4-Day Desert Tour from Fes to Marrakech

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Morocco Travel Itineraries > Tours from Fes > 4-Day Desert Tour from Fes to Marrakech


Experience the amazing 4-day Desert Tour from Fes to Marrakech and discover the beauty of many charming cities and small towns in Morocco. The journey starts in Fes, departing from your place, and we’ll visit places like Ifrane before spending a night in the desert.

The second day will be all about exploring the desert and immersing ourselves in its wonders. On the third day, we’ll take you through Berber rural settlements and have a night stay at the Todra Gorges. Then, we’ll visit Dades Gorges, Roses Valley, Skoura, and more.

The tour will end with a visit to the historic Ait Benhaddou, a UNESCO World Heritage site, before driving back to Marrakech.

What is the Desert Tour from Fes to Marrakech highlights

  • Discover authentic Moroccan souks in Erfoud and Rissani
  • Camel trek in the Moroccan Sahara Desert
  • Tour the Ait Benhaddou Kasbah
  • Stop by the exquisite Moroccan valleys

Itinerary of the Desert Tour from Fes to Marrakech

Day 1: Fes – Ifrane – Cedars forest – Midelt – Ziz valley – Merzouga

We’ll start the Desert Tour from Fes to Marrakech with an early pick-up from your accommodation in Fes, then we’ll head to Imouzzer, then Ifrane, a city known for its cold weather and beautiful houses that look like those in Switzerland.

Next, we’ll visit a cedar forest where you can feed friendly monkeys and explore the forest. After that, we’ll have lunch in Midelt and continue our journey, passing through Tizi-n-Tilghmt pass and the Ziz Valley. Along the way, we’ll take breaks to enjoy the views.

We’ll dedicate the afternoon to exploring Merzouga, an amazing desert where you can ride a camel and explore the sand dunes. Finally, we’ll arrive at the camp, which has both traditional nomadic tents and comfortable places to stay.

In the evening, we’ll have a delightful time at the camp, dancing around the bonfire and listening to Berber drum beats., and gazing at the stars in the night sky. After a day full of adventures, we’ll enjoy a tasty dinner and spend a peaceful sleep at the desert camp. It’s going to be an unforgettable experience!

Day 2: Merzouga – Nomad families – Khamlia – Merzouga lake – Erg Chebbi – Palm Grove

Before breakfast, we’ll witness the stunning sunrise over the desert. Then, hit the road back to Merzouga on camelback.

you’ll have so much doing many outdoor activities and see many remarkable features like dunes, natural lakes, mines, fossil sites, and a beautiful oasis. It’s perfect for various outdoor activities.

Our Merzouga excursion starts with an off-road journey to an ancient eyeliner mine. Later, we’ll visit the nomads in their traditional handmade tents. You can enjoy a cup of Berber tea while learning about their way of life! Our next stop is the Khamlia village, where you’ll witness Gnaoua music and dance performances.

After lunch, we’ll take a stroll in the palm tree forest. Later, we’ll drive a short distance to explore Merzouga’s wild lake, often called Flamingo Lake. We’ll have supper and spend the night in a comfortable hotel. It’s going to be a delightful and adventurous day!

Day 3: Merzouga – Rissani – Erfoud – Todgha gorges – Dades valley

On the third day of the Desert Tour from Fes to Marrakech, after breakfast, we’ll say goodbye to the desert and head to explore Rissani town. It used to be the historical capital of Tafilalet and remains an important trade center in the region. You’ll find a lively market there on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays.

We’ll take a tour around Rissani Souk before continuing our journey to Erfoud. In Erfoud, you’ll get to see one of the workshops where they craft beautiful items from fossilized marble. To reach the Todra Gorges, we’ll pass through the scenic palm groves of Touroug and Tinjdad. These gorges are a large canyon with red cliff sides formed by the flow of the Todra River. They are a favorite spot for rock climbers.

After having lunch, we’ll head to the Dades Valley, passing through Boumalne Dades. Along the way, we’ll make stops at the “monkey fingers” rock formation, which provides a stunning view of the Dades Valley. Your dinner and overnight stay will be in a comfortable hotel. It’s going to be a wonderful day full of exploration and beautiful sights!

Day 4: Dades Valley – Roses Valley – Skoura – Ouarzazate – Ait Benhaddou Kasbah – High Atlas Mountains – Marrakech

It’s the last day of our Desert Tour from Fes to Marrakech. After breakfast, we’ll keep moving to Kalaa Magouna to see the Rose Valley. In May, there’s a special Rose Festival where locals sell various rose products like perfumes, rose water, and cosmetics. Next, we’ll pass through Skoura’s beautiful palm orchards. Finally, we’ll reach the Desert Gate, also known as Ouarzazate, where famous movies were made in its studios.

Our next destination is Ait Benhaddou’s famous Kasbah, a fortified settlement recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. This Kasbah has also been featured in several movies and TV shows. To reach Marrakech, we’ll drive over the stunning High Atlas Mountains and the Tizi-N-Tichka pass. At the end of this Desert Tour from Fes to Marrakech, we’ll drop you off at your hotel or the airport.

Price Includes and Excludes

Price Includes

  • Hotel Accommodation
  • Tour Guide
  • All transportation in destination location

Price Excludes

  • Any Private Expenses
  • Room Service Fees

Frequently asked questions.

How far is fes from Marrakech?

The shortest distance between Fes and Marrakech is through the national road via Azilal & Beni Mellal 389.05 km, while it is 535.32 km through the driving route.

How long does it take to get to the desert from Marrakech?

Morocco’s Sahara desert of  Zagora desert is about 6 hours away from Marrakech, and about 10 hours for Merzouga desert.

What should I pack for this Tour?

We recommend bringing with you:

  • Sunscreen for regular use.
  • Sports sandals, trainers, or hiking boots.
  • A light jacket if you’re coming in November – March.
  • Long comfortable jeans.
  • sunglasses.
  • A hat or headscarf to block the sun & dust.
  • Don’t forget to bring with you any medications you might require during this trip.

How can I pay for the Tour?

We require a small deposit to be paid via PayPal to our account just to confirm your 5 days desert tour from Marrakech, then the rest is paid in cash to our guide/ driver in Euros, Dollars, or in Dirhams.

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