3 Days Fabulous Desert Tour from Marrakech to Fes


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Summary of the 3 Days Desert Tour from Marrakech to Fes

The best holiday in Morocco is to plan a 3-day adventure from Marrakech to Fes via Merzouga. This desert tour will take you through Tizi n’Tichka pass in the High Atlas mountains, visiting Ait Benhaddou and Taourirt Kasbahs along the way. Explore the Dades Valley and Todgha Gorges before reaching the Sahara desert in Merzouga. Enjoy a camel ride, witness a stunning desert sunset, and spend a night in a desert camp. Wake up to a mesmerizing sunrise before heading to Fes via the Ziz Valley and Ifrane. Conclude the tour with fond memories of Morocco’s captivating landscapes and cultural treasures.

Highlights of the 3 days Marrakech to Fes Desert Tour:

  • Scenic drive through the High Atlas mountains
  • Visit the historic kasbahs of Ait Benhaddou and Taourirt
  • Explore the Dades Valley and Todgha Gorges
  • Experience a camel ride in the Sahara desert
  • Witness a breathtaking sunset and sunrise over the dunes
  • Overnight stay in a desert camp under nomadic tents
  • Journey through the picturesque Ziz Valley
  • Visit the charming city of Ifrane
  • Conclude the tour in the vibrant city of Fes

The program of the Desert Tour from Marrakech to Fes via Merzouga: 3 Days 

Day 1 : Marrakech – Ait Ben Haddou – Ouarzazate – Boumalen Dades

We pick up in Marrakech and today we depart towards Dades Gorges, we start our 3 days tour from Marrakech to Merzouga through the Tizi n’Tichka pass at 2260 m in the High Atlas mountains. We will enjoy the scenic road in the mountains, we enjoy beautiful landscapes with different colors, We pass a few Berber villages along the way to Ouarzazate. We will visit the kasbah of Ait Benhaddou. Then we continue to Ouarzazate to visit “Taourirt Kasbah” and we will have lunch there. Afterward, we travel further southeast to the Dades Valley, passing the Valley of Roses and the fascinating Skoura palmary. We stay for dinner and overnight in Dades Gorges in a local riad – hotel.


Day 2 : Boumalen Dades –Todgha Gorge – Arfoud – Merzouga

Today our Morocco 3 days tour from Marrakech to Merzouga continues and we explore the Dades Valley. We drive towards Tinghir and the Toudra Gorges, where we will walk in the Gorges m famous for mountain climbers. Afterward, we depart to Erfoud passing Palm Grove. We may visit a fossil shop and factory in Erfoud. Then we continue to Rissani and Sahara desert in Merzouga. We prepare for a camel ride into the desert and we enjoy the desert sunset here. We spend the night in the middle of the dunes and we enjoy dinner around the campfire. We stay at night in a desert camp under Nomad tents.

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Day 3 : Merzouga – Ziz Valley – Ifrane – Fes

In the morning we will enjoy the sunrise in the Sahara desert from the high dunes. Then we ride our camels back to our hotel for breakfast and show. We continue towards Rissani, Erfoud, Errachidia, and Midelt, where we stay for lunch. Later we head towards Ifrane and our private Morocco tour finish in Fes. We drop you off at your hotel or airport.


  •  Pick up and drop off at your hotel/airport
  •  An air conditioned 4×4 Landcruiser or spacious minivan in case of a group
  •  English speaking driver
  •  Dinner & breakfast
  •  Cameld rides & overnight in a private nomad traditional tent
  •  No forced shopping stops during the tour


  • lunch and drinks
  • Entrance fees

The Price of this Tour

The price is varied according to the number of travelers, type of hotel, and vehicle. Generally, our prices for tours are affordable and everyone can travel with us depending on his/her budget.

Popular Questions and The Answers

How far is the Desert of Merzouga from Marrakech?

The distance between Marrakech and the desert of Merzouga is approximately 560 kilometers (350 miles). The journey typically takes around 9 to 10 hours by road, depending on the route and stops along the way. The most common route is through the High Atlas mountains, passing through towns like Ouarzazate, Tinghir, and Erfoud before reaching Merzouga.

How easy is the desert tour from Marrakech to Fes?

The desert tour from Marrakech to Fes is a popular and well-established route in Morocco, and it is relatively easy to undertake. Considering the great plan of the tour, our professional team, comfortable cars, and the best accommodations; all these conditions make this tour easy and an unforgettable one.

How far Marrakech to Fes via Merzouga desert?

The distance from Marrakech to Fes via the Merzouga desert is approximately 650 kilometers (404 miles). The route typically involves traveling southeast from Marrakech through the High Atlas mountains, passing through Ouarzazate, Tinghir, and Erfoud before reaching Merzouga in the Sahara Desert. From Merzouga, the journey continues northeast towards Fes, passing through towns like Rissani, Midelt, and Ifrane.

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Information about the Famous Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou

Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah is a UNESCO World Heritage site located in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, near Ouarzazate in Morocco. It is an ancient fortified city that stands as a remarkable example of traditional Moroccan mud-brick architecture, known as kasbahs.

The Kasbah is made up of a collection of earthen buildings surrounded by high defensive walls, which were originally constructed to protect the inhabitants from external threats. It is renowned for its striking beauty, with its well-preserved red clay walls rising dramatically from the arid landscape.

Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah has been featured in numerous films and television shows, serving as a backdrop for several famous productions, including “Lawrence of Arabia,” “Gladiator,” and “Game of Thrones.” Its unique architecture and picturesque setting make it a popular destination for tourists and photographers.

Visitors to Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah can explore its narrow winding streets, visit the ancient granary, and discover traditional Moroccan houses adorned with beautiful geometric patterns. From the top of the kasbah, there are panoramic views of the surrounding desert and the lush green oasis nearby.

The kasbah’s historical significance and architectural splendor have earned it a place on the UNESCO World Heritage list, ensuring its preservation for future generations. A visit to Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah offers a glimpse into Morocco’s rich cultural heritage and provides a captivating experience in an ancient and enchanting setting.

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