3 days from Marrakech to the desert of Merzouga, ending in Fes Express trip between dunes and imperial cities

Tour Details: Morocco 3 days tour from Marrakech to Fes

Location Of Departure

The driver will greet you at the airport or wherever you specify in Marrakech

Last Destination

We will transfer you to the location you specify in Fes

Duration Of The Tour

3 days and 2 nights

Time Of Departure

The tour vacation starts at 8:00 a.m.

Morocco 3-day desert tour from Marrakech ending in Fes

Even if you only have a limited amount of time for your trip, you will be able to see three of Morocco’s major attractions: the Sahara dunes and the imperial cities of the country’s center. This Morocco 3-day desert tour from Marrakech ends in Fes, which includes a section of the road of the thousand kasbahs. For all of these reasons, it is one of the most comprehensive and intense ideas for individuals looking to get the most out of their limited vacation time.

The desert of Merzouga

The Erg Chebbi sand dunes are the highlight of this Morocco 3-day desert tour from Marrakech to Fes. Visiting this region, which is dominated by golden sand dunes that disappear into the terrain, is an incredible experience that can be done on camels or in modern 4×4 cars. Any of these methods will get you to the Berber tents camp in the center of Merzouga’s desert, an incomparable location to enjoy the Saharan sky’s beauty: sunsets, starry nights, and sunrises like no other.

Morocco 3-day desert tour: Imperial cities and other attractions

This Morocco 3-day desert tour from Marrakech also includes Fes as the final destination. The itinerary does not cover the sightseeing in Marrakech or Fes, but it does allow you to schedule time before and after the tour to explore them on your own, which is especially useful if your airline lands in Marrakech and departs from Fes.

What this Morocco 3-day desert tour from Marrakech to Fes includes is a road trip through places of great interest, both on the outward and return journeys. We speak, for example, of the kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou, a Berber architectural jewel declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco and shooting location for major films and series, including Game of Thrones. The itinerary will also take us to other fortresses of the ‘route of the thousand kasbahs’.

Our Morocco 3-day desert tour from Marrakech to Fes, on the other hand, contains a diversity of landscapes that will change on the opposite side of our vehicle’s windshield, with the option of putting a foot on the ground to experience the environment. The Rose Valleys, the Dades and the Ziz, the Todra Gorges, or towns like Erfoud and Ifrane…


On the first day, we will go across the Tizi-n-Tichka Mountain, Morocco’s highest pass, to see and cross the High Atlas Mountains. We will journey via the Todra and Dades Gorges on the second day. In the late afternoon, we will arrive in the Merzouga Sahara desert, where we will be met by a camel guide and transported across the sand dunes to a Bedouin camp. You will spend the night in the Merzouga desert, immersed in the Sahara’s stillness. We’ll continue our journey to Fes on the third day, passing through Midelt and the Azrou cedar forest.


Itinerary program

The Morocco 3-day desert tour from Marrakech is your chance to see and do some of Morocco’s top attractions. First and foremost, after visiting the kasbahs of Ait Benhaddou and Ouarzazate, we will spend the first night at Boumalne Dades. On the second day, we will travel to the desert to explore Morocco’s most popular attraction. Finally, on the final day, we’ll drive straight to Fes, going through Ziz Valley, Midelt, Zaida, and Ifrane. The schedule for this 3-day tour from Marrakech to the Merzouga Desert and Fes is detailed below.

Day 1: Marrakech - Ait Ben Haddou - Dades Valley

This tour starts in Marrakech, either at the city’s airport, at the hotel, or at any other agreed point. Our English-speaking driver/guide will pick you up and take you to the High Atlas Mountains, an imposing natural barrier that must be crossed to reach the Sahara Desert and, therefore, the desert of Merzouga. This passage will be made through the highest mountain pass, the Tizi N’tichka, which gives us the opportunity to witness spectacular views of the environment and meet traditional Berber settlements.

Already in the surroundings of Ouarzazate, we will make our first visit: the Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, a Berber fortress made of adobe that has the honor of being a World Heritage Site of Unesco… and the filming location of major films and series, such as Game of Thrones. After that, we will enter the ‘road of a thousand kasbahs’, so-called because of the large number of fortresses that mark the route, also crossing the Valley of the Roses and the Dades Valley. At the end of the day, we will arrive at Boumalne Dades, a small town that surprises us by its location: embedded in steep rocky gorges that give it an air of science fiction. Accommodation will be in one of its charming riads, where dinner is also included.

Summary of the first day

Day 2: Dades Valley - Todra Gorges - Rissani - Merzouga

After a full breakfast at the riad in Boumalne Dades, we will be on the road again. The first stop will be nearby, in Tinerhir (or Tinghir), which means’mountain city’ in Tamazight, a variant of the Berber language. The view of the whole area, between the rocks and the palm trees, will be worth a good photograph. Then we continue to the Todra Gorges: these spectacular rock walls, 200 meters high in some cases, will make the previous day’s gorges look like child’s play. We will enjoy them from the winding road that runs through them, but also on foot in certain sectors. We will arrive at Rissani, with a beautiful and bustling medina in which surprising prints as its parking of donkeys.

Soon after, we’ll arrive at our intended destination: Merzouga’s desert and Erg Chebbi‘s sand dunes. To get there, we’ll switch modes of transportation: camels (or option 4×4) will take us on a ride through this unusual environment, with our tent camp nestled in the center. We’ll have a welcome tea and a well-deserved dinner in these classic tents, and we’ll sleep comfortably. On this particular night, the Merzouga desert’s quiet and the starlight will be our company.

Summary of the second day

Day 3: Merzouga - Ziz Valley - Middle Atlas - Fes

If the previous night was memorable, the third day’s dawn will be no less so. As the sun begins to throw its daily bath of light on the dunes of Merzouga’s desert, we’ll mount the dromedaries and return to Merzouga. We don’t have time to waste, so we’ll return and get back on the road. The first visit of the day will be to Erfoud, which is well-known in paleontology for housing numerous valuable fossils, including some dinosaurs. It is nestled in a beautiful oasis that has served as a film set for films such as The Mummy. The Ziz, the major river that feeds it, forms a valley from which we shall cross in a northerly direction.

In this stretch, we will reach Midelt, an important town nestled in the Middle Atlas, where we will have lunch to recharge our batteries. Afterward, the route will take us to Ifrane, a surprising city known as the “Moroccan Switzerland” for its altitude, its abundant rainfall (some in the form of snow), and its gabled houses. And finally, we will arrive in Fez: at the airport in the place we agree upon, our services will end and we will say goodbye with the hope of a next reunion.

Summary of the third day

Morocco 3-day desert tour from Marrakech to Fes includes the following Activities:

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Flexible Cancellation

When canceling a reservation at least 4 days before check-in, visitors are entitled to a full refund under the Flexible Cancellation Policy. The first night of the stay will not be returned if a reservation is canceled less than 24 hours before check-in.

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It was the best trip we have taken so far. Absolutely everything was spectacular: the tours, riads, hotels, and, in particular, the attention we received. Especially Jose, our driver, always received us and treated us great; ask for him. The guides we had in Marrakech and Fez, Hamid and Amin, respectively, made us spend fantastic days touring the medinas of those cities. The camp in the desert was the best experience in the world. Arriving by camel, the tent, the food, and again, the attention received made it something unforgettable.


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At the beginning of February, we scheduled a three-day tour with Mustapha. The views of the Atlas Mountains and Kasbahs along the road were spectacular. The tour's highlight was a camel ride across the Merzouga sand dunes and a night in the desert. The last day, though, was spent entirely traveling to Fes; still, the tour was well organized, and I would suggest this agency.


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