3 Day Desert Tour From Fes to Marrakech

The best way to travel south and then west in Morocco is to enjoy a 3 day desert tour from Fes to Marrakech.

Fes is the undisputed cultural capital of Morocco. Ancient and yet modern, home to dynasties, sultans and kings, Fes is the heart of artisanal goods and Moroccan handicrafts. Housing the world’s older university and one of the most intricate and fascinating medina’s in the world (walled city), Fes is on every tour of Morocco. Best to spend a minimum of two nights here to be sure you can see all that it has offer.

Once you leave Fes, on your 3 days tour from Fes to Marrakech, however, you will start to see a changing landscape that will hold your rapt attention all the way south the desert. Of course the distance from Fes to the Sahara is great, and the drive takes about 7 hrs, but it is one of the most amazing drives you can take. You can literally spend the day seeing every terrain and climate in the amazing country. First you will pass through Ifrane, the Switzerland of Morocco, stopping for a quick look around. Then its on through the cedar forests of the Middle Atlas Mountains and through the pastures tended by nomads. Stop in to Midelt around mid day for a delicious lunch of lake trout and then you will drive through the amazing Ziz Valley as you travel closer and closer to the desert.

Soon you will see the dunes start to appear in the distance as you travel along roads once covered by ocean. Stop and see fossils recovered from the seabed of ancient times.

PLEASE NOTE

There are TWO options for the desert tour:

1 – Comfort Option.

You will be booked into beautiful, comfortable and clean accommodation reflecting the local flavour. Meals are prepared for you onsite and we choose only quality, well rated hotels. In the Sahara, you will be offered a private tent with comfortable bedding and a shared toilet tent with sinks and toilet stalls.

2 – Luxury Option.

With this option you will be offered higher rated hotels along the way, with more amenities including bar service and a pool. In the Sahara, you will be given a private tent with well made beds and more amenities as well as en suite private 3 piece toilet facilities. (Hot showers!)

Please let us know when you are booking which option you would like so we can quote your trip accordingly.

The best way to get from Marrakech to Fes, or from Fes to Marrakech, has to be by camel! Through the Sahara Desert. Well, maybe not the entire trip as they did in centuries past. We will take you by road much of the way.

Depart from your accommodation in Fes or Marrakech, we will take you on a 2 night adventure through the Sahara for a night of desert camping.

Leave the driving to us and the big bus trips to the others. You will have your own vehicle and driver, your own schedule, and your own adventure. Join us for a trip through time and sand and southern Morocco.

Day 1
Ifrane, Middle Atlas, Midelt, Ziz Valley, Rissini, Merouzga

After breakfast, we will meet you at your riad in Fes and your driver will head south from Fes.

Pass through Ifrane, the “Switzerland of Morocco” and a popular ski resort, (right? A ski resort?), then on through the cedar forest of the Middle Atlas to visit with the barbary apes.

As you head south you will see many nomad camps and get to learn about how the nomads move around and look for water.

Stop for a lunch break in Midelt and learn about the fossils there. Did you know the Sahara Desert was once at the bottom of the ocean?

Passing through the stunning Ziz Valley with its broad sweeping valley filled with date palms, and onto Rissini you will end the day on a camel, trekking off to your desert camp for the night. Enjoy the sunset over the dunes and a fabulous dinner made for you in camp.

Day 2
Arfoud, Tinjedad, Tinghir, Todgha Gorge

First you will want to watch the sunrise on this bright new day over the dunes of the Sahara Desert before heading back to your vehicle for the start of your day.

The next stop is Arfoud, home to some of the world’s oldest fossils but more importantly the date capital of Morocco. Dates of all varieties are here and make fantastic road trip snacks for the car.

Then its on through Tinejedad and Tinghir, two very important points in the south before stopping for the day in Todghra Gorge.

Cut through the mountain by a river over thousands of years of persistence, you will walk along the gorge basin, and hopefully spot some rock climbers. The rock face jutts out of the basin at a 300m vertical!

Spend the night here.

Day 3
Dades Valley, Ouarzazate, Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah, High Atlas Mountains, Marrakech

After breakfast you will travel along the wide and sweeping Dades Valley, home to all the roses that you see in Morocco. Mostly in bloom in April, this valley is lush and beautiful all year. (As long as there is a little rain in the forecast once in awhile.)

Stop into Ouarzazate to see this important southern city and the movie capital of Morocco before getting to Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah.

Visit this ancient kasbah and the best standing example of kasbah architecture, which is still home to a handful of families today. Climb to the top of the kasbah through the narrow streets and marvel at the view from the top.

Next you will enjoy one of the most spectacular driving routes in the world, up and over the highest mountain pass in North Africa – Tizi n’ Tichka. Stop at the top of Tichka pass for photos before descending into the foothills and on to Marrakech.

Once in Marrakech we will deliver you to your stated address there in time for dinner.

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Trip Facts

  • Camel trek
  • Fes