Fes to Marrakech via desert

Overview

Explore Morocco's Sahara desert on an amazing adventure that takes you from Fes to Marrakech and gives you the chance to meet the locals and have a true desert experience.
By participating in the 3-day Fes to Marrakech desert tour, you will be able to ride camels across the golden dunes of Erg Chebbi and spend a wonderful night in a desert tent in Merzouga, a region that feels a million miles away from civilization.
Your 3-day Fes desert tour will take you across the Middle Atlas Mountains to Merzouga and across the High Atlas Mountains to Marrakech, in addition to camel trekking, sunset and sunrise over Erg Chebbi, and a night in the desert. Get to watch the Barbary macaques in the cedar forest near Azrou, one of the famous old-world monkey species. Explore the Todra Canyon, visit the Ait Benhaddou Kasbah, and many more.


Itinerary

  • Day 1 : Fes - Ifrane - Azrou - Midelt - Errachidia - Erfoud - Merzouga

    Pick up from your hotel in Fes at 08:0 am and departure for the south of Morocco. You will have a stop in Ifrane, known as the Switzerland of Morocco, to enjoy its beauty and to have a memorable photos. After that, you will head toward Azrou to see the monkeys in the cedar forest. Continuing to Midelt for a lunch meal in a restaurant. In the afternoon, we will cross the pass of Tizi n Tlghamt to reach Errachidia while admiring the views of Ziz gorges. Later on, you will have a stop for a panoramic view of Ziz valley. The drive continues to Erg Chebbi Dunes, passing by Aoufous and Erfoud (the last is famous with fossils and dates) where you may want to visit a local fossil craft workshop. After that you will continue to the captivating dunes of Erg Chebbi, these dunes are also called Merzouga Dunes. Arrive to the hotel and get ready for a camel trek for an hour and half to enjoy the sunset. While on the back of your dromedary, you will continue to the camp for an overnight in a traditional nomad tent. Dinner and spend the night in a bivouac in the middle of the dunes.

    desert tour mealsMeals included : Diner,
    desert tour accommodationAccomodation :
    • Sahara Stars Camp --
  • Day 2 : Merzouga - Errisani - Todra Gorge - Dades Gorge

    After breakfast and shower to dust off, we will drive from Merzouga to Rissani, Erfoud and Tinghir, where we will stop for lunch and a short walk in Todra gorges and its magnificent palm-groves and old ruins blinding perfectly with the scenery. In the afternoon, we will continue to Boumalen Dades and take the detour to the north through the curvy road of the Dades gorges, stop for a couple pictures at the monkey feet, a rock formation that looks like fingers (probably formed from lava thousands of years ago), then continue to see the infamous gorges at the top portrayed in many travel flyers as one of the most beautiful pieces of roads before heading back to our hotel at the foothills of the gorges, where we will enjoy a nice dinner and occasionally a musical play with the staff and other clients before going to bed.

    desert tour mealsMeals included : Breakfast, Dinner,
    desert tour accommodationAccomodation :
    • Hotel Babylon Dades --
  • Day 3 : Dades Gorge - Skoura - Ouarzazate - Ait Ben Haddou - Marrakech

    This morning, after breakfast in the hotel, We depart to Ouarzazate via Skoura . Stopping for a panoramic view of the kasbah of Taourirt then another photo stop near the atlas film studios. After that you will visit the Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou and stop for lunch in a local restaurant in the village. In the Afternoon we will drive to Marrakech over the mountains of high Atlas, passing through the Tizi N’tichka pass (2260 m in altitude). Drop off in Marrakech.

    desert tour mealsMeals included : Breakfast,
    desert tour accommodationAccomodation : No Accomodation.

Included

  • An air-conditioned 4x4 or Minivan,
  • English-speaking driver during the tour
  • Pick up & Drop off at your accommodations
  • Overnight in Dades gorges comfortable Hotel.
  • Camel Trek to overnight in Luxury Camp
  • Private rooms/tents with private bathroom and shower
  • Dinner and breakfast are daily included
  • Free time to explore the sites such as Ait Benhaddou kasbah, Walks, Canyons, Breaks for photos… Etc
  • Local guide in Ait Benhaddou

Not Included
  • Lunch
  • Drinks
  • Entrance fees to optional visits

Frequently Asked Questions

A frequent and definitely good question, if you are not well-prepared, you might not enjoy your time fully in the desert due to the extreme weather conditions. Deserts get super hot in summer, in Morocco, August is the hottest month of the year, with temperatures reaching 50 °C—122ºF, you can literally cook eggs on the asphalt (great for a TikTok clip). With this said, if you can't take that much heat, please avoid visiting the deserts during July and August. If you are okay with this kind of temperatures; it is still highly recommended being prepared with good sunscreen, sunglasses, a wide hat, light but covering pieces of clothing and some insect repellent, you can also purchase all these items in Morocco. And let's not forget winter days, starry nights are freezing. The mountainous parts of the roads are usually snowy, but all our vehicles are equipped with A/C for that matter, so make sure to bring warm clothes if you take this tour during December-January.

With the rise in interest in vegan and vegetarian food, all our partners are now accommodating this need and offer completely vegan and vegetarian meals. However, this needs to be communicated in advance, either when booking or when meeting your driver for early preparation purposes.