5 Days Desert Tour from Fes to Marrakech

Overview of 5 Days Desert Tour from Fes to Marrakech

Our best 5 days desert from Fes to Marrakech, beginning with a journey through Morocco diverse landscapes. Starting from the cultural city of Fes, we’ll venture through the Middle Atlas Mountains, stopping at Ifrane and Azrou, known for their cedar forests and Barbary macaques. Traverse the stunning Ziz Valley with its picturesque palm groves and ancient Kasbahs, before reaching the enchanting Sahara Desert of Erg Chebbi in Merzouga.

Experience the magic of the desert with a camel ride and overnight stay amidst the dunes, where the starlit sky creates an unforgettable ambiance. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kasbah Ait Benhaddou and the majestic Todgha Gorges, immersing yourself in Berber culture and traditions along the way. This journey is curated to offer authentic encounters and breathtaking landscapes, promising memories that will last a lifetime.

Highlights of 5 Days Desert Tour from Fes to Marrakech

  • Explore the Ifrane the Switzerland of Morocco.
  • Cedar forest, Barbary macaques, stunning mountain landscape.
  • Enjoy spectacular views of the Ziz Valley landscapes.
  • Camel riding in the desert and watching the stunning sunsets.
  • Visiting nomad family with a warm hospitality.
  • Explore the beauty of Todra Gorge & Dades Valley.
  • Visit Atlas Studio in Ouarzazate & Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah.
  • Viewing the picturesque High Atlas. Mountains.
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Note: This itinerary is customizable to match your preferences and duration of stay. Contact us for personalized tour options and exact pricing based on group size and accommodation preferences.

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Itinerary of 5 Days Desert Tour from Fes to Marrakech

Day 1: Fes – Ifrane – Azrou – Midelt – Ziz Valley – Merzouga Desert [465 km]

We depart from Fes early in the morning, venturing south towards the Sahara desert. Our route takes us through Ifrane, a city established by the French in the 1930s and renowned as one of Morocco premier ski resorts. Continuing through the cedar forest of Azrou, where glimpses of wild Barbary Macaque monkeys are possible, we traverse the Middle Atlas Mountains, offering stunning vistas along the way.

A possible lunch stop at Zaida or Medilt precedes our journey southward across the Tizi-n-Tlghoumt pass, where the landscape gradually shifts to desert terrain. En route, we pause for a panoramic view of the Ziz Valley, a vast expanse adorned with palm oases. By day end, we reach Merzouga, our gateway to the desert.

Day 2: Explore Merzouga Region [80 km]

On the second day of our journey around the Erg Chebbi dunes, we’ll explore the desert diverse offerings. Beginning at the Merzouga seasonal lake, where occasional sightings of pink flamingos add to the tranquil scene, we’ll then visit Khamlia village for mint tea accompanied by the rhythmic Gnaoua music.

Next, we’ll venture to Mifis to explore mineral mines before taking excursion through the rocky black desert. This adventure leads us to a high peak for panoramic views of Erg Chebbi. Afterward, we’ll visit nomadic families, learning about their customs and daily life in their tents. Lunch options include dining with the nomads under an acacia tree or enjoying Berber Pizza at a local restaurant.

In the afternoon, we return to Merzouga for a camel ride to witness the mesmerizing sunset over the dunes. We’ll spend the night at a desert camp, savoring a traditional dinner accompanied by drum music around a campfire under the starlit Sahara sky an unforgettable desert experience.

Day 3: Merzouga Desert – Rissani – Todra Gorges – Dades Valley [271 km]

Start your day early to catch the breathtaking sunrise over the dunes before enjoying breakfast and returning to your hotel on camelback or by 4×4. From there, we will take a journey eastwards towards Marrakech, traveling along paved roads until you reach Tinjdad. Along the way, marvel at the khettarat – ancient underground water channels designed to preserve water in the desert, offering a glimpse into ingenious engineering.

Stop for lunch at a local restaurant overlooking the Todra Gorges, where you can savor a meal while admiring the valley below. Afterward, take a leisurely stroll along the riverside, exploring quaint villages nestled amidst towering mountains. As you continue to the Dades Gorges, immerse yourself in a landscape dotted with striking rock formations and traditional kasbahs. Spend the night in a cozy riad/hotel overlooking the picturesque Dades Valley.

Day 4: Dades Valley – Roses Valley – Skoura – Ouarzazate [140 km]

After breakfast, continue your journey through the Valley of the Roses, optionally stopping at the cosmetics cooperative in Kalaat M’Gouna, famous for producing products from the valley abundant roses.

Travel along the Road of One Thousand Kasbahs to Skoura Oasis, where you’ll visit Kasbah Amredhil, a beautifully restored kasbah that was once depicted on the old 50 dirham. Before arriving in Ouarzazate, make a stop at Atlas Studios, renowned for its versatile film sets, offering a unique glimpse into cinematic history. Spend the night in a lovely riad in Ouarzazate, wrapping up your day with cultural immersion and cinematic allure.

Day 5: Ait Benhaddou – Telouet – High Atlas Mountains – Marrakech [193 km]

After breakfast, a quick one-hour drive brings you to Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, Morocco renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site and a backdrop for many Hollywood blockbusters. Spend the morning exploring its ancient alleys and impressive architecture before enjoying lunch.

Next, travel through the scenic Ounila Valley, passing picturesque villages and enjoying stunning mountain views along the way to Kasbah Telouet. Once the palatial residence of the Glaoui family, Lords of the Atlas, this kasbah, now in ruins, still fascinates with its historical charm. Lunch will be provided either here or later amidst the mountains.

Cross the Atlas Mountains via the Tizi-n-Tichka pass and arrive in Marrakech by late afternoon. Your driver will then take you to your riad, marking the end of your enriching 5 days desert tour from Fes to Marrakech.

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FAQ's of 5 Days Desert Tour from Fes to Marrakech

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.

Ensuring our guests’ comfort is paramount to us. That’s why we provide a selection of comfortable transportation options, including the Toyota Prado Land Cruiser TX, Ford Tourneo Custom, and Mercedes Benz Sprinter minibus for larger groups. These vehicles are chosen to enhance your journey’s enjoyment.

To ensure availability, it’s best to book your trip as early as possible.

Yes, we provide 4×4 transfers to and from the camp for travelers who prefer not to ride camels.

Standard Desert Camps:

Our standard Merzouga desert camps cater to travelers who appreciate comfort without the luxury of our Morocco luxury desert camps. The tents offer a comfortable setting for a restful night’s sleep, while restroom and shower facilities are shared among all camp guests.

Luxury Desert Camps:

Experience the ultimate luxury camping in the Moroccan Sahara desert with our exclusive camp. Our tents are elegantly furnished to provide the utmost comfort, offering a variety of bed sizes including king, double, twin, or single beds. Each tent features en-suite facilities complete with a full-size shower with hot and cold water, a sink, and a toilet for your convenience. Our dedicated staff at the camp are committed to ensuring your stay is unforgettable, always available to assist and enhance your desert experience.

Our exclusive 5 days tour from Fes to Marrakech offers a private option, ensuring a personalized and intimate exploration.