Overview:

Book this 4-day Fes to Marrakech desert tour, combining both two most famous Imperial Cities in Morocco, Fes, and Marrakech, via the tourists’ darling Merzouga Desert. Travel across the Middle Atlas Mountains and stop at the cedar forests outside of Azrou to watch the Barbary monkeys.

Drive through Berber villages and along the Ziz Valley, remarkable for its huge green oases and fortified Kasbahs. Stop at Erfoud to visit the fossils exhibits full of souvenirs and furniture. Ride camels in the Erg Chebbi wind-blown sand dunes, admire the spectacle of the sunset from the summit of the dunes (250m) and enjoy the pure tranquility of the Sahara Desert.

Taste dinner, prepared by the nomads, in a magical place lit by millions of stars. Share an evening of music and drumming with the nomads. Stay in comfortable nomad tents in a desert camp among the dunes of Merzouga. Enjoy a full day trekking the Sahara Desert or go for a 4×4 tour around the dunes and visit Khamlia village to learn about Gnawa music.

Go for a hike in the famous Toudgha Gorges with a local guide and explore the Dades Valley full of Kasbahs and Berber villages Drive along the Road of a Thousand Kasbahs and stop at the beautiful Valley of the Roses, explore Skoura Oasis unlimited palm trees, visit the beautifully restored Kasbah Amredhil and tour its small museum.

Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site and Hollywood favorite film location in Morocco, Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, and tour the former palatial residence, Kasbah Telouet. Cross the High Atlas Mountains and the famous pass of Tizi-n-Tichka to arrive at Marrakech.


Major highlights:

  • Travel across the Middle Atlas Mountains and photograph Barbary monkeys in the cedar forests near Azrou
  • Drive along Berber villages and fertile valleys full of palm trees and dotted with fortified kasbahs
  • Stop by Berber villages, interact with the local inhabitants and discover the fossils exhibits in Erfoud
  • Experience camel trekking in the famous dunes of Erg Chebbi and take photos of your party wearing blue turbans
  • Dine under a sky full of stars and share an evening of Berber music and drumming around a fire camp
  • Stay in a comfortable nomad tent in a desert camp among the dunes of Merzouga Desert
  • Go for a hike in the admirable high Toudgha Gorges and take a walk in the Dades Valley along the riverbank
  • Drive off-track along the beautiful Valley of the Roses and through the Road of Thousand Kasbahs
  • Wander Skoura Oasis palm trees groves, visit the beautifully repaired Kasbah Amredhil and tour its small museum
  • Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Kasbah and many Hollywood backdrop, Ait Ben Haddou and tour the former palatial residence, Kasbah Telouet
  • Drive over the High Atlas Mountains and via the Tizi-n-Tichka pass and stop at panoramic viewpoints

What is included:

  • Private transportation in a 4×4 air-conditioned Toyota Prado Tx or Deluxe minivan and Fuel
  • Pick-up from your riad in Fes and drop-off at your hotel in Marrakech
  • Experienced local Berber/ Nomad Multilingual-speaking driver/ guide
  • Overnight in air-conditioned rooms with private bathrooms
  • 2 Overnights in an authentic/ a luxury Erg Chebbi Dunes desert camp
  • All meals, 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 2 dinners with vegetarian and vegan options available
  • Camel ride for an hour to an hour and a half and sand-boarding as much as you wish
  • Full day trekking in the Sahara Desert or a half a day 4×4 tour around the dunes and a visit to Khamlia village
  • Option to go to and to come back from the desert camp in the 4×4 Toyota Prado Tx
  • Berber music and drumming around a campfire in the desert
  • The opportunity to ask the driver to stop for breaks whenever you wish
  • Entrance fees and local guides in the relevant places

What is not included:

  • Drinks
  • Tips
  • Extra

Good to know :

  • This desert trip from Fes can be tailor-made to fit your individual areas of interest
  • This day trip is free of hidden costs, cheap tourists’ traps or forced shopping
  • You can choose to go to the camp on camelback or by the 4×4 car (then, you go for a camel ride)

Prices Table

Number of Participants 2 Participants 3 Participants 4 Participants 5 Participants 6 Participants
Price Per Participant 435 € 385 € 365 € 345 € 345 €
Total Price 870 € 1155 € 1460 € 1725 € 2070 €

Itinerary:

1st day: Fes – Merzouga:

In the morning, you will be picked up at 08:00 by your driver/guide in a 4×4 air-conditioned car. The first scheduled stop will be in Ifrane, known as the Switzerland of Morocco, famous for its sloping roofs to deal with the yearly snowfall.  Here, there are plenty of opportunities to take photos and it is a good place for a coffee break.

Continuing south, near Azrou, we will stop in the oak and cedar forest where you can photograph and feed the Barbary monkeys. Your Fes to Marrakech desert tour continues driving over the Middle Atlas Mountains to arrive at Midelt which will be the venue for lunch.

In the afternoon, we will drive through Errachidia and along the Ziz Valley, full of green palm trees, and offer opportunities to take photos. The drive continues to Erg Chebbi dunes passing by Erfoud, very known for its many fossil artifacts exhibits which you could visit.

After arriving at Erg Chebbi dunes, you will be welcomed by a glass of mint tea and Moroccan biscuits. Later on, an hour to an hour and a half camel ride leads to the top of the dunes where you can witness the spectacle of the sunset.

Later at night, dinner is served, followed by a small party of Berber music and drumming and an overnight sleep in your private nomad tent near the big dunes.

2nd day: Merzouga

After breakfast, enjoy full-day trekking in a journey into the red wind-blown dunes of Erg Chebbi in Merzouga.

You will walk behind camels as they carry the equipment or choose to ride them whenever you wish. You will trek for three hours in the morning and another three hours in the afternoon.

Lunch will be prepared by your camel-men, who will guide you and navigate the desert for the best picnic spot.

After witnessing the sunset from the top of the dunes (250 m), dinner is served followed by Berber music and drumming and overnight in nomad tents.

3rd day: Merzouga – Dades Valley

Early in the morning, there will be an opportunity for a second camel ride to the summit of the captivating dunes where the sunset is an awesome sight.

After breakfast, our journey continues with a scenic drive along many Berber villages; Rissani, Erfoud, and Tinghir, where you can a walk alongside the riverbank and visit small villages to learn about the lifestyle of the local inhabitants before you visit the expensive Toudgha Gorges and have lunch on the spot.

After lunch, we will continue to Dades Valley, with a stop to photograph the monkey feet, a fascinating rock formation, drive through the curvy road of Dades Gorges, portrayed in many travel flyers as one of the most beautiful pieces of roads, before arriving at the hotel at the edge of the valley.

Here, you will enjoy a splendid dinner followed by occasionally a musical play and the overnight in a beautiful guest-house.

4th day: Dades Valley – Marrakech

After breakfast, we drive along the Valley of the Roses to Kel’aa M’gouna, where you can visit the organic cosmetic products co-operatives and learn how the locals make rose-scented perfumes from the fragrant flowers of the valley.

The journey continues via the Road of a Thousand Kasbahs, to Skoura Oasis, famous for its date palm trees fields and the beautifully repaired Kasbah Amredhil, which you will visit.

After a short drive, we arrive at Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a backdrop to many Hollywood blockbusters; including “The Gladiator”, “Lawrence of Arabia” and the famous TV series “Game of Thrones”. We arrive back at Marrakech by the end of the day, which marks the end of your Fes to Marrakech desert tour.