5 Days Tour from Fes to Marrakech
Fes » Ifrane » Azrou » Midelt » Ziz Valley » Merzouga Desert » Todra Gorges » Dades Gorges » Ouarzazate » Ait Ben Haddou » Tizi n’Tichka » Marrakech
5 Days Tour from Fes to Marrakech
On our fantastic 5 days tour from Fes to Marrakech via Merzouga dunes you will experience the wonders of the Sahara desert of Morocco. Journey through the magnificent High Atlas Mountains, visit impressive Kasbahs and explore the Ziz valleys field of palms.
The tour highlights include a memorable camel ride through the golden dunes of Erg Chebbi, witnessing a breathtaking sunset, and spending a night in a comfortable luxury desert camp. Learn about the rich history of Fes and marvel at the stunning landscapes of Morocco as you make your way to Marrakech.
Let our knowledgeable guide lead you on this fantastic desert adventure, creating unforgettable memories of a lifetime.
- 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 Sightseeing with a local guide
After enjoying breakfast at your hotel/riad, on the first of our 5 days tour from Fes to Marrakech a private tour guide will meet you at 8:30 am to start on a captivating exploration of Fes. The first stop will be at a scenic viewpoint where you can capture stunning photographs of Fes el-Bali, the oldest part of the city. Your guide will share fascinating insights into its history and explain why it has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Known as the largest car free urban district in the world, Fes el-Bali offers a unique glimpse into a bygone era.
Continuing your journey, you will visit the Mellah. The Jewish Quarter, where you can capture the beauty of the golden gates of the Royal Palace and soak in the vibrant atmosphere of the former Jewish Market. From there, you will venture into the heart of the Medina of Fes, with its bustling cafes, bazaars, and labyrinthine alleyways. Explore the historic Medersas (Koranic Schools), and museums. Marvel at the unique lifestyle of the locals, adapted to the medieval surroundings where cars are replaced by mules and donkeys.
Your guide will take you to the Chouara Tanneries, where you can witness the traditional process of leather-making using natural ingredients and methods. You will also pass by the renowned Qarawiyyin University and Mosque, the oldest formal university in the Islamic world.
As the afternoon draws to a close, your tour guide and driver will accompany you back to your riad or hotel, concluding your enriching journey through the captivating city of Fes.
Day 2: Fes » Ifrane » Azrou » Midelt » Ziz Valley » Merzouga Desert [456 km]
Prepare for an early start today as we begin our expedition to the enchanting Sahara Desert of Merzouga. Although it involves several hours of driving, the journey is filled with captivating attractions. Our first stop will be in the Switzerland of Ifran City, known for its ski resort and its popularity among visitors in both winter and summer.
Continuing our adventure, we will make another delightful stop at the UNESCO-listed cedar forest, home to a fascinating colony of Barbary Macaques. Get up close to these playful monkeys and take some pictures and even have the opportunity to feed them.
After enjoying a delicious lunch in Midelt, we will traverse the magnificent High Atlas Mountains and venture through the stunning Ziz Gorges. Our Morocco trip will then lead us to the panoramic of Ziz Valley, adorned with an abundance of palm trees.
As we drive through Erfoud, we will finally arrive at the captivating Sahara desert of Merzouga. You will receive a warm Moroccan welcome with a refreshing cup of mint tea from the friendly hotel staff. Indulge in a delightful dinner under the stars. Creating memories to cherish in this magical setting.
Day 3: Merzouga Sightseeing [60 km]
After a delicious breakfast, get ready for a day filled with exploration of the desert region. Our journey begins by driving alongside the majestic dunes of Erg Chebbi, leading you to the oasis of the Merzouga desert. Here, you will have the opportunity to discover the ancient irrigation system known as Khettarat and gain insights into this traditional style.
Continuing our adventure, we will venture into the village of Merzouga, where you will have a unique cultural encounter in Khamlia Village. This village is inhabited by people of Sub-Saharan descent, known for their soulful Gnawa music performances.
Next, we will go on a comprehensive tour of the mesmerizing Erg Chebbi dune field. Along the way, we will visit a nomadic family, sharing a cup of mint tea and learning about their lifestyle amidst the challenging desert environment. Witness the beauty of simplicity and the warmth of generosity in every home.
As the late afternoon approaches, get ready for an unforgettable experience as you saddle up on camels and venture into the golden dunes. Enjoy stunning sunsets and sandboarding adventures. Finally, we will return to your luxury desert camp, where a delicious dinner awaits in the restaurant or under the sparkling stars, creating lasting memories of this extraordinary desert adventure.
Day 4: Merzouga Desert » Erfoud » Todra Gorges » Dades Gorges [258 km]
Wake up early to witness the mesmerizing sunrise from the top of a dune in the Sahara Desert. After a delicious breakfast, we will continue your Morocco trip towards the Dades Gorges, with a short stopover in Erfoud. Known for its fossil excavations and mineral factories, Erfoud offers a fascinating glimpse into the region’s geological heritage. You can also explore the local dates market and discover the diverse varieties of this delicious fruit.
Next, we will visit the impressive Todra Gorges, a majestic cliff that attracts climbers and trekkers from around the world. Take a moment to admire the breathtaking views before we continue to the Dades Gorges, where we will spend the night. This picturesque valley is surrounded by fantastic landscapes, providing a peaceful retreat amidst natural beauty. Enjoy the tranquility and embrace the unique charm of the Dades Gorge before you rest for the night at your Rida/hotel.
Day 5: Dades Gorges » Ouarzazate » Ait Ben Haddou » Marrakech [330 km]
After breakfast in Dades Gorges, we will start driving to Marrakech through the magical Valley of Roses. You will have the opportunity to witness the traditional process of extracting rose water, a specialty of the region. Our route takes us through Ouarzazate, known as the Hollywood of Africa. We will make a stop at the wonderful Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou Village, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Continuing through the majestic High Atlas Mountains, we will traverse the scenic Tizi n’Tichka Pass, reaching an elevation of 2260 meters. The fantastic landscapes and panoramic views.
Finally, we will arrive in the vibrant city of Marrakech, where our unforgettable desert adventure comes to an end. Drop off at your location Riad/hotel.
Good To Know:
The 5 days tour from Fes to Marrakech offers flexibility and can be tailored to your preferences. Deviating from the suggested path is entirely possible, as the itinerary is not bound by rigid constraints. Your imagination sets the limits, and we welcome any suggestions you may have to enhance the experience. If you are unfamiliar with Morocco, feel free to contact us, and our team is ready to assist you in crafting a personalized itinerary. Your input is valued, and we look forward to hearing from you to ensure your journey aligns perfectly with your desires.
Frequently Asked Questions
The trip from Fes to Marrakech opens up three routes: a 545 km stretch via the highway, a 465 km passage through the national road (via Azilal & Beni Mellal), or a more extensive 1034 km adventure from Marrakech to the Merzouga desert and then back to Fes, promising the best of south Morocco.
The captivating Sahara desert awaits 467 km away from Fes. This trip, though a distance, unfolds with breathtaking scenery and various stops, making it a rich and unforgettable experience.
Our exclusive 5 days tour from Fes to Marrakech offers a private option, ensuring a personalized and intimate exploration.
The 5 days tour from Fes to Marrakech begins and concludes at your Marrakech hotel/riad.
For your utmost comfort, we deploy a fleet of vehicles, featuring the Toyota Prado Land Cruiser TX and Mercedes Benz Sprinter minibus for larger groups. This choice enhances your overall travel experience.
The camel ride that spans approximately one hour, allowing you to savor the journey as you make your way to the camp.
Rest assured, the tents are exclusively private. The standard camp offers communal bathrooms, while the luxury camp boasts private tents with ensuite bathrooms for a more lavish experience.
Certainly! If camels aren’t your preferred mode of transportation, a 4×4 car is available for your convenience, providing seamless transfers to and from the camp at no additional cost. Kindly inform us of your preference at the time of booking so that we can tailor the experience to suit your needs.
Yes, the luxury desert camp is thoughtfully equipped with electricity sourced from solar panels, ensuring a sustainable and comfortable environment during your stay.
Undoubtedly! Merzouga desert is a magical destination that deserves a spot on everyone’s travel list. The surreal desert landscape and the unforgettable experience of staying in a Moroccan Sahara desert camp in Erg Chebbi make it an absolute must visit.
Allow two days to fully immerse yourself in the wonders of Fes, Morocco. A full-day guided tour of the Medina introduces you to hidden gems, and an extra day lets you explore the Souks at your own pace. If the nearby blue city of Chefchaouen beckons, consider adding an extra day for a memorable day trip from Fes.
Fes proudly carries the title of the “Athens of Morocco.” It stands as the oldest Medina in the country and serves as the intellectual, cultural, craftsmanship, and culinary capital. The enchanting narrow streets and centuries-old Medina make Fes a magnet for historians, archaeologists, and scholars worldwide. The center of the Medina hosts the oldest university globally, Al Quaraouiyine. Once the capital of various Moroccan dynasties, Fes exerted influence over North Africa, Spain, and sub-Saharan Africa, stretching 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. Visible police patrols in the Medina contribute to a secure environment. Standard precautions apply, such as avoiding empty Medina streets, especially unlit narrow alleyways at night. Women traveling alone should dress moderately, and minimizing the display of valuables is advised. A local registered guide hired by your riad or tour company not only imparts knowledge but also ensures your safety. While sporadic pickpocketing cases have been recorded, keeping valuables, passports, and jewelry in your hotel safe is a recommended precaution. Physical aggression is exceedingly rare.
Here’s a comprehensive list of essentials for your 5 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.