Marrakech To Fes Desert Tour

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3 Days Private Desert Trip from Marrakech to Fes:

Experience the best of Morocco on a 3-day Sahara desert tour from Marrakech to Fes. Explore iconic sites like Kasbah Ait Ben Hadou, Dades Valley, and Tinghir Oasis. Ride camels across Erg Chebbi sand dunes, and stay in a Merzouga Desert camp. Witness the lively Barbary Apes in the Middle Atlas Mountains before arriving in Fes. This immersive tour showcases Morocco’s rich cultural heritage and natural beauty.

Marrakech to Fes Desert Tour Highlights:

  • Traverse the scenic High Atlas Mountains and cross the Tizi Ntichka pass.
  • Discover the UNESCO-listed Ait Ben Haddou Casbah, a historical architectural wonder.
  • Wander through the lush Valley of Roses and the Tinghir Oasis, leading to the breathtaking Todgha Gorges.
  • Experience a magical sunset camel ride in Merzouga, followed by a starlit night at the desert camp.
  • Encounter the native Barbary Apes in the cedar forests near Ifrane as you journey towards Fes.

Itinerary of the 3 Day Desert Tour from Marrakech to Fes:

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

    6 HOURS DRIVE

    Your Marrakech to Fes desert tour will depart from your hotel or riad at 08h00 AM. First, you will cross the High Atlas Mountains and Tizi N’Tichka pass (2260m high). Enjoy the scenery along the way as you will encounter beautiful mud-brick Berber villages and meet shepherds grazing their flocks in green plateaus with snow-topped peaks on the horizon. Numerous stops will be made along the way to take photos, stretch your legs and take a cup of coffee.
    By noon, you’ll arrive at the UNESCO world heritage village of Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou – which served as a set for various Hollywood blockbusters like Lawrence of Arabia, Gladiator, and the Games of Thrones. After a guided visit to the mud-brick village, you’ll continue on to Ouarzazate (the Hollywood of Africa) – home to the largest film studios in Africa.
    After lunch (at your leisure), you’ll visit the oasis of Skoura and one of the best-preserved Kasbahs in Morocco: Amridil. From here, you’ll head to Kalaa Mgouna via the Valley of the Roses before arriving at your boutique guest house in Dades Valley for dinner and overnight.

    Accomodation Details:
    Hotel Panorama
    Hotel Babylon

  • Day 2 : Dades Valley → Tinghir → Merzouga

    4 HOURS DRIVE

    The second day of your Marrakech to Fes Sahara desert tour will start with a drive along the road of 1001 Kasbahs to Tinghir oasis. You’ll be able to enjoy the amazing scenery along the way of the remaining fortified villages that used to host caravan roads until the early 20th century.
    Upon arrival at Tinghir, a military post during the French occupation, you will deviate into a secondary road to reach the oasis. Feel free to walk next to the stream and watch the locals farming and herding their cattle. Your walk will end at one of the most magnificent scenes of your tour: Todgha Gorges.
    After lunch at leisure at one of the local cafés, you’ll continue to Rissani, one of Morocco’s holiest towns. The founder of the actual dynasty ruling the Kingdom, “The Alaouites,” originated here and is buried locally. Rissani is also famous as a starting point of the ancient caravan roads that used to cross the Sahara desert to Tombouctou.
    In the afternoon, you’ll cross some rocky terrain to Merzouga, where your camel caravan will be waiting for you. Before arriving at your Sahara desert camp, you’ll enjoy a camel ride over the Erg Chebbi dunes to watch an amazing sunset.
    You’ll have dinner under the stars while being entertained by your local nomad hosts playing drums all night long. Then, you’ll spend the night at your Sahara desert camp.

    Accomodation Details:
    Comfortable camp
    Luxury camp

  • Day 3 : Merzouga → Midelt → Fes

    8 HOURS DRIVE

    After an early wake-up to enjoy a fantastic sunrise camel trek over the dunes of Erg Chebbi, you will reach the camp operator’s lodge in Merzouga for breakfast and shower (If you choose to upgrade to the luxury camp, breakfast will be served at the camp, and showers are available at your tent).
    Meet your driver/guide and depart on a scenic drive to Fes crossing the Ziz Valley through Errachidia, which is the capital of the Tafilalt region.
    Continue to Midelt, where we will have lunch at leisure before driving across the Middle Atlas Mountains with its Cedar Forests and Berber towns of Imouzzar and Ifran, which are both famous as winter ski resorts for Moroccans.
    Your driver might spot some Barbary apes on their way there and seize the opportunity to take pictures. You’ll arrive in Fez late that afternoon and your desert tour will end with a drop-off at your hotel or riad.

3 Day Marrakech to Fes Desert Trip 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 in the Tour:

  • Transportation in a modern 4x4 or van with air conditioning, driven by an English-speaking driver/guide.
  • Pick-up from your Marrakech hotel or Riad.
  • Accommodation for the first night at Hotel Panorama or Hotel Babylon, including dinner and breakfast. Rooms are private with air conditioning and an ensuite bathroom.
  • A sunset camel ride in Erg Chebbi Dunes.
  • Overnight stay in a Sahara desert camp at Erg Chebbi in a private tent. The camp has shared bathroom facilities, with showers available in the morning at the camp operator’s lodge. Dinner and breakfast are included.
  • Optional upgrade to a deluxe camp with an ensuite tent for an additional 70 Euros per person.
  • Drop-off at your Fes hotel or the nearest accessible location to your Fes Riad.

Not Included in the Tour:

  • Beverages
  • Entrance fees, if applicable.
  • Local guides, if required.
  • Lunches during the tour.

Tour Map

Map outlining the route of the 3-Day desert tour from Marrakech to Fes, passing through Ait Benhaddou, Ouarzazate, Dades, Tinghir, and Merzouga.

Know Before You Go

  • This tour can be tailored to a 4-Day Marrakech to Fes desert tour if you wish to spend more time exploring the Sahara Desert.
  • Driving times above do not include sightseeing, photos, lunch, or cafe stops.
  • The tour price is per person and it depends on how many passengers are at your party. However, we offer a shared Marrakech to Fes desert tour with fixed rates.
  • Pick up from Fes can be flexible during spring and summer. We encourage you to depart Fes no later than 08h00 AM in the wintertime to arrive at Merzouga by sunset.
  • Local guides and entrance fees, (if any) are not included. You pay for those directly to the suppliers.
  • Hat, sunglasses, good walking shoes, and wet napkins are of good use during this tour.

Frequently Asked Questions

How far will we travel from Marrakech to Fes via the Merzouga Sahara desert on the private tour?

The journey from Marrakech to Fes via the Merzouga Sahara desert covers a distance of approximately 1030 kilometers, providing an extensive exploration of Morocco’s varied landscapes.

How long is the camel ride in Erg Chebbi?

It is roughly 1 hour for sunset and another hour for sunrise the following day. So time depends on the season, Daylight saving time, and sunset/sunrise time.

What type of transportation is provided for the Marrakech to Fes private desert tour?

Our private tours include transportation in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle, with options ranging from SUVs to minivans, ensuring a personalized and enjoyable journey.

How is the tour price for the private Marrakech to Fes desert trip determined?

Prices are tailored based on the number of travelers, seasonality, and choice of standard or luxury camping, ensuring a package that fits your needs and budget.

Can we hire quad bikes in Merzouga?

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

Can I bring my luggage on the private desert tour from Marrakech to Fes?

Yes, your luggage will be securely transported with you throughout the tour, including your stay in the desert camp.

What should I expect from the camel ride experience during the tour?

Expect a memorable camel trek through the desert, with opportunities to witness stunning sunsets or sunrises over the dunes, an essential part of your Sahara adventure.

What are the differences between standard and luxury camps in the Sahara?

Standard camps offer basic amenities with communal facilities, while luxury camps provide enhanced comfort with private tents, ensuite bathrooms, and often more personalized services.

What are the cancellation terms for the private desert tour?

Cancellation policies vary; please review the terms upon booking for details on timelines and potential refunds to make informed decisions.

Are meals included in the private Marrakech to Fes desert tour?

While breakfast and dinner are typically included, lunches are not covered to allow you the flexibility to explore local cuisine according to your preference.

Q: What essentials should I pack for the 3-Day private Marrakech to Fez desert tour?

Pack comfortable clothing, sun protection, personal hygiene items, and any personal medications. Layered clothing is recommended for varying temperatures.

Is there electricity and what amenities are available in the desert camp?

Desert camps are equipped with basic amenities, including electricity from solar panels for charging devices and lighting, with essentials like towels and toiletry provided.

Where does the private Marrakech to Fes desert tour start and finish?

The tour starts at your accommodation in Marrakech and concludes at your desired destination in Fes, offering door-to-door convenience and comfort.

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Sophia Anderson

Couple Traveller

We had an absolutely wonderful experience. Our driver and guide, Ibrahim, was exceptional. He was always punctual, cheerful, well-informed, and added an element of fun to the trip. We opted for the 3-day Marrakesh to Fes tour via Merzouga, including a luxury desert camp experience. The camp itself truly embodied luxury amidst the desert, and the various stops we made along the journey left lasting impressions. While the tour has fixed lunch stops, they are flexible and willing to change if you prefer. Without a doubt, it was an amazing adventure, and I highly recommend Ready Morocco if you’re considering a desert tour.

August 30, 2023

Liam Parker

Family Traveller

The 3-day desert journey from Marrakech to Fes was truly incredible. Our driver was consistently punctual and exceptionally friendly, engaging us in conversations about various topics. Ali, our guide, was absolutely amazing. His extensive knowledge about Moroccan history and culture made our time together truly enriching. Our experience during the 3-day desert trip from Marrakech to Fes via Merzouga was genuinely enjoyable. We wholeheartedly recommend touring with Marrakech Desert Trips. Thank you for providing us with these unforgettable 3 days.

August 25, 2023

Olivia Ramirez

Couple Traveller

We took a remarkable 3-day private desert journey from Marrakech to Fez through Merzouga, and the experience was truly unforgettable. Our driver picked us up from our Riad in Marrakech right on schedule. He was incredibly knowledgeable about the areas we visited and provided great recommendations for exploring remarkable places like the Kasbah and Ksar, along with other captivating sights along the route. The Todra Gorges and the Oasis in Hassi Labied within the Sahara desert were particularly memorable. Our driver also showcased excellent driving skills, which were crucial given the challenging roads in certain areas, such as Tizi N tichka. All in all, our time in Marrakech allowed us to glimpse into authentic Moroccan daily life. We enthusiastically recommend this Morocco journey, especially the 3-day trip from Marrakech to Fez. However, if you have the opportunity, we would even suggest extending it to a 4-day trip. A special shoutout to our tour guide for patiently addressing our inquiries, ensuring our safety throughout the journey, and providing a wonderful playlist that added to the experience!

August 24, 2023

Ethan Collins

Group Traveller

I absolutely adored the tour and all the incredible moments it brought! Our guide and driver Mohamed, who went above and beyond to ensure that we had fantastic stays and unforgettable adventures – including camel rides and ATV experiences – as we journeyed from Marrakech to Merzouga and finally to Fez. Mohamed’s fluency in Arabic, French, and English added an extra layer of magic to our trip. His wealth of knowledge led us to the finest dining spots, and his captivating narratives brought historic sites to life, making our journey truly memorable.

August 22, 2023

Ava Bennett

Group Traveller

Traveling with Lahcen was an excellent experience; he possesses a wealth of knowledge about the tour and ensures your journey is well-guided. You’ll feel secure under his care. Lahcen displayed remarkable flexibility in catering to our group’s needs, making necessary adjustments. He selected a superb desert camp, arranged a great hotel in Dades Valley, and organized ATV rentals at a competitive rate compared to other options.

August 19, 2023
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