3-Day Marrakech To Fes Desert Tour

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In this short Marrakech to Fes desert tour you’ll drive through the Atlas Mountains, cross the Great South of Morocco and reach some interesting places of the North as well. In just three days you can visit ancient kasbahs and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You’ll cross many Berber villages along the way absorbing a little of their culture and way of life. You will also do a camel trek in the Sahara desert and will sleep like a nomad with the sky as your roof. Even though this is a fast-paced trip you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy from the views, scenery and scheduled activities. It’s a long distance, a lot of fun and a lot of Morocco in a very short time.

DAY 1 – Ait-Ben-Haddou – Ouarzazate – Dades Gorges

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We'll start our 3 day tour from Marrakech to Fes at 8:00 a.m. when we pick you up in your Riad. We'll drive through the imposing High Atlas Mountains making several stops along the way enjoy from the beautiful views the landscape has to offer. As we continue we’ll pass several Berber villages where you can take some nice pictures and we’ll head south until we reach the Kasbah Ait-Ben-Haddou. After exploring this UNESCO World Heritage complex and a short break for lunch we’ll continue to the Gateway of the Desert, Ouarzazate. In here you’ll be able to visit the Atlas Studios and if we have time we can make another stop at the Taourirt Ksar which is another interesting fortified city. Then we’ll go through the Skoura Palm Grove until we reach the Valley of the Roses.

view of a road in dades during a marrakech to fes desert tour

If you’re visiting on May you’ll be able to see the amazing plantations and the famous Rose Festival. After some free time for a cup of coffee we’ll continue to Dades where we’ll spend the first night.

camels resting during sunset in Merzouga desert Morocco

DAY 2 – Todra – Merzouga – Desert Camp

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After having breakfast at your hotel we’ll head to a lookout and enjoy a wonderful view of the Valley of Dades. Then we’ll make a couple more stops to take some pictures until we reach the Todra Gorges where the scenery is simply spectacular. You’ll have some free time to walk by yourself and interact with the local people before we head to Touroug for lunch.

Shortly after lunch you’ll start feeling the desert vibe as we enter the amazing Merzouga Dunes. Your guide will leave you with a wilderness-expert who will lead your camel trek and will take you to the Erg Chebbi Dunes where you’ll contemplate one of the most beautiful sunsets you’ll see in your life.

Then you’ll continue on your camel toward our camp in the middle of the desert where a comfortable Haima will be waiting for you. After dinner we’ll spend some time listening to Berber songs around a fire and when all the lights go off you’ll have time to lie under a magnificent starred sky.

DAY 3 – Ziz – Cedar Woods – Ifrane – Fez

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On your last day on the desert we invite you to wake up very early in the morning to be able to see the sun rising in between the mountains with a cup of mint tea. Then after breakfast you’ll get back on your camel and ride to Merzouga where we’ll start our journey going north to the Tafilalet Palm Grove. After seeing thousands of palms along the way we’ll arrive at the Valley of Ziz where we make a stop to take pictures and enjoy the beautiful views.

Then we continue our way toward Midelt where you can have lunch and rest for a while. After lunch we’ll go directly to the Cedar Woods where you’ll be able to see and interact with some curious and cute monkeys.

snowy day in Ifrane Morocco during a 3 day tour from Marrakech to Fes

We then make a stop in Ifrane, a place that will certainly awaken your curiosity. Its gardens and Swiss-type houses will make you feel as if you were suddenly taken away from Morocco and transported someplace in Europe. Ifrane is also called the Moroccan Switzerland and it even has its own ski resort!
After a cup of coffee and time to wander around this wonderful city we continue our way to Fez, where we say goodbye after we transfer you safely to your Riad/Hotel.

Airport Pick-Up & Welcoming

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We can pick you up at the airport and transfer you to your Riad/Hotel on your arrival to Marrakech. We’ll give you some useful tips, maps and information while we share a cup of mint tea in a local cafe.

Marrakech Sahara Desert - Marrakech

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In case you want to head back to Marrakech instead of Fez we also have a great route for you.

Extra Day for Hiking or Trekking

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If you have an adventurous soul we can arrange an extra night in Dades or Todra Gorges. This way you can spend a day hiking or trekking in any of these astonishing nature wonders with your personal guide.