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marrakech to fes sahara desert trip

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This is great 3 days Marrakech to Fes desert tour, it’s an opportunity to do the camel trek and overnight camping in the deep desert (At standard/ Luxury camp), visit Todra & Dades gorge, Rose Valley, Ouarzazate, World Heritage Site of Ait Benhaddou & Azrou.

On the first day, we will see and cross the High Atlas Mountains through the Tizi-n-Tichka Pass, the highest pass in Morocco. On the second day of our Marrakech to Fes desert tour, we will pass through the Todra and Dades Gorge. We will arrive in the Merzouga Sahara desert in the late afternoon and from here we will be taken by a camel guide across the sand dunes to a Bedouin camp. You will spend the overnight in the Merzouga desert, experiencing the silence of the Sahara. On the third day, we will continue our way to Fes (Fez) via Midelt and Azrou cedar forest.

At Morocco Tours Agency, we offer private, standard, and luxury tours from Marrakech to Fes on 3 Days and more. Also, we organize a shared Marrakech to Fes desert tour via the Sahara Desert on Morocco small group tours, please note that you will only share the transport.

The price of the 3 Days Marrakech to Fes desert tour depends on the number of travelers, type of accommodations (Standard, Luxury, or Mixed (Medium option)), and the season. Please feel free to contact us anytime.

Highlights of 3 Days marrakech to fes sahara desert trip

Spectacular views of the Atlas Mountains landscapes
Visit the UNESCO world heritage of Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah
Visit Ouarzazate Film Studio & Taourirt Kasbah
Walk in the stunning Dades & Todra Gorges
Panoramic aspects of Erg Chebbi dunes
Experience Camel ride in Merzouga Sahara
Watch Sunset over the sand dunes
Do Sand Boarding activity
Overnight Camping at Merzouga Desert Camp
Hearty dinner and party around campfire (Berber Drums)
Stop at Azrou cedar forest and see Barbary Apes


 3 days marrakech to fes sahara desert trip

Day 1: Marrakech – Ait Benhaddou – Ouarzazate – Dades Gorge

Pick up provided from hotel to Ouarzazate through the famous Tizi-n-Tichka pass situated at a height of 2,260m within the High Atlas Mountains. This is how the first of our Marrakech to Fes day trips start. Enjoy the exotic and colourful landscapes along with the Berber village on your way from Marrakech and Ouarzazate, which is known as the doorway to the Sahara Desert. Ait Benhaddou, the UNESCO world heritage site, falls on the way and is a famous spot with movies like “Lawrence of Arabia” and “Jesus of Nazareth” shot in this location.

Walk across the river to visit the fortified Kasbah, situated atop the hill. Continue towards Ouarzazate through the Skoura palm grove and the Valley of the Roses. This valley is the centre of Moroccan roses and rose products. Travel through the strange rock creation of Tamnalt Hills and Dades gorge, carved by the Dades River for centuries, before enjoying a mystical night right at the heart of the gorge.

Day 2: Dades Gorge – Todra Gorge – Erg Chebbi (sand boarding)

On the second day of your trip from Marrackech to Fes, another gorge named Todra awaits you with the roads through the Berber village and Dades valley. You can trek the canyons, which are around 300m high and a favourite place for mountain climbers. Once finished, with the trekking, head towards the Erg Chebbi dunes in Merzouga Sahara Desert. Lunch will be served before arriving at Erfoud. From Erg Chebbi, you can enjoy a 2 hour camel ride towards the camp behind an oasis, enjoying the fabulous sunset on the way. Feel like a nomad as you spend the night under a sky lit up by millions of stars and amidst Berber music.

Day 3: Merzouga – Midelt – Ifran – Fez

Wake up early to enjoy the sunrise over the dunes of Erg Chebbi, the best thing within the desert. Complete your breakfast and set out towards Fes alongside the Ziz Valley Gorge and Azrou. Be amused by the monkeys within green lush cedar forests on your way. Get a drop off at your hotel by the evening on Day 3 marrakech to fes sahara desert trip.

A longer tours from Marrakech over 5 days

Day 1: Marrakech – Telouet – Ait Benhaddou

The second option in our multi day trips from Marrakech to Fes. Pick up from the hotel in the morning. Move towards Ouarzazate with the exotic view of High Atlas Mountains through the 2,260m high Tizi-n-Tichka pass. Let the mountain landscapes and the valleys unfold their beauty to you in different colours, along with the Berber villages.

Kasbah of Telouet, occupied by the Pacha Glaoui during his reign, is worth paying a visit. This is situated in the village of Telouet, near the Onilla Valley. The Harem, along with the reception hall stands tall to speak for the luxurious life of El Glaoui. Moreover, it also depicts the Andalusian decorating style. The older parts of Kasbah are completely in ruins and make it difficult to visit. You’ll want to get lost in the crumbled passageways, which are more like a maze.

Next, you will continue to Kasbah Ait Benhaddou in your Marrakech to Fes tour. This is a World Heritage site announced by UNESCO. The Moroccan Government, in 1994, announced Kasbah as a National Heritage and took up the preservation responsibility. This place was a major stop for camel caravans carrying salt through the Sahara and coming back with gold, silver, and slaves. Overnight stay will be at Ait Benhaddou.

Day 2: Ait Benhaddou – Ouarzazate – Dades Gorge – Todra Gorge

                       marrakech to fes sahara desert trip

After breakfast, travel to the city of Ouazazate, visiting the Kasbah Taourirt within. The journey to the city will take your party along the Road of One Thousand Kasbahs and feature a stop at the picturesque Skoura Oasis flanked by palm groves. You’ll continue on into the Rose Valley, where the majority of the world’s perfume flowers are grown.

Depending on conditions and preference, you can opt for a shorter route to the Dades Gorge, passing the Tamnalt Hills with their bizarre and enticing rock formations resembling monkey feet. From Dades Gorge we’ll travel to Todra Gorge – another famous gorge with soaring canyon walls framing a narrow path – where we’ll stay the night.

Day 3: Todra Gorge – Merzouga – Erg Chebbi

On the third day of your trip from Marrakech to Fes tours, leave Todra Gorge behind to continue the journey towards Tourong Erfoud via Tinejdad. The fossils centre along with the ancient city of Rissani, which thrived in the earlier centuries due to caravan routes to Sijilmassa, is worth visiting. Alaouite, the early conquerors of Morocco, lived here. You can notice people wearing indigo blue robes. Enjoy the late afternoon with a 2 hour journey on the camel to Erg Chebbi, while boasting of the magical sunset on the desert. You will be spending the night at Erg Chebbi in the Nomadic style tent with a crystal clear sky full of stars.

Day 4 : Merzouga – Midelt – Ifran – Fez

On the last day of your Marrakech to Fes tour, make sure you wake up as early as possible to enjoy desert sunrise at its best over the huge sand dunes of Erg Chebbi. This is, by all means, the best moment of Merzouga desert. After you have changed your clothes and finished breakfast, the journey towards Fes will start through the Ziz Valley gorge and Azrou. On the way, the views of lush green cedar forests, along with numerous monkeys on the trees, will keep you entertained. In the evening, you will be dropped at your hotel.

Take our two day trips for a shorter adventure

Day 1: Marrakech – Ouarzazate – Agdez – Erg Chebbi

We offer shorter two day trips from Marrakech to Fes that pack so much into your time. This tour sees you start with an early morning journey from your hotel towards Ouarzazate, through the famous Tizi-n-Tichka pass within the High Atlas Mountains. Beautiful landscapes, vibrant colours and Berber villages are there to welcome you on your way from Marrakech to Ouarzazate. The next stop in your day trip is at Agdez, the first village in Draa valley.

Next, advance towards the Sarhro volcanic mountains with dramatic formation of rocks and exotic gorges. In the afternoon, arrive to Merzouga at the outskirts of Sahara desert and take a camel safari to reach the night camp after a splendid 2 hours of beauty including the sunset. Spend the night at Erg Chebbi in the Nomadic style while counting the bright stars in the sky – this an unforgettable experience that you won’t get from single day trips from Marrakech.

Day 2: Erg Chebbi – Midelt – Ifran – Fez

Wake up early to enjoy the exotic sunrise (the most beautiful thing in the desert) over the sand dunes of Erg Chebbi. A quick breakfast and change of clothes will make you ready for the journey to Fes along Ziz Valley Gorge and Azrou. The lush cedar forests and the monkeys that play in them will keep you amused on the way. In the evening, the drop off will be at your hotel.

One of the most comprehensive desert trips over five days

Day 1: Marrakech – Imlil – Sidi Chamharouch – Toubkal refuge

On your first first day on one of our 5 day trips from Marrakech to Fes, the driver will receive you from the hotel and will go to the heart of the High Atlas Mountains. The trip starts from Imlil (1,740m), a big Berber village 65km south of Marrakech. You will be dropped off at the village, where the muleteers will take care of your luggage, food, and other requirements. Within half an hour, your journey to the Berber village, accompanied by an experienced mountain guide, will follow. Shortly after, you will reach the mountain hut by the shrine of Sidi Chamharouch at 2,500m to enjoy your picnic lunch. All things will be prepared in advance by the cook. After the lunch, which is followed by a short break, you can continue your journey towards the refuge at 3,200m height.

Day 2: Toubkal refuge – Summit – Return to Imlil

Wake up as early as possible to avoid the heat of the sun. We will finish up with breakfast by 5am and start climbing by 5.30am. Take careful steps towards the point above the hut, where you can take a short break with nuts, oranges and water. After 3 or 4 hours of uphill walking, you can notice the High Atlas Mountains, the exotic valleys around them, and the Berber villages.

Take a break of around 45 minutes on the summit to take the pictures and enjoy the beauty before going all the way down to the hut. The cook will be ready with the lunch there. After the lunch, enjoy what you wouldn’t be able to on a single day trip from Marrackech by walking down the same route and spending the night with a Berber family with dinner and breakfast (suite with private bath will be provided).

Day 3: Imlil – Ait Benhaddou – Rose Valley – Dades Gorge

The third day of your trip from Marrakech to Fes will see you depart from Imlil at 8am and start your journey towards Ouarzazate. On the way, you will be able to pass through Tizi-n-Tichka Pass at 2,260m, which is the highest road pass in Morocco. The natural beauty of the High Atlas Mountains and the small Berber villages scattered in the valleys of the mountain will surely leave you amazed. The UNESCO World Heritage Site at Ait Benhaddou is hard to miss. The Kasbah welcomes with the best and the most impressive fortress cities of the country. This is situated on the top of the hill and is a favourite place among movie directors. Famous movies like Gladiator and Lawrence of Arabia were shot here. The upper area of Kasbah provides a breathtaking view and is totally worth the steep climb through the windy streets.

The journey continues through the Road of One Thousand Kasbahs and the Skoura oasis. The Valley of Roses, also known as Kelaa M’Gouna, is the centre of various types of rose products like rose water, soaps, and cream that have earned fame throughout the world. Carry on the journey by passing the Tamnalt Hills and its strange rock creations, before you arrive at the Dades Gorge, which has been carved for centuries by the famous Dades River. The red and mauve rocks create beautiful natural scenery along with the tower above the road. Spend the night in the Dades Gorge, where you will receive the dinner and the breakfast for the next day.

Day 4: Dades Gorge – Todra Gorge – Merzouga – Erg Chebbi

Enjoy a breakfast in the morning before departing the Dades Gorge and find your way to another gorge – the Todra Gorge (also the highest oasis in Morocco). This gorge is actually cut deep into the colored cliffs of the High Atlas Mountains and around 300 meter high walls. The narrowest parts are merely 20 meters apart from each other.

From the Todra Gorge, your next stop will be at Merzouga, an oasis in the heart of Sahara Desert, at the foot of the famous Erg Chebbi dunes. There, you can find the guides as well as the camels to guide you through the Moroccan Sahara. The journey through the desert landscape will take around 2 hours and finally, you will reach the desert camp for night. On the way, you can witness the elegance of a magical sunset on the desert. The guide will prepare refreshing mint tea for you at the camp along with a great tagine dinner. A Nomad tent will be there for overnight, along with the breakfast for the upcoming day.

Day 5: Erg Chebbi – Merzouga – Midelt – Fes

The final leg of our five day trips from Marrakech to Fes is just as amazing as any other. Wake up early to enjoy the sunrise over Erg Chebbi sand dunes, in what might be the highlight of your time in the Moroccon desert. After breakfast, continue the journey towards Merzouga Fes through the beautiful Ziz Valley Gorge via Azrou. The green cedar forests and the playful monkeys will keep you amused. By late evening, you will be dropped at the hotel.

Exploring the majesty of Morocco is something you’ll never regret. For information on our Sahara excursions and our camel trekking packages, contact us today. Use our contact form to get in touch with us and begin your adventure!

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