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The 3 days from Fes to Marrakech Desert Tour is one of the most private desert tours from Fes that links the two imperial cities(Marrakech and Fes). The amazing tour lets you discover a big part of the south of Morocco including the Desert.
Our 3 days Fes desert tour to Marrakech take you through a different route heading towards Marrakech and crossing Many village and scenery, will visit Ifrane town also called “Little Switzerland” for its cleanliness and architecture and a short pause at the beautiful cedar forest with its playful monkeys.

We will cross many villages and scenery to Merzouga desert, you will ride the camels and go deep into the desert to spend a night in a luxury camp ( you will have your own private tents equipped with comfortable beds and plenty of sheets for the cold nights, and ensuite bathroom and shower).

Enjoy a starry night under a clear and peaceful sky, and spend some quality time with the staff with music around the fire after a delicious dinner. the second day will let you discover the other part of the big Atlas Mountains through Erfoud city which is the nearest city to the desert, it’s famous for beautiful mineral fossils.

We will spend Our great night at the Dades Valley, the third-day crossing beautiful scenery on the curvy route and the traditional buildings of the Berber villages blending with the mountains to the famous kasbah of Ait Benhaddou fortified village and Ouarzazate with its cinematic attractions, visit the Kasbah and enjoy the beautiful scenery, we will drive through the big Atlas mountains and curvy route to Marrakech.

3 Days Desert Tour from Fes to Marrakech Info

+ Duration: 3 Days & 2 nights
+ Departure: 08:00 am
+ Starting Location: Fes
+ Ending Location: Marrakech

Desert Tour from Fes to Marrakech 3 Days Highlights

+ Drive through the middle Atlas Mountains to the Merzouga desert
+ Ride a camel in Merzouga while assisting to a dramatic sunset
+ Sleep under the stars in Erg Chebbi Sahara camp
+ Visit  The Todgha Gorges and drive to Dades Gorges
+ Visit the UNESCO world heritage site of Ait Ben Hadou 
+ Cross the High Atlas Mountains and its Tizi Ntichka to Marrakech

Itinerary 3 Days Fes to Marrakech Desert Tour

Day 1: fes - middle atlas mountain - ziz valley - Merzouga

Fes city to desert, start Our 3 days Fes to Marrakech Desert tour by driving across middle atlas mountain via Ifrane city it’s Switzerland of Morocco and a big cedar forest where the monkeys live. Ifrane is one of the most beautiful cities in Morocco and it’s very clean because, In 2013, the city was ranked the second cleanest city in the world, however, the name is taken from the Berber language and means caves. But what makes this place really special is the ability to be outdoors in the Cidre.

in addition, we continue the road to the cedar forest to watch how the Barbary Maky (the type of monkey ) live their freedom life. After that, we take the way to the last city in the middle of atlas mountain, Midalet this city it’s famous for its apple and cool weather all year and Midalt serves as the commercial center of a large agricultural hinterland. It is also one of morocco’s principal cities for the mining of several minerals, and we stop for lunch.

In the afternoon we continue the way to the desert across the big Ziz valley and many small towns. We will stop in the big panoramic of Ziz valley for beautiful views and rest.
From here directly to the golden sands of the desert because the camel waiting for you. When arriving at the desert the camel guide takes you to the middle of the desert for a beautiful sunset, after the amazing sunset at the desert the camel guide takes you to the camp, for Dinner, and overnight.

Day 2: Merzouga desert – Erfoud - tinghir - bomaln dades

in Our second day of a 3 days desert tour from Fes to Marrakech After breakfast in the middle of the desert and the amazing sunrise, your camel guide takes you and comes back to the same place where the driver will be waiting for you for a new beginning of the second day.

This day will be great, from the desert continue the way to Erfoud town is a small and it’s famous for stones ( fossils ) we visit big marble Stones Association, and the people of this town are Berber and Arabic. From here we take the way to other small villages, then we cross today’s valley through Tinghir a Berber village.

Want to discover Tinghir? There are a thousand ways to do it. Tinghir is a charming town known for its magnificent palm groves and famous Todra caves, Tinghir is a town in eastern Morocco, in the Souss-Massa-Drâa region, located in the Todgha valley, at the end of the High Atlas and facing the Saghro mountain, and we will stop from time to time for some beautiful views and pictures. Form here directly to Boumaln dads Etymologically, the name Boumalne Dades stemmed from some historical aspects that are based merely on oral culture.

The Common belief is that Boumalene is derived from Bou l’Male which means a place of business and trade, especially for cattle. On the other hand, the word Dades comes from the story of a nomad who came to Boumalne. we will visit the Boumaln Dades this gorge is not far from the place where we’ll spend the night, but we drive to explore and discover that great gorge of dads. After that, we come back to the hotel for Dinner and overnight in Boumalne Dades.

Day 3 : bomaln dades - rose valley - Ouarzazat - Ait ben Haddou - Marrakech

In the morning after a delicious breakfast in the hotel, we say goodbye to Boumaln Dades and take the way to explore a new place and city, drive across the rose valley and explore the rose city it’s famous for the rose and the people of that town they organizing the flower festival every year ( April ).

Then we continue the way to Ouarzazate or (city without noise ) because is a silent place we visit some famous monuments in that city like kasbah ait Ben Haddou and films studio’s because a lot of superstars of the world, visit this city to see the movies who were filmed. So kasbah ait Benhaddou is a world heritage site declared by UNESCO in 1987, and several famous films have been rallied in the place. Examples, there are: -gladiator (2000) -Laurance of Arabia (1962) -Sahara (2005) -Mummy (1999). and most of the inhabitants of the city live in the new town across the river, however, some families still live within the ksar, and visit film studio’s to explore it.

We stop for lunch and rest in this great city, in the afternoon we continue the way across the big atlas mountain to Marrakech and we will stop a few times for pictures and views of the high atlas mountains. Arrive in Marrakech and take down at your hotel or riad.
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3 Days from Fes to Marrakech desert tour review

Amazing 3 Days tour from Fes to Marrakech via Merzouga Sahara

Must do in Morocco. We took a 3 Days desert tour from Fes to Marrakech with our guide Hassan and it was amazing. Hassan was very punctual, he told us a lot about the country and the places we visited. During the trip we feel the real Africa, we experience the difference between civilization and the desert. We were amazed at the name of the unique places we visited in just 3 days from Fez to Marrakech. Authentic villages, canyons, gorges, desert camps, camels, and even wild monkeys. The desert camp was very comfortable and clean. Special thanks to Hassan from the camp – we learned to play the drums said, who we contacted at the beginning, to respond quickly, and gave us useful advice. Thank you again for this unforgettable experience!

Franc H. January 2023

Best 3 days desert tour Fes to Marrakech

We spent 3 days desert tour from Fes to Marrakech and, frankly, it was probably one of the best travel experiences we had. I went with my family (my father, my mother, and my younger brother) and they felt incredibly comfortable during the experience of camping and trekking in the desert. We had Hassan as our guide. In fact, he was our best guide for the whole time we were in Morocco and he missed him a lot when we had to take separate roads. He is very attentive and attentive and ready to change the route a little to adapt it to any kind of experience you are looking for. For example, he soon realized that we liked to take photos and showed us the best places to take them. I have already recommended some of my friends and I really encourage you when you make this trip, ask Hassan!

Nicholas M. January 2023

Incredible Fez to Marrakech 3 Days Desert Tour!

This tour exceeded our highest expectations. We booked a joint student tour, but had a private driver “Hassan”, with a very comfortable Toyota 4×4. We felt very comfortable and safe with Hassan, who showed us around, and he was always honest. The desert was beautiful and we had to take photos all the time, make trips to the best places, ride a camel, and watch the sunset. It was my friend’s best day, we will never forget it! The stays, the food, the people, and the route were incredible. We highly recommend this 3-day tour from Fez to Marrakech through the Merzouga desert to everyone!

Luis M. January 2023

Places to see on your 3 Days tour from Fes to Marrakech via Merzouga desert

Ifrane city, Little Switzerland:

Nicknamed the Little Switzerland, Ifrane is a pretty town in Morocco where, instead of chaotic bazaars, there are manicured gardens, mountain chalets and a chic alpine style. At more than 1,700 m, people come here in winter for skiing: it is famous for its ski resort that has five slopes and two ski lifts. But it is not only this that makes her earn the epithet “mountaineer”: clean air, order and care, make her look just like a small Swiss town.

Cedar Forest of Azrou:

Perhaps not everyone knows that Morocco currently has the highest total area of cedar trees in the world, which are also the ideal habitat for the Barbary macaques, a primate that since prehistoric times lives in Morocco. In fact, this corner of North African territory is distinguished by the landscapes that we imagine to be part of the imagination of Morocco, such as desert, palm groves, gorges, ocean, valleys, etc. A forest of cedars inhabited by butterflies and macaques is undoubtedly a surprise for the many tourists who arrive in Azrou in Morocco.

The Ziz Valley:

The Ziz Valley is a magnificent region. It follows a long winding road that emerges from the gorges of the High Atlas and then continues in an area of beautiful green clearings, with palm groves overlooking the quiet river that flows south, to the borders of the Saharan desert.

Merzouga Desert:

With an expanse of dunes that extends to the eye, an unreachable horizon, and as the only sound the foot of a camel that sinks into the sand: Merzouga is the ideal point to live your dreams. This city in the south of Morocco, not far from the border with Algeria, has no monuments or historic buildings of importance but is one of the most visited in Morocco because from here start tours on foot, camel, or off-road to the great dunes of Erg Chebbi.

What to do in Merzouga?

Merzouga is a calm and peaceful town in the Sahara, and though small it offers a surprising amount of fun activities to do.

Here is a list of the super recommended activities you can do in Merzouga: if you are a budget traveler like me or would rather travel a little more luxurious, you will find the activity that suits your needs and requirements!

Camel ride at sunset in the desert:

No trip to Morocco would be complete without a camel trek through the desert.

In Merzouga, you can find various companies that offer camel rides at any time of day and generally are not too expensive. For travelers who are fascinated by the ancient camel caravans, this is the perfect opportunity to feel like a nomad for a couple of hours.

Sandboarding among the dunes

If you want to discover the desert in a more “alternative” way and fine grains of sand everywhere, you should try sandboarding. Although this activity seems at first glance something that could be dangerous, in reality, it is super safe and, trust me, hilarious (but what a struggle to come back up!).

Take a 4×4 ride around the Erg Chebbi desert

Although this activity isn’t as romantic as riding a camel through the dunes, a 4×4 ride through the desert is another fun experience.

The leaders who work in Merzouga are all very young but do not be fooled by their appearance. These guys have experienced guides who know the desert like the back of their hand.

Listen to traditional Gnawa music in Khamlia

Gnawa is an ethnic group that lives in Morocco and plays some of the most beautiful traditional music that you can listen to in Morocco.

Gnawa ancestors were taken as slaves across the Western and Central African Sahara.

What to wear in the Merzouga Sahara desert.

Ok, definitely if you’ve decided to spend some time in the desert (especially if you’ve never done it before) and are wondering what to wear and bring.

Rule one, when you’re in Morocco, you do what Moroccans do.

So what to pack?

Well, since the temperature varies a lot between day and night it is important to wear clothes that serve many purposes and that are above all very functional (leave shoes with heels at home!).

Below are the essentials to bring.

Scarf – a scarf and a sarong will be your best friends, in the meantime, it will be convenient to protect your face from the sun and sand. If the scarf is long enough, it will also cover the shoulders. If you do not want to risk sunburn, do not forget to always cover your head.

Loose and light pants – With the kind of weather you’ll encounter in the desert, it’s much better to wear large, loose, and light pants, like the ones we use here in the summer of linen or cotton. These pants have a thousand advantages: they dry quickly, cover you and let the air through (they are breathable) and allow you to move freely. Forget the jeans: if there is a bit of wind you will fill with sand and jeans are the worst pants you could wear (especially if you dress them tight).

Sunglasses – If you want to protect your eyes from the bright light that will be present during the day, it is important to bring a good pair of sunglasses with UV protection. These will also protect your eyes from small particles of dust carried by the wind.

Warm merino wool socks – Wearing Merino wool socks in the desert may seem a bit silly, but believe me, at night the temperature drops and you may need them!
Warm sweater – If you are going to spend the night in the desert be sure to bring a warm sweater.

Dust Camera – Something I must warn you about: Sand literally comes everywhere! So pay attention to the electronics you carry in the desert, including your phone and camera.
Cleaning kit – A key thing is if there is wind do not change the optics. Better bring a fairly versatile lens that is good for both landscapes and portraits. One important thing is to bring a cleaning kit for your camera and in the evening remember to clean it carefully from the sand.

Where to stay in Merzouga?

Merzouga is a village that offers a wide range of accommodations, from simple hostels to beautiful Kasbah hotels decorated with Berber artifacts to luxurious desert tents. Depending on your needs, you will definitely find a place that suits your needs.

When to go to Merzouga?

A desert trek is a physically demanding experience. The very high temperatures are difficult to bear; to this is added the inconvenience of sitting so many hours on the camel (which can give a feeling of seasickness and cramps or irritation to the skin of the legs). Even off-road you can suffer from motion sickness.

To minimize discomfort it is preferable to visit Merzouga in cooler seasons. The best periods are in late October, November, December, January, and February to May. They are also those with fewer tourists, so you will avoid the long lineups of minivans that, in high season, clutter the northern national road to Merzouga.

Dades Valley:

The Dades Valley is another magnificent place in Morocco: a long valley, narrow between the High Atlas chain to the north and the Jebel Saghro chain to the south, which follows the placid course of the river.

Ouarzazate hollywood of Morocco:

From the name that seems a tongue twister, it would never be said that Ouazarzate is such an important city, instead, it has always been able to exploit its strategic position between Marrakech and the desert to make activities and commerce flourish and is the largest of the cities in the pre-Morocco.

For centuries it was a post station for caravans to Timbuktu, in the twenties it became a garrison of French colonialism and in the fifties, it became the film set where films were shot set in exotic locations, remote or no longer existing as Tibet, ancient Rome or Somalia (hence the nickname of Hollywood).

It is currently an important administrative center. Ouarzazate appears to the eye after miles of hairpin bends in the mountains that slowly give way to a stone plain where the red color of the earth and the bricks of the few buildings is broken by the sudden bursts of green of the palmery. The journey to reach it is fascinating, and the city deserves a stop for at least one night.

Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou:

Ait Ben Haddou is undoubtedly the most famous kasbah in Morocco, near the city of Ouarzazate in the heart of the Atlas, the most important mountain range in Morocco.

The Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou is a citadel fortified in raw red brick with corner towers. Its typical color is due to the materials used for construction: a mix of straw, mud, and stones. Inside there are houses, common areas, and other buildings such as a mosque, stables, barns, and, today, shops and shops. Here, though it would not seem, families still live.

As soon as you arrive in the parking lot you will notice a little further on the kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou on a hill; to reach it you will have to overcome the now dry bed of the river of Ounilla.

High Atlas Mountains:

Mountains over 3000 meters, lush valleys where the green of the palms is broken by the red brick of buildings that resist proud of the passage of time, Berber traditions that still continue to be handed down: all this you can find in the High Atlas, one of the most intriguing regions of Morocco.

Tizi N'tichka pass:

Tizi-N’Tichka indicates both an itinerary that involves crossing the High Atlas between Marrakech and Ouarzazate (198 km) and a mountain pass 2260 meters high.

Marrakech, Morocco:

Surrounded by beautiful ochre fortresses, monuments and magnificent palaces, Marrakech is the capital of southern Morocco. The intersection of cultures is a city of enormous charm. Founded in 1062, the United States saw the rotation of noble races, while architects, artisans and sculptors of all ages built princely palaces, enchanting mosques and leafy gardens.

Today the city of Marrakech consists of two souls: the ancient medina, the largest in the country after Fez, and the modern, with palaces, restaurants, riads, golf clubs and casinos.

3 Days from Fes to Marrakech Desert Tour FAQ

How do I get from Fes to Merzouga desert?

to get from Fes to Merzouga Sahara desert is an easy way to do by plane, you can reserve your flight from Fes Airport to Errachidia city, it’s the closest city to the Merzouga Desert that has an Airport, from there you can rent a 4×4 car or taxi that will take you through the Sahara desert, about 141 km between Errachidia to Merzouga Desert.

How far is Marrakech from Fes?

The distance between Fez and Marrakech is 396 km.

How can you travel from Fes to Marrakech without a car?

The best way to go from Fez to Marrakech without a car is by train, which takes 6 hours 35m and costs $30 – $48. about 290 MAD, 450 MAD.

What is the best way to get from Fes to Marrakesh?

The best way to get from Fez to Marrakech is a flight that takes 2 hours and 40 min and costs 55 EURO – 380 EURO about MAD 550 – MAD 3,700. Alternatively, you can train, it costs 35 EURO – 46 EURO about MAD 300 – MAD 460 and takes 6h 53m, could also buses, which costs MAD 310 – MAD 460 and takes 8h 39m.

What are the best stops in 3 Days Desert from Fes to Marrakech?

These are 16 best stops in our 3 Days from Fes to Marrakech Desert tour:

  • Ifrane city: little Switzerland in Morocco
  • Cedar Forest: Barbary macaques ( monkeys ) and the tallest trees
  • Midelt: famous for Apples, we can have lunch in this city
  • Errachidia city: it has The largest lake in this region
  • The Ziz Valley: is famous for its thousands of palm trees
  • Erfoud: the place of some fossils factory and also it’s the gate of the desert.
  • Erg Chebbi: Ride Camels to the desert camp and watch the sunset
  • Rissani or Tafilalite: famous for Madfona ( Berber Pizza ) and dates
  • Touroug: a place where you can eat your lunch
  • Todra Valley: a famous panoramic place where you can see palm groves.
  • Todra Gorge: a famous place in Tinghir City
  • The Dades Valley: a place where you can see monkey’s hands on the mountain
  • Ouarzazate: The famous studios
  • Ait Benhaddou Kasbah: a collection of traditional buildings
  • Tizi N’tichka pass: the highest peak in this region is about 2260m
  • Marrakech city: a historical monument in Morocco and it is called the red city

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