3 Days Luxury Tour From Marrakech To Fes – 2023 Travel
Marrakech to Fes Desert Tour
Summary of the tour from Marrakech to Fes
You will live an unforgettable desert experience of a 3-day/2 night from Marrakech to Fes. Your tour starts at 08:00 driving via the Tizi ntichka pass and the Atlas Mountains. Also, you will visit the Hollywood of Africa ‘Ouarzazate’ and enjoy the breathtaking views of Boumalan Dades and Todra Gorges before reaching the Merzouga desert. After one hour of camel trek and one night in a desert camp, you will leave for Fes passing by Erfoud and the Middle Atlas road.
- Journey across the Atlas Mountains and through the 2260-meter-high Tizi N’Tichka Pass.
- The Unesco-listed Ait Benhaddou Kasbah, the fortified Ksar with its majestic kasbahs.
- Overnight in a hotel, dinner, and breakfast.
- Todgha gorges where you can take a short walk to appreciate the steep sides of the gorge and the narrow expanse of the sky above.
- Camel ride in Merzouga toward Luxury camp and enjoying the sunset over the dunes.
- Sleeping in a luxury tent at Erg Chebbi.
- The journey travels toward Er-Rachidia and the Ziz Valley.
- Cross the base of the Ayachi Mountain.
- We will pass through Midelt, which is famous for its apples in Morocco.
- End our experienced tour guide in Fes.
Details of 3 days desert tour from Marrakech to Fes:
Day 1: Marrakech-Ouarzazate-Skoura-Boumalne Dades
Driving for 6 hours.
Pick up at 08:00 from your Marrakech hotel/riad and drive to the beautiful valley of Dades.
Journey across the Atlas Mountains and through the 2260-meter-high Tizi N’Tichka Pass, which provides spectacular panoramic views of mountains, valleys, and colorful Berber villages.
Then on to the Unesco-listed Ait Benhaddou Kasbah, the fortified Ksar with its majestic kasbahs.
After crossing the river to the opposite side to find the ksar, we proceed south to Ouarzazate, popularly known as the Hollywood of Africa for its Atlas Film Studios, where numerous blockbuster movies were shot.
Then we proceed to Kelaat M’Gouna, and reach Dades River winds its way through a lush valley, dotted with ruined kasbahs on vantage points and surrounded by the most unusual rock formations and cliffs. Overnight in a hotel in dades, dinner, and breakfast.
Note: you can change or edit your tour from Marrakech to Fes. For further more, don’t hesitate to contact us.
Day 2: Boumalne Dades-Todgha Gorges-Erfoud-Merzouga
Driving for 5 hours.
After breakfast, our 3-day tour from Marrakech to Fes continues a short distance to the Tinghir and Todgha gorges, where you can take a short walk to appreciate the steep sides of the gorge and the narrow expanse of the sky above.
From there, the road continues to Erg Chebbi, via Tinjdad, and the Oasis of Tafilalet near Erfoud, famous for its Date Festival. Between Tinjdad and Erfoud, you can stop to go down into the fascinating underground water channels deep below the earth, always cool and preventing the evaporation of this source of irrigation. In Erfoud itself, you can stop to see the workings of thousands of fossils made into all sorts of artifacts.
Lunch will be along the way, then you will take about two hours of camel ride in Merzouga toward the Luxury camp and enjoy the sunset over the dunes, dinner, and a night’s sleeping in a luxury tent at Erg Chebbi.
Day 3: Erg Chebbi-Erfoud-Medilt-Ifrane-Fes
Driving for 7 hours.
Wake up early to enjoy the sunrise and a breathtaking scene, and after breakfast, our journey travels toward Er-Rachidia and the Ziz Valley, famous for the extent of its palm trees. Then we cross the base of Ayachi Mountain.
We will pass through Midelt, which is famous for its apples in Morocco. Lunch will be enjoyed at local restaurants along the way, after which we will also cross through the Middle Atlas Mountains, with an option to stop at the cedar forests to look at monkeys, then the road continues to Fes, where we will end our experienced tour from Marrakech to Fes.
- Luxury Tour From Marrakech To Fes.
- Private Transportation.
- Comfortable and air-conditioned vehicle.
- Pick up from your Hotel/Riad or Airport.
- Drop off at your Hotel/Riad or Airport.
- Speaking guide/driver.
- Fuel for the entire travel desert package.
- All-night accommodations.
- Camel trekking in Erg Chebbi.
- Sandboarding in Erg Chebbi.
- The animation with songs of Sahara under the stars.
Number of persons
- 1058 €
- 1437 €
- 1756 €
- 1995 €
- 2154 €
Useful information on the Places you will visit on your Tour from Marrakech to Fes 3-day
The Red City ‘Marrakech’ where Jamaa El’Fna situated
The renowned American magazine Condé Nast Traveler has published its ranking of the 10 most hospitable cities in the world. Marrakech is in third place.
The magazine describes Marrakech as one of the most accessible cities, offering a mix of traditional and modern lifestyles, and notes that the city is home to several colorful spice markets, a labyrinthine medina, as well as fabulous world-class luxury hotels and a magnificent Yves Saint Laurent museum. As Morocco is the gateway to Africa and the Arab world, it is only natural that Marrakech, the most popular Moroccan city for travelers from all over the world, has earned a reputation as the center of the diaspora art world in Africa.
In addition to the Yves Saint Laurent museum, Marrakech is home to dozens of incredible museums. Art lovers can discover the best of contemporary African art at the Al Maden Museum of Contemporary African Art, says the magazine.
Things you may like to do in Marrakech
Note: 3 days desert tour from Marrakech to Fes is not enough to do all of these! You will need to customize a grand tour for that.
1. ride a camel in the Palmeraie in Marrakech
The Palmeraie in Marrakech has over 100,000 trees, mainly palm trees, but also dates and orchards on an area of around 15,000 hectares. This is a very famous natural and cultural heritage site in Morocco and a must-see when visiting Marrakech.
The best way to explore the palm groves of Marrakech is by camel or ATV. With these two modes of transport, you can discover the breathtaking scenery and lush vegetation typical of Morocco.
2. bathing in the waterfalls of Ouzoud
The waterfalls of Ouzoud are located around 150km from Marrakech and should not be missed during your visit to Marrakech. It is considered the most beautiful and highest waterfall in Morocco, where you can swim, have a picnic and even meet the local monkeys.
A visit to the Ouzoud Falls is a great way to see one of the most spectacular natural landscapes in the Moroccan Atlas. A visit to Ouzoud Falls guarantees a feast of colors and promises an unforgettable holiday.
3. Walking around the Djemaa el-Fna Square
A visit to Marrakech will not fail to take you past Jemaa el-Fna (‘Square of the Dead’). This famous public square attracts more than a million visitors a year. The cultural space of Jemaa el-Fna Square has been a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage site since 2008 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985.
If you’re not afraid of the crowds and want to get into the spirit of the city, you know what to do in Marrakech. In this mythical place, you will also have the opportunity to experience the divine Moroccan gastronomy and its specialties.
4. Relax in the Majorelle Garden
A must-see in the new town is the Majorelle Garden, a magnificent botanical garden in bluish tones. It belonged to fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent. When he died in 2008, his ashes were scattered in the garden.
The garden covers over 8,000 square meters and is inspired by Moroccan oases and Moorish-style Islamic gardens. The Majorelle Garden is a true oasis of tranquillity and offers a feast of vivid colors in which blue plays a major role.
5. A visit to the Medina of Marrakech
The Medina, the historic heart of Marrakech and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the ideal place to explore Marrakech from its historic and traditional side.
Take a walk through this part of the city and don’t miss the many historical monuments. Don’t be lazy to visit the Bahia Palace or the Qutubiya Mosque.
6. Explore Bahia Palace
As we said before, it is impossible to visit Marrakech without exploring its magnificent palaces. The Bahia Palace, a former 19th-century palace of eight hectares, is one of the masterpieces of Moroccan architecture and Islamic art, one of the most important cultural monuments in the country, and one of the main tourist attractions in Morocco.
7. Refresh yourself at the Oasiria Marrakech
What to do in Marrakech if you have kids or want to take a swim to escape the sweltering heat? Head to Oasiria Marrakech of course! This is Morocco’s first water park where children and adults alike can enjoy and refresh themselves.
8. Discover the Marrakech Museum
A visit to the Marrakech Museum not only gives you an insight into the history of Marrakech but also allows you to admire some of the most beautiful buildings in the city. Located in the center of Marrakech, it is a must-see in the Red City.
The museum is housed in the Dar Mnebhi Palace, which was built in the late 19th century and is a fine example of classical Andalusian architecture.
9. climb the Atlas Mountains
Just a few hours drives from Marrakech, the Ourika Valley in Morocco’s High Atlas is a real feast for the eyes. Temperatures can drop, so bring a small jumper or jacket and your best walking shoes.
The path through the mountains is rocky and you cross small bridges over rivers that flow over the mountainsides. The views from the mountains are magnificent and well worth the day trip.
10. Buying souvenirs in the souks
The souks in Marrakech are a must-visit. You can find bargains there, but you must be willing to haggle to get a good price. You are even expected to do so.
You will also be amazed by the colors and smells of the beautiful fabrics, delicious spices, and ceramics. Take the opportunity to take home a souvenir so you never forget your great holiday in Marrakech.
11. Discover the Koutoubia Mosque
A must-see in Marrakech, this stunning 12th-century Sunni mosque with its minaret overlooking the surrounding countryside is a must-see. Its architecture and ascetic decoration perfectly illustrate the art of the Almohads. Located in the medina of Marrakech, the Koutoubia Mosque offers a solemn experience in the red city.
Qutubiyah Mosque is a place of worship, you can only visit it from the outside, stroll through its beautiful garden and admire its majestic minaret.
The clay castle of Ait Ben Haddou
Historical, huge, and majestic, Kasr Aït Ben Haddou is a true example of the clay and adobe architecture typical of southern Morocco. Aït Ben Haddou was selected by the UNESCO World as a Heritage site in 1987 and remains one of the best preserved Moroccan resorts. This Ksar is famous in the region of Ouarzazate and in the world as well. It offers a historical journey and memorable experience to visitors. It is one of the preferred studios for many directors who come here to shoot their films.
Magnificent earthen architecture design specializes in Southern life in Morocco.
Ksar Ait Benhaddou is founded in the southern foothills of the High Atlas. The visitor gets a comprehensive overview of how buildings and even designed with earth and clay, can be preserved over several years. The southern region is full of earthen Ksours. What might be interesting is that the inhabitants in this region (especially Amazigh families) still use the technics of earthen buildings in the Draa, Todgha, Dades, Mgoun, Ziz, and Sousse valleys. Fastening old technics of the building is what explains the preserved heritage Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou.
Ait Benhadou is an important regional and national heritage. Of all the heritage sites in Morocco, it is one of the most visited sites.
Ksar Aït Ben Haddou attracts visitors and inspires historians, social scientists, and architects. According to oral tradition, long before the construction of the ksar, a granary was erected on the highest point of the site, testifying to the first human settlement. Legend has it that an Amazigh princess also ruled the region long before the advent of Islam. It is also believed that Ksar was one of the many stops on the trade route that connected former Sudan (Gao, Timbuktu, Djenné, etc.) with Marrakech through the Draa valley and the port of Tizi-en-Telouet.
The first written mention of this Xar is from the 17th century and reports that Amgar Benhaddou, the first ruler of this place, lived here during the Almoravid period (11th century). A sultan of the Alawite dynasty, Hassan I, passed through here on his way to Marrakech via Telouet during his tenth and last harqa (military expedition) in 1893-1894.
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Ksar Ait Benhaddou was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1987 and has retained its architectural authenticity in terms of form and materials. The large houses in the lower part of the village are well preserved and their decorative motifs have been preserved. Clay and wood are still used as building materials. Thanks to the constant supervision of the Committee for Control of Infringements, which includes the village municipality, the Department of Urban Development, the Municipal Agency and CERKAS, special attention has been paid to the changes made and the preservation of the architectural style.
Several families still live in Ksar, some of whom will show you their homes. The structure of the living space takes the form of a compact, enclosed, and hanging grouping. Ksar’s public spaces consist of a mosque, a public square, wheat-threshing grounds outside the walls, a caravanserai, two cemeteries (a Muslim and a Jewish one), and the shrine of Saint Sidi Ali or Amer.
Above the Kasbah of Ait Benhaddu is a now-demolished collective granary, built according to the classic scheme of pre-Saharan villages, when the kasbahs were grouped around a central distribution area.
Climbing high above the ksar in the late afternoon, when the faint light reveals minute architectural details, you can catch a glimpse of the magnificent landscape of the surrounding palm grove!
Film Legacy Advancement
Lawrence of Arabia (1963), Jesus of Nazareth (1977), The Mummy (1999), Gladiator (2000), Prince of Persia (2010), Game of Thrones season 3 (2013) and other films were shot here. Ait Benhaddou Fortress is one of the most exotic and best preserved kasbahs in the entire Atlas region.
Due to the fact that Ksar Ait Ben Haddou has been used for numerous film shoots, it has managed to retain its architectural authenticity, making its restoration possible through necessary restoration work that is still underway today.
Mussem Ait Ben Haddou
Every second Saturday in June (according to the Amazigh agricultural calendar), the villagers who left old Xar in the 1960s and settled in the new village on the right bank of El Maleh Oued, hold a regional festival in honour of Saint Sidi Ali or Amer. Residents of Ait Ben Haddou and the surrounding villages take part in this moussem.
FAQ – 3 DAYS DESERT TOUR FROM MARRAKECH TO FES:
At what time will we start the tour from Marrakech to Fes?
The approximate starting time is between 7:00 – 10:00 in the morning depending on your arrival time, the weather conditions, etc.
Do the hotels or accommodations programmed on this tour offer a private room with an air-conditioner?
There are two types of accommodations: simple and luxury. To guarantee an air-conditioned private room, please upgrade during the checkout. We will customize your Marrakech to Fes desert tour as you like according to your interests and needs.
Do the desert tents fit a comfortable stay for the night in a desert camp?
Yes. You can book a private tent (luxury one) or you can camp in a Berber traditional tent. Both can be used and offer a comfortable stay, but it’s up to you to choose what you’re interested in.
How about the private bathrooms in the desert camp, are there any?
It depends on the tent you chose. Some tents have a shared bathroom and toilet and others have a private bathroom and toilet. Washing sinks are available outside the tents. Or you can take a shower the next morning at your hotel in the village.
Do the desert camps offer towels in the tents?
You may find towels, but it’s better to bring your own.
How long does it take from Merzouga to Fes on the final day of the tour?
About 7 hours. Your driver will pick you up from Merzouga hotel then you head to Fes via Rissani and Middle Atlas Road.
Will the drive stops on the way between Merzouga and Fes?
Yes, you can ask the driver to stop you if you see an interesting landscape or place for photos. But it will be just a few stops for lunch, break or toilets.
Where can I leave or store my luggage in the desert?
Before the camel trek, you can leave it safely at the travel operator’s lodge in Merzouga.
What desert activities will I experience in Merzouga?
You will have a camel ride for a 1-hour walk to the high dunes of Erg Chebbi. Camp in a Berber desert tent in the heart of the desert. Wait for the sunset and wake up for the sunrise (you shouldn’t miss any of these two magical views in the desert). Get back to the village of Merzouga via a 4X4 or on the camel. Also, you can visit a nomad family or the famous village of Khamlia, etc.
Can we do other activities in Merzouga’s desert, such as the quad bike?
Yes of sure. You can add to this trip all the activities you are interested in at checkout. You can add a quad bike trip in the dunes of Erg Chebbi. Also, you can add sandboarding desert activity, etc.
Do the roads between Marrakech, Merzouga, and Fes in a good way?
Yes. Morocco in general has a great infrastructure including high-conditioned roads.
Does the service of dropping off include in the price?
Yes, our driver will pick you up and drop you off at the end of your desert tour from Marrakech to Fes via the desert of Merzouga.
Remember that we’re offering travel services; so, we can customize a 3 days desert tour from Marrakech to Fes according to your interests, budget, and needs. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for any kind of tour in Morocco. We’re always ready to take you on a memorable journey all over Morocco.