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You will get to experience an exciting mix of culture and adventure on this 5-day desert tour from Fes to Marrakech. This desert exploration offers a great opportunity to cover the diversity of landscapes and the contrast of the Kingdom of Morocco from the high 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.

You need to get your camera ready for scenic hikes through the rocky landscapes of Dades Valley and Toudgha Gorges. Journey on a camelback like a true Saharan adventurer through the windswept dunes to your campsite. Join Saharan villagers for dinner and dance around a campfire in the middle of the desert.

Book this trip to truly discover the beauty and authenticity of southern Morocco with local experts.

The Highlights :

  • Cross the Atlas Mountains, photograph Barbary apes in Azrou and visit the fossil museum in Erfoud
  • Experience a sunset camel ride, try sandboarding, capture unique photos & dance to nomad music
  • Taste dinner under a sky full of stars and sleep in your private tent in a nomad luxury desert camp
  • Discover the Dades Valley, hike the Toudgha Gorges, and uncover the intriguing “Khettara” water channel
  • Drive through the Valley of the Roses and tour the beautifully restored Kasbah Amredhil in Skoura Oasis
  • Explore beautiful Berber villages and visit ancient Kasbahs:  Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou and Telouet
  • Do Sand Boarding activity
  • Local drums music around the campfire.

Good to know about 5-day Fes to Marrakech desert tours

  • It is possible to customise this tour to accommodate your areas of interest, preferred budget and timetable
  • You can do this tour the other way around from Marrakech to Fes desert tour – 5 days
  • You can add other activities to this trip: sightseeing tours, cooking classes, food tours, and quad-biking
  • We ask for a 30% deposit to confirm your booking.
  • There is a 25% reduction for children under 12 years old & we do not charge for children under 5 years old
  • We accept payment through PayPal, credit card, bank transfer or cash(USD, Euro, GBP or MAD)

Itinerary of 5-days from Fes to Marrakech

At I Tour Morocco this 5 days desert tour from Fes to Marrakech via Merzouga, Dades Valley and Ait Ben Haddou is one of our best selected tours to really explore the contrast of the Kingdom of Morocco, Sense of Hospitality and welcoming of its people , its landscapes, its Sahara desert, its nomadic lifestyle, its culture as well as traditions – you also can contact us, and we’ll craft a personalized desert excursion that suits your preferences, if you have changes to the tour you want to make. Embrace Morocco’s mesmerizing landscapes and embark on an enchanting adventure.

Day 1 : Fes – Merzouga

We will depart in the morning around 08:30 from your riad or hotel in Fes, as you set out south on your 5-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). You will enjoy the sunset from the top of the dunes!

Back at the camp, dinner is served, followed by an evening of nomad music and drumming around a campfire. You spend the night in your tent, equipped with a private toilet & shower, king-sized beds, mattresses, sheets, pillows, blankets & carpets, lamps and beautiful Moroccan furnishings, all tastefully arranged to enhance your stay.

Day 2 : Exploration of Merzouga and its desert dunes

After breakfast in the camp, we offer you two options to choose from for your desert adventure.

First option: Enjoy a full day of desert trekking in the Sahara Desert. Camels will carry everything needed for your trek. Either, you can ride them or walk behind them as they carry what you need for your desert trek.

You will be accompanied by camel men and nomad guides who will navigate the way through the dunes and prepare your lunch on a spot among the dunes. You will walk for about three hours in the morning and another three hours in the afternoon.

Second option: You will explore the region of Merzouga more fully. First, you will visit the Gnawa people in the village of Khamlia. They specialise in Gnawa music brought from sub-Saharan Africa with the slave trade. They will play Gnawa music for you.

Afterwards, you will visit the old town of Rissani. This small town was the foundation of the Alaouite dynasty – the current ruling royal family in Morocco. It is surrounded by 360 ksars (a ksar is a fortified village with many towers) and has a large souk (an open market) held three times a week. Here you will walk through the souk, which sells spices and salt, vegetables, household goods, and handicrafts. Rissani has been built on the site of Sijilmassa, which was the meeting place for the salt caravans, coming from Timbuktu in Mali.

And then in the afternoon, you will mount your camel, and be led by an experienced camel man through the sand dunes of Erg Chebbi at Merzouga for an hour to an hour and a half to watch the sunset. Dinner is once again in the amp and followed by an evening of nomad music and drumming around a campfire.

=> Weather conditions and temperatures in the south of Morocco are rarely stable. So, should it become too hot from May through to the end of September, we might advise you not to attempt desert trekking in the dunes but to opt for the second option instead.

Day 3 : Merzouga – Dades Gorges

If you get up early enough, you will be rewarded by an amazing spectacle of the sunrise, when the dunes and the play of its shadows are an incredible sight. After breakfast, experience a scenic drive through the sand dunes of Erg Chebbi.

Back on the paved road, you drive to Erfoud, where you can stop at a local workshop to see the workings of thousands of fossils made into all sorts of artefacts. There is no obligation to buy anything, but the workshops are well worth a visit!

Then, you travel Between Tinjdad and Erfoud, where you can stop to visit the “khettarat”, an ingenious underground water channel system designed to minimise evaporation of the water in the desert heat. It is fascinating to climb down to experience the coolness below ground and to marvel at the ancient engineering involved.

In the Toudgha Gorges, enjoy lunch in one of the restaurants overlooking the valley. Then, you have the opportunity for a walk or to go for a short hike with a local guide beyond the gorge itself, by the village gardens and green fields.

From here, you travel further east as far as the Dades Valley, where you spend the night with dinner and breakfast in a beautiful guest house overlooking the valley.

Day 4 : Dades Gorges – Ouarzazate

After breakfast, the itinerary continues through the beautiful Valley of the Roses as far as Kel’aa M’gouna, where tons of roses are harvested every spring from this desert oasis. Here, you can visit a local cooperative producing cosmetic articles from the valley’s abundant roses. These products are highly valued throughout the country.

Afterwards, you travel through the Road of a Thousand Kasbahs as far as the Skoura Oasis, where you stop to visit the Kasbah Amredhil, which used to be featured in the old 50 dirham banknote. The kasbah has been beautifully restored and is well worth visiting; constructed entirely of adobe, an excellent building material that keeps room temperature cool in the summer and warm in the winter due to the thickness of the walls.

You will have lunch in one of the local restaurants with time to wander the Skoura Oasis and learn about the Berber way of life in the south of Morocco.

Just outside of Ouarzazate, you could visit the Film Studios, a movie wonderland, known for keeping its sets and reorganizing them to offer a wide range of choices to production studios, but also for letting tourists experience the unique thrill of discovering the sets where many successful films and series have been shot, including “Gladiator”, “Prince of Persia” and “Game of Thrones.”

By the end of the day, you check in to your guest house, where you spend the night with dinner and breakfast.

Day 5 : Ouarzazate – Marrakech

After breakfast, you leave for Marrakech. After a 45 min drive, you leave the main road and take a side road to the Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou. It is the most famous Kasbah in Morocco and one of the Kingdom’s nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It is also better known as the backdrop for many Hollywood blockbusters, including “Gladiator,” “Alexander,” and some scenes of the famous TV series “Game of Thrones.”

From here, you travel further northwest along the beautiful Ounila Valley, full of bends in the roads, incredible rock formations, Berber villages, and smaller Kasbahs. Finally, you reach Kasbah Telouet, which used to be the palatial residence of the Lords of the Atlas, the Glaoui Family. Although the Kasbah now stands in ruins after the last Pasha fled Morocco following the departure of the French, wait to be pleasantly surprised by the architectural marvel of this historic home. Lunch will be either here or later up in the mountains.

From here, you drive along a different road over the High Atlas Mountains, the largest mountain chain in North Africa. Along the way, soak in uninterrupted views of the High Atlas Mountains and its beautiful Berber villages. Near the top, stretch your legs for panoramic views of the mountains.

You will arrive back in Marrakech by the end of the afternoon. Your driver will transfer you to your hotel, which marks the end of your private 5-day desert tour from Fes to Marrakech.

Also Included in this tour:
  • Transportation in a private air-conditioned vehicle, 4×4 Toyota Prado Tx, or deluxe van
  • Experienced English, French, Spanish, Italian-speaking Arabic/Berber/Nomad driver-guide
  • Car Fuel
  • Pick-up from your riad in Fes and drop-off at your hotel in Marrakech
  • Accommodation in air-conditioned rooms/suites with private bathrooms
  • Two nights in a luxury desert camp in Erg Chebbi dunes: private tent with bathroom & shower, king-sized beds, mattresses, sheets, pillows, blankets, lamps & traditional furniture
  • All meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner – with vegetarian and vegan options available
  • Bottled water, tea, and coffee in the desert camp
  • Sunset camel ride with guide plus free sandboarding if desired
  • Possibility to go for short hikes in the beautiful scenery
  • Luggage service to the desert camp and all accommodation
  • Personalized service
Excluded from this tour:
  • Beverages
  • Lunches
  • Entrance to monuments (Optional)
  • Leaving a tip (Optional)

Good to know about 5-day Fes to Marrakech desert tours

  • It is possible to customise this tour to accommodate your areas of interest, preferred budget and timetable
  • You can do this tour the other way around from Marrakech to Fes desert tour – 5 days
  • You can add other activities to this trip: sightseeing tours, cooking classes, food tours, and quad-biking
  • There is a 25% reduction for children under 12 years old & we do not charge for children under 5 years old
  • We ask for a 30% deposit to confirm your booking.
  • We accept payment through PayPal, credit card, bank transfer or cash(USD, Euro, GBP or MAD)

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can the tour be customized to fit specific preferences or travel dates?

Yes, We can offer the flexibility to customize the itinerary to suit individual preferences or accommodate specific travel dates. Whether you want to extend the tour, visit additional sites, or tailor the experience to your interests, tour operators can often accommodate such requests.

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

No, you don’t need a sleeping bag, at our 2-day desert tour from Fes to Merzouga, 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 is the procedure to book and pay for this tour and any other tour ?

To confirm the 5 days desert tour from 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.

Is it possible to pay the entire with PayPal?

Usually, we request the balance payments in cash because PayPal also has many transaction fees and operational delays since it’s a world institution. We can in some cases accept the complete payment via Paypal however a 5% fee is going to be applied to hide the additional transaction charges. just in case you’re considering this method, it’s best to rearrange the payment before the tour.

What is the Cancelation Policy?

Cancellation Policy: You will receive a full refund if you cancel at least 15 days in advance before the trip commences.

Do you offer Discounts for Travel Bloggers, Influencers, Writers, Journalists and Professional Photographers ?

I Tour Morocco offers discounts of 20% and more to theses talents and professions if they are interested in collaboration.