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Uncover the hidden gems of the mighty Sahara Desert and the south of Morocco on this 4-day desert tour from Fes to Marrakech. This desert exploration offers a great opportunity to uncover the diversity of landscapes and the contrast of Morocco from the scenic Atlas Mountains to the golden dunes of the Erg Chebbi. You get to discover stunning Berber villages and ancient Kasbahs and learn about life in the oases.

Get ready for scenic hikes through the rocky landscapes of fertile Dades Valley and the massive Toudgha Gorges. Journey on camelback like a true Saharan adventurer through the windswept dunes of Erg Chebbi to your campsite. Dine under a sky full of stars and share an evening of nomad music and drumming around a campfire in the desert.

The tour offers you the opportunity to see the best of the southeast in just 4 days, see the Barbary Apes in Azrou cedar forest, take a sightseeing desert tour to visit nomads living in the desert, caves, wander in Dades valley or Todra gorges, spend more time of sites, share a cup of tea with a Berber family.

It is a magnificent adventure from Fes to Marrakech to hold in your memory for a long time to come!

The Highlights :

  • Cross the Atlas Mountains, photograph Barbary apes in Azrou & visit the fossil museum in Erfoud
  • Experience a sunset camel ride, try sandboarding, capture unique photos & dance to nomad music at Erg Chebbi desert
  • Dine under a sky full of stars and stay in your private tent in a luxury desert camp at Erg Chebbi
  • Explore Dades Valley, hike Toudgha Gorges, and uncover the fascinating “Khettara” water channel
  • Driver through the Roses Valley and tour Kasbah Amredhil with its museum in Skoura Oasis
  • Explore beautiful Berber villages and visit Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou & Kasbah Telouet
  • Watch Sunset over the sand dunes
  • Do Sand Boarding activity
  • Overnight Camping at Merzouga Desert Camp
  • Hearty dinner and party around campfire (Berber Drums)

Itinerary of 4-days tour from Fes to Marrakech

Take a look at the 4-day Fes to Marrakech desert tour program listed below to get an idea of what to expect during the tour. Furthermore, feel free to personalize the itinerary to suit your interests.

Day 1 : Fes – Ifrane – Azrou (Ceder forest) – Midelt – Erfoud – Merzouga 

Morning departure at 08:30 from your riad or hotel in Fes, as you set out south on your 4-day desert tour from Fes to Marrakech. You travel south past Ifrane, where the houses have sloping roofs, very remarkable and unusual in Morocco. This is to cope with the snowfall in the winter. You continue driving over the Middle Atlas Mountains and via the Tizi-n-Talremt pass, travelling along a beautiful road bordered by green oaks and cedar trees to reach Azrou, where you can see Barbary apes looking out for tidbits. Lunch will be in Midelt, nicknamed “the apple capital”, and is situated at the foot of the Ayachi Mountain.

Travelling further south along the main road, the itinerary takes you deeper into the mountains to enjoy breathtaking views of the varying landscape and admire beautiful Berber villages. As you start descending the mountains, you will be amazed by the splendid views of the extensive green oases and the innumerable palm trees all indicating the beginning of the Ziz Valley. You arrive in Errachidia, and then in Errissani, the last village before the Sahara Desert.

At the campsite, you check in to your tent and enjoy a relaxing glass of tea and Moroccan biscuits. Then, you take a camel ride to the summit of the Erg Chebbi dunes (250 m) to enjoy the sunset from the top of the dunes!

Day 2 : All Day To Explore the Merzouga Desert (Night In The Desert Camp)

Your day of exploration in the Merzouga desert will begin with a delicious breakfast in your riad or hotel. Your first stop will be the small town of Khamlia, where you can listen to a unique style of music called Gnawa, played by the locals who originally came from the south of Africa. Next, you will drive off-road to M’Fis, an abandoned village with mines of Galena, a mineral once used to make Mascara.

So to know about the Saharan life and its people you will get to discover the nomadic lifestyle of a family living behind the Erg Chebbi Dunes near the borders with Algeria, as you enjoy a cup of tea in one of their traditional Berber tents. This group of nomads has chosen to live a very different life away from civilization, and it is fascinating to discover their way of life.

In the afternoon, get ready for an epic camel ride across the high dunes of Merzouga to your desert camp. On the way, you will stop on a high dune, where you can experience sandboarding while watching a stunning sunset. After dinner, you can relax around a campfire under the starry sky, while the camp staff plays drums and happily teaches you how to play them. Enjoy a magical night.

Day 3 : Merzouga – Rissani – Todra Gorges – Dades Valley

Next, you will be going on an amazing road trip through different places like Rissani, Erfoud, Tinghir, and Todra Gorge, on your way to Dades Gorge. If today happens to be a market day in Rissani (Sunday, Tuesday, or Thursday), you can choose to visit the traditional Moroccan market. It is a fantastic cultural experience that will provide you with a glimpse into the local way of life. This is the place where there are traditional handicrafts, spices, and street food that are not easily found elsewhere. You will have many other stops along the way to take cool pictures and learn about the local people and their traditions.

We will continue to Tinghir and the stunning Todra Gorge the highest, narrowest gorges in Morocco. The gorge is a great spot for hiking and relaxing on the edge of the river or sampling some local Berber delicacies. After lunch in the heart of the gorge, we’ll drive through the Dades Valley where we will end our day by spending the night in a nice hotel located on the top of the mountain.

Day 4 : Dades Gorge – Ouarzazate – Ait Ben Haddou – High Atlas Mountains – Marrakech

After a delicious breakfast in your hotel, you will get to explore the area. Then, drive along the road of 1000 Kasbahs to Ouarzazate. Here, you can visit the Atlas Studios or just have some photos from outside. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ait Ben Hadou Kasbah, which was used for the filming of many famous movies such as Gladiator, Prince of Persia, and the TV series Game of Thrones.

After enjoying a tasty lunch, your journey continues as you make your way to Marrakech while crossing the magnificent High Atlas Mountains. You will pass through a variety of charming Moroccan Berber villages. You will have many stops along the way. Your 4 days tour from Fes to Marrakech will come to an end by dropping you off at your accommodation in Marrakech, feeling enriched by the experience.

Also Included in this tour:
  • Pick up from your accommodation in Fez
  • A/C modern 4×4 SUV, a van, or a minibus
  • Multilingual speaking driver or a driver and a Multilingual speaking tour guide
  • Meals: three breakfasts & three dinners
  • First, second, and third-night accommodations
  • Excursion by a 4×4 vehicle in Merzouga
  • Camel trekking experience
  • Sandboarding in the dunes
  • Drop off at your accommodation in Marrakech
Excluded from this tour:
  • Beverages
  • Lunches
  • Entrance to monuments (Optional)
  • Leaving a tip (Optional)

Itinerary of the Tour on Map

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a sleeping bag for the night in desert?

No, you don’t need a sleeping bag, at our 4-day desert tour Fes to Marrakech, you will stay at an equipped desert camp with all amenities.

Is there any other way to reach the camp instead of Camels?

Yes, for travelers who don’t like to go on camels, we use a 4×4 car to transfer them to and from the camp, without any extra charge as well. You just need to inform us at the time of booking.

How to book this tour? Any Cancelation policy?

To confirm the 4-day desert tour Fes to Marrakech, we require a small deposit to be paid over PayPal, Wise, or bank transfer to our account, the balance is payable in cash at the pick-up, to be paid to your driver in euros, or equal in dollars or dirhams.