3-Day Desert Tour From Fes To Marrakech

3-Day Desert Tour From Fes To Marrakech

Overview of 3-days desert tour from Fes:

This all-inclusive Moroccan trip in 3 days highlights the best of Morocco and Sahara, from historical stops in imperial cities to natural exploration in desert landscapes. Begin in the ancient medina of Fes and end in the bustling city of Marrakesh. You’ll discover the High Atlas Mountains, ride a camel into the Sahara, visit old kasbahs, coll off in an oasis, and take a gentle walk in the canyons of Toudra.

Highlights of Fes to Marrakech desert tour:

Is this 3-day Morocco tour right for you?

You’re considering going to Marrakech from Fes but you do not want to miss the fabulous desertGorgesAit Ben Haddou Kasbah, and southern Morocco. And you are on a short and you’d like to explore more around Morocco instead of staying in Fes city. This Sahara desert trip from Fes to Marrakech via Merzouga is a long driving distance but you have a break on the next day in Dades Gorge to explore the surrounding area. On the last day of this Fes to Marrakech journey, you’ll pass through the High Atlas Mountains on a twisted way. The road over the High Atlas Mountains is very windy, so please take this into consideration if you or your child suffers from motion sickness.

Why you’ll like this desert trip!

Travel with a local knowledge leader who will share the magic and the real of Morocco with you on this Fes to Marrakech desert adventure. Admire the landscapes along the way, especially panoramic ones with some breathtaking views. Spend the night in a luxury camp staring at the shiny stars. Join a traditional local band after dinner to have some fun with their music dancing around and open fire. Take a gentle walk in Ifrane city (the Switzerland of Morocco), nearby Azrou village, and under the high cliff of Toudra Gorge and have fun with barbarian apes in the Cedar Forest of Azrou on the Mid-Atlas Mountains. Drive to Marrakech through the highest road in Africa while making stops along the way. The Tizi n’Tichka pass reaches the heady heights of 2260m (7415ft), the highest point that a car can reach. Marvel at iconic sights during visits to the remarkable Merzouga, the timeless Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah, the tranquil oasis of Skoura, and the bustling red city of Marrakech.

Brief itinerary of desert adventure:




Day 1

Ifrane cedar forest, Ziz Valley and Sahara desert & camel ride


Day 2 

Transfer to Boumalne via Rissani traditional market & Toudra Gorge


Day 3

Rose Valley, Ouarzazate & Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah, and drop off in Marrakech


Detailed itinerary desert journey in 3 days:

Day 01: Fez - Ifrane - Cedar Forest - Midelt - Ziz Valley - Merzouga (Camel ride)

Today, we will begin our ascent across the Middle Atlas Mountains. While the drive to our next destination is long, the journey is not one you’ll want to close your eyes on. With frequent stops and exquisite views around every corner, this drive is one of the loveliest in Morocco.

Stop in Ifrane city known as(the Switzerland of Morocco) the architecture and the weather are extremely gorgeous. For a while in Ifrane, Continue to Michlifen through Cedar Forest, the largest and famous jungle in Morocco. Where we may well see the barbarian apes. Then, continue our desert journey, heading to Midelt city along the spectacular hills of the Middle Atlas Mountains where we may well see some shepherds herding their animals.

After lunch in a local restaurant. We will cross the Atlas Mountains and appreciate the beauty of the natural landscape along the way. Once we reach Errachidia city, we will make a quick stop in Ziz Valley (the second largest river in Morocco) to admire its panoramic views over the Ziz Canyon full of palm trees before we get to the Sahara Desert.

Arrive in Merzouga in the afternoon. After a nap, Mount your camels through the sand dunes toward your feature stay accommodation with an experienced camel for approximately 1 hour with a break on a high dune to enjoy the sunset that might be the best sunset ever in your life. Get to the camp. You will be greeted with a cup of mint tea, enjoy the nomad hospitality, and a traditional feast under the sky jeweled with millions of stars. Followed by live local music around an open fire. spend the night at desert camp.

  • Splurge
  • Mid-range
  • Don’t break the bank (Standard)
  • Sahara Desert – Camel trekking
  • Sahara Desert – Sandboarding
  • Ifrane – National Park walking tour
  • Sahara Desert – ATVing, buggy
  • Sahara Desert – Horseback riding
  • Dinner

Today’s total driving time is approximately 7 hours
Today’s total driving distance is approximately 477 km

The camel rides are really romantic activities to explore and enjoy the Sahara desert. But if you’d prefer, it’s simply possible to do another activity instead with a few extra fees or to be driven to and from the camp. Please let us know.

Day 02: Merzouga - Rissani - Alnif - Toudra Gorge - Dades Gorge

Your camel man will wake you up to enjoy the fabulous sunrise beside your luxury desert camp. The sunrise in Morocco desert would take your breath away! After breakfast, we will continue our Moroccan desert tour to Boumalne Dades, through the rural villages and Todra Gorge. Your camera won’t get much rest today! This region of Morocco is home to dramatic slot canyons, picturesque river valleys, and towering mountains.

Prepare for an indrawn breath of awe as every turn reveals new sights in the spectacular Todra Gorge, take a gentle walk under the red cliff of Toudra Gorge. A massive trench that rises over 300 meters to form one of the most dramatic and spectacular natural sights in Morocco. Many people come to enjoy their preferred sport here.

In the afternoon we will reach our destination – Dades Gorge. This village is located on the edge of the Atlas Mountains and spread along the Rose Valley, where many hikers come to enjoy their preferred sport. Spend your night in a typical riad.

  • Splurge
  • Mid-range
  • Don’t break the bank (Standard)
  • Breakfast & Dinner
  • Lunch
  • Sahara Desert -Camel trekking
  • Sahara Desert – Sandboarding
  • Rissani – weekly market walking tour
  • Tinghir – Todra Gorge walking tour
  • Sahara Desert – ATVing, buggy
  • Sahara Desert – Horseback riding

Today’s total driving time is approximately 3h.41 minutes
Today’s total driving distance is approximately 354 km

Day 03: Dades Gorge - Kalaat M'goun - Skoura - Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah - High Atlas Mountains - Marrakech

Today is the last day of your Fes to Marrakech 3 day desert tour. After breaking your fast at the hotel overlooking the valley, we will drive to Ouarzazate along the ‶road of Thousand Kasbah″. We may have a quick stop at Kalaa Mgouna (Rose’s village) known for its annual rose festival in May. Afterward, we reach Ait ben haddou kasbah. One of the largest and most famous kasbahs in Morocco. It’s been a UNESCO world heritage site since 1987. Additionally, it’s a great location for numerous films including Lawrence of Arabia, Got, gladiator, and more.

After lunch at the Kasbah and a visit, we will cross the High Atlas Mountains ( 2260 m altitude) and Enjoy the breathtaking landscape along the way. Arrive Marrakech in the late afternoon and drop you off at your hotel in Marrakech or your preferred location, where the service of our 3 day Fes to Marrakech adventure ends.

  • Breakfast 
  • Kalaat M’gouna – Female’s cooperative of rose water
  • Ait Ben Haddou – Kasbah walking tour
  • Ouarzazate – Atlas Studio & museum – MAD80
  • High Atlas Mountains – Female cooperative of argan oil 

Today’s total driving time is approximately 5 h. 13 minutes
Today’s total driving distance is approximately 312 km

Time permitting, we may do the optional activities also, because days in the winter season are quite shorter than the summer season.

Inclusive & Exclusive

Desert adventure Accommodations

We select the best accommodations carefully to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable. Hospitality and everything makes you feel like home.


Standard 3 star

Mid-range 4 star

Splurge 5 star


Panorama Dades

Dar Blues Dades

Xaluca Dades


Dune Merzouga Camp

Ideal Desert Camp

Desert Luxury Camp

* If those accommodations above are not available at the time of booking. You’ll be staying at similar ones and we will let you in advance. If you have preferred ones in mind to stay at and not mentioned above, let us know and we’re happy to book it for you.

* April and December are peak travel times! Make sure you book in advance to get preferred accommodations.

Price & Booking


1 person

2 person

4 person

8 person

10 – 16 person

First option

$ 860

$ 460

$ 350

$ 240

$ 180

Second option

$ 1200

$ 1005

$ 860

$ 355

$ 190

Third option

$ 1600

$ 880

$ 630

$ 440

$ 385

The prices of our tours depend on the packages you select(Splurge, Mid-range, or Don’t break the bank accommodations), the number of travelers on your journey, and the season of your travel.

* All prices are in Euro, US Dollars, Pounds, or Moroccan Dirhams, per person. There is an additional 10% fee for tours including the dates between Dec.20 – Jan.5(Peak Season). For single rooms, a single supplement fee will be applied.

For the bookings of our tours, we kindly request a small deposit of 20% of the total price to be sent to our bank account, PayPal or Wise account. The balance is to be paid to your driver/guide at the meeting.

Trip preparation

Know Before You Go

Although most of the planning and preparation is taken care of for you, there are still a few things you should know and some details you should take care of to ensure your comfort, safety and peace of mind. Please review the following information before your departure to ensure that any surprises along the way will only be pleasant ones.

  • During the booking process please let us know if you have any food restrictions or allergies.

  • Since lunches are not included, your guide will suggest restaurants where the food is tasty and fresh in order not to get sick. However, if you have a particular restaurant in mind. Inform your guide to accommodate your choices. On the other hand, based on his experiences, he will be glad to assist you whether their service and meals are marvelous.

  • Alternatively, your driver will make frequent stops along the way, especially in breathtaking places. This tour is flexible, if you recognize a worthy place to stop in, feel free to ask your gently driver.

  • Respect tour departures times to avoid delay and loss of sightseeing opportunities. If necessary, let your guide and driver know.

    For the benefit of all tour participants, we ask tour members to be considerate of their fellow travelers in the following ways:

  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) or “drone” technology has quickly become affordable and is increasingly popular with recreational users. While some countries have clear, established drone laws, others do not, or existing regulations are undergoing review and change. Travelers who wish to bring a drone on their trip are responsible to research and abide by the laws and regulations, as well as to check with their airline(s) regarding their rules for transporting drones. Please note that tours are unable to extend the length of scheduled visits and stops to accommodate use of drones. If you’re coming with your drone, let us know in advance to schedule the time for it.

  • Ramadan may make your trip excruciating, due to most of the restaurants and shops would be closed. And alcohol beverages will not be served in restaurants and hard to find.
  • Our guides are fluent in languages, and they are happy to share all what they have known so far, if you’d like skip or add an activity to your daily itinerary feel free to ask your guide.
  • As a desert country, Morocco can have extreme weather. Please consider the time of the year you wish to travel and your suitability for that season. Prefer to the section of Essential Travel Info for more details.
  • During your stay in Sahara Desert (desert camp) your luggage will be transferred directly and safely to your camp.
  • Children under 5 years old are free of charge. 6 – 8 (- 70 %). 10 years old is considered as an adult.


Dian M.
Dian M.@Dianmm
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A great success! I'm ready to turn around my bags and return to enchanting Morocco. The 3 days Marrakech trip was well organized, and our tour manager, Moha, was the consummate professional. He tended to the needs of individuals in our group as they arose and managed unforeseen circumstances with skill and a sense of humor. He also shared the culture, history, and natural history of the country with us as we traveled keeping us transfixed by what we were seeing. In a very helpful gesture, he also provided us with a written summary of the places we'd visited. I've already recommended this trip to others, and one of my friends has signed up for a December tour.
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Absolutely phenomenal! This was our very first group tour and Morocco Vacation Travel exceeded our expectations! We did not expect such phenomenal hotels, restaurants, tour sites, and more. So, thank you to MVT. But most importantly, we can not exclaim enough about Mohammed, our tour manager. He is knowledgeable, kind, organized, understanding, and patient. The perfect representative for MVT.
Marilyn D
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It was a very wonderful experience. The sites that we've come to see and visit were all great! Our guide Abdel was very knowledgeable, understanding, kind, considerate, attentive to our needs and very patient with all of us. The camp and food in the desert were all great! The driver and the assistant were also very helpful.


Yes! Absolutely, this 3 days Fes to Marrakech desert tour is available every day, except summer the temperature can reach 40 degrees Celsius – 104 degrees Fahrenheit.

The early bird catches the warm! As soon as you know the exact dates of your desert trip, contact us. 

It depends on the period you’d like to experience Sahara Desert. The tents are well-equipped (enough blankets, hot water, and extra pillows).

  • Summer: (end of June – Augusts) light and soft clothes, such as scarf, skirts, slippers, skin protection, sunglasses.
  • Winter: (October – end of March) warm clothes, sneakers, extra jacket or coat.

The best time to do this 3-day tour to Marrakech via Sahara desert is all seasons of the year except summer. You might feel overwhelmed by sandstorms and high temperatures.

The best way to experience Sahara desert is by camel ride. To enjoy this ancient transport, put comfortable clothes on, loose pants, sneakers and a small bag where you can put some stuff in, like a bottle of water, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a camera if you have any.

So many Sahara desert adventures get confused between Sahara Desert of Erg Chigaga and Sahara Desert of Erg Chebbi. Both of them would take your breath away! But here is one thing to keep in mind, if you’re looking for a typical lifestyle and would like to stay away from touristy places, then Sahara Desert of Erg Chigaga means you. On the other hand, Sahara Desert of Erg Chebbi in Merzouga attracts tons of visitors all over the world, due to its high clean oragned-sand dunes and luxury camps.

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⚠️Note: If you are not enable to find any activity you are looking for, or to modify anything in this itinerary,  we are available 24/7 for any questions or requests. do not hesitate to contact us, we are more than happy to customize your itinerary according to your exact needs and requirements.

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