From Marrakech to Fes through the Sahara desert

We leave Marrakech and travel to the imperial city of Fes, and through extraordinary landscapes of mountains dotted with small Berber villages to the Sahara desert, in the Erg Chebbi.
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Fes Desert Excursion

From 3 to 6 days

Departures from

Marrakech, Marrakesh Menara Airport


798 € + local guide + accommodation


Departures every day

Getaway to Fes through desert




Marrakech - Ait Ben Haddou - Dades

We pick up you in the hotel or airport of Marrakech, to start this excursion from Marrakech to Fes through Sahara desert.

Our route begins crossing the High Atlas by Tizi n'Tichka mountain pass, the highest road pass in North Africa, at 2260 meters high. Atlas is a great mountain range that offers extraordinary mountainous landscapes dotted with small berber villages. We will make as many stops you want to admire and photograph them.

The highlight of the day is the walk through the mythical fortified city, the Ksar of Ait Ben Haddou. It enjoys the status declared by UNESCO as World Heritage Site. Its ornate adobe dwellings are confined within a strong wall reinforced by defense turrets. This spectacular set of kasbahs built on a hill rises above the desert landscape of the Anti Atlas. It is undoubtedly one of the most emblematic places in Morocco.

We will continue in Ouarzazate direction passing by the huge cinema studios where scenes from so renowned movies such as "The Mummy", "Gladiator" and many others, such as episodes of the "Game of Thrones" series, have been recorded. The desert, oasis, kasbahs and snowy mountains of the Atlas are an unbeatable setting for shooting movies.

We will follow the route of the thousand kasbahs, of enormous architectural value although many in ruins, that it is really a place like no other which makes the traveler fall in love with. Then we will cross the Roses' Valley, famous for the beauty products that are extracted from them.

We'll arrive to the famous Dades Gorges, which is a narrow valley with a spectacular zigzagging landscape.



Dades Gorges - Erfoud/Merzouga desert

Landscape from this day will change completely again. The route continues towards Tinghir to deviate a bit towards the famous Todra Gorges. Another awesome place, made of vertical rock walls over 100 meters high, product of erosion overtime, that we will travel along its base by the river of clear water. We will enjoy a walk at the foot of these impressive walls, in a small stop along the way.

The great green palm grove along the course of the river will accompany us a stretch on our trip to Erfoud, the desert gate. Afterwards, we can visit amazing quarries of fossils that are there. And that is, where there is sand now, once there was water. We will finally arrive at the foot of Erg Chebbi wonderful dunes. A welcome mint tea will be waiting for us and we will enjoy the sunset in the desert of Merzouga. Reach the camp with a ride with dromedaries is an option we recommend. If you can, stop another night on this excursion from Marrakech to Fes through the desert, to really enjoy it.

That first night in the desert is worth staying in a haimas camp. The original ones are tents made with dromedary hair in the traditional way of the berbers nomads. Our tents are equipped with every detail. After relaxing with a good shower, we will enjoy dinner in the tented camp near the dunes in the style of a thousand and one nights. Stars illuminate in the darkness of the desert sky, that seem to shine more than anywhere else.



Merzouga desert - Fes

Before breakfast, possibility of walk towards the dunes to admire the sunrise. With the light of dawn and as the sun rises the desert sand takes on a spectacular reddish color.

Coming back from the site camp, we will drive through some of the Paris-Dakar rally old tracks. Already with our driver, we will visit Khamlia, a small town of about three hundred inhabitants of a Sha and Berber ethnic group. Originally from black Africa, they moved to the Sahara where they began to settle together with Berber nomads. Its people, as in the whole south, are warm and friendly. And music is also an important part of their culture. We will make a stop to enjoy their hospitality and their traditional Gnawa music.

Our route will continue through Midelt and through the awesome Ziz Valley, where life takes place under the extension of palm trees and among a multitude of kasbahs. We will make some stops as always to enjoy panoramic views and maybe even see some kasbah more closely.

We will cross the middle Atlas and stop at the green and lush haven of peace in the vicinity of Azrou. It is the great forest of cedars to observe the barbary macaques in the middle of nature ...

We finally reach Fes through its agricultural region of Morocco, to end the excursion from Marrakech to Fes through the desert. You can add a day for a Fes city tour to this trip. Ask for more information.

What includes this Fes & desert excursion:

- Personalized private excursion only for your group.

- Price includes private transport (with wifi and air conditioning) from Marrakech to Fes. Accommodation included in BB or HB optional in riad/hotel in the chosen category (basic, comfort, luxury).

- Professional local driver who speaks customer's language (English, Spanish, French, Italian, Swedish, among others).

- Points and schedule of collection and arrival to be agreed.

What is not include in this Fes & desert excursion:

- Meals, drinks, or entrance tickets to museums or other activities.

-Does not include fee for local guide (to consult).


- We recommend to add 1 more night in the desert to enjoy better the route and relax. To this here detailed itinerary we can add Marrakech city tour in the beginning and Fes city tour at the end, ask for more information.

- If you want to do this and other excursions from Marrakech as a single trip, ask us for the South Star tour.

- This itinerary is subject to modifications depending on the start and arrival time, or weather or other force majeure imperatives

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