Marrakech To Chefchaouen Tour Via Sahara Desert & Fes

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Marrakech to Chefchaouen (Blue City) Desert Trip

Marrakech, Sahara desert, Fes, and the blue city of Chefchaouen are on everyone’s bucket list when they travel to Morocco. This 6 days Marrakech to Chefchaouen tour is bursting with beauty and adventure, making the possibilities of cultural discoveries almost endless. On this 6-day road trip, you will see the best Morocco has to offer exploring the legendary imperial cities of Marrakech and Fes, spend a night at your luxury Sahara desert camp, and admire the striking blue city of Chefchaouen.

Marrakech to Chefchaouen Desert Tour highlights:

  • Visit Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou and Ouarzazate Film Studios
  • Walk along famous Morocco desert oases and canyons
  • Ride camels in Erg Chebbi and spend the night in a luxury desert camp
  • Step inside the magical city of Fes and its labyrinthine Medina
  • Take amazing photos of Chefchaouen gates, houses and blue-walled streets

Marrakech to Chefchaouen Tour Itinerary:

  • Day 1: Marrakech - Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou - Boumalne Dades

    (6 Hours Drive)

    Expect your driver/guide at 7h30 am at the doors of your hotel or Riad, and your first destination will be Kasbah Ait Ben Hadou. We will pass through Tizi Ntichka pass and the high Atlas Mountains to get there. The view from your window will remind you of a painting you once admired about nature. No worries! We will be making several stops for you to contemplate the beauty of what you see, take pictures, or stretch your legs.
    We will visit the UNESCO world heritage Kasbah Ait Ben Hadou, the filming set for several world-known Hollywood movies.
    We carry on our way to Ouarzazate and pay a visit to the Atlas film Studios before having lunch.
    In the afternoon, drive to the oasis of Skoura, where you will have the opportunity to visit one of the most preserved Kasbahs in Morocco: Kasbah Amridil, where you will learn a lot about the local architecture, unique irrigation systems, customs, and much more.
    You continue to Boumalne Dades via the Valley of the Roses. Upon our arrival, we get ready to get settled for dinner and overnight in our lodge, which is located next to Dades Canyons.

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  • Day 2: Boumalne Dades - Tinghir - Merzouga

    (4 Hours Drive)

    After breakfast, begin your day with a drive to Tinghir through the road of 1001 Kasbahs. Once in Tinghir, which was a French military station during the times of the French colonization, you will take a detour and make a stop at another oasis. When you are there, please allow nature’s aesthetic voices to freshen your souls while you take a walk alongside the stream. At the end of your walk, another natural treasure is waiting for you: Todgha Gorges.
    After lunch at one of the local cafes, proceed to Rissani and feel the spirituality of the town, as it is considered one of the holiest places in Morocco. Rissani is the home origin of the ruling family in Morocco, and the dynasty founder is buried there. Rissani is also famous for being the departure site for ancient caravan roads, which usually head to the Sahara desert and Tombouctou.
    After a history lesson in Rissani, we will reach Merzouga after driving across some rocky terrain. Once there, you will meet your camel caravan for an exciting camel ride over Erg Chebbi dunes and watch the sky taking on shades of orange until it’s time to set. After the ride, you reach your Sahara desert camp nestled in the middle of nowhere.
    Once you are settled, feel free to walk up to one of the dunes to admire the views. Enjoy dinner in the open air while entertained by our local nomads’ music.

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  • Day 3: Merzouga - Midelt - Fes

    (7 Hours Drive)

    After an early breakfast at your desert camp, get ready for a long drive to Fes, passing by the Ziz Valley through Errachidia.
    Continue to Midelt, where you will be having lunch before you resume driving across the Middle Atlas Mountains known for its cedar forests, Barbary monkeys, and Berber towns of Ifran and Imouzzar, famous as ski resorts for locals in the winter.
    You arrive in Fez late in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight at your Fes Medina Riad.

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  • Day 4: Exploring Fez

    (1 Hour Drive)

    Visit the spiritual capital of Morocco and one of the oldest cities in the Kingdom, Fes. The city is considered to be the “Athens of Africa” thanks to its rich cultural, religious heritage, and educational institutions.
    You will take a guided tour of the ancient imperial city and start by visiting the broad esplanade of the Royal Palace, with its luxurious architecture. From then, you will continue to the 16th century Borj Sud and enjoy a dazzling view of the walled city. From there, you will delve deep Into the UNESCO world heritage Medina.
    Walk through narrow streets, charming bazaars, ancient madrassas ( Koranic schools ), and hillside shrines. Visit the bustling Nejjarine square, and discover Moroccan art in the Dar Batha Museum. Fes will not fail to capture you with its abundant places to see.
    After finishing your tour of the city, drive back to your hotel or riad and enjoy the rest of the evening.

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  • Day 5: Fes - Volubilis - Chefchaouen

    (4 Hours Drive)

    After breakfast in your Riad, you will drive across the Saiss Plain to the archaeological site of Volubilis, one of the richest and most important world heritage sites in Morocco. This site covers an area of 42 hectares, and it showcases urban development at the frontiers of the Roman Empire. It has produced many art materials such as mosaics, marble, and bronze sculpture. This site is also considered important to various civilizations like the Libyco-Berber, Mauritanian, Roman, Christian, and Arabo-Islamic. It is a testimony to their history, beliefs, and artistic works.
    From here, we will drive across the Rif Mountains to Chefchaouen. Enjoy the breathtaking views around every corner that the varied scenery of the mountains together with the open countryside fields has to offer.
    When you arrive at Chefchaouen, the beauty of this gorgeous town will strike you. Dinner and overnight in your Riad.

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  • Day 6: Chefchaouen - Casablanca

    (5 Hours Drive)

    After breakfast in your Riad, get ready to enjoy the charming narrow streets of Chefchaouen with houses and artisans' shops painted in different shades of blue and white colors, creating a marvelous picture. A photo in front of one of its blue doors or walls makes a perfect Instagram picture.
    Apart from being the most photogenic destination in Morocco, Chefchaouen is also a calm, chilling, and laid-back town. Walk up and down the tangled streets of the Medina. The latter's architecture showcases an Andalusian influence. Enjoy a walk through its narrow blue streets, which also serve as a street market, displaying some of Morocco's finest handicraft and leather products, for which the town is best known.
    Because of the relaxed ambiance of Chefchaouen, which is hardly found in bigger cities, you will enjoy strolling at leisure in the maze-like streets until you reach the busy Plaza Uta El Hammam, where the Kasbah is located. you will then take a lunch break at one of the lovely cafes in one blue alleyway.
    Although Chefchaouen is a small city, its chilling vibes, great sense of local community, and a traditional lifestyle stuck between the past and the present captivate your soul in a way that the town will always be engraved in your heart.
    We will drive to Casablanca or Marrakech in the afternoon, where your tour will end.

    PS: This tour can also end in Marrakech with no extra charge.

What is included in this 6-Day Marrakech to Chefchaouen Desert Tour:

First night in Dades Valley hotel including dinner and breakfast

Second night in Merzouga Luxury Sahara desert camp including camel ride, dinner and breakfast

Third night at a Fes Riad including dinner and breakfast

Fourth night at a Fes Riad including breakfast

Fifth night in Chefchaouen Riad including dinner and breakfast

A/C modern 4x4 or van driven by an English/French speaking driver/guide

Local guides in Fes, Tinghir and Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou

Not included

Entrance fees to historical sites (That way we won’t charge you for sites you are not interested to visit)

Beverages for dinners included in your tour

Lunches during the tour

Tips to your driver

Know Before You Go:

  • Pick-up can be arranged from Marrakech airport or any hotel in the city.
  • Should you wish to tailor this Tour to your interests and timetable, please let us know.
  • The above accommodations are not guaranteed in high season, the sooner you book the better chance we have to secure them.
  • Tour price per person depends on how many participants there are in your party.
  • Driving times above do not include stops for sightseeing, photos, lunch, and cafe.
  • Entrance fees to historical sites are not included. That way we do not charge you for sites you are not interested to visit.
  • A 4x4 can seat up to 4 adult passengers comfortably if there are 5 participants and up, a van will be used for your tour.
  • Pick-up time for your Marrakech to Fes desert tour can be flexible. Between 07h30 and 08h00 AM is highly recommended.

Marrakech to Chefchaouen 6-Day Desert Tour price:

Number of Participants 1 2 3 4 5 6 7-9 10-13 14-17
Price per person 1800€ 985€ 780€ 680€ 620€ 575€ 550€ 505€ 465€
Number of Participants Price per person
1 1800€
2 985€
3 780€
4 680€
5 620€
6 575€
7-9 550€
10-13 505€
14-17 465€

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Reviews
Chris J – Sep 2021:

Our driver Mohamed made this 6 days tour from Marrakech to Chefchaouen via the Sahara Desert and Fez a highly intensive, on-the-go trip even more delightful. He had a wealth of insider information and was quite accommodating to our tourist requirements (waiting patiently for us to take photos). A delightful and unexpected bonus to our trip! Morocco's countryside is breath-taking, and the people are friendly and lovely.

Manuel C – 2019:

The tour from Marrakech to the blue city of Chefchaouen was extremely amazing, with opportunity to see all of Morocco's diverse landscapes, and the desert experience in particular was outstanding! Thank you so much to our wonderful guide Ibrahim; the trip would not have been the same without him!

Fran L – Oct 2021:

We went on a 6-day journey from Marrakech through the Sahara desert, Fes, Chefchaouen, and finally Casablanca. Mohamed served as our driver and guide. He took us to a number of hotspots along the route. He was fantastic, really knowledgeable, helpful, and had such a pleasant character, which I appreciated. Each location was unlike anything we'd ever seen before. Our Medina tour in Fez was made even more memorable by our local guide ( Forgot her name ). Thank you, Marrakech Desert Trips, for providing such an unforgettable experience.

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