4 Days Tour from Fes to Marrakech
Fes » Ifrane » Azrou » Midelt » Ziz Valley » Merzouga Desert » Todra Gorges » Dades Gorges » Ouarzazate » Ait Ben Haddou » Marrakech
4 Days Tour from Fes to Marrakech
The 4 days tour from Fes to Marrakech via Merzouga dunes, immersing yourself in Morocco Middle and High Atlas mountains. Discover Ifrane, renowned for its alpine style architecture and nearby ski slopes and forests, including a stone lion statue.
Explore the unique Cedar forest in Azrou, home to wild monkeys in Morocco, and follow the Ziz Valley, the country’s second-longest river. Don’t miss the camel trek experience and an overnight stay at a desert camp, featuring enchanting Sunset & Sunrise over the Erg Chebbi dunes.
This 4 days tour from Fes unlocks extended moments in the Sahara, delving into the Merzouga region and connecting with Berber nomad families. On our private desert trip from Fes to Marrakech in 4 days, visit the traditional weekly market of Rissani, the scenic Todra valley and gorge, Dades Valley, Taourirt Kasbah, the film studios in Ouarzazate, and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ksar Ait Ben Haddou. Your voyage promises an immersive and personalized encounter with the diverse landscapes and rich culture of Morocco.
- We offer both standard and luxury accommodations. Please let us know what your preferences are and we will send you the available options.
- All Sahara tours include a camel ride to the sunset in the Sahara Desert & delicious dinners at a beautiful campsite along with the bonfire and Berber music.
- In addition to the first-class service, we have free wifi, water, pillows, and a wide variety of music in our vehicles for your amazing journey.
- Please contact us for the desired tour, pricing, and more information: [email protected]
Day 1: Fes » Ifrane » Azrou » Midelt » Ziz Valley » Erfoud » Merzouga Desert [477 km]
The 4 days tour from Fes to Marrakech with a prompt 8:30 a.m. pick-up by our Best Morocco Travel company driver from your Fes hotel. The journey to Merzouga unfolds through the scenic Middle Atlas mountains, allowing you to soak in the picturesque Berber villages.
Take a captivating pause in Ifrane, often referred to as the “Moroccan Switzerland,” before proceeding to Azrou, the renowned cedar forest, where playful monkeys can be spotted. Continue the expedition to the charming town of Midelt, offering a perfect spot for a leisurely lunch break.
Heading southward, venture to Erfoud, renowned for fossils and its annual festival of dates market, traversing the breathtaking Ziz Valley. Pause to admire a panoramic view of the oasis scenery. By late afternoon, you’ll arrive at the remarkable Erg Chebbi dunes, where the evening unfolds with a delightful dinner and an overnight stay at a Merzouga hotel.
Day 2: Merzouga Sightsseing [60 km]
After following breakfast at your hotel/riad, our Merzouga 4×4 excursion unveils a riad of fascinating sites around the Erg Chebbi dunes. We’ll explore the Hassi Labied oasis, marveling at its irrigation canal and agricultural landscape.
Heading south, our journey takes us to the seasonal Srij lake, contingent upon water presence. We then proceed to Khamlia village, offering the opportunity to appreciate Gnawa music, a traditional art form with roots in the history of dark-skinned immigrants who arrived in Morocco centuries ago, working as slaves.
Continuing to M’ifis mines, renowned for minerals and fossils, our Merzouga 4×4 desert tour integrates a visit to a nomad Berber family. Immerse yourself in their Sahara lifestyle, sharing a glass of mint tea and gaining insights into desert living.
Numerous stops at panoramic viewpoints provide opportunities to relish the scenery and capture memorable snapshots. After a local restaurant lunch, return to the village, where a camel trek awaits to transport you to our luxury camp in Merzouga. The 1 to 1:30-hour camel ride, with a break atop the dunes for a sunset spectacle and optional sandboarding, offers breathtaking views and photo opportunities.
Upon arrival at the camp, a warm welcome with mint tea precedes a relaxing time until dinner. The evening unfolds with traditional Berber drumming music under the starry sky, creating a serene atmosphere before retiring to sleep under the nomadic tent.
Day 3: Merzouga Desert » Todra Gorges » Dades Gorges [271 km]
As you wake up amidst the desert, seize the opportunity to witness the breathtaking sunrise near the camp, setting the tone for a remarkable day. Following these enchanting moments, indulge in a delicious breakfast and a refreshing shower at the camp. Choose between a camel ride or a 4WD transfer back to the original starting point, where your driver awaits.
Resuming your 4 days tour from Fes to Marrakech, explore the Rissani weekly market if it aligns with market days (Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday). Traverse small Berber villages like Touroug, Tinjdad, and Tinghir, where a pause reveals the picturesque Todra valley, adorned with palm trees and lush vegetation.
Continue to the Todra Gorge, nestled at the base of the High Atlas mountains, renowned among rock climbers. Enjoy free time to meander through its imposing canyons. A lunch break precedes an afternoon journey to Boumalne Dades, culminating in the evening arrival at Dades Valley. Conclude the day with dinner and an overnight stay at a hotel or riad.
Day 4: Dades Gorges » Ouarzazate » Ait Ben Haddou » Marrakech [330 km]
The final day of our 4 days tour from Fes to Marrakech, our journey unfolds towards Marrakech through captivating locales such as Kalaat M’gouna, Rose Valley, and the Skoura palm grove. En route, we explore the historic Kasbah Taourirte and have the option to visit the film studios in Ouarzazate.
Next on our itinerary is Ait Benhaddou, where we delve into the exploration of its renowned and ancient kasbah, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986. This spectacular site has served as the backdrop for cinematic masterpieces like Gladiator, Obelix, the Mummy, and Sahara with Penélope Cruz. Enjoy some free time for lunch amidst this historic setting.
Our trip then leads us over the High Atlas mountains via the highest road pass in Morocco, Tizi N’tichka, standing at 2260 meters above sea level. Revel in the impressive panoramic views of valleys, mountains, and neighboring Berber villages. As we arrive in the afternoon/evening in Marrakech, you will be transferred to your hotel, marking the conclusion of your memorable 4 days tour from Fes to Marrakech.
Good To Know:
The 4 days tour from Fes to Marrakech doesn’t have to strictly adhere to the outlined path; it’s entirely customizable to suit your preferences. The itinerary is only bound by imagination, and we welcome any suggestions you may have to tailor it accordingly. If you’re unfamiliar with Morocco, feel free to contact us, and we’re here to assist you in making informed decisions. We are always ready to listen and help you create your ideal desert tour experience.
Frequently Asked Questions
The journey from Fes to Marrakech covers 545 km via the highway, 465 km through the national road (via Azilal & Beni Mellal), or 1034 km when taking the route from Marrakech to the Merzouga desert and then to Fes, exploring the best that south Morocco has to offer.
The Sahara desert is situated 467 km away from Fes. However, the trip is rich with amazing scenery and various stops.
This 4 days tour from Fes to Marrakech exclusively offers a private option.
The 4 days tour from Fes to Marrakech begins and concludes at your Marrakech hotel/riad.
The camel ride takes approximately one hour to reach the camp.
The tents are always private. The distinction lies in the standard camp where the bathroom is communal, while the luxury camp features private tents with ensuite bathrooms.
Certainly! For those who prefer not to ride camels, a 4×4 car is available for transfer to and from the camp at no extra charge. Please inform us of your preference at the time of your booking.
Yes, the luxury desert camp is equipped with electricity sourced from solar panels, ensuring a sustainable and comfortable environment.
Two days are mainly needed to fully explore Fes, Morocco. A full day guided tour of the Medina of Fes introduces you to discover the hidden gems of the ancient Medina, and an extra day allows you to explore the Souks on your own. With the nearby blue city of Chefchaouen becoming more popular, you could add an extra day for a day trip from Fes.
Fes holds the title of the (Athens of Morocco), boasting the distinction of being the oldest Medina in the country and serving as the intellectual, cultural, craftsmanship, and culinary capital. Its enchanting narrow streets and centuries old Medina are truly remarkable. Fes is a magnet for historians, archaeologists, and scholars worldwide. The center of the Medina is home to the oldest university in the world, Al Quaraouiyine. Once the capital of various Moroccan dynasties, Fes exerted influence over North Africa, Spain, and sub-Saharan Africa, reaching as far as the Niger River and Sudan for centuries.
Fes is as safe as any other city in Morocco, and even safer than most touristy cities in Europe. Police patrol the Medina visibly. Standard precautions are advised: avoid empty Medina streets, especially unlit narrow alleyways of Fes at night. Women traveling alone should dress moderately. The less attention-grabbing you dress, the less attention you get. Do not carry a lot of cash; be prepared to deal with occasional touts and fake guides. A local registered guide hired by your riad or tour company is efficient in the Medina of Fes, not only explaining history, architecture, and religion but also ensuring your safety. Sporadic pickpocketing cases were recently registered in Fes, so keep your valuables, passports, and jewelry in your hotel safe. Physical aggression is very rare.
Here’s a comprehensive list of items to pack for your 4 days Morocco desert tour from Marrakech to Fes:
- Scarf or Hat
- Long jeans (comfortable for camel trek)
- Long-sleeved shirts
- Rugged sandals or shoes
- Flip flops
- Hand sanitizer
- Portable charger
- Small backpack for essentials
- Wallet to secure valuables like phone and cards.