Marrakech to Fes via desert

Overview

The Sahara desert is waiting for you! Discover Southeast Morocco's delights, from the red city of Marrakech to Morocco's cultural capital, Fes. Enjoy a fantastic 3-day desert excursion from Marrakech to Fes. You'll travel across the spectacular scenery of the High Atlas mountains to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ait Benhaddou Kasbah on this desert tour. Visit Ouarzazate, Africa's Hollywood, and spend the night in Boumalne Dades, a gorgeous valley. In Tinghir, take in the beautiful scenery of Todra Canyon and an oasis.

This 3-day Marrakech to Fes desert tour will take you deep into the Moroccan Sahara desert. Spend a night in a luxury Sahara desert tent after riding camels in the Erg Chebbi dunes and watching a stunning sunset. From the High Atlas Mountains to desert gorges, oases, and sand dunes, this Morocco desert tour from Marrakech to Fez will show you the best of the Moroccan Sahara desert. On your route from Marrakech to Fes, stop by adobe Kasbahs and meet Berber nomads.


Itinerary

  • Day 1 : Marrakech - High Atlas Mountains - Ait Ben Haddou - Ouarzazate - Dades

    Your driver will pick you up at 08:00 am, and you will start the 3 days desert tour from Marrakech to the Dades Gorges across the Tizi-n-Tichka Atlas pass, with far-reaching views across the mountains, to the traditional High Atlas Berber villages. Then you continue to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site and have lunch at one of the restaurants at the foothills of the Kasbahs, then we continue to Dades gorges through Skoura and rose valley, we will spend the night in a traditional kasbah in Dades gorges.

    desert tour mealsMeals included : Diner,
    desert tour accommodationAccomodation :
    • Hotel Babylon Dades --
  • Day 2 : Dades Gorge - Todra Gorge - Erfoud - Risani - Merzouga

    After breakfast, we will drive from Dades gorges to Erg chebbi Sahara desert at Merzouga. Berber villages are scattered along the way, we’ll pass through Todra Gorges, Tenhir, Tinjdad, Jorf and Erfoud in which we’ll feel the beginning of the Saharan oasis of Tafilalet, and then we continue to a Hotel in Merzouga, after relaxing a few minutes you will take some of your luggage in a small bag (just the necessary for the night in desert) and leave the other luggage in the hotel, then we will ride the camels on an adventure crossing the Erg Chebbi sand dunes, this is a great opportunity to take lovely pictures of the sunset and sunrise. When we reach the camp we will leave the camels, and we will walk to the highest sand dunes for sand boarding and to watch the sunset, we will spend the night in a camp (Berber nomad tents) with drumming music in the middle of the Sahara.

    desert tour mealsMeals included : Breakfast, Dinner,
    desert tour accommodationAccomodation :
    • Sahara stars camp --
  • Day 3 : Merzouga - Errachida - Midelt - Azrou - Ifrane - Fes

    Wake up early morning to enjoy the sunrise on the top of the dune in the Sahara Desert, then have your breakfast. After these beautiful moments, you will ride your camel back to the hotel where you can shower. You will depart to Errachidia via Erfoud, Aoufous and the valley of Ziz then stopping for a panoramic view of the oasis of Aoufous in the Tafilalte region. Continuation to Midelt across the pass of Tizi N’talghamt and have lunch break. After lunch, you will be driven to Fes (the medieval city) via the Cedar forest near Azrou and the mountain of the middle Atlas with the possibility to see the Barbary apes (monkeys). You may have a stop in Ifrane (the Switzerland of Morocco) before arriving to Fes. Drop off in Fes.

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

Included

  • An air conditioned 4x4 or Minivan,
  • English-speaking driver
  • 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 included with the overnights
  • Free time to explore the sites such as Ait BenHaddou kasbah,
  • Walks, Canyons, Breaks for photos,.. Etc
  • Local guide in Ait Benhaddou
  • No hidden costs

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.