3-Day Desert Tour from Marrakech to Fes – Desert Morocco Adventure Tours
This 3 days desert tour from Marrakech to Fes offers you plenty of adventure and fun. If you dream of riding a camel, playing music by a campfire, sleeping under a million stars, or watching the sun sink below the horizon, this 3-day tour from Marrakech to Fes via the desert is going to make your fantasies come true.
Marrakech, where different cultures and crafts merge, is the starting point of this 3-day tour to the imperial city of Fes. On the first day of our desert tour, we will drive through the dramatic landscapes of the mountains and see admirable examples of Moroccan architecture such as the oldest ksar of Ait Ben Haddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The valley of 1000 kasbah is dotted with flowering rose bushes along the way. We will come across the most beautiful rose gardens in the valley near Kelat Mgouna. During this trip, you will visit the most spectacular sights of Southeast Morocco such as the Todra Gorge and the Dades canyon. You will enjoy changing the landscape in the hills to palm groves, and the desert-like plateaus on the way to Merzouga. A short camel ride in the dunes of Erg Chebbi is on the program.
Once we reach the Sahara, you can climb the dunes to watch the sun while sinking below the horizon. In the evening you can enjoy a traditional dinner in the desert next to the campfire where local Berbers will entertain you with Berber music. If the weather permits, you can spend the night under the stars. The next day we wake you up early to witness the sunrise over the dunes before heading to Fes. We drive through the Ziz Valley, which is bordered by palm trees and where ksour and sublime kasbahs rise and form an emerald dry area that offers a spectacular sight.
- Enjoy the beautiful High and Middle Atlas Mountains with the Tizi n’Tichka Pass
- Visit Ait Ben Haddou ksour, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Driving along the Valley of Roses and the route of 1000 Kasbahs
- Enjoy the beautiful Dades Valley with the high cliffs of Dades and Todra
- Experience a camel ride in the Erg Chebbi dunes
- Special experience staying overnight in a camp in the desert and enjoying the sunset
- Experience the beautiful and varied landscapes of southern Morocco
Tizi-n-Tichka: We follow the winding road up into the High Atlas Mountains through the Tizi-n-Tichka pass. Tizi-n-Tichka is a high mountain pass located between Marrakech and the desert gate of Ouarzazate and offers beautiful views over the mountains. Nearby, if you wish, we can visit the Argan Oil Cooperative to understand how this amazing product is produced.
Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou: Ait Ben Haddou is the most famous Moroccan Kasbah and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We plan to visit this beautiful walled city before heading to Ouarzazate to visit Kasbah Taourirt and the Atlas Film Studio, where you can see the sets of movies such as Kundun.
Roses Valley: As its name suggests, this region is known for rose cultivation. The roses are spread out along the road. During the month of April or May, the town of Kelat Mgouna hosts a rose festival every year.
Dades Gorges: We pass through the valley of a thousand kasbahs to a wonderful gorge located near the town of Boumalne Dades. Dades Gorges is a stunning river gorge that offers beautiful landscapes and distinctive rock formations.
Todra Gorges: On the second day, we take a walk along the deep Todra valley. Todra Gorges is a breathtaking 600m high gorge near the town of Tinghir.
Erg Chebbi: Erg Chebbi is located in the Sahara and is very famous for its beautiful dunes. When we get there, you can take a camel ride to the elegant camp of nomads in the heart of the golden desert and climb the sand dunes to watch a romantic sunset, then enjoy a traditional dinner by the campfire where the local Berbers will play their music. You can spend the night under millions of stars.
Day 1: Trip from Marrakesh to Dades Valley
Our 3-day desert tour from Marrakech to Fes starts from your accommodation in Marrakech to the Ksar of Aït-Ben-Haddou through the Tizi N’tichka Mountains. Once you get across the High Atlas of Morocco, the Ksar of Aït-Ben-Haddou would be your next destination. You are most welcome to discover the beautiful landscapes in this village through an hour walking tour. This particular village can be found on the southern slopes of the High Atlas. More precisely, it is located in the foothill area in the Province of Ouarzazate and it is the most popular one in the Ounila Valley. It is home to a historic series of kasbahs, you can see a touch of southern Moroccan architecture. Besides the houses surrounded by defensive walls, you will also find a river and a good restaurant where you can enjoy a beautiful panoramic view over the village of Ait Ben Haddou. After lunch, we continue our journey to Ouarzazate to visit the Kasbah Taourirt. After a visit to the cinema studio, we will head to Dades Valley, known as the Valley of 1000 Kasbahs to spend the night in a hotel in a fantastic canyon.
Day 2: Trip from Dades Valley to Merzouga and Erg Chebbi
After a delicious breakfast accompanied by fresh air, we will take a short walk in the fields near your accommodation. Then we continue the journey to Merzouga. After a drive from Boumalne Dades to Tinghir, we can visit another great tourist spot in Morocco known as the Todra Gorge. Located on the east side of the High Atlas Mountains, this place is very famous for its canyons. The great view of the canyon has made it one of the most spectacular ones on the planet. Later we will head to Erfoud and on the way, we will see a unique irrigation system. We stop in Rissani to visit its main attractions and continue our way to the desert village of Merzouga. Once we reach Merzouga, we will go to the desert camp on camelback before sunset. This is a must-do activity as it is one of the most exciting.
Day 3: Trip from Merzouga to Fes
Wake up before sunrise and climb the sand dunes early with your camera. This place offers great spots for beautiful pictures. Before we drive to Fes, you can shower and have breakfast at the hotel of the desert camp. The trip to Fes is quite long, on the way we see great locations like Erfoud, the Ziz valley, and Midlet during the trip. Midlet is a perfect town to have lunch in before continuing the journey. Once we get to Azrou, you have a great chance to see the Berber monkey groups in the cedar forest. Before we actually reach Fes, we drive to Ifrane. Ifrane is locally known as “Little Switzerland”, a winter ski area, built in a beautiful style by the French.
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More info about the 3-day tour from Marrakech to Fes via the desert
The first day of the 3 days tour from Marrakech to Fes: Ait Ben Haddou - Dades Gorge
Our guide is going to pick you up from your hotel in Marrakech. We will head towards the High Atlas through the Tizi-n-Tichka pass, all the way through many curves up to an altitude of 2,260 meters, passing small Berber villages.
The further south we go, the landscape and colors of these beautiful mountains change. We stop at the top of the mountains for mint tea and admire the scenery before turning left to the Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou, arriving around lunchtime.
In Ait Ben Haddou we will take a short walk and visit the famous Kasbah, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was the filming location for famous movies like The Gladiator, Babylon, Lawrence of Arabia, and many more. We will also visit the Kasbah Taourirt and the film studios in Ouarzazate.
Later we will then pass through the famous Valley of Roses and Valley of Dades to reach Dades Gorges before sunset where we will spend the night in a very traditional hotel.
- Tizi-n-Tichka pass
- Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou
- Kasbah Taourirt
- Cinema Studio Atlas
- Valley of Roses
- Valley of Dades
- Dades Gorges
The second day of the 3 days tour from Marrakech to Fes: Dades Valley to the Sahara Desert
In the morning we take a short walk through the Dades Gorges and drive along Dades, towards the village of Tinghir where we are going to take a walk along the river in Todra Gorges before heading towards Rissani.
On the way, we pass the Berber town of Erfoud which is known for fossils. We can visit a factory where they make impressive decorations of fossils if desired. We visit the souk of Rissani.
Finally, we arrive in the desert before sunset. You will start a camel ride to the desert camp and enjoy the sunset on the top of the dunes. You will stay overnight in a camp at the foot of the Erg Chebbi dunes for a wonderful experience where we will dine under millions of stars.
- Dades Gorges
- Todgha Gorges
- Sunset on the top of the dunes
- Camel ride
- Overnight in desert camp
The third day of the 3 days tour from Marrakech to Fes: Trip from the desert to the historic city of Fez
On the last day of our desert tour from Marrakech to Fes, the journey is a little longer than the other days. it is about an 8-hour drive.
After enjoying the sunrise at the camp, we will ride camels back to the desert camp hotel for breakfast and a shower.
We pass Erfoud and make a few stops in the Ziz Valley. This beautiful valley is filled with panoramic views of palm trees and beautiful landscapes.
Here you’ll see some dramatic reddish rocks meandering through this picturesque valley and some amazing kasbahs stretching along the oases of Tafilalt.
We pass through the Middle Atlas Mountains, with a stop at the cedar forests where you can see Berber monkeys, and then we head to the fascinating city of Ifrane which is known in Morocco as a winter ski area, built in a beautiful style by the French in the thirties. It is also referred to as “Little Switzerland” by the locals. It is located in the Atlas Mountains and here it snows in the winter. Later, we go to Fes where our tour comes to the end.
- Watching the sunrise on the top dunes
- Picturesque Ziz Valley
- Middle Atlas Mountains
- The cedar forests of Azrou
FAQs about 3-Day Marrakech to Fes Desert Tour
What's the weather like in the desert?
From June to mid-September it gets hot during the day and also during the night, it fluctuates around 45 degrees during the day and about 30 degrees at night.
From November to March it gets cold at night and warmer during the day, the temperature hovers around 27 degrees and at night it drops to around 0°C. For the other months, the temperature is approximately the same during the day, and also at night, it varies between 25-30 degrees.
Where does the tour start?
On the first day of this three-day desert tour to Fes, you can choose where we can pick you up in Marrakech. Please specify the pick-up location when booking.
Is this tour private?
Yes, it is a private tour. You travel alone with your driver/guide in a very comfortable vehicle. Usually, it is Icho who is gonna be your guide.
– If you have more days to spend in Morocco, it is better to do this in a 4 or 5-day tour to Fes via the desert from Marrakech instead of 3 days as it is a long journey on the last day.
– Even if it’s warm, please bring with you a light jacket. Here are the things we recommend to bring: sunscreen, a hat or scarf, sunglasses, hiking shoes, and a flashlight. Check this page for more information about what to wear in Morocco in general.
– You can upgrade your Dades Gorge accommodation and the desert camp to luxury if you wish. Although the standard option would definitely be a great experience as well.
Where can we have lunch?
You can choose the restaurant where you want to have lunch or else it will be a great restaurant where we regularly stop.
3-day desert tour from Marrakech to Fes (Price per person) & Required Persons Per Group
2 PaxCouple3 days870€
3 PaxGroup3 Days1049€
4 PaxFamily3 Days1200€
5 PaxFamily3 Days1420€
The Price of the 3 days desert trip to Fes from Marrakech Includes
- The price of the tour includes a vehicle with a driver/guide, a camel trek, accommodation, breakfast, and dinner
- Entrance fees for monuments, lunch, and drinks are not included.
Desert Morocco Adventure only organizes private tours, so please if you are traveling with 2 other adults ( in total 3 persons) and you are planning to book this 3-day tour from Marrakech to Fes make a booking in the tour schedule for 3 pax.
If you are with more than 5 people or with kids please contact us.
The luxury option is also available.
What The Travelers Are Saying About our Sahara Desert Tour Guide
Youssef was an excellent guide during our tours of Morocco! His expertise in Moroccan culture and history really helped us to have an unforgettable time in Morocco. I would highly recommend him to any other traveler looking for a professional and personalized experience in Morocco.
We had an incredible experience touring Morocco with Youssef. He is knowledgeable and accommodating, not to mention fun! He made sure we had the opportunity to see all the sites and activities that we were interested in. I would highly recommend Youssef as a tour guide to anyone visiting Morocco!
It was such an unforgettable tour. I traveled with him for the first time last year and he showed us so many new and interesting things. He was very knowledgeable about Moroccan culture, history, and geography. It felt like he really wanted to share his country with us and not just do a day of sightseeing. Highly recommended!
I had a great time with Youssef during my visit to the Sahara. He was very knowledgeable and friendly, and I learned a lot from him! He was also very accommodating when it came to making changes to the itinerary. Overall he is a great person and I would recommend him to anyone who wants to visit the desert.
Driver/guide of this 3-day Desert Tour from Marrakech to Fes
“Icho was born and raised in the desert. In this vast area learn to be a good driver and guide. He is more than just an expert in Morocco’s geography, he also knows its history and culture deeply.
For him, guiding people through Morocco is a way to share his culture and identity with everyone.
Thousands of years before Islam, an ancient civilization existed in Morocco to this day. Today it is called Berbers or Berbers and their language is Tamazight. Icho considers it one of the most important aspects of Moroccan culture because it is deeply rooted in their history.
That is why he always tries to make sure that during his tours he emphasizes their cultural significance by explaining landmarks and facts in history and daily life among Berbers today. ”
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