Embark on a remarkable 2 day private desert tour from Fes to Marrakech via Merzouga: our expert team will take you on an adventure to discover the majestic Morocco Desert through the charming ski resort – Ifrane, The Middle Atlas Mountains with wind past olive groves and shepherds tending to their flocks. As well as the Cedar Forest with Barbary macaques, lush valleys with palm trees, fields and acacia. Furthermore, admire the beautiful sand dunes of Erg Chebbi, enjoy a camel ride and spend a night in a traditional Berber camp under the Saharan stars. Last but not least, wander the streets of this famous UNESCO-listed kasbah – Ait Ben Haddou, which has starred in many movies and TV shows. Uncover the essence of Morocco’s natural beauty and rich heritage on this unforgettable journey.
In the morning, you’ll meet your private driver/guide, and then embark on a scenic drive. This will be a long and rewarding touring day. However, there will be plenty of stops to appreciate the ever-changing Moroccan landscape along the way. Giant pine trees, wind past olive groves, shepherds tending to their flocks and Cedar Forest – all with views of the Middle Atlas Mountains in the distance. En route, stop in Ifrane, a beautiful town often likened to a Swiss Alpine resort, and also highlighted for its low temperatures and varied outdoor activities such as snowboarding which attract visitors from all over the kingdom. Afterward, continue to Midelt via the Cedar Forest, where you enjoy a short walk to see the Barbary macaques and take some photos. After a leisurely lunch, then we head out towards Merzouga Desert via Errachidia and the lush Ziz Valley.
As soon as you arrive at the popular dunes of Erg Chebbi, one of the world’s iconic landscapes, with towering dunes up to 150 m in height, ride a camel into the Sahara Desert towards your campsite. A spectacular camp hidden away in the sand dunes of the Sahara. Here in this magical escape from the modern world, you’ll experience the true essence of desert life. Make sure to catch the sunset in the heart of the desert. In addition to that, enjoy a nice dinner, followed by live Berber music around an open fire and spend an amazing night under an endless canopy of Saharan stars, digest the desert in all its beauty that will give you remarkable memories of Merzouga desert trip exploring.
◈ Overnight: Merzouga Desert
◈ Meals: Dinner
After a truly stunning sunrise, freshen up and breakfast in your camp. Enjoy a scenic drive towards the Draa Valley through Alnif, Tazarine oasis, and N’kob. with plenty of opportunities to stop and admire the panoramic views of the ancient kasbahs and palm groves (lush valleys with palm trees, fields and acacia), as well as the mountains of the anti-atlas (1660 m high). Continue on to the Hollywood of North Africa – Ouarzazate, famous for being the filming location for many other Hollywood blockbusters and famous TV shows including Lawrence of Arabia, The Mummy and more recently Game of Thrones.
After some free time and lunch, we hit the road again to Ait Benhaddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a stunningly well-preserved medieval village which has famously featured in many blockbuster movies, including Gladiator, The living daylights and many more. After a visit to the Kasbah, then drive across the great High Atlas Mountains. Climbing over the pass of Tizi N’tichka, continue onwards with marvelous views over the Mountains and vast valleys to Marrakech. Arrive in Marrakesh in the late afternoon. Eventually, the end of 2 day private tour from Fes to Marrakech via Merzouga Desert.
⟐ Meals: Breakfast
Additional accommodation can be pre-booked if you wish to explore Marrakech. Find out things you can do during your stay in Marrakech and beyond.
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The majestic Merzouga Desert lies at a distance of around 463 kilometers (287 miles) from the vibrant city of Fes. Embarking on this enchanting journey from Fes to the mesmerizing Merzouga sand dunes unveils a tapestry of awe-inspiring sceneries and captivating stops, creating an unforgettable adventure for travelers. Prepare to be enthralled as you traverse this remarkable distance, immersing yourself in the beauty of the landscapes that unfold before your eyes.
Booking a private tour offers a unique and personalized experience tailored to your interests. You enjoy privacy, comfort, and the freedom to customize the itinerary and pace. With exclusive access and an expert guide dedicated to your group, you gain a deeper understanding of the destinations. While private tours can be more expensive, the benefits outweigh the cost for those seeking an exceptional and unforgettable travel experience.
The camel trek is about an hour, with a break in the heart of the desert in order to witness the sunset. If you prefer to walk, then you can walk alongside our camel caravan, but bear in mind that walking in the sand can be tiring.
Whether you choose to embrace the adventure of a camel ride or opt for the convenience of a 4×4 transfer, the choice is yours. Erg Chebbi’s enchanting desert camp awaits, promising an unforgettable getaway amidst the breathtaking dunes.
You don’t need a sleeping bag since there are well-equipped Desert camps provides all the bedding you need including pillows, blankets and even a private bathroom in the tent if you need to take a shower (Luxury camp).
To fully experience Fes, it is recommended to spend at least two to three days in the city. Begin with a guided tour of the Medina, exploring its hidden treasures and iconic sites like the Karaouine Mosque, Al-Attarine Madrasa & Chouara Tannery. Take a day to navigate the Medina’s souks and immerse yourself in the bustling atmosphere. If time allows, consider a day trip to the blue city of Chefchaouen, located approximately 200 kilometers away. This picturesque town offers stunning views and a charming ambiance. While two days are sufficient for a basic visit, extending your stay allows for a more immersive and leisurely exploration of Fes.
It takes around 9–10 hours drive to get to Merzouga desert from Marrakech, approximately 563 kilometers (350 miles). But it’s possible to break up this long journey with overnight stops, either in Ouarzazate or Dades Gorge along the way.
Wi-Fi availability in the desert camps can vary depending on the specific camp you choose. Some desert camps may offer Wi-Fi access to their guests, while others may not have this facility available.
It’s recommended to pack comfortable clothing suitable for warm weather during the day and cooler temperatures at night. Essentials include sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, a scarf for protection from the desert wind, comfortable shoes for walking, and a small backpack for personal items. It’s also advisable to bring a camera to capture the stunning landscapes and memorable moments.
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Unforgettable Morocco Desert Adventure from Fes
Embarking on a short tour to Morocco, Marrakech was our chosen destination, and as first-time visitors, we were uncertain about what awaited us. Opting for a 2-day, 1-night tour from Fes to the Sahara Desert with this company turned out to be a brilliant decision. Our guide, Ibrahim, played a pivotal role in ensuring a seamless journey—always punctual and attentive to our requests.
The undeniable highlight was the enchanting Merzouga sand dunes. Our experience included a captivating sunset, a camel ride, and a night at the luxurious oasis camp, offering an unparalleled view of the stars. I wholeheartedly recommend this tour to anyone eager to explore the wonders of Morocco and immerse themselves in the Sahara Desert. Ibrahim’s dedication added an extra layer of excellence to our adventure. Highly recommended!
Exceptional 2-Day Sahara Travel Itinerary from Fes
Choosing Morocco Tabiarte Tours for my private 2-day desert tour from Fes to Marrakech was a decision validated by the fantastic reviews I read, and it truly lived up to the hype. Guided by the knowledgeable Moha, our adventure was a seamless exploration of diverse sites, enriched by his kindness and consideration.
The communal dinner in a large tent was a culinary delight—warm soup, Moroccan salad, and Tajine were savored, with an unforgettable dessert. The evening came alive with welcoming music, a bonfire, and a celebration of our arrival. Traditional Berber music, dance, and drumming under the stars were mesmerizing. Moha’s drumming prowess added a special touch, showcasing his enthusiasm and musical talent.
This journey, undoubtedly one of our family’s best adventures, was exotic, and the experience was unparalleled. I highly recommend having a guide like Moha for seamless city-to-city travel. His well-planned, thoughtful, and organized tour made it a truly fun and unforgettable trip. Thank you, Moha, for creating lasting memories!