Fes To Marrakech 5 Days Desert Tour

desert tour from Fes - 5 days

Overview of 5 days desert tour:

Discover the beauty of Morocco with this exciting five-day itinerary. Begin in Fes and end in Marrakesh, visiting the rocky peaks of the High Atlas mountains and the colossal dunes of the Sahara. You’ll wander medieval medinas and souks, marvel at palaces and oases, and explore ancient kasbahs and desert region.

Highlights of desert trip from Fes in 5 days:

Is this 5 days desert tour right for you?

This all-inclusive desert tour from Fes to Marrakech is suited for travelers who are looking for outdoor activities and experience the Sahara as locals, knowing their culture and customs. You are short of time and you’d like to explore more around Morocco. You are considering going to Marrakech but you do not want to miss the Sahara desert. Spend an unforgettable night in a luxury desert camp among the sand dunes of Erg Chebbi and experience the culture of nomads.

Why you’ll like this 5 day 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 tour. Admire the landscapes along the way, especially panoramic 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) and under the high cliff of Toudra Gorge and have fun with barbarian apes in the cedar forest 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 Sahara Desert, the timeless Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah, the tranquil oasis of Skoura, and the bustling city of Marrakech.

Brief itinerary of Fes to Marrakech desert trip:




Day 1

Fes, Ifrane cedar forest and Sahara desert & Camel trekking


Day 2

Explore the Sahara, Visit the nomads, Ouzina, and Oasis Mharech

Foum Mharech

Day 3

Rissani, Tinghir Gorges, and overnight in Boumalne Gorges


Day 4

Dades Gorges, Rose Valley, and travel to Ouarzazate


Day 5

Visit Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah, Pass the High Atlas Mountains, and reach Marrakech


Detailed itinerary 5-day Morocco desert tour:

Day 01: Fes - Ifrane - Cedar Forest - High Atlas Mountains - Ziz Valley - Merzouga

From the medina of Fes, we will begin our ascent across the Middle Atlas Mountains to the south. While the drive to our next destination is long, the journey from Fes to Sahara 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.

this desert tour to the Sahara involves a couple of stops along the way, Ifrane city known as the little Switzerland of Morocco, Cedar forest, and the canyon of Ziz Valley in the south. In the afternoon we will reach our destination – Merzouga. This small city is the gateway to the sand dunes of Erg-Chebbi. 

Arrive in Merzouga in the afternoon. Mount your camels through the sand dunes toward your feature stay accommodation with an experienced camel for approximately 1 hour with a break to enjoy the sun setting down over the sand dunes. Get to the camp at dusk. 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.

  • Splurge
  • Mid-range
  • Don’t break the bank (Standard)
  • Sahara Desert – Camel trekking
  • Sahara Desert – Sandboarding
  • Atlas Mountains – Cedar forest walking tour
  • Ifrane – National Park walking tour
  • ATVing, buggy
  • 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: Exploring Merzouga - Ouzina - Ramliya - M'harech

Today you will experience everything that Sahara has to offer. On an exuberant four-wheel drive tour of the desert and surrounding areas, Learn more about the Gnaoua culture, music, and food that is unique to this part of the world. Explore mines filled with fossils found in this ancient place, and know the lifestyle of the desert nomads.

Your experience of this Sahara tour has not finished yet, since you have not explored the picturesque oases of Ouzina and spent the night in the oases of M’harech. In the afternoon, we will Set off on an adventure to explore the desert oases. Afterward, we will take you to your Auberge in the heart of M’harech oases. Overnight in M’harech oases, typical dinner followed by live Berber music.

  • Splurge
  • Mid-range
  • Don’t break the bank (Standard)
  • Breakfast & Dinner
  • Lunch
  • Camel trekking
  • Sahara desert – Exploring the Merzouga area
  • Ouzina – Palmary  oasis & Oubahlou village
  • ATVing, buggy
  • Horseback riding

Today’s total driving time is approximately 1 hour. 4o minutes
Today’s total driving distance is approximately 50 km

Today your Sahara desert sightseeing tour includes Desert nomads and Gnaoua families, and there are no entrance fees to join those people, but it’s required to leave a donation after. Ask your leader for more information or check our essential travel information.

Day 03: M'harech - Alnif - Toudra Gorge

After a good night in the middle of nowhere, we will get started on our desert tour to the Sahara on an adventure of a lifetime driving on the route of Dakar Rally to the south of Morocco – Dades Gorge. Appreciate the black landscapes and the hospitality of nomads in this unique area.

Toudra Gorge is 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. Afterward, check into your accommodation surrounded by canyons. 

  • Splurge
  • Mid-range
  • Don’t break the bank (Standard)
  • Dinner, Lunch & Breakfast
  • M’harech – palmary oases  & nomads
  • Tinghir – Todra Gorge walking tour 
  • Alnif – Picnic in Alnif’s oases (Little cooking class)
  • Tinghir – Female’s cooperative of handmade rugs

Today’s total driving time is approximately 2 hours
Today’s total driving distance is approximately 150 km.

Day 04: Toudra Gorge - Dades Gorge - Rose Vally - Ouarzazate

The early bird catches the warm! wake up for a spectacular sunrise over the massive canyons of Toudra, considering the changeable landscapes. Leave to the south, this way is also as interesting as the one from Fes to the Sahara desert. The road of thousand kasbahs. Drive south deeply along Rose Valley to explore the rock formation known as Monkey’s Toes.

On to the ancient, earthen-walled citadels of Ouarzazate. The Ouarzazate kasbahs and Studios have lured many Hollywood film crews, acting as the backdrop to scenes from Game of Thrones Prison Break, and Gladiator. After spending the day exploring the Hollywood of Africa, our home tonight of the desert tour to the Sahara will be the south city of Ouarzazate.

  • Splurge
  • Mid-range
  • Don’t break the bank (Standard)
  • Dinner & Breakfast
  • Boumalne Dades –  Short Dades walking tour
  • Kalaat M’gouna – Female cooperative of rose water
  • Skoura – Kasbah amridil MAD40 
  • Ouarzazate – Atlas Studio & museum – MAD80
  • Ouarzazate – Kasbah Taourirt – MAD80

Today’s total driving time is approximately 2 hours. 26minutes
Today’s total driving distance is approximately 172 km.

Day 05: Ouarzazate - Ait Ben Haddou - High Atlas Mountains - Marrakech

From buffs may recognize more sites from their favorite films as we explore the ancient scenic city of Ait Ben Haddou. Ait Ben Haddou has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987, once a vital stopping point along the caravan route between Marrakech and toumbouctou. 

After we make you that you visited the Kasbah as you wish, we will embark on a journey to Marrakech crossing the high Atlas Mountains. On our way, we may visit the Kasbah of Telouet, another Kasbah along the former route of the caravans from the Sahara over the Atlas Mountains to Marrakech.

Upon arrival in Marrakech, we will meet our local guide to visit the heart of the city – Jemaa el-Fnaa. Famous square in the center medina of Marrakech. The ancient Koutubia Mosque, Bahia Palace… Once the guide makes sure you have been to the must-see sites of Marrakech, we will take you to your hotel and again where 5 day desert to Sahara and south ends.

  • Splurge
  • Mid-range
  • Don’t break the bank (Standard)
  •  Breakfast
  • Ait Ben Haddou – Kasbah alking tour
  • High Atlas Mountains – Female’s cooperative of argan oil
  • Marrakech – guided walking tour
  • High atlas Mountains – Kasbah Telouet

Today’s total driving time is approximately 3 hours. 34 minutes
Today’s total driving distance is approximately 192 km

Inclusive & Exclusive


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

* 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

$ 1260

$ 725

$ 540

$ 480

$ 350

Second option

$ 1590

$ 930

$ 760

$ 590

$ 440

Third option

$ 2170

$ 1385

$ 1140

$ 990

$ 780

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.
  • 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.


PAMELA ROBERTS@Pamelaroberts
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Just had the trip of a lifetime. First, our Your Guide Mohamed was amazing. He truly cared about us and our experiences and strived to keep us all happy. Everyone should be as lucky as us to have Mohamed as a guide. And we saw an experienced all aspects of life in Morocco from the marketplace to Sahara Desert. We were engaged at every opportunity from eating hot bread in the market place to riding camels to traditional dancing and music. Every moment was a "wow" moment. Thank you for a top-notch tour and guide.
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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
Marilyn D@Marilynd
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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 desert tour from Fes in 5 days 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 your 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 5-day Morocco itinerary from Fes 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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