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4 Days

4 Days Desert Tour from Marrakech to Fes

  • 4 Days
  • Group : 2-17 People

Take a 4-day private Morocco Sahara desert tour that will leave you spellbound with the magnificent scenery from Marrakech to Fes. The journey will take you through the spectacular High Atlas Mountains, providing an incredible view of the stunning terrain. As you drive through, marvel at the breathtaking vistas of the rugged mountain peaks, deep gorges, and lush valleys.

As you continue your journey, discover the fascinating Kasbahs that tower over the desert oases, such as Ait Benhaddou, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Here, you will be amazed by the intricate architecture and history of the ancient fortified cities.

The highlight of your trip will undoubtedly be the mesmerizing dunes of Merzouga. Experience the magic of the Sahara Desert as you ride atop a camel and watch the sunset over the horizon. As the night approaches, retreat to a cozy and comfortable Sahara desert camp and enjoy a traditional Moroccan dinner, accompanied by a captivating display of stars.

The next day, awaken to the tranquil beauty of the desert sunrise and continue your adventure through the Erg Chebbi dunes. The tour will take you to the charming town of Rissani, where you can explore the traditional souks and visit the old Kasbahs. Finally, as you make your way to Fes, enjoy the serene view of the Atlas Mountains and witness the changing landscapes of Morocco.

In summary, this 4-day private Morocco Sahara desert tour is a remarkable journey filled with jaw-dropping scenery and an unforgettable experience that will leave you with lasting memories.

  • Marveling at the spectacular scenery of the High Atlas Mountains, rugged mountain peaks, deep gorges, and lush valleys.
  • Discovering the fascinating Kasbahs that tower over the desert oases, such as Ait Benhaddou, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Experiencing the magic of the Sahara Desert with a mesmerizing camel ride atop the dunes of Merzouga.
  • Enjoying a cozy and comfortable Sahara desert camp and traditional Moroccan dinner while taking in the captivating display of stars.
  • Exploring the traditional souks and visiting the old Kasbahs of the charming town of Rissani.
  • Witnessing the serene view of the Atlas Mountains and the changing landscapes of Morocco as you make your way to Fes.
  • Experiencing a once-in-a-lifetime adventure filled with jaw-dropping scenery and unforgettable memories.

Price Includes

  • A/C modern 4×4 or van driven by an English speaking river/guide.
  • Pick up from your Marrakech hotel or Riad.
  • First night at Hotel Panorama or Hotel Babylon (Private A/C ensuite room) with dinner & breakfast.
  • Sunset camel ride in Erg Chebbi.
  • Second night at a Merzouga lodge including dinner and breakfast.
  • Overnight at a Sahara desert camp in Erg Chebbi (Private tent) with shared bathrooms – Showers available in the morning at the camp operator’s lodge – Dinner and breakfast are included.
  • Upgrade to a deluxe camp with an ensuite tent available upon booking your Marrakech to Fes desert tour ( €70 per person ).
  • Drop off at your Fes hotel or the closest accessible location to your Fes riad if not car accessible.

Price Excludes

  • Beverages during dinners
  • Lunches on the way
  • Local guides if any
  • Entrance fees if any
Tour Prices
1 Person
2 People
495€ / person
3 People
390€ / person
4 People
340€ / person
5 People
290€ / person
6 People
265€ / person
7-9 People
250€ / person
10-13 People
2300€ / person
14-17 People
190€ / person

Day 1Marrakech - Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou - Boumalne Dades

Your 4-day Marrakech to Fes desert tour will kick off with an early start at 7:30 AM. You’ll depart from Marrakech and embark on a journey towards the High Atlas Mountains, crossing the Tizi Ntichka pass. Along the way, you’ll be treated to stunning views of Berber villages and valleys.

Your first destination will be the UNESCO world heritage site of Ait Ben Hadou, a famous Kasbah known for its appearances in movies like Gladiator and Game of Thrones. You’ll have the opportunity to explore the Kasbah with the company of a local Berber guide.

Next, you’ll make your way to Ouarzazate, also known as the Hollywood of Africa, where you can opt to visit the Atlas Film Studios. These studios are one of the largest open-air studios in the world and have been used in numerous films and TV shows.

As the day progresses, you’ll drive along the road of the Kasbahs towards the Skoura oasis, renowned for its most preserved Kasbah in Morocco: Amrdil. The Kasbah is surrounded by lush green palm trees, creating an oasis that is a delight to the senses.

To conclude the day, you’ll continue along the road of 1001 Kasbahs and the valley of roses towards your hotel located next to Dades Canyons. The hotel offers a stunning view of the canyon and provides a serene atmosphere to rest after an eventful day.

Day 2Boumalne Dades - Tinghir - Merzouga

Get ready for an exciting day on your Marrakech to Fes desert tour! Today, you’ll start with a drive to the oasis of Tnghir, which served as a former military post during the French occupation of Morocco. Until the 1960s, the oasis also hosted a significant Jewish community. Upon arrival, you’ll meet your local guide and take a walk through the oasis along the stream, witnessing local Berbers working the fields. Your walk will culminate with a breathtaking view of the Todgha Canyons.

In the afternoon, you’ll head to Rissani, a holy city and the cradle of the Alaouite Dynasty, which has been ruling Morocco since the 17th century. You’ll have the opportunity to visit the dates market, where you can sample some of the best dates in Morocco.

Next, you’ll make your way to Merzouga, where dinner and overnight will take place at one of the lodges located just a few hundred meters from the dunes of Erg Chebbi. The lodge provides a comfortable accommodation option, and you’ll be close enough to witness the magnificent Saharan desert’s beauty.

The day will be filled with exciting experiences and stunning views, making it a perfect addition to your 4-day private Morocco Sahara desert tour.

Day 3Merzouga - Erg Chebbi

Get ready for an unforgettable day on your 4-day Marrakech to Fes desert tour! After a leisurely breakfast, you’ll set off for the village of Khamlia to experience the local Berber nomadic culture. Here, you’ll meet some hospitable locals who will welcome you with a cup of mint tea and traditional Gnawa music. As you look out to the horizon, you’ll spot the Hamada stretching to the sharp cliffs marking the Algerian borders.

In the afternoon, it’s time for your Sahara desert adventure to begin! Meet your camel caravan and pick a camel to ride. Follow your experienced guide as you explore the breathtaking 360-degree views of the desert landscape. Watch in awe as the sun slowly sets over the color-changing dunes of Erg Chebbi.

As night falls, you’ll arrive at your Sahara desert camp, where you’ll settle into your tent for the night. Dinner will be served under the stars next to the campfire, providing the perfect opportunity to soak up the peacefulness and tranquility of the desert. You can also take a short walk to the nearest dune and admire the crystal-clear sky or join the local host nomads playing their Tam Tam drums.

This day of your private Morocco Sahara desert tour will leave you with unforgettable memories that you will cherish forever.

Day 4Merzouga - Midelt - Fes

On the final day of your private Morocco Sahara desert tour, you have the option of rising early to witness the stunning sunrise from atop one of the sand dunes next to your desert camp. After breakfast, you’ll meet your driver and set off on a scenic journey to Fes.

Your journey begins with a drive along the Ziz Valley, renowned for its Ksours (fortified villages) and lush green oases dotted with date palm trees. You’ll then arrive at Midelt, located in the heart of the Middle Atlas Mountains, an area known for its apple farms and mining industry.

From here, you’ll continue your journey to Fes, passing through the cedar forests of the Middle Atlas Mountains. You’ll stop along the way in Azrou to watch the Barbary apes and in Ifran for a cup of coffee.

Your 4-day Marrakech to Fes desert tour will conclude with your arrival in Fes late in the afternoon. Your driver will drop you off at your hotel or the nearest accessible point to your riad, marking the end of a truly unforgettable adventure through the stunning Moroccan desert.


When to hike in Morocco?

The best time to hike in Morocco is during the spring (March to May) and the fall (September to November). During these months, the weather is typically mild, with comfortable temperatures during the day and cool nights. The landscapes are also more colorful during these seasons, as wildflowers bloom in the spring and the foliage changes color in the fall.

However, it’s still possible to hike in Morocco during the summer and winter months. Summer can be hot, but the higher elevations in the Atlas Mountains offer cooler temperatures. Winter can be cold, especially at higher altitudes, but there are still opportunities for winter hiking and skiing. It’s important to note that some trails and passes may be inaccessible during the winter months due to snow and ice.

Can I climb Toubkal without a guide?

It is technically possible to climb Toubkal without a guide, but it’s not recommended. The terrain can be challenging, especially for inexperienced hikers, and having a guide can provide added safety and support. A guide can also help with navigation, especially in areas where the trail may not be clearly marked.

In addition to safety concerns, climbing Toubkal without a guide may not be permitted. The Moroccan authorities require hikers to obtain a permit before climbing Toubkal, and our tour companie and guides are licensed to issue these permits. If you don’t have a permit or are caught climbing without one, you may be fined or even deported.

It’s also worth noting that climbing with us can enhance your overall experience. Our guide can provide insights into the local culture and history, and can help you appreciate the natural beauty of the area. We will also take care of logistics, such as arranging transport and accommodations, leaving you free to focus on enjoying your hike.

How hard is it to climb Mount Toubkal?

Climbing Mount Toubkal can be a challenging hike, but it’s generally considered a moderate to strenuous climb. The difficulty of the climb will depend on several factors, including your level of fitness, previous hiking experience, and the route you choose to take.

The standard route to the summit starts in the village of Imlil and involves hiking to the Toubkal Refuge, where climbers can rest for the night before making the final ascent to the summit the following day. The hike to the refuge is approximately 5-6 hours and involves a steady uphill climb.

The final ascent to the summit involves some steep and rocky terrain and can take 3-4 hours, depending on your pace. Altitude can also be a factor, as the summit of Toubkal is 4,167 meters (13,671 feet) above sea level. It’s important to acclimate properly to the altitude and take necessary precautions to prevent altitude sickness.

That being said, the climb to Mount Toubkal is accessible to most hikers with a moderate level of fitness and previous hiking experience. It’s recommended to train and prepare for the climb in advance, with a focus on building endurance and stamina.

Overall, while climbing Mount Toubkal can be a challenging hike, the stunning views from the summit and the sense of accomplishment make it a rewarding experience.

How cold is it in the High Atlas Mountains?

The temperature in the High Atlas Mountains can vary greatly depending on the season and altitude. In general, the higher you go, the colder it gets.

During the winter months (December to February), temperatures in the High Atlas Mountains can drop below freezing, especially at higher altitudes. It’s not uncommon for temperatures to reach -10°C (14°F) or colder at the summit of Mount Toubkal. It’s important to come prepared with warm clothing and gear if you plan to visit during the winter.

In the summer months (June to August), temperatures in the High Atlas Mountains can be quite hot during the day, with temperatures ranging from 25°C to 35°C (77°F to 95°F). However, temperatures can drop significantly at night, especially at higher altitudes, so it’s important to pack warm layers for evenings and early mornings.

Overall, it’s best to come prepared for a wide range of temperatures and weather conditions when visiting the High Atlas Mountains, as the weather can be unpredictable and can change quickly.

What equipment do I need to hike Toubkal Mount in the winter?

Hiking Toubkal Mount in the winter can be challenging and requires proper equipment to ensure your safety and comfort. Here are some essential items you should bring with you:

  1. Insulated and waterproof boots: Your boots should be sturdy, waterproof, and insulated to keep your feet warm and dry in snowy conditions.

  2. Warm clothing layers: You’ll need to dress in layers, including a base layer, mid-layer, and outer shell, to stay warm and regulate your body temperature. Insulated jackets, hats, gloves, and scarves are also necessary.

  3. Waterproof and windproof jacket and pants: You’ll need a waterproof and windproof jacket and pants to protect you from the snow, wind, and rain.

  4. Crampons and ice axe: In snowy conditions, you may need crampons and an ice axe to help you navigate the mountain safely.

  5. Backpack: A sturdy backpack with a waterproof cover is essential for carrying your gear, snacks, and water.

  6. Sleeping bag: If you plan to spend the night in a mountain refuge, you’ll need a warm and insulated sleeping bag.

  7. Sunglasses and sunscreen: The sun’s reflection on the snow can be intense, so bring sunglasses and sunscreen to protect your eyes and skin.

Is it safe to trek in Morocco?

Morocco is generally considered a safe country for trekking, but like any travel destination, it’s important to take appropriate safety precautions to ensure a safe and enjoyable trekking experience. Here are some tips to keep in mind:

  1. Stay on designated trails: Stick to designated trails and avoid venturing off into unknown areas.

  2. Dress appropriately: Dress appropriately for the weather conditions and bring the necessary equipment, such as proper footwear, warm clothing, and rain gear.

  3. Stay hydrated: Bring enough water and snacks to stay hydrated and energized throughout your trek.

  4. Avoid hiking alone: It’s always safer to hike with a group or a guide, especially if you’re not familiar with the area.

By taking these precautions, you can enjoy a safe and rewarding trekking experience in Morocco.