desert tour from marrakech to fes

3 Days Sahara Tour from Marrakech to Fes

MARRAKECH TO FES TOUR ITINERARY:

Overview:

3 days desert tour from Marrakech to fes include camel trekking in Erg Chebbi with overnight in a deep desert camp tent, Azrou, Ifrane, cedar forests where Macaque monkeys live, Ziz valley, Todra gorge, Dades gorge, and more.

Itinerary:

Day 1: Marrakech - Atlas Mountains - Ait Ben Haddou - Oaurzazate - Dades Gorge

Your driver will pick you up at 08:00 am, and you will start 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 foothils 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.

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 you 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 sandboarding 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.

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 (monkies). You may have a stop in Ifrane (the Switzerland of Morocco) before arriving to Fes. Drop off in Fes.

Highlights:

  • Cross the High Atlas Mountains
  • Enjoy the beautiful landscapes between Merzouga and Fes
  • See the barbary Monkey in the Cedar forest of Azrou
  • Drive through Ziz gorge and its palmgroves
  • Take a short walks in Dades and Todra Gorges
  • Drive the Tizi n Tichka Pass of the High Atlas Mountains
  • Visit the UNESCO worlde heritage site of Ait Ben Haddou
  • Pass Ouarzazate and visit Film Studios and Taourirt Kasbah
  • Cameld rides, overnight in Tents

What's included in Marrakech to Fes desert Tour:

  • Pick up and drop off at your hotel/airport
  • Private trip in 4x4 air conditioned 4x4 or spacious minivan depending on the number
  • English/French/Spanish speaking driver
  • Dinner & breakfast are included
  • Maximale group size: 8 people to ensure more personalized attention from your guide
  • Cameld rides & overnight in a nomad traditional tent (Private tents)
  • Overnight in a traditional Kasbah in Dades gorge
  • No forced shopping stops during the tour

Extra costs to be expected:

  • You will pay for your lunch and drinks
  • Entrance fees during the optional visits to Ouarzazate attractions
  • Pick ups or drop offs outside Marrakech (more than 5km outside)

Exceeded our expectations!

When we planned our trip, we started out booking the 3 day 2 night trip from Fes to Marrakech through the Sahara desert. We wanted to explore the north of Morocco before heading to the desert and decided to ask Marrakech Day Trips regarding a driver hire so we could have transportation to explore the north. The manager Lahcen was very prompt in his replies and was able to accommodate our requests and our itinerary. Our driver Hakim, picked us up from the airport and drove us to the cities we wanted to visit before taking us on the tour through the Sahara. Throughout the trip, we heard about more places to visit along the way and Hakim was kind enough to accommodate our requests and took us on side trips to visit the places we requested to see. The night in the Sahara was unbelievable and we really enjoyed the camel trek, we wished we booked a longer tour of the desert after we left. We will definitely come back for a longer experience in the desert and we would definitely go with Marrakech Day Trips again.

~ Brian

†Fes‡ to the Desert to Marrakech - It was an amazing trip!

My wife and I has a wonderful time on our 3 day trip from Fes to Marrakech, spending one night in the desert. Booking this from Canada ahead of time was simple and smooth. Lahcen is very prompt with emails, which is one of the main reasons we picked this company. There are ton's of companies offering this kind of experience, but these guys are the most responsive, which made us feel more comfortable booking it. Our driver Ismail was amazing. He showed up exactly when indicated and was a pleasure to speak with. The trip is very long, so it was great to have someone to entertain you with stories and life advice on the trip. You will not regret booking this trip. Stop looking and just book it now.

~ Kareem

Don't Just See Morocco - Live it!

After two days battling the hagglers in Marrakech, we "got out of town" and saw the rest of Morocco. Our driver, Aziz, turned our journey into a fantastic experience! He knocked on our riad door promptly at the scheduled time, and we rode safely over spectacular Atlas mountain passes to the Sahara desert. Most itineraries are similar among Moroccan tour companies, but Aziz makes the difference. First, I believe he fluently speaks more languages than what you hear in the hallways of the United Nations (English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Berber, and most likely Camel!!). Then he shares stories of the Moroccan culture sure to keep you interested for the many miles and hours you are on the road. MDT offers several tours, but I recommend one that overnights in a Bedouin tent following a sunset camel ride into the Sahara dunes. You arrive on the dromedary just in time to climb the highest dune and watch the sunset from the peak of the dune. The climb is similar to a "Stairmaster" in the gym, as your feet push down the sand, but the descent is totally awesome - run, ski, or roll back down to camp. And then repeat the next morning, as you rise early enough to catch the sunrise, looking eastward this time, of course. The nights are fun and you'll meet new friends as you dine on tagines of original Moroccan food cooked over the stove in camp. Then, the camel guides turned into cooks become singers and drummers for an hour of entertainment before crashing for the night in the blanket tents. With Marrakech Day Trips, you will have your own tent and comfortable bed, but the walls are thin (shoot, they're made of wool!) so bring a pair of ear plugs. The makeshift camp biffy isn't the greatest experience, but our entire group found that the Sahara works well as a human cat box in the dark. With that said, the camel trip is a bucket list item, and if you ever travel to Morocco, this will be your highlight! Booking the trip was easy with MDT - go to the website and pick your tour, then email your request, and company manager, Lahcen will respond within 24 hours. He is great, and will answer any questions you have. Our trip from Marrakech to the Sahara and ending in Fes was incredible. But here is my best tip - don't think if you see Casablanca, you've seen the entire country and its culture. You'll miss the mysterious, wonderful country that lies outside it's biggest city.

~ Thomas