Desert trip from Fes to Marrakech – 3 days

Daily Tour 3 days 2 nights
Fes Visit Fez

Excited to embark on an enthralling journey, the 3 days desert trip from Fes to Marrakech unveils a narrative that begins with the vibrant historical backdrop of Fes and extends to the captivating twin mountain ranges of the High Atlas and Middle Atlas, serving as prominent geographical landmarks in Morocco. Defined by their challenging terrain, profound gorges, and picturesque valleys, these mountain ranges attract enthusiasts seeking adventure through trekking and hiking in Morocco, allowing for the discovery of unique and breathtaking landscapes.

The 3 days desert trip from Fes to Marrakech leads us through expansive views, where the awe-inspiring beauty of the Sahara Desert unfolds with towering sand dunes, inviting us to partake in an unforgettable desert adventure. This expedition assures not only a physical traverse but also a profound exploration of the diverse elements that compose Morocco’s cultural and natural marvels.

Our 3 days desert trip from Fes to Marrakech unfolds with an exploration of the enchanting palm groves, oases, ksars, and ksours on the Sahara Desert side, offering a perfect blend of natural beauty. Our itinerary then advances to the mesmerizing oasis and red city of Marrakech.

At First Sight

  • Group Size 2 to 30
  • 3 days tour Through the high Atlas and Sahara
  • Max altitude – 2260 meters
  • Join In Fes

Accommodation & Meals

  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Dinners
  • 1 night in Merzouga desert camp
  • 1 Night Guest House or hotel


Amazing 3 days from Fes to Marrakech starts at 8 but may be subject to change depending on the season..

Quote for trip from Fes to Marrakesh via Merzouga.

GROUP SIZE 2 3 4 5 6
PRICE/p €420 €360 €290 €250 €215

  • Transportation with air conditioning,
  • A professional driver who is multilingual, car fuel.
  • Two nights with half board, the first night in a standard desert camp that you can switch to a Merzouga luxury desert camp with an additional fee of 50euro/p/night and the following in a hotel
  • Riding camels through the sand dunes.

  • All of your standard meals and accommodation in Fes.
  • All kinds of drinks like beer, coke/fanta/sprite, and alcohol.
  • Travel Insurance (Essential).
  • Tips for staffs and drivers.
  •  Lunches.
  • Other items not mentioned over in package included.

Desert trip from Fes Highlights

Amazing 3 days from Fes to Marrakech is a popular itinerary that takes you through diverse landscapes, cultural experiences, and the mesmerizing Sahara Desert sand dunes of Erg Chebbi. Here's a general outline of what you can expect during this excursion:

  • Enjoy the drive through the middle Atlas
  • Visit Ifran, The Moroccan Switzerland
  • Explore the Cedar forest in Azrou as a home for monkeys.
  • Enjoy the scenery of Ziz Valley
  • Enjoy the sunset over the dunes
  • Spend the night in a desert camp
  • Diverse Landscapes: The landscape changes dramatically as you travel. You’ll encounter arid plains, lush oases, and rocky deserts, providing a variety of picturesque scenes.
  • Camel Trekking in Erg Chebbi: Merzouga is famous for its towering sand dunes in Erg Chebbi. A highlight of the excursion is often a camel trek into the desert to witness the mesmerizing sunset or sunrise over the dunes.
  • Enjoy a walk through Todra canyons and visit Dades valley, Explore Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah

Tourism has been our hobby since childhood, starting in 1994. Over the years, we have continuously improved our experience by accompanying groups all over Morocco. In 2003, we began leading groups officially as licensed guides under Number 420. Finally, in 2018, we established a fully licensed Travel Company based in Marrakesh, operating under license number 10P/19.

This ample experience that we will share with you will undoubtedly guide you to an unforgettable tour in Morocco.

Day 01 : Fes – Atlas Mountain – Midelt – Ziz valley – Merzouga Erg Chebbi

Departure early after breakfast heading for the next phase of your tour from Fez to Marrakech via Merzouga– a mesmerizing ascent through the Middle Atlas Mountains. Day two of your enchanting 4 days morocco tour from fes to Marrakech via sahara unfolds with a scenic drive, guiding you through the picturesque landscapes of lush Cedar forests where we can see the monkeys in their natural life, imposing rock walls, and the quaint charm of Berber villages. Our expedition meanders along the winding The High Atlas mountain road, offering breathtaking view of the sprawling Ziz valley. Our road takes us through the enchanting tapestry of Kasbahs and lush palm groves, leading us through the picturesque clay-colored city of Er-rachidia, ultimately bringing us to the doorstep of Merzouga as the sun begins its descent.

As the day gently transitions into evening, we embark on a unique adventure – a camel ride tour Merzouga through the mesmerizing desert landscape, under the warm hues of a captivating sunset. Over the course of approximately one hour 30minutes, your camel will gracefully traverse the sandy expanse, guiding you to a secluded camp nestled amidst the undulating dunes of Erg Chebbi.

At Merzouga sand dunes, a nomadic tent awaits, promising a night of unparalleled tranquility beneath a celestial canvas of stars. The ambiance is set with the soulful tunes of Berber music, The ambiance is set with the soulful tunes of Berber music, resonating through the desert air beneath the starry sky. This is not just an overnight stay; it is an immersive experience that promises to etch itself into the tapestry of your memories—a night of celestial wonders, cultural melodies, and exquisite flavors, creating an indelible imprint in the sands of time.

  • Overnight stay in Merzouga desert camp.
  • The distance covered on the drive, 460 km/6h 50minutes.
  • Meals: D
Day 02 : Merzouga sand dunes (Erg Chebbi) – Todra valley – Dades Valley

After enjoying a delightful breakfast, your next adventure awaits as you embark on a unique mode of transportation – a camel ride to reach the transport. Once aboard the transport, your journey leads you back to the town of Erfoud. From there, you’ll cross some villages and Oases behind the majestic High Atlas Mountains, making your way towards the renowned Todra Gorge – Todra valley.

Upon arrival, the afternoon presents an opportunity for an awe-inspiring walk through the towering Todra Gorge, standing at an impressive height of 600 feet. The rugged beauty of the surroundings and the sound of the wind brushing through the cliffs create an unforgettable experience.

As you continue your 8 days tour from Fes to Marrakech via sahara, the scenic river valleys guide you southeast through Morocco, revealing the country’s picturesque landscapes. The road takes you to another natural wonder – the Dades Gorge. Along the way, marvel at the peculiar rock formations of the Tamlalt Hills, adding a touch of geological fascination to your tour in Morocco.

Come nightfall, your accommodations await in a traditional hotel nestled within the heart of the Dades Gorge. Surrounded by the captivating hues of red and mauve rocks, your stay promises a tranquil and immersive experience in this natural marvel.

  • Overnight stay in the hotel.
  • The distance covered on the drive, 280 km/4h 20 minutes.
  • Meals: B . D
Day 03 : Dades valley – Ouarzazate – Ksar Ait Benhaddou – Marrakech

The trip in Morocco day unfolds with an early breakfast, setting the stage for a captivating adventure. The majestic High Atlas Mountains, with a mesmerizing drive through the enchanting city of Ouarzazate. As you weave through the mountain landscapes, a hidden gem awaits, nestled among the peaks – the resplendent Kasbah Ait Benhaddou.

This historical marvel, draped in the allure of the High Atlas, stands as one of Morocco’s true treasures. In the intricate tapestry of Moroccan charm, genuine wonders often lie beyond the well-trodden paths. Kasbah Ait Benhaddou embodies this spirit, inviting you to uncover its secrets and bask in its timeless beauty.

As you explore, you’ll find that this captivating setting has played a starring role in numerous cinematic masterpieces. More than just a backdrop, it has been the cinematic canvas for iconic films such as Lawrence of Arabia, The Gospel According to St. Matthew, and the epic Gladiator. Immerse yourself in the rich history of this cinematic haven, where the echoes of legendary tales resonate in every stone.

The journey continues in the afternoon, guiding you through the winding roads of the Atlas Mountains towards the vibrant city of Marrakech.

As the day unfolds, anticipate the allure of Marrakech, a city pulsating with life and color. Your night will be spent immersed in the captivating ambiance of Marrakech, where the echoes of the day’s adventures harmonize with the vibrant rhythm of the city, creating memories that linger in the heart long after the sun sets over the Atlas Mountains.

  • The distance covered on the drive, 335 km/6h.
  • Meals: B
Key Facts

We’ve gathered a selection of commonly asked questions to provide you with further insight into this extraordinary short  trip from Fes to Marrakesh via sahara.

Food & Water

Drinking untreated water from the taps is discouraged. It is advisable to use purification tablets or a filter bottle (such as a Water-To-Go bottle) to treat your water, or purchasing mineral water as alternatives.
During the tour.

Breakfast, tea, coffee, milk, chocolate… jams, honey, cheese… bread, sometimes Berber pancakes.

Dinner, starts off with soup and bread. The main course is usually rice, pasta, couscous, spaghetti or chips, with a vegetable stew (or tagine) consisting of some of the following – onion, potato, carrot, green pepper, zucchini, turnip, parsnip, green beans, and peas. There will be some meat (usually chicken, lamb or beef), however meat is not prominent in the menu. All dishes come with traditional sauces which are rarely (spicy) hot. To round off dinner, there is the usual range of hot drinks and some fruits.

Special diets

While we make efforts to accommodate vegetarians, the options may be limited at times. Unfortunately, we may not always be able to accommodate special dietary needs due to the nature of our trips and the area we visit. It can be challenging, and in some cases impossible, to cater to a wide range of dietary preferences. You may need to bring supplementary food or snacks from home if your dietary needs are specific. For inquiries about specific dietary requirements, please contact our sales team. Please understand that we cannot guarantee to fulfill all requests and cannot be held liable for any issues related to dietary restrictions or intolerances.


During this tour, the group will spend two nights in a guest house or hotel and one night in a standard desert camp in on an en-suite basis. While there are a range of high-end hotels through the cities that we visit, we try to strike the right balance of a comfortable and conveniently located base while maintaining a really good value holiday.

If you are traveling by yourself, you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. Single hotel rooms and/or single rooms are available for a supplementary cost. If you are planning on extending your holiday, additional nights at the group hotel or in a range of different hotels and riads in Fes, Marrakesh are available on request.

Group Leader & Support Team

The group will be led by a professional and qualified driver proficient in English or another language of your preference, depending on the confirmation date.


This sahara and mountain trip from Fes involves going to reach the high altitude. During the course of this tour you will reach altitudes in excess of 2260 metres. Most people will have no difficulty with this level of altitude but before coming on the holiday, we recommend you read the advice on tour at high altitude. You can also talk to one of our tour experts if you have any concerns about altitude.

Expending funds

Plan to hold around £150 per person (or its equivalent in US dollars or Euros) for tips, soft drinks, snacks, and other incidental expenses. Keep in mind that additional costs may arise for souvenirs, and optional activities, so it’s wise to budget for these separately.

While Moroccan Dirhams are not typically available for purchase outside the country, you can conveniently withdraw local currency from ATMs upon your arrival at the airport or in Marrakech. ATMs offer the option to withdraw funds in pounds sterling, dollars, or euros, which you can easily exchange at the airport. Carrying a credit card is advisable for emergencies and additional peace of mind.

Direction on gratuities

Tipping is the customary way to express gratitude to your local guides and porters. It’s important to note that tips do not constitute a part of their wages; rather, they are viewed as a personal gesture of appreciation from group members. We advise our local teams that tips are not obligatory or expected but are rather a reflection of the service provided.
It is customary for the group to collectively decide on the final amount of tips to be distributed among the guide, hotels team, and porters, as their responsibilities differ. We suggest that approximately from £25 per group member would be an appropriate amount to ensure fair compensation, which you can give directly to them.

Suitcase Allotment

For this sahara and mountain tour, you should bring one piece of luggage (maximum weight on arrival at the group hotel is dependent on your international flight restrictions) and a day pack (of around 30 – 40 litres).

Please note that there is a strict weight limit of 15-20kg maximum for bags to be transferred, and no fresh produce should be left in these bags.

Internet access

Upon your arrival at the airport, you can purchase a SIM card for 1 euro, or sometimes it’s free. Then, all you need to do is top it up with an internet option, and you’ll have a connection when needed. We recommend Maroc Telecom as the company, but please keep in mind that in some places, other companies might offer better service. It all depends on the reception in each area.

Group size & Tour Arrangements

All our tour proposals in Morocco are guaranteed for a minimum of two people. There is a required minimum number of participants to ensure the trip proceeds. Once this minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from ‘Available’ to ‘Guaranteed to run”

Health & Vaccinations

If you suffer from a severe allergy, kindly notify the Morocco Hike Tours Team (support) prior to your departure. While we will make every effort to assist you, please note that we cannot ensure an allergy-free environment during Your trip to Morocco. It is imperative that you carry your own allergy treatment, as ‘adrenaline auto-injectors’ are not provided as standard equipment by Morocco Hike Tours leaders and staff. Upon arrival, please inform your leader about your allergy and indicate the location where you store your adrenaline pen.

Vaccinations: It’s advisable to reach out to your physician or travel clinic to verify if any particular vaccinations are necessary for your trip.

Passport & Visa

Your passport must meet 2 requirements. It must be:

  • Less than 10 years old on the day you enter (check the ‘date of issue’)
  • Valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave (check the ‘expiry date’)

Travelers hailing from the UK, US, and EU typically enjoy visa-free access to Morocco. However, it’s essential to bear in mind that visa regulations can undergo alterations. Ensuring compliance with visa prerequisites falls under your purview for this journey. Hence, we advise consulting the closest embassy or consulate pertaining to your designated destination(s), as well as any countries involved in transit or transfer.

Certain local authorities furnish information regarding the requisite visas for their nationals. To assist you further, we’ve compiled a set of helpful links below:

Washing Cloths

If you wish to have your clothes washed during your stay in Morocco, it will be possible for an additional fee of 10 Dirhams per item (underwear not accepted) and 4/5 Dirhams per item for ironing.


Morocco’s monetary unit is known as the Moroccan Dirham. Below are some currency exchange rates, which can fluctuate daily:
– 1 Pound Sterling = 12.5 Dirham
– 1 Australian Dollar = 6.5 Dirham
– 1 Canadian Dollar = 7.4 Dirham
– 1 US Dollar = 10.00 Dirham
– 1 Euro = 10.6 Dirham.

Weather & Temperature

During this tour in Morocco, the weather typically offers pleasant conditions with daytime temperatures ranging between 20 and 25°C, and nighttime temperatures dropping to 7 – 10°C. However, there are instances when nighttime temperatures may plummet to as low as 0°C, or even a few degrees below freezing, please remember to pack a fleece jacket. While rainfall is uncommon in this area of Morocco, being a mountainous region, it’s wise to be prepared for occasional showers.

Plastic & Rubbish

Morocco Hike Tours does not encourage the use of single-use plastic items. We ensure that all our staff across Morocco work together to reduce this issue and educate those around them. During our desert and mountain treks, we are committed to collecting our rubbish and bringing it back to the big cities. Our footprints are the only thing we should leave behind.

Travel Insurance

To participate in a holiday organized by Morocco Hike Tours, it is imperative that you possess a valid travel insurance policy. This insurance should adequately cover the expenses related to medical treatment and safeguard the value of your holiday in case of cancellation. Prior to obtaining insurance, please verify that the chosen policy provides coverage for the activities and altitudes specified in your itinerary.

In the event that one participant leaves the group for any reason, the customer must assume responsibility for all the charges, and no reimbursement will be provided.

Season & Dates

This tour operates throughout the year and provides the flexibility to depart on any date of your preference within these months. Some roads may be closed due to snow in December, January, and February. In such cases, the alternative route is to follow via Agadir.

Booking Procedure & Payment

Please select the tour that piques your interest, then reach out to us via email to initiate a discussion regarding your preferred tour and to verify its availability. Once we have agreed upon the specifics of your tour, including its duration, route, and the number of participants, we will proceed to make a tentative reservation, providing you with the dates and associated costs.
To secure your booking, we kindly request a 20% deposit, which can be paid online through a bank transfer in Euros, pounds sterling, or US dollars. The remaining balance is settled upon arrival in Morocco, payable in cash using the same currencies—Euros, sterling, or dollars—at the outset of the tour.
Please note: Should you find it inconvenient to carry cash, you have the option to settle the balance online via bank transfer a few days prior to the departure date.

Cancellation Conditions

Our Cancellation Policy:

  • If the trip is canceled at the discretion of our agency, you will be eligible for a full refund of the amount paid.
  • If the trip is canceled by you more than 30 days before the trip date, the amount paid will be retained as credit for a future trip, valid for two years (24 months).
  • If the trip is canceled by you less than one month (29 days or fewer) before the trip date, the amount paid will be retained as credit for a future trip, valid for one year (12 months).
How should you dress when traveling through small villages?

In areas with low tourist numbers (Berber villages in the desert such as in the Atlas), men are advised to avoid very short shorts, tank tops or loose shirts. The same goes for women, avoiding transparent fabrics and tight-fitting outfits. A scarf on your hair is not essential. You can try to dress in local fashion, which seems better suited to the climate.

Equipment list

This packing guide aims to assist you in organizing your belongings efficiently. It’s advisable to aim for minimal weight when packing your equipment.

Please ensure you have the following items with you:

  • Trainers or sandals to wear during your excursion.
  • T-shirts / tops / shirts
  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper during winter season.
  • Sunhat / Warm hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Daypack 20 litres for your personal equipment
  • Sun protection (including lip sun screen)
  • Antibacterial handwash
  • Camera
  • Reusable cloth bag for shopping (to avoid plastic bags)

Rental Services:
Car rental: from €40, lease this via Morocco Hike Tours.
Quad rental In Merzouga: From €60/1 hour, Lease via Morocco Hike tours, The price  may vary depending on the number of participants, Duration, your departure dates, and availability during the selected period.

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Excited to embark on an enthralling journey, 3 days desert tour from Fes to Marrakech unveils a narrative that begins with the vibrant historical backdrop of Fes and extends to the captivating twin mountain ranges of the High Atlas and Middle Atlas, serving as prominent geographical landmarks in Morocco. Defined by their challenging ground, profound gorges, and picturesque valleys, these mountain ranges attract enthusiasts seeking adventure through trekking and hiking in Morocco, allowing for the discovery of unique and breathtaking landscapes. 3 days excursion to Merzouga from Fes leads us through expansive views, where the awe-inspiring beauty of the Sahara Desert unfolds with towering sand dunes, inviting us to partake in an unforgettable desert adventure. This expedition assures not only a physical traverse but also a profound exploration of the diverse elements that compose Morocco's cultural and natural marvels.

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