

  • Day 2 : Merzouga → Rissani → Tinghir → Boumalne Dades

    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 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.

    Accomodation Details:
    Hotel Panorama
    Hotel Babylon

  • Day 3 : Boumalne Dades → Skoura oasis → Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou → Marrakech

    6 HOURS DRIVE

    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.

3 Days Fes to Marrakech Desert Tour Price

Number of Participants: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7-9 10-13 14-17
Price per person: 695€ 385€ 295€ 255€ 205€ 190€ 185€ 175€ 165€
Number of Participants: Price per person:
1 695€
2 385€
3 295€
4 255€
5 205€
6 190€
7-9 185€
10-13 175€
14-17 165€

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 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)
  • Sand boarding
  • Upgrade to a deluxe camp with an ensuite tent available upon booking your Marrakech to Fes 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 Fes riad if not car accessible.

Not included:

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

Tour Map

Itinerary map of the 3 days Fes to Marrakech desert tour

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.

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Isla Reynolds

Group Traveller

We embarked on a memorable 3-day journey from Fes to Marrakech with Marrakech Desert Trips – a group of two moms and two 20-year-olds. The adventure was nothing short of extraordinary, and I can’t emphasize enough the enchantment of Morocco. Much credit goes to our guide Mohamed, who made the trip feel like a family affair – secure, enjoyable, and filled with learning moments. If you’re looking to truly experience all that Morocco has to offer, this is the way to do it. Our tour was a perfect blend of adventure and cultural exploration. The camel trek was a definite highlight – a truly enjoyable experience. The farewell was bittersweet; Mohamed, our guide, stood as a wonderful ambassador for Morocco. Every minute of the journey was cherished, and it’s worth noting that Morocco boasts some of the best-tasting coffee ever.

August 28, 2023

Max Thompson

Couple Traveller

We decided to go on a 3-day tour from Fes to Marrakech, and it turned out to be an exceptional experience that I’m thrilled to recommend. Morocco’s diversity and stunning landscapes exceeded my expectations. We explored all the places highlighted on the website, and we even had the freedom to request additional stops for photos and more. The organization of transportation and accommodations was top-notch, providing comfort throughout the journey. Our driver and guide was not only friendly but also well-versed in the attractions along the way. However, we would have welcomed more insights into broader topics about Morocco during the longer car rides, such as its history, geology, wildlife, political system, and current issues. Despite this, the trip was a remarkable way to discover Morocco’s beauty and variety.

August 26, 2023

Zoe Mitchell

Solo Traveller

I organized my 3 Days tour from Fes to Marrakech through this agency, and it turned out to be an excellent decision. One of the highlights was spending a night in the Sahara desert, which was an incredible experience filled with numerous stops at attractions like waterfalls and mountains along the way. Riding camels through the desert was a memorable adventure, especially witnessing the breathtaking sunset and sunrise from the crest of a massive sand dune. The team was fantastic – friendly, knowledgeable, and well-versed in all things Morocco. Thanks to this agency, I had an amazing time exploring Morocco and making unforgettable memories.

August 25, 2023

Noah Peterson

Couple Traveller

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!

August 22, 2023

Ella Turner

Couple Traveller

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.

August 21, 2023
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