Fes to Marrakech desert tour




3 days

Travel from Fes to Marrakech on a 3 day desert tour crossing the Atlas Mountains and Morocco vast Sahara desert. Our 3 day private Fes to Marrakech Desert tour is the perfect road trip to explore the best Morocco has to offer: Middle Atlas Mountains with its cedar forests, lush green oases, sand dunes, canyons and adobe Casbahs. Although the tour covers a vast area of Morocco in a relatively short time, the amazing scenery will never make you bored.

 Fes to Marrakech 3 day 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 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

Tour Plan

Day 1: Fes – Ifran – Midelt – Merzouga Desert

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 road 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 color-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 Tam-tam drums.
Overnight at your Sahara desert camp.

Accomodation details:

Comfortable camp Luxury camp

Day 2: Merzouga Desert – Erfoud – Tinghir – Dades Valley

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. 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 to your boutique guest house.
Dinner and overnight in Dades Valley.

Accomodation details:

Hotel Panorama Hotel Babylon

Day 3: Dades Valley – Ouarzazate – Kasbah Ait Ben Hadou – Marrakech

After breakfast, drive along the Valley of the Roses to Kalaa Mgouna where you might choose 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.


  • 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.
  • 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 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

Questions & Answers

Are bathrooms in Merzouga desert camp private?

In the comfortable desert camp ( already included in the tour price ), bathrooms are shared and located outside your tent. Luxury camp bathrooms are private inside your 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 choose to upgrade to the luxury desert camp, not extra fees will apply for a 4×4 return transfer.

can we hire quad bikes in Merzouga?

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

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 available at the comfortable camp. If you choose to upgrade to a luxury desert camp, you will have private shower and toilet inside your deluxe tent.

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 full 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.

How many days do i need in Fes Morocco?

You mainly need 2 days in Fes Morocco in order to fully explore it. 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 do a full day trip of Chefchaouen from Fes ( 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 the intellectual, cultural, craftsmanship and culinary capital of Morocco. Its narrow streets and centuries old Medina is amazing. Fes is a heaven for historians, archaeologists and intellectuals from all over the world. The oldest university in the world ( Al Quaraouiyine) is located in the center of the Medina. Fes used to be the capital of various Moroccan dynasties who ruled North Africa, actual Spain and sub-Saharan Africa all the way 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. You just need to to take the common 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 more 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 every 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 great efficiency in the Medina of Fes. Not only by explaining a big deal of history, architecture, religion, etc, but also by keeping you safe all the time.
  • very rare 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 electricity outlets in your Merzouga Sahara desert camp public areas, restaurant and camp courtyard. However, the electric generators are shut 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 along the way.

Are there any electricity outlets in Mezouga luxury camp?

Your luxury Sahara desert camp in Merzouga has electric outlets in the restaurant, as well as in your tents. However, the camp electric generators are shut down around midnight.

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