5 Days Tour from Marrakech to Fes
Marrakech » Tizi n’Tichka » Ait Ben Haddou » Ouarzazate » Dades Valley » Todra Gorges » Merzouga Desert » Ziz Valley » Midelt » Azrou » Ifrane » Fes
5 Days Tour from Marrakech to Fes
The 5 days tour from Marrakech to Fes, immersing yourself in the enchanting landscapes of southern Morocco. The journey unfolds from Marrakech, traversing the rugged peaks of the High Atlas mountains, adorned with the traditional dwellings of the Berber people. Marvel at the grandeur of the Sahara colossal sand dunes as you explore medieval Medinas, vibrant souks, opulent palaces, and majestic mosques. The adventure extends to ancient kasbahs and desert towns, offering a rich tapestry of Moroccan culture.
Throughout the 5-day desert trip, be mesmerized by the breathtaking scenery of southern Morocco gorges, verdant valleys, ancient kasbahs, and the vast expanse of sand dunes in the Sahara. Engage in the timeless tradition of camel riding, meandering through the dunes to witness the splendid sunset. Delve into the intricacies of Berber life and their unique lifestyle. This immersive tour promises an exploration of the best desert camp in Merzouga, ensuring a comprehensive and unforgettable experience.
- 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: Welcome to Marrakech
Upon landing at Marrakech airport, our driver will be there to welcome you. A smooth transfer ensues, delivering you to your hotel or Riad for some initial relaxation. Soon after, delve into the historical tapestry of Marrakech, known as the “Pearl of the South.” Once a capital under the rule of three Moroccan sultans’ dynasties, Marrakech is adorned with numerous museums and architectural wonders. Spend your morning exploring these treasures, from the iconic Koutoubia Mosque to the lush Majorelle Gardens. Afternoon ventures include a visit to the bustling markets and the vibrant Jemaa El Fna square, offering an open-air spectacle with snake charmers, healers, and an array of exotic spices a perfect immersion into the city’s lively culture.
Day 2: Marrakech » Atlas Mountains » Ait ben haddou » Ouarzazate [193km]
Going on the inaugural day of our 5 days tour from Marrakech to Fes, our journey kicks off post a delightful breakfast at your chosen riad or hotel. As we weave through the mesmerizing Tizi-Ntichka pass nestled in the Atlas Mountains, you’ll be treated to sweeping panoramic vistas and captivating landscapes.
A pause for lunch awaits at a charming restaurant near the Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah, a UNESCO World Heritage site. After your exploration of this historical gem, our route unfolds towards Ouarzazate, passing by the renowned film studios of the city. The decision to explore these studios rests entirely with you. As the day gracefully winds down, we arrive at our carefully selected haven for the night a hotel or riad in Ouarzazate.
Day 3: Ouarzazate » Amridil Kasbah » Dades Valley – Todra Gorge » Merzouga Desert [420 km]
Commencing our day 3, the morning unfolds with a hearty breakfast, signaling the continuation of our journey through the Atlas Mountains towards Skoura. Our path leads us to the remarkable Kasbah Amridil, a 17th-century marvel that boasts intricate hand carved door locks, an operational olive oil piston, and ancient baking ovens. This living museum, adorned with the essence of traditional kasbah life, reveals centuries of history. Divided into two sections, the right side preserves an authentic ambiance, complete with a higher balcony.
As we progress, the expedition carries us through the enchanting Valley of Roses to the Valley of Dades and the Todra Gorges. Amidst landscapes adorned with palm trees and vibrant green valleys, we’ll be captivated by the scenic beauty. The adventure then leads us to the dunes of Merzouga, where our night unfolds in carefully chosen accommodations a hotel or riad that promises comfort and an authentic experience
Day 4: Merzouga Sightseeing [60 km]
The fourth day of your 5 days tour from Marrakech to Fes after a hearty breakfast at the hotel. The day unfolds with a visit to the village of black people, originally hailing from Sudan, Mali, and Senegal, offering an insightful exploration into their music and lifestyle. As we traverse the desert, encounters with nomadic families living in Berber tents provide a unique glimpse into their traditional way of life. Enjoy a traditional Berber lunch, including the famed Berber pizza, served in a local family home, enriching your cultural experience.
Venture to the ancient city of Rissani, the foundation of the Alawite dynasty, Morocco current ruling royal family. Surrounded by approximately 360 palaces (fortified villages with numerous towers), Rissani hosts a bustling souk, a four-door open-air market, held three times a week. Previously known as Sijilmassa, this city served as the meeting point for salt caravans arriving from Timbuktu in Mali. Immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere of the souk, exploring its vibrant offerings. Later, return to the village of Merzouga, and in the afternoon, indulge in a camel ride led by an experienced guide. Traverse the highest sand dunes in Morocco, reveling in the serene beauty of the desert landscape.
The camel ride, spanning approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes, concludes at the camp, where you can relish the enchanting sunset and gaze at the stars. Dinner awaits at the restaurant in the Desert camp, setting the stage for a delightful evening filled with the rhythmic beats of typical drum music, performed by the locals. Retire for the night in the Hotel/Riad, marking the culmination of the fourth day of this captivating desert trip.
Day 5: Merzouga Desert » Ziz Valley » Azrou » Ifrane » Fes [467 km]
As the sun rises and breakfast is enjoyed, bid farewell to the desert camp. Depart via Erfoud to Errachidia, where a panoramic view unfolds, capturing the beauty of the Ziz valley’s forest. Pause to capture this scenic moment through photographs before continuing towards Midelt, renowned for its apples. Lunch is served along the journey, with villages and small cities dotting the path. Traverse the Azrou forest, home to wild monkeys, offering a brief encounter with these fascinating creatures. Journey onward to Ifrane, the second cleanest city in Morocco, often referred to as the second Switzerland or Australia. Witness the iconic stone lion before concluding this extraordinary 5 days tour from Marrakech to Fes in the vibrant city of Fes.
Good To Know:
The 5 days tour from Marrakech to Fes that can be tailored to your preferences, deviating from the suggested path if desired. Our itineraries are boundless, limited only by your imagination. Welcome your suggestions to personalize the journey. For those unfamiliar with Morocco, our dedicated team is here to assist you in crafting a unique experience. Contact us anytime, we are eager to hear from you and guide you in making informed decisions for an unforgettable adventure.
Frequently Asked Questions
The distance between Marrakech and Fes is 524 km via the motorway through Casablanca and Rabat. Alternatively, taking the scenic route through the Middle Atlas Mountains and Beni Mellal covers a distance of 570 km. For a more adventurous journey, you can opt for the route through Merzouga and the Moroccan Sahara desert, spanning 1035 km and requiring a minimum of 3 days.
The distance from Fes to the Sahara desert, particularly the mesmerizing Merzouga dunes, is 463 km (287 miles). The trip is adorned with breathtaking sceneries and various stops.
Our best 5 days tour from Marrakech to Fes via the desert offers both private and shared trip options to cater to your preferences.
The best 5 days tour from Marrakech to Fes commences from your hotel/riad in Marrakech and concludes at your accommodation in Fes.
For your comfort, we provide a fleet of vehicles, including the Toyota Prado Land Cruiser TX and Mercedes Benz Sprinter minibus for larger groups, enhancing your overall travel experience.
The camel ride takes approximately one hour to reach the camp.
Certainly! For those who prefer not to ride camels, a 4×4 car is available at no extra charge. Simply inform us at the time of booking about your preference.
Yes, you can! Numerous ATV rental companies in Merzouga offer quality quad bikes and dune buggies in Erg Chebbi dunes. Your guide will assist you in arranging this, and the typical cost is 50 Euros per quad per hour.
Yes, the desert luxury camp is equipped with electricity from solar panels.
Fes, often dubbed the Athens of Morocco, features the country oldest Medina and holds the titles of Morocco intellectual, cultural, craftsmanship, and culinary capital. The city’s narrow streets and ancient Medina attract historians, archaeologists, and scholars. Al Quaraouiyine, the world’s oldest university, is situated at the Medina’s center. Over the centuries, Fes served as the capital for various Moroccan dynasties, influencing the histories of North Africa, Spain, and sub-Saharan Africa
Two days are recommended to fully explore Fes. A guided tour of the Medina takes a full day to unveil the hidden gems of this ancient city. Additionally, reserve an extra day to independently explore the Souks. If you wish to include a day trip to the nearby blue city of Chefchaouen, consider adding an extra day for the journey (200 km each way).
Absolutely, you can do a day trip from Fes to Chefchaouen, a 4 hours drive. Explore the blue-hued streets, visit landmarks like the Kasbah, and enjoy local cuisine for a memorable experience.
Here’s a list of essentials for your 5 days Morocco desert tour from Marrakech to Fes:
- Scarf or Hat
- Long jeans (comfortable for the camel trek)
- Long-sleeved shirts
- Rugged sandals or shoes
- Flip flops
- Hand sanitizers
- Portable charger
- Small backpack for packing everything
- Wallet to secure valuables like your phone and cards.