Go on this Marrakech to Fes desert trip via Erg Chebbi dunes in Merzouga, to experience camel trekking, to stay in nomad tents in the Sahara Desert and beautiful guest-houses, and to discover southern Morocco. Drive over the High Atlas Mountains, travel via the fascinating pass of Tizi-n-Tichka.
Stop at panoramic viewpoints to capture photos of the often snow-topped Mountains, the fertile valleys and the beautiful Berber villages. Visit Kasbah Telouet and the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou.
Wander Skoura Oasis’s green palm trees and tour the beautifully restored Kasbah Amredhil. Travel through the Road of Thousand Kasbahs and the lively Valley of the Roses.
Learn about Kel’aa M’gouna cooperatives making cosmetic products from the abundant flowers of the valley. Stay in an authentic guest-house in Dades Gorges and take a walk in the Dades Valley, full of gardens and home to massive canyons. Hike in the Toudgha Gorges with a local guide and travel through Berber villages.
Ride camels to the summit of Erg Chebbi dunes and practice sandboarding. Admire the sunset from the summit of the dunes and walk in the wind-blown sand dunes. Dine under a sky full of stars, dance to Berber music and drumming and stay in a comfortable nomad tent in a desert camp in a desert camp among the big dunes.
Drive along the Ziz Valley remarkable for its huge green oases and fortified kasbahs. Travel through Errachidia, Midelt, and aver the Middle Atlas Mountains. Witness the Barbary monkeys in Azrou and arrive at Fes.
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Embark on this 4 day Marrakech to Fes desert tour.
1st day: Marrakech – Ouarzazate:
Start your Marrakech to Fes desert by morning departure from your hotel in the morning in a 4×4 air-conditioned car. Travel over the high and towering Atlas Mountains and drive via the fascinating Tizi-n-Tichka pass, the highest peak in Africa (2260m).
All along the road, stop at panoramic viewpoints to capture views of the snow-toped mountains, the green valleys, and the beautiful Berber villages perched on the mountain’s entourage.
After descending the Tizi-n-Tichka pass, a side road leads to the once glorious Kasbah Telouet. Tour the kasbah with a local guide to learn about its history as a former palatial residence for the powerful Glaoui Family.
Afterward, you continue your Marrakech to Fes desert tour via the varying landscapes of the Ounila Valley as far as the kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou. Here, you can savor lunch in one of the many restaurants on the riverbank of the Salt River and the fortified Kasbah.
After lunch, you will visit the kasbah with a local guide. Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou is one of Morocco’s eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It is also, a film set where several cinematic artworks such as “Gladiator” and “Lawrence of Arabia” and some scenes of “Game of Thrones” were filmed.
In the afternoon, a 30 min drive leads to Ouarzazate, where a beautiful riad offers dinner and night’s rest.
2nd day: Ouarzazate – Dades Gorges:
Following breakfast in the riad, you will continue your desert trip from Ouarzazate to the Dades Gorges. Enjoy a scenic drive through the Road of a Thousand Kasbahs, where many kasbahs stand tall among the trees. Shortly after, you will arrive at Skoura Oasis, full of green fields and palm trees.
Here, you will visit the beautifully restored Kasbah Amredhil and tour its small museum, full of ancient agriculture equipment and housing furniture. Next, you travel along the fertile Valley of the Roses, and then Kel’aa M’gouna, where you can visit the local cooperatives producing cosmetic products from the flowers of the valley.
Shortly after, you will drive off-track to the Dades Gorges which will be the venue for lunch. After lunch, explore the Dades Valley’s sheer red canyons and breath-taking lush oases and go for a walk alongside the Boumalne Dades river.
The itinerary takes you to the Toudgha Gorges, where you will have dinner and spend the night in a beautiful guest-house overlooking the valley.
3rd day: Dades Gorges – Merzouga:
After breakfast, wander the Tinghir green palm grove, where you can witness dates and figs. From here, you travel through many Berber villages where you will stop for breaks and to learn about life in southern Morocco.
Then, you drive along the Ziz Valley, full of palm trees, and fortified Kasbahs, and arrive in Erfoud in time for lunch. After lunch, you can visit the fossil exhibits, where you can see how locally found fossils are processed into souvenirs and house furniture.
In the afternoon, you will continue your desert trip to the rolling dunes of Erg Chebbi in Merzouga. Here, an hour to an hour and a half leads to the summit of the high dunes, from which the sunset is spectacular.
At the campsite, you will be welcomed by mint tea and biscuits. At night, taste a traditional Moroccan dinner under the Saharan night sky, followed by Berber drumming, singing, and dancing around a fire camp. Sleep in a comfortable nomad tent in a desert camp near the big dunes.
4th day: Merzouga – Fes
If you get up early in the morning and climb up to the summit of the dunes. You will be reward by amazing views of the spectacular sunrise and the wind-swept dunes that stretch as far as you can see.
Back at the camp, breakfast is served and then you continue your Marrakech to Fes desert tour. Go on another an hour to an hour a half camel ride in the rolling dunes of Erg Chebbi. Then, you travel north along Rissani, Errachidia, and then Midelt.
Lunch will be in Midelt, which is called “the apple capital”, situated in the Middle Atlas and at the foot of the Ayachi Mountain.
In the afternoon, you will travel across the Tizi-n-Talremt pass and along a beautiful cedar forest full of green oaks and cedar trees to reach Azrou. Here, you can see Barbary apes looking out for titbits. Next, we travel through Ifrane, remarkable for its slopy rooftops, which is very unusual in Morocco and reach Fes by the end of the afternoon.