Discover the beauty of Morocco on 3 days Sahara Desert tour from Marrakech to Fes. Journey through the stunning Tizi N’Tichka pass, explore Ait Ben Haddou, and venture into the Sahara. Experience diverse landscapes, from palm groves to rocky canyons, and enjoy a camel ride in Erg Chebbi dunes. Spend a magical night in a Berber nomadic tent under a starry Saharan sky. Then, travel through the Middle Atlas Mountains, encountering playful monkeys and the charming town of Ifrane. This 3-day Morocco desert trip itinerary offers a rich and captivating Moroccan experience.
Meet your dedicated Driver/Guide at the location of your choice in Marrakech, commencing your 3-day Sahara Desert expedition from Marrakech to Fes via the Merzouga desert. Traverse mountain roads and ascend Morocco’s highest pass, Tizi N’Tichka, reaching 2260 meters. Your first destination is the legendary Ait Ben Haddou kasbah, a marvelously preserved medieval village renowned for its starring roles in numerous blockbuster movies, such as Gladiator, Game of Thrones, and many others. Following a delightful lunch near the kasbah, your route leads to Ouarzazate, often referred to as the Hollywood of North Africa, known for hosting the filming of numerous Hollywood blockbusters and popular TV series, including Lawrence of Arabia, The Mummy, and The Kingdom of heaven. Your exploration continues with visits to the Atlas Studio and the Taourirt kasbah, once the opulent palace of the Glaoui dynasty.
As you venture further into the Sahara, you’ll encounter a picturesque landscape adorned with palm trees and rose fields in Kalaat M’gouna. Upon reaching the magnificent Canyon of Boumalne Dades, check into your hotel. This region is a visual masterpiece, with lush green valleys giving way to surreal rock formations sculpted by the wind. Your hotel offers a delightful pool and a terrace that offers panoramic views of the valley, allowing you to relax and immerse yourself in the enchanting scenery.
◈ Overnight: Boumalne Dades
◈ Meals: Dinner
The second day of our Morocco Desert expedition to Merzouga begins after breakfast. We extend our drive into Tissadrine to capture a panoramic view of the Dades valley, with a special stop to admire the captivating rock formations known as the “Monkey Fingers”. Following this, we bid farewell to the Dades gorge and embark on a road lined with ancient Kasbahs, leading us to the majestic Todra gorge. Encircled by towering vertical limestone cliffs that reach heights of 300 meters, this natural wonder is often referred to as Morocco’s Grand Canyon. What sets Todra apart is its enchanting transformation of colors as the sun gracefully transitions from east to west. You’ll have ample time to revel in this breathtaking sight before we resume our journey towards the Erg Chebbi dunes in Merzouga, with a well-deserved lunch stop in the charming town of Tinejdad along the way.
Upon arrival at the renowned Erg Chebbi dunes, an iconic landscape with towering dunes that reach heights of up to 500 feet, you’ll embark on a camel ride to your campsite. The experience is made even more magical by the captivating sunset, as the dunes take on a mesmerizing quality, especially as the evening light paints them in a rich spectrum of colors. Additionally, you can indulge in a delightful dinner, savor traditional Berber music, and spend a remarkable night under the star-studded desert sky, truly immersing yourself in the beauty of the desert and creating enduring memories of your desert exploration.
◈ Overnight: Merzouga Desert
◈ Meals: Dinner & Breakfast
Our journey from Marrakech to Fes through Sahara Desert carries on, following a truly magnificent sunrise and a refreshing morning routine, which includes breakfast at your camp. The upcoming 8-hour journey to Fes unfolds as you travel aboard a 4×4 vehicle, taking you through a diverse range of awe-inspiring landscapes, including scattered villages, lush valleys, cedar and pine forests, as well as arid, rocky terrain, all the way to the charming town of Midelt.
Following a leisurely lunch break, we continue our route through the Middle Atlas Mountains, where you’ll encounter the vast Cedar Forest, which serves as the habitat of the Barbary Macaque. Our next destination is Ifrane, renowned for its alpine-style architecture, proximity to winter ski slopes, and lush forests. You’ll likely arrive in Fes in the early evening, where we’ll drop you off at your chosen location within the city. With this, your 3-day Marrakech to Fes desert tour adventure with us comes to an end, and we sincerely hope you’ve relished every moment of this memorable journey.
⟐ 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.
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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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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My partner and I had an amazing time on this Merzouga Desert Excursion. What made it even more remarkable was that it was arranged on short notice, and we embarked on a 3-day, 2-night journey. Our driver, who was also our English-speaking guide, was truly outstanding. We felt safe throughout the trip, thanks to his care and patience. The desert camp was a highlight, providing a unique and memorable experience. We were so impressed that we’ve already recommended Moha and his company to our relatives in the US. Without a doubt, we would highly recommend their services and would gladly choose them again for our future trips to Morocco.