3 Days Marrakech to Fes Sahara Desert Tour – Morocco Excursion

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◈ Tour Description: 3 Day Tour From Marrakech to Fes Through Merzouga Desert

3 days Sahara desert tour from Marrakech to Fes

3 Days Sahara Desert tour from Marrakech to Fes through Morocco’s highest pass, Tizi N’Tichka (2260 m) to Ait Ben Haddou kasbah, Hollywood of North Africa – Ouarzazate. Furthermore, enjoy a journey into the Sahara Desert with a medley of palm groves, fertile valleys, barren & rocky landscapes, Grand canyons of Dades & Todra and Rose fields in Kalaat M’gouna. Likewise, experience a Camel ride in the Erg Chebbi dunes and an amazing night in a Berber nomadic tent under an endless sky of Saharan stars. Then drive across the Middle Atlas Mountains, monkeys climbing the cedar forest and lastly Ifrane, a beautiful town often likened to a Swiss Alpine resort in 3-day Morocco desert trip itinerary.

◈ Detailed Itinerary: 3 Days Marrakech to Fes Private Desert Tour

The Ultimate Morocco Travel Itinerary: 3 Days from Marrakech to Fes

❖ 1st Day: Marrakesh » High Atlas Mountains » Ait Ben Haddou » Ouarzazate » Dades gorge (313km)

Meet your personal Driver/Guide at your preferred location in Marrakech, then start the 3 days Sahara Desert tour from Marrakech to Fes via Merzouga desert. Travel along mountain roads and climbing over Morocco’s highest pass, Tizi N’Tichka (2260 m), to Ait Ben haddou kasbah. It is one of Morocco’s most iconic sites and a stunningly well-preserved medieval village which has famously featured in many blockbuster movies, including Gladiator, Game of Thrones and many more. Later-on, enjoy a short walk through the winding alleyways of the ancient fortified kasbah, making your way to the top of the hill for the great views across the surrounding plains.

 After a leisurely lunch near the Kasbah, drive to the Hollywood of North Africa – Ouarzazate. It’s famed 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. View the Atlas Studio and then Taourirt kasbah, a former palace of the Glaoui dynasty. Later on, make your lovely way into the Sahara with a medley of palm trees and rose fields in Kalaat M’gouna. Thereafter, check-into your hotel in the magnificent Canyon of Boumalne dades. This area offers up scenery like no other – sprawling green valleys give way to otherworldly rock formations carved out by the wind. Your hotel offers a delightful pool and terrace overlooking the valley, so take some time to sit back and soak in the ethereal views.

◈ Overnight: Boumalne Dades

◈ Meals: Dinner

❖ 2nd Day: Dades Valley » Todra Gorge » Tinejdad » Merzouga Desert » Camel Trekking (250km)

On the second day of our Morocco Desert tour to Merzouga goes on after breakfast. Drive a bit further into Tissadrine to get the panoramic view of the Dades valley, and then the beautiful rocks’ formation called «Monkey fingers». Afterward, depart from Dades gorge on a journey through roads lined with ancient Kasbahs to Todra gorge. Surrounded by towering vertical limestone cliffs reaching heights of 300 m, it is known as Morocco’s Grand Canyon. Moreover, the charm of Todra lies in its changing colors as the sun slowly moves from east to west. There’ll be time to marvel at this sight before you continue your journey to the Erg Chebbi dunes in Merzouga. En route, stop for lunch in the town of Tinejdad.

As soon as you arrive at the popular dunes of Erg Chebbi, one of the world’s iconic landscapes, with towering dunes up to 500ft in height, ride camels to your campsite. Enjoying a spectacular sunset along the way, as the dunes are charming, especially as the light of the evening plays across them and sets off the colors. In addition to that, enjoy a nice dinner, listen to traditional Berber music and spend an amazing night under the stars, digest the desert in all its beauty that will give you remarkable memories of the desert trip exploring.

◈ Overnight: Merzouga Desert

◈ Meals: Dinner & Breakfast

❖ 3rd Day: Merzouga » Erfoud » Ziz valley » Midelt » Ifrane » Fes (468km)

The desert adventure from Marrakech to Fes continues after a truly stunning sunrise, freshen up and breakfast in your camp. the long 8-hour drive to Fes on board a 4×4 car will pass through a variety of spectacular scenery from scattered villages, fertile valleys, cedar and pine forests and also barren, rocky landscapes to the small town of Midelt. After a leisurely lunch, then drive across the Middle Atlas Mountains and its massive Cedar Forest, home to the Barbary Macaque. Next stop in Ifrane, known for its alpine-style architecture and nearby winter ski slopes and beautiful forests. Perhaps get into Fes in the early evening. Drop you off at your preferred location in the city, then your 3 Days Marrakech to Fes desert tour adventure with us ends right here and hope you enjoy it. 

⟐ Meals: Breakfast

Additional accommodation can be pre-booked if you wish to explore Fez. Find out things you can do during your stay in Fes.

◈ Watch all the highlights of 3 Day Desert Tour Fes to Marrakech via Merzouga

The Perfect 3-Day Marrakech Travel Itinerary

◈ Road Map of 3 Days Sahara Desert Tour from Marrakech to Fes

Morocco Trip Itinerary: 3 Days & 2 Nights Marrakech Tour Package

3 Days Desert Tour from Marrakech to Fes's Price Includes:

  • Daily Pick up and drop off at your hotel/airport.
  • 1 night accommodation in a hotel/riad.
  • Tour in an air-conditioned vehicle, Toyota Land Cruiser or spacious minivan in case of a group throughout 3 days.
  • Hand-Picked English-speaking driver.
  • Meals: Dinner and breakfast.
  • Overnight in a Desert Camp (Private Tent).
  • Camel ride & Sand-boarding.

3 Days Desert Tour from Marrakech to Fez's Price Excludes:

  • Lunch, Drinks and any Private Expenses.
  • Entrance fees to monuments (Ex: Atlas studio, Telouet Kasbah… etc ).

Note About Marrakech to Fes 3 Days Sahara Desert Tour

Perfect Morocco 3 Days Marrakech Travel Package

If the above proposed Itinerary: 3 days from Marrakech to Fez Sahara Desert tour does not match what you’re looking for, then contact us. We provide customized desert trips in Morocco according to your duration of stay and your preferences. You can come with your family, relatives, friends or all of them. Just let us know your duration, what you wish to do in the state, and leave the rest to us, we’ll create a unique itinerary to suit your tastes and budget. Besides, our Expert Team at Morocco Tabiarte Tours is at your service to reply all your questions, give you detailed quotes about our Morocco Private tours, and tips about the best time and places to visit. Whether you’re thinking about leading a tour or making a request, we’re here to help.

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◈ Good to Know Before Booking a Tour from Marrakech to Fes

3 Days from Marrakech to Merzouga Desert & Fes
About Marrakech Desert Tour
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Our valued guests often ask about the differences between our 2, 3, and 4-day desert tours. Allow us to provide you with a concise explanation. Please refer to the figure below for clarity.


Morocco Sahara Tour departs either from Marrakech or Fez, and includes a night on the half route in the Sahara Desert (1 night or 2 nights) and end wherever you want, Fez or Marrakesh. Furthermore, the total distance from Marrakech back to Marrakech is 1124 kilometers and for Marrakech to Fez is 1033 kilometers.

  • 2 Day Sahara Desert Tour: Enjoy an overnight stay in the mesmerizing Merzouga Desert. Please note that due to a 14-hour drive and weather conditions, you may not have the opportunity to witness the enchanting sunset, starry sky, and sunrise.
  • 3 Day Sahara Desert Tour: Embark on a memorable journey from either Fez or Marrakech. The first night will be spent in Dades Canyon, a perfect midway stop to appreciate more of the surroundings and break up the long journey. The following night is in the desert. Although the Erg Chebbi dunes may not be visible until 5 pm therefore, this 3-day tour allows for one night in the desert, providing approximately 14 hours to stay at a desert camp. If weather conditions permit, you can witness a breathtaking sunset, gaze at the starry sky, and behold an awe-inspiring sunrise.


  1. Limited stops, fewer photo opportunities, insufficient time to savor the sunset due to late afternoon arrival. Nevertheless, ample time to gaze at the starry sky and catch the sunrise (weather permitting). Departure will be earlier the next day.


  1. Embark on a 14-hour round tour for a unique opportunity to witness the mesmerizing sunset, starry sky, and sunrise, rivaling the experience of a 2-day desert excursion. However, unfavorable weather conditions may cause this spectacle to be missed.
  2. Enjoy 7 hours of rest, 4-5 hours of daylight, and nighttime during the 14-hour tour. Experience brief breaks to explore kasbahs, Oases, and capture memorable photos.


  1. Immerse yourself in the Sahara Desert with this 4-day desert tour. Enjoy a full day in the desert, allowing ample time to explore its depths in comfort. 
  2. In case of cloudy weather on the first day, don’t worry; there’s an extra day to witness the sunset, starry sky, and sunrise.
  3. 4-day desert tour includes 2 nights, with one night in a desert camp and the other in a Riad/Hotel. If you prefer two nights in the camp, please inform us during booking.
  4. Experience the nomadic Berber culture and lifestyle for over 24 hours, while also having free time to relax, capture stunning photos of the dunes, try Sand-Boarding, embark on a Camel ride, or enjoy a thrilling Dune Buggy or Quad Bike adventure.


Escape to the desert’s embrace between June and mid-August, when temperatures reach a sizzling 37-44 degrees Celsius. To make the most of your experience while ensuring your comfort, we highly recommend our specially curated 3-day/2-night desert tours during this period.

➢ How to book a Tour with Us:

To get your booking confirmed for the 3 Days Sahara desert tour from Marrakech to Fes, a deposit is required and can be done easily and securely over PayPal. Regardless of the remaining balance is to be settled in cash, upon meeting your driver at the airport or accommodation. Besides, the currency EURO, USD, CAD and MAD are both acceptable.

➢ Is it possible to pay the total amount with credit card or PayPal?

Kindly note that we do not accept credit card payments due to excessive fees and security risks. While we prefer cash for the remaining balance, we can make exceptions in certain cases for PayPal payments. However, please note that a 5% fee will be added to cover additional transaction charges. If you opt for this method, it is advisable to arrange payment prior to your trip to Morocco.

➢ Cancellation process:

In the event of cancellation more than a month before the tour’s start date, the deposit is non-refundable. However, rest assured that we will credit the deposit towards any future trip with Morocco Tabiarte Tours, allowing you to choose an alternative date that suits you.

254 Reviews ★    Authentic & Genuine Reviews from our Travellers

We had a Memorable 3 Days Sahara Desert Trip for the second time

4 of us went on the 3 days desert tour from Marrakech to Fes with Ibrahim, our driver/guide. It was a great experience, and we are thrilled with the service. The Sahara tour was well-organized, the accommodation was even better than we expected. Ibrahim is a very nice and professional driver/guide. He knows a lot about his fabulous country. Moreover, we had a memorable night in the Sahara Desert! Absolutely amazing. The Berber tents were tidy and luxurious. The entertainment area has a romantic feel to it and is great for photos. The staff was friendly and hospitable, the food was extremely delicious. Furthermore, the camel experience in the Merzouga dunes was one of our goals for this trip.  We highly recommend Morocco Tabiarte Tours!

Marie 〉 5 out of 5 ★  〉 Group Traveller 〉 May 28th, 2023


Had the best 3 day Marrakech Sahara Tour Ever

it was a spectacular experience, incredible vistas of south Morocco, wonderful shots during Camel ride tour, sunset and the following morning sunrise. We were 10 in the group from the UK. Merzouga is so far from Marrakech, however we spent the first night in Boumalne dades to break up the journey. The night in Merzouga desert was unforgettable. We traveled at the end of November, the weather conditions were perfect during the day, so we enjoyed several stops with interesting lookouts throughout the Atlas Mountains and beyond. Great value for money, highly recommended!

Franck 〉 5 out of 5 ★  〉 Group Traveller 〉 May 23rd, 2023


3 days Marrakech to Fes Sahara Desert Tour is The Best

My girlfriend and I had an excellent time. Furthermore, it was arranged at short notice, and we did a trip for 3 days and 2 nights. Moreover, our driver was an English-speaking guide, he was excellent. Likewise, both of us felt safe, he was caring and also patient. In addition to that, the desert camp was a great experience. Overall, we have already recommended Moha to our relatives in the US. we would definitely recommend and also would use him again for our future holiday to Morocco.

Darren Kimlinn 〉 5 out of 5 ★  〉 Couple Traveller 〉 May 18th, 2023


Absolutely an amazing Marrakech to Fes Luxury Desert Tour

My sister and I booked our Morocco Desert Tour through Morocco Tabiarte Tours. Moha was our travel agent for Morocco. He was excellent and super helpful throughout the entire process. He worked with us to plan out the best trip and thanks to Ahmed too, our best driver. I highly recommend it to anyone booking travel and wants local support to plan an incredible trip. Read More Morocco tour’s reviews

Sofia 〉 5 out of 5 ★  〉 Family Traveller 〉 April 27th, 2023

◈ Marrakech to Fez Luxury Desert Tour‘s FAQ

+ How far is Merzouga Desert from Marrakech?

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.

+ Why should I choose a private tour?

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.

+ How long is the Camel ride in Erg Chebbi Sand dunes?

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.

+ Do I need to bring a sleeping bag to the Desert?

You don’t need a sleeping bag since there’re 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).

+ What are the activities in Merzouga Desert?

  • Camel Trekking: Enjoy a camel ride through the majestic Sahara desert, immersing yourself in the serene landscape.
  • Sand-boarding: Slide down the sandy slopes of the dunes on a sand-board, experiencing the thrill of this desert sport.
  • Desert Camping: Spend a night in a desert camp, where you can relax, enjoy traditional Moroccan cuisine, and marvel at the starry night sky.
  • Quad Biking: Embark on an adrenaline-filled quad bike ride across the desert, exploring the sandy terrain and experiencing the exhilaration of off-road riding.
  • Dune Buggy Rides: Hop on a dune buggy and embark on an adventure across the dunes. These off-road vehicles offer a thrilling and fast-paced experience in the desert.
  • Off-Road Adventures: Embark on off-road excursions in 4×4 vehicles, exploring the rugged desert landscape, visiting hidden oases, and discovering remote areas not easily accessible by regular vehicles.

+ How many days do I need in Fes? 1 or 2 Days?

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.

+ How far is Merzouga Desert from Fes?

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.

+ Is Wi-Fi available in the desert Camp?

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.

+ What should I pack for a desert tour?

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.

+ How many days do I need in Marrakech? 2 or 3 Days?

The number of days you need in Marrakech is at least 2 days to fully explore and experience the city’s rich culture, history, and attractions. Discover 10 best things to do in Marrakech

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