3 Day Marrakech to Fes desert trip
The Marrakech to Fes Desert Trip is Morocco’s most popular desert tour, connecting these two imperial cities passing through beautiful ancient villages, the Sahara desert, and amazing expansive landscapes. The distance between Marrakech and Fes is about 530 kilometers and you’ll have to spend at least two nights and 3 days on the road. With exceptional local food, unbelievable scenery, and ancient villages dating thousands of years and still being used today. The Marrakech to Fes desert tour is an experience not be missed.
Here is a 3-day itinerary of the famous Marrakech to Fez tour:
- Day 1: Marrakech – Atlas Mountains – Ait Ben Haddou – Ouarzazate – Dades Gorge Starting from 8am, the desert tour from Marrakech to the Dades Gorge takes about 7 hours, where you’ll pass through the Atlas Mountains, as well as traditional Berber villages. You will also visit the UNESCO Heritage Site of Ait Ben Haddou, which is a village that originated 12,000 years ago, and was an important part of the Salt Road. Today, it is famous for being a popular location for Hollywood movies and TV series. The famous movies filmed here include Indiana Jones, Lawrence of Arabia, Gladiator, and the TV series Game of Thrones, season 3. Here, you will have lunch in the picturesque village, where structures are still being used and makes for the perfect opportunity to indulge in local food amidst an authentic ancient village.
The next stop in your Marrakech to Fes tour will be a visit to Ouarzazate, before heading to the Dades gorge through Skoura and the rose valley. Once you reach the Dades gorge, you will end the day and retire at a traditional kasbah.
- Day 2: Dades Gorges – Todra Gorge – Rissani – MerzougaOn the second day of your trip from Marrackech to Fes, we will drive to the Erg chebbi dunes in Merzouga (the Sahara desert). Along the way, you will pass through Berber villages such as Todra Gorges, Tenhir, Erfound, and Rissani, considered to be one of the holiest cities in Morocco, and where the actual dynasty that rules Morrocco originated. It’s founder is buried in the village. From Rissani, you will cross a rocky terrain to Merzouga desert, where a camel caravan will be waiting for you. You will enjoy a camel trek over the Erg chebbi dunes to catch the beautiful Saharan sunset. You will then retire at a Sahara desert camp, where dinner will be served under the stars and local nomads will be playing traditional music with traditional drums throughout the night.
- Day 3: Merzouga – Erfoud – Errachidia – Midelt – Fes On the last day of your Marrakech to Fes tour. An early sunrise experience is recommended from the Erg chebbi sand dunes, followed by a camel trek all the way to the Hotel where breakfast will be served by local Berber people.The long, 8-hour drive to Fes on board a Minibus will pass through scattered villages. You will also cross through the Middle Atlas Mountains, with an option to stop at the cedar forests to look at monkeys. Lunch will be enjoyed at local restaurants along the way. We will continue on to Fes where the desert tour ends.
- There you have it, a long, yet, fulfilling desert tour from the imperial city of Marrakech to the city of Fes, where incredible landscapes, a Sahara desert experience, and an immersion in Moroccan history is yours to enjoy for 2 nights and 3 days.
Spend three days exploring the best of Morocco on this exciting small-group Sahara Desert tour. Your tour begins in Marrakech and ends in Fes. You will have the opportunity to see the High Atlas Mountains, explore the Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah, ride camels, and spend the night under the stars in the Sahara Desert.
This trip from Marrakech to Fes is considered one of the best desert tours in Morocco.
How much this 3 day Marrakech to Fes tour cost?
The price for the shared Marrakech to Fes desert tour starts at 135 Euros per person. You can upgrade from a standard camp to either a medium or luxury desert camp, both offering private showers and bathrooms.
This 3 day trip includes hotel pick-up and drop-off, transport in an air-conditioned minibus, an English/French-speaking driver-guide, and overnight stays in a traditional riad and a desert camp, with breakfast and dinner provided. A memorable camel ride across the Merzouga desert is also a highlight of this tour.
Please be aware that this 3-day trip does not include accommodations in Fes or Marrakech. Also, lunches, drinks, and museum tickets are optional and not included in the tour price.
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