5 days tour from Marrakech to Fes via the Sahara desert

5 days tour from Marrakech to Fes via Merzouga desert

Join the best 5 days tour from Marrakech to Fes through Ifran city, high Atlas Mountain, Merzouga with a camel ride, a night in desert camp, and Todra canyons.

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Explore Morocco in 5 days from Marrakech to Fes via the Erg Chebbi in Merzouga. Cross the majestic Atlas Mountains and the Tizi-n-Tichka Pass and visit Kasbah Telouet and the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou.

Take photos at the film studios in Ouarzazate and drive along the Road of 1000 Kasbahs, roam the palm groves of the Skoura Oasis, and explore the beautifully restored Kasbah of Amredhil and the Rose Valley full of Damascene roses. Take a walk along the river through the Toudgha Gorges. Spend a night in a beautiful guesthouse in the Todra Valley and the next morning explore the gardens and fields.

Experience the magic of Morocco with our 5 days tour from Marrakech to Fes. Ride camels up the red Erg Chebbi dunes and take photos with the sunset in the background. Have a glass of tea with the nomads, taste dinner under the stars, followed by a party with Berber music and drums. Enjoy a night’s rest in your own private luxury tent in the desert near Merzouga. Enjoy a full day in the desert: go on a one-day camel trek in the dunes, or take a half-day 4×4 tour through the dunes, visit the village of Khamlia, or alternatively walk barefoot through the dunes and relax while reading your favorite book.

Drive through the Ziz Valley and visit the Berber villages to learn more about life in southern Morocco. Drive along the Middle Atlas Mountains and feed the feed Berber monkeys in the cedar forest near Ifrane.

5 days from Marrakech itinerary

Day 1: Travel from Marrakech to Ouarzazate via Ait Ben Haddou.
At 8 am we will pick you up at your hotel or riad in Marrakech. Your journey of Morocco desert tour Marrakech to Fes begins with the crossing of the High Atlas Mountains. After the Tizi-n-Tishka pass, the highest pass in Morocco at 2260 meters, we leave the main road to reach the village of Telouet via a side road. Here you can visit the Kasbah of Telouet, once the residence and headquarters of the powerful Glaoui clan. The Kasbah collapsed and became a ruin after the Pasha fled the country when the French left Morocco. The journey then continues to the famous kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou, the fortified ksar with its beautiful kasbahs. Ait Benhaddou has served as a natural backdrop for many film producers, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After lunch and a tour of Ait Ben Haddou. We will arrive in Ouarzazate where the major film studios are all from Morocco, and you will spend the night in a riad/hotel.
Day 2: From Ouarzazate to Todra Gorges via Dades Valley.
The second day of our 5 days Marrakech desert tours, we leave Ouarzazate and head towards Skoura where we visit the Kasbah of Amredil, a beautiful Kasbah located in the palm grove “Route of a thousand kasbahs”. Later, the journey continues through the Valley of the Roses with the possibility to visit a family of nomads living in the caves, and a visit to the Dades Gorges to see the rock formations is to be welcomed. Departure to Boumalne du Dades where we will rest for lunch. In the afternoon we continue to Tineghir then to the Todra Gorges to enjoy its wonderful views of the gorges. Dinner and overnight at the Kasbah hotel.
Day 3: From Todra Canyons and gorges to Merzouga Desert camel ride via Erfoud.

In the morning you can take a walk around the plantations of the valley and enjoy the panoramic views of the Todra River. Later, we head towards Tinjedad for a lunch in a local restaurant. Then we pass through several villages on the banks of the river, such as Touroug (Berber village) and El-Jarf before arriving in Erfoud where we visit a fossil handicraft workshop. Continue to our destination, the captivating dunes of Erg Chebi and the Dunes of Merzouga. Arrival in the village where camels will be waiting to take us in an hour and a half to enjoy the sunset and embark on our 5 days tour from Marrakech to Fes, allowing us to fully immerse ourselves in the beauty of the desert landscape. After half-hour to enjoy the sunset on the top of the dunes and continue to the camp to settle down and spend the night in a traditional nomadic tent. Dinner with Berber music in the middle of the dunes.

Day 4: Merzouga sightseeing tour.
Wake up early to enjoy the sunrise over the big dune and then have breakfast after enjoying that beautiful moment, ride the camels back to the village. We’ll take a tour of the dunes in 4×4, which will let us see black volcanic rocks with fossils, as well as a nomadic family living in the desert. This excursion perfectly encapsulates the essence of our 5 days tour from Marrakech to Fes. We will then return to Khamlia, a village where we will delight us with their spiritual music of Gnawa, then take a visit to Lake Dayte Sarji that in spring when it fills attract pink flamingos. We will stop for a lunch break in Merzouga or Hassi Labied. After lunch, a walk in the oasis located at the foot of the dunes. Afterward, we go to your hotel for a shower and some rest. Dinner and overnight.
Day 5: Travel from Merzouga desert to Fes city via Ziz valley and cedar forest.
After breakfast, departure to Rissani to visit the local market (souk), continue to Errachidia passing through palm grove villages, Erfoud, Aoufous, and the Ziz valley. We’ll stop for a panoramic view of the Aoufous oasis before continuing to Midelt and crossing the Tizi N’talghamt pass, where we’ll have lunch. Then we continue to Fez (historic city) after lunch, passing through a cedar forest near Azrou and possibly seeing monkeys. A short stop in Ifrane (the Switzerland of Morocco). Eventually, after 2hours, we will arrive in Fes, where we will transfer you to your accommodation or the airport. End of Morocco desert tours from Marrakech.

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Best Way to See Morocco

Desert Merzouga Tours comes highly recommended. The excursion was well-organized and reasonably priced. Our driver and guide, Ali, was incredibly knowledgeable about the area as well as friendly and easygoing. This experience was a huge hit with our family of five, which included two teenagers. Throughout our stay, we felt protected and well taken care of.
I appreciate Ali considering my daughters' interests in photography and geology, as well as his willingness to make pauses for each. Visits to local communities, animal photography, a fossil gathering site and stop, and, of course, camel rides and a night in the Sahara were all highlights of our trip. The tents were luxurious, and the staff was friendly. That night, we enjoyed the food and entertainment, which included some of the guys performing instruments in front of a fire. It was a period in our lives that we will never forget. Thank you, Ali and Desert Merzouga Tours!


Best Marrakech to Fes desert tour

This tour was far beyond our expectations! Our guide Ali provided us with a wealth of information about Moroccan culture and history. He was the ideal combination of professionalism with a kind, laid-back personality. Ali had a good sense of where to stop and how often to halt, and he was delighted to oblige whenever we wanted shots. His knowledge of the entire route and experience were invaluable, making our journey smooth and pleasurable. The tour as a whole was well-balanced. Our trip into the desert was undoubtedly the highlight, with stunning landscape and a relaxing stay at the campsite. The quality and comfort of the lodgings during the trip blew us away. We were delighted we chose this option over a larger group tour because it provided excellent value for money.

Additionally, Ali contacted us approximately a week after our tour to ensure that we were able to leave the country securely and to see if we needed any assistance when the borders were closed due to the corona virus. His consideration was greatly appreciated!

Nina A

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